Friday, February 27, 2009

Italy connections and loves

1. New friend. I met Guilia at Josh's gymnastics class. Her daughter Hannah is in Josh's class. She's from Italy and when I heard her reading a book in Italian to her younger daughter I told her my Dad served there and that started our conversations. She's really nice and has even said she'll teach me to cook more Italian dishes.

2. Risotto my favorite way. Risotto is one of my favorite foods- its an Italian rice dish my dad taught me to make years back and I love to make from time to time. Last time I made leg of lambe I chopped up and froze some of the leftovers so I could throw it in Risotto- so this week I made it with some lamb and some fresh snipped spinach... can we say DELISH?!

3. Artichokes. I also steamed two small artichokes the night I made the risotto- the two flavors complimented each other wonderfully. Jake was umming and aahhhing the whole time he ate. I'm glad we seem to have a lot of the same favorites.

4. Life is Beautiful. Might as well throw this one in as well. It is such an amazing movie- if you haven't seen it- go rent it!!!! A wonderful film- but I saw this when I was in Guatemala. Since the film is orginally done in Italian, and we rented it in Guatemala I watched it with Spanish subtitles- it was the first time I realized that I can understand quite a bit of Italian if I focus.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1. Family Home Evening. This really has become a lot more fun. Before it seemed like the boys were too young to get much out of it or participate in much. Josh LOVES FHE now though- in fact almost every day he asks if its FHE day. He participates in the lessons, and loves picking games and treats for us to play. Dekker, watching Josh's example even tries to participate and loves to play the games. Plus with Jake in the young mens and schedules getting busier we don't have as many evenings to spend quality family time together- so its more appreciated when we do.

2. Warmer weather. Its been warmer and sunnier lately- which is so nice. The cul-de-sac paly group time (basically 3-5pm Mon-Fri if the weather is decent) has been reinstated. Its so great for the boys to get out and play with the other kids- and I get some time to compare notes with the other parents too.

3. Pizzadillas. I stocked up on Mozzerella cheese, pepperoni, spaghetti sauce and tortillas- cause these are pretty quick, easy, and the kids will eat em.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Everything's amazing.

see latest photoshare post for explanation of title.

1. Sisters. Last night I had the opportunity to participate in an "introduction to Relief Society" for the graduating Laurels. When I walked in one of the three young women who I used to have the pleasure of teaching said, "Sister Runyan?! Are you going to talk or something?" when I responded "Yes" She said "YES!" and I got big smiles from the other two. How sweet is that?!?! I my mind, having a couple of 18 year old girls say they're excited to listen to you is a pretty big complement! It really was a treat to share my testimony of the Relief Society program with these sweet sisters. I'm so fortunate to call them my friends.

2. Hope, faith, and work. I agree with the comments and jokes made by the comedian in my photoshare video post- a little humbling ang gratitude is important. In these "turbulant and difficult times" though I'm also thankful to be reminded that if we turn off all the negative feed and instead turn to hope, faith and some hard work, we can get through all of this. I really do believe that. In Stake Conference our President Hughes (an amazing man) reminded us that the Lord does send trials, but that he sends them to strengthen us, and that despite trials that may come, the Lord does want us to be joyful and happy. WE ARE MEANT TO BE HAPPY! We are meant to be blessed.

3. Scripture study. I'm trying to finish up the Old Testament, which is the hardest book of Scripture for me to study. I have a deep love for the Book of Mormon, The New Testament, and the Pearl of Great Price, and I think the D&C is pretty insightful and interesting as well- but the Old Testament is hard for me. Anyway, I've been making a renewed effort lately- and have been getting a lot more out of it. Yesterday I was reading the last chapters of Amos and comparing some of it to our nation and days. Then today I read the book of Jonah and was realizing how much I didn't know of this Bible story I thought I knew really well. I thought it was intersting that the people of Ninevah (and the others on the boat) actually listened to Jonah, and how funny that Jonah got upset that his prophesies against Ninevah didn't come true when the people humbled themselves... anyway- its nice to see I can enjoy it when I really pay attention.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What a weekend

1. Jake's Birthday. Jake turned 30, and I have to say I feel bad the guy didn't get a bigger celebration. He's planning on doing his 30th party with his best buddies the 2nd weekend in March by going up to a cabing in Fairview, renting some snowmobiles and camping out and getting in some back country boarding... the trip has been postponed twice already though- so I hope it ends up happening. On his birthday though his office did a birthday lunch, which was nice. That night he and I went to dinner and a movie up at Thanksgiving point. It was also kinda our Valentines Day date though since we had Stake Conference starting the next night. I hope he knows how much I love him, even though his Birthday wasn't as big a party as it could have been.

2. Josh's first time skiing. Josh has been wanting to learn to ski for a while now- and we for sure wanted to get him up there while he was excited about it and before any fear seeped in. So Saturday morning we packed up and headed up to Sundance. Our neighbors the Adams' went too, taking their two girls for the first time- and Tio met us up there. Josh was so pumped. He did great!!! Dekker of course hates the snow, cold and being bundled, so I only had time to snap a couple picks and take some quick video before taking him down to the lodge to warm up. Overall it was a great time though.

3. Stake Conference. The adult session Saturday night was good, but admitedly neither Jake or I was excited about taking the kids to the Sunday session and trying to keep them quiet and well-behaved for 2 hours. The kids did surprisingly well though, and the talks were really inspiring. I mean seriously, Jake and I both got answers to prayers through words that were spoken.

4. President's Day. Jake went in to the office to get some stuff done with no one around for the morning. Then instead of coming home like planned, he discovered a flat tire that made apparent the need to stop putting off getting his tires replaced- its a long story- but basically we spent the whole afternoon getting his car to the auto shop for replacement tires. The highlight though is that since we ended up in Provo, we were able to drop off the kids at Karina's apartment while we enjoyed our favorite food at Bombay House!!! Then it was back to pick up the kids and head home.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


1. February. Not only is it the month of celebrating LOVE, its also the month my hubby was born (13th). It's a great month for me to be reminded of all the reasons I'm so lucky to have him in my life.

2. Brea's wedding. It was so sweet, and so beautiful. I'm so glad her and Tom worked and prepared so they could be married in the temple. They were sealed in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple by her grandfather- two things in common with Jake and my sealing- so it was a sweet moment of reflection for us as well. It was also really neat to have all of Jake's family there together in the temple- including his step-father who was just recently endowed.

3. Morning showers. I'm one of those people who never really wakes up till they have a shower- so I love my warm morning showers.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jake's 25 random things

I've been tagged with this like 12 times, and thought that the Facebook Nazis would shut me down if I didn't comply.

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you, or one of these reminded me of you. Go to your profile page, go to the "Notes" tab (add it if it's not there), and enter in a new note. Copy these instructions and paste them into the beginning of your note.

1) I'm 1/2's true. I have abnormally large hands, and a brow that doesn't let sunlight tough my eyeballs...ever. I've learned to live with the disability, and yes, I can swing a club better than most.
2) I'm passionately competitive about everything. Silly things like getting done with my dinner first, or bouncing a golf ball of the face of my golf club the most times. If I don't win at something, I stew over it for days until I come up with strategies to win.
3) I find bathroom humor to be uncontrollably hilarious. If I'm in a serious social environment, without fail I'll imagine someone in the room rip a huge fart, and it will take everything I have not to laugh out loud. The more serious the situations, the harder I make myself laugh inside.
4) I loved Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourn) as a youth until I asked my mom to put in the tape while driving to baseball practice in our minivan and she asked me if the music was satanic...I didn't get to listen to it much after that.
5) I will eat just about anything except for radishes and lazagna.
6) I really wish this thing had a spell check because heaven knows if I spelled lazagna right (there's a silent something in that word I'm sure of it).
7) The thing I'm most scared of is meritocracy.
8) I want to build a neighborhood that is 100% self sustaining. All the homes would produce their own power, provide their own water, and have their own sewer and drainage. And I think it would be cool if the city electrical grid went down for a couple of days, and my neighborhood was the only place unaffected.
9) If I could have any power it would be to be able to manipulate time. Not so much time travel, but be able to speed up, slow down or even stop time. I think about it way more than you can imagine.
10) I'm pretty good at remembering my dreams, and 90% of my dreams are either me in some sort of war setting or me in a setting with all of my high school buddies.
11) I'm a notoriously slow driver. I start thinking about something, and I almost completely remove myself from driving (scary I know). So when I'm on the freeway, I get in the right lane, put the cruise control on, and set the slow pace for the entire freeway....all without even realizing I'm doing it.
12) I wish I had more of a "commander" personality sometimes. Sometimes I think it's good to ruffle feathers and hurt feelings a little bit to get things done. But it's so hard for me to do.
13) Part of the reason why #12 exists is because I'm I really just want people to like me. If I feel that I've offended someone or if someone just doesn't like me, it eats at me and I have to make things right. I relate to Michael Scott in that way.
14) I love sports, but more and more they are starting to hurt. I've pulled a muscle playing the Wii, bowling, playing softball, golfing, playing ping pong and playing air hockey....all of which are very low contact sports/games.
15) I hate going anywhere by myself. I'll go without eating before I go eat by myself. I'll call up a friend and beg him to drive across town to go to the grocery store with me so that I don't have to go by myself.
16) I think my boys are freaking awesome. I know everyone thinks there kids are awesome, but I think my boys are more awesome than yours....seriously :)
17) I've turned into a convenience freak. Growing up, my whole world was inconvenient. I lived way out of town and there was much of a town to be out of. So now I want everything to be simple and stress free.
18) I am the most disoriented person you'll ever meet. I've lived in the Provo/Orem area for 7 years now and still could not give you directions to anything. If I follow you to a place I've never been, chances are, I won't be able to get back out without you.
19) My biggest talent is recognizing the resources around me and using them to get something done. It's really more of a talent of necessity...when you aren't given a ton of resources yourself, you need to piggy back on others, or withers and die. I don't want to wither and die :)
20) I was in an accident when I was 20 that completely changed my life. Without a doubt, I would be in a worse place and in a worse situation if I hadn't been in that accident.
21) One of my most favorite people is my mom. She cracks me up and she has a passion for making memories and keeping family ties strong. There are very few things I look forward to more than seeing my mom.
22) In high school, I was the team captain for my baseball team and thought it would be a good, team building idea, to get everyone to bleach their hair. Everyone agreed accept for my girlfriend. At our first game everyone had bleached blonde hair but me.
23) I've shot one elk in my life. When me and a guy I was with stabbed the elk to start gutting it, it shot blood and guile all over us like a fire hose. I almost threw up then and haven't had much desire to big game hunt since them.
24) Usually nobody notices, but I have half eyebrows. It's true, look at my pictures real close.
25) I have a secret man love for 2 men. Tiger Woods because he never disappoints and Mitt Romney because he's freaking awesome.

25 random things about me

1. This is the second time I wrote this up. The first time I accidently deleted it before I posted it.
2. I was born in Salt Lake City, UT- but for always hurry past that part and quickly add, “but I was raised in the Seattle area”. I guess Seattle will always be “cooler” in my mind.
3. Despite #2 I somehow ended up living and starting my family in Utah- and its actually grown on me- and though I hate to admit it- since I haven’t lived in WA for over 12 years now, I think I would REALLY miss the sun if I moved back- but hey- there’s always central/eastern WA right?
4. Speaking of places I’ve lived- I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to say I lived in Hawaii for 2 years (got my AA at BYU-Hawaii) and in Guatemala for a semester.
5. I also lived in South Texas for a year and a half. It was the best place in the world for me to serve as a missionary for the LDS church- but I can’t honestly say it was a great place to live- I think the summer I was in Laredo it was the hottest city in the U.S. for about two weeks.
6. I LOVE to travel. If I had limitless time and funds that’s what I’d spend it doing. Some of the cool places I’ve been? 4 of the Hawaiian Islands; Glacier Bay, Alaska; Tikal and Atitlan, Guatemala (and other cities); La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; Baja Mexico as well as Mazatlan, CaboSanLucas, and Puerto Vallarta; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Vancouver, B.C., as well as some pretty cool places in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, California, and Colorado.
7. If I had to pick a favorite of the places I’ve been I’d say it’s a tie between Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and Glacier Bay, Alaska.
8. #7 just goes to show that my travel style is more for the new experience of a unique surrounding and/or culture than it is to see really touristy or fancy places.
9. I speak Spanish pretty well, and love to use it, but hesitate to speak it often because I don’t want to be one of those people who spouts off in another language at random moments as a sort of “see what I can do” type of thing. I can also understand Portuguese and Italian pretty well, and a little bit of French.
10. My husband and I served in the same mission- but didn’t meet there- and elder that we both new (Jesus Garcia) introduced us at BYU.
11. I love to go boating, surfing, SCUBA diving, and swimming but I’m actually (*sigh* I think this is the first time I’ve admitted it) pretty afraid of the water- mostly going under and having to hold my breath.
12. #11 is probably due to the fact that I’ve almost died TWICE- and both were me nearly drowning.
13. I hate cats. Sorry cat lovers. If it’s any consolation it’s probably because I’m HIGHLY allergic to them. I can tell within 10 minutes of walking into someone’s house if they have a cat.
14. There are a few “girly” things that are really hard for me. I have to force myself to wear jewelry, use a cute purse, wear pink, or spend a lot of money on clothes, makeup and that sort of thing.
15. I’m notoriously “frugal” as I would say- others would probably say cheap.
16. My teenage obsession was the movie Newsies- more particularly the character Spot Collins- if you know the film- he’s the skinny little scrapper from Brooklin. Don’t worry my taste in men has greatly improved over the years!
17. These days one of my hobbies is Real Estate. I really should break down and get my license. I love checking MLS listing sites, as well as and other real estate websites/blogs. If you’re ever looking to move- let me know and I’d love to get your specs and track down some cool deals/places for you.
18. I actually enjoy cooking and entertaining. I think I have knack for picking good, but relatively simple recipes and adapting them from cookbooks, recipe sites, blogs, magazines etc.
19. I’m also one of those crazies who actually enjoys teaching, talking, or performing in front of people. I guess it started in theater productions in high school- for me it’s a natural high/thrill.
20. One of my pet peeves is messy toothpast bottles. Luckily I explained this to my husband when we first got married and we've never had issues. Now with kids though it is much harder to keep all the toohpaste bottles tidy.
21. When I was little, if asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was a whale or dolphin trainer.
22. I believe in aliens. Not little green men per say- but I definitely believe there is life on other planets somewhere.
23. My favorite restaurant is Bombay House- LOVE INDIAN FOOD!
24. I believed in Santa till I was 12. When I was little I “saw” Santa- looking back I think the memory is a combination of real moments as well as a dream- but it’s still hard for me to make perfect sense of today.
25. I’m horrible at spelling. In fact, when I was in third grade I somehow won the class competition and was selected to represent my class in a school-wide spelling bee. I pretended to be sick that day so the runner up would compete because I knew it was just dumb “luck” that had me win.