Tuesday, February 24, 2009


417 Number of photos I took in Cancun.
3+ Number of days I fear it will take me to edit and post them.
2.5 Number of hours ago I should have hit the sack.
6.5 Precious hours of sleep I'll have to get by on before starting this madness all over again.

More later.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

where have we been, anyway?

I've been neglecting my blog. Shamefully, until today, my blog header still said January. It isn't because life hasn't been exciting. It has just been busy. (Big surprise.)

February has a way of making me dream for the sun. I thrive on that vitamin D. My February blog header is an ode to those dreams. I didn't post it to make you jealous. That would just be mean. But of course, it does have relevance because we will find ourselves on that beach in just a few days.

That leads me to another story. We booked our trip to Cancun several months ago to attend the wedding of our friends, Christian and Kelly. Unfortunately, a few days ago we found out Christian was in a serious motorcycle accident. Fortunately he is okay, but he is recovering in the hospital and will be unable to travel for the wedding. It was too late to change travel plans, so we will be going anyway. (Darn!) We will surely enjoy our vacation, but we will miss you, Christian and Kelly, and we wish you all the best.

My parents, the ones who "never" go anywhere, have completely surprised me and decided to go with us! Dad has never flown on a commercial flight. We are going to have a blast, and I will return with more blog content. I promise. Because I know you have nothing better to do than read my blog.

Speaking of reading my blog, I am glad a few of you do. (By the way, thanks to all of you who leave us comments. It makes it rewarding to post up here when you know it isn't just lost in cyberspace.) And speaking of comments, those of you who won my blog tag, congratulations! YOU ARE THE BIG WINNERS! Amy, Sierra, Wrena, Brenda, and Jean, please note the disclaimer that clearly read it will happen "sometime this year". (I do plan to make good on this, but I'm pretty sure it won't be quick because I'm quite good at procrastinating, you know. I will try to make it happen before the elation you feel from winning this great prize wears completely off.)

In other news, Abby and her friend Bethany decided a couple of weeks ago that they wanted to audition for the Herriman City talent show. They learned "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" from Annie Get Your Gun. We should find out this week if they get in. Either way, I'm just really proud of Abby for getting out of her comfort zone a little bit. It takes guts to sing in front of a panel of judges :) The cutest part is that Sarah has learned all the words just from hearing them practice. She can sing a pretty mean rendetion herself.

Speaking of comfort zones, we have decided to get out of ours and make a change with our daycare. Our daycare has been great, but it has gotten so big that it seems like such a business. I have thought for awhile that they would benefit from a smaller, more personal situation. We found a sweet family right in our neighborhood. They have 3 kids, 2 of which are girls, age 4 and 6. It should be a perfect fit for us right now. To top it off, it is right next to the school, and it will save me from running Abby to Kindergarten every day over my lunch hour. Change can be good and I hope this will be!

Well, that is enough of this wordy post. We'll be thinking of you from the sunny riviera! (I really didn't say that to make you jealous.)

Monday, February 2, 2009

I was tagged...

...sort of. I left a comment on my fabulous friend Paula's blog, very happy that I was the first one to post and have something handmade by her. And then I read the part that said I had to post this on my blog too :) Oh well, I've been saying that I need to get back to doing crafty things again. Here's my chance! Read the following post and join in!


Lucky you! The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!

2- What I create will be just for you.

3- It'll be done this year. (might be a little while)

4- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a story. It may be poetry or an article on properly cleaning your face before a masque. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!

5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog.

The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!

Playing school

Tonight Abby wanted to play school. "Let's pretend all the boys were being rowdy and had to be sent to the principles office." "Let's pretend that my friend Eliza and I are the smartest kids in the class." "Mrs. Clark, let's pretend...." After the 40th "let's pretend" I decided I'm not cut out for this anymore. I'm not sure when pretending ceased to be fun, but I think its sad that we have to loose our imaginations when we grow up. Instead we have to worry about getting the dishes done.

I did learn a few tricks about how to use this to my advantage:
"Let's pretend this homework is the work we have to do in school today. Abby, will you read this book to the class?"
"Let's pretend that today is pajama day. Class, go put on the pajamas you brought to school with you today."
"Class, we have a visitor today. The dentist! Isn't that great? He is going to demonstrate how to brush your teeth!"

Uh-oh, Sarah has taken to calling me Mrs. Clark.

a playdate with 'amma

We had a great visit from 'Amma this weekend. The girls were very sad that she had to go back home. They know how to milk 'Amma for everything, of course. It will take me all week to un-spoil them again. :)

She played with Sarah's favorite toy, Polly Pockets. And she played with Abby's favorite toy, her pearl beads.

Grandmas are so great.

Here is Abby, showing off one of her latest creations, a Lego parade float. What an imagination.

Yesterday we made Amy's pizza, to a chorus of fire alarms. Apparently our super-sensitive alarms don't like my oven to be turned on that hot. Our ears hurt, but the pizza was good!

Then we sat down to watch the Super Bowl. A day ago you'd have asked me who I was rooting for and I would have said I couldn't care less about football. But alas, today I say I'm a Cardinals fan. It was a pretty great game.