Sunday, October 31, 2010

Day Twenty-Three: A YouTube Video

I don't like YouTube videos about stupid animal or people tricks.  So finding a video for this post meant going in a different direction. 

When I was in college, one of my roommates and I shared a common interest:  our favorite actor was the same man.

While looking for a video for this post I stumbled across something that reminded me of those days, when we constantly watched the movies of this actor.  Handsome, rugged, talented (and sexy!):  our favorite actor is the charming Harrison Ford.

I LUV my husband but, oh, those lucky women!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day Twenty-Two: A Website

An old college roommate recently started a website called:

It's all about fixing up your home without using a lot of money.  This is a wonderful website.  She is so very creative and has wonderful ideas to help you save money.  Because let's face it:  even if you have the money, it doesn't mean that you have to needlessly spend it!!!

See her latest creation here:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day Twenty-One: My Favorite Sport

My favorite sport became that way for a really stupid reason!

Back in the spring of 1995 I was watching TV one weekend and stumbled upon an Atlanta Braves baseball game on TBS.  I usually didn't watch baseball, but something about this game caught my eye immediately.  I thought a lot of the guys were really good looking and decided to watch the game.  Besides being really good looking, they played really well....I was completely hooked.  (Hey, I was 16, I told you it was a stupid reason!)

Chipper Jones

David Justice

Tom Glavine

I spent the remainder of the baseball season glued to my TV.  TBS broadcast the majority of the games, so it was easy to become a devoted fan.  I learned all about the sport simply by watching it;  all the termonology  (sp?), how to play the game, etc.

1995 was a great year for the Braves because not only did they make it to the World Series, but they won!  It was a great year to be introduced to baseball.

YouTube Friday!

We made it through the week, it's Friday again!!!

This is my FAVORITE clip from Whose Line is it Anyway?

Three Headed Broadway Star is a game where the actors are supposed to sing the song one word at a time.  This isn't easy and often leads to craziness.  I've mentioned before that I LOVE IT when the cast messes up.  Today's video is a HUGE mistake by Drew Carey at about 1:30 into the clip.  I laugh everytime I see this, and since everyone needs a good laugh, here you go!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day Twenty: A Hobby

A hobby:  really?  Well, I'm not into scrapbooking, I don't read a lot, (I read the Twilight series, but does that actually count as reading?!?)  and I don't actively play any sports.  Man, I am SO BORING!!!

The biggest hobby I have right now is blogging.  I have had SO MUCH FUN figuring out how to create and use a blog, adding pictures, and making the blog look fun and inviting to friends and family.  Since I'm not "computer savvy", figuring this out with minimal help has been something I'm very proud of.

I enjoy keeping up with friends by reading their blogs, using the blog as a way to keep a journal, and talk about life.  I don't think that my life is all that exciting, but blogging is a great outlet.  I joke with Nick because he doesn't read my blog--ouch, the knife cuts deep on that one!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day Nineteen: A Talent

A talent..... umm, I don't like this topic!  But I'll give it a try.

Music has always been a HUGE part of my life, so I'll focus on that.

When I was young, my mom taught me how to play the piano.  I've been playing in church ever since.  Not a very exciting story, but it's a talent!

My mom, sister, and I used to sing together all the time.  We'd sing in church, in the car, around the piano at night, basically anywhere we could.

In high school all my friends were in marching band, but I didn't play an instrument that could be in a marching band.  Could you imagine trying to carry a piano?  Doesn't work.  So, I decided to try out for the auxiliary team and twirl flag behind the band. 

It wasn't easy.  During the practices before auditions, my brain just wasn't understanding how to twirl a flag at all!  I was just about to give up when it finally clicked and I was able to make the team.  I really enjoyed it, and I'd like to think that I was pretty good at it.  By my senior year of high school I was one of the top girls on the team.

So, I hope these qualify as talents.  This is all I got for ya!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day Eighteen: Whatever Tickles My Fancy


My "love bug", "buddy", "Honey Bunches of Oats", "bubba".  Whatever nickname I use, he's my precious baby boy.    

Brandon's birthday:  March 27, 2007

6 weeks old, the day of his blessing

Look at those chubby cheeks!

Oooo, I LOVE that smile!

almost one year old

Easter 2009:  hunting in the was raining outside

Brandon loves his grapes

He took a nose dive at school and scratched his face up pretty badly.  Apparently he was a trooper though, and just got right back up and started playing again!

He's my little helper.  He loves to help mow the lawns, uses the dust buster to vacuum up when I sweep, and always wants to vacuum.  Let's hope he continues to enjoy these things!!

Yes, he's wearing grandma's headband while making a spaghetti mess!

Brandon LOVES to perform for people.  He's always singing and dancing.  When people come over, he becomes a "ham" and wants all the attention in the room.  The following video is from his daycare's Christmas Concert last year.  Brandon is front and center, wiggling around in the grey reindeer shirt.  The boy who keeps trying to start the songs!  He knows how to work a room, don't you think?!?

July, 2010

September, 2010

I'm so proud of my little boy.  He's so smart.  I'm a Kindergarten Aide and this 3 1/2 year old knows more about the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and colors than most of the kids in the 2 classes I aide in!!! 

I can't believe that he'll be four in March.  Watching him learn and grow each day is such a priviledge.  And where I'm not perfect, I do my best each day to be the best mom I can be for this sweet, sweet spirit.

MY BABY Pictures, Images and Photos

Monday, October 25, 2010

I Need to Vent!!!

Government is so STUPID!

Friday Nick received a piece of mail from DCSS (Department of Child Support Services) claiming that his license had been suspended because he was in arrears for child support.  For those of you who don't speak law, this means that DCSS was claiming that Nick was behind on his child support payments and if he was pulled over for any reason, he'd be in a lot of trouble.

We were clearly annoyed and confused by this for many reasons.  When Nick and I remarried in June, we CLOSED THE CHILD SUPPORT CASE.  There are no more payments to make, so how could he have missed a payment to be in arrears?  Another reason this just seemed like a big misunderstanding was because HIS WAGES WERE ATTACHED, meaning the government automatically took the money from his checking account each month.  How could he be behind?

Since the government likes to mess around with you, the paper came too late to call and get it figured out on Friday, so we had to worry about this all weekend.  I called right at 7am this morning, determined to get answers and to have this fixed.  If only it were that easy.

The first lady I spoke to told me that the month he was apparently in arrears was August of 2008....yeah, over two years ago.  I asked her how Nick would've known about this.  I was told that Nick would've received a letter in mail about it.  I asked her if DCSS would've sent more than one letter; nope, only one. (So heaven help you if you didn't receive the one and only letter!)  She told me that to fix it, I would have to call the DMV.

After speaking with her, I reread the paperwork.  It clearly says that we can't go to the DMV until we get a paper from DCSS that "releases" his license.  So she didn't know what she was talking about.  When DCSS suspends your license, it's basically a warrant for your arrest.  Nick would've known if he had received a paper informing him that he was in arrears and would've fixed it immediately.  And again, how could he be in arrears when his wages were attached?  So I was off to the phone again.  Luckily getting through to DCSS is a lot easier than trying to talk to someone from the phone company...I got through quickly!

The second lady told me that since the case is closed, he's no longer responsible for that money, and she can send us the paper that "releases" his license.  We can then take that paper to the DMV and pay to have his license reinstated.  The con:  it could take up to 3 weeks to get the paper in the mail leaving him vulnerable that much longer.  This was better news, but I was still not happy.  Three weeks until we get the paper?  And we still had to pay to reinstate his license when it wasn't our fault to begin with....I DON'T THINK SO!

So, I made my third attempt to get answers and called DCSS one more time.  I was blessed, lucky, whatever you want to call it:  I was finally able to speak to a very nice lady who knew what she was talking about.  This lady told me that when a child support case is closed, (like in our case) they send out a driver's license release form to everyone.  If you had ever been in arrears you would then have the opportunity to go and fix the problem with the DMV.  So the paper I was holding was the actual release form.

I asked this lady how I would know if Nick's license had been suspended or not.  Well, if it had been, his license would've been what they call "flagged" and anytime he went to pay for DMV tags, or renew his license, or when he bought his truck, the DMV would've told him then and there about the issue and made him solve it at that moment.  So clearly Nick's license wasn't suspended.  (Huge sigh of relief!)

The paper that was sent to Nick was a "just in case this happened to you" paper.  Nowhere on the form did it say that he didn't need to worry about this, that it didn't apply to him.  The paper implys that you've had your license suspended and gives instruction on how to fix the problem.  I informed the nice lady that they need to put a header at the top of the page that says, "This paper is in the event that you have ever been in arrears and had your license suspended by the DMV".  That one line would've cleared up EVERYTHING and not freaked us out all weekend.

The most frustrating part about this is that it took THREE PHONE CALLS to THE SAME OFFICE to get the story correctly.  If I hadn't called back the second and third time, we'd be needlessly standing in line at the DMV, (which is ALWAYS fun) only to hear them tell us we were in the wrong place to fix a problem that never existed!


Day Seventeen: An Art Piece

The art that I love is very simple, tells a story, and is usually church related.  Greg Olsen, Simon Dewey, and Del Parson are three of the most recognizable names in LDS art.  The following are a few of my favorite pieces, some of which I am lucky enough to have hanging throughout my home.   

Be Not Afraid
Greg Olsen

Forever and Ever
Greg Olsen

In His Constant Care
 Greg Olsen

 Living Water 
Simon Dewey

Del Parson

The last four pieces of art come from a collection of paintings that depict different scenes from the lives of Joseph and Emma Smith.  I am blessed to have all four of these paintings in my home.  All painted by Liz Lemon Swindle, I included the stories about what event inspired each painting, as written by Liz.  These are my favorite pieces of art.
My Beloved Emma

"What unspeakable delight, and what transports of joy swelled my bosom, when I took by the hand, my beloved Emma – she that was my wife, even the wife of my youth, and the choice of my heart."

"Many were the reverberations of my mind when I contemplated for a moment the many scenes we had been called to pass through, the fatigues and the toils, the sorrows and sufferings and the joys and consolations…"

"Oh what a commingling of thought filled my mind for the moment, again she is here, even in the seventh trouble, undaunted, firm, and unwavering- unchangeable, affectionate Emma."

-Joseph Smith, Jr. 1844
Father's Gift

After losing a son, Joseph and Emma knew tragedy again in Kirtland, Ohio, when their newly born twins died within hours of birth. Losing children a second time was almost more than they could bear.

A few miles away, tragedy also struck the Murdock family. After bearing twins, Julia Murdock died, leaving her husband not only with the newborn twins, but five other children as well.

Brother Murdock heard of the Smiths’ great loss and called the prophet to his home. There, out of grief and selfless love much like that of our Heavenly Father’s, Brother Murdock asked Joseph to take the twins and raise them as his own.

With difficulty and humble gratitude, Joseph carried the twins back home and placed them in the arms of his weak and grieving wife Emma.
While Emma Sleeps

The adopted twins of Joseph and Emma, Joseph & Julia Murdock, were now eleven months old and had been suffering with a difficult case of the measles. Shortly before midnight on March 24, 1832, Joseph sent his exhausted wife to bed with their daughter Julia. Joseph stayed up to care for his infant son, Joseph Murdock, and it wasn’t long before they were both asleep.

Suddenly a vicious mob of more than 25 men burst through the door awakening all within and dragging Joseph outside by his hair. Emma ran behind screaming, but was powerless to stop the mob. Amidst the confusion, the front door to the home was left open and the twins were exposed to the frigid night air. This was too much for the already sick Joseph Murdock, and five days later he died.

Going As A Lamb

Can any of us imagine how it felt on that fateful summer morning when Joseph said goodbye to this family on the front lawn in Nauvoo before heading to Carthage?

He must have known he would never see them again because he said, "I am going like a lamb to the slaughter; but I am calm as a summer’s morning; I have a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards all men. I shall die innocent, and it shall yet be said of me – he was murdered in cold blood!" – D&C 135:4


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day Sixteen: A Song That Makes Me Cry

I don't know of a song that makes me cry.  There are a lot of songs that are touching, sweet, etc.  But a song that makes me cry?  That's a tough one.

So, off to YouTube I went, in search of a song that fit today's topic.  I spent a while looking around at different songs.  I watched Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams, but no tears.  I found a few other "love songs" that I enjoy, but still nothing.

And then it dawned on me.  There is a song that makes me get goosebumps every time I hear it, and has the ability to sometimes make me cry.  Back in 1997 James Horner wrote the song My Heart Will Go On for the movie Titanic.   Now, I know what you might be thinking, "She only likes this song because of the movie, and cries because she thinks of Jack and Rose!"  No, not true.

Celine Dion always performs this song like it's the last song she's ever going to sing.  The emotions she conveys while performing this song are one of the reasons I enjoy it so much.  I have an incredible appreciation for music, and the artists who perform beautiful music.

Below is one of her many, many performances of My Heart Will Go On.  I picked this version because I'd never seen her perform this song with a grand piano.  I think being able to hear the piano adds so much to the song.

Another reason this song is so wonderful is because you can take Celine Dion's powerful voice away and still have an amazing song that gives people goosebumps.  I have the movie soundtrack and this song is played constantly in a simple instrumental form.  James Horner is an amazing composer.  With or without the beautiful lyrics, it quickly became one of the biggest songs ever written.

Below is the instrumental version heard throughout the movie. 

Which version do you prefer?  It's a tough call, but I prefer it with Celine Dion's powerhouse voice!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day Fifteen: My Favorite Restaurant

Day 15, the half way mark!

Since I'm not rich, and money doesn't grow on trees, (how cool would that be!) I rarely get to eat at my favorite restuarant. 

Well, turns out this week I'm lucky.  With my birthday coming up, this is one of the maybe two times a year I get to go and indulge in the wonderful food that is found at this glorious place.

The amazing snow crab

The endless shrimp

All you can eat garlic bisquits that are so good it's almost worth going to this restaurant for these alone!

My favorite restaurant is:

Lobsters, you will live to see another day since I can't stand the way you taste, but endless shrimp and snow crab, I'm coming for you!!!