About a year ago, the Twilight movie was released, and of course I had to go see it with Kelli, the one who started my addiction! The second the movie ended, I began to look forward to seeing the next installation, New Moon. After what seemed like a lifetime, lots of hype, and of course re-reading New Moon, the big premiere was Friday at 12:01 a.m. That's right - we got tickets for a midnight premiere, something I had never done before. All week Ryan was so awesome, supporting my addiction everyway he knew how. For example, on Tuesday night I came home from having dinner with my friend Alyssa, and he had three packages wrapped on the kitchen table just waiting for me. He had drawn these really fun pictures of wolves, vampire teeth, blood (of course), etc. It was really sweet! I opened the packages to find these KILLER heels! I mean, I honestly felt like a true Cullen wearing them. He also spoiled me with a new vampire t-shirt and a cute red, black, and grey sweater that sparkled like vampires in the sunlight. :) Is he the greatest or what??
We tried to find some friends to go see the movie with us, but people were either not up for seeing a movie at midnight (I don't know what the big deal was - just kidding!), the husbands weren't "into it" (hello, it's called doing something special for your wife!), or they didn't know anything about the books. Despite it just being the two of us (again, I have the best husband for taking me!!!), we had a fabulous time! When I got home from work that day, Ryan had Twilight playing on our TV, and the soundtrack was playing in the background. Wasn't that so thoughtful?? My mom picked up Noah after she got off work on and took him back to her place for the night. Ryan and I left shortly after that to have dinner at BJ's Brewhouse. We had some delicious mozzarella sticks, deep dish pizza, and a breaded cheeseburger with thin, crispy fries. YUM!! We ate to our hearts' content, and then walked over to the mall.
We had an awesome time together, and now it's time to wait as patiently as possible for June 30, 2010 when Eclipse is released. I think we'll have to do another midnight premiere...it was definitely worth it!
Recently, my friend Dalia sent an email about Jingles the Elf, and I remembered Amanda's tradition with her kids. She is a consultant for Bumble Bees, a cute company with lots of fun items for kids. The description of Jingles the Elf says:
"Jingles The Elf" is a charming tale of a jolly little elf that magically appears on the first day of December, to embark upon a delightful adventure. After Jingles' silly mishap at the toy factory with the "Magical Copying Machine," Santa decided to send each little Jingles out on a special mission! Equipped with a magical bell to report back to Santa, Jingles is sent out to the special boy or girl to whom he was assigned. Every night, this playful elf will hide someplace new and wait anxiously to be found in the morning! This thrilling hide and seek adventure continues until Santa picks up Jingles on Christmas Eve and takes him back to the North Pole. Also included is a family fun section with activites and recipies sure to delight children of all ages!Written with a rhythmical flair this innovative tale is sure to capture the hearts of all who turn it's pages. Jingles will return to his special child year after year!
Because I love creating new traditions, I thought this would be the perfect tradition to start this Christmas. When I was a kid, I remember hearing about the Naughty & Nice List, and even though I knew I was always naughty, I still got gifts. This is true for most kids, and to this day, I have only heard one story where a kid actually got nothing but COAL from Santa one year. I really like the idea that there is an elf watching over Noah to report back to Santa. It just gives a good visual reminder to behave and obey your parents. Plus, I'm going to piggy back on Amanda's idea and hide Jingles in different places around the house so that Noah can find him. We'll plot little mischievous activities for Jingles to do at night, too. I am so excited!
What is it about balloons that makes kids so happy?? Noah was entertained for quite some time after dinner just playing in the balloons, which was nice so that I could finish eating my food. After dinner, John opened his gifts from the kids (us). We got him a bunch of running gear (see below), and he loved it! John runs about 3 times a week and is in great shape. We recently ran a race with him in Carmel, and I honestly felt like he was going to run laps around me. Oh wait, he did run laps around me. :)
Noah just loves his Mama and Papa. Noah was carrying around this wet washcloth after dinner (they give really warm washcloths to clean up your hands and face), but his Mama didn't seem to mind!
Happy birthday, John! You truly are a wonderful man, and I know Ryan admires you more than you will ever know. Thank you for raising your son to be a man of integrity who loves God! Noah and I are blessed every single day by the legacy you have passed on through him.
On May 22, 2009, twelve year old Noah Kriese fell into the Trummelbach Falls while vacationing with his family in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Noah was an active member of the Emmanuel Church of Greenwood and the Center Grove Community. Swiss police, rescue teams, and third party search teams searched for Noah until he was found June 17th, 2009 and brought home. The majority of the cost incurred to find Noah and bring him home lies with his family.
Some wonderful people organized a talent show and silent auction in hopes of raising $25,000 to help with some of the costs from the search. Any additional money would be put toward the Noah Kriese Foundation. Ryan, Noah, and I got there around 5:30 p.m., and I was giddy with excitement upon seeing so many awesome items for the silent auction. I walked around and around the tables, eyeing everything and figuring out my strategy for winning some of the items. We were also excited to see Ryan's 2nd cousins Jessie and Hannah, as they were both performing in the talent show. I bet they had at least 40 entries!! We had a LONGGGG wait until they would perform. Plus, we found out if we wanted to win the prizes, we had to stay until the end. Well, because the talent show was running way behind, the night got longer and longer! Regardless, we had a great time visiting with friends and watching Noah chase our pastor's daughter, Ruby, around the gym. He was seriously mesmerized by her beauty! During one of his many trips across the basketball court, Ryan said to him, "Get used to it, Buddy. You'll be doing this the rest of your life." It was hilarious! Noah just looked at Ryan, smiled, and kept running!
Finally by 8:30 p.m., Noah was BEAT. I drove Ryan and Noah home...thank goodness we live like 2 minutes away...and then went back to the church. By this point, I was bidding on a Woodlands Camp gray sweatshirt and sweatpants, and one other AWESOME auction item! For the past several years, I have been dying to go on a trip by train where we would actually sleep on the train. Well, the auction item wasn't exactly that, but it is the closest I've ever been! I was bidding on overnight accomodations in a TRAINCAR at the Crown Plaza Union Station, 2 coctails in Pullman's Restaurant, a carriage ride around downtown Indy, two movie tickets to the theatre at Circle Center Mall, and breakfast the next morning at Pullman's Restaurant. Ryan and I have our 5 year wedding anniversary coming up on New Year's Day, and we thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate! Plus, it was an awesome way to support an incredible cause...I mean, I'm sure Noah's parents had enough to deal with just losing their son, and we really wanted to help them not have to worry about the finances.
1. Go to http://www.marrow.org/
2. Read about the FAQs (if desired)
3. Read about the Myths vs. Facts (if desired)
4. Join the registry here
After completing the information online (takes about 10 minutes), they will send you a "kit" that contains 4 Q-Tips. All you do is swab your inner cheek, insert them into a piece of foam, and mail the prepaid envelope. After registering, I received my kit in 4 days and put it in the mail the following day.
What an awesome (and easy) way to give the gift of life!
The teens leading a sing & dance-a-long
Noah and Evelyn - Best Buddies
After the program was over, everyone went outside where dozens of cars were lined up with their trunks decorated in various themes. Kids and their parents lined up for trick-or-treating. We took Noah around to see each of the trunks and visited with friends along the way. We didn't collect any candy - we just didn't feel right doing that when we're not going to let him eat any of it. I mean, he's only 18 months old! :) It got pretty chilly, so we stayed just long enough to make our rounds and visit for awhile with some friends and family. We had a great time, and I'm sure it will become part of our Halloween tradition for years to come.