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...).

From the back:
Daddy driving (the 2nd circle by Daddy is the steering wheel)
Autumn in the back

From the back:
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. ;)

FIVE is a 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 must be from their "Doctor" or "Health" week.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Autumn had her last day of preschool Tuesday. I went to class with her on Tuesday and the teachers gave us an envelope full of pictures they'd taken throughout the year. It's been a great year for her. She is my social butterfly (where does that phrase come from?) and loved her teachers, her classmates, and preschool in general. She rode the bus to and from school most mornings and loved that too! She was very popular in her class. I know...can I really say that? I'm not really very objective being her mother...but one day I took her to class and the whole class ran to her as she came in the door. They were so happy to see her! She just smiled and took it in stride. Didn't seem to phase her at all.

Each week had a theme and during the "Animals/Farms" week, Autumn got to milk a cow! I'm so glad to have these pictures. She doesn't always remember the things that she does from day to day and this is one I didn't hear about. Looks like fun though!

This is on Pajama Day. Autumn is leading her class in "Three Little Monkeys swinging on a tree...". (I think there are more kids on the left beyond the camera....there were 10 students.)

Mixing paint. Heidi looked at this and thought it was something a lot less pleasant! ;-)

Completely impractical but totally fun beach hats.

Mexican/Latino Week -- mixing dough for tortillas, which they got to eat later.

Autumn's Birthday!

Beach Week -- Autumn's surfing.

Water Day. This was her favorite part of the day - digging in the sand to make streams. Her second favorite was probably the slip-n-slide.

Dr. Autumn at your service!

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

We have these fish/sea animal bath toys from Oma & Opa that stick to the wall when you get them wet. Autumn and Heidi already love 'em. Looks like Esther's quick to catch on.

I didn't put these on her head, it was Heidi - really.

How'd she get to be so photogenic?

This one is my favorite. Just look at that smile!

"Mom! Look what I can do!"

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Autumn "measuring up"

Heidi measuring "down"?
These were taken just outside of the Ape House.

Today I took the girls to the Hogle Zoo (sans Eric, who was teaching voice lessons). So much fun! And I was really excited to go one more time before we move. We got to see the new "Asian Highlands" exhibit that was still being built last time we went and we also got to the see WHITE ALLIGATOR.

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!

Who knew there were penguins in South Africa?
I sure didn't!

"Come on in, the water's fine!"

All the penguins were huddled in a corner until one branched off to test the water. They followed to watch and then hurried back to their corner after he was done. I think it was a triple dog dare.

And here we are after FIVE hours at the zoo. Can you tell Esther's ready to go home? That was actually the first time she fussed all day. She and her sisters had a great time.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Last Wednesday Eric sang at BYU's "President's Dinner". Every year, the president holds a dinner to give The President's Award as well as honor donors to BYU. This year the award went to Richard E. and Nancy Peery Marriott. Eric won the Male Singer of the Year award from BYU and her name is on the plaque -- Singer of the Year, Nancy Peery Marriott Award. She sings and donated oodles of money to BYU (and has done many other wonderful things for BYU...but for this blog's sake...that's sufficient), and the people in charge of the dinner wanted Eric or Rachel (the female singer of the year) to sing at the dinner in honor of Nancy. They're actually paying him for it! Yippee, a paid gig!

This is the invitation that came in the mail. It has that tissue paper over it that couples use quite often in wedding announcements. Very nice.

And this is the menu! Talk about "upper-crust". We rubbed shoulders with high society Wednesday night and ate like royalty. There was even a reception beforehand where they served cheeses, fruits, shrimp, and CAVIAR. Eric and I both wish we'd been gutsy enough to try the caviar, just to say we'd done it...

The Menu
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).

Mother's Day

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.

A Day with Mom
to Mommy
for Mother's Day

On the back:
prepared with Love
by your Husband
with advice from your little girls

Binding: A Day with Mom

A little story book about the things we love about you in our day

In the morning we wake up
Nice bed head
Good morning!

Then breakfast and cartoons

Sometimes we help with chores
like laundry
or cleaning up
or getting ready

Sundays we get ready for church

We love to read...
sometimes to each other
sometimes alone
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!

for my profile that I'm putting here to have a url link.

Monday, May 14, 2007