Saturday, July 14, 2012

Birthday Fun

For my birthday this year we decided to go to Sunsplash Lite or the Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center. All morning it looked like dark clouds were headed in and it rained off and on so it was the perfect day to go since we knew it wouldn't be crowded. All of the sisters and kids came to play. 

We played for a long time and the decided to go home and give our kids and ourselves naps so that we could rest up for Joe's farm grill that evening. Emily and Julia came prepared for Joe's with fry-sauce in tow.

Gabe was really excited for life. In his defense he had just woken up from a two and a half hour nap.

We hardly recognized Eden because in the middle of our festivites she went and cut off her long and luxurious hair to donate to locks of love.

After dinner, Devin and I went and saw The Amazing Spiderman. It was a very good birthday with lots of love from family and friends. And per usual it will turn into birth week since Emily is taking me out tonight and our family will have dinner on Sunday. My family is the best.

Just for funsies- I was looking through our pictures to upload these and found our pictures from my last birthday. Here we are at Joe's eating. I am pregnant and sweaty.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This year Devin and I spent our sixth anniversary by going to dinner and a movie. Original right? We mostly just spent the whole night wishing that Arizona wasn't so hot and thinking back to our fifth anniversary when we were in Oregon sans sweatstache.  We went to eat at a place called Zinburger, shopped for Julia's birthday present, and then went to see the Avengers. 

The next week we kept busy. We had Annie's seminary graduation and high school graduation. For seminary graduation, Annie graduated with Kimball stake and we got a picture of her with all of her Lyn Rae friends. 

Emily and Julia were working and couldn't come but the rest of us did. Amanda even wrangled her 4 kids so she could come and see Ms. Annie.


Two days later we had real graduation. We were a little rushed getting her ready and over to MHS so this is the best picture I took before she graduated.

We made lots of signs for her that mostly just sat on the ground because we go there too late to sit close enough for Annie to see them. 

We started our this summer by swimming a lot. Gabe loves to swim.

Now we only slave over Julia's wedding. It is so much fun... but I am pretty sure by the end of it my finger prints will be non-existent from the number of times I have burned myself from hot glue. 

Monday, January 2, 2012


Lets just start by saying I am not a football fan. The only thing football is good for is providing me good food and decent commercials once a year. However Devin thinks football is entertaining and is determined to indoctrinate the boy at a a young age.

So the boy and his dad watched the Rose Bowl game on Monday. Oregon won so life is good.

I at least got a good picture out of it. See top of post.
The handsome lad SMILES!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Eve

It is a time honored tradition that for New Year's Eve we go to the Tostitos Bowl Parade. My mom's side of the family has been going for years and it only gets better with time. Sure you may think parades are lame, but it only happens once a year, there is tasty food and here are some of the things you might just catch a glimpse of.

1. Clubs of all varieties. The highest bike riding club, the comic book association of AZ, the Star Wars lovers group, the list goes on and one. This year our favorite was seeing a Star Wars rebel fighter in a jazzy. There is no picture. Sorry. But here is Darth Vader in his white convertible.

2. Camels. When is the last time you saw camels?

3. A cute baby and your sister asleep. Okay so maybe this parade wasn't as exciting as I am making it out to be. But it's once a year and it gets you out of your house and we heart it.

Side note. Here is a picture of Devin having his first drink of soda for a year. He went from December 28th, 2010 to January 1st, 2012 without drinking soda or having any sweets (cookies, candy, cake, ice cream and the like). We were supposed to do it together. I lasted until March.


Friday, December 30, 2011

The Glass Castle

So I never reported back on The Glass Castle and I didn't end up reading all of the other books I said except for Royal Panoloply which I will report on. Instead I read the rest of the Maze Runner series and loved them. I will also write more about them.

But anyways, The Glass Castle is cray cray. Like you need to read it. Now. Its about this girl who has the most insane parents on the face of the planet and about how she grew up. It is almost unbelievable and seems like it has to be fiction at times. But its not. Its her life. And she turns out pretty normal. The most frustrating part of the book is that her parents are really really smart but suck at being parents slash normal humans. As I read this I pretty much told Devin about the whole thing so now he says he doesn't need to read it. But he still should. Because it is that good.

In conclusion, I give the book an O for Outstanding.

Side note. I found this ladies blog who reviews books for those of you looking for something new and good to read. Its called She reads and reviews close to 200 books per year and I have to say I agree with most of her reviews. She rates her books A-F and tags her book reviews by rating so that can find just all the books she rates A and get new suggestion on what to read. Check it out. You'll thank me later.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bebe Gabe!

So Gabe and I hang out at Amanda's house frequently. Its pretty awesome because it gives me something to do and gives Gabe a pretend brother and sisters to hang out with. Today Delia said their morning family prayer and said thanks that Annie and I were there. She forgot about "Bebe Gabe" as Gwen calls him. So for the rest of the prayer Gwen whispered to Delia getting increasingly louder, "Bless bebe Gabe! BLESS bebe Gabe!"


It was hilarious. I love their loveship.

Monday, December 12, 2011

2 Months Old

Gabe is 2 months old and we are finally out of the "feel like we are playing house" mode and it feels like he is actually ours. For the first month I kept wondering when his mom was going to come get him because I felt like I was just babysitting someone else's kid. Here is what he is up to.
  • Smiling!!!
  • Sitting up(ish) with a hand supporting his back.
  • Cooing like crazy. Especially when he hears music, someone is singing to him or he is taking a bath.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

1 Month Old

Gabe is 1 month old and loving life. We can't get enough of him. Here are some things he has been up to.

  • He laughs during his sleep. (cutest thing ever)
  • He is learning to hold his head up and love to lay on my chest.
  • He hates to be swaddled.
  • He loves bath time and his swing.
Devin claims that he loves to watch football. I'm not so sure on that one. But Devin loves to make him do adult things i.e. watch youtube videos, listen to music with him, and read 18th century poetry. You know so he becomes an intellectual. By 2 months Devin will probably have him smoking a pipe while wearing his reading robe.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book Reviews

Here is a list of books I have read recently and my thoughts on them.

The first set of books is my crush on Young Adult Fiction. Specifically the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare

This book was suggested by a student who I tutored who loved them and said it was the best series he had read in a while. When I first started reading this book my thought was "Eh. Do I really want to have to immerse myself in a new author's world of all things mystical?" My answer after reading the book. "Meh". I would give it an S for satisfactory rating. The romance story within the book is compelling enough but there is a twist at the end that I guess doesn't resolve itself until like the 3rd or 4th book? And that my friend is a lot of reading. I looked up the spoiler and haven't decided if it was worth it to read 1,500 more pages to get there. Although I have heard the second book is better. If you are going to read this series just be prepared for a new world of vampires, werewolves, spells etc. And to kind of feel like a nerd.

Author: Ally Condie

This book was suggested by my friend Erica on her blog. I feel like the author did a good job of keeping to the point and keeping me interested without being too wordy and descriptive. It was a pretty quick read but was very reminiscent of "The Giver" by Lois Lowery. I think it is difficult to come up with a new concept of a dystopic society without repeating some similar ideas from other books. For example this book has certain responsibilities coming at certain ages, jobs being assigned by ability, and a predetermined death date for those aging so they can die with dignity. It was very similar to "The Giver" but with a romance story intertwined. Hence the name matched. This story focuses on how the main character is matched with her perfect mate and the ceremony and rituals surrounding that. I think the second book is slated for November 1st and I will definitely pick it up. It will be interesting to see what happens. She did a good job of leaving it open for the next book and I am assuming there are many more layers to the society they live in.

The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Our school nurse suggested this book to me. It is about a group of boys who lose all of their memories and wake up traveling in an elevator that opens to a giant maze. There is a group of 50 or so boys ages 12-18 stuck in the maze trying each day to find a way out. The walls move every night and so it is a harder task then it would seem. Shortly after the main character arrives in the maze a girl arrives in the elevator, the first to enter the maze. This was another adventure story with a romantic story line. It was pretty good. I enjoyed the author's creative setting. He did a good job a setting the scene without being annoyingly descriptive. I give it an S+.

Not trying to be Debbie Downer about the last three books but I have to say that once you have read "The Hunger Game" series, "Twilight" series and/or "Harry Potter" series then the this genre is kind of destroyed for you. A book has to really have good character development and a compelling story to compete. Thus my satisfactory ratings. They are all series books and I like them enough to give the second book a try but beyond that...well we'll just have to see.

The next few I have read in the last week or so. Apparently I switch from the above books to memoirs? I didn't do it on purpose but it's kind of how it worked out.

I'm Down Author Mishna Wolff

I LOVED this book. I will warn you there is a fair amount of swearing so those faint of heart, you were warned. The story is about Mishna, a girl born to a white, hippie mom and dad until the dad resorts to his roots and the parents divorce. She then grows up living with her dad who has turned back into what he was in high school, a white home-boy. It goes through her life trying to fit in with the "sistas" even though she has no rhythm or natural swagger. She does a really good job of telling the story from an appropriate perspective for the age she is at the time in the story and its awesome to see her perception of her dad grow over time. It is hilarious and awkward and I loved it. I give it an O for outstanding.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Author Amy Chua

This book was very entertaining. The mom is intense but I didn't judge her for it. She works really hard to help her girls become something amazing. And yeah, she kind of yells at them to get them there but overall the end results are pretty impressive. I give this book another O for outstanding. Great book and I got tired just by reading all the mom did. I really don't know how she had hours in the day to do it.

Books in cue- "The Glass Castle" to finish out my memoir list, "A Reliable Wife", "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", and "Royal Panoply". I will report back.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Domestic Bliss

Sometimes I get into domestic moods (read: Emily says she is taking a break from making dinner and that if we want to eat we'd better get in the kitchen). So tonight we made some homemade pizza with fresh basil from Annie's garden thank you very much.

Just call me a gourmet super chef. Okay I am like light years away from that. However I am really looking forward to having the time to be more home-ish.

I recently resigned from my teaching position amid mixed emotions but the strongest feeling that I needed to stay home. As I continued to think about it, different parts from The Family Proclamation ran through my mind, cementing that I needed to be home. I never thought it would be so hard to quit and move forward with life. Don't get me wrong, part of me is SO excited to have a break from writing lesson plans, dealing with attitudes and not working 60 hours a week. But I really do love my job. I love the chance I have to influence a group of 12-14 year olds are still trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for. And I love when my students start to enjoy learning.

Like when they have to be told to shut the book because they are so hooked they can't stop reading or when they finish a writing project and talk about how it is the best they have ever written and are proud of their work.

In fact, a few days before I told my principal I was going to be leaving, she came to tell me about the perfect schedule I was going to have the next year (4 hours of teaching and 3 hours of time to do testing, department head work and my prep). I had to call Amanda to have her re-convince me that I wanted to leave. To strengthen my resolve, I frequently hold this bundle of joy and remind myself that the biggest influence a child can have on their life is their parents.

I'm so grateful for a supportive husband who let me choose whether I continued to work or stopped and for his ability to have faith in our decision that we will be okay (even if our bank account doesn't agree with that). While I won't have the opportunity to work with the kids at school I care about so much, I know that this new adventure will be even more amazing and fulfilling. And we get to find out what we are having on WEDNESDAY! Happy one day before our five year anniversary to us! Best present we could get! Updates to follow.