Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Unfortunately our camera has been broken since our Utah trip (but it should return fixed in a few weeks) so this post won't have any pictures. We've had a lot of fun this Easter! On Friday afternoon Vinson and I went to our friends the Wicker's house to do some easter egg dying. Vinson was very excited about playing with Vivian and Martin, but didn't seem so impressed with the egg dying. I think I plan a lot of things for myself more than Vinson. I'm the one who really wanted to dye eggs.
That evening we invited a LOT of people to come to our house and dye eggs. I had blown out 1 1/2 dozen eggs for the occasion, but Magda was the only one to come. We had learned last year the Czech technique of melting crayons and painting the egg with the crayon. Magda had this technique perfected. She had a bottle with metal lids attached with wire so that she could put wax into the metal lid and put a candle underneath so that the wax would stay melted. To make it work you need to use 1/2 bees wax and 1/2 crayon for the color. Otherwise the crayon will just burn. Then you dip pins into the wax and paint the egg. My first egg wasn't so hot, but I improved immensely and made some pretty awesome eggs! Dan also did amazing on his first and only attempt. Magda said that Dan was the first man she has ever seen doing easter eggs. (Here the men/boys make whips and the girls paint eggs). We had no trouble painting all of the blown out eggs and even some of our cracked hard boiled eggs. It was kind of sad to throw the hard boiled masterpieces away when you wanted to eat the egg. I will post pictures when our camera returns. Saturday morning we returned to the Wickers for an easter egg hunt! It was pretty funny because camouflaged eggs really threw Vinson off.
Sunday night we were spoiled with AMERICAN FOOD! We had ham, green jello, funeral potatoes, and homemade "reese's peanut butter eggs." Ham was the only food that is easily found in Prague. :)
Monday is when Czechs celebrate Easter. The girls decorate eggs and the boys make whips and on easter the boys "lightly tap" the girls bottom and the girls give them an egg. I guess the "bottom tap" is supposed to help girls stay fertile. It's an awful tradition, but kind of fun. Unfortunatly Vinson was sick so we had to cancel all of our whipping appointments :(. He's feeling much better now, but still not back to normal.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Things about Me

Things about me
Rules. . . . .
A. The rules are posted at the beginning.
B. Each player answers the questions about themselves.C. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people by posting their names; then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged. -I won't tag anyone because everytime I have no one has done anything :)
What were you doing ten years ago? I was in 9th grade. I'm one of the only ones I know who actually loved junior high. It seemed to me that every year just got better and better. I couldn't wait to drive, and was signed up for summer drivers ed.
Snacks I enjoy: In the Czech Republic there are these chocolate waffer things called Tatronky that I love! Probably because they're cheap :) When we were in the U.S. I bought 5 bags of chocolate chips to last me. I've munched down 1 and a half of those already. My pregnancy craving right now is oranges. I eat at least one every day. I'll eat any green olive you put in front of me. If I were living in the U.S. I would probably eat cheap chips, yummy salsa, cheese tortillas and peanut butter and jam on bread that you can squeeze into a ball.
Five things on my to-do list today.
1 - Prepare my nursery lesson. This actually takes a while because it's in Czech.
2 - One of my projects is translating the cute nursery handouts into Czech. Dan does the translating I get it ready to make copies.
3 - We're all sick, so I need to pick up some caj (tea).
4 - I've really slacked off on emails lately - but with everyone sick, I might not make it.
5 - Take a nap (Vince woke up at 5:00 in the morning and I let Dan sleep in.)
Things I would do if I were suddenly made a billionaire. Breathe easier. Since we're already in Europe we'd do some traveling. Put a lot of money in savings, a high-yielding savings account in the Czech Republic because the dollar is dropping daily now :( Save some so I can buy a house and pay for Grad. school for Dan. We'll see how much is left. . .
My bad habits
1 - I loose my keys all the time! Well, I put my keys in places Vince can get to them and he does the rest.
2 - I'm definately a lot better than I was in High School, but I double book myself ALL THE TIME!
3 - I procrastinate until after 5:00 to buy food for dinner which means the grocery store is CrAzY! But at least it's across the street.
Jobs I have had.
Fast food crew chief at the Purple Turtle
Ross Dress For Less - everything . . . cutstomer service, fitting rooms, cashier etc.
Vaccuum Sales person (the worst job I've ever had)
BYU Marriot Center and Stadium Janitor.
Park Ranger- I was a tour guide for Timpanogos Cave National Monument
8th Grade teacher - I can't wait to go back in 10 or so years. I still love Jr. High!
I teach random people English here in Prague
MOM! The best job ever - change diapers, play, feed, play, clean, play, bathe, play . . .
Things people don't know about me. I get a thrill in using something completely - all the way. Using pencils until it's impossible to write. Cutting open lotion bottles to get the last little bit. I was the country dance president for BYU for 2 years. Dan can find this little place on my cheek that tickles like crazy. I hate clutter - unfortunately this and my first quirk sometimes make things difficult.