Sunday, March 29, 2009

Reality Bites (and HITS)

In the wee hours of the morning as I was snuggled in bed sleeping, I was petting Lego, one of the dogs we are currently watching for our friends Wes & Jess while they are gone. As I pet Lego, he bit me suddenly, causing me to act swiftly in popping him good on the bottom. And pop him good I did, only as my hand made contact with the dog I became faintly aware of my surroundings, and then heard a bewildered Brian say, what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks??!!

Yes, it turns out my incident with Lego was a dream, and in real life, I slapped the heck out of a sleeping Brian! Whoopsie! I apologized profusely to my husband, but couldn't stifle the giggles that came pouring out as I did. It was just too funny not to laugh, and also too funny not to share, so there you go!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

things are looking up

Finally, we have some sunshine here after 3 days straight of nasty thunderstorms, and what am I doing? Sitting inside blogging! Typical. I do plan on taking B for a walk once he wakes up from his afternoon nap though, so my fair share of the outdoors is coming.

The ncaa tourney is still going on (I picked 6 out of the 8 teams left correct- how am I doing in the family brackets, mom?) but I am barely paying attention to the games. It's far more exciting to stay caught up on all the news surrounding Kentucky firing 2-year coach Billy Gillispie! In Kentucky a season without a national championship is a failure, and this latest coach just led our team to its second worst season in school history! That doesn't bode well for those in Wildcat country, so see ya later BG!

In Bradley's world, things are looking up... because he's started to pull up on furniture, and us, and anything he can get leverege on to prop his chubby legs to a standing position! He still hasn't mastered the forward motion of crawling so maybe he'll just skip that phase altogether and go to walking, who knows. Here's the little guy standing around on the job:















I did catch him in quite the predicament this week though- Bradley managed to scoot himself backwards on the floor in his room until he was under his crib and stuck! Luckily I snapped pictures and rescued him before he got too far under his bed!




























Trying to stand up on his own














Oh, you wanna know how he rolls? That's how.















A big shout out and thanks to Ellen who sent Bradley his first UK baseball cap! Of course it's enormous on him right now but he'll grow into it in no time I'm sure. He wore it while playing in his room this afternoon anyways because he just couldn't wait to wear it! ;o)

Ari, we bought the Battle of the Sexes game yesterday and are returning it today because in short, it sucked, but playing it last night did make me laugh and think about Claude naming Old spice as one of the spices in All Spice.
The rest of our Saturday will consist of going for a walk, grilling out, and probably watching basketball on tv tonight. Brian's mom, Grandma Anna, is coming tomorrow to spend the day with us so that will round out our weekend nicely. Hopefully the rain is really and truly gone because I thought I was going coocoo for coco puffs there for a minute, and hope you out there, wherever you are, are enjoying your weekend as well!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

9 month photos

Here are Bradley's 9 month pictures, taken by Franklin,TN photographer Wendy Tate.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Murdochs

Laura and George are now married! It's been too crazy to post anything else, but stories and pictures are coming soon. Congrats, kids!

**update** here's a link to the page of Laura & George's photographer, Andy Mullins. There are a few pictures up here, and more to come.
http://murdochwedding.mullinsimages.com/

Monday, March 09, 2009

The worst film of 2008

It is official.  Laura & I watched what must have been the worst film of 2008.  I dare you to find a worse one than Nights in Rodanthe.  Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, I saw previews for this movie a long time ago and saw Richard Gere and Diane Lane, got all misty-eyed at the preview, and thought, I must see this movie.  Man am I glad I didn't pay money in the theater to see this!!

It was so bad, I hardly know where to begin.  So let's start with the plot.  The book was cheesy and far-fetched to begin with.  It's a far cry from the brilliant romance of the Notebook, and even while reading it I thought it was a waste of my time.  So that should have been enough to keep me away from watching the movie.  But the 2 costars drew me in, which is what I believe the movie producers expected, because nothing else would.  They apparently blew their whole film budget on attracting these 2 stars, and all I can say is Gere and Lane must have been hurting for work.  James Franco plays a small role, and if I were him, I wouldn't even list this film on my resume' lest it get out that I had anything to do with this movie monstrosity.

Significant changes were made in the plot line from the novel to the screen to make the film version work.  They didn't work, however.  One scene was created that wasn't in the novel at all, and it included a ton of "extras."  Laura remarked, "they could have cut this whole scene and used the money they saved from hiring all those extras to make the whole movie better."  I laughed hard, and couldn't agree more.

There is one fake hurricane scene that is so ridiculous it made me chuckle, and this picture was a far cry from being an intentional comedy, yet it succeeded in making Laura & I laugh.  There are several other awkward scenes where you actually feel sorry for the actors saying the lines.  The only gratification in the movie was seeing the ponies (another budget blower, I'm sure), but I won't ruin the significance of them in case you decide to rent Rodanthe on a Friday night when you need a good laugh.   

Even if you are a Nicholas Sparks fan, you will find this movie cheesy, totally unbelievable, and a total waste of your precious time.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

9 months old!

Today is Bradley's 3/4 year birthday... in other words, he's 9 months old.


He goes to the doctor on Monday, so I don't have his official weight/height, but so far Bradley's been tracking along the 50th percentile for weight. I have a hunch he's a little short for his age though, because my little chunky monkey has a gut, so he has to make up for that extra weight somewhere! Other mile markers at this point:
  • He's up to eating 3 small meals of solid foods a day, plus still nursing 6 times.
  • Loves to stand when supported, and practices walking with me holding his hands
  • 3 1/2 teeth have popped through- 2 on the bottom, one on top, and another will be coming through any day. Still no pics of these though, because the little booger won't open his mouth up long enough for me to snap the picture
  • Scooting backwards using his arms (as you will see in the video below)
  • Favorite toys are still his exersaucer and stackable rings
  • Still not sleeping through the night. He goes down for 4 hour stretches and then wants to eat. I've given up thinking things could be different in this realm.
  • Loves to be outside, especially swinging and going for walks
  • Babbling a lot, but no real words yet. Surprise, surprise though, Bradley loves the sound of his own voice, and thinks everyone around him wants to listen to him squeal and holler! (hmm, a child that loves to talk... I wonder where he gets that?!)

video

This is a short clip of Bradley bouncing while holding onto his crib- he was mighty proud of himself!!

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Here's Bradley at 9 months, demonstrating his scooting backwards across the carpet!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

the Sideshow

I'm sorry, but I was under the impression that I undertook the project of creating a slideshow for Laura & George's wedding rehearsal/reception. What it's turned into however, is a sideshow!

I have worked tirelessly on creating this collaboration of pictures and music for over 6 weeks now, and it's getting a bit ridiculous! Who knew that making one of these things would be such a fiasco? But when you're gathering pictures from multiple places, scanning old pictures, employing no less than 3 computers, and 4 different slideshow programs, and trying to add mp4 files to programs that only accept mp3 formats, using programs that only allow you to add one song when you need many, and every time you re-save the pictures they get out of order, or you have different numbers of pictures saved in different places, it's all kinds of fun let me tell you! I'll spare you the rest of the details, but I am a firm believer now that Heather's husband Jacob is a genius, and my work here is finally done. You people coming to the wedding better OOH and Ahh and chuckle over this production while it's playing like there's no tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Bachelorette Bash

Well, the wedding is officially ON! We gals survived the bachelorette party on Saturday night, and the snow early Sunday morning before heading back to civilization. Leah's parents' lake house in Winchester served as the perfect getaway spot for 12 ladies to eat, drink, and be merry. Laura got showered with some naughty and nice lingerie, and we played some awesome games.















For the first game everyone grabbed their purses and got points for all the items called out that we had in our bags. I thought sure I'd win this one (well, truthfully, I think I'm going to win every game I play), especially with my mom items in tow, but alas, I possessed no risque items, and those were worth the most points. The next game was an ongoing Bingo game that we played all night till someone got a bingo. Each card was different, but filled with wedding and bachelorette-related words that the bride could conceivably say (except for Wangs... who actually says that?).
Finally, the game that I DID win was a questionnaire of how well we know the bride. Considering it's my sister getting married, I hope I'd win this one. So did Leah. As the party planner she arranged for the prize of this game to be a cute pink frame, knowing how much I love the color!




Later in the evening, and several drinks later, we played "Pin the Macho on the Man!" We had more fun laughing at the rapist expression on the man's face than anything else. Yes, he looked shady Leah said, but the only other alternative was a big black man! I'll take the Rapist. (That's therapist, Mr. Connery)





Laura grilled at her own party, not able to relinquish control in the kitchen, but the burgers, dogs, and sides were fantastic. And of course, what female bash would be complete without a Dance Party USA happening once it got a little later, the music got a little louder, and inhibitions were a little more gone? As matron of honor and big sis, I was supposed to take care of Laura and make sure she was okay throughout the night, but it ended up the other way around. I even ended up with a "bachelorette bruise" on my knee that I have no idea where it came from. I guess going a year and a half without drinking hardly at all will drop one's tolerance to alcohol considerably.




I still can't believe in just 9 short days my little sis will be Mrs. George Murdoch, but I'm sure excited for the big day to be here.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

NRA Publicity photos

Disclaimer (And I don't even know 'er): I hate guns, and see no reason why Joe Schmo should have one in the house.

That said, Grandpa B pulled out one of his hunting rifles the other day to show Bradley as a joke, and I grabbed my camera as fast as I could because this opportunity was too funny to pass up!