Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Visions of gravy boats dance in my head!

Tomorrow is hands down my favorite holiday, barring one particularly swell Valentine's Day back in 1973. Here is what I am looking forward to ...

50 of my favorite relatives
gathering at Grandma's house
mashed potatoes galore
swimming in gravy
accompanied by stuffing
topped with a homemade roll
more gravy
a little bit of Jello with my whipped cream
Grandma's banana cream pies
a wee bit more gravy
and more

What are your favorites?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Couples Tag -

So, Gail tagged me, which pretty much makes me feel totally POPULAR ... and so I must oblige. Here we go ~

Where did you meet?
I think I met him when I was dating somebody else and we were all at the lake and I saw him picking people up and throwing them in the water like they were little rag dolls (a huge turn-on). But our first real introduction was on our first date.

What was the first thought that went through your head when you met?
How did he get those pants on and why is he wearing that shirt!

Do you remember what he was wearing?
Aaah funny you should ask! He was wearing some kind of cowboy shirt (with snaps and everything), super tight Guess jeans, cowboy boots AND a permed mullet! Back off! He's mine!

Where was the first time you kissed this person?
I'm sorry to say that I don't recall our first kiss. BUT, on our FIRST date, when he was leaving, he kissed the back of my head and I was like ... Whoa! What was that?!

Where did you go for your first date?
That I remember! We went to a Phoenix Suns game and saw Dan Majerle's last game. We parked on the very top of the parking garage and we stayed there and talked for a long time after the game. Then we went to get wings at Native New Yorker. That was fun!

How long did you know this person before you became a couple?
Let's see. Gary decided that we were a couple after the first date. It took me a bit longer, but not much since we were married four months later!

How did he ask you out?
Our friends set us up, I didn't talk to him very much at all before our first date, but I remember one of our phone conversations was while he was in his bathtub ... at his own house ... while I was at my own house ... fully clothed.

Has this person proposed to you?
Nope. I asked him!

Do you have any kids together?

Have you ever broken the law with this person?
Ha ha ha - I'm sure I'm an accomplice to something.

When was the first time you realized you liked this person?
I don't remember the first time, but I've realized it many times since.

Do you get along with his family?

Do you see him as your partner in the future?
Yep -

What is the best gift he gave to you?
The gift of making me feel pretty, even when I'm clearly not.

What is the one thing he does that gets on your nerves?
My nerves are ultra-sensitive, I'm sure I get on his way more.

Where do you see each other 15 years from now?
Driving to Disneyland in a double-wide motor home with our grandkids!

What causes most of your arguments?
What arguments? We NEVER argue.:)

How long have you been together?
Our first date was TODAY ... many moons ago.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Update -

For those of you who asked how this little man was doing ...

His Mom has posted everything on her blog. You can take a look here -

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hypocrisy -

Oh boy here goes. Lately I've been reading & commenting on blogs that have gone ugly. I don't want my blog to be ugly, but I do have some things to say.

Recently, Arizona and California had the opportunity to cast a vote that would define marriage as one man and one woman. During the pre-election process, common forms of civil advertising and motivation were used (such as commercials and signs). The elections were then held and the votes were counted. Both states found that the majority thought it best to claim this definition as their own.

Since the outcome of these propositions, I have been left to wonder and worry about the activity that is now taking place. Apparently, the Mormons are being chosen to blame for the majority of two states' ballots. Apparently, the Mormons have single-handedly turned entire states thought processes upside down.

And apparently, violent protests are going to solve everything. This picture was taken outside the gates of the Los Angeles Mormon Temple. Riots got so out of hand that the temple actually had to be shut down for safety reasons. This wasn't a calm forum and people were arrested once physical altercations began.

So here's my question. Isn't THIS a hate crime? For years I've been so sick of hearing that if a Muslim was punched, or a Mexican shot at, or a Jew spat upon ... it was a hate crime. It appeared that unless two people of the same sex, same color and same height were beating on each other ... it had to be labeled a hate crime. Well, here we have an angry mob, surrounding an exclusively Mormon place of worship with nothing but hate spewing from their mouths and eventually from their fists ... yet this has not been deemed as a hate crime?

I find it very curious that the same people who spoke of "just wanting to LOVE" are the same people heading up this HATE. I find it very curious that they have chosen to single out Mormons, when clearly we are a small portion of the population between these two states. And I find it extremely curious that this, in this day and age, when it is hard to get away with any kind of racism or bigotry without repercussion is running amok.

I don't suppose anybody is truly surprised by what is taking place, but I do suppose we had better stand up for what we believe ... long after the votes have been cast.

I would invite you all to read THIS article from a Catholic Bishop.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Do I win?

Yesterday ... with much help from Kacey,
I got all of my Christmas decorations put up!
AND I ate broccoli for the very first time
and I liked it.
I'm a big girl now -

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Boy Band

Check out the pictures of Sorry Cali right here. They're playing in Scottsdale this weekend, if any of you can stay up until 11:45 p.m. This is really so much fun!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Ha ha ha oops -

I guess this is the perfect time to introduce my mother-in-law's new blog. Apparently, she was signed in on my blog when she created her first post.

Welcome Grandma Freda to the blogging world right here!
This is the first day of blogging and the last of my vacation, so what? Tomorrow I drive across country to see my home again after three weeks of fun and games with my family.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Matthew = Music

For years, my little Matthew has written songs, performed them and dreamed of recording. While he was on his mission, he met one of his companions (Randy Day) who shared these same interests. Two months later, voila, a band is born.

Let me introduce you to Sorry Cali (officially named this evening and the title means nothing ... it just sounds super catchy).

First we have the up-close-and-personal-acoustic version ...

And then we have a clip of the full band playing at their first show on Halloween night (hence the silly costumes) ...

And another ...

This is so fun! Good job Matt!


I'm confused. I'm concerned. I hope he has what it takes.

I keep hearing that we have come so far. So why do I feel like we just took a unified plunge into a septic tank?

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Big Day -

I am a little bit excited. I don't ever remember being excited to vote, but I believe I am actually going to lose sleep tonight. My plan is to wake up and get down to the polls at 6:00 a.m. to cast my vote in what I think is an extremely exciting year in politics ... and I like how this makes me feel.

Tonight we had a high-spirited conversation with some of my family members regarding this topic. As we sat around eating pizza, going over propositions and sharing opinions, it really made me feel American! I'm not sure which nationality I felt like before, but now I'm totally American.

We didn't all agree on the aforementioned topics and we have quite the diverse little group of family members, but we talked. There was no shouting, no name calling, no slapping ... just talking. Something in that conversation screamed to me that we had grown up. We were no longer youngsters trying to get our way, we are adults trying to pave a way that we believe in. I liked it, and I am ready to cast my vote.

I don't think the polls are going to lean my way. A landslide is in the forecast. But I will do my part to try to tip the scales and then pray for the future of our country.

There is a rumor that these will be record breaking voter numbers. In an effort to handle the lines in an orderly fashion, all Obama voters have been asked to vote on Wednesday. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Road Trip to Jack -

We took a girly road trip to go meet Jack!

He is adorable ... and he likes me.

Kacey got some great shots of little man ...
check out her blog!

Cousins played -

I was attacked by a cricket in the middle of the night
that got stuck in my hair and went freaky on my neck
... sorry no picture.

A quick 26 hours later, we brought Tiffany & Reilly back to their boys and it was apparent that they don't leave them very often.

Thanks for remembering us too ...