Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday 5: When you Should Go Back to Bed

Time for Friday 5 (#Friday5), sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.   Now with a weekly guest co-host.
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This week's co-host is Casey from The Starnes Family.  I met Casey in real life a a couple of years ago as both she and I crashed a luncheon of a group of bloggers who had yearly get together.
Me in front in the gray and boots and Casey in the yellow
I just met her briefly then but since have really come to love her blog.  Besides her family blog she has started an awesome Disney Land Resort Prep School- an amazing site with insider information to having a great Disney vacation.   Please go like her Facebook page for DLR Prep school.

I asked Casey 5 questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?
   I have been blogging since July 2006. I started when we moved out of Texas to Denver as a way to keep family up to date on our children. Then, we had another child and moved again and again and it's grown into an online journal for our adventures.

2. What is your favorite part about blogging/least favorite part? 
   My favorite part of blogging is the connection to people across the U.S. that I would have never otherwise met, including you, Emily! (We met through Impulsive Addict.....whom I met randomly via blogland). I have formed deep, meaningful relationships with women across the country and I value these friendships in a way I never anticipated. I truly don't have a 'least favorite' part of blogging. I've tried hard to enjoy the good parts of this life online and avoid the tough parts I see others encounter. I feel lucky!

3. Have you seen any good movies lately?
  I saw every film nominated for Best Picture by the Academy and many others! Movies are my escape and I see one or two a week, almost always solo with lots of buttered popcorn. Recent favorites include Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers' Club. Looking forward to Fault In Our Stars.

4. If money didn't matter, what would be your dream job?
  If money didn't matter, I would do exactly as I'm doing now, which is freelance travel writing and contributing to DLR Prep School, my Disneyland planning site. Writing is my passion and I love Disneyland like many do, so to be able to write and teach people how to get the most from their visits makes me happier than any other job could, I believe.

5. What is your favorite dessert? 
   I'm not a big dessert fan, so I would probably trade a sweet offered to me for something salty instead - maybe a pretzel from Disneyland or popcorn at a movie!

Thank you so much Casey for co-hosting with me!   Now for my Friday 5.

5 Thoughts:
  1. Ever have a moment that makes you think you should just go back to bed?  On Monday as I was heading to work out class, I got out to the car realizing I forgot my sunglasses. I went inside and could not find them, I looked in my usual places and then quickly gave up.  I went back out to the car and told Ryder I was looking for my sunglasses.
  Ryder: "Then you found them."
  Me: "No, I looked but I couldn't find them."
  Ryder: "But you have them."
  Me: "No, I don't, I couldn't find them."
  Ryder: "What's on your head?"

   At this point I reached up to feel my sunglasses, on my head.  Oh boy.

2. I could never be a fashion blogger.  Every morning when I wake up my line of thought goes something like this, oh man, I have that meeting to go to tonight, I guess I need to find something nice to wear.

3. Ryder asked if I wanted to hear the song he made.
  "I look out the car window and see a green light and say (now more in a talking voice) 'Mom what does that mean.'  I look out the car window and see a yellow light and say "Mom, what does that mean?' I look out the car window and see a red light and say 'Mom, what does that mean?" 

I love that kid

4. Ryder gave his first talk in Primary this last Sunday.   He did such a good job and did not seem nervous at all!  

5. Today is a very special day, it is my husband's birthday!  We will be spoiling him with dinner, lots of presents and a cake of course.  I am so in love with this guy and couldn't imagine my life without him.  He truly is my best friend and takes care of me like no one else can. 

5 Pictures
Yea! Finally Glorious rain! 
Spent Saturday morning with my cousin-in-law at a Social Media symposium
Dancing in the shoe store- isn't that what you do?
Ryder giving his first talk
Beautiful table setting at Relief Society Birthday Celebration
  What is your Friday 5 for this week?   Also if you would like to co-host, e-mail me at emmy (at) emmymom2 (dot) com.


  1. Ryder is such a funny easy going guy! Love him.
    Now tell me, why the title? Can't find a connection. Of course it is very early and I am trying to get the baby back to sleep, which may be why I can't find a connection.

    1. It is from my first thing about the sunglasses, I usually just a pick a random thing from that week to incorporate into the title so it isn’t just Friday 5 every week. :)

  2. Oh Emily...such a WONDERFUL post. I just laughed and laughed at Ryder and your sunglasses. The pictures are precious...and of course, I love what you said about Eric. He's the bomb! Your RS celebration looks awesome (ours is next week) and I LOVE Alex dancing in the shoe store. I do that too! (well actually, I dance all throughout the day!)

    1. Ryder really is a crack up, and yes I mean I have lost my sunglasses on my head before but never to the point where someone had to point them out several times

  3. Ryder is so funny! I've done that kind of thing with sunglasses and looked for my keys or phone while actually holding them. Hate when that happens! Happy birthday to your husband!

    1. Thank you! Yes, I have done it with my phone too! Too funny.

  4. Yay, Ryder!!!!!! That's so awesome.

    "What's on your head?" = hilarious. I love funny kids!

    We did totally crash that lunch!

    1. I know! I totally couldn’t believe that after all of that, even after he told me a couple of times I didn’t realize they were there.

      Yes, we sure did crash it. I wonder if they are planning another big get together… some of them never even really blog anymore :(

  5. At that age, yeah I danced through all stores :). Sooooo awesome about Ryder. What is a social media symposium?

    1. It was a day conference that talked about how to use social media for good, especially from a religious perspective, as there is definitely a lot bad/untrue stuff about Mormons on-line.

  6. Oh and Happy Birthday to Eric!!

  7. I love the title of this post! I've had one of those days all week. Hopefully the next one will be better!

    I love that shot of Ryder looking out the window. I'd have been happy to send you guys some of our rain if you'd just asked! ;o)

    I hope you guys have fun celebrating Erik's birthday!

    1. Okay I will ask now, could you send us some rain. We had a great storm and got a ton of rain, but wouldn’t hurt a thing to get a few more rain showers.

  8. Ryder is the cutest! Tell Eric Happy Birthday. And yes, I totally dance in the shoe store. Every time.

    1. Yes, this girl was going all out, even got down on the floor one time for some crazy move… I just stood there and shook my head :)

  9. Ryder is so funny (and smart!) Happy birthday, Eric!

  10. I love the picture of Ryder giving his first talk! Charlie gave the opening prayer the other week and it was so exciting! :)

    1. It is so fun when they do something in primary.

  11. I hope your husband has a wonderful birthday!
    Also? The first one made me laugh! I have been there!!!

    1. Yes! I mean I have definitely misplaced things before but I could not believe how long it took for me to realize they were on my head!

  12. He looks so grown up giving his talk. He looks just like a little man!
    Hope your Hubby has a fabulous Birthday Celebration!!

    1. I know! It really is so bittersweet.. my baby is growing up too fast!

  13. It was fun hanging out with you! Excited to see you at TOFW!

    1. Yes, it was so fun! I am so excited for TOFW, it is going to be fun!

  14. Little Ryder holding that microphone is just too much!