Sunday, December 30, 2007

Oooh, La, La!

Christian turns a whopping
15 years old!

Our baby boy (yes, "baby boy," I'm in denial here, folks, so let me be) celebrated his 15th birthday in style with a group of his pals, dining on a French feast (sorta French) followed by the sophisticated foreign (sorta foreign) film, "Ratatouille."

In keeping with the French theme, the dinner menu from Le Magnific' Chez Sagers consisted of: Laitue (salad), des Cuisses de Grenouille (frog legs), des Escargots (snails), du Pain (bread), and Pommes Frites (potatoes). Yum, yum! I think the kids were more than a smidgeon disappointed to see that the frog legs were actually chicken legs and chicken fingers, the snails were actually popcorn shrimp, and the pommes frites were actually French fries. However, they said it was the BEST birthday dinner they had ever had. It was basically junk food (manna for teenagers) served up on fancy platters with pretty little garnishes. The guys in particular seemed to really love the formal table setting with the stemmed goblets so they could "toast" their host often.

Enjoy the birthday video below (Sean offers his apologies for the nausea-inducing camera work).

Happy birthday to the sweetest, happiest, most wonderful son a mom could have!
We love you Christian!

video

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Brown Bagging It

Christian and Sean are such good sports to haul their Mom's little attempts at creativity to school with them for all the world to see on a daily basis. I love you guys! (For all I know, they probably ditch the sack and cram all the contents into their backpack long before they reach their schools . . . but they humor me and don't complain . . . to my face, that is.)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Preference 2007


After an adventurous "day-date" consisting of an Iron Chef Competition, Sean's preference date picks him up for a fun evening of dinner and dancing.

Oh! The secret ingredient for the Iron Chef Competition? (Break open the Pepto Bismal) . . . Vienna sausages. Yes indeedy. Sean's team won the cook-off with some sort of Bisquick Vienna sausage pie thingy (doesn't sound too bad) beating out the other team's Vienna sausage pancakes (eeewww). Those lucky judges!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Enough Said.


(For those with less than steller reading vision . . . ahem . . . double click on the sarcastic little ratfink, good for nothin', rude little snivler of a rodent, and you'll be able to read his glowing commentary a little better. Am I offended? Na uh. Not me. Actually, the little dude is pretty dead on target.) jk-ing


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hail the Queen and King!

The Debate: Does the scepter or the crown wield more power?
Who cares when both are in the family!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's a Beautiful Baby Girl!


(To be sung to the tune of "Java" by Al Hirt {go to itunes for a sample because I'm not computer saavy enough to figure out how to link it to this blog . . .} )

My name is Ashley, and I am a little girl,
Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am a little girl!
My name is Ashley, I'm the cutest in the world,
Yes I am, yes I am, I'm the cutest in the world!
My Daddy tells me so, and my Mommy tells me so,
Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am!!!!!

Happy 23rd birthday to the most precious, sweetest, lovliest girl in the world!


We love you Ashley!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Movie Review of "Dreamgirls"

The critics at this house recently viewed and reviewed last year's acclaimed hit, "Dreamgirls" starring Beyonce' (but really starring Jennifer Hudson ala American Idol fame). Our take on the movie? Take a pass. Go watch "West Side Story" for a much more satisfying and delicious musical. We felt it was like comparing a grape to a filet mignon--"Dreamgirls" was sweet for a few moments, then left us hungry for some real substance, sustenance and emotional nutrition. In fact, the more we discussed it, the more we began to dislike the film, leaving us with a decidedly bad taste in our mouths. Don't bother.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hey! It's the Birthday Boy!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JORDAN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!

Q: What did the birthday balloon say to the pin?
A: Hi Buster!

Q: Why was the birthday cake as hard as rock?
A: Because it was a marble cake!

Q: What party game do rabbits like to play?
A: Musical hares!

WE LOVE YOU JORDAN!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

It's Just Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

The Salt Lake City Tribune recently reported that because of the tanking of Merrill Lynch (well okay, they didn't actually "tank," but they did report a whopping $2.24 billion quarterly loss, which is pretty much "tanking" in my bankbook . . .), Merrill Lynch is giving the old heave-ho to their CEO with a measely, sniveling exit package worth $161.5 million. What is wrong with this picture, people? Anyone? Anyone? Grrrrrrr, I've got a bee in my bonnet!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Don't Be Too Scared . . .




Halloween was a blast this year! We went to a party, then went to a party, then held a party, then cleaned up the basement for about a gazillion hours. But no matter--it was way fun!!! Here is a glimpse of some of it. Oh, and you may wish to avert your eyes when you come across the obsene plumber's crack . . . that just may scare the living daylights out of you. Enjoy.













Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!

Nope, unfortunately I didn't find "the big dubya," but I felt like I stepped right into a scene from one of the all-time funniest movies evereverever.


Do you remember the scene in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!" where "Emiline" is wedged between Jonathan Winters and Milton Berle in the cab of a tow truck? Well. There you have it. Only it wasn't quite so funny as the movie. That was me, wedged between Mr. Tow Truck (Winters) and Dave (Uncle Miltie) staring at a fresh-as-pine car deodorizer dangling in front of my nose as we barrelled down I-15 with the Montero wenched up on the flatbed behind my head and Sean and Christian bobbing around inside of it (illegally, ahem). "Double suspension!" as Sean so succinctly put it after his jarring ride.


A blowout on the freeway was not what we signed up for when we left on an outing to SLC to do some vintage clothes shopping, hit the Broadway Theater for a movie and then on to dinner. But a blowout is what we got. And wouldn't you think, even stretching your imagination just a little bit, that a Firstone Tire store so conveniently near to our recently comandeered shoulder of the freeway would have a tool to remove a stuck lug nut from the spare? Silly me. What could I have been thinking? Somebody bop me on the forehead with a sledgehammer and knock some sense into my noggin'. A tire store with a tool for tires! Good one, that!


Providence was shining upon us, however, since no one was injured as we sat oh so vulnerable as cars raced by at top speed and Dave and Sean crossed not one, but two sections of freeway hauling a 50-pound tire to the not-in-anyway-helpful-Firestone store and back again, and even as Dave laid down in the dirt UNDERNEATH the precariously jacked up Montero trying desparately to shovel out a pocket of sand so the blown out tire could be put back on the car in order for it to be wenched up onto Mr. Tow Truck's flat bed. Whew! Lots of opportunities for Mr. Death to come by to say "howdy!"


Despite his hallitosis, our thanks go out to Mr. Tow Truck Driver for his kindness and patience as we dealt with a non-English speaking insurance representative who drew out this whole process to be much longer than necessary as we sat scrunched side by side in the nifty cab. Me: "No. You don't need to authorize a tow truck. You have already done that. I am sitting in it right now." Insurance representative: "I need to verify your policy number, mam, in order to authorize a tow truck." Me: "Actually, mam, you have done that already. I am sitting in it right now. We just need to have you notate where we are going." Her: "I will be able to call you a tow truck if you will give me your information." Me: "Actually, all we need you to do is . . . ." Her: "Mam, I need to just authorize . . . ." Me: "Dave--it's your turn . . . "


Dinner at Los Hermanos calmed our nerves and satisfied our stomachs. A great game of Sequence polished off a very off-kilter but blessedly safe day.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Arcade Fire!

Okay, so the bar has been raised really, really high for live concert satisfaction. To our extreme pleasure and delight to the point of giddiness, Arcade Fire played an absolutely awesome show at Thanksgiving Point on Wednesday night. All you other bands out there better up the ante because this one will be hard to beat. Ten musicians on stage. Swapping instruments with nearly every song. Energy levels worthy of a hummingbird on Rockstar. A pipe organ complete with exposed pipes for heaven's sake! A dulcimer! An accordian! Many, many guitars! A ginormous baritone tuba-thingy-saxaphonish somethingorother! I wish we could push rewind and see it again so we could savor what we now know was coming our way. Sweet.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Rock On!

For some of the best music you will ever hear, go here http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=25238682 and click on the right hand side where it says in blue, "Cry With the Sky." Yep, that's my boy Sean who wrote the song, sings the vocals and plays an awesome bass, as well as my boy Christian knocking them dead with his drumming, not to mention his charisma.

His Boy Elroy = My Boys = Amazing Geniuses

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Arrrr! Today is TLAPD!!!

Okay guys. So it just seems that it was yesterday that September 19th rolled around and brought us one of our favorite and much celebrated days of the year: Talk Like a Pirate Day! (Me landlubbers are scratchin' their noggins, thinking, "Since when have WE celebrated TLAPD? Humor me here, folks.) For the uninitiated, here are a few of the most basic terms to be used on TLAPD. Use them with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if possible:

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a not too happy wasp. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this rootbeer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it reeked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

Shiver me timbers! If I don't want to get keelhauled by Capn Davey, Mad Dog Sean or Mr. Christian, I must be off to brew up some grog and fry up some critters for me motley crue soon to be pullin' up anchor and sloshin' ashore at the Sagers' Wooden Leg Inn. Step smartly now!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Typical Friday Night at the Sagers' Home

You know how a lot of towns have a local hang-out like Arnold's Drive-In or Mel's Diner or the Krusty Krab where kids can be certain to hook up with all their friends? Our nighborhood has the Sagers' Basement. Which is just fine with me. I know who's where and what's up and how's it shakin', and when it will be ending, and why is he with her?, and the answers to all of the classic who,what,why,where,when and how questions that parents should be asking their kids, but often don't seem to want to bother doing. Me? I love it. Just remember to check your shoes at the door.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Puts Me In a Happy Place


Ashley and Jordan know how to melt my heart . . . Thanks guys! These flowers are so perrrrty!






Oh Wait! One More!


Referring to my previous post, I overlooked one more important book in my recent reading repetoire' (is that word allowed in this forum? . . . ) of the last six months, and that is, "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton. It was oh so wonderful. I loved it. And again, we find in this book (written in 1905) the same society classes and castes and cliques and wannabes that are ever present in our world today. I find all of those era-spanning consistencies fascinating yet somewhat disheartening in that our world, in general, doesn't seem to learn or become softer and more accepting. Individuals can though. That is good. That is good.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

One of My New Favorites

Geez, I've been doing a lot of quality reading lately--read no sarcasm into that. I mean it. Last night I finished "Cry, The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. This was Sean's suggestion. The book was incredibly moving, rich and filled with gentle portrayals of compassion. While the book was written in 1948 and set in South Africa, the social ills, misteps, broken hearts, love, generosity, and tenderness depicted throughout the book are basically the same in our world today, sixty years later. I am reminded by this book that people can be very kind and selfless in this truly difficult and selfish world of ours. I am inspired.

I love to read! It opens people's hearts to other's suffering; it opens people's minds to greater things; it motivates people to reach for better; it fills people's souls with emotions or experiences they may have never had before. If I am passionate about anything in this life, reading surely rates in my top five. It is almost a miracle the way that people can convey their sincerest and heartfelt thoughts to others through the written word. (This is gooey and sappy and verbose, I know, but I call it like I see it.)

A recent study revealed that one out of every four adults in the United States has not read at least one book in the last year! Wow! I know people are busy and all, but still. Wow. wow. To each his own, I guess. I'm not here to judge, I just know that I am in heaven when I have a good book on my bedside table. I am lost if I can't read my book in bed EVERY SINGLE NIGHT OF MY LIFE!

This, then, got me thinking about the books I have read just in the last six or seven months. As near as I can remember, here is my list (hoping I'm not forgetting any):

Cry, The Beloved Country
The Road
Til They Have Faces
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Train to Perestroika
These Is My Words
Pride and Prejudice
Twilight
New Moon
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
The Great Gatsby

I'm up for some great reading suggestions! Let me hear from you! I've got to get something good on my bedside table, and zippy soon!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Like Father, Like Daughter


And so the noble tradition of becoming a BYU graduate continues! As Ashley showed Dave the "proper" way to wear his mortar board on the day he graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from BYU in April of 1986, so she now proudly wears her own tassle upon her graduation from BYU with her Bachelor's Degree in Integrative Biology. How very proud we are of Ashley! And so she continues on to obtain her Master's Degree, always the sweet, compassionate, caring, talented, and adored daughter of ours. How very lucky--no, how very blessed we are to be her parents!



Go Ashley!



















Ashley always will be my "Sweet Pea."


















The Three Musketeers!














If I wasn't already a part of this family, I would be so jealous!

























Ashley certainly has reason to jump for joy on her graduation day!


















Sweetness!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It's a Book! Three Words! First Word: "Let's"









Second word: "Play."
Third word: "Charades!"

I adore playing games, and thank goodness my family indulges me once in a while! Occasionally, they even let me win . . . just to keep me quiet, probably.




Saturday, August 04, 2007

Man, She's One Hep Cat!

Mom took her turn on the throne to show us her sweet skills on the drums, demonstrating that she hasn't lost her touch of keeping the beat acquired on the timpani in her college days. Gosh! What hasn't Mom tried? Piloting an airplane? Check. Teaching college? Check. Working for Mr. Marriott when he was a no-name? Check. Starting her own business? Check. Raising six wild and crazy little rugrats? Check. The list goes on and on. This is one extremely remarkable woman, my Mom. And I'm glad she's mine.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Latest Trend in Men's Neckwear . . .

Always on the cutting edge of fashion, those guys of mine.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Domestic Excellence!

Exactly where Ashley got this particular talent, I just couldn't say. Certainly not from me. Ashley and Jordan have made some of the most delicious, tasty, wonderful jam ever put into a Mason canning jar. Aunt Bea couldn't have done better for Andy and Opie. I have never in my life canned jam. Never. Great job you two!!! And thanks for sharing! (I'm quite sure Dave thanks you too . . . .)

Monday, July 23, 2007

And So It Ends . . .

The book, and I mean THE BOOK! has been purchased, devoured and loved by thousands already, including Christian, Ashley and Jordan. Sean is well beyond the halfway mark (alas, he had to work all day on Saturday so he had a late start). Now that Christian has finished the book, I get to dive in! From all accounts, it is wonderful, great, very satisfying, everything we Potterheads would hope the final installment might be. Can't wait!




On a side note, our wonderful and beloved community of Naperville, Illinois, apparently went crazy-looney over the midnight release of the book with about 50,000 people (yes, you read that right), showing up in the adorable downtown area near Anderson's Bookshop to have one ginormous Harry Potter party! And what a party it was. About sixty shops transformed into Harry Potter shops, i.e., Anderson's became Flourish and Blotts, the dance attire store became Yule Ball Dance Shoppe, Potter's Place (restaurant) became Harry Potter's Place, the porta-potties became Potter Potties, the YMCA hosted a quidditch match, one store had six window displays filled with live manequins portraying characters from the books, professional characters roamed the streets which, by the way, were blocked off so people could wander and enjoy the whole scene. I've gotta hand it to Naperville, they do things right!
(I also noticed on Anderson's website that they are hosting Stephenie Meyer whose two huge hits I have read! I wish we had an Anderson's . . .)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Soon, Soon, Soon!

So tomorrow the new and (sadly) final Harry Potter book is officially released. Sorry to be monotonous with the ongoing Harry Potter theme of late, but I am really stoked for that new book! Here are a few rejected titles which J.K. Rowling may or may NOT actually, for real, seriously, for sure, quite honestly have considered:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alcatraz
Harry Potter and the Stoned Philosopher
Harry Potter and Secrets of the Bed Chamber
Harry Potter and the Record of Most Bails out of Azkaban
Harry Potter and Too Many Goblets of Firewhisky
Harry Potter Ordering Around the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the 3/4 Blood Prince

Happy reading all of you Harry Potterheads!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I'm Not Listening . . .

I have my fingers in my ears, humming to myself, making sure I don't hear any of the Harry Potter spoilers floating around out there preceding the "official" (do you hear that New York Times???!!!!!) release of the seventh and final Harry Potter book. Apparently, some big egotistical editors at the New York Times thought it would be just dandy to publish a review of the new HP book before it is released for sale, stating that they bought it "legally." Uh huh. And I bet you always buckle up for safety and come to a complete stop at every stop sign too, don'tcha. As for me, I am itching to get my hands on that book (ahem, legally), but I will be in mourning when I've completed it, that's for sure.



Congratulations to Jordan H. on getting all five trivia questions correct on the July 12 quiz. Magic bars for you Mr. Trivia!!!

Let's all go out and have some butterbeer in anticipation of Saturday's hoopla!

BUTTERBEER (non alcoholic version)
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Place milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave again for 2 to 3 minutes or until hot, but not boiling. Remove milk from microwave. Place butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and return to the microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Pour melted butterscotch into warmed milk. Blend with a hand mixer until well-combined and frothy. Pour into mugs and serve. Makes 3 servings.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Unless You Live on Mars . . .

I'm pretty sure that 99.793% of the world knows that the new Harry Potter movie has hit the big screen, and I was one among gazillions to see it on its opening day. (Thanks Marian for snaging the freebies!) I give the movie three broomsticks out of four--it was really great but ultimately the movies in this series are in a losing situation. First of all, the loyal HP followers have read each book more times than they have flossed their teeth probably, and so they know every detail, outcome, nuance, omitted parts, which leaves the viewer with not a lot of suspense as to the ending. Everyone's mental image of #4 Privet Drive, Mrs. Weasley's kitchen, Grawpy, etc., etc., will all be unique and therefore not exactly what we see in the movies. So sometimes that can disappoint. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment, and I CANNOT WAIT for the last book!!!!

Test some of your Harry Potter knowledge for fabulous prizes! As with any good trivia, these answers can be "googled." Give it a try before you cheat, er, um, research them out. I have magic bars (the fabulous prizes referred to above) for anyone who can answer all five questions correctly. Good luck fellow nerds and geeks fans! (Answers appear at the end, so don't peek until you've tried your best.)

1. Was there really a Nicolas Flamel?

2. Hedwig, Harry's snowy owl, is named after a what?
a)Aviator
b)Norse owl god
c)Saint
d)Author of magical books

3. The caretaker of Hogwarts is named Argus Filch. Why is this name appropriate?
a)Argus was a cleaning man
b)Argus liked to spy on others
c)Argus had a nasty temper
d)Argus had many eyes

4. The grindylow, a water demon, is a part of Yorkshire folklore, like many of the creatures in the Potter series. In the Yorkshire tales, what was the grindylow known for?
a)Poisoning water supplies
b)Drowning livestock
c)Eating children
d)Making an awful noise

5. One potion ingredient is the bezoar, supposedly found in the stomach of a goat. Is this a real item?

ANSWERS:
1. Yes, and just as in the books, Nicolas Flamel was an alchemist. He lived from 1330-1418, was quite successful in business, and gave generous endowments to public works. There is a street named after him in Paris.

2. A saint. St. Hedwig was female. She lived from 1174-1243 in Germany (then Silesia.) She received sainthood for aiding and comforting victims of every kind of tragedy

3. Argus was a Greek giant with one hundred eyes.

4. Eating children. It would lurk near shore, grabbing any children that came to the water's edge.

5. Yes. There is even one wild goat, a species of ibex, known as the "bezoar goat."

Monday, July 09, 2007

ROCK THE AMP!

Christian always draws a crowd


The venue rocked!

The crowd went crazy over

His Boy Elroy!




Sean is interviewed by Fox 13 News



And the band played on . . .






Sean and his friend Jordan organized a benefit concert for a guy at their school who sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident a few years ago, and who is in need of specialized medical treatment outside of the U.S. The concert was held at a really cool ampitheater in American Fork and featured six or seven bands, including the best band ever: His Boy Elroy with Sean on bass guitar and Christian on drums, Adrew on lead guitar and Chuck on rhythm! Fox 13 News Television ran a story about the effort, and a few newspapers published articles with many details about the concert, quoting Sean and Jordan. Read one of the articles here. Way to go Sean and Christian, et al., for using your considerable talents to make a difference in this world! (Double click on each picture to get a much better view.)