Saturday, December 20, 2008

Candy Day 2008

I love our candy day tradition. It is so much more fun to make candy with all your friends rather than doing it by yourself. And if you heard any rumors of a rat on Misse's back porch who stole 12 peanut butter balls, we will not speak of it. Believe it if you will, but we deny any knowledge of Dave the peanut-butter-ball-stealing Rat.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We are Elfishly Cute!!

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Little Miss Scholarly

It's finally happened; Brook got glasses. Hopefully she'll still wear them once the novelty wears off, but she was excited to be able to read things at a distance. Doesn't she look so smart?

Book Recommendation

I just finished a book called Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It was really good. If your looking for something to read I recommend this one. It's not too long and won't take too long to read. It kind of reminds me of the Uglies, Pretties, Specials series. (YA Fiction)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Reflections Contest

Here's a shout out to Brooklynn. She entered this year's reflection contest at school in the Literature category and placed first in her grade. Now she moves on to the District competition. She wrote a story called "World's Largest Rubber Band Ball."

Here is her story for those who want to read it:

World’s Largest Rubberband Ball

I didn’t mean to make history as the worlds largest rubber band ball maker.It’s weird at this new school surrounded by adoring students. At Longview, my old school, I got adored for about two weeks then they left me alone.I think they were able to see me as a real person because to them I was. I grew up with them. These students never knew me before I became famous so they think of me as a famous person.
The bell rang and the last of my “fan club” finally slunk away when I did not give in to their puppy dog faces and agree to tell my story. When we got inside the teacher announced that it was time for math. Today we were doing one of my favorite things, greatest common factors. It’s odd; work time is my favorite time of day now, not recess. It is the time I have to myself without the entire school gathered around me as joyful as can be hoping I will finally give in and tell them the story they are so dying to hear.
After lunch I decided to talk to Miss Okewood to ask if I could tell my story. Miss Okewood was astonished.
“Bu…bu…bu…but Allie, you’ve been turning down students about that story since you got here at the beginning of September.”
"I know. That’s why. I’m tired of turning down people and it’s like a physical weight and I need to get it off my shoulders.” I said.
Miss Okewood agreed and told me good luck.
The day went by in a blur. I didn’t even notice the two-dozen people following me around the track during recess. Finally it was 3 o’clock and Miss Okewood was saying, “Allie has something interesting to tell us, so listen up.”
As I walked up to the front of the room there were excited mummers all around me.
“Ok,” I said, letting out a gust of air. “I am going to tell my story. I am asking you guys to tell it to your friends so I don’t have to.”
“It started as a regular rubber band ball about the size of those big bouncy balls. Then I added about 6 inches in width and length. Then one day one of my friends said, totally joking, ‘That’s the worlds largest rubber band ball!’ That’s when I was inspired. I worked on it for a couple of years, adding to it almost every day. When I finally finished I rolled it outside to show it off. One of my mom’s friends was outside talking to my mom. That’s when the ‘WOW!’ came. It happened to be that my mom’s friend worked for the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not book of world records. She asked me how many rubber bands were on my ball and I told her 7,521 (yes, I’d been keeping track). Then she pulled out a notebook with tabs. She went to the R’s and looked up and down the page. ‘Congratulations,’ she told me ‘you just beat the record for the world’s largest rubber band ball. The last one had 7,411. You beat the record by over 100 rubber bands.’
“Coolio. Sweeet. Wohooo! Then I got my picture taken and in the next edition of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not I was in it.”
“WOW!” came from all the class members.
“Now spread that around and I will never have to tell it again.” I said.
Then Miss Okewood spoke up, “Now we should all thank Allie for finally sharing her story.
“Thank you,” came from all around.
Then the bell rang and I was free as I was never free before. Everyone held back other students and I ran like I had never run before. My ‘WOW’ was finally off my shoulders.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Las Vegas Desert Ice Competition

We're back from Vegas! Brooklynn was there for an ice skating competition and it turned out to be a nice little vacation. We drove down Thursday and arrived in Vegas about 630pm. We got settled in our hotel room (we did not stay on "The Strip", but at this really nice Hampton Inn that was about 10 miles from Las Vegas Blvd.) then went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner and drove around the area to see what was there. I have to apologize; I have gotten really bad at taking pictures, so I don't have very many.

Brooklynn and her friends, Kristin and Abby and her coach Kelly.

Anyway, Friday (yes Halloween day. Brook kept saying how weird it was to be doing all these non-Halloween things on Halloween. It didn't really even seem like the holiday) we headed to the strip to see M&M World and the Coke Store. Brook was in heaven, she is such a knick-knack shopper. She spent an hour in M&M World trying to decide what to get for her friends and herself. The Coke store wasn't nearly as cool, but she did manage to find a souvenier there too. We had to be back to the rink at 4 so we had a quick lunch at the Rainforest Cafe in the MGM then headed back to get ready for practice ice. We found a few of our ice skating friends and invited anyone who wanted to come back to our room for pizza and a movie, that was our big Halloween celebration. We ended up spending the night with just one other family, the Farimonds, but it was lots of fun. The girls went swimming then we watched Kung Fu Panda on Pay Per View. That was our Halloween. The good news is - NO LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY! No temptation!

Getting warmed up

Kristin, Abby, Brook and Emma making silly faces

Saturday was the day of the competition and we had a practice ice session at 6am, so we were up at 5 to get ready and be checked in by 545am. After practice we had just enough time to head back to the hotel, grab some breakfast, get dressed, hair done and makeup on and be back to the rink to check in for the competition. Brook skated at about 9am, and did really well. The competition was different than we were used to being in a different state, and even though our coach reviewed the rules and our programs followed those rules some of the girls we competed against were doing more difficult moves, that are not allowed at that level when we compete here at home. We never did find out how that all worked, but we took it with a grain of salt and knew that we had done our best. Brooklynn came in 5th out of 6 competitors, which was fantastic for her. Her goal was to just not come in last. I know that sounds weird, but we take it one step at a time around here.

After Brook competed, we went back to the hotel to get changed and took a little nap. We got lunch at this Asian place that was kind of like Teriyaki Stix then went to a movie. We saw Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Our ratings are as follows:
Brook: Liked it
Jason: Lame
Steph: Silly

Then it was back to the rink to see some of our friends compete. After everyone was done with their events for the day we met at Fuddruckers for dinner and a birthday celebration. Then came the fun part. We all headed to Circus Circus to the Adventuredome indoor theme park. The girls had a blast riding the rides and generally just being silly. The adults all tried valiantly to say awake, we'd been up since 5am after all. It was very fun!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Show

We had a good time watching the show, and lots of fun skating afterwards. Anabelle only made it around a couple times before she decided she was done. Thank goodness she was free. Tre was great as soon as we got him some real socks to wear with his skates. Ankle socks and ice skates just don't cut it. Luckily there is a pro shop at the rink and they sell stuff like that. Apparently we aren't the only ones who come unprepared for skating.

The show costumes turned out great. I was worried our girls wouldn't be show-y enough, but they looked great. Sorry the pictures aren't the best. But you get the general idea.

Brooklynn's Group skated to Wild Wild West. These were the cutest cowgirls y'all ever did see!

Yippee Ki Yay!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Halloween Ice Skating Show

Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 6:30pm

Place: County Ice Center 5201 S. Murray Park Ln.


Of course Brook is in the show. Never mind that we leave to compete in Vegas less than a week later and her entire program was re-choreographed this month. We're not stressed. We love skating!

Also, plan to stick around after the show for discounted ice skating from 8pm-10pm. A fun Friday night activity!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Twilight News

The final trailer for Twilight the movie is now available to view. You can watch the HD version at or the regular version in the widget at I'm so excited. I am planning on going to the midnight showing. If you want to come let me know. It will be a party!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

How about some Twilight Movie Gossip

I have to give the credit for this one to my friend from work, Wendy. Thanks girl! The movie producers are currently putting together the soundtrack for the Twilight movie (remember the move comes out November 21 - CAN'T WAIT!). Every couple of days or so there is another announcement about an artist that will be featured on the soundtrack (the soundtrack will be released Nov. 4). Wendy told me about the song that will be "Edwards Lullaby." It is actually called River Flows in You by Yiruma. It is beautiful! You can go to Project Playlist ( to listen to the entire song (in the big blue box at the top of the site that says build a playlist type in "yiruma river" and that should pull it up. For those of you that play the piano you can also download the sheet music at I gave the sheet music to my cute neighbor and Braden's best friend who is a fantastic piano player. I can't wait to hear him play it. Go listen then leave a comment and let me know what you think!
EDIT: Since I posted this I did a little research and discovered that this song is not the one that is going to be on the soundtrack. It is actually a song that Stephenie Meyer mentioned that she liked. It's still a really cool song. The song for the movie is going to be composed by the person who is doing all the original music for the movie. Sorry for the confusion!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Currently Reading

Foreign Body by Robin Cook.

EDIT: I finished this book. I don't care for the writing style of Robin Cook, I decided. I liked the story line, just not the writing. I probably will not ever read another Robin Cook book.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Meet Gizzy

So here is the newest member of our family. This is Gizzy. Giz is basically a mutt - a mix of a Shih Tzu, Pomeranian and Lhasa Ahpso. This is Giz's third home in his short 4 months. He was purchased by my boss at work, who decided after a couple of weeks that a puupy took a lot of time, time she did not have with working full time and going to school, so she passed him down to one of our Xray techs at work. Well Janell's lease was coming due and she was looking for a new apartment, but was having trouble finding a nice place that would allow pets, so she called us. Brooklynn is ecstatic!!! Jason is tolerating, Braden is laughing and I can't believe I agreed to take on another kid, and one that still pee's all over the place too. Actually we all love him. He's been lots of fun to have around, and he's just about the dang cutest thing you've ever seen!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Here we go....

So I'm new to this. I've been meaning to do it for a while, since I've given up on paper scrapbooking anymore. I'm hoping to post pictures soon, so stay tuned.