Monday, December 31, 2007
A: Death, taxes, the passage of time, and a never-ending stack of papers to grade.
Q: What are things that we can be sure of?
I've truly enjoyed my Christmas break this year. Haven't done a lick of work (though that will have to change starting today - classes start again on Thursday!), and that's left me with lots of time to play with the kids, chat with Husband, go on a couple of day trips, and look at all the photos on our hard drive. I started looking at Christmases Past, then I started looking at trips we've taken, goofy shots of the kids - everything, really.
As I went through the photos, what struck me is how at each stage - newly married, new house, adding a child, adding a 2nd child.... we have been convinced that we were in the best stage of life. Even now, I'm absolutely loving it as we move from having babies & toddlers to having preschoolers. It's a whole new era of independence, but still full of the magic of childhood.
We were able to tap into that magic earlier this week. For their Christmas present, we took the kids to the Magic Kingdom (Disneyworld). It was a truly wonderful day, and one that I should probably blog about soon.
Today, however, I'm thinking about one of the last rides we did - the Carousel of Progress. This was one of the rides entirely created by Walt Disney himself, and features a family every 20 years or so through the 20th (and now 21st!) century. At each stop you see all the nifty new inventions that have made their lives easier. As you rotate through the stops, they sing their theme song.
Apparently, the theme song is a bit controversial. Mainly because there are 2 of them. There was the original, which was played at the World's Fair and at Disneyland, and then there's the new version when the ride moved to Disneyworld. If you go to Disneyworld now, however, they've changed it back to the original song.
More than a few people I guess didn't like the new song, but if you grew up in the late 80s/early 90s like I did, it's rather nostalgic to read the lyrics, and very appropriate as we are about to roll over into a New Year. (I am doing this from memory, but I'm pretty sure these are the lyrics.)
Now is the time
Now is the best time
Now is the best time of your life
Life is a prize
Live every minute
Open your eyes & watch how you win it
Yesterday's memories may sparkle & gleam
Tomorrow is still but a dream
Right here & now
You've got it made
The world's forward marching & you're in the parade!!
Happy New Year to you and yours and I hope you find 2008 to be a wonderful blessing!
Monday, December 24, 2007
If you enjoy Celtic Women, you will likely enjoy the Mediaeval Baebes as well. (The styles are actually rather different, but it was the best analogy I could think of!)
This song is the Lord's Prayer, in Cornish (which is a little like Welsh).
Merry Christmas to you and Yours!!! I hope you have a fabulous holiday, and I will see you after the New Year rolls over!! (or until I feel the urge to start blogging, whichever comes first!)
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
|You Should Have a Purple Christmas Tree|
For you, the holidays represent a time of creativity and expression.
There's no way you'd do something bland simply for tradition's sake.
You are an independent person, and you definitely do the holidays your own way.
And you're decadent enough to go way over the top with any unusual holiday ideas you have.
Your purple tree would look great with: Purple lights and ornaments
You should spend Christmas Eve watching: A Christmas Story
What you should bake for Santa: "Kitchen sink" cookies - with a ton of things in them
Most of this quiz is pretty true for us:
* Husband does tend to
* We really do watch A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve!! Right after dinner & the kids are in bed.
* I certainly
I guess the only major unbelievable part is that the tree is purple. That would just never happen as it's Husband's least favorite color. He's learned to tolerate it since Bird wears a lot of purple, but he'd never let a purple tree in the door!!
Thanks to dcrmom for the link!!
Friday, December 21, 2007
(Those square containers are fudge.)
I look at Bird's Advent chain & can't believe there are so few links left! Which means not too many more video clips, but hey, we're all lined up until Christmas Eve!
Today's features asks "Who needs A Christmas Carol when you've got Scrooged?!" Another family (well, my family growing up anyhow!) favorite, today's video skips right to the giggly, feel-good, closing song.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I was able to see them in concert many years ago (before children) and watching this video only offers a taste of what it's like to be in the theater with them. It was amazing!! This was from a concert in Toronto, and it does include the introductory narration.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
At preschool, Bird received a rather straightforward task: Draw a Manger Scene.
Now, she loves to draw and of course she went straight to work. She even got the 3 main characters in there (that's Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus).
Now, if you look closely at the above picture, you'll see that there's some kind of yellowish glow above the Baby Jesus. What could it be? An angel?
No.... it's an oft-forgotten character from the Christmas story - the Christmas Octopus.
Kamiak Kantori Choir (click over to You Tube; they don't allow you to embed this one in your blog)
Tuscon Boys Choir (turn your sound up a little here)
A Rather Nifty Piano Concert (long, but rather fun to listen to)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Anyhow, there is another guy out there who loves them a lot - so much so that he set up his Christmas lights to flash to one of the songs - Wizards in Winter. If you want to know more of the background to this story, you can check it out here.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
So then of course LOTS of fun stuff popped up, and I had all kinds of fun watching old clips & songs. This episode was one of my favorites, and since I couldn't find the one that mocked both Jeopardy & Concentration, here we go!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I did, however, come across this tribute to Jim Varney, and thought it quite good. Hope you enjoy it too!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Things that had me giggling:
- the 3-wheeled car
- the looks the policewoman & the singer gave each other when she pulls him over
- SKIPPING off into the frontier!
- handcuffing the CARS together?!
Anyhow, enjoy the video!!
Also, hat tip to finslippy, which is where I first saw this video. Her readers also made several amusing comments.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I am not one of those people. In fact, as much as I wish I was that creatively artistic, I don't think it's ever going to happen.
So when Shannon posted about a site where you can make virtual snowflakes, you can believe I'm all over that. You can click that link or the Snow Days button on the side and join in on the virtual snowfight!!
and I highly recommend watching some more of their videos over on You Tube (so I don't clog up the works over here!) Some of my favorites:
Mother's Day Card (no expletives, but one questionable word that you may not want to explain to your older children; younger ones will likely not notice)
Flag Makeover (contains an expletive)
Saturday, December 8, 2007
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
2. Real tree or Artificial?
This is the design from 2006. Not much will change this year except that I've bought a couple houses & stores for the village.
3. When do you put up the tree?
4. When do you take the tree down?
5. Do you like eggnog?
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
8. Hardest person to buy for?
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
14. Have you ever recycled/re gifted a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
16. Favorite Christmas song?
17. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
18. Can you name Santa's reindeer?
19. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
20. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
21. Best thing about Christmas?
Friday, December 7, 2007
BUT (you knew that was coming, didn't you?!)
I am not a huge techno fan, but every once in a while there's a song that I just happen to really like. I heard this song at a college football game & part of me wants it for my ringtone cause it's so.... computer-sounding and catchy (cause, really, anything else sounds weird on a cellphone). Students all around the nation will jump in their stadiums when it comes on during a football game. Kinda makes me feel like we're all inside Super Mario Brothers or something.
So, start the video and then work on something else so you can just listen to the music... or just go ahead & watch it! But don't say I didn't warn you! :)
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
So go check out Despre Tine.
Warning - the volume starts off really loud, and then mellows back to something a bit more manageable.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
So I got to thinking.....(always a dangerous proposition). One thing that always seems to get swept under the carpet during this time of year is just a moment or two to relax. And what better way to do that than with a moment or two watching a short video? Especially one that might even be Christmassy?
So my (possible) goal is to post a video each day for the next 24 days. Sort of an Video Advent Calendar, if you will. I think we will start with just random fun, and slowly move into the Christmassy stuff as we get closer to the holidays.
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Ahem. Okay, apparently I am posting links to videos, cause I just can't get the darn You Tube code to work!!
On today's menu: Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) by Mika
(Why? Cause the song is catchy & even though it is bubble-gummy, it seems to put me in a happy mood anyhow. And you just need that this time of year.)
(PS - I discovered Mika via Blog Antagonist)
- I am not a daily blogger. I much prefer the Post & Run approach.
- Some things in life just stink.
- There is an awful lot in this world to be thankful for, and I am grateful for that.
So, with that in mind, here's my last 2 Days of Thanks:
29. Husband returns home after being out of town all week for work. I am so, so amazed & awed by all the single parents out there, as what they do is infinitely hard and wonderful at the same time.
30. It's Friday. I do not have to work on school stuff until 10pm if I don't want to.