Lonnie and I met on a blind date at the Rusted Sun Pizzeria.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Yesterday when we arrived at the library I had several books to check back in before I was able to pick up some books on reserve. The kids ran ahead of me down to the Children's area. It was a few minutes before I was able to catch up with them. When I arrived downstairs this is what I found....
Max and Trent had each found a book and were sitting quietly and reading. Maya was in her favorite section, the kids cookbooks, picking out a book.
Normally I don't have even a second to pick out a book for myself because I am chasing kids running in different directions. But they are getting older, more responsible. I have been trying to give them more freedom while explaining expectations.
It was a glorious moment.
Monday, February 10, 2014
I started inviting kids over to the house this summer to do art projects. With Max and Maya starting kindergarten the class ended up being about 8 kids from their class who come over every week. We talk about the masters and then do our own projects. It takes a lot of energy and leaves a big mess but I love having a creative outlet.
Just before New Years we were lucky enough to get to spend a couple days with our dear friend from New Zealand Emma before she entered the MTC for her mission in Singapore. We walked around temple square, played in the snow up near Brighton and stayed up late talking.
As I have mentioned before one of the best things about moving back to Utah has ben being close to good friends and family. Christmas gave us to see many loved ones. We had an open house brunch, the week before Christmas, where we saw wonderful friends and didn't take many great photos, but we did get a few.
We were able to participate in the Mercer Family Christmas Eve festivities, which we had all missed while living in New Zealand.
The Mercer tradition is that everyone must submit a talent. Believing that they kids would get stage fright if we tried to get them to do anything in front of an audience we decided to film our performamce ahead of time. Here it is.....
Christmas morning carnage....
We also caught a virus that caused Max's eye to swell up and discharge yellow goop. :)
Monday, February 3, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
We took off on Friday night and stopped in St George. While it was quite cold the kids still decided it was time for a jump in the hotub.
We stated at Aimee's lovely home and had street tacos at Andrew's house.
We spent a day at the LA zoo, with Dani and Wally, where I hadn't been since I was a teenager. The kids especially loved the komodo dragon and the koala bears.
La Brea Tar Pits. I don't think the museum has been updated since I was a kid, but the kids didn't seem to mind. Their favorite part was trying to pull these polls out of the tar.
While Lonnie waited at home with Trent to pick up Dani at the airport Andrew and Tom took Max, Maya, Stella and Sam to the Petersen Auto Museum while Aimee, Laura and I went to the LA County Art Museum, which was a wonderful treat. We took the kids back later after the Tarpits just to take photos in this awesome installation. Maya also wanted to see a Degas pastel drawing of ballet dancers and after seeing the painting made me promise I would buy her oil pastels.
Manzanar for a sober glimpse at what fear and prejudice can do. We then spent the night in Bishop before heading to Mammoth Lakes. The weather was perfect. These small lakes were frozen over and people where sliding all over the lakes. The kids had a great time.
Obsidian Dome near Mammoth.