Monday, May 30, 2011

all crammed into one blog post...

So aside from the ultra-depressing rain (and I know I have no reason to complain considering the calamities many other parts of the country have been facing), I actually have had quite a lot going on in my family that has kept me rather absent in the land of blog.

Let's see if I can cram it all into one blog post.

For Bookworm's final overnight fieldwork, their class went to the Krishna Gardens to perform service. For their learning expedition (It's a big long description - if you'd like to hear what a learning expedition is - email me!) the students were creating and publishing an urban farming manual. It turned out fantastic. They went to Krishna gardens, and all the kids ended up doing work in 2 days that it would have taken the monks a few weeks to finish.

Hubby chaperoned, and sent me a few pictures from inside the temple...

The temple from the outside.

The kids working (?) outside...bookworm is in the green shirt.

When Hubby went to the parent information meeting that the chaperons are required to attend before the trip...he came home and the first words out of his mouth were, "VEGETARIAN!! We have to eat VEGETARIAN while we're there!" It was pretty funny. But not as funny as when Bookworm got home from the trip and immediately opened the freezer saying "bacon, chicken, do we have ANY meat?? I haven't had meat for 2 days!" But my hilarity topped it all, when he got done telling me all about the trip and asked what we did, I said, "Oh, we watched American Idol for girls' night, and ate bacon cheeseburgers, and sausage pizza". He flipped out. But that's not really what we did.

Our Relief Society was putting on a mother/daughter night where they had different "stations" and you got to do different activities with your daughters. We went to the pedicure station. We were trained in administering pedicures to each other, first the moms on the daughters, and then the daughters giving their moms pedicures. Well, I teamed up with Monkey, and Cowgirl and Pixie paired up. It was a fabulous night for us girls.

Here my friend Kimberly (she was the pedicure station teacher) is helping Monkey administer the paraffin wax to my feet.

Now she is applying the cooling gel.
It was pretty funny, she got really into it, and was quite proud of herself.

This was on Wednesday night. Bookworm returned from the camp out on Thursday. Friday at the school was the Pedals for Hope kick off assembly. You can click here if you want to read all about what it is, but it is a big fundraiser for cancer research our school does every year. Part of the assembly is dedicated to Locks of Love. My girls donated 2 years ago, and were waiting for their hair to be long enough to do it again. Unfortunately Cowgirl's class had dress rehearsal for their Pioneer Musical on that day, so she couldn't participate. But lucky for Pixie, she had her fabulous, amazing teacher there to participate with her and give her courage!

Actually it was the other way around! Ms. T has ALWAYS had long hair, and was having major anxiety about chopping it off! Here the 2 of them are immediately after the big "chop". That's my sweet friend Kimberly (yes the same Kimberly that does pedicures!) in the background - she was one of the stylists who volunteered their time to chop the hair, then stay after school to style the hair of all those who had donated.

Pixie really loves her new short hair.

This brings us to Friday evening. Bookworm had been home from the school camp out for 1 night, and it was time to head to scout camp! So I had to have him all packed and ready again! He left Friday afternoon. Unfortunately he had to miss Cowgirl's big night. She had one of the leads in the 4th grade musical about the Mormon pioneers, which is what their learning expedition was on this semester. She was the mother of one of the families. The students wrote the script themselves and it was really, really fantastic. I couldn't be prouder of all of them, and Cowgirl did a wonderful job.

Here she is after the performance, Monkey couldn't let her have the spotlight to herself for a moment longer, and insisted on being in the picture with her.

I really feel incredibly blessed to be able to have our family involved in such worthwhile activities with amazing people helping to make it possible. I love, love, LOVE our school. It takes a lot out of me, and sometimes I complain about my involvement and the time it takes - but it is so worth it to have a voice in the way my children are educated. And our teachers are amazing, and incredible, and so dedicated. The way of teaching in an Expeditionary Learning school is hard. And demanding, and takes so much more than typical lesson planning, and I am grateful to have teachers who are up to the challenge, and put so much into making our school the amazing place that it is.

Anyramble....this brings us to Saturday. The girls final soccer games of the season. They both won! Woohoo! Cowgirl's coach pulled me aside and told me that she was good enough to play in the competition league, and that we should consider trying out. It was a great feeling to hear him say that. After looking into the expense, and time commitment, we decided that it wasn't right for our family right now. But it was still awesome to have him say that! For the team's final hoorah, he put together a moms vs. kids soccer game with us moms playing the team. They thought they were so tough, and we were so old. Guess who won? Even when they CHEATED, and the ref (their coach) cheated for them, we still won! I may or may not have biffed it one or three times. Yes there are pictures...and no I am not posting them!

I know there's more, but reliving this week through this post has made me tired all over again! So just know that my absence has been due to other worthy activities...promise!

And if you're still reading this - I know you must really love me, because it feels like I have been working on this post for it must be the longest blog post in history, right? So sorry IA, I know how you hate these!

I guess that's it for now, I'll post more as I remember more, because I know I left something out! I miss everyone and hope to be by soon to visit you!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Confessional


I confess....

I've super missed you guys during my little blogging hiatis.

I confess...

that all the busy-ness and happenings in my life have been much of the reason for my lack of blogging, but also - I think I've just been sorta depressed and unmotivated. It just. keeps. raining. I cannot handle it - I don't know how you people who live in Oregon and Washington and other rainy places deal with it day in and day out.

I confess...

that I ducked out of my board meeting early last night. I really tried to hang in there, but I started getting SO SICK. I was dying of heat, and feeling dizzy and nauseated, I could barely sit up in my seat. I have no idea what happened, but I finally had to tell the chair that I could not sit there any more, and I had to leave.

I confess that I super heart Scotty McCreery, and I'm so so so so glad he won American Idol.

I confess that I am super excited to have So You Think You Can Dance back on the air because I am super, duper excited to see my last season favorite who had to pull out due to injury back on the show.

I confess that when I was at the airport in Portland I saw this:

and then deliberately used an excessive amount of paper towels to dry my hands. And I thought it was hilarious.

I confess that I texted that picture and my confession to a friend you may all know, and she thought I was hilarious too.

I confess that I am both immensely amused, and at the same time a little worried about this girl's diva-ish ways. I think we might be in trouble down the road....

And finally, I confess that I am seriously grateful for my amazing family and friends. I am truly blessed to have them in my life, and I don't say it enough.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pssst. I'm still here!...

I promise to tell you what I've been up to in my absence (it's all really good stuff, I promise!), but for now, I just wanted to tell you about a giveaway that I just entered. I might be too late, I'm not sure - but I'm trying anyway! MiMi is hosting it, and it is for a really great prize from her friend Erin! Go check it out!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Too bad my post is going up so late...

Because I really wanted it to be up at midnight and be the first to publicly wish my fabulous, hilarious, amazingly wonderful friend MIMI the Happiest of Birthdays!

Go over and wish her a Happy one!!!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

We Want To Know Wednesday!

Hi friends! Time for another edition of WWTK Wednesday!

Here we go!

1. What game show have you always thought you could be on and totally WIN!

I don’t know if I could win, but I have always thought it would be fun to be on The Family Feud. I maybe could win, though. I usually do better than the contestants. Sometimes their answers are totally dumb.

2. Do you have a tattoo(s)? What are they and what made you chose them? If not, would you get one, yes/no/why?

No I don’t, and no I wouldn’t. First off, I am a wuss. Me no likey pain. Second, my religion discourages tattoos, and I try to do what I’m supposed to! Luckily this one’s an easy one for me to obey!

What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own?

I honestly mostly have cheap jewelry from Target and stuff. I have jewelry ADD, and need different/new stuff all the time. So I gotta go cheap. That being said, I would have to go with my wedding ring – because of what it symbolizes. Also – my wedding ring is totally not from Target. I’m not THAT white trash.

3. What is your driving pet peeve(s)?

People who don’t use their turn signal. Also when I see people smoking with kids in their car. Pisses me off. Number one pet peeve? The one that makes me wanna jerk the wheel and slam into the driver (only)? When children are not in car seats or seatbelts. I especially love when the parent is buckled in, but their kids are climbing all over the car. Jerkwads.

4. What was your favorite sitcom growing up that you wish was still on?

This is a tough one. I LOVED the shows like Bewitched, I dream of Jeanie, The Cosby Show, The Brady Bunch. I don’t know if I could pick just one. Oh yeah, LOVED Punky Brewster.

Also, The Brady Bunch IS still on – my kids love it. It is super cheesy now. Just sayin’.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Every cell phone sim card tells a story....

Do you ever wonder what people might think of your life if they found your phone and started flipping through your pictures? You don't? Okay, I'm just weird like that.

I recently got a new phone, and I decided to pull all the pictures from my sim card (I don't even know if that's how you spell "sim"), and put them on my computer, just so I would have them, you know, just in case.

I was browsing through the folder today, and thought I'd share a few of my favorites.

This is Pixie and Monkey, playing around on the treadmill (which is against the rules) but they just looked so sweet, I had to snap a pic!

This is the cake I made for Monkey's first birthday (her birthday is in October). I used to make cute birthday cakes a lot. Hmmm. I need to try that again.

Ice-fishing shot that hubby sent me of Bookworm's first time ice-fishing. It was on scout camp.

He caught the 2 biggest!

Cowgirl modeling the super cute outfit she found while we were out shopping.

The artwork I found, courtesy of Monkey, when I went in to use the bathroom a few weeks ago. Yes, that is sharpie, and no, it did not come completely out. Just more to add to my white-trash rep. I got goin' on. When she was getting in trouble by her dad, he asked her what it said. She replied "it says, 'My dad is so awesome'". Where did this girl come from?

This is one of the most hilarious girls ever. She used to be one of my Young Women. Now she's all grown up (ripe old age of 18). "L" and I were at the mall with our friends "K" and "H". L found this set of furry accessories and had to model them. Including, bag, boots, gloves, weird shawl/vest thingie, and hat. Doesn't she look hot?

L and K go to school together. This is the high quality work they do while trying to stay awake in class. I got this text from them one night with the caption "this is what we do in class. We drew a hot man for you."

K sent me this and I thought it was freaking awesome. So I saved it.

Here's Monkey at Bookworm's last violin recital. It is a "parlor recital" held in the formal living room of his teacher. She crawled down on the floor and went to sleep under the chair.

A very, VERY rare ocurrance (this happend a few years back), my 3 oldest in the hallway looking at a book together. Too good a photo-op to pass up!

This was at a family baby shower. My 2 aunts who do not see each other except at the occasional family function showed up in IDENTICAL outfits. HAD to get a picture of that!

There are tons more pictures that I took for some reason or another. But we'll stop here for today. What story do your cell phone pictures tell about you?

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Tribute to Javi

If losing the CONCACAF championship in the final leg was a devastating disappointment, what happened Saturday can only be described as crushing. Tragic. A crippling blow to Real Salt Lake.

Javier Morales. Midfielder #11. In the world of Major League Soccer, his name is well-known.

One of the most talented players in the league. And undoubtedly THE best player on our team.

The stadium erupts in thunderous applause and yelling whenever his name is announced in the starting line-up.

His exciting plays ALWAYS energize both the fans, and his teammates.

Not only is he admired for his skill on the soccer field, but those who know him are quick to share that he is a great footballer, but an even better person. A good guy. A class act.

Today he lays in the hospital, about to undergo surgery.

A reckless tackle early in the game left him on the ground in pain, unable to get up. He suffered a dislocated fracture. Or in other words, a broken tibia, a broken fibula, and dislocated ankle, as well as torn ligaments.

The game came to a standstill for nearly 8 minutes. There are no time-outs in soccer. But you can’t play when the field is full of medics.

The foul takes place just past the 2 minute mark. In the highlights, between 1:58-2:55, you can see it all unfold. We run the gamut from a promising play, to a disastrous injury, to a furious team captain, to the disheartening image of our star play-maker being wheeled off the field to an awaiting ambulance. I have never, ever seen our captain Kyle Beckerman (# 5, in dreadlocks) lose his cool like this. I’m surprised he didn’t throw a punch. You really should check it out. (link here if video doesn't work)
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As awful as it was for us fans to watch from the stands, wondering what was happening, and then seeing him wheeled off in a stretcher, I can’t imagine what it must have felt like for his wife and young son.

There is another short clip of the incident here, but I warn you, it is from a different angle, and much more graphic.

I’m not sure how much more our team’s morale can withstand. I realize that soccer is just a game. But for these players, it is their passion, as well as their livelihood. They’re not multi-million dollar-salaried athletes like other professional sports figures. In fact I would be willing to bet that I have some readers whose household income is greater than the salary of our highest paid player.

The team managed to pull themselves together enough to take the win, teammate Will Johnson scoring the winning goal, and of course dedicating it to his friend and teammate. But the team was visibly shaken, and the victory was bittersweet.

Javi will be out for the rest of the season, but fortunately is expected to be able to come back to the game. In the meantime, he is not a player who is difficult for us to replace – he is a player who is impossible for us to replace. We have a team full of talent, but Javi is undoubtedly one of a kind. His fire and skill will be missed greatly. But I do feel we have a team with incredible talent – enough to continue a winning season. If only they can get past the discouragement that has currently settled upon their collective shoulders.

For now I (along with thousands of other RSL fans) send much love and many prayers the way of Javi and his family.

The field will not be the same until #11 is back making plays.

p.s. I had not intended to make another soccer post so soon, but I had to get it down while it was still fresh as this blog is not only a way for me to keep in touch with you fab bloggy friends, but is also my journal.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

“She who can paint a Masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, …long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have decayed or shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God. In her high duty and service to humanity…, she is co-partner with the Creator himself.”

~ President David O. McKay

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May's Monthly Vlog

Well, I did it again. Although I'm fashionably late. So maybe nobody will stop by and watch. Yeah, that would be good. Shawn, I am super sorry that this video isn't as short as the rules said. After the purse thing took so long, I didn't want to go back and re-record everything just to cut down the purse bit. And I'm not super talented at editing like some people. But here's a solution - if you don't have the time (and I know you're super busy), you can totally just skip mine! I won't mind - promise! Also, it's not as long as Mamarazzi's. Just sayin'.

Also, Emmy and Beth helped out with suggestions for this month's Vlog.

Here goes nothin'.

And awesome still frame that it chose to use (don't ask me what "it" is). Love that.

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We Want To Know Wednesday!


It's time for WWTK Wednesday with Impulsive Addict, Shawn, Mamarazzi, and Janette. I missed last week, so I'm excited to play again today.

Today IA asks us the following questions.

1. If money didn't matter, where would your perfect vacation take place? Briefly describe.

I know most people would choose some exotic, different country location. But for me, something I would absolutely love is to spend about 3 weeks back East. I would go to New York, and of course visit all the fun NYC sites, and the shopping, and the shows. But then I would visit upstate. There are many significant LDS church historical sites, as that is where Joseph Smith was living when he organized the church. I would love to stand in those sacred places. As well as the church historical sites, I would go to Boston. American history is a passion of mine and to be amongst all that history and stand where our Founding Fathers stood, and just soak it all in, and share that with my family – that would be the perfect vacation.

2. What's a bad habit that you have {or had} that is/was hard to break?

Staying up way past my bedtime. I am such a night owl. Every night I tell myself that I am going to be in bed by 10:30. And I just can’t seem to do it. It has always been a problem for me, going to bed – but it is worse since my husband works nights. Once the kids are all asleep, and hubby is at work, it is my time to be alone with my thoughts and just enjoy the peace. It’s very hard to give that up just for some measly hours of sleep!

3. If you weren't on a diet or counting calories, what would you like to have for dinner tonight?

I don’t have a favorite food. So it would definitely depend on the day. But right this very moment, I’m thinking that shrimp scampi and a big old juicy steak sounds absolutely divine.

4. If you had the chance to interview anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what's one question that you would ask?

I would want to meet one of our Founding Fathers. Probably John Adams. And I would ask him where he drew his courage from. How he was brave enough to do the things he did in the face of so much opposition. And did he foresee what would be the result of the great work that he and the others of his day were fighting for?

5. Describe yourself in 6 words.

Loyal, fun-loving, insecure, dependable, compassionate, LOUD.

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