Monday, 30 June 2008
Sunday, 29 June 2008
I came down to take more pictures, but Carmen had finished watering and was feeling thoughtful.
She came down and even brought treats.
But it seems I need to work on my spy skills.
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Before the party Chloe told me what hard work it is to be the birthday girl because you have to welcome the guests and act very excited. The excitement didn't seem forced at all when the first guest arrived. Where did the 'hard work' disappear to?
Cousin rivalry reared it's amusing head when it was time to drop the ball at the beginning of the birthday party soccer game!
Chloe dismissed the idea of a soccer field cake to go with the soccer candles that Marie found. There was no way Chloe was going to eat a green cake - she thinks that artificial color in icing is disgusting. She told me she wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and everyone can pretend it is a muddy field if they want. Nice of her to try to humor us.
The kids performed from youngest to oldest. Chloe played 4 songs.
Carmen played two.
Jaclyn entertained me with her Ray Charles look.
And we all topped off the afternoon with an ice cream cone.
(You can also just buy ice cream cones at My Favorite.)
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Wool 'Point' Blankets were first brought to Canada from England to trade for beaver pelts in 1668, two years before The Hudon's Bay Company was formally incorporated.
The First Nations People used the blankets as they were, or made them into coats. The beaver pelts were sent to England for the manufacturing of top hats. Isn't that bizarre? Don't tell me you knew that!
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Honestly, that was so sweet and generous. Lena didn't care at all if I sewed myself the same dress. She said: "Hey, it'll be a different fabric, they won't be the same." When I talked to her mom, my friend, and I found out it was a Burda pattern I was hesitant to try it. I grew up in an anti Burda home, but my friend assured me that Burda has long since started including seam allowances in their patterns and there was nothing to fear. In fact, she told me, because Burda is European the styles are much more fashionable than the domestic patterns.
I had this fabric in my 'stash' so all I needed was a $1.67 for a zipper and voila - my new dress. I even had this shell necklace which I didn't realize would 'go' when I first started sewing.
(Ignore the scrunched up neckline from the self-portrait arm, really the neck is perfectly round. The only thing I would change about this pattern is do the neckline not quite so wide. It works, but I'd bring it in a little if I were to sew it again. Oh, and how do you like the soccer sunburn? And do you know how hard it is to take a picture of your chest without taking a picture of your chest?)
Friday, 20 June 2008
For the second year in a row Chloe is on the "Blue" team for soccer. Last year they called themselves the "Blue Rockets" and this spring they started out with the same name, but over the season the name evolved to the "Blue Rockstars."
Chloe demonstrated relentless persistence all season, winning over one teammate at a time, until the entire team now cheers, "Go Blue Rockstars!"
Nothing puts a smile on Chloe's face quite like winning.
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
- You can put the word "only" in front of just about anything. His response to "It was only $20" or "I'm only 10 minutes past curfew."
- WHO'S THE BIGGEST? WHO'S THE STRONGEST? His response to bellyaching that something might be "too hard" to do.
- Come here so I can hit you. Translation: Come here. (no actual hitting involved)
- These strawberries speak Spanish. A language they learned from the field workers.
- My uncle has a canoe. Translation: That last thing the other person said was out of the blue and has nothing to do with what we were talking about.
- In this family we can't afford our noses to grow. Don't' lie, it will make your nose grow, and in our family we already have freakishly large noses.
- We'd better put a brick on your head so you 'll stop growing. I don't like how quickly you are growing up.
- I . . . love . . . you! The grandchildren all know what's coming as soon as he whispers the word 'I' into their ears.
- Do you want me to be good or do you want me to have fun? This is something he only says to my mom.
- Don't be sorry, just don't do it. Many applications, but I particularly remember this phrase when I made mistakes as I was learning to drive. That may have been when he coined the phrase.
- If you were a horse we'd shoot ya. Please quit moaning and reevaluate your injuries, I don't think they're that bad. (I'm not exactly sure how the reference to putting injured horses down evolved into this sentiment.)
- A thin horse going into winter. Someone getting very old, nearing the end of their life.
- I don't buy green bananas anymore. My dad says this when he is feeling old himself. He might not live long enough to wait for a banana to ripen - he'd better buy them already ripe.
- The most important part about making icecream is the spoon. My parents make homemade icecream, but dad makes sure the grandkids know that their eating it is the whole reason Grandma and Grandpa make it.
- Save 'hate' for liver. Hate is a strong word.
- You don't save money by going shopping. He occasionally rains on our parade when we return from shopping and display all our 'deals'.
- I'd rather cut my finger. He'd rather cut his finger than do a lot of things.
- When I was in the army . . . He doesn't have a military record, but he credits the army with teaching him how to shell peas or rake a lawn or various other skills.
- I was 6 once. That was a great year. The number always corresponds with the age of the person he is speaking to.
- You'd better get a stick to beat the boys away. You are getting too grown up and pretty.
- We're not building a piano here. Just get the job done! What you are doing doen't require the time and care you are giving it.
- Talk like a white man. Speak properly. Drop the baby talk. Drop the slang.
- Sometimes we count the votes and sometimes we weigh the votes. (Or: This isn't a democracy.)
- Thousands might believe you. But I don't.
- Hello, Larry Hollywood. Occasionally he answers the phone this way, but mostly it means "I am lookin' good." (or you are looking good)
Friday, 13 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Friday, 6 June 2008
Jaclyn's Jr. High grad banquet and dance were held tonight. It was an Oscar's theme with movie posters, candles, mini lights, and lots of stars. The students and teachers giving speeches were introduced as the winning nominee complete with the tearing of the envelope to reveal the winning name.
Jaclyn gave a clever speech. Our school started out as a one room school house many years ago. Eventually a newer school was built, renovated and added on, then replaced by the new campus the students attend now. Jaclyn took this evolution of the physical changes of our school and made them into a metaphor for her classmates as they have grown, beginning from kindergarten (the one room school house).
My parents were able to attend, and I hope they had a good time. I thought the grad committee and teachers and students put on a stellar event. Ken's parents would have enjoyed the evening also, but they have a standing commitment to serve in the temple on Friday nights.
I wasn't the only mom who thought that the grad & parent dance was the sweetest moment of the evening. Ken and I didn't linger long once he had his dance - the rest of the night was for the kids to celebrate.
Driving home Ken and I reflected on what a blessing it has been for Jaclyn to attend this school. The tradition of excellence (I put that in just for you, honey) and the positive culture have made Jaclyn's past 10 years the best they could have been.
1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars (on the trampoline with my cousins)
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game (NHL, MLB)
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun (copying my cousins from Southern Utah)
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach (in the Cayman Islands)
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow (I've milked a goat)
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy (if books count)
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person (Member of Parliament, and Memeber of the Legislative Assembly)
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle (behind a boy who lived across the back alley from me, no helmets)
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (for an award when I was 14)
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name (last name)
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people (?)
108. Brought out the worst in people (?)
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play (coming up August 14th)
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train (with my uncle who worked for CP Rail)
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter
Happy 200 to the most neighborly woman I hope to meet!
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Monday, 2 June 2008