Friday, December 21, 2007
1. My favourite Christmas movie is Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. I'm not one to cry at movies, but this one gets me just about every time.
2. My second favourite is A Christmas Story. I could sit and watch the Christmas Day marathon if my family would let me.
3. Christmas doesn't officially start for me until I see Santa on the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving.
4. I hate non-religious Christmas songs. I'll somewhat tolerate Rudolph, and Frosty, but The Christmas Song and I'll Be Home for Christmas never get past the first few notes when I'm alone.
5. I think my mom wants to disown me for not putting tinsel on my tree. Growing up, we must've put about 6 boxes of tinsel on our tree, one strand at a time, every year. No kidding. I think the kids will have it tracked all over the house for me to find over the whole next year. Add the fact that we have a fake tree, all that tinsel has to come off.
6. I hate coloured lights. Hate hate hate.
7. I think I'm a pretty grumpy Christmas person reading over this list.
8. I won't go near a post office the month of December, so my packages never arrive until after New Year's. You're also lucky if you get a card before December's over, too.
9. Christmas stresses me more than any other holiday. Shopping for birthday presents really isn't a big deal for me, but shopping for Christmas makes me want to throw up. I hate the pressure and the crowds.
10. Yep, it looks like next year I'll be boycotting Christmas.
11. I make some sort of goodies for the neighbour's every year. In the past, I made cinnamon pull apart loaves (homemade cinnamon roll dough, cut each slice into quarters, throw it in a loaf pan and bake), but this year I'm doing Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls to a select lucky few.
12. Holy cow- I'm at the end and I'm still sitting. It's a Christmas miracle!! Last thing, hmmm.....My favourite Christmas album is by the Alston's. I don't think it's available anymore, but 3 of the sisters have a country album out now.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Josh wanted to be the Red Power Ranger- had this from Caleb, so no problem. Caleb wanted to be a Power Ranger, too, so we went out and got him a new costume.
I thought for sure Mischa would be a fairy princess again. I almost didn't ask her, I was so sure. Nope, not this year. On the up side, this was a very popular costume:
Her favourite part was the Sweet-o-meter on her chest. The bottom part of the circle says: Sweet, Adorable, and Too Cute for Words. She would get mad whenever someone moved it off of the Too Cute for Words.
A) List your middle name.
B) For each letter, name something unique about yourself (it does NOT have to start with the letter of your middle name it is near).
C) Tag as many people as there are letters in your name.
A) Link to the person that tagged you
B) Post 7 random/weird facts about yourself on your blog (cause we all want to know how weird you are!)
C) Tag 7 people at the end and link to their blog
D) Leave comments on each blog that you tag so that they know!
1. L- The summer after my senior year in high school and one summer in college, I worked as a market research interviewer in a mall (yes, those people you run away from). I searched out this job on purpose to help me get over being shy. The one perk was my boss in the phone study section was an Elvis wannabe and dressed up every day.
2. 0-I would love, love, love to be a receptionist or secretary. I volunteer to help my kids' teachers do their copying just to be able to use the school's copy machine. It is beautiful and if I had room for the huge thing, I would covet it more than I do.
3. U-Most of the books I buy for my children I buy because I want to reread them.
4. I-I once gave rescue breaths to a kitten born by c-section.
5. S-I haven't made my old lasagna for over 9 years- the last time I made it I was pregnant with Caleb and in the middle of morning sickness. I can eat other people's lasagnas with no problem. Even my mom's, which was the recipe I was using (with very little tweaking).
6. E-If I don't like a food, the reason will probably be because of it's texture.
7. *-I have the hardest time drinking out of glass glasses. I have to use plastic disposable cups at home. I also have a hard time eating off of hand washed plates.
I don't know if I know 7 people to tag. I'll tag Tara, Tiana, and Beautopotamus.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
2. Come up with an FHE on Ruth for FHE group meeting next week.
3. Hide "oclat" from chocoholic little girl running around in her cat costume, the day after Halloween. I'm afraid she will be wearing it until she outgrows it. It might take years at her rate of growth. Please don't judge me when you see me at the store, lol.
4. Find cable to download tons of pictures to post about.
5. Figure out how to change template. Or come to terms with being early for next year. Or change blog to all things Halloween. The last two options are looking pretty good. And more likely.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Therefore, I jumped on the quiz that he linked to on his latest post. Since I wasn't expecting it, and I can gloat a little over him, I apparently match Romney with a 95%. I also have the same match with Thompson. I also am relieved that I match Obama only 39% and Hillary 32%. Perry matches her 40% (if I remember correctly)- I blame his brief stint as a registered Democrat. I matched Gravel 16% and surprisingly Richardson only 26%. I thought I would match him more than Hillary.
I also ranked all Republicans before the Democrats. Must be the health care, social security, and illegal immigration.
Monday, August 20, 2007
What started out as a hug, ended up as fodder for Joshua's dating years.
One of my favourite pictures of the weekend.
A furry little friend came to snack off of what we dropped.
Caleb and a cousin. Thank goodness for batteries!
Yummy s'mores. Did you know that they make chocolate-flavoured marshmallows? They are really good. The strawberry ones are good, too, not too sweet.
More fun cousins.
A lot has happened in 13 years. A lot we didn't expect to ever go through, but, holding on to each other, we hung in there. I'm not one for deep thoughts, or eloquent words, so I'll just say that I love my husband even more now than I did when we first got married. The love caused by young hormones has given way to the love caused by more mature, though just as crazy hormones. As much as our lives have changed since that day 13 years ago, I was thinking about how huge the changes will be in the next 13 (in my perfect world)- our oldest back from a mission and in college, perhaps engaged himself, our oldest daughter learning to like online college courses from the safe confines of her room (lol), our next son getting ready for his mission, and a little girl getting ready to join her sister in her room until she's 30. The years have flown (time really does fly when you're having fun) and I can't have enough of them. Thank you, my love, for being the perfect husband, father, friend, and lover. Thank you for all you've given me- even though most of them involved sleepless nights and toxic waste diapers. Thank you for putting up with all of my idiosyncrasies (hey, spellcheck says I spelled that right!). I LOVE YOU!!!!!
I was going to post pictures, but the scanner doesn't want to seem to work for me, so I'll have to have my handsome husband figure it out when he comes home tonight : )
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Photo courtesy of the St. George Temple page on LDS.org
Unfortunately, we didn't get to see much of the landscape in this area. We were in constant smoke or dust for probably 3 hours. The smoke was from the Milford Flat fire. I had heard how big the fire was, but to actually see the aftermath was heartbreaking. The highway we were on had been closed a few days before we came through, and it was still smoking in some areas. We could see the orange repellent on the road and got to see two helicopters, one filling up at a pond, and another flying to the pond.
We pulled into Coleen's in Salt Lake right about dinner. The kids were thrilled to meet more cousins. Caleb was thrilled to have more boys to play with. We continued our practice of happily staying up too late.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Saturday- Turkey sloppy joes and tater tots
Sunday- Creamy marinara tortellini
Monday-Moe's Southwest Grill
Tuesday- Ranch Chicken, corn, rice
Thursday- Soup (yay Campbells!)
Friday- Homemade pizza and popcorn
Laura's got lots of yummy stuff going on- go check her out!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Don't ask me about the face Mischa is making- don't have a clue there...
After seeing Mather's Point, we jumped on the shuttle to the Bright Angel trail, made famous in the book, Brighty of the Grand Canyon.
To the right was the El Tovar Hotel.After we took this family picture, a guy came and let us borrow his binoculars so we could see the two mule trains on the trail. Liesie wasn't liking me taking pictures for some reason
One thing I learned was that most of the buildings on the South Rim were designed by Mary E.J. Colter. I loved the Geologic Fireplace that she created, which mimics the strata of the Canyon.
We walked out of the lodge to catch the shuttle and saw the train from the Grand Canyon to Williams. Liesie and Josh really liked the "choo choo".We then went back into Grand Canyon Village and caught the IMAX movie at the National Geographic visitor's center. I was really amazed at John Wesley Powell, who went down the Colorado River with only one arm.
Our original plan from here was to get to Las Vegas via the Hoover Dam. In Kingman, though, we had to change our plans. The highway was due to be closed over the Hoover Dam at 7:00, and we were an hour away at 6:00. We didn't feel comfortable cutting it so close, since if we missed getting through, the only way to Las Vegas would be to go back to Kingman, so we went west to Bullhead City. We made it to Las Vegas maybe about 10 minutes later than we would've if we made it to the Hoover Dam. We checked into the hotel and were out on the strip at 9:00. We parked at Caesar's Palace (wow) and took off to Treasure Island to see the pirate show.F.A.O. Schwarz
It was so hot and crowded in front of Treasure Island. If we had really thought about it, a show called the Sirens of T.I. didn't sound very family friendly, and I am very glad that the kids could only see the fireworks and pyrotechnics from the show. I know that this family trip was part educational, but I didn't count on giving them the lesson the sirens were going to give them. We went to the Mirage to catch the volcano eruption, but, after waiting in front of the hotel for 15 minutes, we realized that we would have to wait another 15 for the eruption. The kids were melting onto the sidewalk by now, so we decided to run back to Caesar's Palace and catch their show, which was indoors. I loved the curved escalators in the Shopping Forum. The Harry Winston store wasn't a bad place to window shop, either. We made the show just as it was starting and the kids really liked it. There was even a big saltwater aquarium that the boys really liked.
We decided to call it a night and to just do a quick driveby of all the casinos on the strip. We caught a glimpse of the Bellagio fountains, and I'm sad we didn't get to see them. The kids really liked all of the different casinos. We got back to the hotel (which reallly liked me- we were on the 11th floor and the elevator was glass) around midnight. The kids just dropped, and it was the first time in the trip that Anneliese didn't wake up during the night.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Look at all the neat dinosaurs we could've had as pets
I'm too little for this to think about eating, right Mom?
Maybe not living with the dinosaurs is a good thing
The Painted Desert
I was really amazed at both the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. I wasn't expecting much from them, truth be told. There were some really neat petroglyphs- one looked like a giant bird eating a person while another person was yelling. It was really weird to look out and see these little bumps on the ground and then realize that they were parts of trees. It was really neat at the Jasper Forest to see the logs still in the cliff walls, just waiting for erosion to expose them. The Painted Desert was more rock layers than sand, so that was more interesting to me.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Today was spent getting set for going over to my cousin's. She lives really close to the Peoria Sports Complex and they have great fireworks every year. I made my deviled eggs, and my mom barbecued some cranberry orange chicken wings (very yummy). My cousin has a pool, and she rented a Spongebob jump house for all of the kids. She also has a misting system, so it's really nice to be outside. Liesie was really loving the pool. We put the arm floaties on her and she didn't want to be held anymore. She was even trying to jump into the pool. Caleb was a little bummed, though, because my cousin's daughter and friends wouldn't play with him. Things were going well, until we gathered in the driveway to watch the fireworks. Mischa said she wasn't feeling well, and in a few minutes threw up. The fireworks were great, and it was good catching up with everybody again.
We got up to run to Wal-Mart to get some supplies (car seats, diapers, etc.) while my mom ran to the grocery store to get groceries. We arrived home at about the same time. We went swimming at the subdivision's pool. Joshua liked to be on the stairs and Anneliese was slowly getting used to the water.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
And a quick funny-
From a previous post, you know that the Backyardigans are big at our house. I like to kid the kids about some of the episodes. I switch the words of the Ghost and Pirate episodes (the Ghosts favourite word is Arrr and the Pirates say Boo). I like to do this particularly to Joshua because he gets the biggest laugh in correcting me. So Perry decided to ask him what a pirate ghost says. After he got the concept, his answer was:
Sunday, June 24, 2007
It's going to be a little lazy on the dinner front, since we're leaving next week for 2 weeks of family bonding.
Sunday- Ranch chicken, mashed potatoes
Monday- Beef stirfry
Tuesday-Kielbasa, au gratin potatoes
Wednesday- Salisbury steaks, corn, rolls
Friday- Homemade pizza
Go check out Laura's blog for more tasty treats!
Our bishop's daughters put on several summer camps, one of which being an acting camp. At the end of the week, they put on a little play. This year they did "Holka Polka" and Caleb was a wizard (Grandolt) and Mischa was a fairy (it has gnomes instead of fairies in the script). In the play, Prince Charming is put under a sleeping spell, and the fairies decide to take back the witches' magic. The witches decide that they need some positive PR to help them keep their magic, so they send the sweetest witch (Brenda) to break the spell. Along the way, Brenda meets up with the Big Bad Wolf (Mr. Fuzzy), Cindy No Shoes (Cinderella), Pinocchio, and Humpty Dumpty. She learns that image isn't everything and everything isn't what it seems. In the end, the mystery is solved (never trust a fairy godmother) and the witches get to keep their magic. It was a really cute play, and not bad with only a few days of work. We're already looking forward to next year!
This little blue jay fledgling appeared outside of our window a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the next day he ended up on our concrete front porch and I think got too hot and stressed there : ( I did get to see one neat thing, other than this cutie, though. I first noticed him because of his parents flying around the yard. When I saw him on the ground, I was worried, since our neighbour's cat roams loose. I didn't need to worry, though. A little while later, a flurry of birds caught my eye. Just as I feared, the cat was in our yard, but he was being chased out, not only by this little guy's parents, but by 2 male cardinals, a male towhee, and 2