Stay-at-home-mommy to my sweet three kids, professional chef wannabe, list-making fool.
Ethan (Birthday - September 7, 2005)
About Ethan: The best big brother to his two little sisters; loves tigers, zoos, doesn't meet a stranger, and just started the second grade!
Sara Katherine (Birthday - March 7, 2007)
About Sara Katherine: Little mama to her baby sis; loves all things pink and princess, but loves to play in the dirt. Excited to have started kindergarten! She is a wonderful artist! Prissy; persistant; percocious, precious.
Clara Elyse (Birthday - January 10, 2010)
About Elyse: Loves to play with her bubba and sissy. Loves to color and draw (on my walls and carpet when I'm not looking - ugh.) Has the best sense of humor!
"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life."
"Follow your bliss." Joseph Campbell
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." Robert Frost
"The Lord will bless us and watch over us, sometimes dramatically. At other times, He will leave us to cope with the challenge rather than removing or diverting the challenge. He will not let us be tried beyond that which we can bear, but He will chose to push us at times. We can expect to be tested." Spencer W. Kimball
"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?" Christoper Marlowe
"If a June night could talk, it would boast that it invented romance." Bern Williams
"Children are made readers in the laps of their parents." Emilie Burchwald
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation stand still."
"The secret of happiness consists not of having, but of being, not of possessing, but enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart that is at peace with itself." David O. McKay
"The Lord is not interested in our abilites or inabilities as much as He is interested in our availability. If we show him our dependability, he will take care of our capability." Spencer W. Kimball
"Patient endurance permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord and our faith in His timing when we are being tossed about by the surf of circumstance. Even when a seeming undertow grasps us, somehow, in the tumbling, we are being carried forward, though battered and bruised." Neal A. Maxwell
"Among the greatest blessings in life is to be safe with someone." Hugh B. Brown
"The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul." David O. McKay
"In order to exercise your faith, do something every day that scares you to death." Mary Ellen Edmonds
"Work like the devil; he's such a good example." Marion G. Romney
Ethan's piano recital was last Friday. It was held in a historic home in Ogden...the house was beautiful and on the historic homes registry. The home has been turned into an arts community center, so there was an art show there as well, and they built a community ballet studio/theater behind it. Ethan played a piece called "The Shark" (think JAWS). If I can figure out how to upload the video from my phone, I'll add it. He did a great job. The jury is out on whether or not he will take piano again next year. I initially said I wanted him to take two years of lessons before I gave him the option to stop taking lessons, but while he's been a very good sport about this year, he has not loved playing the piano. He wants to play the guitar. He's learned a lot and can read music on a basic level. I really just want him to be able to play the hymns in church. I have a simplified hymn book so maybe I'll have him practice those and then let him take guitar. We'll see. But he's been a good sport and has done really well this year. We're very pleased with his progress! Ethan and his teacher, Miss Autumn
My heart is hurting for Boston. I love that city. I loved living in and near that city. I loved everything about my experiences in that beautiful, historic town. In the year and a half I lived there, I had several visitors and became a a fairly good tour guide. I never got tired of taking people on the rounds...to stops on the Freedom Trail, for a pastry in the North End, to Red Sox games, to the Charles River, the Old North Church, Boston Common, Newbury Street, the U.S.S. Constitution, and Harvard Square. Even when it was below freezing, blizzardy and snowing, I still loved that place. It got in my blood, and I left a piece of myself there when I moved home. I find that most people that live there have the same sentiments. I dream of living there again one day with my family, even if just for a short time. (There is an Air Force base close to Lexington, so it could become a reality some day).
I'm so disturbed as the details emerge of the bombings. To learn they were homemade bombs in pressure cookers filled with nails, bullets, and whatever shrapnel would inflict the most harm. To learn that one of the victims was just 8 years old. The loss of life and limbs....all taken by a coward who won't even stand up for whatever his or her cause may have been. I'm praying the person or people that orchestrated this may be caught; both for justice and closure.
How disheartening to know the safe, carefree world I enjoyed as a child is disappearing. My kids are not growing up in the same world I did, and that makes me sad.
I'm praying for Boston, her people, the victims, and that the person or people who did this will turn themselves in.
We have been enjoying the spring weather here. There is still snow in the mountains, but the days are beautiful and humidity-free! We had our Spring Break this past week (everything is late here...baseball season hasn't started and gardens haven't been planted either) but we had to change our plans to head south to camp at Zion's National Park as well as visiting St. George and Las Vegas because the girls and I got some kind of upper respiratory infection/junk and I got pink eye as well. I have been sapped of a majority of my energy for the last week or so and I'm looking forward to feeling better. David requested some leave this week for our camping trip, and since it was approved, he went ahead and took the time off anyway. He put up the trampoline the kids got for Christmas, has been doing some yard work, and he and the kids went to an arcade/fun center place one day, fishing another day, and then we all went down to Salt Lake one day to go to the Planetarium and to eat at the Lion House Pantry in Brigham Young's home at Temple Square (great food, by the way!). Today we've been lounging watching General Conference. Here are the kids in their Easter clothes and painting eggs. One of my favorite scriptures pertaining to Easter is, "Why seek ye the living among the dead?; He is not here, but is risen!" Luke 24:5-6
How thankful we are that He is and for what his resurrection means for the world!
Living in Boston was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The history of the area, the personal growth, and best of all the FRIENDS I made will always cause me to recall that time in my life with great fondness.
I am so happy to live about 45 minutes from two of my dear friends from Boston that married each other, Scott and Alicia, and we see them frequently. Other friends, Kamber and Brian that also married each other, live in Idaho, and then there's my dear Randi that is taking care of her 83 year old father in Seattle these days. We haven't all seen each other since our reunion in Boston four years ago, and I decided while we were all on the same side of the U.S., we would have another reunion. There is a hot springs in Idaho, so we made a plan and made it happen! Another couple that I didn't know very well but who knew everyone else very well happened to be visiting Utah during our reunion, so they came and joined us too and were positively delightful. In the end there were 12 kids and 10 adults. It was wonderful. I only wish it could have been longer! We all took a turn preparing a meal, and we ate like kings and queens!
The kids played tons and tons of games.
Brian and Kamber prepared made-to-order omelettes and belgian waffles with homemade whip cream and strawberries on Saturday morning. Randi made us bbq sandwiches with homemade coleslaw and homemade mac-n-cheese and the most delightful dessert, called Panacotta. It's this custardy type dessert with Greek yougurt as its base, then she made homemade pistachio sandies she crumbled over it with fresh berries in some kind of yummy homemade berry sauce. DELICIOUS! Randi is a pastry chef and worked at one of the most renowned restaurants in Seattle, the Dahlia Lounge, as a sous pastry chef before she left there to take care of her father. I'm convinced she could prepare shoe leather to taste yummy. When we arrived Friday night, the Buchanans had prepared a baked potato bar, a huge salad, and lemon cake for dessert. Then Sunday morning, David and I (with a lot of help from others as we were scrambling to get packed and loaded before check-out time) made french toast with homemade buttermilk syrup and the Pioneer Woman's sausage breakfast burritos which were AMAZING. Good thing I'm doing Zumba again!
We stayed in an amazing house. It had two living rooms, two kitchens, five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and in the master bedroom, there was a jacuzzi tub, a heated floor, and a huge shower with two shower heads. It was so nice and even though there were 22 of us there, everyone had plenty of space to spread out. Ava and Sara Katherine couldn't wait for the hot springs, so they took a swim in the tub before we left and were soon joined but lots of other kids that didn't want to wait!
One of the big jokes of the weekend was how I would swipe everyone's vegetable pieces they were going to toss to take home to put in our compost. I ended up with two full Ziploc bags and everyone else got a good laugh. Randi took home three huge bags of recycling she drove all the way back to Washington though, so I didn't feel quite so weird!
Lava Hot Springs was a stop on the Oregon Trail. The Indians used it for a winter camp site before the white people pushed them out. The water was heavenly. It was 112 degrees in the pool closest to where it came out of the earth, but the pool I hung out in the most was 102. It was perfect. I decided my long hiatus from serious exercise needed to end, so now that David is home, I join a group of girls from church a couple nights a week to do a Zumba/weight training class. It's AWESOME, but I have been so sore the past few weeks. The hot springs helped with the soreness and I felt all the toxins leaving my body!
Our drive from the Hot Springs back to our house; beautiful!
A late night game of Settlers of Cataan, just like the good ol' days!
My family. All I have ever wanted to be was a good wife and mother.
Sunday afternoon naps
Digital photography (how did we ever survive on 35mm film?)
Good books, though I don't read nearly as much as I used to these days.
Cookbooks. I read them like novels.
Organization, of anything. I like order. The cans in my pantry are stacked by type of food (beans in this row, canned vegetables in this row, soups in this row), the files in my filing cabinet are in Alphabetical order, and things fit in my purse the same way, all the time. Madness, you say? I find that it makes my life easier when I know exactly where things are.
Being the one to get them out of their cribs in the morning/after naps
Rocking my babies to sleep
Hearing Ethan sing literally ALL the words to the Alabama fight song (I honestly don't know how he learned them all because we didn't make it a point to teach it to him)
The way the hair on my arms stands up when I see the video montage they play before kick-off at Alabama Football games