Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 2009

This year we had Thanksgiving at our house instead of with the extended family. Which meant I cooked everything my mom didn't get around to while attending the bird in the oven. Though surprisingly Rachel and Michael helped out a bit in the kitchen. It was quite the experience the day before as we moved all the living room furniture into Randy's room so we could set up tables. Luckily Randy was actually home and helped (for once).

Anyway, everything worked out in the end and we had a great thanksgiving day. Now onto the pictures!

Here's my sad little plate waiting to be piled with mountains of food.

And here's the plate with it's array of colorful goodness waiting to be eaten.

Everyone on the Easr side of the tables

The West side (gangsta) of the tables.

Our "Thanksgiving tree" from the country of LAME-ZOR. Why we put it up early November I'm still trying to understand. At least Rachel and I get to decorate it while my parents are in California. We'll make it rock.

Randy's girlfriend Becky and her son Carter joined us this year for our meal. It was fun having them with us and getting to know Becky better. I have SO much in common with her. It's awesome. We even have the same camera! And Carter was hilarious through the day, very entertaining.

The one picture (out of MANY) Randy actually smiled in came out blurry. figures.

My mom wanted the butter in pretty dishes. So I made it interesting :D

The parentals

Carter LOVED the olives. Becky had to bribe him with olives so he would eat everything else on his plate.

Rachel and me holding the pies that we didn't make. Yeah, they were store bought. But we thought we'd be cool anyway and get a picture with them.

Miles also had a thing for the olives. He knows what they are and knows to hold out a finger so we can put it on the tip. He's adorable as usual.

Oh, the big ugly box behind Miles in the video is the new pots & Pans set my dad got for my mom for thanksgiving. They are SO nice! Non-stick, glass lids, oven safe, etc. I'm excited because I know I'll use them just as much as my mom!

Up next CHRISTMAS!!! Get ready for baking overload, an explosion of decorations, and cool stuff overkill. Of course documented through photographs. December is my busy month, expect lots of posts!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's 4:30am, yes, I'm blogging.

The sister has now gone to bed, the boyfriend is asleep at home (how rude of him not to be at my beck and call to talk online) and I'm awake, bored out of my mind. I'm almost completely better from this stupid state of sickness, but alas, I've picked up an uber retarded sleeping schedule from it. I would sleep when I was tired, which was alternating about every four hours. Thus me being awake at this crazy hour of 4am.

Despite feeling recovered for the most part, I'm staying home from church tomorrow (*ahem* today) just to be precautious because I teach the young primary kids and wouldn't want to get them sick. Although when I think about it, every time I've been sick the past two years, I can probably trace it back to someone in my class.......maybe I should return the favor (insert evil grin/cackle). Oh, the woes of being a primary teacher.

Strike that, I can hear Rachel coughing her brains out in bed. Randy has had a cold and I guess he gave it to her. I feel bad, she's teaching primary tomorrow when it's my turn, again. But I know they both don't have what I have, I have coughed maybe 3 times in the past month. All they do is cough. Nope. Not the same sickness.

Alright, I have had my say for the night. I'm going to try and sleep. or maybe I'll go cook something. Hooray for being able to swallow again after 2 weeks! Boo to the pounds that will ensue from such swallowing!

Night/Morning all.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

They Ain't Kidding

Ah, wonderful Ricola cough drops. A gazillion times better than "Halls" trash attempt at a decent tasting cough drop. My dad gave me a bag of these delightful things because I exhausted our family supply of cough drops yesterday. He actually had them in his dresser drawer, hidden away from non-worthy throats. That's how sacred these things are.

It's like sucking on a piece of honey flavored candy that magically makes your throat feel better without menthol vapors oozing out every pore in your body like other cough drops... THAT good.

One complaint though. I have the "Honey Herb" flavor. And when they say herb, they mean "ooh, let's dump 10 spices in this sucker and see if it helps" kind of herb. And not finely ground into a powder spices, WHOLE FREAKING SPICES. After each cough drop I am picking out spices from my teeth like I opened a bottle of italian seasoning, downed half of it and munched away. You see how this can get annoying?

In other news, did anyone see the Meteor or hear it last night? Rachel and I heard the big BOOM, and Michael said his window wells lit up like daytime. I wish I could have seen it outside. That would be awesome. Rachel is peeved because she sat outside for half an hour trying to catch at least a shooting star, came in, and later the meteor came by. Our family is big on meteor showers and usually sit outside when one comes around.

I was told by the doctors today to gargle with Benadryl & Maalox to help my throat. Where exactly does one find "liquid" Benadryl? And how could either of those possibly make my throat feel better? I have no idea, but I'll try anything right now. Do you know how weird it is not to swallow for an hour? Fighting the urge is such an unnatural thing, try it sometime.

My family is all off celebrating Lema's birthday without me. I've been banned from coming because I might be contagious. Hence the rambling blog post about absolutely nothing. So what do I do? Find all my bass heavy songs on my computer and blast them with the bass up ALL the way. :D If you live nearby and hear a rumbling, yeah, it's probably me. I love my subwoofer. We tight.

100.3 degrees. Yup, that's me.

Replace the cute cats with two smelly dogs, and you have me.

This picture is a perfect rendition of what I've been up to the past week, almost an entire three weeks, when I think about it.

I've been sick. SO tired and sick. And with sickness comes boredom. You can only play halo for so long, watch videos so many times, visit blogs that haven't been updated, and read books for so long you want to gouge your eyes out.

Why am I taking so long to heal?!?! Why virus gods? WHY?

Again, Steven came to my rescue and sent me 2 seasons of Mythbusters. It's the one thing so far that hasn't gotten boring. Why? Because it's an awesome show! If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it!

When I was moving things around on my computer, I happened to notice a little descrepancy in it's timing. Or notification thereof. See the example below.

So, is it 12 minutes, or 3? Which one do I believe? Make up your mind, or lie to me and only give me one estimate, but don't give me two. My brain can't wrap itself around diffficult concepts right now. It's sick remember? I don't know why I'm actually making a post out of this, but I'm bored and wanted to blog. This is what you get.

I was talking with Shell yesterday (was it yesterday? I know no concept of time right now) and she mentioned that she had her christmas gifts planned out for friends. My mind has been pulling blanks for christmas. I had so many ideas last year that I'm burned out for this year. That is, until I was looking through some pictures today and got a stroke of genius for gift ideas. I now know what I'm doing for all my grilfriends, Steven and most of my family. It will be one cup of awesome I tell you.

One thing I found while going through the pictures were these garden shadow boxes/shelves. Made out of simple wood scraps from the yard. I'm SO making these when I get a chance. I'm going to nail them all over the back fence in my yard. See how much I can make my dad freak out while I'm at it :D

Well, time to go drink something because my throat is starting to feel like sandpapaer again. and that's WITH a cough drop in right now. The joys.....

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I thought this was hilarious. Just had to post it.

Your Family Is 80% Dysfunctional

Your family definitely has some major problems, and they're still effecting you today.

It's time for you to step back, reassess, and decide what kind of role your family should have in your life.

The people around you can be toxic, and there's no reason to let your family bring you down.

Consider getting some therapy or talking the situation over with a good friend. And spend more time around people who truly care for you!

YSA Corn Maze at Thanksgiving Point

For the Stake fall activity we went to Thanksgiving point to the Larry H. Miller cornmaze. Turns out it was more than just a cornmaze. They made it into a full carnival of sorts. Mostly geared toward younger children, but it was still fun. The corn maze was actually pretty lame and made no logical sense, but we finished it anyway. Thankfully we had Steven who figured it all out for our group.

They had a giant rocking chair in the middle of it all, so we all took turns sitting in it. Don't ask me it's purpose, I don't really know.

A pikachu pumpkin!

Lehi in the chair. It becomes him I think.

Steven bought this beast for the sole purpose of being able to say that he ate a footlong corndog.

He was quite excited.

Everyone recovering and eating after the cornmaze.

Caleb waiting for the hayride.

Amber being her cheerful self

Back view of the hayride. It was quite the bouncy ride, and really fun. Probably the best part of the whole activity.

Steven and the chair of glory. "Don't mess with my rocking chair, yo"

The awesome Hatch's

Brittany on the bull ride. She stayed on for a long time, I was impressed.

A giant inflated dinosaur, thing. We didn't go inside to see what it was, other than a dinosaur. Guess we'll just have to wonder.

I still don't see the point of this chair, but whatever.

The tower of carved pumpkins.

A pumpkin carved as Hinkley, can you get cooler than that?