Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We're Special

This is our friendly way of saying, "We've had Hand Foot and Mouth Disease! Aren't we lucky?"

And this is my happy way of saying, "This is how a whole week with quarantined children makes me feel."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


You know how some people like olives with pimientos in them? Or jalapenos? Or even little onions?

This is what my girls like:

Those, for the uninitiated, are raspberries--with capers stuffed in them. It's a new culinary sensation.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Summer 2011

Yes, I know summer isn't technically over until later this month, but I can smell fall in the air. We've had a very fun summer and I'm sad to see it go. It was also very eventful: Evie lost part of her tooth and gained a scar on her forehead, I lost most of my hair in a drastic new cut, Regis started business school, and Abby has started joy school and grown like a weed. This fall promises to be busy, and probably stressful, as Regis comes to grips with his future and I come to grips with a student budget. Overall, though, it's getting better and better all the time.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Snuggle Bugs

My baby, who is now 2 years old, fell asleep on my shoulder as I rocked her today. I LOVE it when that happens, in large part because it's such a novelty. She has never been much of one for snuggling, so I try to make the most of it when she does. Evie is such an adventurous little thing. She's chipped her front tooth twice (the same tooth!), had a heavy chair fall on her face, toppled off the back of the rocking chair, and all before her second birthday. But I admire her strong will and determination, even though it frustrates me frequently. It's a constant struggle to teach and discipline her, putting her in the right path without breaking her spirit. Does it sound to anyone else like she's a teenager already? Maybe that's why my own mom used to pull teenage me onto her lap, when I felt like I must be squashing her. I guess I'll never grow out of wanting my baby on my lap.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Short Cuts

I was in Salt Lake City the other day and took a short cut that I wasn't familiar with. This is the result.

Choppity chop! This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time, and I am having SO MUCH FUN with it. I drove up to Salt Lake to put myself in the hands of my cousin Ashley. We had a great time, and I'm just delighted with the result. I don't know how long I'll keep it (tee hee) this short.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Double Trouble

My car is now the proud repository of two coordinating pink carseats. Evie has graduated to a forward-facing seat in anticipation of several long car trips this summer. Regis hopes (I fear vainly) that facing forward will make her a pleasanter travelling companion. We shall see.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What Is This?

Anyone know what this is?

Let's hear some guesses.

It is, in fact, the baby wipe with which I wiped Evie's face.

Why is it so colorful? What was she eating?




No. Magic Marker. Yes folks, she was sticking capless markers into her mouth and sucking on them. I found her with the brown. How many other colors do you see there?

Kids are SO gross.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Trip to Texas

In my continuing quest to escape the cold frozen wastes of Utah, we went to visit my sister and her family in Texas last month. Before we left, Amber warned us that the forecast was for "cold" weather--maybe even down to 40 degrees! We quivered in fear. Thankfully, the weather was extremely pleasant the whole time we were there, to me anyway. :) We took advantage of it and played at the beach in Galveston. Since it was the off season, the beach was nearly deserted, but still plenty warm enough for us all to enjoy ourselves.

We also visited the San Jacinto Monument, and the Battleship Texas.

One of my favorite parts was visiting the police horses to feed them carrots, apples, and peppermints. There was even a horse named Abby! I haven't spent a lot of time around horses, and I was surprised at how much personality they have.

My perception may have been skewed because I was sick, but I was disappointed in the Houston rodeo. The smaller rodeos I've been to here are more fun. I wish we'd arrived earlier and had more time at the livestock show before the event, but none of us were thrilled by the Clay Walker concert, which is what really filled the rodeo arena.

We also made it to the Houston Zoo, which is enormous. I really liked the interactive exhibits, like these drums, and we all had a good laugh about the "Feed the Giraffes" opportunity: I think it was $5 for 3 pieces of lettuce.
All the excursions while we were in Texas were lots of fun, but a lot of the time we just spent relaxing at Amber and Steven's house while the girls played together. Abby and Olivia liked playing together, anyway. It will be a few months yet before Evie and Carmen are ready to enjoy each other's company. It was a really great trip, and I'm glad we got to hang out with Amber and Steven again. I'd say Texas and the Houston area in particular are definitely on our list of places we could enjoy living in.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Dropping the Ball, or Goodbye 2010

I think I'm obligated to write a wrap-up post, now that 2010 has ended. This year has brought a lot of changes, of course, but nothing especially drastic.

Evie has learned to crawl and then to walk. She is very strong-minded and determined, which I often find incredibly frustrating. My mother says this is because she's so much like me. She loves reading books, pulling the lids off markers, pouring liquid from one container to another, and taking baths. She loves to touch snow, but not to play in it. She always wants to learn how to do things herself. Evie and Abby are very fond of each other and can often be found jumping on Abby's bed together or cooperating in spreading their toys all over their room.

Abby has really enjoyed her dance class this year, and so have I. Less comprehensible to me has been her sudden love of all things princess-y. She now declines to wear pants any day of the week, insisting on dresses and skirts. I sometimes have to battle her to put on socks, tights, or leggings underneath, even when it is freezing cold outside. She loves to dance around the living room to "princess music" (we have divergent opinions on what that means) and has a very funny expression that she considers her "princess face." Abby was delighted to gain a new aunt this year when my younger brother married, and we have all enjoyed having Court and Lisa over.

I really got into knitting last year, finishing a sweater vest, three pairs of socks, a hand-holding mitten set, and various other small projects. I also, at the very close of the year, was introduced to spinning yarn on a spindle, and I'm looking forward to developing that skill this year. My other accomplishments included running a 5K, embracing the wave in my hair, lighting my first fireworks, and doing a ridiculous amount of reorganizing.

Regis has worked a lot this year. He has been promoted twice (He wouldn't call it that, but that's what it is.) and is learning a lot about managing employees, and business in general. He has enjoyed our vacations to Logan, California, Denver, and other places, and hopes the new year will hold more fun trips.

Here's to 2010.

Christmas 2010

Oh hey, look, it's a new year! So let me tell you about Christmas. It was definitely a good Christmas. We got to see Grandma and Grandpa, and were delighted to see Regis' brother's family who have been in Ecuador. We all got some great loot and had tons of fun playing a dance game on the Wii. (In case you're curious, I rocked everybody's socks. Multiple times.)

As you can see, Abby enjoyed her visit with Santa (although I was disgusted when he asked her if she wanted a Barbie for Christmas. Yes, I know, she's ubiquitous, but that's all the more reason to branch out, Santa. Abby doesn't even know who Barbie is, frankly). Evie declined to sit on his lap, but magnanimously accepted a candy cane.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. I'm grateful for all my family members, including my Savior, Jesus Christ.