Sunday, June 29, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things...

I can't decide what the best part of driving to Utah was.  It's a toss up between...

Getting up at 4:00 am 

#3 yakking 4 times and the subsequent stench of vomit for the next 12 hours

Trying to sneak dramamine into #1's ice cream which she immediately tasted and spit out

Putting #1 and #2 in time out in the weeds of an exit ramp

Wanting to put Spouse in time out in the weeds of an exit ramp

Consuming at least 40,000 calories of candy, chocolate and fry sauce from Big Al's Burgers at the Junction in Kanab


Finally arriving at 10:30 p.m.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Tribute to Spouse on his 31st Birthday

Dear Spouse,

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

You're always a gentleman. I just re-discovered a letter you sent my parents before this date (Senior Ball) informing them of our plans and thanking them for their lovely daughter. The detailed itinerary ended at 6:00am the following morning with "a sunrise breakfast." P.S. my parents didn't go for it, but never-the-less appreciated the attempt.

You make people laugh. In this picture you had just broken your ankle and were in terrible pain, but you were still hanging out at the Thanksgiving table, goofing off.

I'm way into hot pirates.

You're a great partner in the delivery room.... and in every other endeavor we've attempted. It's your clear thinking mixed with your uncanny ability to stay calm under any situation. You're loyal and committed; a true friend.

"Work smarter not harder". Actually you work pretty hard too. But you think so creatively, coming up with faster, better ways to do things - always looking for improvements. Whoo Hooo! One of the best days of our life in this picture.

You take good care of your babies. And that includes me.

And many, many more ways.

Happy Birthday

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons for #1 and #2 were a success. Things looked pretty gloomy on the first day. #2 cried, screamed and resisted with every stocky inch of his body. But being the alpha-male minded boy he is, he soon relinquished control of his power to his dominant teacher and succumbed to learning how to swim. #1 went from good to better. She is a slow, methodical swimmer, but has a calm confidence in her ability to get to the other side. Enjoy the video presentation:

What this doesn't show is me, completely drenched in sweat, trying to move as little as possible. And poor, suffering #3, bright red faced and hair matted to her head. It was merely 111 degrees outside.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tag: Out of the Best Books

From my cousin Jacqui:

List 10 books you've read recently that you'd recommend to others. (One stipulation--you CAN'T list any of the Twilight series books.)

{In no particular order}

Bound on Earth, by Angel Hallstrom - This book is written beautifully and the story is so intimate and real. I hate to mention that this is an "LDS" book by and LDS author, afraid of the stigma attached to these types of books. But do not fear. This book is a literary piece, not sappy, predictable and poorly written.

Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card - A modern re-telling of the story of Sleeping Beauty, with a twist. This book is not without it's flaws: a complicated plot that gets wrapped up too quickly at the end, and sometimes immature dialogue. Because OSC invests an unusual amount of research into the subjects he writes about, I always come away from his books feeling smarter.

Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas - A humorous memoir of an Iranian growing up in America. This book makes you look at our American customs and ways from the eyes of a new comer. A little bit sad and sobering, but mostly funny and enjoyable.

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini - I still haven't read The Kite Runner, but if it is half as intriguing as this book I know I'll love it. This book has got it all. Great writing, complex characters and a moving plot. My heart broke so many times reading this book. But I wasn't depressed, just determined to enjoy my life more; appreciate my comforts and America.

Fine Old High Priests, by Donald S. Smurthwaite - Just a little sweet book "about family, friendship and faith" (as it says on it's cover). Not a much of a plot, just a few characters but some great insights on life. I had to put the book down and cry at one point when the main character was describing how it feels to think back to the time when his children were small.

One of Ours, by Willa Cather - One of my favorite all-time authors. Not my favorite book of hers, but I can't not love anything she writes. This is a story of a young man who enlists in World War I and how his death effects his family and community. This is definitely a character driven novel, so I don't recommend this one for anyone who likes things to move at a quicker pace.

Austenland, by Shannon Hale - A fun book, written in a fun, casual style. It was almost like blog writing; I still haven't figured out how to explain her expression and writing style. The story was intended to follow an Austen-style plot line and in many ways it succeeds. It's a quick, non-committal read perfect for an airplane ride or an afternoon on the beach.

Blue Shoes and Happiness, by Alexander McCall Smith - the 7th book in his No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series. These books are lighthearted and entertaining, yet very well written. The main character is so endearing, I find myself thinking about her throughout my day, wondering how she would handle things.

Garlic and Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl - A different kind of book for me: the adventures of a food critic. This was interesting to me because I love food, I love to cook and I love to eat out. Reading this book gave me a new attitude about what to expect at restaurants and a renewed excitement to experiment in my cooking.

The Host, by Stephanie Meyer - Why not? For all you haters out there, I'm sure you're reading a lot worse than this book has to offer. It's a creative diversion and has a fascinating premise. The main character gets a bit tedious and the ending isn't fulfilling, but this is still a book to read this summer.

Now, I tag Jane, McCall, Jen D, Jamie, Erin Allen (that means you have to START your blog), DKAZ, Katie S, Alissa, Cara, Daisy, Amy, Evelyn, Mindy, Ali, Lisa W, Heidi, Chris M, Shawna, Audrey and Steve Young #8.

Sunday, June 8, 2008


My fellow bloggers, do you find yourself constantly considering the blogworthiness of your daily experiences? Is that funny thing your kid said funny enough to make it to the blog? Or was your day horrible enough to mention on your blog? Please say I'm not the only one mentally sorting the experiences in my life into blog or non-blog categories. There is a certain level of humor or grossness or importance that must be reached in order to make it onto the blogisphere..... right?

(I've determined that this next tid-bit is indeed blogworthy) So tonight Spouse cracked a funny joke at dinner. The missionaries were eating with us and as we were getting to know them one of them mentioned that he is the great-grandson of Clark Gable. Without missing a beat, Spouse says in a very serious voice, "Frankly, Elder G_ I don't give a damn." Elder G_'s face went white, there was silence around the table. Apparently Elder G_ was not familiar with his great-grandfather's infamous quote. After a few awkward moments of Spouse trying to legitimize his joke, there were a few chuckles and it was over.

After the missionaries left Spouse and I were re-playing the Clark Gable scene from dinner. We laughed about it and then Spouse says, "So are you going to write about this on your blog?" WHAT?!? PUH-lease! What presumption! It just wasn't anywhere near being blogworthy, so I just laughed off his suggestion, hoping he would let it go. But he went on, "You know, you could start a weekly column about all the funny things I say!" HA!

{I'm seriously laughing really hard right now I can barely type}

Oh Spouse, I love you. But I just don't think there is enough (blogworthy) material to make a regular weekly post. However, if you keep this up, I might just have to make a weekly post about the "funny" things you say.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Time To Say Goodbye

Dear Hillary,

It is with a heavy heart that I bid you farewell from this presidential campaign. Like you, I can't help wondering if you were treated fairly, by the media, by our post-modern confusion of how to treat a lady. Admittedly, I am not your biggest fan. Actually, not a fan at all. I'm glad you'll never be president. But for more than a year I've been reading about you, analyzing your motives, your background, fascinated by this anomaly that you are. There was so much of me that wanted to like you, to support you. But was I really wanting to like you, or just desperate for a woman to break the glass ceiling?

My fascination with you was the only interest I had going for this presidential campaign. The lackluster nominee on my side of the fence just isn't firing me up. And as handsome and charismatic as Obama is, I require a little more substance. (BTW, why is it OK for everyone to call you Hillary and not OK for people to call B.O. Barrack?)

So to say adieu to you, Hillary, here are my favorite moments from your campaign:

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Way Things Are

During FHE lesson on ancestry:

Spouse: #1, Where are you from?

#1: Heaven

Spouse: I mean your body. Where is your body from?

#1: ummmm

me (trying to avoid one of spouse's overly complicated explanations): Your body is from Daddy and I. We made your body.

#1: Oh yeah! I came from your skin.  Daddy gave you his skin and you gave me your skin.

The Way Things Are

Saturday, whilst father and brother are off on church camp-out, aka "Father's and Sons" :

#1: Mom, Dad is 100 and you are 99

me: Ok. 

#1: See, it's like this.  (demonstrating with hands held at different levels) Dad is here (top hand) and you are here (bottom hand).

me: Ok.  

#1: I would love you more if you worked.