Monday, December 21, 2009
Here's what we've been doing:
get-togethers with friends
decorating gingerbread houses
watching Christmas movies/ TV shows
drinking hot chocolate by the gallons
tomorrow- lights at Temple Square
Wednesday- Winder Dairy and scones
pictures and in-depth updates coming soon (I hope)
Monday, December 7, 2009
We do other Christmas traditions too:
See the lights at Temple Square
Picking out an ornament each year for the kids
Open one present on Christmas Eve (used to be pjs, but we've decided it will be games for awhile)
Game night on Christmas Eve
Elf Festival at Gardner Village...
Another family activity we really enjoy (all through the year) is Family Movie Night. I capitalize it because we really try to make it an event when it happens. Now, don't get me wrong, we do watch movies together. Quite often really. But when a new movie comes out, that we've recently purchased, we really try to make it special. We usually eat dinner downstairs, get some Blue Dew, pick up lots of treats, and finally, crank the sound system! We love it when a good, new movie comes out! Recently we did Star Trek and Up movie nights.
song for today: an un-traditional version of The First Noel by Sarah McLachlan
Looking for a good Christmas cd with a good mix of old and new? Check this one out. It's one of my very very favorites!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Jason and I hold hands as much as we can. In the car, walking into the store, during a movie. I just love him and I like to show him that I do by this simple gesture.
Holding hands makes me happy!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I would dance and be marry, I would be the doot do dooty (I don't know that part) if I only had a brain!
I bet you can't guess what today's song is? Not one, not two, but three, yes, three different versions of the song! I'd add some more if...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Toy Story 1 and 2
Cars is my least favorite of the bunch, but even it has some redeeming qualities. And the shorts...they are just as cute as the movies! If you ever get the chance, you should either buy or rent the shorts DVD. I know you probably own all of the shorts because you most likely own all those movies, but the Pixar story is just awesome! And it's also fun to hear how all those shorts came to be.
Monday, November 23, 2009
We have taken our children to see a number of musicals. I think that so far, Les Mis is their favorite. (Sue saw Aida a couple of months ago though, we didn't, but she says that that one is her favorite now)
We've gone to many many many choral concerts. Granted, it's in part because our kids have been in them, but still.
And our latest performing arts first, was the Nutcracker on Saturday. I took the little girls to see that with me. They thoroughly enjoyed the ballet, and since then, Supe's been dancing around the house!
Loo did a 30 hour famine (a fast) with her school on Friday- Saturday. The purpose was to raise awareness of hunger throughout the world. I was lucky enough to be able to help and participate in the famine.
Here are some interesting facts that I've learned over the past week or so:
- There are something like 26,000 kids under the age of 5, who die each day of preventable causes (starvation being one of them). That's over 9 million kids a year.
- One out of four children - roughly 146 million - in developing countries are underweight.
- 862 million people in the world are chronically hungry.
- The United States produces enough food to feed the whole world.
Anyway, I hope I don't sound like I'm bragging. That's certainly not what I'm trying to do. I just left there feeling so incredibly grateful to have food and other resources in abundance. What a fantastic way to start off the holiday season! What better way to show thanks-giving, than by helping others.
I am so blessed!
*apparently the pantries (and I would imagine the food banks as well) are also in need of things like deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper, etc. So, if you have some you could share, they would love it! Most of the time when people think about a pantry, they don't consider necessities like those. Could you imagine not having toilet paper or soap?
And one more thing that I learned today, the food bank can also use cash donations. They have a much larger buying power than us consumers, so by us giving a monetary donation, they can actually do more with it than we can. (not sure about the pantries though)
Friday, November 20, 2009
P.S. Eclipse comes out in 222 days!
Song for today: Paper Moon by Ella Fitzgerald
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Included in my shop today was:
8 boxes of General Mills cereal
2 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing
8 oz cheese
can of olives
2 cans green beans
10 lb bag of potatoes
loaf of bread
box of fatboys
4 2-liters of 7-up products
6 boxes of Ritz crackers
6 boxes of Ritz crackerfuls
2 boxes of Triscuits
2 cake mixes
gallon of milk
and an 18 lb turkey!
Monday, November 16, 2009
This year, Loo's school took on the Bah Humbug production for their school musical. They've been working on it since September, and today, they're practice and work finally paid off! The curtains opened for the musical tonight. What a cute little production! Unfortunately, cameras aren't allowed during the actual play, but I was able to snap a shot of Loo and her best friend Kara at the end.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Song for today: Good Morning from Singin' in the Rain
Friday, November 13, 2009
I'm drawing a blank on songs today. The ONLY one I can think of is Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I'm so thankful for changing seasons...particularly fall. It's my absolute favorite time of year! I love bundling with extra layers. I love the smell of the air outside. I love the crisp leaves crunching under my feet or blowing in the air. I love driving down a leaf covered street and watching the leaves blow around. I just LOVE fall!!
I'm so freaking thankful for daylight savings!!! Yay for light outside when I'm trying to wake up! Can I get a HECK YA?!
I'm thankful for the beautiful weather we've been having. 65 on a November day? That's just beautiful!! Windows open? Oh ya!
I'm thankful for my home. It's not only a warm shelter, but it's also beautiful and just the way I want it. I don't think I'll be moving ANY time soon!
I'm so thankful for my sweet caring husband, who is willing to go to a murder mystery dinner with MY friends on Friday. Trailer Trash Tragedy. Sounds fun ha?! p.s. I could go on a hundred more things that make my husband #1 for me, but maybe I'll save that for another thankful entry. Who knows.
I'm SO thankful for modern medicine. Loo was sick with tonsillitis and bronchitis. She had missed 9 days of school. The first antibiotic didn't work. We got our second that day. I'm glad my doctor doesn't mess around. (p.s. she's back at school as of 11/9) BUT we didn't get to go to our murder dinner. Loo was still too sick to babysit and we weren't feeling that great either.
I'm thankful for satellite. I never thought I'd say that. But 2 weeks of Loo in bed...brutal! It's a good thing she had something to watch.
I'm thankful for lazy weekend days. I spent, well, WE spent the whole day laying around. We watched TV, we napped, we hung out and watched movies. Hurray for lazy days. We even skipped out on church. We figured we needed one more day to rest and recuperate before heading back to work and school.
Everyone needs a day of doing NOTHING every once in a while.
I'm thankful for the ability to cook good food. I think that's something to be thankful for! Don't you? We had a yummy dinner. Philly Steak and Cheese sandwiches and french fries. It wasn't gourmet, but it WAS delicious!!
And finally, today's entry...
I'm thankful for technology. I'm about to go outside and snap some pictures...and I'm so thankful that I have a computer, Internet, etc to share and save precious memories!
What are you thankful for? Do you think you could find something each day to be thankful for? Take the challenge with me!!
Today's song: Count Your Blessings by Diana Krall (my husband would be proud. He knows she's not my favorite singer, but that IS one of my favorite songs. I couldn't find the White Christmas version)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I said "lunch time?"
"I give up, what's your favorite time in school?"
She exclaimed proudly, "Math time. And I don't even like it when she's (meaning the teacher) up there talking, I just like to get my paper and do it!"
So, here's my question... did I come home with the right child from the hospital? I've heard of switched at birth stories. Could this have happened to us? hehehe
Song for today One Two Three Four by Feist
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Then, lastly, we sent the girls trick or treating. I know it wasn't the best thing to do, but since they had missed out on the school stuff AND the Trunk or Treat with our ward, I thought they needed at least a chance to get in the experience this year. They made it to about 8 houses before calling it quits. It was sad.
I'm looking forward to next Halloween. I'm crossing my fingers that the girls will be healthy and able to enjoy all of the festivities. :)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Imagine one of these...
Then, if that isn't scary enough...imagine that you have to (or get to, depending on how you look at it) spend not just one day, but 3 days with them! And do you get 5 star accommodations or a comfy bed? No you get one of these and one of these.
Well, that's exactly what my sweetie did in September. He got in all of our family's volunteer hours, in one fell swoop, with this overnight-er trip with the middle school students.
Don't worry, we aren't stopping there. I have always volunteered in the schools. And this year is no different. I help out once a week in Supe's class with the Star Reading program. I also do field trips and other things if I'm able to help. So, I guess this post isn't entirely about Jason. I help too. And that's my mommy moment for the month. I- make that WE- help in the schools.
p.s. today's song...let's hear it for the boy!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
P.S. if you would like to see the finished product, see the post entitled Ooey Gooey Goodness