Wordless Wednesday, Icicles

This was an old stone building in Flagstaff, AZ. We passed it leaving our sledding adventure. As dangerous as these icicles can be, they sure are beautiful to look at.

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Sledding Adventure

Once we made it up the mountain the skies opened up and the snow glistened everywhere. It was beautiful. The kids were chomping at the bit to play in it. And so, our winter adventure began...

First time sledding and the munchkin goes head first. That's my boy!

A mini-munchkin snow bunny lounging in the sun

My hubby trekking through knee deep fresh powder. We got our exercise today

The mini-munchkin and I enjoying the snowy weather

The munchkin kept having glove malfunctions, not fun


After a full day of sledding, snow angels, snow ball fights, and fun... these munchkins were tuckered out!

I was so proud of my munchkins. No one was injured, no one whined (OK, maybe just a bit), and everyone had fun. Sledding was a lot more work then I expected. Going down was great... but, the hiking back up the hill was not so great. Next time we head north for snow play I will try and convince them that skiing is a great idea. After all, they have ski lifts to haul you up the hills :)

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Snow Play

Tomorrow morning the family and I will be heading off for an adventure, sledding! Just a 2 hour drive towards the mountains and we'll be surrounded by the white stuff. I am so excited we have moved somewhere that this will be a winter tradition.

Growing up near the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a kid, skiing, sledding, snowball fights and snowman building we common during the winter months and I can't wait for that to be apart of my kids childhood too.

I have to admit, there are some nerves going on in this mom. First are for my daughter, the mini munchkin is quite dramatic... and a bit whiny. I am afraid as soon as she gets that snow on her skin she'll yell "MOMMY! I WANNA GO HOME! I'M COLD, WWAAAHHHHHHHH!" Second I am worried about my son, the munchkin is a dare devil. I can just see him heading for the biggest hill facing a ton of trees (Lord help me!)

I am sure everything will go just fine, or at least I am hoping it will. These snow boots are ready for some fun, and to enjoy feeling like a kid again :) I'll let you know what happens.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!

From my Home to Yours... (or is it "from my computer to your computer"?) I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

My Space Or Yours?.net

My Space Or Yours?.net

My Space Or Yours?.net

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100 Things

Thanks to K...Not your Average Girl for posting this and giving me great material for when I have nothing to blog about! Plus with Christmas right around the corner it was a good time for something simple.

RULES: There are 100 statements and you bold the ones you have done. Grab it and play for yourself!!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain.

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. (i have no idea where #11 went??)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept in an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. (again with the missing #'s ??)
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. & 65. (ok, i'm gonna have to talk to Kelsey about this crazy # missing test!!)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten cavier.

72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day

Some of these things might warrant an explanation, so if your curious just ask :)

I can't wait to read your 100 things!

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Award Time!!

I am so far behind on giving these blog awards out, SORRY!!

About a hundred years ago The Scattered Mind of a Tattooed Minivan Mom bestowed upon me this lovely blog award:

I now pass this onto
My Secret Blog (what's more creative then a made up personality??)
Mygoodness (she is so crafty. I want some of her bean bags!!)


Then in a distant time far far away Under The BIG blue sky and Random thoughts of a mother of 2 sent me this great award that looks pretty... but who knows what it says :)

I now pass this onto
Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder (she makes me laugh so hard that sometimes I forget where I am)
Spoiled Mommy (her kids do some silly stuff, need a shot of coke?)


And the last blog award of the evening came to me while I was driving across the US from K...Not your Average Girl

I pass this on to
Open seven days a week. Closed Sundays (look at her profile picture. How could I not give her the fabulous award?)
Kate's Musings (she kept her cool moving her family with such grace, way to go!)

OK, so I finally passed my awards on! I hope you take a moment to check out some of these wonderful blogs.

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Sunday Signspotting: week twenty two

(Please be aware that I did not take these pictures, i just put them here for your viewing pleasure.)

All images used with permission of signspotting.com

It perhaps explains why there is so much juvenile drunkenness in this town.
Picture: Ian Watson-Walker

Umm... What do I say about this one?
Picture: Henrik Svalheim

Rainy day was a rather large typhoon. FUN!
Picture: Josef Furse

Beijing's famous handicrasts doxes
Picture: Robert Douglas

I have no idea...
Picture: Chris Herron

Proudly encouraging eco-terrorism since 2001.
Picture: Dennis Chee Chow Sim

This is not a lifetime ban on Carmen Miranda, but a local hotel trying to prevent fruit hawkers from entering the premises.
Picture: Cassandra Adams

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The Munchkin in Winter Wonderland

Last night our Munchkin had his Christmas concert at school, he was so excited to show us all the great holiday songs he had learned.

Let the show begin!

See that smiley one right in the middle? (red shirt with black stripes) Yup, that's my munchkin :)

The kids did a hip hop version of "Jingle Bells." It was beyond adorable!

The mini-munchkin LOVED watching her big brother on stage.

It's the holiday season, how do I know? Because I feel like I have 800 things to do and no time to do it all! Every Christmas I tell myself I will do less and enjoy the moments more. *sigh* I swear, I'll do it next year.

This fun night watching my son sing brought a tear to my eye. They really DO grow up too fast. Hope you all have a good Wednesday.

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Sunday Signspotting: week twenty one

My kids are on the countdown to Christmas around here. Every 5 seconds I hear "is it Christmas yet? can we open a present? did Santa come yet? how much longer?" AAaaahhhhhh it's making me crazy! They have a calender that even shows how many days are left till the big day, but still... the questions continue. I remember bothering my parents with the same questions when I was little so I guess they'll get a taste of their own medicine some day :) OK, enough rambling. Here's your weekly dose of funny:

(Please be aware that I did not take these pictures, i just put them here for your viewing pleasure.)

All images used with permission of signspotting.com

Come for the food, stay for the waiting.
Picture: Kevin Goold

Sounds like a fairly standard family car trip.
Picture: Amanda Stewart

Here’s a pretty drastic entry requirement for a Buddhist temple.
Picture: Gina Flaharty

A disconcerting sign for any public transport user.
Picture: Ralph Samuelson

We only sell the fleshest food.
Picture: Thomas Burford

I've heard of a poker face, but this is ridiculous...
Picture: Ian Robinson

There's no doubting this hawker's honesty
Picture: Byron Broadstock

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Favorite Things (video style)

Today is my birthday and I decided to share some of my favorite things YouTube style :) Be sure to pause the music player to the right before starting the video clips. With out further delay... Let's head off to the video world and discover what makes Lizzie happy!

Jane Austen is my hero, I love Pride and Prejudice

Dancing Star Wars Characters, need I say more?

You gotta Love old school Paula Abdul!

Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends is one of my favorite new shows. (watch cartoons much?)

Hope you had fun taking a video tour of things I like :) Hope you all have a great weekend.

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Web Chatter

A few places you can find me:

My E-mail: chatterbox1213@gmail.com

Homebuilding Hullabaloo

Here are a few website I like to visit that you might enjoy to :)

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The Gingerbread House That Could

Last weekend we went to a cute little tree lighting party in our new neighborhood. The kids had a blast. There was a gingerbread house making station and my munchkins went straight there.

After these lovely homes were made there was a catastrophe... The mini-munchkins house fell apart. Now normally this would have been no big deal, but we are talking about my very dramatic little girl here. This small issue turned into a HUGE meltdown: screaming, tears, red-faced crying. Needless to say, no one wanted to talk to the "new people" with the crazy child and frantic mother!

A few days after this event we came across a kit for making spectacular ginger bread houses at the local grocery store. I decided to get it and hopefully put that cute smile back on my mini-munchkins face. This kit was AMAZING!! If you all remember, I am culinarily challenged, and look what I was able to make!

It's a miricle I tell ya. and it didn't even collapse *shocking* Yay for us!

The kids had such a good time "helping mommy" make the ginger bread house. And by helping I mean eating all the candy that went astray and licking frosting off of every possible surface in the kitchen :) I think they are going to be sticky for a week!

I just love Christmas, and I think making gingerbread houses will be a tradition we do every year, now that we found a way to make everyone enjoy it.

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