Saturday, December 29, 2012

Opinions Appreciated

 Jason made me a gift certificate to get a cut and color from my favorite hair stylist for Christmas. (She does hair for celebrities!) So I began daydreaming about what I would do with my hair and how famous I will look once I'm done. But my daydreamer was broken and I couldn't picture myself looking famous. So I had the idea to google virtual makeovers instead. And I found one. And I used it. So below are the results of 4 different hair colors. And I need your opinion on which one to choose. Let me go through the process of how it worked. I mean, I actually put makeup on me!
First, I found the website. Then I uploaded this picture of me:
Jason actually cropped the picture down because I was feeding Evan. He saved the picture to my desktop and named it "yo mamma's bizkits". Should I be offended? I'm not sure.
Then, I was mostly interested in figuring out how to choose a hairstyle and color but they were pretty adamant that I put on makeup. So I did. I didn't change the makeup for the pictures though. I kept the makeup up the same in all of them and then just changed only the hair color.
THEN I got to the hair. Once I got to the hair I had to select the length. I want to keep it long-ish. So these celebrities with long hair pop up and you choose the celebrity hair that you want. I chose this chic. I have no clue who she is.
I like her hair though. So now I have her hair in her color on my head. You don't want to see that picture. Then I began picking the colors. This is where I need the opinions. Out of all 4 colors I chose, which one should I choose to go with?
This is the first option "Reddish-Brown":
 
Second Option "Strawberry Blonde"
Third Option "Mahogany"
And the Last Option "Ash Brown"
If you give me your opinions, I promise to have my stylist take my picture when she's done and I'll post it. See, I'm no fool. I know how to manipulate.
Really, my life hangs in the balance here. Please do your best to disregard my crooked nose.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Aftermath.

So Christmas came and went. Also. I want to point out how I know why they came up with the term "aftermath" to describe the mess left behind after a major event. I know because that's what happens in my brain after I'm required to calculate a math problem.
 I decided it was important to post about our Christmas before 2014 arrives. I know. I'm great like that.
We have a tradition that we have to get pictures on the stairs.
That tradition just started because we never owned stairs before. Previously I had planned to chop down said stairs to baby proof our home, but I had to make dinner. So. Let me inform you that it was Jason's idea to give Evan a mohawk for Christmas this year.
Dawson got the Broncos pj's for the present he gets to open on the 24th. That's another tradition we had. That one started when Dawson was born though. Because we owned Dawson when he was born.
Dawson got a new outfit. We did this because we were informed that someone "noticed that Dawson doesn't have good clothes anymore".
Evan seems happy that Dawson got a new outfit.
Evan only got 2 presents for Christmas.
One of those is this pathetic ball. This is because he has inherited every single toy that Dawson owned. But we felt bad so we went and bought him a baby bouncer and he got to open it before Christmas so we're still great parents.
I got Jason a Kindle for Christmas. This way he won't ever borrow mine.
One day I thought I would be a creative mom, and Dawson and I made our own tags for Christmas gifts. We made stockings and snowmen. Only I was not thinking things through and we used glitter puff paint on them. Which ended up on the kitchen island. I had to use a mixture of goo-be-gone, tape and Clorox. It's still on the kitchen island. Anyway, the stocking I made is taped to Jason's shirt.
The boys still love me. If my mom saw this picture she would yell about not being able to see Dawson's eyes.
Once again, it's time to expose you to real family life and attempts at perfect family pictures.

We had our fill of this location and moved on.



Dawson begged to hold Evan. You'll see how well that worked.

After the picture shenanigans, we had this great idea that Dawson was mature enough now to feed Evan. Leaving us a whole 15 minutes to do something productive. Like use the restroom.

Then we got bored.


So Jason took pictures of Evan being excited about nothing in particular.
Then we went to Jason's mom and dad's house to update our boredom status level.

I got a Kindle gift card and the Princess Bride DVD from Gloria because she had my name this year. And she didn't put my name back in the hat like she did last year.

Dawson got a Discovery laptop.
Really, this was a great Christmas. Aftermath and all.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Reflections


 I've been rather sentimental lately, about Christmas. So I decided to break out some old pictures to bring my sentiment to life. Only, the one and only picture I found of me on Christmas is quite nappyheaded. I had a mullet. No one told me to tuck in my pocket. And my glasses were huge and brown and falling off my face. And my t-shirt was covered in safety pins because I thought it would keep me safe. 
But by golly there were a butt load of presents!
The black kettle on the tripod was not my gift. I know many of you will be disappointed to find that out.
Of course Jason, on the other hand, has the cutest Christmas picture ever. He told me he actually doesn't know where this picture was taken, so I'm going to say that he was superimposed into it, to make me feel better about my mullet. That's his cutie-butt sister sitting with him at the table.
I have to point something out in the picture because I realized that the doily looking stocking ornament on the tree is very similar to one I think we had when I was growing up. Which also reminds me that my sister Bobbie had these bubble lights on her Christmas tree that were my favorite. Let me see if I can find a picture of what they look like so that you can see because I'm forceful like that when it's my blog.
See! They bubble!
Moving on.
Jason and I have had the same Christmas tree that we bought when were first married back in 2003. Which is why I'm sad to say that we are giving it away this year. Actually, I'm not really sad about it, should I be? We are buying a taller, pre-lit tree when they go on sale after Christmas. So actually, if you know anyone who wants our old tree, leave me a comment on here, or leave me a comment on FaceBook. Speaking of the tree...
This is our Christmas in 2005. We were married in 2003 but I didn't have the energy to search for that picture or for the one from 2004 because I have a picture searching energy limit. You probably do too. A couple of disturbing things I have to point out about this picture. First of all though, there's our tree! We still decorate it just the same actually too. Now that I think about it. Anyway, if you look to the right of the tree you will see two things:
1. We hung our stockings on on a CD stand. That is ghetto.
2. That tortoise shell hanging on the wall to the right of the tree was Jason's prized possession that he smuggled (not technically, but nearly) home from Brazil one year (this was before I had met him). It's now in the basement packed away somewhere because it's like a deer head to me and is not public decor.
 
2006 was Dawson's first Christmas. We didn't put up our tree that year in our one-bedroom apartment because Dawson would have eaten it. So here's our family picture in front of a tree at my sister's house. Besides, this tree would have been more healthy for Dawson to eat because it was real and not plastic.
 
2007 was our first Christmas in our new home. There's our tree! Do you see the candle on the shelf in the inlet? Yeah. That was my idea.
 
 Here we are in 2008. Little did we know that this would be the last Christmas picture taken in our home. We sold this house and moved to Colorado just a few months before Christmas in 2009. Jason even blogged about that one.
So our Christmas in 2009 was spent at Jason's mom and dad's house because that's where we lived after moving. As you can see, the right side of this Christmas picture is blurry because our camera was broken. It was not a result of my makeup. Because I don't wear makeup.
 More pictures from that year are here. I can't let my blog go to waste you know. Actually, does anyone even read this?
We were in our new house in 2010 I fought back the urge to bring out the CD stand to hang our stockings on it even though we had a fireplace. No I didn't! Seriously people! But I have to say that I'm annoyed by this picture because a stray hair was on my cheek. Aren't there talking cameras?! Who will invent a talking camera that will say "remove stray hair"?!
Last year, 2011, I was pregnant, swollen and this picture makes me look miserable because I was, but our tree looks good. Jason is a perfectionist, so you can also see how centered it is in our family room.
And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for the Coup de grĂ¢ce. Christmas 2012:
I'm wearing my JOY JOY JOY socks. You should all have them this time of year.
This is what Dawson saw when he came down the stairs yesterday morning:
 
Good-bye tree.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Journey to the North Pole

The weekend of Thanksgiving the whole family decided to take a trip to the  North Pole. Jason calls this place "a fair on steroids". I loved it. Who cares what the kids thought. Just kidding. The North Pole is an amusement park with a Christmas theme. You can take the kids to sit on Santa's lap for pictures -something we didn't do because I'm scared of Santa. They have tons of rides there for kids of all ages. Jason and I both went on rides with Dawson. You know, so he wouldn't feel left out or anything... There was no line for the slide so Dawson went down. It was slower than molasses. Well, how slow I imagine molasses would be if it went down a slide.
Here they all are waiting for Dawson and I because we were in line to go on this:
Oh yeah! The Tilt-O-Whirl! I love that ride. I think I should have been a carney.
Next up we rode the umbrella thing. I can't think of the technical name for the ride but can you believe some of these rides were invented in the 1800's? (Come to think of it, based on the rust factor of some of these rides... they may be the original).
A perfect diagonal shadow across my face.

Hi Evan.

Dawson was willing to curl up and ride this ride with his sweet cousin Mia. She loves him and I'm pretty sure he likes it that she adores him.
That's Jason and Dawson peeking through in the second car from the front on this roller coaster. I was holding Evan and trying to get a picture of a moving object up in the air. Sheesh!

Um. At least I got the top of Jason's hand and you can see all 5 of Dawson's fingers!

Dawson thought he was cool because he could ride with no hands... while the coaster was barely moving.

Absolutely. I got Dawson and I spinning like nobodies business on the Tubs-O-Fun. Who named this right? They should try again.

Hi Evan.
We didn't want Evan to feel left out of the fun. So we let him ride the
Car-Seat-Stroller -Combination-O-Fun. He liked it.
By the end of the day, Dawson felt so inspired that he decided to compose his Christmas gift list:

So that you are all aware, we did not teach Dawson about Santa. I refused to allow Santa to take the credit for all of my hard work.