Wednesday, December 24, 2008

mighty fine good time

I can never get enough jazzercise! Plus I've got soul in my hips, doesn't everyone?

Keep Groovin,
Cristin, who can't stop watching the best jazzercise dvd EVER!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

grand plans

So this year I decided to make a gingerbread house, it's been a while and it looked fun when I bought the kit. The kids have been begging and begging to make it ever since they found it so since we're snowed in, I thought tonight would be the perfect night.

Here's the pieces with 2 of my helpers
I promise, I do normally keep clothes on Bub but...we're snowed in. I also use that excuse for not doing my hair or makeup and not getting out of sweats. I hope the snow sticks around for a while....

Here's the pieces after spending 20 minutes trying to keep the pieces together

2.357 seconds after I decided to make gingerbread cookies instead.

You know how I said I heart snow?????

Well I still do!!!!!!! Woot! And we've got it, oooooooooooooh yeah! This past week has ROCKED!!! I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me even though we are now snowed in and I'm not done Christmas shopping....

I've tracked the amount of snow by measuring it on my neighbors car

Early Sunday Morning
Sunday Afternoon
Monday morning. Our van looks similar to this. So does our bbq on our back deck.

Our friends, the Z's, came and saved us from going without milk and some other Christmas food by picking up me, Jay and Carrie last night with there 4 wheel drive burb. Carrie and I did make an early hiking trek to the little town store Monday morning for some much needed don't know how close I came to drinking Larry's tea for the was close people and I dislike drinking tree bark...desperate times call for desperate measures. On the positive side, the snow is up to my knees and gave me a much needed workout.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Partying with the Coopers

Last weekend we had our Annual Cooper Christmas Party! Wahoo! Good company, good times and good food.

Here's just a sampling.
Our hostess Cathe and our little Lindsay (minus mouth full of food...your welcome) who is turning 18 next's making me feel old. I was there for her birth and her first months of life and now.... waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah sniff sniff Where does the time go????...sigh

Larry explaining the importance of talent trees for a Warrior in World of Warcraft. What it has to do with Christmas you might ask...well...nothing but since there were a lot of us who play at the party, it had to come up in conversation.

Sara and MaggieEmily and CourtneyThe girls loved decorating these adorable wooden doll thingies. Thanks Cathe and Maggie for picking these out!

The boys made airplanes with Grandpa
Grandpa testing out the plane, by the look on Hyrums face, it worked.

Clint and Super Dylan playing with legos

Clint claims, he was playing with them FOR the kids....riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

I didn't get a picture of this mysterious Stephen, who just happened to not get into any of my pictures... I think he has some magical ability or something. Just take my word for it, he is super cute!

Darcy was there, I just don't have proof but trust me...she was there and she is also super cute!

This little cutie is Paige, Clint and Darcy's youngest. All the girls and Hyrum are in total love with this cutie. Ok, maybe Hyrum was more fascinated by her but believe it or not, she is even cuter in real life.
By the end of the night I became, officially, her favorite aunt (according to me)...but really, how could I not be????

Here's Grandma being happy.

Here's Grandpa reading a story.
Thanks again to Cathe for hosting and dealing with the clean up. Your the best!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What? Another snow day???

That's right we had another snow day and it looks like it might be turning into a snow week which is turning out to be a 3 week Christmas Vacay...woot!!! June is gonna suck but who cares??? We should be getting about 6 inches tomorrow. :) I ran to the store and stocked up on Diet Pepsi, so no worries there...oh and also bread and milk blah blah blah.

I'm liking this snow day thing, we got some stuff done like picked up a Christmas tree yesterday. We even got a discount price on our tree because the old guys didn't want to be out in the cold any more. These 3 wimps wouldn't even brave getting out of the van to pick out a tree.
Luckily, Me, LM and Jackson are soooo awesome and braved the cold.
LM is even wearing shorts...ok so he pretty much wears shorts at least 364 days of the year...he did wimp out later in the day and put sweats on...wuss.

Monday, December 15, 2008

SNOW DAY!!!!!!!

I love SNOW DAYS even if it's not a SNOW DAY for me. Maybe it's Jacksons excitement of having a SNOW DAY that get's me excited.

It's days like this that I'm glad we live on the corner of two steep roads so all the kids in town bring their sleds and spend the day sledding in front of our house. FUN FUN We have nice neighbors that loaned Jackson a sled for a little while.

Last night Emily looked outside and said "Mom! It's snowy-er".
She was a little less excited about it this morning when she went out to play in it. She came in after just a few minutes and said "Snow is wet!" slight pause "Snow sucks!".

I still heart snow.

The only down side is that it is BUTTFREEZINCOLD. This morning I sent Jackson out on a suicide mission to the store. As in I was going to commit suicide if I didn't get Diet Pepsi because tragically I was out. He made it back fine but swore he wasn't going to do that again.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I heart snow...I really really do. It FINALLY feels like Christmas time, now if only it would stay....

Friday, December 12, 2008

sickness and other uninteresting things

I'm sick.

It's called Icantdecorateworthcrap. It's pretty serious, it causes our house to never look like we really live there and all the holidays look like this:

instead of this.

Ok, I really don't want to look like this but I love this picture and I love that house because how "colorful" it is every Christmas. On a pointless side note, an old couple live here, I mean REALLY old. A couple of years ago, I past this house one December day and saw the couple outside, the old man was standing on the ladder while the old woman was holding it. It was adorable and scary all at the same time. Is it wrong that I'm not more politically correct and called them old man and old woman???

Anyway, back to my sickness. It actually really isn't a sickness, I know this is shocking, it's more of a fear of decorating badly. It's been exaggerated by the fact that I'm needing to replace my flooring, I'm wanting a reddish laminate flooring...not red but brownish/redish. I was starting to stress about it but thankfully, or unthankfully, It's on hold. We're gonna have to deal with our current flooring for a little while longer...or until Larry has a permanent job. It's giving me a reprieve from stressing about it so I can spend more time wringing my hands, pacing the floor, stress eating about money, jobs, kids and other life stresses.

On a positive note, I'm pretty close to being done with my Christmas shopping, I went grocery shopping this week, it was getting kind of scary around here because we had gone 4 days without peanut butter. I bought a new microwave. between no microwave and no peanut kind of felt like the Hunger Games. Thankfully we are all still alive. I got the Christmas decorations out, I've been getting Christmas cards...WOOHOO and thank you to those who sent us cards!!! By the way, you probably won't be getting one from us...sorry...Merry Christmas. To top off this week I fell in love with puff paint all over again!!!! Thanks Memzy!!!!

I'm super bummed that I missed Smart Remarks, I was all set right up to 5 minutes before it started then got pulled away for some very important business. It was totally bogus and un fun making but it's settled.

But for a super short version of my opinion about The Uglies, I liked it sort, if it had less of "You should be ashamed of yourself for being a consumer, not recycling more, using natural resources, driving cars, and other such crap"I would have liked it a lot more. It's just annoying. BUT besides that I like it, I don't like Shay...she's annoying and now that I'm reading pretties, she's even more annoying. Sara is now reading Uglies and LOVES it, she can't wait to read the next book, which means I need to finish it pretty soon.

I'm also making a new goal to update more but it may mean that my blog will be pretty bogus.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Another question

How do people eat without a microwave??? Ours has been broken for 3 days and I'm pretty sure the world is going to come to an end. I'm just warning you. I don't think I could have lived in the olden days...I mean how do people cook breakfast, lunch and dinner without a microwave??? another question....why do I keep putting my post on the smart remarks blog??? I hate it when I do that....

Monday, December 1, 2008


Where did November go??? Seriously...where?? Because we just started and now it's December. Hmmm, I think I'm gonna need to pay a little more attention this month, next thing you know it's gonna be Christmas and my kids are gonna be like "What the ....?" "Santa forgot to give us presents!" I can totally see it happening.....

For like the first time since...well...the first time in a really long time, I'm not mostly done with my Christmas shopping, in fact I've barely started. I had all these great plans to make stuff this year...totally not happening. Oh well...there's always next year right??? Or did I say that last year??? It kind of sounds familiar.