Saturday, June 28, 2008

Review: Wall•E

Yesterday Keith and I met up with a group of people at work during lunch to see Wall•E. I didn't even know what the movie was about (isn't that good that I took my 3-year old?)

What can I say?

It was refreshing and entertaining.

(From Moviephone) The year is 2700, and planet Earth has long been uninhabitable. For hundreds of years, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) has been taking out the trash, and collecting precious knick-knacks in order to stave off the boredom of his dreary routine. Little does WALL-E realize that he has recently stumbled onto a secret that could save planet Earth, and once again make the ravaged planet safe for all humankind. When highly advanced search robot EVE makes friends with WALL-E and realizes the value of his remarkable discovery, she excitedly races back to let the humans know that there's hope for their home planet after all. But after centuries alone in space, WALL-E can't stand the thought of losing the only friend he's ever known, and eagerly follows her into the deepest reaches of space on the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, the friendly trash-collecting robot who has always known what he was made for gradually begins to understand what he was meant for.

Two thumbs up!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!!

I'm sure she wouldn't be thrilled that I'm announcing to all 6 of you who read my blog, but she turned 50 today!! She doesn't look a day over 40-she looks beautiful!

50 is a milestone, and I hope she is proud of all she's done and celebrating this special day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My New Weakness: CREAMSICLES!

I've always liked popsicles-nothing compared to a chocolate dessert, but always nice on a hot day.

In the wake of Day 9 of no caffeine or chocolate, I have realized that creamsicles are my new weakness and treat-where have I been??

Monday night was the first time I had ever tried on-orange of course, may favorite-and now I'm wondering how awful would it be to have one of these pieces of heaven on a stick every day? It can't be bad for you, right? It's technically...a popsicle.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Restless Leg Syndrome: Night 2

It's night 2 of no sleep for me!

Last night I got all of 2 hours because I had the symptoms of RLS (restless leg syndrome), which I was diagnosed with in both pregnancies in month 9, so I knew what was happening, but confused as to why.

Still don't know.

What I do know is that I'm having them worse tonight. I've tried lots of things, and looked up things online to try, also got tips from my grandmother since she has had RLS for years and years. Her advice:

Put a bar of soap in bed with me.

No luck.

I tried a heating pad, hot shower on legs and back, light exercise, magnesium pills, laying on a massage insert and yes, wearing socks (read that online).

I'm giving the magnesium pills some time, since I just ran over to the drugstore to get them about 20 minutes ago, we'll see if they help. In the meantime, it's 2:45am, and work awaits in 6 hours.

It's going to be a grand Monday.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all dads out there. It is appreciated, and often taken for granted!

Kolbe and Nickolas want to wish a special Pop's Day to their Pop, Opa and Pappy!

Enjoy your wonderful day!

Review: Kung Fu Panda

We liked it!!

On Saturday Kolbe and I went to see "Kung Fu Panda" with Anne and Gracey. Let me make a note also, Gracey looked very beautiful in her little dress, sandals and hair bow, while Kolbe was in a t-shirt, shorts and purple marker all over his arms and face. (We need to work on our dating skills).

We went out to the Studio Movie Grill in Lewisville, and the kids did great-they made it through the whole movie.

The movie itself was really good. I read some reviews ahead of time, and yes there was obviously "fighting" 'cause it was about Kung Fu, and I didn't care for the use of the words "fat", "suck" and I think they said "idiot" once in it. But each time Kolbe even said out loud, that's not nice. The art direction was amazing. There were some very "dark" parts that I was a little worried about with the kids, but they seemed to be fine.

Overall, I highly recommend it, it had some cute parts, funny parts, and overall a good moral to the story.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Review: "The Happening"- NOT SO HAPPENIN'

We just saw this movie, and I'm not quite sure what to think of it yet. I didn't hate it, but I can't say I liked it either.

It's a Shyamalan film, so of course I had to see it. I loved "Signs", "The Village", not so fond of "Unbreakable" or "Lady in the Lake". This one seemed interesting and I was expecting a huge plot twist which is always what is so great about his movies.

Here's a little summary from another site: Suddenly and for seemingly no reason a neuro-toxin is released in the Northeastern United States that causes people to murder themselves in terrible ways. The effect sweeps through different towns and everyone races to escape, unsure of what's really going on. The lead, Mark Wahlberg, is a schoolteacher who is on the outs with wife Zooey Deschanel. They flee together with a few other strangers and try to figure out what has caused the deadly outbreak.

That about sums it up. The beginning started out good and I was eagerly waiting for answers, a twist, something. But then it got slow at times and the acting wasn't the greatest and then it just "ended". No real answers. And sometimes that's okay, sometimes the imagination is good, but this just wasn't executed well.

I wouldn't say don't go see it, but just be forewarned, it's not one of his better films!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Nicolle= To Laze (While on Vacation)

1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
2. causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon.
3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream.
4. (of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright.
–verb (used without object)
5. to laze.

I knew I would need a couple days after our trip to get settled in at home, and just take care of things around the house that we have put off.

So, what have I been doing for 36 hours?

Watching TV and laying on the couch. Occasionally I will get up to get something to eat, or go to the bathroom. I went out to eat and that was the most amount of effort I've put into anything since coming home I think.

I have determined (not a surprise), that I am pretty much useless if I am not ridiculously busy. But for now, I will continue "to laze".

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawai
The small island... but not small on beauty.

Keith and I took my Mom and her husband to Hawaii for a combination vacation (10-year wedding anniversary and my Mom's 50th birthday!) It was beautiful. Here are a few of the most important highlights/callouts of the trip:

• There are wild chickens everywhere!

• The island gets about 400+ inches of rain a year (on that little island), and it rained every day, just for a short while and then stopped and the sun came out and the temperature and weather were perfect.

• Everything was really laid back.

• There is a HUGE difference between a hotel and a resort on the island. I'm glad we were at a resort.

• They sell spam and rice on the platters in place of pancakes at McDonalds for breakfast.

• The tropical plant-life is unlike anything I have ever seen before.

• A gallon of milk is $5.00.

• There's such a small population of people, it was refreshing to have everyone so spread out and there be so much "room". It was definitely vastly different than Dallas.

• Gas was about 40 cents more per gallon, and everyone says Hawaii is so expensive, but it seemed like it was about the average mark-up for a "tourist" area.

We got settled in Friday evening at about 8:30 Hawaii time (1:30am Dallas time), but still had to see what was around and walk to the beach. You could see the beach from our room, it was literally 50 feet away. So we took a walk, grabbed a drink, sat at the bar and walked, then had pizza and cheesecake in the room.

Saturday was supposed to be a relaxing day, and it was. Spent a lot of time at the beach, walking around and went and picked up snacks at the store. We had the Luau that night and that was my favorite part of the trip. It lasted from 5 to about 9. They had dancing, drinks, all you can eat Polynesian meal and the show. Amazing to watch the culture, colors and atmosphere. It was beautiful.

Sunday we did a lot of sightseeing. We went up to Waimea Canyon and drove to over half the island. You could drive about 3 hours and make the whole perimeter of the island. Keith and I took a nap while Mom and Michael tried another beach, and we had a wonderful dinner at Duke's, which is supposedly the best place on the island to eat. They serenaded our table with a request of Elvis' "Blue Hawaii" (of course), and we spent time that evening walking around the resort and time in the hot tub.

Monday was more sightseeing at waterfalls in the immediate area, a cemetery, and all the souvenir shops. We also spent the whole morning on the beach again, tide pooling and relaxing. Great lunch and food once again.

Tuesday it was back at home and trying to adjust to the time difference and surroundings. Amazing to think one day you are 3,000 miles from home in another world it seems, and 12 hours later you are back home in your own bed.

The trip was wonderful, and I feel fortunate that we were able to take my Mom and her husband for her 50th birthday, and in celebration of our 10-year wedding anniversary!

See Pictures From Hawaii (All 400 of them)!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Review: Mo's Bacon Bar

Who'd had ever thunk it-bacon and chocolate!

A friend of mine at work brought this nice little treat in, and tricked me with it. I thought it was a fancy piece of chocolate from Vegas, and then when I put it in my mouth I thought...that's different.

But you know what, I liked it! Even after I found out what it was! I need to try it again, but it was a nice combo of salty and sweet, no not greasy and sweet, salty and sweet.

(Thank you Sara)!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday, No-FunDay

Now I know there are a million and one ways to ruin a day that are much worse than what I went through today, but this Sunday was a little rough.

The boys were really out of control, not listening and dramatic. My poor attitude and being overly critical didn't help, but Kolbe said the phrase "I hate you" to me today when I put him in time out. It really caught me off-guard. I asked him if he heard someone at school say that, and he said "yes". I explained to him what that meant, and how horrible it was to say it to someone. It makes me wonder where kids hear it, and worries me that they seem to be saying it in context.

Like I said, there were still moments of laughter and fun today, and I feel happy about that, but it was a challenge to keep my cool today.

SEX And The City - Not a Complete Bust!

Saturday night was Girls Night Out, complete with a movie outing to see "Sex and the City" and dinner.

Now I have to admit, I had no desire to see this movie. I had watched the show occasionally, but didn't really get into it, and I don't care for "chick flicks".

I really enjoyed it!! It had something that almost everyone could relate to, the life lessons were great and it was nice to sit and watch friends taking care of friends, while BEING with friends.

Great way to spend a Saturday night!