Sunday, May 30, 2010



Right After:

The morning after since Dad's haircut happened after bedtime:

Note to future self - Three haircuts in a row will make your arms ache and fingers cramp, so learn to cut faster or get better scissors/buzzer-thing.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Utah Surprise

Inspired half by Chris' Grandma and half by my sister's crazy last-minute trip up to WA, we decided to surprise everyone in Utah and drive out for Chris' brother's mission farewell. Edward is leaving to serve the Lord in Merida, Mexico in a week and a half. We loved surprising everyone either at home, or at work. We drove out Thursday night, and then napped/surprised everyone on during the day Friday and had a big family BBQ on Friday night, for Chris' birthday! I felt like a lame pamper-er making him drive all night and help with the kids a bunch after we arrived so I could de-kink my back. At least the party was really fun with lots of family.

Saturday was the exciting AGA event (an early Independent or a late IDES tournament. I'm not sure it was ever decided). Edward pulled off a great victory, with Thom and James close behind. Although, Chris would've won, had you discounted the first 6 holes. The boys had fun hitting balls and making putts when we went to pick the players up.

Sunday was Edward's talk in Church and it was awesome. He had so many people there to support him and his talk was really great. I am impressed and think he will be a fabulous missionary. We had a family dinner after with TONS of people and, as always, yummy-Dixie-food.

Then, we drove home Monday. Crazy short trip. Crazy long drive. This was the first Utah trip where I was not ready to make the drive home again. Oh, and like everyone in Utah already knows, we had blizzard like conditions from Provo to Salt Lake. It's practically JUNE?! The picture doesn't do it justice. The slush splashing out from cars would cover our windshield completely and 100% obstruct our view for a good few seconds.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mothers Day

**Wow, its been so long since I've posted. I'm pregnant and really starting to feel it now and that's my excuse. I'll post once a day till I get caught up: mothers day, Chris' birthday, Utah trip, haircuts etc... **

I had such a wonderful mother's day, in fact you could say it was ideal. Breakfast in bed, clean house and kitchen, flowers, a present or two, singing in church, naps when we got home, and a yummy dinner. Somehow Chris did it all this year. :) He's amazing and I love him. Mothering is a beautiful, hard, yet rewarding job. To help me notice, and remember the best parts, I've been keeping a "Happiness Journal" sporadically over the past year or so, where I record some moment of mothering happiness that happened that day. Its been very helpful for me to focus on the sweet moments and laugh at the hard (putting a positive spin on hard moments is fairly amusing in hindsight). Anyways, I'll quote from my journal about this Mother's Day:

--Sunday May 9, 2010- Mothers Day. So many sweet moments today. How to choose? I'll start with yesterday. I had thrown up early in the morning (food poisoning?) and lay in bed till lunch. Chris took the boys to the store and picked up some Mother's Day surprises for me. (With the pretext of getting something for an upcoming presentation) Alec, when they got home, said "let's go tell Mommy!" Chris said, "shh.. it's a surprise" and yet Alec could hardly contain his excitement. He ran upstairs to me and said, "We have a surprise" I asked about Daddy's business cards and Alec just smiled and said "They're by the other flowers" "His business cards?" I asked. "No its... (BIG GRIN AND EFFORT TO HOLD BACK)... a.... surpriiiiisssse." He is getting so big. I love him. I really love being Alec's mom, and Charlie's mom. Two cuter boys do not exist. I love being a mom.--

Friday, May 14, 2010

Together again

Chris is home!!! The boys were really excited to pick him up at the airport today. He recognized us pretty quick despite our best attempts at surprising subterfuge. What a week. I think I only averaged about an hours worth of tears each day. For some reason, this trip/conference was harder on us both. Chris was so ready to be home and we were ready to have him home. His presentation and poster session at the conference in Toronto went well. And Alec learned how to pump on a swing while Chris was gone. Its been something he's worked on and tried to do for many months. Charlie only had one bloody lip while Chris was gone. Seems like Charlie has bled from his mouth a couple of times a week in the past month.

Anyways. Here's to not putting the kids to bed, or eating treats, or sleeping, or locking up by myself tonight!

Monday, May 10, 2010

playing with "babies"

This is how my boys play with "babies." I'll have to keep a close eye on them when the real baby gets here.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ups and Downs

Man, this girl baby has like jumped my estrogen levels off the charts. Well, probably not literally, but these past few days have been full of weepy nonsensical tears, the sweet munchies, and an easily irritable attitude. Poor boys. Poor Chris. Poor house.

On the upside, we had another fun courtyard party last night for Cinco de Mayo. Catered yummy Mexican food, field games (three-legged race, potato sack race, and a foot race), pinata and ice cream. Put that together with nearly perfect weather (it was maybe 2 degrees too cold) and we had a really nice evening last night.

Back on the downside, Charlie got stung by a bee today! He handled it 10 times better than I did my first sting two years ago. He didn't even cry! His hand didn't swell up so that's good. I hope the bee died. It gave me yet another opportunity to tell Alec and Charlie to leave bees alone. They are dangerous and scary. Its possible I'm over doing it a bit, but its for their own good. I'm not sure how heroic I'll be if they have some angry bees after them.

Still down, Chris has a conference in Toronto next week. Blah.

Ending on an up, I may have figured out a more pleasing-to-look-at digital pattern of a car track quilt I want to make for the boys. (Go figure, it looks better in Word than own fault I'm sure) Its my current project that has occupied a lot of my brain power recently. Even a small car rug costs so much and I do have tons of scrap material that could be used well in a quilt. Hard part? I've never attempted patchwork quilts before, and I'm pretty sure they need to be precisely cut and sewed...something I'm not experienced in. Maybe this will just turn out to be like almost half my project ideas: unfinshed, nay unstarted. My favorite part is designing them and after that I usually lose steam.