Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Kind of Crazy

ALARC's On It and In It Lake Minnetonka Ice Plunge
Thursday, January 01, 2009, 09:30 AM
Bayview Event Center
687 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN 55331

Click here for registration. You know you want to.

PS Looks like this guy doesn't want to jump either.

Dive Ranking Options by Number of Completed Jumps:
0 Guppy (Marla)
1 Minnow (Marla, next year)
2 Walleye (Marla, the year after next)
3 Northern (Marla, oh you get the point!)
4 Muskie
5 Barracuda Five
6 Barracuda Six
7 Barracuda Seven
8 Barracuda Eight
9 Barracuda Nine
10+ Shark MARLA! 2019

Sunday, December 28, 2008

It Really Was a Great Christmas...

Despite this picture above, we had a fabulous time.
And look who's back! We missed you Em & Dan the Man!
Jana raved about her present!! She loved her chopper gloves and her TJ Maxx gift card for $13.89. What can I say, I know how to pick 'em!
Darling cousins with little Isaiah. I unbuttoned his jeans so he could breathe but Reva buttoned them right back up again.

Isaiah... smiling for Jana. She's got the knack. Anna - smiling for the camera. What a little model.
Chloe with the classic game Pretty Pretty Princess. My sisters played this game with the Elders on Christmas day. If only I could produce the picture with Elder Standage wearing earrings, a crown and a necklace... priceless.

And after much prodding and huffing and begging and a little swearing, here is our family photo.


Until next year peeps! Love you all!

xoxox, marla

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Stuff

My new favorite Christmas book. Go Glenn Beck!! I loved this. It's an easy read and a timeless tale. It's worth your time.

My favorite as of late on the CD: Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella.

I've been belting it out, having a jolly good time, until a thought struck me - who the crap is Jeanette Isabella?

And here you go. It's not a person, it's two people. Thank you Wikipedia.

Our Christmas movie of choice this year was Australia. Not exactly what you might think of for a traditional Christmas movie, but it worked. Oh did it work. Hugh Jackman is ... he's nice. We'll leave it at that. Overall, a very interesting, historical, romantic story complete with breathtaking scenery, fabulous costumes, and good story line.

Lastly, I'll leave you with Kevin. My favorite fake Christmas kid (my real favorite Christmas kids are Jake, Chloe & Isaiah). I remember seeing this in the theater years ago... on a Christmas day. And then getting stuck in the parking lot in a snow storm. Gotta love MN!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas in St. Paul

Joanna and I took a little excursion to St. Paul for Kurt Metzger's Christmas concert. What a fabulous concert it was. We had a little trouble actually finding the Landmark center and when we finally did, the door slammed very loudly behind us. The entire audience, including Kurt at the piano, looked in our direction... and there was nowhere to hide. So we went and got our seats and enjoyed the rest of the concert.

Isn't St. Paul gorgeous in the winter?

And here we are, in the freezing cold, as I fumbled for the camera while Joanna screamed hurry hurry hurry! This is what you get folks. For the record, it was very cold.

We passed this sign as we ran into the parking ramp. Now this is a hot dog! If it would've been open, there would've been a hot dog in my mouth which wouldn't really make for an attractive picture anyway.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"Little" Isaiah

I love this picture of my mom and Isaiah. He's got such kissable cheeks. And doesn't my mom's skin look fabulous? Jealous.

So Reva called me the other day. My entertainment source for the day.

Reva: Hey. Guess what.

Marla: Yeah?

Reva: Isaiah's butt touches the floor when I put him in his bouncy chair.

Marla: It's the twinkies, isn't it.

So Many Christmas Cards, Not Enough Fridge

Hey You Guys! I got a lotta cards this year. A lot! Running out of magnets here people. I feel famous. Like Paula Abdul. Straight up now tell me if you're really going to LOVE ME FOREVER uh-oh-oh or is this a hit and run?!


Thank you for the cards. And the pictures. You and your families are super darling and I wish everyone a very


My Christmas began in October when I had the privilege of walking where Jesus walked. It was a miracle to behold. Indeed there is a Savior. He came. He lives. He will come again.

"I believe that each of us can re-create that familiar scene in Bethlehem in our own lives. We can have a star to follow just as the Wise Men did. 'Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.' The scriptures can light our way, and our testimonies can be a light from within. The voices of angels can be the voices of our beloved prophet and His servants. We can kneel at the feet of our Savior just as literally as the shepherds and the Wise Men, but we do it in prayer. The gifts we bring are our talents. We can shout 'Hosanna' like that angelic choir and spread the good news by bearing our testimonies. Each new day is an opportunity to bind ourselves to act according to what we know. By works of righteousness, we can come to Him each day of our lives just as if we had trod in our sandaled feet the rocky path to Bethlehem, holding a staff or bearing gifts."
-Sister Betty Jo Jepson

Sunday, December 21, 2008

...Not Always Right

I found another gem besides rateyourprofessor.com. I did a large amount of cackling. Here are my top two favorites:

Be Careful What You Ask For, Part 3
Movie Theater Beaverton, OR, USA
Me: “What can I get for you?”

Customer: “I want a small popcorn, and don’t try to upsell me a medium!”
Me: “Can I interest you in a large then?”
Customer: “I want to speak to your manager.”

How Nicknames Are Born, Part 2
Retail Berkshire County, MA, USA

Customer: “Hey, can you tell me where the rope is? I’ve been looking all over for it, but can’t seem to find it.”

Me: “Oh, yeah it’s just over this way.”
(I lead him to the hardware aisle, and halfway down there’s a big sign that says “Ropes” with a picture of a rope on it.)

Me: “Right down there. There’s actually a sign there that says ‘Ropes’.”
Customer: “You’re a jerk, you know that?!”
Me: *laughs, thinking he’s joking*
Customer: “That was intentional, and I WILL talk to your manager!”
Me: “I apologize–”
Customer: “Anytime you wanna come to my house, you just lemme know, Dingleballs!”

(And from that day forward, my nickname at work was “Dingleballs”.)

Another Letter from Grams

This got snuck into my Christmas card a few lines after the Merry Christmas greeting and the I love you stuff:

"I hope you are still paying attention to your diet and the healthy life style."

Nope. Not kidding around here.

She's always ready with something -got to hand it to her! I never know what's coming.

Note to self: do not complain to grandma about gaining weight. Just eat another twinkie.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Best Line from A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa

Picture this:
Muppets trying to get through security at an airport so they can travel to the North Pole to deliver letters to Santa.

And picture some crazy muppet emptying all his things into one of those gray bins...
"Here is my Blackberry,
my blueberry, my raspberry,
...(pulls out a small framed picture and says with a Muppet giggle) "...my Halle Berry."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

STOPHD: Stupid Things Other People Have Done

After all, it doesn't just have to be me doing the stupid things. It can be others. I like to include everyone and not leave anyone out.

The STOPHD example I'd like to christen first happened while I was at Utah State. My fashionable roommate Jill was an ironer. The iron was on the floor and had just been used. She unplugged it and moved it to the side of the room. A boy came over to visit, saw the iron, and thought it would be funny to put the iron on Jill's bare leg (shorts people, she was wearing shorts). I came home, freaked a twinkie when I saw her leg, a very guilty boy with an iron & marched her to the hospital much to her chagrin.

While in the waiting room, I had a very lovely conversation with the boy about how I predicted that Jill would be getting some really nice flowers delivered to her in the near future. Or else.

He was smart (I'll give him that). And send flowers? He sure did. He included a card with a quippy line of "you've been branded by "Tyler" (insert "dorkus" because that's what I did). He thought he was pretty clever. I think Jill still has the scar today as a reminder of our Senior year in college.

Below is a picture very similar to what Jill looked like before the boy arrived. I told you she was fashionable!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Very Muppety Christmas

Welcome back Kermit, welcome back!

WHAT: A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa
WHEN: 7:00 PM CST, Tonight! (Wednesday, Dec 17)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Quite Possibly The Best Advice Ever Given



Don't let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird butt**.

**PS Personally I think the word a** is more funny but I don't say that word (in my blog).

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together" - Woodrow Wilson

Click here for a very fun post.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jiminy Christmas

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas items I've found this year:
Nativity calendar, found on my new favorite site for homemade crafts: http://www.etsy.com/. This beauty came out after I had already ordered the first one she created. I'm thinking I'll try to make my own one of these years.

These are unique darling Christmas tree ornaments. I'm not the type of gal that has all matching oraments on her tree with coordinating lights and ribbons. No siree! I like character and color and texture. This ornament is perfect for my little Charlie Brown tree that looks like it's leaning. You can also find this on etsy.

Oh! How I love Christmas!

I don't care if you can't act, I still love you.


This movie sucked with a capital suck. Do. not. waste. your money. Unless you like to hear Jennifer Connelly say "we can change, we can change!" over and and over again, it's just not worth it. If you want to see Keanu in something, watch the Lake House.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"It was his 65th birthday!" Party with the Haitians!

This video cracks me up (I pray that it's not me singing, I'm pretty sure it's Jana) and makes me cry all at the same time.

Happy Birthday Dad! We are glad you stayed with us!

Cuckoo for Cocoa

"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Hot Cocoa Ingredients:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons HERSHEY'S Cocoa (I use Special Dark cocoa)
Dash salt
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in large mug. Heat milk in microwave at HIGH (100%) 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. Stir in vanilla. Add loads of whipped cream. Drink.
  • More chocolatey: Increase cocoa to 2 tablespoons and be sure to use Special Dark cocoa. Looks like dirt but tastes way better.
  • Lower Fat: Try non-fat milk people. It's not that bad.
  • Sugar Free: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa and salt. Proceed as above, using nonfat milk. Stir in vanilla and sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 2 tablespoons sugar. Not recommended by Marla. Or former lab rats.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I'm not a gamer!

Sunday morning, 11 a.m., Marla walks into church and sits down next to Reff, Jeff & the kids.

Jake: Guess what. My mom made it past the last level and unlocked A WHOLE NEW WORLD!
Marla: Shhh....

I bought it. I really did. I'm not even embarrassed. This game is awesome. I am at level two only because Jake passed the first level for me after church. I'm currently stuck in the underground cave with the red chomping plant but I'm not worried... I'm pretty sure my favorite 4 year old will be able to help.

Monday, December 8, 2008


When you're alone and life is making you lonely,
You can always go: Down-town
When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, Down-town
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk
Where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose? The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go

I love downtown Minneapolis at Christmas time. They have groups singing carols and people are shopping and Macy's is hustling & bustling.

Alicia and the singing Christmas tree. See his face? Oh, so you don't believe in singing Christmas trees?
Well how about now? (See, I told you so.) Alicia was making a call to Santa AND mailing her letter via Santa Mail. I think she'll just might get what she wants this year. If she's really, really good. We'll see.
This is me, seeing a designer ruffle shirt at Macy's and suddenly remembering Joan Rivers & Miss Piggy at the makeup counter going crazy in The Muppets Take Manhattan. Good. Classic. Clean. Fun. I laugh my head off every time I see it. I hope to never outgrow my love for the Muppets.