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FFF! First Friend Friday!

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That’s right.  You  heard it right here.  First Friend Friday!  Now feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I’d venture to say that this term has yet to be coined in the blogosphere.  At least not a term that coincides with those pictures people parade around on social media for things like TBT (Throw Back Thursday), WW (Wacky Wednesday), etc.  How do I know?  Well, well, well, my friends.  Google is a very magical place where you can find answers to just about everything.  (Just FYI.  Be very careful with the medical answers and advice you find on Google.  They aren’t always reliable.)  When searching “Friend Friday” I got all sorts of things:  Furry Friend Friday, Foodie Friend Friday, Feathered Friend Friday, Free Friend Friday Possibly, Facebook Friend Friday, Featured Friend Friday, Favorite Friend Friday.  The list could go on and on.  There was even New Friend Friday and Best Friend Friday.  The only thing remotely close was the term ‘My First Friend Friday’, but that was in reference to the very first posting bloggers were doing for Friend Friday.  You know that weekly blog party where bloggers answer random questions???  Yeah that one.  So I’m seriously thinking that FFF just hasn’t been coined yet.  Who knows?  Maybe it does exist out there on some very remote page that’s showing up somewhere in the more than 147,000 search results, but for now I’m just fine with saying it wasn’t coined before.  🙂   Alrighty then.  Let’s get this FFF thing started.

That very first friend ever.  We’ve all got ’em.  Who was YOUR very first friend?  Are you still friends?  For this blog posting I’m actually using a photo that I broke out yesterday for TBT.  It was broken out for personal use, so you all didn’t get to see it.  😉   It’s a throw waaayyy back and it’s a picture of me and my very first friend:

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Becky and I were adorbs.  Ahem.  I mean… we are still adorbs.  😉

Yes, we are still friends.

Technically this girl and I were friends before birth.  It’s true.  Our parents were good friends before us wee ones were even thought of.  🙂   They spent their weekends camping and boating.  All carefree like.  Way back in the 70’s when life was easier.  😉   Apparently our dads used to love to compare whose ski boat was better.  I’ll bet it involved their fancy sports cars, too.  Okay.  It’s very possible that to this day, whenever they are in the same room, they still do compare such things.  And neither one of them still has a ski boat or sports car!  Ahhh.  The life before kids…

So there you have it, folks.  First Friend Friday.  Stay tuned for future pictures of me and my first friend.  Next Friday.  Same place.  Same first friend.

***GO HERE (the Dandy Facebook page) to share a picture of you and your very first friend***

Silence is not always so golden…

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Or is it?  Sorry my dandy friends for being so MIA! I cannot believe that I’ve been so unusually quiet these last few weeks.  Usually I’m quite the talker.  😉  Or maybe you haven’t minded my quietness???  That’s okay, too.  At any rate I’ve missed checking in with all of you.  It was a very busy end to 2012 around here as I’m sure it was in all of your own lives.

We visited the Missouri Botanical Garden Holiday Trains with friends:

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We decorated:

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Our neighborhood has this wonderful tradition (since the 1960’s) that takes place ever year on Christmas Eve and Christmas night:

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It’s so beautiful driving in and seeing the streets lined with the glowing luminaries.  I love our neighborhood!

 

Santa was really good this year to our kiddos:

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They were definitely on his nice list!

 We visited family and Santa made a stop there:

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“Mine!”

Ruby learned how to do some new things at our house…

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And at my grandparents house:

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Oh and the little miss turned 1!

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Stay tuned for the posting on that very dandy birthday party…

Friends Prize Pack {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My friends and I were actually discussing the greatest TV show ever yesterday:  Friends.  We all LOVED that show and lived for that  Thursday night line up on NBC.  This was pre DVR people.  If we didn’t watch it in real time then we would have to break out the VCR to tape it.  Wow.  I’m feeling old now.  I’ll bet many of you are too.  🙂  What else did my friends and I discuss in regards to the Friends show?  Well… Being teens of the 90’s we got our fashion styles from Rachel and Monica.  We wore the bodysuits under overalls.  (I must confess that yesterday I forgot the word for bodysuit and actually referred to it as a onesie.  Oh I am indeed a mom now!)  We wore the plaid skirts with the leather buckles and giant safety pins.  We had the hairstyles.  Yes, I had the “Rachel” hairstyle.  It’s true, but I don’t have a picture on hand to prove it.  Maybe one day I’ll share it with you…  😉

For the time being you can reminisce with some of the show clips here:

 

And…

See just how much you know about Friends by taking the Friends Trivia Challenge:.

 

In hon0r of the release of Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set on November 13th 2012… I’m hosting a great Friends Prize Pack Giveaway!

The winner of this giveaway will receive:

A Friends prize pack with two oversized cappuccino mugs

and a picture frame just like the one on Monica’s door!

 

*This giveaway will be open for entries via Rafflecopter until November 13th at midnight.

*Giveaway open to US entries only.
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This giveaway was sponsored by PartnersHub, but all views expressed are strictly my own.

Dinner and a Murder {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery dinner?!  The perfect activity for a cold winter weekend with friends!  My family grew up on games of lying and role playing, like “Mafia”, and my brother actually directs the annual murder mystery event at BYU every year!  So ya, we’re murder-game enthusiasts :).

My husband and I were giddy with excitement about our murder mystery kit from Dinner and a Murder!  I pretty much squealed when I saw the box in our mail.  We got right to work inviting friends to the event.  A neat feature with Dinner and a Murder games is the ability to manage your game online.  I was able to email my guests their invitation, collect their RSVPs, and also email them their character backgrounds.  This was so helpful to keep organized, and it allowed everyone to prepare ahead of time.

This party kit was quite all-inclusive!  It contained character booklets, which gave everyone background information, instructions on how to participate in a murder mystery (which was helpful for a few of us who have never done a murder mystery before), and a guest list so that we could keep everyone else straight.

There was also a confidential booklet for each of us, full of more secrets to spill.  Weapon cards, a host guide, guest list worksheet, evidence presentation, full size evidence, whodunit cards, game money, name tags, solution, tribute, and even certificates for “Best Performer”, “Best Costume”, “Super Sleuth”, and “Wealthiest Player”.

At first I was a little overwhelmed with all the papers and things to read, assemble, and organize, but I’m glad there was so much material to make it a good story—enough to keep guests entertained with things to do and discover for a full 2-3 hours.  Nothing is worse than pinning the murderer 15 minutes into the game!

The night went so well!  We had some excellent actors in attendance, so there was plenty of entertaining moments, including a surprise murder!  What a night!

 Dinner and a Murder carries 8 different murder mystery kits.  We tried “A Killer Reunion“, and I so appreciated that it was a clean version, without affairs or the possibility of really offending a guest.  I’d say it would be appropriate for church groups, teenagers, and even family reunions.  Can’t you just imagine hosting your own murder mystery game?

One winner will receive a $39 eGift Certificate for one Dinner and a Murder game!  Happy Halloween!!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, November 2nd and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Dinner and a Murder, but all opinions are strictly my own

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