Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another argument, another poll

For the record, Michael and I barely ever argue for real; we have "disagreements." And he doesn't mind if I say "Stuff it, Michael" as long I back down and bow out gracefully when I'm wrong. (But of course I'm never wrong, so that's a moot clause to our "disagreements.")

So anyway, two questions for you:

:: Do you pronounce the "g" in words that end with -ing. For example, do you say "running" or "runnene"?

:: Do you pronounce pour, pore, and poor the same or differently?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

cole blogs:funny things from CARS 2

These are some of the funny stuff from CARS 2

-Finn says "Finn Mcmissile, British intelligence" then Mater says "Tow mater, average intelligence"

-Lightning Mcqueen grabs on to Mater's hook,Mater starts his rocket boosters,and they pass Francesco.Francesco says "enough for one dream".Then agent Shiftwell goes there in rocket form,and Francesco screams "WHAT IS HAPPENING".

-Mater has escaped from the clock in England,and is now trying to get Finn and Shiftwell out of there.Finn says "there's no time" then agent Shiftwell says "go and get some new dents".

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Nat the Fat Rat has been doing a series of posts on blogger Christmas trees, and after drooling for the past thirteen days over all of their impeccably designed and artfully arranged decorations, I've found myself suffering from Christmas tree envy.

It's ridiculous really. Similar to the lawn envy I suffered from last spring, I've been coveting something I've never wanted before and don't even believe in. Those designer Christmas trees are gorgeous and I certainly wouldn't mind having one in my livingroom (if someone else paid for it), but to me, a Christmas tree is mostly an opportunity to display all of the kitschy, tacky, and unusual ornaments I've collected over the past 33 years.

Some that are 30 years old.

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Some that make me smile.

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Lots of bears

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A few that my kids have made.

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And a few that they've collected.

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The star I found new in the box at Goodwill.

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And colored lights.
White lights belong outside. If I could find some of those old-fashioned giant bulb colored lights at ye ole Goodwill, I would totally snatch them up.

It's a simple tree, but it's all ours.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Music Lessons: Avett Brothers

Eli: "I like it because it's fast."

Me: "I thought you were going to say you like it because of the drum."

Eli: "Oh, yeah. I do like it because of that."

(Eli has wanted to be a drummer since he was a wee little guy. Maybe someday when we have a bigger house or a garage...)


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Another Day, Another Themed Birthday Cake

Rylan, how old are you now?

Rylan's birthday

And what is your most favoritest toy/movie/video game in the whole wide world?

Rylan's birthday

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Rylan's birthday

Rylan loves all of the Cars stickers
that he got from various friends and family for his birthday and can't understand why the rest of us aren't as thrilled about them as he is. In the past two days, we've had this conversation twenty billion times:

Rylan: Which sticker do you want?

MomDadEliCole: I don't want a sticker.

Rylan: (incredulously) Why????

MomDadEliCole: I don't like stickers.

Rylan: (incredulously) Why????

I am currently wearing two stickers. Cole and Eli have miraculously gotten away without wearing any today. Michael wore one to work. The couch got four. It can't say no.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanks Giving

Late one night, I lay with Michael's arm tucking me tight in bed while my boys slept soundly down the hall, and I thought to myself, "I could not be happier." And then, being the pessimist realist that I am, in my next thought I acknowledged how fragile that happiness is and what tenuous threads tie the people that I love to me.

So with that fragility in mind, I wanted to take a minute to share some gratitude for the people I love.

Thanksgiving 2011

I've been meaning for awhile now to write a post about my siblings and how truly awesome they are. I am amazed at what great grown-ups they turned out to be. (They must have phenomenal parents.)

Miriam is the best person in the world. You might think you know someone better, but you would be wrong. There is no one else as caring, giving, and open-hearted as she is. Kellie and Josh can back me up on that.

is so likable. If she were in a Miss America competition, she'd be Miss Congeniality for sure (and I hope she reads that as the complement it's meant to be). I've never met anyone who doesn't love to be around her, and I think they'd all agree with me when I say that she deserves every bit of happiness life can give her.

is such a good father. Who saw that coming?

And did I mention that I have phenomenal parents?

Thanksgiving 2011

I've never been the type of person to have a ton of friends, but boy, the friends I've had have been the best.

Ada, I took you for granted, and you were a real trooper to put up with me. I was lucky to have you as my best friend in high school.

Leigh, teenage me thought you were the coolest person she'd ever met. You were the Rayanne Graff to my Angela Chase. (If only there was a Jordan Catalano in that metaphor...) You're still cooler than me.

Kati, I will never get used to calling you Kate, but either way, you're still awesome. You're the reason I had a social life in college. My mom can't thank you enough.

Robyn, my very first memory of you is this time we drove down to Nashville for a church dance, and you had to pee really bad but you were wearing some body shaping undergarment that made peeing complicated. I laughed sooooo hard and knew right then that you were a person I wanted to know better. (And I hope you forgive me for sharing that story on the internet.)

Melissa, you are the best friend I've ever had, and I miss you all the time. Couldn't you guys move to Raleigh? It's much warmer here. (Just sayin')

And to all the other friends I've had in the six different states I've lived in up to now, and especially to those of you here in Raleigh, thank you for taking the time to get to know me 'cause heaven knows, I'm not the easiest person to get to know.

Thanksgiving 2011

Recently, I was telling a friend
about the time our apartment was broken into, and she said, "Wait, your car was broken into, one of your apartments burned down, and you had an apartment that was broken into?"

I said, "And Michael totaled one of our cars. And our van was crashed into in the parking lot by some drunk in the middle of the night. And we had a slow water leak that completely ruined our kitchen..."

It's true that we have had quite a few crazy experiences in our marriage, many of them financially burdensome. But overall, I would still say that I have led a pretty charmed life. I've never gone hungry, I've always had a good solid roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in, and none of my loved ones have died of anything but old age (though that one time in college, Emily, you came way too close for comfort, and I still hold that against you. :)

I could not be more lucky, and I could not be happier.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Countdown to Christmas 2011


  1. Decorate tree.
  2. Shop for Holiday Magic Angel gift.
  3. Attend stake celebration.
  4. Go look at Christmas lights.
  5. Make Christmas cards.
  6. Celebrate Rylan's birthday.
  7. Read a holiday book.
  8. Gifts for family.
  9. Make food gifts.
  10. Visiting teaching.
  11. Home teaching.
  12. Deliver secret elf gifts.
  13. Daddy picks dinner.
  14. Rylan picks dinner.
  15. Cole picks dinner.
  16. Eli picks dinner.
  17. Attend ward Christmas party.
  18. Momma picks dinner.
  19. Make gifts for teachers.
  20. Make gifts for friends
  21. Watch a holiday movie.
  22. Travel to Tennessee.
  23. Celebrate Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa.
  24. Christmas Eve.
  25. Merry Christmas!

For the past two years, the boys and I have put together some kind of disposable crafty advent calendar, but this year I decided I wanted something more permanent. The numbered squares in the picture above are pieces of felt that I spent all afternoon sewing together. (I have some seriously slow sewing skills...Luckily, the time-consuming nature of this project made it possible for me to finally catch up with The Sing Off. Yeah, Pentatonix!) Besides the activities listed above, each square also contains a scripture about Christ.

May the holiday fun begin!

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