Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

A little poem for you.

dedicated to: Mom

Thoughts on Christmas

white snow flake
red ice skate

warm cocoa in a mug
burning fire by the rug

carrot nosed snowman in the yard
little Christ child on a card

twinkle lights on the tree
peace and joy for you and me

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
- Jolly Old St. Nick

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thanks, Chuck H!

I went to visit my pals on Saturday, Kristy, Stacy, Ryan, and Craig. It was, of course, fabulous, and I am seriously aggravated with myself for not taking any pictures. I even remembered my camera this time. How like me. (To forget to take pictures after making sure to remember the camera. Oh geez.) I had to drive a new route there, because obviously I've never gone there from here before. That was a trick and a half, let me tell you. It took me on all these little roads in the middle of nowhere, roads that weren't even county roads. None were labeled. I was a mess, I can assure you. So, I had Chuck find me a better way home. The way he had me go took a little longer, but I was able to stay on actual roads with names. This helped a lot, as it was dark and snowing at this point. Oh, and it saved my life. Apparently, it was really bad on 74 just before I got to it. When I made it onto 74, traffic was crawling (people averaging 35 mph.) I saw two cars that had flipped over, and I lost count of all the cars I saw that had slipped off the road. There were emergency vehicles scurrying all over the place, and I was more than a little nervous. Then I realized that if Chuck had not found this way for me, I would have gotten to 74 in the middle of the mess, and I could have been one of those cars that had slid off the road, or worse, one of the cars that had flipped over. I am so grateful that my family didn't have to get a phone call like that, and so I say: Thanks, Chuck H.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Video of Hallie

I found this website a long time ago, and made this little photo collage of Hallie. I made another one that I will post at some point, but Hallie has decided that it's lunch time. What should we have?


When I am not playing with Hallie in the bathroom, sometimes I spend watch episodes of Psych on the computer. When there are no new episodes to watch (which happens but once a week... sadly) sometimes I have to find other things to do that are Psych related. Here is my latest discovery. Click on the link to see what I made. You can rate it too. Then I'll be famous. Don't forget, new episodes return January 9th!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


We thought we'd try the Santa thing again at the Ward Christmas Party. Why not, right? All of the other little kids loved him, even the ones Hallie's age and younger. And Hallie's never been shy. The first Santa episode was a fluke. She was tired. I think the look here is "How dare you put me on this man's lap again." I'm pretty sure this is my nomination for worst mom ever.
I would say that she's young, and she'll get over it, but the following day we left her with babysitters for the first time ever while we were at the Nauvoo Temple, and it's been ugly ever since. She won't let anyone hold her but me, or Devin... and I have to be holding her at all times. That wouldn't be so bad, I know lots of moms who survived it (mine... thanks mom. you're the best) EXCEPT that I had gotten really spoiled by having an independent, carefree baby. Santa took that baby from me, and left me with myself at that age. Hmm, my mom's Christmas wish fulfilled?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Merry Christmas, President Bush!

I love President Bush. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I know a lot of people feel differently about him, but I can't help it. I'm especially happy with him right now:
Executive Order from President Bush
You can click that link to read the actual executive order that he gave, giving Devin and all other Federal Employees the day after Christmas off, as a holiday this year! Merry Christmas!!! What this will do to our Christmas plans, however, I'm not yet sure. We'll look into it.

In other news, Hallie did not take well to Santa Claus.

Well, as Hannah would say, "There's always Memorial Day!" (re: the Halloween pictures)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Bathroom

Hallie's favorite place to play is in the bathroom. You'll see what I mean. I apologize for it being sideways. I'm not very good at all the digital technology stuff.

As you can see, she's got a lot to say.

I've found that since I spend the majority of my time hanging out with an eleven month old girl, I sometimes get to the point in the day when I'm willing to do anything to keep her entertained. Including sitting on the bathroom floor while she explores, and talks to the bathtub. I've gotta go. She's eating dirt. (I'm not kidding.) It's more like potting soil. That's better, isn't it?

I wonder if I'm not feeding her enough?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Twitch

So, I've developed a twitch in my right eye. It began three days ago or so, and is pretty irritating. It's a bit like having the hiccups... in the top right quadrant of your eye. So, I ask you. What causes a twitch, and what can I do to make it stop? Is it like the hiccups at all, and maybe I could hold my breath, or drink a glass of water upside down? Does anyone with any sort of medical know how know how to help me? (ha ha ha...)

In other Rose news, we went to Nauvoo the other day. I bought Hallie some warm shoes/boots. Here we are, on our way to Nauvoo, with Hallie wearing the new shoes. (And new pants too.)
I can almost hear you now. "Oh, how sweet!" Yes, she is very sweet. Devin says her boots are "Star Wars" style. Hmm.

We had our 2ARFGHMP (2nd Annual Rose Family Gingerbread House Making Party, to those who aren't familiar with it) the other day. We don't really call it that. It was lots of fun though. We invited some couples that we are getting to know at church, and I think everyone had a great time.

Any other new news? We got a calling at church, we are the Sunday School teachers for the 16-18 year old "kids". Wow. Here we go...

Oh, dear. This is what Wikipedia had to say about twitches, in particular the kind that afflict the eyelid:
A fasciculation (or "muscle twitch") is a small, local, involuntary muscle contraction (twitching) visible under the skin arising from the spontaneous discharge of a bundle of skeletal muscle fibers. Fasciculations have a variety of causes, the majority of which are benign, but can also be due to disease of the motor neurons.

Calm down, calm down. I am certain I do not have a disease of the motor neurons. But how do I make it go away???

Monday, December 8, 2008

Joy To Everyone

My cousin's husband shared this video with me, and I thought I'd let you all take a look at it, if you are so interested. It reminded me of how much I love people. I don't come into contact with many people these days, and when I do they always stop and adore Hallie, so how can I help myself, right? But when I go awhile without having one of those little interactions, and all I know of the people outside the four walls of my home are the tidbits I hear on the news, it's easy to forget for a minute and think that everyone has gone crazy and the world is out of control. So, I am grateful for this video. A subtle reminder within my own home of how much I truly just love PEOPLE. All of them. Here is the link, and just click on "video" to watch it. You can download it if you have Itunes, and are so inclined. To do that, click on "download".

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Turkey Run

There I am, in the far back... having just been lapped.

On Thanksgiving Devin and I decided we would have a Rose Family Turkey Run. We went to a nearby unused track and lined up at the starting line. On Your Marks. Get Set. Go. I ran a mile, and Devin ran 4 miles. I was quite proud of myself that he only lapped me twice. However, I have to admit, that he was about to lap me a third time when I was almost done. I heard his feet pounding in the not too distant distance behind me, and I had just been congratulating myself on the only being lapped twice deal. So I put the pedal to the metal. I burned rubber. I made him eat dust. It's true. So I was only lapped twice. I won't let you know how close he came to passing me that third time before I squeaked past our "starting line". I do have some dignity. It wasn't too cold either, which was nice.
I think my time was 9 min.
Sadly, that's not much slower than I was in high school.
(Or maybe I should be proud of that...)
Hallie got some exercise too, with Fearless Grandpa and Grandma (taking pictures)
I think that's me, not letting myself get lapped a third time.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Innovative Chef

I think they should have a cooking show on the Food Network, or some channel, called "The Innovative Chef". It should star Devin Rose. The premise of this show would be that in each episode, Chef Rose would be making or baking some delicious mouth-watering treat. He would do so with some vital element missing, and be innovative enough to make it work without going to the store. This would be a great show. It is so fun to watch Chef Rose in action, and his personal philosophy truly is that one should never run to the store to get that important thing, but should try to figure out a way to make it happen anyway. An example. On Thanksgiving, if one is preparing a traditional meal, the turkey is the key. To cook a turkey in the oven, a roasting pan is usually used. Ah, but what if you forget to buy a roasting pan? Whoops. No big problem for the Innovative Chef. I'm not even sure all of the items he used to make it work, but I know it involved a casserole dish, the rack from the toaster oven, a hanger, and lots of tinfoil. I'll let you examine his work for yourselves.
The turkey was fabulous, by the way.