Saturday, December 15

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas cookies

A few weeks ago we wanted to have a bit more Christmas in our lives, so we had a few kids over to make some cookies. Love these folks, and their cookie results.

Emily Foxy Fox rolling away


Logan & Burton taking their jobs seriously


Anie nursing a burnt hand (our oven strikes again!!). Let's hope she doesn't sue.


Sometimes the frosting explodes all over your hand.


Emily makes Elf-cooking-making look easy


Somehow Janaya and Doug dodged all the pics, but trust me--they were there.

poetry or die

Tonight we had a joint birthday par-tay for Sarah and me. We felt the best way to celebrate the big 26 was with a celebration Sarah titled "Poetry or Die." We came dressed up as Beatniks/Sprockets, and Doug was able to wear not only one of my sweaters, but also a pair of my pants... I don't want to talk about it. Then we all wrote a bunch of nouns on slips of paper, threw them in a bowl, and pulled them out to get topics for different types of poems. We scored some great ones, like a haiku about "lip kisses" and a sonnet about "electricians," "cavity," "applesauce," "Assistant to the Regional Manager," and something else.

We snapped when the poems were good, and beat on the drums (Sarah's tupperware) when we were feeling the groove. It was good times.

Here's my tanka poem (a Japanese poem with 5-7-5-7-7 syllables on each line) using the words "possum" and "Reno":
Give me a possum
Preferably in Reno
So I can handle
Turning age twenty-six and
My husband wearing my pants.






Monday, December 10

yeah, that's a word

It makes me laugh that I teach my spellchecker that words like "ZooBalloo" and "Cuttables" are real words. Oh working for a craft company…

PS- I think I've confused people with my "father of mine" post... I was laid off from my job a year and a half ago. My current job remains intact. Thanks for caring! :)

Sunday, December 9

We don't do Xmas


An ad I found in a British craft magazine. You just wouldn't see something like this in a comparable American magazine.

Happy Christmas!*

*Remember, no postal charges.

Thursday, December 6

father of mine

Friday December 7 marks the 29th birthday of my dad (note: he has been 29 for as long as I've known him).

At such a special time as this I think it's time to let the world know why Jim Dunlop rocks my world:

1. He's hilarious. I quote him all the time, and I think it took me going to college to realize how many times I say, "Do you know what my dad always says?..."

2. He's handsome, and he was quite the catch as a young man (his genes combined with my mom's genes have really done some great things for us).

3. He lovingly called me a brat for about 3 years straight whilst I was in high school. This makes me laugh because it was so accurate a title.

4. He's a handy man extraordinaire. The man has talents out the wazoo.

5. He used to cut our bangs when we were little.

6. He's always supported me in my pursuits--school, sports, boys, etc. If the boys were dumb, he was always happy to let us know they were dorks. Just ask Cyd.

7. He once told me that he thought I should wear red lipstick more often.

8. He often asks us as we come downstairs, "You're going to where that??"

9. He has an end of the driveway rule. Long story, but he says if we want to leave at 8:00 am, then we need to be at the end of the driveway at 8:00 am. "The difference between the garage and the end of the driveway is about 20 minutes."

10. He loves his family and adores his grandchildren. He's survived having 5 girls and no sons... give the man a medal!

11. Last Christmas he and my mom planned this gigantic Survival obstacle course for us in the yard. There was running, tears, shouting, cheering, and more. It was freaking awesome.

12. He encourages us to scratch his head. Oft.

13. He said Doug should marry me when Doug talked to him. Doug was relieved. So was I.

14. He was my greatest fan when I played volleyball. He knows the sport better than I do because of it.

15. He's got a work ethic that could kill a teenage girl but totally blesses an adult.

16. He's great for advice. Especially when you call him from the Movies 8 parking lot because it's the first place you thought to pull over and you're crying and you've just been laid off from your job.

17. He loves the gospel, even though he hates conducting in sacrament meeting.

18. He gives excellent dad hugs.

19. He used to give us indian burns and coco butts. Tip: Don't ask him what those are.

20. He tells me I'm his favorite ("just don't tell your sisters").

Wednesday, December 5

I ran over a towel because I'm cool and I do what I want

My sister Jessica sent this to me yesterday. ‘Tis funny. Create a sentence following the instructions, and please do share your results!

Pick the month you were born:
January..... I kicked
February... I loved
March....... I karate chopped
April......... I licked
May.......... I jumped on
June......... I smelled
July.......... I did the Macarena with
August...... I had lunch with
September. I danced with
October..... I sang to
November. I yelled at
December.. I ran over

Pick the day (number) you were born on:
1............. A birdbath
2........ .... A monster
3............. A cardboard cutout of Luke Skywalker
4............. A tennis ball
5............. A snowman
6............. A gangster
7............. My rat
8............ My tutu
9............. My lampshade
10............ My toe
11........... My booger
12............ A banana
13............ A fireman
14............ A stuffed gorilla
15............ A goat
16............ A pickle
17............ Your mom
18............ A towel
19............ A Smurf
20............ A baseball hat
21........... A ninja
22............ Chuck Norris
23............ A noodle
24............ A squirrel
25............ A football player
26............ My cottage cheese
27........... My pineapple
28............ An iPod
29............ A surfer
30............ A llama
31............ A homeless guy

Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:
White..... Because they were after me again.
Black....... Because my underwear were tight.
Pink........ Because nobody was looking.
Red........ Because the voices told me to.
Blue......... Because I'm cool and I do what I want.
Green..... Because I think I need some serious help.
Purple.... Because the world thinks I'm wonderful.
Gray....... Because Big Bird said to and he's my leader.
Yellow.... Because I was bribed by the president.
Orange.... Because my family thinks I'm stupid anyway.
Brown.... Because the clown was crying.
Other..... .. Because the aliens left their chip in me.
None...... Because I'm a ninja.

Saturday, December 1

dunlop thanksgiving 2007

Things we learned this Thanksgiving:
1. The Native Americans wore paper bag vests to the first Thanksgiving

2. Luke never wears pants

3. Turkey bowls and foosball can really bring brothers-in-law together

4. Grandma is a patient gal (especially since I'm putting a picture on here showing her when her hair isn't done!!)

5. If you drop your keys into a storm drain after seeing the movie "Enchanted," a fly fishing pole is the tool of choice.

6. There's a North Pole amusement park in Colorado Springs. It's exactly what you think it is, and yes--it's hilarious. And freezing cold.


7. If you let us take a picture of you with a Polly Pocket hair thing in your hair while we're playing Rummy Tile, I'm going to put it on our blog.

8. Extreme Karaoke is a huge hit with the Dunlops. HUGE.

9. Nephews will always be better at video games than you, especially if it's Guitar Hero.

10. We love our family. Seriously.

Thanks to Jess and Dan for hosting all of us at their new casa in Denver!