Friday, January 30, 2009

My birthday

I just love birthdays!! Ryan asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I told him that I wanted a night with the girls! So, I sent out invitations and had a few friends over tonight to watch 27 Dresses and to have strawberry shortcake with me! It was a lot of fun! I just loved chatting with the girls!

Tomorrow I am going to Disneyland...thanks to their promotion to get in free on your birthday! I am taking the little one with me since she is still free and I'm going with my parents because they have passes. We will probably just go for a couple hours. I can't go on any of the big rides, so it's perfect to take Pebbles with me. Then Ryan is taking me out to dinner. I can't wait!!

How old am I, you ask? Well...I don't mind sharing...I'm 32!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Yes...I copied you!

My friend did this on her blog, and I am going to copy her. Go to Google and type (your name) and then needs (so...Melanie it?) and then write what comes up. Here we go!

Melanie accept that no one is self-sufficient all the time, and to be gentler with her "childish" emotional needs and wants
***ummm...that's not very nice!!***

Melanie find a happy medium between being a strong female and being overzealous

Melanie needs...1st year baby needs for Melanie
***awww...does that mean someone is throwing me a shower?!? hahaha!!!***

Melanie needs...a BF
***best friend or boyfriend?? I'll take either!! hahah!!***

Melanie add some sparkle and color back to her wardrobe
***totally true...maternity clothes just aren't that glamorous!***

I thought this was funny! Let me know if you try it out!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Birthday dinner

My birthday is coming up and Ryan's is 10 days after. We usually go out to dinner for my birthday and I cook his favorite meal for his birthday. Then there is Valentine's Day right after!! Good grief! Anyways, we are trying to figure out where to go for dinner. Not an expensive place and not a regular place (ie. Chili's, Red Robin, Islands) that we go to often. Any suggestions on good places to eat? Leave me a's next week! :-) Thanks!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

American Idol...yay!!

I am SUPER excited about American Idol starting tonight. This is by far my favorite show!! In my opinion, the worst season was the one where Fantasia won. My favorite contestants or winners are David Cook, Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry. Who is your favorite winner?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

S is for....

My friend played this game on her blog. She was given a letter and had to come up with 10 Favorite Things that start with that letter. She assigned me S! So if you want to play, leave me a comment and I will assign you a letter!

1. Sisters - I love my sisters!! Biological and unbiological (is that a word??). It's true...some of you that have known me a long time probably think that you would never hear this out of my mouth. We didn't get along when we were younger. But, we are the best of friends now! I love my sister-in-laws as well. I have some great ones!! It's fun to have girls around. And, for my unbiological are the best!!! I have great friends!

2. Scrapbooking - one of my loves that have been put on the back-burner for a while. I can also include stamping in this category. I use stamps for my scrapbooking pages. I really enjoyed making a High School book (and hey...the person that assigned me this letter is in the book!) and a Beauty and the Beast one. My favorite one that I have done is probably of all the weddings of all our siblings! (another "s" word!)

3. Singing - I love to sing. I don't do it as often as I would like, but nonetheless, I love it. I sang in high school and had the best time! I still sing to my little one to put her to sleep. I love to sing to the radio and in choirs. I also love the "singing" on American Idol...probably my favorite show!!

4. Strawberries - If you know me, you know that I LOVE strawberries!! Not only eating them. My kitchen is decorated with strawberries. And, it looks super cute, if I do say so myself!!

5. Stephen Schwartz - this is the only way that I could include "Wicked" in this list! He wrote the music and lyrics to this AMAZING musical. My favorite one, by far. I have been fortunate to see it twice and it amazed me both times!

6. Salt shaker - this is my way of including my experience in participating in the play "Beauty and the Beast". Seriously, this was the best time of my life! It was so much fun! We are doing another play (Wizard of Oz) and I am so bummed to not be participating. I will be about 8 1/2 months pregnant during the performance. Not fun. I will just have to go and watch. :-(

7. Surprises - I love to be surprised! My husband does a good job of that. Birthday surprises are good (hey...I have a birthday coming up!!) and anytime surprises. Ryan loves to bring me flowers...just because. He has always done that. He is my sweetheart!

8. Sandals - I love to wear sandals and I love to buy new sandals! Not the basic flip flops. Cute sandals!

9. Shopping - I'm a girl!! Of course shopping would be on my list!! I like to go when I don't have any kids with me. I can take my time. And, even if I'm not buying anything, it's still fun to just look and see what is around.

10. Service - Random acts of service have been such a blessing in our lives. We love to help people out whenever we can...have them over for dinner or drop off goodies at someone's house. It's liking the saying goes, "It's better to give than to receive".

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I am finally going to post about Christmas. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve with the Bremer side of the family and a wonderful Christmas Day with the Jenks side of the family. My mother-in-law planned some fun games and a nice little family night. A special visitor came and knocked on the door and left a bag full of goodies for everyone there. She had prizes and a little stocking for each person with a $5 gift card in it. It was fun! Then we exchanged gifts. We had the Grimes family and they had us. I made pajama pants for all of Mandy's kids...they turned out really cute...I was such a proud Auntie! I hope they are wearing them in Alaska!

(I couldn't get them to all pose together!)

I also made pajama pants for my kids and made them all monkey print...cuz I call them my monkeys! sister-in-law found some little boy jammies with monkey's on them!!! So cute!!! I love them and can't wait for our little one to wear them.

We spent Christmas morning with my brother and his family. We had each others names for Christmas this year too. Funny how it worked out that way on both sides! I also made some pajama pants for my little nephew. They have cars on them (picture to come soon!! hint hint Tiff!!) THANKS TIFF!!

They bought comforters for all the kids beds. Super nice!! The kids love having them on their bed, except now I expect their beds to be made! haha!! Later we went to my parents house. We all pictched in and bought a beautiful picture of Christ for my parents and they absolutely loved it! Don't you love it when you get something for someone that they least expect? Just to see the smile on their face is just priceless! I also made pajama pants for my little sister. Grand total of pajama pants: 10!!! I was a busy lady! But I love how they turned out!

Here's some random cute shots of our family enjoying Christmas. I hope you had a great one!