Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Livin' it up on Wisteria, um, Banister

Three years ago we bought a bunch of plants when Central Lumber went out business ("Thanks for that one Lowe's!" said in a tone that both loathes the destructively sweeping arm of big business, while appreciating big business prices). We bought whatever was on clearance for less than $5 and planted random things all over the yard.
One of them has grown and created my favorite spot in our yard: the wisteria banister. What was so small just three years ago has blossomed and grown up our balcony into this fluffy and fragrant bee haven. It is so beautiful and aromatic; it has also brought a mysterious sense of murder, sex, and intruigue to our home.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

No I will not buy them, thank you.

I hate that they have spring and fall pictures. I hate more that they send the spring photos home hoping to financially ensare you. Good try, but ultimately, a waste of paper and ink.
But I will scan for all to see anyway. Thanks to the scanner fairy!!! "Can you see the whites of my eyes?"
"Smile. Smile. Smile. Pose. Smile."
"You will not be able to scream because you will be paralyzed by my charm..."

Sunday, April 18, 2010

10 reasons my Grandma is better than your Grandma

1. She owned a clothing store just down the hill from my elementary school. She would let me roam the racks of clothes everyday after school, sit behind the cash register, play with the ticket gun, and best of all, get the best duds around!

2. She took me to get my shots from the pediatrician one day after dance class because my mom was at work. (I vividly remember having the pull up my leotard) After the shots she took Brittany and I to the store to buy a My Little Pony.

3. One day I was driving her in the car and had my Joni Mitchell CD in. She didn't love it. From then on she would sing in that high head tone voice imitating Joni when she wanted to get her point across with me.

4. She let me live at her house with my crazy roommates. And not only that-she cooked us delicious meals when we were around, and more than once did our laundry!

5. When I was dating Jack, she razzed him enough to keep him on his toes. She also loved him enough to endear herself to him, as he has had no living grandmother since he was a child. He considers her his grandma 100%.

6. She made us each a felt stocking which she hung by her chimney. She hired a Santa to come Christmas eve and deliver us all a present at the family Christmas dinner. Then she would fill our stockings and hide them Christmas morning so that when we arrived at her house, the hunt was a much fun as the stocking goodies (at least close anyway!).

7. She held these hugely elaborate Easter egg hunts involving tables of prizes and a huge meal. It was almost a bigger loot than Christmas!

8. Her food. Her cooking. Her kitchen presence. She just has a presence in the kitchen--so that even when I use the exact same recipe, I can tell she didn't make it.

9. She boycotted Mother's Day one year. She now always says she regrets it, but that showed me her strength as a woman and it is a favorite memory of mine.

10. She played war with me a million and one times as she let me drive across the country with her and Grandpa when I was about six years old. She watched me and protected me as a small child and took me into her arms and loved me and those are only a few of the reasons my Grandma is better than yours!!!
Happy Birthday Grandma!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Temples, Oh My!

Lionand Tiger
and Temple-oh my!
We had a lovely extended weekend and traveled to DC. Drove up a new way on TH night and avoided the inevitable 495 traffic jam. Fri we chose to go to the National Zoo as our "site" this visit. The boys were able to participate in temple related activities outside with their church leaders while Jack and I went inside the temple. Kudos to our stake primary who organized the supervision of 190 children for 4 hours.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

From India to Ohio with a layover in VA

He came from India and stayed with us a little while.
We sent him on to Ohio.

Sometimes I wish I was Flat Stanley!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Never roast Peeps by the bonfire!

We were beach bound for the short spring break and the drive was well worth it! The weather was gorgeous, the company was great (thanks Karma and Duane), and the food was phenomenal. Plus, we came home with some good recipes, so someone should invite us to a potluck. One night we lit a huge bonfire and played Kubb (our favorite Icelandic yard game) UNTIL...we started experimenting with roasting Peeps. Jack burned his thumb and a huge blister immediately formed. Turns out that whole opposable thumb thing is pretty critical. Also note, Peeps melt much faster and at a higher temperature than marshmellows.
The pick up soccer game at the Milnes house on the harbour was a lovely way to close out the weekend.