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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Funny story, fun concert

If you're LDS, you've probably got some connection to the Osmonds. I mean, there are 100 original Osmonds, so how can you not, right? ;) My mom's cousin's daughter married Donnie, and my cousin's daughter has been Marie's long-time nanny. However, that's not how we got tickets to the Osmond concert in SLC where the oldest four brothers celebrated 50 years in the entertainment industry and held their retirement concert.

How did I get tickets? Well, that's the funny story ... A few weeks ago I received tickets in the mail to the Osmond Family concert at the LDS Conference Center. The tickets, which came from church HQ, said it was a pioneer commemoration concert. Cool. But why did they send them to ME? The church doesn't randomly send out things like that, so I was stumped.

Paul and I discussed several scenarios, but we could not figure out how the tickets came to us. Oh well, we'd go anyway. I invited my parents to join us on a double date. Turns out my dad and husband ditched us for the Owlz game, so I wanted to find someone else to use the tickets. From what I had heard on the news, they were desperately sought and difficult to get. Again, I was a little puzzled about how I got them, but I wanted to make sure we used them.

I planned to invite Hilary but never got around to asking her. A few days before the concert (four, to be exact), Hilary was at my house and was looking at my calendar. She said, "Osmond concert? Are you going? Did you get tickets?" I said yes, that I did get tickets. She said, "Didn't I call you about that?" After some serious brain searching, I remembered that she had indeed called and said she entered me into a drawing for tickets to "that Osmond thing." When I got the message back on July 3, I thought she was talking about Stadium of Fire. That is a huge independence day celebration with fireworks, and this year they had Miley Cyrus and the Blue Man Group. I had entered several drawings myself in hopes of getting tickets. No luck, so I figured that's what she meant since the Osmonds were the ones who started the Stadium of Fire years ago.

Turns out THIS was the concert she meant. I didn't even remember her message when I got the tickets, because I had put it out of my mind the day of Stadium of Fire. I guess her sister's grandma-in-law REALLY wanted to go to this concert (like a lot of people), so she entered a bunch of people's names. Hilary's sister tried to help her by entering a bunch more names, including mine.

Once we had this all figured out, Hilary hopped on the phone to make sure granny got tickets after all. She did, so we were able to go up and make a fun night of it as well. Becca joined us and we had a fun girls' night out -- even the 45 minutes stuck in the parking garage trying to get out. (I'm sure that part is debatable ... :)

Don't mind my mom's red eyes -- she doesn't blink correctly. (Ha, ha! Mom, remember the optometrist who told you that?) She actually was very touched by the final performance of Come, Come Ye Saints with the Osmonds and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was amazing.

The Osmonds did some fun numbers while they were there from their hits. My favorite was when Donny and Marie were going to do a little medley and started the music for "She's a little bit country ... He's a little bit rock and roll" when Donny stopped it and had the men of the MoTab sing, "She's a little bit country." Marie countered w/the MoTab women with, "He's a little bit rock and roll." It was funny. I'm sure spontaneous, too, right? ;)

Anyway, as we watched the Osmonds perform, I realized how horrible it would be to grow up famous! Funny thought to have during a great concert, I know. I think most of the times when we think of being famous we think of all the wonderful things associated with it. However, there are so many negatives that I'm grateful I was just a little "nobody" in Mapleton, Utah! I am also grateful, however, for people like the Osmonds who use(d) their fame to bring the spotlight to the church in such a positive manner. I actually met someone one time who had joined the church because of Donny & Marie. That amazed me, and it made me grateful for those faithful LDS who live in the spotlight.

So, I guess that's it -- I'll decide not to become famous (inside joke there for Paul's sake :). Instead I'll enjoy my life with my "nobody" friends and family like you. :)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Blessed, Honored Pioneer!

This past week we have celebrated and remembered the pioneers that trekked across the nation to escape persecution and enjoy religious freedom. I have grown up hearing pioneer stories and have heard repeatedly about their hardships and dedication.

During the Sesqucentennial I heard story after story after story about their lives. In fact, I was honestly very annoyed at all the pioneer stories. Isn't that horrible? These people make sacrifices and allow me to practice religious freedom and I'm sick of hearing about them?

I've realized a new appreciation for these pioneer ancestors. Their dedication and example are beyond anything I ever expect to be. I have thought more and more about them as I have entered motherhood. I think of having to pick up and move and go across the plains with my young children. I don't know how moms did it. I don't know how they dealt with so much death and discomfort. I don't know how they weren't worried out of their minds for their elderly. I don't know how any pregnant woman gave birth in those times, let alone as they were traveling across the country. I don't know how I can ever show enough gratitude for what they endured to benefit my life.

I have also thought about what a blessing it is to live in a time of such convenience. I think of those poor women who had to cook and clean almost non-stop. By the time the breakfast was done it was time to start lunch, and once lunch was finished it was time to start dinner. I remember a Little House on the Prairie when the son tried cooking while the mother was away, and he ruined dinner. Did they order out for pizza? No, they ate some figs and bread or whatever else they had on hand -- which was not much. I can't imagine not feeling well or having a headache or having a newborn and still having to take care of all the cooking and cleaning.

Actually, sometimes I wonder if that's why we have such disrespectful and sacreligious behavior in our society -- it's too easy to live! I am very grateful for it, but I do worry about how to give my kids a great work ethic, especially since I don't feel like I'm the best example in that category!

In any case, I thought I'd share a story written by Paul's grandmother. She wrote snippets from her life rather than a biography. This has been one of my favorites ever since I read it, and I know ANY mother out there will appreciate this and think of your own friends and family who would do the same for you. (All while being very grateful that we live in a time of convenience and pain medication. :)

"THE BREAKFAST: A tribute to Mrs. Minnie Jackson. Blackfoot, Idaho"
Written by Evah Pearl Grover Brown

For thirty years the memory of that breakfast has stayed with me and that's a long time to remember a certain meal. It had been a terribly long night, one of excitement, anxiety and the hardest kind of work. I had been the leading performer, but the others had worked with me in the supporting cast. There was the doctor, and my young husband, and his mother and my neighbor, Minnie.

With all our combined efforts, at 6 a.m. a new life was ushered into this world and I gazed lovingly, upon our beautiful dark haired baby girl. Yes, after a lifetime of preparation and months of waiting and hours of suffering I was at last a mother.

As only a mother can understand, I felt that heaven had opened its door wide enough to allow its most precious treasure to step out, and into our modest home.

Minnie, I'm sure, was as exhausted as the others. In the excitement of caring for the new baby no one noticed when she went home, but I shall always remember when she returned. It was after I had relaxed for a while between smooth white sheets, it was after the doctor had gone and just at the time that I began to feel famished. Then with a covered tray, Minnie walked into my bedroom.

Quietly she pulled a chair near my bed and sat down. "Honey" she said, gently laying her hand upon my tired arm, "I brought you some breakfast".

Uncovering the tray, I inhaled the wonderful aroma of hot food. There were two tender light biscuits with butter and raspberry jam. There was hot chocolate topped with a 'dab' of whipped cream, and an egg scrambled just right. And there was more—There was understanding, neighborliness, and compassion. It was the most delicious breakfast I have ever eaten…it was prepared for one mother by another mother, with love.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My husband, the man!

I love not having to do "man" things around the house. I always make Paul take out the garbage, but that's not what I'm talking about ...

Yesterday we bought a new ceiling fan for our bedroom. It is a very nice one and he wired in a remote for us. Now this is not any ordinary remote! The remote actually has a thermostat in it. That means we set the temperature we want, and the fan works accordingly. For example, he has it set to 77 degrees. When we went to bed it was on medium to get to that temperature. During the night and early morning when it got cooler it kicked down to low. Then later in the morning when it got warmer it kicked itself back up to medium. Awesome! The remote also has light dimmers, a timer for the light and fan, and an option to have the lights turn on in a delayed period of time (if you want the lights to wake you up in the morning).

Back to my man! Paul came right home and installed it -- wiring and all. I went in at one point during the installation and looked at what he was doing. I said, "It looks broken." He asked what part looked broken, and I said all of it. I have no idea about wiring, lighting or really screws, for that matter. And I'm so grateful that I can be the dumb blonde (in house-repair items, anyway) and let Paul use his manliness to get things done. :) Way to go, Paul!

Interestingly enough, a woman at church today talked about man power. Good timing! Anyway, she was talking about doing yard work and how she couldn't dig any longer. She said her husband said he'd dig if she would plant. She was very relieved and grateful that she could hand it to him and let him use his "man power" and ease her burden. She related it to the Lord and how we need to put our burdens on Him a lot more often, thus relieving our burdens and using his perfect and all-encompassing power. Good analogy and reminder, especially because of the great timing with my own "man power" situation. :)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fun Festivities

This week has been action-packed! On Tuesday we picked up Becca from the airport after she spent a week in Washington helping Christina move. Then on Wednesday Hilary and I went to SLC to celebrate her birthday at her favorite Indian restaurant. It was delicious! That night the boys and I happened on a car show that was part of Spanish Fork's Fiesta Days (a week-long celebration around Pioneer Day), and so we had to stop and look around.

Tyler's first excitement was a green pick-up. He loves green, and he loves trucks. Add the fire paint and he's in heaven:

Zachary liked this cool-looking car as well:

They were super excited about this car, because it reminded them of Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang:

And this one was such a nice color of blue that I had to take close-ups of the boys as well to get some good individual shots w/a nice background:

Dad, this one is for you ... seems it's been a while since you cut off a Tijuana Taxi:

Thursday was Pioneer Day. We started the morning off with the parade with my dad (thanks for getting there early to get us good spots!), my sister Rahcle's family, Hilary and her family, and Paul's mom and her new fiancee. I think this small-town parade impressed our visitors. :)

The kids, of course, always love a parade. Tyler got to see a pig:

Dad talked the Owlz mascot into throwing him something, which turned out to be a really cool hat:

The Jeeps did some cool stunts (Becky, this pic is for you!):

And we got to see two of my nephews in the parade. Cris and his team were division champs (he's the one with the big smile):

Here you can see what we did throughout the parade -- reverse candy-throwing. We threw the candy to the people we knew in the parade, or to people who didn't throw any to us:

Here is my other nephew Caleb (standing up to get a cold drink from grandpa), whose team became state champs! Awesome:

We then got to enjoy a day of games and a BBQ. This is a picture of Shayla with Paul's mom Carol. Shayla was being very shy (not surprising since this was only her third time to ever meet Carol), but Hilary at least got her to stop staring into space for the picture:

Carol said she came to visit because of Paul's birthday, but because his birthday is in March, she brought an un-birthday cake. Tyler was very concerned about this since HIS birthday is the next in our family, and he has to wait a LONG time for his birthday. So, Steve talked Carol into putting the boys' names on it as well:

Carol headed to the mall at one point to find a tie that was the perfect shade of purple for the ring bearer (no luck), which made Becca excited since she then got to go with her and get her new glasses. Although they are very similar to the old ones, I like the new look a little better:

We ended the day on a rotten note (cranky, disobedient kids and Morgan burning her hand on a sparkler), but hopefully the pictures will remind us that it was a fun day overall. I suppose if it wasn't a fun day it would have been a more realistic way of honoring the pioneers, huh? I can't see any fun in trekking across the plains in the scorching sun, the freezing cold, and the daily workload they endured. I am grateful for their efforts and sacrifices, and for the religious freedom I have because of so many who have sacrificed throughout history.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Into indexing

So, I've found a new hobby of sorts: indexing. Basically I look at scanned copies of documents and type in the data that is found there. Sounds really boring, right? Actually, it's quite addictive. Typing in this info makes it possible for people to search for these records in an online search instead of wading through the documents themselves. (Not only can that be time-consuming, but expensive! Each birth certificate, social security application, etc. costs around $30.) Anyway, this will make it easier for people to find and learn more about their ancestors -- where they were born, who their parents are, etc.

I've wanted to get into genealogy, but it has always seemed too complicated for my brain to do in 15-minute spurts. This is a chance for me to utilize those short periods of time I have and make myself useful.

Most of the documents are census records, but I've been focusing on Washington state death certificates. I love coming across people from nearby where I lived -- today I typed in some from Kent! Today I also typed up the death record for a Denise Brown. She was a baby who died.

I've only done about 600 records, but from those it seems it was a LOT more common for babies to die. It's heart-breaking to type in these parents names and know that they loved this baby who lived only a day or two. These records are from the 1950s-1960s, and I am amazed and grateful for the progress we've made in health. (I say we as if I had anything to do with it! :) For the most part, we don't have babies dying because they were born at 7 months gestation. We don't have kids 9 months old dying of pneumonia. It's given me a real feeling for these people, but it's also made me very grateful to live in the time we do. Yes, we have our own trials and struggles, but I'm glad that our babies have a much better chance to survive in our times.

Anyway, I'm enjoying doing something productive from the comfort of my own home. I look forward to the day you can find anyone's death record by doing a search online instead of paying $30 to order it yourself! Get indexing, everyone!!! (BTW, you can find out all the details and start doing it yourself at www.familysearchindexing.org.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


We've had a lot of firsts this week, and we have pictures of them all! :)

The first thing we had was Tyler losing his first tooth. He was VERY excited about this. Because he didn't get his first tooth as a baby until 17 months, I told him he wouldn't lose one until second grade. So, when he lost it a month before second grade, he felt like he was ahead of schedule.

On Sunday he told me his tooth hurt. I asked him if it was loose. Once he realized it was, he was excited and no longer cared that it hurt. Then on Monday he remembered that a kid in first grade lost a tooth when he ate an apple. So Tyler ate an apple and out came his tooth. He told Paul, "It just came out ... on like my 11th try or something." He was very cute asking all about the tooth fairy and even taped his door open so she could find his room okay. Here he is proudly displaying his tooth and where it used to be:

Turns out the tooth fairy leaves two quarters. He was very excited about that. I guess the masking tape holding the door open worked!

Our next first was Shayla's -- she got her first haircut. I debated back and forth about whether or not to do it, because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her hair. The bottom of it grew in like it's in layers, and it naturally has a little curl that flips up at the bottom. However, I finally decided to do it since it's getting food in it and in her face too often. So, when we took Becca in for a cut yesterday I had my niece do it quickly before I lost my nerve. This picture is right before she started screaming:

She only screamed because Alyssa was trying to comb out tangles. After that she was fine, especially since I held her. She wouldn't look at Alyssa and refused to smile since Alyssa was looking at her. Anyway, Alyssa also did a great job in Becca's hair, which you'll see in a little bit. Here's Shayla's new do:

Becca's first is that she has straight teeth for the first time without braces. Hooray! She can eat chewy, gooey candy all she wants now ... or at least sometimes. :) Anyway, we decided to get her a new cut to go with the new teeth, and she looks really cute:

She's also got new glasses on the way, but one of the lenses was backordered. Do they not realize we wanted the full makeover in one day? :) Anyway, that'll give her something to look forward to for another week before we have to start hearing all about the exciting things that will happen at school.

Zachary's first was during swimming lessons. He FINALLY realized that he can do something other than hang onto the wall. His teacher helped him get started floating, and he didn't freak out when she let go:

My boys still do everything they can to keep their faces out of the water, and I don't know how we'll ever get over that fear. In the meantime, they swim with their faces up so that not a drop gets on their faces. Sigh ... no champion swimmers going to happen here!

I didn't mention my $1,000 purchase that I got the same day as all of these pictures -- two new crowns right inside my mouth. Not nearly as exciting, and I'm not about to post a picture ... but if I'm going to spend that much money in one day, I might as well "brag" about it, right? :)

So, I guess our summer hasn't really been as boring and lazy as I mentioned. We have only one more month of summer fun before school begins, so we'll be sure to cram in as much as we can!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Do your best

My cousin recently graduated from seminary (way to go Laura!) to become a Lutheran pastor. Anyway, recently she posted a sermon on her blog, and it made me realize that I don't write enough uplifting things on my blog. So, this is my first in an attempt to write more uplifting things interspersed with my complaining and random thoughts.

I had a profound realization recently that I thought I'd share. I can't count the number of times I've heard someone give a talk or teach a lesson at church and say, "You don't have to be perfect -- you just have to do your best." They always say this as a supposed way to make me feel better about not being perfect, and yet somehow that has never been a comfort to me since I'm not doing my best. I want to do my best, I think I'll do my best, I make plans to do my best and then I DON'T do my best. What is wrong with me?I know that even my best isn't perfect, and I don't even do my best. Aaarrrrgghhh!!!

Well, recently I had a little inspiration to lighten my mental load. Wouldn't doing my best be a bit of perfection? Not the Savior kind of perfect, but the Denise kind of perfect? And if I were doing my best and being perfect, what need would I have for the Atonement? Obviously Heavenly Father knew that I would have weakness and imperfection, and therefore he provided a Savior. If I do my best I have no need for repentance or forgiveness.

Now, I'm not saying this to justify NOT trying to do our best. However, I realized that a better phrase is, "Do a little better." If I do a little better every day, every week, every month, then I am on the way to doing my best. Instead of getting discouraged that I'm not my best self, I can take comfort in knowing that I am progressing as long as I am doing a little better.

I had this thought (which maybe is a "duh" topic for everyone else), and it brought great peace to my mind. Then I picked up an Ensign (Dec. 2007) and it had a talk from Elder Neal A. Maxwell from May 1976. It has a quote that perfectly describes what I've been feeling, "I thank Him for helping me, even forgiving me, when I fall short, when I testify of things known but which are beyond the border of my behavior, and for helping me to advance that border, bit by bit." I love that a talk from 1976 can inspire me even today. I'm so grateful to have a prophet today and to have 12 wonderful apostles to lead and guide us through a troubled world.

I'm also grateful for family and friends like all y'all who help me and encourage me as I try to advance my own border bit by bit. I'm also grateful that this little thought helped me understand and appreciate our Savior's Atonement even more so that I no longer have to feel bad when someone says, "Just do your best." I may cringe a little, but instead I'll just try to think of how I can advance my border next.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Cash only ...

I'm terrible about having cash on me. Somehow I consider it to be "free" money that I can splurge on anything. This probably stems from not having to write it in the checkbook where Paul can see it. (As if Paul would ever look at the checkbook ...) Anyway, because I am more likely to splurge on something I don't need with cash, I don't carry it. It probably saves me a lot of calories, too, because otherwise I might stop often at 7-11 to get a Slurpee and a chocolate-covered chocolate donut. I LOVE those!

Most of the time this is just fine. Almost everywhere we go takes credit or debit cards. If not, I always have my checkbook handy, even though it still has our Washington address. (We just don't mention to them that we moved three years ago! Same account, so who cares ... we usually just pay bills with them anyway. :)

Then there is the rare time that you need cash. I went to my niece's softball tournament on Monday and forgot you have to pay to get in. I had my purse (which I had considered not even bringing), so I started digging through the bottom to see how much change I had. They were very nice and told me I could just go in. However, I wanted to pay what I could (the cost to get in was only $1!), so I dug and dug. Turns out I came up with 92 cents. Yeah! The little teeny-boppers sitting at the table were almost just laughing at my lack of having only $1. Hey, if I can be honest AND give someone a laugh, why not?

There has only been one time when I was really sad about not having cash. It was when Shayla was just a few days old. I had to take her to the hospital everyday since being released to have her jaundice checked. For whatever reason, on the way home I decided I needed one of those chocolate donuts mentioned above. I stopped at 7-11 and went inside. I was sure they were 69 cents, and I had something like 80 cents. Turns out they were 89 cents at the Provo 7-11.

I didn't remember them costing that much, so I thought I'd stop at the gas station in Spanish Fork to see if they were any cheaper there. They had to be! But they weren't. Somehow I felt like I deserved that chocolate donut. I'll blame it on the post-pardum hormones, but I totally started bawling that I couldn't buy my chocolate donut. No worries, that was more than two years ago and I've had several since. :)

Anyway, I'm so glad that technology makes me not have to carry around cash. Otherwise I wouldn't know where half of my money went! In fact, that just reminded me about a story along those lines: As a teenager I just used cash and wasn't good about monitoring where my money went. Several times I thought I had more money than I did, but when I went through my desk drawer to find it, I couldn't. I figured I had spent it somewhere and forgotten about it. Then a couple of years ago -- 15 years later! -- when Becca had the desk she pulled out the drawers that aren't supposed to be pulled out. What did she find? $60! She was very sad when I told her it wasn't hers ... but she sure enjoyed the groceries it bought. :)

Long live debit cards!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Family BBQ

We had a great family BBQ on Saturday with much of my family. We were without my parents (dad was fishing in Alaska with Ryan, mom was on a pioneer trek), the Stewarts (who had a crazy busy weekend) and the South Carolina Palmers (they claim it was too far to come for a measly little BBQ!). Okay, truth be known, we didn't invite the SC Palmers ... but not because we don't love 'em! :)

Anyway, the families of the other six kids got together Saturday and had a fun ol' time. Nothing fancy, because that is definitely not my style. Just a plain ol' BBQ where we get to catch up and have fun. I love my family!
Paul made a new water toy that was quite a hit with the kids ... except our own who get too scared to have water anywhere near their heads. (We're working on this with little success!!!) Anyway, check out this kid wash! I found it in a magazine years ago and ripped it out. I finally got around to asking Paul to put it together, which he did without a hitch:
He drilled holes in the PVC pipes so it squirted out when the hose is turned on. Look at Katie getting ready to brave the water:
And Kimmie decided it was worth not missing, even if she forgot her swimsuit:
The kids all seemed to have a blast, and once again I felt blessed for having a large backyard that is mostly shaded in the evenings. And for the record, this (my niece Ellie) is what I expected my own little girl to look like:

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July fun

We had a fun, relaxing 4th of July! We actually broke down and bought our own fireworks this year. However, we bought a pack for about $20 and then used only half of them. That's right -- not to make any of you who live outside of Utah jealous, but we get to do fireworks twice this month! We celebrate the pioneers coming into the state on July 24th, so we get to do fireworks again then and it's all legal.

Anyway, the boys found something they liked to do this year: Use their new water guns to put out the sparklers and cool down the used fireworks. They had a blast doing that. I think the water guns were as good of a purchase as the fireworks! Look at 'em go! (BTW, they both were able to squirt out sparklers this way.)

If you look closely you can see the water squirting toward the sparkler:

My kids have also seen their cousins jump over some ground fireworks like ground blooms/flowers. Fortunately they haven't pressed me to do that, because they're not old enough to do that yet. However, I did let them jump over the smoke from a smoke bomb:

Shayla liked the first few fireworks, and then she wanted to go inside. However, we convinced her to stay outside, but she would only listen. She covered her eyes or put Becca's hands on her eyes so she wouldn't have to see the bright lights:

All I can say is that fireworks are one of many, many things that are a lot more fun to do with kids! :)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Movie Mania

Paul and I have been to something like five movies in the past few months. Maybe not a big deal to most, but we generally go to one movie a year, so this is a big deal for us. It's not just because my nephew works at the movie theater, either, although that does provide its own entertainment.*

Anyway, we're happy to finally have some shows worth going to see! What is it with Hollywood, anyway, that they can't come up with original, good, clean stuff? Makes me want to go write for Hollywood, except that I'm not that creative. (Except for a few nightmares I could write up as screenplays, but they'd be rated R, so I best not pursue that idea.) Anyway, that's why I'm not getting paid to write movies!!! I sometimes wonder why some of those people ARE getting paid. Today we saw a preview for a movie about Chihuahuas. Hello -- I know of a few writers you can fire!

We enjoyed Get Smart (which had real humor -- not the potty or crude humor you see a lot these days), Iron Man, and Incredible Hulk (although it wasn't as good as Iron Man). We enjoyed Kung Fu Panda more than expected, which I suppose balances out Wall-E, which was not nearly as much as I expect from Pixar. (Kung Fu Panda was from Dreamworks so I had much lower expectations, and yet I enjoyed it more than I did Wall-E. Uh, oh ... does this mean I can no longer be a Pixar snob?) The short at the beginning of Wall-E was funny and much better than Wall-E itself.

We only took the kids with us to Kung Fu Panda and Wall-E (oh, and Horton Hears a Who at the dollar theater), but we have decided that Shayla is not allowed to join us at the movies again for another year!!!

Happy 4th of July! I hope your day is better than warm, buttery popcorn at an awesome movie. THAT would be a great day, huh? :)

** Entertainment mentioned above: The first time we ran into my nephew he was at the ticket counter. We got into the line that then splits between two tellers. The other teller got done first, so we let the people behind us go ahead of us. (Turns out they bought the last two tickets to the show we wanted. Oh well ... that gave us time to go catch some Panda Express.) Anyway, the lady with my nephew was apparently asking for some strange stuff, so the other ticket agent finished first again. When I let the people behind me go ahead again, the other ticket agent said, "I really can help you." I think she was getting offended/worried about why we weren't willing to go to her window. I went over and told her we were just waiting to buy tickets from my nephew, which I think made her feel a bit more relaxed about our strange behavior.

The next time we went to a movie he was taking tickets from people and telling them what direction to go to find their theater. He wasn't really paying attention and didn't see us, so we started running like we were going to try to get in without giving him at ticket. He didn't realize it was us until we were right next to him. We got a kick when we looked over and saw that his manager was standing nearby and saw the whole thing. At least Andy tried to stop us instead of just letting us in. He didn't get nearly as big of a kick out of it as we did, but we're "old marrieds" who don't get out as much as he does. :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Questions only a mom would ask

You know you've watched too many children's programs when you start to ask yourself the following:

- Why aren't the other Wiggles as good as Greg? Does Anthony really think he looks cool with those sideburns? And what does Jeff contribute, anyway? (I watched the credits and found out the answer to the last one -- Jeff writes many of the songs.)

- Where is Dora's mom, anyway? Is she fine with her little girl (I think Dora's five or six) wandering through forests and talking to wild animals?

- How come the eyes on Thomas the Tank Engine move, but the lips don't? And if you've ever seen the full-length move of Thomas, how did Alec Baldwin get into a movie with such horrible actors? Does he realize they look even worse because he is a good actor and they aren't?

- How does the Bear in the Big Blue house move so much? There's got to be a person inside him, but his eyebrows move, too.

- Why did Steve REALLY leave Blue's Clues? And how do Salt and Pepper make Paprika?

- Why is Clifford Puppy Days worse than the regular Clifford? And can't you still make more Cliffords even though John Ritter died? Don't they know the kids would't mind a slight voice change -- assuming they even notice?

- Speaking of Clifford, what parents are going to build a house for their dog that happens to be larger than their own house? And why does Emily Elizabeth have to go by both names?

- Is Bob the Builder the only handyman in town? And where in the world did his cat get the name Pilchard?

- How is it possible that the Backyardigans all have the same imaginary boat/island/horse/etc. And how come they never argue about what this imaginary world should look like or have?

- Don't the parents of the Cyberchase kids wonder where their kids have been for hours? Ditto for Dragon Tales. And speaking of Dragon Tales, what parent is going to let their kids keep some strange thing that was left by the previous owners? And who has wallpaper with dinosaurs on it anymore, anyway?

- Does anyone in this big, big world really watch Big, Big World?

- Does anyone else find Caillou's voice very whiney? And isn't his mom a little too patient? (Although she is built like a "real" mom, so I'll forgive her on that one. :)

- Did the Berenstain Bears have to stop with two kids since they named them Brother and Sister? And why does everyone else in the town have normal names when this family doesn't?

- Does anyone else find the albino on Between the Lions a little creepy?

- Why can't any of the other kids' shows be as good as Arthur?

By the way, never ask your husband one of these questions or he'll look at you with a really weird look on his face. :)