Thursday, December 3, 2009

Too Many Brains


What does it mean to have too many brains? Does it mean you have some to spare? Does it mean you are really smart? Sadly, no. This is when you have about a zillion--it's a word--things going on in your one brain and then it splits into little mini brains that are all buzzing at the same time. It's a little annoying when it happens at 1 in the morning because there is nothing to distract them. No fights to referee, no need to get someone juice, or a snack. There is no TV, music or computers. So those thoughts are demanding your attention. Luckily for me, mine are speaking now so I can get them out. Now the choice is yours to stay with me or move on to the next blog.

The other day my mom and I went Christmas shopping. On the way home, I observed a woman driver to my left with an infant car seat in the front seat. Ummm...isn't that like totally illegal? I also noticed two small children in the back. The windows were too dark to be able to tell if they were in safety seats, but my guess is not. Yes, I am judging and I shouldn't, but come on folks!!

I got my Sears Wish Book yesterday. It came later than I wanted, but it is still fun to leaf through and pick gifts and get ideas. Raise your hand if you remember doing that! Well I found this and I was offended. Is that dumb? I mean the kitchen thing doesn't bother me. It's adorable. I love to watch kids pretend to cook. My son even does this. I have seriously considered getting him some cooking stuff to play with. But I don't know, what does this tell our daughters? You really are the maid. Of course if your kids are like mine, they will put the stuffed animals in there and not clothes.

Tiger Woods. Yeah he is entitled to his privacy, but even Joe Blow would have some explaining to do. That, and I really could care less.

There hasn't been enough panic about Swine Flu in the last few weeks, so the news mentioned tonight that all the people coming for the Rose Parade may cause it to go on the rise again. Two words: Hand Sanitizer.

Three weeks. Tick. Tock. This is the time of year when I would love to slow time down the way it did when we were little.

And now for a funny, found here.

Two blondes decided that this Christmas they wanted to cut down their own Christmas tree. So they drove two hours into the country and walked deep into the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree. They had planned the trip well, especially considering that they were blond. They were dressed warmly with boots, warm coats and hats. They had a chain saw, hatchet, a bag to protect the tree and rope to drag it back to their car. Every detail was covered.

They searched and searched. They had gone to all this trouble, nothing but the prefect tree would do. They searched for hours through knee deep snow and biting wind. Finally, five hours later with the sun beginning to go down, one blonde says to the other, "I can't take this anymore. I give up! There are hundreds of beautiful trees out here. Let's just pick one whether it's decorated or not!"

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I think I have been mostly good. I yelled a lot less this year. I refrained from name calling...okay...I didn't "refrain" but even you must admit that I did a lot better this year. I finally cleaned my side of the room clean. I know I still have a problem sharing, but it is mine right? I think you know what I want, but just in case I will include my list now.

A maid...I think I could use one
A chef....this way we would eat healthier
A chauffeur...this way nobody would be late or miss anything
A personal trainer...this way I will stay motivated
A personal shopper...this way I will have more time with my kids

Okay...so maybe I am asking too much. I will be more realistic.

digital camera or auto focus lens for the one I have
A nice sweater or light jacket that can be casual or dressy...ask Mrs. Claus she will understand.
A vacuum. I know it sounds totally lame, but mine sucks. Welll actually it doesn't and that is the problem.
New cookie sheets...and please not the air bake kind....ask Mrs. Claus
Jewelry --rings in particular. I like sparkly things.

Those my big ticket items. Oh don't forget the Andes Candees and the little stuffed bear. Oh and a snow globe. I only have 2 you know.

Sincerely,
Lourie

*************************************************************************

Dear Santa,

I want the littlest petshop playground, an elf toy, a santa toy, a webkinz German Shepard. Have I been naughty? (I think I have) Yes or No. Today is November 30, 2009 at 10:27pm* I should go to sleep. I'm super tired. Merry Christmas!!!!

Love,
Emily

Inspired by Mama Kat's writing prompt. Prompt # 3 Open letter to Santa Claus. Since I wasn't sure if she meant write one yourself or open one from your kids, I did both.

* Emily was not awake at 10:30....I still haven't changed her clock.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

When I was growing up we got a lot of Charlie Brown trees. You know the type, the scrawny little trees that lose their needles if you breathe on them. The kind of tree you can see through. I never knew a Christmas tree was supposed to be lush and thick with lovely branches. Well maybe I did, but we just always got the Charlie Brown trees. There is something to be said of the Charlie Brown tree. It just needs a little love.

As an adult, we got a few Charlie Brown trees, but then I decided I wanted one of those thick and lovely trees. I am particularly fond of the Noble Fir. I love the smell of a fresh cut tree. Take in a deep breath and ahhhh it smells so good. But, here's the problem I have: the needles! What huge mess they leave behind. Even when you put that gynormous bag under it. Plus, over the years I discovered I am quite allergic to them. So after much debate some talking and nagging gentle pushing we got a fake tree. It's beautiful and no mess, no hassle. I buy pine scented candles. It's nice trade off. Plus we get to put it up sooner! For me this is a major bonus. I am like a child at Christmas. Songs, decorating, presents, baking, I love it! The kids make it even more fun for me. And now our kids are the perfect age and height to get all of the tree decorated.
Ryan takes care of the low places.
Emily has the middle
Kristin can get those hard to reach places.
TA-DA! This is our tree!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving was huge at our house. It started out to be big and then grew and expanded to HUGE! I knew we would have my parents, my brother and sister, my nephew and niece. Adding to a total of 11. Then, I decided to invite the missionaries. I love to feed them anyway, but to feed them on a holiday is extra special for me. It was so cute because they both kept thanking me so much for having them over. And I am the one who was thankful to have them in my home and the spirit they invite.

Next we invited my aunt and uncle. Then, it turns out a cousin of mine just finished boot camp and is going to school (for the Navy) so we added her to the list. Well it turns out that these youngin's are not allowed to travel alone. So they must travel not in pairs, but at the very least a group of three. Sure why not! The more the merrier! We had a grand total of 18 guests. I was shaking in my boots at the very prospect of feeding 18 people and having enough for everyone. Not to mention all the work! Well it turns out, I had a lot of help.

Kristin helps prepare the stuffing
19.6 ounces....thank goodness they come in egg form!
Kristin was the official turkey baster.
Thankful hands
A Thanksgiving miracle...my dad not only at the table, but with family and Elder E.
Elder B "called" sitting next to Ryan. He thinks Ryan is the coolest.
Uncle Geoff polishing off the last of the....sparkling cider. Yep we are party animals.

It was a super fantastic day filled family friends and laughter. My cousin and her friends missed out on pie because they had to be back at certain time. The missionaries also had to leave before pie. So we sent them home with about 4 pieces of pie. Shortly after they all left, Emmy and her family came over for a short visit along with my cousins parents--my mom's brother and sister-in-law. So it was a great day indeed.

Kristin went around with the video camera asking people what they were thankful for. Most of us said family but each person had a unique way of saying it. My cousin, Eric--Emmy's hubby of course said his wife and kids, and he added the scriptures, the gospel, and doughnuts and cookies. My Aunt Melidee(Emmy's MIL) said how much she loved "octogenarians" because they do not have an agenda, just peace and the light of Christ in their eyes. I had to explain to Kristin what "octogenarian" meant, but other than that she got it.

So yeah, I am crazy. 18 people for Thanksgiving...oh and did I mention the dog? My other aunt and uncle have a little tiny fluff ball that they claim is a dog. He's very docile and wouldn't hurt a fly. You hardly know he is there, unless my aunt decides to leave the room then he barks like crazy. I had a lot help with preparation, and with clean up. Otherwise, I would say NEVER AGAIN! But it was so nice, I do believe I will. Same time next year!

Was it Worth It?


Raise your hand if you got up before the sun on Friday. Raise your hand if you were still in a turkey coma. Raise your hand if you don't know what the heck I am talking about. I did get up before the sun; 2AM in fact. I woke up at 2 and couldn't get back to sleep. My alarm was set for ten after 3. My niece and I were going to Kohl's first. They opened at 4. I stubbornly stayed in bed from 2 until 2:55 as I fought to get that last hour of sleep. I finally threw in the towel and trudged around trying to wake up. I ate a small breakfast and sat for a few minutes before I drove over to pick up my niece at my mom's house.

We got to Kohl's within minutes of it opening. This was especially nice because we had little or no time waiting outside in the cold. We spent a little over an hour at Kohl's between shopping and waiting in line. Our next stop was Target. We got their 15 minutes after it had opened, and there were already people coming OUT with their purchases! As a result, I got to take a closer parking space. Someone tried to take it from me. I don't think so. I was there first. Go away. After Target, Nicole--my niece, wanted to go to Starbucks. She ordered me a hot chocolate. Here is what she ordered: a tall white chocolate with 3 pumps of mocha. Well whatever, it was sure yummy. Then we braved it and went to Wally. It was very busy there, and we saw some people of Walmart. One of which was "mullet man." He had very short hair on top and the rest was almost down to his waste. So was it worth it? Was it worth operating on little or no sleep? You tell me. I need to be vague as some people I bought for will read this.

Fine jewelry original price $90 final price $20
clothing original price $38 final price $18
Fischer Price original price $44 final price $22
Accessories original price $20 final $12

At Kohl's between me and Nicole we saved over $400 in our purchases. Plus we received $30 in Kohl's cash.

On to Target....I only bought two items on a sale price.
Entertainment: $50 final $20

Plus a $10 target gift card.

Entertainment: $20 final $5

Before: $380 Final $147. I bought much more that was not on sale, but I couldn't have done it had I not got up before the sun. So was it worth it? Ummm...heck yeah! Plus we had loads of fun.