Monday, October 27, 2008


We left our apartment Saturday. So far we've gone about a thousand miles on our trip to our new home. But we don't have a clue where we will live when we get there. It occurred to me yesterday that for a t least the next week we are homeless vagabonds traipsing about the land.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Moving Day!

Today was moving day. It w as only supposed to be the packers start packing day. Wednesday was supposed to be the actual pack everything on a truck moving day with this weekend as get out of town deadline. They packed and loaded all today. everything except what will come along in our cars has been packed and shipped off across the country.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tag! I'm it!

Lisa tagged me.
So I guess I'm it. I never really liked the game of tag as a kid. I think it was the running thing. I've never been very good a that. If I got tagged it there was a good chance I would stay that way.

Well, looks like the game just evolves as you get older. After sitting on this few busy days I'm taking my turn a s IT and tagging some more friends :) I'm just glad I don't have to run.

6 Interesting/Insignificant Thing about Me!

I was once in a beauty pagent when I was 5. My mom mad me an pretty frou frou dress. I totally didn't win any thig but it was fun to wear a pretty dress and go to Pizza hut afterward (a special treat back then)

2 I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up and so I started off college thinking I wanted to go into engineering. Ha Ha! I even spent my summers in High school going to an engineering pre program and even a semester of weekend math classes. Yes I was a nerd. I ended up majoring in art and animation. I was a real Disney nut in high school so I shouldn' t be too suprised

3. I have a secret super power. I can find things ! Usually lost things around the house like my keys when my son has hidden them away for a week, or his suit pants that were no where to be seen and not where they were supposed to be. So usually I find the small things that get lost around the house. But on occassion I find bigger things like a free and nice couch when I had none or free night stands that matched my bedroom.
The cool thing is I can teach how you can have this super power too! That's for another blog. I'll post that to my Thoughtful Journey blog. For now I'm working on finding more money :)
I've been looking for the next million dollar idea...I know it's around here somewhere. ;)

4. I've been in a Lockheed Martin secret lab and checked out simulators of the space station and shuttle at NASA. My uncle worked at the lab and they opened it up during an open house. And on a field trip to NASA they tooks us on a behind the scenes tour. I even got t o be down by the training pool( just not very close) and into an old mission control room. where we tried to push a few buttons (every thing was shut off)

5. I can claim to be a SMOF.
6. Took Author Patricia C . Wrede to breakfast and High Mass.
7.Did a road trip to Maine on a four day weekend.
This was crazy and insane. Never do this. Connecicut traffic is the worst.
8. Elder/general oaks spoke in our ward. A couple times in fact. His son was in our ward for a while. they were the coolest family. This summer I went to church and was shocked to hear him speaking (I was out in the hall) and his son had moved away last year. But They all showed up that day for a family event. And I almost stayed home becaue it was my due date.
9. lived next to the SLC cemetary. I use to take walks there as a kid with my great grandmother

Ok so that was three more than I was supposed to do.
I now tag Marie, Drew, and Kathy.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Family Portraits...

We are about to take our family portraits tomorrow. They just keep getting put off. We talke with our friends about getting them done last week. But then we decided it would work out better this weekend. I was fine with that ( I thought that would give me some to zap away some zits that only showed up becuase we were about to take pictures. ) But then my oldest boy took a dive off the picnic table bench at pre school. He had a bump that has turned int o a colorful bruise. Green, purple, yellow, that thing could teach his class their colors (ok, it's not that bad just a little make up and it would be fine.) Then when playing at his friends he gets a scratch on his other eyebrow.

Now I'm wishing we had just taken the pictures last week. I could have just used a bit of makeup on me. So if that wasn't enough he's caught a cold. No biggie, just have lots of tissue on hand. But no, with a three year old boy that is not enough. He and a friend got in a tussle at our weekly game night gathering an he got a scratched under the eye. Now he really looks like something the cat dragged in.

Our friends taking the pictures asked if we could reschedule for monday. "Good," I think a couple more days would be good for my son to have a chance of a bright and clear complextion ( and I can get the laundry done so we have matching outfits).

This morning the baby woke up with goobers in his eye! Oh, well! We better take those pictures tomorrow or something else will come up. I may just have to settle for a family portrait that reflects the bumps and bruises and boogers that come along with family life with two boys. Or we can just photoshop those away ;) Either way we'll have a family portrait that tells the story of our happy family.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

There Be Dragons!

This summer we had quite a few thunderstorms. The Really Really Big kind with the Lightning right off our balcony and the Thunder rattling the building. I Rather enjoyed them. My son did too in that terrifying, teeth rattling way. He was fasinated by them but scared all at once.
One night the storms knocked out power and we sat and watched the lightning by candle light. I asked my husband what stories got told in his family as a kid about what thunder and lightning were. His response was that his Father gave him the explaination that it was the electrical discharge of clouds ect. In other words the mundane scientific stuff that doesn't mean much to a two year old.
So I told my son about the story I got told of as a kid. Thunder was made by the Potatoman dropping his sack of Potatoes in the sky and that's what made the noise. I was probably about 4 or five when i heard it so I reasoned there must be a "Light bulb Man" who dropped his bag of light bulbs and that made the flashes of lightning. Not that I really believed that but they were fun stories that made sense to a young mind.
Then I asked my boy what he thought made all the noise and light. He thought baout it for a minute in the candle light. His two year old imagination had the Perfect answer. "Drac-Ons!" he whispered, which is two year old for "Dragons!"
"Dragons?!" I asked surprised that he would put the two concepts together.
"Drac-ons!" He affirmed.
"Yes, Dragons. They come out to play when it storms. Let's watch them!" I continued and so began our own family fable of what makes thunder and lightning when it storms. There is nothing to be afraid of It's just our freinds the dragons coming out to play.
So now when there are clouds in the sky, or we we see lightning, or hear thunder My Boy Points out the Dragon to me and we Declare " There Be Dragons!"

The first two pictures were taken by candle light the night we discoverd the Dragons playing in our skys.
The last one is a sketch from an old sketch book of mine that seemed a fitting illustration.