Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Happy Mother's Day Grandma Lou

2 hours later we felt like we had been drug behind a tractor for a few miles. Portrait Innovations (who are normally great) were a little short staffed and there was no one to "entertain" and they were also running behind. On top of that our appt. time was 4 pm which can be a sketchy time for kids anyway (even if you have a huge bag of snacks). But we ended up printing the last picture because it is hilarious and my Mom loves it! It is very "real life." In a few months time maybe it will be a fond memory for the rest of us ;)

Thankfully some of the individual pictures (which were done first while we were waiting for the big studio) turned out better so we were able to do a nice collage to give to her with the crazy picture :)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Purple Blanket Babushka

Meadow's favorite purple blanket in the whole world goes with her all over the house and most car rides and definately to Doctor appointments to relieve the stress. It gets washed at LEAST once a week because it is so well loved. She loves to drag it around, ball it up into a bundle, wear it like a shawl or a scarf, peek through the holes and hide under it. To quote Ms. Meadow "awwww, nice blankie."

"Our Beautiful Garden"

Almost overnight it seems, a hundred or two dandelions have blossomed in our yard. This morning we went outside to go for a walk and Parker exclaimed "Oh! Look at our beautiful garden! Look at all of the beautiful sunflowers! They are everywhere. Can I sit right here and look at them?" ;) Everything is more beautiful through the eyes of a child.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Great Film!

We saw Lars and the Real Girl last night and LOVED it. Highly recommend it to everyone. That's all I'll say. :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tagged Again

A-Age: 33. Isn't that supposed to be lucky or something?!?!?

B-Band listening to right now: none

C-Career (plan): Busy Mom

D-Drink or Smoke: Neither

E-Easiest friend to talk to: The ones I have known the longest.

F-Funniest moment of your life: Geez, I think there are too many to single out one. I love the ones that make you so weak you can't stand up and the ones that make the entire pew shake at church. You know what I am talking about Heather Crenshaw. The two that came to my mind first: One time Karissa and I were shopping together for our husbands for Valentines Day and planning things out loud and asking opinions about things and walking up and down the "Valentine Isle" and all of a sudden Karissa, mid-planning, said in an angry voice "Neal better get me something for Valentines Day or I'm gonna kill him." And I COULD NOT laugh any harder or stand up. Then at a Singles Conference at Church during sacrament I was sitting by Heather Crenshaw and someone passed her the bread and she picked up a piece with a long crust on it and when she went to bite it the crust fell away from the rest of the bread and she bit into air and accidently made a snorting noise and I COULD NOT STOP shaking the entire bench so I had to walk out before I exploded.

G-Gummy bears or gummy worms: Worms. Have you ever had a gummy worm war?!? Dip them in water so they get sticky and throw them at eachother. It's great fun!

H-Have a significant other?: Yes

I-In love: I should hope so. Yes

J-Junk food you like: Everything really but my favorite is potato chips

K-Kids: 2, 1 boy, one girl

.L-Longest ride ever: Distance Wise: When my family moved from Washington State to Vermont. Pain Wise: When I rode in a tiny car with 4 other people and my second cousin from Rexburg to my Grandparents house in Burley and I had injured my knee and it was swollen and throbbing and there was no room to straighten it out. I thought I was going to die. Turned out to be a torn ACL.

M-Man/woman you love the most: Gredge, my children

N-Names for your kids: Parker Elliot (Elliot after Greg's Mother's Maiden name) and Meadow Claire (Claire after my Grandma Claire Williams)

O-One wish you have now: Three more wishes

P-Phobias: Spiders, ticks, I also don't like to sleep in total darkness

Q-Quote (favorite): At this stage in life "Cleaning a house while children are growing, Is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing."

R-Reasons to smile: Sweet Children, being loved

S-Sleeping hours: unfortunately I probably average around 6 because I stay up too late doing the things I don't get to do during the day. I've got to fix this.

T-Time you woke up: Today 6:30 because I had a terrible dream and then couldn't go back to sleep.

U-Unknown fact about you: I went to Russia on an exchange program for gymnasts. It was so awesome. We were there during 'White nights" and it never got dark the entire time we were there. The darkest it ever got was twilight, that nice evening light. I learned alot and it made me really grateful for all of the luxuries back home.

V-Vegetable you hate: Cauliflower

W-Worst habit: putting things off until later

X-X-rays you’ve had: Knee, foot, ankle, chest, teeth

Y-Yummy foods: Southwestern eggrolls from Chilis, italian, mexican, indian, fruit, cheese cake

Z-Zodiac sign: Pisces

Who I am tagging!: Anyone who reads this and would like to play/participate!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Highlights of Harris Lake Earth Day Celebrations

Mechanical Bull Ride!!!

Cotton Candy

Bluegrass Band

Alternate Fuel Racing Game

Checking out different fish caught from Harris Lake

Wally Pog the Frog

Hay Ride

Something we learned...

The Long Leaf Pine Ecosystem is endangered (Different from the Lob Lolly Pine which is very common). There are not very many long leaf pine forests anymore. They are a fire dependent species because they grow at a much slower rate than other trees and grasses and often die out because they don't get the water and sunlight they need. They are naturally fire resistant and wild fires burn out the other grasses and trees so that they can thrive. Harris lake had a hay ride that took us to a long leaf pine forest they are creating. It was pretty neat and is alway open to the public. They said you can often see wildlife and deer back there. The trees were planted about 12 years ago and the Park has have burning cycles that alternate every couple of years until the long leaf pines reach a certain height and are out of danger.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Officially, Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd, but the celebrations start this weekend. It looks like the stormy weather will hold off Saturday and let us all get out and celebrate, learn how to protect and reflect upon this amazing planet we call Mother Earth.

Harris Lake County Park is excited to be hosting their 8th Annual Earth Day Celebration! Its a family friendly festival at a beautifully scenic park. The celebration will highlight fun activities, kids crafts, educational exhibits, food vendors and live music. You can view Native American artifacts, check out an electric bucket truck, play some disc golf, see plenty of live fish, insects and animals and even take home a loblolly pine tree.

Durham will be celebrating Earth Day in style with an eclectic mix of live music, storytelling, delicious food, a climbing wall, and lots of hands-on environmental activities. The festival will highlight green products and electricity free entertainment as well as an Earth Art Market and a Public Art Project.

If different species is what you are looking for, you will want to head to the North Carolina Zoo. You are cordially invited to join the Zoo's Party for the Planet this Earth Day. Click through for the schedule of all the fun events from music and face painting to recycling and a can exchange.

Downtown Raleigh will host the Planet Earth Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The event will feature live bands, sustainable shopping at the Green Bazaar and Boutique, kids activities from the Scrap Exchange and Marbles Museum, and the NC Sustainable Building Design Competition.

A Celebration of Art and Nature is on tap at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Join them for the unveiling of newly installed works of art, and explore new Park trails. Enjoy musical performances, storytelling, guided tours, children's workshops, and more.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Buried in Laundry

The good news is that it is great fun for the kids to play in. It is the folding and putting away part that I get behind on. There always seems to be something more immediate that needs to be done like the dishes, sweeping, toys everywhere etc. I need to devise a new plan. What are your laundry routines like? Help! :)

Pretty Pretty Princess

I painted Meadow's toenails for the first time ever this morning. She was very interested and sat really still and let me dry them with the hair dryer. She was very pleased and happy to show them to daddy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A good one

Daily Gems
Living in a Such Way as to Make Life Good

" 'Life is good, if we live in such a way to make it so.' . .
'A good life' comes as a result of the way we do things, of the
words we choose to say, and even of the kind of thoughts we choose to have.

". . . 'Wanting to' is the determining factor which
leads us to lay hold upon the word of God and be happy. Perseverance in
making correct decisions is what leads us to happiness."

happiness, determination, lifestyle

(Benjamín de Hoyos, "True Happiness: A Conscious Decision," Ensign, Nov. 2005,

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Breaking Dawn

For all of the Stephanie Meyer fans out has the 4th book in the Stephanie Meyer series on sale and discounted for pre-order so it will show up at your door on or shortly after the August 8th release date. Woo-hooo! 117 days to go! ;)

They make great pets

Our new pets, "a rainbow colored great dane" (there was a great dane on Sesame Street this week) and his puppy sister got tired and thirsty from playing fetch with Greg so he got them some water.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Gong Show

With special guest panel judge Meadow Winters! At 7:20 this evening Meadow started to fall apart so by 7:30 we were on our way upstairs to sing some songs in the rocking chair. On our way up she was calm and there was no protesting as we sat down in the rocker. I started to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle..." when I was interrupted by an emphatic "NO!" so I started a different song "I often go walking in Meadows of... again "NO!" So this is how it went for the next 12 tries. Sometimes I got out just one word and sometimes I got out two sentences before the "No!" It became a challenge and it was hard not to laugh. Finally I got through an entire rendition of "How much is that doggy in the window" and "Baby bumblebee." Yeah!!! :)

Wonder Twin Powers Activate

"Form of Superman and Wonder Woman." Parker had his adnoids out today and we had fun with our matching bracelets. He was a super brave boy and everything went really well. He has been enjoying lounging around on the couch (except for the very sore throat part), watching his new Hercules movie and occasionally wandering into the kitchen for popcicles and ice cream. Hopefully he will not get sick so often and be able to breathe better at night with these out.