Little’s Big Day – Double Ones

Little woke me up at 4:45 AM announcing, “It’s my birthday! I’m 11!” You have to hand it to her – she gets excited and spreads the joy. The next announcement was that I forgot to hang the birthday banner – first time in 8 years (when I got the banner). Honey got it out and hung it up before we had breakfast.

It was a day of things Little loves . . . Dunkin Donuts for breakfast:

Oatmeal Creme Pies for a school snack:
A class presentation for Colorado History being Baby Doe Tabor (she was awesome):

She rode in front seat on the way home from school:

Mac-n-Cheese and Grilled Cheese sandwiches for dinner, presents (KB gathered up 11 things from her room that she didn’t want any more and wrapped it for Little. Nice.),


and a Barbie Fashion Tablet cake!

It was a good day but she has already announced that she will be twelve soon. It’s a YEAR – – SLOW DOWN, Little One.

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Academy_Award_trophyIt is no secret that I am a movie buff and the Oscars have always been something fun to watch. I have always loved the dresses, the genuine joy (Roberto Benigni), the opening numbers (Billy Crystal) and funny hosts (Ellen). I have gone through phases where I did a ballot and phases where I binge watched everything so I would know what was going on. This year’s Oscar experience was like none other before and might just be the year that changes it all for me.

This year I was home and my Honey was flying across the country. It was really quiet here and I realized that half the fun is having someone to say “Look!” or “Are you kidding?” My brother started texting me right after the opening number and we “chatted for 30 min. about things not related to Oscar at all. 15 min. into his text-fest, my sister texted and we continued to “live text” the rest of the program.  THE MOST FUN!!! My sister gets me and I get her and it yet I don’t remember ever watching the Oscars with her. It was super great.

As far as the show itself goes, I was disappointed. I was disappointed in Neil Patrick Harris; coming out on the stage naked was uncouth and crass and took one of the few “classy” events left in entertainment and brought it low. If it’s a sign of my age then I am actually glad to be over 40 – he should have known better or someone should have told him, “NO!”

I hadn’t seen any of the movies up for best picture. Actually, throughout the night I think that Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie, and How to Train Your Dragon2 were the only films I had seen. It is a testimony to the heaviness of 2014 that I only saw light-hearted pictures but it made for a difficult viewing last night. I wasn’t invested and didn’t have opinions. And now, after all is said and done, there are still only a few I actually want to see (Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game).

Top Ten Moments of the Night: 1. The performance of “Glory” was phenomenal. (and John Legend’s acceptance speech wasn’t too bad either.) 2. Jason Bateman presented Best Short Film. 3. Lady Gaga blew me away with her Sound of Music tribute – amazing. 4. Jason Bateman presented Best Short Film. 5. NPH’s joke and Idina Menzel’s “revenge” on John Travolta – AWESOME. 6. Eddie Redmayne gets the sincere joy award from me – so sweet. 7. Did I mention Jason Bateman presented? 8. Watching Meryl Streep come out of her seat to fist pump support for Patricia Arquette. 9. *** Emma Stone on the red carpet stopping her interview to squeal and say, “Look! It’s Mark Ruffalo!” Adorable. 10. I am not sure I can think of a number 10. I liked hearing Anna Kendrick sing . . . and Jason Bateman presented Best Short Film.

What did you think of the Oscars? Did you even watch?

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Valentines Day

Life is zooming by at super speed and I feel like I can’t account for all the minutes. Valentines Day came and went with little to no “hurrah” at our house and now it’s almost Little’s birthday. BUT before I move on to that momentous occasion, I thought I would post the kids’ valentines from this year for posterity (and so I remember what we did and don’t repeat the same thing NEXT year.

IMG_0514 IMG_0518 IMG_0592Oh Yes – adorable, right? And there was Laffy Taffy stapled to the cards.  So fun. And this is the first year I just handed all the supplies to the kiddos and they did all the work. So bittersweet.

How was YOUR Valentines Day?

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Heard Around the Hutch

1. R5
(it’s a band, Mom)

2. We were riding in the van and listening to a Christian radio station. KB chimes in from the backseat, “This song is either about Jesus or a girl.” From the mouths of babes. . .

3. “Today at school I was telling Kale things he could do that would make girls like him. He said they were good ideas and I told him, ‘That’s why they call me (whispering) the love whisperer’.” I whispered back, “Nobody calls you that.”

4. I have been telling KB that “Kisses are for family” ever since Chris Rogers planted one on her in preschool. Yesterday Bubba said, “Mom, you know that kisses aren’t just for family, right? But it’s gross unless you are a teenager.” I said, “If you are a Kicklighter then kisses are for family.”

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Call Me Alexander

shoppingIt is only 8:45 AM and I am ready to move to Australia.

I was awakened at 4:30 AM by my oldest saying, “I’ll be gentle with your head, momma. I’ll be gentle with your head and you can put in the pass code.” She is referring to the fact that a few days ago she woke me up at 4:00 AM by dropping her father’s iPad on my face and saying, “Put in the pass code, Momma, Please.” ARGH. I don’t remember putting in the pass code today but I do remember saying, ” NO YOUTUBE, Little. You may watch Too Cute.” Terrible start to the day.

I must have fallen right back to sleep because I was jerked into consciousness again by the sounds of the other two SWINGING FROM Bubba’s LOFT BED and making a home video about it on the phone they stole from my room while I slept. Horrible way to wake up. Horrible response from me to them. Horrible start to the day.

Almost every word that came out of the mouths of my babes this morning were words of arguing and complaining. “She has my minion hat!” “Gimme my gloves. Those are MY gloves.” “Maybe you should look twice when you put our lunches in our lunch boxes because I repeatedly get KB’s orange instead of apple sauce.” (I’ll let you guess who that was.) No good things were said.

There were 3-4 inches of snow on the ground when we left for school. They don’t treat the roads up here IN COLORADO WHERE IT SNOWS FOR MONTHS AT A TIME so I was driving slow and defensively. I got to the major intersection up the road where I am to turn right to proceed to the land of learning and as I slowly merge right into the turn lane my back tires start to slide – I believe it was the perfect example of fish-tailing – toward a beautiful Lexus stopped at the light. I start praying/screaming “please don’t hit that car! Please don’t hit that car!” and I didn’t. I didn’t hit the car – my back bumper nudged his back bumper. We pulled into a parking lot and it turns out my NEIGHBOR was the owner of the LEXUS and we traded names, numbers, invitations for brunch (not) and went on our merry ways. He was VERY nice . . . VERY gracious . . . VERY nervous about how his wife would respond. It was a very bad way to start the day.

So now I sit in my house. I shoveled the driveway and as I finished the snow started pouring down again. I was supposed to go to BSF but it started 15 minutes ago and I still haven’t showered.

I looked on the weather channel and it says it should be in the mid 80’s in Brisbane with sunny skies. I think Alexander had the right idea. Anybody know a good travel agent?

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A Disney Moment

Disney_Evil_Witches We were pretty slow to jump on the princess bandwagon with our girls. Part of it was me working through my thoughts on others’ views of princess films and coming to a conviction of my own. Part of it was having Little first and her lack of interest in watching long films. Once KB got old enough to care I had gotten my thoughts together, Little had gotten interested as well, and we hit the ground running.

Sleeping Beauty was one of the last of the classics that I let the girls watch. KB has always gotten nervous easily (just like her uncle) and I remember Maleficent being the scariest of all the Disney witches. I remember hating the end of that movie and I just knew KB wouldn’t be able to handle it. Incidentally, when she did finally see it she did fine. She hid her face in my arm once and then, with great bravado, announced that it wasn’t that bad.

Maleficent was the only witch I remember ever being scared of and that is why, when the Disney movie Maleficent came out last year, I did not even consider seeing it. It never crossed my mind. What did cross my mind? Questions about why Disney would ever think to make a movie about one of the most horrifying of their witches and judgmental thoughts of Angelina Jolie for starring in a movie that glorified said witch. I remember scoffing when I heard Angelina Jolie quoted as saying she wanted to make a movie her kids could see and appreciate. (I’m real gracious that way.)

Six months after the movie came out the DVD was released and the film that had been forgotten by me became an issue in our home. Little girls in KB’s class were sharing that they had seen the movie and KB, not wanting to be left out, was coming home asking to watch it as well. It made it to KB’s Christmas list and Bubba even mentioned that he would watch it with KB when she got it.

Then I read an article praising the film for qualities I was slow to consider. THEN a friend asked for a suggestion for a film for an eleven-year-old’s sleep over and Facebook blew up with the recommendation to watch Maleficent. WHAT? I went to Redbox and designated that week’s movie night as an Adventure into Maleficent.

I cannot say enough about this film. I loved it. It is a GREAT story and the picture of redemption is explicit. I kept crying and the kids kept asking why and we had some wonderful conversations about life choices, resentment and bitterness, love and repentance, forgiveness and Joy. Man. It might be my favorite film of the year for 2014 . . . I mean Guardians of the Galaxy was fun but it didn’t spawn conversation and contemplation.

Have you seen the film? What did you think? I think maybe I should take some time and try to write a redemptive story for the magnificent, marvelous, mad Madam Mim!

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List of 50 Lists

I’m a list maker . . . there is no denying it. I was NOT ready for the New Year until I had the chance to sit down and make a list for each family member . . . list of verses to pray, list of goals for them, etc. Sometimes I feel it’s a sickness . . . but it makes me so happy!!

One of the books on my reading list for 2015 istodolistcover1The tagline is what drew me in. . . “what our lists reveal about us”.  Yikes.

So, I kinda collect list ideas.. . .a list of potential lists, if you will. I have been looking for a place to keep them until I have a chance to use them . . . and I decided I keep all my random “stuff” in our blue hutch at home. . . why not on The Blue Hutch online too? You don’t have to feel pressure to read all these but someday you can stop back by and use one of these just to get your mind moving!!!

  1. Best places for inspiration
  2. Friends and family would describe me as. . .
  3. TV shows I wish would come back
  4. Favorite local businesses
  5. Chores I actually enjoy
  6. Books I would recommend
  7. Things to collect
  8. Favorite websites and blogs
  9. Facts about me
  10. I get excited about . . .
  11. When I need a time out
  12. Ways to unwind
  13. Things I am letting go of
  14. Reasons to quit ________________.
  15. Pins to try
  16. I know I’m getting older because
  17. Favorite things about flying on an airplane
  18. Ways to add “magic” to my life
  19. How I feel today
  20. Projects I’m in the middle of
  21. My ideal day
  22. Keep calm and ________________.
  23. This week’s to do list
  24. Things I like and don’t like about today
  25. My favorite treats while traveling
  26. Describe my childhood home
  27. Things I do for myself
  28. When I need to focus
  29. If I ruled the world
  30. On this very day last year
  31. This past week’s playlist
  32. The perfect spring day involves
  33. Surprises this week
  34. What my sis loves about me
  35. What I love about my sis
  36. How would I describe myself to a penpal.
  37. Favorite tools to create with
  38. Favorite fictional couples
  39. Favorite childhood games and tasks
  40. I can’t pass up
  41. Things I would like to do by the end of the month
  42. Who I consider family
  43. Things that can wait until tomorrow
  44. Things I always do for myself
  45. Where I take out-of-town guests
  46. People I want to be like when I grow up
  47. If I had an extra hour in the day
  48. My favorite things to eat this time of year
  49. Every night before I go to bed
  50. Date night ideas
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