Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hmmm... I can't remember if I had anything to write

Ha. It has been one of those days. They kind where you stay up late, can't sleep, fall asleep just before the kids will wake up, then get woken up. So my brain feels like it is mush. And I was thinking I had something to write about, but now that I am typing, I can't remember.

So, I haven't updated with Halloween things. Partly because I spaced pictures again. Which is really sad because I made some killer Halloween food and could have snapped pics. But we were in too much of a hurry to eat and go trick or treating. So I also forgot to take pics of the kids before they headed out. And they ditched the costumes so fast after returning that it just didn't happen. They humored me and got into them again, but it wasn't the same.
We learned that Bear loves pumpkins. As food. He thinks they are pretty tasty. While we were busy carving and thinking the extra pumpkins were safe on the floor Bear was having a snack. The good news- he didn't throw up or have any other side effects that we are aware of. We may find pumpkins sprouting in various places next spring. But I am ok with that. And I was thinking the pumpkin was probably quite healthy. All of that orange vegetable vitamin goodness.

Yeah, that is so Aliyah. Gets all dressed up, but the minute she is done it is back to her little impish self. She is such a character!

Josh was the Hulk. His costume inflated, I mean he worked out really hard so he'd look buff for the big night.

Well, other than that things have been pretty much the same. Brynja did get a cell phone last week. I decided I didn't like her babysitting for people without land lines. I hated that there was no way to reach her unless she had my cell phone. And there have been a few other times I wished she had one. So, I broke down and added her to the plan. And to spare you all from a billion text messages we will not be giving out her number. It is for the best. :) The best part of the cell phone deal was that I got a Blackberry out of it. And I must say I am in heaven. It is so nice to have access to e-mail everywhere. And once I get my memory cards I can access all of my university classes. So I am pretty happy about that.

Oh, we also got to go a freaking awesome concert last night. I have to say that it was the first concert I'd been to (live, and not the school or city choir/orchestra) since I was in college. S0 it's been a couple of weeks. Ok, I mean the first time I was in college. So a year or two. Anyway, it was so much fun. It was a group that included our friend, the kids' music teacher Jim, and another friend Jay, along with a few others they are friends with. They really need to form a band. It was a night of great music! So we will now be stalking them for concerts.

Ok, that pretty much covers the last couple of weeks. Not a ton has happened because we are just too busy I think. But that keeps us out of trouble. So I encourage to be good. Remember who you are and what you stand for. And most importantly, don't do dumb stuff.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Just for fun, and funny

I'm a Alice! I found out through Which Twilight Female Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
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This is funny because I was thinking I'd be a version of her for Halloween. :)

So maybe it's been a couple of days

I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted. In fact, I can not believe that the month of October has already gone by almost completely. It is so sad really. I love Halloween, and I didn't even finish decorating. No point now even though Brynja is insisting that we will have the spookiest yard in the area. She can try. So on to the October recap....

So updates: Bear is fine, got the all clear yesterday. Thank goodness, because I was getting tired of forking out the dough. I love him, but really, there is a point at which it is ridiculous. So he must have sensed that and decided to complete the healing. And now he is Mr. Personality. He is actually the most hilarious dog we've ever had. So puppy, and yet so not. His size makes it hard to think of him as a puppy. But his behavior is so puppylike. So goofy and silly. Sitting on people is becoming a pastime. If you are on the floor, or even the couch, you are fair game to be used as a seat cushion.

I began subbing school this month. It has been fun. A little crazy. I have to say that one child can really affect the dynamics of the entire classroom. And some kids are just gross. Like, no common sense gross. But hey, it is paying for my tuition so I will handle it with GermX and keep going on.

I am officially a full time student again. And both excited, and scared to death. I worry I lost too many brain cells over the last 14 years of wife and motherhood. I am hoping they aren't lost, just dormant. In the mean time I am investing in ginkobiloba. I am so thoroughly confused though as to my major it is just sad. I was thinking I'd teach HS art. And there are pretty much 2 ways of getting a degree for that. But I am thinking I may even want to do more. I just know I have this deep down in my soul yearning to be back in a studio with my hands covered in paint or ink and creating something. So I am a little worried that teaching won't cut it. I am going to have to just feel this out as I go.

Joe is nearly done with his season. A few days left and then he gets to do a lot more household chores. I am so excited! I did a bad and introduced him to Facebook earlier this month. That would be your best chance of catching him at this point. I think he needs a 12 step program.

We took a trip to the BYU Bean museum one day. It was fun to see the new exhibits. And the old ones. haha We usually head there once or twice a year becuase there really is so much to see.The girls were studying Giardia in honor of Sammie getting it.

Aliyah got caught with the wild zebras and had to sneak away.
Joe in all his coolness. Really, that is it, it is all in that one photo.
This picture actually made me laugh. The kids look like they are trying to talk to an upset Aslan. Just so you know, no children were harmed in the taking of that photo.
My favorite kodiak bear ever. Well, the only one I've seen ever. And Josh was kind enough to humor me and strike a pose.

So, the weather in UT was just as predictable as always. It went from summer to winter in a matter of hours. I snuck up the canyon the day before our first snowfall to go for a hike and get some pics. I took the dogs with so they could enjoy the beauty of God's creations, also. I know they appreciate those kinds of things.
Ok, this picture was actually the day after the hike when the snow was just starting to fall.
Sammie is the most puppy-doe-eyed dog ever. You can't help but love her. She is patiently waiting for this picture so we can get a move on up the trail.
Bear, and this sort of captures his personality. hee hee
pictures from the hike.

And last week we spent 5 days relaxing and playing at Bear Lake. We enjoyed day after day of 4 wheeling, swimming, 4 wheeling, eating, sleeping, 4 wheeling, and karaoke.

Bear, and that is not spit.
Bear, Sammie and Aliyah in the very chilly waters of Bear Lake.
Me and Brynja off into the reeds of death.
Me second guessing letting Brynja drive. Brynja absolutely thrilled that I said yes and hoping she can hit the gas before I change my mind.

Aliyah seriously within 60 seconds of parking the truck.
Joe thinking his cool donuts would be captured on film as well as a video would have. mwhahahaha
Joe and Jordan "testing" the speed of my 4 wheeler. Sure boys.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Was there really ever such a thing as a quiet Sunday?

Is it just me, or does conference weekend seem like the most incredibly chaotic weekend ever? I sometimes wish we had to actually go to the chapel to hear/watch it. I know I was pretty well behaved, kind of had to be. Sitting there in the pews in church clothes, nothing else to do. And of course other people watching. But my kids, no they have no idea how to actually watch conference. I don't force them, and maybe I should. It is one of those things that turns into a giant chucking the Spirit out the door kind of epic battle once it begins. And that seems to be the anti-thesis of conference in the first place.

So I have kicked them outside for half time. I swear they need to run on treadmills on conference days. They move room to room carrying piles of crap that they say will help them pay attention. And it fails. They only make piles in each room, until there is no where left to sit or walk, and then they must move to a new room in order to continue the take over. I so can't stand it. There is a part of me screaming inside my head that they all should go get dressed for church and then make them line the dining room chairs up in front of the tv (about as comfy as the church, right?). Then they should have to sit there, the whole time, and watch/listen to conference.

I guess it irritates me because their inability to focus or be quiet let alone reverent makes it so hard for me to have or feel the Spirit. I get little bits of it, and want more, but uggh. So, note to self. In the Spring we are dressing up. It probably doesn't help we've had rain all weekend so they've been stuck inside anyway.

So, tell me- what do you do to keep your kids either involved or distracted? What do you expect of your kids? I need ideas and help before I go insane.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Just a lazy Sunday

Finally. We needed one of those lazy Sundays. So I thought I'd update you a bit on life in crazyville.

So Bear was sick when we got him. I loved how lethargic he was. Right up my alley. hee hee But he ended up having kennel cough, which is doggie bronchitis. And that rapidly turned into pneumonia. We didn't know this. I took him in to the vet a few days after bringing him home for a check up. And things were ok. He had a little "discharge" that I couldn't locate the source of, so we thought it was from his surgery. So we put him on an antibiotic just in case. So later that day, I discovered that the stuff was actually coming out his nose, like allergies. And our allergies had been awful that day so it made sense. :) And I also thought, if it was anything else he was already on the antibiotic so I wouldn't worry.

Well, things kept getting worse and worse. Over the weekend he was just so sad. He could hardly move, was losing this special liquid like crazy. He was almost not eating and was visibly losing weight each day. And I didn't think about the fact that a vet would have been available over the weekend. I was thinking office hours. Duh. So on Monday I called and got him in, and took Sammie also since she'd been with him the whole time. By then I figured it was kennel cough.

So, we spent a couple hours at the vet. They determined he had kennel cough for sure, and they took an x-ray because they were pretty sure it had become pneumonia. So we were sent home with 2 antibiotics for him. And Sammie had ear infections, so she gets ear stuff. Well. I gave Bear his first dose of one of the meds, and an hour later he was swelling up. His eyes were swollen shut, and his ears got swollen and flaming hot. I about had a heart attack. So I called and told them that this was happening and they were pretty sure it was an allergic reaction. So we had to counteract that. It was like having a new baby. I was up all night as he lay next to me. I kept checking when he'd roll over to make sure he was still breathing, or had a pulse.

So it turns out he is the first dog the vet has ever seen have an allergic reaction to that medicine. :) So then he had to be put on another one that is costing us almost $400 for a month supply (and he needs 4-6 weeks of it). So there goes my college tuition. hahaha And then we got test results back and Sammie has giardia. Probably from drinking the water in the bird bath. So we are having loads of fun with getting medicine into the dogs.

On the bright side, Bear is an entirely different dog than when I brought him home now that he is feeling better. He is so very much like a puppy. Just too big for himself. He seems to have no idea how large he is. He goes to sit down and will end up sitting on things, hitting things on his way down, using people for cushions, etc. He like to back up to the couch and plop his rear end on it just like a person. It is hilarious. And he and Sammie are finally playing. Which I love, but he is so big they are getting banned to the backyard to play.

I think that covers it. Not much else was going on here except school pictures. Which I HATE. And of course the dozens of fundraisers the kids are sent home with. I hate those as well. So I have a break this week. And then we have parent teacher conferences. Oh I can hardly wait. I hope Aliyah's teacher does it all in Spanish just to keep things interesting. Joe is taking Josh. I made sure to schedule them later in the day this year. I am getting smarter. hee hee And I did skip Brynja's. But honestly, weren't these meetings reserved for the struggling students back in "my" day? Why do I need to have a conference about a child that is doing well? It drives me crazy. So, I totally skipped Brynja's, and I don't feel bad. It's probably something to do with the No Child Left Behind bull crap.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We adopted a bear!

Well, he is the size of a bear. So, here's the story:

Sammie, our golden retriever has been lonely. Chief had to be sent back to where he came from. And in the 3 weeks he's been gone Sammie has gained about 10 pounds because of just moping around. Even our runs aren't helping. She is so lonely.

So, being the worried mom I am, I knew she had to have a buddy. One that she could play with and horse around with. I tried and it really didn't go well.

So, I was looking through the lists of adoptable dogs and the dogs up for sale. And I saw a picture of this adorable St. Bernard puppy. Yeah, puppy. I took Josh and Aliyah with me and we headed to the Humane Society to see him, and check out anything else they had. When we arrived, he was heading out the door for a walk and I instantly fell in love.

We checked out all of the other dogs. There were a couple of German Shepherd mix puppies, but they didn't know the other half of the breed. So I didn't feel good about that. And then the big baby came back inside and I knew we had to take him out and play with him. SO we spent about an hour and a half walking him around and getting to know him a bit more.

After waiting for Joe to finish work, he decided he was too tired to come up and let me just decide. So of course we brought him home. The funny thing is that his name was also Chief. But we decided that would be changed. He didn't respond to it anyway. So he is now being called Bear. We thought PeeWee would have been funny, but I so hate PeeWee Herman that I couldn't do that.

So Bear is a 10 month old puppy. He weighs 101 pounds. We haven't measured how tall he is, but he can rest his chin on the counters. And we know he will probably grow a few more inches and fill out to be about 160-200 pounds. He is gonna be a big boy. Aliyah always wanted a horse....

So Sammie is still adjusting to this enormous companion we got her. He wants to play with her so bad but she is still a little concerned he will squash her. I think they will get along great though. He wants to just follow her everywhere. Which she takes as stalking. But she can hide under the deck furniture so I am thinking they will be able to adjust at their own pace if we let them just hang out. hee hee

Oh, yes, he is totally drooly. And I think it is hilarious. I thought I'd be grossed out, but it is really funny. And I am really good at cleaning, so I think we'll be ok. Maybe I will make him wear a bib in the house.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

So, my scary big news!

No- I am NOT preggo. And have no intentions of being so. I'd rather not have any high risk pregnancies. And I am sure I will be more helpful alive.

Ok, so are you ready?

After a year of all the kids in school. And much time spend pondering what to do with myself. And wondering what I want to be when I grow up. And then a summer toying with teaching art lessons. .........

I am going to go back to school. And now that I said it "out loud" I have to do it. I have been itching to for the last few months. But I wasn't sure how or what to do. I wasn't sure which degree to get since I know myself more now. I was torn between graphic design, graphic arts or just the Bachelor of Fine Arts I started out getting. And after pouring over the required classes I realized it has to be the BFA. I look at some of the classes required for GD and think, okay, I can get through that. But they appeal to me almost as much as the general ed classes. :) And I look at the art classes and think, can I take them all at once?! I have such a longing to be back in those classes. And I got so excited thinking about picking up where I left off. So that is what made the decision final.

But then I wondered what I would do when I was done. And I still don't know for sure. It will come down to what I need to work for- whether actual income or just to feel like I am doing something. But I wasn't sure what this degree allowed me to do and how flexible it was. In my head I thought, anyone wanting to use my skills as an artist won't care if I graduated, they will want to see a portfolio. But I think I am wrong in that assumption. There really is a lot of option for a BFA. Here's a list I found when I was researching... (I removed any I knew I'd never do)

Fine Arts
Advertising Art Director
Advertising Commercial Director
Advertising Creative Director
Advertising Illustrator
Advertising Photographer
Animator (Digital / Traditional)
Architectural Illustrator
Architectural Technologist
Art Consultant
Art Critic
Art Dealer
Art Director (Film / Video / Print)
Art Editor
Art Historian
Art Librarian
Art Publisher
Art Therapist
Art / Film Critic
Artists' Agent
Background Artist
Billboard Designer
Book Jacket Designer
Cabinet Maker
Children's Book Illustrator
Computer Graphics Design
Corporate Designer
Crafts Artisan
Creative Director-Advertising
Dark Room Technician
Design Consultant
Design Engineer
Digital Artist
Digital Film Maker
Display Artist
Display Designer
Documentary Photographer
Editorial Art Director
Editorial Illustrator
Editorial Photographer
Elementary Teacher
Exhibition Designer
Field-Expedition Artist
Film Editor
Film / Video Camera Operator

Foundry Artist
Gallery Director
Gallery Owner
Glass Blower (well I'd have to learn how)
Graphic Artist
Greeting Card Designer
Industrial Designer
Industrial Photographer
Interior Decorator
Landscape Architect
Lecturer (hahaha, throwing up on audience)
Lighting Designer
Logo Designer
Magazine Designer
Medical Illustrator
Model Maker
Multimedia Designer
Package Designer
Parade Float Designer / Builder
Paste-up Artist
Performing Artist
Photo Journalist
Photography Editor
Primary Teacher (do they mean church?)
Print Maker
Publicity Director
Scientific Illustrator
Set Designer
Sign Painter
Special Effects Technician
Stained-glass Designer
Technical Illustrator
Travel Photographer
Television Director
Typography Designer
Visual Aids Artist
Web-page Designer

So, see I have a lot to think about. I am pretty sure I will teach high school. I would love what I did, and I would actually want to be there. And that is one of my major issues going from being in charge of what I do with myself to working. I don't know if I'd handle people buzzing all over me all the time very well. But maybe I'd enjoy the social aspect. I dunno.

So I signed up for my first class....

wait for it....



No really, I am serious. I am missing a half credit of health and wellness. And that is vital to any degree. So I am doing the class. And the funniest part- it is online. :) Good thing I am honest and actually trying to do this anyway. I do have to log my progress.

And I am trying to decide which other classes to get over with. I want to get the crappy ones out of the way first. Then it will be like play time. I am so excited! And I am so freaking out. But my kids think it is awesome. Joe is totally for it. And I want to do it. That's my biggest reason right now. I have this insane urge to do this. Maybe it is an impression. Maybe it is to keep me busy and useful. I don't know. But I am happy about it so I am going to do it.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bear Lake Pictures

Melanie showing off her moves. She is a killer on the VB court. Don't mess with her!

We made a hot tub (see more pics later) and by the last day the kids decided to just fill it with billions of shells.

I think Jordan was worried Sammie would take Elijah swimming. But what I wonder is what would he have done? Would he sacrifice the shoes and run in? And 1/4 mile of shallow water later would he have arrived in time to have done any good? Just thinking out loud here. I find it amusing.

Every year I think Brynja will have out grown her need to bring home a bag of shells that mom will eventually chuck while she is at school. I will hope this is the last year.

And this was looking a little bit like trouble waiting to happen. Nothing but fun came of it, but I always get nervous when kids on bikes are chasing people on foot.

So Jordan, your son NEEDS a dog. Look at him, so happy. And finally in charge of something.

Elijah is so cute. I want to adopt him.

Brynja and Isaac in the hot tub. It got pretty big. And I was secretly thinking how funny it would be to move away to a different spot and watch a 4 wheeler land in it. :)

Look ma, no leash! Sammie and Aliyah playing in the water. At like 9 in the morning.

Yes, she really did ride her bike out into the lake. It was pretty funny.

Finally, I know. However if you are on Facebook you could have seen them sooner. hee hee

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I am Esmerelda!

I saw this on Melanie's blog and had to try it. I was a little worried, I am so much like so many of the princesses. bwahahahaa Funny though, I think I agree with this made up nonsense. hee hee

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Mysterious and passionate. You are a survivor. Even though life has swung you some difficult situations you have a strong intuition that gets you through. Also, you have the capacity to sympathize and relate to a variety of different people.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Ok, so still not touched the pictures from Bear Lake... more explanation coming later......

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Oh you want pictures???

Well, today is not your day.

hee hee

Ok, so I just pulled them off the camera but I haven't changed them over yet so they are share-able. So you will just have to sit tight, won't you?

See, I got the flu from Hollie's little boy. Thanks for that Damon. And my kids did just start school, but I was busy being sick and then helping with a couple of major projects. So I haven't had time.

But no fear, things are looking up! The kids go back to school, so everyone keep your fingers crossed that the sickos are gone. And if I can stay focused I may have pics for you. Maaaaayyyy.

I have to get a few little things squared away first, like actually setting times for the drawing classes I am supposed to teach. ha Sort of important to schedule that. And a bunch of other little things I may or may not have procrastinated on.

So all I am really saying, is give me a couple more days and then there will be pictures. If you are lucky.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ahhh, summer

Well, I am randomly updating again. :) I made the header cutified today. I will save the posting for later. Lots of fun things to say and not so much time or ability to stay awake. So stay tuned for the continuing saga of our lives......

I will be back after I finish reading Fablehaven #2 and Breaking Dawn.......

In the mean time enjoy these pieces of flair....

This one goes out to all of you going back to school......
This one goes out to anyone....... *sigh*
This one is for Joe, and anyone with spelling issues.....
This one is for Joe, especially after I get through book 4......
For those of you who really know me......

This one's for Mom or anyone who may have seen us practicing..... and we were so freaking awesome!
I will be back.....