Wednesday, May 30, 2007
This morning I packed up my files and hopefully got all the important papers and info that should travel with me. I'm surprised at the amount of papers I found that were trash! I did come across some gems though, definitely worth saving. These are some pictures Autumn has drawn at home over the past few months as well as a letter she "dictated" in preschool (since as you can easily see, that's not her handwriting...).
us eating breakfast together
I asked Autumn today where Esther was and she said maybe Esther wasn't here yet when she drew the picture or that maybe Esther was sleeping when she drew the picture. ;)
big deal to Autumn and she talks to us a lot about things she remembers doing and a typical ending to her stories is - "but that was when I was four."
She just informed me that the letter is in fact a band-aid. I'm discovering that there's an art to talking to your kid about their day! Not really an art I guess but more of a consciousness from me to dig a little further when I ask about her day. I had assumed this was a letter...it must be from their "Doctor" or "Health" week.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Yesterday Autumn & Heidi were emptying the dishwasher. Autumn asked me if they could go back outside after they were done and I said yes. She gave me a huge hug and said, "Mom, you're the best!" I told her thankyou -- only to be told by Heidi, "It's your pleasure. That's what you say Mommy, it's your pleasure."
And then as Autumn was putting silverware away, she said, "Ow! A fork poked me." Heidi asked her, "Oh, did it hurt?" and in a "shrug" kind of tone Autumn said, "No."
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I didn't put these on her head, it was Heidi - really.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
He's on loan from the New Orleans Zoo and his name is Antoine (I think that's hilarious...). I took several pictures of him but they didn't really turn out. This one is from an article in the Deseret News (this is a great article). There has only been one recorded finding of white alligators, in 1987. There were 18 of them and now there are only 10 left. And they're NOT albino's. It's so interesting! Albino's have no pigment at all, so their eyes are pink or red. But these white alligators have pigment in their eyes, just none in their skin. They usually have blue eyes. And they have white skin because of a genetic mutation. It was really trippy seeing a white alligator. And he didn't move at all while we were looking so it was hard to believe he was real!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Orange Blossom Salad with Citrus Honey Vinaigrette
Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls and Butter
Beef Tenderloin Medallion with Tarragon Jus Lie
Crab-stuffed Chicken Florentine
Mashed Russet Potatoes
Spring Vegetable Medley (carrots, asparagus, and mini-squash)
Water with Slice of Lemon
Creme Brulee in Chocolate Tart with Fresh Berries
This is Eric's bio from the program. I don't think it's legible...but there are some funny typos. Apparently he teaches voice lessons out of his home in American Fork and was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Well, he does teach voice lessons in American Fork, and he has lived in Heidelberg. After the dinner, a man came up to Eric and began speaking to him in German. Good thing Eric really does speak German!
Oh, and we had no idea there'd be members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles there! Elder Oaks, Elder Scott, and Elder Holland were there. And we both shook hands with Elder Holland and he commented on one of the songs Eric sang, saying that it's his favorite (Nessun Dorma from Turandot).
For Mother's Day, I slept in - sort of - I took Esther downstairs after feeding her and put her on the floor at the corner where my couches meet and then I laid down to form a triangle, aka, "safe place while Mommy snoozes".
Eric and Autumn made me pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast, and my favorite orange juice (Simply Orange). AND, we all ate at the table together. I always feel strange eating breakfast in bed. It's lonely if no-one stays and awkward if they do because I'm the only one eating. So...kudos to Eric for knowing what I like.
Autumn even provided the centerpiece for the table. She made this in preschool.
She also made me a card that said on the inside, "I love you because you feed me breakfast." She was SO excited about her contributions that she almost showed them to me early. As it was, she gave me my card before breakfast (which was acceptable) but would've given it to me at 6am (which was NOT acceptable...).
At church, the Moms were given Symphony chocolate bars. So wonderful to have someone that understands my need for chocolate and my lack of green thumb. (Although truthfully, I think there's some green somewhere on that thumb...just no time or desire to develop it right now...)
We had dinner with our good friends Chris & Trishelle and their kids Chrissy & Holly. (See Eric's photo-blog for some fun pictures of that) It was an Anniversary/Mother's Day dinner. Eric and I celebrated our SEVENTH anniversary Saturday and Chris & Trishelle celebrated their eighth anniversary on Thursday.
Then I was told that my Mother's Day present was on it's way but would be a bit late. Well, today my Mother's Day gift came and let me tell you -- I have the most wonderful husband! He put this together with a little help from the girls and I have never received a Mother's Day gift like this! It's the best yet! They made a book, an honest-to-goodness, real book - hard cover and all. Shutterfly offers a service where you can use your own photos to make a photo book! Here's my Mother's Day book from my sweeties.
for Mother's Day
On the back:
prepared with Love
by your Husband
with advice from your little girls
Binding: A Day with Mom
WE LOVE YOU!
A little story book about the things we love about you in our day
In the morning we wake up
Nice bed head
Then breakfast and cartoons
Sometimes we help with chores
or cleaning up
or getting ready
Sundays we get ready for church
We love to read...
sometimes to each other
and sometimes at the same time
We love to go on walks
sometimes in the stroller
and sometimes we run off
The playground is fun!
the backyard is fun too
We love family trips
and Holidays too
We love you Mommy!