Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Deep Thoughts

OK, so....don't laugh TOO hard at me on this one.

I used to LOVE 'Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey'. You know? From Saturday Night Live? I actually gave a speech in my Speech class on them. I thought they were HILARIOUS!

Well, I just came across them again...and I'm wondering what was wrong with me.

"Maybe in order to understand mankind we have to look at that word itself. MANKIND. Basically, it's made up of two separate words"mank" and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery and that's why so is mankind." {sadly, I remember laughing at this one specifically. It's not funny. Are you laughing?}

"As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way."
{maybe it's because I'm older now, but there are days that it REALLY does seem like life is just a bunch of honking and yelling. So, now this one can't be funny either!}

"I wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, Yahoo!, I'd have all my money back." {This is not funny either. I'm reading it and I'm thinking, "that would be so great! I'd be seriously rich." oh man!}

Sigh. Jack Handey is neither deep nor funny. He's just plain dumb. I'm sorry if I have offended anyone. Please forgive me. Sadly, my Senior year of high school, My friend and I were quoted as saying, "We're at the end, but which end?" We thought we were SOOO funny being all 'deep' like dear Jack. Sigh. I think this is why it's best to just not look back. Some things are better left in High School.

Deep Ashlee

Basement Update!

Just thought I would share my excitement with you over the last week's progress. We started construction last week on our unfinished basement and in one week we've got almost all of the framing done. My one man crew down there is doing a great job and it's so fun to see the rooms starting to take shape.

This is the view from the doorway at the foot of the stairs. The board on the ground midway through the room is not a divider. It's just a board lying on the ground. It'll be used on the floor in the room that's just to the left of this picture.
This shows the room that's to the left of the first picture. That nook is where the tv will go. Jaysen's "man room". Beyond these walls are a bedroom, bathroom, and another small room which will become the playroom. Or as I will probably refer to it...the disaster area.
Best of all....
this is a closer shot of the rooms we will be adding on to the main part of the basement. The doorway to the left is going to be a small storage room with shelving and what not. BUT! The door to the right is the doorway to sanity...freedom...and relaxation. It's MY room. Yes, you heard it. When we planned out what we wanted to do with the basement after we bought the house last year we had wanted to keep this main room completely open. Put in the storage and leave the rest open. But one day, Jaysen came up with the most BRILLIANT idea to create my OWN craft room. Once we finish the basement, Landon will move his bedroom downstairs leaving his current bedroom empty. We were going to turn that into our "office". The computer/craft room. We had one in the old house and it was always so cramped and full of stuff that you never wanted to go in there. So, for him to give up his precious "man space" and give me my very own girly room downstairs is SO very exciting. We can put the computer in the other bedroom upstairs and keep the office type stuff up there, and I can have my own working space for scrapbooking, crafting, sewing {which I am still attempting to learn}, you name it! The sky is the limit! I can have a special place of honor for my Cricut if I want to! :0) {as a side note here...I do realize that he offered this up mostly because he was tired of my girly stuff in his office. but I don't care!} see the framework go up means we are THIS much closer to getting it all done. If you remember from my previous post on OCD...I hate clutter. And my house has been full of it for over 6 months, and before that in our old house we never had enough storage space, so there were piles in the garage and office that drove me CRAZY! My garage is currently full of half of our belongings because there is no room for them in our house as it is right now. It will truly be a beautiful day when the basement is finished and I can put EVERYTHING away. No more clutter! And then I'll actually be able to park in the garage. Crazy idea! I think I might end up in hysteric giggles after it's all done. Wow...I'm starting to remind myself of Monica from Friends. Excitement over organizing. I would do it professionally if people would pay me. Seriously. Is that sad?
I should probably end now. But you can all come over and play in my room when it's done! We'll have a huge party! And you all need to come in formal wear {refer to previous post}.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter Blahs

I have them...
Cooped up inside to stay warm. Nowhere to go {unless you count PTA meetings, church, Target, basketball games, piano lessons, or the grocery store. But honestly...I don't think that counts as GOING SOMEWHERE you know?}
I am in desperate need of something FABULOUS to get my spirits up. Wouldn't it be so much fun to get all dressed up and go to {fill in the blank}? I have always wondered why there wasn't a prom for adults around here. I would have a blast. And though I wouldn't look as skinny and cute as this girl here...I'd love to wear this dress. Super formal, black, Audrey Hepburn-ish. I want to get all dolled up, be taken someplace FABULOUS for a magical night on the town.
But alas...I live in Twin Falls, Idaho. Nothing fabulous here, nothing to even get dressed up for unless you are 16 and in high school. Sniff. So, the blahs will continue.
Do you guys have anything fun you do to get rid of the blahs? I'm open to suggestions!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

President Hinckley


The Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, has passed away. Apparently sick for some time, he is now with his loving wife, Marjorie.

Hinckley has been in the church Presidency for most of my life. His humor and optimism inspired many to "carry on". We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family. He truly was a GREAT man.

He will be missed.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Box Tops For Education

OK, so pre-PTA I was completely clueless about this whole thing. Clip box tops? What? My son is in 2nd grade and this is the first year we have ever clipped these babies and turned them into the school. And only because we are doing a school wide push to earn stuff with our box tops money.
You can find these little babies on practically EVERYTHING nowadays. I had no idea. Not just on cereal boxes like they used to be. On my kids fruit snacks packages, on Goldfish cracker packages, cake mixes, Kleenex boxes, Ziploc bags, and even girlie products. {for a whole list go here} It's crazy! Anyway...I've gone through every product in my house tearing off these labels {if I could} and sending them off to school with Landon. They are worth a mere $.10 each, so it will take a lot of them to even get to $100. And, unfortunately, $100 doesn't buy what it used to. Sigh.
So, start clipping ladies! Your school could use the money. If your school doesn't participate in this program...send me your box tops! Our goal is to have the students bring in 5,000 box tops by Spring Break. If they can do it, we're giving them a prize. Some sort of assembly {it's still in the works}. I know, I know...5,000 is a lot of little box tops, but it only amounts to $500. And, with us using every last cent we earned this year from fundraising going towards the new shelves for the library, that $500 will be used to get all the stuff that we couldn't.
BTW...I'm so pumped about these new shelves. They are going to be beautiful. We're short about $3000 for it, so Spring Carnival here we come! will be well worth it. I'll post pictures after we've started installing them the end of February/beginning of March. YAY!
Honestly, after this year of PTA-ing...I now realize all the things the district DOESN'T pay for. It's rather frustrating. So, though I HATE fundraisers {the kind where my kid has to sell stuff to unwilling buyers} they are more needed than I realized. The playground balls for kids, electronic equipment, music program stuff {you'd be surprised how much they have to come up with on their own}, SHELVING! I will now be a sucker for life whenever a family member asks me to buy something from their school. Sigh.
I think I'm done ranting about this now. Have a happy weekend. Go clip some box tops.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Noodle Mania!

So, I finally made use of the pasta machine I got for Christmas (thanks again Holly!)

Tonight was spaghetti and meatball night, so I figured I'd make some homemade noodles. Honestly, it was a lot easier than I figured it would be. The dough whipped up quickly, and the kids had so much fun helping me run it through the machine.

See? Happiness! Actually, they fought over who got to turn the crank next. Sigh. We all came to a nice happy agreement that Landon would turn it, and Kenzee would help me pull out the dough. Worked out great and both kids were happy. Whew! :0)
These are my uncooked noodles. As you can tell with the top noodles...Kenzee got a little carried away with the flour. :0) These are wheat noodles people....those noodles are white. Silly girl.
And.....tah dah! The finished product! Man, do these noodles get big!
They were sooo yummy too! And now..I want homemade noodles EVERY time. So, if you have a great pasta dough recipe for me can you pretty please pass it on? They sell great flavored pastas at the store, I'd love to make some at home. Garlic fettucinne...mmmm.... night in the kitchen! We'll have to do this more often!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Good Reads!

Just read a post over at Bridget's blog and was excited to find out about this great website! is a website that you can go to and share your favorite books with your friends. I'm always looking for a new great book to read, though I have been disappointed with the last two I purchased. They had great reviews, but that doesn't mean that they are truly "good". So, to have the opinions of friends is great! If you sign up...please add me to your friends! My email is I want to know what you've read and truly enjoyed! I love a good book! And I'm in need of one right now.
I've added several to my list of books I've already read...check them out and let me know what you think. Am I missing some important ones on my list?

The Flashback continues.....

So, apparently I'm not the only one who loves the 80s because the decade has become so "retro" lately. They're bringing it all back! I'm not complaining in the least bit! I keep seeing commercials, or online ads announcing the return of some of my childhood favorites so I thought I'd share...

First they came out with Transformers The Movie, which was truly amazing. I remember the cartoon from the good old days and to have all the cartoon characters done up this new way was great! I love that my kid gets to enjoy the characters now. Though, all I really remember is Optimus Prime, the big red semi. :0)

One of my favorite shows as a kid was Knight Rider. I was truly jealous as a child because my brother got the Knight Rider Big Wheels for his bday. Lucky! Well, I just saw the commercial tonight that they are doing a tv movie of the 80s series. Look here to check it out. They even have David Hasselhoff doing a guest role in it. Not sure how it will turn out, but I'm looking forward to checking it out. Hopefully they do the series justice!

Check out my previous post about the Smurfs. Loved that cartoon!

GI Joe was another favorite of mine. My brother was Duke, and I was Scarlett. She rocked. Others must have thought so as well, because they are in pre-production for the GI Joe Movie for 2009. Crazy, huh?

My daughter loves her Care Bears. She watches the little cartoon movies, and plays with her Monkey, one of the Care Bear Cousins as well as FunShine Bear. I LOVED the Care Bears. My mom told me that I used to say that I loved the Care Bears because "they care a lot". Get it? Care-A-Lot? Yeah...good times.

On top of that, she is getting to know all about Strawberry Shortcake as well. Good stuff! I haven't seen much of Rainbow Brite, and she was one of my favorites back in the day as well.

Now, I won't say that everything from the 80s was great. The music rocked! The cartoons were better, tv was so much CLEANER and better (remember Growing Pains, the Cosby Show, The Facts of Life, Gimme A Break, Mr. Belvedere, Perfect Strangers, Who's The Boss.....I could go on and on)...but the fashion was definitely interesting. Seriously...acid washed jeans? And you had to wear super BIG shirts, with BIG POOFY hair (Aqua Net hairspray....had to use it to get the big hair right?), and Keds sneakers or Jelly shoes. We were all truly sexy. Remember?

Sigh...anyway...back on track here. It's just amazing to me that all of these things are being re-introduced. Hopefully my kids will enjoy them as much as I did. So far...they have. You can't go wrong with a classic! I'm just waiting for the next commercial announcing the release of the Macgyver movie. Honestly...I'd go see it. I loved Macgyver.

Deep Ashlee. Have a good night!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mi, mi, mi, mi, miiiiii

All right everyone! Your next music lesson from Mrs. Burnham! :0)

Once again, I had the long drive...meaning the opportunity to listen to my "tunes" on my iPod. So, I'm sharing another great musician with you that isn't one of those "well known" ones, but that has an amazing voice, and great songs.

Chantal Kreviazuk is her name and she sings a couple of songs on some of my favorite Soundtracks. Like this one from the movie, Armageddon. Great movie, one of the best scenes from the movie too. Or this one from the movie, How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days. There's also this one, which I just recently found.

I love artists who not only have a great voice, but choose great songs. There are some really awful lyrics out there, so to find songs that are truly uplifting, or even just fun...makes my day! So, I'm passing it on! I hope you enjoyed your music lesson for today. Your test will be on Friday. (I'm just kidding....)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Tag! You're It!

I was tagged by my friend Alicia (check out her blog) and so now I'm it. Here's the game....

Instructions: Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you’ve written under the following categories:

Remember though that I have three blogs, so the links might take you to a different blog of mine. :0)

#1 (click on link to get to post)
I love little moments like this. Just a quiet Sunday morning of family fun. I love that my kids enjoy each other so much, and that my hubby is a BIG kid that plays with them. Love it!

#2 Friends
This was such a fun night. The only downer was that we couldn't invite more people over. We start the basement on Monday and so all of you beware! There will be more parties to come...bigger and better! I love having friends over. Chatting and eating, getting to know each other better. And the fact that you all came in costume to humor me...even better!

#3 Who Am I?
I think that explains it. I am a mom, sister, daughter, wife, aunt, cousin, get the idea. I love to have people around me. They make me a better person. Wow, it's getting deep in here!

#4 What I Love!
I know that I just posted this one...but seriously, it explains it all. The shoes, the food, the scrapbooking, reading, movies, 80s, music, blah, blah, blah.....

#5 Freestyle Blogging! (Blog of choice)
I get tease relentlessly by SOME people about my blogging habits. So, this blog explains it all. It's not necessarily my "favorite" post of all times, there are too many of those to pick just one. Like this one, or how about this one, or even this one. Good times.....

So, thanks Alicia...what a fun trip down memory lane. But as part of the rules, since I am "it" it's my turn to tag others. And apparently I have to pick three of please)

1. Bonnie (newer blogger)
2. Sisters of a Different Order...(Sassy or Honey Bunch, both or either of you!)
3. Bridget (A Day In A Life...)

So, get to it! I had so much fun with this and am looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with for your favorite posts. Happy blogging!

A Blogging Fool

Can I just tell you how much I have enjoyed the blog world? I've been blogging for a long time now, but until just recently haven't "spread my wings". As a SAHM, I tend to feel shut off from the social things I used to enjoy. No girlfriends to gab to like I used to, they're at home trying to entertain their kids too, or for the working work...slaving away. They don't have time for the random blatherings of a crazy woman (that's me). But it's been nice to keep in touch with friends I left when I moved this last summer through my blog. A couple of them actually blog as well. Makes it so fun! Montay and Alicia...thank you for blogging too! It makes my day when you've posted something new! And keeping in touch with family that lives far away has been so nice too. Jodie, Cam, Mel, Holly...I love seeing what you guys are up to! I would never know what my cute neices and nephews were doing otherwise. Although with you Cam...I'm mostly left not knowing what to say. But at least you let me know what's going on in the world! :0) And Mel, I know you have about 20 million things going on..but you need to get with the posting! Put down the Stephanie Meyer books and get blogging!
But, then all of a sudden...I got comments from people who live thousands of miles away. Some live close, but some live across the country. The first was from a gal who just entered the blog world, but lives right here in the same town. And oddly enough, her neice just happens to be in my son's class at school! Crazy huh? We met a few weeks ago, and she's a doll. By the way, Bonnie, I've been thinking perhaps you should start coming to my girls night. What do you think?
Anyway, it snowballed from there and through reading your blogs and getting your comments, it's like having friends all over the place! And you can never have too many friends. If I'm having a bad day, I can post and suddenly five people are telling me to feel better. I can't tell you what that means. So, even though I don't know most of you...I appreciate ALL of you! It's nice to know there are other moms out there that feel the way I do, and that can be Sassy like me too! It's good stuff! So, keep the comments coming. You make my day! It's almost addicting isn't it? But in a good way. I think. My husband would say otherwise. He thinks I'm crazy. (You'd think he would have figured that one out a long time ago!)
Happy Blogging!

check this one out!

As most of you know, I am not a sewer...but really want to be. My mom is brilliant with a sewing machine and my grandma is an expert. So, I have a lot to live up to.
For Christmas my mom gave all of us a new purse. I love purses almost as much a shoes. Anyway...mine is a beautiful tapestry purse in shade of brown and tan. My favorite color! And then she dropped the bombshell about these babies....They were all made out of placemats. Seriously! I found this picture on a how to website that gives you step by step directions to make your very own. They are so super easy that even I, the beginner, could pull it off. Just a couple of seams and then stitching on your handle. Easy as pie! I want one in every color! Actually, I'm using mine for a scripture tote for church. Perfect sized to fit your books and study guides in, along with scripture markers and a couple of jolly ranchers :0) But seriously, I think I'm going to go and get some placemats today at Target. You guys want to come over and play?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Raindrops on Roses, and Whiskers on Kittens.... maybe these are not a few of my favorite things. But THESE are!

I just LOVE a good bagel and schmear. Seriously...I could eat them every day. Oh wait! I do. Yeah....I have a yummy bagel sammy every day for lunch. Grilled turkey and cheese on the bagel of my choice. Today was jalapeno cheddar. I also love a good bluberry bagel with Vanilla cream cheese from Molly's. Mmmmm....hungry?

Coffee Creamers....I can't get enough of them. I put some in my hot cocoa every morning and it just makes my cocoa so creamy and yummy! My favorite is International Delight French Vanilla. I like their version of vanilla better than the other brands. I don't know what it is about theirs, but they win! And, I buy the fat free and put it in my fat free'd never know it wasn't the "real" stuff. Creamy, chocolatey and fat free!

Colored pens make me happy. Like these Flair felt tip pens by papermate. Or the RoseArt Colorsharp pens. Pick a color for your mood, or match your color to whatever you are writing on. I actually own the entire Zig Writer pen collection. Good stuff! And, these marker/pens make my handwriting look so much nicer! The world is not black and blue only, so neither should your writing!

Yes, I am addicted. And I hate, hate, HATE that they cut my season short! The writers strike is killing me! Anyway...I can't say that I have a favorite character, because they are all so good! They intrigue me. I do love Peter Petrelli love. He is adorable. He can be my hero anyday!

I just love my iTunes. Music means everything to me. Name a song and I can give you a memory that I connect with that song....or the movie it was from. I love playing that game. Whoever came up with iTunes was brilliant. All my hundreds of CDs now in one place, or I guess two as I put them on my iPod to take with me. I honestly love just browsing through the iTunes store and finding songs I haven't heard in ages that I LOVE. Ah.....sweet music!

Scrapbooking is a true passion! I can't wait until my basement is finished so I can have my room back. I've missed it and the spontaneous scrapbooking I was able to get done. It's been FOREVER since I've been able to do that. My pictures are piling up. I have boxes full calling to me. "Ashlee! Did you forget us? Please let me out of the box!" Sigh. My sisters and I will be running off to my mommy's house in March for a three day whirlwind of scrapbooking. No kids, just us scrapping, chatting and eating. I can't wait! You guys ready?

DARK chocolate. I can't help myself. The darker the better. 70%...oh yeah! And, it's better for us than regular chocolate. More antioxidants...I'll take them!

Shoes glorious shoes! I would love these for my collection. Aren't they cute? You can NEVER have enough pairs of shoes.

Reading is something else I'm passionate about, but I've talked about that before. As well as my love of movies.....So I won't bore with those. I figure you already know that about me. But what about you? What are some of your favorite things?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Movie Flashback!

So, much to Jaysen's frustration I have been on a flashback tour of some of my old favorite movies. With the writers strike going on...there's nothing on tv, and so in the evenings I find myself trying to find things to do (besides the things I SHOULD be doing. There are always PLENTY of things to do, but I take the evenings off. Seriously, you should try it!) Anyway, Netflix has been shipping us some great 80s movies lately. I've been filling my queue with some great movie memories. So, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you for your viewing enjoyment.

16 Candles
Adventures in Babysitting
Back to the Future (Great Scott!)
Breakfast Club
The Burbs
Dead Poets Society
Desperately Seeking Susan

Dirty Dancing
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
E.T. (ET phone home!)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Bueller, Bueller...)
Field of Dreams (if you build it, they will come)
Flashdance (what a feeling!)
Flight of the Navigator
Ghostbusters (Who you gonna call?)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Howard the Duck (I know, I know...but I loved it back then!)
Indiana Jones (any of them!)
Karate Kid
Labyrinth (just rewatched this one and it wasn't as good as I remembered it to be. Sigh)
Land Before Time
Lean on Me
Legend of Billy Jean
Man with One Red Shoe
Never Ending Story
Police Academy (Freeze Dirt Bag!)
Pretty in Pink
Princess Bride (As you wish)
Rain Man (K-mart sucks)
Return to Oz
Romancing the Stone
Short Circuit (#5 is alive!)
St. Elmo's Fire
Stand by Me
Star Wars (Use the force Luke!)
Top Gun
Troop Beverly Hills
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Am I missing your favorite? Let me know!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Happy Smurfday!

La, la, la la la la
La, la la la la.....
Do you remember the smurfs? I LOVED watching the smurfs. Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Smurfette, and mean old Gargamel...they made my Saturday mornings! Well, apparently they just turned 50! Holy cow! It seems they were actually a comic first before becoming hugely popular in the 80s with their tv series. Because of this, their company has decided it's time to re-introduce them to the world. Late next year a Smurf movie will be released, and then hopefully 26 new 30 minute episodes for our kiddies to watch. The characters will be updated, and more girls added to the little mushroom house community. So, it will be interesting to see what they come up with. But, I think it's just Smurfy! Much better than most of the cartoons that they've got on tv nowadays don't you think?

Heaven...I'm in Heaven!

I have died and gone to heaven people! I found this ice cream at the store a while back and it's to DIE for! You know the cookie part of the ice cream sandwich? The yummy chocolate part? Yeah....oodles of that in this ice cream. And the ice cream itself tastes a little like the yummy inside of an oreo cookie. Holy cow! So good! The best part though? Only 3 grams of fat per 1/2 cup serving. Seriously. Normal ice cream is 3 times more fattening. So, you get oodles more yumminess, but oodles less fat. Good stuff! There are more flavors than this, so if cookies n cream isn't your thing go here to check out the other magnificent flavors! I think I'm going to need to try them all!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Inkblot Test

Take this test!

This means you have a deep desire to be kind and fair to others. You may even be preoccupied with finding kindness in the world around you, far more than you realize on a conscious level.

It is possible that the underlying reason you seek kindness in the world around you, is that you fear cruelty, the opposite of kindness. That could drive you to unconsciously project kindness wherever possible into your world. Regardless of its origin, your steadfast adherence to being kind to others is felt by people you are close to.

You are probably more susceptible than others to being overwhelmed by emotions — both yours and others'. It is possible that your unusually empathic nature is a result of your natural sensitivity to others' pain, and your desire to help them avoid it. For this reason, things might affect you more than they affect your friends and family. To protect yourself from too much emotional intensity, you might want to keep an eye out so you can recognize it when it starts. That will allow you to slow things down until you feel grounded again.

Overall, your strong orientation towards kindness gives you an optimistic nature, which translates into you seeing the best in the people around you. Because you're not one to be overly judgmental, others may seek out your company when they need a friend to talk to. People close to you likely know that you care deeply about the inner lives of others and can listen to what they have to say without imposing your views on them.

OK that one was far too long of a test...but whew! I made it through. And now I should probably go do something worthwhile like get dressed. But honestly...I don't know how they got all of this out of my answers. I didn't see much of anything in most of the inkblots. Who made up this kind of test anyway? How does this big splotch of ink make you feel? Are you serious? Oh well.


Take this test!

You're a bold, confident orange. A warm, powerful color that indicates a strong, welcoming personality, orange is the mark of people who are social and extroverted by nature. Vibrant, with an upbeat attitude, you have a bright, inviting demeanor. Energetic and fun-loving, you're a real friend-magnet. Your easy charm and unassuming manner make you the sort of person people want to meet and get to know better. Well-rounded and fun to be around, you enjoy helping others, so it's no surprise that orange also symbolizes attraction. Orange is an extraordinary color — for an extraordinary person.

So...what color of the rainbow are you?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Snow is falling all around...

...on the rooftops on the ground......

it will not be falling on my nose though!
I didn't leave my house yesterday or step foot outside. I really needed to go to Target, but cancelled the trip hoping we wouldn't run out of toilet paper in the meantime. I'm going to have to brave it today. Sigh. AND....the forecast is calling for 2-6 more inches in the next couple of days. (As if snowing ALL day yesterday wasn't enough!)
Poor Toby is huddled up in his doghouse that is covered in three inches of snow. I don't feel bad enough for him to let him in the house though.
Landon was really hoping for a snow day today, but Twin Falls was among the few that stayed open. So, off to the bus I sent him without snow boots. I felt so bad. He doesn't own any never snows this much! I bought them in the past and they've gone unused....a true waste of $20-$30! So, among my purchases at Target today will be a nice pair of snow boots. Hopefully they have them still!
So...all you snow lovers...enjoy! As for me...I'm staying inside with my hot choclate as much as possible. Don't expect to see me out and about unless it's necessary. (BTW...girls night tomorrow is necessary!)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


So, the other day Jaysen comes up to me and says, "Why don't you and Holly go out to a movie on Monday night and then Zach and I can stay here and watch the kids while we watch the BCS game?" Did he think I was going to say no? Holly and I had talked about wanting to see the move 'Enchanted' a couple of weeks ago, so it was perfect!
It's been movie mania around here lately. I usually get to a movie once every few months, but for some reason, I've made it to three this last month. I'm not complaining. So, Holly and I went to see 'Enchanted' without children! It was great! Such a cute, funny movie. We were laughing through most of it. The girl that played the main character, Gisele, was so good. And then the breaking out into song in the middle of central park. Good stuff. We were giggling through most of the movie. I did like the point of the movie (at least the point that I got out of it). That life is not like a fairy tale. Bad stuff happens, but that shouldn't leave you so jaded that you close yourself off to real opportunities for "magical" things to happen in your life.

So, thanks Jaysen and Zach for being such good sports...not that they minded having to watch the game together....though in the middle of the game one of the bulbs in our big screen popped and the picture went we had to bring out the smaller one from our bedroom for them to watch the game on. Sigh. Now Jaysen's all pumped about having to get a new TV. He says this is a great excuse to have to go and get a BIG flat screen. Do you think he sabotaged the tv so he could get a new one? This is the third time in two years that the bulbs have gone out on our tv, so it IS truly pointless for us to keep forking out serious dinero to fix it knowing it will break again in about 6-8 months. BUT! Seriously...oh well. Boys and their toys.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Alvin and the Chipmunks

I took Landon to see this movie tonight. He loved it. Plenty of little boy humor in it. It was a cute movie, though I don't think I will buy it for our collection. Landon said his favorite part was when Theodore was eating lots of nuts and said, "This is the best day of my life!" I honestly figured it was going to be the part where Alvin farted in Dave's face. I was wrong. :0) My favorite part was when Theodore went into Dave's room and woke him up to tell him that he had a bad dream and wanted to know if he could sleep with him. Dave tells him that it's fine as long as he stays on his side of the bed. So, he climbs in and two seconds later he is curled up into a little ball in the crook of Dave's neck. It was cute.
So, wasn't horrible, it was just about 20 minutes too long. I was ready for it to be over by that time. But, again...Landon loved it. And there was no potty humor or bad words in it, which totally impressed me. Just a kids movie. So, they hit their mark. Totally kid approved. ;0)

Stop the insanity!

I've been down with a stinking migraine for two days and I'm going insane! I finally went in to the chiropractor this morning and found out I had popped my JAW out of place. How do you do that? does one pop their jaw out? I have not been punched in the face, nor have I been to the dentist (though I need to get in there too!) what on earth could I have done to pop it out of place?
I swear, only I could manage to pull this off. Thankfully, with pain killers and the adjustment at Dr. Chad's I'm starting to be able to fully open my eyes. Though actually seeing what has happened to my house the past two days while I've been huddled up in my room is scary. Sigh. It never ends does it?

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Must Listen!

I really wish that I could have found a clip of the song for you, but unfortunately I couldn't. I spent several hours in the car today, which meant I had several hours of listening enjoyment on my new iPod. I was able to listen to songs that I've had in my collection for several years, and it helped me to remember some really great songs I've got. This is one of them. I believe this CD was released in 2005. She is not a "well known" artist, but has a great voice, and some really great songs with really great lyrics. This is one of my favorites....I hope you are able to listen to the melody at some point.

You are the answered prayer
That I thought was never heard
But here you are in front of me
And I admit, I'm finding it hard to breathe
and I believe
In answered prayers
I put away what I thought was youthful faith
But someone must have heard my silent cry
For here you are before my eyes
Now you know, you are the reason why I believe
In answered prayers
Some may try to convince me
That this is what everyone else feels
But I know thatGod and I are the only ones
Who ever heard my appeal
(That's why)You are the answered prayer
That I thought was never heard
But here you are in front of me
And I admit I'm finding it hard to breathe
And I believe
In answered prayers
You are my answered prayer