Monday, March 30, 2009

Some Good Ones

Here are some lines that have been making me chuckle and laugh lately:

p.s. most of them are funny from the way the person that says them, says it... so if you don't know the incidence, it might not be funny to you. I apologize. But I have to record them for posterities sake.

"Aw banana! Why'd you have to go and get all brown and mushy?" - Sid, from Sid the Science Kid

"She kinda makes a man wanna be a miniature horse." - Cowboy, from Carrie Underwood ad

"The feature is dead Angela. Don't bring it up again." Eric, from Twilight

"So, I shouldn't have told Katie to tell her grandma that you're available?" (daughter 1)
"What?!" (dad)
"She thinks you're super delicious" (daughter 2)
"What does she look like?" (dad) - Family from T-mobile ad

"Let's move some iron!" Weird guy on Subway 5 dollar footlong ad (accompanied by weird arm gesture)

"We could move it closer!" Scott from American Idol, referring to Paula's suggestion that he mix it up and not use the piano as a crutch.

Ok, yep, I think that's about all of them. Now you know what's making me laugh these days.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


We get told over and over again as new parents not to put babies to sleep on their stomachs. The nurses tell us, the doctors tell us, all the books and magazines we read tell us, and if your hospital was like mine, you had to watch a movie about it before you could take the baby home. (There was also a movie on how to put the car seat in the car, how to know when the baby needs to eat, and how to change a diaper. You had to watch all of them and sign off on them before they'd let you go home with your baby.) I've even seen commercials about it on t.v. Commercials that are much more like short horror movies, actually. So, ok, it's not that big of a deal, just put her on her back. Got it. Well, that only works for so long, and then no matter how you put them down they sleep the way they want to.
Case in point: this is not the way I put her down in her crib.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


So, my friend Nicole inspired me to think about what I'd be if I were an animal, and obviously the first thing I think of is tiger... but let's face it. I wouldn't be a tiger. Awesome, but no. So I thought maybe I'd be a ferret. And before anyone starts thinking that they are nasty little creatures, let me show you how beautiful they can be (not that I'm saying I'd be a ferret because I'm beautiful, but maybe I am in a ferrety kind of way?)
You can't deny it. They have a certain charm. Some of you may know that I had a pet ferret when I was in high school. She used to do tricks for raisins. They really don't smell that bad either. If we ever get a pet someday, it will probably have to be some sort of animal like a ferret, thanks to my allergies. Either that or a poodle, apparently.

Monday, March 23, 2009


So Devin and I went on a little date on Saturday. We decided that we would go to Best Buy, buy Twilight the movie, and then go to IHOP for dinner. Delicious. Then we'd come home, put Hallie to sleep (I always hate the way that sounds) and then watch the movie. We parked the car at Best Buy, and went in to look for the movie Twilight. They didn't have any more copies except for the special 2-disc edition, so we decided to walk to Target and see if they had it, and then we'd continue our walk on to IHOP, and then walk all the way back to the car. A nice walk would make it seem more like a date. So we went to Target, and they were also out of the regular version of the movie (they sold 300 on Saturday morning, all gone by that afternoon) and so we bought the special 3-disc version that was the same price as the regular one at Best Buy! Wippeee! So then we walked to IHOP and had a delicious dinner. The point of this story is what happened at Best Buy, however.
Devin could not believe that they didn't have any more of the regular version of the movie. We walked around and around, checked every special display they had out, and he could not believe it. I was getting hungry, so I said, how about I ask someone if they have any more in the back that they didn't put out yet? And he said ok, but that I had to do it because he didn't want to ask a couple guys about a movie like Twilight. Fine. So I go up to these two Best Buy employees, they were pretty typical, your average guy, and they turned around to give me their attention and I said, "Do you have any more copies of Twilight, that aren't the special edition?" And one of them kind of rolled his eyes, and the other said, "Oh, a Twilight fan." Yep. One of them said, "I just don't really get it. Did you like the movie then? Have you even read the book?" And I responded, "Yes, I read the book, and I did like the movie. My husband really liked it, and he never likes movies, so that was a huge bonus for this one, too." The other guy commented about how he didn't think it stood up to the book either. Ok, that's fine for you. I wanted to keep talking to them about it, tell them my Twilight story, but I was getting uncomfortable, for reasons I will discuss in another post (married woman talking to men her age who don't necessarily know she's married until she mentions it, and then feels awkward, like they don't care that you're married...I have many many anxieties.)
So, here is my Twilight story:
We were living in Iowa, and I was pregnant with Hallie. It was pretty much awful, it was so hot and humid, I've never experienced anything like it, plus we didn't have air conditioning and I was working at a bed and breakfast where I had to go up and down two flights of stairs all day long...So it was fun, and I loved the bed and breakfast, and I loved the Westwoods (the people who owned the b&b) but I was not feeling well a lot of the time.
My sister and I are always on the lookout for a good book, and she has really good tastes, so whenever she mentions one I have to check it out. One time on the phone she kept raving about this book Twilight. So I went to the library, and it was checked out for months! (I actually put a request on it, and they called me a few months ago to tell me it was in... that's like a year and a half later...) So, that was disappointing. Then the Westwood's son was talking about it one day, he listened to it on tape while on a road trip. He thought it was pretty cool, and he was your average 18 year old boy. THEN this couple was checking out, and the woman was in her fifties, and sitting on top of her luggage was a copy of Twilight. She was obviously in the middle of it, and obviously was enjoying it so much she couldn't even bear to pack it away in case she could snatch a few minutes to read some more. (How well I know that feeling.) So then I thought, I have got to get my hands on this book: My sister loves it, this teenage boy loves it, and this elderly woman loves it! I want to love it! Then my wonderful sister who is so amazing sent it to me for my birthday. I stayed up all night reading it, and probably made myself even sicker the next day for lack of sleep, but oh how delicious it was.
Then my friend Kristy got married, and the new book "New Moon" came out, and Devin let me buy it for my birthday! That one was almost as delicious - only disappointing because there was STILL no clear resolution, and I had no idea when, if ever, she would write another one. (Much less a fourth one!) So then I had to wait for Eclipse, and then wait for Breaking Dawn, but it's been fun all the way.
Then I got my mother in law to read it and that was fun, and another reason I love it is because I have been trying to get my friend Al to read books that I love for a long long time so we could talk about them... I think I got her to read one in high school, and that was a good time, but we stopped talking about that book long ago. But she read Twilight, and let's just say that she loved it too. :) Then my friend Nicole read it, and it was really a party.
Now for the movie. I was nervous about the movie, because please, the Cullens are so beyond human that how could any human portray them? But let's face it: Robert Pattinson is Edward. Devin refused to read the books. He thought they were the stupidest things in the world. So when he said he'd take me to see the movie I knew I had married a good man. Devin is particular about movies, and he only likes a very select few. But I could tell all the way through that he was enjoying this movie. He laughed out loud at a few parts! That's when I knew, I'd like this movie no matter what. (My expectations are always much lower than his)
So, thanks, if anyone read all the way through this, for letting me vent, even if those Best Buy boys will probably (hopefully) never find my blog and read this.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

You Can Do It, Annibelle!

Well, Annibelle has still been on my mind a lot lately, and I just got another picture, she looks so vulnerable, but we know she's tough. My sister does a better job explaining things, so if you don't understand what's going on click here for more information. I am really looking forward to when Annibelle gets to go home, and then when I can come visit, and then to hold my beautiful niece, and then to watch her play with Hallie! I know Pete and Mindee are eager for this as well, so if you have extra room in your prayers, and in your thoughts, please keep Annibelle in mind.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yay Annibelle!

I am so proud of Annibelle, and Pete and Mindee! They did it! Annibelle is out of surgery, doing well, and even though I haven't yet seen what is under the blanket, I know she is still so beautiful!
I am so happy for you guys! We'll keep you in our prayers for a while yet, maybe until she's through her teenage years? :)

We love you!

(My 5 month old niece had heart surgery yesterday.) The family would appreciate all prayers and good thoughts sent their way, I'm sure!

Monday, March 9, 2009

It's Back!

So the twitch in my right eye is back. What am I going to do? I thought maybe it was gone for good, and now I look like a person with a twitch. OH gosh. If you don't remember reading about last time it happened, you can go back and check it out here. Although this time the twitch is in the lower right quadrant of my eye. That's different...

Also, Hallie wanted some crackers. We have two types of crackers that she loves to snack on, graham crackers, and club crackers, you know, like a buttery saltine. Delicious. I usually decide which one to give her, but sometimes I get tired of the tyranny of dictatorship. So, I thought I'd see if she could handle making her own choices. She's never been tested this way before. I hold out both options. "Which cracker do you want, Hallie?" She looks at the crackers. She looks up at me. She looks back at the crackers. "Which one do you want?" I ask again. A big smile slowly starts to grow on her face... She reaches out a hand, and I'm starting to get excited. My little girl is growing up and picking crackers! Her hand moves towards the treat, when suddenly her other hand darts forward with perfect timing and she grabs both!! Oh well. Another day.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Yet again, lying down on the job!

I try to tell her that if she would sleep in later than 6:30 every morning she wouldn't need a nap at 8:15... she's not buying it yet though. You should see how hard we work her:

That's my girl.

Awesome T-Shirt

My friend Heather showed me this t-shirt:

This t-shirt depicts one of my philosophies of life. Although, I am running a 5k in May with Al!!! But you do know I love my bacon...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gullible Gulls

I read this story from an article in the Ensign when I was on the plane flying to Florida. It's been in my head ever since then, and many of you have probably already read it, but for those of you that haven't, it's something to think about.

It is from a magazine our Church puts out, called the Ensign, and it is a reprinting of a talk that a man named Marion G. Romney gave back in the eighties sometime (he died in 1988), and he is quoting a story he read in the Reader's Digest. I hope that is not too confusing. Anyway, here is the story (first sentence in Marion G. Romney's words, the rest taken from the Readers Digest):

"I clipped the following article from the Reader’s Digest some time ago. It reads:

“In our friendly neighbor city of St. Augustine great flocks of sea gulls are starving amid plenty. Fishing is still good, but the gulls don’t know how to fish. For generations they have depended on the shrimp fleet to toss them scraps from the nets. Now the fleet has moved. …

“The shrimpers had created a Welfare State for the … sea gulls. The big birds never bothered to learn how to fish for themselves and they never taught their children to fish. Instead they led their little ones to the shrimp nets.

“Now the sea gulls, the fine free birds that almost symbolize liberty itself, are starving to death because they gave in to the ‘something for nothing’ lure! They sacrificed their independence for a handout.

“A lot of people are like that, too. They see nothing wrong in picking delectable scraps from the tax nets of the U.S. Government’s ‘shrimp fleet.’ But what will happen when the Government runs out of goods? What about our children of generations to come?

“Let’s not be gullible gulls. We … must preserve our talents of self-sufficiency, our genius for creating things for ourselves, our sense of thrift and our true love of independence.” (“Fable of the Gullible Gull,” Reader’s Digest, Oct. 1950, 32.) For the rest of this article, click here.

side story: While I was typing this Hallie found a Hershey's kiss from I don't know where. I looked down and saw her holding this melting lump of chocolate. Of course I grabbed her hand to take it from her a. because it's too much chocolate at one time b. because it's messy - when all of a sudden, she jerked it straight into her mouth. The whole thing. She's fast, and strong, and really loves her chocolate.

Anyway, we have a wonderful system of government in this country, and if you listened to Obama's speech last Tuesday then you know that he has lots of plans to make things better. I hope they work. In the meantime, I know that Devin and I are going to do what we can to make sure that we have what we need if/when hard times come to us. We are buying extra cans of food each week to begin our food storage, and of course we're saving money each month.

That's my two cents.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

What a Day.

What a dog, what a fiasco. (hahaha, anyone? anyone?)

Ahem. Well, here's what I have done today. I yelled at Hallie twice. "No, NO!!"

The first time it went like this:
"No, Hallie, NO!!" then, when disaster was avoided, I calmly explained to her that we don't put mommy's nail polish in the toilet.

The second time it went like this:
"No, Hallie, NO!!" then, when disaster was avoided, I calmly explained to her that we don't put granola bars into Daddy's guitar.

What did you do today?