Thursday, November 29, 2007

THE WORD OF THE DAY..."BUTT"

My butt is sore and my wrists are tired. I swear, if it weren't for the intense need to use the restroom, I would never get off this computer. Sometimes I really wonder how much time in a day I spend on the computer. Um??? And I'm not referring to the computer as an entertainment device, it's mostly work-related. Anyway, I figure since I'm already stuck, I would blog about something that is important to me, but probably not to most of you. So, I suppose I'm doing this for my own personal enjoyment (hey, that's a first).


Well, I uploaded a butt-load of pics tonight, so I'm going to randomly throw up some photos with captions. That's easy enough.


Yeah...I guess it's more difficult than I anticipated. The blogger-upload is down. I'll have to unglue my butt, try tomorrow and say "good-night".




Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Annual Trip to the Woods


Well we made our annual trip to Huntsville to pick out a Christmas tree. Erinne and the kids like this tradition but I am more of a fake tree man myself. It was kind of wierd this year because there was no snow but it was still pretty cold.




You can bet I bought a tree that was 5'11''. A penny saved...



Wednesday, November 21, 2007

ENCHANTED-The Movie


It was a Girls Night Out this evening. Together with Olivia, mom, JoJo, aunt Wendy, Laurie (an old friend from elementary school), Bev, Keigan, Audrey and Kendyl, we saw the 7.30pm showing of Disney's "Enchanted" at the Junction in Ogden. Overall, it was a pretty good movie. It got a lot of chuckles from Audrey. Everytime Prince Edward, aka James Marsden, came on the screen, Audrey just started to laugh. After the movie was over, Bev agreed with Audrey on the hilarity of Prince Edward, though Audrey was laughing so loud it was hard to hear anyone else. It was a nice, little refreshing show and perfect for us to go see. Next Girls Night Out movie..."Alvin and the Chimpmunks". But I think I'll be sick that day; I can already feel it coming on.
Speaking of movies, I'm looking forward to "The Golden Compass" (and for all you who may have seen the article by the Christian something-or-other-league about it being anti-Christianity, read the books first!!!) and "Sweeney Todd". Anyone out there wanting to see Johnny Depp go crazy in the kitchen in ST?

Jazz vs Nets


Grandma and Grandpa Roundy got tickets to the Jazz game and they invited Jake and I as a birthday present. The tickets were great because Grandma is a big wig at Autoliv and got us hooked up in their suite. Jake had never been to a Pro Basketball game and he had a blast. Sometimes he was more concerned with what the Bear was doing then the action on the court but Grandpa helped him understand how the game was played. Jazz 102 - Nets 75

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Get With the System



Erinne is not really that thrilled that I have taken to the new Seal album. It is not my typical kind of music and I am not sure if I have ever owned any of his previous material but I am liking this one. High points include:


  • Just Like Before

  • If It's In My Mind, It's On My Face
Not so great:


  • Wedding Day (Duet with Heidi)
Anyway if you want to test drive it let me know.

Rating: 3.5/5

Saturday, November 10, 2007

FAREWELL DEAR ONE

(Here is Grandma Garfield with Ian back in May 2004 when we came down for a cousin's wedding.)

Early this morning around 5.00am, my Grandma Garfield passed away. It's been something we've all been anticipating, but she kept hanging on despite the cancer that was taking away her physical body. I can't really say I'm sad. I suppose having about 3 months knowing she was going to die, gave everyone adequate time to say goodbye and reflect on the many wonderful memories we've had with her.

Though she has lived in St. George and we aren't too far away, I haven't physically seen her on a regular basis, but I have kept in contact with her for many years with letters. I will miss her birthday cards, her letters and her little notes she'd send, always typed with the exception of her shaky handwritten signature. I have kept every one I've received from her.

Grandma was a beautiful person and I know everyone says that about someone who has passed away, but I'm not being cliche here. She was just beautiful. I hope I look half as good as she has. With her white hair, fair skin, twinkly eyes and a wonderful smile. She always had a kiss ready for your cheek and arms open for a comforting embrace.

Though she'll be missed, she has left behind an amazing heritage. I'm grateful to be a part of the Garfield Family.




(Last August 2006, my mom and sisters and I had a Girl's Weekend in Cedar City for the Shakespearean Festival.
We made a pit stop to see Grandma first.)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Lost Webisodes Coming on Monday


It looks like we will get some new Lost before the real episodes start in February. Starting on Monday check ABC's website to view the new 2-3 minute webisodes that supposedly fill in some missing pieces.


"The micro-stories aren’t deleted scenes — they’re newly-shot material that fits into the larger Lost saga; it’s up to the fans to figure out where they belong."


If that is not enough Lost for you you can always spend time reading the excellent Lostpedia.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Party Time in the Kitchen

Well we nearly blew the roof off with this one. The beverages were flowing, the brownies were disappearing and some serious recipe sharing was going on. We all left with 10 meals and hours worth of memories. I can't wait for January and "South of the Border Month". Here are a couple of photo highlights...




I made sure to count the contents of everyone's basket on the way out after some ''accidental" meal doubling was discovered (You all know who I am talking about).


Here is a full body shot of Allie after her 3rd glass of Diet Coke (Caffeine Free?).


I missed out on a huge video opportunity of Mom describing how we should not freeze the mayo/musterd sauce for the Maddox Turkey Stakes. I tried to get her to re-do it while the camara was rolling but she was in too big of a hurry to get out of there and get to bed.


Anyway, I will let you know which meals turn out...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Stroganoff for my Girlfriends

So Erinne has me representing the family at my sister Allison's Girlfriends Kitchen. Basically it is a bunch of her friends and other various relations getting together to exchange meals and recipes. I am planning on wowing them this month with a little meal I call Stroganoff Surprise. You might be asking yourself why I am stuck planning meals when it is traditionally a womans job....and I would answer you by saying that I am man enough to check in my manhood at the door.



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 4 ounces cream cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a slow cooker, combine the meat, soup, onion, Worcestershire sauce and water.
  2. Cook on Low setting for 8 hours, or on High setting for about 5 hours. Stir in cream cheese just before serving.

Monday, November 5, 2007

LAUNCH PARTY


WELCOME!


We are now officially connected to the "real" world.
(You know, the world wide web.)

We hope you enjoy!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Learning the Ways of Rock

Jake was jamming on Guitar Hero III in front of a bunch of his friends.

video

This is my first video post of my kids and I want to dedicate it to my sister Sara.

JAKE'S 9TH BDAY PARTY

Yesterday, Jake and his buddies (and siblings) went to see the "Bee Movie" at the Junction to celebrate his birthday. We followed up the movie with dinner at Wendy's and then presents back at the house. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed on Jake's birthday, or sent cards or gifts. Though he liked all the gifts, I have to say the winner (so far) is Aunt Sarah and Uncle Jeff's Harry Potter birthday card. It plays the theme song to the movie when it's opened. Jake and his friends could not stop opening and closing the card. Finally, Jake banned anyone from opening it so the "batteries won't wear out!"


Off the subject, I don't know if I'd highly recommend the "Bee Movie". Definitely, the amount of hype it has received during the past month was a waste of money. It's not great by any means. The kids will probably enjoy it-the older kids got a lot more of the jokes. But for an adult, if you need assistance to get to sleep, this may be the pill to take. I know I dozed off at one point and got a refreshing cat nap in. I'm not sure how often Brian snuck in some "zzzzz"s; I noticed he was out within the first 10 minutes.

AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR!





This is my favorite time of the year!

I went out and about the other day taking pictures of the wonderful array of color. I bet in a week or so they'll be laying on the grass floor-winter is just around the corner.

Autumn Movement
I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.
The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf
at the neck of the copper sunburned woman,
the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.
The northwest wind comes and the yellow is torn full of holes,
new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind,
and the old things go, not one lasts.
-Carl Sandburg-

THE BOO CREW











Friday, November 2, 2007

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Halloween... It's funny how it has changed since I was young. I remember going out with my dad and brothers and sisters, pillow cases in hand, leaving mom behind to pass out the candy. Dad would take us around the whole neighborhood, making sure as we approached the next home, not to walk on the grass, but take the long way around by use of the sidewalk. We'd stay out for hours, Dad pushing us onward to make the most of this once-a-year opportunity to collect as much sweets as humanly possible.

Nowadays, we all meet in a local parking lot and trunk or treat. I do have to admit I do like aspects of this new procedure to gathering candy. It only takes 30 minutes when once it took hours to fill up one's bag and since it is usually done in the early evening, no more coldy toes, noses and finger tips. Yes, it is a tradeoff.

The kids and I went to our neighborhood Trunk or Treat to start the holiday off. We then headed up to Kaysville to eat our first dinner at Grandma Kimmy's. Yummy and very seasonally-appropriate chili and cornbread. We then went out to Jake's teacher's place to trick or treat at her door. His teacher, Ms. Segura, is from Spain and is just in awe with this thing we call "Halloween". She is amazed by the decorations, the costumes, the festivities and most of all the candy. She invited the entire third grade to stop on by. She was super-excited to see us and just kept putting handfuls of candy into the kid's bags. Jake commented, as we left, that we "hit the jackpot!" We definitely did. We headed back to Kaysville, meeting up with Brian, to end our haunting evening at Gram and Gramps Roundy to munch on some pizza, eat some of our treats and watch "Phenomenon" (though a lame show, it kind of fit the holiday, you know, magic and Criss Angel and stuff like that).

Grand Central

Erinne and I are getting rid of our home land line at the end of the year and moving into pure cell phone use. We are trying to figure out how to make the transition and manage the replacement, giving out cell numbers....who gets Erinne's...who gets mine, and I ran into this new idea called GrandCentral. It seems pretty cool and lets you basically have full control over routing and managing your calls and forwarding to a different numbers etc.

Check out their website and let me know if you want an invite (initially the service is invite only but I can hook you up).

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Guitar Hero




Well I bought Guitar Hero III a few days ago and me and the kids have been playing it non stop. This is the first of the series that is available for the Wii so it was the first time playing it almost all of us (Jake says he has played it at a friends house before).

There is something about the game that brings out the rock in you and the next thing you know you are doing scissor kicks off of the coffee table. It has also been great for introducing some of the classics to the kids and it warms my heart to hear Olivia humming One around the house. Some of my other favorites include:

I caught Erinne trying to get a jam going but she will probably deny it if you ask her.