Thursday, January 31, 2013

There she is...


Lu is Student of the Month this month.  Tony and I went to her Morning Ceremony to see her receive her award.  She has worked really hard this year and really has shown PERSEVERANCE.  
Way to go, Lu!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Snow Day!

Enjoying our first snow day with pajamas and coloring books.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pizza Grilled Cheese

This is a meal your kids will love.
This is a meal you will love.
This is an easy meal.

It has pizza in the title.

Enough said.


Use cheap Italian bread, butter one side and place the buttered side down on a lightly oiled, medium hot skillet.  Place one slice of Mozzarella on the bread, followed by a slice of Salami, and some chopped black olives.  Layer on one more slice of Mozzarella and then top with another slice of Italian, spread with Mayo.  Mayo side down.  Then carefully butter the other side before you flip.  Cook until the cheese is just starting to get melty, then flip until both sides are as brown as you like them.  Dip in Marinara.

Repeat.  Repeat. Repeat. Until all family members are satisfied. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Little Big Boy


Noah went to Nursery yesterday.
He was a couple weeks early but thankfully we have a very kind-hearted Nursery leader, who I love to bits.  She has been saying "hi," to him in the hall every chance she gets so that he'll be used to her face.  All our nursery workers are so wonderful.  Noah was so excited!  I handed him over and off he went.  I think he's happy to be done with Daddy prison during church and finally gets to play with the big kids.  

I was saying to Jen how when Lucy went to Nursery she seemed like such a grown up girl.  Noah's a baby, he can't be ready for nursery yet!  I am so happy for my little guy and for my big guy who gets to enjoy Priesthood again. ;)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I took some more pictures

I had a few paying gigs this year and here are some of my favorite shots...what a fun day this was.

You know how sometimes authors say they never feel like their book is really "finished."  That is exactly how I feel about my photos...even now, looking at these months later I see things I want to change.  It's hard to leave them alone.  Especially when they're such nice looking subjects.







Monday, January 07, 2013

Thinking, thinking, thinking...I've been doing some thinking.

I've been thinking about a few things lately.  One, time, two is social media and the other is this blog. I started this blog 8 years ago.  Holy cow!  And when I did, we lived far from family and I thought it was a great way to keep our family informed about our lives and stay connected.  This was before I was on Facebook.  I posted sporadically and enjoyed it when I did but there were long jags between posts.  Then when we moved back to Michigan, my sister started a blog and I felt like I had to keep up somehow, so I started posting all the time.  About the DUMBEST things.  I'm sorry you all had to see that.  Then, Lucy was born and I felt like I had to post every little thing she did.  And I did.  Seriously.  I know, all new-mommy bloggers do that.  Right?

So, then I started reading C. Jane and Nie Nie and Dooce and realized they were making Moulah off their bloggity blogs and I thought that would be pretty amazing.  So I started trying to make our lives funny and interesting and our pictures stunning and all that.  And you know what happened?...no new readers...no book deal...no cookbook...just regular old us.  

I realize now that this blog is a family journal, and sometimes a personal one.  I am so glad I've documented so much along the way and will continue to do so.  Just more for me now.  Yay!  

As for social media, I love it.  I am a fan.  I did have a MySpace page once upon a time, I am on FB regularly, and Instagram, and Twitter-but only when I'm stuck waiting somewhere. And blogs.  I like to read blogs.  I know there are people out there who think that these things push us further apart but I really disagree.  I feel like getting to stay connected with people, you never have those gaps in friendship that often cause relationships to fizzle out.  I like knowing that my childhood friend is a major sports fan and think it's weird that he has a beard.  I like knowing that another childhood friend is in a great relationship and has so much happiness in her life.  I like being connected.

Now for time...

Over Christmas break, Tony and I were talking about Christmases from when we were kids and he said one of the things he enjoyed most was the time...being able to lay on the couch and read a book for hours because you don't have to be anywhere or do anything else.  I remembered days like that...where you just did things for fun because there was nothing else to worry about.  Today after I dropped the girly girls off at school, I thought about the things I needed to get done today, laundry, organize my primary binder, edit photos, wash the kids bedding, etc., and it hit me that I have this finite amount of time to do anything and everything.  

Tony says I'm becoming more aware of the time I have or don't have because I'm approaching 30. 30.  How is that even possible?  I don't ever lay on the couch for hours reading a book, (playing iPad games, maybe) I have kids.  There is always something else to be done or somewhere else to be.  Always, in the back of my mind, is the constantly changing list of things that need to be done and that need to be remembered.  Today, I ignored the list for a while and played cars with Noah on his new road rug.  We had races between the green pick-up and the tanker truck.  

The tanker truck won most of the time.  Maybe I should post that on FB?

Friday, January 04, 2013

a boy and his books...


I often find Noah wrapped up in a good book.  I snapped this photo, then he spied me and sat up to pose.  What an accommodating guy.  Speaking of books, I took the kids to the library today, when I got home I felt like I'd run a marathon.  Goodness gracious.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Snow babies going out to play


We finally got some snow on Christmas Eve and Lu has been begging to go out in it.  We spent the day at Auntie Jennifer's yesterday and she got to have big fun on the snow mounds.  She warmed up after with hot cocoa and Just Dance. 

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I forgot to show you this quilt

I made another baby quilt this year and tried this chevron pattern...it was really easy but I think I should have cut my blocks smaller...lesson learned.

I washed it in cold water with a cup of salt but the colors still ran.  I was devastated.  I washed it about 6 more times and scrubbed the colored bits with Fels Naptha and you could barely tell when all was said and done.




I received a gift card to JoAnns for Christmas and am already thinking about quilts for my sister-in-laws little one coming in March.

I love quilting so much, maybe I'll make one for me this year. ;)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Hola!

I am doing the usual reflection on the New Year, it being New Years Day and all, and between fits of annoyance at my neighbors I have come up with a few things:

1. Beat my previous time at the Cheetah Chase. 
2. Floss more.
3. Give more service.
4. Take better pictures.
5. Smile more.
6. Practice patience with my little hooligans.
7. Be a better peacemaker in our home.
8. Be slow to anger.
9. Learn something new.
and 
10. Read more books!

I think these are some good improvements and areas where I can set some good goals without feeling overwhelmed.  

We had our share of the usual holiday stress and some sickness but we managed to balance it with some spirituality, service and fun.

Lulu and her beloved Pogo Stick!  
She just has to wait for the snow and ice to melt to take it outside.


Noah reading with Gram.  I think it's the cutest thing that he will often grab a book and sit down to read.  He won't sit to listen to a story but he loves to do it himself.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  He is currently full of toddler style independence.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hoping you hear more from me in 2013.