Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Best Five Year Old I Know.

Grandma O: Jakey, you are the
best five year old I know.
Jake: Thanks Grandma.
Marla (a few minutes later): So Jake...
you are the best five year old I know.
Jake: I know, Grandma already told me that.

What could be better than a Star Wars birthday cake?

I love Chloe's little hands with the pretty pink polish.

I'm tellin' ya, this kid is triple jointed.
He can bend his toes all the way back and then
right outta the blue, he does this.
Earlier that day at church when we were singing
the National Anthem for the rest hymn, and
he was breakdancing in my arms
(how ironic, break dancing during the REST hymn?). Little boy version of an air soft gun.
This amused us all for a good 45 minutes.
There was a lot of ducking, grinning and screeching.
Play ball my little friend, play ball!
(which is exactly what I whispered in his ear
right after singing the Anthem in church)

Happy almost 4th of July.
And the rockets' red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Minneapolis: More Favorites

Historic Heights Theater.
With historic,
yet young at heart,
lovely girls.

Even the daffodils were crying after the movie.

A few observations:

Apparently highwater pants were hip in the 60's.
Community service programs could have been very useful and may have prevented a number of rumbles.
Singing about a relationship is better than
actually having a real relationship.
"Special effects" did not include any sight of blood.
Tony was a dream boat.
Favorite sayings: Daddy-O, Oogly-ooh, Rumble,
Hey Buddy Boys! Te adoro, Antone.
Barbara Streisand did not write "Somewhere"!
This shook up my world. But I'm ok now.
All in all, this movie is an ICON.
Bittersweet. Poignant. Fascinating.

Dinner: Not sure I get its name, but it was a fabulous chicken sandwich with some yummy match stick fries.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Bishop Said!

"You are never too old
to take a nap."

-Bishop Hadley

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

One Hot Potato

Brooklyn Park, 5k race, June 20, 2009.

Pam, Hope, Mr. Tater Himself, Marla, Stacey.

Favorite part: When we saw the potato, Hope and I took off running like teenagers to grab a picture with him. Classic.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Appreciation Gained.

I was a Mom. For one day. And this is what we did. And this is what I hope I have the energy to do when the times comes. Because if my kids are anything like me, boyyyyy howdy, I am in big trouble mister.

And here's a special treat. There's nothing better than a baby's belly laugh.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hey Dad

Remember the time I stepped on the all the tomatoes in the back of your brand new car?

And how about the time I handcuffed my feet together and you had to call the sergeant to come over with the key?

Or what about the time that I crashed into a parked car in our own driveway?

Or maybe the time when I landed my car in a ditch while attempting a u-turn you found the car standing on its side?

I could keep listing more things you know, but I can tell your face is getting a little red and your ears are getting a little steamy so I'll stop. Just for you dad.

But don't worry Daddy, there is more where this all came from. Because I'm Marla and this is what I do. But I know you love me anyway. And maybe that's your gift. To love me no matter what.

You've done a great job.

And I couldn't have asked for a better Father. I love you big much.

xoxoxo, marla

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kids Ask the Darndest Things

Questions from Kids in the 2nd Grade to various people but answered by me:

What is your favorite commercial?
The one for Wisconsin Dells where the lady is doing dishes at the sink and picks up the hose thingy and starts screaming and spraying herself.
What game systems do you own?
Does an Ipod Touch count as a game system? I sold my DS Lite GameBoy on Amazon.com.
Do you always wear flip-flops?
No. They are gross and bad for your feet.
What is your shoe size?
9, sometimes 8 1/2.
Do you laugh a lot at home?
Yes, I'm very entertaining to myself.
If you had a pet dragon what would its name be?
My favorite dragon book as a kid. I would name him Ed.
When I’m in high school will you be dead?
Ha. Why I oughtta...
Did you take a bath this week?
No. Showers only. My tub is the size of a baby pool.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Time is Drawing Nigh

I've found my next adventure. It's not traveling to a new country or moving to another state. However with the rising cost of gas, it might turn out to be the same price. I choose to not think about that.


There's quite a few tandem people to choose from.
With my luck, I'll probably get this guy...

or even better, this guy. We can shoot stuff on the way down since apparently this man is not only a skydiver, but a hunter. Talented.

It just might be time to pull out the big guns

....send some fan mail maybe.

I'll ask Matt to come with me.

I'll even let his wife and kids come.
Because I'm nice like that.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wait & See

I just found out I'm a freak. I was searching for a song I heard on the radio coming home from church and Google lead me here. I guess if I was going to be a freak, a Jesus Freak sounds pretty good to me.

Excerpts of lyrics from Wait & See:

I’ve been trouble since the day that I got here
Trouble till the day that I disappear
That’ll be the day that I finally get it right

There is hope for me yet
Because God won’t forget
All the plans he’s made for me
I have to wait and see
He’s not finished with me yet

Still wondering why I’m here
Still wrestling with my fear
But oh, He’s up to something
And the farther on I go
I’ve seen enough to know
That I’m, not here for nothing
He’s up to something

Friday, June 12, 2009

One. Last. Entry.

Hey now. There are worse things to be addicted to. Like too much reality TV, Hostess cupcakes, bargain shopping, new PJs, an outta control shampoo collection, Twinkies and - oh wait - I'm already addicted to those things.

Happy Friday to my peeps!

The One with the Hot Sauce.

Nice picture huh. It looks like it's saying "eat me, eat me" doesn't it. Or it looks like a lovely reverse Pacman. Whatever strikes your fancy, this is just part of the plot exposition.

Jake: What are you eating?
Marla: Mmmmm... this Crunch Supreme is so good. Wanna bite?
Jake: --scrunches up his nose and walks away--
Marla: Ok then, more for me.
Marla: Jake, stop jumping on the hot sauce!
Jake: Uh-oh.
Marla: Jake, please hand me the bag.
Jake: Here you go.
Marla: ---squirt--- "Holy Crap! I just sprayed hot sauce on Isaiah!"

Later on in the evening, Jake decides to stick it to me. Out of the blue.

Marla: Jake, please wash your hands.
Jake: Well YOU are the one who spilled hot sauce all over my little brother!

P.S. In case you were wondering, The Crunch Supreme gets a grade of D+. Check it out here. Oy!
P.P. S. In case you were wondering, the hot sauce did not go anywhere near the baby's eyes. You can thank the Taco Bell Angels for that one.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's All About the Potato.

Because everyone needs to go to Brooklyn Park sometime in their life.

Join Hope, Jana, Pam, Stacey and me on June 20 if you want to run like Mr. Potato. Spudtastic!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Show Me the Money.

"Money doesn't buy you happiness.
But it buys you a
big enough yacht
to sail right up to it."

– Johnny Depp

Forget the yacht...

it's just a shame I can't buy Johnny Depp.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Right as Rain

I love sleeping with the windows open when there's a rainstorm. Even if the rattling window shade keeps me up and the room is a bit too cold, I just can't bring myself to shut it. I'd rather listen to the sounds that only come out when it's raining.
On rainy days like this, it brings me back to happy memories from many Up North trips on Lake Superior. I'd rather go there instead of a tropical vacation. Rocks and water for me. I am a Minnesota girl at heart.

On rainy days like this, I dream about the shore. Perching myself on one of the rocks, writing in my journal or reading my scriptures and just feeling the peace that seems to flow from the lake. Must be a bit of magic in the water... it seems to refresh and heal, all in one short sitting.

On rainy days like this, I picture little-girl Reva, holding a cup of raspberries that she's picking while getting drenched. Her sweet, childlike smile tells me she doesn't care about the weather.

On rainy days like this, I go to the calendar and count the days.

68, my friends, only 68 days.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Doogie Loves the Muppets Too.

“I grew up being educated by Sesame Street and gained a sense of humor from The Muppet Show. I'd give my right foot to be able to do a scene or two with Muppets” - Neil Patrick Harris

Someone needs to give him a chance. He'd look so cute next to Beeker.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Best Medicine.

I've stumbled across this site. Here's my favorite:

Of Boring Latter-day Saints
Posted by Overheard In The Ward on May 31, 2009
Boy bearing testimony: …and I know church is boring but Jesus is here so it's good. Amen.
Overheard by: Leslie Kay

P.S. Sometimes church is boring and I wish I could say it outloud.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Gossip Girl and Footloose Crossover

From crazy-haired Ren...

To more tamed yet tousled can't really act to save his life Chase Crawford...

= the new Footloose movie.

Click here for more exciting details.

I'm a little miffed that Zac passed on this one. He would've been a better Kevin Bacon. He's definitely got the moves. See below.
It makes me w e a k.

P.S. How does one really 'cut footloose'?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Calorie is a Calorie: Don't Waste Them.

Click here for the best donuts in the Twin Cities. Don't let the apple fritter fool you, it's the frosted donut holes that steal the show.

I'd like to crave these instead. But that would be a little ridiculous don't you think?
How did I discover this place you ask? Julie and I ran a 5k a few weeks ago at Minnehaha. We took a little detour on the way home that tasted delicious.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Another 5K

Picture of Hope, Stephanie, me, and Stacey at the 5K race this weekend in Burnsville, MN. Aren't the ladies in my ward just so super darling?

But guys, this is what I really look like when I run....Don't hate me because I'm so buff.

Monday, June 1, 2009

#1 Reason To Not Sleep With An Alien

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TufUH1T-F18 (the reason is contained here)

You know when you remember a show as a kid, and then go back to watch it and it's a complete let down? This TV show used to scare me so bad. I guess as a kid, I didn't know anything about special effects. This clip is laughable. Laugh out loud, slap your knee, swallow your gum complete ridiculousness. It's a shame that it kept me up at night, a darn shame.
Now this lady, she was scary. She still scares me.

Remember, this was show was made in the 80's. It's a great way to get tips for what not to wear. And for how not to wear your hair. However, this guy did have a good feathering technique.

They could really do something with it now, with all of our freak show special effects. Click here to see how ABC is going to pull it off. I just might watch. With the light on. Under a blanket. With my dad and mom.