Friday, February 27, 2009

Oh. My. Gosh!

This is something I came across while surfing for random things. I don't think I have laughed this hard in a while. Enjoy!......

"My friend Lynda is totally cool. She is the type of person who can pick out the best stuff. The picture you see above was a photograph of a wedding cake that she wanted for her wedding.

I don't know where Lynda got the photo, but it looks pretty neat and with her colors and flowers it was going to be a smash hit. As complex as the pattern looks at first, when you really think about it, it is just a serious of straight ribbons laced together. I think the design is great.

Unfortunately, Lynda didn't consider that her baker might make some promises that she couldn't keep. In fact, it seems like Lynda's baker was more interested in Rum Cake than Wedding cake. The picture below is what Lynda's actual cake ended up looking like. This photo is from her ACTUAL reception. This pile of cake had to sit in front everyone during the reception. Lynda spent the first year of her marriage in the courtroom suing a drunk baker. Ouch.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Random thoughts. You've been warned.

I am going to vacuum under the seat cushions of my furniture today.

I need to take more pictures.

I totally forgot about the Oscars last night. I wish I hadn't.

Slumdog Millionaire is a great movie.

Homemade low fat beef stroganoff is good only in theory.

Can you get tennis elbow from folding too many towels?

When is spring gonna get here?

When Leah kissed Luke, was that originally supposed to be romantic? It was on the lips right? Maybe it was done before a plot change. It totally threw me off as a kid. If not, gross.

Black and white movies are awesome, please don't discriminate.

I really don't like monkeys. I prefer gorillas. They don't throw poop right?

Question: How can I increase my faith?

Answer: Trials. Next question.

Thanks for reading my randomness.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tagged again. I feel so popular!

My new friend Kristen was so kind to think of me on her last post. I was tagged, again. :) I don't mind. It gives me something to write about. Since not many of you commented on the last post, maybe this one will be to your liking. I never know what is going to be a popular post or not. Oh well, here goes...

Here are the rules:

  1. Post rules on your blog
  2. Answer the six '8' items
  3. Let each person know by leaving them a comment

8 favorite TV shows (Not in ranking order):

  1. Lost
  2. The Office
  3. 30 Rock
  4. The Match Game {Gene Rayburn is the MAN}
  5. American Idol
  6. It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia
  7. Twilight Zone {Vintage}
  8. Family Guy

8 things I did yesterday:

  1. Got the girls ready for school
  2. Did my hair {this is not an everyday thing, it looked great btw}
  3. Got ma Lost on
  4. Got new harps for my lamps
  5. Bought ingredients for a new low fat recipe{stroganoff}
  6. Did laundry, still more to go
  7. Found an awesome cheap eat place {3 chicken tacos, rice, beans, 5$. If it's serving Mexican food and it's packed with Mexicans, it must be good}
  8. Finally found Abbey a pretty, inexpensive, age appropriate Easter dress

8 things I'm looking forward to:

  1. Loosing weight
  2. Jeff getting a job
  3. Spring
  4. Going back to Disneyland {someday, sigh}
  5. Summer
  6. Summer parties in our back yard
  7. Getting pregnant
  8. Finally finishing Sense and Sensibility

8 favorite restaurants:

  1. Melting Pot
  2. Chick-n-mo
  3. Aloha Grill
  4. Italian Kitchen
  5. Red Robin
  6. Golden Corall {ya, I love them. They're kinda trashy, but I don't care}
  7. Chinese Gardens
  8. Cheesecake Factory {I wish we had one!}

8 Things on my wish list

  1. A job for Jeff
  2. Losing all of my weight
  3. Have two more babies
  4. Get a HUGE tv
  5. Whiter teeth
  6. To be a good mom
  7. Get more edjerkashon
  8. See U2 in concert

8 people I tag (don't hate me):

Mom, Lisa, Donaldo, Cindy, Mitch {cuz he didn't do the last one}, Jan, David, and Emily.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

And Heeeres Lindsay

Right before dessert and a bit during, Lindsay decided we needed a little bit of a show. This was probably spurred on by not wanting to help clear the table, but I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. She ran upstairs and changed into one of her many outfits and began her "Sweetheart Dance". I think it's a part of her performance this year. She is a butterfly in Mid Summers Night Dream.

I was surprised she was so willing to show us any of it, it's usually a closely guarded secret. She danced and sang for a good 5 minutes. It then went into to a dance/comedy routine when she started telling jokes. That silly girl of mine had a routine worked out. If we didn't laugh as loud as she wanted you would hear something like "tough crowd" or "these are the jokes people".

"What kind of day do fish hate?"

"Fry-day!" ba dum ching
{she would add that at the end}

"Where did the seaweed find a job?"

"In the kelp-wanted adds! These jokes are kinda fishy."

Followed by some yada tada yada tada. It's never a dull moment when you have a Lindsay.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentines Day DeCoursey Tradition

My good friend Kenice gave me a great idea about 6 years ago. Celebrate the day of love at home with the ones you love.

The first time we tried it, it was a HUGE hit with everybody. I made everyone their own Cornish game hen. We also dined by candle light. Jeff decided to get the girls their very own rose. I usually get roses or tulips.

It's evolved every year to include something new. The girls decorate the dinning room, we give each other cards, and this year I wanted to eat something other than little chickens. The girls of course weren't interested in diverting from the usual, but Jeff and I were. So, the girls had little turkeys {Lindsay's term} and Jeff and I had blue cheese topped rib eye and lobster tail. It was a splurge, but sooooo worth it! Dessert is always of a chocolate persuasion. We had lava cakes with ice cream. I know that you might be thinking about how our diets survived. Well, we decided to not count points on holidays. We are right back on and doing fine, but the deviation was very enjoyable. I have lost almost 20 pounds and Jeff's lost 15 so far, yay!

Here are some pictures of our night. Picture soft classical music playing in the background, that's usually the music of choice for the night.

We had entertainment during dessert. I think I will post that tomorrow. I hope you guys had a good Valentines day. I would love to hear your traditions.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines Day. I wish I could be back at Eastgate.

I don't think I will ever enjoy Valentines Day like I did when I was in Elementary School. I loved the party, with the homemade treats. Making various Valentine holders. The excitement of what I was going to get or give.

I always picked out each valentine for each kid in my class. If there was a boy I thought was cute, he got the most romantic one. Usually, it would profess my adoration or something. When I got older, it was the thing to hand pick the candy hearts for people. What you sent was a direct representation of your secret twitterpation.

I made extra cards one year. I knew that there was a boy that some kids would skip. They thought he was weird, or dumb, or smelled funny, they just didn't like him. I brought extra for that occasion. I would drop more than one valentine into his pouch. If I was passing out candy, I would give him more. I think I might of even given him some of my own stuff. I just remember my heart would break if/when the teacher would chastise the class for not giving things to all the kids. The year before, he was in my class. I remember he cried when we were all done. He got maybe 10 valentines. After the teacher scolded the class, most of us got up and brought him something. I was determined to make it better the next year, if he was in my class that is.

These are all vivid, cherished memories. I really miss those days sometimes. I hated school, but those days when we celebrated the holidays would make the year slightly tolerable.

Now my girls are getting to experience the fun of Valentines Day. To my surprise, Lindsay wants to give a "special" treat to a boy in her class this year. She's going to bring him a heart lollypop. I asked her if he liked her, fully expecting to hear, "MOOOoooOM!". She quickly said yes, followed by a giggle. I asked her how she knew. Lindsay replied, " He told me at reccess. He asked me to be his girlfriend. I said no Mom, I told him i couldn't have boyfriend for a long time." Jeff heard this conversation and of course had to put in his, " Do I need to have a talk with this boy?" Lindsay thought that was soooo funny.

This is Abbey's last year of handing out valentines. She is a bit sad, but she thinks she's ready to grow up....NOOOOOOOOO!

I am getting them ready as I write this. We got up an hour earlier. Today, hair will be curled, nails will be painted pink and red, and fruity body spray will be applied. It's a special day. Tomorrow will be even better. That's when we have our family date.

Happy Valentines Day!

My friend Jan is doing a really sweet giveaway!
Pop on over and enter!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm tagged, it didn't hurt....much.

Rules: It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and randomly tag some people (including me). Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real. . .nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.Have Fun!!

1. What is your name: Heidi
2. A four Letter Word: Home
3. A boy's Name: Heathcliff
4. A girl's Name: Hermione
5. An occupation: Hot Dog on a Stick Girl
6. A color: Hot Pink
7. Something you wear: Headgear
8. A food: Haggis
9. Something found in the bathroom: Hairspray
10. A place: Hoth
11. A reason for being late: Had to potty
12. Something you shout: Halleluja
13. A movie title: Heathers
14. Something you drink: Horchata
15. A musical group: Hall and Oates
16. An animal: Hippo
17. A street name: Hallet
18. A type of car: Hummer
19 Something Scary: Haunted Houses (the real kind, like at Disneyland)
20. Ice cream flavor: Heath Bar and Sweet Cream

I tag Mitch, Donald, Holly, Libby, and Dani.

Well, maybe not Holly. I think she just had a baby. You can congratulate her here!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pulling teeth

I hate getting my kids ready for school in the morning! AAAHHHH! Lindsay is the worst! I love that child, but in the morning, AARG! Not to say that Abbey doesn't have her moments, usually she doesn't need much prompting. Oh boy, not Lindsay. It takes her almost 30 min to wake up and eat her breakfast...that's it. The tv is not on. The radio is not on. There aren't any fun puzzles on the back of cereal boxes for her to get lost in. I have to tell her to put a spoon of food in her mouth every two minutes.

Lindsay is constantly singing too. Sometimes it's a song she heard on the radio, mostly it's little songs she makes up. I love this about her, but it impedes the morning routine quite a bit. She will stare off into space and think about how her song is sounding or should sound. The singing doesn't even stop with the brushing of the teeth. In fact, that's how I know that she's stopped brushing, the singing starts up.

No punishment, threat, bribe, plan, or pleading can get this child ready in the morning. Some mornings I just grab her and hug her. I look her strait in the eye and say, "Please! I beg you, just brush your hair." Anything can be inserted in the request line actually.

If Jeff gets the girls ready in the morning, he needs a check list for them. You might think this unnecessary, but let me tell you a few of the items. These are all things that Jeff has missed.
{p.s. Jeff was very grateful for the list and it was his request to have it.}

Lindsay's List:
Brushes her hair
{it's a mass of rats and fluffs in the morning, I don't know how she sleeps at night to achieve it}

Wears a shirt that is not
a. tank top
b. dirty
c. two sizes too small {she pulls them out of donation bags and hides them. She finds it hard to let go of things she loves}

Wears pants that are not
a. from yesterday
b. dirty {usually this goes hand in hand with yesterday, but not always}
c. two sizes too small {she has a thing for high waters}

Wears underwear, you have to check. {she hates underwear. always has}

Puts her homework in her backpack, not on her wall, garbage, bathroom, washing machine, or taped to a window. {she likes to tape random things up in random places}

Wears clean socks that fit and match.

Brushes her teeth with her own toothbrush {she likes to use Abbey's. I am certain this is part of some ongoing plot of revenge she has. All I know is, it makes Abbey very upset and can start a fight.}

There's more to the list. I just wanted to share some of the more ridiculous and silly parts. All very necessary I can assure you. Ahh, I just needed to vent. I feel a lot better now. Do any of your kids have weird stuff on their proverbial lists? Maybe I'm just special to have the challenge and blessing of a Lindsay.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Yesterday, I spent most of the day in the hospital with Abbey. You see, she has had problems with her lower intestinal system ever since she was born. For some reason, we have never been able to figure out what's wrong with her. We haven't even had a doctor that's thought of anything to do about it either.

Last week, I finally took Abbey in to see the doctor and I wasn't leaving until we had some kind of conclusion. She had X-rays and other lab work done. The option was to get into see the gastroenterologist. The problem, we couldn't get an appointment until August. So, we were sent home.

During the weekend we were supposed to do a "power flush". So she had four doses of medicine a day to clean out her lower tract. They were worried about a blockage, but couldn't tell until we tried to clear her out.

After the weekend, and another X-ray on Monday, it looked like she was going to need surgery to remove a mass in her colon. {I hope this isn't bothering any of you, I figured your all parents, so you wont mind.} Anyway, we were going to go into the doctors office again on Tuesday. Instead of getting a call to come in, we got a call from the specialists office. They had a cancellation on Wednesday and wondered if we could come in. Not only that, but the regular doc wouldn't be in, his old professor from UCLA was covering for him for the week. We were told that Abbey would be seeing the best guy in the country for her problem. WOW! Huge blessing.

After meeting with him and getting Abbey examined, she no longer had the obstruction. He was ready to admit her to the hospital for surgery, but it was just gone. So another blessing! He did want to get a few tests done on her while he was still in town.

They wanted her to see another specialist, but they informed us that she couldn't be seen for a month at the soonest. They called to make the appointment, and low and behold, they could take her immediately. The nursing staff was so shocked at our great luck. They advised us to run out and get a lottery ticket. :)

The tests at the new place took a very long time to administer and they were very uncomfortable for Abbey, she was a real trooper though. We weren't done yet though. She next had to go to radiology and have multiple X-rays done, with {cringe} a barium enema. If the first test wasn't bad enough, this definitely topped it. I felt so bad for her, she was soo good though. They gave her a stuffed animal and all the stickers and goodies that she wanted. The whole day left her feeling sick and very exhausted, I was exhausted and starved, but I wasn't going to complain about it. I didn't think it was fair to say a word, I wasn't going through anything.

So, after 7 hours spent at the hospital, we were able to get everything accomplished that needed to be. Just in time for the doctor to look it all over before he heads back to California on Tuesday too. Were these perfectly orchestrated events just coincidence? I don't think so. We were blessed, there is no other explanation. At least not one that I'm willing to accept!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

It's my Dad's birthday shout hooray! We're going to sing to him today! One year older and wiser too, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, to you!

Happy birthday Dad! You lovable curmudgeon you. :)

Oh, how many of you are going to get your free grand slam from Denny's tomorrow? It's between 6am-2pm. I have to count the points first, but I think I'm going.