Here is the translation: The class all got their scriptures and the class got chocolate. Peter the Apostle is what the lesson is on. S and B are playing around. Now B is being good and listening. S is shouting out. R, K, St, and me are being good now. S is saying R's shoes are weird. B is doing the scroll. B is turning on the fan. S said, I want to color. S is interrupting and might not get a piece of candy.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Ward Clerk in the making
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Parenting Experiment #106: The Garbage Bag Treatment
Friday, September 28, 2007
Fruita's Biggest Weekend
My boys are excited to be a part of the parade this year. You will recognize the mom whistling and waving wildly at her kidlets, I will be the one wearing this t-shirt.
This is Mini Me's favoritest part of bestest festival in the world! Warning: Do not watch this video if you have just had lunch.
spinning strawberry ride
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Prepare to be Hoardified!
I saw a show on TLC called, "Help! I'm a Hoarder." Watching the show made me more aware of the pockets of craziness existing right now in my home. Those who know me can attest that my home is usually pretty orderly. But recently, we have cleaned out the garage to make room for the second car. We have also moved Secret Agent Man's desk down to my office. Now that he travels so much, toppling Third World dictators, it's no longer necessary to dedicate a whole room for his office space. What was his office, will now be a guest room, if I can ever get it cleaned up. With all the rearranging I have just put everything up there until I have a chance to go through it. I know that I will need to dedicate at least one whole day to get that room put together. I have neither had the time or interest to do it.
They say that hoarding is hereditary. "No, Mini Me, don't be crazy like your mama!"
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Weekend Wrap Up
One of the most excited things that happened is that I saw a black bear walking down the street in front of our condo at 11pm at night! He didn't even run when I was calling to the others to come have a look. Here's some pics! *****
Check out my teeter-totter(sp) skillz!
This is as close as I got to Tom and Katies house.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Hamster Dèjà Vu
Friday, September 21, 2007
"Hello? Tom? Katie? It's me, Annie. Can I come in?"
I promise to only ask for JT's number once or twice, in case you didn't hear me the first time.
Please, Mr. and Mrs. Cruise. I promise to be a charming and attentive dinner guest. Please let me in when I come knocking.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Anniethology Lifestyle Tip #374
Feng Shui principle states that the West and Northwest corners of the room are an auspicious place for your computer and other office machines. I recently moved my desk to said corner. I'm feeling the influx of good chi already.
I am right here next to the window, feeling the cool, crisp, early autumnal breeze. (Have I mentioned that is this my favorite time of year?) The world map is now above my desk so I can look up and think, "I wonder where my Secret Agent Man is today?" Because the front of my house faces north, I feel like I am always moving forward to better things, instead of watching my back for attacks from behind.
Although I have to admit, the new desk position hasn't done much for my productivity. My Thursday Swap Day videos are still waiting to be sent out. They're on their way, E-Dub!
Are you in a blogging funk? Does your computer crash a lot? Has someone used your Paypal account to purchase illegal fireworks? Did that embarrassing video of you find it's way to Youtube? Maybe it's time to improve your luck by moving the position of your desk.
It's easier the changing your name and moving to North Dakota.
Unrelated Post Script: For my upcoming Vlog (video log) I will be answering your questions. Send your questions to bubbiesmommaatyahoodotcom. I'll show that Ask-a-Ninja that he's got nothing on me!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Afternoon snack gone wrong
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Top billing at Mile High Mamas
Friday, September 14, 2007
Up, up and away!
I am staying at the Glenwood Suites.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Thursday Swap Day
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The Mile High Mamas
A year and a half ago I created a blog called Hot Fruita Moms. My motivation was to "get out" all the stuff I had in my head. It was a crazy mix of commentaries on not shaving my legs, pop culture, and happenings in my small town.
My blog soon got the attention our local paper, The Daily Sentinel. In April, they did a two page article on me and my life as a "mommy blogger". The features editor was entertained enough by what I did on my blog that he asked me to submit bi-weekly articles for their women's page known as "Charm". You can find my articles every other Thursday on the newspapers website under the "Features" section. My next article will be this Thursday, but that is not my good news.
A couple of months ago, I created another blog called Anniethology. (You are here.) My reasoning was that I was becoming more well known in my little town and the "Hot Fruita Mom" title was getting on my nerves. I created the blog to entertain close friends and family, I had no idea that it would actually generate paid writing gigs for me or I never would have called it that. Geez, could I have picked a more embarrassing name?!
My Former Bishop- So, Annie, I hear you have a website. Hot Mamas something rather?
Me-(sheepish) Uhhh.. yeah.
I decided that Hot Fruita Moms needed to be more about Fruita and less about being a "hot mom". So I write more locally topical items for the Hot Fruita Moms blog, like my opinion on the rec center, the history of the town mascot, and the opening of the new Taco Bell!
My Anniethology blog is filled with all the usual stuff that I used to keep Secret Agent Man awake with at night.
"Honey, do you remember the words to the song, Union of the Snake, by Duran Duran? Do you think I made a mistake cutting my hair shorter? I am so excited for the new season of Dancing with the Stars, aren't you?"
"Annie, I love you. Please go to sleep!"
One of the highlights of Anniethology is quarterly fashion advice guest written by sister Lori. She is a wardrobe consultant in Boston. She weighs in each season on the trends, colors, and how to wear them. (Scroll down to see the latest.) But that is not the good news either. I'm getting to that.
The best part about writing a blog is that I have been able to keep in closer contact friends and family. Want to know what I am up to? Just read my blog. I have also made lots of new friends. Women just like me from all the country. This August I invited a few of them out to Colorado for a blogger convention. Over the course of the weekend we had about 20 bloggers come together. (Some of you were there.) It was so fun touring them around, showing them my home, and introducing them to Mike the Headless Chicken. I'm getting closer to the good news.
One of the friends I have met is another blogger from the Denver area. Her name is Amber. She is a blogger and travel writer with a background in PR and marketing, but most notably she is a mother. Here is the good news! She invited me to a contributor for a new blog she was creating for the Denver Post. The Denver Post, along with the Rocky Mountain News are the two largest newspapers in Colorado. The new blog is Mile High Mamas.
Thanks ahead of time and thanks to those who have been so supportive thus far. I have never considered myself an excellent writer, although it is something I really enjoy. I never anticipated that anyone other than close friends and family would ever read anything I had to say. I never would have sought out these opportunities for myself, they just came in the form of opened doors and I have had the sense enough to walk through them.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Bring in the Professional Fall 2007
Before you know it, fall will be here. In the Northeast where I am from, leaves are already starting to turn yellow, orange, red and brown. Personally, I feel like I haven’t had enough of warm weather, capris, sandals and bright whites. To get excited about the changing of the season, I perused the local malls, Internet, and fall catalogs to see what designers and retailers have to offer in the way of cooler weather clothes. There are so many things to love and get excited about I can’t wait to put away the sand toys and bring out the fall decorations!
The berry tones are hot this coming season. Think cranberry, currant, mulberry and blueberry. Update your tops with these colors and pair them with your neutral basics: slacks or skirts in black, charcoal, winter white, brown, camel and khaki.
Dark denim is still very hot: I fell in love with two brands that fit my budget and my curvy figure. TiNT and ANA know how to fit a woman with an hour-glass figure without breaking the bank. Wear your jeans with everything: ankle boots or ballet flats, layered tees or sweaters. For a more pulled together look pair them with a great jacket. This summer, on the clearance rack I found a black velveteen military style jacket. I can’t wait to wear it with my dark jeans and a crisp white shirt.
I found several retailers that are selling clothing and accessories in various animal prints. Very few women can pull off wearing a whole coat or skirt in leopard print. To feel updated and trendy, I suggest purchasing accessories in the print and pair them with your classic pieces. Zebra print heels with ankle straps make a statement without causing a scene. A small leopard print clutch will look smashing with classic pieces in camel, brown or even red. Tortoise shell jewelry is back and looks great with autumn toned apparel.
If you live in an area where the temps are still in the 80s in September, you may not feel like wearing fall apparel just yet. Here’s your answer: Wear darker colors in light fabrics. Look for colors with a black tone to them. Spring type pastels should be packed away. Linen in garnet, black, olive and brown is still appropriate in warmer fall weather. Wear city sandals instead of flimsy flip flops. City sandals are darker in color, have wider straps and may have a more substantial sole. Try these tips and you will feel cool and seasonal appropriate.
Finally, fall is a great time to go through your summer wardrobe and cull any items that are faded, worn out or most importantly, if you haven’t worn them at all this summer. Donate your gently worn items to your favorite local charity. If you have summer suits that still have life in them, but you are not wearing, donate them to Dress For Success. Their mission is to, “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Find a location near you at http://www.dressforsuccess.org/.
Lori Wynne lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area with her husband and two sons. She works as a wardrobe consultant for clients all over New England. She specializes in closet organization, personal shopping and wardrobe consultation. Her clientele include, business executives, authors, small business owners, and housewives.
Pictures supplied by JCPenny and Target
Saturday, September 8, 2007
The Miracle Workers
Friday, September 7, 2007
Dear Pampered Chef, I'm still waiting for my endorsement check.
I hate chopping, but my new Pampered Chef utility knife makes easy work of it. With this knife I can chop a potato with one hand!
I love that my Pampered Chef utensils are heat resistant. I can leave them in the pan as I cook. I also like that they are black and don't show food stains.
Part of my aversion for cooking comes from fear. I hate touching raw meat. It gives me the heebbie geebbies, big time! With the Pamper Chef Mix and Chop utensil, I just throw the chicken into the skillet and chop it up as it cooks. Works better than just using your spatula.
Mini Me loves to help me cook. She ripped up the corn tortillas before she went to school today. I need to visit Bella's store at Etsy.com again and get my Mini Me an apron too.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
"Hamsters, like goldfish, are not known for their longevity."
We try to be conscientious pet owners. Before we bought the hamster we a got manual and read all about them. Their likes, dislikes, sleeping patterns and what kind of habitats are best for them. We even picked a name for the hamster ahead of time. We were going to call her, Penny.
After preparing a suitable habitat, we went to the pet store and picked out our new family member. It wasn’t too difficult because they all looked the same.
On the way home we noticed that Penny, in fact was different. She had red eyes. It made her look a little evil, but we were already in love with our odd little hamster.
As the days went on we noticed more weird behavior. She would finish a whole water bottle in one day and completely soak a corner of her habitat with her waste. She also was very irritable. You would have to be willing to sustain a bite from her if we wanted to pick her up.
A month later we noticed she was shaky and reclusive. We went out for the evening and when we came back she was dead.
My husband and I had already sent the kids to bed, so they had no idea. He unceremoniously wrapped her in a paper towel, put her in a box and threw her away. I didn’t want to tell the kids. I knew they were going to be really sad.
We knew this day would come. Hamsters, like goldfish, aren’t known for their longevity. My husband was going out of town the next day. I didn’t want to have to deal with the death of a family pet on my own. So we concocted a plan to replace Penny with an identical one.
I micromanaged their whole morning so the kids would not look in the habitat and notice she was gone. Then I dropped them off at my parent’s house and went to the pet store.
Finding a proper replacement was harder than I thought. Although the hamsters are similar they are not identical. I picked one whose fur I thought matched the closest.
So I took Penny No. 2 home and put her in the habitat. She ended up looking a lot different than the first one. She had more gray fur, she was fatter, and her eyes were black. My kids noticed the differences right away. I casually made the excuse that she is growing and changing just like humans do and I referenced their 13 year old cousin who is also growing and changing. They completely accepted that answer. My kids never questioned for a minute that it wasn’t the same hamster.
Fast forward three months. I leave town for the weekend and my husband decides it’s time the kids know the truth. I was up at the Glenwood Caverns with a group of my friends, about to go on the cave tour and I get a text message that says,
“I told the kids the truth about Penny.”
What?! Why in the world? He told me that he wanted them to understand how fragile hamsters are. After a day of handling and mishandling, Penny No. 2 was looking a little dazed and confused. He said they needed to know the reasons why we have so many rules to protect her. According to him they took the news about their first hamster really well and I was concerned for nothing.
To date, Penny No. 2 has outlasted Penny No.1 by three months. I am going to call Mr. Guiness, because by hamster standards, I think that might be a world record.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
On board Amenities
The car has heated seats. Tama says "no eating in the car" and honestly the woman knows what she is talking about. Her car is immaculate. So, no more eating in the car, but what about cooking?
DVD player for Bollywood on the Go!