Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend

I love me a four day weekend. So many things to do and our family tries to pack as many in as possible. We started Thanksgiving morning with a little Turkey Bowl. The weather was pretty nasty and the field covered in mud, but the men had fun and the kids got dirty. What more do you need to start the day. After we headed over to our Bishop's house for some yummy breakfast. I may now just be a Hungry Jack pancake fan after his wife's pancakes made my Bisquick pancakes taste like rubber.Next we headed over to York for some lunch/dinner with people who are second parents to me. I practically lived at their house growing up. I contributed three pies and the stuffing, which is the best part of any holiday meal hands down. After leaving there we headed over to my brother's house for some family fun. The cousins played till midnight at which point we decided it was time to hit the road. Mindee, my brother's wife, had left early to go to some midnight black Friday sales. As we left their house I thought Toys R' Us is so close. We'll just stop in. Well the line wrapped the whole way around the outer perimeter of the parking lot and was at least 500 people in the pouring rain. I forgot that madness lickity split and headed for home.Friday was spent hitting up black Friday sales and saving bu-coo bucks while Travis worked all day on a home improvement project which will be announced later but remains a mystery till I get the necessary photos. Saturday morning we woke up and got ready for zoo madness. We headed to DC to hit up the National Zoo. We left at 9:30 and got home at 5:00. It was super fun and the weather finally cooperated.
Vacation from school, yes, but the lazy kind of relaxing most people think of, no way, not for our family. Tonight I still have to make some cookies for my fabulous choir. Maybe tomorrow will hold the promise of doing nothing so that I will be supercharged for the new week.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Discordant to Sacrilegious

After working with a fair amount of children through school, primary, and my own, I have always felt you could tell a lot about the parents through what the kids say and do. Take a look at this picture and tell me what it says about me.
On the off chance you haven't figured it out, I know I didn't upon first viewing it - I'll decipher the drawing for you as Wyatt did for me. Their church lesson was on fasting and who they could fast for. Wyatt decided he could fast for Jesus, artwork entitled "Of Fasting Jesus". And this is Jesus shooting a gun and the bullet coming out.

I think I have tossed my theory on kids being a reflection of their parents. Much easier to accept it that way than determine I am somehow responsible for this craziness.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Taking It to the Next Level

Wyatt's obsession and love for Wolverine has been taken to another level as I take off his shoes and socks one night to find these babies.Sick!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon

Was supposed to be running a PTO activity last night at the school, but came home for a quick stop before the event started to find my neighbor taping this to my door as a surprise.
Yeah we Baron's Ridge girls are going to see this movie tonight. I'll probably spare everyone the lame review after.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gratitude is All About Attitude

In anticipation of the best holiday of the year I feel inspired to write a blog about all the unexpected things I am grateful for (even if it is a week early):
  • unexpected Thanksgiving invitations
  • sword hands
  • beautiful ballerinas
  • an unexpected starry sky
  • free activities for children
  • four beautiful seasons
  • good parent/teacher conference reports -for the most part-
  • surviving the swine flu with relatively minor symptoms
  • supportive undergarments
  • books
  • cabin trips
  • decent work hours for Travis
  • blogs
  • my Chanel purse
  • 2 functioning automobiles
  • large desk calenders
  • the opportunity to serve
  • soft kid lips with willing kisser participants

Although silly just thinking about some of these things the other day in the car led me to a brief moment of vision loss due to restrained tears. It may not seem like a lot but for me it is plenty.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mat Club

Our little wrestler has just started the season. There first practice was Monday night and since I am on ballet duty with Bella, Travis handles wrestling practice with Wyatt. Travis thought it was so fun to watch. The kids ran and played games to build stamina, did the chair sit for 20 seconds for muscles, and learned the basic positions. Wyatt has been showing off his skills ever since.

(Wyatt is the super fast kid in orange shorts)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Me: Wyatt you are so smart. You and Bella are so much smarter than Mommy and Daddy were at your age.
Wyatt: But you are smarter now than I am.
Me: Yeah but when you are fifteen you will probably be smarter than I am now.
Wyatt: Yeah and by then you'll be a grandma.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mini Vacation

When you can't find fall leaves to rake because your backyard is devoid of all deciduous tree where else do you go except up to the cabin. Which is just what we did. I love this place. I love the lack of distractions. And I love that it forces our family to do things together.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I just want to eat him when he is this cute.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Desperate Housewives

Last night another Baron's Ridge Bookclub Meeting commenced. We read "The Alchemist", one of my favorite books of all time, but only grazed its content as we were much more entertained by catching up with one another.

Highlights include but are not limited to:
  • hilarious stories of neighbors who no longer live in our neighborhood (which according to Jen doesn't count as gossip since they don't live here anymore)
  • rectal thermometers being pooped out mid temperature taking
  • assistant district attorney neighbors who dress up as Darth Vadar for Halloween and ask the kids if they want to touch his stick
  • neighbors with hot bodies who go around showing our husbands their belly button rings
  • neighbors with shooting ranges in their basement
  • a librarian who lives in the neighborhood declining our invitation to join bookclub because she hates reading
  • stories of a person who superglued in a tooth they had lost until they could get to the dentist
  • peeing dogs and puking babies
  • late night kidnappings in the summer to drag others out to overhear nondescript "moaning" of other neighbors with their windows open
  • plastic surgery reveals
  • and many other stories including worst dr. visits for immunizations

Seriously you could make a show out of how much fun we all have. Oh that's right - they already have. And who says being a stay at home mom is monotonous. Apparently they never lived here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

All I Want For Christmas

is a potty trained Kody

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ballet Tickets

I have two extra ballet tickets. One adult and one child for $36 for Saturday, December 5th at 1pm. Anyone interested in attending this event let me know. Tickets will be sold to the first person responding. They are right next to Bella and I, although this is an early Christmas present for her and a surprise so please don't mention it to her.

Monday, November 9, 2009


(photo by travis)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

5 Weeks


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Wild Adventures

"I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. Moment to moment. That's me." And if you can tell me what movie this is from we may be kindred spirits. And there aren't many areas in my life that I am actually like this moment to moment girl because I am more of a planner with a wild streak. And that wild streak comes out when it comes to traveling, whether road trips, vacations, or moving. So it should come as no surprise that Travis and I shortly after we got married decided to do a stint in Alaska.

There were some crazy times I'll admit it. But also some fun times. Well recently through the fabulous invention of facebook I have reconnected with one of my old friends from Alaska, Dahlia. I would attend the singles ward with her despite being married, because Travis was almost always out of town and I was only 20. We worked together for a brief period before I quit my job in Alaska, but we still hung out and we always laughed and that is what I remember. And she also blogs and after reading a couple entries I was smiling fondly although I may not have been smiling as the stuff actually happened back in 2001.

The year we were there it did snow all the way until June 6th. And by the 21st of June the Midnight Sun was crazy allowing for a party to be held all night long in Fairbanks. We ate funnel cakes and other fair food, heard bands play, and walked about enjoying the entertainment. We saw the Northern Lights start to appear in late August and it didn't ever get above the 80's that summer. We almost "crashed into"/drove under a moose driving back to Utah at the end of the summer and yes they are that big. Although I didn't appreciate Alaska so much when we were living there I can't wait for Dahlia to move back so I can take a little trip to visit her. I love finding long lost friends and remembering bits of history that are easily forgotten.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Isn't She Beautiful

...if not a little crazy? But that may just be my favorite thing about her. I saw this picture of my sister who lives in Utah and despite a sisterhood filled with annoyance, hatred, best friendship, a little more annoyance as she threatened Travis's life while we were "dating", we are back to best friends.
And I hate that six state, two mountain ranges-one being the largest mountain range in North America, and 2087 miles seperates us. But she is beautiful and she is always just a phone call away. Expect one tonight Elizabeth. I love you.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Prima Ballerina

the most beautiful ballerina - bella thrives in the dance studio
and I love to watch her grow as a dancer

Sunday, November 1, 2009


This past week I went back home to let my mom watch the kids for a bit. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this place, the fall colors, and the memories that flooded my senses. I remembered hours of laying on the sunporch attempting to get a tan, after dinner basketball games, playing in the forests, and discovering an old junkyard and the treasures that a five year old's fingers found.I remember when this shed was brought out to our house shortly before the boat arrived that was meant to fill it. I have a scar barely visible on the back of my left knee from the rooster who lived in the chicken house behind this shed.I remember when Travis and I burned down the chicken house two years ago and buried the remains with a backhoe. I remember raking endless piles of leaves, and swinging from the rope swing into them. I remember having to pick up the sticks throughout our yard after a wind storm because my parents always wanted our house and yard to look nice.
I remember Autumns so beautiful I wrote in my journal that this would be the thing I missed most when I went to college. I remember my mom taking my brother out to the MTC and his two high school buddies watching my sister, two brothers, and I for a week. I remember the buddy, AJ, left his car parked on the hill and it rolled down the hill, crashed through the fence and fell into the creek. I remember skipping school that week and going to the batting cages to play ball, and my little brother, James, getting a spider bite on his lip that made it swell to four times its normal size.
I remember many hours standing over the burn pit watching for the flame to die entirely before leaving it so we didn't start a forest fire, and I remember a time or two when we did start one and scrambling to put them out. I remember many ward activities at our house, countless open houses, and family gatherings. And I remember being awakened by a fireman in the middle of the night because we had a chimney fire and they had come and were shocked to find me sleeping right through the fire alarm.
I remember so much about this house, this yard, but most of all I remember it is home. And it doesn't matter that I'm almost thirty, have been away for eleven years, married for nine, have four kids of my own, and two houses of my own when I think of home more often than not I am thinking of this place.