Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bonus Day

Due to a scheduling snafu, I had an unexpected and very welcome day off from work today.

Even better, I was able to emerge from my recent state of inertia and actually accomplish a few things. In fact, I was so darn productive today it was downright frightening.  Not that anyone could tell by looking around here, but I worked my tail off today.

Here is what I did all day:

-Cleaned out the  new fridge for the first time ever.  It is amazing what can collect in a fridge in three months time.  I love love love my new fridge, but boy is it a bugger to clean.

-Baked cookies- oatmeal chocolate chip with whole wheat and coconut oil, so that we can call them breakfast.

-Whipped up a bunch of smoothies for breakfast and froze them for busy mornings.

-Cleaned up the kitchen mess.

-Did laundry- washed, dried folded AND put away.

-Cleaned out the kitchen junk drawer

-Cleaned off the stove and all the burners

-Delivered long-over due baby gifts to our two neighbors with new babies.

-Took Audrey to the doctor

-Went to Walmart (Scary)

-Took a ride in Mitch's new car- it's a very nice ride, and I  highly approve

-Took Will to work, and  successfully talked him through a very high drama, emotionally charged crisis which was that he got asked by a second girl to the Sadie's dance, and he had to tell her he couldn't go.  At my urging, he delivered flowers to her doorstep along with a note that says he owes her a dance.  She was happy, he is relieved, and Mom knows best.  What can I say? My son is a babe.

-Cooked dinner.

-Cleaned up the kitchen AGAIN after dinner.

Now, we are going to celebrate the beginning of Fall Break by watching Godzilla.  The kids are out of school for the next four days.  I have to go back to work tomorrow and Friday, but it sure was good to have today.


Sunday, October 12, 2014


 It's getting worse. Today I wore my pjs to McDonalds, and then to go walking with my neighbor tonight.  It is a sign of age, I'm sure.  I'm clean, I'm covered, what more do they want?  If I could only figure out a way to wear them to work, I would be all set.  The only problem is that Dan doesn't want to be seen in public with me now.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I just went to the mall in my pajamas and flip flops, which I'm pretty sure caused my Grandma Paulson to roll over in her grave.  Grandma was of the mind that you didn't go anywhere without your nice conservative heels on and your lipstick applied.  But my pajamas are yellow with gray elephants on them, and I wore a gray jacket and maroon flip flops, so at least I was color coordinated.  The thing was, Duncan and Will worked for our neighbor today, rolling up sod, and they each earned $30, and Duncan has been saving for a while for a certain game, so it was imperative that we get to the mall  tonight, but I didn't know this until I already doing my Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga DVD in my pajamas.  And changing back into clothes would have been too much to ask.

Before all that happened, and while Will and Duncan and Dan were all hard at work, the girls and me picked up Grandma and Grandpa for a day on the town.

The town of Heber, that is. 

We had a lovely drive up the canyon, and stopped at Chick's Cafe on Main Street for lunch.  Chick's is where my dad would stop on his way up fishing on Strawberry, and we must have stopped there a few times on camping trips as well because I sure do remember it.

Then we headed over to  The Homestead and visited  The Crater.  How have I lived in Utah all my life and I never knew there was a giant hot springs at The Homestead that you can go swimming in?  We didn't swim today as we were ill prepared, but will for sure make another trip.  Audrey and Olivia even want to try scuba diving.  It is 65 feet deep, so it would be a great place to give it a try.

This is the view from the top of the hot spring.  There is a bridge built over the top of it so you can look down and see folks swimming way beneath your feet.  We also went underneath and inside to where the pool is.

Then we ventured over to the hotel grounds to see the Halloween displays set up.  Olivia was not sure she wanted to get very close to this scary thing.

And Audrey found her frog prince.

We took Provo Canyon home to see the fall colors, and wow what a show the mountains are putting on right now.  These pictures are not worth a thousand words, but in person, the view was spectacular.

Beautiful weather, good food, lovely scenery, and wonderful company.  What a great Saturday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Getting our Nerd On! And a Surprise for Will!

Tonight was nerd bowling for Young Womens.  Audrey makes a pretty good nerd, I think.

We had fake zits and everything.  I wish we had gotten a shot of her rainbow socks and red converse shoes..

Also, tonight there was a momentous occasion at our house. 

Will got asked to the Sadie Hawkins dance!!

 This is how it happened: The doorbell rang at 9:15, and I opened it to find a strange young woman standing on my front porch holding a rubber lizard and a poster board.  She asked if my child was home, and since I saw the name "Will" on the poster, and the words "Sadie Hawkins",  I put two and two together pretty darn quick, and figured out what she was there for.  I rooted Will out of his bedroom (fortunately, he was still up) and told him he had a visitor upstairs.  He asked if he shoudl be afraid, and I said yes, very.

When he got upstairs, the girl said she was only the messenger, and proceeded to give him a cute little poem in an Indian accent about a lizard and going to the dance.  Then she handed him the lizard and the poster which said "Will, (picture of a whale) you go to Sadie Hawkins with me? We will have a turtley good time!"  and a Ninja Turtle puzzle with a note that said to put the puzzle together to find out who asked him.  He already had a pretty good idea who it was, but we put it together, and it was from Kelli, a friend from orchestra.

His first date! I'm way more excited than he is.  I think he is more excited than he is letting on.  Now we  have to come up with an intriguing way of answering her.  I'm thinking iguanas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

When the Dad's Away

Part of Dan's new job responsibility involves going to an interminably long meeting on Tuesday nights.  Long as in it is not unusual for this meeting to last until two in the morning long. Which kind of sucks, except that it also means that he usually gets Friday afternoons off to compensate.  Most Tuesday nights, he has been staying at my mom and dad's, to avoid having to avoid a turn around commute on Wednesday mornings. That means that, although we miss having Dad around on Tuesday  nights, we have chosen to make the best of it, and Tuesdays are kind of a party around here.  As much of a party as you can have on a school night anyway.

Tonight, we had a full on sleep-over, with a movie and treats and music videos.  Olivia is sleeping in my bed tonight, along with the dog.   So that should be fun.  We invited Audrey to sleep with us, but she chose the wiser path and stayed in her own bed.

We also did a practice run on Olivia's  zombie makeup.  Audrey is our resident make up artist. I am no good at makeup . My technique involves slathering a whole bunch of stuff on the kid's face three minutes before they walk out the door, and trusting in the dark night to make it look scary. So having time to practice is something new for us.

And here is a picture of a sunset.

Here is hoping that Halloween night is as nice as tonight was.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Please Stay Nine for More Than One Year

Tonight Olivia and I were lying on the couch together.  I was scratching her arm.  Then she says to me, " Oh, Mom, stop that. You are making me drool!"

I think that means she liked it.

I love that kid.  She wakes up in the morning chattering, chatters all through breakfast, getting dressed, driving to school, then stops long enough to kiss me goodbye.  Then as soon as she gets home, or I get home, whichever comes last, she starts in again.  The girl's mind goes about forty times faster than mine, and most of the time, I'm not really sure what she is talking about, because she is about three subjects ahead of where I left off,  but she is so cheerful that it's contagious.  So I smile and nod a lot, and just enjoy listening to her talk.

She tells me at least eleven times a day how much she loves me.  She kisses and hugs me every chance she gets, and I can't help noticing when she wraps her arms around me how tall she is getting.

I just really love that kid.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Will Work For Money

Last year about this time, when Dan was still unemployed, Will found out he had the chance to go on an orchestra trip to San Diego in the spring.  The sweet kid never said a word about it, because he figured we couldn't afford it, and he didn't want us stressing out about how to pay for it.  He rightly assumed that if I knew there was a trip in the works, I would want him to go.  By  the time I found out about the trip, the deadline for signing up had passed, and there was, at that point, no way we could have come up with the money anyway.  

I was so sad that he didn't get to go.  I was touched that he was considerate enough to not want to add to our financial burden, but I also tried to explain to him that there are some things in life that we will just make happen, and that high school orchestra trips are one of those things. But we have to know ahead of time if we are going to make plans.  I think I was more upset that he missed the trip than he was.  That is because I have the added value of perspective.

Well, last year is water under the bridge, but this year, we are full steam ahead to get this kid on the San Diego trip.  It is coming up in March, and he needs $700.00.  He is working, but he is already saving most of thatFo money for a mission, which  oddly enough, is coming up  in just a few short years.  So we (I) am brainstorming ways for him to earn an extra hundred bucks per month for the next six months to pay for his trip.  Should he sell something? Try to do odd jobs on top of his part time job and his three hours of homework every night?  And yes, he really does have about three hours of homework every night.  That is what honors math, honors English, chemistry and orchestra will do to you.

We have thought about selling candy bars door to door, selling sugar cookies for Christmas, babysitting, washing cars, GoFundMe (which I really hate) and hitting up the relatives, but nothing seems really practical.  The orchestra will be doing a few fund raisers, but I think he would do better on his own. It seems like with the holidays coming up, there should be something he could do to earn some extra moolah.

Gift wrap services anyone?

Oh, and speaking of gift wrap, it's also fundraising time at Olivia's school!  Call us if you need some overpriced but really cute gift wrap!