Twilight 3 (Eclipse) is coming!

Our Twilight 3 (Eclipse)  Movie Party is set!  Movie is Tues., June 29th at 11:59pm.  I’m hoping we can get a group of 150 so invite your family, friends, and neighbors and keep me posted about your headcount!  And guys are invited too =o)

$18.25 gets you in (no lines), popcorn and drink, AND a pretzel OR hotdog, and we’re all in the same theatre!

OR

$16.25 gets you in (no lines), popcorn and drink, and we’re all in the same theatre!

Spread the word and get money to me before Sunday, May 16th. I will turn in $ and get movie tickets/ badges/ concession tickets back to you around the 1st the June.

 I didn’t even read the book this time, just figured I’d see the movie instead.  Leave a comment if you’d like to join us and I’ll email you the pertinent info.  People from Utah are welcome to come hang with us too!  We won’t discriminate.  It’s summer time, so come to Vegas for some fun!

We’re Moving!

There, I said it. 

Yes, we’re moving out of the ward (I know, that’s like an unpardonable sin, please forgive us and bring us boxes to help in our adventure after you recover from the shock).

No, we are not walking away from our house (Mike would find that to be unethical and unpardonable).  We will rent out our current house so if you know any families who are looking, send them our way!

Yes, we’re staying in Vegas.  We are moving closer to family back over to the west side of town.  Hey, this is free for all to see so talk to me in person if you want to know where.  And if you have a boat, then you’ll want to come visit us =o)

Um, we are, well, really pregnant ME, is hoping and praying we can move before the baby comes (June 15), because it would be so much more enjoyable to move before a C-section than after.  So here’s to hoping the new stuff in the new house can get done before Memorial Day so we can move at the end of May. 

And seriously, feel free to drop by with boxes!  I’ve already gotten 2 loads from Freecycle, but I can tell already that we will be through those in no time!  And I just don’t have the energy or motivation to get to the store as much as I used to, but I know from helping previous people move that grocery store boxes make great moving boxes! 

In other news, I’ve added some posts to my blog.  We’ve got Christmas through February now taken care of =o)

Day at the Museum

So my ward has weekly playgroups and then monthly field trips for moms/ dads with little kiddos who aren’t in school.  We went to the Lied Children’s Discovery Museum and seriously could have stayed until closing and still had tons to do!  My boys loved it!  I met a friend who I haven’t seen since Jr. High and of course, we pick right back up where we left off and got caught up in the short amount of time.   This was definitely one place we will return to in the summer since there’s so much to do and see and for all ages!

Christmas 2009

Yeah, better late than never!  We went to St. George for the holiday and had a fun time.  Mikey was so excited come Christmas Eve that it took him forever to fall asleep.  I love the excitement of little kids as they start to understand the holidays. 

We hung up a picture of some random person’s ultrasound from Google and placed in on the grand kid wall of fame!  We will have grand kid #13 for Mike’s parents which means they need to buy more picture frames, because our picture is frame-less.  They were pretty excited for the news on Christmas morning and then became concerned with our vehicle situation- my car only holds 2 car seats.  Not to worry, the truck can hold 3!

We had a fun time with cousins and family and tons of presents and excitement.  They boys set up a choo choo train to go around Grandma’s tree just like the one at our house.  Between trains and new toys, they stayed busy for quite some time!

My Big 4 Year Old

So Mikey had a pretty fun birthday this year.  We did go visit my parents for the week, but my pregnancy brain didn’t plan well enough for us to participate in the winter ice fishing festivus.  We were only 1 day late, but missed all the extended family and fun little cousins who joined us last year.  We did have a family party and homemade cake with Uncle Brian, Aunt Heather, Luis and Megan, and my parents.  Mikey got a Cars stool that my mom painted, a sticker maker, and a large piece world puzzle since he’s mastered the USA puzzle and some other stuff. 

We had lots of snow during our trip and my boys loved playing in it.  Living in Vegas sure keeps us sheltered from the elements having to buy things like snow boots and snow pants.   My car actually got stuck and required towing, then the battery died which was scary since it’s a hybrid, but after staying an extra day and Grandma’s we made it safe to the other set of Grandparents.

Mikey got cupcakes, balloons, pizza, and a shopping spree with Grandma (with no little pestery brother or parents) when we got to their house.  We played with cousins and then headed home to Vegas to try and make it in time for 9am church the next day!

Mikey’s stats:

38.5 lbs and 39 inches tall

has started a foreign stamp and a state quarter collection

loves arts and crafts- especially cutting up my scrapbook paper with decorative scissors and using a glue stick to glue them together.  He then tapes his masterpieces to the walls of the house.  He spells out words with letter stickers to let you know who the pictures are for.

Is a Sunbeam in church and already given his 1st talk.  We printed out little pictures next to the words to help him remember what to say and he did great!  He only needed help to remember 1 word.

loves singing primary songs.  Here’s what he’s learned so far for the song to learn the  Books of the Old Testament.  I crack up when he says Equisi-nasties for Ecclesiastes.

fave cartoon: Super Why

fave food: grapes

fave color: green

fave movie: Dora

fave song: stuff on the piano

The Ant and the Grasshopper (2010 version)

OLD  VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away…

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

   The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

 MORAL OF THE STORY: 

Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION

The  ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast…

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green .’

Acorn stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We shall overcome.’

Rev. Jeremiah Wright then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood…

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
           

MORAL  OF THE STORY:

            Be careful how you vote.

Freezer Meal Group Swap #2

So it was swap day #2 today at Maggie’s house (took the pic from our cooking group blog).  My kiddos call her “food storage Maggie” since that’s what brought us together the first time!  Well getting all these meals makes me excited to keep on going with the group.  12 new and prepared meals each month!  I love it!

This past month I really wanted to attempt a pork loin roast with pears, but then I learned that you shouldn’t freeze meat, thaw it, then freeze it raw again so I didn’t want to break any freezer meal group rules.  I did cook up one of my 9 pound beasts in 2 crockpots and the raw meat, blood, smell, and everything related to it nearly killed me!  Yes, I puked many times in the kitchen sink, but the pork cooked up just fine and I turned it into the main stuff to make Cafe Rio burritos.  So now I have another 9 lbs of a long ole pork loin sitting patiently in the freezer waiting for its turn at freezer meal stardom.  So for sure I’ll do Cafe Rio burritos this coming month and my other meal will either be attempt #2 at a pork loin roast OR chicken chow mein (link fixed).

Happy Birthday, Dear!

My hubby is an April Fool’s baby!  Apparently, as the story goes according to his siblings, his mom was cleaning the pool 29 years ago and went in to labor that night.  She gets to the hospital, gets all settled in, calls home on April 1 to tell the older siblings that they had a little brother and no one believed it for a second.  The older siblings thought it was an April Fool’s joke!  Seeing is believing so there was no denying a new sibling once he was home and part of the family!

Here’s 29 reasons why I love my hubby:

1- he’s really calm!  Much more calm and collected than me.  He can keep his cool and doesn’t get overly excited and worked up about much.  I tend to overreact!  He is a good balance for me.

2- he makes cute kids.  And they look just like him!  And they are calm, very calm!  I’m still waiting for my revenge that parents talk about… just wait til you have kids….

3- he doesn’t mind cleaning.  We don’t have assigned chores or anything, but he helps out when he sees it needs done.  His cleaning supplies of choice are: baby wipes, Kleenex, and paper towels.  I find it  hilarious, but can’t complain that he’s trying to help clean.

4- He is a computer geek and can fix all my ID10T errors on my laptop and pc.  We won’t talk about how many computers we currently have or have been through, but looks like we’re about to get another one!  I would be clueless without his expertise and would probably still be running on my Windows 95 computer nicknamed Dinosaur!  I do not have a Blackberry though while he has 2.  He hasn’t convinced me of that big techy necessity just yet!

5- He is funny.  He thinks I don’t find his humor funny, but I do.  I just don’t get the punchline the majority of the time, that’s all! 

6- He gives good massages.  We joke and say that he can go back to school to be a massage therapist, but I don’t think I could share that talent with others!

7- He honors his priesthood.  He tries so hard to be a good dad, husband, and provider and I’ve always admired his love and respect for the gospel and how it influences his decisions.  He is the one keeping us on track by reminding us to read scriptures, having family prayer, and keeping us calm and collected when we’ve been offended or are trying to justify a not so good choice.

8- He does a great job grocery shopping.  Lately, I just give him a list (and sometimes coupons) and he gets me what I need.  Usually he comes home with treats too!  Maybe that’s secretly why I like when he shops =o)

9- He isn’t afraid to take a chance.  He started his own business and has grown it to be profitable, reliable, and capable of providing for our needs.  He bought our 1st house while I was on a cruise (before we were married) and told me nothing about it.  He bought me a car while I was out of town visiting my parents.  He does asked beforehand and you would think I would take him more seriously, but I just willingly say, “Yeah, go ahead.  That sounds fine!”

10- He makes my favorite breakfast, french toast, on many occasions.

11- He always drives whenever we go somewhere and he doesn’t complain about my new back support thingy I use in the car that looks pretty uncomfortable sitting behind him.

12- He lets me park in the garage.  Someday we think we’ll have less junk to allow 2 cars to fit in the 2 car garage =o)

13-He has given up watching some of his not so appropriate tv shows so that we can have a more family oriented evening after he gets home and so that our boys aren’t picking up some not so nice language and behaviors.

14- He will totally watch cartoons with the boys on Saturdays so they can bond over Ninja Turtles.

15-  He asks frequently during the week when he gets home if I want to go out shopping while he stays home with the boys.  I usually say no, because I’m so tired, but appreciate the effort.

16- He supports my coupon craze.

17- He encourages me to go to those church firesides/ activities/ “hen mtgs” that you know would be good for you, but there’s so much you could do if you just stayed at home instead.

18- He goes to General Conference Priesthood session in flip flops, shorts, and tshirt nearly every Conference, because we go out of town and I forget to pack Sunday clothes for him.  I will NOT forget this time!

19- He is smart!  Gospel doctrine or trivia or history- he’s your guy.  And don’t get him going on politics, unless you are ready for an earful!  He does the research and shares his findings each and every election season. 

20- He gets up in the night if a kid is crying.  I think it just happened like that.  I take care of the multiple night issues for the first 15 months and he gets them for the rest of the time.  Lately there’s been a ton, but I’m glad we have a big bed that doubles as the family bed when we’re all too tired to deal with crying and we all can fall asleep until morning.

21- He likes cinnamon toothpaste.  I like mint, so we don’t share toothpaste.  

22- He is passionate about being ready for an emergency.  He’s getting us more prepared each and every day.  We have a long ways to go still, but we’ve come a long ways too!  He might like food storage group orders more than I do!

23- He wears pants even after I’ve hemmed them!  I can sew, but I’m no professional. 

24- He can assemble things and doesn’t mind reading the freaking manual.  Thankgoodness!  I don’t have the ability to read (understand) manuals.

25- He isn’t afraid of poop, vomit, or blood!   I’m so glad he’s around when the really bad incidences have occurred!

26- He doesn’t bring up that one time when I gave him a homemade recipe to help his sunburn/ shingles/ etc.  It didn’t go so well, any of the times!

27- He works really hard each and every day, but still gives us a call during the day to talk to the boys and I and see how our day is going.  Sometimes we even sneak a lunch date to visit him.

28- He is loved completely by his boys.  Ask them, “whose boy are you?” and they say, “Daddy’s boy!”  He’s the horsey, automatic tickle machine, wrestling partner, and flying machine.  Mommy- not so much!

29- He doesn’t mind sharing.  We got married the day after his birthday which I thought would be cool, but now I have different thoughts.  He saves me the last bite of anything sweet or of a dessert nature so I get to finish it off.  He lets me use his laptop when he’s in the middle of using it.  He’s always letting me drink from his cup which drives him insane, but he still does it! 

He’s just an honest, genuine, caring and considerate type of guy and I’m so glad he’s a part of my life.   We make a good team!