Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book of Me, Written By You - Prompt 2 - Your Birth

I am participating in The Book of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog. The concept: a series of blogging and writing prompts that help family historians capture their own memories and write about themselvesClick here for more information.
Do you have any baby photos?
I do have some baby photos. None however from when I was a very newborn baby because I was born about 2 and half months early and had to spend some time in the hospital hanging out in an incubator before being allowed to go home.

I always tell people that rather than wait until Christmas to be born I decided to come in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Here is one to the left where I am just snoozing on Mom. Apparently that was one of my favorite places to sleep. I can totally understand that since I could usually get younger brothers, cousins and even my own kids to go to sleep like that as I was holding them. 

The one to the right is of Mom just holding me on the couch. These were taken when I was almost two months old.

Where were you born? 

I was born at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah where in fact all of my children have been born. However, the hospital is now dramatically different then it was at the time I showed up there. It is now a regional medical center. 

Who was present at your birth? 

At the time that I was born you couldn't have all visitors in the delivery room so it was just various doctors and nurses that were there while Dad hung out with the other fathers-to-be in the waiting room...pacing I am sure.

Dimensions? 4 lbs. 2 oz. and 17.5 inches long

What day was it? 
Oct 15th.  It was a Thursday.  Time? 1:20 pm

Did you have hair? Eye colors? 
I had a decent amount of dark hair which over time turned fairly light and then back to dark brown as I got older and then started to disappear - or did it just go completely clear? My eyes started out dark brown until my teens and then became more hazel. My wife believes that they change colors based on what I am wearing, as they don't seem to stay a specific shade.

Are you a twin? 
No, and probably a good thing that my parents didn't have to deal with two cranky and expensive premies.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Book of Me, Written by You Prompt-1

I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:  "The Book of Me, Written by You."

This prompt is a recognized psychology test: Ask yourself 20 times “Who are you?” Each time you should give yourself a different answer, and if you can easily go beyond 20 entries then that is fine too. This prompt is about how YOU see YOU.

  1. I am Bret Petersen.
  2. I am a son, husband and father.
  3. I am friendly and easy to get to know.
  4. I am happy and try to look at life positively - glass full - half water and the other half air.
  5. I am helpful to anyone that I can be helpful to.
  6. I am loyal to friends and family.
  7. I am funny and enjoy making people laugh and have a good time.
  8. I am a lover of good books
  9. I am creative in the things that I make and do (carpentry, sewing, cross-stitch, painting, etc)
  10. I am a leader who cares about people.
  11. I am a genealogy researcher seeking my family history.
  12. I am a teacher and presenter in various fields where I can help others be successful.
  13. I am a lover of animals. I have had dogs, fish, gerbils, horses and pigeons. (Not all at once)
  14. I am a fly fisher.
  15. I am a peacemaker always looking to resolve difficult situations.
  16. I am inclusionary minded. I want everyone to feel important and valued.
  17. I am a volunteer. Sometimes too much for my own good.
  18. I am a geek. I love technology, but try to use it in moderation to make my life more enjoyable.
  19. I am sentimental. I am such a softie that I tear up at the silliest things.
  20. I am excited about always improving and learning.