Friday, April 29, 2011

Flashback Friday...

With all of the High Schools celebrating Prom lately, I began to reflect on my own Prom dates. The beautiful dresses, the flowers, the all day dates (did anyone else have those? Insane), late nights, dancing with friends, Promenade, etc.... In reflection I had to share this picture from my Junior Prom. I just couldn't help it. I might regret it later, though.

click to enlarge to get a good laugh
- Junior Prom: Spring of 1993
- Date: Jed Smith
- Jed's Hair: Permed
- My Hair: Looks like a bad version of Marge Simpson
- Bobby Pins: 210
- Hairspray: 1.25 bottles (that is for both of us)
- Date: All day and involved bowling and Italian Food
- Curfew: Breakfast (hey - I was a good kid and my mom trusted me)

I got a good laugh when I saw this, I hope you do, too! Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thinking Tuesday...

I think Spring might be coming. I'm hoping. I need it. My soul needs it. Here are some things filling my thoughts this week....

- Easter....we had 2 incredible talks in Sacrament meeting on Easter Sunday. The messages are still playing over and over in my head as they have touched my heart.

- Sunday I wore a bracelet I gave to each of my sisters and my mom last Fall on a Girls Trip. They are always on my mind. I love each of them and always want them to be happy. Wonder where we will go on our next trip??

- The 2011 MS Walk. Our family signed up for this to support those we love with MS. Particularly our cute friend, Tara, and Jesse's dad. It is happening this Saturday. Come join us!

- Weeds...we've got A LOT of them. And they need to go! I see lots of weeding in our future.

- Emma's Birthday. She will be 5 this year! It is coming up and guess where I would love to take her? Here's a clue....
- Jesse and I have been talking lately how Gabe turns 12 this year. 12. How did that happen? He gets the Priesthood this year. Whoa.

- Creamsicles....trying to figure out how to make my own version of this yumminess. I'll let you know when I nail it.

- Pizza Pinwheels...Gabe is obsessed with these. Super and easy and yummy. ALL ages will love these! Confession - I love these. You can find the recipe here.

- Carrie Underwood singing "How Great Thou Art" with Vince Gill. I am a country girl at heart and this song brought me to tears. Watch and listen to it here.

- Summer - oh wait, haven't I included this like the past 4 weeks?? Can't wait!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Flashback Friday

This picture brings a flood of memories with it....
It is April 2000, and Gabe is about 7 months old. The reason it brings a flood of emotions is that we had just brought him home from the hospital after a fight against Bacterial Meningitis. I can't help but smile when I see that smile on his face. We missed that smile for about 3 weeks while he was sick. I love my baby boy...even if he is almost bigger than me now!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thinking Tuesday....

New thoughts....

- Summer...of course
- Spring break - my kids were on 2 different weeks (why??)
- Salads - try this Sweet Mustard Dressing so yummy!

- Got a note from the school that said there were only 34 days of school left. What???
- Tangled: can't get enough of this movie! I love it!
- Easter...why is pastel candy so good?
- My kids smell like puppies right now.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oh, just wait...

This little firecracker will grow up to be a fashion designer someday. I gave up years ago trying to dress her. Yes, she was already picking her own outfits out when she was about 3. And they were creative, mismatched, but somehow she pulled it off even at a young age. I don't want to stifle her creativity. She is very carefree and creative. I want her to be "Emma", not who anyone else wants or thinks she should be. I love that about her! Just wait, one day you will see "Emma Allen Designs".

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weekend Funny...

This weekend was Conference, so we decided to visit Mom and Dad (and conveniently leave the princess for a few days.)

Mom and Dad still live in the house I grew up in and it contains so many memories for me. While we were watching Conference, I hopped up to use the bathroom. When I went to leave the bathroom, the door would not unlock! Now - it wasn't a new knob....same old knob I have locked and unlocked a million times. But it seriously would not budge. So, I did what any women stuck in a bathroom would do. I started screaming and pounding on the door. "MOOOOOOMMMMM!" I actually started giggling because it reminded me of when I was younger and there was no toilet paper. "MOOOOMMMM! I NEED SOME TOILET PAPERRRRR!"

Luckily, Jesse heard me and came to the door. In his calm voice, he answers me, "You're going to be yelling for a while." He tried to help me unlock the door and then we were just laughing our heads off. Then ALL of the troops came....Mom, Dad, Ray, Paula, Ashley, Gabe....I kept overhearing Gabe say "This is going to be a great story tomorrow at school!" Great.

To make a long story short, Jesse had to get a ladder, climb through the window and take the entire doorknob off. All the while laughing.

My parents bathroom door now has a rather large peephole. Sorry Mom.