Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
The scene from Harry Potter - it was neato!
On Saturday we took the kids to a model train show. There were way too many people, but it was still fun to see the trains. They had an especially impressive model display of Hogwarts School (I don't know if I spelled it right - I only watch the movies). It was pretty cool. Lily really loved it. Afterward we went to a quaint little ice cream parlor and had a treat. The kids each got a 25 cent cone and Scott and I (and Gracie) shared a banana split - YUM. As you can tell from the picture the ice cream was a big hit!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I have been going to Ikea now for about six years. We have always lived in places that have them and just after moving here the one in Draper opened. I have to be honest, six years ago we thought Ikea was the greatest. But slowly through the years we have watched the prices go up and the quality (and size) go down a bit. Regardless of this I still love going and visiting the store - it is a lot of fun to go and see all the small European-type furnishings. So the other day my sister Jennifer called and asked if I wanted to meet her there. Of course I said yes and I am so happy that I did. I just seemed to find the greatest deals ever and on things I actually needed. I have been wanting some low-key, dainty, white metal headboards for the girls (when Gracie is old enough she and Lily will share a room). I have had a devil of a time trying to find something at an affordable price and when I meandered over to the As-Is section I found just what I was looking for in the form of the two ends of a day bed. It was perfect and they were only $39 for the set. Because they are the ends of a day bed they have holes in parts of them (to attach them to the back part of the bed), so I have cleverly tied ribbons through the holes. As I acquire more cute ribbons I will just add to it. I think it looks pretty cute and Lily loves it.
Adam got his first tie for Christmas and the other day while playing in his closet he found it. He came wondering out with it attached to his camo sweatshirt (and of course no pants, since apparently pants are very over-rated). He looked so cute, I just couldn't pass up taking a picture.
Friday, January 25, 2008
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) -Fred Sedona
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) -Neapolitan Macaroon
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) -E-Hil (I am almost tempted to delete this one altogether. Dumb)
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) -Pink Giraffe
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) - Blank Portland (I don’t have a middle name)
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) -Hilem (I think that is actually a real last name)
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) -The Green Diet Coke..... "Oh no, what will we do? I hope the Green Diet Coke gets here quickly, or else we are all going to DIE!!!" Um, it doesn't quite work. In fact I tried several drink and none of them really sounded all that superhero-esque.
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) -Samuel Joseph (Uh, that is my brother’s name)
9. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite scent/perfume/cologne, favorite candy) – Sweet Pea Snickers
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) – Ines Smart
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) - Weinberg Winnipeg (by far my favorite name so far)
12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) - Summer Daffodil
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) – Peachie Slippers (OK, so I didn’t follow the instructions, but Peach Slippersy sounds dumb)
14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) - Oatmeal Crunch Aspen
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) - The Cooking Snow Tour
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
The reason I am writing this today is because I can't seem to get the thought out of my mind that our lives are so fragile. No one wakes up one day and says, "hey I think someone might gun me down today so I had better start living right." Although Scott has assured me that I don't need to worry about this particular scenario, it is no assurance that something else won't happen. A few months ago another friend lost her 16 year-old sister in a tragic car accident. These events have led me believe that I need to live each day as perfectly as I can. All I could think about last night was whether or not I would be ready to die. I had resolved that this year I would try to better myself and my life and this has just encouraged me to take my resolve so much more seriously.
Hopefully out of this huge and senseless tragedy something good will come - even if it is just a few people trying harder to become better.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
My sister and her husband came over and we ate sushi, pot-stickers and drank some good soda-type beverage that Scott bought. We played Rummicub and ate chocolate-caramel brownies with ice cream. As you can tell, it was all about the food. It all tasted so good. Every year on new years Scott and I get all the yummy ingredients for sushi, put the kids to bed, and enjoy it together. This year it was nice to have someone join us. After the rest of my family found out what we did they decided to invite themselves for next year. What used to be a cozy new years tradition is turning into a great party. The more the merrier!
So we went to bed at about 11:30 (if you know Scott well, this won't surprise you at all. He hates to stay up late and then be groggy the next day. I couldn't convice him to just stay up the extra 30 minutes). Just as we were settling into a nice sleep every fire truck and police car siren in town went off; people started honking their horns, and a bunch of the neighbors came out banging pots and pans. All this was in addition to the fire crackers going off in various spots in the area. I have never heard such commotion - it was so much fun and it forced Scott to be awake at midnight to give me a kiss and wish me a Happy New Year. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait for next year.