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:

Lovebirds:

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. 
Hi.
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.