Saturday, February 28, 2009

Do You Have a Life?

Borrowed from a friend's blog

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 of these films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this into your blog then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up as you go, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane!

Total: 7

(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
(x)The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far:15

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp

Total so far: 15

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
(x) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x ) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 22

(x) Finding Nemo
(x ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(x) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
(x) Robots

Total so far: 30

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong

Total so far: 36

(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
(x) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
() Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
(x) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber

Total so far: 42

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 44

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
() Child's Play
() Seed of Chucky
() Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
(x) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
(x) Son Of The Mask

Total so far: 51

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(x) Ocean's Eleven
( ) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
(x) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(x) Curious George

Total so far: 58

(x) Independence Day
() Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
(x) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2

Total so far: 65

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She's All That
(x) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 76

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
(x) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
(x) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2

Total so far: 88

( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(x) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin

Total so far: 92

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 98

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three

Total so Far: 100

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard

Total so far: 103

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld

Total so far: 109

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
() Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 109

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor

Total so far: 115

( ) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Total :115

That may seem like a lot, but considering I'm pushing 40, it comes out to less than 3 movies per year. Plenty of time to pursue other endeavors.

Running Laps

Last Friday while I was off at Wood Badge, Daniel got in trouble at school for biting another child. They were playing a game where Daniel was a dog and the other boy was a WWII soldier. The other boy entered Daniel's territory and Daniel lunged at him and bit him on the shoulder. Since the teacher knew we were out of town, she sent home a note letting us know what happened and that Daniel would lose recess on Monday. Talking to Daniel, I got a completely different story so I wrote a note back to the teacher with the version I had been given and requesting a conference. I also let her know that I do not agree with losing recess because the children need activity, especially since they do not get PE in their curriculum at the charter school. I suggested that Daniel write a report on the dangers of human bites so that he could learn that biting is not just mean, but has other consequences.

I got a call from the principal who had also been present during the altercation and I got the full story. She agreed about Daniel needing the physical activity but felt that he need to not be allowed to play during recess. Instead, she suggested he run laps. I thought that was a great idea and told her that we should extend it for the entire week. Daniel was not happy with this arrangement and refused to run the laps so I got another phone call. I informed both him and the principal that for every recess (15 minutes) he refused to run, he would have to run for an hour at home. When he got home on Monday, he had a note indicating that he had refused to run for one of the recesses. So he changed into play clothes (they wear a uniform for school which I absolutely love) and he ran around our cul-de-sac for an hour. Sometimes it was a jog, sometimes he slowed to a walk, but he kept moving. And he decided that he would rather run at recess for the remainder of the week than run at home.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Survey Time

I got this idea off my cousin Belva Jean's blog and since the older boys & Neil are off camping, thought I'd get some input from my little guys. Nick's answers are listed first, then Cierra's. And finally Rachel.

1) What is something that mom always says to you?
"Clean my room."
"I love you."
"Make stuff fun."
2) What makes mom happy?
"Love"
"Because I always draw her pictures."
"Duck pond"
3) What makes mom sad?
"out of love."
"of not drawing your pictures."
Fruit"
4) What does your mom do to make you laugh?
“Tickle my armpits"
"By tickling me"
"Make you tickle"
5) How old is your mom?
“I don't know."
"I don't know."
"Good"
6) What was your mom like as a child?
“A baby."
"Follow the plans"
"Good"
7) How tall is your mom?
“Almost as tall as the father."
"18 feet"
"fat"
8) What is your mom's favorite thing to do?
“Tidy up."
"Cleaning up the floor"
"tickle somebody"
9) What does your mom do when you're not around?
“Pick up my brother"
"Sleeping"
"try to tickle me with daddy"
10) If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
“Go to the President's house."
"I don't know."
"cause you are a baby"
11) What is your mom really good at?
“Cleaning up."
"Cleaning"
--Rachel got distracted at this point and quit answering questions.
12) What is your mom not so good at?
“Feeding the dogs."
Getting out of the truck."
13) What does your mom do for her job?
“Clean up"
"Play on the computer"
14) What is your mom's favorite food?
“Rice."
"Cereal"
15) What makes you proud of your mom?
“Because you bornd-ed me"
"Being a princess"
16) If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
“Jasmine."
"Cinderella"
17) What do you and your mom do together?
“Work."
"Go to Joy School"
18) How are you and your mom the same?
"Cuz I'm part of her family."
"Eyes are the same color"
19) How are you and your mom different?
“By our hair."
"We don't wear the same clothes."
20) How do you know your mom loves you?
“She hugs me a lot."
"Because you always kiss me good-night."

I'm Prettier


Cierra tells Rachel, I'm prettier because my hair is long. Rachel responds, My hair is long too. Cierra pronounces Rachel as pretty but determines that Alyx is the prettiest because she has the longest hair and she wears cool clothes. "When I grow up I'm going to wear the best clothes too"

Wood Badge

Neil and I spent last weekend staffing a Wood Badge course. I am the Scribe and he is ASM over Facilities. For those of you unfamiliar with Wood Badge, it is a BSA Leadership Training course which lasts either two 3-day weekends or a 6-day week. In order to staff a course, you have to go through a course and complete your tickets. The Thursday night before course started, we had a staff dinner and those of us who had not previously staffed, received our 3rd bead. The reality of it is that we actually receive a whole new bead set. So we now have a two-bead necklace representing the completion of our tickets and a three-bead necklace showing we have staffed a course. You can earn a 4-bead set if you become a course director. Right now, I'm happy with just three beads.

The lead up to the weekend was far more work than the actual course work itself. My main duties were taking pictures and putting together the Gilwell Gazette each day. Of course there are always the little print jobs that come up, but nothing major. The second weekend will be in the middle of March and this is when the patrols are much more on their own. I'll still be taking pictures and putting together the Gazette, but will be able to spend some quality nap time as well.

Nicholas turned 6

We had just a small family birthday party. We used the cupcakes grandma had bought over the weekend for his cake. He wasn't really happy about that - he wanted a real cake. But the presents made up for the lack of cake. He received his own set of scriptures , a children's songbook, and a carrying case. He got a Scooby Doo coloring/sticker book, a monkey game, and some new clothes. He also got a new book from Grandma Janet.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Week Ending 2/15/09

Life continues to move at a roller-coaster pace. Ups and downs, sometimes speeding by, sometimes I just want to shut my eyes so I don't get sick.

Monday was life as usual. Another start of the week back to school for the boys. Lunches to make, teeth to brush, I get spoiled with Neil home, but do wish he'd find a job. After school, I picked up Aaron. He was supposed to go do his service hours, but the lady didn't answer her door. Apparently she'd gotten caught at her downstairs neighbor and missed seeing us pull up. So I picked up the other two boys from school and we all went to the library. Neil had to teach a merit badge class for a local troop so I got home by 5 so I could make dinner before he had to leave.

Tuesday Aaron had a half-day. Neil took the three boys to school while I got Cierra ready for Joy School. I took her and Rachel with me and Rachel and I stopped at McDonald's for hasbrowns. I picked Cierra up from Joy School and Aaron went to a friend's house for a little while. We had made contact with the neighbor for the service project and arranged for him to go to her house at 1:30. I took Aaron over for his service hours while Neil stayed with the girls and got things ready for his 11-year-old scouts. After dropping Aaron off, I decided to go get some observation time in at the charter school. I went to Nick's room and was well received by the kindergarten class. When school was over, I grabbed the boys and we went to pick Aaron up from his service time.

Wednesday was book club. It was also scout night for the older boys. Daniel watched the little kids. He's good with them. Don't remember much else about Wednesday.

Thursday was Joy School again for Cierra - it was their Valentine's party. Not much exciting going on there. I then went to the dentist to have my permanent crown placed. It still feels a bit weird so I'll have them check it when I go back in next week for some more work. I picked Aaron up from school and took him shopping. He's decided to spend his allowance on a girl. She's a nice girl, but we have to remind him that he is not to be having a girlfriend. Ahh, young love. After he figured out what he wanted to buy, we ran to the school to pick up the boys. I took them all home then left with Daniel to go buy him some new shoes. He was pretty easy to please and we picked up two pair so he can switch between the two without overwearing either of them. We then swung by the grocery store and picked up a few necessities for dinner. It was nice to have a quiet evening at home, especially since my mouth was hurting and I wanted to just sleep.

Friday Neil took Aaron to school and I took the two younger boys so I could stay and help out in Nick's room with their Valentine's day party. They always have half-days on Fridays so I was a bit surprised at how much classwork the teacher was trying to get done. They ended up with only about 10 minutes at the end for their party time. Neil and I had been invited to a birthday party for a friend. I stressed over what to wear and finally decided on black dress pants and a lavender top with silver beads and silver heels. We stayed for a couple of hours but I needed to get home and finish a paper that was due in class that night.

Saturday Neil had a hike with the 11-year-old scouts. Aaron and I tried to get stuff done at the house - general cleanup and I worked on some wood badge stuff. I finally got that finished and Neil took me out for Valentine's Day. We saw a movie and then had dinner at Abuelo's - one of our favorite restaurants. The movie was predictable but cute - could have waited until we could borrow it from the library though. If any of you are thinking of watching "He's Really Not That Into You" I suggest waiting.

Sunday was church. I didn't have to sub in primary and enjoyed a good lesson in Sunday School about faith. The Relief Society lesson was lacking. I love the teacher dearly, but I think she gets so nervous about being up in front of everyone she gets off on tangents without meaning to. We were talking about the sealing keys and I could tell she had really enjoyed the lesson but didn't know how to express her thoughts. She did share a personal story of being sealed to her parents with her 10 siblings and the joy that brought. Having been through a similar situation with the boys last fall, I do know the joy she felt and appreciated her testimony.

Today was President's Day so everyone was home. Sort of. Looking forward to another filled week.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

May you all receive the gift you most desire from the one who loves you best.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wish I Had a Camera

Yesterday morning we woke up to frost on the lawn. I'm not whining about the cold, we have it nice here in Phoenix most of the time. But this is probably the closest our kids will see to snow without having to travel some distance. So Nick ran outside to check it out. As we watched from the window, we saw him give Ruger the command for paw. Ruger handed him his paw. Nick wanted him to give him both paws, but Ruger wasn't too sure about that. So Nick dropped Ruger's paw and gave him the signal for up. This is basically tapping your shoulders with your hands. Ruger jumped up to place both paws on Nick's shoulders. This works fine with adults and the older boys, however, Ruger outweighs Nick by at least 20 pounds so sure enough Ruger went up and then they both came down. Luckily it was followed by laughter instead of tears, but it was just classic.

The Five Love Languages

This is the book we read for our book club this month. It is by Gary Chapman, an author of many relationship books and he even has his own web site. It is a quick read - I picked it up from the library on Monday afternoon and had it read by Tuesday night. However, I would suggest that if you are interested in applying the principles discussed in this book, that you read it more slowly and with your partner.

Mr. Chapman identifies five love languages and describes what acts or deeds fall into each of those languages. The important concept is to learn your own love language so you can help your partner demonstrate his or her love to you in that language, and even more importantly, to learn the love language of your partner so that your expressions of love are more meaningful.

The five languages are 1. Words of Affirmation, 2. Quality Time, 3. Gift Giving, 4. Acts of Service, and 5. Physical Touch. They seem pretty self-explanatory but as you read the book you will gain more insight into why you may love the way you do. Most people can identify their primary love language after reading the descriptions, however there are some who may still remain confused. For those people, there is a test at the end of the book that can help you identify your love language and that of your partner.

Of course, there are the few like me who scored evenly in 3 of the 5 categories. The author indicates that this means you are bi- or tri-lingual and you will accept many more forms of love expressions and should therefore be easier to please and keep your love tank full.

If you're interested in reading the book, check with your local library.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Week Ending 2/8/09

It's been a while since I've actually broken down the week by daily activities. What I realize is that I go through ups and downs as far as busy-ness. This past week was an exceptionally busy one and I'm glad it is over.

Last Sunday was the Super Bowl so after church, we went to a friend's house for dinner and to watch the game. I am not a football fan, but since our Cardinals were playing, we though we would route for them to win. The friends were Steeler fans so we had some good-hearted ribbing go back and forth. The Steelers did end winning the game (sorry if this spoiled the ending for anyone) but the game was well-played and it really could have gone either way. For me, it was much more about hanging out with friends we rarely see because of location than who won the game.

Monday the kids didn't want to go to school, but we made them anyway and Neil and I putzed around the house. He is again unemployed. His last job was not a good fit so he gave notice and the company basically told him not to come back. Monday afternoon, Aaron went to do a service project for a sister in the ward. When we got there, we found out the water was out, but she still found things for him to do and when I picked him up an hour later, the water was back on and she was extremely grateful for his help.

Tuesday was Rachel's birthday. We took the kids to school, dropped Cierra off at Joy School, ran to the library then came back to make Rachel's birthday cake. She was excited about it being her birthday but obviously did not understand the concept completely. All day Tuesday she would tell you she was 3 if you asked how old she was. However, on Wednesday, she had reverted back to being 2.

Wednesday was a clean the house day. I never feel overly successful on these days because no matter how hard I clean, the little kids can destroy twice as many rooms or undo my efforts in 1/4 the time it took me to do the work.

Thursday was Joy School again for Cierra. I worked on school work and scouting stuff. We had roundtable that night and the older boys had their OA meeting at the same time. Daniel is really good at staying with the younger 3 and had them bathed and in bed when we got home.

Friday the younger boys always have a half day. Neil and I got stuff ready for our Wood Badge Staff overnighter then picked up the older boys. Due to some unexpected interference from the ex, we ended up getting there late, but we made the best of it and realized that, as usual, a lot more could have been accomplished in less time if people had actually prepared their stuff in advance.

Saturday was more of the same but we were grateful to get out of there by 3:00 instead of the scheduled 4:00. I was particularly grateful because I was in charge of our district dinner. I'm only supposed to be the MC, but invariably I end up picking up the slack when others don't come through. Getting home by 3:30 allowed me time to get some of my school work submitted and make final preparations for the dinner. It went much longer than I had anticipated, but there are some people who just don't know when to shut up. My district commissioner has told me that we are not doing the dinner next year unless some major changes are made in other areas. I was a bit glad that he included me in the "we" of that statement as I never wanted to be this involved at the dinner.

Today I forced myself to get up to go to church. I don't have anything against church, but I dislike the 9:00 session. I have stopped going to choir practice since they moved it to 8:00. I just don't feel it is fair to leave the readying of all the kids to Neil just so I can sing. We made it to church on time (barely) but everyone else seemed to be running behind as well. It might have been the rain as well as the early hour. Because I was fighting a headache I don't think I got as much out of the lessons as if I had been able to concentrate.

We got home, took care of lunch and I grabbed nap. It didn't completely revive me, but the headache was less intense. I got up in time to get ready to go with Neil to take Derek back to his mom's house and then attend a Eagle Court of Honor for the son of some friends. The boy is only 13, but he is the 4th son and has had a lot of practice with Eagle projects and scouting in general. His family had actually been awarded the Boy Scout Family of the Year award at the dinner so this was a neat way to end the weekend.

Well, it is getting late and my Rachel wants to snuggle.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Happy Birthday to Rachel

It took me a bit to remember that it was the 3rd of February. Normal routine was get the boys up, get lunches made, rouse the girls, run the boys to school, finish getting the girls dressed and ready for Joy School. Somewhere after the boys were at school and I was putzing in the kitchen did it dawn on me that it was the 3rd and Rachel's birthday. She is 3. If you tell her Happy Birthday, she responds with the same sentiment. But she knows she is 3. So we took Cierra to Joy School and made a trip to the library. When we got home, she picked out what kind of cake she wanted - chocolate. But she was really mostly concerned with making sure she got sprinkles.

After dinner we sang Happy Birthday. She had Aaron blow out the candles, she has a bit of a fear of fire, though we're not sure from where it stems. Then she opened presents. She got a baby doll and coloring book from mom and dad. Daniel gave her a pooch that plays the sax and sings. Grandma Janet sent her a puzzle of Noah's Ark. Then we all ate cake!