Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday Haiku to You

This time of the year
Our hearts are filled with Amour
Be my Valentine!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mustache Monday

Not only is it Mustache Monday but it is the birthday to one of the most famous mustaches ever!

Happy 77th Birthday Mr. Burt Reynolds!!!  Hope you are on the mend from the flu!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday Haiku To You

I decided to keep going with my Wednesday Haiku to you.  So here is the first installment.

And so it begins
Em's starting high school next year
I'm a total wreck!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Great Big Ole Thanks!

Dear Downton Abbey,

Thank you for not ripping my guts out this week like you did last week.  I was so upset, I could barely read my bingo card!

If you want your own set of Downton Abbey Bingo Cards, go here.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The New Monday

I used to do a Johnny Depp Monday each Monday.  Now, I still love me some Johnny Depp,  but I believe that I have taken Johnny Depp Monday as far as it can go. 

I am now starting up...MUSTACHE MONDAY!!!

Our first installment of Mustache Monday comes from New Years Eve.  We love spending New Years with our very good friends.  They live up in Wisconsin on a large farm.  We had an awesome time hanging out, dancing, sledding, and snowmobiling.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Prognosticator of Prognosticators

It hasn't happened for a few years, but Groundhog Day fell on a Saturday this year.

Now, we love Groundhog day, we love the folklore...we love the traditions...we love the movie.

 So, it is only fitting that we spend this glorious day where they shot the movie.

At 5:30 this morning, we walked out the door, dressed in our long handles (Vivi's word for Long Johns) each of us armed with a travel mug and drove an hour up to Woodstock, IL.

Woodstock is the location where they shot the movie "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray.  And just like the movie, they make a huge production not only out of the day, but the whole week before Groundhog day.

There's a pancake breakfast, a dinner dance, an official breakfast, a walking tour, a chili cook-off, and they show the movie in the local theater all weekend.

But, the most important thing to us was the prognostication.  We wanted to stand in the freezing cold and watch silly dressed men take a rodent out of tree trunk, pretend to talk to it and tell us whether it's going to get warm enough for me to shave my legs.

The very best news was, according to Woodstock Willie, he absolutely, positively, did not see his shadow!!  Break out the razors, it's gonna be an early spring!

My very good friend, DeeDee and her family came with us.  Groundhog day is a very special day for them.  That's when the youngest member of their family came into the world 8 years ago. 

We had a wonderful morning, watching the ceremony, dancing to the Polka music, and then off to a fabulous breakfast at a local diner.  We couldn't stay all day because the girls had dentist appointments this afternoon.

This is what happens when you get up at 5AM to see a prognosticating rodent.

But next year, it falls on a Sunday!!!  I will be completely Groundhogged out!!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Han Solo and Honey Boo Boo

Day 2 of the new blog and we are already off to a running start!

There are a few things that you may not know about our family.  We love road trips and we love Star Wars. And lucky for you, I have a story about both!

First, Star Wars.

A couple of weeks ago, Matt and I were driving home when we came across a brand new comic book store.  As soon as he saw the neon Batman sign in the store window, he squealed and almost hit a fire hydrant pulling into the parking lot.  After we perused a while, we found a table that had different shaped ice cube trays. Currently in our freezer, we have an R2D2 ice cube tray and a Stormtrooper head ice cube tray.  So, when we saw the silicone mold shaped as Han Solo frozen in Carbonite, we could not resist.

When we got it home, we couldn't figure out what to make in it, after all, it's HUGE!  We made ice, big deal, after it froze, we ended letting it melt in the sink cause we had no use for it.

Then we made jello in was alright.  It didn't really hold the shape and we're not big jello eaters, so it sort of went to waste as well.

Then, inspiration struck and had a brilliant idea!!!!

A couple giant Hershey bars and some wafer cookies...Voila! A giant KitKat bar in the shape of frozen Han Solo!

Matt had a Superbowl luncheon at work and I sent this, it was a BIG hit!

Now, Road trips.

This Thanksgiving, we drove down to Florida to spend the holiday with my sister, Erin and her Family.   Being, the King of Roadside Attractions, Matt planned the whole trip.

We joked that we were going to find Honey Boo Boo's house and stopping by to Redneckonize with the whole Honey Boo Boo family.

Little did I know, Matt took it to heart.  He figured out where they lived by watching the show and Google mapping the area.

So, on our second day of our journey, we stopped at a gas station that just  happened to be 50 yards away from Honey Boo Boo's house.  While Matt pumped gas, Emerson and I hid behind the car and peered at the house. There was a pick-up truck out front with a lawn chair next to it.  There was someone sitting inside the pick up bed, but we couldn't see who it was.  All of a sudden, there she was...Mama June!!!!  We got in the car and drove by twice before we decided to pull up and talk to them.

It turns out that they were selling t-shirts out of the truck.  All proceeds went to Stand Up to Bullying and were locally made.  We had to buy one!!

One of the older daughters, Pumpkin, was the one in the truck bed and June (Mama) also gave each of the girls a picture autographed by the whole family.  June told us that Alana (Honey Boo Boo) was inside taking a nap because they were up early shooting the show.  We talked for a little while when all of a sudden the screen door slammed open and a little girl bellowed "MAMA!!!!"  Alana was up!  She came and sat down by her mother.  A few other people stopped and some of them were a little weird and started taking Alana's picture.  You could see June getting a little antsy and protective, so we left to give them some room.

I know that this family has been portrayed as trash, but I have to tell you, they were polite, personable, and incredibly sweet.