Saturday, August 16, 2008

Look Who's 30!


Thirty Things About Jack

1. His first name is actually Christopher

2. His only ‘B’ in college was in Child Development

3. He is among the 33% of people who suffer from brain freeze while eating ice cream

4. Jack is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being part of the “Largest Bingo House in the World,” Dodger Stadium, 2006

5. Every time the movie Castaway comes on TV, he feels compelled to watch it

6. When he drives by the ocean on dark nights, he wonders what it would have been like to have been Viking. For the first time in my life this makes me wonder – What WOULD it have been like to have been a Viking???

7. He’s been told he looks like Urban Meyer.

8. Jack's Pet Peeve: Misuse of the phrase “price gouging”

9. When the doctor told us our first two children were girls, he got choked up. When he told us our third was a boy, he made a fist and said, “YES.” He also got choked up:

10. When Paul Hamm won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2004

11. When Carrie Underwood won Season 4 of American Idol

12. His favorite dessert is Jello No-Bake Cheesecake (what a waste of my talents)

13. About 4 times a year he “gets crazy” and flosses his teeth

14. Yes - as the legend goes - While I was in the hospital in labor with Leah, he was at home drafting his fantasy football team. The WHOLE story, however, is that I insisted he do it against his persistent argument to the contrary. (There will be plenty of other labors. That was his only chance that season to have a dominant team)

15. He can play Journey’s “Faithfully” on the piano, perfectly.

16. You know how, when you make microwave popcorn, you inevitably wind up with a bunch of kernels at the bottom of the bag? Jack eats those.

17. Favorite teams: ASU (anything)

18. Football: Denver Broncos

19. Basketball: LA Lakers

20. Baseball: Chicago Cubs

21. The only thing that puts him in a bad mood is the song “Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot.” (He's quick to point out however, that he could care less if paradise is paved. He just thinks it's the worst song of all times)

22. Other minor sources of irritation include Manu Ginobili, Maggie Gyllenhaal & the WNBA

23. Jack is an excellent climber and has hiked to the top of Mount Whitney, Olancha Peak, Half Dome, Mount Timpanogas, et al...

24. Number of times I’ve taken him to the ER since we’ve been married: 3

25. He never bites his straws or toothbrushes. His straws and toothbrushes are always in beautiful condition.

26. Favorite song: Bruce Hornsby’s Mandolin Rain

27. Jack is the anti-metro. It takes him 5 minutes to get ready. The only product he uses is a bar of soap. His wardrobe? He still wears a shirt that says, “BYU Intramural Champion 2002" (which, by the way, proclaims that he "Brought His 'A' Game").

28. He owns stock in Under Armour. (He'd say, "No Katie.
I own A stock in Under Armour.")

29. He’s voting McCain

30. He has a battery of hidden talents. When we were in high school, he surprised me with a doll he made using an old pair of jeans, a pillowcase, yarn, paint, a needle and thread. (Just don’t tell the baseball team). It’s the one thing I would save in a fire.

Did I miss anything? Feel free to add with a comment.
Happy Birthday Jack!


Kristin said...

30a. In the spirit of the unibomber, he made home-made bombs as a kid with pop cans, gasoline, duct tape, and gun powder (which was removed from shotgun shells). Luckily, the gun powder never exploded because we put about 4 shells' worth of gun powder in each can/bomb.

30b. In protest of the actions of an incompetent fantasy football league manager, Jack dropped his entire team from his roster ... twice.

30c. He received the 2002 intramural football championship shirt after scoring an 80 yard touchdown with no time left on the clock ... if anything, he should wear it more often.

30d. In ten years Jack will truly be a man ... when he's 40.

Lorie said...

Dang I wish I had some good dirt on my cousin. But alas, I have nothing.

Happy Birtyday Jack!

quesetescapa said...

He won the Pop Warner Football Scholarship to BYU. Right?

Dana Mania said...

I think Phil and Jack can be BFFs. Except Phil does use shampoo with his bar of soap. Happy Birthday Jack!

Dawn said...

H.B.D. Jack! He loves to tease his nephews. He's a great dad and everytime I bundle a baby I think of the way Jack does it, by rolling the baby on the blanket!

Loralie said...

this is so funny! what a tribute to your husband that you can come up with 30 interesting and true facts, with most of them being complimentary!

amyn said...

The Denver Broncos? Now that I live in Denver I make it a point to cheer for any team they play against. Broncos fans need to realize their best times are behind them.

Happy Birthday anyway, Jack. My birthday wish is that you pick a new team.

Kristin said...
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Kristin said...

I need to teach Todd Computers so I don't get the credit for his witty comments.

Happy Birthday Jack, and fabulous Little League pic. :)

Susan said...

If you are traveling 80 mph down the highway and have a BLOWOUT, you would be lucky to have Jack driving-----he would calmly handle the situation and save your life!

Jane said...

He babysat James when he was just a tiny newborn so I could go to work a couple of hours a day. He would sit James on top of the fridge to make him stop crying. I don't know how he figured that one out, but it worked every time. Like Dawn said, he does like to tease his nephews but when he comes to visit he also plays video games and Settlers of Catan DAILY with James. Happy Birthday Jack!

Aileen said...

You forgot to mention his amazing ability to build things! You're kids are set for any science project, diorama, etc. assignments that come their way. The life-size pirate ship he built my kids was UNBELIEVABLE! Happy Birthday Jack!!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to my first baby! Sorry you didn't get to stay a baby very long because I made you grow up so fast. I know you'll always be young at heart, though, and I think you understand all my parental shortcomings now that you're a dad yourself - almost 3 times over. It's been a fast and fabulous 30 years ~~ thanks for being such a great son and for giving me such a wonderful daughter-in-law and beautiful grand babies! I love you,

Maryann said...

I love this post! I didn't think anyone else ate the kernals at the bottom of the popcorn bowl besides my husband! Hanppy birthday Jack!

Anonymous said...

I didn't believe Randy when he said you were 30, but I'm trusting Katie would not lie. :-) Jack, you are not only blessed with extremely beautiful children, excellent sewing skills and essential unibomber knowhow, but you also have an amazingly talented and loving wife who can actually list 30 wonderful things about her husband (no small feat - ha!) Katie, your blog is terrific, I feel like we actually got to know you guys a little bit more now!
With love, Susan (& Randy & Sunshine too)

Julie Knowlton said...

I feel like Jack will relate to this story...

Last weekend, Branigan and I started discussing options for the baby's nursery. Here is how one of our conversations went.

BRANIGAN (in ALL seriousness): "You know what would be cool? Just to be different. We should put, in big letters, 'DOMINATE' on the wall. Or 'VICTORY'."

JULIE: {silence}




The man loves sports.

Happy Birthday, Jack.

Courtney Vance said...

Dan can't stand Maggie Gyllenhaal either. Happy Birthday Jack!

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