Friday, November 30, 2007

Poll: Do you like Egg Nog?


I did not grow up drinking egg nog. I don't think my mom liked it or something. Chad introduced it to me after we married and now the holiday season isn't complete without it. So who out there likes it and did you drink it when you were a kid?


Just a little side story - Chad was at a work Christmas party a couple of years ago, and he took a drink of egg nog and turned to his boss and said, "This tastes funny," not realizing that egg nog is often an alcoholic drink. His boss got a big laugh at the expense of Chad, and that was the end of Chad's egg nog consumption for the night.

Colin the Cuddler


I came into the living room yesterday to see this sight - Colin snuggled up to Evan, watching TV, with Evan inching further and further away. Colin has always love to cuddle up to people.
Chad and I like to joke about it because he will often jump on Chad when he is in bed or sitting down, intending to wrestle with him or tease him, but it is like Colin can't help himself, and in about thirty seconds he is just cuddling Chad instead of messing with him. I don't mind because I always know if I ask him to, he will be more than happy to sit and snuggle with me for awhile.
He has been a cuddler since the day he was born. He loved to sleep on our chest. This is one of my favorite pictures of all time- thanks goes to my mom, who took it.

This was the night we brought him home from the hospital and I had to include it because he looks so tiny - and Chad looks so young!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Feel good movie


Audra and I ditched our kiddos and went to watch "Enchanted" the other night. I really enjoyed it and I am glad that I didn't subject Chad to watching it, because it was not just a chick flick, but a chick flick for girls who are nuts about romance and who want to live in a fairy tale. It was wonderful. I really think the lead actress, Amy Adams, made it what it was. I want her cast in a new Anne of Green Gables movie, only she might be a little too pretty for Anne.
PS. I just made the connection that she was the purse girl - Katy- on "The Office" who Jim dated.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What Christmas music does to Gabe

While we were putting our tree up last night, Gabe decided to show us his signature dance move - turning in a circle. By the time I started this video, he was already very dizzy. And yes, Chad is wearing a swimsuit with a hoodie. To set up a Christmas tree.
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More miniature golf pictures


I took these pictures while Chad was getting the free bumper boat tickets.

Goodbye, sweet mistress



On Saturday, Chad lost an important member of his family. The second love of his life, the Accord, was sold. He seemed to get over it pretty quickly when he had the check in his hand. Kinda makes me wonder what price he would give me up for.

Since Chad is taking the bus every day now we decided that we didn't really need a car that nice, and we would rather finish paying off students loans. Yes, I know I said student loans were going to paid off a long time ago, but the house sale didn't go through (again and again) and even though we have a time and date at a lawyer's office this Thursday for the closing, I am still not holding my breath. Anyway, in the meantime, the sale of the car gets us one step closer to wood floors or an Ethopian baby.
Plus I am now convinced that Chad has a future as a car spokesmodel, so maybe that can bring in some extra money.

Slick Deal


Well, this isn't an absolutely incredible slick deal, but it is pretty cool if you were already planning on buying PJ's for your kids for Christmas, and if they like Disney stuff. The Disney Store has their PJ Pals on sale starting at $6.99 and today they ship for free. Use the code 3199 to get 15% off of the already low prices.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mini Golf Adventures

We decided to go miniature golfing the day before Thanksgiving. Colin was very excited and the weather was like Blythe at Christmas, so we were having a lot of fun. Then not long into the game, we hit our balls into the windmill and waited for them to come out and down towards the hole....well, two out the four balls came out slowly, and the other two never did.

The boys all took a turn looking and trying to see if anything was in the way, but nothing worked.


So Chad went and got two new balls and we informed the people behind us to avoid the windmill. We continued on, and a couple of holes later......


We again found ourselves waiting, and looking for our balls to come....
"Colin, can you believe they got stuck again?!"


"This is ridiculous!"
By the time we got to the third malfuctioning hole, we gave up and asked for a refund. They gave us free tickets to the bumper boats instead, which made Colin and Gabe very happy. The bumper boats had spray guns attached to them, and Gabe was happy only until about the tenth time he got sprayed right in the face. It was a fun day. By the way, we have gone to this place before and it was just fine, so I don't know what was up.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving













We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day with Bobby, Sabina, Evan, and Sanitago.
The food and company were outstanding. The kids got to play for hours, the big boys got to watch football, and Sabina and I got to browse through ads together. Gabe was the kid who lasted the longest at the table. The kid loves to eat.

Sabina's incredible turkey


Sabina knows how to de-bone an entire turkey without taking it apart! It is sooo cool. Then she stuffs it with onions, seasonings, and ham. You can cut straight through without ever hitting a bone. Not only is it very cool, it is very tasty and very moist. As long as I live near them, I will never have to cook another turkey, because who wants a turkey with bones when you can have a Sabina turkey?

For the Beauty of the Earth

Chad and I have a Thanksgiving tradition of singing this hymn before we eat. It would probably be cooler if we had any musical talent :o)

For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth, Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour, Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow'r, Sun and moon, and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent child,
Friends on earth, and friends above, For all gentle thoughts and mild
Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Slick Deal - Deal is Dead (sorry!)

For those of you who read this earlier, sorry, the deal is expired.
If you use coupon code 22298ENFAMIL, you can get $20 off your $20 purchase at the Babycenter Store. They have toys, clothes, and tons of other baby supplies. The website is slow right now, I must warn you.


You do have to pay for shipping, which seems to be around $7. For more info, check out the discussion at slickdeals here.
Oh wait, when I went to their website I found out that you can get free shipping with the code FREESHIP. However, it does say that you can't combine two coupon codes. Don't know if there is a way around that....it probably says on the slickdeals forum that I haven't read through yet.

Since Bobby and Sabina don't have a blog.....




Here are some pictures of their kids! We babysat them on Saturday while they were at the temple. Our neighborhood was having a little shin-dig with inflatibles and a kiddy train, so the kids had a good time together.

An updated Jeppson classic




On Monday for dinner I made little vegetable pizzas. I used some wraps for the crusts and alfredo sauce with italian blend cheeses and our favorite veggies to top them off. Right when I put them in the oven, I was reminded of something that we used to always make for our after-school snack when we were kids, or for lunch during the summer. We took a tortilla, spread ketchup on top, cheese on top of that, and then added bologna for our meat! Sometimes I sprinkled Italian seasonings in with my ketchup. Can you believe that we actually thought that tasted good? For the record, I have actually tried this as an adult, and I thought it was really gross. Now, hot dogs with melted cheese, rolled in a tortilla - that is a childhood creation that still tastes good. Having adult thighs now instead of my childhood ones, I cannot indulge in that creation more than once a year.



BTW, my veggie pizzas weren't great either. The alfredo sauce and moisture combined made the wrap soggy. I have made veggie pizza before that were good, but I think they need a heartier crust if the veggies are raw to begin with.



Oh, I just remembered that when we were kids and made made quesadillas, we would put a slice of margarine in with the cheese!!!!!



Sunday night


On Sunday we ate at Bobby and Sabina's and stayed until it was late, so when we got home, we just let the boys go to sleep on our bed together. At around 10:30, I heard Gabe crying, but before I could even stand up, he stopped. I figured that maybe he was comforted by having brother in bed with him. I was right! This is how we found them when we went to bed.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Oh my Goodness!

Audra did this for me, and I think it is soooo funny....Check it out and make one for yourself and then post the link!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Calling all children and children-in-laws of Bob and Linda


I talked to mom tonight, and this is the official list of who has who for Christmas:

Bryce has Ashley and Roy
Lindsey and Seth have Katie and Chad :o)
Aaron and Jamie have Levi and Audra
Ashley and Roy have Bobby and Sabina
Katie and Chad have Christie and James
Levi and Audra have Bryce
Bobby and Sabina have Lindsey and Seth
Christie and James have Aaron and Jamie

That's everyone, right? I think a $20 limit is fine - if anyone disagrees, let me know. And that is the LIMIT - it doesn't have to be that much by any means. I will email the list out as well, for those silly people who don't read my blog. If you need ideas or have ideas, post them here.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Another view from our playroom (ugh!)


This is our backyard! Can you believe that it actually has about twice the amount of grass now than it did a month ago? Maybe next year it will rain.....

Sweet brothers







First I came in to find Colin putting Gabe's shoes on for him. Then Gabe pushed Colin around on the bike. And look how I found them watching TV later - could they be any closer?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

View from our playroom


This doesn't even come close to capturing it all, but the fall colors are at their absolute peak right now, and just driving to preschool is a pleasure. I really think this is the prettiest fall we have had since we have lived here. Maybe I can get some better pictures tomorrow.

My boys love their Daddy


One of my favorite things to do is watch Chad play with the boys when he gets home from work. They miss each other so much while he is gone.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Black Friday Ads


Wondering if that special something is going to be on sale this year on Black Friday? Check out all the ads earlier at this website.

The Drowsy Chaperone



As a part of a welcome package to our neighborhood, we got Buy-One-Get-One-Free tickets to the Belk (the big theatre uptown [or is it theater? shouldn't I know this? I'm sure Christie can tell me. Help!]). I found out that The Drowsy Chaperone was coming - a musical that, honestly, I had only vaguely heard of. I tried to stay just as ignorant of it before we went because I wanted to be surprised and didn't really want to go in with any expectations.


When Chad and got there last night (about 2 minutes before curtain call because we forgot to get cash earlier for parking) we found that we were in the absolute last row of the balcony. I didn't really mind because we could still see everything that was happening on stage......that is, I didn't mind until.....


I started to wonder who was playing the main character. He seemed vaguely familiar, so I opened up my program and....JONATHAN CROMBIE! Since I am sure that name won't be familiar to most of you, it was GILBERT BLYTHE! I would have never guessed that it was him, because his voice sounded completely different, expect every once in awhile when he would say something like "about" or "sorry" and his Canadian accent would slip through. And all I could really see of him was a vague shape and a slightly balding head. It was still cool though. He did a wonderful job with his role.


The musical itself was a very pleasant surprise. It actually had good writing!! It was more "My Fair Lady" than "CATS". The songs were catchy and witty. It is a musical that pokes fun at musicals while still extolling their magic. Even Chad said, "That was a clever little play. About as good as musical can get" which doesn't really sound like a huge compliment, but from someone who is not a fan of the genre, it is.


I keep thinking about the songs and wanting to hear them again, especially one about how the heroine "put a monkey on a pedestal". Hilarious. If you have a chance to see this, do it.


And it is just nice to go out of the town for a night of theater (or theatre).


Oh, and that is a picture of Chad while we were waiting in line to get out of the parking garage.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nostalgia




Two years ago on Veteran's Day weekend, we held Gabe's blessing. My Mom and Dad came from Blythe, Levi and Audra came from Richmond, and Bobby and Sabina came from Titusville. It was a lot of people in a little house, but we simply couldn't pass up a chance to all be together like that. Little did we know that, expect for my parents, we would all be living in the same city in less than a year!!!!


I can't believe how lucky I am to be living here with two brothers, two wonderful sister-in-laws, three nephews, and three nieces! When we moved to Charlotte almost three years ago, just because of Chad's job, we wouldn't have ever imagined this. We are so blessed.


Now for everyone else to move here...... :o) We can take over the city!!! We miss you all. Your blogs make me miss you even more.

Break my heart


Many nights when Chad or I are putting the boys to bed, Colin will say something like, "Mom, I have bad dreams when I sleep in my room." Most of the time I just say "Shhhh! You are waking Gabe up!" or "Colin, it is time to go to sleep. Stop talking!!!!!" I know it sounds heartless, but he is usually exhausted by the point and I know he will be asleep within 5 minutes if he stops talking, plus Colin knows exactly how to tug at my heart-strings.

Sometimes I do ask Colin what his bad dreams are about, and he usually tells me that he can't remember. Last night when I asked, his response was different. He told me that his bad dreams are about cars. I asked him what happens. This is what he said:
"I'm like, standing in the driveway, and I see a car pulling up and I think 'Why are mommy and daddy driving up?' but then it's not you, it's a man. "
I ask, "And then what happens?"
"He takes me somewhere."
"Where does he take you?"
"Somewhere bad. He takes me away."
UGH! I felt a physical ache in my chest when he said this. Honestly, he could be making it up because he is at that age where his imagination is really developing, and he can be a bit of a manipulator, but even if he is, I don't like the fact that he can imagine a story like this.
We talked a little bit about how Mommy and Daddy are always with him and how that couldn't happen. Then I told him a cheerful story to get his mind off it and he fell asleep. I went downstairs and relayed the story to Chad. He was really bothered by it, and said that he didn't like Colin thinking about things like that, and that we needed to make sure we monitored more closely what Colin watches. I reminded him that Colin never watches anything but kids' shows because he goes to bed before we (Chad) watch TV (Prisobreak:o) .

The harsh fact is that Colin is 4 1/2, and we have had all of the stranger talks with him, so he does know that there are bad people out there who could do bad things to him, so of course that is going to scare him sometimes. I remember when I was little, I was afraid our house would catch on fire. Why? Simply because we had had more than one FHE about fire safety, where we reviewed our exit plans and learned to crawl on the floor and watch out for hot doorknobs. That put very vivid images in my head, images that frightened me, but I was no longer ignorant in case of a fire.

I have to remind myself that some fear is healthy. I do want Colin to still be afraid of some strangers. Something that really annoys me is when clerks at stores semi-jokingly chastise Colin because he doesn't tell them his name or if he answers too quietly. Southern hospitality and talkative, loud children are lauded around here, but it's okay with me if Colin is shy with people he doesn't know. He loves people, and loves to socialize, but he does like to get to know people a little first, and that is perfectly okay with me.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Too funny


I just had to laugh at this. McCain was being interviewed with his mother when she made a completely nonsensical remark about Romney and Mormons. She really embarrassed him (or at least I hope he was embarrassed by it). I almost feel sorry for him.

I have to post some pics of the boys




I have been neglecting them in my blog lately, and they are just too cute.

Tagged







My friend Autumn tagged me, so here it goes.....
5 Things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Dating Chad
2. Dancing a lot
3. Acting like a moody teenager
4. Dressing as a Yellowjacket (as the school mascot
5. Going to early morning seminary

5 Things on my to-do list today:
Well, today is almost over, so here are the things that were on my to-do list
1. Work on my Sunbeams lesson
2. Dig up the boys' Sunday clothes ( I know, should have been done yesterday, just like #1)
3. Give Chad and Colin haircuts (ditto)
4. Go to Levi and Audra's for dinner (it was sooo yummy and we had such a good time!)
5. Blog
5 Foods I enjoy:

Just five?
1. Shrimp tacos with Chad's guacamole
2. Cheesecake
3. Masaman Curry
4. Egg rolls
5. Really good pasta

5 Bad habits:
1. Spending way too much time on the computer
2. Throwing my clothes on the ground
3. Losing things
4. Nagging
5. Isn't that enough? Haven't I admitted to enough?

5 of my favorite toys:
1. My camera
2. The computer
3. DVR
4. Chad's TV
5. I think that is all I have!
5 People I tag:
5. Jonelle (get a blog :o)
By the way, those are all pics from Blythe - the church, the road to our house, and our house. Makes me kinda miss it!

Slowly coming together




For the first few months that we lived in this house, our front room was completely empty. It is rather large, probably 20 ft by 20 ft at least, and is meant to be a sitting room/dining room. We didn't have a dining room table big or nice enough to use in there at first, so it was an indoor soccer field. The boys absolutely loved their air-conditioned games and we were okay with them scuffing up the paint because we knew we were going to paint over the cheap cheap flat paint.


The games had to end a couple of months ago when we got a dining room table. I wasn't quite prepared to put the room all together yet, but some firm ideas were settling in my head, and the dining set was a nice springboard. This is my room now - I completely gave the living room over to Chad when he got his TV. So I have been filing through Martha Stewart Living, and deciding what Katie would want in her ultimate Katie room. I have been buying Katie decor but haven't put any of it up yet, because I wanted to do the bulk of it all at once, instead of just staggering it out forever and ending up with a things that would just due. So yesterday we added one more touch - we painted it, and I am absolutely thrilled with the color. It was actually from the Martha Stewart paint collection at Lowe's. It is called Cake Stand Blue, and I have no idea why, but it is a lovely color nevertheless. It looked like white when we poured it into the pan, but with the first roll on the wall, you could see how beautiful it was against white. The picture doesn't come close to capturing the freshness of the color. As you can see from the picture, the chairs of my table are black, and I wanted a huge contrast between them and the wall. I will do simple white curtains and sometime in the future add white crown moulding and chair rails. My decor, which I probably be hanging tomorrow, is mainly black and white. I just love the freshness of the wall colors and I will be adding some natural elements to the room. I am hopefully going to buy a sofa for the entry way area soon and maybe we will add wood floor in the future. Carpet in a dining room just doesn't work!

Okay, so this is one of the reasons I haven't posted in the last few days! Sorry! Hopefully I will have so more interesting posts soon.