Saturday, December 31, 2011

My favorite time of the year!

This time of year is always about new things, new beginnings and then focusing on all that's happened.  There are usually shows on about the best movies, songs, artists, etc - I thought I'd make a list of my favorite movies over the years.  Yes, boring for you to read, I'm sure - but maybe you'll see something here that you'd like to watch and it'll give you something to do one cold wintery night when there's nothing on television!!

The 80's were a good time for movies!! I've picked movies that I remember either watching at my Nanny's (she had cable and a VCR!) or going to the movies to see.

1980 - Nine to Five

1982 - ET
1983 - War Games
1984 - a very good year - Footloose, Ghostbusters, Karate Kid, Purple Rain (even though I got grounded for watching it)
1985 - Back to the Future, Rocky 4, The Breakfast Club, White Knights, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Real Genius
1986 - Top Gun, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Stand By Me, Short Circuit, Pretty in Pink
1987 - Fatal Attraction, Dirty Dancing, Manniquin, Secret of my Success
1988 - Rain Man, Cocktail, Beetlejuice, Young Guns, Bull Durham, Tequila Sunrise, Hair Spray
1989 - Look Who's Talking, Steel Magnolias, Field of Dreams, Turner and Hooch, Christmas Vacation

The 90's were almost as good as the 80's.

1990 - Home Alone, Ghost, Flatliners, Pump up the Volume
1991 - Silence of the Lambs, Sleeping with the Enemy, Back Draft
1992 - A Few Good Men, The Bodyguard, A League of their Own, Scent of a Woman
1993 - Groundhog Day
1994 - Forrest Gump, The Santa Clause, Speed, The Mask, Little Women, When a Man Loves a Woman, Blown Away
1995 - American President, A Walk in the Clouds
1996 - Independence Day, Twister, Jerry McGuire, One Fine Day
1997 - Titanic, Best Friend's Wedding, Austin Powers
1998 - You've Got Mail, Step Mom, The Wedding Singer
1999 - Big Daddy, She's All That, Varsity Blues

I've realized I like a lot of cheesy movies!!

2000 - The Grinch, What Women Want, The Perfect Storm, Gone in 60 Seconds, Bring It On, Coyote Ugly
2001 - Harry Potter, Oceans Eleven, Save the Last Dance, The Wedding Planner, Serendipity
2002 - Sweet Home Alabama, Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Harry Potter
2003 - Pirates of the Caribbean, How to Loose a Guy in Ten Days, Harry Potter
2004 - Harry Potter, The Polar Express, National Treasure
2005 - Narnia, Harry Potter, Wedding Crashers, Walk the Line
2006 - Pirates 2, Cars, The Break Up, Step Up
2007 - Pirates 3, Transformers, Harry Potter, National Treasure 2, Knocked Up, Hairspray,
2008 - The Dark Knight, Four Christmases
2009 - Harry Potter, New Moon, The Proposal, The Ugly Truth
2010 - Eclipse, Harry Potter, Toy Story 3

So - that's a lot of Harry Potter up there!!  But, dang - those movies are outstanding!!

2011 - Harry Potter (again), Cars 2 (really loved seeing this), Friends with Benefits

There's a-whole-nother list of movies I haven't seen in 2011 that I'd like to see.  But really, do you need to know all that?  Probably not!  My Netflix queue is awfully full!


Friday, December 30, 2011

A Foyer Makeover

Our foyer is boring.  There's a little desk and a lamp and sometimes a rocking chair (it's been relocated since the Christmas decor came out).  We don't really use the front door all that much.  We go in and out through the garage.  But thanks to Pinterest - I've found a ton of things I want to do.  I've got boards for lots of make overs - kitchen, laundry room, bedroom, bathroom.  Here are a few ideas I have for our Foyer.

My dad has an old pallet that I plan to turn into this:

This project comes from this website!

And I would like to turn Cole's old baby dresser into this:

This project can be seen here.

The plan is to paint the main wall of the foyer a darker brown than the rest of the living room and then I'm going to paint the wall at the end of the hallway the same darker brown.  So, once that wall is taken care of, I'd like to do this:

You can see this project here!

Now, if I could just get the paint out and a few paint brushes - I'll be off to a good start!! Soon, I think, soon!!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wait! I have a blog? I completely forgot!!

I can't believe I haven't blogged since the end of September. What the heck? So, I thought I'd recap the last three months, since I'm sure the world out there is just empty with knowing every little thing I've been doing!!

So, in my last post I mentioned that I was tutoring through March. No changes there. That's still the plan. There's a maternity leave that needs to be filled and hopefully I'll get to do that, as well. There have been some changes in the state's school employee benefits - several employees have been forced into retirement. While that's terrible for them - it really is - it will open up positions for those of us still waiting to have our own classroom. I'm just hoping this next school year will be the year for me. I love my job now, but it's not permanent and it's not full time. I love what I'm doing with the kids!! Just have to keep praying it turns into full time and permanent at some point!!

October was uneventful. Cole picked a Halloween costume and then decided he didn't want to Trick or Treat - no surprises there though. He's never been a fan of Halloween and the whole Trick or Treating process.

November was pretty busy. I had a little but of time off from school and worked extra hours at the mall. My Christmas job was really fun - worked with great people and just had fun the entire time!! We did a few fun things though - here's a few photos:

Matt Nathanson concert at WorkPlay.  It was FABULOUS!!  I'd been waiting to see him in concert since April - so excited I get to actually meet him after the show.  He was really nice - very thankful to us all for coming out to the show.  Shook hands with the guys, hugged the girls - still a little giddy!!!

Thanksgiving was spent in Mississippi at Jason's grandma's house.  We got a family shot in front of the pond.

 We got to see this sweet girl, too!!  My niece is really really really adorable!!

December has been really busy, too.  Lots of hours at the Christmas store which meant lots of personalized ornaments!  We spent a week in Walt Disney World.  As always, that's a blast.  We had a great time and got back just in time to run around like crazy and enjoy Christmas.

We attended A Highland Christmas, which was fabulous - the candle lighting at the end is always my favorite - brings tears to my eyes.  We spent Christmas Eve at my mom's with the whole family.  Tons of little girls giggling and running around this year - it was great.  Christmas day started with Santa leaving Cole way too many goodies - as usual.  We've spent this week opening all the boxes, putting in batteries and trying to beat video games!!  We are headed to Mobile this weekend for Christmas with the Tanners.  So, it's still Christmas for us!!

School starts back January 4th.  I'm ready to get back to my room.  Since I have three more months, I want to spend a little more time getting my room looking good - it's more like a room with tons of left over stuff from other places and furniture that's falling apart.  I would love to have the money to do really fun things in my room, but just don't have it.  I've done the best I can with what I've got though and that's what counts.  I'll be working on Math for the next little while - I can't wait - teaching Math is really one of the most enjoyable subjects to teach to me. 

I'm also working on cleaning out the guest room - again!! January always seems like the time to clean out and move on.  I have neglected my scrapbooking all year really, so I'm planning on getting back to that this next year.  I'm planning on spending the next few weeks just thinking about what 2012 should be for me, my family and what goals I want to achieve!! 

I hope the beginning of the year brings you joy and happiness and you can accomplish all the thing you want in 2012!!



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