Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010--Heeeelllllooo 2011!

Should old acquaintance be forgot nah nah nah nah nah nah nah! something something Old Lang Zyne....

Yeah who actually knows the words to that song? NOT ME!

2010 has been a good year.
Somewhat of a stable year for us which is different.
Still in school.
Still working.
Still staying with the kids at home.
Ya know. Same ol' same ol'.

But it's nice.  Especially because 2011 will bring LOTS of change!

New Job. (Hopefully)
New House.
New Town (new to me at least).
New Baby.
What? I mean.... nope that's what I mean. August 2011 will bring a new baby to our family and we're very excited.  Though just to be safe I'm planning on July 2011 and will have the bag packed and IN THE CAR this time 2 months early (at least).  With number 2 I had the bag packed but didn't think to take it on vacation with us.  With number 3 there will be no vacation 2 months prior--- at least no where far.
Either I'm older or this pregnancy is harder (probably both--silly time) because I've been UBER tired and somewhat sick thus far.  No barfo yet (I know TMI) but I'm counting my many blessings.  No baby bump yet either in case you're wondering--hello still a bit early for all that--and I'm not fond of preggo pictures of myself so they'll be rare around here plus I have enough chub that people may suspect already and I don't really like explaining- well yes I'm preggo but no that's just my chub. :)

I think the word for the new year will be FAMILY.  We'll be leaving family up here and moving closer to family down south and adding to our family.  Family Family Family.  It's a good thing.

Here's to a New Year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Jammies and Trains

Big brother can be awfully speedy sometimes. 

Christmas Eve Nativity

Wise Man pictured here driving a bus to visit Baby Jesus with Lazy Eyed Shepherd driving Mater.  Everyone worships the Savior differently.  (In the back are Joseph holding Baby Jesus and Mary. )
Here's the Holy Family: Joseph keeping watch while Mary comforts Baby Jesus.  Notice Wise Man's bus. Don't know where he went- but he left his bus. 

Shepherd and his Sheep (see my ear?) self portrait.

Our Angel even played the Piano for us!

Shepheard was found hijacking the camera and playing paparazzi.  Here's another self portrait. 

A Couple of Wise Men getting ready to go see the Baby Jesus.  The little Wise Man traded his bus in for a Hudson Hornet :)

And here's our other Shepherd as captured by Paparazzi Shepherd. 

This was our page turner/audience. He didn't want to dress up- but seeing his stylish Christmas sweater (from South America? right Bonnie?) I can see why.  He didn't need a costume. He had the whole scene right there! (Photo courtesy of Paparazzi Shepherd)

Here we have Page Turner in a lovely Christmas Hat. 
 (Photo courtesy of Paparazzi Shepherd)
And here it was Page Turner's turn to play Paparazzi for a minute.  Pictured here is Shepherd after he got fired from the Sheep Job for losing the sheep while he was busy taking pictures. 

This is a tribute photo for Aunt Christie.  She has multiple foot shots in her collection and I thought perhaps she'd be proud to see what her nephew had done.  Photo courtesy of Page Turner. 

And last but not least Paparazzi Shepherd did get one thing right.  Here's the reason for the season. 

Monday, December 20, 2010


When 3 year olds nap at 3:30 then 10:30 doesn't even seem like a reasonable bedtime to them.


Anyone ever watch Bill Nye? That was quality children's edutainment right there.

Remembering A Fallen Warrior

Last week we had the chance to go to Farmington NM to honor SFC Jim Thode who was Sean's Squad Leader for a while.  It was an emotional day for all of us. Also knowing my brother in law is still over there in Afghanistan lays a shadow on life and we'll await his safe return home before we really can breathe freely again. Sgt. Thode was a good man in every way.  He had his faults like we all do- but where it really counts with his family and friends and brothers in uniform- he was among the best of the best. We won't soon forget.

Two Ladder Fire Trucks flying the Stars and Stripes for Jim Thode
After the funeral service all the police and military personnel stood at attention to honor their fallen brother as the casket was loaded into the hearse. 
The blonde in the right corner is actually Sean's cousin. But I had never met her before so I didn't know.  Her husband was on the police force with Thode.
The view of the flag from where I was in the crowd outside the church. 

Sean and Cat were able to meet up with a friend from when they were all in the  Blanding Unit together. 
Police and soldiers say their final goodbye.  Fellow cops laid their white dress gloves on the coffin to honor Sgt. Thode.

Saying goodbye.

And Thank You. 
There was a good article in the Farmington Newspaper about the services. You can check it out here

This song is forever changed for me:

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Battle Buddies

Monday, December 6, 2010


I'm not very good at the game of Limbo.
Even worse when they do it at the roller rink 
(who can go low and not fall on their butt when wearing skates?)
Not the best at it in life either.

Life feels a bit like limbo right now.  
More like the Catholic version of limbo rather than the game. 
There will be a funeral soon for SFC James Thode who was in Sean's Unit- the one my brother in law is currently serving in (my sister in law also served in that unit). He was killed in action last week in Afghanistan. 
It's so sad.
Hard to wrap my brain around. 
He was such a good man. 
Thought the funeral would be this week but may be this weekend.  Waiting and not knowing is hard. Though I can't begin to imagine how hard this is for his dear wife and two children. 
 It's like waiting for the OK to grieve. Kinda sucks. 

Then there's the other part of Limbo.
We'll be moving this summer.
Don't know when. Or what job we'll get (though we're crossing our fingers for a recent find). Or where we will live--other than the town. Don't know what to pack or what to chuck. Or when to pack. I've never been very good at moving or change.  Though with 20 something moves under my belt you would think I'd have the hang of it by now.  But now I have a whole household not just me and my junk. 
We're beginning the part people call "real life" where we aren't students anymore and have to figure out how to make a living (and pay off student loans) and all that it entails.

And our beloved Nena is in the worst shape yet since we've had her. Makes me sad. I don't want to think about having to give her up but we're not made of money (who is?) but we have to try and think about future possibilities in regards to cars. Limbo again. 

That is pretty much it. 
We're all doing well but it feels a bit like the Waiting Place from Dr. Seuss. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas won't be Christmas....

...Without Nat King Cole... grumbled Jo lying on the rug....

At least that's how *I* feel.  I love his voice: soothes my soul.

We started decorating after Family Night on Monday: See?
 I love our family of snowmen stockings. 
Yes they are huge. 
Yes they are homemade. 
No I did not make them.
My wonderful Mommy made them.
We had big ol' stockings like these growing up and Oma has lovingly passed the tradition on. 
I kind of love our wee bitty tree too (which probably looks tiny next to the stockings). 
I love that I don't have to worry about the tree and the kids and whatever disasters that could bring. I don't have to water it. I don't even have to restring the lights every year; simply fold them in with the branches and put away.  Some day maybe we'll go back to live trees- haven't had one since I've been married.  But for now I love our little tree.  Also there's no need to feel like I have to stuff the bottom of the tree with presents- which is good on many levels.  Here's a reminder of the reason for the season:

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me.

In the last 26 years I have:

  • created masterpieces with chalk on my Grandparents' chalkboard.
  • worn a hat and gloves for Easter- even when at college.
  • been homesick.
  • realized that "home" has a new meaning for each new phase of my life.
  • traveled to Italy, Germany which earned stamps in my passport that are barely visible and visited various states including a summer in North Carolina.
  • loved.
  • lost.
  • married my best friend.
  • birthed two sons that crack me up and have me at wits end sometimes.
  • learned to drive in the snow/ice.
  • made dioramas for school about space, native americans and literature.
  • slept aboard a clipper ship.
  • made a wind chime out of an AOL installation CD, washers, and dental floss.
  • "sled" down a hill on cafeteria trays.
  • sneaked goodies into the theater to avoid overpriced concession stands. (sneak? snuck? ge-snukken?)
  • bought goodies from overpriced concession stands with the explanation that I'm paying for convenience. 
  • found and lost many pairs of sunglasses.
  • bought my first car (we love you Nena). 
  • gone to college.
  • ditched class.
  • graduated. Obviously I didn't ditch all the time.
  • thrown great parties.
  • spaced Birthdays and important dates.
  • called loved ones for "no reason in particular".
  • been river rafting twice.
  • slept in the trunk of a car in the middle of a blizzard (seats folded forward of course).
  • gotten the truck stuck in a ditch.
  • learned to love the red rock of southern Utah.
  • not missed the smog.
  • seen a rattlesnake in the wild.
  • wished I hadn't.
  • seen a scorpion in my entryway.
  • killed him. 
  • done gagillions of loads of laundry.
  • curled my hair and my eyelashes.
  • gone to Walmart having done no curling what-so-ever or laundry.
  • hula-hooped in Walmart at 2am. 
  • won first place in 100 meter butterfly- once. In Hanford or Lemoore I think.
  • run cross country- mostly for the cute boys on the team. Certainly not for my skill. 
  • written short stories.
  • submitted an essay for publication. 
  • been rejected.
  • found my grandma in the college year book when I worked in Special Collections.
  • had pudding and candlelight ceremonies to mark the ending of an era and the beginning of a new one.
  • gotten upset over little things.
  • gotten over it.
  • planted a garden.
  • spent hours reading by candlelight in the tub. Not the best for the eyes- but good for the soul.
  • paid a regular "membership" fee to my local library.
  • gotten my books in on time once or twice.
  • shopped a good many thrift stores.
  • learned to roller skate in the garage. Which was helpful because I didn't know how to stop.
  • had super soaker wars.
  • been shot with a marshmallow gun by a neighbor.
  • played crazy games of Nerts.
  • attended bonfires and learned the fine art of roasted starbursts.
I have lived much. Loved much. and I continue to learn more and more. 
It's been a great 26 years. 
Here's to another quarter of a century plus some :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Put some socks on you're making me cold.

He insists on wearing THIS:

 But not THIS:

Silly boy.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dress ups

Christie and I went to the Martha Grahm Dance Co. Performance on Saturday. It was a lot of fun. And a good excuse to dress up:

Silly Faces

Lando before Church:

Daddy and Ian making silly faces- Landon thinking "Do I really have to put up with these crazies?" 

 Self portrait:


Sisters: (I'm wearing heels and she's still way taller- luckily I can blame it on leaning in this one.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I heart Linus

Made this lovely little number for a good friend of mine. 
Finally gave it to her today and now I can post pictures :)
I kind of love the crazy pattern on the back. Flannel and Fleece- so snuggly! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Meet Mags

This is what Magnolia and I made the other day:
Isn't it so cute! I *LOVE* it. Alas. I have boys. Though I did try it on Landon just for sizing purposes of course. (Couldn't find my camera at the time so the pictures are on Sean's phone...)
I made this for a Festival of Trees Christmas tree. It's a fundraiser for Primary Children's Medical Center
My friend is decorating a tree with little girl things in honor of her sweet little baby,  Avalee, who spent time at Primary Children's before she died. 
I love the little sun dress (though if I did have a girl I would put tights and a long sleeve onesie on her and she'd be wearing it to church today regardless of the weather.) I learned a new technique (new to me): SHIRRING
It's pretty cool. My friend made a dress for her little girl a while back and said it was super easy. 
She was SO right! 

Are you wondering who Magnolia is?
Well blogosphere meet my little Magnolia:
Say Hi Mags. 
See that wasn't so scary was it?

Magnolia is my new beautiful sewing machine. (If you couldn't tell)
My Mom sent her via Amazon to me for my birthday (which is coming up at the end of the month if you want to get me something.)
My other sewing machine I've had for the last 14 years went Kaputt just before Halloween. I wan't super excited for my first one. It was a Kenmore (not that I knew what anything meant- I just knew it was a sewing machine.)
I was 12. (maybe I was 13...Mom do you remember?) I was hoping for a boom box. (aka a stereo) It was not a boom box and being 12 I was disappointed. BUT my dear sewing machine grew on me and I loved her. We made all kinds of things together- though I never thought to give her a name- silly me. Fond memories of Homecoming dress up weeks and halloween and random experiment shirts and other fun things. RIP Kenmore. I will love you always for being my first and for teaching me to be fearless when it comes to sewing. 

So I'm excited. THANKS MOM!
 Hope all my wildest dreams will come true. (I did vote for Pedro ya know.)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Costumes 2010

Ian insisted we all go as trains from Thomas and Friends. Sounded great. Until my sewing machine broke. I hand stitched a lot of the pieces so they wouldn't get ripped off. (Now I can reinforce them with my super uber cool birthday present.  More on that later. THANKS MOM!)

Do you see why they chose the characters they did? It's like 101 Dalmations where the dogs look like their owners and vice versa.  Landon has that chubby cheek smile like James and Ian has the wide tooth and eyebrow thing going like Thomas. Funny how that worked. 

The boys sometimes like to make goofy faces: (Landon "cheesing" for the camera) 

 Last but not least the parental units: This is what we had on hand. 
A hick and a pirate. 

Happy Belated Halloween. Next year we hope to be less humbug.