Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back to School

The girls are back to school. For the first time in over 6 years, I am home with just one kid. The girls were so excited and couldn't sleep. They had their outfits picked out before dinner the night before (Téa started 1 day before Avery). Eden is a little confused by all of the quiet and calls down the stairs for her sisters a few times a day. She is adjusting and making Rocco her new best friend.

Friday, August 28, 2009

I couldn't resist.

Lagoon - Take 2

I just had to take the girls to Lagoon one last time before school started. Ben had to work so I got a babysitter for Eden and talked Jake into driving 3 hours to meet us there (He's a saint). I threw the girls in the car and told them we were off for a long day of errands. They put up a pretty good fight, but they had no choice. We pulled up to the gates of the amusement park and they just started screaming.
Jake wasn't there yet. Tay broke her shoe on the first ride and was crying because she had to walk barefoot from store to store to find some flip flops to buy. I told her it would sure be nice if Uncle Jakey were there to carry her around. She was crying and agreeing. Just then Jake ran up behind them and grabbed Téa. It was perfect. We had such a fun "grown up" day on all of the big rides. Jake is my favorite. The girls are at the greatest age. I just want to freeze time.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Neighborhood Watch

This used to be Avery's station, but Eden has taken over and is doing a fine job.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Two Firsts

The Snowbird Hillclimb. Three hundred forty three riders, 10 miles, and 3,300 vertical feet straight up Little Cottonwood Canyon. No flatening out, no breaks, just up. It's brutal. Ridiculous really.
My brother-in-law David has been training since he was 13 and Ben has been training since Monday. I couldn't be more impressed with both of them.
Ben chose this to be his first bike race and made it with a smile on his face.
And David won! He took the whole race. I don't even know what to say to that. He's a rock star.
So proud and such great examples to me.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Video? What Video??

Téa is dramatic. Téa would like that to stay a secret within our family.
She can turn the drama on and off at will.
At the very threat of a tantrum being photographed, it will stop. Immediately.
Needless to say, I regularly pull my phone out to snap a photo. It's like a magical mute button.
So, at the pool Wednesday, I flipped it to video so you could all witness what I witness daily.
She thought I was just threatening a photo. Oh, but no.
If any of you breathe a word of this to Téa she will file for emancipation before I can pull the video off the web.
So please, don't get me in trouble.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lagoon 2009

Another fun Lagoon day with the Hillmans. We got there in the morning and shmoozed our way onto one more ride after the park was closed. (The girls weren't quite done, so I am surprising them and taking them again tomorrow with Jake.)
Loved it and love the Hillmans.

Tay and I got on the ride without knowing we would hang upside-down while being soaked. I could only hear her laughing. Whew.

Avery's first upside-down ride. She screamed the first 15 seconds until we made it through the loops then uncontrollably laughed the rest of the way while I screamed, "You did it!!"

Sweet Beth with Oliver and Calvin.

The Spider

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Salon de Téa

Forty-five minutes of twisting strands of my hair around her little finger, and a large can of hair spray later, Téa asked to take a photo of the finished product. She asked that I "put this on the internet so that everyone in the world" will know that she can do this for your hair too.
She will be available for appointments in 10 years...

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Sweet Jayne

Avery's had a bitter-sweet last few days. One of her best friends, Jayne, stayed with us for almost 2 days straight. She just lives around the corner but we kept her while her parents packed up their house. They are moving to (literally) the other side of the country (Not Cool, Holly!).
On the second night, Jayne's mom came and picked her up on their way out of town at midnight. Avery was already knocked out but Téa was there to say goodbye and cried herself to sleep because she was going to miss Avery's little friend.
We miss them already.

Night One

Night Two

Monday, August 03, 2009


Once a month, for Family Home Evening, I have been teaching the girls about God's Children around the World.
I do a report about the country, their traditions and watch some YouTube videos about real life in that area. The girls eat it up.
We then go to an authentic restaurant (well, as authentic as you can get) serving that country's food.
Last time we learned about India and then went to an Indian restaurant for dinner. The second we walked in, the girls wanted to run out because they were not used to the "aroma." But because we had learned about the country, they wanted to stay and give it a try. Téa fell in love and always begs to go back. Avery, on the other hand, asked if we could get her a babysitter next time we went. She finally conceded and admitted she did indeed enjoy two things: the bread and the ketchup.

Yesterday Tay and I discussed what country to learn about today. She suggested Africa. Great idea, but I might have to cook a recipe from that region because there may not be any African restaurants nearby.

Her response: "Let's just go to a Mexican restaurant. It's close enough."

And that - right there - is the exact reason why I am doing this.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

A Preview of Things to Come

She's still only 7.
I'm in for trouble.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

These Shiny Little Numbers

They were marched in around the house for an hour. Removed for her nap.
Then were immediately demanded to be returned to her feet for her nap.
I know the feeling.