Sunday, November 30, 2008
We kicked it off by seeing the new Disney flick Bolt. All five of us got to go, which in and of itself is pretty amazing! The show was great. Very cute. Very funny. The cat "Mittens" and the hamster "Rhino" were hilarious. Think of it as Toy Story 2 and maybe All Dogs Go To Heaven/ Aristocats combined.
Next on our list was Thanksgiving dinner. All five of us again. Wow! We got to make our own dinner at our own house, then go over to Jason's parents for dessert.
Friday, we got up super-early (jk). Like 8 o'clock, and hit Costco. Much success there! Then went to a bunch more stores...all with pretty good success! We ended our busy day at Melinda and Duane's for a Jazz game and Rock Band.
Saturday is a blur.
And today, we got to go to Sue's first Christmas performance of the year. (they have 44 more, I believe) After that, we decked the halls!
All in all, it was a pretty great weekend!
Now, I must go to bed, so that tomorrow, I can "make work [my] favorite. [My] new favorite!"
Song for this post: Put a Smile on Your Face: Vitamin C
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I'm going to share an "Elf-ism" each time I post throughout this month. I hope you enjoy the quotes as much as I do!
Today's quote is from Papa Elf
"There are only three jobs available to an elf. The first is making shoes at night while, you know, while the old cobbler sleeps.
"You can bake cookies in a tree. As you can imagine, it's, uh, dangerous having an oven in an oak tree during the dry season.
"But the third job, some call it, uh, "the show" or "the big dance," it's the profession that every elf aspires to. And that is to build toys in Santa's workshop."
I'm also going to attempt to put some non-traditional Christmas songs to go with each post. BUT you are only as strong as your weekest link, so hopefully playlist will be able to come through for me. Today's song is Jingle Jingle Jingle by the Silver and Gold Singers
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
100 things I’m thankful for (in no particular order)
1. My husband.
2. He’s sweet, smart, sexy, a great dad, great handyman.
4. She is cracks us up! Lately her favorite song is The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars. She belts it out around the house. It makes me happy.
6.She’s very witty, very smart, and she’s the poster child of middle child syndrome.
8. She’s extremely ambitious when it comes to work, school and her future.
9. Our pets: Alice, Dax and Dargo
10. Especially Dax, she is a great protector and playmate.
11. My grandparents! Amazing!
12. My parents
13. Jason’s parents
14. Jason’s siblings
15. And their spouses
16. And my nieces and nephews
17. My extended family.
18. My friends
19. Especially the ones who know the real me!
20. The changing of seasons.
21. I especially love fall and spring!
22. Flowers (I promise, that if I never see a weed again, I will still love my flowers)
24. The mountains we live by (borrowed that one from my friend Dani)
25. They help me know North, South, East and West
26. Did ya ever notice when your on vacation that you can’t tell NSEW (unless you have a compass in your car) Love those mountains!-- Thanks Dani
27. And all the other types of land!
29. Modern medicine
30. Family movie nights
31. On the big huge leather couch.
32. Big enough to snuggle up next to my husband.
34. For all my blogging needs!
35. Playlist for supplying my music
36. And the internet in general
37. Jason’s job
38. My job…
39. Never a dull moment.
40. Plus I can be totally goofy and the kids don’t care!
41. The “mom’s” I’ve met.
42. Many are very good friends of mine.
43. And are loyal readers!
44. Our home. My fortune cookie a couple of days ago said “A small home can hold just as much love as a large one”. It’s true!
45. Central Air. (ahh)
46. And of course the opposite, Heat.
47. Being able to decorate my home with my hubby.
48. Lowe’s for all our home improvement needs.
49. The library.
50. You can rent movies,
52. Books… all for FREE!
53. Plus, they let me do my preschool graduation there.
54. Amazon.com (love to shop there)
55. FREE shipping when you spend $25 or more.
57. And cash back for being an executive member!
58. Lame Giant (I love shopping somewhere where clothes can be too big)
59. Having dependable cars.
60. One that’s paid off!
61. Gas prices that continue to fall.
62. Living so close to easy freeway access.
63. Cell phones
64. And texting (never thought I’d say that)
66. I wouldn’t have this list without one!
67. Cameras to capture life’s best moments.
69. And the men and women who continue to fight for it.
70. Being able to vote!
72. Bathrooms. Not outhouses.
73. Soft toilet paper
74. And paper towels
75. And Kleenex
76. And Q-tips
77. Feminine Hygiene products (although I’d be even more thankful if I didn’t need them any more)
78. Vasectomies. Just relax, and keep on practicing!
79. Being able to use a faucet, not a well.
80. My washer. (love the front loader)
81. A clothes dryer
82. My dishwasher (not a human, but a Bosch)
85. The Shield
86. My Name is Earl
87. Megaplex theaters…
88. Reserved seating
89. Best coke in town (at Jordan Commons)
90. My list wouldn’t be complete without Stephenie Meyer! “Literary Genius” who created
91. The Cullen Family
92. And the Host
93. And recommended “The Hunger Games”
96. For hours upon hours of enjoyment.
97. And introducing us to some new tunes!
98. Speaking of tunes… mp3 players! What did we ever do without them? (oh yeah, I remember the Sony Walkman)
99. My stereos (both in the cars and at home)
100. Tuesday Tell All (for supplying great ideas to blog about)
Song for this post: Thank You by Dido
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Today's Tuesday Tell All is entitled "What is your favorite Thanksgiving Pie?"
I hate to be boring, but I think my fave is pumpkin pie. I hated it as a kid and even through most of my adult life. But about the time I was pregnant with my "caboose", I started to crave it. Weird ha! I love the squishy texture. I love how the bottom crust has a slightly undercooked taste. It's delicious! And my sister in law makes a killer pumpkin pie crust that's perfectly sweet and perfectly flaky. She says the "secret" is lard. Mmm?
But, I don't want the other pies to get a bad rap, so I feel I need to make another statement. About a million years ago, when I first moved to this great valley, I worked at Marie Callender's. As you can imagine, I was able to taste pretty much everything on the menu.
Some surprisingly good pies are:
"Mince Pie" with rum sauce. Don't knock it till you try it. I wondered what in the world was in that pie, so I checked the MC website, and it says it is rich with "holiday fruits".
Custard Pie. It tastes very old fashioned. It's not overly sweet.
Marie's used to make a sour cream raisin pie that was pretty tastey, but I noticed it's not on the menu any more. However, Patra Hepworth's raisin pie, is divine! (and I'm not a huge raisin fan)And, not really surprising good, but my favorite pie when I worked there was warm cherry pie with ice cream. BUT for me to eat it, I have to take the top crust off (I'm typically not a fan of crust) then warm it, then put the ice cream on top.
I'm going to leave you with a picture and a song from one of my favorite movies: The Waitress. Song: Baby Don't Cry. The movie's about pie, friendship,and pregnancy.
Other songs about pie you might want to check out (for old time's sake)
Cherry Pie by Warrent
American Pie by Don McLean
Monday, November 17, 2008
I think they put on a great production! I have already seen the show twice, and plan to see it Tuesday night as well. You can't imagine how proud it makes a parent feel when you see your child succeed at something they have been working their butt off for! It sounds stupid, but I have the hardest time not crying when I see them nail a scene!
Kudos!! To everyone involved in the show!
Tickets can be bought ahead of time (for Fiddler) if I have notice before tonight is over. Otherwise, you can just buy them at the door.
Sue's performances for Oklahoma begin on Thursday. I can't wait for that one either! There is still time to get tickets if anyone is interested.
My friend Janeene and her hubby Chris took these pictures. They are both amazing photographers! Thanks so much for doing that guys!
Another thing I need to do is thank Janeen's sister! Talk about the kindness of strangers! She lent me her camera because I forgot mine at home. then she let me take her camera home and download the pics onto my computer. You totally rock! Thanks again.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I also made some cornbread to go along with it. Click here to view and print that recipe. The cornbread is perfectly sweet, very moist, and oh, so tasty!
Songs for this post:
Hey Good Lookin' by Johnny No Shoes
Yummy, Yummy Yummy by Ohio Express
verb (used with object), -let⋅ed, -let⋅ing.
to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge.
Just wanted to throw it out there that I have deleted comments that contain "private" information. I just don't want anyone to be offended that I took their comment off. I can still see all the comments, but no one else can.
I love love love love love it when you leave comments. I love knowing who knows what, so that I don't repeat myself like an idiot! So, please. Keep 'em coming!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The very last book I read was The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.
I got it free in the book order last month and one day last week, I was struggling to find something fun to read, and I grabbed this book. I hadn't ever read it before then, but as I was reading to the class, I realized this book would soon become a staple in our class!
It's about a dino called "Mine-o-saur". He isn't very nice. He takes toys from other dinos and says "MINE MINE MINE!" He takes snacks from the dinosaurs and says "MINE MINE MINE". He gets mad at the other dino kids and destroys their tower, then he builds one all by himself. But, there isn't anyone to see how cool it is, because they have all gone to play with someone else. (no one wants to play with a dinosaur that doesn't share and play nicely) When the Mine-o-saur comes to the others to play, the other dinos look at the ground and frown. Eventually, the other dinos let him play with them if he will share and be nice. Mine-o-saur finally realizes that he has everything he wants when his friends play with him.
Anyway, my kids loved the book! We re-read the book today and had a lesson on being nice to others and talked about not being a "mine-o-saur". You should pick up a copy! I think you will love it!
For my personal reading, I've recently posted about what I finished reading last. Click here to view the post. (I'm not a super fast reader...about a book a month is all)
"Super" and I are currently reading "My Father's Dragon" by Ruth Stiles Gannett . We are loving it so far! (ages 4-8 according to the publisher). It's a story about Elmer Elevator and an alley cat going to Wild Island to help rescue a baby dragon. You should check into it if you have little ones who are ready for a bit more of a challenge. It is a "chapter book", so you will probably have to read it with your children unless they are older. Super and I do what we call "my turn - your turn" and we take turns reading the paragraphs. She loves doing it that way. Another plus is that she can comprehend the story a little better when we take turns reading.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
So in answer to "Nene's" question about why I'm doing things a bit differently from now on, it's because there are so many creeps out there!
Nothing really has happened (except that I have got a few weird comments last week and a friend of mine has had a rude one as well)
But, there was a story on the news a few days ago about blogging (I tried to find it for this post, but can't see it anywhere). I didn't get to see it, but the story was about some person in our state that posted a picture of their kid on their blog, then some person grabbed the photo and put it on some Nazi blog. Not that big of a deal. But I guess that it also just reminded everyone, that if you have a public blog, EVERYONE can see it. Good people (like family and friends and friends of friends) and also bad people (like racists, pedophiles, and other types of "bad guys")
So my homeland security package is really just about making myself more private so I don't have to go private. I was private once, and with the exception of my friend Chrissie, no one else was, that's why I decided to take my stock public so-to-speak.
Whew! that was long (sorry)
My friend Cindy asked me if it was a pain to change names and stuff... it wasn't too bad, it did take an hour or so, but I can usually remember what I was writing about on each post, so I went in, and pressed "edit" and took the names out.
Hope that helps some of you. Until next time,
Saturday, November 8, 2008
aka: Too much information
I've been getting a bit more concerned with my blog as of late. I love being public! I love sharing funny pictures or stories I find other places. I love sharing family stories and photos too. I love it when your friends come to take a gander...makes me feel special and important. But because I'm so "out there" I'm starting to take some measures to be a bit more vague. Mainly, I have taken my profile off...everyone who knows me knows what I do and what my interests are... I feel like I'm pretty good at keeping everyone in the know about toher things too, like my hobbies, pass times, etc.
The main difference you will find is the use of nicknames. No more real names for my family. (except for Jason and I)
I have introduced my children on the sidebar if you would like to meet them!
Today's top 5 countdown:
#5 public blogs
#4 reading Maureen's blog about politics. So fun to read people's views
#3 pumkin pie
#2 take out Chinese Food
#1 Dinner with friends... So great! Thanks Chris and Chrissie! Dinner was fab!
Song for this post: Too Much Information by Duran Duran
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- Pleased. At our Nation's choice.
- Proud. To be an American.
- Blessed. To live in the land of the free.
- Honored. To be able use my "voice".
- Thankful. That the electoral college worked this time! (remember when it didn't? 8 years ago I think. when the popular vote said one name and the electoral vote said another)
- Moved. At both of the candidates speeches last night. I thought both were fantastic.
- Relieved. That the election is finally over.
- Happy. That our nation has finally overcome racism. (I know it still exists, but this is HUGE)
- Ready. For change.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Doctor #1 was helping with Loo's problem
Doctor #2 came in and said he needed to speak to the other doc (doc #1). But before Doc #2 left the room, he asked me "and another girl?" I say, yes, this ones a girl too and grab Smash. He says "no, I mean another one on the way? Another girl?" I say no. But I want to scream I'M JUST FAT YOU MORON!
Now, what to do? I don't know, I guess I'll grab a coke, sit on the couch and sing
Poor Poor Pitiful Me by Linda Ronstat
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I have found my candidate!
I have loved him from afar for years and years. I can’t believe that in this moment of national crisis I didn’t think of him sooner.
I saw this today:
Undecided Voters Flock to New Candidate
Barn Party Announces Duck as Presidential Nominee
NEW YORK (January 30, 2008): In a mass migration from established party politics, undecided voters are flocking to a new political party that promises change—real change. The Barn Party offers Americans an agenda of domestic goals supported by children’s booksellers and librarians, first and second graders, and the cracked corn industry. Leading the party’s charge for more reading aloud, recess and protecting the family farm, is Duck, an Avian-American who is making a splash among independent voters across the country.
Duck, a farmyard hero, has declared his entry as the Barn Party’s presidential candidate for the election of 2008. Previously holding elected offices as Farmer and Governor, Duck is seeking the Presidency to present a new face of the United States to the global community. “This election will be a quack heard round the world,” said the Barn Party campaign chairman, Paul Crichton of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
Duck’s authorized biographer, children’s author Doreen Cronin, says, “Duck’s time has come. He worked hard on the farm, and even harder as Governor. Hard work brings change, and Duck is a choice for change.”
Click! Clack! Cluck!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
(Sue was Dorthy and Super was Alice in Wonderland) Loo was a cow, but wasn't home for trick-or-treat pictures)
Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title. ~From Scooby-Doo
Here's an update on our Halloween festivities:
- There ended up being "no costumes" at school. (no surprise as things were too far planned and I was complaining on my blog rather than someplace where things could actually change)
- Super did have fun at her party at school. Also not a surprise. She has a darling teacher, and they had a piñata.
- Loo went trick-or-treating with her friend Alyssa. One person in Alyssa's neighborhood had a camel. With humps. The highlights of her loot were some pixy sticks and bottle of coke. (not quite sure why the pixy sticks were such a hit, but they were.)
- Super and I went trick-or-treating. In short sleeves. She went to two different houses that gave away full-sized candy bars. One of them gave her 2! We also went to another house that was serving (yes serving) fresh home-made donuts. People were carrying them out by the plate-fulls. We didn't know the people, but a friend of a friend did, so we ate them. (I know, I'm teaching my kid bad things. What's new?)
- Jason handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Then he came and picked us up near the Hastings house. Smash was tired of walking.
- We went out to eat after trick-or-treating. To see Sue at work.
- Jason got a bad sandwich.
- We watched The Corpse Bride.
- Hannah (my niece) came over and had a sleep-over with Super.
- And, we went to the zoo today. We went today, because we are bad parents and we turned around and came home last weekend, when we saw the millions of people heading in for Boo At the Zoo.
Songs for this post were a bit of a stretch this time, but here they are anyway:Love Me Dead: Ludo (love the song. Dead=Halloween. told you it was a stretch)
Tree Hugger: Antsy Pants from the Juno soundtrack (been listening to that a bit lately and the song talks about being someone else. . .and what do you do on Halloween? Be someone else)
And, last but not least, my five fave countdown:
#5 Helping with Super's class party
#4 Going trick-or-treating with my baby
#3 Watching Halloween flicks with my hubby
#2 Hanging out at the zoo with the girls minus Sue (play practice, then work)
#1 "Picnik" for helping me dress up (get it) the picture of Sue and Super. Thanks Deanna for sharing that website!