Names have been changed to protect the innocent...and my husband...and me...but not the dog. His name is Dexter.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Holiday Highlights 2010

Unlike most bloggers, I haven't exactly been on top of the festive blog posts. So I'm catching up today. With a photo montage. Because, frankly, that's really all the mental energy I have to give. And using the word "montage" in a sentence makes me sound smarter than I really am.

Gingerbread house making...sorry, no final product picture
A cute outfit that both my sister and I wore. Now Lolly and Babs have worn.
A Christmas Cupcake Conference
Christmas treats for family and friends
Christmas Jammies!
Yes, my girls did wear Cinderella dresses to the Christmas Eve festivities.
Santa was good to us.
And a very tired Mommy....

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Santa, Baby!

Every Christmas Eve on CG's side of the family, there is a talent show. Most of the 24 grandchildren perform at least one talent. It's as thrilling as it sounds. Some of the adults even get in on the action. Now, as we all know, I'm just overflowing with talent. Ha, ha! Over the years I have frequently threatened CG with a riveting performance of "Santa, Baby" in all it's Marilyn Monroe glory but have never actually gone through with it. Mostly because I can't really sing.

So, this got me thinking this year. I seem to be thinking about Christmas songs a lot this year...have we noticed?! This time I was thinking about the lyrics of this Christmas classic and as amusing as it would be for me to sing them for a family party, they're not exactly applicable to my life at this point in time. So, OF COURSE, I decided to rewrite them.

Behold! New Santa, Baby lyrics....Chaos style.

Santa, Baby
Santa baby, just slip a sitter under the tree
For me

Been an awful good mom

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, a 2010 Caravan too, light blue
I'll be sound asleep dear Santa baby
So hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of all the sleep I've missed

Think of all the boo boos that I always kiss
Next year I could be just as good

If you'd check off my Christmas list

Boo doo bee doo

Santa Baby, I wanna wife to help me out
With my life
Been a mommy all year

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa honey, one thing I really do need

A clean
House that stays that way
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie and fill my stocking with lots of cheer
And checks
For my mortgage next year

Santa cute, and hurry down the chimney tonight

I don't need you to trim my tree
My girls did a pretty great job for me
They really do believe in you

Almost as much as they believe in me
Boo doo bee doo

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing
To sing
This silly song next year
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight


On The Twelfth Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me 12 lucky charms. (Bracelets. Because a girl can never have too much jewelry.)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

On The Eleventh Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me 11 pipes of licorice. (Here we go with the candy again....)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Problem With Rudolf

I've been thinking about Rudolf. You know, the red-nosed reindeer. I've heard the song a time or two this holiday season. It's popular amongst the kindergarten crowd. And the crowd that idolizes kindergartners and copies everything they do.
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Anywho...I've been hearing this song which in turn makes me think about this song. And one thought led to another and...I'm thinking that's it's not so great. I mean, Rudolf was a complete outcast until Santa needed him for the foggy night. Then, all of the sudden, everyone wanted to be his very best friend. Just because he saved the night for the Big Guy and was suddenly super popular.

It kind of mimics life, in a way. People who previously didn't give you a second glance all of the sudden want to be your bestie for one reason or another. But that "friendship" is fleeting. Which begs the question be asked....once the fog cleared, did they still let Rudolf join in all the reindeer games?

On The Tenth Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me 10 pins for bowling. (A miniature bowling set for hours of fun. Maybe minutes of fun. But I'm hoping for hours.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On The Ninth Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me root beer barrels while I watched Muppet's on TV. (pretty sure that doesn't fit with the song...)

Monday, December 20, 2010

On The Eighth Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me eight duds of milking. (milk duds) (it was all I could come up with)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

On The Seventh Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me gummy rainbow fishies.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

On The Sixth Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me yogurt covered raisins.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Favorite-Santa

Yes, Santa is getting ready to make his big trip around the world pretty soon, but at the beginning of December we were lucky enough to have him visit for a family party.
Lolly is definitely to the point where she appreciates Santa.
Babs....not so much.
As a matter of fact, when we go various places she frequently asks me if Santa is going to be there. And Chuck E Cheese. She is wary of them both.

Yes, Santa took on all these happy kids. With a smile on his face.
That Santa is a good man.

Lolly has informed us that she has seen the real Santa twice this year. Once at Aunt Zoozie's house and the other time when he came to visit at school. The very same Santa. The guy at Macey's was just a guy dressed up as Santa who had put gray make-up on his eyebrows. Babs also told me (separately) that the Santa at Macey's is not the real thing. This makes him less terrifying, I guess.

On The Fifth Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me five golden bells.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On The Fourth Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me four yummy chocolates.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On The Third Day of Christmas.... Mama gave to me three flavors for dipping.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On The Second Day of Christmas...

,,,my Mama gave to me two deviled eggs.

Monday, December 13, 2010

On The First Day of Christmas... Mama gave to me a pear from a pear tree.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Favorite-Quarters For Christmas

This year Lolly's school joined with KSL (a local TV station) to raise money for Quarters For Christmas which is a charity that provides under-privileged children with shoes for Christmas. They sent home a note asking for each child to bring in a dollar to help them meet their goal of $750. I actually remembered to send it in on Tuesday which is a full 4 days before the due date. Go me.

Fast forward to this morning, Lolly was ready for school a few minutes early and had some free time. I think this has happened twice this year. We can barely do on time, let alone early. I had told her that she could play with Babs now since I had told her earlier to stop playing with Babs and get ready for school. I might have used a "for the love of all that is holy" earlier for good measure. Ya know, a typical morning in the Chaos household.

About 5 minutes later, Lolly came swaggering into the kitchen and said, "guess what I just did?". So I said "what?" because I'm a good sport. And then she told me that she had just washed the wall in her room next to her bed that always mysteriously has footprints all over it. I was so happy and thanked her profusely. And then asked her why. Because I am no fool. Which is when she told me that she did it to earn some money. This isn't all that surprising since that is how they earned their spending money for Disneyland and have had that option available if they really wanted a toy. I laughed and told her of course, but was surprised at her insistence that I get it right now.

Me: "Why do you need it right now honey?"
Lolly: "For school."
Me: "Why do you need money for school?!"
Lolly: "To give to my teacher for Quarters For Christmas."

At then my heart melted at the sweet thing that my sweet Lolly girl had done for those in need. Clearly she knows the true mean of Christmas. And also how to wrap her mother around her finger.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Resurfacing Randomness

I don't know if you noticed, but for a while there I kind of disappeared from the Blogging World. I just wasn't feeling it, ya know. We all know that anyone who reads my blog does it because it's amusing to listen to me trying to be funny. And I just wasn't feeling the funny. And at this point in time I'm lacking the mental organization to put things into a bullet pointed list. So, instead, I'll just ramble. That should be fun. Let's catch up, shall we?

Before I decided to have Lucy put to sleep, many people said that it was better for him and that it wasn't right to let him suffer and it was time. And I listened. And I now regret that. As a matter of fact, the very next day I regretted it more than anything in my life. I felt horrible. I just didn't try hard enough. I'm a cat murderer. And I totally hate myself for it. It's a lot harder to be funny when you hate yourself. I don't recommend it. I still miss him so, so much.

In other news, that very same weekend my Lolly girl broke her collar bone. It was a freak accident that involved a trampoline and a cousin twice her age and size landing on her head. Clearly it could have been much worse than a fractured collar bone. The accident happened on a Sunday night and I wasn't there when it happened. I heard about it the next morning and informed Lolly that I needed to look at her shoulder before she headed off to school to which she replied that "it didn't hurt as much". But then I got caught up in the braiding of her hair because the next day was picture day and I have my priorities. And then I sent her off to school. Without looking at her shoulder.

After school I picked her up and she even pushed Babs in her stroller on the way home. We got home, I was in the kitchen and she walked in after taking off her sweater (that she has worn all morning) and I saw this:
Why yes, I did send my child to school with a broken bone. Because I am that awesome of a mother. I frantically called her pediatrician's office and found out what to do. Then broke the news to her that she would need to go to the doctor to have it checked out. She didn't want to go. Then I showed her in the mirror why she was going to the doctor, pointing out that one side was straight and the other side had a big bump. She quietly acquiesced. But my poor girl was scared.

Everything went fine at the doctor's office and she was given an arm brace to wear until it no longer hurt. Lolly informed that doctor that it didn't hurt at all and she was fine. The doctor was a little surprised. I told her she had to wear it for 2 weeks and then we'd renegotiate.

Still insisting she was fine, I sent her to school the next day, which was Tuesday. And she had the cutest school picture ever taken. I will eventually learn how to use our scanner and share it with you.

It wasn't until Tuesday night, 48 hours later, that she finally felt it. She was sitting and suddenly just started sobbing. I asked her what was wrong and she said "every time I move my arm my shoulder hurts so bad". My poor baby.

I made sure she was properly ibuprofened for the rest of the week. She is one tough cookie and I'm realizing that in order for something to warrant a complaint of pain from her, it has to be hurting pretty dang bad.

Unfortunately, that doesn't apply to complaining about chores.

I've always been rather paranoid about things like stairs and trampolines. Among other things. Well, we've had the stairs incident. Now the trampoline incident. I think I might take my other paranoia's a little more seriously.

I'm the Teacher Appreciation person on the PTA board. For now. The basic details of how that happened involve me and my big mouth attending a PTA meeting. I'm sure you can use your imagination to fill in the rest. I was cautiously optimistic in the beginning. Now....well, I'm not so sure. I'm getting the distinct impression that my assistance isn't required.

I've been pretty busy canning. Didn't get everything done that I wanted to, but I never do that anyway.
CG canned all the grape juice this year. He's a natural.

We also went to Classic skating with Lolly's school and tried skating for the first time. There were some mixed reviews, but overall they had fun.
And were the cutest girls there, of course.

I went to Bloggy Boot Camp in St. George, but that's another post for another day.

After seeing pictures from the Bloggy Boot Camp, I decided to get my hair cut. My happier with it now, thanks to Hairyshoefairy.

You could say we've been pretty busy. We've celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving and Lolly's birthday (post coming). We done school stuff and gotten flu shots. We made a few crafts and participated in Reflections in school. I did a lot of baking around Thanksgiving. We've had lots of fun and avoided too many chores. Both girls are healthy and happy, at least most of the time.

Things are good.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Favorite-Shoes

I've been looking for a pair of shoes that I can wear with my "skinny" jeans that I can also wear with socks. Because it is cold outside. Really cold. And I am a delicate flower who doesn't like the cold.

Last week I found these.
And fell in love with them. Yes, they are probably most definitely too juvenile for me. But I love them anyway.

We all need a little sparkle in life. These shoes give me sparkle.

And, because they are technically kid shoes, I'm going online to find some for my girls!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-We're Bottom Heavy

And The Winner Is....

I have finally consulted with in order to determine the winner of Hairietta Hairison The One The Only Me.

And the winner is....

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-12-01 20:34:54 UTC

Commenter #5 was Lauren of Supermom Central!

Congratulations Lauren! And better luck next time to everyone else the next time I do a giveaway which will be...I have no idea. But I'm sure it will be good. And if you're still in a giveaway mood, Lauren is hosting a Whoops Bunny giveaway of her own on her blog so head on over there for another shot at winning!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Time Has Come

It is the day after Thanksgiving and that means one thing. No, not shopping. Okay, maybe a little bit of shopping. But really, it means....Christmas Cards! I love Christmas cards. I love sending them. I love getting them. I love reading the letters that come along with them. Even the cheesy ones.

The hard part about Christmas cards? Well, that's in the deciding part. It's hard to decide...traditional versus photo card, folded versus flat, letter or no letter, real pictures or photo shopped pictures where my abs look like Jillian's from The Biggest Loser. The options really are endless.

This year I'm going with Shutterfly. They have a truly amazing selection of cards. Whatever you're looking for they most likely have it. Except Jillian's abs. You're on your own for those.

I really like this card, although I think it goes without saying that my perfect children are never naughty.
I also love these because I can include lots of pictures of my little family.
And then this card is the best of both worlds. A picture with the letter attached. All done!
They also have photo calendars that would make a great gift for...just about anybody! You can order your Christmas cards and a few gifts all at the same time. Now that's a reason to celebrate.

*I was given 50 free holiday cards by Shutterfly for this post. All opinions and craziness are mine and mine alone. The wished for abs are Jillian's.*

**If you're a blogger and would like to participate in Shutterfly's promotion go here to apply.**

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Recipe Swap Wednesday-Pumpkin Pie Cake

It should be said in the beginning that I don't like pumpkin pie. I think it's a texture thing because I love almost all things pumpkin. Except pumpkin pie. This recipe, on the other hand, is amazingly wonderful. So in the Spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm sharing it with you. Because I'm generous like that.

Pumpkin Pie Cake
Ingredients you'll need:
1 package yellow cake mix
3 eggs
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I don't use these because of allergies & haven't noticed a difference)
15 oz. can of pumpkin
2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup brown sugar
13 oz. can of evaporated milk (which I just realized I forgot to get at the store. crap.)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine the yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup & set aside), 1 egg, 1/2 cup melted butter and chopped pecans (optional). Press into bottom of ungreased 9x13 cake pan.

Combine 1 can of pumpkin, 2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 can of evaporated milk. Pour over crust mixture in pan.

Mix together by hand 1 cup reserved cake mix, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 cup softened butter. Sprinkle over the pumpkin mixture in pan.

Bake at 350 degrees (325 degrees for glass pan) for 40-45 minutes. Refrigerate overnight. Serve topped with whipped cream.

Sit back and enjoy all the compliments that you will most definitely get when you serve this.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giveaway! Hairietta Hairison, The One The Only Me

To celebrate this wonderful week of Thanksgiving, I'm giving away an adorable children's book. The lovely blogger of Living The Scream fame generously offered this book as a giveaway.

Introducing Hairietta Hairison The One The Only Me was written by Jo Zumbrunnen and follows one little girl's journey through the first few years of life and many different hair styles. This book is wonderful for little girls and takes the emphasis off of hair and puts it back on life and the many opportunities that await us....if we're not too busy obsessing with our hair.

Sorry, that picture was taken with my phone. Not the best, but you get the idea. My girls have absolutely LOVED this book. They requested this for bedtime reading almost every night after we got it since we were lucky enough to get a copy to keep. And you'll be happy to hear that I will not be the one responsible for mailing it to the winner so you'll get it before the new year!

Onto the nitty gritty details.....

To enter this giveaway, leave me a comment. It can be anything really, but I'm always open to compliments. Bonus points for creativity. Not bonus entries, but definitely bonus points. Okay, I'll probably give you a bonus entry if the comment is really, really good.

For additional entries:
  • Follow my blog. You know you want to, might as well make it public.
  • Follow me on Twitter @LadyofPC. It's like my blog but more random and more frequent.
  • Blog or tweet about this giveaway and link it back here.
  • Teach me how to make a fan page for my Facebook account. And then like me on it.
Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.

This giveaway will end on Sunday November 28, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. I will draw the winner with the help of at some point after that time. Hopefully sooner than later. The winner will be announced here on the blog and I'll even email the winner because I'm generous like that.

Ready! Set! Go!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Harry Potter Party at Clark Planetarium

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Harry Potter 7 party at the Clark Planetarium last night compliments of UTA. Yes, you heard me right. A HARRY POTTER PARTY AT THE CLARK PLANETARIUM!!!
It was so very fun. I hadn't been to the Clark Planetarium before and I was just totally blown away by how amazing it was. CG and I got to go together. We pretended like it was a date. You know dates like grown ups go on. Of course, the entire time we were talking about how much fun our girls would have if it hadn't started after their bed time. I debated about bringing them, but this morning was the school Turkey Trot and we have to have our priorities.

Speaking of priorities, we got to enjoy a laser show while we were there. The last time I went to a laser show was when I was in high school. It was U2. Ah, the memories. And if you've ever wondered how the laser show would look in pictures, here you go. Sans flash, of course. I'm not that much of a hillbilly.
And "Ms. Trelawny's sister" was there reading tea leaves. It was awesome. At first I thought it was a joke, then maybe not. She said some pretty interesting things that lead me to believe that I am either a HUGE stereotype or she's got some specials talents going on. A lot of the evidence suggests the stereotype theory. So, the jury is still out about the Leaf Lady and how much of a sucker I really am, but either way, we had fun.
We were also sorted into our Hogwarts houses. CG is Ravenclaw and I am Hufflepuff. We had cupcakes with chocolate frogs and spent a few minutes wandering through Diagon Alley, formerly known as the gift shop. A surprisingly affordable gift shop. One thing is for sure...the Clark Planetarium really knows how to throw a party.

And I even had my picture taken with a celebrity.

**The tickets to the Harry Potter Premier party at the Clark Planetarium were provided to us by UTA and the Mom Aboard campaign. All opinions, tea leaf readings and childish Harry Potter obsessions are my own.**

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Looking For Positive Reinforcement On The Internets

The lovely Stephanie from The Daily Blarg is having a contest to choose a tag line for her blog. Believe it or not, I'm a finalist. So go vote for me! Yes, I know, mine probably isn't the funniest tag line, but you can still vote for me right HERE. Or at least tell me you voted for me so things won't be awkward between us.

Monday, November 15, 2010

October Highlights...Halfway Through November...

The perfect autumn trip to Wheeler Farm.
The beautiful result of our pumpkin patching.
Our garden. It has kept me busy. I'm still canning stuff from our garden.
Family Halloween Party!
I was wearing these horns the entire time and the party was going on for over 2 hours before anyone said anything. I was beginning to think that they blended in so well with my natural aura that no one noticed.
Getting our costumes ready, including the fanciest witch hats you've ever seen.
And, because I'm just not busy enough, I decided to make Halloween pillowcases for the family.
Visiting CG at his office in our full Halloween attire.
Pumpkin Pizza compliments of Papa Murphy's. Well, we paid for it, but I didn't have to make it.
Making Witch Hat cookies. Because we're all about witch hats this year.
Getting ready for the Big Day!
The Cutest Witches EVER!
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