Random Friday is now Random Thoughts Thursday

My neighbor had surgery yesterday, so she asked if I could take her kids to school and pick them up. No problem! I went to get her three kids, but only two got in the van. The third was walking home from a piano lesson. I talked with the mom for a couple of minutes, then said goodbye and drove off. I was out of the neighborhood and through the first major light when I suddenly stopped the car. “I forgot Harrison!!” Flipped a u-turn just as my cell phone started ringing. Oops. I was so distracted talking to my neighbor that I forgot she told me her son was coming and hadn’t gotten in the van yet.

And I wonder where it’s coming from when I get an email from Aiden’s teacher saying, “Have you thought about having Aiden tested for ADHD? He can’t focus and is easily distracted…”

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My birthday is in two days and there is a serious lack of chocolate boxes coming in the mail. I’m disappointed. 😉

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This year, during our winter break, we get to go to San Diego to visit my aunt and uncle. I’m super excited because it’s not that far a drive and we just haven’t done it since we’ve lived here. FOR SHAME! That and my aunt and uncle are just plain awesome and we all have a good time whenever we see them. We have plans to go to the San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park (I am not used to calling it that. It’s still the Wild Animal Park in my head!!), Balboa Park to the science center, La Jolla to see the seals, and I don’t remember what else. The biggest part is a surprise to the younglings. We’re taking them to a certain theme park (not the mouse theme park! I wish!!) that is in San Diego. It has to do with a certain kind of small building blocks… We’re not telling them a THING. We’re just going to get them up in the morning, get them dressed, and drive there. I will have to have my camera set on video for when we arrive and they see the sign. Oh, I’m excited. They have actually been asking to go for a while now and we just keep saying, “No, it’s too expensive.” or “No, we don’t have the time to take off and go there.” Can’t wait!! I know it’s not as exciting as the Magic Kingdom, but hey. That’ll be another trip, another time. We take what we can get. This will be grrrrreat (said in a Scottish accent, of course. Not Tony the Tiger).

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I was watching Netflix last night and started watching a movie called “From Prada to Nada”. It’s a modern day take on “Sense and Sensibility”. It was cute, just not what I wanted to watch. I mean, heck, the good version of S&S with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Hugh Grant is on Netflix. Why not just watch that? Anyway, I found it kind of amusing how this centered around a Latino family, so of course they had to change the daughters’ names from Maryanne and Elenor. Nora was a good fit. But the younger daughter was just Mary. Really? An Hispanic guy with THAT thick an accent is going to name his daughter Mary? Make it Maria and I’d find it more realistic. Just made me giggle. I might have to try watching the rest of it later today. It wasn’t bad. Just not great. I watched “Elizabeth” instead.

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Parker is determined he is going to be Thor when he grows up. “Then,” he says, “I can save you all the time, Mom!” What a sweetheart!

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How else is SO EXCITED for “The Hobbit” to come out?!?!?! I mean, sure, we have to wait a year. But that preview looks AAAAHHHHH. MAAAAAAAZE. INNNNNNNNG. I love Peter Jackson. I’m so glad he ended up doing this movie after all. Oh! And the guy playing Bilbo Baggins? He was Tim in the UK’s “The Office”. Nice. 🙂

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My new motto: Fake it ’til you make it.
Is it working??

My Sunday I’s…

1. I am writing from my iPod Touch.
2. I feel so cool, writing from my iPod Touch.
3. I successfully used my new flat iron to do my hair for church today and I don’t think it turned ou half bad.
4. I was stopped by a lady at church today. She said she sees how skinny I am getting and she is so jealous.
5. I responded with “I am so hungry!” That’s the price of weight loss.
6. I absolutely love having the kind of weather in January that I can be outside in short sleeves and watch my kids play in luscious, green grass.
7. I miss wearing sweaters, however.
8. I am currently reading “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card and surprisingly am enjoying a lot.
9. I am lying in bed because I was trying to take a nap, but it just never came, so now I’m doing this instead.
10. I don’t think I have anything to day today that I haven’t already said on Facebook.
11. I think it’s time to lay off Facebook for a while.

Just Some Random Thoughts…

Yesterday I got to take Parker to the Sea Life Aquarium for his preschool field trip. The Sea Life Aquarium is located in the Arizona Mills Mall, a very large mall not far from where we used to live. It is now a good half hour drive from our current home. After the adventures of the Aquarium, I decided to take Parker to the food court so he could have some lunch and (hopefully) fall asleep in the van on the way home. Then we could both get a little nap in.

Being that it is a mall, there are kiosks. I am a sucker when the vendors at kiosks stop me to show me whatever cool product they are hawking selling. So I got stopped by the woman with an exotic accent who wanted to buff my nails until they were super shiny and pretty (no need for nail polish!), then show me her sea salt rubs and body butter.

First of all, yes, my nails are very pretty. We’ll see if it really lasts a month. However, I am NOT spending $60 for a kit just to buff my nails. Seriously? I’ll put on clear nail polish that costs $1.50 from Wal-Greens first.

Second, the accent? So fake. You can’t even decide if you’re supposed to be French, Israeli, or Brazilian. So it switches constantly. Yes, you sound exotic and it’s supposed to make me trust you more, but I know it’s fake. Everyone knows you don’t have that accent. Someone ought to really stop this practice.

Third, yes, in fact I did like the sea salt scrub and it does seem to be helping the massive eczema on the palms of my hands. However, there is no way I would ever pay $80 for it when I can hop over to Bath and Body Works and get the same size tub for $10. Do I really look that stupid to you? And just because it says it’s made in Israel does NOT mean it actually comes from the Dead Sea. I don’t care where the salt comes from, anyway. It’s salt.

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I believe I have passed on my anxiety to my children. On the way to the school for the ceremony where Dallin received a certificate because he is a Cardinal of Character (he demonstrated the characteristic “fairness” in the classroom), all I could hear was bouncy Dallin saying, “I wonder what my award is. Will they call my name? Where will I sit? Will you all be in the audience? I hope you are in the audience. Do I get a paper? I can’t believe I get an award.” He repeated it constantly until the start of the ceremony.

He got a certificate and a t-shirt. The t-shirt says, “I’m a Cardinal of Character at Centennial Elementary.”

The whole way home he repeated, “I love my t-shirt. Do you have my certificate? I hope my t-shirt fits. I want to wear it tomorrow. Will my t-shirt fit me? It’s so cool.”

On the way to the Aquarium yesterday, Parker repeated, “Are we going on my field trip now? Are you driving fast enough? Can you drive faster? Is this the right way? Did you get lost? Are we closer yet? How much longer? Will I see fish? Are there sharks? Did you make a wrong turn? I don’t know if this is the right way. Can you go faster?” Seriously, repeated this the entire half hour.

Sigh.

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Can someone please show me where in the Bible it actually says that Jesus said “If you deny me I will deny you to my FATHER”? I hate that stupid post on Facebook. If I don’t repost am I saying I am ashamed of Jesus and I don’t get to go to Heaven now? Whatever. Reposting these things that say, “Let’s see how many believers are on Facebook!” or “I believe in Jesus. Do you?” is just lame. I don’t need to flaunt my faith in the face of all Facebook to know that I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I feel like posting, “OMG!! I totally ❤ Jesus!! Repost this!” just to see what people will do. Stupid, but it’s the same thing to me.

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I am in another “Biggest Loser” challenge. We’ve had two weigh ins and I have lost 5 lbs. I weigh in tomorrow. Hoping to have lost another 2 lbs this week. The best thing I’m doing for me this time is I have started using MyNetDiary, an online food diary. It helps me keep track of everything I’m eating, counts my calories, has a spot to enter how much exercise I do (and how many calories I have burned), and has handy dandy charts to help me know how much I should be consuming and burning each day in order to lose weight. It’s keeping me totally accountable and I love it. AND it’s free!!! I highly recommend it.

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I’m lonely. I have tons of friends (you guys), but you are all too far away. Someone move here, please. Seriously.

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My book club chose enough books to last us through July. I’m super excited about the books, and only one of them have I actually read before.

This month we are reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. It has been on my “to read” list for forever because people are constantly telling me to try it. The love it. So I am excited to read it for that reason. However, it’s Sci Fi. I don’t enjoy Sci Fi and I don’t enjoy Fantasy (as a general rule). I try, but I just can’t get into it. So I was telling a girl in the book club that I was excited about reading it, but I said off handedly, “I won’t like it.” She then started to lecture me about having an open mind and being positive and I have to try the book anyway… ugh. I didn’t mean that I’m closing down to it! I didn’t mean I wasn’t going to even try to read it! I am!! It’s just not my style of book and I have tried and tried in the past to read these types of books with no success. I just don’t like it. Geez. Again, I am excited to read the book because it sounds interesting and it comes so highly recommended. But if I don’t like it, then I don’t like it. That’s my opinion. That’s my taste. So there.

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I love this weather. It’s been in the mid to upper 70’s all week. So beautiful! We take visitors, by the way. Any time. We have enough floor space for anyone who wants to partake in our sunshine.

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I have taken to shamelessly promoting my own blog on Facebook. I need comments, people!! It’s all about the validation. Well, that and I feel bad for my blog. I neglect my blog in favor of Facebook because it’s easier to write a couple of lines on Facebook than it is to sit down and write a post on my blog. Remember the good ol’ days? When we’d blog almost every day and always had interesting stories to tell and experiences to share? That was sooo three years ago. Now it’s all about microblogging. Facebook and Twitter are killing my blog. Oh, yeah. I’m on Twitter. I haven’t checked it in ages and I rarely tweet because I mainly follow celebrities, bands, and fictional characters (such as Barney Stinson and Cookie Monster) and since they aren’t following me, who cares what I actually say on there? I just like reading what Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Hayley Williams (of Paramore) have to say. (And then I name drop, like I’m actually friends with these people.)

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The doctor wants Parker to sit on the potty every night immediately after dinner for 10 full minutes. That means I get to read him books and talk to him, and last night we sang songs. I guess I didn’t know enough “cool” songs, so he decided we were going to sing “The Doggie Song”. What is the doggie song?? I don’t know it! So Parker would sing a line and I would have to repeat it. I couldn’t finish because I was laughing so hard by the end. I will give you the lyrics, and you can sing along. It’s easy. The tune is just whatever comes in your head (and sounds suspiciously like Buddy the Elf):

I like dogs.
I really like dogs.
Dogs go to the park to play but when we go to the store they don’t come in because dogs don’t go in stores only humans and then the dogs run away real fast and we chase after them and they run faster and faster andfasterandfasterandwedotoo.
The end of the song.
Yay!

Isn’t Parker brilliant?

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I love October. I get to decorate for Halloween. And I get to wear lots of extra pink because it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month!! For ideas on how you can make a difference, visit the Susan G. Koman For the Cure. This site gives you support if you have breast cancer, tells you how you can make a difference, talks about research, gives all the facts of breast cancer, and answers pretty much any question you could come up with.

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Speaking of Halloween, I think we are all going to dress up as Greek gods. Thank you, Percy Jackson. Actually, Aiden was interested in Greek mythology long before he read Percy Jackson. That was why we encouraged him to read Percy Jackson!! If you haven’t read any of those books, I highly recommend them. Of course I think they are awesome for boys (being full of adventure and having a boy as a main character), but I’m assuming girls will have no problem loving the books, too. And I love the little things that make it enjoyable for adults, too. We still laugh over their trip to the Hoover Dam (they got to ride in a dam elevator. And eat dam french fries. And run down a dam hallway…), and I love that the demigods all say “Oh, Styx!” when they are swearing. It’s hilarious.

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Another away game tonight. Ches is gone for football all night, then he has another competition all day tomorrow. I miss my husband. But I can’t wait to see how the show is coming along. It will be a few more weeks before I see the band perform again. My mom says she is coming at the beginning of November so I can go to a couple of the competitions with Ches and the band, sans my children (they don’t do well with long, hot days sitting still in a football stadium). I love marching band. I miss doing marching band!!!

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I watched “No Ordinary Family” the other night instead of “Glee”. I really liked it! I hope this one stays around. It’s just fun. Although whenever I see Julie Benz in anything, all I can think of is, “Hey, it’s Darla!!” Really, I think just about the same thing whenever I see anyone who used to be on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Marc Blucas is always Riley. James Marsters is always Spike. And yes, I still look at David Boreanaz and think it’s Angel. Alyson Hannigan is the only one who is successfully making the change, in my eyes. I watch enough “How I Met Your Mother” that I see her as Lily more than Willow now.

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Parker just got preschool pictures done. I tried to do his hair all cool and spiky (he wanted it that way), but it’s too long. He needs a haircut. So I combed it down, but the damage was done. And by damage, I mean all the hair gel in his hair wasn’t coming out and I didn’t have time to really wash it out because I had to run everyone to school. So he has this really flat, slicked down hair. Ugh.

Other than that, he’s super cute.

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JK Rowling is on Oprah today. I haven’t really watched Oprah in years. I’m gonna have to watch today.

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I can’t find the pedal to my sewing machine. I have all these great plans to be crafty for fall and Halloween, but I can’t without my pedal!! This is driving me nuts. I’m in the mood to be crafty and creative. I don’t want to lose this.

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One more month until NaNoWriMo. I’m going to outline what I’m doing this year so I don’t have another failure. I’m actually going to “win” (which means actually writing 50,000 words). This month I will prepare myself so November can be spent writing writing writing. I can do it. Really. I can do it.

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I bought candy corn at the store the other day. It must be fall. Arizona doesn’t believe in fall (as shown by the 109 degree temperature we had yesterday), but it’s my favorite season, so I’m going to force it upon us anyway. We may be wearing shorts and t-shirts outside, but we will still be eating warm soups and candy corn and pumpkin pie. We will still pull out hoodies and sweaters, even if we just get to look at them hanging in the closet. We will make our own colored leaves out of melted crayons and wax paper and decorate the house as if it’s actually fall. I love fall. (We so need to move somewhere with a decent fall!!)

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Does anyone else find the Cat in the Hat an odd role model for our kids? I love how curious he is, but doesn’t he seem a little too mischievous? I hate it when he says, “Your mother won’t mind at all.” He says it on the new PBS show all the time. I don’t like him telling my kid to never ask permission and if someone says “Oh, I’m sure it’s okay” than it must be okay. If someone (the fish) has some doubts, perhaps it’s best to actually ask Mom if she minds.

And maybe I’m reading too much into it. Maybe I should just be happy with promoting curiosity and learning new things.

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Look at me. Blogging. And giving Random Friday. You know what makes it even better? I’m random about when I do Random Friday now. (I thought of that all on my own, too. I’m so “special”.)

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I went running for the first time two nights ago. I was in one of those moods and just wanted to get out and use that energy for something good. The way my neighborhood is situated we have a main street that circles around the neighborhood. If you walk on the sidewalk on the outside of the circle, it is just over a mile. If you walk on the inside sidewalk of that circle it is just under a mile. I try to stay on the outside as much as possible. However, I always just call it a mile. So I decided to make it through that mile, knowing I wouldn’t be able to run the entire thing. But once you are on the circle you can’t cut through halfway to get home. You have to either turn back or just keep going. I alternated running and walking around the entire mile. I probably walked more than running (or jogging… and I don’t know what I would call that last little bit there where I was so tired and felt like dying. It wasn’t running, jogging, walking… it was just trying to move!), but I made it. So I rounded up and said I ran half a mile. My legs still hurt. Two days later. My shins didn’t hurt at the time, but they do now. Urgh. I’m going to do it again and again and again until I get used to this and can run half a mile without walking. Then a mile without walking. It’s going to happen.

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One of my little brothers is getting married in about three weeks. He asked me to come up with some music to play at his reception (not dancing music. Just nice background music. I guess it’s mostly a calling reception?). So I have picked out some Harry Connick, Jr. (the “We Are In Love” album is perfect), Diana Krall, Norah Jones, the soundtrack to “Sleepless in Seattle”, and some random songs that I have on my iTunes or on CDs (such as the love songs from “The Princess Bride” or “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”). Do you have any good songs/albums you would suggest? It’s fun to get to do this. I like feeling helpful.

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I’m not very helpful to my friends. Sorry. I promised Heather a CD… still haven’t sent it. I promised to send Dana some books. Still haven’t sent them. I promised another friend some glasses from Ikea. The box is in my van, still not sent. I feel like a complete untrustworthy loser. I really am sorry and am working on rectifying the situation.

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I love Jen of Cakewrecks. I wish I lived in Florida so I could be her friend. She is funny and witty and just plain cool. And so is her husband. When I met them at the Cakewrecks books signing I just wanted to stay and talk to them forever and then be all, “Hey, wanna go grab a bite to eat? Come over and play Scattegories? Meet my parents??”

And now I’m sounding all stalker crazy. I’m not! I just wish I could be like her.

And Stephenie Meyer. I want to be her friend, too. We both live in Arizona and we’re both moms of three boys and we’re both Mormon… heck we even share a birthday. I have had some people say their friend knows Ms. Meyer and could probably introduce us. However, I can just imagine some kind of awkward encounter where I am complete starstruck and make myself out to be some kind of imbecile. It’s been known to happen. No, if I’m going to be friends it’s going to have to happen in some kind of natural way, like we end up in the same ward or happen to meet at something and just hit it off (like you sometimes do with friends, you know?). However, I just don’t see that happening. So, I will continue to be crazy stalker fan.

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I have found that I like books. I mean, I like pretty much all books. I don’t have a set genre that I read and that’s it. I don’t truly hate most books that I read. I can find great things about everything. Even books that I don’t enjoy I can find something wonderful to recommend about it. Except “The Road”. I’m still mad at myself for reading the entire thing.

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Aiden’s birthday is in less than a week. We told him he could have a big birthday party when he turns eight (he’s turning EIGHT!!!!), but because of all the demands being made on Ches at school, there is literally not one day where Ches is home that we can do a party. And I can’t afford to just take Aiden and a bunch of friends to do a party somewhere. Besides, I can’t handle doing it on my own. I’m at a loss. I’m thinking of letting him invite some friends to a movie and maybe a sleepover and perhaps getting a sitter for the other two boys. That could be fun, right??

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Parker loves preschool. He is learning his letters really well and sings the ABC song all the time. He’s figuring out the sounds, and recognizing letters in everything now.

He is also figuring out numbers. I was making some chicken nuggets for lunch the other day. I got out six nuggets and Parker saw what I did and said to me, “There are six and I only want four, so if you take away two then I will have four chicken nuggets.” I was in awe. He’s my math genius.

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If you are an Epbot fan, you have probably seen the link to this game. If you haven’t played it, go for it. It’s awesome. I’m stuck on level 26, though. My computer is too sluggish for me to jump just right. Urgh. I’m going to keep plugging through, though.

Because I’m a stay at home mom and all my kids are in school so apparantly I have all the time in the world to do things like play games and take naps.

(Yes, that is me being passive aggressive)

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When I go to Boise for my brother’s wedding, I’m going by myself with my kids (Ches has marching band stuff all weekend and can’t go). I’m so excited because I’m staying a few extra days to give my kids a fall. A real fall!! With fallen, colored leaves. With a real pumpkin patch. With cool air and sweaters and jackets. With hot apple cider and hot chocolate. I. Can’t. Wait. 🙂

Catch-up Monday

I’ve been wanting to do a Random Friday, but Friday just didn’t turn out to be a good day to sit and write on my blog. I know I’ve been horribly neglectful of my little corner of the webiverse, but I have good excuses reasons. Do I have to share them?? Well, once I do all my catch up I’m sure you’ll see.

I’ve tried participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. I was moving slowly in my writing, but it was steady and I honestly thought I would finish all 50,000 words this year. Life just gets in the way, however, and I got behind again. I think I’m giving up for this year. Unless I’m hit by some major inspiration and can throw out 40,000 words in the next few days, it’s just not going to happen. My story wasn’t that great anyway. I struggle to write adequately. I struggle to find the words to go with the pictures and actions in my head. I can do short stories, but drawing things out is just not my strong suit. And people don’t like short stories. You have to already know and love an author to read a book of short stories, usually.

I love to write and I really do want to write and publish a novel someday. However, maybe I’m just not a novel writer. Maybe I should stick to my little blog. Maybe I’m not meant to be a novelist until I’m much older. I just don’t know right now. I’m not sad about it or anything. Just thinking it through. Changing my plans and ideals once again.

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I saw New Moon opening night. In fact, I got to do a double feature. Some theatres here were offering a double feature of Twilight and New Moon for just an extra $5. You got early seating and stayed in one theatre for both movies. I went with my friend, Kelly, and had a really good time. We were in the theatre hours and hours before the movie started so we’d have decent seats (last year we were in the second row for Twilight. Let me tell you, that sucked. Big time.). We met some really cool people and had fun talking about all sorts of things… vampires and Twilight and other good books (Gone With the Wind, for one) and book clubs and Surviver and The Amazing Race and places we’ve lived and candy and school… I need to email my new friend. She was cool. Kelly was feeling a little sick, but she lasted through the first movie and most of the second. Thankfully she had actually been to the prescreening Wednesday night, so didn’t feel horrible about having to leave in the middle of New Moon.

I liked New Moon. I think it was done so much better than Twilight. While watching Twilight we were making fun of Bella’s blinking, head twitching, and stuttering that she did in every. Single. Scene. Very annoying. She doesn’t do it nearly as much in New Moon. New Moon stuck much more closely to the book and had more details from the book. The thing I hated about New Moon was the hair. Alice and Rosalie were both stuck in aweful wigs. Jasper didn’t look as much like Edward Scissorhands this time around, but he did look like he had just stepped out of a Jane Austen movie. And Alice’s wardrobe was NOT Alice. What was that smock she was wearing at school the morning of Bella’s birthday party?? UGLY. I wish we could have seen more of Dakota Fanning (two lines was not enough. She looked and sounded amazing.). The Volturi were done so well! The “bad” vampires in general looked scarier than last time. The eyes were redder and the faces more pale. Laurent and Victoria were both much scarier. Oh, and I loved how much more red Victoria’s hair was in New Moon. Fit more of the “fiery” description of the book. So, that’s a start. I am more than willing to have discussions on IM or Facebook with anyone about anything New Moon. You know how I love to discuss movies and books and stuff. 🙂

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Speaking of books, I recently borrowed my friend’s book containing all of Jane Austen’s novels. I have actually only read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. I love P&P and I really, really like S&S and I really like Emma (although admit I love the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow more, no matter what Ches says about it. He hates that movie). I decided it was time to read the other Austen novels I had been missing out on. I started with Mansfield Park. I have to say, I don’t like it. I thought it was too quick of an ending, and the way everyone treated Fanny throughout the book was driving me crazy. And Fanny was just too weak and simpering for me. Elizabeth Bennett is a strong female with a mind of her own. Fanny Price just sits back and lets everything happen to her. I don’t like it.

So, after I have read the books I got from the library and this month’s book club pick (The Scarlet Pimpernel, if you were wondering), I’m going to read another Austen. I’m thinking Northanger Abbey, then Persuasion, then lady Susan.

What’s your favorite Austen, and why?

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In September I received an email from a girl at church talking about a new choral organization in the East Valley area. It’s called the East Valley Mormon Choral Organization, and they were holding auditions that week. AND they had a full symphony orchestra, also holding auditions. I pulled something together, and three days later I had auditioned for the orchestra. I felt the audition went really well, but I knew I would have to wait.

The first week of November I got the email telling me I made it into the orchestra! Rehearsals started the next week. Our concert is December 10th. Orchestra would only have 5 rehearsals (the choirs have been practicing since September) so I knew I’d have to be on top of my game.

I got to rehearsal and found I was the 3rd flute (I’m just happy to have made it!) and that I would be playing piccolo, too. Now that is a problem. I have a piccolo, but I’ve never really done anything with it. So I took home my music and practiced every single day (probably drove the neighbors absolutely crazy!), but I just couldn’t get out all the notes I needed to. Last week, for our second rehearsal, I apologized to the other two flutists and said I just couldn’t do it. I would continue to practice so I could do picc for a future concert, but it just wasn’t going to happen for this one. I didn’t want us to sound bad! The other flutists are very gracious and we switched around some parts. The next concert isn’t until March, so I’m going to keep working on my range and tone and hopefully I’ll get it!

This concert is going to be so good. I wish you could all come! If you are in the Phoenix area, our concert is December 10th at the Mesa Arts Center. You can buy tickets here. Or you can find out more information about EVMCO here. I’m really, really excited to be a part of this!!

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So, there you have it. I’ve been busy writing, practicing, and movie watching. Hopefully I’ll get a better handle on my life soon!! Until then, I’m off to attack the mountain of laundry.

Just a Few Thoughts

I hate working out. I hate having to work to make my body acceptable to myself. But I went to the gym last night and took my first class. It’s called “Body Pump” and it was an hour of working with barbells. It was so fun! My legs are total jelly today, but I did everything (even though those lunges were haaaaaaard!!) and I’m definitely going to that class again. So yes, I hate working out in general, but if all these classes I want to take are half as fun as this I think I could get addicted to working out. I wish I had gone in earlier this evening for the Body Jam class (dance moves — meaning let’s see how dumb Sariah can look!!)

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I found out on Sunday that our ward is having a father/son campout in a couple of weeks. I asked the girl next to me if the sons had to be a certain age, thinking they would want the cub scouts and older or something, but no. No age requirements. So I could potentially have a night off. Just me.

I’m giddy at the thought.

I doubt Ches will want to take all three boys, with how young they are, and I don’t know how fun it would be. So I’m kind of requiring him to take Aiden and Dallin, and he can decide whether or not to take Parker. I’m still excited at the thought of just one person at home with me. 🙂

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I know I’ve said it before, but I seriously want to throw the XBox out the window most days. It’s loud and obnoxious, the boys fight easily, and I just don’t get it. If they need help with something, I can’t do anything. I don’t really like playing video games. Not for me. I’m not a video game person. Now, the boys don’t fight all the time, and they actually play well together most of the time. I just fixate on the times that they argue.

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And now, a total Mommy Blogger thing to talk about:

We have been working on potty training Dallin. Things were going really well, but lately it’s not so great. I don’t want to gross anyone out, but I’m a mom of young ones, so bodily functions are just a part of my life and daily conversations. You don’t like it, skip this part.

Dallin will not poop on the potty. I’m throwing out underwear because it’s just easier than trying to clean up that much of a mess. I don’t know what to do. Dallin only wants to wear underwear, and we are trying everything to get him to stop what he is doing and sit on the potty, but nothing has worked so far.

Today I was so frustrated I threw him in the shower to clean him off (usually he gets a bath), and he did NOT like the shower. Cried and cried. So when he had a second accident involving poop, I did it again. I told him everytime he poops in his underwear, I’d put him in the shower to clean him. He cried and cried again. Later, he was playing and peed all over the couch. So I threw him in the shower (he was pretty soaked). He hates showers. I’m hoping this will get the message to sink in.

I told Ches about it, and he said, “Great. You are making him hate something that he has to do. You are making a punishment out of something that he will have to do for his entire life. He has to take showers to get clean. It can’t be a punishment.”

I see his point. But what do I do????

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I hosted a Pampered Chef party last week because I wanted to buy some stuff but totally can’t afford it. I’m pretty pumped because I’m getting some cool stuff. The best part of the party, however, was that we made this awesome pizza. It’s called a California Club Pizza. It has doesn’t have pizza sauce, but does have tomatos, avocado, chicken, bacon, red onion, and cheese and it is SO SO SO good. If you want the recipe, I’ll email it to you. And it was really easy to make. And made good leftovers. So yeah. I liked it a lot (if you can’t tell).

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I just found out that a girl from our ward in Idaho moved here a few weeks ago! She was a student of Ches’ in the band, I had her in Young Women’s, and I taught her flute lessons for a school year. She is the cutest, sweetest thing. Anyway, she is married and has a little baby girl of her own now, and she only lives a few miles away. I talked to her on the phone today, and as soon as her baby gets over the flu we are getting together. I’m excited to have her here, and she said she is excited to be living so close to us and to have a friend!! YAY!!

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I’m hosting Book Club next month. Any suggestions for the book? I was thinking either “The Book Thief” or “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, but I’m afraid they already did the first and the second may have some objectionable material for a kind of church-sponsored club (language mainly, from what I hear). Some of the women in my group may not like it, but I don’t know them well enough yet to be able to tell. They joke around about not getting anything “too trashy”, so what exactly is “too trashy” and what is considered “clean”?? I just don’t know. But if you guys have a suggestion for a book that you did in your book clubs or a book you read recently that you consider a Must Read, please let me know! (This month we are reading “Cry, the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton)

Random Friday

We got bikes for Christmas. Well, Aiden, Dallin, and I did. We’re still searching for one for Ches, and Parker is getting the old tricycle (but fixed up). Oh, and I’m getting a seat for Parker so once Aiden and Dallin become proficient on their bikes, we can all ride together. I haven’t had my own bike since I was, sheesh, I don’t know. 14? 13? Dang, that was a long time ago. Last week I rode my bike to Walmart (about a mile away) to return some Redbox movies. It was so fun! The wierd part? I feel like I’m still 6 years old and I have to ride as fast as I can. My legs felt like jelly when I got home, but if I wasn’t going full speed the whole way, it just didn’t feel right. Hmmmm.

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I have been released from my primary calling. Wo-hoooo!! It was in the works long before “The Incident” (as I shall refer to it from now on). Sunday was supposed to have been my last day, and I had a really great activity planned out so I could leave on a good note. I wanted to let the kids know that I love them (which I do!) and just kind of move forward from what happened. Sunday morning Aiden got sick. Threw up many times. Ches is a primary teacher, and his class had Sharing Time. He had this great thing all planned out. He is team-teaching the class, but the other guy was unexpectedly out of town. So who was to skip church and stay home with Aiden? I ended up staying home. It was easier to pass my activity on to someone else. I was sad, but not too sad. Aiden was sad because he wanted to help in Sharing Time (Ches is Aiden’s teacher!). Oh well.

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In case you’re wondering about the activity: I made a puzzle. On a 12×12 piece of cardstock I drew a picture of a family and a picture of the Temple and had the words “Families Are Forever”, then cut it into 6 pieces. I then had 6 scriptures to be read, and each scripture had to do with a song that the kids know. They had to read the scripture, answer a question or two, then guess the song. Once they sang the song, they got to put up that puzzle piece. The last song was, of course, “Families Can Be Together Forever”. I had it planned that we’d make it easier for the younger group, of course, and the scriptures read were short and had an obvious phrase in it. It all had to do with this year’s primary theme, “My Eternal Family”. From what I heard, the activity worked out pretty well. 🙂 Yay.

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The other day I packed Dallin and Parker in the stroller and we walked to Target, bought some new Pull-ups for Dallin, then walked home. I think it was about 3 miles round trip. I was amazed at myself, and not really in a good way. I was totally not prepared for my 3 Day Walk, but I was comfortable walking 7 to 10 miles. But that was in November. I walked these 3 miles and I was tired!! I need to get back to walking. I would like to do the 3 Day again this year, but I don’t know if I can right now. I will do it again, and I will be more prepared than I was the first time. Getting worn out after 3 miles is not going to cut it.

(Of course, when I was preparing for the three day I wasn’t pushing a bulky double stroller with a 2 year old and a 3 year old, and all the gear that goes with kids to keep them occupied and warm on a walk one chilly for Arizona morning!)

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I just read “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold and it was amazing! I highly recommend it. And I just saw online that it is being made into a movie with Peter Jackson (you know, of Lord of the Rings) as director. Peter Jackson is great, so I’m sure he’ll do a great job with the movie. According to IMDB, the movie will star Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci. Awesome.

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You know, I never had a problem with Mark Wahlberg as an actor. I watched the SNL skits and laughed at the portrayal of him, of course, knowing that it’s an exaggeration. Like all the characters on SNL. That’s what makes it so funny.

Then Ches and I watched “The Happening”, and I have to tell you, he sucked in this movie. His acting was exactly like the impression on SNL! It was hard to take him seriously in this movie. I just kept bursting into laughter at wierd parts. Hopefully he’ll be better in “The Lovely Bones”.

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I’m not usually impressed with movies made from books. I also recently watched “Tara Road”, which is one of my favorite books by Maeve Binchey. I knew when I rented the movie that it wouldn’t live up to the book. The book is long and covers a very large period of time. It is essentially in two main parts anyway, so I guessed that the movie would only cover the second half of the book. I was right about that. I knew they couldn’t put in everything I love from the book. It’s impossible to do that. I knew they would have to make changes for the movie. I really try hard to keep a book seperate in my mind from the movie. The movie was… okay. I didn’t like the casting (yes, Andie McDowell was great, but just not right for the part in my mind. And the actress who played Ria looked nothing like Ria in the book. And Rosemary wasn’t sophisticated enough!). The house in Connecticut was all wrong. And too many things felt rushed. I felt they made the movie to be more about the American woman than the Irish woman, and the book’s story was about the Irish woman! The house exchange between the two woman was secondary in the book, but played such a large part of the movie. It was just disappointing to me.

I did like watching the interview with Maeve Binchey on the DVD extras. She talked a bit more about writing the book than the actual movie, and that was cool. I’d do a house exchange with her, even though I know she is so curious and would go through our entire house to find out everything about us! I’d probably do a bit of it at her house, myself. 🙂

So… if you haven’t read the book, you might like the movie. If you have read the book you might like the movie. Either way, don’t expect a lot out of it, and don’t go out of your way to watch it. It was just an okay movie. Nothing to write home about (although I guess that’s just what I did, huh?).

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The other night, for Aiden’s 15 minutes of reading, we started to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I read chapter 1 to him (as he very willingly followed along), and then sent him to bed. He took the book with him the next morning, and read chapters 2 and 3 at the busstop while waiting for the bus. He took the book with him again today so he could read it during free time/reading time at school. I wanted to read the whole thing with him, but he is so entranced by the book he can’t leave it.

That’s my son.

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A ton of pictures from high school have been put up by a friend on Facebook. I don’t know how it is possible, but the most sober, straight person in the class (yes, I’m talking about me) looks like the most drunk, stoned person in most of the pictures that I’m actually in. How is that possible????? Gah!!! And then there are pictures of me with the high school boyfriend. I don’t mind ones with us and a bunch of our friends. No biggie. But there is one of just the two of us (and me looking horrible, too) that I wish wasn’t up. Oh well. High school was a long time ago and it’s nice to see most of the pictures. There are some horrible pictures of other people that I’m sure they don’t want up, either!

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My goal for February: lose 5 pounds. I bought a 3 month pass to a gym for $20 (what a great deal!!), so I’m gonna use it constantly. I hear the classes at this gym are super fun. I’m hoping to start going next week… Monday night. Everyone get on (and stay on) my case about this, okay? Thanks!!

Just A Few Things

I know you are all dealing with snowstorms and we’re not, so please don’t roll your eyes too much at me. We’ve been getting quite a bit of rain. I love it. What I don’t love is just how stupid Phoenix drivers are when there is some rain.

I was leaving school earlier in the week and only about 2 drops of water hit my windshield. A VERY light mist of rain, if anything, and suddenly everyone is driving 20 miles below the speed limit! In a city where you are considered to be a slow driver if you’re doing anything less than 20 over any other day of the year.

Rain make Arizonians (or maybe just Phoencians???) absolutely nuts. On Wednesday we had a really rainy, windy, chilly day. Ches said his students were trying to convince him it was snowing. They were serious. Now, it was still about 50 degrees out, and I’m sure we all know it has to be a lot colder than 50 to get snow. However these kids thought it was snowing because “the rain isn’t coming down straight.” Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Have you ever heard of wind, kids????

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Tonight is my school’s Solstice performance. Every year they pick a children’s book as a theme, then each class picks a song to represent a part of that book and does a dance. I was pretty unsure of how it was all going to go until the dress rehearsal yesterday. The kids had parts of their costumes on and each class performed their dances so well. It was adorable!!! I can’t wait for tonight, now. This year’s book is called “The Yellow Leaf” and it’s about changing seasons (or something).

My job is to work the music. I get to press play on the stereo and pause it in between class performances. So exciting. 😉

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I was looking for a copy of The Nutcracker to show to my students for Thursday and brought home a couple other movies for the family to watch. We got Wall-E (Dallin has been begging for it!) and A Muppet Christmas Carol (one of my absolute favorites growing up). We all loved Wall-E (and the kids have been watching it almost non-stop). Aiden surprisingly watched the entire Muppet movie and wasn’t scared by the ghosts or anything! He kept telling me how much he liked it. Yay! Someone to share my love of the Muppets with! I think I’ll go out and get the Muppet’s Treasure Island next. That’s a pretty fun one, too.

Ches brought home Hancock from Redbox yesterday. I really liked it! I pretty much like anything that Will Smith does, and this wasn’t one of his typical good-guy characters. If you haven’t seen it, I highly it (just watch out… there’s a bit of bad language, so it’s not suitable for young kids at all).

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Speaking of Christmas movies… My favorites are A Charlie Brown Christmas (the best part being where Linus quotes from the New Testament and the other Peanuts start singing “Loo loo loo”), A Christmas Story (“Fra-geeeee-lay. Must be Italian.”), A Muppet Christmas Carol, and Mr. Bean’s Christmas.

Ches hates A Christmas Story. When we were still at Ricks, I remember one night hanging out at our friend Randall’s house with Laural and her roommate, Amy. We were watching A Christmas Story, and Amy and I were just rolling on the floor laughing because we love this movie so much. I think it’s hilarious. Ches, Laural, and Randall, however, sat there complaining the whole night. “This movie is so stupid!” they would tell us, over and over again. “It’s not even funny.” So I never rent it and never watch it because it’s no fun to watch alone.

We’re going to be with my family for Christmas this year. My family loves this movie, so I will watch it with them. Ches can go play with the kids or something. I’m so excited!!! (I’d triple dog dare him to watch it with me, but the point would be lost on him.)

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The first time I ever saw Mr. Bean (it was the Christmas one!) was when I was a senior in high school. I was taking Music Theory, and a lot of the class was actually free time. We were all excited about the music of Jurassic Park once, so one girl was going to bring that in for us to watch. She couldn’t find it, however, so we watched The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Yeah, I know.

Anyway, another girl, Brandi, brought in Mr. Bean once. I’ll never forget the first time watching Mr. Bean play with the Nativity. I could not stop laughing. We watched tons of Mr. Bean after that, and I love to especially watch the Christmas once every year. Even Ches enjoys it (and he’s not usually a huge fan of British humor).

Oh, and in case you were worried… we did learn music theory in the class. Just not everyday. It gave me enough of a background that when I started as a music major at Ricks I was confident enough in my theory abilities that I did well the first year. We won’t talk about Aural Skills or Keyboard Harmony. Blech. (After I finished at Ricks I had a chance to talk to my high school director once. I kind of yelled at him, “You didn’t tell me I’d have to sing. By myself! In front of other people! Sight-singing sucks!” He sheepishly smiled and said, “Oh, I forgot about that.”)

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New reason why I love Facebook: videos of my high school marching band have been posted recently. I got to watch my sophomore and junior years’ marching shows. SO. FUN. Sophomore year we did a 60’s show where we played “Yesterday”, “Aquarias”, and “House of the Rising Sun”. It was my favorite show. I always thought we did pretty well, and it was fun to watch it and realize that yeah, we were that good. I can still think that!!!

A lot of my friends have posted pictures from high school in “Remember When” type albums. So. Funny. I wish I had a scanner because I’ve got some great pictures to post. I think my mom has a scanner, and I’ll definitely be looking for stuff at her house over Christmas!

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Leaving for Texas on Sunday. My whole family is going to be at my mom’s this year. It’s going to be a very full house, but SO FUN. My dad has to work Christmas Day, so my brother decided to distract the kids from the Christmas presents, we are all going to the beach in Galvastan. My boys are overly excited about going to the beach. I don’t think they understand that it’s not like going to the beach in the summer. We aren’t wearing our swimsuits and playing in the water. But we’ll still have a ball, I’m sure. We went to the beach in New Hampshire all winter long when we lived there. It was cold, but we still found tons to do. I’m sure a beach in south Texas will be fun, too.

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Buy a Post Secret book for someone for Christmas this year to help support the website. I’m going to! (And I’m hoping to receive a Post Secret book or two myself)

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Since I’ve been so lax in my writing, who knows if I’ll write again before then, so…

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HANUKKAH

(whichever you celebrate) 😀

Random (Black) Friday

I haven’t done Random Friday in quite a while, and Allison has started doing her own “Random Thought Thursday”, so that kind of kicked me in gear. Besides, I have a couple of things I wanted to say, but to devote separate posts to them just seemed kinda silly. I don’t know. So… here’s me and all (or maybe just some) of my randomness…

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I never really considered myself an obsessive Twilight fan, but several of you have mentioned in the comments for my last post or in other places that I’m obsessed. It’s kind of funny to me. I even wrote a post about how I like Twilight, but I LOVE Harry Potter and I LOVE Buffy the Vampire Slayer more.

I still don’t consider myself an obsessed fan, but I definitely have become more obsessed with Twilight than I was. I told my friend Kelly that I think part of it has to do with those feelings of “new love” or of a new relationship that I just don’t have anymore. Remember when you first fell in love and it was all you could do to contain yourself until you saw your significant other? Remember how your heart would flutter at the sight of him, and a giggle might even escape your lips when someone else mentioned his name? When you are first in love, your world revolves around him and just having him hold your hand is the best feeling in the world. Edward and Bella have that, and I don’t. I still love Ches, make no mistake about that. I love him more deeply now than ever, and I still miss him when he’s not with me during the day, but things are different after 10 1/2 years of marriage. Those feelings of new-ness are completely gone, and we’ll never have that again. I’m not even saying that I really want to experience that again because it’s such an awkward time, where you’re always trying to put on your best face and wondering “how can he possibly feel this same way about me???”. But I admit that I kind of miss it. Things are very comfortable now. Not exciting and new. I like comfortable. I like being secure in my feelings and knowing what his feelings are. But every now and then I crave being a teenager again or being newly in love just for the excitement factor. So I live vicariously through Edward and Bella. And I guess that is making me a little obsessed. Hmmm. I need to think on this some more.

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Speaking of Twilight… I forgot to mention a couple of things about the movie that I liked and/or observed. First off… the casting. I mentioned that I liked the casting job overall. When I saw Carlisle, my first thought was “How very Tom Cruise-like”. Didn’t you think they made Carlisle look an awful lot like Lestat in Interview With A Vampire? Then there was Jasper. I like Jasper in the books, even though we don’t see a whole lot of him. But in the movie, well, Kelly and I started laughing as soon as we saw him. So very Edward Scissorhands. I hope they fix that before the next movie.

The other thing I liked was some of the subtle bits they threw in… like in the scene in the cafeteria when Bella knocks an apple the the ground, but Edward catches it with his foot, kicks it up, and holds it in his hands. Then you get this nice shot that is exactly like the book cover. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the most subtle of things, but I still got a kick out of it.

And third… I didn’t know Forks, Washington was a real town! I feel so silly. I just assumed Stephenie Meyer made it up, but I guess not. Forks, La Push, the reservation… all real places. Hmmmm.

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Aiden lost his first tooth in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner yesterday! He’s so funny about it. He just couldn’t stop grinning and telling us how happy he was. A few days ago he was crying because he hadn’t lost any teeth yet and I guess everyone else in his class has. We found a loose tooth right away, and he’s been wiggling it ever since. Aiden had some trouble eating because he said it hurt, but once that tooth was gone, he was fine.

The Tooth Fairy made it’s first appearance to our house last night. Aiden got a quarter for his tooth and an extra quarter because it was his very first tooth. Very exciting stuff!

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I guess we’re not doing the “Elusive Elf” at school after all (although I really, really liked Karen’s idea of the elf being Legolas. I could totally go for that one!!). I got the notification in my mailbox, and it’s being called “The Green Fairy”. On Day 1 our gifts are supposed to be “regifts” from something at home, Day 2 we are supposed to make a hat or something wearable from recyclable materials that we have around the house, Day 3 we give a gift of something edible (either homemade or store bought), Day 4 we are supposed to write a funny poem or note or something, and Day 5 is just a gift for under $10 and will be exchanged at the staff party… whenever that is. I did sign up to take part in the activity because I feel like while I’m working there I should really try to be apart of things. I hate feeling like an outsider. I’m making an effort.

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I didn’t get up to do any shopping today for black Friday. While some of the deals are enticing, I just don’t have any desire to get up extremely early or to camp out all night at a store just to get an XBox for super cheap. We just won’t get an XBox right now, and when we do, it’s worth the extra money to not freeze myself in a parking lot at 3 am. I like to sleep in.

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My birthday is less than a month away (Christmas Eve!!). As a reminder, I love dark chocolate with no nuts. 🙂

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I was in Target the other day picking up a few essentials and getting Aiden a new jacket, when I walked by the little girl’s clothes. I saw all the cute Christmassy dresses and sweaters, and I had an actual ache in my heart because I don’t have a little girl. It’s wierd.

I love my sons. It’s no secret that I would like to have a girl someday, but if I don’t I’m totally fine with it. Or so I thought. I have 3 boys and I’m used to that. Besides, after teaching the Young Women and doing color guard for so long, I love teenage girls but I really really love not living with them. Girls are so dramatic! Every little thing becomes a big thing. And girls are so mean! They play these mind games and hold grudges for what seems like an eternity. When boys have a problem with each other, they punch it out and are friends again. Or they are at least done with the problem. Girls are not like that. Girls are complicated. I’m a girl. I know this. So I’ve been very grateful that I get to raise all boys.

But I still had an ache in my heart and a yearning for a daughter. Maybe I should take Ches up on his offer to get me a doll to dress up.

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Today is the day after Thanksgiving. For me, that means one thing: The start of Christmas! I’m going to go put on some Christmas music, then clean downstairs so we can put up our tree and start decorating. I love Christmas decorations! I love Christmas music! I love Christmas shopping! I love Christmas cards! This really is the most wonderful time of the year. For me. 🙂