Sunday, December 24, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
I received this Holiday Survey and decided to share my answers with all of you. Enjoy!!
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? I love hot chocolate almost as much as I despise Egg Nog. I love Stephen's White Hot Chocolate or the plain Milk Chocolate with a huge dallop of whipping cream.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? When I was younger Santa did not wrap them, but set them in a pile. When I got older, my mom (uh, I mean, Santa) started wrapping them. I have no idea what brought about the change.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored lights, definately!!
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No, but I probably would if I had any. I've just never bought any.
5. When do you put your decorations up? When I lived with my parents they would do it whenever they got to it - sometimes waiting until the week before Christmas, but since I moved into my own house, I've started decorating the day after Thanksgiving. I figure if you're going to go through all the work to put everything up, you may as well enjoy it as much as possible.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? My Grandma George makes a killer stuffing. All homemade.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Waiting for Christmas morning to come. I could never sleep on Christmas Eve and I'd anxiously wait in my bed for morning to come.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I'm not quite sure. I don't ever remember believing in him, although I'm sure as a child, I did.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes. It is a family tradition to open our presents from our parents on Christmas Eve. They are always Christmas pajamas.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? This is the first year I've had my own Christmas tree and I decorated it with ornaments my mother and my Grandma George have given me throughout the years. My grandma has made me a homemade ornament ever year since I was born. When I was younger I thought it was kind of dumb, but now I love it!! It makes my tree very special.
11. Can you ice skate? Absolutely Not!!
12. Do you remember your favorite gift? I don't know if I have a favorite gift, but I have some memorable ones - my giganitc barbie house, a television, my full-length mirror, and last year I received a vacuum. I love the vacuum.
13. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? The spirit of charity and kindness; seeing family and friends; no school; and of course, reflecting on the Savior, Jesus Christ.
14. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? My Grandma George's banana cream pie.
15. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Grandma Ault's Christmas Party, my parent's Christmas Eve party, matching Christmas pajamas, and most of all the family picture we take every year - my brothers and I (plus, now Megan) sit on my parent's staircase in our pajamas and get our pictures taken.
16. What tops your tree? Nothing, but I saw an awesome silver star at Target I want to buy.
17. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Both. Of course I love getting presents, but I'm also a pretty good bargain shopper so I enjoy that as well.
18. What is your favorite Christmas Song? I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
19. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Love the first one of the season. Hate the last one.
20. What do you want most for Christmas this year? A new digial camera or an I-Pod.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
- Cell phones and text messaging
- British accents
- J.M.W. Turner
- Teaching kids how to read (There's nothing better)
- The words: fabulous, fantastic, and brilliant
- Maeve Binchy novels
- Black licorice
- Christmas lights
- Honey-baked ham
- My bed and fluffy duvet
- TLC's Miami Ink
- Being called, "Little One," by my mom
- Carbs, especially soup bowls
- Cold Stone's Cake Batter Icecream
- The Muppet's Christmas Carol
I'd love to hear what tops your favorite things list.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
On Sunday, December 3, 2006, I attended the Christmas Devotional with some friends. It was great. The best part was The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I'd never heard the Choir live (at least that I can remember), but they were amazing!!! To view the Christmas Devotional, click HERE.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Kari, Lori, Shelli, Ali, Audra, Aly, Me, & Christi
Last Friday, November 17, we celebrated the wedding of our dear friend, Audra. Here are a few pictures from the wedding. She's a great friend who's been a good example to me. I'm very happy for her and wish her the best!!
Because they were so stinkin' cute, I also included pictures from last February when we went to Las Vegas to celebrate Audra's 30th birthday.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
For my Dad's birthday I shared several memorable stories about him (see King Ron Turns 50). One of them was about the song his sings every Thanksgiving morning. I thought I'd share it with you. As you read the lyrics, please try to visualize Ronnie struting around our family's home singing it at the top of his lungs.
There's a big fat turkey down on Grandpa's farm
Who thinks he's very gay.
He spreads his tail into a great big fan
And struts around all day.
You should hear him gobble at the girls and boys,
He thinks he's singing when he makes that noise.
He'll sing his song another way
Upon Thanksgiving Day.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
When we entered the penthouse, the beds had been turned down, chocolates were on the pillows, and rose petals were strewn across the sheets. Rose petals also adorned the bathroom vanities, and the toilets. Yes, the toilets. When I lifted the toilet seat to go to the bathroom, rose petals were floating in the toilet bowl. I hated to ruin it, but I really had to pee. Also on the beds were nice, fluffy robes with the hotel logo and next to the beds were slippers.
Well, we put on our bathing suits, dawned the robes, slipped on the slippers, and headed down to the spa. As we entered the spa, vanities lined one side of the hallway, while rows upon rows of towels lined the other. There were several doors that led to our spa options. These included the dry sauna, the eucalyptus steam room, and the jacuzzi. I loved every minute of it!! I think I could get use to this lifestyle very easily. Here are just a few of the pictures we took while we were there. Enjoy - I know I sure did.
Me entering one of the bathrooms
To my surprise, I found rose petals in the toilet
Lesli and me outside The Penthouse, heading for the spa
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
After the Democrats swept both houses of Congress, the federal government continued to change with the resignation of Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. In the spirit of the stupidest things politicians have said, and as a farewell to D-Rum, here are some of the stupidest things he's ever said:
"Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said."
"Don't say 'the White House wants.' Buildings can't want."
"First rule of politics: you can't win unless you're on the ballot. Second rule: If you run, you may lose. And, if you tie, you do not win.""If you develop rules, never have more than ten."
"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."
"Learn to say 'I don't know.' If used when appropriate, it will be often."
"We do know of certain knowledge that he (Osama Bin Laden) is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead."
SIDENOTE: I'd like to thank TJ for this post. He posted something similar on another blog. Thanks TJ. You are a blogger extraordinaire!!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I was filled with both joy and heartache.
First to the joy:
Democrats Sweep Congress
Pelosi Says Democrats are Ready to Lead
Democratic Governors Claim Edge
Democrats Gain in State Legislatures
- It truly is the best of times.
Now to the heartache:
Divorce Underway for Britney and K-Fed
Yes, it is also the worst of times.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
"Outside the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."
"First, it was not a strip bar; it was an erotic club. And second, what can I say? I'm a night owl."
"I am a great mayor. I am an upstanding Christian man. I am an intelligent man. I am a deeply educated man. I am a humble man."
"What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?"
"The laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law of gravity is racist."
"I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where's Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis, no less."
"People have criticized me because my security detail is larger than the President's. But you must ask yourself: Are there more people who want to kill me than who want to kill the President? I can assure you there are."
Monday, November 06, 2006
To be fair I thought I'd better publish the best quotes from The Stupidest Things Democrats ever Said. As I was reading it, I realized that Marion Barry is the Democratic Party's Dan Quayle. Because of this, he will have his own post. Enjoy!!
"The first black president will be a politician who is black."
- Doug Wilder (Virginia governor, 1989-1993)
If I could be the condom queen and get every young person in the United States who is engaging in sex to use a condom, I would wear a crown on my head with a condom on it."
- Jocelyn Elders (surgeon general, 1993-1994)
"I am not indecisive. Am I indecisive?"
- Jim Scheibel (St. Paul mayor, 1990-1993)
"This is the worst disaster in California since I was elected."
- Pat Brown (California governor, 1959-1966)
"Old people have a duty to die and get out of the way."
- Richard Lamm (Colorado governor, 1975-1987)
"I say get 'em by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow."
- Mendel Rivers (South Carolina representative, 1941-1970), discussing how to win over foreign nations.
"There are no issues. My opponent has a job and I want it. That's what this election is about."
- William Bulow (South Dakota governor, 1927-1931)
"No sane person in the country likes the war in Vietnam, and neither does President Johnson."
- Hubert Humphrey (vice president, 1965-1969)
Saturday, November 04, 2006
"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and a child."
"We have been pushing the idea that George Bush is going to make things much, much worse."
When explaining the difference between the House and the Senate: "There are lots more people in the House [compared with the Senate]. I don't know exactly - I've never counted, but at least a couple of hundred."
"Hawaii is a unique state. It is a small state. It is a state that is by itself. It is a - it is different than other states. Well, all states are different, but it's got a particularly unique situation."
When remarking on the 1989 San Francisco earthquake: "The loss of life will be irreplaceable."
When discussing the possibility of living on Mars: "Mars is essentially in the same orbit. Mars is somewhat the same distance from the sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."
"What a waste it is to lose one's mind - or not to have a mind. How true that is."
"I stand by all the misstatements."
"For NASA, space is still a high priority."
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
"One word sums up the responsibility of any vice president. And that word is 'to be prepared.'"
"Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana are not racists."
"My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will never, never surrender to what is right."
"I was a less-than-serious student in college. If I had it to do over again, I would be far more serious. I did play a lot of golf. But I don't think that's any reflection on my ability to lead this nation."
"I support efforts to limit the terms of members of Congress, expecially members of the House and members of the Senate."
"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy. But that could change."
"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."
Friday, November 03, 2006
In honor of the upcoming elections, I thought I would re-run a popular 4 part series that I originally posted on "Leonard's Lawn."
The following quotes are taken from one of my favorite books, The 267 Stupidest Things Republicans Ever Said. I have the Democrat counterpart, but to be honest, it's not as funny because Republicans are just plain stupider than Democrats. I've included one quote by Dan Quayle, but as I was going through my book, I realized he's going to need an entire post of his own. Enjoy!!
"Who will the Antichrist be? I don't know. Nobody else knows. Of course, he'll be Jewish."
- Jerry Falwell (president, Moral Majority, 1979-1990)
"I hope I stand for anti-bigotry, anti-Semitism, anti-racism."
- George Bush
"Boy, they were big on crematoriums, weren't they?"
- George Bush, touring Auschwitz in 1987
This is a great day for France!"
- Richard Nixon, attending French president Charles de Gaulle's funeral
"We have every mixture you can have. I have a black, I have a woman, two Jews, and a cripple."
- James Watt (Sec. of the Interior, 1981-1983), describing an Interior Dept. advisory group
"We don't need some character in the Dept. of Education with sandals and beads telling us how to educate our children."
- Pat Buchanan (1996 Republican presidential candidate)
"The President ought to be allowed to hang two men every year without giving any reason or explanation."
- Herbert Hoover (president, 1929-1933)
"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles."
- Ronald Reagan
"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."
- Dan Quayle
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The damn TV has got me hooked. I'm mostly referring to two television programs, Prison Break and Lost. These programs give you an exciting story line that never satisfies. It's starting to drive me crazy. I need closure. I can't go an entire week before I get an update on what's going on in the lives of my favorite TV characters. I thought the summer was bad enough - having to wait several months for these programs to come back on, but I realized it was almost better. During the summer it was out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But now, they're not out-of-sight. I see them advertised in commercials and magazine ads. I don't know if I can take it. I've even started to dream about these programs. Now that's going a little too far.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
With the fall season comes one of Ronnie's best performance pieces. Every Thanksgiving morning for as long as I can remember he graces our family with a musical performance of "There's a Great Big Turkey Down on Grandpa's Farm." Now, my father is quite a musical fella - in fact, he sings all the time. However, this song is only sung once a year. It doesn't matter how much we beg and plead, he will only sing it on Thanksgiving morning. We look forward to it every year.
Another great thing about Ronnie is his use of funny sayings (some of which he's made up). Two come to mind. First, "Cutting the shine." Yes, this is a made up one. Translation = Four-wheeling. Now, we have no idea where it comes from, but instead of asking if we would like to take the four-wheelers out, he would ask, "So, who wants to go cut the shine?" Yea, I know, it's crazy. The second phrase comes from my childhood. I never quite understood it until I got older. Whenever I would do something clumsy, he'd say to me, "Yeah Grace, how's charm school." I did a lot of clumsy things in my childhood so I heard it a lot. Come to think of it, it's not very nice. Well, what do you expect from someone who loses a Father's Day gift with adorable pictures of his daughter.
Finally, a hilarious story. As many of you know, Ronnie is an avid Boy Scouter. He has the uniform and all. Well, he had just changed into his boy scout uniform, when the doorbell rang. It happened to be my friend, Jana. He answered the door, said hello to Jana, and followed it with, "Now Jana, try to control yourself. I know how you women find men in uniforms irresistible." Jana really didn't know what to think. Can you blame her?
Happy Birthday, Dad!!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wow!! I look fabulous. Here I am making margaritas (non-alcoholic, of course).
Brittney and Sandra enjoying the margaritas.
Me and Lesli enjoying the margaritas. Don't you love the decorations!!
Summer, Alicia, and Alina weren't down with the margaritas - they choose popsicles instead.
Downstairs playing games. I was the official score keeper.
Brittney, Devon, and Sandra enjoying the couch.
Monica, Alina, Summer, and Alicia enjoying the floor.
Two reasons for this post:
1. I wanted to inform all of you about a TV event that I'm sure will bring a few laughs - "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education" airs on Comedy Central this Sunday at 8:00 pm EST. It is hosted by my favorite, Jon Stewart, and will include appearances by Jack Black, Steve Carell, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, and many more.
2. I wanted to relate one of my favorite stories about one of my autistic students. This student came into class wearing a Darth Vadar helmet. At first I didn't really notice because class hadn't started yet and I was busy getting things ready. When I did notice, I told him that hats were not allowed at school under the dress code policy and that he'd have to take it off. He replied, "Ms. George, I'm wearing a helmet, not a hat, and I checked - the dress code policy does not mention anything about helmets." It was so funny, and because he was technically correct, I let him wear it during class.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
So I stole this from my friend TJ, which is something that I wouldn't normally do . . . because he's usually so lame, but this is actually cool.
It's a painting published by M&M's Dark Chocolate which shows the titles of 50 Dark Movies hidden in picture clues throughout the painting. I was able to get 27 of 50 in about 30 minutes. Try it and let me know how you did. I'd like to know which ones I missed.