Sunday, November 29, 2009

More Twilight Nuggets

For those addicted but wish (sorta) that they weren't, here's a very entertaining blog post written by Normal Mormon Husband regarding the series. He has some interesting hints for the men in the lives of the women who are secretly pining for a vampire.

The funniest hint?
After numbing your lips by sucking on a Popsicle, ask her, "Have you ever wondered what it feels like to kiss Edward?" Note: She will be utterly helpless when you close your eyes and lean toward her.

Must We?

I shop at Aldi frequently. It's a great place for basic staples. Yet when I take my family with me to Aldi, there is something that happens, causing us to act like slack-jaw yokels (pictured above).

Today we stopped after church and within about two minutes Rachel had loudly proclaimed that her brother was gay, Quinn had accidentally strangled her, she turned and sneezed into his face, then I smacked her in the shoulder for acting like such an idiot, exclaiming, "Do you not realize that you could be threatening the lives of any immuno-suppressed individual in the store?!"

Must we act like this?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

'Twilight,' the love that dare not speak its shame

I took the kids to see New Moon last weekend and am currently trying to "kick" the Twilight saga from my brain. Then I read this article and realized I'm not alone.

I learned that "Good, smart, literary women tried to resist the romantic-vampire phenomenon. And then, alas, they bit" too!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Just Read

I can't believe how often I laughed out loud reading this book. I know it's for grade schoolers, but it was a nice diversion to thinking about what to cook for Thanksgiving dinner. Have a good one, by the way!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I'm not making fun, just can't help sharing the smile. My son was watching TV and commented about the myriad commercials, "Just because it's Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to keep showing us stupid roosters!"

(pretty sure he meant to say turkeys)

Monday, November 23, 2009


I hope this isn't too personal to blog, but too late. You know how Quinn uses words that are close to what he means, or words that sound sort of like the word that he means? Well, last night during family prayer time, Quinn thanked God for " . . .His love, His wisdom and His punctuality. . . ."

Maybe it was Quinn's way of acknowledging God's sovereignty and perfect timing. But Rachel and I couldn't help giggling.

Hope or Truth

"It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. ... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."

— Patrick Henry, Founding Father

Friday, November 20, 2009

cant diss the Wrd

I'm TTLY not in2 txting, but this is good to know.

Check out Religious Libertree

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I'm Tired

It's been a busy week. But I'm not quite this tired.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

True Patriot

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time,
and your government when it deserves it."

— Mark Twain

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."

— C. S. Lewis


Quinn was talking about someone named Mystique tonight. I assumed it was a kid in his class, but thought the name sounded a bit "stripper-ish." It suddenly dawned on me that he was talking about his teacher, whose name is Mrs. Stich. I'd better start paying better attention to my kids.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Good Deeds

Quinn answered the door this afternoon and gave permission to a couple of young boys to rake leaves in our yard. I peeked out the window and noticed that the boys were about seven or eight years old. One of them had a child-sized snow shovel and the other had a very large rake. They were pretty much raking our leaves into our neighbor's yard and into the street. I sent Mike out with a few dollars for them so that they would STOP!

I wonder what kind of racket they have going? Will they ask our neighbor if he wants those leaves raked from his yard now?

Poor Owen

My sister and her family came to visit yesterday. Unfortunately, my nephew Owen had a bit of stomach trouble. While getting some fresh air, he ended up projectile-vomiting near Mrs. Neighbor's kitchen window. I quickly walked into my house to get a washcloth for Owen.

Also, I didn't want anyone to hear my giggling.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Go, Maggie!

"The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

Margaret Thatcher


I came across a box of old love letters last night and Mike and I were reading them and laughing. We were only 15 & 18 when we started dating and the "love banter" was truly hilarious. Plus, the letters stretched over seven years. Rachel was rolling her eyes and trying not to gag. But I did gain an insight into why the Twilight saga had pulled me in - I lived that adolescent love triangle. And still, I vote Team Edward - um . . . I mean Team Mike!

I also realized that the art (I'm using that term loosely.) of the love letter is being lost to emails and texts. I wonder if ours will be the last generation with an old box of letters?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Common Sense

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men,undergo the fatigues of supporting it."

— Thomas Paine, Founding Father

Monday, November 09, 2009

New Picture

Check out this link to see my favorite picture of the Rellim triplets. Holden, Hannah and Hayden.

Friday, November 06, 2009


"AHHHH!! Gross!! There are shrimp in my Ramen shrimp & noodles!!" exclaimed Rachel.

Yep. She's a straight-A student.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


This is a list of books that I've heard could be banned by the president. What sort of implications could there be based on the fact that I've read (and likely own) so many of them?


This is an interesting way to deal with criminal behavior. Pretty sure the story is true.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Just Finished Reading

A typical Dan Brown novel with a healthy heaping of National Treasure. Clues lead to more clues, leading to more clues, with a couple twists and one tear-jerking moment. Interesting last few chapters about how man is god but has not yet realized it - apotheosis, or something like that. Tons of conspiracy theories were thrown about regarding our Nation's forefathers and their roots in Freemasons.

Hee Hee

Monday, November 02, 2009

It Happened

I became one of those parents tonight who sat in the bleachers questioning the coach's decisions during the girl's basketball game. I started to care about who was going to win and it was crushing me. Fortunately, about third quarter, I was able to shrug off the stress and just watch for the fun of it. Unfortunately, I think the coach had been doing that all night long.

Doh! There I go again - caring about a win!


Someday maybe I'll be quoted as saying this:

Don't you love it how a politician can technically be telling the truth without revealing the entire truth, which would make his first statement a blatant lie?

Take this statement, for instance.

Static Cling

This was Rachel's great idea for a Halloween costume. Awesome!