Monday, November 22, 2010

A picture's worth a thousand words...

I don't even really know what that means. Hmm.

Anyway. Thought I'd share a few pics with you today.
The first one is a nice little comparison. It started snowing on Saturday night. It was that big, soft, heavy, fluffy snow that makes everything completely still and silent. I took this picture a little before 10. The next picture was taken about 7 the next morning by Hubby. It is the same angle, one is just a little further away. If you notice my swing in the first picture, it just has a little snow, and on the left, closer to the camera are the dormant grasses and flowers starting to get covered. In the second picture those same grasses are that big lump of white in the lower left corner! And to the right that is not a bush, that is a big oak branch in the middle of the road! It was fabulous and crazy all at the same time! Needless to say it made me giddy! Oh how I love this time of year!

I'm watching the news as I type this - they just announced the widest spread winter storm warning in recorded history. I hope we don't lose our power! Some people did with the first round!!

The rest of these were taken by Cowgirl. She took photography 101 in Discovery this month. I was really impressed with what she learned! She's better than I am, that's for dang sure. Anyway, she LOVES it. I'm thinking I sense a new hobby/talent developing? Which, afterall, is the whole point of Discovery. I love my school.

It's hard to believe that these pictures were just taken within the past 2 weeks. Sunshine, no jackets, leaves on the ground and then BAM! Winter Wonderland!

It all just adds to the wonderful holiday season. I'm so excited for Thanksgiving - especially with so much to be grateful for. I'm especially grateful that my brother is hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at his house, and all I have to bring is creamed corn! and it's not the gross kind of creamed corn either. It is super easy, and super delicious!!

What are all your plans for Thanksgiving? Anybody venturing out on Black Friday?
I am! It is the most wonderful time of the year after all! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Summertime in review

I was such a sporadic blogger this year. I feel like I took pictures of so many things I wanted to blog about, both to share with my friends, and also to journal my year for myself. I thought I'd take time today to just get a few of those things recorded before I forget! Please pardon all the pictures....but I was sorta click happy this year.

As many of you know I was released from the Young Women's presidency in church this summer. It was such a bittersweet thing for me. I adore those girls. I love them like litte sisters and want so much for them. I was so sad to leave. On the other hand, being called to the Primary Presidency is not without blessings itself. I get to serve with one of my very best friends, and the children I serve include my three beautiful daughters. The time I have had in Primary so far has truly been such a joy.

One of my last activities with the Young Women was our pre-camp cookout at the YW President's house. We made S'mores with GIANT marshmallows. The result was sort of a mess. But fun none the less. What does "none the less" even mean, anyway?

This masterpiece is the S'mores volcano created by our President.

One of my first activities with the primary children was a neighborhood parade where the children got to decorate their bikes or scooters, and we rode around the neighborhood. My camera died so I only got this one picture of Monkey, but it is hilarious. This was ENTIRELY her idea. We have this clown wig floating around from last Halloween, and she insisted that she should be a clown in the parade. That girl cracks me up.

One of the best parts of summer was the time spent going to soccer games - I spent far too much money on soccer tickets, and went to more games than I should have. Actually, several of the times were with tickets that were given as gifts, so I guess I splurged only a couple of times. Anyway, it was so much fun, even if our boys sadly went home during the first round of the play-offs, after having such an incredible season. Sniffle.

I may or may not have taken an embarassing amount of pictures of this guy:

I love our mascot LEO almost as much as I love Chris Wingert!!

The girls each got a chance to meet LEO at our city soccer complex on picture day this year:

As the summer wound down we continued our annual tradition of going to the County Fair with Grandpa and Grandma. The kids spent some time in a fun petting zoo - and this camel even "kissed" Cowgirl right on the cheek when she wasn't paying attention. It was pretty funny.

Monkey was terrified of the pigs. I guess they are much bigger and uglier in real life than on cartoons! She wouldn't get near the pens. I kept trying to get her to get a closer look. Then she saw this one:

To which she exclaimed, "LOOK! There's a MOLDY one!" I would have fallen on the floor laughing if the floor wasn't covered with farm animal poo.

This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken ever. My dad is in poor health, each year a little worse than the last. In order to allow him keep going to places with us on occasion, he has invested in a motorized wheelchair. I adore this picture of Cowgirl and Monkey walking with him through the fairgrounds.

We had a lot more going on this summer, but I'll save that for another day. And for the record, I do have a son. He is just at that age where he's not into getting his picture taken, so although he was at the fair, and went to a soccer game with his dad, and is generally part of all our family activities - my pictures don't reflect that! I'm going to have to do something about that!!

Hope the trip down "summer memory lane" wasn't too boring! And now on to the Holidays! Yipee!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Somebody Pinch Me....

Because I have GOT to be dreaming, right?

Memba when I did THIS poll? And then when I did this one?


My boys are touring again!

And even if you voted against them (that very small percentage of you), your boys are too!That's right - New Kids are touring with Backstreet Boys! Now if you read the first link above - you know that although my deepest loyalty lies with those fabulous 5 boys from Boston... I still very much appreciate the talent, and enjoy the music of the Backstreet Boys. Yeah, Tanielle and I are SO going to this one (please bless that they come to SLC so I don't have to drag her to Vegas). I've already threatened her that she better not DARE get pregnant this time!!

So when I found out that this rumor was true last week - I was walkin' on air. But it was as if the Concert gods just didn't feel like I had been quite rewarded enough...

Today I learned that BON JOVI is also coming in the spring! Bon Jovi = hands down best rock band of all time! Am I right? The last several tours they have bypassed Utah (boo), but they have finally seen the light, and are coming to my town!

Could my spring BE any better? I don't think so. Is there a musician, or group that you would absolutely NOT pass up, if they were coming to perform in your town?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What are you watching?

Holy crapola, I know! It's been a while right? It was a lifesaver this past month to get slammed with Halloween orders for Ribbon Blossoms - but it sure did keep me away from my lovelies (that's you guys), and THAT, my friends, is never a good thing. How the heck have you all been?

One of the things that kept me sane during hours and hours of "stuff-making" was the company of my trusty television. I thought I'd reward her (yeah, I've decided my TV is a girl) by spotlighting her here on my blog. I know, right? What better way to make my grand re-entrance into the blogosphere than share with you my fall TV review. I know you're just waiting on the edge of your seats to hear my opinions.

Many people are surprised to find that I do not have DVR, nor do I have satellite or cable TV. Dark ages, I know. But interestingly enough - even with just basic broadcast antenna - there is still a plethora (bonus vocab word of the day for ya) of quality television programs for me to get addicted to watch.

So here's my review this years fall TV shows - both old favorites and new addictions:

Hellcats (new): Network: CWTV.... Day and time: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. MST.

I had NO desire to watch this show. It looked like a lame, petty cheerleader show that would be shallow and skanky and nothing I would be interested in. Turns out it's actually a lot of fun to watch, and the characters are interesting, endearing and very well constructed. It is about Marty, the "anti" cheerleader, a broke law student who spends her limited free time ridiculing cheerleaders, or as she calls them, "football groupies" and other such superficial girls. When Marty loses her scholarship and exhausts all other avenues of paying for school, as a last resort she tries out for the cheerleading squad - a cheer scholarship her only hope for staying in school. She joins the squad and learns that there is more to these girls than she knew. She makes both enemies and friends, and coupled with the underlying romantic subplots, I give the show 2 thumbs up - very fun to watch, great characters - and Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale are absolutely adorable in it!

The Vampire Diaries - Network: CWTV.... Day and time: Thursday, 7:00 p.m. MST

Another show I had no intention of watching - I accidentally got sucked into it last season when I was working on something, and the TV was on and I was too lazy busy to get up and switch the channel. I thought it was just some rip-off of that other vampire-y obsession going on around the globe these past few years. Turns out the book series "The Vampire Diaries" actually came out YEARS before the Twilight series. Either back in the 80's or 90's - can't remember which. This show is just a guilty pleasure. It has beautiful people to look at, teen-angst filled romance, action/adventure - suspense. Just an all-around nice distraction from real life. And as my dear friend MiMi often tells me, "Damon is hot".

NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles - Network: CBS.... Day and time: Tuesday, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. MST

NCIS is just one of my all-time favorite shows. I LOVE action/adventure movies and shows. I love cop shows, military shows, spy shows - I just love 'em. I have watched every single episode of every single season of NCIS. It has such a fantastic ensemble cast - the characters are smartly written, and the on screen chemistry between all the cast members is just wonderful to watch. The story-lines of the shows are really secondary to the relationships and interactions of the characters. I can't say enough just how much I love this show. Which is why I was stoked to learn of a spinoff last year - the Los Angeles version. Featuring Chris O'Donnel and L.L. Cool J (LOVE him!), I was super excited to watch. And I was not disappointed. The show is great and I look forward to watching every single week.

Blue Bloods (new) - Network: CBS.... Date and time: Friday, 9:00 p.m. MST

Okay, I had EVERY intention of watching this show when I heard about it. I mean seriously - what could be better than a New Kid On The Block....AND Magnum P.I. keeping the upstanding citizens of New York safe from criminals of every variety? Starring Donnie Wahlberg (LOVE) and Tom Selleck (also LOVE) as well as several other recognizable names, Blue Bloods is about the Reagan family. With grandpa - retired NYPD, Father (Tom Selleck) and NYPD Commissioner, sons and police officers Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), Jamie, and another son killed in the line of duty, daughter Erin - Assistant District Attorney, and several grandchildren - this shows the cases they work, and the relationships and interactions they have as a family. I adore this show - and was overjoyed to learn it has been picked up for a full season! Yay!

Nikita (new) - Network: CWTV Date and time : Thursday, 8:00 p.m. MST

Okay - this is a revamp of an old favorite that had the potential to become a new addiction. Sadly, this wasn't the case. It is a sort of reinvention of the story, with some of the same characters from the original TV Series La Femme Nikita - which I used to love. I watched 2 ep.s of the new Nikita and was not impressed. I don't love that the character's characters are so different than the characters I loved from the previous version. I know - I'm sort of a traditionalist like that. Anyway - no Nikita addiction for me.

And I have saved the BEST for Last!

I absolutely am COMPLETELY in love with...... the NEW....

HAWAII FIVE-O! Network: CBS.... Day and time: Monday, 9:00 p.m. MST

I never watched the original - but know that my mom enjoyed it, and I remember it being a big hit. I first decided to watch it for Alex O'loughlin - I loved him on the short-lived series' Moonlight, as well as Three Rivers - so when I heard he was in a new cop show - I was all for it. And I have to tell you - it is my new favorite show. I love it. I love the rest of the characters, I love the beautiful scenery, I love the stories, and love, love, LOVE the onscreen interaction and chemistry of the characters. I hope this series is around for a long time to come - because I'm lovin' it!!

So there you have it my friends - everything you need to know about the fall TV lineup on basic, broadcast antenna. Do you feel like you wish you could get back the past 3 minutes of your life? What are you watching?