Sunday, December 30, 2007
Needless to say, I was thankful the markers were washable, and baby wipes gets them off really fast. And he's banned from using the markers for a while...again....
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The Capitol Building
The artwork in the Rotunda in the Capitol
Apollo 11 - the first one on the moon
Ford's Theatre (Where Lincoln was shot)
Kermit the Frog
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I am currently in Washington D.C. with my dad. I spent today seeing the Memorials and Monuments and loving every minute! It's a bit cold ( the sun never came out today), but I am having a blast being here. Here are a few of the pictures I took today. More later when I get home!
The Washington D.C. Temple
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Porter turned six years old today! He had a great day - at school he got to wear the big, fuzzy birthday hat that has candles on the top of it. Zach and I brought in cupcakes to share with his class. I made him a Transformer cake which was , by his standards, "cooler than he thought it was going to be." One of his presents was a big Optimus Prime helmet which makes the transforming sounds, Optimus Prime phrases, or voice changers that make you sound like Optimus Prime. It was cute to hear him go around the house saying all the O.P. lines. He had a fun day!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Let me give you an update on everything (since I'm awful at updating my blog). My craft fair turned out to be a dud. I spent the three weeks before busting my behind to get everything done - all the hooded towels, the baby blankets, the lullaby books, the fingerplay books, and then a number of cards. But the fair just didn't generate the traffic it usually does and I sold maybe $100 worth of stuff. The worst thing was having to bring all of it home. I'm going to list a bunch of it on CraigsList to see it I can sell it. It was quite disappointing.
We got our first snow here in Albuquerque last night. And no more than 30 minutes after it started, they were announcing breaking news on TV that the freeway was closed. Rhett and I just laugh - ABQ just doesn't know how to handle snow. It's quite hilarious at the panic this town goes into after just an inch falls.
They boys have been into heroes lately. We got a book a couple of weeks ago about a dog that wants to become a hero, so he works out and gets a outfit and everything, then goes through town doing his hero acts. Porter told me the other day his dream was to be a NASCAR driver and to be a hero. He and Zach get all dressed up in their outfits - usually consisting of basketball headbands, armbands, swords stuck down their pants and the back of their shirts, gloves, and hats. Zach's hero name today is "Headband" (in honor of the headband on his head) and Porter's is "Tony" (in honor of Tony Stewart). They don't really fight any villians, but just strut around the house looking cool in all their gear. Oh, to be a kid again...
Anyways, I guess since Thanksgiving is over, it's time to be getting ready for Christmas. It sneaks up on me every year. Some year, I'm going to welcome it with open arms...not that I don't look forward to Christmas, but I get so wrapped up (no pun intended...) in the stress of getting gifts and treats and such that I forget to enjoy the lights and the songs and the joy on my kids faces as they enjoy the Christmas season. And not to mention the joy of the birth of our Savior. Maybe I'll work on making it this year...
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here are the lessons I learned:
1. Powdered milk (the kind that the church puts out) isn't that bad (and the kids don't know the difference!) .
2. I normally waste or throw out a lot of good food that could be used for other meals.
3. Yeast, cheese, and eggs are additional necessities - I can make a lot of things if I have those three things.
4. That while a year's worth of food is great to have, we really need 72-hour kits in case we had to evacuate or had a disaster.
5. We need to stock up on canned or frozen fruits and veggies for variety.
6. I really need to utilize our church cannery.
7. It only costs a few dollars for a bag of flour, bag of sugar, beans or rice, etc. and a little bought each week helps build the storage.
I have to say, though - it was so nice to get a gallon of milk at the store. Even though I didn't mind drinking the dry stuff, it was nice to not have to worry about mixing milk the night before so we had cold milk in the morning. I'm sure you all know about the Church's website that helps with food storage: www.providentliving.org. I love it because you can plug in your family numbers and it calculates how much of the basics you need. I now have a new testimony of how important it is to be prepared. I challange everyone to try going a week with what you have right now - your eyes will be opened, too!