Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Favorite One-Stop Shopping Spot!

Hey all!

I know I haven't posted forever, and I promise to make it up to you anxiously awaiting pics and news. : )
I am doing a fanTABulous boutique this weekend, and since it's the first time they are coming to Bountiful, I am so so so excited--it's only a few blocks from my house, which is even better!!! This Thurs, 9:30 to 8:00, Fri 9:30 to 7:00, and Sat from 9:30 to 5:00. I will be there hit and miss Thurs and Fri, but all day Sat for sure. Call me if you have questions, but believe me, you will not want to miss this!!! Modbe has an awesome sale too--30% off EVERYTHING!!! Get your Christmas shopping done now! (or send me your wish list and your S.O.'s email, and we'll take care of you!) ; )

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Olympic Races!

Dave, our Korean friend Hyun Ju, and I won the GOLD MEDAL at the Olympic Park last Saturday in the Bobsled race. Our driver, Chuck, said that we were THE FASTEST riding that day. Personally, I give a lot of credit to the third-seat rider whose perfect balance and adept knowledge of the intricacies of bobsled-riding helped the team immeasurably.

Monday, July 28, 2008

445 squares

156 hours

55 pairs of jeans

6 broken needles

3 ruined markers

2 spools of thread

2 sisters

1 well-loved square template

. . . . . .

1 amazing journey to a long-awaited dream come true . . .


So, the story behind the story . . . I have been saving jeans since we were married, and soon after Daniel wore through the knees of his first pair, I decided that someday I would make THE JEAN QUILT. So titled because I had this plan . . . Daniel's first pair of jeans had to be big enough to fit around his middle, and rolled up enough to fit his shorter-than-the jeans chubby legs. This made the hole he made land about mid-thigh on an average pair. They looked so funny, and made for such great memories (thanks to my ever-wise neighbor at the time, Janeen!!!), that I thought they'd look great appliqued on a jean quilt. So I have saved the first pair of jeans from each of my kids, and that is what you see in the middle of our masterpiece (I say "our" here because we all know it never would have happened without my darling sister's enless patience and help--I love you, Tiffy!). Daniel's are the top right, Livia's are the bottom right, Micah's are the bottom left, and Sophia's are the top left (with the ruffled edge). This is where I have been all summer . . . hunkered down over a pair of jeans . . . or many pairs, as it has turned out. : )

This is the top of the quilt, finally finished. It's upside down, so Daniel's and Sophia's jeans are at the bottom, and Livia's and Micah's are at the top. You really can't get an idea of how big it is (king size), which is why I took the next picture of the finished product . . .

The fact that I can fit all four kids on there, with room to spare, should give you an idea of how gianormous this is!!! (it's VERY heavy too!) They are each laying by their jeans--it's so cute how excited they get to see part of their history here--makes it all worthwhile. : )

Friday, July 18, 2008

Crooked Towels and Sticky Fingerprints

Hey all--

I know I've disappeared from cyberspace for a while, and great explanations forthcoming, but thought while I have a brief minute, I want to record some thoughts from today before I forget them. That happens more than I'd like to admit. : ) (the forgetfulness, not the recording!)

It seems like I can NEVER get any housework done--ever! The second I think about vacuuming, I realize how much is on the floor that won't work in my vacuum system, like toys, clothes, swim towels, children . . . : ) and by the time I have that cleaned up, the time I had for actual vacuuming has passed, and another day ends. Every now and then I get a bathroom cleaned, the dishes done, the floor swept, but never all at once, which is a little frustrating at times. So I was in a bathroom today, looking at the crooked towels and wondering if it was possible to train children to straighten them after they wash their hands. Part of me thought it was worth a shot, and the other part thought . . . "really? can't you just be happy that the hands are getting washed? are you ever going to be satisfied?" Someday in the future, (far, far, far in the future!) my towels will remain beautifully hung, and straight all the day long, and there won't be anyone to make them crooked. (well, maybe Dave . . . ) When that day comes, I'm sure I'll look at them and think, "my, those towels look good!" And at that point, a little bit of sadness too, for the time when I could rely on them to never be straight. ever. : )

My cute little brother owns a handyman business, and has recently added window cleaning to his list. Since mine have never been done (I know you're shocked), I enlisted his assistance. Man, do they look amazing!!! I can see out of windows that have been opaque for more than four years (and we've been here for two of them) . . . since the house was built! At any rate, he came over the other day and commented on how quickly little handprints were appearing on his nice clean windows. I laughed and said something about how that wasn't really surprising. But my thoughts about towels today coincide with the little handprints we sometimes get from primary and preschool teachers about how these little hands won't always adorn our walls (and windows and fridge doors, to name a few!), and how we will miss them at some point.

I know it's true, and yet I laugh and say it would be nice to get there, and then be able to come back to appreciate this stage at it's fullest. Life is funny like that--we don't get what we want at the time we want it, but by the time we do want it, it's too late. So I would like to go on record as saying that I love my towels being crooked, my windows having sticky fingerprints on them, and even my house not being perfectly clean at any one point . . . ever. : ) I am so grateful to have four shiny happy spirits of my own who mess things up so perfectly for me, every single day.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Clover Necklaces

Many thanks to those who help me feel like my crazy mom moment wasn't such an anomaly. : ) You are all amazing and wonderful, and I am so grateful to call you my friends!

On Tuesday we went to Daniel's baseball practice at Cheese Park here in Bountiful. Many of you may know that the Cheese is no longer there, but we found plenty of clovers. It was so fun to sit down with the younger three and play in the grass. We made clover necklaces, bracelets, and even rings! I was reminded of how important it is to sit down . . . sometimes literally, and take those moments together. Livia and Micah were so excited to gather the clovers, and they found the best and biggest all over the field. Sophie's ring kept falling off, and even though we had to replace it many times, she was still admant about wearing it. Livia wanted to keep hers forever, but (as many literary passages ran through my mind about the fragility of life/friendship/whatever being compared to a clover flower chain . . . anyone name those passages?) I told her the fun is in the remembering, and the pictures, and the doing it again and again. : ) So here are some for you to enjoy . . .

Sophia with her necklace and ring--couldn't get the bracelet to work on her little wrist, but she didn't seem to mind. (She does have her birthstone bracelet on anyway--maybe that made up for it.) This is her famous "cheese" face. I really can't get a normal smile out of her--not a huge surprise because ALL of my cute kids have gone through this stage!

Micah proudly displaying his wares--plus the maple seed "bird" that he helped to "fly". I'm actually surprised he doesn't have the "cheese" face on--maybe he's growing out of it??? that would be a little sad for me . . .

My darling Livia--she is so photogenic, and of course, loves posing for the camera (I know, you're shocked). She has several other requested photos of this session, most of which were self-posed. : ) Let me know if you'd like the whole album!

This one says it all for me--stop and smell the clovers--it is well worth it!

My Little Mouse

Sophia has recently started squeaking . . . totally her own initiative. It is so funny! The first time I heard her I was making dinner at the stove. I turned around and she was sitting in her chair with this funny grin on her face, testing out the tuning waters. "Sophie, are you squeaking?" "Um hmm, skeek." To be truthful, it sounds more like a rusty door hinge than a mouse, but "My Little Rusty Door Hinge" didn't sound as cute for a title. : ) She has been known to do command performances, and encores upon occasion. Perhaps you'll be honored with a forthcoming recital. Dates and times to be posted.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Summer??? --blech--

So I have been reprimanded for not posting more frequently, and today is just the day to contradict my previous posts. ; ) With the first two days of summer under our belt, I officially hate it. Yes, that's right, I am hating summer!!! Not so much the non-schedule, because I am actually enjoying that part. The problem is, our swimming lessons don't start until next week, same with tennis, and since my kids picked their own punishment for fighting on Sunday, we can't play with friends or on the computer until next week. So . . . . that leaves us playing with each other . . . a lot . . . : ) Most of the time they are really good, and play so nicely, but I think too much of a good thing . . . but it does go in spurts, thank goodness. One minute they are playing tennis or basketball or swinging, or jumping so cute together, then someone calls someone else a name, or claims an extra point, and all heck breaks loose. We have more time for teasing, a little more being together, so the sibling rivalry is at an all-time high. I am not physically able to play with each one individually (would love to, but can't--name that movie!), pick up after them (isn't that their job anyway?), and still make meals on time (ever?).

I am, however, able to report some significant progress--we have assignments for loading and unloading the dishwasher that have worked successfully for two days, our allowance charts are effective again (since we have more time in the morning to actually check them now), we have webkinz-earning charts that get extra chores done (albeit not so well, but done!), I am re-decorating the living room (wahoo!!! it is so fun--you all have to come see my house when I'm done!), we can actually see most of the carpet in Livia's room again (yaay for Livi! She worked so hard!), Micah and I went on a snail-hunting expedition and were able to send over 35 snails to our bucket-o-death, and Daniel has finally had some spare time to hone his wii skills (and baseball too), much missed during school hours. : D

So, any of you that have more ideas for peace in the home (and no, singing "Love At Home" at the top of my lungs doesn't help any of us . . . except it does make me laugh at myself, so I guess it does some good!), please comment, and often! I told them today that I don't care what anyone else does or says, we are GOING TO BE NICE!!! That has worked for the last few hours, so we'll see how tomorrow goes--wish me luck! : D

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Breakfast in bed, chocolate at church, sweet notes from my darling kiddos, . . . I love this day!!! Celebrating what's it's all about, really. I love being a mom, and I love this day for reminding me of the important parts of my "job."
Livia took this picture of me wearing the necklaces my kids have all made for me. : )

Sophia helped me make (and clean!) the brownie bowl. There are perks for the assistant, that's for sure! This is where it goes, Mom!
Cheese! Sophie is totally into posing for the camera!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Swimsuit Trauma!

Many of you know how impossible it can be to find the right swim suit year after year. Many of you also know that I am a consultant for Modbe Clothing, designer and producer of possibly the most fabulous (modest and otherwise!) swimsuits ever. So, this year it is especially difficult for me to pick a suit--mostly because there are only about ten of the twenty that I love!!! So here are the ones I'm trying to choose between--cast your vote for what you think I should get. (Also note that since everything is sold separately, I can get two tops and one bottom, and have two suits!) If you like all of them, please send me ideas for convincing my husband : )

First up is the burgandy ruffle wrap--oh it is so cute!!! The model here has the swim skirt on--double cute. (these bottoms look awesome with the zebra top!) The skirts come separately, so there is one to match every suit--yaay for cover-up options!

Secondly (and these are in no particular order) is the blue paisley halter. Love this color!

Next is the orange floral bandeau--cute little band in the middle there--I've never had a white suit, but I would totally do this one! (double lining helps!) ; )

I would never consider myself an animal-print person, but I wore this one to one of my recruit's kick-off boutiques, and it was so cute on!

Another animal print, I know, but it looks so cute on! (Plus it goes with the black bottoms, which also go with the blue paisley halter.)

Last one--this is the green floral lace-up, and it is so darn cute--goes with the brown bottoms, like the cheetah bandeau, and the orange floral.

Ok folks, that's it--please check the poll and help me choose! (and remember, you can vote for more than one!)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Micah's First T-Ball Game!

Micah giving Mom the "thumbs up"--we love baseball!

first time at bat--note the concentration!
after the game--"this is so fun, Mom!"

Micah had his first t-ball game today--he was so excited! He carried his mitt around and wore his hat all day, causing me much stress (you KNOW it was going to get lost right before we had to go to the game!). He was the cutest little guy out there (no, I'm not biased), and had a blast!!! He hit really well, out of the infield two of the three times (it helps that the other team couldn't really catch), and fielded wonderfully . . . staying in the "crouch" position as no balls were hit his way. : ) Go Cubs!!!

Livia's Ballet Recital

Livia performed as the Rain in her ballet recital, "The Goose Girl," after the book by Shannon Hale. She even had a solo part and did FABULOUSLY!!!

Easter dress

This was a last-minute pic before church--quick, SMILE!!!

Easter morning

jelly bean arrow hints
Livia's was in the bathtub
Daniel's was under the computer desk, complete with a response to his questions!
Here's his note: (and EB's response)

I have to share this, just because it's so darn cute!!! The Easter Bunny hides the baskets at our house, and leaves jelly bean arrows on the counter for clues (we have church early, and that sweet bunny really appreciates the stress of easter and getting ready for the parents!). Daniel had a few questions for EB, and decided to write him a note, Tooth Fairy style.


Daniel, Livia, & Micah getting ready to hunt!
I just love this face!!! "cheese!" Sophia, quite adept at filling her basket!
Micah--pretty pleased with his stash

Here are some fun pics from our Easter Egg Hunt this year. This was Sophie's first "real" year, meaning the first one that she picked up her own eggs. : ) So fun--I love this tradition! A little sad that I'm not organizing it, but I'm sure I'll find a way to survive!

Pinewood Derby the First

Daniel with The Blue Thunder
he really is appreciating the picture-taking here!
Daniel & Daddy

As Daniel's scout leader, I feel the weight of promised glory and best car design heavily on my shoulders! Daniel's first pinewood derby proved to be an experience for all of us--patience, research, late night shopping, borrowing friend's tools, more patience, and lots of clapping. : )

Daniel picked the car design that sadly, didn't really match the one online, but was an A-for-effort! The color should be a huge surprise, considering the rabid Y-fans that stalk our halls. With eight quarters (who knew that equals two ounces!?!) glued to the top, and many more button weights along the bottom, the Blue Thunder raced to 3rd-place glory . . . consistently. : )

Good times were had, lots of races were ran, and guess what? . . . Daniel won best car design! : )

I'm finally online!

Well, after much cadjoling and encouragement, I have finally bit the bullet and joined the online cyberspace world of fun! I'm hoping to be able to keep up with our family happenings, and give you some fun insights into the daily marvels and excitements happening at our home! Feel free to add praise, adoration, and glowing reviews . . . ; )