Thursday, July 31, 2008
Me: "It doesn't taste like anything. That's why it is water."
Kamy: (after thinking a minute) "Hmmm. Maybe we should call it 'Doesn't taste like anything'. Could I have a drink of doesn't taste like anything, please? Please pass the doesn't taste like anything."
...I think I see a trend happening.
The kiddos were very excited to see him too, but wondered why Sophie, Caleb, and Elsie couldn't come over too.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Here is what was inside. A little love from Tennessee's Cracker Barrel. A scrappy card that Miss Anti-Scrap made herself (your secret is safe), some cany sticks, a cool bracelt, a neat map of the U.S., the game of spoons (fun), some fake snow to make with the kiddos, and a rockin' Napoleon Dynamite card (Ah. My friends really do know me well!).
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The first, is this weekend I will get to read Breaking Dawn, the final book in the vampire series by Stephanie Meyer. I told Heath not to anticipate me being any help on Saturday! I've got a friend who is going with me at midnight to pick up the book. So fun!
The second, is next week. I will be flying to Utah for my Sibling Reunion. There are ten kids in my family, as well as my two parents. We are all meeting in Utah for the weekend. No spouses. No kids. (surprisingly, nobody has a baby they are nursing, and nobody, to my knowledge, is pregnant. That is very surprising.) So it's just the original kids with the original parents. Very fun. I can not wait!
The third, is that in a few weeks, I will be celebrating my One Year Blog Anniversary. I've got some things planned to make for a grand party! Including some giveaways. Super stoked about that. I have really really enjoyed having a blog this past year. I think I motivated lots of people to start some blogs of their own, as well, so that has been so fun. Stay tuned for my blogger party towards the middle of August.
Also, school starts soon after that. I admit. I'm a mom who likes when school starts. Kolby will be starting Kindergarten, so I'll just have little Georgie during the day. I can only imagine the fun the little Miss and I will have together.
Anything that you are looking forward to?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Alrighty. So if you click on the video, you will hear the proper pronunciation of my name. Thanks to everyone who gave their guesses. Most of you were right. I was surprised. My name is pronounced Shay-nuh.
During college, it must have been during a big Shania Twain following, and I got called Shania all the time. That really buged me. Hate it when people pronounce it Shania. So I started spelling it with a Y after the A, which helped out considerably.
Those of you who guessed, I will email you some new recipes. That way, you can add them to your collection, however you have your recipes organized. You'll have to tell me how you like them after you try them. Go ahead and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for playing!
(stay tuned for a post about the lifelong job of being my big sister's Assistant)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I'm not a loner by any means. I thrive in companionship. But I did not see a movie by myself because I had no other choice. I wanted to go out by myself. With no one to account for. Nobody to impress. No opinions about what to do with my night out. Just me. I loved it. The whole point of me getting out was that I needed to be alone for a bit. It was a perfect solution for me.
The movie was good. It didn't totally rock my world, but I really enjoyed it. I love musicals. I wish my life was a musical. It was very entertaining and the music was fun. Go see it if you haven't.
Today, Heath wanted to take the kiddos to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Keaton said "Momma, can I sit between you and Daddy so if I get scared, you are there to protect me?" So with Heath's arm stretched across Keaton, and Georgie sitting on my lap, we held hands through the movie. It was a good movie, and I can totally see it as a future ride at Disneyland. At one point, Georgie had her hands covering her eyes. Cutie!
So if any of you ever need some time alone, consider going to a movie. Nobody cares that you are by yourself. Heck. There is nobody to steal your popcorn and drink! Consider that a bonus. Go catch a flick by yourself.
Friday, July 25, 2008
1. It's hard to get out the door without kids begging to join you.
2. Other drivers on the road should really be paying attention to where their vehicle is in relation to my vehicle.
3. The air conditioning in my husbands car doesn't kick in until...well, I don't know. It never kicked in.
4. There are a lot of cute things at Kohls, and they have a rockin' good clearance section.
5. It's kind of eerie to be the only one in a huge 25-partition dressing room.
6. It is so sad to show up to a movie, only to have it be sold out.
7. Making the decision to go shopping during the 3 hour break until the next showing instead of going home was very easy.
8. I missed shopping at Ross.
9. Ross still loves me.
10. The ladies guarding the dressing room are very very uptight about counting out your items, and then look irritated when it comes out to the same number as what you told them.
11. There are some ugly shoes at Ross.
12. Customers accounted for some of those ugly shoes. No wonder they were in the shoe section.
13. Running into a friend in Target and talking for half an hour in front of the dollar spot was fun.
14. Sometimes you just can't convince somebody to join you for a movie.
15. I should have gone to the bathroom before I got my popcorn. Darn it.
16. It's annoying to squeeze your bladder through an entire show.
17. The stupid theater didn't have root beer. Sprite just didn't have the same effect.
18. Popcorn was old.
19. Guess that's what I get for watching the last showing of the evening.
20. Nobody looked at me strange because I was by myself.
21. Pierce Brosnan really can't sing.
22. But I appreciate the effort.
23. The husband likes to wait up for me, even though it was after midnight when I got home.
24. Only showing the husband half of what I bought worked out great.
25. Going out by yourself is great rejuvenation.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I really like my name and I'm happy my parents named me Shaina. It's a unique name, and thus far in my life, I've never personally come across anyone with my same name. I know people out there exist that are named the same, or at least the name is pronounced the same way, but they've never run in my social groups. I'm glad for that. I like the uniqueness my name provides.
However, as my sister Shavonne has recently pointed out on her blog, sometimes it's frustrating to have EVERYONE in the world say your name wrong. Or to have friends spell your name wrong. Hey. It happens. I've done it too. But it's frustrating nonetheless.
So this got me thinking. I have blog friends that I've never met. Therefore, they have only seen my name in print. Never pronounced. I'm interested in how you pronounce my name. Go ahead. Spell it phonetically. I'm really interested. In college, my name was rarely pronounced correctly without prompting. I even resorted to spelling it differently in college, just so it would be pronounced the right way.
But what frustrates me the most is when I am spelling my name to someone, and they STILL put certain letters in the wrong place. Why did you ask me if you are just going to spell it how you want to?
So this post is for those of you that I've never met face to face. Please tell me how YOU pronounce my name. I'm dying of curiosity. I think I'll even put together a little something to reward you for your post. I'll send you 6 new recipes to add to your recipe books. Recipes that aren't on my blog. Yummy recipes. Sound good? Can't wait to hear from you!
(if we've met before, feel free to comment, but don't give away the true pronunciation!)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
It's very hot in our house, but what makes it worse is the humidity. It's like a swamp cooler gone bad in here. To make things worse, I HAD to do laundry today. Ugh. I also cleaned the house like crazy and all the movement is making it a sauna in here.
Heath is suppose to get home tonight. "Welcome to our hot spot, baby!"
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Made this one with mostly Glitz products. Love the little owl. I had to hold back not to add all the owls in the package; they are so cute.
Your personality is as friendly and appealing as strawberry ice cream (especially the kind with chunky bits of real fruit). You've got a slightly sarcastic sense of humor, and you rarely stress out or take things too seriously. You are cute and sweet, but with a mischievous side. You are a bit of a troublemaker, but only because you're determined to avoid a plain vanilla life.
So what kind of ice cream are you? Click here to take your own quiz.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.
Let's see whatcha got!
So who is going to go get one with me?
On Stephanie Meyer's website, there is a quote of the day from the new book. Here is today's. Or yesterday's.
Charlie: "Bells, we're up to bat."
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I remember when this movie came out. I was 14 years old, and my family was traveling through Utah. I sat between my older sister Kim and my next younger sister Shavonne in the movie theater. Kim and I were too "cool" to have a little sister hover over us, so we made her sit two chairs down from us. Yes. We were mean. But she got her revenge.
Halfway through the movie, during an intense scene of spiderly prowless, when eyes were glued to the screen, knees were squeezed together and feet were lifted off the floor, Shavonne reached her hand across the back of the seats and flitted her spider-like fingers across my shoulders.
I screamed so loud.
Shavonne laughed so hard.
I suddenly felt like peeing my pants. Maybe I did.
No. I didn't.
Well, maybe just a little bit.
So I remember getting up to go to the bathroom, right after the terrifying "shower and toilet" scene from the movie, and it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do: sticking my bum on that toilet seat. I was sure a spider was going to bite me somewhere that would be incredibly embarrassing to have investigated the ambulance driver as hoards of popcorn-bloated audience members casually watched while refilling their supply of Junior Mints.
Ok, so my imagination was vivid, even as a teenager.
Anyway, Check out the movie trailer. It still freaks me out.
On to the reason why I started this post. Around here, as I'm driving around, I am constantly reminded of Arachnophobia because of this:
These huge spiderwebs are everywhere on the trees around here. They are grouped together, covering tree branches and hanging over the side of the road. It's no wonder nobody walks around here. I'd be terrified that whatever inhabits these webs would drop down on unsuspecting little 'ole me and feast on me for 4 and a half days. (why the half? I don't know.)
When I took this picture, I was standing a good distance away, and I put my super duper Cannon Rebel camera up to my eye to look through it and I about jumped out of my skin! My lens was all zoomed in and I totally freaked out being so close to the web of death! So I risked my life to get these pictures for you. Hope you appreciate them.
By the way, if any of you haven't ever seen this movie, PLEASE tell me! I can't imagine anybody missing out on this gem.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I'll also be cleaning the house today. It's never done. Drives me absolutely crazy.
Tonight, I'm going to Walmart. It's been marked on my calendar since last week because of the sales flyer I got in the mail. It's my favorite time of the year. The time when I can restock my school supplies! Check your local sales. Right now I can get spiral notebooks for 5 cents and a box of crayola crayons for 22 cents!! I hope they are continually restocking those shelves. I plan on getting as much as I can. Having a big tote full of art supplies just makes me happy.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I told him he was right, and that would be helpful, but that I just had to use scissors instead.
He said "Man, I would sure do a good job scrapbooking because I have great ideas, like how to cut good circles."
Then came the kicker. "Mom, maybe if I did your scrapbooking, then you would have more time to spend with your family..."
Friday, July 11, 2008
Here is another project I did for The Pink House. It's a castle chipboard book by EK Success. I covered it in sandpaper before I added all the pictures and I cut up some blue swirl paper by Ki Memories, then I grunged up the edges, added some ribbon and a few word phrases. I think it's pretty cute.
Just click on the pictures if you want to enlarge them.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
About an hour or so later, I was minding my own business, then it happened. It was all I could think about. I went into the kitchen and started looking through cupboards. What could I have? What did I want? I didn't know, but I knew that just had to have something. I had a really great brownie mix, but I didn't have vanilla ice cream. Brownies just aren't the same if they aren't gooey and fudgey, fresh from the oven, and topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. I must not be limited! Only having half the ingredients for this perfect dessert wasn't good enough.
So I moved on...
What else could I have? I saw apples. Hmmm. I could make the most amazing Apple Crisp in the world, but I didn't have all of those ingredients either. And even if I did, I still didn't have any vanilla ice cream to scoop over it.
Apparently what I needed, was at the store, since I didn't have proper ingredients to fulfill my cravings.....and I wanted it NOW! I looked down. I was cozy and comfy in my jammie bottoms and I did not want to change. Hmmm. I looked around. Problem solved!! I needed and errand runner....and he was sitting on the couch.
Now, how to manipulate him so that he WANTS to go, and does it soon, because at this point, I'm almost going crazy with anticipation of something sweet; something I had yet to decide on, but I knew it would be super yummy.
I bounced over to him and plopped myself down on his lap. "OOOh. Looks like you want something!" Yes, but probably not what he was thinking....
I told him my dilemma and how this desire for something sweet was overtaking me, and he simply must go to the store and get it for me.
He had his own dilemma, like wanting to watch the Tour De France on TV, but like a good trained husband, he said "What do you want me to get?" I told him I couldn't decide, and it was up to him to pick out something fabulous and bring it home to me. So after telling him directions to the store, and agreeing to wait for a commercial break, I plopped down on my bed to read a bit, so as to pass the time away.
Time passed away.
Probably 10 minutes. The husband came in to get ready to go to the store. I looked up at him.
"Never mind. The feeling has passed. I don't need anything anymore."
"So that's it?" he asked.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The beach was covered in these teeny tiny broken shells. It really STUCK to your skin! It was so hard to wash off. In fact, I'm sure the kids still have some stuck in the crevises.....
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Until then, I'll let you know Heath and I no longer teach the 2 year olds in church. We were released today, and I was given the new job of being the secretary for primary (all the kiddos ages 2-12). Heath is devestated to leave the nursery. He thought it was the best.
Catch ya'll soon....