Monday, December 29, 2008

Ever google yourself?

If not, you should try it. I googled dustinandmeleofa and two entries came up, one of which is this. What a hay!?! Why is my blog showing up on a Russian (?) website. I translated the website, and it seems to be a newspaper, or something. It's probably just a blog search engine or something, but it still freaked me out. Really.


Okay. Now on to fun things. I like to do yoga. I am not very good, unless I do the same thing over and over, like my yoga/pilates dvd. This morning, I was doing yoga just as Miaya woke up, so I got her from her room, and she likes to join me and tries to help me by climbing on me and sitting on me, which makes me laugh, so it's great. But today, she decided to copy what the lady on the tv was doing and the result was so excellent.

This is Miaya's downward dog. Awesome. :D

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Merry Christmas!

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Miaya decided she wanted to sing a bit, and so here she is singing with Daddy. :)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A webacm


We have a webcam. Dustin got it for me for Christmas! :)

This is from my webcam. hahahahahaaha. So if you see me online, Mamma, or whomever, say hello. And we are hoping to be able to say Merry Christmas to one and all.

Have you ever?

Copy and paste, then highlight the ones you've done.The idea is to highlight the things you have done out of the 200 items on the list to show everyone another side of you. ENJOY!

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone - verbal not physical
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97.Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe.
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn't need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in a historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one (it was putt putt golf :D)
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Ran a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo's David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle --not well haha.
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunch box
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone's life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a camp fire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter's Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik's cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Monday, December 22, 2008

What would you do?




I think there are people out there over whom we have an influence. Now, if you know you have an influence over someone, do you use that influence for good? Or should you just shape them into whatever you want them to be? I feel that when you know you have some weight with someone, you sometimes need to curb what you say or do around them, if you know it's not good for them. I know everyone has a choice when it comes down to it, but still, be judicious. When someone has put themselves enough out there to trust you by taking you into their confidence, it's doing them a disservice to manipulate them.






What do you guys do? I hadn't really thought of it too much until the last couple of days. My little brother in law, for one reason or another, is suseptible to listening to what I have to say on a variety of subjects. Recently he has been questioning a lot of different things, which I think is great. Find your own answers, you know? And he's been influenced by someone who doesn't believe as he has in the past, and his parents are worried. I know I worry sometimes. But it's not just in one aspect of his life, it's all over. He's becoming a younger version of this other person. This other person is still figuring himself out. He's trying to straighten out his life. I suppose we'll just have to see how things turn out.






Anyway, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is on TV tonight. I haven't ever seen it, but whoever did the makeup for Johnny Depp did a great job, and they should have done the makeup for the vampires on Twilight. Or Sweeney Todd. Those are some pasty pale folks.


See. Edward looks more human than these other three. Maybe not?



Sunday, December 21, 2008

A christmas story

Here's a nice little Christmas story for you.

The Truth About Santa Claus
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I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma.I was just a kid.I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on theday my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus,"she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled toher that day because I knew she would be straight with me.I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truthalways went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one ofher "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous,because Grandma said so. It had to be true.Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites,I told her everything. She was ready for me."No Santa Claus?" She snorted... "Ridiculous! Don't believe it.That rumor Has been going around for years, and it makes me mad,plain mad! Now, put On your coat, and let's go.""Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished mysecond world-famous cinnamon bun."Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one storein town that had a little bit of just about everything. As wewalked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. Thatwas a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "andbuy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you inthe car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with mymother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself.The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling tofinish their Christmas shopping. For a Few moments I juststood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill,wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my Friends, myneighbors, the kids at school, and the people who went to mychurch.I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of BobbyDecker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and hesat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he neverwent out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrotea note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all wekids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't havea good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growingexcitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it.It looked real warm, and he would like that."Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind thecounter asked Kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down."Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby reallyneeded a Good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she putthe coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tagfell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) inChristmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From SantaClaus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted onsecrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house,explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially,one of Santa's Helpers. Grandma parked down the street fromBobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in thebushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "Allright, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw thepresent down on his step, pounded his door and flew back tothe safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waitedbreathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open.Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spentshivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. Thatnight, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Clauswere just what Grandma said they were: Ridiculous.Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.I still have The Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside:$19.95.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday is a special day


What a fun day. The kids all got to play together. They all got along well, too. :) Cute little punks. And I took a picture of beautiful Melisa. She didn't want me to, but she has lovely eyes. So I took this.
































































And of course, when they had been outside for a while, Miaya started screaming because she was freezing, and her fingers hurt. The three littlest ones had snow beards from eating the snow. :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Baby it's cold outside

So it's really cold outside. I just took a couple of pictures this morning to emphasize my point. These don't look particularly cold, but it is. Very cold. But jess, there is a winter storm warning that goes from this morning at 8am until 6pm tomorrow evening. wowee. I hope the drive isn't bad for Melisa.

I have been sick this week. So I have had very little to blog about. And Miaya has been sick too. Miaya is still sick. I hope she is not contagious, though. I am keeping her away from others as much as possible. Tomorrow, however, she will be with her cousins, so hopefully she will be
better by then. By the way, my camera takes alright pictures. I've been using my camera phone since I started blogging again, because our other camera broke. hahaha. well. buh-bye.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Just really quick



Miriam is disgusted that I am taking this picture.
Miaya and Bubba were laying down together but everytime we tried to take a picture Miaya would get up again.

Daniel laughing and Eva playing on the floor.

Miriam and Daniel and Alexander and Eva came over tonight. Here are some pics and a video of Eva.

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That was our weekend?

A list of things that happened this past weekend:

Friday:
  • Mele'ofa and Miaya go shopping. We get to Costco only to find out I have lost my card. Go home, because I forgot you can just get a new one in like 1 second.
  • Dustin works late.
  • The ward Christmas party. We aren't able to go, but drop off a fruit salad.
  • Have a date at Burger King :)
Saturday:
  • It snows yipee!
  • Miaya ruins a library book by tearing it's cover off
  • Dustin worked in the morning
  • Dustin has choir practice in the morning
  • Miaya clogs the toilet by putting a toilet roll in it
  • Dustin has to take the toilet off and unclog it (takes several hours)
  • Miriam and Daniel and Alexander and Eva come over yay!
Sunday:
  • Dustin goes to choir practice
  • Mele'ofa goes to leadership meeting before church
  • Miaya pees through all her clothing before sacrament meeting, so we went home early (Dustin didn't change her before church, and gave her a juice box. Not a good combination.)
  • We all go to choir practice at 4pm only to wait until 4:30 to be able to practice
  • We take Miaya to Rheas house to drop Miaya off, so we can sing at fireside
  • We get to fireside intending to sit together, but find out we can't
  • Sing with success (both of us)
  • Go and get Miaya and head home
  • Dustin goes to Grams and Gramps' to fix their snowblower (it was like 9pm :Pbut it's supposed to snow on Monday)
  • Miaya and Mele'ofa watch Harry Potter and fall asleep
  • Dustin get's back a little after 10pm
Am I complaining? Yes. But it all turned out fine. It wasn't the funnest weekend, but it did have some really great bits.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pretty Good


I wanted to make cookies today, but I'm low on everything, including patience, and I didn't want to run to the store. Last Christmas, Dustin's Aunt Jeri gave us this recipe for these way easy cookies, and I haven't ever tried the recipe. Until today. They were pretty good, and fast. I wanted to share the recipe, because it's awesome.


Fudge Drop Cookies


1 pkg chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup butter

1 egg


Blend all ingredients together. The batter will be really thick. Roll into balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes.


How easy is that? I made them with Miaya today. The batter was pretty thick, so she didn't help mix, but she liked using the ice cream scoop to make the balls. And for Mamma, I am sure they have sugar free cake mixes out there. Yep, I just googled it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas-ized


Our blog is completely festive now. It will only last until Christmas, or so. My playlist is even a Christmas one, inspired by Miriam and Daniel's christmas playlist. I took the top picture laying under our Christmas tree. Dustin put lights all over it. I love it.

We watched Forbidden Kingdom on Friday night, and it was awesome! I loved it. Dustin didn't like it too much. Not much for the kung foo, I think.

It's snowing right now! For the first time in like a month! And it's supposed to snow really hard this coming weekend. Just in time for Miriam and Daniel. :)

Miaya has figured out how to open all the doors in the house. And lock them. (She's tall, so she can reach the front dead bolt too!) And unlock them. This morning, I took Moose out, and it was already snowing, so I figured Miaya would see that and not go out. She came outside and was walking around! I was yelling for her to go back inside, and she was just walking around. In her socks! In the snow and slush. And I'm yelling the whole time trying to get her to go in the house so she doesn't freeze to death. When I finally get to the back door, she's screaming, telling me her toes hurt. Poor booger.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Where you gonna put a tree that big, Griswold?

Honestly. We weren't going to get a real christmas tree this year, but then our neighbor said he could get us one. Dustin was all excited. Our neighbor works for the forest service, so he doesn't need a permit or anything, because they are always clearing trees and such. This is one of the trees they were getting rid of, and now it is ours. It takes up a quarter of the living room. Seriously.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Is it Friday?

Hello Moose pie. This was taken today. How nice. My booger dog. She's sweet for the most part but because I don't exercise her enough, she can get hyper. Like EVERY time I take her outside. Poor thing. But, jes, can you believe it's already Friday. I was thinking it was only Thursday. I had to check my calendar. My phone doesn't take very good pictures, sorry. But this is what you get. I am sure there was a point to this post, but I am failing to see it. I am giddy with excitedness to see my sisters and one of my bros in law and nieces and nephews. Woo. That's all.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rambling

This first picture is of Miaya last night, right before bed, and the second one is of Miaya in our bed this morning. I thought she had hopped into her own bed, but I went to check on her, and she was in our bed. I have no idea how she was able to climb up into it. She is multi-talented. This kid, whom is so sweet sometimes, can have the craziest tantrums sometimes. She already knows how to use her cuteness or whatever you want to call it, to get herself out of trouble. She'll be screaming, and hitting, and then when we scold her, she will stop, give us a hug and a kiss, and take us completely off guard, and then she's off again, and we don't know what just happened. Insane, really.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My Patient Girl


Miaya can be so patient sometimes. This morning I was getting breakfast together, and she decided to pull up a chair and just wait for me. What a sweet kid. hahahahaha. I was trying to take a candid shot, but she saw the phone and proceeded to put a big smile on. She loves to smile for the camera. Cheeky girl. I was amazed she just sat there. Usually she will open all the cupboards and empty them, or get into the pantry and empty it. hahaha. Never a dull moment with her.
So I never blogged about Thanksgiving. I am going to now. We were going to go shooting Thanksgiving morning but we woke up to rain, so that cancelled that. We had the Thanksgiving meal at Dustin grandparents house, and the gathering was quite small compared to when everyone is there. There were only 14 of us, so it was nice. Usually there are like 30, and that can be a bit much if you don't have the room for that many people. Miaya played with Dustin's cousin, Paige, who is 3 and her older brother Zachary. They had a good old time. We watched the Lions lose yet ANOTHER game, against the Titans, and quite pitifully. I guess that's what happens when you pit the WORST team in the NFL against the best. And then we watched the Cowboys trample the Seahawks. Both games were so disappointing because there was really no doubt as to who would win. :P I didn't even watch the Eagles and the Cardinals.
On Friday morning we went shooting. Yay! It was great. We even brought Moose. We wanted to see if she's gun shy. And she is a teeny bit, but nothing we can't work with. Dustin wants her to be a hunting dog. I think she'll be able to do it. She's a good girl. If not, no biggie. Miaya and Moose and I kind of hiked around a bit, because sitting in the car the whole time is no fun. And when I wanted to shoot, Grampa Ray sat with Miaya in the car and played and gave her hot cocoa and cheetos. There was orange everywhere. I didn't take any pics. I was too busy having fun. :D
When we got home, Dustin and Miaya took naps, and I got a bunch of the Christmas stuff out. I felt all holidays-y after that, so I put Miriam's christmas playlist on, and decorated. I love Christmas. It's so great. On Saturday we took Miaya over to Grandma's house so we could do a bit of Christmas shopping. Dustin and I went to Ikea and got Miaya an easel. I am soooo excited for her to have it. hahahaha. I think she'll love it. She loves to color and such. Okay. I'm done.