Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Birthday YODA...

For Halloween Seth is going to be Yoda which was facilitated by Grandma so these pictures are for both Grandma's. You'll notice the card in his hand which is his birthday Yoda card that plays Star has been very popular.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Christmas Songs

I am doing this post for 2 reasons. The first is because I am suppose to stop standing and lie down which naturally leads to more computer time :) The second is to get suggestions for fun, lesser known Christmas songs or excellent versions Christmas songs since I have time to lie and listen to them :)
I am not an expert but we do have a love of Christmas songs in the house. The boys favorites right now are Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad, Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Santa's Beard and Holly Jolly Christmas. Their favorite traditional song - Silent Night. My favorite Christmas songs (besides all of them) are White Christmas (only Bing), Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, Ding Dong Merrily on High, It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, Home For the Holidays, Christmas in Dixie, etc...I'll stop. My favorite traditional - Angels We Have Heard on High. I am always looking for fun versions of these songs. I think my favorite Christmas singer is actually Perry Como although Armstrong, Sinatra and some other have some great versions. I think my favorite versions of Silver Bells and Ding Dong Merrily on High are from Perry Como but these are the two I have the hardest time finding decent versions. We love the Time Life Christmas album but the newer releases are not near as good. Our is from the 90's and is the best one so far.
These are a few suggestions of some of my favorite "less" traditional songs.
First off...John Denver. His version of The 12 Days of Christmas with the Muppets is very famous and really is great!! His Christmas for Cowboys is also good. The Beach Boys are very popular in our house and their Christmas song Santa's Beard is wonderful!! We love it. It even makes John laugh. Little Saint Nick is also a great song in fabulous Beach Boy tradition. Yes, I am being objective with this next suggestion...U2 Christmas. This is a great, rockin song and also the best on the album A Very Special Christmas (although the Eurythmics have a pretty rockin version of Winter Wonderland, who doesn't love Annie?) And last...Harry Connick Jr. His albums are good but we love I Pray on Christmas and It Must Have Been Ol' Santa Claus (PS He has a great version of Louis Armstrong's Zat You Santa Claus)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I am so smart...SMRT...

One of the best Simpson's quotes.

Anyway, I am so smart. Want to know what I did? I vacuumed up one lego piece one time. The catch is I made sure Josh, Hy and Math saw me vacuum it up. I was getting pretty sick of legos everywhere and a seriously lack of motivation to clean them up. They seem to spread and no one wanted to clean up all the little pieces. Solution...threaten that if all the legos aren't picked up you will vacuum them up and then make good on your threat. They were "too tired" to get every lego up so I vacuumed up one tiny generic piece. The screaming, the crying, the yelling ensued...
It has been a few weeks since that afternoon and EVERY single time I have pulled out the vacuum and said clean up they race around the room picking up every thing they can find. The effect has not worn off a bit and if it does then I'll just vacuum up another piece. If they are slower than I want all I have to do it turn on the vacuum and they jump into action. I am so smart...SMRT...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oldies but Goodies

Thinking of names is a lot of fun but is a little sad to see that some names have gone by the wayside. Some of these old names I really like but they haven't been used since the early 1900's ;)

Linus (one of my favorite)
Bartholomew (although Bart has been mildly popular for awhile)
Abram (which is currently enjoying a come back)
Hiram or Hosea
Harry (even Harry Potter hasn't been able to bring this one completely back to life)
Matthias (I was very tempted to name Math this instead, also enjoying a major comeback)
Jedidiah (totally gone now although popular a few decades ago)

Then there are a few like Tobias which was gone for decades and decades but in the last 10 years has been much more popular. I really like all of these! What old names do you like? Linus isn't going to fly with John but I hope it is popular again someday.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I think it is safe to say summer is over...

This was the scene that greeted us this morning. Needless to say that by 9:00am everyone was in boots, gloves and snowpants outside making snowballs. At the beginning of Oct we had John's brother's family (Dan, Melissa, George, Ben and Henry) come for a short visit. Before they got here I pulled out all the snow stuff to clear out a room for them to stay in. I thought "I know this is Boulder but it still still seems insane to pull out the boots on Oct 1." Well, it was less than 10 days later we needed them!

I am proud of John because he has finally accepted boots. Last year we all got really good boots. I got John a really good pair because I knew he would be walking to campus both here and at BYU through the snow for many years. Would he wear them? No...apparently tennis shoe are SO MUCH better and it was too big of a hassle to carry them in his bag to school so he just wore his tennis shoes all through the winter last year. His feet were wet all day long and completely frozen when he got home but he still wouldn't concede. Today he got ready for work and put on his boots to leave with a small hint of how silly he had been last year especially considering how comfortable his boots actually are ;) Growing up is hard to do....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Clash of the Titans...

So it is Thurs. I have been watching Ken Burn's PBS specials "National Parks America's Best Idea" this whole week. How could I not watch a documentary about the National Park System? After my goal to go to every state (I'm in the upper 30's) the next goal is to make it to every National Park (like everyone in my family ;). I am not doing as well with this goal but there are more of them. This has just made me want to do it more. It has been amazing! It is on every night this week from 8-10pm. The episodes are also online at till next week.
However it is Thurs when the big match up comes Ace of Cakes vs. The Office. The only two TV shows I actually watch. I usually do Ace of Cakes and watch The Office online later. Now I have Ken Burns, Duff and Michael competing. Who will win?
Here's a fun interview with Ken Burns from Stephen Colbert (of course)...
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