Thursday, October 20, 2011

Remember the Rain?

It has been extra hot, for what seems like ages.   I am going to share a couple of pictures from when it rained for ten minutes, two weeks ago. Yes, in the desert we have to record our memories of rain and then relive them from time to time.



When it rained, only Emilee and Ally were home. They aren't little kids anymore, but they ran and played in the rain with childlike delight. I did what any mom would do when her babies are playing in the rain....I got a camera. 








It was fun to watch them play. Unlike when they were little, I could let them run in the street if they wanted to...and they wanted to.






Oh, and I could let them fight without intervening. I used to think they would outgrow this need to fight, but I was wrong. Thankfully their goal is to annoy and entertain, rather than to harm.





It stopped raining as suddenly as it started.  Here is Ally, trying to convince Em that they should dance in the driveway.  Can you see that Emilee is not so sure?  But as they started to dance a little, the rain started again....




And then there was no stopping the dancers......

Now I have relived the rain, and I feel better.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Me, Me and Me!

I guess I am very self absorbed today.  I added a Pinterest button on my sidebar, so I have been trying to get started on that. 

I have also been trying to decide on a new facebook profile picture. This is important work ;)

I was going to put in the first picture here:




Emilee said no.  I thought it was fine.  She says it reminds her of someone from school, so I shouldn't put it in.  I don't even know the person from school, so I am not sure what it has to do with me.  She said I should put in this picture:




I am not as sure about it.  It is fine.  It does represent me right now, sitting at the computer and doing lots of homework, but I don't know...



The other one Emilee wants me to put is this:


This is me, and my new car.  It is my first new car.  I never thought I would have an actual NEW car.  I told Emilee I didn't want to make a big deal of my car on facebook.  Oh, I will probably write a status about it, but not have it as a profile picture.  That would be bragging.....like I am right now:)

I think I will go for a drive now....

Monday, September 26, 2011

All Six of Them

For the last few days, I have been writing again, and attempting to catch up. I guess I started with the most recent and am now moving backwards. We stopped for the day in Salt Lake City, on the way to take Kaitie to school. It was fun to spend some time with Ryan and Brittany. For awhile, all the kids played Monopoly Deal. Ryan and Brittany introduced this game to us last Christmas and it is a lot of fun. We also went miniature golfing later that evening. I regret that I didn't take any pictures of that! (Riley got a hole in one, and she was the only one to do it.)

So here is a picture of the six of them playing cards. It is actually a two second video. I got a new phone for my birthday, and was still getting used to it when I was taking the picture. I didn't realize it was on the video setting.





video

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Yellowstone

I have written about this place a few times in recent years. I almost decided not to include this post in my attempt to catch up. I decided to just write a quick thing, and include a few pictures.

First, here are all my girls together right before we left Rexburg for Yellowstone.  It was a stunningly beautiful day.  I needed my sunglasses to block that bright sun.....and to keep my tears mostly to myself.





At Yellowstone, we knew we needed to go to Old Faithful first.  Ally had never been there.  While we were waiting for Old Faithful, they announced that another less faithful geyser was about to blow.  It is called the Beehive geyser.  It is close to Old Faithful and was quite a sight to see.  It was fun to watch with Ally, and she gave audio that went along lines like this, "Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck!"


We went to the Midway Geyser Basin, one of my favorites, at sunset. 


Emilee decided to get in a little "owling."  If you are "owling" around your mother though, you don't get to perch on the rail right over the river....just next to the river.




Ally wanted to see waterfalls, so we went to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.


This makes me want to go back to the "if you know us" post.  If you know Riley well, then you know she is afraid of heights, and was nervous just looking over the edge.  It is funny how the kids are all so different.  Ally and Emilee would have hiked right down if given the opportunity, and Riley could hardly stand to even look.


For a little while, we didn't know where Ally was.  I was not worried, but Riley sure was.  When she came back, to show us the new and awesome view she had found, Riley was so relieved to have her back.


This isn't the most usual sight on our family trips.  I don't know what these two were in agreement on here, but I had to snap a picture so that I would have proof.


This picture is at what is called The West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake.  See the elk, just sitting a few feet behind Emilee and Ally?


I love this picture!!





After Yellowstone, and on the way home, we stopped to see how Kaitie was settling in.  We took her to lunch, and then really left this time.  The miles home felt so long to me, as they represented a big distance between me and my awesome girl.  Thankfully, it is just a physical distance.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Last Saturday

Riley and Emilee both take dance classes. Between the two of them, I do something dance related six days a week. Last Saturday I took them to a day long hip hop festival. Riley was pretty reluctant. I told her it was just something to try, and have fun with. The instructors who came into town for the festival, dance for music celebrities like Beyonce.  That got her interest a little.



She was fine, but not very enthused through the day. I wondered if the whole dance thing was just not right for her.....

Riley perked up when they danced with the young man who plays the green power ranger on the tv show.  You can see him a little up in the front.  The kids really responded to him.  Okay, practically every female in the building responded to him.  There were people hanging in the doorways, and cameras flashing more than any other time in the day during this little dance. 

I thought the day was fun, and Emilee really liked it.  Riley informed me she just does not like hip hop.  I understand. 

Here is Emilee after the night performance....she had a really fun day and evening, but she was exhausted.



So, this week I popped into Riley's tap class.  I wanted to see if she appeared unhappy in class, like she did in the festival.  I was glad to see that she was enjoying herself, and performing correctly.  I will just have to pay attention to her preference next time.  (I don't think she will go to the festival again, even if it means she will have to miss that power ranger guy.)

Friday, September 23, 2011

If You Know Us Well

Here is a picture of Ally, Riley and Emilee at Yellowstone Lake.




If you know Jeff well, it is no surprise to you that we took yet another trip to Yellowstone when we took Kaitie to school a couple of weeks ago.  He loves it there!

If you know me well, you know that I don't mind having the girls miss a week of school if it is for a good cause.

If you know Riley well, you know that she was kicking freezing water at her sisters, even though she was asked not to. 

If you know Ally well, you know she is with us right now even though her mission wasn't scheduled to be over until next year.  A couple of posts ago, I referred to the fact that she was in a little car accident.  Her knee took quite a beating.  She went to some physical therapy while she was still serving as a missionary.  The care that she needed though was not consistent with the work required as a missionary, and she is home for awhile.  She has not made a decision about whether she is going back or not.  She still has lots of medical appointments, and it is not time to decide yet.

If you know Ally well, you know she was not all the way happy at Yellowstone.  She wanted to run around and play.  She wanted to hike.  She is limited right now, and that is hard on her.  She has always been very active and athletic.

If you know Emilee well, you know she was happy at Yellowstone.  She loves the outdoors, and was not unhappy about being absent from school. 

If you know Kaitie well, you know why she is not in these pictures.  We asked her if we should visit Yellowstone before she was dropped off at school or after.  Kaitie chose not to go with us.  She loves us, but not Yellowstone so much.  She was eager to get her apartment set up, and get ready for her own new adventure.

If you know me well, you know that I felt a little like Kaitie about Yellowstone.  It is an amazing place, but we have been there a few times lately, and I am ready to explore something different. 

If you know me well, you know that I still had a nice time with my family!  AND you know that I stayed out of most of the pictures, but here are a couple with me in them...








AND If you know Jeff well, you know that he did not touch a razor on the whole trip.




Thursday, September 22, 2011

Transition

I wanted to bake bread on Monday. I used to do that a lot, but I haven't for a few months. I thought I had everything I needed, so I got started on it. I went to the cupboard for some white flour. I make wheat bread, but I use a little white. I had less than a cup of white flour. I didn't know. My cupboards and I have been out of touch lately. For awhile I had a personal chef and shopper. Who has that? Well, the rich and famous, but not people like me.

I did not set out to have Kaitie do all the shopping and cooking. It started with a few errands here and there. She liked the errands, and I liked not doing them. At first I sent her with my lists, then we did lists together, and then she made lists herself. The same thing happened with the meals. I did them, then we did them together, and then she did them.

Two weeks ago, she started her freshman year of college. She is a thousand miles away from home. I miss that shopping and cooking. I also miss her singing around the house. I miss her laughter, when she would show me something outrageous on the internet. I miss her crazy moods, and her softer quieter ones too. Thankfully, in the 21st century we can keep in touch easily. I can still get in on those moods and laughter a bit.

I always tell my kids that I want them to leave home for school. It would not be good if they were still hugging my legs like they did once upon a time. That doesn't mean it is easy, or that I love it. The transition is hard for me!

I am proud of her, and know that she will do well out there. She is doing great with her transition, and I need to get busier on mine.



Here she is, in her new place.


I have so much more I want to write about. If it goes as planned, I will catch up writing about this year in the next few weeks. If not, then I will probably do a post sometime in 2012:)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kaitie's Senior Duet

Kaitie and her friend Garrett sang a duet at the end of the year choir concert at school.  Their song is called, "Somewhere Only We Know."  I think they did a great job!







Here is close up picture of them, since the video was from kind of far away:






Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Six Month Mark!

Today is June 1st, and that means Ally has been on her mission for six months now. She has one year left. I guess it would be silly to start counting down now. Let's just say that tomorrow it will be less than a year....

We talked to her via Skype on Mother's Day:




It was good to see her!  (And you can kind of see us in the lower picture, crowded around the computer.)  She seems great.  Our conversation was short.  She said she was allowed to talk for about forty minutes.  I think we maybe got to forty five...

Here are some pictures of her from her last area.  These are definitely not in any proper order.  She can straighten me out sometime.




Isn't she cute?  



She said that a guy drew this of her in about three minutes!








Apparently it is not all work out there!



Yes, she was on crutches for a few days.  She had a little incident of getting backed into by a car.  She seems to be improving, but has had to go to some physical therapy.


Ally and her missionary companion taught this cute girl (in the middle) and she was baptized.


This is outside the temple in Los Angeles.  These are all of Ally's missionary companions so far, except her trainer.  



One day, Ally and her missionary companion got ambitious and wrote lots of letters. She said it would be nice to get this many! If you want to write her, the mission address is:
170 W. Duarte Road
Arcadia, CA  91007
(That is the address of the mission, and the letter will be forwarded to her from there.)

Hopefully now in the next few days I will catch up about Kaitie, her concerts, her graduation, and lots of other things!!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Don't You Miss Her?

Don't you miss this girl?

I do!

I am so excited to talk to her on Sunday....Happy Mother's Day to me:)

Soon I will post some new missionary pictures of her, so you can see what she is up to these days.

 


Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Latest.....

It has been two months, and I just have to pop in here with the latest thing, and do the catching up later!

Ryan graduated from BYU-Idaho last week.  He even spoke at the convocation for the College of Language and Letters.  I guess that makes sense for a guy who majored in Spanish Education, minored in Russian, and went on a mission to Mongolia!

Ryan gave a great talk, mostly focusing on gratitude.  Well, I am grateful for him




So, of course these two pictures were taken at his convocation on Friday evening, April 8.



(Imagine the appropriate music here....)






This picture of Ryan and Brittany is from Saturday morning, at the BYU Idaho center, where the main commencement services were held.  

We took lots of pictures on both days.  Brittany put on her cap and gown too, since she just graduated in December.  My mom said that these two are the Dynamic Duo, and she is right.  Ryan is taking an LSAT course right now, and he and Brittany are both employed.  Woo Hoo!  This picture symbolizes them jumping OUT of BYU Idaho.....

...so what does THIS picture symbolize?  That would be Kaitie jumping IN.  Kaitie had been thinking about this for awhile, but had not quite been ready to make a final decision about where to go next year.  While we were there, she decided to really go for it.  She accepted her invitation there.  We even found her a place to live.  (Imagine me wiping a tear here....but being really happy too, I promise.)


Even Emilee started pondering her future.....

More soon!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

".....It's Alarming How Charming I Feel..."

Jeff and I took some of our new found freedom (see last post) to San Diego last month.  We had a wonderful weekend at the Paradise Point Resort.  We attended the San Diego Temple.  We ate chioppino at Baleen.  We went to see West Side Story at the San Diego Civic Theater

West Side Story was not quite as amazing as I wanted it to be.  There seemed to be a sound system problem.  I couldn't catch all the dialogue.  (Well, I couldn't catch some of it because it was in Spanish.)  Still, it was so fun to get dressed up and go to the theater.  And those classic songs!  I thoroughly enjoyed them.



I missed my girls a little bit during the show.  Emilee would have been obsessed with  the choreographed fighting.........well, and all of the other dancing too.






Kaitie would have loved Maria's beautiful soprano voice..

I didn't miss them for much of the weekend though.  Much as I love them, I was having a nice getaway....


"........Feel like running
And dancing for joy......"




".......For I'm loved
By a pretty wonderful boy......"

(Do you know which song those lyrics are from?)

A Very Exciting Day

There was a  day in December that was nearly as exciting as Christmas. 

Kaitie took her time, much more than I expected, to get around to getting a license to drive.  She finally got it a few days after Christmas.  My life changed that day!

I can hand Kaitie a debit card and a shopping list and know that things are going to magically appear in the cupboards.  There are days when she not only brings home groceries, but transforms them into a delicious dinner.   She and I have worked out a pretty good system for all of this.  It is good for her, and it is fantastic for me.


Emilee took these pictures a few days before Kaitie got her license.  Kaitie was nervous that she wouldn't be able to pull her tire into the "L" during her driving test.  We went around and around our neighborhood, and kept returning to the "L" she drew in the street.




Riley was very excited about Kaitie being a driver.  She knew that I would say things like, "Please take your sisters to piano lessons." The best one lately was, "Do you have time to take Riley to pick out some valentines?"