Sunday, February 22, 2009


Julia turned 7 today and yesterday I threw her a Glamor Girl Party. When the glamor girls arrived they changed into their glamorous dresses, had their hair, nails, and make-up professionally done by Daphne and Abigail at The Mane Salon (our kitchen). Then we ate lunch which consisted of finger sandwiches and fresh fruit.

Then, it was time for the fashion show, complete with paparazzi. The girls modeled their styles to the radio version (AKA Clean version) of Fergie's "GLAMOROUS".
And here's our star of the event, Miss Julia Mason.

Here are the rest of the models (after some clothing changes). I think Daphne and Abigail from the Mane Salon got one too many whiffs of the hairspray.

What glamor girl is complete without her own tiny Westie or Scottie puppy on little red leashes to tote around?

My daughter wants you to know that in 10 years...

...she'll be available!

Right now, she thinks this is funny and begged me to take a picture of her for my blog. But in 10 years, she's gonna hate the fact that I ever listened to her!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ode to Elder Neilson: "Put A Banana in Your Ear"

One of our Missionaries is being transferred to his next area today. So, we had them over for Family Home Evening for one last night of food, fun and games. We tried to speculate where he might be going for his next area and we gave him some very wise counsel. Here were our thoughts:

First, we speculated.
Bishop Mason: "I think they will be sending you up north."
Elder Neilson: "No, Bishop. This is as far north as the mission goes. I must be going down south to Texas."
Elder Sanders: "Wherever you go Elder Neilson, eat lots of spinach so you can be strong like me. See?"

Then, we taught them what to expect from people down in Texas. Mainly what they look like.

Next, Bishop taught a very valuable lesson on revelation.
Bishop Mason: "It can come from anywhere at anytime. So always be on the look out. And you must look like this when you receive it."

Of course, I had to remind them that if they continued with the workout routine and diet plan they started they could one day aspire to have muscles like me.

I think this is when Bishop Mason grabbed Elder Neilson's butt. LOL!
Bye Elder Neilson! We'll miss you and your "big sad eyes and your big fat frown".
(for more information on "blblblb", google Charlie and the Unicorns #1 and #2)

Valentine's Day Tricks and Treats

Ok, so I know there are some people out there who don't celebrate Valentine's Day because they feel like their significant other should love them more than just on one designated day of the year. I look at it like this: since Mr. Simpleton does love me unconditionally and shows it more than just one day a year, I'm pretty blessed...
but he better lay it on extra thick on this particular day of the year!

But I like to include the kiddos on Valentine's day, too and try to come up with different ways of surprising them and showing my children how much I love them.

In case you haven't figured this out about me yet, I'm a pretty serious individual compared to Mr. Simpleton. He'll get down and play with the kids and wrestle. But, I'm only good for that sort of thing so long before chores start calling my name or the phone starts ringing or I get jabbed in eye with sharp 5 year old elbows. Personally, I'd rather take them to see a movie or go get ice cream or do crafts together or read them a book or do things like plan the 12 Days Of Christmas and special Valentine's Day Breakfasts like this that they find equally as enjoyable. Stumbling sleepily down the stairs Saturday morning and after rubbing dreamy fog from their eyes this is what my kids found waiting for them:

(Spoken with a somewhat French accent) Here we have Strawberry Stuffed French Toast with a delicate strawberry cream sauce and a generous dollop of whipped cream, 2 fresh strips of country bacon and an organic banana all served with pink Sweet Milk.
For Valentine's Day Evening we went out with some close friends of ours, Collin and Monett, to the Smucker's Stars On Ice event at the Dallas American Airlines Center. Sasha Cohen was beautiful as always. Not to mention, Todd Eldridge and Michael Weiss were just as amusing as always to watch.

Meet our friends Collin and Monett:
Notice Monett's beautiful genuine smile.
Notice Collin's, uh, yeah.

And here we have Mr. Simpleton and myself.
Notice my genuine happy-to-be-here-celebrating-Valentine's-Day-with-my-husband smile
Notice Jonathan's...oh. You've noticed.
Hmmm....I have to wonder, did these 2 grown-up, adult, 30 some-odd year old men plan this while giggling in the boys' bathroom or is this just a classic case of I-can't-help-that-all-my-male-testosterone-is-seeping-out-through-my-face syndrome?

But this year I must give Mr. Simpleton the award for Best Gift Ever Given Thus Far.
I received no Valentine's Day cards from him addressed to "My Husband" (please see my Blog Archive for Feb. '08);
No 1/2 off flowers from Wal-Mart ("Fireproof", baby.);
No, he scored big points with this diamond ring flaunting our symbol of eternity!
I am so flippin' spoiled.
Thank you, Mr. Simpleton. I love you!

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