Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sassy Shoe Thursday- Winter in Montana edition

Price: $1.50 Thrift store (sanitized and deodorized)
Comfort: 7 (scale of 1-10)
Style: 4 (c'mon it does have the fuzzy top)
Warmth: 10!
Not freezing my toes off when shoveling or sledding: Priceless (ah, you know I had to say it!)

So between growing up with a hunting-obsessed father and a year and a half in survival school in Washington, I learned that Sorel brand boots are your foots' best friends! (sorry, not sure if that is proper english-too many weird plurals) I saw these at a thrift store and with the prospect of at least a few more Montana witners, I figured eventually they would be handy! Imagine me with my dork glasses and these goofy boots- Susie, Angela, Amber, Rachel, me please before I end up as one of those examples in the magazines that are on the "Don't ever do"!!! Hee Hee! Really I would not wear these in public!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Christmas times a 'comin

So I don't know why, maybe between putting up the tree, shopping with various forms of christmas music playing or planning the next month's worth of crafts for the kiddos, I just totally fell into the christmas spirit!!! I just happen to love this time of year! I am all about playing christmas music throughout the house and it just gets me into the spirit to cook goodies and gigantic meals! I am pumped to watch Charlie Brown's Christmas, A Christmas Story (sad to report that Jesse has only seen a little bit of it), and Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch stole Christmas (cartoon version). Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Check out this site that will give you a plethora of ways to get you into the spirit! And then if you are really having problems, please give me a call and starting December 1st ABCfamily has scheduled great holiday movies every night until the 25th. I'll stuff you with christmas cookies and come watch them with you (or maybe just over the phone, if you are more than 20 miles from me)!
I double dog dare you!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006


So if there ever was any question if I was truly a dork at heart, I think this will put any speculation to rest. This is not a joke. Saturday Jesse and I had eye appointments and the doc gave me new contacts. Well the combination of forgetting the case for my glasses and vigorous shopping, my poor glasses were pulled out of my purse in two pieces. Since I my new glasses won't arrive until at least the end of the week, I can't fight my dorkiness anymore!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and spent a little time with people you love! We went to the Melone/Mclean house to get our fill of turkey and all the trimmings. It was a lot of fun. Today I actually got my buns out of bed and joined all the crazy people standing outside of the mall at 4:45 am. I wasn't dedicated enough to be one of those that got a $10 gift card for Sears (first 200 customers), but I earned up a free, little Mickey snowglobe from Penneys. It is always a psychological study when you get half of Great Falls into the 3-4 main stores and give them bargain-hunting "treasures" to find throughout! You just never know how people are going to react when you test them under those conditions! Besides a few people throwing a fit because they didn't open the mall doors, to get to the other stores, but most people were in a cheery, caffeine-induced, christmas shopping bliss! Let me know if you had any crazy Black Friday shopping experiences.
PS The little turkey guy is what we made on Wednesday for our craft. I even joined in and made one, at least between sneaking Dots in my mouth!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Flashback Friday- The Atchley's

These are my wonderful in-laws. This photo was from November 2003 when Jesse and I were only dating about 6 months, taken at a luau they had at their church. They accepted Colton and I with open arms! This picture makes me smile because I just remember how nervous I was to meet them and hoping Colton would have good behavior (like that is ever a problem! Ha!) They have truly become my family and I just love them so much!

This other photo is Jesse's grandma, Althea, who is by and far one of the most amazing women I have had the privileged of knowing! Her and I really clicked right from the start. We surprised her with a cake on her birthday two years ago when they came to visit us in Montana! She had a stroke last year and I am sad that our kids won't be able to know her the way that we remember her. I wish everyone was as lucky as me to have such a generous, loving, and completely amazing family for in-laws!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Midnight Musings (ok, technically 1:00, but midnight sounded better)

(This is a glimpse at my inner-monologue that I have on a random night while foraging for drink/snack in the middle of the night)

(Still lying in bed) Ug, Jesse drank all of the water...Grrr...grumble, grumble...

Hmm, I'm hungry too. I'm so sick of peanuts. I wonder what Susie is having for a late night snack...or Amber...probably something wholesome...

(out of bed now) Chocolate chip cookies...would that get me through til I dare open the refridgerator? (I do), Eeeeeee bright-light, bright light(thought in a voice resembling a Mogwhy from Gremlins)....(then turning to the song) "Blinded by the light, hmmm, hmmm another rumor in the night"...

boston creme pie yogurt...that works...why does this taste lemony...(bored eating it halfway through and throw it away)...

hmmm, I wonder if this would be funny enough to blog about...hmm, sounds funny to me...eek do I dare let people know the dumb thoughts that run through my brain?...

I give up, I'm going back to bed...a murphy bed would be a cool idea if we turned this into a guest room...I've only ever seen them on tv...

ugh, why didn't I go the bathroom when I was up?...well, now I'm awake...I could blog about this...

(And here we are friends, blogging at now almost 1:45. Sorry if it was dumb/boring, but that is your glimpse into the random things running through my head while foraging for food like a mamma bear right after hibernation...ha,that's kind of funny...definitely a run-on sentence.) good night...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Your Celebrity Sisters Are Jessica and Ashlee

Beautiful, feminine, and stylish.
Who care's if you're a bit of a daddy's girl?

Sure, I think they seem nice.
Your Celebrity Style Twin is Jessica Simpson

Flirty, feminine, and fun.

Um, maybe we, like, really are sisters!
Your Fashion Style is Classic

You like what's stood the test of time...
Simple, well styled clothes that don't scream trendy
You stay updated and modern, but your clothes stay in style for a while
You wouldn't be caught in animal prints, fake fur, or super bright colors

I agree.
Your Ideal Hairstyle:

Long and Framed

Hm...basically how I wear my hair now.

Well, that was fun.

Salt Lake City

Well, we had a great time in Salt Lake City. It was a great getaway for all of us and Colton was very excited to spend some time with his dad. Here are a few pictures from Disney on ice, an arcade we played at while killing some time and Colton being gobbled up by a huge statue outside of the Mayan restaurant! We ran into a little bad weather on the way home and had to spend an extra night in a hotel. Driving home was bittersweet, but time will go by so fast that it will be christmastime sooner than we know and we will be heading back to the midwest to visit family and join back up with Colton!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

First baby pics!

So here is our first glimpse of the little one that will be joining us! The official due date (drumroll, please) May 3, 2007. Been feeling better which is a testament to the fact that I am 3 weeks farther along than we were thinking (14 weeks today) and totally out of the first trimester! The heart beat was 167, which convinces my sister that it will be a girl, along with the increased nausea and sleepyness that wasn't as bad with Colton. Jesse was getting his heart rate up to 164+ at the gym (fun?! I guess! hee hee) and was laughing at himself through a red face as I shook my head. Poor kid, doesn't know what it's getting itself into. Anyway our next appointment will be December 1st and puts us at 19 weeks! We're hoping she'll order another ultrasound for us to find out the sex! This one seems to be flying by!!!! We'll keep you posted when we find out more! Next weekend we are taking Colton to Salt Lake to spend Thanksgiving with his dad and we plan to suck as much of the "big city" as we can in two days. Plans: leave Friday morn, Disney on Ice friday night, meet his dad for "the handoff" at The Mayan (think disneyland TikiRoom with cliff diving and enchiladas) for lunch, and then back to Great Falls that evening! Busy but it will be fun!

Here's one more picture because I just love having pics of my kiddos!

Happy Halloween

Can you guess who's is who's?
Hope everyone had a safe and happy halloween! Here are our pumpkins we carved the day before. Except that the day even before that, we woke up to 8* temperatures and snow on the ground. No biggie, I love snow. Well the pumpkins were frozen solid, so I brought them in to thaw them, but they did not return to their plump, firm selves. They were sweating and half mushy/half frozen. Colton didn't care, after I nearly got frost bite cleaning out the guts, he went to town on mutilating the outside with the scraper tool (the only one I felt comfortable letting him use!)

Halloween night we went met with the Melones/Mclean's, had some pizza and ventured out a few blocks. Since they were heading to Georgia for a wedding the next day, they called it a night and we stopped by the GFCC Fall Festival. It was a lot of fun if you were able to go and Colton even won one of the door prizes, a family fun movie night! Sorry no pics from the party, it was too dark with my camera. Here's a few of the pumpkin carving and Colton's costume. He was the Thing from Fantastic Four, but he's never seen him before...adveritsing works on a 4 year old!

PS. Pumpkin order: Baby's, Colton's, Mine, Jesse's