Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD Midnight Release

I think my dream job, outside of being a rock star, would be Party Planner.  I love anything with a theme and I always over-do.  Case in point: my party for the midnight release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD.  Just look at the pics!

Devil's Food Cupcakes
Very Cherry Volturi Shots and Lemon Venom Shots
Chocolate Chess Board 
Vampire Bite Cookies
Another chess board
More Lemon Venom Shots
Movie props
The table!
Bella's Bloody Punch

Now, guess how many people were at my party?  3!  Yep, all of that food was for my TwiBestie, JennyKate, my hubby, and myself!  I just couldn't help myself.  I was so excited for the DVD release and party that I went a little crazy.

Not pictured are the mushroom ravioli flown in from Bella Italia in Port Angeles, Washington that we had for dinner, the feathers I left on JK's bed (along with a sign that said "Edward can bite me any time"), and the canopy tent that my hubby set up in our living room, so that we could have our very own Tent City!

Even though I went a little overboard, we had a blast that night, watching all four Twilight movies and staying up until 5 AM talking about everything under the sun!

JK and me with our DVDs!

Did any of you celebrate?  If so, how?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Puppy Love

Because today is Valentine's Day, I thought I'd pay tribute to a couple of people that I spend every day with.  A couple, so cute, they deserve their own blog post: Bella and Harley.

Before you accuse me of losing my mind (again), I don't mean that Bella.  I am talking about my English Bulldog, Bella, and her canine bestie, Harley!

Aren't they adorable?!

Bella and Harley are about as opposite as they can be but they love each other, I am sure of it.  Harley was 12 years old when we brought Bella home and, over the past 2 years, he has graciously let her demonstrate her typical bulldog characteristics.  Basically, that means he lets her run all over (or bully) him.  They used to play fight and chase each other all the time but now that Harley is a very old dog, they sleep.  All.  The.  Time.  Here are some pictures to prove how much they love each other.  Or maybe, they are just really lazy!

Bella's first Spring, back when she still had loose skin!

A shaved Harley loving on Bella, who does not look happy to see me.

When Bella's tongue is stuck out like that, she is doing some serious sleeping!

This is how they spend every day...all snuggly and comfy!
I hope you have a had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Happy Puppy Snuggles to you all!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Spreading the Love!

Let me preface this post by saying the idea I am sharing below is NOT original.  I totally stole it from a friend's friend's blog post last week and tweaked it to fit my lifestyle, meaning I bought bowls from Hobby Lobby instead of mailboxes from Target.  Now that that is all clear, looky at what I've been up to!

Valentine's Day is not a big deal to me.  It is not nearly as important as Christmas and Easter, or even Mardi Gras, are to me.  That doesn't mean I don't like to participate, though.  For the past couple of years, I've been lazy with my Vday activities: buying the usual cards and candies for my family and making the kids pass out those dumb fold-over cards to their classmates.  Usually, the most thought I'd put into the holiday was making a special themed breakfast and/or dinner and that was it.  My family and I are very affectionate and tell each other how much we love and appreciate each other many times throughout the day, not just on February 14th.  This is why Vday doesn't mean much to me.

This year I wanted to do better.  I wanted to put more effort into the holiday and do something special, not just on the 14th, but every day in February leading up to Valentine's Day.  The idea is simple: write down something you love about your special someone and give it to them every day.  In the original blog post, the writer placed her love notes in the cute red mailboxes that you can find in the dollar bins at Target.  BTW, they are still available; I saw them today!  Unfortunately, my neck of the woods does not have a Target less than 45 miles away, so I bought adorable heart-shaped bowls from my local Hobby Lobby.  What you put the notes in is SO not the issue.  Use what works for you and your family.  The important thing is what you put in your notes.  I wrote 14 things I loved about each of my immediate family members, trying to personalize them as much as possible.  "I love the way your eyes sparkle when you smile" is much sweeter than "Your eyes are pretty", don't you think?

If you were wondering, yes, I did buy an extra bowl just in case someone would like to write a note to me but I did not expect them to.  This was something that I really just wanted to do for my husband and children; something special from me to them, letting them know that I love them for many reasons...not just because I "have" to.

I'm not very crafty but, this type of thing, I can handle!  I picked out a "filly" font to type my notes in, along with my family members' names, and printed them out.  I cannot cut a straight line to save my life, so I used craft scissors to cut a pretty edge around the notes.  Voila'!  Simple but sweet!

They immediately loved the idea and wanted to make some notes for me, as well.  I love sharing my notes with my family but I have really gotten a kick out of what they have written to me.  Some of my favorites so far are:

"I love that you hang out with kids (teach)" from Jack.  So sweet!
"I love how your eyes make me feel reassured" from Mackenzie.  Awwwww!
"You've got great legs!" from Scott.  *giggles*

I love this idea so much, I think I'm going to do it throughout the year!  It has definitely become a new Simpson tradition!

So, what are you waiting for?  There is still time to tell your loved ones how special they are to you, so do it!!