Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dan is coming to Minnesota!!!

Dear Dan,




Here is your first taste of Minnesota. You will love it! We can't wait to meet you!!

Love, The Kucera Family (picture below)

(Emily - I didn't embarrass you did I?)

:)

All in Good Fun

All in Good Fun

Our family likes to tease. Sometimes we take it too far but most of the time it’s all in good fun. Here are a few highlights of what makes me laugh:

Recently:
Reva: Help me, I’m sick and so are the kids.
Jana: Giggling
Reva: Why are you laughing at my pain?
Jana: Cuz you never would’ve made it in Colorado.

Family vacation, hiking Up North:
Jana: Grumble, complain, grumble
Emily: Who wants to kick Jana off the island?

Marla: Dad I had to pay 20 dollars to the health club and I didn’t even use the membership once!
Dad: Well, you’ve made a lot of mistakes that cost WAY more than 20 dollars before.
Marla: …. Heyyyy!!!!

Emily: (staring at me)
Marla: WHAT?!
Emily: I just don’t know how you do that.
Marla: What are you talking about.
Emily: How do you get that much chocolate in the corners of your mouth?

And my personal favorite as of late:

Jacob, age 3: What in the Holy Ghost are you doing?


Friday, December 14, 2007

"Do not eat baby Jesus, put him back on the tree."


This is what I heard when I picked up the phone today. Reva talking to Chloe. Do not eat baby Jesus. It's a great lesson this time of year - don't eat baby Jesus. Just try to listen to him and be nice to people and don't bud in line.

This quote inspired MORE quotes from the worst movie I have ever seen in my ENTIRE LIFE. Now that I've made that clear, here is the funniest part of the whole stupid movie. You can rent it and fast forward to this part. I mean I was almost crying I was laughing so hard. Will Ferrell does have his moments.

"Dear Lord Baby Jesus, or as our brothers to the south call you Jésuz…we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Domino’s, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family, My two beautiful, beautiful, handsome, striking sons, Walker, and Texas Ranger, or T.R., as we call him. And of course my red hot smokin’ wife, Carley, who is a stone cold fox.

Look, I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I'm sayin' grace. When you say grace, you can say it to Grownup Jesus or Teenage Jesus or Bearded Jesus or whoever you want.

Dear Lord Baby Jesus, lying there in your...your little ghost manger, lookin' at your Baby Einstein developmental...videos, learnin' 'bout shapes and colors...

Dear Tiny Jesus, in your golden fleece diapers with your tiny, little fat balled up fists

Look, I like the baby version the best, you hear me? I win the races and I get the money

Dear Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn Baby Jesus, don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent. We’d just like to thank you for all the races I’ve won and the $21.2 million, LOVE THAT MONEY! That I have accrued over this past season. Also due to a binding endorsement contract that stipulates I mention PowerAde at each grace, I just wanna say that PowerAde is delicious and it cools you off on a hot summer day and we look forward to PowerAde’s release of mystic mountain blueberry. Thank you, for all your power and your grace, Dear Baby God, Amen."

Now that I have that out of my system, Merry Christmas baby Jesus. We love you.

Friday, November 9, 2007

New York City - Get A Rope

My birthday has always been a time of TRAVEL. I love to travel on my birthday. It means that instead of dreading getting a year older, I just get really excited like a little kid because it means one word: VACATION!

This year’s trip was to include the following: Running in Central Park, Broadway show, frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity, a tour of the New York library, a stop at Top of the Rock, trip to Dylan’s candy store, a visit to my favorite deli (Zeyten’s), the Museum of Natural History tour and shopping – lots of it. So, I ask you, what better place than NEW YORK CITY to do all these things?! (and kind of necessary too, since this is the only place where you can find all these things).

This trip exceeded all of my expectations. I stayed with a dear friend named Olesya who stocked her fridge with organic yogurt and cut up strawberries for me, kept her cubboards full of bare naked granola (my new favorite) and showed me how to cut mangos in an awesome way. She lives in Spanish Harlem and attends the Harlem ward. My favorite part of New York was the sounds, listening to a heartbeat of the city that never sleeps. Just going outside was like a museum to me.

Here are a few pictures:




Frozen Hot Chocolate Free! Happy Bday to me, compliments of Olesya
Phantom of the Opera $39.00
Sweatshirt at Dylan’s Candy Bar $24.00
Ticket to New York $164.00
Olesya splashing me in the rowboat
in the middle of Central Park PRICELESS

Emily Coles Kucera

Below is what you get when you google ‘Emily Kucera’. You get her Derby Days 5K race results.

Derby Days Turf 5K
... MN 32:39 10:32 68 12 W15 Tessa Kolan, 15*, Northfield, MN 32:55 10:37 69 19 W30 Marla Kucera, 32*, Shakopee, MN 33:07 10:41 70 15 W20 Emily Kucera, 23*, ...www.vacationsports.com/derbydaysresults07.html -

Let me reminiscence for a minute about the beauty of running a race with Emily Kucera.

She doesn’t let you quit. She makes you keep going. She puts up with your whining and crying. She even lets you cheat by taking a shortcut during the race while half the runners are watching (this is ALL hypothetical of course!). And during the race, when you feel you are about to give up, she says things like ‘HEY! WE ARE A TEAM! COME ON! I WON’T LEAVE MY SISTER [I mean hypothetical girl or boy] BEHIND! NOW GET YOUR BUTT MOVING AND LET'S FINISH THIS RACE!’

I’m pretty sure there were some other analogies during the race. She just kept coming up with them. Ok, and the other person she was dragging along was ME. I can admit defeat. I’m a grown-up (not).

The kicker was at the end. Really, it was. I got my second wind and started to run my guts out. And dare I say, Emily was impressed. The funny thing was, I knew it was because she stayed by me. She was rooting for me. My sister! I kept yelling at her – ‘Pass me! For the love of Pete, just pass me!’ but she wouldn't and I think she was even quoting scriptures somewhere in the middle of all of that, being the fine returned missionary that she is.

And look, here are our times:
69 19 W30 Marla Kucera, 32*, Shakopee, MN 33:07 10:41
70 15 W20 Emily Kucera, 23*, Minnetonka, MN 33:07 10:41

I find it interesting that she was 23 and I was 32 at the time. Just a little numbers thing I like to notice.

She had the same time as me, both of us crossing the finish line, Emily - side by side me - slow & extremely pokey who didn’t particularly feel like running that day... because sisters don’t leave sisters behind.

Love you EM!

PS When’s our next race?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

How about hibernation people? Who's with me.

Hibernate. The word that comes to mind when Minnesota starts its “snow business”.
Hibernate:
1 : to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state
2 : to be or become inactive or dormant

I think I’m ok with either one of these definitions. They both sound lovely. And it sounds like a perfect Minnesota winter activity. And looky here what I found – human hibernation. It could happen!

Human hibernation (from wikipedia.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibernation)
There are many research projects currently investigating how to achieve "induced hibernation" in humans.[1][2] This ability to hibernate humans would be useful for a number of reasons, such as saving the lives of seriously ill or injured people by temporarily putting them in a state of hibernation until treatment can be given. NASA is also interested in possibly putting astronauts in hibernation when going on very long space journeys, making it possible one day to visit far away stars.

So in conclusion: Hey NASA! When you finally figure this thing out, give me a ring. I want a long, winter nap. Just put me to sleep for the whole darn thing please – knock me out good!


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween with the little ones

Can you say darling? Ok - Jacob's face is just a treat. And Chloe - in the back smiling like that reminds me of Reva, just happy to exist. What fun temperments.



Later on, Jake told his mama that he didn't want to be a lion. He wanted to be a SUPERHERO. So she gathered her kids and went to the store. All they could find was a Power Ranger's costume. So that's what they got. See below. I like how the mask makes him have a pig nose.



I loved answering the door last night. Seeing all the kids' costumes. See them smile with delight and grab the candy with flushed cheeks and sparkly eyes. I loved when Jake and Chloe came home, candy in hand, with victorious Halloween conquering smiles. I grinned when Jake came over to me and looked up at me with his big blue eyes and said 'there were lots of other houses but I wanted to go home. Priceless! Long live Halloween in the eyes of a child.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Things I love about my daddy

Jana and I love to'get to' my dad. We love to tease him. It's almost like we just can't help it.

Sometimes, we ask him about the kind of trees that in our yard, or the name of the squirrel that he just missed by inches in the middle of the road as he didn't even pretend to swerve, or we'll ask where someone would find 'that kind of rock' to put in their front yard. There is no end to the enormity of entertainment we find in amusing ourselves at his expense.

The thing is, our dad is really knowledgeable. He knows a lot of things, without coming off as a know-it-all. And that's a pretty neat talent to have. But let's get back to teasin him...

I love how he rolls his eyes when I tell him I forgot to put the oil cap back on the car or the way he grins at me when I've done something even more stupid. Or especially the way he looks at Jana and me when we are messing with him. He gets this expression of ... I can't even describe it. It's just plain freakin hilarious. Come over sometime, and Jana and I will put on a show. We won't even charge you - it's on the house. And it will be really good, scout's honor.

Here's a big shout out to mi papa!!! Love you daddy!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Everyone else is doing it!

This is my first blog entry. How exciting is this? It seems like everyone these days keeps in touch via blogs. Isn't that sad? I learn more about people reading things on the internet than I do from talking to them in person. I'm not sure why that is, but I'll definitely let you know when I find out.

The picture to the left is my dear sister Emily. She's in Utah at BYU. Recently I saw an email address that said WhyisJamie@BYU.net and it cracked me up. Why is Emily at BYU? Cuz she needs to graduate. But I miss her. I call her often and tell her random things about my life and my observations on everything under the sun. This picture is when we went and ate at the Cheesecake Factory - which was to die for by the way - and here are Reva and Jana.

I love my sisters. There are no four sisters more different than we are. At the same time, there are no four people who look more alike than we do - or at least that's what everyone says. I can't say that we look alike except sometimes when I'm looking at photos I will say to myself is that me or Emily? At any rate, it's only fitting that my first blog is dedicated to my sisters. The women that listen to me, that love me with the 'no matter what type love', and the ones that know me better than I know myself.

Cheers to all the sisters in the world!