Monday, November 29, 2010

Why We Love Terry...

He lets me make him french toast for dinner. Then he puts his own


maple syrup




(at least a quarter of an inch high)

Sweet tooth of all sweet teeth!
And, boy, I love him for it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Really, Tami?

Yes, they were all mine ( at one time or another) I may need an intervention.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010


Last night was one of the most exciting, fun, weird, joyful, and memorable evenings I've had in a long time. It was the premiere of the this badboy.

The best part of the whole event was that I had my family with me. It all started at 8:00 when we met at Chili's for a delicious meal together. In attendance: Me, Terry, Erika, Tyler, Melissa, and Danny. It was delicious and fun to let loose, to laugh, and to talk and enjoy my girls and their boys.

I'm very proud of Melissa for controlling ALL of her fingers during the picture sessions!!

Ha ha!

My cute little baby who is pregnant with her own baby.

Melissa brought Erika and Tyler an adorable gift:

Pretty cute! Yes?

This little baby will be spoiled by his/her

Auntie Melissa (and possibly by his/her grandmother).

Our side of the table.

Their side of the table!

We had about an hour to kill so we went back to our house to get into our Harry Potter getups. Here's Tyler with Terry's awesome garage sale find.

Then, it was off to see the movie. Just so you know, Terry and I have NEVER done anything like this before. We were bamboozled by our children into thinking that we were ALL going to dress up as a favorite character. When we actually got there, you guessed it, Terry and I were the ONLY two of the six dressed up. After a brief cold sweat moment on my part, I decided I didn't care and went with the whole thing!

I am so glad I did! I had a ball. Terry was dressed as a death eater. I even tattooed the horrid death eater tattoo on his arm. I did a pretty good job too, if I do say so myself! (sorry, no picture! I just plain old forgot!)He disappeared for a while to the basement and came up looking like this:

What a great sport!

Then there is THIS


I love my left eye that looks crossed.

Whenever I look at this picture, I just have to shake my head...

kind of like YOU must be doing about now. Yes?

I absolutely LOVE Professor Trelawney! I knew I had to "BE" her for this special evening. Other than the borrowed glasses from my good friend Frankie, I found everything else in my house. I really enjoyed the final product. Somehow, putting on a wig, or even glasses for that matter, make me feel like I could behave in ways I normally wouldn't. Is that a "false sense of security?" I say yes.


Here we are! For some reason, I LOVE this picture! If you look closely, you can see Terry's tattoo and wig. For about 15 minutes I got to feel what it must feel like to be famous. We had several groups of people ask if we would pose with them for pictures. I loved it. We hammed it up and had a great time while our daughters pointed and laughed! (Wicked, wicked girls!)

We got our picture taken by the group at Presumably a picture of us will show up on their site in the next few days. There were so many amazing costumes at the theatre. Seriously! There was a guy dressed as Hagrid who could have been the real deal. I loved the group of school girls who bounced around the common area as one. They looked very cute. OH, and there was a toeheaded Draco Malfoy who was picture perfect.

The movie was wonderful. I kept commenting to Erika that many, many of the scenes were exactly as I pictured them when I was reading. It is probably the most comedic movie of the series. I was really laughing at the part where there were several Harrys in the room and Fleur saying "Look away Bill".

Now I know there are lots of mothers out there who are concerned about the "nude" scene. If you want my opinion, I mean...REALLY want it (and can take it), just email me and I'll tell you all. But, let it be said right here from me (and this is just my opinion), I thought the scene in question was not just thoughtlessly thrown into the movie like so many had predicted. The scene actually made sense and contributed to Ron's anger. Anyway, that's all I'm going to say about that! :)

Well, as you can see, I had the time of my life. I can't wait to do it again. I'm thinking of dressing like Professor Umbridge by sewing myself a pink woolen dress. I could walk around carving words into people's forearms! Or...maybe not! What do you think?

If anyone wants to go and needs a movie partner, I'd go again.

Did you know that if you buy your movie tickets online from Jordan Commons theaters you get an assigned seat? It was great. We reserved our usual favorite place right in the middle front row where we could put our feet up on the bar. PLUS, we didn't have to go and stand in line for hours waiting for them to let us into the theatre.

I got home at 4:00 am! I was still wide awake. And, no, I didn't go to school today. I took the day off. I've had a very busy work week. Wednesday I was at the school from 7 am until 8:30 pm because of my regular teaching day (7-3:15), after school teaching (3:30-5:00), preparation for the Parent Party class I was teaching that night (5-7...I also threw in a little classroom clean up), and then, at the Parent Party, I taught a class about reading aloud to your child (7-8:30).

Yesterday, I taught school from 7:30-1:30, and after that, I met with all 20 parents of my students at parent teacher conferences from 1:30-6:30. To find out what I did after that, just reread this post (ya, right, like THAT'S going to happen)>

as you can see, I'm fairly exhausted right now. But it's a great feeling. I'm loving my life at the moment. There's just so much to see, do, and look forward to.

I'm done now. If you're still reading, thank you, YOU ARE A SAINT and deserve all good things for your patience and perseverance!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On Air

At last! My summer project at the radio is going to be aired. The program called "Scripture Stories" will be aired tomorrow, Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 am MST.

It will be the first episode of the New Testament staring these amazing children:

Chloe, Katja, Emily, Lizzy, and Alex

Once the first episode has been aired, it is available for download and as a podcast on itunes. Each Saturday thereafter at 10:00 am there will be a new episode aired.

I'm so excited. Don't laugh at me...I get a lot better.

Listen here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

George Eliot and I Agree...

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
George Eliot

(I took both photos with my special lenses or apps this time... in my school's parking lot as I left work tonight at 4:45. The way the sun played off of the leaves, and the dark sky took my breath away. Gorgeous!)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Exhaustion...and an apron or two!

This week kicked my butt. By this afternoon, I was ready to hit the hay. It has been a tough week for some reason. I just want to go to bed. I have perked up a little since I got home from school. I even continued my garage cleaning and organizing. It's looking very good by the way.

Anyway...Last night Erika and Tyler took me out to dinner at one of my favorite places...Yamato. It lifted my spirits and my tummy. I love spending time with my children. I love the grown ups they have evolved into. I guess I just love them and that is all there is to it.

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from my Step-daughter/friend/daughter, Abbie. I love and adore this woman. She is an incredible mother of two who is the moral support of her husband, Forrest, who is currently attending Columbia Medical School in New York City. They are on quite a ride! Lucky ducks! She maintains and awesome blog which you can read here.

Anyway, back to Abbie's email and request. She has a beautiful little three year old Audrie. Look at her and you will agree that anyone who sees her wants to eat her up.

So, Abbie requested a couple of little aprons for little Audrie. How could I say no. My problem was that I didn't have a pattern the size of a three year old. I did my best but know they are a little bit big. But, Abbie is resourceful and will be able to cinch up the extra fabric. I loved making these up for Audrie

This one is my favorite. The apple makes me very happy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Will The REAL Kat Von D Please Stand Up??

Kat Von What?? You say. Ya, so did I until I realized that she is one of the tattoo artists from the hit TLC show "LA Ink". It's a show about a tattoo parlor in LA (obviously) and they have some pretty cool episodes. I actually really like the show. Kat Von D also happens to be dating the infamous Jesse James whom I will NEVER forgive for cheating on my secret BFF Sandra Bullock.

Anyway, my sweet little daughter who is angelic and adorable decided to dress like Miss Kat Von D. Maybe she has a secret dream to be a "bad girl". I think she really pulled off the look. I would like it known right here that she, Melissa, doesn't have any real least that I know of.

I guess the cookbooks and Swiffer mop in the background
really give Melissa away in this one.
Those are awesome sleeve tattoos made of
a sheer fabric.

These were pretty cool.

Other than the purchased sleeve tattoos on Melissa's arms,
I did all the rest with a Sharpie!
I'm thinking that if teaching doesn't work out for me,
I'd see about getting a job at
LA Ink.
What do you think?
(that rhymed)

Or, at least at the local tattoo parlor on Center Street.

Rumor has it that Danny changed out of his lumberjack
costume and took on a Jesse James look.

I'm trying not to think about it.

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