Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Top Ten(ish)

So I saw this idea on a friend's blog and thought it would be fun to do. All I had to do was pick my top ten photos. Boy, was it a hard job. Since I have literally thousands of pictures from the past year alone (yes, I do take that any pictures...), I decided to focus just on this past summer. Well, I was finally able to narrow it down to the top twelve, taking into account not only the memories involved, but also the composition, lighting, etc. So here they are:

Monday, February 25, 2008


She's a nut case. But she's my nut case. And I love her. And this photo pretty much sums up my favorite thing about her. She absolutely loves my boys. But don't tell her I told you -- she'll never admit it. She likes to give the appearance of aloofness, of passively "putting up with all their shenanigans." That's what she told me. Okay, not really, but I just know she thinks like that. But really, she loves those boys. She can't stand for them to be out of her sight. Don't even try to take a walk without them. Or go to the other side of the playground where she can't see them. And heaven forbid they go into another room without her. She must be with them. And when she is with them, she must be in the middle of the action. And then she has to act like she really doesn't want to be there, but I've got her number. I know the truth. I really love this dog. Because she loves my boys.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I Love My Plumber

I am constantly amazed by the things Dan can do. He can do anything (and I'm definitely not biased, thank you very much) from writing computer programs to driving ships, from reciting nearly every line from Alice In Wonderland to fixing all our plumbing issues. And we have our fair share of plumbing issues, let me just tell you!
This morning I came downstairs after a very long night with Camden (who has "as bad an ear infection as I've ever seen" according to the Urgent Care doctor we saw today. And that doctor was OLD-- this was not the first ear infection he's seen, I'm sure) to find my kitchen sink completely dismantled. Oh, and the lower half of Dan's body sticking out from underneath. Oh, and Jake drawing pictures of knights on horses, pirate ships, and cars, but that is totally beside the point. I just wanted to share my budding artist's newest obsession. So, back to my sink. I guess the constant dripping from our leaky faucet finally drove Dan to the breaking point, so in retaliation he broke the sink. But then he fixed it! We have a beautiful new faucet that doesn't leak even one little bit!
Thank you wonderful husband of mine! I love you! And now I guess I should go do the dishes in my nice, new, non-leaking sink...

PS. Dan's "plumber's crack" picture was staged. Jake's was not...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pride cometh before...

The Fall.

I got cocky. It's the middle of February, and we haven't had so much as a minute of sickness. And I got cocky. Hey, cold and flu season is almost over. Spring is just around the corner.

Here's a little advice: Don't get cocky. As soon as I uttered the words, "Dan, do realize nobody's gotten sick this winter? I think we made it," that's when Camden started coughing. Literally, that second, and I' not making this up. And of course, if one kid starts, the other certainly doesn't want to be left out. So now we've got two sick boys (and a scratchy-throated mommy). Sorry sweeties. I take full responsibility.

Monday, February 18, 2008

I Can't Sleep

Well, if we're being totally honest, I should say "I couldn't sleep...a couple hours ago when I was trying..." Now, I' getting really sleepy, but of course while I was not at all sleepy I got it into y head to do a little project. And now I' in the iddle of that project and I have to finish it before I go to bed. Nobody's aking e finish y project. And if I hadn't just written about it nobody would ever even need to know about y project. Oops. Oh well, I' going to finish it anyway, because I want to. And tomorrow, when I a absolutely miserable and cranky, we'll all know who to blame.

So, as far as the project goes, as I' sitting here finishing it up I' realizing it really isn't that great. I ean, it could be so uch better. But I like it. It sus up what I was thinking about while I wasn't sleeping earlier when I wasn't tired. Not like right now, when I a tired. But I'll ove on.

This evening, as I listened to race car noises coing fro the boys' roo, I wasn't even tepted to tell the to go to sleep. How can you stop brothers fro building those bonds that (hopefully) will carry the through life as best friends? y highest wish for those boys is that they will be close; not just close, but the very best of friends. And if that eans they get to stay up over an hour and a half past bedtie with silkies on their heads pretending their beds are race cars (the silkies were helets, in case you were wondering), then I guess I' okay with that.

So here are so

All for one and one for all
y brother and y friend
What fun we have
The tie we share
Brothers 'til the end

Friday, February 15, 2008

Upside Down

Just thought I'd share a cute Cammie picture. A very common view of the little monkey. And now we're off to playgroup. Have a happy day :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

8 Years

Well, the day before Valentine's Day is really my favorite... It was eight years ago today that Dan and I became "official." We had been out on a couple dates (some of which we decided had been dates after the fact) while I was home from SVC for Christmas, but then I went back to school in January. That's when I told a friend, " Dan is the kind of guy I'm going to marry. But I'm not ready for that yet." Famous last words! Then, just a month later, after a terrible day (for me), Dan sent me roses! And when I called to thank him he asked if he could come down to visit! We spent the day together (I got more flowers) and right before he left to go home -- we were sitting at the piano in Main Hall for those who know the spot -- he stuttered and stammered and finally said, "I think...I'd be call you my girlfriend." How could a girl resist?! And I still can't. What a wonderful husband I have!

A Quick Time-Line of Our Life Together
summer 1998 - Dan returned from his mission; he came to my house to help move a piano; my mom talked about how hard it must be for tall guys to pee in the toilet (I totally blocked that memory out until Dan reminded me of it recently -- maybe for the embarrassment factor).
summer 1999 - Started hanging out.
Thanksgiving 1999 - First date (labeled that after the fact) was cheap Chinese food and it's still our favorite date to go on; saw the Nutcracker with friends.
Christmas 1999 - We were Mary and Joseph in the live nativity at the Temple; went out a few times; got totally lost in DC and loved it!
January 2000 - Back to school.
February 13, 2000 - Dan comes to visit; it's "official!"
August 26, 2000 - After making it through the Orr family vacation, Dan proposed at the Jefferson Monument. (that's where we went the night we got lost, too). What a wonderful day!
December 30, 2000 -- Despite blizzard warning (and thanks to a lot of prayer) we made it to the Temple and were sealed for eternity. The Happiest Day.
December 1, 2002 -- Welcome Jake! We love you!
June 17, 2004 - Welcome Camden! We love you!
February 13, 2008 - Still in love after all these years :)

Saturday, February 9, 2008


He informs me he's not a fish. He needs to breath sometimes, so he's a dolphin. Sounds like good logic to me.
So the big breakthrough came today... Jake can swim! Under water! I'm so proud (or maybe I should say I am "well-pleased") I could burst! I am constantly amazed by two things: 1) Just how fast these boys I hang out with are growing up; and 2) How much joy it brings me to see it happening! So hooray for Jake! My little dolphin.
Oh, and no, we were not at Lake Fairystone today. It's been nice here, but not that nice! We were at an indoor pool. This picture was taken last August, but since I didn't have my camera with me today (What was I thinking? I didn't take the camera the day Jake actually learned to swim?!) this'll have to do.

Friday, February 1, 2008

When Mommy Won't Read to Her Boys...

Aren't they so sweet and cute? This is what I found when I walked into the living room yesterday afternoon. Of course, they are reading together because I wouldn't read to them...

Yesterday afternoon went a little nuts... I was on the phone with Dan, just telling him about Camden's meltdown at swim lessons, when I looked over and saw Mandisa obviously about to puke on my floor. "Oh no, Mandisa's about to puke!" I ran to the door, flung it open and shouted for Mayo to go outside. "No, Mayonaise! Nooooo...!" (That's what Dan heard.) She puked all over the floor. Nice. Then she staggered across the room, dripping nastiness all the way out the door. That's when Dan heard Jake's, "waaaaaaa...!" (Huggy Bear was in her path). So I got off the phone; Dan laughing the whole time. He told me later that when he hung up his co-workers asked if the kids were getting into something. "Dog," he answered. So now I had a huge clean-up job, including the playroom floor, the floor underneath, several toys including Huggy Bear, Mayo's bed, etc. Lovely. And that was the moment the boys decided they really needed to be read to. Yeah right. Luckily, they are good boys -- and I guess maybe a little used to being ignored -- and when I finished the cleanup and went to search for the boys, I found them being so sweet and cute, reading. What good boys I have!

And no worries. Mayo's fine. We got her new cookies yesterday that didn't seem to agree with her tummy. Those cookies are gone now -- I'm not dealing with that again!

Oh, and I did read to my children after all the excitement. I promise I don't ignore them all the time!
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