Miriam is my little cake decorator in training. She was so focused and did such a great job!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Miriam is my little cake decorator in training. She was so focused and did such a great job!
Monday, December 22, 2008
1.) I'm a wannabe. I wanna be a singer, writer, reader, traveller, better mom, runner, healthier, better at decorating, speak several languages, craftier, more spiritual and more knowledgeable in the scriptures.
2.) I'm a jinx. Look up Murphy's Law in the dictionary and you'll see my picture! I used to use this to my advantage. As a girl my parents would tell me to go wait in the car before going somewhere, I would sit there for what felt like forever and then as soon as I got out of the car to see what was taking them so long they would walk out of the house. Pretty soon I just started to get out of the car just to jinx them out the door. Whenever Theo is sent out of town I just expect the worst, one time when he left all the kids, including me, got this nasty stomach virus. I was up at 3 a.m. with the carpet cleaner cleaning up kid vomit while feeling like I had just got hit by a MAC truck.
2.) Sometimes I don't seperate the lights from the darks.
3.) I'm a talker, if you can't tell.
4.) I'm lazy, which is probably why I am a "wannabe" and not a "be".
5.) I'm anal, but I'm not anal about being anal. I'm anal if I feel like it. I'm too lazy to be anal all the time.
6.) I'm borderline agoraphobic. I have tiny panic attacks when leaving the house without my family. But then my girls let out a bloodcurdling banshee-esque scream and I don't feel so bad about it as I run out the door nursing my bleeding ears.
7.) I have a sleep routine that if I don't do it I can't fall asleep. I start off on my right side and then turn over onto my left. If I start out on my left side it messes everything up and it takes me a really long time to fall asleep.
I tag...um....Sarah, Rochelle, Maureen and anyone else who wants to do it!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The first incident happened during her nap, or should I say her napless adventure in her pants. Apparently sleeping wasn't on her agenda, but she did manage to pencil in a major explosion in her diaper. With Mommy unawares of her situation she took full advantage. She striped off her pants and diaper and commenced with what appeared to me, stamping her nasty slimy buttcheeks all over her bed. It was on her pillow, blankets, shirt, wood slats of the crib and yes, even under her fingernails. EEEEWWWW! She must have been thrilled to have made her own brand of play-doh because I never heard a peep from her. I discovered this monstrosity when I went in to get her right before we had to leave to get Tobie. The poo must have been there for awhile because it had caked on her butt and when I tried to wipe it just started flaking on the carpet. I threw her in the unplugged tub and left her there to soak while I took her sheets off the bed and put them in the washing machine. Thankfully Theo was able to leave work and go pick up Tobie. I quickly cleaned her up and disinfected her entire bed.
The second incident happened while I was making dinner. A friend called me and I had Hannah strapped to me in the Baby Bjorn. (Don't worry, I wasn't using the stove burners. Hannah was perfectly safe.) When dinner was ready and I got off the phone with my friend I started to notice that Emma was being awfully quiet. Then I heard the water faucet in the bathroom running. I knew that noise meant trouble for me. I ran to the bathroom and Emma's mouth was dyed blue along with her hands. The toothpaste was smeared on the counter, but I had a feeling that the blue dye wasn't from the toothpaste. I saw that Tobie's mouthwash that is suppose to stain the plaque on his teeth was missing, and it is blue. I asked her where it was and she took off exactly knowing what I was talking about. She brought it back, minus the top seeming pretty proud of herself that she was able to be a good helper. I started to clean her up by wiping her down, but then I noticed that she apparently was using it as shampoo because her hair was all sticky. So that meant bath #dos. I thought that was the end of the mess, come on...she's done worse, refer to incident 1. But that wasn't the end of it. Theo went walking by our playroom and saw her artistic expressions of blue mouthwash all over the floor in several different places. I scrubbed the floor by the entrance, by the princess table and on top of it, and the kitchen set.
These were just two of the major messes that Emma has orchestrated. I have not mentioned the constant trail of toys she leaves behind her, the sticky fingerprints she leaves on EVERYTHING, the throwing all the letters and animal magnets off of the refrigerator and the constant aversions made by me to keep her out of the dogs food and water and the cat's litter box (her personal sandbox). I have had two other 2 year olds and she by far takes the cake for causing the most chaos.
That's my Emma!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Tobie and Miriam had no problem taking their gifts, but poor Miss Emma was literally shaking! Theo had to take the gift and give it to her.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Hannah is only 13 weeks, but about 3 weeks ago I laid her on her belly for some tummy time and within seconds she rolled over. I thought it was just a fluke, but after I set her on her tummy again she rolled over just like before. Tonight I put her on her tummy again and she had no problems rolling over. I decided to record her especially for the family back home that hasn't even met her yet. She's a super baby!!! Of course I am a little biased. =)
It is no small feat to get her to laugh. She is so easy to make smile, but the laughing is something I have to work on. You can kind of hear it in this video. I don't think Miriam knew what I was doing and tried to get me to stop. LOL. But once she got the idea she was cool with it.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tobie was all psyched to do this the night before, but when we got there he started to get a little nervous and almost changed his mind. But when Theo offered to go with him he was back in the race. He did really well to! Theo said that he only stopped a few times and only for about 30 seconds, but he made really good time.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
It has been 5 days since the release, so if you still haven't seen the movie be warned that I am going to talk about scenes in detail, so if you don't want to know then don't read this.
Also as a disclaimer for myself I want anyone and everyone that reads this to know that I am not the type of person that expects a movie to be exactly like the book. And this movie was no exception. I did not allow myself to get too hyped up about it. And since I love the books so much, there really was no way it could compare to the imagination I have created as I read them. Also I want to make it clear that even though this may be a negative posting I am not angry or mad at the turn out of the movie, just disappointed.
Now down to business...
Immediately they started the movie off on the wrong foot when the truck was brought to Bella by Billy Black and Jacob. At this point in the book Billy and Charlie were at an odds over the Cullens. They haven't been talking very much because of Billy's dislike of the Cullens. This was a minor oversight I must admit in comparison as to what happens throughout the movie.
I like the introduction of the Cullens in the cafeteria. The smirk that Edward gives after Jessica states that no one is good enough for Edward is exactly what I imagined. That was the Edward I was expecting throughout the movie. But once they get to Biology class and the fan blows Bella's hair, Edward covers his mouth and nose. I thought that was pretty silly and not what Edward did at all. I did however, like the staring her down part.
There was some inner dialogue from Bella that I thought would have been better if it was used throughout. There wasn't enough.
The relationship seemed too awkward between Bella and Edward. Edward was way too mean, and then abruptly is passionately in love with Bella. It's like "I hate you, I hate you, I love you". I was left thinking, "What just happened?".
The moment that I wanted to just walk out was at the meadow scene. Edward is being really mean and grabs Bella by the arm and drags her up the mountain and yells at her how he is a monster. I had to do damage control to my friends who haven't read the books because they were thinking that Edward was an abusive person. Which is so not who he is. The meadow scene for me was one of my favorite scenes. It was so tender and gentle and pivotal to the relationship. Edward was showing his true self and putting all his trust into Bella. It was a love moment where you saw their connection strengthening. In the movie it looked like she was falling in love with an abusive stalker. It wasn't his true character at all.
The skin effect, in my opinion, was fine. But did they have to use soundeffects??? My diamonds never make a "ching ching ching" sound when the light reflects off of them.
Why didn't they have Bella cooking for her dad. They kept going to that stupid diner that was no where in the book. That was just wasted film and money. Bella and Charlie have a strained relationship where it is difficult for them to show how much they love one another. By Bella cooking for her dad all the time is her way of showing him how much she loves him. It also shows how independent and parent like she really is, since she was so responsible for taking care of her mom. She is supposed to be different from the other teenagers because of the adult qualities she developed from having this responsibility, but in the movie she is just your average teenager.
They also didn't say anything about the lullaby that Edward wrote for Bella. In the movie they just show them sitting at the piano and he is playing for her. If you haven't read the books you have no idea the significance of this moment. Edward was getting depressed and he hasn't composed in a long time. Esme could have been developed here a little better in her role as "mom" showing her concern for him since this wasn't characteristic of Edward to neglect his talent. They play the lullaby throughout the movie, but if you don't know what it is it just sounds like background music. I think Rob Pattinson has a good singing voice and it would have been nice having him hum Bella to sleep at least once. I bought the Soundtrack as soon as it came out so anxious to hear the lullaby, that should have been a sign to me how off this movie was going to be. The lullaby was too choppy and not at all soothing. Maybe that is why they didn't have Edward humming it.
What was the point of the field trip? I felt that was another waste of money and time. Her friends were way too High School Musical in my opinion. Wouldn't it have been better to do the blood typing scene in class? Then they could have built more on the concerned and protective Edward instead of the stalking and abusive Edward.
I think they could have expounded more on the converstations that Edward and Bella had. On the drive home from Port Angeles they were silent, but in the book it was a flood of questions and getting to know one another. I'm not suggesting that they put the whole dialogue verbatim in there, but they could have had some good conversations that would have made their relationship a little more believable. Any time they had the opportunity to strengthen the relationship based on their personalities instead of the physical attraction was overcast with music playing and the viewer just seeing them chatting. There was no depth to the relationship, which led me to feel the chemical tension between them was awkward and not romantic.
I really loved the baseball scene. That was really well done, and the use of Muse as the background music was an awesome song placement.
The dress that Bella wore at the prom would have been fine and true to the story if they hadn't added those ugly grey leggings and a tennis shoe! What happened to the dangerous stilettos? Why didn't they have Alice&Jasper and Emmett&Rosalie danciing at the prom? They were supposed to be putting all the other high schoolers to shame. I would have liked to see them all dressed up all fancy and dancing.
Okay, now the end with Victoria at the prom was wrong in so many ways. Edward can hear thoughts for miles away, and he can't hear her thoughts that were probably screaming profanities and death threats at them. And Alice would have seen Victoria making the decision to go there. Several things I hae heard would have been a better ending would have been at Bella's birthday party ending with Jasper trying to kill her. The whole Victoria thing was a mystery in the second book and to have her at the end of the first movie takes away all the suspense and speculating.
I understand that this was done on a shoestring budget, but I think there are somethings they could have done without and used that money to focus on staying true to the story. Like being up in that tree, not in the book and that scene probably cost a pretty penny. It may have looked cool, but it was completely unnecessary. The acting was sketchy, but I think it could have been better under a different director. Someone needed to tell Kirsten Stewart that the head shaking was border line Parkinson's. And Robert Pattinson could have been a little more suave instead of awkward and unsure.
I saw this movie twice just to make sure I wasn't jumping to a quick judgement. But I can honestly say this movie did not meet my already low expectations. I feel like I need to read the series for a third time to purge my mind of the images from this ill made movie. I really hope that with all the money this film has made they can do a better job on the following sequels. That, in a very big nutshell, is my experience of the Twilight movie.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
There are white ones, black ones,
red and brown and yellow ones.
Jesus loves the children of the world.
Same message, right?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I needed to write about this to make sense of it all. My thoughts have been random scattered images of this afternoon and I needed some order to combat the recurring panic. Cherish your little ones, you never know what trials lay before you. She was found, but it puts life into perspective on how easily it can be taken away.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Five Things Theo Loves:
1. Me, of course!
2. His kids; Tobie, Miriam, Emma and Hannah
3. Computer games
4. Being in the Coast Guard
5. The Ocean
1. Get his Masters Degree
2. Get into Officer Candidacy School
3. Finish my butcher block island that was supposed to be my Mother's Day gift 2 years ago.
4. Fix his car
5. Get the big snip-snip
2. Buffalo wings
3. Jamba Juice
4. Chik-Fil-A sandwiches and fries
5. Fresh Choice
1. He played the Tuba in high school
2. He has a very good singing voice
3. He was in the gifted classes through out school
4. He is a very good cook
5. He's a great help with cleaning the house, better than me sometimes!
Five Places Theo has Lived:
2. Loxley, Alabama
3. Cape May, New Jersey
4. Jacksonville, Florida
5. Novato, California
2. When he passes gas it's like a blow horn, seriously I think it's an earthquake because the house starts to shake.
3. He doesn't make the usual sounds like "uh-huh" when you are talking to him, so you think he isn't paying attention to you. That one gets really annoying actually.
4. If he is holding Hannah and she starts to cry he stands right next to me until I take her. I could be elbows deep in a dead pigs carcass and he will stand over me with a crying baby.
5. He always plays his computer games while watching T.V. or a movie. I seriously don't see how he is able to take it all in.
Five People to Tag:
(on their husbands)
Friday, October 31, 2008
My sleeping angel. Isn't that when they are all angels, when their asleep. =)
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I did this skeleton one from the carving book that comes with the kit. I thought it turned out okay. That sucker was hard!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
He was so wired up he started goofing off to show his excitement.
Monday, October 20, 2008
There is an official church statement saying that this is not accurate. You can hear their recorded statement by calling the church at (801) 240-2205 or 240-1000 and asking for extension 22833.
After calling the number it did in fact verify that the testimony was inaccurate and was not approved by Pres. Packer. So there, the issue is crystal clear.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
I got a cupcake cake pan and did this up for her party we had Tuesday night. I had just rolled the fondant to make the cherry on top and Miriam comes in, picks it up and says, "Look, I found play-doh!" and proceeds to mash it between her fingers. Good thing that stuff is like play-doh, so I just molded it back into the shape I needed. Disaster averted!