Saturday, April 30, 2011

April In Pictures

Well, the month started off with snow, and continued with the end of another long term sub job.  The Easter Bunny arrived, bringing candy (and other things) to play with.  Someone was bit by a girl at school, and the month ended the way it began....WITH SNOW!

Is it Spring yet?

Here is April in pictures:

Flowers from the teacher I subbed for, along with two pictures of her wonderful class!

Brandon is still working on remembering how to smile correctly...but he sure is cute!

Ooo, look what the Easter Bunny brought!

The Easter Bunny didn't think the blue bunny would be such a hit, but it's become Brandon's new best friend.  He took it to school one day, sleeps with it, and always wants it to go everywhere with him.

The next few pictures are specifically for Grandma, but I hope everyone else enjoys them too!

Easter afternoon with his cousins

And now for the bite:  Thursday after school I discovered that Brandon has been bit by another student...a girl.  I was concerned at first because it was getting very black and blue.  At bedtime I was sure that the next day it would look horrible.

Luckily, I was wrong.  The next morning you couldn't even tell he'd been bit.

The month ended with more snow on the ground than it started with!  This is what we woke up to this morning!

It's beautiful, but I'm ready for a climate change!

Here's to a happy May.  Is it just me, or is this year flying by?

Star Wars Saturday

Friday, April 29, 2011

YouTube Friday


While I attending BYU-ID I had the honor of being in the Women's Choir.  The first year I was there, we inagurated a new school president, David A. Bednar, now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  With President Hinckley present, we sang Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, a song that gives me chills every time I hear it.

The following is a version by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir that was sang during President Hinckley's 95th birthday celebration.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Who Sings It Better?


I'm going to go a very different musical direction today.  Usually I present soft rock/pop songs.  Believe it or not, there are quite a few heavy metal songs that I like.

Today I have two versions of the Guns N' Roses song November Rain.  I LOVED this song when it was first released.  I don't understand the video AT ALL, but LOVE the song.  Guns N' Roses version is up first.

Next up is a version by an artist I've never heard of before:  Anakelly.

First of all, are these really the same songs?  I don't know who this Anakelly person is, but holy cow, did she ever change this song!  I was STUNNED when I heard it.  I almost couldn't remember the Guns N' Roses version after listening to it.  Wow.  Usually cover songs are just lame remakes, where nothing is really different.  Not here.  This lady takes this song and COMPLETELY changes it around.  I am very impressed.

Which version do I prefer?  Well, the Anakelly version is good, but I don't know if I would find myself listening to it.  The Guns N' Roses version, however:  I blast that song all the time.  Guns N' Roses wins for me, but I give MAJOR credit to Anakelly for taking such a popular song and making it almost unrecognizable.  That's the way cover songs are supposed to be!

So, who sings it better?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


The Lord is My Sheperd by Simon Dewey

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ten On Tuesday


10 Favorite Blogs/Websites

My college roommate, Beth started this blog last year.  She is an AMAZING decorator, and comes up with the most facinating things.  And she does it all by spending very little money.

People who make mistakes baking cakes and other pasteries often provide a lot of laughs!  This blog is all about that.

I reference this website a lot, especially when it comes to my Star Wars Saturday postings.  I LOVE THIS WEBSITE! 

When I first started blogging last September, this blog helped me figure out how to do all of this. If I hadn't found this blog, I probably wouldn't still be doing this...I would've died of frustration!

Easy Blog Tips!

5.  A Little Pink In A World Of Camo
This was one of the first blogs I found, back when Nick was thinking about joining the Navy.  It's all about a woman whose husband was killed last year in Afghanistan.  He never met his baby girl.  I found the blog right after her husband was killed and it has been heartwrenching, and exciting to read about her life story.

6.  SDesigns Photography
Another friend from college has become a fantastic photographer.  This blog is devoted to the wonderful work that he does.

7.  The Cutest Blog On The Block
This blog provides backgrounds, blinkies, buttons, all the things you need to make blogging fun.

8.  CBS
I know, it sounds really lame, but if this website didn't exist, I wouldn't be able to watch new episodes of NCIS, or Survivor!  I would be LOST without this website!

This website isn't here for me.  I thank for providing kid friendly video games for Brandon because not only can I send him away to play when I'm ready to kill him, but I don't have to buy a Wii and all the stuff that comes with it!

10.  Disney Junior
Another website with kid friendly, teaching games that Brandon can play and actually learn from, while not driving me crazy in the process!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Musicals Monday


One of the last great Disney movies (in my opinion), was The Lion King.  I don't remember the last time I genuinely cried while watching an animated movie, but I balled my eyes out when I first saw this movie.  Oh, let's face it, I still cry!

Beautiful music, a wonderful story, this movie has it all.

For Musicals Monday, the scene that made people want to jump into the theatre screens and kill Scar...after they finished crying, that is!  Mufasa's death.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

During all the excitement of the Easter Bunny, candy, and yummy food, take time out to remember why we celebrate Easter.

Have a wonderful day everyone.  And don't eat too much candy!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Star Wars Saturday

Friday, April 22, 2011

YouTube Friday


There's nothing better than a little NCIS on Friday!  I found this video on YouTube and thought that it was great.  Using Wil Smith's Men In Black theme song, it shows the wonderful men that make NCIS so awesome!  And the head slaps are, as always, funny.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Who Sings It Better?


It's time for another installment of "Songs From My Youth"!!  I know, I just made that up, but it sure sounds like a catchy game show title!

I've mentioned in the past how my mother used to listen to Barry Manilow while driving, and that's how I came to know who he is.  Today I have one of my favorite Barry Manilow songs, Read 'Em and Weep.

Here's what I didn't know about this song:  someone else actually wrote the song!  Barry's version is a cover.  The person who actually wrote and sang it first?  Meatloaf.  Here now is his version:

Which version do I prefer?  I like me some Meatloaf (food and musician), but Barry wins it for me.  Meatload looks very possessed while he's singing this!

So, who sings it better?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday