Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Hanging out with Carly and Tay by the heat dish. It was freezing in Virginia.The Christmas Eve Nativity Scene. this was Round 2. There were two rounds so that both girls could be Mary. The Nativity is always more fun when the little kids do it. Taylor, Stacey, and Carly by the tree.Christmas Morning! Don't we look fabulous?
Organizing the presents into piles for each person. There were a lot of people involved in Christmas this year.So Christmas Vacation is our favorite holiday movie, as you might know. In the movie Cousin Eddie and family stop by randomly to help celebrate with the Griswolds. They aren't the classiest of folks and at one part in the movie, Eddie is wearing a black "Dicky" under a white sweater. A dicky is a turtleneck without sleeves, just the neck part and some material coming down. Well, my mom found a dicky at a thrift store and gave it to my dad as a gag gift. this was his reaction.Matt and his Wii. We had a lot of fun playing this over christmas.The Stringham KidsThe Stringham girls being awesomeWhat is a holiday without taking the obligatory family picture?
And of course, the most important members of the family, the grandkids. Brooklyn, Taylor, Carly and Lulu (Emma).
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Thursday was wonderful because there was no cooking or dishes involved. This year Aaron's family decided to go out to eat. We drove up to Ogden, picked up Aaron's grandparents and headed off to the restaurant. I made a vow with myself that i would bring my camera and take a copious amount of pictures while i was there. Unfortunately my battery died in my camera, so i didn't take any pictures until the last night that we were there.
The day after thanksgiving the girls headed off to the movies to see Twilight. Yes, that was the second time for me, and i still loved it. The guys headed off to the mall to see how crowded things were on black friday.We also went and saw Australia. It was a really good movie, and Hugh Jackman was so delicious the entire movie. The only downside was that it was like 3 hours long. So i wouldn't recommend it if you don't like long movies, but if you like Hugh Jackman... definitely worth your time.this was my attempt to take pictures the last night that we were there. Aaron's Mom and I
Aaron and his dad
Our thanksgiving posse.It was so nice to be able to spend thanksgiving with Aaron's family and to have a little vacation. It was definitely not long enough (like most vacations), and we were really sad to go. Thanks for a great trip.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I stopped eating dessert over the summer because of a diet that i was on. Unfortunately by the end of the summer i didn't reach my goal weight and i didn't want to start slamming on desserts (which are my biggest vice) and ruin my diet before i even reached the weight that i wanted to be. I've been maintaining my weight , which to be honest, i've never been capable of doing, and have now started to lose weight again. I didn't want to start eating desserts and do the whole roller-coaster thing, so now its kind of become a game. I've already gotten this far, why not keep going? My goal is to go a whole year without eating dessert. I've already got 6 months down, only 6 months to go.
Here are two of the things that are the hardest to go without:
(Written by Aaron)
10 things I am grateful for (not in any particular order):
1.) The time that I have been able to spend studying for the CPA exam thus far and consequently having passed the three sections I have taken.
2.) The 48.5 cents a mile I reimbursed when I drive to a client’s location. It gets me just enough money each week so I break even buying lunch out.
3.) My new car. Not because I particularly love my new car but it means that I don’t have to worry about my old car breaking down all the time. May you Burn in Purgatory you giant piece of Passat crap.
4.) Our Apartment’s Parking Stall #16. It’s the best 15 bucks I spend each month. I get a second spot so I don’t have to circle the block finding a spot and worrying about my car being on the street.
5.) Our sound machine. There is nothing better at the end of a long day to lie down in bed and get lulled to sleep by the sound of a light river flowing by.
6.) 25 cent sodas at the office. Up until about three weeks ago I was able to get a can of soda at the Deloitte office for a quarter. However, three weeks ago they raised the price on soda and used our office food subsidization to reduce the price of “healthy foods” in the vending machines instead.
7.) My wife making dinner every night. I love to come home to a home cooked meal and just relax with the Mrs.
8.) The Dallas area sports teams. I will always have a deep profound man love for the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Cowboys. Without Dirk, Romo, and the other guys my life would be incomplete. Que the Back Street Boys song.
9.) The brown jacket I bought from Banana Republic like two weeks ago. I have always wanted a brown three quarter length jacket and I finally got one. I wear it pretty much every day.
10.) Friday Night Date Night at Costco. The title explains it all.
Disclaimer: What about my wife, my family, and the gospel? All three of those would supersede any thing on this list. They are the three most important things in my life without exception. Without those three things my life would be without meaning.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Erika suggested this little number: The Poisonwood Bible. She said it was slow at first but has a great finish.
Chelsea suggested any book written by Jodi Picoult, including: Ninteen Minutes, My Sisters Keeper, The Pact, Change of Heart, and Plain Truth.Kate suggested: Pride and Prejudice, and said that it puts Edward and Bella to shame (bold statement Kate!) We'll have to wait and see... Although i have seen the movie (the six hour version) and i LOVED it, so i'm thinking i'll like the book too. Kate also suggested: These Is My WordsJacque suggested Jane Eyre, which she said is along the same lines as Pride and Prejudice and there is an Edward in the book. I love Edwards. Last but not least, my mom suggested that i should go back and actually read the books that i did book reports on in middle school. To be honest mom, i actually thought about going back and actually reading them. Maybe then i can see how legit my B.S. was when i wrote those reports.
Thanks again for all your suggestions. I'm glad i now have a long list of books to read. For future reference if there are any books that you come across that you like, let me know. Happy Reading.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Update: I was just informed by my sister that there is a giveaway on her blog. She's giving away two minnie mouse bows, a tinkerbell bow, and an expandable bow headband. Not to mention the fact that some of her friends have chipped in and are giving stuff away as well. All of it is free, you just have to give your name and email address in the comments section. She's also taking suggestions if people want to learn certain bow techniques. Enjoy! And i hope you win : ).
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Then we headed off to DC Cemetery for a little haunted house action. It was featured on HGTV, and if they featured it you know its worth it. Gotta have love for HGTV.Everything in the Cemetery is robotic and the guy does it all for free. Its amazing how talented this guy is. The crowd there was nuts.Me and Kate standing in lineAbout to enter the DC Cemetery. We ended the night with a Wackee 6 competition where Kate kicked our butts. Overall it was a fantastic Halloween!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Aaron also pointed out that i needed to make a correction to my last blog post. As you can see in the previous post i displayed the picture of "Wiley's" CPA study guide. Aaron said that Wiley's is for sissies and that i should change my picture to the Becker review, which is the review that he's actually using. Here you go sweetie, I'm proudly displaying the Becker picture for you.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'm sorry to say that we can't be friends right now. You are causing me to only see my husband for about 20 minutes a day and when i do see him, he is either worried about studying for you or he is about to fall asleep because he has been studying all night. Not cool. Please give me my husband back as soon as possible. Thanks!
When i was searching in google images for "CPA Exam" this picture came up. It made me laugh. Based off the picture of the guy on the front, who i can only assume is an accountant, they are definitely losing the battle against the nerd label. (does anyone else think he looks like a nerdy Adam Sandler?)