Sunday, January 22, 2012

Totally Awesome 40th Birthday

Never thought the day would come, but here it is. I'm in love with a 40-year-old! To celebrate, we decided to act like kids and have a totally awesome 80's party with friends and family. Let me tell you, I had fun with this.

I didn't just buy a jean skirt and jean jacket from the thrift store... I actually acid washed them myself with bleach in my backyard... around midnight! I mean, what else would I be doing at that hour? I thought they turned out so cute!

But I didn't stop there... I went all out. I knew there was a good reason to keep my crimping iron around! Someday I'll use my rollers again too, right?

Russ had a great outfit, too, but somehow in all the excitement I neglected to take a picture of the main man of the night! If anyone took a picture of him, PLEASE give it to me!!

NEWS FLASH! I got a scanned copy of the picture my grandma took, and then I had to try to fix all the specks and fingerprints. I think someone had a nachos supreme before handling this picture, so it's a little rough, but it's something! Just don't look too closely.

I was so jealous of Marsa's hoop earrings. (Thanks for giving Russ the Cyndi Lauper tape... I'm sure he'll cherish it forever!)

[Imagine Aunt Karen' picture here... do you really want me to post that silly pose?!? Lori knows it's awesome, and I know you're all curious, so I'll show it to you if you give me a dollar. Or I'll delete it forever for $20.]

Speaking of Lori, she could pull off this 80's look in 2012. Too cute!

Our guests were the bomb... I mean, they were totally tubular! We had a best-dressed competition, and I had such a hard time choosing because everyone looked so good... so, I left it up to the cheers of the crowd to declare the winner. Ian, you have some lungs on you, buddy. I mean, let's face it, Ian was the real judge.

Lisa won the ladies' division for best dressed... because we all wish we had a bodacious jacket like that!

Wendy knows 80's style, and Trevor looked awesome in that wig. A hot mullet is better than nothing, right? ;)

Andrew won for best-dressed guy. I agree... he's bringing sexy back in the headband and wrist bands!

Pete: "I can't see a thing, but I know I must look awesome in these glasses!"

Nice shirt, Ian. (Ladies, he's taken... I know you're crushed.)

Honorable mention to these two for giving life to and raising the birthday boy and love of my life!

Geoff looking just like he did in the 80's.

Kristen wore an authentic 80's shirt from high school... radical color combo! And the slogan is so apropos :) Luckily, we had Kristen on the ladies' team for the 80's "Scene It" trivia game, but we still couldn't pull off a win.

The lucky wife of the fart shirt guy.

I snapped this shot right in the nick of time... just as Wendy started the "Thriller" dance in the background. Nice moves! (Yes, my mom's wearing the jean jacket I acid washed... way cute! Oops, I missed the insides of the sleeves.)

The GI Joe/Miami Vice combo and the wanna-be mohawk should have won Ben a prize, right? And my dad is looking 80's because he actually bought that shirt in the 80's... see, good thing he didn't ever give that to the DI.

[Imagine pic of Jill here... she would kill me if I posted it. Remember, I take bribes.]

The life of the party always shows up just a little late... love the big bangs!

Hot 80's chicks.

Russ and I had sooo much fun hosting, and our guests just made the party rock! Thanks to all who dressed up and came and had a good time.

As for me, I couldn't let my jean jacket be used only once... so I wore it to church today! So much fun... now I'm going to take a nap.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

True Confessions

I'm up late trying to acid wash some jeans, and strange thoughts start to come to mind when I'm alone and tired.

I have weird phobias... maybe all phobias are weird by definition.

I am afraid to put a glove on without looking inside first for fear a spider has made a nest inside.

I am afraid of accidentally touching the bottom of any body of water with bare feet. Even in swimming pools, I'm afraid my foot will touch a drain unexpectedly.

I am afraid of my parents' pool cleaner. I am afraid that if I don't know where it is, I might touch it by accident. I don't even like touching it on purpose, but at least it doesn't freak me out as much. I feel there is a reason it is called "Kreepy."

I count swallows when I drink from a drinking fountain.

I always fish out the little white thing in raw eggs before using them.

I put discs back into the most convenient case instead of the right cases, much to my husband's dismay.

I won't eat mushrooms or shellfish, not because of the flavors, but because of what they are.

I never take the first item on the shelf. I always get one from the back because I feel it has been handled less and is less likely to be damaged or a return.

I once sorted all the L'Oreal lipstick colors in Target because they were all mixed up.

I am a perfectionist when it comes to selecting produce. I seriously spend way too much time trying to find produce that has no cosmetic flaws.

I never use the first stall in a restroom unless it is the only one open. If all of you do that, then I guess my plan to use a cleaner stall is foiled.


I need to chillax. I did get rid of one habit... I stopped trying to make the gas pump stop exactly on the dollar.

Baby steps, people!
Publishing this post seems like a good idea at 1:30 in the morning...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year


Last year, some of my official resolutions were to get more prepared for emergencies, organize family photos and scrapbooks, and hike Four Peaks.

Well, I did add a few items to our food storage that I didn't have before, like apple slices, diced carrots, dry milk, and dry eggs. I also put together some very rudimentary 72-hour packs, which I'm sure will seem totally inadequate in a true emergency, but it's better than nothing!

I have made tons of progress on Brandon's baby book and added a few pages to Kallie's. They are almost done! The family photos are still in Costco photo processing envelopes, but I did buy 4 photo albums, so I hope I will get those filled up by the end of this year :)

Alas, I didn't hike Four Peaks. This year, I don't have a nursing baby, so hopefully I can do it!

It seems like I always start off the new year with lots of optimism and hope, but then... life gets in the way, kids need me for one thing or another, distractions take too much of my attention, problems and trials are put in my way, and sometimes just plain laziness catches up to me.

At the end of the year, I read all these glowing Christmas letters, and my friends and family seem to have it all together. How do they pull it off, and are their families really that perfect, or do they just leave out the bad stuff? This past year has been a real challenge for our family... lots of trials, tears, and sacrifices. It's been difficult, but I'm feeling stronger now, and triumphant because we are still okay, we are still a family, and we still love each other.

So, even if 2011 wasn't perfect, I am happy to celebrate the things that are good and the accomplishments I have made, even if I didn't accomplish everything.

Today is a good day.

Happy 2012!!