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Friday, March 20, 2009

Party ova HEEEaaaa!!!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

It's the Ultimate Blog Party! March 20-27. You want in? Click on over and join the fun. Seriously. Everyone is welcome. They've even got a section for dudes! You could be the first (I just checked a couple minutes ago and no one had entered a Mr. Linky in the section.

Oh, did I mention there are prizes? There are! And you don't have to blog to be eligible to win!!! Pretty flippin' great, huh!?

So, I'm supposed to introduce myself to visitors from the party. If you REALLY want to get to know me, look at the top of my blog and click on the About Me page. Otherwise:

I'm Mom to 3 lovely little ladies ranging in age from 5 years to 4 months old. I'm quiverful and have no idea what our family's magic number will be, but I know we have at least one someone still missing.

I'm married to a Chef, which does not make losing the chunks (as my eldest put it) from my bod easy. Not that it would be easy to begin with since I've been mostly full of chunks (with a few breaks) for the better part of my life. :( Still trying to change it back to one of those breaks during which I was a lovely slender size 10, the smallest I've ever been.

We homeschool! This is made significantly easier by the support of my hard working (as in TWO jobs) hubby who also takes part in working with our girls as a teacher - when he has some time.

My hobbies and interests are diverse. I'd say I'm a "Jackie-of-many-trades-master-of-few"! I love to spend time with my fam, hang out with friends, read, write, sing (though I'm REALLY not good at that one!), learn to play the piano with my 5 year old, draw, paint, sculpt, crochet, hook (as in make rugs with those cool kits, but I don't even know the proper name for!), bake, study/research VARIOUS topics, learn, walk, watch movies, garden (hoping to have one for the first time in two YEARS!!), and blogging!

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Currently I'm serving as Activity's Chairperson. However, my main function in my calling has been more of a gatherer... almost a secretary for events and "enforcer". I'll have to share some on that for my regular readers at some point in the near future. Remind me, if you want to hear about it and I seem to have forgotten!

I'm really big on preparedness, even though we don't have a year's supply for each member of our family yet. We also don't have adequate outdoor gear (which I feel is definitely part of the whole preparedness thing!). But we're striving, my "dry Mormon" hubby and me. ^_^

And, as the title of my blog says, We Keep Choosing US! We're staying together through all the troubles and we keep on keepin on!

My Prize Picks:
#7 Ergo Baby Carrier by A Giveaway Addicted Mommy

#25 (1) The Dot Girl’s First Period Kit, (1) Before She Gets Her Period by Jessica Gillooly, PhD and (2) Scensibles Disposal bag 50 pack boxes by Dot Girl First Period Products

USC 52 Pajama School – stories from the life of a homeschool graduate by Natalie Wickham/Pajama School Blog

#10, USC 11, USC 54, USC 54, #19, & #21 are some of my other choices. :)

I just found this awesome Comments game over at Mrs. Marine. I hope you'll play! Here are the directions:

Just leave a comment and answer my question! Then, you ask a question that the next commenter answers. If someone forgets to ask a new question, just answer my question!

My Question:
What's in your Wallet/purse/or diaper bag (the one you carry EVERYwhere)?


NateAndJakesMom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - Lovin' the party!!

I will play along...
My wallet has too many credit cards, too many half used gift cards, pictures of all my kids at various ages, no cash at all (not even change), and a ton of old receipts.

My question:
If you woke up the opposite sex, what name would you want to be called?

The American Homemaker said...

HI! Good to meet you :) I'm LDS too and I've been the activities chairperson more than once! It's a fun calling. What a fun family you have!

I wanna answer the purse question... LOL My purse weighs at least 10lbs and has everything in it!

But if I woke up a member of the opposite sex I think my name would be Angel since my name is Angela, but Angel isn't my favorite boy name, so I wouldn't want that one... LOL My favorite boy name these days is Lochlan.

My question is... if you could take a vacation anywhere and money wasn't an issue, where would you go and who would you take?

Mama Mezzo said...

My turn! Yes, I know finally right, lol.

If I could vacation anywhere and money wasn't an issue I would go home and drive my mom crazy! With hubby in the military we travel a lot but not home as much as we would like. I'd bring the girls and hubby along for the ride since I know I probably couldn't get in her door without them, lol!

My question is....If you had only one day that you could go back and be any age kid again, how old would you be and what would you play?

Anne said...

To answer the question, Id like to be 7 or 8 again- and I would go hang out with my best friend! (With whom I've lost contact with now...)

My question: In your opinion, what makes the worst pet?

ikkinlala said...

In my opinion, a stinkbug makes the worst pet (for some reason we have quite a lot of them, though).

My question is: how long, on average, does it take you to cook breakfast?

Anonymous said...

LoL! I have it easy. I don't cook or eat breakfast. I know I should, no need to lecture. I just have never done it. Party On!

My question: How many hats to you own?

vicki said...

I own a couple of hats but don't wear them.

If you have children...what do you envision having more time for when the children are adults and occupied with their own lives?

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Thanks for stopping by.

What's in my purse? Well my wallet, my coupon book, chapstick and the rest varies by where I am going :D

Carole said...

Great Party! I'll answer Vicki's question, which is easy for me. My kids are grown and occupied with their own lives. I have more time for everything, but find the best is now getting to be Nana.

My question is...why do you blog?

StacieinAtlanta said...

Hi Tori,

I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy

HappyHermit said...

Happy Second Party Day !!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Your family is beautiful. I'm trying to lose the chunks too. Happy blog party week. Nice to me you. Hope you stop by my party too.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

Anonymous said...

I'll answer what I think is the last question. I started blogging to clear my busy brain of the jumbles. I still blog for that reason. I always feel better after getting my thoughts down - just like when I wrote in my diary as a child. Only, I don't do diaries/journals anymore because I'm so disorganized I lose them all the time.

I'm enjoying the blog party :)

Ohana Mama said...

ALoha! Thanks for stopping by Ohana Mama and for grabbing the button to our party this week! Hope to see you more! Sarah

Ok, answering your question - My ATM card and ID, never leave home without them!

New question: what's one place you'd want to travel to for vacation?

April said...

Just going from party to party to see how others are doing this blogging thing.

I love the cute pudgy picture of your youngest...SUPER CUTE!

My prize is #115 check it out!
Have a good weekend blog partyn’!

La Mama Naturale' said...

Hi There!
Thanks for stopping by my party!! Looks like I'll be visiting more often. Would love to know more about homeschooling/unschooling. I'm definitely planning to do so. My favorite carrier is the Ergo but I just rcvd' the Moby and have heard great things about it. Excited to give it a go!

As far as what's in my purse...I carry Clean Well germ spray for times you don't have a place to wash hands, chapstick, misc. receipts, nothing special really! ;)

Answering Ohana Mama's ?- I'd love to go to Italy and Paris!

My ?- What was your first job?

Brea's Mommy said...

Hi great to meet you! Hope you are having fun at the party. I would also like to invite you to link to Show off your Blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post! It not too late feel free to link!

My first job was Hardee's!

Next- What is your favorite book?

Pamela said...

cute blog
Happy UBP!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am new to the blog world.
You have a beautiful family. Will be back soon to read more.

So glad that I found your blog.

Hope you will come by and visit me. This is such a fun party.


auntrene said...

I love this game and played it at Mrs Marine also, I think the last question was from Brea's Mom(I visited her blog a bit ago)
Question was favorite book?My all time favorite book is Gone with The Wind. I love the book and movie, so going with that.... my question is

What is your favorite Movie?

Super Fun Mama said...

I just stopped by, blog hopping as part of UBP 2009. It is very nice to meet you. I have a blog at www.superfunmama.blogspot.com; It's a toddler learning blog. I'd love to have you for a visit! I am loving UBP! Have a magical day. I have a goal of trying to visit 150 blogs per day, whew! Let's hope the little one takes long naps for the next few days.

Sherry said...

Hope you are having as much fun as I am with the party.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D

Have a great week!

Kati said...

Party hopping.. feeling fine! Booty shakin' all around.. pump that jam.. thats what we're getting at! Ooh yea! Party time!!

Happy UBP 2009!!

Kati said...

Party hopping.. feeling fine! Booty shakin' all around.. pump that jam.. thats what we're getting at! Ooh yea! Party time!!

Happy UBP 2009!!

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

You have a lovely family. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is nice to meet you. Happy blog party week.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Hi, it's nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my party - it's fun to meet another mom of 3 girls. Yours are beautiful! :)

Tara said...

Great post! so nice to meet you! thanks for dropping by my party! A Chef??? how cool is that!!!!! i wish! mine is a.....ummmm... BBQ'r! he rocks at the grill! ;O)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog party, nice to meet you!

The last question asked was from auntrene, My favorite movie: "You've Got Mail"

Question to the next commenter: How licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

Kate@Blog Buttons said...

I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.

Eliza@Household Tips Blog said...

Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!

Monik@Pregnancy Blog said...

your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

Monik@Pregnancy Blog said...

your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

Charlene said...

Hi, just stopping by for the UBP09; thanks for dropping by my blogs.

Hope your having fun finding new blogs and "meeting" new bloggers!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

Hello - here on the party route - still trying to meet up with all the blogs - have been to 250+ so far - last day! Lovely to meet your blog!!

Teresa said...

You have a nice blog and family. Thanks for the invite to your blog.
I hope you had a great party.

Colleen said...

I'm still just blog hopping through the Ultimate Blog Party link list. I didn't want to miss out on any blogs... but I just ran out of party time. So... I'm still working my way down the list... even though the party is technically over.
Stop in on my blog if you've got a minute! Or... if you're still up for a party post... you could stop by my party anytime!

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