Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I am really excited for our trips though worried about not being here to support Josh in such a stressful time. The boys and I are flying to Utah where I will stay for a week and then leave the boys and fly back to Colorado. After a day with Josh I will be flying to Minnesota to visit my Grandma and my Aunt and her family. I'm super excited to see them and happy that I will finally be able to make it out there; I've been wanting to for awhile. I haven't been to my grandma's in over 10 years! I will then be flying back to Colorado and Josh and I will drive to Utah for the 24th and bring the boys home with us.
Meanwhile Josh will be flying to Baltimore sometime while I am gone to interview with Northrop Grumman for a REAL job. It's exciting and very scary at the same time. It makes me sick to think of moving so far away. If anyone has experience with living in the Baltimore area (Southwest side) I would love to pick your brain! He is also applying for a grant for a postdoc position available here in Colorado at the lab he is currently working in but with a different group. Graduation is finally in sight, Josh will be walking in December, and it is looking like after that we will either end up in Maryland or stay here (ironically the same choices he had for gradschool). STRESSFUL! Pray for Josh and for us as we decide were it is we should go.
Elijah has also been making castles out of blocks, which is a hard thing to do with distructo Sam in the house. He managed to keep one together for awhile and we made sure to get a picture of it before Sam buldozed it over. The castle included bedrooms, a kitchen, and towers. Elijah put a lot of thought into it and was very proud to take a picture of it.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sam had made some worm looking blob that he was very proud of and Elijah noticed it and commented "That's AWESOME!" Then he added, "Do you know what awesome means, Sam? It means really cool."
(Uncle Cuyler will be proud because "Awesome" is a word he uses often in his vocabulary. When he was out here for Easter he taught it to the boys. Elijah didn't like the word at first, but apparently he understands how to use it now.)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Josh took the day off for our anniversary. We haven't spent an entire day together for months what with work schedules and church callings. It was nice to have a lazy day together as a family. We took the boys to the builders exhibit at the local museum. Josh hadn't been there yet and we enjoyed playing with the boys at the exhibit. At one point they had a ball throwing war going on amid the massive blocks. The boys were in heaven (Josh included). I absolutely love my little family. They are the happiest thing in my life. I'm grateful I get to spend every day with them (I actually missed them while I was at the Expo all day, a little :)) I even enjoyed going out to dinner with all of my boys. It was a great way to celebrate our anniversary.
Josh got me flowers for my anniversary. The next morning Elijah runs into my room and exclaimed "Mom, you have flowers!" He was super excited about them. Later he sat down and drew a picture of them and brought it to me explaining "That when your flowers die you will still have the picture, Mom." Melt my heart! He had sat and studied the flowers and drew every one of them very carefully. It's prettier than the real ones. I really am a lucky girl.
Monday, June 15, 2009
- Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your children occupied this summer?
- Would you like to learn more about your family?
- Do you need a kick start to organize your family records?
The program includes a series of family history related challenges and activites that will help you learn more about yourself and your ancestors.
It is divided into age levels: preschool children, children, teenagers, and adults. There is also a series focused for LDS families that includes activites to complete activity day, young women, and young men requirements.
There is also a link to a website for children: Family Tree Kids which has many games and activites for kids focused on family history.
I am very excited to do this with Elijah and Sam. I'm all for starting 'em young.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
The other night for dinner we had a salad with grilled salmon and feta cheese (super yummy even though I'm not a huge fish fan). Somehow it came up that feta is goat cheese and it is made from the milk of a goat. Elijah was surprised by this and we went on to explain that all Mammal mommies feed their babies milk so their is panda milk, and cow milk, and dog milk etc. Elijah then asked what the daddies do? Josh and I responded that they don't do anything. Elijah quickly agreed and said "Yeah, when the daddies have an itch they just scratch it." Oh so very true.
Sam took his scriptures to church yesterday. During the Sacrament he was looking at the pictures in the front and Josh pointed out the Gold Plates that Moroni was burying. Sam then asks "Where are the spoons?"
Then this morning Sam came into my room while I was reading my scriptures. I asked him if he wanted to read his with me. He trotted off and got his Book of Mormon (with his name on it) and climbed into bed next to me. He opens up the book and starts looking at all the pictures in the front. He points to Samuel the Lamanite and says "That's Sammy, like me." I say his name is Samuel and he corrects me ands says "NO, Sammy." Eventually he gets to the picture of Moroni burying the gold plates I ask him what Moroni is holding and he says "Gold plates, and forks, and spoons."
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I will be sharing the expo experiences with you on my family history blog Family Tree Climbing so be sure to check in.
Meanwhile the word is getting out about the conference. I'm excited to meet, mingle, and learn with people that share my interest in family history. Check out the links below to get in on the excitement.
TV Commercial produced by Family History Expos and broadcast via Channel 4, Comcast, & Bresnan Cable Estes Park Trail Gazette
Friday, June 5, 2009
As I was blogging the dinosaur dig post I kept hearing thunder outside. I stepped out on my balcony after I finished then quickly went back inside to get my camera. I haven't seen a lightening storm like this in a long time, if ever. I didn't have any hope of getting a still shot so I resorted to recording video. This is looking East off my balcony over the rooftop of the building next door. It doesn't do the powerful storm justice at all. But it gives you a glimpse as to how amazing it is.
All I can say is WOW
Josh uses the salt dough (in this case pink) to make the molds to pour the plaster into. The plastic wrap helps keep the dough from getting sticky and sticking to the bones. Josh roughly follows his sketch and makes impressions in dough to make the bones. He does it in batches and changes the mold as needed. (Pictured are some vertebre.)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The menu board is working really well for me. I like that it is big, dead center, and hard to miss. Planning and actually cooking what I plan has become a lot easier. When it gets to be 3 or 4 o'clock and dinner starts to weigh heavily on my mind, I can look at my board and feel relief knowing what is on hand for dinner. All I have to do is throw it together, all the brain work has already been done.
I have created for myself a little menu planning station. I have a maganet clip on the fridge with my printed grocery list along with a magnetic basket to hold a pen, dry erase marker, and my menu cards. You can print off a copy of my check-what-you-need grocery list and/or save it on your computer and customize it for yourself (which is what I did with a list I found online).
Also on the cards I can make note of what leftovers are in the fridge so Josh knows what is availible for lunches.
For those recipes I decide to try that are new or haven't yet been solidified into my regular cycle of meals, I simply write them in with the dry erase marker on the back of an existing card.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It turns out the part that Josh ordered to fix our computer did not have the right connectors and wouldn't work. With the shipping cost it wasn't really worth sending back and ordering another. Then it dawned on me that our frineds had an old computer sitting around waiting to be escorted to the recycle center. (Not sure why I didn't think of it a week ago.) Thank you Ashley and Quinn for donating your old computer so Josh could salvage parts off the carcase! It worked and we are happily in business again. Josh, you are amazing once again.