Saturday, May 31, 2008
Last month I went to this beach with the girls and Kristi and her girls. This month the girls and I got to go again and show it to Eric & Mom Hanson. It is GORGEOUS. And only minimal sunburns this time. Thank goodness!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
This one works if you're looking at their face shapes.
So I haven't quite figured out who Autumn looks like now. Other than Autumn, of course!
I wouldn't be surprised if Heidi actually thought these were both HER.
I've looked through most of the pictures Mom & Dad have of me growing up, and of my three girls - Esther bears the most resemblance to me.
These are pictures I didn't take time to find matches for. If you click to see it a little closer, you'll see just how much Esther looks like me.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
And yes, all those scratch marks -- Rae did that. Not me.
And you laugh thinking, "Yeah, right."
But it's true.
In fact, this dresser was never mine until I left home, had kids, and it was passed it on to me.
It's amazing what you're willing to accept as "furniture" when you're in college.
It still amazes me.
So here's the replacement dresser.
This was an amazing find. I think some neighbors were throwing it out because the bottom drawer was broken (which I fixed for a total of $3.00 -- some wood glue & some nails).
Definitely an improvement, huh?
And since I'm on the subject of thriftiness, here's how I cook things when I have to use more than one large pot. Obviously, my second pot does not have a lid. I wonder if I could find one that would fit. I wonder if it'd be worth it!
In the meantime, I'll just keep chugging along doing what I can to make ends meet. :)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Well, sorry to disappoint, but here I go again.
And it's funny, I didn't even have blogger's block.
I have drafts ready to go and even more stuff to unload from the camera.
I just can't get myself to sit at the computer long enough to type up a post.
Heidi loves to collect things and organize them. A girl after my own heart.
Recently I found about HALF A REAM of paper in her room, neatly stacked.
I flipped and after chewing her out for taking so much paper, she informed me that she didn't TAKE any paper. She just kept asking and asking and I kept giving it to her.
She was right.
I got a good laugh out of that one. I thought she was writing and drawing when really she was saving and hoarding paper so that she'd always have some when she needed it.
Reminds me of a certain sister (Maddie) who would get antsy that there wouldn't be enough food for her as NINE people passed around the serving dishes and she saw the food rapidly disappearing. She often wanted a second serving on her plate before her first was even done. Just so she would know it was there. :)
Monday, May 19, 2008
Eric had a lesson to teach while Mom & Dad were visiting, so they (and Heidi) tagged along so they could see some of FSU's campus. I think Opa must've been taking the pictures (so no pictures of Opa...) and this first was actually the last in the group when Eric was done teaching.
One of these days I'll get a better picture so everyone can see his goatee & mustache close-up.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Today as I was driving past Autumn's school I noticed that their billboard said,
Thanks to everyone who came out
Aside from ending a sentence with a preposition (heaven forbid!) -- Everyone's "coming out" at the school carnival. Well. Must've been an interesting carnival.
Maybe it's a southern thing (the grammar usage I mean, not the coming out...).
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
If you haven't already seen this at my sister's blog, go here and vote for her friend Lara's photo! She entered into a Mother's Day Photography Contest and I think her photo is THE BEST one there and PERFECTLY captures what I want to think about on Mother's Day. :) And vote soon. The contest ends on the 9th.
Monday, May 5, 2008
not (which is usually combined with "No, not"...)
"It won't work"
"I can't do it"
And most of the new ones have come in the last week.
She's just exploding with new words!
(And on a sidenote, I know that these pictures are all quite similar but they're all too cute for me to cut even one out. She was playing "Peek-a-boo" with me. She would face then wall and then quickly turn around and just beam at me! And her smile is SO much like mine was as a little girl. One of these days I'll have to put up some pictures to compare.)
Saturday, May 3, 2008
It's funny to look back over the years and remember all the different things I've brought to church to keep our girls occupied. I remember having a huge bag, lots of snacks, and a drink. This is what we bring now. This is it. This is all it takes to entertain Esther for sacrament meeting. (Plus a sippy with water and two snacks - and amazingly, she doesn't usually eat the snacks!)
And see how there isn't any paper to go with the Color Wonder markers? They're old & dried out and she just loves to open and close them as well as put the lids on her fingers. We put the necklaces in that container and take them back out, she puts bracelets on one of my wrists, pulls them off and puts them on the other wrist, we put pennies or nickles in the mini-tupperware key chain. We put everything in the bag and take it out again. She's so easy to entertain!
Honestly though, I think Autumn & Heidi were also this easy - I just didn't know they were! I didn't even think to try keeping them busy in these ways. So this is what we bring for Esther and then we bring paper & writing utensils for Autumn & Heidi. That's it (And no snacks for Autumn & Heidi. We've been trying a new policy. Once they're out of nursery, no snacks during sacrament meeting. We did it with Heidi and it worked out great.) And nobody gets any of their stuff until after the sacrament has been passed. It's so exciting to me that this works!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
(although it's not tea, and it's for three)
Time to go buy some more veggies.