Saturday, February 28, 2009

Funny, Our nine names :)

Shaylee Rae Mecham, Joseph Mark Mecham

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first 4 letters of real name plus izzle)
Shayizzle, Joseizzle

3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal)
Pink Dog, Blue Cheetah

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (your middle name and the street you live
on) Rae WestMain, Mark Westmain

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name,
first 2 letters of ur first name)
Mecsh, Mecjo

6. YOUR SUPERHERO NAME: (color of your shirt, favorite candy)
Blue Reeses, Black blue reeses Pieces

7. YOUR JAPANESE NAME: (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter first
name, first two letters of your middle name, last two letters of your first name
then last three letters of your last name.)
haraeeham, osmaphham

8.YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (both parents middle name)
Renee Allen, Carl Oswald

9.YOUR GOTH NAME: (black, and the name of one of your pets)
Black Bandit, Black Bud

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


We have officially turned in our adoption paperwork, we are completing our online stuff, flying through it as fast as we can actually.

We want to know if you guys want to help us network! We are going send out copies of our collage and business cards (when they get printed) and we wanted to get feel for who is interested in having some and passing them along. Let us know in a comment we'll ask for addresses after our online stuff is approved and ready to go up.

Bloggers, I am designing a button that will link to our adoption blog, and we wondering who would be willing to post that on their blogs.

Thanks so much!!


Friday, February 20, 2009

The First Five....

The first five people...
to leave a comment on this blog will receive something made by me.
However there are some limitations

1. I make no guarantee that you will like what I make.
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It will be done this year. (might take a while)
4. You have no clue what it is going to be.
5. I reserve the right to do something really fun.

Here the catch, if you choose to do this. You must post this on your blog and be ready to make something for five people too. This will be fun! When you receive the fabulous item I make you, you must post a picture of it on your blog.


Ha Ha, timing is everything!!

After my last post this is really funny, I was online checking my old school email and what do my eyes behold?? this:

The Details:

The campaign has been organized to educate the public on pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety. “While the city is doing everything it can to improve safety, education is a major component to the program,” said Shawn Larsen, mayor of Rexburg. “This safety campaign requires participation from all parties—pedestrians and drivers.”

As part of the campaign, the City of Rexburg has developed a 10-point safety plan, which was initiated after the death of a second pedestrian at the crosswalk at Third South and Second West in Rexburg. The plan includes community education, improving walking routes to and around schools, increasing enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle safety laws, and inspecting and evaluating city crosswalks.

BYU–Idaho, along with the City of Rexburg, encourage the campus community to Share the Road.

What is the 10 point plan you ask?
here it is...
1.Community education using PSA's, website, billboards and other media forms.
2. Installing new pedestrian safety signs.
3. Improving walking routes to and around schools.
4. Increasing education efforts at schools.
5.Increasing enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle safety laws.
6. Inspection and evaluation of all crosswalks withing the city by independent source; with particular emphasis on arterial routes.
7. Rotating speed limit trailers that tell drivers their speed to get motorists to slow down.
8. Long-term infrastructure improvements through the city.
9. Increasing availability of safety classes to resolve pedestrian, bicycle and associated citations.
10. Increasing bike lanes throughout the city.



Thursday, February 19, 2009

uuuuuuggggh!Rexburg Driving Rant.

I DO NOT like driving here in Rexburg!! One might think that living in a small collegiate town that people could read and comprehend road signs!! Not the case! I thought that people here would be more intelligent seeing as how 70% (not a real statistic, just speculation) of the population of Rexburg are college students. STOP means that your car actually needs to stop, and stop BEHIND the white line, not in the crosswalk.
Crosswalks are meant to be used...walk within the safety of the two parallel white lines that lead to the other side of the road, look BOTH ways (Right and Left) and check for stupid drivers who won't see you, even if you are wearing a bright green coat.I reserve the right to honk at people who are "j-walking", especially when they are near (a few feet away) from a crosswalk, and I yield for those who use crosswalks. Pedestrians, you need to wear reflective or light colored clothing at night to be seen, wearing black=not a good idea! If there is a pole with a push button that will illuminate a flashing light to alert oncoming vehicles, use it!
Drivers, a roundabout is a really cool thing, do not fear. Yield does not mean stop. Do not yield while inside the roundabout. In the Rexburg roundabout there are two lanes the inside lane goes all the way around and through the roundabout, the outer lane leads to the right ONLY!! (true story, this dummy flies around me and uses the outside lane and tries to cut me off inside the roundabout!!)
When there is snow on the ground avoid the roads in Rexburg, expect inexperienced drivers at every turn if you chose to brave the streets. While I was in school, on snowy days I would walk to class (most days I walked anyway), it is literally safer to walk than to share the road with the crazies. Yes the cold,wet,white stuff is snow and it makes the road slick, SLOW DOWN & DO NOT TAILGATE! When the road is all shiny, it doesn't mean that the road is squeaky clean, it means ICE!! SLOW DOWN!!
I know that Rexburg roads don't help either, with potholes so large you can land on the other side of the world when you hit one, or at least risk bodily injury. And intersections that should be 4-way stops that aren't and streets that have multiple 2 and 4-way stops. And many thanks to the lovely people who plow our roads, I appreciate your effort but what in the world makes you think that leaving mountains (not an exaggeration) of snow on street corners is a good idea? You can't see around them!

Thanks for listening (or reading) my little rant. I hate the driving here and I revel in the beauty of summer semester here when most of the population is gone, off track, summer sales, internships etc... a time when I can drive the roads of Rexburg and not fear the crazies! With that said I hope that you are all safe and can avoid driving situations like those found here in Rexburg.


Friday, February 13, 2009


I have been overwhelmed with beautiful emails and comments, I appreciate them so so much!!
Thanks everyone!



Sorry this will probably be a long post, been busy and have a lot to share!

1. Baptisms!: 3 of them... the triplets! It was an amazing baptism and I feel so blessed to have been a participant, and an onlooker. I played piano for the baptism (been a LONG time since I have done that and this is the first time since my little hand surgery last year)The spirit was so strong there and so sweet, given the chaos of three little ones being baptized. Cody's stands out the most to me, he came up out of the water and said "I did it! I did it!" he was so excited!

2. Mommy boot camp: I have been babysitting two boys (an infant and a toddler) and they were sick. I refer to this night as my mommy boot camp, if you ever want to see if you are cut out for parenthood, watch sick kids. Both could really scream, and when the baby cried the toddler would join in, and try to out do his younger brother. It was hard, I ended up rocking the baby with one arm, sitting on the floor next to the toddler's bed using the spare arm to rub his back because he needed to sleep but would scream if I left his side. After that long night I still want to be Mommy, I think that it will be easier when I am the Mommy. It would also be easier if I had 4 arms, proof that we didn't evolve because mothers would have 4 arms and real eyes in the back of their heads, and the ability to read minds. lol.

3. Joseph: We went to his neurologist, and things are looking good. We are still keeping a close watch on any and all things that could be seen as symptoms. He gets really tired by the end of the week, but I am doing my best to make sure he eats enough to sustain his body and take naps to re-energize. He is my miracle. I love him lots and lots!

4. Adoption!: We turn in our paperwork on Saturday the 21st at 12 noon!! Woo hoo! After that our online profile goes up and hopefully quickly we will be approved then it's up to a birth mother to chose us to become parents... we have felt pushed and we are sprinting to the finish. Phew! We are so happy and... the $$ we have put in to pay for the homestudy (or paperwork) is tax deductible and should give us the $$ to pay the transfer fee when we move to Washington!! :)

5. A picture to make up for the long post, our little buddy! He is so sweet and cute. And I get to babysit him!! His parents call me his girlfriend since I was the only one he would kiss (for months!)


Friday, February 6, 2009

Joe's Engine

These are pictures that Joseph took of the engine that he is rebuilding with his partner is his engine rebuild class.


My cuddly new rag quilt!

I made this, yes Joe helped too, he helped to cut the squares and lay out the pattern. This is the first quilt I have made without a mom, and on my own sewing machine.
Isn't it cute? It's a cuddly one too, very soft and warm, what a fun project. Thanks to Mama Mecham for the idea!


Thursday, February 5, 2009

My wishlist of Adoption Books

Thanks to a friend who gave us a list of children's books about adoption I looked them up and found lots of books, and it makes me really excited to eventually collect a few and share them with future adopted children!

So here's the list:

Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies
by Ann Turner

Horace by Holly Keller

Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers by Mary Ann Hoberman

Over the Moon: An Adoption tale by Karen Katz

Tell me again about the night I was born by Jamie lee Curtis

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon

Motherbridge of Love by Xinran

Thanks M


Monday, February 2, 2009

25 Things

I got tagged to do this on Facebook, but I thought it would be fun to put on the blog too. Enjoy!

1. I LOVE my hubby! He is the bestest! I am so lucky to be his wife.

2. I never really planned on graduating from college. No, I did not go to get my MRS degree, got it anyway and a Bachelor degree too!

3. I cannot wait to get out of Rexburg, I am tired of this college town.

4. My dream career is to be a mom, always has been.

5. I love candles, and I love they glow and flicker and how they make my home smell so good!

6. I have wanted to learn how to play the guitar forever, now I have one and time to learn I love to play until my fingers hurt.

7. I love when Joe calls me sweetheart or babe (or others) but it's annoying when strangers call me "hun".

8. Phone solicitors hang up on me, they ask if my mom is home, I guess I just sound really young.

9. I love being in the primary, I prefer it over Relief Society.

10. I love teaching children, I have taught swimming lessons, piano lessons and been a primary teacher for years.

11. I love to cook, I love to try to do new things, but I get nervous when our friends try them.

12. I don't know how many kids I want, but Joe and I compiled a list of names we like, first and middle. We have twelve names?!

13. I can't wait to paint my walls, that is when we have our own home.

14. I don't have a favorite color, I like most colors. But for a long time everyone thought my favorite color was pink, I got things in pink mostly because my sisters wouldn't touch anything pink.

15.I love music, I am happy when my home is filled with good music.

16. I was given a sewing machine that resided in the closet in the spare room until recently, I am finishing up a flannel rag quilt. We'll see how that turns out.

17. We are adopting! We turn in our paper work soon!!!! And we are so excited! This is kind of funny, because people used to think that I was adopted, someone even asked my mom if I was adopted.. so funny!

18. I love to read, I have a list of 10+ books I wanted to read or re-read after graduating.

19. I love sunflowers, they are such a happy and hopeful flower, I also like daisies and roses. But I would rather be given a flower to plant, I hate when pretty flowers die.

20.I like to blog, and I am constantly looking at other peoples blogs.

21. I just graduated and already have plans for more schooling, no not a master's degree or anything but I would love to get a cosmetology license.

22. I have never been out of the continental US but I would love to explore in other countries, like Brasil, because Joe went there on his mission.

23. I have naturally curly hair, so part of my morning routine is to check the weather channel online and see how humid it is. Too much humidity= frizzy, just enough= perfect curls, and low humidity = straight hair.

24. I love movies, but I have fallen out of love with movie theaters I would rather be home where it is clean and where I can cuddle with my hubby or lay out on the floor with a blanket while watching movies.

25. I love the gospel I love teaching it to children and helping to build their little testimonies, I love to go to the temple, and look forward to every chance I get to go. I love our ward and our bishopric, and I will be sad to leave them all, when we move.