Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Me and some of my girls went out a couple weeks ago to see "27 dresses" and then to Olive Garden for some delicious food. Well, mostly delicious food. I know what I like, and therefore pretty much know before I go to any of my "regular" restaurants what I will be ordering. I like to go with my fav's because I can never go wrong, and I won't be kicking myself later for wasting an opportune mealtime. I do not like to waste those. They are precious moments in my life. So I of course ordered the Chicken Parmesan which is large enough for two, and I get to take 1/2 home for lunch the next day (YUM!) Shelby and Amy however split the Eggplant Parmesan, and they weren't too happy after that first bite. Duh. Ladies, I could have told you anything with 'Eggplant' in the title is going to be barf. But the restaurant was very nice and took their meal off of their ticket - gotta love restaurants that are so accommodating!! Jenny G. then proceeded to do mock lime/salt shots with her virgin strawberry daiquiri, reminiscing back to her wild teen years - Jen you are so funny, we all had a good laugh at that. I always have fun with you girls! Thanks for such a fun night!!
And by the way, she doesn't really do this in real life. She is a super-fun, super-clean, super-hot mama of three that likes to keep it sober. Only virgins for this girl. Daiquiri's that is.
One of the funniest parts of the night was when Jen was very insistent she needed change for her dinner, thinking she was getting like 5$ back or something. When the waitress brought back 4 pennies we almost died laughing.
Oh, by the way, "27 Dresses" was a very cute movie with the most climactic moment spent with the two main characters belting out the song 'Bennie and the Jets' on the top of the bar - it was a witty, funny love story and we all enjoyed it a lot. I looked over towards the end of the movie and Jenny and Amy were actually crying! You girls.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This is what happens when Mom is half asleep on the couch downstairs and it is supposed to be "quiet time." Older brothers and sisters decide to do art projects, and then decide to let the napping child out of his crib. Apparently they didn't think he was tired.
It's a good thing he's cute. People will be more inclined to look past the blue lips and hands for the next couple of weeks.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I am also so worried that the movie will not do the books justice. I can only hope. I found this video someone made from utube on a fan site. They took clips from various movies and made it look like a trailer for her series. It is so beautifully done - Chris even went out and bought the CD that has the song "18th floor balcony" because we both liked it so much. I really hope you watch and enjoy.
One of my good friends called to sing me that song this morning, and yes, today is the mark of the last year of my youth. My last chance to prove yet again that I can be hot in my 20's, just as all of the movies in popular culture display, of the hot, successful, witty, in-shape 20-something woman. And that is what I walk around thinking I am, until every so often I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and reality sets in. I am a 29 year old mother of three (with the spare tire and stretch marks to prove it) who spends her days wiping bums, scrubbing floors, folding clothes, making meals, and every so often checking out of my day to day routine to see what my DVR beholds for my viewing pleasure. Don't get me wrong. I love my life. It is a good one, no, a GREAT one! I love being a mom, I love being a wife to the hottest babe there ever was, I love my sweet babies, I have the worlds greatest friends (Yes, ALL of you!) and my life is so so so blessed.
So I thought I would make some new-years resolutions, (okay, it's my second chance to start over this year, since I totaly screwed myself with those lofty weight loss goals I set for January by gaining five pounds instead. But hey, before you judge me, I had several pivotal emotional breakdowns during the month of January that could only be consoled by bowl after bowl of M&M's).
1. I am going to express more gratitude this year.
2. I have such great friends, I am going to be a better friend.
3. I will do everything in my power to heal the wounds of my past, and live a more joyful life.
4. I will eat healthier, exercise more, and be lookin fine, while I am still 29...
Happy Birthday to me!
P.S. The only reason I have been able to post the following like 10 posts after this one is because my dear new visiting teacher showed up with home baked bread in tow, and took my children home with her. In addition to the 4 (5? no I think 4) she already has. She just moved here by the way, bless her heart.
Not to mention, I truly do have the greatest friends, thanks for all your phone calls, well wished happy birthdays, lunches planned together, and the 'girls night out' awaiting. My heart is so warmed by all the love! You all are so kind and I admire you all so much! Thank you, thank you!
I don't have any sisters of my own, and am so thankful to have made so many over the course of my life!
These are our friends the Ball's. Aren't they cute?
The boys in the ZONE
Me and BB
Bailey, Jake, Carter, Jaxon and Cannon Ball (Yes, Cannon Ball). The kids
had way too much fun for their own good. Bailey and Jake
LOVE Jaxon and Cannon. They are some cute kids!
We of course ate too much food. It was good though. And I spent my time neglecting my friend all the while making these for my card club:
My handsome little brother and me. I love you my little Rabi.
His beautiful bride, Jen. I love you too Jen.
The whole fam damily in front of Mt. Timpanogas temple,
which is absolutely BEAUTIFUL by the way. Wow, we don't
get too many pictures with all of us together.
I'll have you know, she is one of the cutest, funnest, funniest girls I know. She always makes my hair look cute, she knows how to decorate, and she always smells good. I love you Jen!
The two little buddies Chris and Dale. They are so funny together.
One of my fav. stories with the Yancey's happened a long time ago when we were neighbors. It was Chris's birthday, and I had bought like two bags of clothes for him from Old Navy, and had nowhere to hide it from him in our little apartment. So I of course asked Jen if she could hide them at her house for me. Well, Dale saw two bags of men's clothes in their spare bedroom and asked who they were for. Jen of course said, "Oh, those? They are for Chris." And Dale was all "What?!" and Jen was all, "Yeah, you know, for his birthday." And Dale was all "WHAT?!" And then Jen just started laughing when it finally occured to her that Dale thought that SHE had bought all of the clothes for Chris herself. HA HA HA! I laugh about this everytime it comes up!
Dale and Jen, we just love you guys.
(I am starting to think that I have alot of friends with the same name as me)
Me blowing on the dice, because coercion helps you win, don't ya know?
All of the fun girls that came, in two consecutive shots.These are the cute prizes JG got - lots of valentines day decorations - good job JG.
We missed you if you didn't come! We are going to do it every month, so if you weren't here, I'm inviting you now, so you better come next time!
My crazy little brother Dave actually went down this hill, but the picture does not do it justice.
My big brother Rich, stacy and 3 of the 5 of their kids
My sister in law Brianna and baby Tiara (missing, my brother Aaron and 2 more of their kids)
Okay, so I'm gonna stop with the photos, because now it just seems like I'm bragging. Sorry. But I got such a great deal on stuff, and I was in dire need of real grown-up decorations. All of my buckets were from the days of newlywed life, and it was high time to bid them farewell. I did get gifts for all of my activity day girls for the year for only $1.44. I was so dang proud of myself.
Because I was a first timer, I had to call the afterchristmasqueen herself for advice. One of my BFF's Emily had lots of great advice on what stores to hit. We shopped by phone together, so we were together in spirit. JG and I had my minivan packed to the brim, so had to call it quits. We had so much fun, and I highly recommend this experience to all.