Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Oh my gosh.  I'm so stinkin happy!  I woke up this morning and made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast.  I woke up at 6:30AM!!!  So Steven and I had breakfast together.  :)  Now, I say I got up at 6:30, but don't worry -- I went back to sleep around 8:30 and slept until 12:19PM.

They didn't actually taste as good as I hoped.  Kind of bland, and a weird texture.  But Steven says he liked them (liar) so I guess you just have to try it for yourself.

Gettin my cook on.  Am I not beautiful in the morning?

Mmmmm.  -- And the pancakes were just ok.  ;)
But now I'm awake and I've started my candy eating.  I can't believe I'm getting such a late start!  But I'll more than make up for it so don't fret.

Guys seriously.  I just woke up.

Ok fine I took the time to do my hair before I took these pictures.  I'm only telling you because you can obviously tell because from my eyebrows up I look pretty darn glamorous.
I can't wait for trick-or-treaters!  Sometime I get too excited while I'm typing and I type weird things.  Like when I was typing "wait", I accidentally typed "wairt".  And while I was just typing "typed", I typed "typled".  Those mistakes don't even make sense because the keys are on the opposite side of the board!

Last night we read in last month's Ensign about how Christ is the one who we should try to be like and how he suffered for our sins.  It was a beautiful message and we talked about it afterward.  Then we lost the Spirit cause of Steven.

Steven:  (After a thought provoking question)  Was He like, 'This is the pain he felt when he broke his pinky toe and he had to hobble around for 3 days because his mom didn't believe him'?

Me:  (After an eye-roll)  'And this is the guilt she felt'. . .

Steven:  Not THAT woman.

Haha!  Ok he says such inappropriately mean things but he says it in a funny way (cause he doesn't really mean it) and it makes me laugh SO much!  What a dork.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In Hiding

Larry LOVES to edit pictures and do "incredible" things with them . . . like crop his great-granddaughters out of one picture and put them into another picture.  Oh my gosh it looks so real!!!  Not really.  That's just what everybody tells him.  So for our costumes he wanted to take pictures.  Problem number one is that he couldn't -- or WOULDN'T -- grasp the whole frog prince story, that the princess kisses the frog and he turns into a prince.  Everybody knows that!  He insisted that I was a fairy of some kind and needed a wand with which to touch him on the head.  (Also, did I tell you that at first, when he saw my dress, he thought I was a witch?  Yeah.  His exact words were "Oh you'll really scare someone with that!")  So he took off part of the long-handled dust pan and gave it to me and said:

"Touch him on the head and I'll get a picture and I'll put it on the computer in there and make it look like he's changing!"

Ugh.  So we took the pictures.  Steven was NOT happy, neither was I.  Luckily the pictures don't show it so Larry's none the wiser.  Larry also happened to have a picture of Steven in his Sunday clothes because he took our picture when we first moved in (and did some really unnecessary and stupid editing), so he used the top half of Steven's body for the "transition" from frog to human.  It's stupid.  The whole thing looks stupid.  Stupid.  And now I'm holed up in my room because I keep hearing him tell Joyce that as soon as I come out with my laptop he'll have me put the pictures onto my computer cause he put them on a harddrive so I can easily transfer them!  Oh Larry, THANK YOU!  Oh man he's crazy when it comes to computers, among other things.  He has 4 external harddrives and saves EVERYTHING to all of them.

"That way, if one of them brakes down, I've still got everything on the other 3!"

I think 4 is a bit excessive, don't you?  Maybe have 2.  They won't both break at the same time!

Siiiiiiiiigh.  I'm gonna go get those pictures now.  Now that I've told you about it, it only seems fair that you get to see them, too.  Maybe you can tell me if I'm overreacting.  But you CAN'T tell me that!  The pictures themselves aren't that big of a deal.  It's his annoyingness about it all . . . especially the stupid "wand".  Ok here I go.

Original.  And stupid.  (Folks I'm using "stupid" a lot today so maybe don't let your kids read today's post.  It's pretty edgy.
The creepy edited version.  See his tiny little mouth?  The frog hat has taken over his face!

The not-as-creepy edited version, but still weird cause his body looks too big for his head.
So it's not that big of a deal, but once again it's the whole experience that gets me.  I can't wait to be gone from here!!  Also, last night Larry came into the kitchen to make sure I turned off the stove top.  Are you serious??  2 weeks and 4 1/2 days.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Steven says I should call this one: LIES AND DECEIT (He hasn't even read it yet!)

I'm sure I've mentioned that my husband is hilarious.  I'm constantly laughing because we share the same sense of humor and he just cracks me up!  Over the last week I've been occasionally jotting down little funny things that he says, so I'd like to share some with you:

After we left Wal Mart, after buying the stuff to make his costume, he tells me we could've bought some little jewels to go on his crown so that it wasn't just plain gold, and that he thought of this while we were in line at the checkout but he didn't tell me cause he didn't actually want me to run back and grab them.  Of course I was upset.

Me:  Well thanks a lot, Steven!  Now I have the idea in my head and I'm going to have to break one of my necklaces to get little jewels!  (Cause the Trunk-or-Treat was the next day and we weren't coming back to the store.)

Steven:  Good.  You have too many necklaces.  You could stand to lose one.

Excuse me but how DARE you, sir!!  But I still thought it was funny.

Me:  UH!  Fine.  You're just gonna have a plain old gold crown.

You know that thing floating around the internet . . . I'll show you:

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who can relate to this.  The other day we were in the kitchen and I asked Steven to get me something to put the cilantro in to keep it fresh.

Steven:  Like what?

Me:  Um, tupperware.

Steven:  Where's that?

. . .

What??  That's like the easiest thing to find!  I couldn't believe it.  And not only that, but then he was cooking something and asked the question:

"Which spatula should I use?"

Is that a joke?  PICK ONE!  But still . . . it makes me laugh! x-)

I asked Steven to fill up my water bottle.  I don't remember what I did to cause him to have such an attitude, but he says:

Steven:  I'm gonna pee in it first.

Me:  NO!

Steven:  I'll wash it out!

So disgusting.  And no, he didn't do it.  He just likes to mess with me.

I was telling him all about how much my body hurts.  My back hurts, my neck hurts, my joints hurt . . .

Steven:  How old are you really?

Like I'm trying to pull a fast one!  He has decided -- and won't take it back -- that I am an 80 year old woman in a 24 year old's body.  For my aches and pains, AND taste in entertainment.

I will often hurt myself whilst attempting to attack him.  His favorite expression:

"KARMA, baby!"

The way he says it really irks me cause I'm all, "It's not like you didn't deserve it!  It's not like I was attacking you for no reason!"

And finally, whenever I tell him to do something -- not as an order, but as a helpful suggestion or gentle request for help, like "put your socks in the drawer, please" -- he comes back with:

"Don't you EVER tell me how to live my life!"

Oh please.  Such a dork.  ;)

I just love him so much.  He's silly, but the perfect husband and a wonderful man.  I couldn't have done better.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Story Time

Today in sacrament meeting one of the speakers used a bit from the Rolling Stones:

You can't always get what you want.
You can't always get what you want.
But if you try, sometimes,
you just might find
you get what you need!

He kept it reverent (as reverent as he could.  It was pretty funny.) and went on with his talk.  In the end, he asked rhetorically, "Do we always get what we want?"  And from way in the back of the congregation came a child's sure voice:  "NO!"  Oh my goodness how everyone laughed!  Whether he was answering the question or disagreeing with his mother, it was the right answer none the less.  And he sure gave us all something to smile about.  :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Steven did a bad thing today.  Lots of bad things, actually.  I playfully took his phone and hid it -- because I like to mess with him -- and he attacked me!!!  For a long, long time he came at me with tickles and raspberries and threats of more mean things.  And then -- just to be mean! -- he did THIS:

I didn't even get to enjoy it!
Finally I said we could play Hot or Cold and he could figure out where it was.  So we did.  Well, in the middle of the attacks I had gotten away, but then came back.  While I was away . . . he stole Dougy!!!!  It's a long story but I got him back (also, I stole his phone again but made a deal to give it back).  Then, long after these events, we were sitting on the bed while Steven was doing his homework and I was surfing the world wide web . . . and he grabbed Dougy!  All because I told him to stop being distracted and do his homework, then picked Dougy up and put him in front of my computer so he could see what I was doing.  He GRABBED him and did this:

I asked him just to hang in there while I got a picture.  He understood.
The lesson I've taken away from all of this is that Steven cannot be trusted with my llama.  He doesn't love and respect Douglas the way I do and that makes him not a good match.  They just can't be friends.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Quick Complaint

Steven and I must be filthy.  Joyce has now asked that we wash the shower and tub after every use.  She says she thinks we're the reason she's been getting bladder infections.  WTF?!!  I also was told I had to give her my spot on the couch, yesterday.  (Ok, Sheldon.)  And then we were watching Ellen:

Joyce: (Talking about Taylor Swift)  You're as pretty as she is.

Me:  Aw, thank you.

Joyce:  Maybe even prettier!  . . . Well that might be pushing it.

. . .

Well gosh, Joyce, don't spare my feelings.  The truth is the truth, am I right?

Ok well how can I compete?
Yesterday I almost went insane.  I can't say this doesn't happen all the time, which makes it worse, but I scream at the Tinsley's in my head a lot.  Like, SCREAM.  I'm crazy.

I just have to keep telling myself:  3 more weeks.

The good news is -- we finally saw Hotel Transylvania!! :-D  Such a cute movie.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Well the Trunk-or-Treat was fun!  Although, as I was lying in bed last night I wondered if maybe it was weird that we were the only ones there without kids . . . ?  (Besides the missionaries.)

Ready to see our costumes?  I figure since we wore them out in public I can share now.

I'm a princess!!!!

And he's my frog prince!!!!
Are we not the cutest!?!  Ok maybe it's not the koolest costume ever, but I made everything but my jacket and his sweatshirt so I'm freakin awesome.  The sweatshirt was a last minute decision.  His full body onesie didn't work out so perfectly.

I kept focusing on the wrong things, dangit!  So he's not in focus but whatev.
He wouldn't smile for that picture and I said, "STEVEN!"  His reply was:

"Cassie, I'm a human who was turned into a frog.  I think I have a right to be sad."

Well at least he really got into his character.

It was a fun night.  :)  I'm excited for Halloween, as I've said! 6 more days!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I said I'd write every day, so . . .

Ok so Steven's costume wasn't as simple as I had planned.  I decided to sew it, instead.  It'll be pretty great in the end, I think, but it was a little different from what I was going for.

I made cupcakes for the Trunk-or-Treat!  They're so stinkin cute.  I collect holiday sprinkles and I didn't have any Halloween ones . . . but I do now.  :)

Why yes I DID eat one.  I threw off the balance!!!
I've got nothing else to write about!  I'm taking a break from costumes and watching the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special . . . EEEEE!  Except that I had to put it on pause because Joyce came in:

Joyce:  What are you watching?

Me:  Pretty Little Liars, the Halloween special.

Joyce:  Oooh.  (5 minutes of slow rambling)

That's all.  She just left so I can push play again, but I first had to hear about how Larry is a hoarder, and how he is freaky about how he keeps track of money, and how Steven and I are never to be like they are.  UH!  So sad!  She always tells me to make sure we watch them and see how NOT to be.  That's really sad.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Halloween is coming, friends!!!  And last night I made my costume.  Like I said, I'm not telling what it is yet, but I LOVE IIIIIT!!!  I'm so proud of myself.  It took me 7 HOURS to make!!!!  And I did it all at once.  Steven's will be much easier, we just have to go get the stuff for it tonight.  Trunk-or-Treat is tomorrow and I can't wait!  I freakin love Halloween.

So we went to Wal-Mart to get fabric last night (which, by the way, does not have as much of a selection as they used to) and got what I needed.  We left the store and found out they didn't charge us for 3 of the fabrics.  Luckily we were still in the parking lot so it wasn't like I had to go way out my way to correct the problem, but I'll tell ya . . . they didn't make it easy to be honest.  It turned out the mistake was that I hadn't gotten those 3 fabrics measured cause I just wanted to buy the whole thing, so she just scanned the one paper, thinking it was for all of it.  I had to take it back and get it measured and priced (no big deal), and then ended up standing around forEVER, waiting for someone to come to the counter!  Grrr.  I asked someone to page an employee to the counter.  After a few minutes, he did.  Still nobody came!  So I had to go bother the electronics guy again, and he ended up having to be the one to do it.  FINALLY I paid for it and left, but we missed 20 minutes of the debate because of it.

I have a complaint about Larry.  The only thing is, it's about political differences and I don't want to stir anyone's emotions, so I don't think I'll share.  But just know:  It's there.  I WILL say, however . . . People:  Know what you're talking about before you open your mouth.  It will probably make it so fewer people want to punch you in the face.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Funniest Guy EVER

It's a new week!  And I promise to write every day.  Today I want to write about my blessed discovery of this guy right here.  FUNNIEST. GUY. EVER.  I laughed for hours yesterday when I came across his blog, thanks to Pinterest.  (We love Pinterest!)  I just wanted to throw that link in there cause I can.  :)  So anyway, check out that blog.  He (Eli) basically trolls through life and takes every opportunity to mess with people and it's hysterical!  WARNING:  There's a LOT of reading involved.  But sooooo worth it.

I finally got candy corn and I'm loving my life.  I have the bag right next to my bed (because if I want to get fat I shouldn't have to walk to the kitchen to do it).  I love candy corn.  Not as much as I love egg nog, but I REALLY love candy corn.

Yes I AM the most beautiful creature you've ever seen.  Thank you for saying so.
I'm really getting excited for Halloween!  I'm not gonna tell you what we're dressing up as.  Steven isn't excited but it's happening and it's gonna be awesome.  And so CUTE!  Everything he does is cute.  I love that man.  Mm.  Ok bye!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy Saturday, Everybody!

I forgot to blog yesterday!!!  But I was pretty busy.  I went to a friend's house and had lunch with her and hung out with her and her kids, and then we went to a surprise party for Larry and Joyce!  Yesterday was their 50th anniversary.  WOW!  Congratulations to them and what an accomplishment.  It was a good time and there was a lot of good food and conversation.  Poor Steven didn't get to be there, though.  He had to work and the party was at 2 (cause the Tinsleys' days end at 4:30 when they say goodnight, so the party was planned accordingly), but there was plenty of cake left over so he's happy.

Happy Anniversary!
And in other happy news -- WE GOT EGG NOG!  I'm on my second carton.  This one is bigger than the first, but also not as good.  I decided to try different brands to find my favorite . . . this one isn't it.  But it's still egg nog so I can't complain too much!  I. LOVE. EGG NOG.  MM!  (Yesterday my friend informed me that she doesn't care for egg nog because of the texture, and not only that but she actually LOVES skim milk.  UGH!  I want to throw up just thinking about that.)  I'm so excited for all the holidays coming up!  That's how they got us to tolerate the cold weather.  They put Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day all during those months so we'd have something to look forward to.  Tricksters.

I totally took that picture all by myself.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It Irks Me . . . With a Happy Ending!

Annoying Thing #1:  I was talking to Joyce and she asked about our plans for kids and we got into details.  I explained how we've been having trouble and she asked:

Joyce:  What about him?

This was after I told her we don't know why my body isn't cooperating.

Me:  Oh he's a-ok!  He's good.

Joyce:  So it's you.

Oh.  Um . . . yes.  Thank you for spelling it out so clearly.

Annoying Thing #2:  TV time is sacred quiet time.  SO SHUT YOUR MOUTH!  When I'm watching something and there's no pause button, please don't strike up a conversation?  What is it about my sitting there, starting at the TV and listening intently to NOT YOU that makes you think I want to chat?  Let me know and I'll change it so there's no confusion.  Joyce carries on and on about things I don't really care about, and Larry goes on about things I might actually be interested in if I weren't interested in something else at the time.  So find an appropriate time!  Or get DVR.  Those are your choices.

NOT Annoying Thing #1:  We're going to have another niece!  Congratulations to Jared and Tina.

It's a girl!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Small Update

In exactly one month we'll be hittin the road!  The time has actually gone by very quickly here and I'm looking forward to finishing up . . . as you probably already know.

I heard from BYU-Idaho.  I'm pretty sure I got in, but I'm a little confused cause it took me to a link where I was supposed to be able to see the decision and it says "Dear Cassandra," and that's it.  But then there are some links under "Additional Information" that are in regards to their decision and they're all positive things . . . Now I just don't know what to do!!!  I'll have to ask Steven when he gets home.  If it turns out I didn't get in, then forgive my absence as I will probably have buried my head somewhere in shame.  However, for right now, I remain hopeful.  :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's Tuesday. (How's that for a title?)

Yesterday my world was rocked when Steven informed me that Mitt Romney is significantly older than I thought.  He's 65 years old!!!  Um excuse me but who looks that good at 65??  I seriously thought he was in his late 40's, MAYBE early 50's.  But I guess if I had known that his oldest son was 42, I probably could have made a more educated guess.  Also, now that I look at pictures closely I can tell.  Man I'm dumb sometimes.  But come on -- that's a very handsome man.

Tell me I'm wrong.
And in closing, Larry thinks I don't know that you're supposed to put soap in the dishwasher.

Monday, October 15, 2012

We Love Pinterest

Well, I love Pinterest.  Steven turns up his nose at it until he sees something he likes (food, usually) and then asks me to make it.  Yesterday, or maybe Saturday, I was scrolling through that wonderful page full of fantastic ideas and came across this:

If you're like Steven you're thinking "UGH!" but if you're like me you're thinking "What a kool idea!  That would be fun for a party."

Me:  Steven look!  Isn't that kool??

Steven:  NO!  That is the worst thing to happen to mankind!  You think it's kool but then you realize it's horribly disappointing.

Whatev, Scalzi.  It's awesome and when we have a Christmas party, I'm making it.

*Changing the subject*  I LOVE our new camera!!  I'm totally new to quality cameras, so clearly don't expect any masterpieces, but I've been going crazy with pictures of nature (cause I have nothing else to photograph).  Wanna see?  (Please say yes.)

Hooray for new cameras and getting to be excited!!!  Thanks for looking at my pictures.  I expect that the next time I'm in any of your homes I will see a framed copy of your favorite?  I thought so.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Funny Stuff

I can't believe I forgot to write yesterday!  Going away for a week was not good for my blogging habit.

Anyway, you may have read about this on Facebook, but I wanted to tell the story of my funny man's sense of humor.  I laugh at a LOT of things.  I'm easily entertained and I love childish things.  He's childish too, but not to the same extent.  "So I always show Steven funny things on Pinterest and he never laughs like I do. Until now. I've discovered that what gets him is funny pictures of animals with movie quotes attached." -- Quoted directly from Facebook.  Wanna see what made him crack up hysterically?

I know this is hilarious, but he laughed and laughed!  And whenever I would scroll by it again -- he laughed some more!  He's so funny.  At least now I know what kinds of things to show him on Pinterest.  That and food.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaack!!

Ok vacation is over but I had an awesome time!  Can I just say that my nieces are so beautiful and amazing and everyone should be very, very jealous?  It's the truth.  So today I'm just going to give you a visual glimpse into my family time.  :)

Beautiful Elena!
We went to get pictures of Alesandra taken for her 2nd birthday, but little Elena got her picture taken, too.  (I took these ones.  Obviously not a pro.)

Isn't she beautiful?!!
Alesandra had a piƱata at her birthday party and then I devoured the leftovers.  Not exactly devoured because there was still a ton left, but I ate a loooooooot.

Oh boy what a mess.
Alesandra helped herself to some delicious greek yogurt . . . which she LOVES . . . and made quite a mess of herself . . . and me.

Ignore my face.
Alesandra had a blast taking pictures and making movies on my friend Milton here.  She got a kick out of being able to see herself.  :)

Ok well Lacey (my cousin/sister-at-heart) has most of the pictures on her camera so I'll end here.  I had such a wonderful time getting to be with family this last week.  I love them so much and I hope we get to see each other again sometime soon, but I'm sure glad to be back with my super awesome husband.  I missed him so much!

Before I end -- I'm back with Joyce and Larry!  I actually missed them, but now I'm wondering why.  Larry, please stop talking nonsense!!  Except, he just said something very helpful to me that gave me hope.  I'm grateful for that, but I'm not going to share it with you because it was actually too special.  So thank you, Larry.  <3

Also, we got a new camera!!!!!! :-D

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Carpool Lane

I'm sitting in the airport now.  :)  I love airports very much!  But on the way here, on a weekday morning in Seattle, there was more traffic than I cared for and people (including us) were in a hurry.  Well luckily we were 2, so we drove in the carpool lane, whereas most people on the road this morning were heading to work by themselves . . . so we should've been free to drive with few stops along the way.  Steven all of a sudden says:

Steven:  That better not be a onesie!

Me:  What?  What are you talking about?

All I could think of was this:

Go Spurs, Go!

But then he clarified that he was talking about cars with only one person in them.  Onesie.  HAHA!

So I asked why he was talking about this, and then he pointed out that those pesky onesies may be attempting to get into carpool lane.  Oh no they di'in't!

Oh yes they did.

And Steven was very upset.  OMGosh he got an attitude!  He checked every car that made any attempt to enter, daring them to go against his wishes.  (Also the law.)  So here is what I hope you take from this:  If you are in traffic all alone, don't try to use the carpool lane because people are watching . . . and they may try to run you off the road because not everyone is as patient as my sweet little hub.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Advance Notice

I will not be blogging much over the next 7 days.  I'm heading out tomorrow morning for California to go visit some family and be there for my niece's 2nd birthday and meet my new niece.  :)  AH!  I'm so excited!  So just letting you know, I may be M.I.A.

Poor Steven doesn't get to come on the trip.  :(  I'm gonna be so sad without him!  But he has to work so it's not really an option and we'll have to survive a week alone.

Today is Larry's birthday!  He is 79.

I STILL haven't gotten my cardigans and dress that I ordered!!!  Do you believe that?  Ugh.  Plus, I got an email saying they shipped the cardigans, but the dress is now out of stock so I have to wait.  WTF?!  It was a blessing though.  I had been wishing I could change my order by getting a different size, so I guess it's all good.  Accomplished.  But I'm getting worried it won't be here by time we leave this place.  OMGosh, it better not take that long.

K I'm gonna finish my packing now!  Have a wonderful next few days!!!

Monday, October 1, 2012


I usually take a break from blogging on Sundays, but I didn't write on Saturday either!  I missed it.

I've officially been asked to be a ward accompanist for sacrament meeting.  Like I've said, they're desperate.  I actually thought I'd play pretty well yesterday, but I didn't.  I decided to use both hands and it was a bit of a wreck but I'm getting better.

So yesterday in Primary we had a lesson on keeping the Sabbath day holy.  Somehow, and to nobody's surprise, we got way off topic when Sister Gerlach (my co-teacher) turned to the last page of our "Sabbath Day Book" and showed the children the final picture of an idea for appropriate Sunday activities:

Everyone in the class thought this was an old man.  I'm thinking lady?
Sister G:  Is visiting the elderly a good activity for Sunday?

Class:  YEEEES!

Sister G:  What does it look like this girl is doing here?

Dash:  She's bringing the old man a birthday card.

Sister G:  That sounds nice.

Then everyone begins talking about birthdays -- Sister Gerlach included.

Sister G:  I've had a lot of birthdays.  Every year I get a little older.  Do you know how old I'll be on my next birthday?  83!

After a brief pause, due to the children's seeming confusion, a question arrose:

Hallie:  Sister Gerlach, are you gonna die soon?

Me:  Uh!

*awkward moment*

Sister G:  Well, I don't know.  I might have more to do here so we'll just have to see.

It took everything I had not to burst into tears of laughter.  Aww, children and their innocence.