Thursday, December 29, 2011


I have plans to hang out with my bestie
go enjoy some deliciousness staring in New Year's Eve
and drink some Diet Coke (we haven't had any since 2010, be proud!)
to me, this sounds PERFECT.
livin on the wild side eh?

how will you be ringing in 2012?

Monday, December 26, 2011

How can you give Kris Kringle a parking ticket on Christmas Eve? What's next, rabies shots for the Easter Bunny?

a boise christmas never ceases to bring a smile to my face.
never a white christmas, 
but happy and charming none-the-less.
this christmas i pulled a 'dad' and saved all shopping till christmas eve.
samuel and i went out that morning
and gretchen and i went out that afternoon,
it was great fun!
and i was done and wrapped by 4 o'clock.
just in time to watch some cheesy movies on the hallmark channel.
everyone was asleep by 11,
and we slept in till 9 am.
ya i know. first in ward family history...thats what happens when there aren't any little kids
(don't look at me!)
but it was still great!
we opened stockings, went to church,
(where samuel played child #2 in the program...crack me up)
and then we had more christmas afterwards.
it was quiet and happy and wonderful.
(and i smell really nice with my new perfume.)
after which we watched more cheesy movies
ate ham and cheesy potatoes
(potatoes with actual cheese...not cheesy as in reference to hallmark channel)
and even got dad and ethan to play loaded questions.
i say that was the best christmas present ever!
what a hoot!
we topped the night off by falling asleep watching home alone.

christmas 2011 was definitely a success

how about yours?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

peppermint and cocoa

Dr. Neil Miller: Charlie, I'm sorry I didn't believe you.
Charlie: That's okay, Neil. You were just denying your inner child.
Dr. Neil Miller: You're going to make a great psychiatrist someday, kid.
Charlie: Nah. I think that I'm going to go into the family business.

Teaching 4th graders during the Christmas season is probably one of the greatest and downright most stressful things I have ever done.
Its so insanely busy this time of year, but these kids are hilarious and fantastic and just plain great.
It keeps me in touch with my inner child (not that I will EVER be capable of losing it)
But I'm pretty sure Christmas was meant to be celebrated with children.
I wouldn't trade my job for anything....
even if I do have to work this ENTIRE week.

Not kidding. Let's not talk about that...

Luckily the Christmas 2011 playlist is turning out quite nicely, I expect lots of crafting and Christmas celebrating on my evenings this week. Yes, yes I do.

Monday, December 12, 2011

3 days in a row plus some eye candy, my favorite flavor...

check this out. 3 days in a rowwww folks. i'm back! yes yes!
well. this is definitely post worthy.
i want to say its been two years that kym and i have been waiting for this.
i have read the book (twice).
followed the casting.
followed the filming.
and have been DYING for this to come out.
have now watched the trailer MULTIPLE times
and you better believe i will be there opening weekend!
im totally an idiot, i admit it, but thats okay.
judge me if you must.
just dont tell me about it....

and enjoyyyyyy

Sunday, December 11, 2011

a movie and a memory

'Do you think we are dreaming?'

'If we are, I hope we never wake up.'
Lets be honest real quick.
Everyone knows that they should have made this movie about 5 years earlier, and cast me to play Samantha, 
but regardless...its still one of my favorites. 
I cry every time I watch it,
and I just love that Uncle Gard.
He's basically perfect, nasty mustache and all.
I distinctly remember that Christmas morning my Samantha doll sitting waiting for me under the tree.
I don't think I let go of her for months.
In fact, I kind of think I cried that morning...maybe not...but I wouldn't be suprised if I did,
I have always been a big blubbering baby.
I do remember a few weeks later when her head fell off and I burst into tears.
I was terrified I would have to send her to the American Girl Hospital and wait for weeks to get her back.
But father just tied it back on, and she was as good as new.
Oh childhood memories. 
So happy. 
Boy do I love Christmas time
And yet it makes me so homesick....
only 11 days to go!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

We got a lot to learn, God knows we're worth it...

just thought i would share this little gem here officially.
its been on repeat for weeks. and weeks.
now if only 'mid 2012' would come so i can be graced by his lovely voice some more.

now excuse me while I to go spend my saturday night crafting, watching silly christmas movies, and drinking hot cocoa.