Thursday, November 27, 2008

Disneyland Countdown: 2 Weeks!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

I will be at Disneyland in TWO WEEKS!!!!! Can you see me doing the Happy Dance??

This is a pic from Big Sis' first official visit to Disneyland. My mom, sister, and I took her when she was 9 months old to California Adventure, but this trip, February 2004 was her first official trip.

Her dad and I had taken her, and after we went back to the hotel for a nap, Big Sis and I returned alone. Right as we walked through the turnstiles, there was Belle and Snow White! Big Sis was in heaven. And need I mention, that she wasn't a Big Sis then!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Breaking Dawn -- FINALLY Finished!!!

Well, I finally finished Breaking Dawn today.

Now, I have fully fallen prey to the power of the Twilight series. I devoured the first three books, and the movie was awesome (more on that later).

However, Breaking Dawn dragggggggggged on. The first two parts were decent. I know a lot had to do with the thoughts of Bella and Jacob, so it provided a real insight to both characters. However, the third part was just, I dunno. Slow. I can't even think of anything to compare it to.

The plot was great. I enjoyed the way it went, and the story line with Renesmee was really good. However, the final scene shouldn't have lasted five chapters. Was it five chapters? Let me check. Ok, it was three. But it felt like five.

So, here is my take, including spoilers:

Jacob imprinting on Renesmee kind of tripped me out a bit. I don't know if it's because I have girls, or if it's because it happened immediately after birth. And the fact that she'll be fully mature when she's 7? My daughter is 7. It just seems weird.

Alice and Jasper. LOVE them. Loved them in the movie, too. However, Alice just ditching the Cullens ticked me off like it did Bella. And the thing with J. Jenks? There were a lot of times when I was like "Just get to the POINT already!" The book read like talking to my ex-boyfriend. I felt like I was being asked to be a mind reader.

However, once everything panned out, things made a whole heck of a lot more sense. I will defintely be re-reading this series. I have Twilight and New Moon on order from Amazon, and I already own Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I will be taking a break, though. I am on my way to check the box of books I have in the garage.

So, what are your thoughts? On Breaking Dawn? On the whole series?

If you want to give me your thoughts as a guest blogger, let me know, and I'll tell you how to post!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

If a child swears...

and no one is around to hear it, is it offensive?

The girls and I were walking today, while waiting for my car to get fixed. We were walking by a gorgeous home with a huge yard and a huge tree house. All of a sudden, a HUGE dog runs at us, barking like mad. Thankfully, there was a wrought iron fence.

Anyway, I said "Oh, shit!"

Little Sis said "Oh, shit!"

She knew what she was doing, and we all got a giggle out of it. I told her not to say it anymore, and she hasn't. But still. I was a little shocked. Thankfully, there was no one around to hear it, except Big Sis, the dog, and me.

Oh, and God.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Disneyland Countdown: 3 Weeks!

3 Weeks to Go!!

I can't believe it's so close! Disneyland is already decked out for the Holidays! I can't wait to see the Castle and all the fun stuff they have just for the Holiday Season!

This week's pic is from our October/Birthday trip last year. This was our first time buying ears with my great friend Gary, who has a whole routine he goes through when buying ears. I love my girls wearing ears!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Santa Clause 3 -- GIVEAWAY!

Here it is!! The contest I promised you yesterday!

So, up for giveaway is a BRAND NEW copy of "The Santa Clause 3" on DVD. I received an extra copy from the Disney Movie Club, and instead of going through the hassle of sending it back, I am giving you a chance to win it!

This movie is rated G and has a running time of 98 minutes. It has a Disney Movie Rewards code inside, too!

So, I bet you're wondering how you win it, huh?

It's going to be really simple.

  • Leave me a comment with your favorite Disney movie quote (and remember, not all Disney movies are animated!)

Then, to gain extra entries, do the following, leaving me a comment for each one:

  • Follow THIS blog.
  • Leave me a comment on one of my other blogs (links on the left).
  • Twitter this contest. (leave me a link to your Twitter page)
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Blog about this giveaway.
Contest will run concurrent with my other giveaway on The Laughing Book Nook. It will end at 11:59pm on November 26. Winner will be pulled on Friday, November 28. No contest entries will be accepted on Thanksgiving. That's family time!

Good luck!!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Santa Clause 3 -- update

So sorry my readers! I meant to get the contest up but things got crazy here at home. It'll go up by 9am tomorrow morning! Promise!

using my Treo

Santa Clause 3 movie giveaway -- coming soon!

I received an extra copy of The Santa Clause 3 from the Disney Movie Club, so instead of sending it back, I'm giving it away! Come back tonight for full details on how to win!

using my Treo

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Testing mobile blogging

Here's a pic of Big Sis at Club Libby Lu on Veteran's Day. They had their makeovers on special for $10. Both girls got one. Head over to Just Add Laughter to see a pic of Little Sis.

using my Treo

Giveaway! $20 Amazon Gift Card!

With the holidays coming up, wouldn't it be nice to have a way to spoil yourself or your children?

I'm giving away a $20 gift card! This contest will run until November 26th, with the winner being pulled on the 28th. No entries will be accepted on Thanksgiving, because you should be spending time with your families!

So, here's how to enter:
  • Leave me a comment, telling me who your favorite author is, and what book(s) of theirs you recommend.
You can gain additional entries by doing the following (but you must leave me the initial comment). Leave a comment for each.
  • Follow me on Twitter. If you're already following me, just let me know. Leave a link to your Twitter main page (
  • Twit this giveaway. Again, leave the link to your Twitter main page.
  • Follow this blog.
  • Blog about this giveaway. Leave the link to the post.
  • Join GoodReads and become my friend (
I will use to pull a winner on Black Friday. I will contact you by email, then you will have the option to get an email certificate (if you want to spend it on yourself), or an actual gift card (if you want to re-gift it).

Good luck!!

The Mean Meme

Thanks to Julie at The Cool Mom Guide, I've been tagged for this meme.

The rules are this: You have to drop what you're doing as soon as you read this, and go take pics of the room where you blog. You can't clean up. I didn't! Thankfully, the girls were nice and kept the living room somewhat manageable today.

So here are the pics of my living room. Yes, I live in a mobile home. Yes, it's older than I am.

I don't know if you can see what I've written on the pics, but that computer is where I do my blogging during the week, when I'm home alone. The TV is also off, which is a rarity in this house, but there's usually nothing good on on Sundays, anyway. And the girls have left their Barbie stuff out. I really should have them put it away.

The girls are putting puzzles together, having abandoned the Barbies. You can see the laptop, where I've been blogging for the last two days, trying to catch up on the MomDot Blog Party. I'm still not even close to being done. The books that are on the floor should be under the table. I may have kicked them there when I was sitting on the floor in front of the computer. I've been alternating sitting on the couch and sitting on the floor, trying to stay comfortable.

When Little Sis realized I was taking pics, she got up and tried to pose. I told her to sit down and act natural. Of course, this ticked her off. So she's pouting in this pic.

Because this was such a daunting task, she also awarded me the Wondah Woman award.


For the meme and the award, I am tagging:

1. Jess at Nothing But Purple
2. Tish at Crazy Working Mom
3. Ginny at Monkey Memories
4. Tena at Punky Monkeys


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Just Add Laughter

I'm sure if you're here, it's because you know of my main blog, Just Add Laughter.

Last Wednesday, I started participating in a major contest at MomDot. I have the first three days linked right at the top of my blog (below my header), and there will be more posts to come! The theme is Christmas of Dreams, and it's a major holiday party!

Head on over there to check it out!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Disneyland Countdown: 4 Weeks!

4 Weeks!! OMG! Less than a MONTH!

This pic was taken in March of this year. This trip was exceptionally special. Friends from LaughingPlace were visiting from England. This was a big to-do! So many LPers turned out and we took over the place!

I love this pic of Little Sis I took while waiting for the Haunted Mansion. Doesn't she look Goofy? (Pun Intended)



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Big Sis

Here's big sis!
using my Treo

Little Sis at Libby Lu

I got an email the other day saying that Club Libby Lu is having $10 makeovers today. I had to go to Hemet anyway to finish my dress for my sister's wedding, so I thought I'd take the girls to Temecula first. This is Little Sis' first makeover and Big Sis' second. I'll send a pic of Big Sis when she's finished.
using my Treo

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Girls This Morning

Still in their jammies. I snuck the webcam around and called their names, evident by the look on Big Sis' face! HAHA! I'm such a mean mommy. The jammies Little Sis is wearing used to be Big Sis', and the ones Big Sis is wearing my mom made for her. Each girl got several dresses, including a matching pair, which match a pair of jammie pants I got.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Disneyland Countdown: 5 Weeks!

5 Weeks to Go! I can smell the churros!

This week's pic was taken on the 4th of July last year. Since the holiday fell on a Wednesday, the park was not at all crowded. It was the best summer day I'd ever experienced!

Big Sis and I were at Downtown Disney, and since it was quite warm, she was playing with the fountain. This fountain would shoot water into the air, creating a rain effect to anyone within 10 feet. She loved it!



Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I voted!!!

So, I received my mail-in ballot like WEEKS ago, but true to form, I procrastinated. I think I really just wanted to cute little sticker. So I took it into the local polling place.

I voted YES for every measure except one, and voted for Ralph Nadar for President (NO! Not really...I just don't want to say who I voted for HAHA).

I was watching the news last night, and saw that it is ILLEGAL to engage in electioneering within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place. Which means that even if you aren't actively engaged, if you're wearing a t-shirt with your OPINION on it, you will be asked to cover up. At the colleges in San Diego (SDSU and UCSD), they are providing smocks. WTF?????

If you refuse to cover up, you will be charged with a crime. Now, doesn't this fall under one of our bill of rights? Like freedom to assemble or something? It's not like people are duking it out over Obama and McCain.

It also includes stickers, buttons, and anything else with any name of a candidate.

If people are walking into the polling place, wouldn't it make sense that they've already made up their minds? And how gullible would they have to be if they saw my Nadar shirt and changed their vote from Obama?

Seriously, I have NO IDEA what this country's coming to when we have a DRESS CODE to vote!!
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