Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
You know it's a pretty good book when you don't even notice your son is drawing on your back!
*The sequel to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, which I cannot recommend enough. Seriously, read this series!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
If you have an idea for something to make, just search Etsy and you will invariably find tons of ideas for that thing, but way cuter than you can possibly imagine. Errr...at least, cuter than I can imagine. Here's an example: I wanted to make some sort of Halloween banner to go with my Halloween decorations. I searched Etsy and found tons of cute ones. The one I liked best cost 24 dollars. So I decided to copy it and see how cheaply I could make it.
This banner uses only ONE 12x12 piece of cardstock, some paint, and ribbon. I have no idea how the seller can sell these things for 24 dollars and sleep at night--but according to her feedback, she sells lots of 'em. After checking my supplies I found that I had everything but the ribbon. Actually, I didn't have any orange paint, but I mixed my own color with some old red and yellow bottles of acrylic paint I did have. After buying a whole roll of ribbon, my banner cost a total of $1.80!!! It's not quite as fancy as the one on Etsy, but I'm happy with it. Check it out:
And here's the finished product with my whole decorated mantle:
Yeah, it is September still, but I love Halloween decorations! I couldn't wait any longer! Now I've got to find some cool costumes to copy.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Whenever I have days like today that have some rough, hard parts interwoven with wonderfully sweet parts, I think of this quote and am so thankful for all of the blessings I have. Life is good.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow--I have still joy in the midst of these things.--Confucius
Monday, September 14, 2009
Henry brings me the Cheerios Cookbook multiple times a day and we look at three specific pages: one has a picture of a cat, one page a stuffed animal dog, and his favorite is a plastic dinosaur with a Cheerios treat in its mouth. Play the video to see what Henry does when we look at the dinosaur page. It always makes me laugh.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here's a picture I took of Owen yesterday, just before taking him to his first day of preschool. In the bag he's holding is his required set of extra clothes they keep for him just in case. He was really excited to go to preschool. When we walked into the Child Development Center, we went out to the playground to sign him in and Owen was off. Not a tear or even a goodbye came from my eager little boy. I held Henry and we watched him on the playground for a few minutes before we left. When we got to the car to leave, I was so happy and Henry was so sad! He cried as we drove away. When we came back a few hours later to pick up Owen, we watched him through the window of his classroom singing and dancing with the other children. It was very, very cute. He was having lots of fun, and didn't want to leave. I'm really proud of Owen. I love him so much. It's very fun to see him grow and become more independent.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We stayed at Susanna and Robbie's house in Santa Clara. Our kids played together and we practically had to rip them apart to put them to bed at night. One evening we headed out on Susanna and Robbie's boat. My BFF Jill and her daughter Hannah drove out from Las Vegas to come along. Robbie is an awesome wakeboarder. We rode the tube and I was thisclose to getting up on the wakeboard. If only we had a little more time before it got dark, I think I could have done it.
Owen and Henry loved jumping off the boat into Tim's arms. With those life jackets on they were fearless.
The next day we went on a day trip to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I was surprised to learn that the GC is only 2 1/2 hours from St. George. Including Mindy's family and Susanna's family, there were six adults and 10 children along. We took a hike that offered some great views. The Grand Canyon was really breathtaking--it was much more beautiful in person than in pictures. I think my heart beat five times as hard while we were on our short hike--not from exertion as much as from the thought of one of the little ones getting too close to the edge of the canyon! I made sure to keep Owen on the inside side of the trail next to me, and it was a relief when we finished the hike with family intact.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I knew instantly that my self-enforced rule was going out the window when this bear appeared!
And of course, she needed an outfit to match--don't you just love the basket weave?
It is a good thing I have neices. Owen and Henry loved this bear until she had a dress.
Monday, July 6, 2009
We had lots of great food that I won't go into great detail to describe, except to mention my favorite dessert for this holiday, Mom's warm apricot cobbler with ice cream. This simple, amazing dessert is what home tastes like!
The cousins (Chad's kids, Merilee's kids, and mine) had great fun together, except for Henry, who for some reason cried every time little Alex (Merilee's son and the same age as Henry) came near. It was hilarious!
We topped off the evening by watching three different fireworks displays that we could see from the yard. Not one of them could be viewed in its entirety and all of them were far away, but regardless of running back and forth to find the best view and craining my neck to see portions of bombs bursting, just standing in the cool evening under the full moon surrounded by my family made it a memory I don't wish to forget.
I feel so blessed to live in freedom in a country that allows me to enjoy my family and live my life as I choose!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The first summer that we lived in Fresno, we lived in a one-bedroom, upstairs apartment. And being that upon moving we were unemployed and broke, we went the whole summer without using the air conditioning. Fresno gets really hot, but I was deathly afraid of what our electric bill might be. I remember very vividly how miserable I was, burning up, sweat pouring down in that stifling second floor apartment with the huge western-facing sliding-glass door. The thermostat went so high that the needle was off the charts. In fact, you couldn't even SEE the needle sometimes. It was SO. HOT. We bought this little cooler that had a compartment for ice cubes, and when you turned it on it made the air a bit cooler, but only if you were sitting within five inches of the thing. We suffered and survived, but never forgot. The next summer, we decided to start using the air conditioning more. And our bill did go up--but only by about 20 dollars. I couldn't believe it. I had suffered all summer when it would have cost less than a dollar a day to be comfortable? We could have run the air most of the summer for the price we paid for the stupid ice cube cooler. It still makes me sick to know how foolish I was.
Yesterday afternoon I met a realtor to look at a house, and afterward I took Owen and Henry to a neighborhood park. I'd only been to the park once before, and hadn't tried out the play equipment. So I pushed the boys on the swings, and then Owen wanted to go on the teeter totter. Usually at parks when I sit on one end of the teeter totter with him, I get a good quad workout. I really feel the burn, and I don't last very long. I end up having to push it down with my arms. But either my weight loss has made a big difference or this teeter totter must have a really good spring, because it was no sweat at all. We went up and down for a long time and it was really fun. I even fit Henry on the seat with me (yay!). The metal slide at the park was pretty good, too--it is fast and really pops you up at the bottom. We had a good time. Tonight after dinner we all went back to the park and played some more. It was much hotter out, and instead of going fast on the slide and popping up, my sweaty body stuck to the slide and barely slid down at all--it was terrible! After playing on the equipment we played Owen's current favorite outside game: freeze tag. We wished we had some more friends to play with us, because it's not all that fun playing with only three people and a baby who refuses to freeze, no matter how many times he gets tagged.
Did I mention how hot I am? Better go lie down in front of the fan now.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Henry found this toy in the toybox and loves it. It's a Thomas musical caboose, and it has a button on top that plays the Thomas song when pressed. Henry carries it around with him and plays the song over and over. He climbed up on the chair next to me and was showing me what he can do. He's a musical button pusher, this kid. I love him so much!