Monday, February 28, 2011

Not just a slacker, but a liar as well?

Okay, who's a slacker? I am! I am!

But who loves me anyway? You do! You do!

You do....right?

Vivienne tagged me in the fun blog game "5 truths and a lie". Basically I'm going to share 6 things about myself. 5 of them are true. Your challenge is to guess the one that is false. You ready? I've decided to follow the "scandalous" theme that I've seen a few others do....

1. I used to sneak out the bedroom window in the middle of the night to go meet my boyfriend and then sneak back in before morning.

2. I once kissed 2 different boys in the same night. And they were best friends.

3. I met my husband when I was 18 - cruising State Street, and he came back to my friends house with me and stayed all night.

4.I believe in, and practiced abstinence before marriage.

5. I kissed my best friend's boyfriend at the baseball park one night when they were in a fight.

6. I had a boyfriend at the time I met my husband.

Well, now that you've completely lost any and all respect you may have had for me - I'm anxious to see what you all really think of me. Which one is the lie? Let me know in the comments, and I'll tell you the answer sometime this week!

Oh, and I'm supposed to tag some people too. There's only like 5 people who read my blog anymore, and all of them have already been tagged! But let me rack my brain and I will come up with some....

Okay, I think the following people have NOT played yet - sorry if I'm wrong!

I hope you all will still respect me in the morning.

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's in the cards

I've been waiting for this day to come, ever since Amanda told me she was going to have this party! It's a crafty cutter love party!

I scored my Cricut a few years ago on Black Friday...I got $600 worth of product for $200! Merry Christmas to me!

The last time I participated in a blog swap was AGES ago...but I think my swap partner totally scored. One of the items I included was a set of all occasion cards, handmade by yours truly. I had a blast being creative with my Cricut:

I have one cartridge that I particularly love - I use it most of the time. It is called "Walk in my Garden". It has all sorts of adorable flowers and little garden bugs. SO CUTE!

I don't have any great tips or tricks. I like dimension on my paper crafts, so I am crazy for the 3D adhesive foam dots and squares - you can pick them up for cheap at Walmart. They just add a little pop to your project.

And everyone loves to get a handmade card...don't you think? I know I do!

I'm linking up to Amanda at Serentity on the button to see more great crafty cutter projects!

Serenity Now Crafty Cutter Party

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Bomb is Back!

I know I'm a day late (and believe me, I am WAY more than a dollar short!), but I still wanted to link up with MiMi.

Because she's my favorite.

And because I told her I would, and I don't like to be a liar. And I also don't want her to beat me up.

I'm pretty sure she could. I'm sorta a wimp.


Here's my F-bomb.

The other week, hubs was on his way to a job. Down in Utah County...about 30 minutes south of where we live. He was driving his big full size van, and pulling the trailer full of equipment as well. The stupid dang crappy winter weather had reappeared - to my dismay. The snow-storm alone was f-bomb enough for me.

I was at home wasting time working on the computer, when I get a text: "just rear-ended a lady". Wonderful.

When I finally got to talk to him I learned that there were 8 accidents on that stretch so far that morning. Apparently the sun was blinding, and people lost sight of the road and other cars. add that to slick roads = no bueno. The lady in front had lost sight, and put her brakes on. Hubby lost sight of her, and saw brake lights just before he slammed into her. Totaled the back of her mini-van. She and her little boy were okay. Hubby was freaking out about hitting a mom and kid. His van got some decent damage to the front. The headlights are jacked up, and don't work. And he lost the grill. I have a couple of pictures, but they don't really show how special the headlight assembly damage is. If you tap either of the lights, the whole thing bounces up and down!

Also...Hubby's accident was the 7th accident. The 8th accident was caused by the debris from their accident...nice, huh?

Here's the best part. When he finally got to the job ( a BIG job that we could REALLY use the money from), his machine didn't work properly because of sustaining damage from the accident. So he had to drive all the way back home, and still hasn't finished the job (luckily they didn't give it to someone else).

He can't drive his van at night because of no headlights, but putting it in the shop is going to KILL us, because it will be down for at least a week. That means at least a week of no work. Ugh.

So now I'm done complaining and please enjoy the following pictures for your viewing pleasure: (p.s. the last picture might be disturbing to some...if you have a tender heart towards animals or a particularly weak stomach, you may want to skip it.)

It was an F-bomb day for this bird as well....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Please pass the Chocolate...

Ya'll thought I forgot about posting about Pixie's Chocolate Birthday party, didn't you?
Well I may be a slacker, but I am not a LIAR!

We had a hard time coming up with a theme for her party, because it was boys and girls being invited, and of course the boys probably wouldn't appreciate a princess party, or a purse party (Pixie's original request), or any of the other popular themes girls like to have at their party.

We ended up going with a chocolate theme. The first order of business was to make invitations. Even at the time I was making the invites, I still wasn't sure what exactly we would do at the party, but I figured inspiration would hit at some point between delivery of the invitations, and the actual time of the party!

I wanted to do chocolate bar invitations, and just replace the labels with some I made myself with the party info included.

I gathered some cute scrapbook paper:

And printed up some labels that had all the party info:

Of course, then I ran into the small issue of the new Hershey bar wrappers:

LAME!! They have gone to stupid plastic wrappers, instead of the fun foil wrapped bars, with paper know that I could easily use as a template to make my own labels?

Soooo....since I can't do anything EASY...I wrapped each candy bar in foil myself:
Then I cut some cardstock down to what I thought looked like the right size for the label, and wrapped it around the candy bar, securing with tape.

Next I attached the label with the party info with a glue stick...and VOILA!

I was quite pleased with how they turned out. My next genius idea however...did not fare so well.

On the day of the party, I was making cupcakes. Just from a mix. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I had a couple Hershey bars left over from making the invites, so I thought I would be so clever, and stick a small square of chocolate into each cupcake. In my mind it got all melty and gooey and was a creamy, yummy surprise inside each cupcake.
That's totally not what happened. The cake cooked up around it, but the chocolate just stayed, held it's form, and was just a candy bar stuck in the middle of a cupcake. Oh well. They're just kids, right?

I'll do my best to describe the party, since I don't feel comfortable displaying other people's children on the internet without the permission of their parents.

We started out with the Hershey Kiss Game. Here's how the HKG works: Everyone sits on the floor in a circle. In the center of the circle is a plate, a Hershey Kiss, and a plastic fork and knife. You pass a dish with 2 dice in it around the circle. Each person rolls the dice. Then passes the dish on. If someone rolls a "1", they get to go to the middle of the circle and work on unwrapping and eating the kiss using only the utensils provided. No hands allowed. They only have until someone else rolls a "1" to try to get to the kiss. Then they have to relinquish the kiss and utensils to that person, and he/she gets a turn to try to eat the kiss. It is pretty hilarious. Of course we changed the plastic utensils each time someone successfully opened and ate a kiss. Then you just replace the kiss with a new one and continue on. The kids loved it.

We then headed to the kitchen, where we had set up one of THESE:

The kids LOVED the chocolate fountain. We had an assortment of fun stuff for them to chocolatize. Yes, that's totally a real word. We had all sorts of fruit, pretzels, gummy bears, marshmallows, vanilla wafers - an abundance of yumminess!

The kids ate while Pixie opened gifts. And then we played our final game: Pin the tag on the Kiss. I used aluminum foil and poster board to make a giant Hershey Kiss, then some pink and white ribbon that I cut into streamers, and they were supposed to be like the little tags that come out of the top of the Hershey Kiss. The kids had fun trying to attach it to the right spot on the poster. This is a crappy picture, but after the first person had their turn.
The kids had a great time and made a ginormous chocolatey mess. But I don't think Pixie will soon forget it. And since we don't do "friend birthday parties" every year, when we do, we like to make them memorable!

Now I think I'll go eat some chocolate. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Confessional

I'm linking up again with Friday Confessional. I wonder how many friends I'll lose this week?

I confess....

I wasn't supposed to have a Dr. Pepper until Valentines day...but a couple weeks ago when my cousin came over to hang out, she bought me one - and I totally caved.

I confess...

I totally slipped my newly single girlfriend's number to the hot guy at the sports shop in the mall we went to yesterday. Now I am regretting it, because I feel like it was so high school, and he probably thinks I'm an idiot.

My second mistake was admitting it to her. So now if he doesn't call - she will feel rejected.

I want to smack myself sometimes.

I confess...

I think I need Depends for when I go running because I have such a leaky bladder. Seriously.

I confess...

My husband is a way better husband to me than I am a wife to him. I should really work on that.

I confess...

After last week's insanity, I have been a total bum this week. Like a serious bum - I have accomplished NOTHING.

And THAT is why I haven't posted about Pixie's Chocolat Birthday Party. Next week...promise!

Well, now that I feel like such a winner...time to actually clean up my house - for the first time this week. Want to read more confessions? Just click on the button.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Her Special Day

We had quite the week last week. Our sweet Pixie turned 8. She was baptized 2 days later by her father, and what a beautiful day it was. I'm so excited to share it with my friends, and also record it for my family history.

Before I start, I have many blog friends who are members of my faith, and sometimes I forget that all the "Mormon lingo" doesn't always translate to my friends who are not. I will try to add links where I think it would be helpful if people would like a better explanation of what I am talking about. Or you can email me if you have a question. If you don't like religious posts you might wanna skip this one. But it's who I am, and this blog is about my life - so I throw 'em in every now and then. Just sayin'.

Getting ready to be baptized.

I'm so blessed to be married to a good, worthy man who is able to baptize my children, and bless our family.

Hubby and I were especially privileged, because as a member of the bishopric, he was able to preside over the meeting, and give the bishopric remarks as a father. As a member of the Primary Presidency, I was able to give the presentation from the Primary as a mother. It was a good day for us. I presented her with a white baptism towel that has "CTR" (choose the right) embroidered on it, along with a sweet poem about baptism, and how the towel symbolizes being pure, and being able to be made clean through repentance. The primary also presents a small pearl (fake of course!) in a little decorated box with a parable about our testimonies being our greatest treasure that was shared with us by Elder W. Craig Zwick at our last Stake Conference. It was such a wonderful experience presenting these to my own daughter.

Pixie had asked Cowgirl to give a talk on Baptism, and she did such a good job. She is so eloquent, and spiritual beyond her years. She gave a beautiful talk that touched the hearts of all in the room. Especially when she bore her sweet testimony of our Savior and the Plan of Salvation. She then told Pixie how much she loved her, and how proud of her she was for taking this step. I'm not gonna lie, I may have shed a tear or two.

Pixie was soooo nervous before the baptism. We had explained each step to her, but she was so worried she was going to get something wrong. But what a glorious moment when she came up out of the waters of baptism, surrounded by family and loved ones who were there to support her. And who were all so proud of her decision to make this covenant.

She had asked Bookworm if he would give a talk on the Gift of The Holy Ghost. He too prepared a wonderful talk that uplifted and enlightened us all, and again I was choked up over what good kids I have. I am such a lucky mom.

Pixie was then confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by her father, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Pixie and her daddy.
Monkey also wanted to share the love.

After we were finished at the church, everyone came back to our place for food and fun. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so much family, and so many friends who love us, and came to share Pixie's special day with her. I hope it is a day she will always remember. I know I will.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I'm here!

I did not fall off the face of the earth! Promise!

You see, I was internet-less again for a couple of days, and then last week was seriously the most insane week I've had in I can't remember how long!

My sweet Pixie turned 8....then was baptized 2 days later. So I had a bunch of kids over for a party on her birthday, then had to clean up THAT mess so I could entertain friends and family 2 days later who were attending her baptism.

I sorta just crashed after that. But I'm back! And I have lots of stuff to tell you about. Tomorrow I'll show you the pictures from Pixie's baptism - it was such a beautiful day.

On Thursday I'm going to share her Chocolate Birthday party! It was a lot of fun.

So just wanted to check in, let you know I'm still here - and I'll be making my way around to visit all of you! I know you all thought I was turning back into the slacker blogger - but not so!

Hope y'all are having a great week!