Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

In a few hours it will be a new year. It will be January 1, 2011. Does that freak any of you out, because it seems just like yesterday it was January 1, 2010. How time flies.

It's fun, at the end of one year, to think back at what's happened during that year. To see what you've done, accomplished, and haven't gotten to yet. You almost have to look back to look ahead and see what you need to get done. So that you can make a new list of things you want to accomplish.

So now I say, goodbye 2010. It was a good year, but it's almost over. And I'm ready for a new one.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Miscellany Wednesday

1. You know what, I didn't take one picture on Christmas day. Isn't that horrible? I didn't even think about it. *sigh* I'll have to do better next year.

2. Did everyone have a good Christmas? I did! What's your favorite thing you got? A few favorites of mine were soundtracks (Bourne ones and Inception), earrings, jewelry box, and books. I spent most of the day in the kitchen cooking, which was fun!

3.  We went to see The Voyage of The Dawn Treader yesterday. I thought Eustace would drive me crazy, but he really didn't. I liked it better than the second one. But one thing I don't get is, why in the world was the White Witch in it?! She was killed in the first one. I don't know what it is, but they just can't seem to let her character go.

4. We're supposed to get a good bit of snow in the next couple of days. The weather people are calling it an "Arctic blast". It wasn't supposed to start until later today, but apparently it's been snowing since last night. We haven't had a good snow this winter, so I'm hoping we'll get a lot from this one. It'll be around until Friday, so I think we will. Hopefully. ;)

5. It will be January 1, 2011 in a few days. That's really strange to think about. I just know I'll accidentally write 2010 the first few times. I can't believe another year is almost over! They just seem to go by faster and faster.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Oreo Balls Recipe

Josh and I made these for the first time yesterday and they turned out delicious! They were fun, easy, and pretty when finished. :)

Oreo Balls-

1 package regular size Oreo cookies, crushed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 package white almond bark
1 package chocolate almond bark

What to do-

Using a blender or hand held mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together. Roll into walnut size balls. Chill for an hour. Melt approximately 3/4 package white almond bark. Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in melted white almond bark. Allow to harden on wax paper, which takes about 15 minutes. While waiting, melt about 1/4 package of chocolate almond bark. When Oreo balls are no longer sticky to the touch, decorate with drizzles of chocolate almond bark. Enjoy! :)


Monday, December 20, 2010


Last week I baked a few different kinds of cookies. There's just something about cookies and Christmas that click, don't you think? I love baking Christmas treats! Put on my favorite music and an apron, and I could stay in the kitchen all day! ;)

Have a blessed Christmas week!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

POTC- On Stranger Tides Trailer

Oh my gosh, when I saw the trailer was out my heart leaped for joy! I love that trilogy and just can not wait for the next one to come out! Yes, I'm just a little excited. :)

Doesn't it look great?! Hans Zimmer is doing the soundtrack, so you know the music's going to be good. It's definitely one of the movies coming out next year that I'm looking forward to the most. But, I guess you could already tell that. ;)


Monday, December 13, 2010

Toby Got Dressed Up

A few weeks ago I dressed Toby up for a photo shoot. Aren't his Santa hat and bell collar just adorable? I sure think so! Usually he pulls his hat off right after you put it on him, but this time he didn't because I had treats. ;)

He's too cute!!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Bourne Trilogy

Okay, so what do I say about these movies? I can't think of anything else but they are great, terrific, very action packed (which I absolutely love), really cool, and definitely some of my favorites!

A couple of nights ago Mom, Pop, and I were watchig the last one on TV. It was pretty dumb to watch it because, although I'd seen the last one four or five times, I'd never seen the first two, Mom had never seen any of them, and Pop had seen them all.  After five minutes of commercials (and they were still going strong) Pop suggested just putting the dvd's in. We put Bourne Identity in, and liked that one so much we went right ahead and put  Bourne Supremacy in.

We weren't able to watch Bourne Ultimatum last night, so we'll probably watch it tonight. I can't wait to watch it and know what's going on. ;)

Oh, and in case you're wondering, I am convinced he's the best fighter ever.

Who doesn't like a guy who can handle a gun?

I really liked Marie.

Do any of y'all know who this is? It's Karl Urban- aka Eomer in The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Josh figured that out. ;) He was bad in these, though. :( You can pretty much figure that out by looking at the picture. He looks mean there.

I really liked the music in these, too. It went perfectly with the movies. John Powell did a great job! I want the soundtracks.

Have you seen them? If so, did you like them as much as I did?


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Some of my favorite Christmas movies...


The Polar Express
This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Taken from imdb.

Silver Bells
Widower Christopher 'Christy' Byrne makes his preteen son Danny and daughter Bridget help out on the family tree farm, top priority. His year's highlight is selling their Christmas trees in New York. When Danny is sixteen, he runs away there to pursue his own dream, photography. Museum employee Catherine O'Mara securely helps him with assignments and study facilities. Christy and friendly cop Rip keep looking for Danny. But when contact is finally made, Christy still hasn't learned his lesson and Danny pays another cruel price. Taken from imdb.

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
 Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a single, working mom who has become somewhat of a Scrooge when it comes to the Holiday season. Even her six-year-old son Brian is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. When Jen’s Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler), a retired police officer, comes to visit for Christmas, he brings along a new friend, a nomad and Jack-of-all-trades named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie). The two met on a flight, and Morgan’s plans to continue on to Denver are canceled when he finds out the city is completely snowed in. Jen is wary of the stranger, but at Ralph’s request, agrees to let him stay the night. She warms up to Morgan, especially when she sees how he interacts with Brian. Uncle Ralph approves of Morgan, too, but Jen’s boyfriend Richard isn’t nearly as receptive.

Meanwhile, Morgan has started to really like Jen, but if she can’t manage to make Christmas about anything more than business, Morgan will be on his way to Denver, and she’ll have missed the opportunity that was right in front of her. Uncle Ralph has done what he can to keep Morgan around, but it’s going to take something more than that to get him penciled into Jen’s long-term plans. Jen just needs to learn “how to do Christmas,” and it turns out Morgan is the perfect one to teach her. Taken from Hallmark.

The Nativity Story
 This is a conflation of the stories of the birth of Jesus found in biblical accounts by Matthew and Luke. Taken from imdb.

The Santa Clause
Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried - and failed - to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn't real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas... then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he's startled by Scott's calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he's involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he's taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they're elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad's new job, though Scott's convinced it's a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food... Now he's accepted it, there's just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family? Taken from imdb.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas paegent. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. Taken from imdb.

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?


Friday, December 3, 2010

Sugar Cookies

The other day Josh and I made some sugar cookies. This is the second year we've made them, and I think it's kind of becoming a tradition. :) He likes to ice them, then I go and decorate. We have a lot of fun together! :)

Which is your favorite?


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My New Christmas Look

It's December 1, so I thought I would get my new blog look up. :) Yesterday Lindsay totally redid my blog as I sat by, saying if I liked something, wanted it different, etc... She did a great job. Now I have a picture header, bigger posting area, new background, snow effect, a Christmas blog button (go grab one!), and I have my Christmas playlist up, also. :) I'm still trying to get my sidebar stuff back up, but besides that it's all done and I'm loving it! :) Really loving it.

What do you think?

Last weekend I spent decorating the house. We got the Christmas tree out and decorated it Sunday night. Decorating the Christmas tree is my favorite part of  Thanksgiving weekend. This year wasn't as much fun, though, because I did about half of it by myself. Doing it by yourself takes all the fun out of it! Really. Whenever I picture a Christmas tree being decorated, at least half the family's doing it together with Christmas music playing and they're laughing and having a great time. I guess that's what I think of because that's usually how it is for us. I guess it can't be like that every year. Lindsay helped me put the lights on (believe me when I say, Lindsay and me puttng lights up is a funny thing to watch and I already dread having to take that tangled mess down), but then she had some sewing to do. Josh helped put the ornaments on at first, but then he got bored and left. *sigh* Then Mom came towards the end and helped me finish up.

We've had Christmas music playing a lot since November 26. ;) I'm one of those people who can't wait to start listening to it and have to listen to a couple of cd's really early. For me, the breaking point came on September 2. It was cold outside, me and Josh were making soup, and Mom and Lindsay were shopping (they're more strict about waiting, obviously not like me ;). I couldn't help myself.  But after that I waited, like everyone else, until November 26. ;) Actually, no, I didn't. I started playing it around the 20th. The way I look at it, it's a once a year thing, so why not start a little early?

For me, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year (I love that song)! I wait all year for it, and it's here again!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ABC's of Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Rachel, at Finding Joy, is hosting the ABC's of Thanks link-up, so I decided to join in! I thought about doing a post like this before, but never got around to it. Now I'm glad I waited! ;)

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Dogs and cats

Energy. What would we do without it?!

Family and friends

Games ( board games, card games, etc… )

Hot chocolate





Music and movies

New clothes



Quiet time reading the Bible or just any book.


Snow. Love it! :)

Trials. We may not like them, but once we get through them we’re stronger and are thankful for them.

United States. I’m so blessed to live here!


White Christmas’s

X-tra hot chocolate. ;)

Yellow. Yellow, green, red, and blue are my favorite colors. :)

Zoos. I only said that because I couldn’t think of anything else. *sigh*
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yes, I'm Rambling...

I haven't posted in a while. Sorry. Last week I was busy with school mostly, but I also went to a movie night at a family at church's house and went rollerblading with Josh a few times.

I feel like being random, so here you go! :)

1. I've been really looking forward to Thanksgiving and can't believe it's only a couple of days away! :D We're going shopping for the meal later today.

2. We always take school off during the week of Thanksgiving. My first holiday break of this school year is here! ;)

3. I watched Northanger Abbey for the first time yesterday. I liked it! It was funnier than most Jane Austen movies.

4. Later today my sister and I have to give Toby a bath and groom him. We've been putting it off for a few days now, but can't any longer. He's so shaggy and stinks!

5. Our cat Sam spends all day (every day) up in my parent's room. He likes it up there because it's warmer than the rest of the house. But, I've concluded, he is a very boring and predictable animal. ;)

6. We got a little snow yesterday, but it was about as much as we got last time. It was colder, though, so it stuck around for a while.

7. The high Thursday is 32 degrees and the low is 10 degrees. I love cold weather! :)

8. Usually, when I make myself eggs, I put milk, cheese, and Tony Chachere in them. :). I only just said that because I made some eggs a few minutes ago. ;) I think that's the best way to have them.

9. Me and Josh are really looking forward to making some more sugar cookies and decorating them. This year we have more cookie cutters, too. :)

10. I put marshmallow creme on top of hot chocolate and most coffee drinks. I think it's the best! :)

Talk to y'all later!


Friday, November 12, 2010

First snow of the year and a giveaway!

Yesterday morning I looked out the window and saw the ground was dusted with snow. This was our first snow of the year, so I was pretty excited. We didn't get very much, just enough to cover the ground, but I don't care. ;)

We had a pretty sunset, too. :)

Now I'm looking forward to the next snow. Hopefully we'll get more, then. :)

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Also, Carlotta is having a giveaway to celebrate getting 500 followers! :) You really should go enter! :)


Monday, November 8, 2010

Movie Quote Game Answers! ;)

Y'all did pretty well! All but one was guessed. ;)

#1- The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack and Algy)

Guessed by-  Polka Dot, Emily, Alexandra!, Miss Bea, and Miss Laurie

#2- Titanic (Rose and Jack)

Guessed by-  Taylor

#3- Napoleon Dynamite (Napoleon and Uncle Ricco)

Guessed by-  Alissa, Hannah, and Eldarwen

#4- The Santa Clause (Scott Calvin)

Guessed by-  Emily, Sara H., Alexandra!, Alissa, and Sarah

#5- Little Women (Laurie)

 Guessed by- Hannah, Miss Laurie, Eldarwen, Alexandra!, Sarah, Sarah H., Emily, and Polka Dot

#6- The Polar Express- (Hobo and Hero Boy)

Guessed by-  Charity U.

#7- Dead Man's Chest (Elizabeth and Jack)

Guessed by- Miss Laurie, Taylor, Eldarwen, and Emily

#8- Bringing Up Baby- (Susan and David)

Guessed by-  Sarah

#9- Emma (Emma and Harriet)

Guessed by-  Alissa, Hannah, Miss Laurie, Alexandra!, Sarah, Emily, and Polka Dot

#10- Ratatouille (Linguini and Colette)

Guessed by-  Polka Dot, Alexandra!, Alissa, and Sarah

#11- Cars ( Lightning McQueen)

Guessed by- Sierra, Emily, and Charity U.

#12- Sense and Sensibility (Marianne and Margaret)

Guessed by- Alissa, Miss Laurie, Miss Bea, Sarah, Sierra, Emily, Alexandra!, and Polka Dot

#13- Parent Trap (Annie and Hallie)

Guessed by- Emily

#14- Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter)

Guessed by- Hannah and Polka Dot

#15- The Two Towers (Gollum)

Guessed by- nobody. I was really surprised no one got this one. :)

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Thanks everyone for guessing! :) I had a lot of fun with it!