Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Valentines Day, John!

(* you will need to pause my music dashboard in order to 
hear this song.*)

Happy Valentines Day, and HAPPY 10 year Anniversary on March 4.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.



Thursday, January 22, 2009

To Chelsey, on your Birthday:

(By the way, that zit is on my face, in the same spot, as we speak!)

Honestly, all's I remember about us growing up is how RUDE and stuck-up I always was to you. I remember looking you up and down in the mirror each and every morning with the crusty look on my face. I remember living with you in California in Dad's condo, until the rest of the family moved down. And, during that time, I remember dad taking us to the store to buy underwear, days of the week underwear! Poor dad seemed so nervous to do that with us! I remember him spoiling us with pool toys. I remember the bike rides to Longs, Vons, and Martins in Bakersfield. (Is all I can remember is when I was 11 years old? How pathetic!)

You WERE K-L-C-Chelsey-Y. You were my very best friend. You were the secretary of our clubs, and only on special occasions did I allow for you to take over as President (not for long, though).

Thank you for all of the FUN years that we have had together.

  1. The time you called me from home when I was working at 60-minute photo, telling me that John had shown our door, and you telling me how HOT he was!
  2. The time when you called me from home when I was working at 60-minute photo, telling me that Randy dumped me. Seriously so funny!
  3. The time that John and I took you and all of your friends to Vandermeide in the back of of his Chevy truck when we were dating. I can't believe that you rode back there without any seat belts! I'm glad nothing happened! (After, John stopped off at the DI in Murray to give his friend a weapon!)
  4. All of the trips out to the desert together with our lovers. Aren't they SO cute!
  5. I LOVED spending time with you at the hospital when you were getting ready to have Hogan. That was a really really fun time.
  6. I LOVED that you took the time to be at the hospital with me when I was having Logan. John had to be at work, so you stepped in to be there with me. THANK YOU!! (Then I got sent home after a whole day of being induced!)




Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Casey!

Yay for you to have another birthday!--You are getting up there you big...32!  You are so awesome and I am so glad to have you and your girls here at our house with us!  I've been watching you over the last 2 or so years and I have seen SO many changes in YOU.  You have overcome a major trial in your life and somehow, you have found the courage to stand back up and get on with your life.  I have seen you have to walk away from one of your most prized possessions, which you thought you could never live without.  I have seen you hurt, I have seen you cry.  I have seen you stand still without saying a word.  (Maybe they call that numb.)  I am so proud of you and what you have done with yourself and your little family.  I am glad to see now that you are happy, you are moving on for both you and the girls.    What a strong person you are and I am so happy for your braveness.  You have a wonderful job, wonderful kids, and a wonderful future ahead of you--now make the best of it!!!



Sunday, January 18, 2009

December Lesson Thought

Often, the greatest manifestations of love are the simple acts of kindness and caring we extend to those we meet along the path of life.

-Joseph B. Wirthlin-

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bedtime Stories

Several days ago, I went to see Bedtime Stories with one of John's customers. It was fun to get away, and it was fun to see just a cute movie. I didn't quite know what to expect when I first decided to go see it. The show came highly recommended by Casey. (I am not sure, though, if we generally like the same movies.) Needless to say, I took her word for it, and I am glad that I saw it. It was just a feel-good movie, and yes, it did make me cry. I cannot remember why, though! Honestly, it doesn't take much.

Go see it. Hmmm. I wonder what John and I should go see next! Seriously, I haven't been to a theater since like Blades of Glory. Sadness. (anyone remember Ms. Okada?)

My Movie Review

"What I think is, it's never too late... or, in my case, too early, to be whoever you want to be... There's no time limit, start anytime you want... change or stay the same... there aren't any rules... We can make the best or worst of it... I hope you make the best... I hope you see things that startle you. Feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you challenge yourself. I hope you stumble, and pick yourself up. I hope you live the life you wanted to... and if you haven't, I hope you start all over again."

--Benjamin Button--

So, last night John and I went out on a date, thanks to Casey for tending. We went and saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and it was fabulous!! Although it was a lengthy 3 hour movie, I was glued. It is so interesting to see a life lived backwards. There were some thoughts in there, too, that really got me thinking about life. He was angry at his birth-father for giving him up, but he said something to the effect: "You can be angry as a wet-dog, but in the end you just have to let it go." I am sure that this was done in not so many words, and a little more eloquently. I particularly loved the ending, where he dies as a baby, which obviously is very predictable. I love how the make-up and costume directors made both Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett according to their age they were trying to portray. This movie was VERY memorable, and one that I would pay to see again at the theater. I am such a sap, and cry over everything, but it really has been a while since I have cried like this (although I did cry in Bedtime Stories!) AND, I love to cry while watching movies. My motto should be: "If it doesn't make me cry, then it probably wasn't a very good show." I don't know, I guess the story was just very well written and the characters were well established. I felt like I was submerged in the lives of these characters.

When Legends of the Fall came out, gosh, like 15 years ago (I went to see this with John when I was in the 9th grade.) I thought that Brad Pitt was one of the HOTTEST guys that I had ever seen. Through time, he really started getting on my nerves, largely because of his choices with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. I generally stopped liking him and didn't think that he was so hot anymore. This movie, once again, changed my mind about him. He was a fabulous actor and portrayed the character of Benjamin Button perfectly. Cate Blanchett, too, was amazing. She is so beautiful. Her character was a sassy, partly ornery girl-but for some reason you really like her and pull for their relationship. The two, together, were amazing.

I am wondering who I can go see this with again, and then I would have to find the time to leave for 3 whole hours.

Friday, January 2, 2009

You'll NEVER guess what we did for New Years!

Yes, yes, yes. Our lives and plans never change. For several years now, we have gone up to the cabin the week after Christmas and stay for New Years. This year was no exception to that rule! John and I took the kids up on the Saturday after Christmas with Casey and her kids. She had to get back for work, but we stayed. We were finally joined by my mom and dad on the following Tuesday. We played Sequence many, many times and it seems as though my mom is the reigning champion. We laughed and laughed--until we cried! She was hilarious. On New Years Eve, we were glad when Chelsey and Tony came with Hogan, Casey and her girls came back up, and we were also joined by Kirt, Leslie and their kids. Again, we laughed and laughed while playing Sequence. This time we had to play in teams. I think that my mom and Casey won the first game and then Chelsey and Tony won the second game. (Don't you feel bad for the person who had to be on my team?) I made it to midnight, but just barely. Paul and Shelly brought their family up to spend New Years Day with us We stayed up late playing Quelf, Sequence, and then Rumikub (sp?). After a long, fun week, we packed it in and finally came home today. --just in time for John to plow snow in the morning! I think our next adventure up there will be next weekend with Chelsey and Tony. The cabin seems to be Johns inner peace. The kids love it up there. Sledding, snowmobiling, games, and food--couldn't get any better!

Best Friends, reunited. Baxter and Murphy.