Friday, October 31, 2008
This comes from my all -time favorite My Name is Earl episode called "Teacher Earl". Earl and Randy have made fun of people with accents their whole lives, and in one instance at a restraunt this happens:
Waitress with accent: You want I take your plate?
Earl: I vant to suck your blood!
This Jason as Earl Hickey last year's Halloween. His eyes are closed on purpose as "Earl" has NEVER had his picture taken when his eyes are actually open.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I just finished a great read!
My pal Stephenie Meyer recommended the book called "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. The book was awesome! It had great characters, great plot, and plenty to keep you turning pages just as fast as you can read them. If you or your teen are looking for a good book, I think you'll be happy with this one.
The only down side to the book, is that the last page reads End of Book One.
I am going to consider reading Gregor the Underland series next. It is written by her as well. And Mrs. Selman and Suzanne Collins are the two people I credit with Lexie's love of reading. Mrs. Selman introduced Lexie and the rest of the class to Gregor when she was in 5th grade. Lex can't say enough good about her and the Gregor series.
Let books be your dining table, and you shall be full of delights. Let them be your mattress, and you shall sleep restful nights. -Author Unknown
I meant to add that this book reminds me of 2 very early Stephen King / Richard Bachman books (both non-horror short stories)
The Running Man: (short synopsis taken from Amazon)The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death...
The Long Walk: my short synopsis- It's about a boy who enters a do-or-die walking competition. Each person in the contest must keep a speed of 4 miles per hour (if I'm remembering right) and they cannot stop. Not for sleep, not to go potty, not for anything. The contestants are given 3 warnings, and then they are shot, on the spot. BUT the winner gets anything his heart desires.
If you are interested in the Hunger Games, and want something to read while you wait for it, because currently there are 300+ people waiting for it, you should give those two books a try. The Long Walk is my favorite of the two, but both are great. I'm pretty sure the Long Walk was also the first Stephen King book I read. I was very leery of his books, but my sexy smart hubby convinced me that not all King books are scary.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is the one and only picture I can find of myself on Halloween. (sad ha)
I want to preface what I'm about to say with a quote from my pal Dr. Phil. He says "there is no reality, only perception", so if by some freak of nature, my mom is reading this, keep that in mind OK Mom?
When I was growing up, I always had two choices for what I could be on Halloween. A clown or a witch. I aways looked at my friends who had the cool plastic ones from the box with the freaky masks and thought I wish I had one of those costumes. I distinctly remember wanting to be Casper the Friendly Ghost and Tweedy Bird, but I was a clown or a witch instead.
Another part of Halloween that I can recall, is when my little brothers came along. We were living in my great grandma's house on 3000 W. in Clinton (Cami, you probably know where that is). When we lived there, everyone had an acre or two of land, so houses were pretty spaced out. Anyway, my mom wanted us to be able to get lots of treats, but there just wasn't much of an opportunity in our own neighborhood. Often times, she would take us to 7-11 and load us up on penny candy rather than take us somewhere else for trick or treating. Looking back, I think that was a very sweet thing of my mom to do, but at the time, I would have rather collected the candy going door-to-door all night long. We did have this really sweet neighbor though, she would give us great big, home-made "scotch-a-roos" (peanut butter rice crispy treats). It was very kind of her. On our little section of the street, there were maybe 5 kids, and she did that for all of us.
I think those are prime examples of why I want Halloween to be so fun for my own children. I want them to be able to go out trick-or-treating and get a giant thing of candy that will last till Christmas. That's part of the fun!
I want my kids to be whatever they want to be, even if that means scouring the Internet for hours and hours trying to find the perfect costume, or bidding on several on e-bay, or making the costume myself if we can't find one. I want them to have great Halloween memories.
Our family (meaning Jason and mine) is big on pumpkin carving. My kids have been carving their own pumpkins since they were about 3. Jason's work used to do carving contests, and for about 5 years in a row, Jason won first place! I remember at my elementary school, we had pumpkin contests. My mom kicked butt on those.
So, as far as Halloween goes, the bottom line is I want my kids to remember how much fun we've had. I want them to remember the Witch Festival and taking a ride with the witch. I want them to remember our annual trips to Hee - Haws and the haunted hay ride they have. I want them to remember carving pumpkins. I want them to dress up as who they want to be. Whatever they are into. I want them to remember Jason and I dressing up. Like when Jason dressed up as Earl Hickey from "My Name is Earl". I want them to remember my crazy blue wig. I want them to remember how fun it is to be a kid, so that when they are grown-ups, they will know how to let their hair down and have fun. We ALL need to have a little fun don't we?
Please enjoy the song "Haunted" by Poe. I forgot how much I love that song! I'm going to go add it to my player a.s.a.p!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
song for this post:
Good Morning (from Singin' in the rain)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My cell phone is in her pocket.
I was not very happy about it either.
At least we have a back up!
Monday, October 20, 2008
We have been planning our St George trip for forever! Way back in February, we bought tickets to see Les Miserables and Big River for this past weekend. We had so much fun! We all loved both of the plays. They were both definitely very different, but Tuacahn always puts on a great show!
the two cast pictures are from Big River. The one directly above, has the people who played Jon Vanjon, Fonteen, and the "Master of the House". The picture above this one is of Tom Sawyer, Huck Fin, and Jim.
Plans are already under way for next year. They are doing Annie, Footloose, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Songs for this post:
On My Own and Master of the House
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
(this is Lexie's version of a dressed for success skeleton)
What I'm about to say will solidify your feelings about me being a dork...
I crack myself up! I really do.
I was sitting in my house yesterday afternoon looking at the skeleton my girls had dressed two times previously, when I had this brilliant idea! After rummaging through the Halloween crap like a kid wound up on too much candy, I found what I was looking for. Then, after careful consideration, (not really) I dressed my skeleton up in it. I stood back to admire my work. Not quite as funny as I had hoped, but still pretty good. After a trip to Walleyworld, I got the finishing touch. What do you think?
without the finishing touches:
After the finishing touches
Looks a wee li-le bit like one of Captain Barbosa's crew. Don't you think? I wish you could see the way the light shines through the costume. It's pretty eerie!
Songs for this post:
Pirates Life for Me: From the Ride
Hoist the Colours: From Pirates: At World's End
Today's top 5 countdown:
#5 cracking myself up when I'm doing a post
#4 showing my larboard side
#3 Not needing to say this to my preschoolers: Pipe down you bloomin' cockroaches! (hee hee. I'm cracking myself up again. Why am I so d*mn funny?)
#2 Talking like a pirate, even when it's NOT International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
#1 Coke. Drink up me harties!
(The recipe comes from my Aunt Cherie. She used to make it every year for Christmas Breakfasts, but it is also great as a dinner)
2 lbs Jimmy Dean Sausage
1 C. chopped onion
1 1/2 c cooked rice
4 C. Rice Krispies
2 cans Cream of Celery Soup
2 C. Sharp Cheddar cheese shredded and divided
Brown Sausage with onion, drain. In a separate bowl, combine, rice, rice krispies, soup and 1 1/2 cups cheese. Add sausage and onions. Put in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 or until middle is hot and mixture is starting to bubble slightly.
***NOTE: the Jimmy Dean Sausage and sharp cheddar cheese are a must. I have tried it with other sausages and med or mild cheddar, and it doesn't taste very good.
***This has become my Christmas breakfast tradition as well. I put it all together the night before, then put it in the oven in the morning. BUT if the casserole is cold (which it will be after it sits in the fridge all night) you need to increase the baking time by about 10 minutes.
NOTE TO MY FAITHFUL BLOG READERS: my normal song for each post will return the next time I post. I just really wanted my photo songs to be on for right now, since my main post for this session is about the fact that I went away for the weekend and did some much needed girl bonding and scrapbooking. Plus I can't think of a sausage song. Well, Maybe Breakfast at Tiffany's. You can sing that one in your head for this one.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!
You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
Athletic? Do you think so? Everything else sounds like me though!
Please sing Little Red Corvette with this post (Prince)
I have mentioned before that we have recently acquired a rabbit named Alice. Well, she is the sweetest bunny!
She loves to be held...like a baby. We take her with us when we go to school to pick up Ashley. We have also taken her to Lowes twice! She is a trooper! The girls have dressed her up in a "jacket" that Loo made out of an old pair of pjs, they have put a hat on her, they have even put a harness on her to take her for a walk. It is so cute!
This weekend, Loo and Super made her Sacajawea. They are funny! I don't know how they decided that's what they were, but anyway, here are some pictures of little AliceAlice, looking like a stuffed animal
Alice in her "jacket"
Alice in her pen
Alice, like a baby
And Finally, Sacajawea Alice: Notice she is in a bunting...made from a sheet. And Super is dressed in a neat sheet with a head band holding it on around her neck)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Click #7 (Coca Cola Secret) on my Coke Playlist...Do you remember that little jingle. I do. I remember the great big Christmas tree with everyone standing around it singing and drinking my favorite beverage... COKE. For kicks, you can also click on other jingles, but the REAL song for this post is #7!!
Don't worry guys, my playlist will return in a day or 2, or the next time I post at least! "Playlist just didn't have the song I needed this time, but Google did! Yeah Google!!
Faves of today:
#5 Coke in a can, #4 2-Liter of Coke, #3 Coke at Holiday oil, #2 Coke from the freezer (30 minutes is usually about right) and the #1 item on my list...my favorite Coke of all...Coke from the Mayan Express at Jordan Commons. They have the machine that lets you select your flavor add-in to your coke. So spiffy! And, none of the other MegaPlex theaters have it. Thank you Larry Miller!! I love your Coke machines!!!
p.s. I cannot take full credit for this post (as funny as it is). The majority of it came from an email that Jason sent me. I only added parintheses and the words "or coke" to each of the little facts. BUT I did search for coke songs on Google, and I added the Coke playlist. I also added my 5 faves.
It was my friend Dani (one of my "moms" from last year and the year before). She invited me to go to her house to play rock band with her and her friends. I was so excited. You all know how I. LOVE. ROCKBAND!
Anyway, it was so much fun! I was able to meet 2 other ladies. I didn't realize that the third friend was going to be someone I already knew. (she's one of this years "moms"). We laughed, and joked, and sang and danced, and drummed, and played the geeetar (you have to say it like that). We also had delicious caramel apples! MMM!
Here are a couple of the pics from that night.
New friends: Angie in the striped shirt, Jenn in the purple shirt
my "moms" Des in the plain black shirt, Dani in the short sleeved black shirt.
Thanks so much girls for letting me crash your party. Thanks so much Dani for thinking of little old me!
Here are some of our favorite songs of the night
Joker and the Thief
We will Rock You - Queen...coming through for me yet again! We didn't play this one though, but it sums up the post. Don't you think?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The kids love her! They can't put her down! We have been busy busy busy making her some new accommodations!
So now, Super has decided she doesn't want to be Claire Bennet for Halloween any more. You know who she wants to be? Alice in Wonderland! I told her she probably won't get to cart Alice (that's our bunny's name) around all day on Halloween. She claims she doesn't care. . . We'll see about that.
Well, I guess the good news is that now I can just buy the costume from Disney rather than making it!
And...it's been awhile since I put my five faves on, so here goes:
1. Playing Rock Band with my BFF Alissa
2. Not having to make dinner
3. Messing around on the computer all night (I'm a GREAT wife)
4. I already have 7 friends ... Make that 8 friends on Facebook (just got another)- Wow guess what? People love me!
5. It's been an all around good day!