Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Years First

This year I am celebrating a FIRST!!!

This is the first New Years in about 5 years that I have not made the Resolution to Loose Weight. I am actually at my goal weight for the first time since.... lets say... pre-babies.

I actually thought I would never get to this weight again. I have one piece of advise to anyone who is making the resolution to loose weight. I tried, and tried for years to sweat my lbs off but it never worked. I wouldn't gain weight while I was running, or what naught, but I never lost. I refused to change my eating habits for a long time. Then I wondered why I never lost much weight.

What I learned: If you want to loose weight


~with love, Bug

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Desparate Times...

This is what happens in the morning when you've only got one bathroom.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Surprised and Touched

Last night I read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to the kids. I remember reading it when I was a kid and thinking that it was the most hilarious book I had ever read.

I looked forward to sharing with my kids how deplorable the Herdman kids were, and all the funny and crazy things they did. From smoking cigars, to burning down a tool shed... all I remembered about the book was how funny it was.

But I was in for a surprise. I forgot how much the kids who had never heard of Jesus before got into the story of his birth. They were so mad that Jesus was born in a barn, and they wanted to lynch old King Herod.

Then, as we were reading about the night of the pageant I was brought to tears. Those dirty, terrible, Herdman boys (playing wise men) thought that oil was a pretty rotten gift for baby Jesus, so they brought their Christmas ham that came in their welfare basket. Oh, my goodness. I had to put the book down and collect myself.

That ham was the best thing that the Herdmans had. What a good example they were. Let us all bring our BEST GIFTS to the Lord.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Quiz

I did one of these for our Christmas letter one year and I'm thinking of making it a tradition. So.... which member of the Hill/Snider Family are you most like?

1. When you wake in the morning you:
a) Pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep.
b) Jump out of bed and sing good morning songs.
c) Walk around in a daze and stare at stuff.
d) Are grumpy
e) Start begging for breakfast right away.
f) Need Daddy cuddles.
g) Need Mommy cuddles.

2. Your favorite show is:
a) Biggest Looser
b) Ghost Hunters
c) Star Wars Clone Wars
d) Cheaper By The Dozen
e) Transformers
f) Scooby Doo
g) Dora/Diego

3. You would rather be:
a) Walking your favorite trail
b) Taking a Bubble Bath
c) Playing on Club Penguin
d) Reading
e) Making airplanes out of Lego's
f) Playing with your favorite Step-Brother
g) watching Dora/Diego

4. The shoes you wear most these days are:
a) Athletic Shoes
b) Boots with a soft warm lining
c) Used to be white, but now are a kind of dirt shade.
d) Black and White Vans
e) Have Spiderman on them
f) Are brown and pink
g) Have Ninja Turtles on them

5. One word to describe you:
a) Caring
b) Responsible
c) Social
d) Intelligent
e) Loving
f) Spirited
g) Sweet

6. You want this for Christmas:
a) Cargo Khaki Pants
b) Pajamas
c) Yugio Cards
d) Harry Potter 2nd book: Chamber of Secrets
e) Mini Cons (transformers)
f) a Pony
g) a Whoopie Cushion

7. Your Philosophy on Life:
a) Health is in Mind, Body, and Spirit
b) I can do hard things
c) Take your time, there's no rush
d) If you don't know, read about it and find out
e) If your kind to others, they will be kind to you
d) Always smile
g) You can do it, nothing to it (just need a RESCUE PACK)

If you answered mostly A's then you are most like Honey Bear. You care a lot about other people. When things aren't right it bugs you. You like to exercise and eat healthy food.

If you answered mostly B's then you are like Bug. You are a responsible hard worker. Sometimes you put others before yourself. You like to be challenged and succeed.

If you answered mostly C's than you are like Big Brother. It takes you a while to get going, and sometimes it's hard to focus on what you are doing when there are distractions. You are popular and well liked, and your peers enjoy your company.

If you answered mostly D's then you are like The Brain. You enjoy reading more than just about anything. You love to learn new things. You don't have to be with other people to have a good time. A book is all you need.

If you answered mostly E's then you are like Mr. Fingers. You are very social and well liked by all your peers. You are loving and caring. You also are bright, and enjoy creating your own toys out of found objects.

If you answered mostly F's then you are like Lil Sis. You are too cute, and your smile will get you just abut anything you want. You love playing with your friends and family.

If you answered mostly G's then you are like The Snake. You are little Mr. Personality. You can go from bliss to "the stink eye" quicker than lickity split. When you grow up you are going to marry Dora the Explorer.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


This is the story of three special ornaments on our tree:

1. The Club Penguin ornament

This is a new ornament that I splurged on (a whole $12). I found a new form of motivation this year to get The Brain and Mr. Fingers to do anything I want. "If you... (clean your room, sweep the entry way, do my taxes) then you can play on club penguin for 30 minutes." Club Penguin is an Internet site where you have this penguin, give it a name, it makes friends, and plays games, and earns points, so it can buy pet puffles (silly little puffy creatures). It's crazy how much the boys love it. They will do anything to get to play on it. It's almost like kid dope. When I saw this at the Hallmark store, I had to buy it.

2. Blue

This blue M&M is one of the few remaining remnants of my Blue M&M collection. Why would such a beautiful, intelligent, creative, caring, attractive woman ever have a blue M&M collection you ask? Good question, here is the story:

Back in the 90's the M&M company decided to ditch the tan colored M&M for the new blue colored one. I was outraged. How could they? Now a bowl full of this beloved chocolate candy had lost some of its chocolate colored appeal. It made the candy look fake, like skittles or something. Blue IS NOT A CHOCOLATE COLOR.

It started with my family just taking the blue ones out of their bag and giving them to me as a joke, because I hated them so much. Then eventually it evolved into full blown figurines, blue M&M dispensers, stuffed toys, dishes, salt and pepper shakers, and so much more. I had over 300 pieces when I decided that I was sick and tired of dusting them and sold the whole set at a garage sale for $100. This ornament wasn't with the collection, it was in the Christmas box with my other ornaments, so it survived the sale.

3. The Sugar Plumb Fairy

I got her when I was 5 years old and my Aunt took me to the Ballet in Boise Idaho to see the Nutcracker. The story that she always tells of this special trip was how incredibly patient I was standing in line after the show to get our program autographed. I was a wonderful child (and so humble). I cannot remember a Christmas with out the sugar plumb fairy on my tree. She is very fragile, and has been glued back together several times. She is my most favorite, and treasured ornament.

So here you have it... our tree

There are many other ornaments. Some were glued together with pop sickle sticks with pre-school pictures in them. There are snowmen, bears, baby's first christmas ones, angels, an OSU beanie, a graduation girl with curly hair, a volleyball girl wearing #3, and many others. They are all treasured, and I look forward to getting them out, and going over each memory, every year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Tree Hunters

I give you men of men, the two who sacrificed it all so that we could experience christmas joy, who braved the elements with only a saw as their weapon. I give you:
Christmas Tree Hunters

You can see that the smallest of the two is about to freeze his knees off. Good thing it didn't take long to find the PERFECT tree.

Watch out, naked picture below.

The hunters were victorious! Now we have the beautiful dead carcuss in our living room. Ahhh, I have since decorated it, but there is nothing like naked pictures on your blog.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Top 10 Christmas Movies

I read a top 10 list of Christmas Movies that was absolutely ridiculous! Who ever thought of Die Hard as a Christmas movie???

So I decided that the world should know what the actual top 10 Christmas Movies are... by the expert, me of course.

#10 National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
I didn't discover how great this movie is until I married Honey Bear. He and his sister quote this movie verbatim. I have a new found love for poor old Clark Griswald.

#9 The Santa Clause
I just love the scene when they are going to bed that first night at the North Pole in their new P.J's and Judy the elf brings them the perfect cup of Hot Cocoa

#8 Home Alone
This movie came out when I was a kid, and I still think it is Hilarious. Also, the Christmas message, movies, and images are iconic, and now a part of my Christmas past.

#7 The Polar Express
Honey Bear actually says that this is his favorite movie. He actually gets mad if the kids put it on with out letting him know, so he can watch it with them. All I have to say is: Tom Hanks for President.

#6 White Christmas
The best selling single of all time speaks for itself. Every time I watch it I am mesmorised with that gal's tapping abilities and I try to see if I can see her foot move during the "Choreography" scene. And of course there is the guys singing "Sisters"... love this one!

#5 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Thanks to this movie I have never eaten Roast Beef, only Roast Beast. And Max is my all time favorite movie dog.

#4 Miracle on 34th Street
It is possible that I love this movie so much because the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade takes a key role in the beginning. I do think that he played the best Santa ever on the Silver Screen.

#3 The Muppet Christmas Carol
If you know where I can buy a CD of the sound track let me know! I LOVE IT!!!
Really, all I have to say about this movie is I want to get some, "cheeses for the meeses!"

#2 Its a Wonderful Life
Here is where I finally agree with the original top 10 list. Yes, this sure is #2!!!

#1 A Christmas Story
Here again the original list had it right. Thank you TBS, for always playing this one for 24 hours on Christmas. It just wouldn't be Christmas without the glow of electric sex from the front window, yellow eyes, soap poisoning, A +++++++, a pink bunny suite, 785 smelly hound dogs, and of course... a red rider beebe gun with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.

That's my top 10, what do you think? What's your top 10?

Thursday, December 3, 2009


The Snake would like to wish you, "Happy Thanksgi "b" ing!"

This is Honey Bear's favorite holiday... his favorite MEAL of the year. As soon as they are in season, we have a pumpkin pie in our fridge at all times. He alone eats about 2 pies a week.

We were at Granny and Pooh-pa's this year and it was a feast!

My favorite thanksgiving tradition is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I watch it religiously every year. I love the Broadway numbers while we wait for the parade to reach the final destination wheather it's Herald square, or this year: Macy's store front. But my favorite part is the Radio City Rocketts. When I grow up I want to be one. If only my back was working... I can't even touch my left toe, let alone kick it in a chorus line. I'm going to have to work on that.
Honestly, I also get a kick out of everyone else groaning because I MAKE them watch it with me. he he
On my list of things I want to do before I .... is to actually be in the parade. I could volunteer to be on one of the balloon crews or something like that... we'll see, but I will be in that parade one day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Redneck Move

Sorry, I have to do it. You can sing along if you want:
"Well, the first thing you know old Jed's a millionaire
The Kin folk said, 'Jed move away from there.'
They said, 'Californi is the place you otta beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.'
So they loaded up the truck
And they moved to Beverly"

The only thing missing from our move was Granny Clampet tied to the top of the truck in her Rock'n Chair. We were a sight!
Even with all the stress and drama that surrounded this move, we LOVE our new place! We will miss our old ward, and thank them so much for everything. Luckily the boys are still close to their school and the district is letting us transfer. The Brain found out that his buddy from school is Mormon. He went to Primary in our new ward and.... there he was! Also, all the kids in our new neighborhood congregate in our Caul 'de sac. So the kids have lots of friends to play with.
I will post some pictures of our new place soon. Still need to settle in.
To finish the song our new neighborhood does have a "swim'in pool" but no "movie stars."