Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Who doesn't love a good pedicure?? I know I do. Apparently there is a new kind of pedicure available here in the US. Instead of nice ladies massaging your feet and removing dry skin with razors hundreds of toothless fish eat away the dead skin.
I just don't know what to think about that one.
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Have you ever gone to the movies and when the film is over you have a sense of disappointment that the film just didn't live up to all the hype or just wasn't what you thought it was going to be? Not the case with these!
Going into this movie I knew that unless they totally botched the transfer from stage to screen we were in for a good time. This movie did not disappoint. I don't think I have ever had so much fun at the movies. We laughed, we sang along and even got a little choked up. Grab a couple of girlfriends, guys just will not appreciate it at all, and go have a fabulous time.
I am not a huge fan of comic strip super hero movies. However, since Christian Bale started wearing the batsuit, I've had a little change of heart. And seeing that I am a huge fan of the late Heath Ledger this was a must see on opening day kind of movie for me. The movie is very dark and sinister but I loved it. Heath's performance as the Joker is phenomenal and not over hyped in any way. I think it is truly his best work and I found myself sad at the end pondering once again the loss of such a great young talent. The movie is long so cut back on the drink intake as you will not want to miss a single action packed second. Excellent movie that I am sure I will see many times.
Friday, July 18, 2008
The girls petting the pig.
Lily stealing drinks.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Well, Kim C tagged me so here you go!
PS - I started this last night and got so tired I was retyping every word three times, so I finished this morning. We are just going to pretend that I did it all last night ;)
Two names you go by:
Two things you are wearing right now:
1. pajama capris (pink w/brown scotties on them)
2. tee shirt
Two of your favorite things to do:
1. going on a picnic in the mountains
2. traveling anywhere
Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. a large diet coke w\cherry and lime from Sonic
2. an organizational fairy (one wave of her wand and poof! perfection!)
Two Pets that you have or have had:
1. moses, a chocolate lab
2. new fish in the pond; marco, polo and crystal
Two things you did last night:
1. took Bella to her baptism interview
2. bought a new patio set on mega clearance at Target
Two things you did today:
1. went to the spray park
2. went to a fun enrichment class (courtesy of Rachael Ray aka Kendria!)
Two things you ate today:
1. spicy chicken wrap
2. chicken tortilla soup
Two people you last talked to:
2. slightly excited girls having a hard time going to sleep
Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. go to the library to see the 600 pd hog do tricks
2. enjoy the slightly cooler weather
Two memorable vacations:
1. our trip to Mexico a couple of summers ago
2. trip to Moab where we found the rattlesnake and the black widow all at the same time. That memory will live in my mind forever!
Two favorite holidays:
2. this is a hard one because I LOVE halloween but also have the fondest memories of Thanksgiving as a child. So it's a tie!
Angie, Amy, Danielle, Emily, Kendria, Kimber, Laura, Melanie and Sari tag! Your It!
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Bella and I had a birthday party together up at the lake and then this Friday I took her, Brooke and two of her friends to see Kung Fu Panda. Which, if you have not seen it, is a really funny movie. We all really liked it. The girls were hysterical. When I told them that it was getting close to movie time they decided that they had to have some jewels. Because, when you get ready for a girls night out you have to put on your jewelry and makeup. Gee - where could they have gotten that idea from I wonder......
Bella with her cake. I opted not to make one this year so Larry got a black forest one. It was lovely to look at and tasted divine.
We turned our backs for a second and found Lily stealing the rest of the cherries off the cake.
No party is complete at our house without jumping on the tramp.
Look at how much air Brooke got on this jump (she's in orange). I was shocked when I looked at the picture and realized how high up in the air she is!!
Bella is such a special part of our family. I could never list all of her wonderful qualities but here are a few. Bella is:
- honestly one of the most loving children I have ever met in my life. She is always concerned about others and tries really hard to make sure that everyone is included.
- very compassionate. I don't like to watch the news with her around because she gets really worked up about the newstories.
- very thoughtful and quick to give people compliments.
- honest and genuine.
- full of energy and fun loving!
- has a smile on her face.
- tries really hard to help out. Especially with Lily
- is singing. She loves to sing and make up her own songs.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Nancy decided to jump right on in.
I think our 4th of July picture from last year was taken in this exact spot.
The girls getting ready for the big show and enjoying some snacks.
You can't celebrate the 4th without some sparklers!
Daniel is always the life of the party. There is something about that kid that just cracks me up!
The kids spent a lot of time on the swing. Here they are with Aunt Colleen and cousin Anna.
We don't have trees mature enough to climb at home so they love to climb the who knows how old trees in Aunt Colleen's yard.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
They look like they have been through a desert dust storm or something. And the bad thing about getting this dusty is that you have grit in your mouth for hours. The men definitely rode the most, but the girls got in some good rides as well.
Now I know what you are thinking:
1. Are they riding or scuba diving?? What's up with the giant goggles?
2. Are those really porta potties in the backgroud??
1. We are riding but didn't feel like wearing helmets. We needed good eye protection so we took the goggles off the helmets and just wore those. When I ride on a trail I prefer to wear a helmet. This ride I didn't and I had an accident which could have been really bad, so it was a very good lesson for me. You will not catch me on the trail again without a helmet. Promise! And we always make our kids wear helmets.
2. Those are porta potties! When you have 31 people at a house you need a few more bathrooms. We also had an outdoor shower, three tents and three hammocks. Yes, we got a few stares as people drove by.
Larry and I took a ride up to the top of a near by hill that over looks the lake. We had grand ideas of watching the sunset because they are so gorgeous up there. Unfortunately, we forgot our bug spray and mosquitoes ate us alive within two minutes of stopping. So we watched the sunset as we were riding back to the house.
Our attempt at a little photo shoot before the mosquitoes chased us away.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
And they taste even better than they look. I could have eaten the whole box in one setting. Okay maybe more like two. And you have to eat them within 48 hours of receipt so if you call or stop by and I don't answer right away you know what I'll be doing....
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It is kind of hard to see, but the big cut is actually pretty deep and really wide. We debated about whether or not she needed to go to the dr to get stitches. In the end Larry decided that he could butterfly it together. We will know later on today if that was the correct decision or not. Our friend from down the street is a dr and is going to take a look at it when she gets home from school. Thanks Dr. J! I am sure it is probably ok, but I have such a hard time telling whether or not stitches are required. I think if it wasn't so wide she would be better off but if I take my pinky finger from the joint to the tip it's about half that wide, maybe a little bit less. And of course it is really super sore because she hit it right on the bone and there was no fat to cushion the fall. Larry and I keep telling her that she has to stop getting hurt in ways that leave scars or she is going to ruin her modeling career! Just Kidding. I am glad that she didn't break anything but she is going to be hurting for awhile I think.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Brooke trying to swim with flippers on. She decided that she liked the old fashioned way of swimming better and ditched the flippers right after the picture.
Brendan enjoying an afternoon on the boat. He has his shirt on because the day before he burned so bad we referred to his skin as "crunchy". By the end of the week his face was also over done. The best part of boating is the water weenie. You never know what is going to happen. Will we ride for a long time? Will we get ditched right away? Will we crash hard or softly?? Well this crash was hard! Larry was driving and you would think he would be careful with his lovely wife, but apparently he thought it would be more fun to dump his sister hard.
Lily did not go in the boat this year as they did not have life jackets small enough to fit her. But that was ok with her. She enjoyed leisurely rides in her own personal boat. It even had a horn.
And of course no trip to the beach is complete without building sandcastles! The trick was getting Lily to stop sitting on them and crushing them before they were actually finished.
We found out on this trip that my camera does not like excessive sunlight. I had a hard time getting clear pictures of everyones face. But I loved this picture of Brendan and Lily all the same. You don't need the crystal clear picture to see the pure joy in her face and the pure love in his. He loves Lily so much and is such a good big brother to her. He spent a lot of time playing with her on the beach, splashing around making her laugh.
The beach at Bear Lake is great because it stretches on for miles and during the week it is not very crowded. People are really good about spreading out and giving you a lot of room. So at times it feels like you are on your own personal beach. And the sand is full of little tiny shells which the kids love. We always enjoy the time we spend there. As for the time we spent away from the beach....... those chronicles will be posted later!