Friday, November 28, 2008

Holly gets tagged

Okay I am never cool enough to get tagged by anyone so I think my little sister just felt sorry for me....thanks Kari, you're a gem! (For having pity on your lame sister).

I AM ME

i am: creative
i think: too hard about things
i know: the Book of Mormon is true
i have: a beautiful family
i dislike: poorly written movies
i miss: being on stage
i fear: I don’t have enough food storage
i feel: immensely….then I compartmentalize and tuck it all away
i hear: Jacob humming “Funky Town”
i smell: toast
i usually: don’t stand up for myself
i search: for reasons to keep my chin up
i wonder: why I ever divulge that I can play the piano or sing, because then I am asked to do EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE MUSICAL WORLD at church (and always at the last minute)
i regret: mmm, yeah. Not saying it here.
i love: moments when I feel like a kid again
i care: too much about pleasing everyone else
i always: apologize first
i worry: about doing what’s right for my kids
i am not: crazy about Oprah
i remember: my older brother talking me into eating Play-Doh
i believe: that everything is a choice
i dance: when I clean the house to Michael Jackson….or the soundtrack to the new Chipmunks movie
i sing: constantly
i don’t always: pray as often as I should
i argue: only when pushed too far
i don’t like: feeling unproductive
i write: whenever I need to unload…which is a lot
i win: when I do what is right
i lose: to the boys when we play candyland
i wish: I were never tired
i never: lose my faith in Heavenly Father and His promises
i listen: terribly…I’m a writer, what can I say
i don't understand: how the laundry keeps growing despite how many loads I do
i can usually be found: doing all the little things a young mom does
i am scared: of SPIDERS….oh, blech spgghht as;dlfkjslkjf! EW!
i need: to just be validated
i forget: everything these days, thank you Franklin Covey
i am happy: when I hold a baby

I'm actually not going to tag anyone else. I'm the rude one that stops the chain letter and brings seven years of bad luck on herself! Oh well.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jacob's Tragedy

Yesterday in the Nursery at church, Jacob managed to capsize a plastic slide, fell, tried to catch himself with his left palm down, and broke his arm! A clean break, all the way through - poor little innocent guy! By the end of the Insta-Care visit he was voted the cutest and most fun patient ever by the doctors and nurses. Here he is after we got home, proudly wearing his splint, Star Wars sticker, and holding his sucker for being so brave. He'll get a cast after the swelling goes down. Poor Jacob!

Ava the Standing Baby!

Ava is pulling herself up on anything she can these days. In fact, this morning she tried to pull herself up on one of our kitchen stools and slipped and hit her eye. Little stinker! She is always so proud of herself and smiles the cheesiest little smile when I take a picture of her standing - take a look.





Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our Trip To San Diego

Nathan and I had an absolutely wonderful time on our trip! Thanks to all the family babysitters that made it possible! This post is super-long, and these are only my favorite pictures!


DAY ONE - OLD TOWN

Shall we begin? We stayed in Old Town, which is filled with authentic Mexican Restaurants and little shops, historic buildings, and beautiful little plazas and walks like this:


We ate at this Mexican restaurant the first night, and it was spectacular. On the second night we ate at another in Old Town that served us possibly the BEST Carne Asada in the ENTIRE WORLD, not even joking, it was GOOD.


Okay, Chris - here is a photo of the best Hotel in Old Town (which is the best neighborhood to stay in in San Diego unless you want to be right on the beach). It is right in the middle of Old Town and is huge and beautiful and...and, yes, a little expensive...but not exorbitant, I mean, it is a Best Western. Just a fancy one.



We found this place quite by accident, and were so sad that it is closed for renovations! We were glad to see that it is run by the Church (our name is on the building) and manned by missionaries when open to the public.



This is an historic marker in the Old Town Cemetery. Hilarious.



An old covered well. Would love to have cool things like this in my yard!



Okay Kyle, this one's for you. He's a dentist AND a physician. Look at those scary tools! The chair looks straight out of Sweeney Todd!





DAY TWO - BALBOA PARK

The Botanical Building.


Looking the other direction while standing in front of the botanical building. Beauty, beauty all around!


Us in front of the fountain leading into The Prado, the restaurant we ate at (it is in the top ten in America according to Gourmet magazine).



The fountain head-on as you walk into the plaza the restaurant is in.



Inside the restaurant (no, I did not embarrass myself by taking this photo, I got it off of the web.) Our food was wonderful - Nathan had Paella and I had sauteed Tiger Prawn Fusilli pasta with cappolini onions and a proscuitto cream sauce. We had Blood-Orange Pomegranate Sodas, and flatbread with chipotle hummus for an appetizer. Since it was our first time at the restaurant, they gave us a dessert on them, a special Vanilla Bean Flan with some kind of sculpted fried cookie thing, powdered sugar and caramel sauce. YUM! It was so great! I think I got a little too used to fine dining on this trip...



INSIDE the BOTANICAL BUILDING

Nathan was happy as fish in water in here! It was absolutely beautiful. Here are just a smidgen of our favorite photos.



I think Nathan was exercising great control by not grabbing one of these bananas off of the tree to taste it...




This sign shows exactly why Nathan was loving this part of the building. Now we know we want greek columnar basil, and lemon-scented geranium.








AT THE JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN

Upon seeing the full name of this garden, Nathan blew out a relieved breath and said, "Oh, thank goodness. I was afraid that it would be hostile." Such a smart aleck! Okay, so I admit I laughed.

Some cool Bonsai trees (they had a huge collection):






Meditating in the Zen Garden room. (Okay, pretending to so I could take a picture). What a way to end the day!



DAY THREE - BAY, SEAPORT VILLAGE

On the third day we checked out the maritime side of the city. This photo is the view from our table at lunch. We enjoyed watching the various palm readers, tarot card readers, psychics, spiritual readers, balloon twisters, wierd-bird-man-type people that set up camp on the lawn of the park below us, selling their services. One old lady set up a booth that said "Balloons and Bubbles". She would walk her miniature dog around, waving a bubble wand in the air. She had a few long balloons in front of her table that were twisted into...something, couldn't quite tell. Interesting people, for sure!



Argh, Mateys! We found this little shop full of really cool pirate things while shopping at Seaport Village. I have a discount online code if anyone wants to get 12% off, they give it to you when you shop in person. We bought the boys some pirate signs with their name on them and some really cool looking little carved treasure chests.


This ship, the U.S.S. Surprise, was the actual boat used in Master and Commander with Russell Crowe. So cool!



This boat, The Star of India, is the oldest iron-hull sailing vessel in the entire WORLD! Super cool.



A peaceful shot of the port on the way back to our hotel. Time to get our bags and catch a cab to the airport.... *sigh*....Can you see why it was hard to leave?


We are glad to be home, though, and VERY glad to hug our little ones again. Ava looked right at Nathan last night and said "Daddy" clear as day. Oh, they are so much fun! Thanks again for helping us celebrate Nathan's 30th in a spectacular way!

Happy 30th Birthday, Nathan!


Nathan is the official 3-0 as of November 3rd. Happy Birthday, Sweetie! For his birthday I took him on a surprise trip to San Diego, and our timing could not have been better - highs in the 70's/80's, lows in the high 50's the whole time! It was paradise, literally! We got so many great pictures, I will post them soon! Happy Birthday, Nathan! I love you!

Happy Halloween (11 days late)!


We had a super-long but extra fun day visiting all of the family. Isaac was a ninja warrior, Jacob was a ghost ("Jacob Boo") and Ava was a ghost as well ("Baby Boo"). We visited Chris and Jared, my Mom at the library, my Grandma Barbara, Nathan at work (forgot to take a pic of that, but they got as much candy 'trick or treating' at the pharmacy as they would going out later that night), and also Kirt and Maureen. (Check out Jacob's serious face as I made him stand next to that scary man to take a picture! When Kirt took off the mask afterward, Jacob smiled and ran to him, relieved.) What a day - but it is all for the kids, and Halloween was my Very Favorite growing up. The idea that for one night, the world is transformed, you get to be whatever you can dream up, and for once the neighborhood at night magically belongs to you...as a kid, that night is pure MAGIC! Happy Late Halloween. If you want to see the pictures closer, just click on it and it will blow it up for you! It's supposed to say Visiting On Halloween, I guess my text got messed up somehow and I am too busy to fix it right now!