Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Chris Sligh...the Hoff will Cry!

We were finally able to see our favorite American Idol contestant last night during the Birmingham auditions. Chris Sligh. Ben knows him from Bob Jones University. If you missed the show last night, on need to find his audition posted on the Internet somewhere. I know it's on Youtube, just do a search. He's freaking hilarious, so I know you all will get a kick out of him.

He made a comment that was priceless. The judges asked him "Why are you here?" And he said "I want to make David Hasselhoff cry." He was referring to last year's season finale when Taylor was announced as the winner. The camera panned to David Hasselhoff who was clearly teared up from the moment.

There are message boards, videos, blogs, etc posted all over the Internet in just the last 24 hours about Chris. The people LOVE him! I could not find ONE trashing on him. Not one! This is such a good sign. We are very excited for him.

Stay tuned...there will be a website going up pretty soon with Chris Sligh fan products. You can find the site at Again, it's not running quite yet...but should be next week sometime!

As far as what is going on lately in our lives (me and Ben), we have been attending a new church, Naperville Presbyterian. We really enjoy it and met today at Caribou Coffee with the Director of Growth Groups so we can try to find a small group fit for us. So pray that we find the perfect one for us so we can start connecting with others in the church.

Ben is moving right along with his dissertation. The plan so far is that he will defend in February. No! Not this next month....NEXT February (2008). Our plans to study in London this Fall have hit a bit of a bump since we found out a few days ago that it will cost twice as much as we originally thought! I guess that's another prayer request you can add to your list for us. It's not looking too good anymore for us to go. But, we are still trying to work it out. We're not giving up too easily!

This weekend we are hoping to visit Chris and Vicki in Berrien Springs, MI. Of course, we will have to drive right through the snow-dump of Gary, IN in order to do so. If the weather is predicting flurries, we might not make it. Ooooh...I hope there is no snow! We really want to see them!!

That's it for now. I'm going to whip something up for dinner, then cuddle up on the couch with my hubby and watch tonight's auditions in L.A.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Nikki's Celebrity Look-Alikes

I love that I look like Carson Daly when he was in Junior High with braces! hahaha

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

American Idol Addiction

As I sit here watching American Idol, I wonder what it is that draws me in to the horrendous weeks of auditions. Most of the contestants they show during these initial episodes are the ones that are painfully tone-deaf, and have either no personality, an extremely wild personality, or a factitious one, at that. Are they really supposed to pull our heart-strings with their fabricated sob stories? The producers seem to think so, since they are the ones who decide to place these people on television to expose their deepest fears, regrets, and timely unfortunate events. We can never be sure why we are so entertained by the humiliation of others, however, I will remain a fan and watch every week as our favorite (yet to be shown) barks his way into Randy's dog pound.

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Gamer Returns

Ben graciously took two weeks off from Xbox after Christmas, and he's now back to it tonight. Of course, New Years Eve I let him play because I"m such a loving wife. :) It was nice having his full attention for those two weeks...well...shared, that is, with his macbook and football and the Discovery Channel and food and his new cell phone and and Dan Rood's emails and movies and iChat with Quinn and Skype with Jeff and books and sleep. But, aside from those, he was totally digging me...

Monday, January 01, 2007

more of the new year....

Happy New Year!!!!

Here are some pics of our New Years Eve festivities. We started the evening with the Strachans, Xbox, latkes, and french cheese puffs. Then the Quinns joined us for most of the Bears game until we headed to COSMIC bowling at 9:30 with unlimited pizza! yum yum! Before the year turned over, we sped back to our place to watch 10 minutes of the various new years eve specials on tv.

Make sure you check out our New Years greeting below on our video blog!

Happy Double Oh Seven!

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