Friday, January 23, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Neat Kid

I do not think that many parents of toddlers can call their kid "neat" but we have found a rare gem! Elyse is the most neat and tidy kid I have ever met and I'm loving it!

Here are some examples:
-Everything has to go "back", no matter what it is or who it belongs to. As soon as she is finished with her milk she says "back" and "fridge." Resting it on the table will not do. I left the empty milk carton on the counter today and she was quick to remind me to put it back. Even if one of us leaves our coat on the couch we are quickly scolded and reminded where to put it.

-Every scrap of paper has to go in the trash. We like to have string cheese for a snack and before we are finished she tells me "trash" as in "Put that wrapper in the trash mom!"

-Yesterday there was a free Kleenex sample in my magazine and she spent the next half-hour wiping off everything in the living room. (See above picture).

-When we go to do laundry, Elyse says, "Laundry!!! Yeah!!"

-On Monday after her lunch Elyse was walking around and noticed crumbs under her chair. She quickly went to the broom closet and said "sweep" and made sure I got every last crumb.

Now as great as this all is, most of this "neatness" comes in the form of commands to mom, not actual work from the child. But just think how great life is going to be a few years from now. Expect to see me relaxing on the couch! :)

Monday, January 12, 2009


We went bowling on Saturday (lots of fun!!). Here are a few shots.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I found this list here and I've updated it with my own responses. If you want, share it on your blog too.

(Items in blue are ones that I have done. Items with an * are ones on the 'to-do in my lifetime' list.)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars (I think...)
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower*
6. Given more than you can afford to charity*
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (not sure if they really counted as mountains but big hills at least in Joshua tree).
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child*
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (ran actually...lots of fun!)
18. Grown your own vegetables*
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon*
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice*
29. Seen a total eclipse*
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
(ask my softball coach from third grade...this never happened!)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community*
36. Taught yourself a new language* (but I really struggle with languages so this would be tough!)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person*

39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David*
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt*
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa (Egypt is technically Africa!)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted*
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person*
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching*
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving*
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt (kind of...with lots of help from my mom!)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person*
80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican*
82. Bought a brand new car*
83. Walked in Jerusalem*
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury*
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person*

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Friday, January 9, 2009

Thankful Friday

1. My new fancy coffee pot that arrived from my mom this week!! It is so much better than our little rusty one that only makes two cups at a time.

2. Elyse is thankful for her cast of characters. Look at all these stuffed animals that have somehow made it into her crib!! But, I can assure you that she loves each and every one and I love them too because she just sits and plays when she wakes up now.

3. Perspective.

4. A great, great birthday and Facebook for reminding all my friends that it was my birthday! (I don't think I've ever gotten so many birthday was great!!)

5. Dennis is home from work!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Our Version of Brown Bear

As evidenced by this video, Elyse LOVES the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle. When Snapfish gave away the free photo books, I decided to make her own version of this book with our crazy cast of characters.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Garlic Powder

I wrote a few months ago about the organization board that I set up. After I came back from the holidays, I decided to move things around a bit. As you can see, I haven't fully gotten used to the new spots. This is where the shopping list used to be.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today's my 29th birthday (no, really...I'm 29!) Every year on our birthday, my grandpa used to ask, "How does it feel to be #?" and I can say today that 29 feels pretty great!!!

I found this prayer on another blog recently. It is from a book called Ruthless Trust. I started my 29th year with it this morning and I plan on making it part of my daily ritual. I hope you like it too.

Abba, I surrender my will and my life to you today, without reservation and with humble confidence for you are my loving father. Set me free from self-consciousness, from anxiety about tomorrow and from the tyranny of the approval and disapproval of others, that I may find joy and delight simply and solely in serving you. May my inner freedom be a compelling sign of your presence, your peace, your power and your love. Let the plan for my life and the lives of your children gracefully unfold on day at a time. I love you with all my heart and I place all my confidence in you, for you are my Abba.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sweet Caroline!

Another friend Steph gave birth to her second girl, little baby Caroline. Isn't she precious?! I think she has such perfect little features.

Congratulations! We can't wait to meet her!!

P.S. I'm not sure why the picture is upside down and I don't know how to fix it. Sorry.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 Looks So Bright...We have to wear shades!

Happy 2009! Sorry for the hokey title but I couldn't resist after taking this picture today. (And after reading this on Small Notebook, I agree with her assessment of the "self-portrait")

Did you sing "Old Lang Syne" last night. I never really got that song. Why should our old friends never come to mind?!

So, I want to share with you my dad's version. It's much better.

From our family to yours, may your 2009 be filled with many, many blessings!

Old Lang's Sign
There was a man, his name was Lang,
And he had a neon sign.
And mister Lang was very old,
So they called it "Old Lang's Sign!"