Monday, August 20, 2007


Miss my man today.
Loves, the wife

Friday, August 17, 2007

Bet on it, people!

Yeah!!!! I just watched the Disney Premiere of High School Musical 2. LOVED IT!!!!!
At first, I watched it and thought, eh...this is sketchy, they are taking it out of the high school. And, yeah, the plot is one I've seen a million times but, come on, who doesn't love song and dance, girl finally kisses guy and everyone dances and is happy.
Loved the basketball dance routine on What time is it?
Thought the water reflection was cheesy on Zac Efron's solo "Bet on it!" But I loved the song. It kinda reminded me of Footloose (which ironically enough Zac Efron is slated to star in)
Totally loved the baseball routine of "I can't dance". So fun.
Just wished Ryan and Sharpay couldn've sung more than one song together.
How caught up was I in the film? Well, I gasped out loud and said, "Nooooooo" when Troy and Gabriella broke up, almost screamed once they finally kissed and danced with my daughter to "What time is it?" (because, of course, I was on youtube and I watched the video to that particular song and learned some of the dance moves).
Most times I want nothing to do with pop culture, but in this instance,when it includes dancing and singing and the summer, I'm in.
"Bet on it!"

BTW, I taped it on my VCR. I know, how classic! I pulled out the old thing and actually plugged in the jacks and had the whole thing set HSM2 party at my house tomorrow...or we can watch Sunday's singalong version and sing the songs together. I love dancing movies...oh, if life only followed me around with a soundtrack and dance moves that everyone knew!

Why do I own a pair of white pants?

The girlies decided to make mud pies today, create volcano lahars and get into the chocolate chip bag. What's black and white and red all over? Mama, that's who.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

packing up

Today I am packing to move to our new house. Yay! Finally(!) purchased a new home. Yippee! So thankful to God.
In anticipation of the premire of HSM2 Friday night, I put the song Breaking Free on the side bar. You can see that the packing has worn me down and although I'm excited to move, I'm really looking forward to my Thursday night veg out night with my friend Becky (as we watch the season finale of So you think you can dance) and my Friday night "reliving my teenage years" High School Musical 2 premiere.
Will post some pics of the one bedroom place we'll be vacating.
In the meantime, here are some of my favourite lines from movies:

From Mystery Men:
-We are number one! All others are number two, or lower.
-You must lash out with all limbs, like the octopus who plays the drums.
-And the lone wolf hunts alone...
-we've got a date with destiny, and she ordered the lobster

Naked Gun 21/2
The truth hurts doesn't it, Hapsburg? Oh sure, it doesn't hurt as much as jumping on a bicycle with no seat on but it hurts!

Singin' in the Rain
-There is nothing between us. There has never been anything between us. Just air.

Toy Story 2
I'm a married spud... I'm a married spud... I'm a married spud!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Don't be a Ham

Love covers sin.
I've been thinking about that a lot lately.
When someone in the Body of Christ sins we have two choices: we can be like Shem and Japheth or we can be like Ham.
Remember the story, Noah got drunk and passed out in the nude. Ham saw it, laughed and then exposed his father's shame to his brothers. Shem and Japheth got up, took a robe across their shoulders and walked backwards until the robe completely covered their father's nakedness. And they purposely turned their faces away from him.
Shem and Japheth choose to honour who their father was and not berate what he did.
That's what I desire to be like.


(Can any sane Finnish person help me spell Boyca properly)
Today is my bro's birthday.
the Jeffmeister
the only boy member of the Sister Club and Jeff
Phat Phil
Unca Jesse
Pooh Bear
Mistah Reeeepo
Jeff! (but say it in that tone Mom would say it in whenever you would flip her on the bed to show her who was boss--haha)
Miss you bro.
Favourite Jeff quotes: Hey! These Oreos are 25% less fat. Oh, I get it. If I eat 2, then it's 50% less fat, eat three and it's 75% less fat. Hey, after 5 Oreos, I just start losing the pounds!
Release the hounds
Whatever (said like Dylan from BH 90210)
Dear Allie i am writing you an e-mail because you claim that i never
write.... that's probaly because i never have so i guess you have a
point there.

Happy Birthday! X0X

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Hey Mama, welcome to the '60's!!!

I had the best day ever(!) yesterday.
I left my house at 9:45 am and didn't come home until 9:45 pm. Oh, did I mention that my husband stayed at home with the kids for the entire day. (Ok, I did stop home for 15 minutes to change clothes and to get my kids in their pajamas). But I had the entire day to myself which allowed me to do all the many miscallenous things that have been floating around my head for the past two months under the subheading of "Things that need to be accomplished, sorted out or even planned once I get the day to myself". It was blissful.(Jeep you are the most amazing husband in the WORLD!!!!Muah!)
I got to do all that and more and I even got some unplanned things accomplished off of my summer list.
I really wanted to go for a hike (#37 on the summer list) and spend an hour in prayer, so that's how I started my adventurous day. Then I went looking for a spot to organize my upcoming homeschooling and household adventures. Found a perfect spot right beside the river and sat there for two hours (#36 find "my" spot). Then I got to hang out at the park in a relatively quiet spot and I wrote for three and a half hours, and saw a baseball game (#7 on my list).
And to top the whole day off I met up with my good friend Becky to catch a little bit of "HairSpray". I love this ending song to the film. It was the perfect way to end my day. The film itself has you smiling the whole time but I literally danced home.
And after my glorious day of refreshment, I'm convinced that "You can't stop the Beat."

PS Extra summer list things that I've accomplished:
21. Skip with a jumprope
23. watch the clouds with Jeep
44. Play cards with Jeep and drink cheap beer
49. Cook with a vegetable I've never cooked with before (artichoke...interesting)
50. Go to the farmer's market
54. Request a song on the radio
64. Go somewhere completely unexpected ...thanks Jeep!
77. play paint tag

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Lilac Trees

When I was a kid, I didn't like my Grandma. She lived next door to us and her wrinkled face scared me a bit. She was stooped over and her hands were gnarled from age.

I miss her today. I miss her well-lived face that had story lines written all over it. I miss how short she was and how you could always hug her and almost tuck her into your pocket because she was so small. I miss her hands-they'd knead dough, serve me tea and wave in front of my face whenever she was upset about something.

With great clarity I can recall a day that I spent sitting at her table having tea (even though I was lectured that I should learn to love Finnish coffee).

"Grandma, you're 91 now. Tell me something that you've learned about life."

She grew thoughtful and quiet (which was rare, for she always had a ready word to say). She looked at me after a long time and say, "You know, I used to spend a lot of time worrying about all sorts of things. Things like 'what could happen or what might be said or how long this might go on' and you know what? None of it happened. None of it."

"None of it?"

"None. So, that's my advice, don't waste your life worrying because it doesn't happen anyway. And even if it does, it never happens how you think it's supposed to."

I've tucked that conversation away in my pocket and every once in a while I take it out and examine it and treasure all that it is.

I miss my Grandma today. Her blueberry pies, her Finnish mumbling, the way she got out of the orange chair, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, the way she stood on her porch and watched til you crossed the field safely, her sauna Saturdays and the time we spent on the mat-weaving loom. I miss her sigh. It always said so much.

Being a child is a funny thing. You are completely unaware that all the simple things, all the habitual little nothings will one day be the things that comfort you when your heart is full of longing for the ones you miss.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Today I have been thinking a lot about Luke 6:30-31 "Give to everyone who asks, and if somebody takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Sometimes I want revenge. Sometimes I want to kick people in the head. Sometimes I wish God had said that rather to be kind to someone who's hurt you (because it will be like heaping hot ashes on their head) sometimes I wish He gave me permission to actually put hot ashes on their head.
But I know His word and that's what I want to live by. It says to forgive. I will forgive. Will I trust them again? Probably not. Absolutely not. I'm choosing to forgive right now, even though I really want to hate and curse and swear and say the words, "You are dead to me."
Betrayal is a funny thing.
Sometimes betrayal comes out of nowhere. Jesus at least knew what was coming-He knew Judas would betray Him. And that's kind of baffling to me: because if I had a choice of whether knowing I was about to be betrayed or just have a betrayal happen by surprise, I'd choose neither. Jesus knew ahead of time that He would be betrayed by Judas and yet He still loved him, still had dinner with him, still had compassion on him.
Today I want to be like Jesus, because if I was left to myself-I'd hang my Judas.
Dear Jesus,
Help me to love those who hurt me. Help me to remember that the precious things that belong to me can never truly be stolen away. Help me to choose love. Help me to look them in the eyes again without hate.
I choose to forgive them and their selfish actions. Repair the damage they've done to my heart. Restore in me a right heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
I bless them Lord. I pray that You would prosper them and cause them to flourish with what was once mine. I pray that it would be a continual source of joy for them.
I trust You to redeem me. I trust You to be faithful to me. You are awesome God and there is no one like You. Thank You for loving me.