Friday, November 27, 2009

Didn't shop for much..

Today, I got up at 3:45 AM...REPAT AM as in MORNING..BEFORE THE SUN IS EVEN THINKING OF GETTING UP!! So 345 AM I am stumbling downstairs and getting dressed. I need to be at Office Depot by 400 to standing in line to get a laptop.

Dad calls me as I am walking out the door and tells me to swing by Radioshack because he believes they have the same laptop deal Office Depot/Staples has but Radioshack opens at 530 instead of 6. I swing by and their deal is on an Acer laptop. No way am I getting an Acer (friend had too many problems). So I get to Office Depot to stand in line with my loving Dad.

After bundling up in a blanket and chair Dad provided (told you loving and in addition VERY SMART) and get ready to wait. We only waited til 5 because Office Depot staff came outside and were handing out flyers for the big ticket items. Thankfully everyone in front of use went for the Acer laptop but Dad and Iwere getting the HP laptop.

This laptop is regularly $549 but it has a discount of $200 off at register with a $50 mailin rebate. So $300 for the laptop aint bad. Plus I got a free webcam.

After getting out certificate, we were told the certificate is good until 8am. If we have other shopping, we can leave and as long as we return by 8, we will get the laptop. After 8am, they will give your laptop to the next person in line.

Now it is 510 and Dad and I head over the McD to sit in a warm building and to get some breakfast. We head over to Office Depot at 6. We stand in line for the cash register for 30 minutes but that is ok. Again I GET A LAPTOP!! YIPPEE!!

After securing the laptop in the truck, we walk over to Fred Meyers to meet up with the family and to get some socks. I get socks and a cute 8x10 frame. The picture size is 8x10 but the frame itself is probably 2x2ft. It has a cute saying but I cant remember what it is right now. Regular price was $20 but with the morning sale it was only $10.

After Freds, Dad and I head to Lowes to get poinsettas. Mom and sisters head to WAL MART!! I love poinsettas. They are the one plant, I cant kill. I have had one since last year and one before that (the oldest one recently died but diead in my mothers care). Lowes and Home Depot sell the poinsettas for on $0.99 so not bad a deal.

After Lowes, I head to Shopko. I get the traditional cheap fleece throw and a DVD player. I have been using my PS2 as a DVD player but it flaking out. So I got a cheap $25 DVD player at Shopko.

After Shopko, I run across the street to Home Depot. They have a 100 count string of Christmas lights for $0.99. I ask a clerk as I am walking in where the lights are. He says they are running out of them and the last boxes are here at the front. As we get to the lights, there is a girl there saying she needs 35 sets. I ask her if she is the only one purchasing them, and she says yes. I inform her the add says limit 10 per customer. She says she doesn't care because she needs 35 for her tree and she is willing to pay full price. I say ok but I am still annoyed. As I am driving away, I think to myself I should have purchased 10 just to annoy her. Oh well. There is always next year. [I am such a vindicitive bad person! :) But in my defense, I was right and I had been up for 5 hours already.] I leave with my lights and head home to take a nap.

I take a nap for only 20 minutes and then go to Lexy's to watch a movie. That is ok. I can kinda sleep in tomorrow. I have to be out the door by 815 so I can make it to Boise to save our spot for the Boise Holiday Parade.

I have to go watch the BSU vs Neveda game now. Kick off if 8 minutes at 8:08. Poor Dad and Brandon are out there in the cold. It is an experience. Cross your fingers we win and can call ourselves the WAC Champions!!

Hopefully you had a very good Thanksgiving and a good shopping day!!

Homemade Christmas Candy!!

A couple of weeks ago my sisters and I got together to make Christmas candy. Below are the fruits of our labors. We cooked from 8-12.
Below is the perfect batch of homemade carmel. Not hard but not too gooey either. Too bad the 2nd batch didn't turn out AS great. It was still good because it has walnuts in it.

Emma just had to tuck TJ in for naptime.

Lexy made nut clusters. They were YUMMY!!

This is the first year we did Almond Bark Pretzel sticks.
I prefer the small ones because you get less pretzel and more bark.
Chris came up with the great idea to sprinkle white chocolate on the peanut clusters!

Here are the Christmas Corn Flake Wreathes. You use the same recipe as Rice Crispy treats, just add green food coloring and substitute corn flakes for the Crispys. Red Hots are the holly berries. Just place mixture on wax paper and form with butter covered fingers.
Butterscotch haystacks made by Jana.
We had difficulty melting the butterscotch but they tasted just as good.
White Chocolate covered pretzels. In B/W becasue was slightly out of focus.

And here are the chefs! L to R is Me, Chris, Lexy, Marlee, Caitlyn, Emma, and Jana.
Just the sister chefs!! What an amazing day!


There are no pictures of all the good homemade food we ate but that is ok. With each sister bringing a side dish, there didn't seem to be as much preperation necessary as usually (becasue everyone made it at their own house.) But the usualy dry turkey, stuffing, homemade rools, cranberries, pistachio pudding, pickled asparagus, pickles, olives, mashed potatoes, peas, homemade gravy, and greenbeans casserole were all for the taking.
Pre dinner activiteis including rough housing on grandparents waterbed.
We had to work up an appetite playing and laughing.
Marlee was getting flipped over onto her belly by Grandpa and
she would just giggle like there was no tomorrow!
Emma enjoyed the same treatment as Marlee but
Emma would pop up after each time and laugh.
Marlee, Emma, and Wyatt had a great time rolling around and on top of each other.
Wyatt and Jana (his mommy) getting ready for dinner.
(Yes there is some photo editing around the edges.)

Wyatt was ROCKING OUT in the mike and ROCKING ON the horse at the same time.
Love the faux hawk!
Emma, Grandpa, and Wyatt were all picking at the candy table (note pictured and see previous post for further details). The look is over indulding on turkey.
Yes I make TJ dress up for the holidays. Take a close look at his mouth. You can see how he really feels about it. (Not really, he usually shows his teeth like that. He actually tolerates wearing clothes. Yes he will be wearing the same outfit for Christmas too.)
Loved the look on Wyatts face. I think I just told him he would have to give me a kiss goodbye!
Wyatt is so funny. He loves to see himself in the camera display and will keep telling you to "do it again" so he can see different picture sof himself. I wonder if he will become a model.
(Yes there is photo editing around the edges/color.)

Same pic as above with different editing. I don't know which one I like best.
This is the dog bed Caitlyn got me for the birthday in preperation of getting a dog (one of the greatest bday gifts ever!) Tj just sleeps on my bed at home so I took it to parents for him to use becasue he can't get on the furniture there. He actually uses it and this is just proof to Caitlyn because she doesn't believe me.
Here is Marlee giving TJ a kiss. TJ is the only dog she likes.
She agrees with me that TJ is the best dog EVER!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Smart dog!!

TJ has been doing really well with following commands. He has sit down pat. He even is improving on stay and down (from car or couch).

My mom was dogsitting TJ couple of weeks ago while I went to the BSU game with Dad. Mom said TJ escaped through the front door. He starts running around and when he is in the "escape" mood he is hard to catch. Mom decided just to sit on the front porch with treats in hand and wait for TJ to tire. It worked. TJ didn't run in the road or away. He returned.

When I got him from the pound, they told me he ran away from previous owner 3 times. Knowing this always makes me skittish when he escapes. I treat him a million better than his previous owners, but TJ could still be programmed to run.

The other day, TJ and I were in Caitlyn's back yard cleaning up his messes. He snuck through a whole in the fence when my back was turned. I tried to grab his hind legs but he was too quick. He started to run around the neighbors backyard. The neighbor doesnt have any fences so he can run down the black through back yards. I just start calling to him and half way down, he turns around and COMES BACK!! I am still going to patch the hole but I was so happy.

I got to thinking of test TJ out. Seeing if he really is learning. Yesterday I decided I believed TJ would be ok on a trial run. I was headed to the dumpster to take out the garbage. I grabbed a couple of treats in hand. TJ saw this and got all excited. I head outside with garbage in one hand and leash/treats in the others. I step outside and TJ just sits there. I call him to come and HE DOES!! I am way impressed. We make it to the dumpster and back. Later I test him walking to the car (headed to the dog park). He obeys everything pretty well.

When we came back from the dog park, I have him off leash. After I let him out of the car, he just runs up to the front door and waits for me!! I was impressed.

This morning, I took TJ out again without leash. He was stayed close by and knew we were going to the tree. He does his business and follows me back to the front door. I am so impressed and happy!! I think TJ is finally settling down!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Plan

What an amazing few days on the road this has been. Your spirits have been high, your faith strong and your spine unbendable. I ended my multiday book tour at The Villages with what had been billed as a rally but could be better described as a candid citizen-to-citizen chat. Today, I have stopped looking for a leader to show us the way out because I have come to realize that the only one who can truly save our us.

To change America's course we need to change ourselves, our expectations and our willingness to accept the unacceptable. When we refuse to allow our children to receive a trophy for participation, we are on the road to restoring the meaning of merit in our Republic. When we insist that no one is too big to fail, we will be able to learn from our mistakes, and when we demand that we are self-reliant, we will ensure that others can rely on us, not the government.

There is much to do, much to learn and time is of the essence. While I will be explaining the entire Plan over the coming weeks and months, I did want to give you a preview of some of the highlights:

- Education is key, and not just for our children. To that end, we will be conducting a series of conventions. These will be full-day experiences where you will be immersed in learning about topics ranging from self-reliance, community organizing, the economy and how to be a political force in your own neighborhood and country. The first one will be in Orlando at UCF Arena on March 27th. You will also be able to vote to have a convention in your region by clicking here.

- I have begun meeting with some of the best minds in the country that believe in limited government, maximum freedom and the values of our Founders. I am developing a 100 year plan. I know that the bipartisan corruption in Washington that has brought us to this brink and it will not be defeated easily. It will require unconventional thinking and a radical plan to restore our nation to the maximum freedoms we were supposed to have been protecting, using only the battlefield of ideas.

- All of the above will culminate in The Plan, a book that will provide specific policies, principles and, most importantly, action steps that each of us can take to play a role in this Refounding.

- On August 28, 2010, I ask you, your family and neighbors to join me at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall for the unveiling of The Plan and the birthday of a new national movement to restore our great country.
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So when I last left a note, we were counting down to the premier of New Moon. Well it was AWESOME!! We had tickets for the 1220 showing. However when I showed up to stand in line, they were already seating. Edwards decided to just take groups of 50 and seat them in 1st available showing. I think by the time Lexy, Caitlyn, and Ashlee got there, we were in the midnight showing. So it was 20 minutes earlier than we expected. That is still earlier and means I could get to bed quicker.

IT WAS AWESOME!! I love Jacob even more now. Edward is stupid and Bella is selfish. But Jacob is great. Comparing Edwards chest to Jacobs? Hands down Jacob wins. Plus the rest of the pack was always shirtless so that was a bonus too.

Friday I didn't have to work. I rolled out of bed at 9 because I was going to the quater sale with Lexy at 10. She had a 2 coupons for 25 free items each. It is always fun to find the cute clothes in the piles. It is a treasure hunt!!

After a great morning, I met up with Caitlyn, Brandon, Dad, Emma, and Wyatt at the outlet malls. I got a gift for my niece Kaylee and new BSU/Seahawk gear. We had lunch at Idaho Pizza Co. LOVE their pizza.

After lunch, Dad went back to work and Caitlyn/Brandon took the kids home for nap. I head over to the super junk store. I found a shelving unit for my kitchen. It seems to be the shelves off a china cabinet/hutch because the bottom has the slots for plates. However I am going to remove them. It is so cute with my plants and milk glass on it! Pics to be posted soon.

After the great shopping trip, I found out that Athena got adopted. Thank you Tim!! She offically went home with her new family on Friday night so she only had to spend one night in the pound.

Once home, I place my purchase in the house and grab TJ and head to my parents. Thursday my dad bought & installed a new flat screen 46in tv. Just in time to watch BSU beat Utah on Friday 52 to 21. The refs really annoyed me always calling penalties against BSU but ignoring the exact same behavior from Utah. We won but it drives me nuts when it is so lopsided (penalties wise).

Friday was perfect day. Saturday was a close second. We sisters decided to make Christmas candy. We each divided up the list. I was responsible for carmel. Lexy did fudge, almond bark pretzel, and peanut clusters. Caitly did rice krispy wreaths (which we use corn flakes instead of rice krsipys) and Chex party mix. Jana did Chex muddy buddies and butter scotch haystacks (using chinese noodles). We met up at parents house around 830 and didnt finish til 1. It was crazy the amount of candy that came out. (pics posted soon). It was a great time helping out. It would have been better if Stacey and Kaylee were there.

After candy, it was time to grab a bite to eat and then head to downtown Boise. Caitlyn, Ashlee, and I were goin to me up with my coworker and her sister. It was great time. I wish I had my camera but oh well.

Sunday started out with a trip to Sams Club with the family. Than off to church to teach. When I got home, I was able to see Seattle play. This is only the time this season they have been regular tv. Fox doesn't want to broadcast a team that sucks this season.

What I saw was a major disappointment. When I turned on the game was still had 9 minutes left in the 4th and only down by 18. Yes kinda big but it is only 2 td's and a field goal. However we get in our way (Hasselbeck interception and Wallace fumble).

After the game, I head over to parents. I inteded to work on Christmas gifts but when it took me 20 minutes to find a picture, I decided it was time to organize the picture folder. It is now organized by year. Each year is organized by season, holiday, birthday, and misc (misc classifies anything that was not a specific occassion...example pics of kids playing in grass).

It took me three hours to get it organized. My dad went and backed everything up because there were alot of duplicate that I deleted (comes from having 5 different people downloading pictures from the same camera at different times). After I was through, Dad told me there were 12,000 pictures in the file. That covers from 2003-2009. Of course there are five different people who contribute to the file (me, Dad, Lexy, Caitlyn, and Jana).

After dinner, and head rubs, I headed home to go to bed. I didn't get much sleep this weekend. On the agenda today is clean, grocery shop, and decorate for Christmas. I have to get the first two done today because tomorrow I am having family over for tacos.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

it is getting closer!!

Now there is only 5 hours til it starts.!!! and by it I mean NEW MOON!!

I cried...

I have been in a very cry-e mood lately. I start to listen to Christmas music...I cry. Check status on facebook....I cry. I don't know what is wrong with me. Correction. I do know what is wrong with me. Let me try to explain....

I learned from a coworker the other day, a local radio station is starting to play Christmas music. I both like/hate it. Like it because I love Christmas music. Hate it because we still have Thanksgiving!! There is a holiday between Halloween and Christmas. I decided I should compose a Thankstgiving Day song and have it played on the radio and become a millionarie. Nice dream, right? I have been listening to the Christmas music because it puts me in a good mood. Working in customer service (for the past 7 years), things like Christmas music is neccesary to keep yourself sane. While listening to Christmas music, my train of thought is naturally directed toward Jesus, our Saviour. It is His birth we are celebrating. And thinking of His birth, eventually leads me to His death.

The other night TJ and I were driving home from my parents house when we heard a great song. I don't know who sings it or the name. It is about a litle girl named Maria who finds a bird with a broken wing on the side of the road. She spends her last peso buying a cage for the bird. Well it the "night of gifts" and everyone leaves a gift at the manager. Because she bought the cage, she doens't have anything to give besides the bird. She waits til midnight and takes the bird in and leaves it. She is crying because she feels her gift is unworth. She hears the voice of the Saviour and He request to hear the song. The song continues on but while driving my thoughts were directed to a talk I gave a few years ago around Christmas. What we can "gift" to the Jesus is ourselves. All He asks is that we keep the commandments and live righteously so we can return to Him and our Heavenly Father. Jesus isn't interested in gold, murph, birds, toys. His focus is to direct us back. I started thinking of how I could improve. I also was thinking of how poorly I have been doing and if I should really put forth the effort to improve. I was comforted through the Holy Ghost. I was told that I wsa loved and that the Atonement is always available. Christ loves us so much that He sacrificed Himself for us. I cannot comprehend that type of love. I am just so very thankful that I am loved and have the oppurtunity to repent. By the way, the Atonement is applicable for EVERYONE!! We all have the oppurtunity to repent and wipe the slate clean. I am not a real "churchey" person but lately I have been more focues on the Saviour than I normally am. I am not vocal about my feelings about Church but I have recently felt the need to express it.



Guess who gets to see New Moon tonight at 1220? ME!! I going to midnight showing with Caitlyn, Lexy, and Ashlee. I am so excited. Today I am rereading the book for the 4the time. I am so excited. Only 11 hours!!

By the way. This is my favorite book. Edward is a retard and Bella is crazy. Jacob got screwed over in the end of the series!! I LOVE JACOB!!

Thank you for the pictures.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


CLEAN in prep for decorations
get lexy's bday gift
pay bills
do laundary
go grocery shop
work on christmas list
prep for dinner friday
get christmas deco/movies out
watch white christmas
update MP3 with Christmas playlist
create christmas cards
shop for thanksgiving
work on Christmas gifts

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving address...

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

Shortly after the Thanksgiving Proclamation was written, it was lost for 130 years. The original document was written in long hand by William Jackson, secretary to the President, and was then signed by George Washington. It was probably misplaced or mixed in with some private papers when the US capitol moved from New York to Washington, D.C. The original manuscript was not placed in the National Archives until 1921 when Dr. J. C. Fitzpatrick, assistant chief of the manuscripts division of the Library of Congress found the proclamation at an auction sale being held at an art gallery in New York. Dr Fitzpatrick purchased the document for $300.00 for the Library of Congress, in which it now resides. It was the first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States.

Thank you And who didn't believe in God?

A few things..

It has been a while since I posted. I just have been in a funky mood but yesterday was an eye opener. I realized what a selfish person I can be. I think of poor me, life isn't like I planned it, work sucks, blah blah blah waa waaa waa.

I was driving home from work when it hit me. IT WAS VETERANS DAY!! What do I really have to cry about?

When I go to work, I drive in a non armored vehicle. There are no road side bombs I have to worry about. I drive in a heated/air conditioned car. I control the temperature. When I get to work, I expose myself to the "elements" for 30 seconds. I sit at a desk in a heated/cooled room. Yes people yell at me but I would rather have them yell at me than shoot me.

When I get home, I can open my fridge and pantry and eta/cook whatever I want. I don't have to choke down a MRE or eat in a tent. If I want to talk to my family, it is a phone call away at ANY TIME. I can drive 5 minutes and visit most of the family. It isn't a five minutes phone call over static lines. I can hold my niece and nephew's little wiggly bodies instead of holding a photo.

It was a humbling experience thinking of how selfish I am. I then started to think about how ABSOLUTELY GRATEFUL I am for the sacrifices for the military and their families have given. I have members in the military but none that are in my immediate family or even close to. Dad was in the Army and stationed in Germany. He monitored the border between East and West. WWII seems so long ago but when you think about it, it really wasn't.

I am so thankful that I live in America. That this land was established to countless men and women who wanted something better and fought for it. I appreciate those who have kept America safe for us to enjoy. Because of them, we are able to have our differences, voice our opinions, disagree/agree, work together.

I get very discouraged when I see the directions politicians have taken this country. We must use the opportunity to stand up for what we believe in and let the politicians (on either side) know how we feel. They are supposed to represent us. They should be voting on what we need/want and NOT what THEY think WE need.

I am discouraged over fellow Americans who are helping to destroy America. By this I mean many things. I mean those who shot 13 people. I speak of those who ignore the laws and aid illegal immigrants (from ANYWHERE) in getting into American. I refer to the politicians who refuse to enforce the laws and deport those who are here illegally (like the Irish in NYC). How much money would we be able to SAVE and put back into the economy if we didn't have to cloth, feed, and provide medical attention for the illegal immigrants in the prison system? JUST IN THE PRISON SYSTEM!! Think of all the money if we could stop the abuse of medicare/medicaid/welfare. No more beer on food stamps.

There is so much that is wrong with this country (relying on the government to take care of use, etc). With said there is so much right. The people. The strength of the people (9/12) and the generosity and compassion and service. These quality seem to be the exception rather than the rule in everyday lives. It is shame that a major event/tragedy is required before people willingly demonstrate general kindness.

I shudder to think of the how the Found Fathers would react if they saw the state of the country now? We aren't a Christian national people say. How far from the truth would that be. They came to this country looking for the ability to worship as they saw fit. They believed in God. (proof in a up coming post).

I am grateful that Heavenly Father has set aside this nation. I appreciate and recognize the blessing our Heavenly Father has given us in living here. I pray that He bless me with the strength and courage to be like our Founding Fathers, and stand up for this nation. I ask that He continually bless the those in the military and their families to bear the separation and unknown with courage, faith, hope, and strength their current position requires.

I am thankfully for those who serve and have made a new resolve to live my life better (more giving, kind, humble) to be worthy of their sacrifice and blessing.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I have JOINED!!

I have finally joined the Mission 24 Photo challenge. If you have noticed it is one of the blog I follow (look right). I finally got the courage to join. So you can see my first post here which is called Featured Photographer. Just me introducing myself.


OMG!! WE FINALLY WON!! Yes it was against the Detroit Lions but IT IS STILL A WIN!!! Final score was 32 to 20. Next game is AT AZ Cardinals. Not looking forward to that score.


Sunday TJ and I get out butts out of bed around 830 because we are already behind schedule. I planned on being at parents house at 9 so I would be able to cook breakfast. I had planned on leaving my house around 830 so we could make quick trip to the dog park but not with me running behind.

We make it to parents around 9 and get cooking. Because there is the homemade bread, French Toast is on the menu. I haven't had breakfast is so long. What a feast we had. French Toast, perfectly cooked bacon, hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, orange juice!! OH it was yummy!!

By the time we had finished eating, it was 1030 and that gave us just enough time to clean up before we headed out to the door at 11am. We (meaning Mom, Dad, and I) were scheduled to pick up Caitlyn and Brandon. We eventually met up with Lexy, Chris, and Jana. The carvan included The Van and the Fourunner. I was driving the van and had Mom, Dad, Caitlyn, and Brandon. Chris was driving the Fourunner with Lexy and Jana.

We made it up to Horseshoe Bend in record time. Mom had gotten us all tickets to ride the Thunder Mountain Line. Todays train ride was a Wild West Shoot Out. Being a 45 minutes early gave us an oppurtunity for a photo op. Mom said this was her birthday/anniversary gift to herself. It was a good time. Pictures to be posted shortly.

We mostly hung out in the "lounge" because there were no other passengers in that car and the temperature was perfect. It was a great oppurtunity to just sit and shoot the breeze. I was really happy with the day. The train ride even suprised mom with a muffin with a candle in it for her birthday.

After the ride, we all head home. Mom and I swap head rubs. What a perfect way to end the day right?

After I got home I sat down to watch a little TV (that usually puts me right to sleep). Well, channel surfing I discovered that tonight from 11-Midnite the season premier of Legend of the Seeke was on!! CRAP!! I knew I wouldn't be able to watch it because I would fall alseep. Did I go to bed praying that it would record at parents? No. I am my parents child and tried to stay away. I remember the opening credit and woke up to see the end credits. Today I am praying that TIVO recorded it at parents. Legend of the Seeker is a fantasy TV show and a guilty pleasure of mine.


Saturday was great. I only had a slightly running nose/congestion which was a great improvement. TJ and I got up and went to the dog park. After being there for an hour, I dropped him off at Caitlyn's backyard and Caitlyn and I went shopping. We met up with the other sisters at the Other Mothers quater sale.

This is an awesome sale. Other Mothers in a consignement store where you can take your childrens/maternity clothes/toys and Other Mothers will give you credit toward instore purchase. Other Mothers will then sell the clothes at a discounted price (compared to new). However, Other Mothers will not accept all clothes brought in. So using all of the overstock clothes, they hold the quater sale. Other Mothers will just dump garbage bags full of clothes on tables, and each piece a a quater. You have to dig through the piles but you can find GREAT DEALS!! This weekend I found a COLUMBIA winter coat in great condition for my nephew. ONLY A QUATER!! I then found a 7 piece newborn set STILL IN THE PACKAGE!! That will be hanging in the clost for the next babyshower.

After Other Mothers, it was to the Idaho Youth Ranch Clearance Center (again). It is amazing how much you can walk away with even though I was there the day before. It just proves it changes everyday. I found this great Coleman camping table. It is probable 6 wide by 18 tall and 24 long. The sides pop up to make a coffee type camping table. The legs are snapped into the side and there is storage in the middle (where I will keep the plates, silverware, napkins, tables clothes, etc). Will post picture later.

Lexy, Jana, Kaylee (niece), Caitlyn, and I all head over to Taco Bell for lunch. What a good time.

Jana has to go to work and Lexy has to go to put Marlee down for nap. Caitlyn, Kaylee, and I head over to Target. While there I find the CUTEST dog clothes. Clothes isn't the most accurate term...costumes fit better. I got TJ a reindeer outfit and a candy cane sweater (Christmas Eve dinner sweater). My favorite piece though is his coat. It is red and black plaid flannel with a fake sheep skin collar. It is awesome. He doesn't seem to mind it. The Christmas clothes were $2.50/ea but the Halloween shirts for next year wear $0.50/ea. There is a cute orange shirt with a pumpkin face on it and a black shirt with a skeleton that says Happy Halloween. Will post pictures once I get them.

We continue down the Treasure Valley Market and visit Old Navy, Maurices, and Kohls. At Kohls I find a pair of black flats for $3.50 and these candles that smell exactly like Lilacs. It has been forever since I found a good lilac candle. I LOVE the smell of Lilacs so I bough two. I am also excited because Kohls reusable bags were on sale for $0.60/ea (reg $1.99). iI also love those bags.

After Kohls, we decided to go home. Well..Caitlyn went home. I went to Lexy's to watch Supernatural. After Supernatural, Lexy and I headed to Costco to go shopping with Mom and Dad.

After Costco, Lexy made a great dinner of smothered baked potatoes. You bake the potatoes and cover them in a mixutre of velveta, meat, and peppers. It was yummy.

Once dinner was over, I made a quick trip home. I had to get TJ home because I was going to the movies with Jana. We went and saw Love Happens with Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. SLOW MOVIE!! Do not see. It is a chick flick so you already know what happens.

Finally got home around 1230 and headed to bed because had a big day on Sunday as well.


Friday I stayed home from work. My nose was congested and I had a slight fever. I slept most of the morning away. Toward afternoon, I started feeling guilty that TJ was stuck inside even with me there so we went to the dog park.

Just my luck, it starts to rain while while we are there. Even though I am bundled up, it was still awful. I had to get gas afterward. I was so close to the Idaho Youth Ranch Clearance center in Nampa, I decided I would make a quick trip in. And good thing I did. Sitting on the top on one bin were two BSU Stadium seats!! YES!! Just in time for the game on Saturday!! No more cold bench and a BACK REST!! I am so excited!! This reminds me I need to figure out what color to wear.

So I picked up a couple of other projects to do but will post more about that later.

After a nap in the afternoon (and hanging up some shelves that I have had for years), it was off to parents house to watch the game. BSU at this point doesn't deserve a bowl game. We are so wishy washy and what should have been a blow out was a nail bitter. I think we aren't playing like a top ten team. To prevent my blood pressure from reaching critical mass, that is all I will say on that....on to Saturday.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Not another one!!

This afternoon I was backing out during lunch, going to grab a bite to eat. I am have way out of the parking spaces when SSCREECH!! I quickly stop and pull forward. I get out and turn behind me and there is a coworker doing the exact same thing. Our bumper kissed. Thankfully it was nothing more than a transfer of paint so we both said forgot it. No need to call insurance becasue we aren't going to get it fixed. Our boss was standing nearby and saw it all. She said we both looked and were clear.

With this incident that brings the tally up to 5 in my lifetime. Driving for ten years that aint bad.
1. back in high school. Driving my parents manual station wagon on icy roads. I was going downhill and just barely touched the breaks. That caused me to swear and ended up on sideways across the road. I was only blocking righthand land and front half of car was overhanging (the side was a small but steep embankment headed down to the ditch). Thankfully the neighboors were able to pull it back onto the road. No damage done to the car.
2. In the same station wagon about 2 years later, I was applying for a job at the Western Idaho Fair. I was backing up and didnt see the lampost. (it was a level with the bottom edge of the glass and blended in with the rest of the concrete parking lot). I had to call Mom (who was across the street at Fred Meyers) because the car wouldn't start (it has a switch that automatically kills the fuel pump in accidents to prevent an even bigger catasophy). We then had to call sister in Nampa to come pick us up. The bumper was smashed in but Dad was able to repait that.
3. I was home sleeping (at this time live in an apartment above a garage in downtown Boise off of Harrison. To get to my apartment you have to walk up an alley and go through someone's back yard, enter the garage, and go up a flight of stairs.) and at 2am I get a knock on my door. I initially think of Dad needing to drop something off before work but than I see the clock and freak. Again not easy to figure out where I was. I throw on the rob and crack open the door, Mace in hidden hand. There is a police officer so I begin to panic even more. He says my car has been in an accident and to please come out. I throw on some close and grab a jacket and head out. There is a gold Mercedez Benz front bumper kissing my back bumper of my silver Hyundai Sonata. My back tires have jumped the 6 in curb and are sitting on top of someones' plant. At this apartment, it is on street parking. I nearly cried but told myself to handle this professionally and I started to cry. I ran back into my apartment and grabbed my camera. A guy was stupid and driving drunk. He first ditched the car and tried to get away on foot but police caught him. Drunk tried to say he was being cashed which was a lie. I than called parents to let them know. When they were loading my car onto the wrecker the back tire just fell off. The bolts had been shreaed when jumped the curb. Thankfully parents have extra cars so they drove in and dropped it off. That day I was up from 2 til 10. I still made it to work but it was a hellish day. To make matters worse, stupid insurance of the Mercedez didnt want to get me a rental because they were disputing the liablity. They were claiming it was stolen!! WHATEVER! They finally got me my rental but my car was totalled. Thankfully I had it paid off (just two months prior). This all happened in April 2007.

my tire as it fell when the loded the car onto the wrecker.

view from passangre side

View from drivers side

3. After the car was totaled in April I was really wanting to get an SUV. However it was crazy to find a good SUV within my price ranger. I finally settled on a black Saturn L200. It has the necessary sunroof but I upgraded to leather seats, seat warmers, 6 cd changer, and alarm (Sonata only had 1 cd, cloth seats, and I had to use the key to unlock). It took me three months to settle on the Saturn. It only took three weeks of ownership because it was in a wreck. I was driving down Fairview on July 2 or 3rd 2008 and I was passing in front of the West Coast Car Co. All of a sudden my car is pushed into the left hand lane. I swear back over to the right and turn into the West Coast Car Co. (Yes I called the police because I got freaked out). So I am there in the parking lot and I get out to see what happened. This guy comes over and asks if I am ok. He said he was stopped in the parkign lot but than breaks just failed and he shot out into traffic (YEAH RIGHT I still say). I call Dad (thankfully this happened around 1630) and he says he will meet me there. So this silver BMW apparantely had been in their shop to get the brakes fixed and they were taking it out for a test drive. (about 6 months later West Coast Car Co was shut down in federal sting over taxes!). Learning the lesson from April, we make the other driver call his insurance company and start the proceedings so their wont be an issue with rentals. My car was still undrivable because of the front side panel was hanging on the ground and my wheel was screwed up. Into the shop my car of only three weeks went. Finally three weeks later, I finally got it back (than another three weeks of repeated visit to fine tune things they missed like the door alignment and even some silver paint on the back bumper!).

Side panel broken.

See the silver paint, that trail continues down the entire side of the car.

4. Coming back from a miserable camping trip. Spent the last 2 hours in a car with an annoying drunk who needed to get home. (Drunk is bro in laws uncle). After dropping of the drunk, I was backing out and backed into a car parked on the street. The owners weren't around and I left contact info with the guy who was in their house. There were two dings in the front side panel above the tire but it bent back the mudflap bar. (This all after I dumped Dad's fourwheeler on it's side at the sand dunes and broke his mirror). This has basically been resolved because they never call back. It happened in May 2009.

5. Happend this afternoon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Guess what?!?! Eric Church is coming to town!! He is a country singer and one of my favorites. He is going to be in town on Thursday Dec 3 (which is just a few days before Gary Allan on Dec 7th! Why couldn't Eric Church open for Gary Allan? That would be perfect!)

So I am headed to another concert!! I saw Church in concert at the Canyon County Fair 2yrs ago and he actually sounds good live. Now do I buy general admission ticket or go for the big sky seats? decisions, decisions..

Welcome home!

Yesterday I got off work at 3. I hightailed it down to the Youth Ranch Clearance Center off of Curtis. You basically just dig through boxes of stuff and load up your cart. they cost is based on weight. 1-19lbs is $0.50/lb and 20-39 cost $0.40/lbs and the higher the weight the less per pound. I always have a good time. Plus outside are just rows of desk, cabinets, couches, bed frames, cribs, and stuff.

So yesterday I was walking around the desk/cabints looking for a long skinny one for my kitchen when I saw this older chair. It just spoke to me. Plus it was on $1!! How great is that!?! Thankfully I had an empty trunk to get it home. I found some other stuff and will post when I get them incorporated. Above is my front door. I got the tall chest (formerly an ammo chest) and the Clearance Center in Nampa for $5! It is really sturdy and heavy duty construction.
All the baskets and tin pitcher (you really cant see them) are from the clearance centers too. On this entire set up I think I only spent maybe $10 (and that inlucdes the dollar store flowers). I love thrift stores/yard sales!

moving back home..

Sometimes I still wished I lived at home. Last night was a great example. After a good time at the junk store (I got off at 3 so spent an hour at the clearance center which always ROCKS!), and getting home quick, I packed up TJ and headed to my parents house to watch TV. I thought I had tons from recorded stuff to watch. I was wrong because I only had 1 show. I guess Sunday was more productive than I thought.

So left to my own devices, I helped Mom cook dinner of Creamed Beef on Toast which is always yummy (plus a good way to use up leftovers). We had a great conversation about politics and voting and general stuff. After dinner, my parents went to vote and I tagged along to go get icecream at Dairy Queen. Dairy Queen has a special on peanut buster parfits from on $2.49. Years ago the special was for $0.99. Inflation I guess. So we eat icecream and then head home for backrubs.

Mom and I have the greatest tradition. Each time we sit down to watch tv, we swap back rubs, or brushing hair. It is a great way to relax and get ready for bed. It is a great bonding experience with Mom too.

For the night to be perfect, after the back rub, I should have just been able to crawl into bed instread of having to drive home and experience a cold car. I doubt I will ever live with parents again but the thought popped into my mind.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Here are a few pictures of my oldest nephews and niece. I spent Halloween at their house because they watch "Ghost Hunters LIVE". They invite me over because I am such a scardy cat they can shout and I will jump. I brought over treats like always. I know they all love hot cheetos so I went to the dollar store and bought them each a bag so there would be no fighting over sharing.

I am such a bad aunt though. I teach them extorsion and blackmail. I told them they couldn't get their cheetos until they took a pictures with me. Normally I tell them it has to be a hug and a kiss but I haven't had a picture of these kids for awhile.

Austin 15 yrs old
Kaylee 13 yrs old

Tyler 11 yrs old

Nick (Nicholas) 9 yrs old

Kaylee dressed up

Chrissy making a next out of Kaylee's discarded wig.


Marlee is such a hard baby to capture in a picture. She is always turning her head and her smiles are so quick. Here area few of my favorites..

LOVE how big her eyes look

Here she was walking at the pumpkin patch.

Cuddling with her mommy.

Having fun outside.

Cuddling with me (kinda hard to keep the focus when you are cuddling and taking a picture at the same time.)


What type of mom would I be if I posted pictures of everyone else and not my child? So here are few updates on TJ.

One of his favorite past times.

Getting dirty at the dog park.

Trying to find a hole in the fence to escape yar.

Sporting his new SEAHAWK collar.
Pretty fun on the weekends when he wears his collar and his BSU bandana.

Imitating the Sphinx.
(PS the plaid sure is the plaid shoes that helps me be adventrous. See this post.)

He would not let the bone out of his mouth on Sunday. He would even hang his head out the window with the bone.

Barking are the horse who lives next to the dog park (at least it is alive. TJ was barking at the backhoe that was in the dog park.). Doesn't his head and ears look so cute?

I LOVE this picture. He looks so funny!! Plus he is wearing his bandana from Seattle.


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