Thursday, November 27, 2008

Getting to Know You

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends.
Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy (not forward) this entire email (in this case your blog) and paste into a new e-mail (blog) that you can send. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you(Please comment that you posted this on your blog, so I can get to know you)......Tis the Season to be NICE!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Gift Bags
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, save the trees. (I like to free branches and make wreaths or swags from the tree stands and make my home smell fresh as if I have a live tree)
3. When do you put up the tree? Weekend after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Year
5 . Do you like eggnog? Yes! Especially the ones you didn't know were made with rum, hee hee.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My tape recorder.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Mundo
8. Easiest person to buy for? Ayla
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Not one, many from around the world.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Email. I always buy cards and don't send them off.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I got a bunch of barbie stuff, the house, the car, the dolls, eww! I didn't like dolls especially Barbie. I played teacher with my stuffed animals, danced and sang in my room while I looked at all my Teen Beat photos on my wall of John Travolta, Rob Lowe etc., and played out side with the greenmachine, starwars with the neighborhood kids or hide and seek.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Charlie Brown and the dead christmas tree that I love so much, Wizard of Oz, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, White Christmas, Home Alone, The Little Drummer boy, Miracle on 34th street, and It's a wonderful life. Oh and A Christmas Carol and Frosty the snow man. Have I ever told you I don't have just one favorite of anything?
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? All year long.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Hmmm.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Costa Rican tamales and Bunuelos with Champurrado
16. Lights on the tree? Yes
17. Favorite Christmas song? Holy Night. Away on a Manger, Silent Night, Ave Maria, Baby it's cold outside
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? Home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? How can you forget..."Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!" and lets not forget Rudolph.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? A bird house with fairies painted on it, although I want Tinkerbell from Disney store.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Eve, Christmas Day is for Christ.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The meaning seems to be lost.
23. What theme or color are you using? Fairies and Nature.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Did I not say Naca/Tica Tamales
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I want a gift card to Desert Book Store, Kohls, or Lowes.
Ciao for Now,
Arnnette
Please let me know if you post this or email me.

More Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Another reason to be thankful.


This reminded me of my sister, Deborah, Chillo my brother and law, and Baby Daniel.

Hmm, food for thought.

A kid favorite Thanksgiving special, like me.
Norman Rockwell, captures people and family in art the way a camera would snap a picture. I love his art.

What all kids think, stop talking and lets eat!

First the Cows says eat more Chicken, now the turkey?

And they say Turkeys are dumb.

I love this art work with the Native Americans.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Ciao for now,
Arnnette

Happy Thanksgiving 2008

Be Thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snuggly because it means that you have enough to eat.

Be Thankful for the mess you clean up after a party because it means you have been surrounded by friends.


Be Thankful for the taxes you pay because it means you are employed.
Be Thankful that your lawn needs mowing and your windows need fixing because it means you have a home. I would be thankful I could walk in heals and have legs like that.


Be Thankful for your heating bill because it means you are warm


Be Thankful for your laundry because it means you have clothes to wear. Buy the looks of this photo, a washer, too.


Be Thankful for the space you found at the far end of the parking lot because it means you can walk.


Be Thankful for the lady who sings off key behind you in church because it means you can hear.
Be Thankful when people complain about the government because it means we have freedom of speech. I'm still glad this country is founded under God and we can voice our voice on those who get carried away with what this country was founded on.


Be Thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means you are alive. That's me and that's Bayardo sleeping, Hee-Hee. And he can ROAR when he gets up in a bad mood, I still love him.

Ciao for now,
Arnnette

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Today we stayed home and bonded

Today, I said to myself and the family, I'm staying home. I forgot that today was Build and Grow at Lowe's, but with all the activities this week, Hannah's performance at the Mesa Arts Center, The kids had Math Night on Thursday, and the parades last week, I wanted to stay home and not go out but order my kids to do their chores. Is that mean? I washed clothes and they cleaned. That's not to much to ask for, is it? After the chores were done, I just read magazines and blogs. Meanwhile the kids made their own skits and recorded them.

Then, someone ruined the moment and said we had no milk, no oil, no bread, I had to go to the store. Ugh, I just wanted to stay home. Good new was that the kids wanted to stay home with their productions. No kids with us! Bayardo and I had lunch at Sam's Club; Jumbo shrimp, lamb with asparagus, meatballs, bonbons, pumpkin cheesecake, and egg nog. Thank goodness for samples, they filled me up!
We came home watched Wall-E and ate popcorn. Afterwards, Bayardo made spaghetti and meatballs. The kids said they had the best day in a long time. Funny how I plan activities and yet the one day we stay home and virtually did nothing, and it was the best day ever! Looking back it was. We spent time as a family and bonded:) Moral: Take a break and just spend time together. It's these moments that last a lifetime.
I loved this movie, Wall-E was so special taking care Eve. He made me laugh so much. Mr. B didn't think so, but the rest of us did. He reminded me of a cross between ET and Short Circuit.

Ciao for now,
Arnnette

Favorite Book Friday

It's Saturday, I know, Maybe I should call it Favorite Book Weekend, incase I don't have time on Friday. Hmm. However, with my love of books and movies, late or not, I love posting my books.

Well, One of my favorite collection was Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, along with his friends.
This charming shop and museum is open to the public every day where you will be served by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. The house, pictured is the original building used by Beatrix Potter in her wonderful story, The Tailor of Gloucester, in UK.
This picture was painted in 1938 when she was in her 70's.

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist who was best known for her children's books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.
Did you know, In her will, Potter left almost all of her property to the National Trust — 4,000 acres (16 km²) of land, cottages, and 15 farms. The legacy has helped ensure that the Lake District and the practice of fell farming remain unspoiled to this day. Her properties now lie within the Lake District National Park. The Trust's 2005 Swindon headquarters are named "Heelis" in her honour.
Beatrix Potter Gallery, a gallery run by the National Trust and situated in a 17th-century Lake District townhouse in Hawkshead, Cumbria,England, now displays her original book illustrations.
Besides visting the castles in the UK, thus another reason to visit Gloucester, South Kensington, London, and Lake District.
Ciao for now,
Arnnette

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Disney's Alice and Wonderland Jr

Hannah's school had their performance yesterday, Tuesday, November 18Th at the Mesa Arts Center. They performed Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Hannah played the rose with attitude in the play. Unfortunately, we could not take pictures with flash cameras, therefore, my pictures of the performance were so not clear.

The very late rabbit and "Big" Alice.

The Flowers with attitudes. Ayla was very upset with her sister being "evil", "mean", and a "bully". "Mom, how come Hannah's being mean to Alice, she's little and should be nice not mean" Then she yells, "Be nice Hannah" I had to shush her and continue taping. But every now and then you can hear her while I'm taping.
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The Golden Afternoon
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Hannah's friend Cynetra played TopHatter.
Damon played the Caterpillar, The Company joined in with Zip-ah-dee-doo-dah!
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There's the flowers with the attitudes, again.
The Queen, who is played by Sah-Dia, Hannah's close friend.
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The Finale.
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Hannah was greeted first by her biggest fan, Ayla.

Miss Emily, Hannah's Drama Teacher.

Mrs Sue Douglas, her principal.

Hope you enjoyed the clips. Sorry if you couldn't be there.
Ciao for now,
Arnnette

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Gilbert Day's Parade


Gilbert, AZ are having their annual Gilbert Days. This year the town of Gilbert started with their parade the weekend before their rodeo. So today, Saturday the 15th of November, we went to celebrate with their annual parade.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio started off the parade. Bayardo asked why I was taking a picture of him. I thought it was funny how he didn't look to happy with all the Latinos in the crowd and it bugged him that I was waving. Before I waved he smiled at the crowd next to us who where non-Hispanic, hmmm, and they say he's not racist.

You can see the beady glare through his glasses. That was my the start of my laughter. I love parades, I always get teary eyed. As long as there are no clowns! Never like clowns.
We saw many of the dancers & Veteran's that were in the Mesa Veterans Parade earlier this week so I'll spare you duplicate pictures. There were many of religious floats: Lutherans & lots of Non-Denominational Christan Church's. Many advertising companies like Remax and Watson flowers who were actually passing out fresh flowers to mothers, ahh.
We saw all kinds of Bikers.

World War II biker, Ducati Bikers who I chose not to take pictures of, because...
I like real bikers, and...

A double-dutch bike? See spidey?

There were even police officers on bikes going up and down. See the officer going the opposite of the parade? I loved this advertisment; Need your grill replaced? Ha-Ha, right on the grill of the truck. Bayardo asked where were the Biker Boyz, they should be in there....
Who are the Biker Boyz the he refers to?......
The LDS Missionaries:) Which by the way they were not at the parade, I found this image. He thought since there were so many independent churches in the parade, that all the biker boyz and while the sister missionaries ride in the car, should have passed out pictures Christ and Book of Mormons. I told him that wasn't a bad idea, I don't know if they could. So he said that the primary should have a float dressed as biker boyz then. Food for thought. This coming from a non-member speaking very seriously about spreading the word of Christ, and yet...may be someday. Anyways,

Here are girl scouts spreading their word of RECYCLE!.

Another trash statement.
There were belly dancers,
Mexican Dancers,
Wizard of Oz dancers,
and Asian Dancers. We were Celebrating!
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Tiger even was there, actually it was the mascot for Gilbert High.
There were horses with..
the Sheriff's Posse,
Arabian,
Ms. Rodeo,

What the...Bayardo and the kids look on,
Even two legged, walking horses?!
There were all kinds of cars,
Fast Ferrari Cars, lil' cars (how and the world did that full grown man fit?),

Even Flintstone cars!
This poor boy, he hardly had room in his box. He still has 2 miles to walk through the parade!

And a sleigh...
Yes, it was a fun parade for all.
Ciao for now,
Arnnette