Sunday, November 30, 2008

First Presidency Song. It's a catchy little diddy

For those of you interested in learning more about the First Presidency:

If you have not planned FHE yet, this should take care of it for you!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Selfish Thankful Lists

I had a special FHE last night and assigned the kids to come up with a list of things they were thankful for. I told them that I know they are all good kids and that they would obviously put things like, Heavenly Father, the Plan of Salvation, the Scriptures, etc, etc, on their list. I told them to skip those and make a selfish list. A list that spoke about their personality.

Adrian and I were also supposed to do this. We didn't get our list done. Adrian picked up his place card and pretended to read off of it. I got so tickled that I could not stop laughing.

C.O.U.L.D. N.O.T. S.T.O.P.!!!!!!

It was pitiful. Then the kids started to ask him why this or that wasn't on his list and he would say stuff like," well that is number 6, do you want me to skip ahead? " This got me so tickled that my cheeks actually started to hurt. Laughing injuries!

So I made the kids give me their lists so I could print them. Molly lost hers while sitting at the table.

Yeah, don't ask....


Vacation days from school


chocolate milk
indoor plumbing
heating & air conditioning
chocolate milk(she didn't realize she had put this on the list twice!)


the color pink
EFY (Especially for Youth)
John Bytheway
memory foam mattress pad


toilet paper
my shower
my DVD player and DVDs
Movie editing websites
church and God


music and songs
pastel colours
electric blankets
Family Home Evening
Mrs. Lambert
Esme (our cat, not the vampire)

maybe I will find Molly's later.

oh, the weather outside is mild :o(

It is 60 degrees out today! I have the windows open.
I am ready to look out the window and see this. We have had so many winters without snow. I miss living in the great white north!
In case you are curious we have cooked, eaten and cleaned up Thanksgiving.
Oh, and we are NOT putting up our Christmas tree any time soon!!!

A visit with my secret boyfriend Jim

Last night Adrian was watching the Office on Netflix. He carries the laptop into our room and watches as we go to bed. Usually he has earphones in because I like to read and can't when the TV is on. Last night he was watching and I was tired and so I turned off the light and kind of started to watch with him.

It was 10:00 PM.

We watched episode after episode. Until 2:00 AM!!!!!!!

I feel like crap.

But the turkey is stuffed and in the oven.

I think I am going to go lay down.....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

An apology to Anonymous

I am re posting a post that i wrote on May 1, 2008. I just received a comment on it today. Here is the comment:

Anonymous said:
could you PLEASE STOP making fun of church of Christ churches!It`s not nice AT ALLLLL.Very mean and childish!

Umm, okay. I was not making fun of Church of Christ churches. I was making fun of Molly. My daughter Molly. She made a mistake. and we laughed about it. I do not think that my kids church of Christ school is really going to ban candy.

The public schools have done that already!

See, I can't stop making jokes. I re post it so you all can help anonymous see that I was laughing at Molly. I pointed out the no dancing rule, but not in a mean way at all. It is just a rule, no big deal.....
So anonymous, I apologize if I offended you. It was NOT my intention at all!!!!

May 1, 2008
Death by Chocolate?
So yesterday I picked up the kids from school. I also had Bryce with me cause Wednesdays are when Bacon at 3 have there practice sessions before church. Adrian had told me earlier in the day that some of William's friends from school had gotten into some trouble when they were on the limo ride to the formal junior/senior dinner.

( A little back round info...William goes to a Church of Christ school so, no dancing allowed. Just last year they started having a formal dinner for the Juniors and Seniors. Like a prom, without the prom part!)

Anyway, some kids got into a wee bit of trouble. I was talking (okay, giving him the 3rd degree!) about the exact specifics of what had happened. I kept using the word liquor.

After about 10 minutes of discussion Molly says:Hold on. I do not understand this conversation. Why did he get in trouble for having LICORICE in the limo?

Yeah, watch out for those Church of Christ schools. They are banning Twizzlers. We have to stop the insanity before it spreads to Reece's and Snickers!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

yummy comfort sandwiches for a cold day

okay, so we had to have lunch before we went down to the dungeon.


I like to read, and one of my fave authors is Joanne Fluke. She writes mysteries and her main character is a lady named Hannah Swensen.

Hannah lives in Minnesota and owns a cookie shop. She finds dead bodies and bakes cookies. She rocks! Anyway there are recipes mixed in the books. it is so much fun. today i made her grilled cheese sandwiches. it really isn't a recipe, but you just replace the American cheese you normally would use and use cold cream cheese. I cut it into thinnish slices and just made them like normal with butter and white bread.


leave it to me to find a way to make grilled cheese sandwiches even less healthy!

now i really am going to spend the afternoon in the basement! ....except i need to go and buy a turkey for Thursday....

oh look, a pretty butterfly.....

is that Elvis down by my barn?.....

have I read my scriptures yet today?....


spider egg sacs in my hair

below our house lies the basement. most of you probably can say the same thing. i have never cleaned the basement. we have lived here 11 years.

it is vile

it is disgusting

it has dead mice and cobwebs

there are 2 bazillion spider egg sacs. really.

my washer and dryer are down there and so is one of my daughters room. Her room has been cleaned and painted. About 2 years ago. She sort of cleans it, but she is way too easy going.

We have decided to redo the basement and move her room and make a giant family room. a massive TV, pool table, lots of couches, teenagers having parties room. I want this soooo bad. ROCK BAND would be downstairs.

Let me repeat that... ROCK BAND would be downstairs. I know, it is like a dream.

But now I have to clean the basement. And throw away the crap. and paint the cement floor and cinder block walls. Adrian would do it, but he works. I love that he works. I just wish that a fairy godmother would come and **POOF**

so instead of being in the basement chucking moldy books into the back of the truck i am cleaning the kitchen. folding laundry. wiping the bathroom sink out. online Christmas shopping. all these things need done, right???

Monday, November 24, 2008

are those crickets chirping?!?!




Is everyone on a commenting hiatus? I can see you are still coming by. I use my super powers and watch you all at your computers.


but you forget to comment.

you are all killing me. what? you think you are busy or something?


Sunday, November 23, 2008

This amazing thing called the Internet

There are so many amazing things on the Internet. One of those is my book review blog, BOOK JUNKIE.

Okay, they what as a self serving plug, I know. But I was investigating a comment that was left on Book Junkie by Jeannette. I got excited because I discovered that her blog is A Comfy Chair and a Good Book. I have her blog listed on my sidebar, it is great. She is so much better at reviewing books than I am, but I am trying to improve! Anyway, upon further investigation I realized she is a contributor to a fabulous blog called Family Home Evening Planner.

You have got to check it out. It is so cute and filled with great ideas for FHE.

I heart the internet. And I heart you my beautiful readers.

Oh, and you too handsome guy reader, have you been working out?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lucy's Christmas List

My children are wonderful people. They have simple needs. They are not greedy. I plan on posting every one's Christmas List. Today I will start with Lucy. For those of you that do not know her she is a super hard working, math loving, 14 year old band geek who has a thing for Duck's.

That Duck thing is kind of an inside joke.

Here is what is written on a slip of paper on the refrigerator:



Shoe Laces

Have we failed her some where along the way?

Oh, Adrian ordered her the yearbook last night. $70. Is this a normal price? Yes, I know I am giving away the secret, but he actually had her order it because the website was strange and confusing for my Cave Man husband....

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Book Junkie

Yes, It is true. My name is Cynthia and I am a Book Junkie!!!
Are you trying to find entertaining and CLEAN books? Click the link. Or the picture. Or the picture on my side bar....
Okay, I am really hungry and when I went over to check out MsCellania I found this recipe:
If I had the energy to go to the store and get the ingredients I would make it tonight.... instead I believe I will have to just prop my head up with a wooden spoon and continue looking at other peoples delicious dinners.
Is that Dominoes at the door?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


does this dress remind you of anything?????

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Breakfast buffet is muy grande

The good ship Watermelon. Ahoy, matey!

Landing on a palm tree studded island....
Adrian wanted me to add a little edit here at the bottom. That Palm Tree is carved from a watermelon, just like the Jolly Roger above it. He was worried that some of you might not realize it.

oh, here is the porridge

okay, it is oatmeal, but it was really thin like porridge. Adrian put so much sugar in it and his hot chocolate that the waiter laughed at all the empty packets. He used all of them that were on the table.

Breakfast Sausage

I just have one thing to say.... THIS IS NOT BREAKFAST SAUSAGE!! But it is what they delivered to our table the morning we left the never dull Hotel Lucerne. Adrian ordered a bowl of oatmeal and some sausage. These are sliced in half, cut to look like octopus, deep fried hot dogs.

I know that sentence was atrocious. On the menu there is a picture of beautiful sausage. They must have been out of it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Viva Tijuana

This morning Adrian and I left the house at 6:30 am. We drove 80 miles to Nashville. We were at Gate C20 at 8:30. Our flight was to leave at 9:50. Mechanical problems gave us a new departure of around 10:45 and a new plane. Soon we were cruising the sunny, albiet bumpy, skies. Four hours later we landed in San Diego. After a quick van ride we ended up at the Hotel Lucerne. Viva la Tijuana....

Here is a picture from our hotel room of the mountains

Roundabouts all along the Avenue of Heroes.

And another view from our balcony. It is a little hard to see so I will tell you what you are looking at. SHACKS. Shacks clinging to the side of the hill. Sort of reminds me of Hong Kong and the Phillipines

And for dinner.... Mexican, of course! First off, Chicken Rice Soup. mmmm...bueno

Hot sauce, crushed peppers, chips and Adrian's Chicken fajita's.

My chicken enchilada's with chipoltle sauce. Muy yummy!!

inside the resturaunt

live piano music...

the sauce sampler. Has anyone else noticed that I was so obsessed with tasting the food that I didn't take any pictures until after we had eaten half of what was on our plates?

tomorrow we may do a little shopping....

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This is appropriate if you like President Bush or

if you like President-Elect Obama since it can apply to either one. See how I can bring all people together to sing in perfect harmony? I think that maybe the Queen is referring to Bill Clinton in this speech... Just a thought.

It will ruin it if I tell you that I think President-Elect Obama is a dangerous bird brain with a frighteningly destructive liberal agenda.

To heck with the world coming together in perfect harmony. I don't even ever drink Coke! I like my opinion too much to not share it. Please feel free to voice your opinion in the comment section. I promise to not delete the ones I do not agree with. Really!! To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of
the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your
independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the
Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will
resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories
(except Kansas , which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, Gordon
Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further
elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. (A questionnaire may
be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.)

To aid in
the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced
with immediate effect: -----------------------

1. The letter 'U' will be
reinstated in words such as 'colour,'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.'
Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters,
and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-'ise.'Generally, you will
be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up

2. Using the same twenty-seven words
interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an
unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as
U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft
spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u''
and the elimination of '-ize.'-------------------

3. July 4th will no longer be
celebrated as a holiday.-----------------

4.You will learn to resolve personal
issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so
many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent.
Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out
without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own
or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will
be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in

6. All intersections will be replaced with
roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect.
At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the
benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you
understand the British sense of humour.--------------------

7. The former USA
will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly
$10/US gallon. Get used to it.-------------------

8. You will learn to make real
chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things
you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are
thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling
beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be
referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be
referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound
for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the
beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them.
American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can
be sold without risk of further confusion.---------------------

10. Hollywood
will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood
will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters.
Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in 'Four Weddings and a
Funeral' was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese

11. You will cease playing American football. There
is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave
enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to
American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds
or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is
not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not
played outside of America . Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world
beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and
we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been
driving us mad.-----------------

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e., tax
collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the
acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).---------------

15. Daily Tea
Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs,
with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream)
when in season.

God Save the Queen!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Stone Door State Park

This is the "stone door" at Stone Door State Park. Adrian took the Scouts to camp there last night. Indians used it as a cut through once upon a time. It saved a lot of extra walking....Later that night Harrison cooked some of his world famous Great Value Ravioli. YUM YUM. He used this little folding Sterno stove. Very light and handy when you back pack in to the campsite like they did this time.The next morning they decided to see if they had 9 lives and jump offs of cliffs. Some people call it repelling. I call it Repulsive. But who am I to judge?Well now that very small not steep rock was easy. Now for something a little more terrifying. I mean more fun. Lets tie a rope to a puny looking tree and jump backwards off a 100 foot tall cliff. II believe I have called these boys lemmings already when they went cliff jumping into the river. Maybe I should start calling them clinically insane!!Here, it has a little ledge at the beginning. No big Deal.GULP!! BIG DEAL!!!MOM DID NOT NEED TO SEE THIS!!!!!!

Just another day living with Danger Boy.




Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gotcha Day for Max!!!!!!

They have him...

Check it out HERE!!!