Monday, January 26, 2009

Good Getaway!

This past weekend we had the opportunity to go on a little getaway with some friends to St. George. I always look forward to running away from reality for awhile, even if it's in the same state! Our friend's have a beautiful vacation home there so we were able to take a trip not only on a budget but in style, with good company as well - which is always a treat! We had such a great time! In spite of the constant downpour of rain and gloomy skies, it felt good to just lay around the house, watch the kids play nicely with one another, eat REALLY good food and just get to know each other better! It was a fun weekend and we are so appreciative of our friends for inviting us and allowing us to enjoy the weekend with them! 

The second night we were there, we had to call 911 because all the CO2 detectors went off! We even changed all the batteries, but they still kept going off. They came and tested the house and could not find a problem. They stopped beeping after awhile and luckily, we were all able to wake up in the morning!

No, it's not cold outside. Wes and Ian went to Wal-Mart and bought air-soft guns. They played in the rain all night and pelted each other in the 10 layers of clothing they put on to protect themselves! Wes still has welts all over his legs! It was like watching children play and it made me smile! 

On the last day that we were there, my friend Jodie and I drove around to do some discovering of the town and we did a little shopping. Hitting Thomas Judd's was one of the highlights of the trip! I found and bought candy that I had not seen or tasted since I was a little girl! Candy cigarettes with a Sarsaparilla anyone? 

Later that night we all went out to dinner at TwentyFive Main. SO good! Just walking into the place gave me goosebumps! Amy Butler upholstered seats, empty frames on the wall and CUPCAKES! This is a must stop for anyone looking for a nice place to eat and be treated to some great atmosphere! The prices are great..about $6-8 a plate is all!

If Amy Butler and Black Chandelier had a baby, this is what it would look like. Pure lovely! 

Emerson doesn't get much kid time since we live in a "mature" neighborhood, so he was thrilled to be with Isaac, Luke and Megan all weekend!

The clan just before packing up and leaving back to SLC. Ian did not get the memo for all adults to wear black on this day! 
Nevermind Wes''s a long story!

The ride home was a NIGHTMARE! We hit a storm right out of Cedar City that added a good 2.5 hours onto our trip. This does not make happy babies! We searched high and low for all McDonald's with an indoor Playland or "petrie dish" as we would like to call them! After a few nuggets, farts and chocolate milk, Little E was ready to hit the road again! Life of a baby ain't easy! We will miss the warmer temps of the southern end of our state, but it felt good to get home...safely! E. now has a nasty cold that I will go ahead and chalk up crawling around in colorful plastic tubes and curly slides.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Optical Illusion?

If you look at this and think that it is a photo of some beautiful waterfront property, you are sorely mistaken! Wes took this picture yesterday from high up on the point of the mountain. This is our inversion! Under this disgusting brown layer of filth, is a thriving city of over 1 million people! Can you believe this? We are off to St. George for the next few days and I am very much looking forward to blue skies and clean air! And when we come back, this better not be what I see!! Yuck-O!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Best wishes on your special day, now blow out your candles and wish away! 
May your birthday bring you as much happiness as you give those who know you. You are beautiful in every way and you show that through all you do and say - how thankful I am to be blessed with a wonderful mother! You are my joy, my sunshine and my best friend! I love you, I love you, I love you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On Thin Ice

Yesterday I did something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time. I went ICE SKATING! My friend April and I got together and the 2 of us ventured out and participated in this amazing sport! How did ice skating even get invented? What crazy person thought to attach a butter knife to the bottom of their shoe and slide across a frozen piece of water? Well, whomever it was, I would like to pat them on the back and thank them for providing us with a day of entertainment!

A little uneasy at first! I had to go very slow!

These things are huge and by no means comfortable. Such an awkward feeling!

April was so much more graceful than I was. She didn't fall once! She even showed me a few pointers. I was glad to learn even the basics.

This is how you turn and make it look good.

I'm up and moving on the ice, that's all I can ask for!

Look at me getting more daring! 
(Just after this I crashed hard onto the ice. I am feeling the effects of it today.)

Thank you April for coming with me! We had such a good time!

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Blog

So, like many of you, I have decided that one of my resolutions was to keep a running photo journal throughout the year (thank you Angie I.  for the idea!). Each day I will upload a new picture of what my life is either revolving around, what occupies my mind and what I am loving and loathing at that moment. 365 photos = lifetime of memories!
 I realize that as I live each day, I may not do it all correctly and I may have some regrets, but I try hard and I think that deserves a little a star on my forehead! I started another blog for this journal and you are more than welcome to indulge yourselves in my simple life! You can check it here:

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Look What I Can Do!

While I was sitting and watching Emerson play in his room yesterday, I couldn't help but to have a little fun, myself! His bedroom faces south which allows so much natural light to come into his room. It keeps the room warm throughout the day while coincidently providing a prime opportunity to make SHADOW PUPPETS! I have always been intrigued by this form of art so yesterday I decided to learn a few things to not only entertain myself, but maybe even little E someday. 
Then who knows, maybe even onto Carnegie Hall?

It was a little rough at first. My hands even started to cramp and I was getting mad! I just want to make ONE little shadow!

Kind of getting the hang of it. Still need some practice!

TA-DA! Can you see it!? It's suppose to be a rabbit but since my fingers are so skinny and 9 ft. long, the result is a little weak! I'm not going to give up and I will learn more! I also learned that it is not only how you form your hands, but also how you position and tilt them into the light. It even matters how far away from the wall -vs- how close to the light you are. Who knew it was so hard? 

Check this amazing show out for size!
(turn up your speakers!)

If you want to learn your own puppeteering, you can also go here: