Tuesday, December 30, 2008
My dad has his own blog - check it out here!
Happy Birthday Gene Gene the Dancing Machine!!
P.S. - Hey dad - before we come over to party at your house tonight, I just have to know... did you take down your Christmas tree yet? I just don't dare run the risk of witnessing another 'incident' where you accidentally knock it over. If you recall, mom shook with laughter for days and the memory of the tree lying on its side has haunted me for years.
P.P.S - Oh - and just so that I can prepare myself - are you going to tell the infamous Scotty Pippen (aka Potty Skippin') joke again this year? How about your elephant imitation? Are you going to pepper us with snipits of the Herman the Worm story? Will you wax philosophical about the good ole Alma days with Turkey Jim?
P.P.P.S - Can we finally put to rest the debate that Springville, UT is the drug capital of the world?
P.P.P.P.S - If we end up playing Scattergories, don't be mad if we don't let you count "Foghorn Frieda, the famous floozie from Flauttisville, Florida" as 7 points, k? That was really quite a stretch.
P.P.P.P.P.S - Oh yeah- and would you mind if your daughter thinks you are the funnest, craziest, kindest, bestest, and most giving dad in the world?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday we went to Connor's swim meet. He is really good!! Unfortunately they lost the meet because they were going against the best swim team in the state.
Friday my work had our Christmas party and I made some delicious tacos!! Thanks everyone for your awesome recipes. I couldn't have done it without you!
Yesterday our family went Christmas-ing down town. It is not very often that all of the kids are home together on the same weekend - so we took advantage of this rare opportunity!
We went to Clark Planetarium and saw "Santa and the Snowman 3D".
BTW - if you have little kids and want to see a darling Christmas movie - this is the one!!
Even though it's kind of a 'little kid' movie - my teenagers loved it. They actually admitted it!
Then we boarded TRAX.
And met Todd for dinner. YUMMY!!
We saved the best for last!
About three weeks ago, I opened the mail to find that I received tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert. I was so excited that I actually screeched!! I enter the lottery every year - and this is the first time I received tickets.
Along the way, we braved the crowds and saw the beautiful lights on Temple Square.
And made it to the concert. To my delight - our seats were excellent (it's hard to tell in this picture). There are just times in life when the stars align and things just work out. Yesterday was that day. The concert was amazing!! The choir, the orchestra, the reading - all incredible! I love this choir and the feeling I get when I hear their angelic voices. There was an AMAZING organ solo of the song "Go Tell it on the Mountain" that literally brought the house down!
It was a super weekend that ended with my mom's birthday celebration tonight!! Love you mom - hope you had fun.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today is my mother's birthday - December 12. She would be mad if I said her age - so I'll just say she looks barely old enough to be my mom! And that's the truth!
**My mom reads my blog so please leave her a comment and tell her Happy Birthday**
So - about the name Maud the Broad. First of all - my mom's name is Maudeen. I was kind of a crazy teenager and I'm so glad she made it through those years in one piece! I also had crazy friends - and they loved my mom! People just love to make her chuckle because she has a funny, hilarious, contagious kind of laugh. But getting back to the point - one of my friends - I actually think it was Cindy (aka Binders, Cynthia) - actually called my mother "Maud the Broad" once while she was at my house. My very fun mom laughed and laughed at that name and it stuck. Instead of being stuffy and hating that name - she thought it was hilarious.
Here is my lovely mama!
Isn't she pretty? She has stunningly beautiful eyes!
Here are some things I know about my mother!
- She has a great laugh!
- She loves makeup
- She is beautiful
- She is lucky
- She drives a Mini Cooper (Jealous!)
- She loves to play dice games - especially bunco
- She is faithful and loyal
- She is funny
- She loves the color red
- She loves the Gospel
- She is competitive and loves winning radio contests!
- She would do anything for her children and family
- She has a favorite cup and a favorite chair
- She loves Bryce Canyon and she gave me my love for Bryce Canyon
- She makes the best potato salad in the world!
- She has 4 children - 2 girls and 2 boys
- She laughs at my dad's jokes
- She is frugal
- She loves licorice and jelly beans
- She is spunky
- She is very kind to everyone
- She loves very deeply
Mom - I'm feeling bad that I'm not going to see you until Sunday. Have a super great wonderful jolly birthday. You are loved so very much!Click HERE for a little something from your four kids....
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
First - I won a giveway from author Annette Lyons!! She is giving her three winners a choice of any of her published books. Let me just tell you how hard it was to decide!!
But this was not a typical giveaway - this was a "Pay it Forward" giveaway. She included a challenge. In an effort to promote book sales - the winners are required to post their own "Pay it Forward" giveaway!! So - come back to my blog soon. This is such a clever idea. I love it!! Thank you Annette!! I can't wait to read your book.
Then .... I received a package in the mail from Shauna at Trying to Stay Calm.Why? Just because that's the way she is. Her blog is like a ray of sunshine!! Thank you so much, Shauna. That was so sweet of you. You are awesome. The chocolate? Sooooo gone!
And I can totally imagine what the rest of you are thinking about me right now...
You may even be thinking that I'm making this all up and I didn't really get these awesome gifts. To this I say..
Eat your hearts out!
Speaking of eating - it's time to go serve dinner...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Yeah, that was the plan. It didn't turn out that way.
The lighting was bad. The photography was horrid. We were moody. It wasn't very fun.
Here are a few gems from the first batch...
I'm a mean mom - we went back.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
As a side note - we learned yesterday in his weekly email that he was robbed last week. Darren was out with his companion and had two wallets on him - one was a fake wallet with only a few bucks in it. They got that wallet - but not without a scuffle. He's okay and he wasn't hurt! But it's hard for us here at home - we feel so helpless. Do any of you missionary moms have advice?
So for some reason, I'm remembering his videos these days and thought I would post my favorites. They mean more to me because I first started to love him when he was 10 years old (when I married his dad) - when he was precocious, creative, curious and had boundless energy. Through the years he channelled those traits into his filmmaking and became pretty darned talented! It was fun to watch.
So here are my faves....
(Sorry - I just deleted the first video. Too embarrassing for me)
The next video was for Larissa's school project a few years ago. Meltaways are my kids FaVoRiTe chocolatey treat...
This next video was a film-making competition that he signed up for. They had 24 hours to shoot a video and had several components that were required: they had to use the phrase "Dude, where's my car?"; have a shot of the sunrise; the city; a landmark etc. So - Darren had 24 hours to come up with a plot, film the video, and edit it. He was up all night! Btw - the lady in this movie is my mother-in-law!
The last one I'll post is of Heroes. HE LOVES THIS SHOW! It's a little gorey but I thought he did a great job with it...
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Being the die hard chocolate lovers that we are - we're still going to try a taste.
Apparently I did something wrong with this loaf of bread.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Dinner was found at my humble abode this year. I learned that it is dangerous to seat my dad and brother at a table full of food and expect them to wait for the prayer. As I was taking this picture - I noticed the heaping mounds of (half-eaten) food upon their plates. They clearly could not be bothered with formalities such as saying "cheese" at my picture-taking attempts. Did they forget about my ruthless tendencies to post embarrassing photos? Like from this post?
Note the cup. The beautiful, perfect cup.
We had so much fun! Seriously, few people (if any) are funnier than my two brothers. When they get together - I never know what will come out of their mouths. And I just laugh. Usually I'm blubbering and drooling because I'm laughing so hard. I blame them for headache today - my laughter hangover.
Then - guess what I did today?!!!
WOOT! I met more blogging friends!!
Binders, Pam, Kitchen Ditcher, Tink and Moi
I have had so much fun getting to know my friends and fellow bloggers. You are all such beautiful, lovely women and I am so happy to know you!
After lunch - I met my hubcap and we picked out this..
I will have to blog about our tree incident one of these days - which is why we now buy real trees. Forgive me MCF.
Tomorrow, Todd and I are supposed to head up to the Yellowstone area to pick up the girls.
Usually - I jump all over the idea of a weekend jaunt up to that neck of the woods. Truly it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
But all I really want to do this weekend is this:
Except I would be enjoying a bag of crazy bread instead.
Tonight - we're off to Twilight!
It's been a fabulous weekend and Thanksgiving and I'm reminded - it's only FRIDAY! I still have two more glorious weekend days. For that I am definitely thankful!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
An early Thanksgiving dinner
We had Thanksgiving dinner tonight at my mother-in-laws house. It was SCRUMPTIOUS! We are having dinner at my house on Thursday and I hope that my offerings are 1/8th as good as hers.
**Thanks to all of you wonderful friends who commented and sent me emails with advice for fighting discouragement. Your words touched my heart. Thank you! I feel soo much better tonight.
Have a great week!!
I asked myself the 'why' questions. Questions that have no answers - at least not in this life.
This morning, I was still discouraged. This scripture came to mind:
"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." D&C 122:7
Clearly, my life has not been so dramatic as to be cast into a pit or into the hands of murderers, but I will admit to feeling sorry for myself in the past for some of the things that have happened. Trials that are meant to give me experience.
I started a quest about a year ago to draw closer to the Savior and to leave the past behind me. To trust the Lord. To follow Him. To have faith.
Faith has been a difficult lesson for me to learn. I like to 'see' what I believe. I like tangible evidence. But as I've grown more faithful - so has my testimony grown.
I suppose it is normal for the old feelings to pop up now and again. I've learned a few things that have helped me to put it all into perspective. Tricks to reject the negativity and keep it out of my life.
This music/video helped me today. Take a minute and watch.
What do you do when you feel discouragement? What helps you to put things into perspective?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Rereread the books.
They have blogged about Twilight.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Next week it's time to dish it with Kitchen Ditcher and Pam at Comcewens!! I might possibly even meet Shaila at DaBergs (hoping)!
Is anyone else going to be there? Tink?
Wahoo! Life is good.
Red is doin the hoodoo dance!
Monday, November 17, 2008
These ladies have signed up to play...
Deb, Lonna, Alyssa, Linda, Sharon, Jeni, Lisa, Jody, Cindy, Shellie and moi.
Your secret person will be emailed to you by tomorrow night! Wahoo!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Apparently, Todd wanted to hide some for himself before Connor got to it.
The perfect ending to a weekend. I love my little family and their shenanigans.
But, do tell - do you hide things from your kids? Do you have secret stashes?
I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is requred to forgive all men.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Clean house? Uh - good enough. Check!
Time to check out my friends blogs? CHECK!!!
The weekend is here and I'm on the prowl. You may want to make your blogs private in the next few minutes because I'm going to check out everyone on my sidebar! None of your blogs are safe! Bwahahaha!
I love the weekends!
On my mark. Get set. GO!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A lot of people I know love the color blue. But It's just not my thing.
And, my dear friends - I'm the lady who puts up her Christmas tree before Thanksgiving although a lot of people think it's a sin!
And I have bravely, brazenly, bold faced-ly (is that a word) changed my blogging template to a Christmas theme in mid-November.
Can we still be friends? =)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1) Send me an email with your name and mailing address to redhoodoos at gmail.com
2) In the email, share your favorite color, music, snack/treat, type of music, books - and anything else you think your Secret Santa may want to know about you (decorating colors and style, etc).
3) Everyone who signs up will get to be a Secret Santa to someone. You will also be the recipient of a Secret Santa.
**I WILL SEND AN EMAIL TO YOU WITH THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU ARE 'GIVING TO' BY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18**1) Please keep your gifts under $25 if possible.
2) Once you receive the name of the person you are giving to - have fun! Familiarize yourself with her blog and personality and make this a fun event for her. Send her secret cards or anonymous comments before sending the gift if you'd like.
3) Try and keep your identity a secret until the end!
I wasn't defrauded (like I feared) but it was a whole lot of inconvenient and the customer service was AWFUL.
Sooo.....buyer beware. For me - I'll be using a mom and pop's floral shop from now on!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
If you are interested in receiving a card from moi - please send me an email with your address to redhoodoos at gmail dot com.
I hereby promise not to stalk, send bombs, give your address to anyone else, or tape cat fur to the card (sorry Janell - sometimes my cat obsession just eeks out in odd places).
Also - I think it would be fun to do a Christmas gift exchange with each other. Let me know if you're interested and I'll post something early this week.
If you are interested in a gift exchange - let me know the following:
1) Would you want your identity to be a secret until the time your person receives the gift from you? Or would you like it to be known from the start?
2) Should there be a gift $ limit? If so, what amount do you think it should be?
YAY - I'm finally starting to feel the Christmas spirit!!
The company is WESLEY BERRY FLOWERS. Don't go there!! Whatever you do - stay away from this company.
Here is my experience...
A few weeks ago I googled florists and found this company. Their website is very professional and looked pretty legitimate. It's at http://www.wesleyberryflowers.com/
Have any of you ever heard of them?
I called customer service and ordered flowers and a dozen cookies. I wanted them sent to someone in a hospital out of state. I gave them my credit card. The money was taken out of my account the same day.
The next day I received an email from this company saying that they didn't have my item in stock and it wasn't delivered. Huh? An email? A day later?
I called them and asked what they were going to do. "I will request a refund for you. You will receive a refund in your account in 10-15 business days."
What?!! Why did they even take the money out of my account if they didn't have the item in stock? Couldn't they have found this out sooner so the recipient could still get her flowers before she checked out of the hospital?
So I've been silently fuming the last few weeks. Each day I check my account. Each day the refund is not there.
I decided to call them today. Clearly, I was not happy. I was ready to tell them of their poor customer service.
As a side note - it really takes a lot to get me mad. I am a pretty easy-going person.
I called a few minutes ago and spoke with a woman in their customer service department.
Me: Poor you. You had to take this phone call. I'm not happy at all.
Her: Sigh. Were you just speaking to someone? (I thought this was fairly 'telling')
Her: Sigh. What's the matter?
I explained the situation. Told her I was unhappy that they debited the money out of my account if the item wasn't even available. blah blah blah.
Her: Just a minute. Click - she put me on hold. I wait. MAAM - Your money will be taken out within 24 hours.
Me: You mean it will be put back 'into' my account, right?
Her: Oh yes, that's what I meant. Thanks for calling. BYE.
She hung up on me.
I was sooo not done with that conversation. I didn't hear one "sorry for the inconvenience". Not even a simple "sorry". Nothing but rudeness. I was calm throughout the entire conversation. Never once was I rude to her.
I called her back because now I was as mad as a hornet. I wasn't going to be calm anymore!! Someone picked up the phone and hung it up again.
I am just astounded. I got online and found that I'm clearly not the only one who has had problems with this company. There were pages and pages of complaints.
I will be calling a manager on Tuesday morning if there is not a refund in my account.
It's not the money that upsets me. It's the way I've been treated. They took my money. Didn't send the flowers and then told me it would be 2-3 weeks before I would get my money back.
I don't understand why some people/companies can't be honest and forthright.
So beware of this company. Tell your friends to beware. It is a nationwide online florist. I hope I see my money on Monday - but I'm not counting on it.
On a happy note - have a great Sunday!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
At the risk of sounding doom and gloom - it seems like something bad happens every November. Seriously, every year in November there is an incident of some sort.
One year I hit a dog. Another year it was the Driver's Ed incident (which was really the last week of October, but I'm counting it). One year I was called to work the shift for a girl who was murdered the night before (this was a horrific experience for me). Last year was the mother load of multiple bad incidents. Go here to be truly entertained! (It was technically my first blog post).
It is seriously uncanny.
So every year I usually brace myself and just wait for the events to unfold. I tend to get pretty discouraged during the month of November. But this year I'm going to try to have a positive mindset through it all. Of course I can't control everything that happens, but I can control my responses to the events. I can be grateful.
So far this month, there have been a couple of incidents. Nothing major, and I really hope this is it! I can handle this.
Yesterday at 6:00 am I received a phone call from my husband and son, who were stranded in our season's first big snow storm. They couldn't make it up the hill that goes up our mountain. Cops were patrolling the hill and we were worried that they would close it to all traffic (as they often do in the winter). But hey - positive mindset, right? I drove down in a sturdier vehicle, picked them up, and brought them home! No roads were closed. It all turned out okay! They made it home safe and sound.
I was hoping that was going to be my only "November Incident" this year. But alas - I had another one this morning.
This morning, I was driving to pick up Connor from swim practice. I took a freeway exit and headed for the left turn lane when I heard a pop and a hissssss. 30 seconds later my back tire was completely flat. Fortunately, I made it through the light and I pulled into a parking lot, and just sat there trying to figure out what to do.
I really tried to find the good in this incident.
The Good News - I have a husband who can fix anything!
The Bad News - he left his cell phone at home.
So, I called his desk. No answer. I had him paged - Victory Was MINE! He would leave work to rescue his wife who was in distress.
While I waited, and while looking for the positive in this little issue - guess what I found?
My camera!! I soooo launched into blogging mode.
This is how I felt about having a flat tire:
Luckily, my dear husband came to my rescue. (Except that he wasn't too thrilled about me taking his picture doing manly things...) And luckily my son found another ride to school.
Todd messed around with the tire for a while before telling me the bad news - we didn't have the tool that he needed to get the spare.
But he had a great idea! Let's take the tire off of the car and drive it to Big O. They can patch the tire and then we can drive back and throw the tire on the vehicle.
Except that the tire had a gaping hole in the side and couldn't be 'patched'.
But as luck would have it - I had 4 snow tires in the back of the car.
I was actually going to have them installed on Saturday - but hey - there's no time like the present! So off we drove to Big O on this beautiful Thursday morning.
And here I am again - a happy camper!