Friday, May 6, 2011

No Longer MIA

I had a very busy and crazy morning.  First was a Mother's Day Tea with my son's kindergarten.  After the tea I had about 15 minutes to get ready for Zumba.  After Zumba, I pick up Ryan from school and then make lunch for us.  And now, finally I am sitting and able to share this little morning of mine with you.

A hat made special just for me

Each child made a special card for their mother.  Inside each is all they know about their moms.  Here is how mine looks.

My mother is very:  "cool"
She is: "23" inches tall
She weighs:  "344" pounds.  What the what!?
She has:  "grayish/greenish" eyes.
She has:  "blond" hair.
The food she likes best is:  "ham and rice."  Well hmmm....okay....I guess.
Her favorite color is:  "red"
My mom is prettiest when:  "It's Thursday and Friday."  all the other days of the week, not so much.
My mom cooks the best:  "pancakes"  I color mine.  That's the big secret.  Your welcome.
I help my mom when:  "I make chocolate chip brownies with her." 
I like it when my mom:   "doesn't yell at me."  WHAT DOES HE MEAN BY THAT!!??
Thank you mom for:  cleaning up with me.  

Now you know all about me!!

Ryan is in the back row, center.  The fact that he even got up there was a big deal.  I was beyond thrilled he participated!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and a grand Mother's Day!  I get to have an early treat tomorrow.  Me and my BFF Emmy are running away going shopping and out to dinner without our children!!!  How will we act??? 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Proud Mommy Moments: Church

It's Thursday-do you know what that means? It is time for Proud Mommy Moments!

Proud Mommy Moments is a brand new weekly meme hosted by EmmyMom and Kmama of the Daily Dribbles. Whether it be something that truly makes you proud or something that makes you want to hang your head in embarrassment.  You can tell a story, share a picture, or video.  Anything you want.  It's time to brag.  It's time pray you're not the only one.  So come on and play along!!

Last Sunday, we didn't go to church.  It was Stake Conference.  And two hours is a very long time for a five year old.  It's even longer for the mom of said five year old.  As I sat reclined in my chair, yes it is MY chair, my kids asked me if we were going to church.  I simply said no because we slept too late.  Which was mostly true.  It was nice to sleep in.  It was then that all three of them started organizing their Littlest PetShop toys.  Between them they probably have close to 200 of these things.  Soon after shuffling here and there and whispers, I could hear church music along with their sweet voices singing the hymns.  "Oh, that's nice." I thought to myself.  There is something so wonderful about church music.  It truly sets a tone.  It was then I heard them begin their "meeting."  I looked up from my laptop out of curiosity.  It was church with the Littlest Petshops.  

They had a congregation, a Bishopric, people set to give talks complete with a pulpit.  At first I was beaming with pride.  It showed me they have a strong testimony in the importance of church.  It showed me that perhaps they do pay a bit more attention than I give them credit for.  Then, I was immediately brought down from my high place as I realized we should have gone to church.  It was still a proud moment for me.  And it was quite an enlightening one.  Our children do listen, much more than we realize.  This was indeed a proud mommy moment.  

What is your proud mommy moment?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

DWTS Team Dances

Team Dancing

This week they are doing team dancing along with their regular dancing. Mark and Chelsea and Hines and Kym get to pick their teams since they were the top of the leader board last week.  Once the teams were picked the fun begins.  I thought it was funny  -- not haha funny-- that Romeo and Chelsie were picked last!  The dance is The Cha Cha.

Team One--Mark and Chelsea

Chelsie and Romeo
Ralph and Karina
Mark and Chelsea

In rehearsals they decided the order should go:  Chelsea and Romeo, Ralph(who has not danced the Cha-Cha yet) and Karina and then Mark and Chelsea.   Chelsea (Kane) told Romeo she was happy to have him on her team, but that if he screwed up she was going to kill him.  The dance was great.  I thought they did very well and that it was spunky and fun!

Today we have a guest judge:  Donnie Burns a Latin dance champion.

Len said how much he appreciated the challenge that they had to learn two dances.  A team dance and individual.  He said they kept it in formation and that it was terrific.

Bruno told them that they went full throttle, but that they lost formation along the way.

Carrie Ann said she  disagreed and said that they did very well as a group. She also commended  Ralph for holding his own amongst the youngsters.

Donnie said they all did great jobs. He told Ralph that he fluffed a little, but it didn't effect the formatin at all.

Donnie: 8
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 30/40

 Team Two--Hines and Kym
Hines and Kim
Knedra and Louis
Kirstie and Maks

This rehearsal was a bit rougher than team one's.  Oh and Kendra farted.  And it was a rotten egg.  Three people were waving their hands besides her.  Yep.  She's a lady.  Somewhere in rehearsal it was said, "When in doubt, shake your butt."

Their dance is good too but like team 1 better.  This dance for me seemed to drag on.  Like I felt like they got more dance time.  But they wouldn't.  It's the same.

Bruno said that a little wiggle of extra butt doesn't hurt. He told them that the  patterns and transitions were very good.

Carrie Ann said that in the group Kiristie was a little off and Kendra too. But in the solo both were on fire.

Donnie said that there should be a certain amount of spacing between couples and that it wasn't quite right.

Len exclaimed, "I know which team of girls won the boobie prizes!" He said  Kendra was like a Bond girl: shaken not stirred. And he told Hines that he did good keeping up with the professionals.

Donnie:  7
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 8
Bruno: 7
Total 30/40 (tied)

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas 1-800-868-3401

The closer to the end we get the more special tutors we get!  This week one of the tutors is another dancing champ:  Shirley Ballas.  As in Mark Ballas' mother.  She's a hoot.  She helped Chelsea learn aggression for the Paso which included her literally putting her face in Chelsea's and making her shout, "I want to win it!"

I didn't like their Paso Doble.  And I can only describe Chelsea's outfit as that of a dominatrix.  Not that I know anything about that stuff.  But their Paso was lacking Paso.  At least to me.

Len and I agreed again!  Is the world ending?  He said, "I got confused. First,  I liked that. Then I said, what's that?"He said there was too much aggression and that it lacked refinement.

Bruno called Chelsea "Lady Lace." And "The ball breaker."  He said there was violent intensity and that the creative artistry was outstanding.

Carrie Ann said it was time for,"Out with the old and in with the new!" She said it was totally progressive and that they did a great job.

Donnie said that last week they did the best job. But, like Len, he was confused.  He said he was looking for the best matador and what he saw was a Hell's Angels'  Biker Chick.

Donnie:  8
CA: 9
Len: 8
Bruno: 9
Total: 34/64/80
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel 1-800-868-3407

Kendra and Louis are dancing the Tango. There is no booty shaking in this dramatic dance. During rehearsal when she hooks her leg on his he tells her it looks like she is sitting on the toilet. BHAHAHAHAHA!  I that's harsh.  BHAHAHAHA!  *ahem*  Their dance was okay, but without the booty shaking she is back in that uncomfortable place. 

Bruno liked it telling her she never looked so elegant and leggy. But added that she was hanging on to Louis too much.  And uses Len as a visual.  Poor Len.

Carrie Ann told her she was so proud of her for being so confident and elegant. Really?  Cause I didn't see that.

Donnie pointed out that it was much more challenging this week and that they did "A Bloody good job!"

In a nearly apocalyptic moment, Len agreed with Bruno.  Bruno fakes a heart attack and keeled over.  Maybe the world is going to end in 2012.

Donnie:  8
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total: 31/61/80

Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy 1-800-868-3411

Kirstie  and Maks are dancing the jive. There was a lot of frustration from Kirstie and Maks in this one.  She hollered at him, "I need a break!"  They bickered back and forth, but finally got past it.  It happens every season to every couple.  This was their turn.  I really love Kirstie.  She is who she is.  Like it or not.  Tonight in her dance she just  wasn't keeping up. 

Carrie Ann told her how much she loves her, but that there was just not enough of the jive.  The best compliment she could offer was how amazing Kirstie looks.  We are guessing 20-30 pounds down.

Donnie said that he really liked it and that he'd "buy it."

Len told her she is an actress and that she acts every dance beautifully but that as a jive it was most uneventful.

Bruno said she might have gone wrong but as an entertainer it was superb.  He told her that her musicality and instinct is on the money all the time.

Donnie: 9
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 6--Ouch!  Gees who put a tack on your chair!?
Bruno: 8
Total: 30/40/60/80
 Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff 1-800-868-3408

Ralph and Karina have the Quick Step.  If there is one dance made for one person, this would be the dance for Ralph.  I LOVED IT!!!And so did he.  He had a smile the entire time.

Donnie told him he has fabulous footwork--true that!!.  "You two rocked!"

Len liked the energy and also noted his fancy footwork. He told him that his upper body is a little loose but overall a great job.

Bruno said that for him it was more than a quick step it was how to grab a quick one. *wink* "You are a vibrant performer!"

Carrie Ann simply excalimed, "BOOYAH!  Your'e back! I am so proud of you Ralph!!"

DB:  10 (Go Ralph!)
CA: 9
Len 8
Bruno: 9

 Hines Ward and Kym Johnson 1-800-868-3403

Hines and Kym dance The Tango.  Another Latin Champ helps them.  He plays the "woman" to teach Hines to lead.  It was kind of funny.  I usually enjoy Hines' dances.  But tonight he seemed a little off somehow.

Len said he was like a Tiger fierce and intense, and also like a pickle --sharp and tangy.  Leave the colorful critiques to Bruno! Len added that he goes into like a fairy mode.  Too dainty. (Major booing)  "Talk to the hand." He did say that over all he liked it very much.

Bruno said he liked light and shade.  "I like the way you play it!  Big and strong slinky and stealthy!"

Carrie Ann told him that he takes command of every dance, but tonight he seemed a little off balance.

Donnie told him that he dances from the heart and uses his head. He added that he has charisma on the floor but mechanically his arms are suppsoed to be still, and he was more like American Airlines.

Donnie:  9
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 8
Bruno: 10
Total: 36/40/66  (Tied with Rallph and Karina!)

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower 1-800-868-3405

Romeo  and Chelsie are dancing the Samba and they to are coached by Mark's Mom.  Is that okay?  She's fraternizing with the enemy.  He said he would have a party in his feet, pants, all over.  He definitely had a party going on, but it was not for the Samba.

Bruno said that he could shake it, but that he was shaking it the wrong way. And he added that he needed to correct his legs.

Carrie Ann said that he has incredible potential, but that he needs to focus on his technique.  She also said that his bounce was the wrong kind of bounce...for the Samba.

Donnie admires Romeo, and noted how he has grown--which he has. "I admire you. You have achieved grace and elegance, but there may be party in your pant but there is an earthquake in your shoes."

Len didn't like the dance.  He said Romeo talked the talk but didn't walk the walk.  "We are down to the nitty gritty.  You gotta up your game!"  Spot on, Len!

Donnie: 7
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8

Going Home:  Kendra and Louis.  She actually matured a little in her 7 week journey.   One thing for sure, she left a little bit different than when she started.  See you at the finale Kendra.

Photos Property of ABC

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ten Things To Smile About

1.  Marveling at my kids as they go for a swim even when it is 50 degrees outside

2. Having fun at the local children's museum

3.   Meeting a bloggy friend in person!

4.  Walking with my BFF EmmyMom (see I told you I was totally going to "borrow" from you!) It is a mix of exercise and lots of laughter.

5.  Easter Egg Hunt at Grandma's.
6.  A new outfit
7.  A new purse too!

8.  Spring Break and sleeping in

9.  School resuming!

10.  An iPhone for me!!  Yippeee....just made the April cut off.

What made you smile this month?  Link up with Emmy and play along!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Big Brother Is Watching


Big Brother is watching.  Surely you have heard of this before.  Pretty much everywhere we go these days we are being “watched.”  In other words, there are security cameras all around.  I walk into my local grocery store and the first thing I see is: myself on a monitor.  It tells me, that someone is watching.  (I think.)  I am fine with this.  It means my best interest is being protected.  When I walk along the isles of Wal-Mart or Target, I can see the security system at work in the ceiling.  Again this is for my benefit. It is also for the benefit of the store.  They make sure the customers are safe while likewise keeping their merchandise in the store.

In my town, there are four photo enforced intersections at three locations.  One of which has proved to be very effective.  The number of traffic violations per day has gone down from 25 to 40 per day to less than one per day.  When my mother went on a senior trip to The Getty, the Mayor spoke about these cameras and how they have saved lives.  So why is it then; that people are petitioning for a ban against these lights? Some will say it is a money issue.  Others argue that it infringes on their civil liberties.  I make no apologies for my position.  I think they need to be there.  I don’t think it violates my civil liberties at all.  Is it somehow different than being on camera at a department store?   
Yes, the city pays for the cameras; so yes indeed it comes out of my pocket.  And I am certainly okay with that.  I am okay with that because it saves lives.  It keeps the roads safer.  So when people ask me to sign that petition, I tell them straight up.  I like them there.  And I want to keep them there.

What do you think?  Are photo enforced traffic lights an infringement on our liberties?  Or is it literally a life saver?