Friday, February 27, 2009


This was the Western Round up at West High the Spring of 1987. I liked 2 guys and couldn't decide who I wanted to ask. I had my best friend ask one of them (Brian) and I asked the other one. The week before the dance the other guy got Mono and couldn't go so a really good friend Danny jumped in and took me. Brian and I still chuckle about this dance because he still had no clue I liked him. Guys can be so clueless at times!!!!
This was Christmas 1987. This was my mom's wedding dress that we then bought a big piece of Satin and made a sash that had a huge bow in back. As you can tell by the bow in my hair that I was into bows!!!
This was our first official dance. It was homecoming 1987. It happens to be my favorite dance picture. I have to be amazed at how skinny we both were and at the time I thought I was not very skinny. Oh being a teen!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Just a quick update!! We do have our computer back YEAH!!!!! However I haven't had time to post because it is book fair this week. As my family can tell you I am not home very much. So until the weekend this will be it!!!! ;)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Books list
I found this on my friend Julie's blog and thought I would give it a go.
The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. How do you do?

1) Look at the list and color those you have read. (I did the ones I have read and my comments in blue)
2) Italicize those you intend to read. ( I put the ones I intend on reading in red as well)
3) Remark on the books you LOVE.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - I love all of her books!! This movie is by BBC is the only one that does justice to the book.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien- L
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte- this is on my list of books I am going to read this year.
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -I love these books. Do I get extra points for reading them more than 5 times???
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Just started!!
The Bible. -It's great. Not since high school.

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte-
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell -In high school and I don't think I will read it again.
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman-
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott -loved it.
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy- On my list.
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
4 Complete Works of Shakespeare-No, but I have read LOTS of them
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier -another on my list for this year.
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien- ditto... Does half way then giving up count?
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger I read it a long time ago and loved it.
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger I really want to!
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot .
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell At least 4 or 5 times!
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -This is one that I read every few years. I loved the movie. I am in love with Robert Redford.
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy Half Way!
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh. On my list.
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck This is another one that I don't remember much about.
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -I thought this was a fun read. 
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame -Brian read this to me and the girls.
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy On my list....
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - I Loved them all.
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden -Good book
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - Yep
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown-

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez I really want to read this one!!!
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -My favorite book as a child (and series) and still is. 
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding -Not my favorite.
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan-the movie made me so sad that I don't think I can read the book.
51 Life of Pi -Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen- I really liked it.
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -Once in High School
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck -Good book but so sad. 
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac- I did not enjoy this book at all.
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville- 
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker -
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -hardly remember it... I read it in high school.

76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt Read it with a Book Club but didn't understand most of it.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert Can't believe I am admiting to that one!
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White-
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-another high school read. I plan on reading again sometime.

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams.
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas-
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo Another one that I read every few years!!!

Wow... 53....I'll have to revisit this list after this year is over.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

No computer what will we do???

Happy Valentines Day!!!
This next week is going to be a very sad one in the Bruner household! Our Mac has crashed again and is now in the Mac shop being fixed. They said 3-5 business days. That means no computer during the day. Also Brian is leaving tomorrow so that means no lap top either. I am not sure how our house is going to survive without a computer for that long. I might have to go use one of my friends. I don't think I can go that long without checking all of the blogs that I check daily!!
Check Back next week to see if we have survived

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just wanted to make sure you all are aware of the kick off party over at KIDZ!!!!! They have some awesome prizes plus some very uplifting and inspiring stories!!!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

We have had a Mac for about a year now and last friday it stopped working. Baxter and I took the computer to an apple store today. I have to say that I am impressed. They were very helpful and had the problem solved in a few minutes!!!!
I love Apple!!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Braces come off (at least till all her teeth are in!)

Last day with braces for a few years any way!
No more brackets and slimy teeth!
Then comes the retainer. She also has one behind her bottom teeth.
It is way cute the sing a little song about having a beautiful smile. Then they give them a bag of all the candy that they haven't been able to eat.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Check it out!!!

I was doing my usual blog surfing and found this site!

This looks like a fun thing to be a part of ! I can't wait! If you would like to find out more 


Lelly's Challenge this week was....
I Love you when.....
There are many answers to that question but I don't have pictures of them all.
1. I love it when he puts the kids to bed.
2. I love it when he takes me out every friday night.
3. I love it when he leaves notes around the house.
4. I love it when he calls me mama.
5. I love it when he offers and then does buy me a new car!!!!!!

As you can tell this is not our actual car as I live in Wisconsin and it has been months since I have seen my grass. I just thought this picture was a little happier!
We finally gave up on our Montana and now have a Toyota! I love it!!!!
Virginia here we come!!!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Two Front Teeth!

Cassie has finally joined the ranks of people with no front teeth. Hopefully she won't be like the rest of the kids who took forever for their teeth to come in. If that is the case it will be another year of no corn this summer!!! Instead of all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth it is all I want for summer is my two front teeth.