Monday, December 29, 2008

All good things must come to an end...

Do you remember the show 90210? During that time there was a lot of publicity over Tori Spelling and the vast variety of hair styles she sported. Short hair, long hair, straight hair, curly hair, blonde hair, red hair... she did it all.

I have to admit, I have had my own share of "Tori moments" in my lifetime. I have done long, short, red, black, brown, blonde, curly and most recently, straight. While I am being honest (and just in case someone else feels the need to out me on this), I feel I have to admit that I even had a mullet, (HUGE accident where I saw a girl with shaved sideburns, thought I would cut mine the same, but forgot to pull back the rest of my hair before I cut... instant accidental mullet), but thankfully my hair has always grown really quickly, so it didn't last for too long!

But my favorite hair of all time was my 80's hair. It was big, it was tall, it was blonde, and it was pure curls. I got up every morning at 4:45am and went to seminary at 6am with curlers in my hair so that I could wear my big hair to school. (I refused to do the mousse and scrunch look... I was all about the big curls.) And none of it would have been possible without... (drum roll please)...

Ah, the purple can of Aqua Net. I always had at least two or three on hand. I even carried one around in my big 80's purse.

Now, I don't technically use Aqua Net anymore... (I do have a commemorative can sitting on my bathroom counter, but it is never used), after all, there is no more big, curly hair that I need to stand six inches off the top of my head and last through rain, humidity and youth dances ;)

Still, my heart kind of panged when I walked through Target the other day and saw that they have changed the can.

It now looks like this :(

I have to say... this is just not right. This does not sit well with me at all! I am not oblivious to the fact that the can I have in my bathroom is not the original can... but at least it was close. (See bottom right corner of this pic... not one, but TWO cans of the original purple Aqua Net... and notice the big bangs and the high, curly pony tail... only Aqua Net could do that.)

So I bid a fond farewell to my best hair-friend with a tribute to my 80's hair. I will miss your old can, Aqua Net... things will just never be the same without you!

Friday, December 26, 2008

We Wish You A Merry Christmas...

Merry Christmas one and all!!! I hope your Christmas was full of the three good "F's". Good family, good friends and good food.

Wow, this may go down as one of the funnest, most memorable Christmas' for our family ever. With news of the impending blizzard and knowing we had an hours drive to my Mum & Dad's on Christmas day, we did the dumb thing... we stayed Christmas eve at our house. We awoke Christmas morning at 6:25am to the telephone... (Mike's mom forgot we are two hours behind her), but that actually ended up being a blessing since we started opening gifts early and once we were done and opened the blinds, we realized the blizzard had already started. We quickly threw everything in the car (presents, food, overnight bags), said family prayer and trudged out in to the snow to get to the rest of the family for Christmas day without even having taken showers.

To say that visibility was bad would be the understatement of the year. We could barely see two feet in front of the car as we drove VERY slowly along route 111. (7800 had been closed down.) We did comment once or twice about how extremely stupid we were for leaving the house, but we had promised all the family that we would make it up to Mum and Dad's and we were gonna make it even if it took 7 hours to get there. Once we got to Magna however, the roads were absolutely clear and there was no snow. We traveled in peace and at normal speeds until we reached lagoon where once again we held our breath as we crawled all the way to Ogden in treacherous, blizzard like conditions. It ended up taking about 2 1/2 hours which really wasn't too bad considering, but once we got there it was absolutely worth it.

I can barely put in to words how wonderful it was to spend Christmas with Mum & Dad, the Santizo's and the Hansen's. The food was just heavenly. There was a spread of turkey, ham, roast leg of lamb, roast potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cheesy potatoes, parsnips, broccoli, corn, stuffing, cranberry jelly, pink salad, green salad, bread sauce, homemade apple sauce, gravy and rolls. There were also amazing appetizers... mini quiche, crab dip, artichoke dip, brie, fontaine cheese and crackers. And how about desserts? Chocolate cream pie, razzleberry pie, pecan pie, mincemeat pies, jam tarts, fudge, buck-eyes, peppermint slice... and somehow my mom manages to find about a dozen different kinds of non-alcoholic sparkling juices... do you see now why we braved the blizzard? Who would want to miss this?????

We had our annual Christmas talent show...

the boys built an igloo...

the little ones built a snowman...

...and then Dad hooked up a projector to his computer and we watched Prince Caspian blown up on the basement wall. It was like being at the movies... just on plush seats with plenty of yummy treats and drinks.

The next morning we took a hike up the mountain in a few feet of snow with my Dad. (Which I followed with a 20 min jet-tub bubble bath... pure heaven.)

All in all, it was a most excellent Christmas! :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A new tradition...

Our good friends the Hotton's introduced us to one of their family traditions this year... Winder Farms. Driving down Winder Lane you get to see all the houses lit up with Christmas lights and then at the end of the lane is the Winder Farms store where you can get hot chocolate and freshly made to order scones. It was a very enjoyable night with some wonderful friends and something we hope to do for years to come. :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Save the fruit cake, save the world...

I have a confession... I luuuuuuuuuuuuurve fruit cake. But it has come to my attention recently that I may possibly be one of the only people in America that does! What is wrong with you people? Have you even tasted it?

Now I admit that sometimes it can look a little questionable... all those colored fruits and raisins cooked into a thick, stodgy cake... but trust me when I tell you I find it absolutely delectable! Especially when it is topped off with pecans... heated up and swimming in heavy cream... oh how heavenly!!!

Anyway, I am implore you... please do NOT discard your fruit cakes... you are more than welcome to drop them at my doorstep... I am offering fruit cake amnesty here people! No questions asked :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

If at first you don't succeed, do it the way your wife told you to...

So Hot Hubby and I walked into the dollar store the other day to buy some cheap stocking stuffers and he picks up one of these squeezy toys that has liquid in it...

(Can you already see where I am going with this?) Anyway, I the wise wife that I am, tell him "put that thing down, you are going to pop it!" But alas, as usual, I am sneered at and completely ignored as he continues walking around the store squeezing away.

After asking at least two more times for him to either put it in the cart or put it on the shelf, I suddenly hear a sort of exploding sound at the same time that I feel something spraying on my legs & shoes.

I wish you could have seen his face... he looked like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar... not to mention he is COMPLETELY soaked. Plus, the floor looks like this...

At this point it is not even necessary for me to say "I told you so" because... well... he knows!

As he goes to find an employee, the lady standing next to me sums it up best when she says "don't worry about it, MY kid did the same thing yesterday."

The whole experience reminded me of another time something like this happened. We were on our way home from a fabulous vacation at Myrtle Beach, SC and we pulled into a rest stop because DeAnna (about 4 at the time) was dying to pee. I grabbed her from the minivan while yelling at Hot Hubby not to forget his keys. (He was getting Michael out of his car seat.) "I GOT IT" he snapped back, "it's not like I'm gonna lock them in the car!"

Well I was just washing DeAnna's hands when I heard a very soft, loving voice coming from outside the ladies bathroom.

Hot Hubby: "Ummm... Love?"
Me: "Yes?"
Hot Hubby: "You are not going to believe this!" (Long pause here.)
Me: "Oh no."
Hot Hubby: "Yeah, I locked my keys in the car!" (Nervous laugh here.)
Me: "Please tell me you are joking!"

He wasn't. Lets just say that two hours later, thanks to a kind traveler with a coat hanger, we were finally able to get back on the road.

So what's the moral of this story? Well if you haven't figured it out by now, you must be male!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Deck the halls...

So apparently my daughter thought it would be funny to shame me in to decorating our house. (See her blog.)

Ok, so I admit I haven't exactly been in the decorating mood. I did have a wreath up on my front door though... don't I get some credit for that? Well I decided to go ahead and give in before I started getting nasty comments from her friends on my blog, so we FINALLY got up our tree today.

We also managed to get some fun pics downtown at the Salt Lake Temple lights this week. Lucky for us, a kind old man who worked on the grounds showed us a fantastic "secret spot" to get a cute family pic with lots of the lights in the background... he even took it for us.

And on top of everything, I also managed to get quite a bit of my Christmas shopping done this week while on vacation with hot hubby, So FA LA LA LA LA, LA LA, LA LA!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Last weekend we decided to head up to Ogden to spend a couple of days with my Mum & Dad. As a gift to the 144 stakes in their mission, all 190 missionaries gathered at the Ogden Tabernacle to present a musical fireside. There was standing room only in the tabernacle which seats approximately 2500 people. It was an amazing night with both spiritual and fun musical numbers presented by the missionaries and some invited guests. I decided to post this video which I thought would be especially appealing to anyone who ever sang with or saw the Washington Family Singers perform at the visitors center.

After crashing for the night at the mission home, we stuck around to put up my Mum and Dad's Christmas tree. (A tradition we have participated in for as many years as we have been able.

Deckin' the halls...

Dee decorating herself

The finished product

Pretending they like each other...

12 years old, and still giving me love

Dad on the other hand...

Just to give you an idea of how tall Dee has gotten...
Mum is wearing shoes. Dee is not.

And just in case you are wondering...
No, MY tree is not up yet!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today is the first day of the rest of our life...

College is hard work, but when you are 37 with a wife and two kids, I have to believe it is even harder. Last night made all our family has endured the past few years worth it though. The graduation ceremony was absolutely awesome. It was priceless to see him walk across the stage... I don't even know how to describe it!

The highlight of the evening for me however, was seeing his face go completely red when out of the entire class, he was chosen to receive the award for outstanding clinical performance. What an accomplishment! He has worked soooooooooo hard... It is nice to see it all pay off.

I keep pinching myself... I cannot believe this day has actually finally come! It seriously feels surreal. Mike starts his new job on Monday, and a new chapter of our life has officially begun. It will be weird to walk in to a store and be able to buy something without having to over think it! (Though to the chagrin of my kids, I will always be frugal... more income will not change that ever!!) :)

I just want to give a shout out to my Mum & Dad, without whom, the past few years would have been a LOT more difficult for our family. They have supported us in every way possible and both Mike and I, (and the kids), are very grateful for them. We could never repay them for all they have done for us, but as parents we hope that we can do the same for our kids when the time arrives. Thank you guys!!!!

Receiving his award

Mike with his two professors, Diana & Ken

Mike with my mom who drove
down for the occasion

Where there is food, my kids will be

Mike with his favorite classmates

Monday, December 8, 2008

There's no time like the present...

Have you checked Mike's graduation ticker lately?

Do you realize in less than 8 hours it is officially

(Can you tell I am a wee bit excited???)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Procrastination is the thief of time...

Am I the only one seriously not ready for Christmas??? Not only am I not ready, but I really haven't done a dang thing.

The Christmas tree is not up. I have only bought 3 gifts. TOTAL. No stockings are hung by the fireplace with care. There is no candy calendar counting down the days. I haven't done any holiday baking. There is not a decoration anywhere... well, I did actually hang a wreath outside on our door today, but that is only because my mum bought me one.

I don't know what is going on this year. Usually I am just finishing my Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. This year, I didn't get up early and even once I got to the stores, I only bought a couple of things and half of them were just things we needed. I am WAY, WAY behind.

Please tell me I am not the only one :(

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Out of the mouth of babes...

So I was watching a pretty new little baby boy today during sacrament meeting for a sweet sister who was giving a talk.

I was holding him wrapped in a blanket when Jenna's family arrived at church and came and sat in our row. Her little boy Tyler took one look at me, gasped loudly in delight and with a twinkle in his eye said...

What did you name him?

I almost pee'd myself laughing.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Silence is golden...

Every day I have the great pleasure of bringing these four kids home from school... A typical ride home on a typical day... Mike and his friend Josh, DeAnna and her friend Kayla. They usually roll down the windows... I usually wear sunglasses and pray to heaven that no-one will recognize me... The crossing guards near our home get a great kick out of it and have actually started waving. I guess life could be worse...

(Yes, you do have to press play...)

Thursday, November 27, 2008


For the first time in three years, we got to have the U.S. branch of my side of the family all together for Thanksgiving. The best part of today? Knowing that this will be happening for many more years to come. I am FINALLY allowed to say that my Mum & Dad have decided to sell their house in Maryland and relocate to Utah this summer after their mission is complete. Obviously, we could not be more happy! :)