As of Late . . .

Oh my.  Where does the day go?  Maybe if I got up earlier than 8:30 I would have more day!  🙂  (But then that would mean that I would be going to bed earlier and there is WAAAY too much Jack Bauer to watch on Netflix at night!)

This post is super random.  Basically, here is bit of what we’ve been up to lately . .

First off, Hannah learned how to ride a bike!  She can start, stop, turn, you name it!  She is so proud of herself and we are impressed!  She turns five next month . . . maybe she’ll get a bigger bike for her birthday.  🙂

Dallin has been sporting Hannah’s pink and purple tricycle.  It certainly didn’t phase him that his manhood might be threatened by this.

David was not super excited about his son riding around on a pink and purple tricycle, so we got him a new one.  (And by “new” I mean we found a gently used one for $10.)

He loves it.

In fact, he doesn’t know how he ever lived without it!

Hannah wants to practice riding her bike ALL DAY LONG.  The good news is that she is pretty dang good now.  She tells everyone within earshot (the mail man, the UPS driver, the random kids riding their bikes past her) that she can ride a two wheeler and is happy to demonstrate her mad skills.  Pretty soon she’ll be able to ride her bike along side David when he goes for his six mile runs!  (Okay, that might be a while.)

A couple months ago, we bought a family pass to Thanksgiving Point.  Do you know what that means?  No more bored people at our house!  I honestly do not know how we lived without one!  We visit Thanksgiving Point about five times a week.  Sometimes I take the kids twice a day!  (First thing in the morning, then again after naps!)  The picture above is at the Children’s Discovery Garden.  They LOVE that place.

The Dinosaur Museum is also a favorite with my kids.  Dallin asks everyday if we can go to the “Dinosaur See-‘Em”  You know, ’cause you go see-em at the Dinosaur museum.  🙂

This is at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.  We rented a golf cart and took my mom with us one day and cruised around the gardens.  It was a great way to show my mom the gardens and now the kids ask me to rent one every time we go.  Too bad kids, that’s what your cute little legs are for!  Running!

On Monday nights, they have Family Night activities at Thanksgiving Point, so we’ve had some fun times.  One night the kids learned how to swat each other with foam swords.  That was exciting.

Okay, so I feel like I’m not completely behind on my blog now!

More to come tomorrow!

And . . . We’re Back! (Okay, so we’ve been back for a few days now)

I don’t even know where to start . . .

San Francisco.  Check.

Disneyland again?  You betcha!

Beach?  Yes, and it was COLD!

Art Show?  Check.  It was AWESOME.

Drive through the beautiful wine country?  Check. (It was a drive only . . . vineyards are beautiful!)

BART with kids?  Check.

Golden Gate Park?  Check.

Japanese Tea Gardens?  Check.

Lombard Street?  Yep.

China Town?  Uh Huh.

Ballet dance recital?  Check.

Drive on PCH?  Check.

Thanksgiving Point 23 times in two weeks?  CHECK.

Friends, I have lots to share!   Did you miss me?  I missed you!  (Mary!  Thanks for noticing my absence!)

Here is Hannah a few weeks ago the night of her dance recital:

She LOVES that she gets to wear make up.  LOVES IT.  I dare say, getting to wear make up is just as exciting as performing!

Okay friends, be prepared for picture and story overload this week because it’s coming . . .  🙂


The Family Over-Achiever

M.D.?  Check.

Working on his MBA?  Check.

Runs barefoot like a crazy chicken everyday? Check.

0% body fat? Check.

Ran a 1/2 marathon with just hours notice?  Check.

Since the “over-achiever” spot is taken in our family, I’m happy to take the “please-help-me-get-through-this-day-without-a-melt-down” spot.

David ran his first 1/2 marathon on Saturday!  He and his friend decided to run it just a few days before.  Unfortunately, the roads were wet (which is very, very bad for barefoot running as it softens your skin and can rip it up easily) so he ran in his Vibrams.

He had a great time and ran it in 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Did I mention he was 1/2 way through his 1/2 marathon before I even rolled out of bed?

Yeah.  I felt super productive that day.

Is now a good time to mention that we’re running in the Ragnar Relay?  (It is a relay race where you and 11 of your sweaty friends will run about 200 miles over a 24 hour period.)


I blame David’s sweet talking ways and peer pressure for convincing me to run in this!  I have fun friends doing this!  It’s going to be a party!  I’m only doing for the socialization you know . . . you know I don’t run!

I am so embarrassed to admit how out of shape I am.

To stay in my target hart range, my runs are more like speed walks with bouts of running.

People, I’m currently running a 15 minute mile.

I know that doesn’t even make sense, because how can you RUN a 15 minute mile?

You can’t.  You literally have to WALK it.

Oh my.  Please don’t let any of my team members be reading this post!

I SWEAR I’ll get my butt in gear!  I have nine weeks to make it happen!

On a more random note . . .

I had David pose for me for one of my technical assignments this week.  Honestly, this image was one of the hardest assignments I’ve had at AAU!  My octabox is really big (it is 6 feet in diameter) so it is challenging to fit it in the right space.   The key light was relatively easy to set up . . . the back light however . . . was a nightmare!  Let’s just say that after about an hour of moving my back light all over and trying several test shots, and trying every angle, I know of 278 ways to NOT place the bounce light in my kitchen!  I ended up placing my light in the dining room (it also joins up with the kitchen) and I bounced it off the ceiling in the far corner.  Would you have ever guessed this image was that complicated to light?

Since we had the strobes set up, I took a pictures of Paris as well.

She is such a cute dog.  I can almost feel her soft fur on my monitor!

Even though Paris is like 110 in dog years, she’s still got it!  That dog will go to any heights for a treat!

There you have it.  Even my dog is an “over-achiever.”

Learning How to Sew and Make Leather Sandals All in One Day

Hannah asked me to teach her how to sew with a “real needle.”

Well.  I’m not exactly an expert on sewing, my skills are definitely in the “beginner” category, so I taught her one of two things I know how to do:

How to sew on buttons.

She loved it!  Her sewing skills almost eclipse mine!  After I teach her how to tie knots and sew a straight line  . . . our skill set will be the same!   Should that concern me?!

Next up:

David made some leather shoes for Hannah and himself.

The kids LOVED helping him.   (Dallin doesn’t want a pair yet, his Lightning McQueen boots fill ALL of his needs and he refuses to take them off, even for bed!)

Look at her cute little toes!

These extra flat sandals that will allow her to run, jump and play all day.

David made himself a pair as well for running and everyday use.  (Sometimes you have to wear shoes you know.)

We are crafting up a storm this week!  I am on spring break, but the weather is still a bit cold for any “spring-like” activities.

I’ll be posting more pics of our trip to Disneyland soon . . . my website has been having technical issues which has made it difficult to upload images . . . so check back!

How to Pierce Ears

Hannah has been asking to get her ears pierced for years.  And by years, I mean several months, but that is like years in little kid land.  Before David and I had kids, we decided that if we ever had a girl, she could get her ears pierced as long as she asked to have them done and she was old enough to be responsible for them.

Naturally, I thought eight years old would be the magic number.


Enter Hannah.  She is four years old going on 24.  Did you see the breakfasts she makes?  Or how she babysits Dallin and reads him books?

Unbeknownst to her, we decided to allow her to get her ears pierced since we knew she wanted them done, (I think asking 14 times a day to get them pierced counts) and we knew she would be responsible enough to take care of them.

I checked around at the mall to price “ear piercings” and my gosh it’s expensive!  Let me tell you, I USED TO PIERCE EARS at the beauty supply store I worked at for three years in high school.  I know I worked there like 12 years ago, but the store I worked at charged $7 to pierce ears.

Yes.  Only $7.

Do you know what the going rate is to pierce ears today?


Yes.  $40!

When I heard that, I tried to pull my jaw up off the floor, but it just wasn’t moving!

$40?  FOR WHAT?  The earrings are TINY!  It cannot cost that much!  Are you kidding me?  I thought, “Heck, I can do this for her!”

After a little searching online, I found some gold-plated-over-sterling -silver studs that came with a gun.  Grand total?  $10.

Yes.  It was $10 including shipping.  The package arrived during Hannah’s afternoon nap, so she woke up to quite the surprise!

First we told her she was going to get her ears pierced and she was thrilled!  Then we showed her the earrings in the gun and explained the process.

She was super impressed and couldn’t wait to get that cute earring in her ear!

Then, I marked the spot.  Here’s the thing, I’ve seen so many botched ear piercing jobs where the piercing is not centered and they are not symmetrical, so I was happy to have ultimate control over the placement of the earrings.

Next, we had her Daddy (who has never pierced ears before, but I think his resume’ qualifies him to do the job) pierce them!

She didn’t flinch.

She didn’t cry.

She just looked over at us and said, “That didn’t hurt AT ALL!  It was just like a (camera) flash!”

Oh.  Good.  I’m glad she thought it was painless because we pierced the ears one at time!

She is so sassy in her new earrings and she LOVES them!

She can’t wait to show the WHOLE WORLD.  You know what she’ll be showing you the next time she sees you!

One Little Monkey Jumping on the Bed

After sitting patiently in her car seat for 4.5 hours on our drive from American Fork to Las Vegas, David mentioned to Hannah that as soon as we arrived at our hotel she could jump on the bed.

Looking at her face, we thought she might explode with excitement!  Only 30 more minutes of driving before she could be in bed jumping bliss!


The extra soft beds did not disappoint!

She jumped . . .

And sank into the bed . . .

And jumped some more . . .

And more . . .

And sank.

She even jumped the next day . . .

It never gets old, I tell you.

She told us repeatedly, “THIS IS THE BEST VACATION, EVER!”

I think jumping on the bed sealed the deal.  🙂

I have more to share on this trip, so come back soon!

Goodbye Sweetie!

Look at this face.

He possibly has the most kissable cheeks that ever existed.  If not the most kissable, then the most kissed checks ever.

The other night, Dallin stood in the doorway waving fervently to his five year old cousin, Savannah, as she got into the car to go home with her parents.  As she climbed into the car, Dallin yelled, “BYE SWEETIE!”

Yes.  He said, “BYE SWEETIE.” Is now a good time to remind all of you that he is TWO?  I’d like a farewell like that when I leave the house!

He still has a hard time with his L’s, so it’s not like he’s really old enough to refer to someone as “sweetie” but there you have it.

For a good laugh, we have Dallin practice his L’s and he will say “la, la, la, la, Wesher!” regardless of how many times we try to get his to say “LESHER” he just insists on “WESHER.”

But, “sweetie” is clear as a bell!

What to do When You are Stir Crazy in the Winter

Have I mentioned HOW LONG the cold season is in Utah? It’s like eight months long.

If you ever find yourself trapped indoors for more than a few days at a time, you start to get creative out of desperation, not because you are inspired. 🙂

My kids get in their bathing suits and jump off the couches into a pile of blankets and they think they are swimming.

They draw, run intervals all over the house, and probably watch too many movies and TV shows.

Hannah likes to “play” the violin, so she makes one out of markers, sets up her music, and we turn on some classical music for her to “play.” Honestly, she could do this for hours and by the looks of it, she really gets into it. 🙂

Dallin likes to do anything Hannah wants to do, so they make great playmates. (Especially since he LOVES to watch Tinkerbell more than Hannah does!)

He doesn’t like to sit still for pictures AT ALL. He wants to see his face on the LCD screen before you even snap the shot which is sort of impossible and leads to great disappointment like this:

This kid never says “what” either. It’s always, “WHY?!” When you call out his name, “Dallin!” he will instantly reply with “WHY?!” I swear that is kid is up to something and he knows it! 🙂 The best is when you ask him something, like, ‘Come here Dallin!” and he replies, “Nevermind!” and runs the other way. It’s awesome.

On a random note, I took the kids to McDonald’s the other day so they could play in the play center, and Hannah befriended a little three year old girl. I overheard parts of their conversation and couldn’t help but smile. Hannah told her she was five years old, and that she already goes to kindergarten. Hannah then told the little girl, “You have such a cute little voice!”

Oh. My. She is four going on 24.

What To Do When You’re Stuck Indoors for Weeks

For the last several weeks, our house has big one big petri dish.  Everyone in this house has been sick with bronchitis (adults) and bronchiolitis (kids) at some point and that has meant A LOT OF TIME AT HOME.

Being quarantined for more than a few days gets old FAST.

My little people have seen more than enough shows on Sprout and Nick Jr. to last them all year, but hey, when your sick, what else is there to do?

In an effort to not fry my kids minds on too much TV, I found a fun website with quick and easy crafts they could do.

Hannah made this darling wreath and she loved it so much, we hung it on her door.  (You can find the craft instructions here.)

We’re starting a little early for Christmas 2011, but we couldn’t help ourselves . . .

These ornaments were so easy and fun to make!  (Find the recipe and instructions here.)

Visit to Santa . . . Round One

Hello.  I’m here.  🙂

This last week has been full of fun things, and each night I have gone to bed DOG TIRED.

I know my “busy” week is typical for many moms every week, and all I have to say is, “How do you do it?!”

Before I start driveling about my life, and all the miscellaneous things happening, let’s just talk about our unplanned visit to Santa last week.

We took the the kids to the Festival of Trees in Sandy so they could ooh, and aah over all the beautiful trees, decorations,  and kids singing and dancing, and to eat some fresh scones.

Well, all of that happened as planned, except the scones part . . . switch that with visiting Santa.

You see, this was not our first trip to the Festival of Trees and I remembered VERY VIVIDLY how LONG the line was to sit on Santa’s lap from previous years.  The line was looooong people . . . like Disneyland long.

So . . . as you can imagine, I didn’t want to waste our time visiting Santa while we PAID money to see trees and such.  What a waste of time and money, I thought, when we could just drive across the street to the mall and visit another Santa FOR FREE.

Anyhoo  . . .

Hannah ALSO remembered that Santa LOVED visiting the Festival of Trees in Sandy, and you know what?  When your child asks for something 101 times in a five minute period of time, YOU DO IT.  ANYTHING.

Luckily, we got there early and there was virtually no line, but unfortunately, I was not prepared to take a cute picture of the kids with Santa and I pulled out the iPhone to recored this memory.

Ugh.  It’s better than nothing, but just sub-par quality at the same time.

Naturally, Hannah jumped right up and rattled off a list of everything she could think of . . . including a scooter for the SECOND year in a row . . . (Sorry kid, not this year AGAIN.)

Dallin didn’t want any part of it  . . . except for the candy canes to which he helped himself.

Moral of this story?  I need to get a good travel size camera that will produce good snap shot pictures for the unplanned moments.

The other moral of this story?  Sometimes what you set out to do is not what you end up doing, and if you’re flexible, you might enjoy Plan B more than Plan A.

Hey wait a minute . . . that last moral sort of sounds like my life!

I’m still wanting a cute picture of my kids with Santa, so we will go to the mall soon for round two to visit the Jolly Old Elf.

P.S.  If I ever have $20,000 + to throw around to charities, I plan to buy a beautiful tree from the festival.  Just sayin’.