As promised, here are the completed "wallpaper cut-outs turned art". I think they pulled it all together. And Gunnar is thrilled, which is really all that matters!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The movie pick was just for laughs, but turned out being a whole lot cuter than I expected. Candace Bergman was LOL funny, she was the wedding planner...hilarious! Both lead actresses did an awesome job. Loved the pranks. Loved the little girl flashbacks. Fun for all. I def recommend, just don't take your hubby, he won't get it.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
You can't give water from an empty well ladies, you have to take care of you too. Sometimes friends are the best therapy of all. And food.
Monday, January 26, 2009
She chose Red Velvet Cupcakes, red dye anyone?
I am so grateful that she has developed such great friendships and am really excited to see them grow up together.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Over the next few years I heard things here and there about the benefits of having this superfood in your diet and thought, "yeah, I tried, I REALLY TRIED, but I can't eat that stuff."
So, when my friend Maren mentioned to me that Costco carries portioned microwave ready Edamame, that her KIDS love, I scoffed. She is a healthy rockstar of a Mom who seems to know what tastes good though, as evidenced by the oreo truffles she created and shared at our recent neighborhood Bake-Off! Turns out I happened upon said product last time I was there and thought, well the return policy here is awesome...I'll give it another try.
I'm so glad I did! This stuff comes in the shell (helps maintain a nice texture), in a microwave safe container. All you have to do is stab a hole in the top, nuke it for 3 minutes, a little salt on top, and YUM! They taste nutty and my kids think they're like lima beans. They love to pull the edamame from the shells (that part is inedible). They ate a ton! And now I have another veggie to add to Gunnar's list that he'll actually eat. :) If you live near a Costco check it out in the freezer section.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Right after the New Year began I left the house for a few hours with my sister to visit her friend, an old college roommate. We had a nice time and upon our return we had dinner with Chris and the kids and began preparing to get the kids in bed. Part of the bedtime routine involves ME walking around and picking up stray toys, discarded socks, blankets used for forts, etc while the kids are brushing teeth and changing into PJs. It was at this time that I noticed a HOLE in the wall. It was almost a perfect 3 " circle, about a foot from the ground.
I hollered to Chris, "Do you know how this HUGE HOLE got in this wall?" (This is not a normal occurance in our house.) He tells me Savannah put it there, and I should ask her about it.
Well, of late Savannah has been on somewhat of an emotional roller-coaster with those emotions running really close to the surface....so I could imagine what might have happened. I questioned her and she said that Dad and Gunnar were playing a computer game and wouldn't let her in the office, so she started kicking the wall because she was mad she was missing the end of the game. I then asked her the question I ALWAYS ask, "HOW DID THAT WORK FOR YOU?" Her answer, "Not very well.." Later Chris filled in the blanks and said she was throwing a raging tantrum that could compete with ANY 2 year old, complete with wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I was completely in shock, and took the "I can't believe you would damage our house, I'm so disappointed in you" tack. This alone is the worst punishment for Savannah, because she is a pleaser...but she needed something more. I wanted to think about it and told her she would have a punishment to pay for the crime/damage to the house, but I hadn't figured out what it would be yet, and we'd talk about it more the next day. (Also terrifying to her, imagining all the things it COULD be.)
As we were saying our family prayer a thought popped into my head. Better than banning her from playdates with friends that week (which is really more of a punsihment for ME) how about some way that she can serve her time, and help others?? Hmmmm.
Community service in it's truest sense. She was sentenced to 5 days of serving her brother by reading to him for 30 minutes each day from any book HE wanted. She did not have a say, she could not complain, she just had to do her time. It turned out great, in fact she was happy to do it the first couple of days, then she required more coersion. And Gunnar and I reaped the benefits...usually I am the one reading to him. If Savannah ever does, she always chooses the book, and he's not a huge Hannah Montana fan so he doesn't enjoy her book choices as much. Go figure.
I think this is a worthy form of punishment, modeled after our Nation's justice system to boot. Hey, it could be worse, she's not picking up trash from the highway or breaking rocks!
Monday, January 19, 2009
January in Utah is generally the same. We have several weeks of "inversion" where the cold air, along with the yuck is trapped in the valley. This picture is taken from the mountains, compliments of Chris' latest hiking adventure. He hiked Grandeur Peak on Friday and was able to get up above it all.
It's funny to me that the weathermen in Utah don't like to call this what it is. They use words like HAZE or even FOG. Of course this is not human-caused, it's nothing we can control...we just have to wait for the next system to come and blow it on through. Right.
Come on people, THIS is good old fashioned SMOG.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My own local WHO. I hear she used to live in Whoville and was BFFs with the Grinch.
The curtains. With the little touch of black (the rod) that Oprah swears each room needs. OK, well I just happened to have that lying around. Recycling is good for the planet.
No girly fixture here, and Dad even stuck some constellations
up on the ceiling.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Sadly, the camo fighter jets and helis don't match with that girly headboard...we're gonna fix THAT!
Upholstered, ta da!
Headboard, meet bed.
This is the current progress on Gunnar's room. He's bummed that we can't put everything up on the walls yet because we're waiting on the paint to cure. But after priming walls and the ceiling, two coats of white, then two coats of blue, not to mention the green, I feel like he should be happy to be sleeping in his bed again.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Now that she's 2, she's ready for the Big Girl Bed! Our Sydney Bear loves being BIG. She has been in her new bed with big girl sheets for 2 nights, and 2 naps, and LOVES it! (to the joyous relief of her Mommy)
Sydney had such a nice birthday! We ordered PEE-PEE, I know that doesn't sound appetizing to you, but it's PIZZA. :) We opened presents, then we had cherry chip cake ala pepto colored frosting along with rainbow sherbet and cookie dough icecream. She still doesn't really like cake, but she loves her EYE-EYE, she had a little of both flavors!