Monday, May 14, 2012

family secrets

For Mother's Day Little Man drew a picture of me with a lovely caption. I guess the family Secret is out:
   

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kid Talk

I have volunteered in Little Man's classroom every Tuesday this school year. He came home from school yesterday a bit sad. When questioned he said, "This next Tuesday is the last one of the school year. I am going to miss you."

Me: Head tilt and furrowed brow, "Ummmmmm Little Man, you will be home with me everyday when school gets out." 

LM: Perking right up,  "OH YA!"

Friday, May 4, 2012

journaling

My Undercover name will forever be blown with this post. I see no other way around it... Ho Hum.

I hate to journal. I have heard about how important it is my entire life. I have tried starting and keeping a journal several times. I have quit several times. I hate it. However, with both my parents deceased, I fervently wish both of them had kept journals. So I decided to at least write one--encompass all-- journal entry for posterity sake. So that when I am gone, none of my offspring can curse me.
I feel your joy and excitement oozing from the screen....

My full name is Jackie Nebeker KIR
I have hated it my whole life for two specific reasons:
1)The question, "Is your name Jacqueline or just Jackie?"  With the answer being, just Jackie, many a jokster called me "just jackie"- Oh hahahahaha.
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2) My fathers birth name was not Nebeker. It was Toniolli. His father was full Italian. I LOVE that fact. My dad changed his name to his step-dads name for his mother when he was 18 because she hated her ex-husband. Mr. Nebeker never adopted my dad and they were not close so I feel a bit of resentment for this name change. I was going to change it back to Toniolli when I was a teenager, but my dad asked me not to out of respect for his mom. I have always regretted this.
 
I was born in Salt Lake City Utah. It was actually a small subsidiary of SLC but I can never remember the name of it. However, I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho (Ammon, Id, really). It was a great place to grow up.

My family was in an airplane accident when I was 8 and my mother died on impact. My dad remarried 6 months later to my first yucky step mother. I am sure she is a lovely lady--but I did not see that side of her--ever. They were married for 10 long and painful years.

I was a funny child and loved to laugh and joke. I am a more serious adult and have wondered where my funny went. I would like to find it again somehow. I have one older sister, Jan and one younger brother, Paul Jay. I love them both immensely and call them OFTEN!

I graduated from Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, and went on to Ricks College (BYU Idaho) in Rexburg, Id, that next fall. I had not planned on going there. In fact I had taken a job as a nanny for some family in Connecticut, but two weeks before I was supposed to go and school started, I just knew it was not the right decision. I quickly made other plans and went to school. Have never regretted this!

I attended BYU Hawaii the last semester of my Sophomore year and LOVED it. I came home and transferred to Weber State University so I could live with my sister in Ogden, Utah. I went for one semester and HATED it with all the hate I had in me and decided to serve a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I left for the MTC two days after I turned 21. I served 18 months in the Washington D.C. North mission,  as a visitor center sister. Which meant I served half the day in the Visitors Center and half the day in an assigned teaching area daily. A great experience. I did keep journals of that time.

When I came home I fully planned on returning to BYU-H but felt as though it was not the right choice-so I transferred to Utah State University- sight unseen. I went for one semester before summer was out.

That summer I worked at the last resort before you hit the North side of the Grand Canyon, called Jacob Lake, with my cousin Troy and several other college students. It was AWESOME! So much fun. While there I made several friends from both BYU and Utah State. One of said friends set me up on a blind date with his friend the weekend school started again in the fall. The date was with Mr. KIR himself. We were married that next summer. Oh what joy and bliss.

We lived in Utah for one year before moving out to Illinois where his family is from. He promised me and my dad that we would only be out here for 5 years. We have been here for 15 years.

I am the mother of three of the best kids around.

I love chocolate and candy. I eat it constantly. It is regularly breakfast and lunch.
I do not have a favorite color as I love many! I especially love yellow, purple, pink, green, blue and orange.
I love to read.
I love to play tennis but don't do it very often anymore.
I love to organize and will organize to relax.
I hate to be cold and would live in Hawaii if Mr. KIR would move there with me.
I love Mexican food. Oh chips and salsa, you are my friend.
I love chef salads with blue cheese dressing.
I learned sign language on my mission and minored in it in college and have no one to practice with and have lost most of my ASL knowledge. This makes me sad.
I wish I knew how to play the piano and sing.
I love to sew and do crafts.
I love to paint--not masterpieces, but walls and furniture. Oh so much fun!
I love to play games but HATE monopoly.
I love cats but do not have one as MR. KIR does not like smelly litter boxes. grrrrr
I love horses but have no horse sense whatsoever.
I love raspberries and fresh pineapple.
I love bacon and will eat an entire package if no one is around to make me share.
I am afraid of deep water that I cannot see in.
I am afraid of scary movies and DO NOT like to be scared.
I love to build Lego creations.
I love pedicures and messages and wish I could get them done on a regular basis.
My favorite movies are The Blind Side and Pride and Prejudice.
I hate country music. It gives me a headache within ten seconds of it entering my eardrums. This causes much frustration to my oldest child.
I suffer from seasonal allergies.
I have depression and have been on medication for years. I hate this fact but am oh so grateful for medication.
I love to shop! However I rarely do this as "no money honey"
I love to travel and get so excited to go new places. This is also a rarity.
I love the look of long hair, but hate the feeling of wet hair on my back and so always keep my hair short.
I hate exercise. Well, loath is probably a better term.
I enjoy crocheting.
I love to spend time with Mr. KIR. He is wonderful and hope with all my hopes that my children are as fortunate as I.
I love the Savior.
My girlfriends are so important to me and keep me sane (well, them and medication-HA) and I need friendship in my life.
I talk--a lot.
I am 5'3" tall
I weigh (did you really think I was going to admit this fact? Let's just say I'm a healthy weight for my height and leave it at that.)
I have blue green eyes and wear contacts/glasses.
I love Diet Cherry Pepsi with lime juice.
I love to garage sale and antique shop.
I used to teach parenting classes to teen moms, parents who had lost their children to the court system and parent forums in the school district. I loved it! I did all the prep work at home and could take my kids with me when I taught the classes. This is one of the only reasons I took the job.
I am not a big cookie fan, but I love cookie dough.


Phew.That's it. Peace Out.