Friday, February 27, 2009
The lightning here is SO close and SO bright and SO everywhere. The thunder comes RIGHT after the lightning and shakes the ground. Then the wind and the rain pound everything. The rain was SO loud on Jesikah's window she came in and said she couldn't sleep because it was SO loud. When I say pounding, it seriously was pounding. The power and the street lights were surging and flickering. It's just scary!
Eric grew up in the South, so he likes them and can sleep right through them, but I had a hard time with them when we lived in Missouri and still really dislike them. Out West, there just aren't thunderstorms ANYTHING like there are here.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
He was trying so hard.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Next is her playground Safety Tip that totally cracked us up...
Monday, February 23, 2009
This is Alex's card
I think I may have encouraged them a little too much to the side of world peace, but with the celebration of Christmas not really being universal, I didn't know exactly what direction to encourage them. Tessa's first idea on the "Joy to the World" theme was a picture of baby Jesus. As much as I liked the idea, I'm quite confident hers would have been disqualified for religious connotations and she wouldn't have had a chance. But, she's right, that is the reason that we sing "Joy to the World".
Monday, February 16, 2009
A little later, our sweet little Tessa was reading the "Book of Mormon Stories" to Jarem, and she was explaining everything to him so sweetly. They were being so cute, it was too precious not to post.
Tessa with her teacher, Miss Harned
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Car-a-mel (mel as in smell) /Car-mel
Wuffs/ Wolves (this was a favorite of mine to tease Eric about in college)
Poim (as in coin) /Poem (pome)
Y'all or All y'all/ You all
Fixin' to/ Getting ready to
Buggy/ Cart(in the grocery store)
Cut the lights/ Turn off the lights
Ain't/ Ain't (but used a lot here)
Sett-lers/ Set-tl-ers (this is a big one for us since it's the street we live on)
Di' nt/ Didn't
Wa' nt/ Wasn't
Ha' nt/ Hadn't
Slap Your Pappy/ Pat your Stomach
Two-legged Varmint/ Bad guy (robber, scoundrel, etc)
Skedaddle/ Get out of here
Druthers/ One's own way/preference
All tore up about it/ Upset
Cotton pickin'/ Despicable
Hankeror Hankerin'/ Crave or Desire
Smack Dab/ Exactly, Right on
Here's some more interesting Southernisms that I found online. I've heard a lot of them.
You scared the livin' daylights out of me.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bleedin' like a stuck pig.
Butter my butt and call me a biscuit! (term of amazement)
Deader'n a doornail.
Don't flog (or beat) a dead horse.
Don't get your cows runnin.
Keep your britches on. (calm down)
Don't monkey with that.
Fast as all get out.
Getting too big for his britches.
He thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread.
Hotter than a June bride.
If you don't do that, I'll be all over you like stink on a skunk.
If it'd been a snake it would have bit you.
If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.
Live and learn, die and know it all.
Madder than a wet hen. (Don't be monkeyin' with wet hens)
My mouth is dry enough to spin cotton.
Plumb tickled to death.
Running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Scarcer than hen's teeth
She's so poor she ain't got two nickels to rub together.
Slower than cream risin' on last years buttermilk.
That's a fine how d'ya do.
Thick as flies on a dog's back.
Southern Colorful Insults
He looks like he got beat with an ugly stick.
He was so buck toothed he could eat an apple through a picket fence.
He's so low down he could crawl under a snake's belly.
If you had bird brains you'd fly backwards.
She's three pickles shy of a quart.
She's ugly enough to stop an eight day clock.
You look like something the cat dragged in.
Cute as a bug's ear.
He's handier than a pocket on a shirt.
He's as fast as greased lightening'.
I wouldn't trade you for a farm in Georgia.
She's as purty as a speckled pup under a red wagon.
She's as purty as a spotted horse in a daisy pasture.
Sure as the vine twines 'round the stump, you are my darlin' sugar lump.
Things Only a True Southerner Knows
The difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit.
Pretty much how many fish make up a mess.
What general direction cattywumpus is
How long "directly" is---As in "Going to town, be back directly."
That "gimme sugar" don't mean pass the sugar.
When "by and by" is
The best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of cold tater salad.
The difference between "pert' near" and "a right far piece."
The differences between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.
Now, for Eric, I'm going to add a couple of Idahoisms...(ones he liked to tease me about when we were dating, especially when the topic of *wuffs or wolves* came up). :)
Barrow Pit/ Area next to the edge of the road
Jockey Box/ Glove compartment
Roof (oo as in look)/ Roof (as in aloof)
Alex with his two good friends, Matt and Tanner, at a scout campout before we moved.
Matt singing at 6th grade graduation.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This morning I went out to the van to take the girls to school and noticed that my front passenger hubcap was missing. Immediately, I started thinking of times or places that it could have fallen off yesterday(where I went, if I bumped anything unusual, etc.)
After a few minutes of thinking, I remembered that the side of my front tire had rubbed up against the side of the curb when I was picking Alex up from school yesterday. I thought it would have been very unusual for it to have fallen off like that, but why not check. So, after I dropped off the girls, I drove by Alex's school where it had happened to see if I could see anything. (Keep in mind, it was right in the area of the drop-off, pick-up zone where many cars come and go each day, so my hopes of finding it, much less finding it undamaged, were quite dim. In addition, they keep the grounds very tidy, so it could have easily been thrown away.)
Well, low and behold, when I got there, there it was sitting there on the pavement on the drop-off, pick-up lane UNDAMAGED! I was so happy! The simple fact that it had been sitting there since yesterday afternoon without anyone picking it up or running it over was a complete miracle to me, not to mention that I remembered where it could be AND it was actually the first place I looked. It was sitting on the road right where it should certainly not have been safe.
I went back home and snapped it back on the tire and it looks as good as new! It probably seems like a small thing, but it was a miracle to me. And I'm so glad I don't have to pay for a new one. Car parts get expensive. It made my day!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
We did finally get some real snow. We got less than an inch, but is was a wetter, heavier snow. The other two times it has snowed a very dry snow with tiny flakes that looked more like salt than snow. I took a few pictures of the snow. Tessa and Jarem got out and played in it a little bit, but mostly just stomped around.
Alex playing a little PSP in bed with one very interested spectator.