Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ranking the Pixars

I thought it would be fun, since UP is coming out this week, to rank the Pixar films from worst to best. The funny thing about this is that even the worst film that Pixar has made is still a quality film and worth owning. If you don't agree with the list, write your own and share it with us in the comments section:
#9 Bug's Life

This is the only pixar movie I've seen only once. I can't remember much about it other than that it was decent and had a large fake bird in it. I also remember it came out around the same time as Antz and they may have diluted my desire to see another insect film.
#8 Ratatouille

I enjoy this film, but I find it hard to sit through ALL of it. I really like all the restaurant scenes, particularly the final scene when Anton comes to sample Linguini's food, but I could skip almost half the movie leading up to it.
#7 Wall-E

What can I say? It was a beautiful film, but the story was so-so. It could have been told in about 15 minutes, but instead we had to involve all the fat lazy humans. Not my favorite. I found it hard to believe it got as high approval ratings on RT as it did.
#6 Monster's Inc.

Mike Wazowski steals the show in this movie. I love Billy Crystal's voice work. The film gets bogged down in the non-stop action taking place almost entirely at the Monster's Inc headquarters, and for some reason, I've never enjoyed the movie much past when they get back from being banished.
#5 Cars

Here we get to the films that I could (and sometimes have to) watch over and over again. I love the racing scenes from this film, and they pretty much amount to EVERYTHING I know about professional racing. Love Luigi and Guido.
#4 Toy Story

The film that began it all. Still a great film and will probably be remembered for generations. Did you know this was the very first entire CGI film? Yes, long before Dreamworks and other worthless companies started cranking out CGI films like slap-bracelets, Pixar was the first. Favorite moment: anything with Sid!
#3 Toy Story 2

This is the superior of the two films, in my opinion, which gives me great hope for Toy Story 3 next year. The only flaw in this film is that Jesse could be toned down about 30 decibels and the voice work given to someone OTHER than Joan Cusack. Still, it is what it is, and it's awesome.
#2 The Incredibles

"Where's my super-suit?" and "I'm the greatest good you are ever gonna get!" make this film TERRIFIC. There are so many lines, so many moments, so much greatness about this film. It's part James Bond, part Spider-man, and part drama, and it does everything beautifully. It's hard to believe that Brad Bird directed Ratatouille after this because this film was so much better.
#1 Finding Nemo

Was there any doubt? This film produced the most known characters and had a heart of gold. The storyline is simple but the characters bring it to the forefront. There is never a dull moment in this film, and I'd venture to say it's one of the greatest films ever made. If you're a dentist, it's even funnier.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Beautiful Sunday

Today has been a beautiful day. The weather was not too hot or sunny and it had a nice breeze. I just thuoght it would be fun to go outside and take some pictures. The above picture is Lily and her favorite dog Max. We have been taking care of him this weekend and Lily loves it. He is such a nice and patient dog.
Lily has an obsession with flowers and since we don't really have any flowers around here she has to settle for a pretty weed. She loves to wear them in her hair. Sometimes she will go out and pick one for me and it is so sweet. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Just for fun

The first video is one of Lily's phone conversations. I wish I could have gotten a better one but she always catches me filming and stops talking. She usually is talking to Grandma or Grandpa and tells them about her going potty,what color of m&m's and stickers she got, and what Jake is doing at the moment. Her conversations usually always begin with a "Hello. Hi how you doing?"Often times she will pause for a moment as if she is listening to them and then she will give a really pathetic courtesy sounding laugh. I hope she doesn't get that from me. The second video is her demonstrating how to do a jumping-jack then getting shy and walking away.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Speech Every American Should Hear:

This is Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee:

Monday, May 18, 2009

My Hero

Jacob has just completed his second year of dental school.  I am so proud of him! It has been a rough two years, but hopefully the worst of it is over. He has worked so hard and done well, and I am so grateful for him. I wish I could say I was excited to have my husband home a little more like all the other dental wives are saying, but he just took on a job and will be working til midnight almost every night this week. Did I mention it is his summer break? I appreciate all you do, Jacob, even if I do complain about feeling like a single mom all the time. I wouldn't want to trade places with you for all the money in the world. You do such a great job, and I love you so much. Thanks for being so great.

Another reason why he is my hero is that I can wake him up in the middle of the night to go kill a big ugly centipede that I found on my way to the bathroom. Even though it got away, I appreciated the fact that, tired as he was, he spent the next 20 minutes trying to find the beast til I made him come back to bed.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


These pictures are horrible I know, but they are the most recent ones I had.
Jake in his blessing outfit. It was such a happy day for him. He was a little emotional.

Lily and Jake had thier two year and two month checkups this week. Jake weighed in at 13 lb. 3 oz. which puts him in the 80%. Lily was a whopping 23 lbs. We had to celebrate because she finally made it on the chart. She is in the 3%.  As you can see, Jake weighs more than half of Lily so it is not long before payback time comes. 
In case you were wondering what her doll is doing in the background, it is in timeout. I don't know what she did, but Lily was not too happy about it.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Birds Blessings and Birthdays

First of all, for Mom Crosby, here are the grown birds that we have been watching grow up. Aren't they just precious?? We named them Frankie and Tweedledum.
Here they are again, preparing to leap out of the nest into a brave new world. So long, friends!
This was taken by Kat after the blessing. You can't see it, but on the other side of his outfit is a large poop stain. This is the same outfit that I wore when I was blessed 26 1/2 years ago. I did not make the stain.
This is Kat 2.o! Doesn't she look BEAUTIFUL!?!?
The Birthday Girl!
Here she is sitting on top of her new Kitchen Set that we finally set up today, two days after her birthday. We are 90% sure she's going to break parts of it within the week.
We invited friends and Lily got a bubble bath set, some books, and a new baby doll which I get to frequently change outfits for... riveting.
Love cake!
Every birthday girl should get to lick the spatula.
This is one of Lily's best friends, Stetson. She finally says his name right; he used to be Dentist. They gave each other BIG birthday hugs. Sometimes they give each other kisses. Stetson is one of many young boys that Lily is stringing along... the golddigger.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Kat, I don't know how else to say it. I love you. 


 You’ve been good to me

But now I’m sore afraid

I must say it right

Words, don’t fail me now


If I don’t say all

How can she ever know

I’m dying inside to tell

My lips speak but nothing


My God! How I’m blessed

No merit could have deserved

A debtor will I be

A work in progress forever


The terror should I lose

My treasure buried so deep

She polishes me every day

A tender eye of laughter


My rock in tempest sea

I cling with every ounce

Strength with which I scream

Words, don’t fail me now


Her smile heats my soul

My heart is locked away

She holds the only key

Safely wraps me in warmth


Her beauty unmatched yet savored

A cherub dwells with me

Her light blinds my flaws

The sun pales and hides


A scorch upon my mind

A handprint on my heart

Life and breath to me

Seeing her is almost enough


A joy to daily wake

Her skin brings me bliss

I must tell her somehow

Words, don’t fail me now

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Little Righteous Pride Goes a Long Way

Lily is all but potty-trained!!! We're so utterly, completely, and totally excited for her. She is thrilled about it, too. When I first considered (long ago as a bachelor) what an ordeal this would be, I didn't take it into consideration that Heavenly Father would bless me and Kat with such a terrific little girl who's always one step ahead of the crowd. Lily isn't quite two, just a few days shy, and she's already sleeping without wetting and waking up to go potty if she needs to. While it was a pain last night to sit with her at 4 am with a final awaiting me in 5 hours, it's worth it to see the joy on her face because she knows she getting to be a big girl!
I'm particularly thrilled because that's a huge reduction in spending on diapers, although now we'll have to teach her to be frugal with toilet paper because I know her current habit of trying to wipe with an eighth of a square isn't going to last for very long. Either way, Kat and I want to share our joy of Lily's big accomplishment. 2 years ago she was born (we'll have a birthday post up in a few days) and now she's in full control over her voluntary sphincter muscles. What more could we ask for other than her getting a part-time job? Maybe we could get her into child modeling and ruin any chance she'll have of becoming a normal person and staying drug-free....

Sunday, May 3, 2009

ANOTHER BYU National Championship (RISE AND SHOUT!)

GO BYU RUGBY! After 3 consecutive years of losing to the Cal Golden Bears in the Division I Rugby Collegiate Championship Game, BYU finally took home the GOLD! And they did it in style, coming back from a 12 point deficit. BYU has now won national championships in Rugby, Lacrosse, Golf, Cross Country, Track and Field, Men's Volleyball (3x), Men's Basketball (2x), and Football. Not a bad resume to hang a hat on... Here's the link and some pictures:

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Latest

This week we have finally had success with potty training. We have been trying for a while but she had major anxiety or something and it was starting to backfire.  We have been accident free for three days  now and she is having fun with it instead of freaking out. She has learned how to milk the system though. When she goes potty she only lets half of it out. Then we celebrate and she gets chocolate. As soon as she is done eating the chocolate she goes and lets the other half out and then gets more chocolate.  We are so proud of her and her progress. I tried to take some pictures of her but she was being difficult during the photo shoot as usual.

Look at that belly.

She kept trying to pick her nose so I told her to put her hands down and this is what I got.

I gave up trying.

Lily always brings her toys to Jake and tries to get him to play with them.  Sometimes she will leave him crackers then come back to check if he has eaten them or not.

As you can see I was a little behind on folding the laundry this week. If you don't think this is enough then I should tell you there were two more big loads on the way.  My dear husband helped me and we watched a movie together so it wasn't all that bad in the end.

Our little chickies have hatched and we have enjoyed watching them. It is hard to see them from this video but they are pretty cute.