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10 Ideas

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Today marks the tenth and final day of the Top Ten Lists.  Are you a little sad?  I honestly am.  I didn’t think i would enjoy doing these lists as much as I have.  With that being said, let’s move on to the list for today.  Today’s list is going to be Top Ten Ideas That Define Me As a Person.  Ready or not, here we go:

  1. Every child can succeed – This one should be an obvious one since I am an educator, but you would be surprised at the philosophy of some teachers.  This statement is what drives me everyday in the classroom.  Every child can succeed, it is my job to find a pathway for them to follow to reach this success.
  2. It takes a village – This is the philosophy behind Ben and I’s parenting style.  We don’t want to be the only ones to “raise” Mikayla, we want the input and help of those around us.  We don’t know everything so we are relying on seasoned parents to help us out, as well as friends and family to offer a different perspective to Mikayla.  I firmly believe that the more ideas and people we expose her to, the better the person she will become.
  3. Embrace you inner five year old – There, I said it, I am a five year old at heart.  I like to have fun, act silly and say what is on my mind.  If we are too serious in life then we won’t have much fun and be stressed out all the time.  However, if we embrace our inner five year old we will be much happier.  After all, have you ever really seen a stressed out, depressed, bored five year old?  I teach five year olds everyday and have never seen this.  Instead I have seen happy, carefree, loving, hopeful kids!
  4. Love your neighbor, even when you hate them – This is sometimes tough to do, really tough sometimes.  I try to love on everyone around me and put others before myself.  I am not perfect, but this is the way I strive to be.
  5. Don’t wish away today – I have really embraced this with the birth of my daughter.  She is growing so fast, but I don’t want to wish away any stage of her life.  I want to live in the present, not worry about the future or dwell on the past.  We are taking it one day at a time, and I think all better off because of it.
  6. Live simply – In the past two years Ben and I have really made a conscious effort to down size our belongings.  We don’t want “stuff” to get in the way of us doing the things that are most important.  When we move to Africa we won’t have access to as much “stuff” and so we are preparing ourselves early.  Plus, who needs a houseful of stuff that never gets used?  I can’t imagine having storage units full of stuff that never gets used.  If we don’t use it on a regular basis, do we really need it?  If we don’t need it, we are getting rid of it!  This goes beyond just “stuff” too.  I try not to make things too complicated or intense.  Now granted I am not always the best at this, but I try.  Try being the key word!
  7. Take time to smell the roses – This is an old saying that dates way back, but a saying with a powerful message.  Don’t go through life being so busy that you don’t take time out to relax and take a look at what is going on around you.  My life moves at a fast pace, but I try and make time to relax and spend time with those that I hold dear to my heart.
  8. Happiness isn’t found in stuff – Please see Number 6.  These are similar, but still a very important way to live my life.
  9. Dr. Seuss quote:  “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Be who you are, not someone else.  This took me awhile to figure out, but it is so true.  You can’t be anyone but you!  And if you try to be someone else you will be stressed and unhappy.
  10. Food fosters friendship – I love food, and have found that the best of friendships are formed and developed over a nice meal.  Often when we have company we end up in the kitchen around the food because, food fosters friendships!

That concludes my Ten Ideas That Define Me As a Person, and the end of my Ten Top Ten Lists.  I would love to hear yours, if you decide to share.

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10 Websites

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Today is day nine in our Top Ten Lists.  Today we venture into CyberWorld for our Top Ten Websites.  I am taking mine a little different route than Ben, I am going to do my Top Ten Blogs.  So here are they are in no particular order:

  1. Happy in the in Between – This is my dear friend Catherine’s blog.  We have been friends since elementary school.  She is one of the few people in my life where I can be completely real with.  We have been through so much together, and she knows me almost as well as Ben!  She is going to have a baby in December and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  Mikayla and her little one are going to be great friends I just know it!  Her husband is pretty great too.  He has a blog, but hardly ever updates it!  They are one of Ben and I’s favorite couples in the whole world.  Ben and Dave actually grew up together as well.
  2. My Charming Kids – This dear family has endured so much, but throughout it all keeps a positive attitude.  I started reading MckMamma’s blog about a year ago.  She is a mom to four adorable children, the youngest of which has SVT (a rare heart condition).  They have battled her son’s SVT since birth, but even throughout the heartaches she remains positive.  She is also a wonderful photographer, I love looking at the pictures.  Even though I don’t know this family personally, I feel like I do because I read the blog so often!
  3. The Diaper Diaries – In case you didn’t read this post on Ben’s blog, Mikayla is being cloth diapered.  At first people thought we were crazy, but after awhile people just wished us luck!  So far I haven’t had a problem with cloth, I honestly can’t imagine spending fifty bucks a month for disposable diapers.  Anyway, I digress.  This blog is a great resource for those using cloth diapers.  These are also some of my other favorite cloth diapering blogs:  this and this.
  4. Cake Wrecks – I think this blog is hilarious!  The author finds cakes that have huge errors, or are just ridiculously funny and post pictures and comments about them.  The author is very witty.  If you need a good laugh, check this one out.
  5. Joy the Baker – Another funny/witty blogger.  Joy loves to bake and take photos, and combines both in her blog.  Her passion for life really comes through in her presentation.  She has some amazing recipes, and whether or not they are tasty, they look delicious!
  6. Meal Planning Mommies – This is a group of three mommies and their adventures with meal planning.  Recently they have take a blogging sabbatical, but when they were more active they would plan out weekly meals.  They would post the frugal meals on their blog including grocery list, recipes and pictures.  Their recipes were always easy and crowd pleasers.  I hope once they all have their babies (they all had kids and were pregnant at the same time), they get back into the blogging routine.
  7. Jenny Bakes – Another random baking blog (cooking blogs is somewhat of an obsession of mine).  She is not afraid to experiment and admit her mistakes.  I love the honesty.
  8. Friends Blogs – I also stalk read  a lot of blogs written by friends.  Here are some of the more visited ones: Katie, Jenny, Jason, Michelle, Stephanie, Sarah, Cheyenne, and Bella/Jennfier.
  9. The Africa Mercy – This is Ben’s cousin Jana’s blog.  She is not afraid of adventure and will often take off for six month adventures.  Her most recent adventure is working on a Mercy Ship in Benin, Africa.  She is a physical therapy and has been using her expertise to help the people living there that can’t afford expensive medical assistance.
  10. Other favorite websites – Even though I mentioned at the beginning of this post that this would be my Top Ten Blogs, I decided to make Number Ten, some of my favorite websites.  They are as follows:  Craig’s list, Amazon, Autism Society of America, Facebook, The Weather Channel, All Recipes and Google.  I know I am kind of boring, but that is just who I am.

If you are a blog reader and have not discovered Google Reader, you should check it out.  It makes it easy to organize and keep up with all the blogs you read.  Check back soon for Day Ten of the Top Ten Lists.


10 Activities

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Well, we are nearing the end of our Top Ten Lists.  Are you sad?  Today brings us to one of my favorite lists, my Top Ten Activities.

  1. Cooking – If you have read any of my old blog posts you will be able to tell that I love cooking.  I love any and all cooking, but especially baking.  I am somewhat of an experimenter when I cook.  I like to start with a basic recipe and adapt it to my taste buds.  However, I hate to taste food until it is completely done.  A good chef tastes throughout, but I don’t like to taste really until the end.  This presents problems sometimes.  If you are interested in past recipes read here and here.
  2. Painting (I am a novice) – I started this a few years ago.  I haven’t painted much in the last year, but I find it somewhat relaxing.  I also like to do other art projects like mosaics.  Here are a few of my favorite projects:
    This is one of my favorite pieces.  The painting part is finished, but overall it isn't complete yet.  I am hoping to do a multi-media piece on some old wood with pictures of Africa.

    This is one of my favorite pieces. The painting part is finished, but overall it isn't complete yet. I am hoping to do a mixed-media piece on some old wood with pictures of Africa.

    I made this for my nephew, Tanner's room

    Mosaic made from broken pieces of tile. I made this for my nephew, Tanner's room

    Painted flower - acrylic on canvas

    Painted flower - acrylic on canvas

    Lampshade I decoupaged with old photos from giraffe calendar...can you tell I love giraffes?

    Lampshade I decoupaged with old photos from giraffe calendar...can you tell I love giraffes?

  3. Being a mommy – This is a recent development (as of April 28), but I am loving it.  I start back to work full time on August 3 and am not looking forward to it.  However, Mikayla will be in good hands with my loving husband.  I love everything about being a mommy for Mikayla – playing with her, talking to her, changing her, bathing her…the list goes on.  I mean how could you not love being a mommy to this cutey?
    Hanging at the lake with her second cousins

    Hanging at the lake with her second cousins

    Pouty face - I love it!

    Pouty face - I love it!

  4. Playing disc golf – In this post I mentioned that the disc golf course was one of my favorite places to be.  So naturally, playing disc golf is one of my favorite activities.  I love taking Shiloh out and playing by ourselves, or playing with a large group of people.  I even like walking while everyone else plays!  It is a relaxing atmosphere.
  5. Playing with my nephews – In this post I mentioned that I have two nephews:  Tyson (2) and Tanner (almost one).  They are the sons of my older sister.  I think they are the cutest and sweetest boys in the world.  Judge for yourself:

    My sister and her two boys!

    My sister and her two boys!

  6. Goofing off with my husband – If you know Ben at all you know he is one goofy guy.  I love to wrestle with him, sit around and exchange jokes, play games, run into town, and many more.  He can make almost any situation a fun one.  Here are some funny pictures of him goofing off:
    This is my goofy husband in nothing but a child's size lifejacket.  Quite humerous!

    This is my goofy husband in nothing but a child's size life jacket. Quite humorous!

    Trying to fit into my peacoat...he didn't quite make it.

    Trying to fit into my pea coat...he didn't quite make it.

    Goofy husband...enough said!

    Goofy husband...enough said!

  7. Going for a walk with Mikayla and Shiloh – I haven’t done this very often because lets be honest, I am lazy!  However, this is one activity that I thoroughly enjoy!
  8. Reading – Again, this is not one I have gotten to do very often, but I do enjoy it.
  9. Playing Settler’s of Catan – Cody and Amanda Chapman introduced us to this fantastic game.  In my opinion, it is a cross between Monopoly and Risk.  I loved it so much after we first played it that I downloaded an online version and would play myself.  I am ridiculous I know!  Just recently, the Pavey’s introduced me to Catan the card game.  It is the same concept, but only a two player game and much quicker than its counterpart.  There are many other variations of Catan games.
  10. Being married to Ben – This isn’t really an activity, but I really enjoy being with my husband.  I love him very much!

That’s it, all of my favorite activities in the world.  Well, not really all of them, but at least the Top Ten.  I think I will go and enjoy one of those activities right now!


10 Random Facts

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Today’s Top Ten List is 10 Random Facts.  By the end of this post you will probably know more random facts about me than you bargained for.  Some of you may know some of these, but hopefully you will learn something new about me.  Ready or not, here we go!

  1. Evens OCD – Most people are semi-aware of this one.  Everything I do has to be in evens.  This was worse in college, but still exists today.  When I eat, I eat two of everything and if I am only eating one (like a piece of chicken) I take an even number of bites.  I don’t even realize I am doing this half the time.  If I touch something, I have to touch it twice (for the most part).  It is an obsession I know, but I manage it!  I mean in some way we all have our little OCDs
  2. Alarm clock – There are only certain numbers I can set my alarm clock to.  I can’t really explain the madness, it is just that way.  Obviously odd times are out (see Random Fact Number 1).  Then when it comes to even certain numbers are out as well.  Times ending in zeros and eights never get set (i.e 3:00 or 3:08).  That leaves 2, 4, and 6 (i.e. 4:06 or 4:14).  Six is by far the most common time to set my alarm clock, but two and four are acceptable as well!
  3. Cutting split ends – This was a favorite pasttime in college.  When I got bored in class I would search my hair for split ends and cut them or break them apart.  I ran a contest against myself to see how big of a split I could find!  I think my biggest split was 10 on the same hair.  Again, I know it is strange, but this list is Ten Random Facts.
  4. Picking things (scabs, scalp, sunburn, you name it) – Who doesn’t like to pick scaps and sunburns?  Oh wait, is that just me?  As a child my sister and I would take turns putting sand in each others hair so we could pick it out.  It was a challenge to find all the grains of sand.  Even today I love to pick at things.  Just ask Ben!  I have to restrain myself from picking at the scratches Mikayla has made from her fingernails!
  5. Nostril sizes – This is probably Ben’s favorite flaw to pick out on me.  My nostrils are two different sizes.  One is short and fat and the other long and skinny.  If he hasn’t already shown you, next time you are with us, just ask him about it.  I think it comes from all the years of him picking my nose (ask anyone we hung out with in highschool and they can explain), but I am not sure!
  6. Birthmark – This one is a little personal, but hey we are all friends!  My birthmark is located on my bottom.  I think Mikayla has one on her eye (we can’t tell if it is going to stick around or not), she is much luckier than me!
  7. Name sake – I was named after my Great Aunt Ann Elizabeth.  My parents named me Elizabeth Ann.  My daughter is named after Martin Luther King, Jr.  Both are pretty cool if you ask me.
  8. Nephews – I have two nephews that I adore!  I don’t get to see them very often, but when I do it is priceless.  Tyson, or T-bone as some call him, is two and full of energy.  He makes me laugh.  He is talking up a storm these days too.Tanner, on the hand, is almost one and lazy!  He isn’t really lazy, he just seems it compared to his big brother.  Tanner just learned to crawl.  I can’t wait to see it!  My sister has her hands full!
  9. Great Grandparents – When I was born I had six great grandparents that were living.  I only really knew four of them, but thought this was a fun fact.  Sadly, I have since lost all of these great grandparents.  I spent many days with my Great Granny Carew.  Lillian was her first name and we used it for our daughters middle name.  Granny Carew would make us grilled cheese sandwiches when we came to visit.  She would also make yellow cake with homemade chocolate syrup for us to enjoy.  These are still two favorites of mine today.  People think I am funny when I make a yellow cake and put chocolate syrup on it instead of icing, but this is the way that Granny Carew used to make it!  My Great Granny Clark (fondly known as Leila Belle) was a collector.  Two of her most famous collections were corn husk dolls and a stuffed doll (I am not sure of the exact name of these).  Both of these collections were passed down to grandkids and great grandkids when she passed away.  Mikayla has 7 great grandparents alive today!
  10. Fingernail wart – This last fact is really random, but I am running out of ideas!  I have a massive wart under my ring finger on my right hand.  I have tried to put wart remover on it to get rid of it, but it always seems to come back.  I have had warts in some capacity forever it seems like, I actually think I passed this on to my loving husband unfortunately.  In high school I had a planters wart that was so bad I had to have it dug out by a dermatologist.  I couldn’t condition for basketball (bummer 😉 ) and had to walk around with socks on one foot and bandages on the other.  It was attractive!

Well, that ends my ten random facts.  How many did you already know?  Is there anyone besides my husband who knew them all?  What about you, what are some random facts about yourself?

Here is a random family photo to go along with my Ten Random Facts

Here is a random family photo to go along with my Ten Random Facts

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10 Books

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Disclaimer:  Nice Sunday at KY lake with Ben’s family (pictures to come) + last day at KAP was insanely crazy (every student was out of sorts, it was basically crowd control) + entertained KY Kickert’s and Steve tonight = One tired Sugar Mamma.  Post is going to be short and to the point.  The equation above should explain why I am two days behind on this one!  That being said, enjoy today:  Top Ten Books.

In the past year or two I haven’t had the chance to do much “free reading”.  I was working on my second masters, pregnant, and working full time, so free reading was non-existent.  However, I do teach kindergarten and so I read a lot of children’s books.  I thought I would make this list my Top Ten Children’s books.  They are as follows:

  1. The Secret Garden – I read this book over and over as a kid.  I am not sure why I like it so much, but it is definitely a favorite of mine!
  2. Any Dr.  Seuss book – Ben says this is cheap, but I love them all, just ask my kids at school.  We actually spend two weeks during the year doing nothing but Dr. Seuss activities!
  3. Little Women – I just re-read this a couple of years ago, what a great story.  I read it as a kid, but I think I missed out on a lot of the story.
  4. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein is a great author and this is one of his best books!
  5. Runaway Bunny – A classic children’s story of a young bunny who tries to run away from his mother, but his mother follows him every step.    He discovers that he can’t run from his mother because she loves him so much.
  6. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – This is one of my favorite read alouds, the kids really get into this one.
  7. Charlotte’s Web – This is another one of my favorite chapter books from my childhood.  Wilbur is hilarious, and Charlotte is very sweet.  I cry at the end everytime.
  8. Bread and Jam for Frances – I am not sure why I like this one so much, but I really enjoy it.
  9. The Polar Express – Another one of my favorites to read aloud.  We also make a train and enjoy hot chocolate while listening to the story.
  10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day – Why?  Because sometimes we just have a bad day!

I have several other favorites, and maybe when I am not so tired I will share those, but this is my list for now.  This tired Sugar Mamma is going to bed!  Night all!

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10 Things (to do before I die)

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Well we have reached day four of our Top Ten journey.  Today’s topic is Ten things to do before I die, my bucket list of sorts.

  1. Deep sea fishing – As a kid we would go fishing regularly on my grandparents farm.  They had two ponds stocked with catfish and bluegill.  We would catch them and then my grandma would fry them up.  Deep sea fishing wouldn’t be quite the same, but I think it would be fun.
  2. Travel to all fifty states – I have made a pretty good dent in this one, but still have a few to go.  I have traveled to 32 of 50.
  3. Go exploring in old castles – This has been a dream of mine since I was little.   I am not sure why, but I have always been fascinated by old castles.  Especially those castles in Germany
  4. Visit historical Holocaust sites – Speaking of Germany…If you know me at all you will know that I have always enjoyed learning about the Holocaust.  I can’t really explain why, I just have been.  I have read books, watched movies and lived vicariously through Anne Frank and others.  To see the historical sites in person would really make an impact I think.
  5. Travel the world – I love to travel, except for the whole driving or getting there part.  I love seeing new things and experiencing a new culture.  If only I could see every corner of the world, wouldn’t that be fantastic?
  6. Live abroad (perhaps in Africa)Ben and I are actually in the process of working towards moving to Africa in the next few years.  If you are more interested in this check out his post here, here and here.
  7. Adopt a child – When Ben and I first started talking about kids, we made the decision to adopt.  To me this seems like a no brainer.  There is an estimate of 100 million orphans worldwide.  I just can’t imagine not adopting one of these children.  I have a passion for helping others and to me this is the greatest gift I can offer to a child.
  8. Open a bakery or some sort of small shop where I can cook all day everyday – I love to cook, enough said.  Even when I am extremely tired from school or stressed out over something, I come home and cook.  For some reason cooking relaxes me.  For others it might be a nice pedicure or a nice soak in a bubble bath (although I do love a good bubble bath), but for me it is cooking (especially baking).  It would be a dream job to get to cook all day everyday.
  9. Figure out a cure for autism – This one is a long shot considering no one really knows the cause of autism.  In case you didn’t know I just recently finished my second masters in Exceptional Education with an emphasis in autism.  I have also spent the summer working at the Kelly Autism Program (read this for more information about my experiences there).  Autism is another one of those things that fascinates me.  It also troubles me.  Often individuals with autism are extremely bright, but they struggle with communicating their thoughts and ideas.  If only there were a cure, then their brilliance could be shared with everyone.
  10. Go scuba diving – Imagine seeing the beauty of God’s creation up close and personal…that would be awesome!  Plus, fish are cute!

Of course I wouldn’t want to do any of these alone.  I would want my wonderful husband alongside of me every step of the way and perhaps even the Little Misses.  Even if that means we have to wait fifty years to cross off some of these.  What would you add to your Bucket List?

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10 Foods

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Day Three of Ben and Beth’s Top Ten Lists takes us straight to the stomach…Top Ten Foods.  Let me begin by saying that this was very difficult for me.  Several of my favorite foods did not make the list.  In reality I wanted to do a Top Ten List with 90 honorable mentions, but Ben told me no.  Enjoy the list and don’t get too hungry!

  1. IS Special – Grilled chicken, Mexican rice and white cheese sauce all mixed together…what is not to like?  This is a specialty of a Mexican restaurant in BG.  However, it has expanded to El Mazatlan in Bowling Green (known as the Chef Special) and Casa Grande in Somerset (known there as Vivian’s special).  Vivian, daughter of Casa Grande owner,  came to school at WKU and brought the dish back to  Somerset.  It has now become a favorite at Casa Grande as well.   I would also like to add that I will eat just about anything Mexican, I love it!  I am pretty sure I was Mexican in a former life 😉
  2. Grilled Chicken or Cindy’s BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob – This is a great comfort food.  I could eat mashed potatoes and fresh corn on the cob for every meal and not be disappointed.  Cindy is my second mom in Somerset.  She makes the best BBQ Chicken.  Growing up I would often call her house and ask what she was having for dinner, if it was BBQ chicken I was sure to stay over longer!
  3. Soups especially Chili or Okra Stew – I love a nice warm bowl of soup on a chili evening.  Both chili and okra stew are hearty and delicious!  My chili is a staple, it is the main dish at our annual Halloween party.  Okra stew is a mix of okra and fresh summer vegetables, shrimp and sausage.  I just discovered this recipe last summer and fell in love with it!  I hope to post recipes of these in the near future, so if you are interested keep you eyes open.
  4. Roast and Potatoes – I like to stick this in the crock pot before I leave for work and come home to  a delicious smelling house.
  5. Anything breakfast related (waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy…) – What can I say I love it all.  It doesn’t matter if I cook it myself, someone else cooks it or we go to a favorite hot spot in town, I love it.  If I could eat breakfast for every meal I would.  Ben doesn’t really care for breakfast so I have to occassionally sneak it in on him.
  6. Lettuce Wraps – I am particularly fond of these from P.F. Chang’s.  Like most meals out that we enjoy we have tried to recreate the masterpiece.  While ours is good, it doesn’t compare to the real deal (you can also look for this recipe soon).  I could eat lettuce wraps and their Asparagus and be completely content.
  7. Sushi (not the raw stuff) – This is another fairly new staple to our menu.  We haven’t branched out much, but from what I have tried I enjoy sushi…maybe one day I will try the raw rolls!
  8. 805 or Chicken Delight from Royal Thai – Let me begin by saying that this is probably my favorite restaurant in town.  So much so that we actually rented the entire restaurant out for our rehersal dinner.  We frequent this establishment often.  It has gotten so bad that when we go in they know exactly what we want and know us by name.  At one point they would bring us a dessert that had been temporarily taken off the menu.  Is this pathetic?  Both of these dishes are a mix of rice or noodles, veggies, chicken, and Thai style spices.  It is making my mouth water just thinking about.
  9. Beef Stew – I would consider this one of my specialties.  In the winter (and sometimes in the summer) I will make a big batch of this to eat on for a week.  I serve mine over rice.  Again, I hope to post recipes of this very soon.
  10. Veggie Patties – This is the newest recipe in my recipe box.  It is a compilation of fresh veggies pattied together with egg, flour and seasonsings, then fried to perfection.  Check here for pictures and the recipe.

Is your mouth watering yet because mine is.  Tomorrow is Day Four – Top Ten Things to Do (Our Bucketlist).

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10 People

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

If I could sit down and have coffee with anyone in the world, dead or alive, these are the Top Ten People I would choose:

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Such a powerful man…if only I could pick his brain for thirty minutes.
  2. The Obama Family – They seem like a down to earth family that is working hard to make some positive change
  3. Dr. Seuss AKA Theodor Seuss Geisel – Don’t judge or think I am silly.  This man was a genius and I just love his books!
  4. Bill Cosby – Not only is he funny, but he is smart.  In my book, that is quite a combination and worthy of a cup of coffee.
  5. Anne Frank – I have always been fascinated by the Holocaust, I would love to chat with her.
  6. Rosa Parks – What was she really thinking on that bus?  What would she have to say about the world today?
  7. Helen Keller – She overcame so many obstacles.  I really admire her perseverance and determination.
  8. Abraham Lincoln – On of our most famous Presidents, yet he still got down on the level of children.  Check out this correspondence with Grace Bedell.
  9. Oprah Winfrey – There are things I like about her and things I dislike, but she has a huge influence on our society.  A coffee break might be fun!
  10. Albert Einstein – This one may seem odd to you, but I have my reasoning.  You see, I wouldn’t want to talk to him about his experiments or reasons why he is famous.  Instead I would want to talk to him about autism.  Some people claim that he was a person with autism that had never been diagnosed.  I would love to have coffee with him and see if he had some of the characteristics of ASD.

These are my Top Ten, who would you add to the list?

For those of you interested I have updated my Veggie Patties with pictures.  And here is a fun picture of Ms. Mikayla!

How can you resist that smile?

How can you resist that smile?

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10 Movies

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Here is the first in a series of top 10 lists that Ben and I are each posting.  I cheated a bit and listed both children and grown up lists.

Children’s movies:

  1. The Lion King – Makes me think of Africa!  Love it.
  2. Aladdin – This is a magical movie.  The genie is my favorite character.
  3. The Little Mermaid – I am not sure why, but I love this movie!
  4. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Chocolate, candy and fun…who could ask for anything more.
  5. The Wizard of Oz – A group of people you wouldn’t picture being great friends, but they are.  Reminds me of some of my groups of friends.
  6. Finding Nemo – An underwater adventure filled with laughter and fun!
  7. Horton Hears a Who – A classic Dr. Seuss movie, my favorite children’s author.
  8. Mary Poppins – A spoon full of sugar…
  9. Sandlot – You’re killing me Smalls…a great movie to quote.
  10. E.T. – This was a favorite as a kid, but I honestly have not seen it since then.  We watched it so much, we wore the tape out!

Grown Up Movies:

  1. Cool Runnings – I used to watch this movie over and over in Emily’s basement…good times!
  2. Dirty Dancing – Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
  3. Pretty Woman – I love me some Julia Roberts
  4. Billy Madison – A classic watched with my dear friend Gretchen.  We worked for hours to get the “stair” dance down, never quite got it!
  5. Shawshank Redemption – A wonderful movie that makes you think.
  6. Schindler’s List – Just re-watched this one with Ben, really makes you wonder how anyone could be so cruel.
  7. Hotel Rwanda – I cried very hard the first time I saw this one, and the second, and the third…you get the picture.
  8. Blood Diamond – I am realizing I have some depressing ones, sorry but I love them.
  9. Friends (The Series) on DVD – I went through almost the entire series while I was pregnant with Mikayla.  Then finished the rest off while nursing her at night.  I had it completed by the time she was one month old…is that depressing?
  10. Grease – I think I can sing every song in this movie!  Another classic, must see!
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Top Ten

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Ben and I are preparing to launch a ten day series of Top Ten Lists.  We are working on ten different lists of things about us.  If you tune in for each list, by the end you will know more about us than you bargained for!  We will start tomorrow with our Ten Favorite Movies.  Check back in for all the Top Ten Lists and enjoy the fun.

This has nothing to do with my post, but isn't she cute?

This has nothing to do with my post, but isn't she cute?

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Two loves of my life!

Two loves of my life!

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