Saturday, April 17, 2010

Her Senior Prom - SOOC

Her Senior Prom. He didn't go to his last year.

He was reluctant to go to hers, too.

I think once he caught sight of her, he changed his mind.

(at least he's not looking to unhappy now)
p.s. Pop over to Slurping Life and get some more great Straight out of Camera Saturday shots!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Dozen that's Random...again....

Lidna over at 2nd Cup’s Random Dozen has this week's meme up and available. I told myself I wouldn’t post again until I had a real post, but, man—I love having prompts! Please go online and donate for our 30 Hour Famine, post your own answers and then link up over at Lid’s. And it’s really very nice to comment on some other blogs too!

1. How do you feel about "Gladiator" sandals, also called "Roman" or "Jesus" sandals? A fashion yea or nay?
NAY! Well, maybe on Russell Crowe. But I’ve never seen a pair that really flatters a female leg.

2. What is your favorite pizza?
We have a local institution called Dion’s. They make a personal sized crisp crust pizza called the Santorini. It’s a white pizza with red onions, calamata olives, fresh tomatoes and spinach, feta and Romano cheese with basil…a party in your mouth.

3. There are plans in the works to sell roughly 1,000 items from Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. This means you could buy Picard's chair for your family room. If not a Star Trek item, what prop, background, set, etc. from what TV or movie would you buy if you could?
[Ex: Hurley's "I Love my Shih tzu" shirt from LOST, the plantation home "Tara" from Gone With the Wind, or Tracy's tambourine from the Partridge Family.]
The house from Home Alone…paid for with utilities too! OH! And if it were just for sentimental reasons, I think I'd like to own the potter's wheel from Ghost

4. Name a local food or restaurant that your area is famous for.
Dion’s…see #2. And Sadie’s used to be in a bowling alley. They make the best green chile stew evah. It’ll tear the roof right outta your mouth.

5. What is your current favorite snack?
Raw, unsalted almonds.

6. Hypothetical: You are required to be a reality show contestant. Which show would you choose based on your probability of success? (You cannot choose "none.")

A. Dancing with the Stars
B. Biggest Loser
C. Survivor
I can’t dance and my idea of roughing it is if the Winnebago doesn’t have a microwave. I’ll have to go with B.

7. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being uninhabitable and 10 being cleanliness that meets the standards of OCD, how clean is your vehicle's interior?
2. A gallon of milk leaked last week. If anyone has any ideas of how to eradicate the smell of death from my biggerredtruck, I’d be forever grateful.

8. It doesn't feel like Spring until _________.
I hear baby birds chirping from their nest in the ivy on the side of my garage. And I buy the large economy size of generic Zyrtec from Sam's Club.

9. Something that made you laugh really hard recently is ____.
Got VERY giggly at youth group on Sunday attempting to teach the
True Love Waitscurriculum. A little bit too risque to post here on a family blog, but let's just say I had to define a street word that indicates arousal to a bunch of 13-16 year olds....and then explain what "aroused" means....sigh

10. Tell me about a goal you're working toward.
Had I been slacking of and pre-writing my answers yesterday, it would’ve been my taxes and Ty’s FAFSA. Having COMPLETED them both, I am now working on the 30 Hour Famine and losing 25 lbs, but need you all to know that I am NOT doing the Famine to lose weight. Donate HERE please!

11. Share a thought-provoking or inspiring quote this week.
"If a mountain was smooth, you wouldn't be able to climb it" - unknown May your mountains be rugged enough for your to gain purchase, yet gentle enough for you to be able to focus not on your feet and the treachery, but on the Glorious Summit!

12. Name one thing that you do as a parent that you absolutely know will make your kids happy. If you're not a parent, feel free to substitute "friend" or nomenclature that works for you.
Make chicken fried steak with all the traditional accompaniments. And yes, it makes kids, parents, husbands and friends alike happy.

Wanna play?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

THAT kind of neighbor, Toilets, Accidental Brunette-dness and the RD

We are THAT family. For the past six weeks or so, our neighbors have been very patient with us. Every time we pull into our driveway, the theme from Sanford and Son plays. We have had up to six toilets in our yard at one time. In addition to this, because we are under construction and building out the garage as a bedroom for the two younger boys, everything that was formerly in the garage has had to find another temporary home. Thus, we have an elliptical machine, skate boards and ice chests on my front porch and a six-piece Pearl drum kit in my shed.

And at one point, the bench seats from my old Suburban were leaning against the front gate.

Obviously, we never parked our cars in the garage. Yep. THAT family. I am ever so glad we don’t have a homeowner’s association who gets wigged out over that kind of thing. And that we have neighbors who either are just oblivious or kind…

And now, for the big reveal, I believe the time has come to answer the elusive question…what is UP with the toilets?

Well, what is UP, is the UG (or Underground Student Ministries) at Soul Rio is participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine on April 23-24. Our students will eat at lunch time on Friday and then begin a fast that will last until 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. During that time, we will grow closer to God and one another, worship Him, play some games, do some community service and raise funds and awareness for world hunger. If you’d like to donate to World Vision and our 30 Hour Famine efforts, you can do so here.

So, the toilets you ask? What’s up with the toilets? Well, our group has come up with six very special pieces of yard ornamentation, or…decorated potties.
We are flushing out hunger! For only $15, anyone can have one of these special potties delivered to the yard of their choice in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho metro area. Boss has a birthday coming up? Recognize him or her with a potty in their yard. Want to show your brother-in-law’s HOA some real love? Plant a potty…For those who live in the area and want to insure against having a potty planted, we can handle that too, for a small fee. Toilet papering did not work out well for me. So now, I am just toileting. As an incentive for the students to raise money, I have told them that if they raise $10,000 (yes, five zeros) they can do what they will with my hair….shave it, Mohawk it….personally, I am lobbying for purple dreadlocks. Which brings me to the next update…

I am now an accidental brunette. Even if a box has the same name and same number (like, 7A for example), different brands produce different colors. I am here to tell you that L’Oreal Superior Preference Dark Ash Blonde and Garnier Dark Ash Blonde are two entirely different colors. Does this look like ‘blonde’ to you? I think I may like it. Most people seem to. Or are at being polite and telling me it looks good. I’m taking a vote. What do you think? I figure there is at least a slight possibility that it may be hi-test green by the end of the month, anyway….so….

March has gone out like a lion, and April, having blown in like one (and still blowing gale-force) is bring us the next edition of Lidna’s Random Dozen. Post your answers and link on up.
1. Define a great relationship.
A soft place to land. Where someone knows you well, and loves you in spite of you. Celebrating each other’s differences, while rejoicing in your likenesses.

2. Why is it called a "drive-through" if you have to stop? (Real question: What was the last food/drink you purchased at a drive-through?)
Um…hate the drive thru…would almost always, now that I don’t have toddlers, prefer to walk in. It’s usually faster. Most recently got a Dark Cherry Mocha with the last of my last Starbucks gift card. Hello? If you are reading this blog, Secretary’s Day is rapidly approaching (or as we in the profession prefer to call it “Administrative Goddess’ Day”). And I am out of a Starbucks gift card.

3. As I type this, the Butler Bulldogs are getting ready to play in the NCAA championship game. Every Hoosier is hysterical about this except me. So in honor of the Bulldogs ... what is your favorite breed of dog? (I tried.)
Yorkshire Terriers. And Silky Terriers.

4. If you had to move to a state besides the one you currently live in, where would you move?

5. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
To have more self control.

6. Who's the funniest person you know?
My second son, Caleb.

7. Did you get enough sleep last night?
Nope. But apparently most other people didn’t either, as most of them were late or just plain blew off staff meeting.

8. What's the first thing you thought about this morning?
Oh, crap—staff meeting.

9. Grilled or Fried? –HONESTLY
I love fried…but lately have been partaking of grilled or broiled exclusively. I am on Phase I of the Curves weight management plan. This week I am allowed only 1200 calories a day. Waiting anxiously for Phase III…it goes up to 2000. Yay for 2000!

10. Are you afraid of the dark?
Not anymore, but I used to be. I used to pull the covers up all the way over my head and was afraid to move in case the mean nurse/monster/cruel lady would see me. Now I’m afraid only that I will stub my toe or trip and fall if I have to get up in the night.

11.When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A stewardess. I actually worked a couple of flights, but found out I much preferred the ground crew aspect.

12. If you had one word to describe yourself , what would you choose?

Please write your post, come back after you've published it and link up so that others can come and visit you. Be sure to visit and encourage a few other people, too. It's the NICE thing to do!

Oh, and for Happily Ever After, the LOST episode? This post is already too long. So after I’ve processed the whole Widmore/Hawking/Faraday/Hume/Milton thing I may come back with something. Until then…Charlie wants to show you something (evil grin).