I love you. So Much. Thank you for everything that you have done for me. Your actions, decisions, love and kindness have made me who I am today. I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for making me, well... Me.
Ummm... I don't really know! I should have made Cooper write this post because he could probably come up with something crazy that makes us different...
Different from what? Different from our other friend's families? Um... we are younger, and we travel A LOT. I guess that makes us different. We always up and leaving for a quick getaway to Sun Valley, or California, Boise, or Denver. We like to just up and go. Not many people can do that and I guess that is something that makes us "different"...
I am going to speak for all of us on this one.... This makes us ALL happy...
Yes... that is a map of Disneyland, folks. It is one place that we ALWAYS go EVERY time we are in California. I LOVE Disneyland despite the high prices, the thousands of people and the trillions of germs more than any place that we can go as a family. I love seeing Marcus' face when we meets Micky Mouse for the hundredth time. I love when Cooper and I get to go on Indiana Jones together while Marcus hangs with Aunt Maddi... I love eating their churros, and having cinnamon sugar goodness all down the front of my shirt. Anyway, I love that it is a great place where we are ALL so happy.
For those of you who already know but need to be told again for some unknown reason, Mel and I (and Marcus) happen to be LDS, or as it is more commonly known, Mormon. Obviously by way of stereotypes that aren't based on any sort of fact within the last century this means we are also polygamists. Which means I'm failing miserably by having only 1 wife. So this blog will be a short thought trainwreck that explores my options for a second wife. Now, before I make things awkward for anyone I am limiting to people Mel and I don't personally know.
Now, one of the keys of polygamy is that both the husband and wife(ves) approve of the choice, since the new wife isn't just married to me she's also involved in Mel's life as family its important that it doesn't throw things off too much. Sadly this means I can't just throw out a list of super hot females like Scarlett Johansen, Jessica Biel, and others.... SO I guess the best place to start is going to be at what we (ok, mel's asleep and not involved in this post at all at the moment so that should be I) would need.
First things first, her personality is super important, she has to have a great sense of humor as well as being great in social events. I think we would both want her to be someone that people tend to gravitate towards and want to listen/speak with. After that you've got her background, and someone from a good family who knows what they want is key. Now, I've already got one amazing wife who happens to be white, and in todays forced politically correct world I'd hate to be seen as racist by only having white women with me so it should probably be someone of a different ethnic heritage. While Mel and I want a large family I think that would be the new woman's choice, but if she happens to have a great career that's awesome too! It's also important that she's politically knowledgeable so Mel isn't the only one to listen to me gripe. Looks? Well, Mel is gorgeous already, so I don't need yet another trophy wife.
I guess after all this its fairly obvious who Im talking about.... I mean it comes down to either Eva Mendes or Oprah Winfrey, and as much as I love Eva for having been in 2 fabulous movies (2fast 2furious and training day) I think Oprah Winfrey wins out with her 5 billion dollars and her own personal tv network, plus I kinda think she might be a lesbian (not that there's anything wrong with that) or at the very least not into massively awesome white dudes, so I don't have to worry about any bed time awkwardness. Also, since Mel is already my perfect girl already the only role she doesn't fill for me is sugar mama, and lets face it, Oprah would be the ultimate sugar mama.... except maybe JK Rowling and her billions and more physically attractiveness (not to mention being a better story teller) But then I'd be accused of being racist again so.........
Yep, you just read all that, and I apologize, as does this small kitty.
But that's about all... I mean, what else can you expect from a 1am post?
Day 19- Nicknames You have and Why You Have Them (Part one)
Nicknames are the best! Here are a few of mine... I'll have to have Cooper come on today and explain all of his too!
Mel, Melly- Shortened Version of Melanie
Mel Rose- My name is "Melanie Rose" and my mum and family called me "Mel-Rose" growing up.
WaterMelanie- My mum had a friend named Lynn that called me that. She liked giving people fruit names I guess? She called my friend Ayla "Ayla Papaya".
Melicious -A nickname in Highschool that my friend Carrie called me. It sounds mean (MELicious and MALiciouis...) but it was out of love... I think.
Mel-Mel-Growing up my good friend Maeve and her family called me "Mel-Mel". It stuck and they still call me that. I actually call Maeve "Maeve-O" and probably always will. Even when we are both wrinkly and old.
Smelly Melly, Smell- My cousin Jessica and her family call me "Smelly Melly". Jessica is called "Messy Jessie". We have called each other that for as long as I remember! Since we have gotten older, it has been shorted to "Smell" and "Messy" or "Mess".
Marky- This is what some people call him... Mainly his cousins and some of our friends.
Marky Mark- His "uncle Ben" calls him that.
Bug/Buggy- One day he wanted to be called "Buggy" for the day. It stuck. I call him "Buggy" or "Bug" quite a lot.
Bubba/Bubbas- LOTS of us in his family call him either "Bubba" or "Bubbas" and we have since he was itty bitty... I think I still called him that when he was in my tummy.
Hmm... Well, lets think...we are Planning on going to see my family in Denver this December, which we are all really looking forward to. We are also Planningon going to Sun Valley to see Cooper's family for Christmas, and celebrating with his little brother Cody on the last Christmas before his two year mission in Mexico City, Mexico for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
We are Dreaming of going to Hong Kong sometime, (That is where Cooper served his LDS mission...) and we have a Goal to get there before this time next year.
Day Thirty: Someone You Would Want to Switch Lives With for One Day and Why
I think I'd want to switch days with Cooper. I'd like to see what goes on in his head and how busy he is at work. I mean, I KNOW that Cooper is busy at work and has lots of things on his plate. I think that switching a day with him would make me appreciate it more and help me not get upset when he wants to watch a show instead of take out the trash... Plus it would be nice for him to have to clean the house and have Marcus talk his ear off all day and worry about dinner and groceries and things!
(hmmm.... maybe I don't need to switch days with him to try harder at this anyway...?)
Personally I believe the first thing I need to do, and sadly its the first post I've made on our blog, is to apologize. Today's post is supposed to be a picture of me, and sadly (for you, the reader, at least) instead of a picture of my beautiful wife, you are stuck with me. I mean, it's not all bad. You could be stuck looking at a picture of a pimply faced grease covered teen who makes Steve Erkel seem like a dream boat hidden behind a nerdy facade (see what I did there?) Or you could be stuck looking at some dude who happens to be a snorlax in human guise.
Fortunately for you I have found a picture of me that does not actually show me, but my beautiful wife Melanie. It also happens to be one of my favorite pictures from our wedding nearly 4 years ago. 4 years! HOLY CRAP it's already been nearly 4 years, which is almost five which is half of ten which can be rounded up to twenty which is 2/3rds of 30 which means we can round up to our 50th wedding anniversary already! Anyone know what the gift is for the 50th?
Don't worry if my math is a little skewampis, that tends to happen. Anyways, after this lazily written and lackadaisically designed post I feel the urge to do something productive, like play some legos with Marcus.
Day Fifteen: Put your iPod on Shuffle and Record the First 10 Songs that Play
...Speaking of Music.
You may be wondering why Arlo Gunthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" is playing during this month of November...Well, growing up for as long as I can remember, we listened to this twenty minute song EVERY Thanksgiving at Noon. It is a tradition. It is one of the "family traditions" that I have tried to keep every Thanksgiving.
Just in case you don't want to listen, or you are enjoying this little piece of "Melanie History" on an iPhone where you simply cannot hear this song, I'll give you the summary of it from the awesome wikipedia.com...
""Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (commonly referred to simply as "Alice's Restaurant") is one of the singer-songwriter Arlo Gunthrie's most prominent works, a musical monologue based on a true story that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965, and which inspired a 1969 movie of the same name. In an interview for All Things Considered, Gunthrie said the song points out that any American citizen who was convicted of a crime, no matter how minor, (in his case, it was littering), could avoid being conscripted to fight in the Vietnam War."
Needless to day, if you are facing being drafted, just walk into the psychiatrist's office and say, "Shrink, you can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant." And walk out.
Anyway... back to the "Thirty Days of Us".... Here are the lists...
1. Black Eyed Peas, "Now Generation", The E.N.D.
2. Mairi Campbell &Dave Francis, "Auld Lang Syne", Sex and the City (Original Motion Picture)
Day 12- How You Found out About Blogging and Why You Have One
I don't remember HOW I found out about blogging, but I can tell you WHY. I think having a blog is a great way for people to see what you are up to. Many of my family members and my far-away (and not so far-away) friends read this to see what our little family is doing. It's a great way to keep in touch, and also to share pictures and memories. I have attempted to make one various times before, but I could never really stick with it. This one, especially because of jump starting it with "Thirty Days of Us" has helped me be a more regular blogger.
I also keep a Recipe Blog called Faux Pas(ta). It's a collection of low-carb recipes. When Cooper and I first started eating low-carb, I found that the recipes available on many sites were not so delicious, and many were just forms of meat and cheese. I mean, c'mon people. That's gross. SO, I decided to create my own low-carb recipes by modifying the recipes that we already enjoy into some low-carb versions.
Cooper always makes fun of me for my "online friends". We have a private bulletin board that a handful of us all get on and talk about everything and anything. Now, they are not all just "online friends" because I've met a good majority of them! Here are a few pictures!
Kate and her two little girls Charlotte and Victoria, Jenna and her daughter Audrey, Melanie and Marcus, and Brittney and her daughter Maddy all at the Hogle Zoo Early in 2008.
Juls, Katie and Melanie (With Milo Soaking Up the Attention!) during Katie's Salt Lake City Visit March 2010
Melanie, Juls, Katie and Lacey at Katie's Wedding June 2010
Katie, Melanie and Kate at a Fun Sunday Lunch at Kate's House this Past Summer.
Day 10- Songs you Listen to When You are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad.
Hmmm... This one is really hard! Especially since this is a family blog and Cooper and I do not have the same music preferences! Plus, my music changes all the time! Hmmmm... I guess I'll just do mine.
Day Nine- Something You are Proud of From the Last Few Days
Hmmm...Let me think...
I am proud of Marcus. Recently, Cooper's office has been busy, busy, busy, filling orders from all over the world. I have come in the past few days and have been helping fill the orders by putting labels on packets and boxes. Anyway, Marcus has been such a trooper because we have been at Burn Free for the past few days. Marcus has been playing and having lots of fun and keeping out of trouble while I have been working. It's been really great!
Day Eight- Short Term Goals for this Month and Why.
Really? This is a dumb one! Um.... Considering it's November, I guess our short term goal for this month would be to NOT gain a thousand pounds on stuffing? That IS why they call it stuffing after all, because you are stuffed like a big, fat teddy bear after you eat it all up... yum!
(Okay, who are we kidding... getting stuffed on stuffing when you have not had it in a calendar year is pretty dang awesome. I can't wait!)
Day 7- A Picture of Someone/Something that has the Biggest Impact on You.
Okay, it is SO hard to choose a single person who has had the biggest impact on us... so here is a big huge group... our family...(prepare for another picture overload!) ...Now, I know that I have missed A BUNCH of pictures of people in our families who have really have supported and loved us and in doing so has touched our lives so much. (It just means we need some good pictures of you!)
We love you.
Uncle Jimmy (and their doggie, I)
Great Grandpa Don and Great Grandma Charlene
Great Grandpa Bill And Great Grandma Nancy
Jeremy, Jessica, Tyler, Lindsay, Aunt Traci, Uncle Doug, Johnny, Lindsay, Kristal and Chris
Day Six: What is Your Favorite Super Hero and Why?
Well, in this house...
We think that IronMan is pretty darn awesome. He wasn't born with any special abilities, (except his super smart brain, and lets face it, it's REALLY good to be smart!) he didn't get bitten by a radioactive spider, nor did he fall into a vat of toxic waste... He was smart enough to make his own super suit! How many superheroes can say THAT...?!
Cooper and I have been to Hawaii Twice. Cooper and I went in 2006 for the 2007 New Year with his family, And Marcus went to Hawaii once when he was itty bitty in 2007 (almost three months old). These are pictures of both of our trips. (Prepare for a picture overload...)
Okay, this isn't really an "us" post... It's more of a me post, because I cannot comment on what Cooper or Marcus' bad habits that they think they might have... so here is my list, I'm sure it is just a portion, because I have plenty of them....
...I don't update my blog(s) as often as I should...I say "like". Like, a lot...I pick at my acne...I don't read my scriptures nearly enough as I should...I play with my tongue against my teeth quite often...I always am checking my phone like I'm waiting for an important phone call. All. The. Time...I sometimes forget to take my medicine and my vitamins on a daily basis...I say, "Sorry" too much, even for things that I shouldn't really care about...I'm really bad at putting my clothes away after I wash them...I almost always forget to floss, and forget about using mouthwash...I talk during movies...I'm really bad at taking pictures of important things...
Now, this isn't a part of the "30 Days of Me Challenge", but... I'm adding it anyway. Because I prefer not to end on a bad note, so here are some really good habits that I have...
...I always tell my family that I love them all the time. No matter what...I always say "bless you" when I hear people sneeze (even if I don't know them)...I hold doors open for people...I say "please" and "thank you"...I write thank you notes...Our family prays together...I sing in the car...
Okay, back again! Yeah! Two days in a row. I swear this is a record in my family blogging history!
Day Two: The Meaning Behind Your Blog Name
Well, our blog name is pretty simple:
Our last name. Cooper Jenson, Melanie Jenson, and Marcus Jenson.
According to Merriam-Webster online, "Jaunt" is "to make a usually short journey for pleasure." (Also, the origin is unknown, but the first known use was in 1575! Amazing what you can learn online!) We take quite a few trips, some for the weekend, some for a week, some for an hour. We love our outings and take them frequently together. Also, life is short people! Enjoy it all the time. We are sure taking pleasure in our short time here.
As many of you may know, I am a family blog slacker. My Recipe blog is okay, I update it pretty regularly, but my family blog... um. No. Not so much. I have come to make amends my dear readers. And to kick start this right, I am going to post a "Thirty Days of Us". Come back every day for a new post!