Thursday, December 31, 2009
What weird cooking success have you had?
Monday, December 28, 2009
floor sliding. notice Brett and Frankie's hands working together to get the most distance possible!
little happy cousins
We had a great Christmas! Darby opened her presents from us the Saturday before Christmas. She got a ton of stuff, including a Hello Kitty big-girl bike. She calls it her "Hello Beauty Cat Bike." She took off on it and I had to run to keep up with her! Then we took off that afternoon for Colorado. We arrived at Brett and Corrine’s on Sunday evening and spent the next week just enjoying our family. We got to see Adam, Lindsey, and Montanna for a few days before they left for Utah, and that was so fun. We’ve missed them since they moved away. Darby had a blast playing with Montanna and Britney especially! She is so loved and entertained by our family. Frankie and Brett had her lay on her stomach on the wood floors and they pushed her so she slid on her belly across the room. She loved that! She got to watch the Tinkerbelle movie and I got to watch Star Trek. Frankie and Brett built Darby a little couch and it turned out so great! I helped make pie crust, believe it or not. Darby had so much fun playing in the snow. She had the best day of her young life when we took a walk and a neighbor let Darby pet and feed her horses. We had such a nice time and really hated to leave.
Some people really have trouble with their in-laws. I am so lucky and thankful for mine. Frankie has a really great family and I am so glad to be a part of it; I love them and consider them my own. I don't know how i got so lucky to come from a great family and marry into one (for a rare picture of my whole Judd family, see Aramie's blog aramieandkacey.blogspot.com).
How was your holiday?
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thank goodness. Helen is not a pretty name (if you are named Helen, no offense. But you know it is true).
So, we were laughing about that and I asked Frankie what he would’ve changed his name to when he was a kid. His response was perfect. “Probably something lame,” he began, “like Jason. Or Captain Kirk.”
Thinking back on yourself as a young child, what name would you have chosen?
Monday, December 14, 2009
What are you waiting for? Go count your shoes!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
What is the weirdest thing a small child has asked you?
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Other than that, I thought you could use a recap of our Thanksgiving. I cooked a 6 pound turkey breast at 450 degrees for 3 and ½ hours. Yeah, I didn’t realize until the last 30 minutes that I should have turned the heat down about 100 degrees and cooked it for about an hour and a half less. But, I still didn’t turn it down or take it out! I just decided to see what happened. The top was charred black, of course, but luckily I placed it breast down in broth, so the turkey turned out awesome! It was looking pretty dismal at first, but it turned out great. Darby ate a nutrigrain bar and called it a day. I guess she’s not a fan of gourmet cooking.
A really great guy from our mission died over the holiday. I don’t want to touch on that too much, I just feel really sad, especially for his wife. Please pray for the Jones family.
For FHE last night, we put up our tree and lights. I have all my nativity scenes set up and I love it. We listened to the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas album, which I love, and then we drank hot chocolate with candy canes for stirring. I love to spend time as a family.
How was your holiday?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
How is your day shaping up?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
She is currently kicking the wall as hard as she can. Not really sure why.
Friday, November 13, 2009
This is a webcam picture of Darby lounging on the couch, watching Little Monsters, and hiding her face with an Elmo blanket. I stayed up very late last night working first on homework, then helping Frankie paint his office. While I didn’t have to get up as early as did my poor husband, I am very tired and wondering, what with all the lounging, why are we awake?!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
If you are looking for a heart-warming, goose bump inducing story, you’ve come to the wrong place. I have those stories; I just never seem to tell them. My spiritual stories are sacred to me. I have to get to know you a little better before I’ll tell those :)
This story is about how nasty I am. Well, most of the stories of my life are about how nasty I am, but this one is different. If you’ve served a mission, you know that you have to get used to eating things that are not exactly what you’d eat at home. Well, I’m not domestic, as we all know, and my Mama wasn’t there to cook for me. So, left to my own devices, my main meal was a mixture of corn flakes, tuna, and barbeque sauce. I know; take a minute to barf and read on.
Tuna and barbeque sauce is something by which I still stand. Give it a shot and then write me back to tell me thanks. I grew up in south Georgia, mind you, and while most Georgians know better than to mix tuna with, well, anything, we all know how important barbeque is to our culture.
That said, I know that my concoction is not only unholy, but unconscionable.
So, we went to an investigator’s house after church one Sunday and began to help the womenfolk prepare lunch for the father. The father was named Fausto and he was a booming, imposing man. Fausto didn’t want us to come around in the first place, but he allowed it because his wife wanted us to come. The first time we met with them, they invited us to have lunch. My comp was an interestingly arrogant girl from Bolivia (la Paz). Fausto asked us our names, and we told him. “Hermana Judd y Hermana Renfijo.” He demanded our first names and Renfijo went on and on about not telling people our first names. She said, “But you can call us ‘Hermanita’.” In Spanish, “ita” added to the end of a word is endearing, and means “little.” Fausto boomed, “I DON’T DO ‘ITAS’!” Renfijo, who always had to be right, said, “You don’t call your wife (who was named Rosa) ‘Rosita?!” She was challenging him and he was ticked. He thundered, “No! I call my wife Rosey!” It was so tense in the dining room with all his children sitting in silence, staring at their father and my comp being super stupid. Without thinking, I said, “So, can we call you Fausty?”
There was silence. This unnaturally huge macho man turned to me, his eyes wide. Wide with what? I didn’t know. I was pretty sure I should just run for the hills and make a new life.
The silence was unnerving. It was long. It was horrifying. And then he roared with laughter. What a relief! I told him our names, but that we preferred to be called “hermana.” He obliged.
So, anyway, weeks later he came home to find us helping his daughter (who was our age) make his lunch. He saw me in the kitchen and said, “Oh, no!” I was genuinely concerned. I asked what was wrong and he said, “Hermana Judd is cooking?! I’m going to have to eat tuna and corn flakes!” And he laughed and laughed at me.
Much like Rodney Dangerfield, I get no respect. Fausto was wonderful and I adored his family. I learned a lot while teaching them. I hope to see them in the hereafter, when they come on a weekend vacation to the Telestial Kingdom. While my cooking skills have improved since then (only slightly), I think I’ll still make them some tuna and corn flakes. I mean, don’t fix it if it ain’t broke, right?
What’s something nasty you’ve had to eat? OR, tell me one of your mission stores.
Monday, November 9, 2009
So, Darby was a monkey for Halloween. When Uncle Rich asked me what Darby was going to be, I said, “A monkey.” He said, “I know she’s a monkey, but what is she going to be for Halloween?” And that’s my Darbs! Aramie sent us the costume and it was so cute on Darbenstien. She loved the coat; she calls it her “rain coat” and wants to wear it every time we leave the house! She had a great Halloween; her Gran came down for a visit and they made sugar cookies together. Then, we met up with our friends, the Sell family, and took the kids to this neighborhood that closes off a cul de sac and people just line the street in their lawn chairs to pass out candy. It was so fun! Darby thinks it’s so great. She told me the next day (and that night on the way home, actually) that she wants to go again. She made out like a bandit and really enjoyed herself.
At our new house, I bought tons of candy to pass out and we only got 1 trick-or-treater! That’s a grand total of 2 in my whole married life! Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to eat the candy myself. I mean, I wouldn’t want to have to return it to the store. That would be bad for the economy.
How was your Halloween?
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1. McDonald’s breakfast burritos
2. Denny’s Heartland Scramble
1. Hot dog/chili dog
2. Frozen burrito (cooked, of course)
3. Bologna sandwich
1. Anything from a drive-thru, large sized fries, please.
2. Pizza (no dirty Little Ceasar’s)
3. Really, whatever I didn’t have to cook is best
1. Little Debbie cosmic brownies
2. Hostess cupcakes
3. And Aramie’s and my favorite, Suzy Q’s! I’ll tell you that story later.
And you? What are your top 3’s?
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
What are your favorite cleaning secrets?
Monday, October 26, 2009
What’s something weird that you did as a child or that your child has done?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
What’s something weird that you have heard out of context?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sometimes I have to change my blog background to remind myself that there are seasons. Arizona only has 2 seasons; Hot As Hell and Hotter Than Hell. For those of you who are fortunate enough to live elsewhere, enjoy your fall!
What are your kids going to be for Halloween?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I thought we could all use a pick-me-up. Because I don't have any available pictures of my Frankie, we'll have to settle for James Franco (and besides, I don't want you all oggling my honey!) . Now, since I am married to Franklin Parmenter, I don't need a movie-star boyfriend. However, I know that many people who are married to lesser men have the need of movie-star loves. But, before you leave your eternal companion for Mr. Franco, I want you to consider the following:
If you were so inclined, not that you are, who would be your movie-star boyfriend/girlfriend?
Friday, September 4, 2009
Darby LOVES to swim. She would swim from sun-up to sun-down and beyond.
Monday, August 31, 2009
What are your fashion (or crimes against fashion) pet peeves?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
What is your secret fear? Oh, my other one is lizards.