Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wow, I can't believe Thanksgiving week is here already. I just loved this video. I LOVE Thanksgiving. I really missed not having this holiday when we were down under. I think that anyone can benefit from stepping back and looking for things to be grateful for. When I think of everything I could mention, I get teary.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.
1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
a new lens for my camera, a hand-held blender, camera gear, adobe photoshop cs4, and books! books! books!
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
when i was a teenager i started to make a hand-bound book and never finished it. years later my mom finished sewing the pages and bound it for me. it was an amazing present.
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
a really funky afghan.
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
my parents always made christmas so fun, it's hard to say. probably when they gave me and my twin sister each a little kitten.
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
c.: anything with car, truck, or robot. m.: art supplies
6. What is your favorite holiday food?
my mom's homemade rolls. they are perfection.
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
i might try a gum-drop wreath i just saw on a blog, or help the kids make their own snow globes
8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
it's a wonderful life. hands down, favorite movie of all time.
9. Favorite holiday song?
"christmas time is here" from a charlie brown christmas. (but i really love so many others)
10. Favorite holiday pastime?
hanging out with family and watching my kids open their presents.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
i suppose i should finally put up our halloween pictures. it's taken me a while because i've been working nights and i've been pretty tired. but halloween was AWESOME! the best part about it is that j. has forgotten his trick-or-treating candy and i don't have to worry about inordinate amounts of sugar going into his system. oh, and i thought it was so funny when people were asking what kind of candy s. likes. she's barely 8 months. give me a break.
at the stake halloween carnival with the cousins.
buying that firefighter costume for j. was the best money i've ever spent! can't wait to see what he wants to be next year.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
-George Bernard Shaw
Epistle Dedicatory to Arthur Bingham Walkley
“Man and Superman: a Comedy and a Philosophy”
today i'm trying to not be a feverish selfish little clod.
found quote via here.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
this afternoon we went to a pumpkin patch.
we paid 5 bucks per person and got on a trailer hayride, pulled by an extremely old-fashioned tractor.
this wasn't even the tractor. the tractor that pulled us was even OLDER.
then we got out to the pumpkin patch.
more pumpkins than i have ever seen before! we got to each pick our own pumpkin out, and they had some HUGE ones.
i know that this might not be blog-worthy to some people. but, to us, it was the perfect afternoon.
here's the reason. we are just thrilled to be here. we love the mountains, love the friendly people, love the way people get into the holidays here.
we LOVE halloween. we used to celebrate it in australia, but it just wasn't the same. a lot of our friends there consider it an "american" holiday (which i guess makes it unworthy of celebrating :). i used to pray i would find an orange pumpkin in the grocery store for us to carve. last year i actually talked to the produce manager and he special ordered me a couple from queensland. guess how much they cost . . . $19.99 each! therefore, we only bought one. so when we sat on our hay bale and came within sight of the pumpkin field, i actually felt like crying. to be back here, with family and friends, and get to experience autumn and halloween simultaneously this year, it's just THE BEST!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
one of my favorite quotes from conference so far:
"First, I give counsel to husbands and wives: pray for the love which allows you to see the good in your companion, pray for the love that makes their weaknesses and mistakes seem small, pray for the love to make your companion's joy your own, pray for the love to want to lessen the load and soften the sorrows of your companion."
-President Henry B. Eyring
*photo via flickr