31 August 2012

Happiness is the Little Things.

292. Getting your hair washed at a salon!

Small Step.

I'm sure everyone has heard the news that Neil Armstrong--arguably one of the most famous American Heroes ever--passed away this last week. He led the Apollo 11 mission along with the dancing Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. He walked on the moon, he lived a Science Fiction fantasy--a 139 minute walk on the moon. I've read a lot about Armstrong this last week but I love the simplicity of something Mitt Romney said "The moon will miss its first son of Earth."

Endymion by Roz Kaveney
(For Neil Armstrong)

In her white silent place, the hangings dust,
grey pebbles stretching to the edge of black
so far away. The goddess feels a lack
somewhere elsewhere, an ache deep as her crust

and weeps dry tears. The gentleman is gone
the first who ever called. His feet were light
as he danced on her. Went into the night
quite soon, his calling and his mission done.

yet still his marks remain. Footfalls and flag.
The others she forgets. He was the first
to slake her ages long and lonely thirst
for suitors. Now she feels the years drag

as they did not before he came to call.
Out grief compared to hers weighs naught at all.


"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

29 August 2012

Happiness is the Little Things.

257. Finally remembering the word on the tip of your tongue!

Dream Phone.

The girls found our old Dream Phone game and they loved trying to find out who liked them. But all the guys looked so--90s that they could hardly stand it.

One night I decided that we needed a desperate update. It didn't take very long, the hardest part was coming up with enough boys that the girls would recognize--mainly Disney Chanel guys.

The girls loved it and played and played and played! It was well worth a nights work!

27 August 2012

Happiness is the Little Things.

289. The brief moment of silence when you drive under a bridge/overpass when it's raining!

Summer Reading.

Summer days are very long and here they are very hot so this summer we had a reading hour--that's right a WHOLE hour everyday.  Well not exactly a whole hour of reading; we would read together for 30 minutes then they had the option to read, write, color or nap for the next 30 minutes.

Everyday they got to chose one of my hats and we would wear them while we read.

It was a good break in the day--and usually a much needed break. We were able to read Alice in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I really enjoyed it, N enjoyed it, L could only handle reading one page and then struggled having to pay attention while N read.

20 August 2012

Happiness is the Little Things.

255. Having exact change!

Summer Movie Review: Disturbia.

This might have been the girls favorite movie this summer! I still don't understand why these little girls who love to play Barbies like to watch movies that scare the crap out of them--but it does allow us to watch enjoyable movies.


Is it just me or is it still hard to believe that Shia LeBeouf went from Even Stevens to this. Anyways for those who haven't seen Disturbia then you need to check it out. It's pretty much Rear Window but instead of James Stewart in a wheel chair you have LeBeouf in an ankle bracelet.


The girls loved it, I love it and my mother who swears this was the first time she has seen this movie loved it. I definitely recommend this movie and then you should watch Rear Window because it is the original made by the master Alfred Hitchcock himself.

19 August 2012

The Importance of a Name by M.Russell Ballard.

I loved this talk from the October 2011 General Conference by Elder Ballard. I've always been very grateful for the name I was given. I was named after my Great-Grandmother Malinda Rogers an amazing woman I never had the opportunity to meet. I'm also a Nevitt, a name I hold sacred and I'm so grateful that my Mema and Pop taught me what it means to be a Nevitt Knight and I pray I never let them down.


Elder Ballard talks about the name of Christ--a name I have also taken upon me when I was baptized. He reminds me that more than my Great-Grandmother or my Mema and Pop I need to live up to that name that I've adopted at baptism.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

17 August 2012

Happiness is the Little Things.

254. The color of people's eyes!

Summer Movie Review: John Carter.

The first time I heard the name John Carter was on the amazing Laini Taylor's blog. I love her writing so the mere fact that talked so highly of this John Carter I knew I had to read it before I saw the movie. I did that and loved it. Then I watched the movie with the girls this summer. L wasn't into it at all but N kind of liked it. PB and PH liked it a lot more, and me--well I loved it. 
The casting was brilliant, and the highlight for me was the fact that James Purefoy and Cirian Hinds--(and  Polly Walker who were all in ROME!)--were in the movie--see photo evidence below!

I found John Carter to be a very entertaining movie. It's a fun story and it's full of beautiful men and women fighting on Mars. I was a little confused because I had only read the first book at the time and they mix the events around a little but an enjoyable movie none the less! I totally recommend it!

15 August 2012

Happiness is the Little Things.

252. Jumping on the trampoline in the rain!

Summer Science.

Summer started and we pulled our lab coats and safety goggles out of the closest to try our hand at some more exciting science experiments.

Our first experiment was to try to make a bouncy ball.

We were all very excited!

And who would have thought, it worked--kind of!

12 August 2012

Zion in the Midst of Babylon by David R. Stone

This is a talk from the April 2006 General Conference.



I don't know if anyone remembers listening to this talk, but it is one of my all time favorite talks ever given at a General Conference. I know that's hard to say because there are so many good ones but I love this one. I was on my mission the first time I heard it and it stuck with me--and it's not just because this guy has an accent!

"By the pricking of my thumbs,/ Something wicked this way comes!"

11 August 2012

Geeky Insults.

"You are a fart factory, slug-slimed sack of rat guts in cat vomit. A cheesy scab picked pimple squeezing finger bandage. A week old maggot burger with everything on it and flies on the side."-Rufio, Hook

Summer Movie Review: Jungle 2 Jungle.

Do you remember this movie? I was so in love with Mimi-Siku. We went swimming at Grandma and Grandpa Blau's house and I saw this movie and just knew the girls would love it. And they did! L couldn't believe that he had a pet tarantula--which made me very glad that her parents would NEVER let her have one!


As far as Harry Potter goes, there isn't anyone that I noticed but you do get to watch Tim Allen and Martin Short. But the other day I was watching Being Human (US version) and I could not place where I knew the werewolf dude. So after watching the whole first season I looked it up and it's no other than Mini-Siku (Sam Huntington)!! This cute little boy grew up to be a good looking man!


Jungle 2 Jungle still a good summer classic. The girls and the boys loved it and I liked rewatching it and remembering all the crushing I had done!