Thursday, January 29, 2009


Ok, So, every time I post it starts out underlined. I don't know why. Anyway, I have now seen my third hockey game. I am a Melanie-come-lately to many things. It took me until teenagerhood to realize how awesome eighties music is, and that not only do I not like pepperoni pizza, I am allowed to say no to it! It took me until adulthood to leave the country, eat ribs, and to loooove hockey! I do. I love hockey. And like most other things I love, I have no idea why. Except to say, its awesome. Wow, the underlining went away, weird. Anyway, my first NHL game!!!! It was, of course, insanely awesome.

This was at the gas station on the way down. Can you tell I am excited?

Joe has a look on his face that suggests this is a not-unpleasant activity we are going to.
Just kidding, he was really excited too.

The Anaheim Pond! (Honda Center) Home of the Anaheim Ducks!

Before we got inside, our excitement was threatened when the metal detecter wand detected Joe's army knife. We were told he had to put it back in the car (a half mile away) or he had to break off the knife. When we asked why this was necessary, the teenage employee explained that we could potentially kill someone with it. Joe then explained cheerfully to the adolescent boy that he didn't need a knife to kill him, he could do it with his bare hands. In the end, we left behind a broken knife tip, and a terrified teen. Thank goodness Joe was not arrested.

Ok, bad pic, but look how close to the ice we were!

Oh say can you see...that the ducks are going to lose.... : (

If you don't like hockey pics, this post will not thrill you.

Hey!!!! That jersey would cost me 250 bucks to buy it used from the gift shop! BE CAREFUL!!

Fighting is not always between two players!

Ok, I am aware that I have not seen that many games. That being said, I still have two eyes and a brain. This guy below, Nikolai Khabibulin, is the best goaltender I have yet to see, after three games : ) With two minutes left in the game, the ducks went crazy! Attempt after attempt to slam that puck in the net. He was everywhere, and didn't miss a beat. I personally think he is freakin' good, and with respect to the Ducks, when I get a Ducks Jersey, I may just get a Blackhawks Khabibulin one too.

Below, he is down in the right corner. You can kind of see his name on the back of his jersey.

Again, showcasing how much zilch I know about hockey, below are two guys wearing jerseys bearing the two names that were on the backs of everyone else's jerseys too.
and Pronger must be pretty good.

Notice how the refs look like they were just enjoying the violence. Well, they were. They were pretty slooow about pulling these guys apart. Finally, when the skate blades started flying, they were like, ok, ok.

No Overtime... : ( But here we are having a blast!

And yes, I know I have chipmunk cheeks. I am very self concsious about them.
One day I hope to live somewhere where ginormous cheeks are sexy.

Upon leaving the arena, we were confronted with two disturbing, and sad sights.
This one (which we actually got to see all night long)
It's blurry, but that is probably better for all y'all with weak stomachs.

And this one.
But this will not be our last Ducks game. And next time, I WILL be wearing a Ducks jersey! Unless the Ducks are playing the Blackhawks again. Then I'll be wearing a Khabibulin Jersey!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

...One is the happiest number that you'll ever do...

...two can be as happy as one,
Check Spelling
it's the happiest number since the number one


...cake is the saddest experience that you'll ever know...

...yes caaaake is the saddest experience that you'll ever know....

...cuz one is the happiest number that you'll ever do... is the happiest number, better than two...

One is the happiest, number one is happiest
Number one is the happiest number that you'll ever do
One is the happiest, one is the happiest
One is the happiest number that you'll ever do
It's just no good anymore since that great birthday
(Number) One is the happiest
(Number) One is the happiest
(Number) One is the happiest number that you'll ever do....
(Number) One is the happiest
(Number) One is the happiest
(Number) One is the happiest number that you'll ever do.....

Happy 1st Birthday to our niece Sara!


This perfect specimen of new human-ness is my sister in law's daughter, our niece!
Otherwise known as
Delayna Jewell McEwan

Born on her Daddy's birthday, December 30th,
9:40 p.m.
9 lbs. 2 oz
Welcome to our family, sweet girl!

Joe meeting his new niece

Suzy took this gorgeous pic of her daughter.
And boy oh boy, do I want a girl oh girl one day!
But if not, get ready Layney, I'm a great aunt!

We would definitely survive an Ice Age

It may have snowed earlier this year, but this is still the desert.
As such, when our family went to the park last week, some of us decided to strip down to our shorts. Only in Hesperia. The second week in January. The dead of winter. And here in California, HOT!

Look at this! 40 below zero on the East Coast, and it was 80 degrees here!


Some of us think slides are way funner.

They are having a blast! I want more snow.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The ambidextrous freak of nature (my mom)

My mother IS an ambidextrous freak of nature. She really CAN do everything, because she uses both sides of her brain. You name it, she can do it. I wanted to do a feature on everything she can do, but then this post would take a couple of days to read. So, here are a few of the thousands of talents she has. And not only can she do it all, she does it all better than everyone else.

My mother paints....

A portrait of Kathryn

This is a painting of a stripling warrior getting ready for battle. She won an award in the church's art contest when she painted it!

Cross stitches (incidentally, she also plays the violin beautifully)


Look at this shawl!!

Crochets everything, including trees full of snowflakes

In just a couple hours, my mom sculpted this figurine of Christ. In a couple hours!! Out of cheap sculpey you buy at the craft store!
Look at the details!

Has a mass producing garden

And, not pictured, she sews the most gorgeous clothes (she made my wedding dress) cooks the most DELICIOUS things, does car repairs, INVENTS things,
goes to the temple all the time, is ALWAYS in a good mood, and is the best grandmother ever born. Sigh, why do some people get all the talent? (And NOT genetically pass them on!!!)
I love you, mom!