Thursday, July 31, 2008
I wrote up a review of my favorite show and it is posted at Mormon Mommy Wars here. Please leave lots of adoring comments.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Alan was in Los Angeles this week during the earthquake. He e-mailed me a very cryptic message knowing that I would freak out before he called and let me know that everything was fine. On a related note, when he is out of town - we are complete slobs. We don't clean, we don't eat regular meals - it is bad news. I'm glad he doesn't travel that often.
I lifted this picture from Valerie's blog. The water coming from that young man's hands in a green soda bottle is about to land right in my lap.
We have been having amazing summer monsoon storms. Over the weekend we sat on our back porch and watched an endless show of lightening. We never got the rain but we enjoyed the show.
My daughter Courtney and I are preparing for the release of Breaking Dawn tomorrow night. We have both re-read the series and are planning to nap Friday afternoon so we can attend the release party at Borders and then stay up all night reading the book. I told her she has to buy her own copy or wait until I'm done. She opted for her own copy. Will anyone be blogging on Saturday or will everyone be reading?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
This last time I got my haircut - I fell for it hook, line and sinker. And I'm glad I did. Dear Treslee the magician/stylist did wonders with my hair using this amazing spray wax. I have used wax products before but always felt like they were pulling my hair down or making it look greasy. And, I have never really been a fan of Paul Mitchell products - but this stuff is fabulous. A little spray of this stuff on the crown of my head and I can keep body and bounce where I need for two (sometimes three) days! Not two hours but two days! You absolutely can not see it in the hair, it is not stiff - I can comb through it - but I can feel it in there holding my hair where I want it. I love it.
May daughters and I have wasting a LOT of time at this website looking at hair cuts and hair styles. They all want a new look for school this year. This is the one I am shooting for sometime in the next year - after I am done losing all of my weight:
Monday, July 14, 2008
Devon is a pretty natural athlete. He does well in every sport he tries - but golf really is his love. He wants to play when ever he can. He especially loves his week in Santa Barbara receiving golf tips from his PGA Professional of an uncle. He also loves all of the swag he gets from Will. This year he got a new Taylormade Burner Driver, Taylormade rescue club, 52 degree wedge, and a putter. (He made me include the brand names - none of those things mean a thing to me.) He got two golf shirts, a windbreaker, new golf shoes, and a hat. All hand me downs from his uncle. He also got to work at the pro shop of the fancy schmancy country club where Will is the pro.
As his Mom, what I think Devon got out of his trip was an amazing bonding time with family, a sense of confidence in his abilities and an all around build up in self esteem. Michelle sent me a cd of pictures and videos that she took during the week and after every golf hit, you can hear Will or Michelle in the back ground saying, "good hit", "that was a nice one" or some other little piece of encouragement. Those kind of things go a long way and I can never thank Will or Michelle enough for that.
Here are some pictures and videos of our boy doing what he loves.
Devon told us the most hilarious story about a surfing adventure. Uncle Mike in Utah will be able to commiserate with Devon on this one. The art of changing into a wet suit on the side of the highway is learned by experience. It involves tying a towel around your waist and then stripping underneath the towel and putting the wet suit on. Devon was having a hard time keeping the towel up so his Uncle Will offered to hold the towel up to block the drivers from seeing anything while Devon got nekkid behind it. As soon as Devon was undressed, Will walked away.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The cabin. It is officially known as "Leavitt's Red Roof Inn" - that is one of my favorite things to do while we are there - is ride around and look at all the cabin names. There is one called "More Altitude, Less Attitude" (love that one) and then my favorite has two big stones at either side of the driveway - one says "Rock" and the other says "Hard Place".
All of the cousins with Grandma and Grandpa after a ride down to the meadow.
The cousins on the 4th of July. Sydnee (on Courtney's lap) has a handful of flowers. She always did, she picked flowers everywhere we went. Nicole has every one's dead glow bracelets from the night before chained to her belt loop.
Our good friends Michael and Becci came up from Cedar City to ride with us one day.
A typical afternoon, me reading a book, Grandma with some of the kids drawing and painting. This would be right before we all took naps.
He-man Devon holding the fallen trees up so all of the girls could pass under them.
Looking up the creek to the area that my kids call the "Sacred Grove".
Looking down the creek to the trail bridge. Maybe because I live in the low Arizona desert - I just can't get enough of the green or the trees! I love it!
My sister-in-law Jen with Whitnee, Nicole and Morgan. I need to do a whole post on how much I love Jen. She is Alan's only sister and she has been my sister for over 15 years now and I think she is fabulous! I wish we lived closer so that we could do more things together - she is fun and funny, a great mom and friend.
This is her husband Mike giving my youngest a pep talk before she takes off for a solo ride.
He did such a good job that she started riding with her feet.
Just keeping it real here - that is Alan with a REALLY dirty face after a long, dusty ride.
Lastly, I had to post this picture of Mike and Jen's youngest - Whitnee. Don't you think she looks like Shiloh Jolie-Pitt?
Monday, July 7, 2008
Actually, we are back - no one is here. Just us! But we are home and I am up to my ears in laundry and messy house. I am also in a post-vacation funk. Why can't everyday be a day where the biggest decision is if we are going to get an ice cream cone or a shaved ice when we ride down to the village?
I will post some pictures and details of our awesome family vacation later. Right now I just want to brag that I have read (skimmed) almost 275 e-mails and checked (mostly) over 300 blog posts that came while I was gone. Some of you were very prolific over the last 10 days.
Blogging will be a priority this week, but I must tend to the afore-mentioned laundry and the fact that we have no food in the house. I am down one slave (he is in California with his Uncle and Aunt) and the remaining three think that the school clothes shopping has to start right now. I need to schedule more eye dr. appointments, register the middle child in Junior High, prepare a RS lesson, make new dentist appointment for the one we forgot about two weeks ago, schedule orthodontist appointment, go to the post office to pick up all of our held mail and make dinner for our neighbors. And, my 13 year old daughter convinced me to start reading the Twilight series again before the 4th book comes out next month. I don't know why those stupid books suck me in but they are doing it again and I may not get anything done this week.