Monday, March 28, 2011

this week

This week has been filled with lame-o colds. A huge positive is that it hasn't gotten to me. I KNOW! This chronic cough-er is one happy girl. Glad seeing all those specialists and popping all those pills has some affect.

However, for the first time in my life of not getting sick with everyone else (no exaggeration here), I found myself getting antsy watching every disney movie we own and not leaving the house for 4 days straight.

So on Friday I pretended Spring really was here for good and broke out the sidewalk chalk to the little ones happiness.

Here is A rockin the sunglasses. And this guy (mr. b) makes me feel like I am back working at the prison again. Instead of being the cool therapist though, I am the ornery warden. He makes a break for it. I chase him down. Deposit him back by the front door. He makes another break for it. Each time straight for the street. Thinking of putting a barbed wire fence around the perimeter of the yard. Maybe that'll hold him for a while.
Note the reassuring hand of big sister showing little guy how we play with chalk. (it was his first time)Waiting for Bug to get home.And here he is. You can't see it, but he also has in tow my favorite: a 1/2 pork salad from Costa Vida. Perfection. Especially when you've spent your week being coughed on and sneezed on.Also, crossing off my 30 before 30 list: yw reunion dinner. The picture is lame...way to dark to see much of anything. But proof I am slowly plugging away at my list. (and side note: love all these ladies. so good to see all of them) To wrap things up, Saturday we had one of those days. The one where you work like crazy sorting, cleaning, de-junking and project-crossing-off-the-list days. I was busy downstairs working on a project, when Bug came running downstairs shouting:

"Holli, grandma's scooter still has 80% power. Grab the kids!"

And then they spent the next hour plus doing this:

Yes, A is busy honking the horn and NEVER stopped. Welcome to the neighborhood. They had to zip around the circle across the street from us several times. One neighbor asked if they could zip up to Dan's and pick up some milk for him.

It still makes me laugh. Its sort of like a motorcycle, but seems so much more ridiculously anti-climatic how Bug is just sitting there. The kids loved it though. In fact, A wanted to ride it over to her Grandma's house for Sunday dinner. And Bug says it would be handy to zip over to the church building in a flash.

To our dear neighbors: you are welcome for raising the class level that much higher. Please take my word that I am feverishly working to find a new home more suitable for such a delightful item.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

note to self

Hey Holli don't forget:

::to check out this blog {} recommended by cute Emily.

::to tell all family & friends how much I adored Tale of Two Cities play at Hale. obsessed.

::to never remind Bug what songs I had to sing once upon a time when forced to take singing lessons as a girl.

::to cross of the items on 30 before 30 that have been completed.

::to buy more of the $3 apricot body scrub at Harmon's. Suddenly I can't take enough showers. Or stop rubbing my arms and legs. (sorta creepy)

::to enjoy one more week of painting class...and then get on the ball to start up my own class in my own studio.

::to mark William & Kate's wedding on my calendar. Bug says he doesn't get what all the fuss is about. I told him he's obviously not british. Neither am I. Still, didn't we all secretly dream of marrying this guy while growing up?

::to find perfect Easter outfits for the 2 kiddos. And check out some adorable new shoes for me recommended by neighbor.

::to go to be before 1:30/2:00 every night this week. Or at least once.

::to journal about the amazing trip to the temple this weekend & watching Bug's (step)sister get sealed to her family. Beautiful.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

fighting fire with fire

Its the battle of the wills at this point, folks. So sick of this snow I could scream. (alright, maybe I already have.)

So instead of rambling on about how I want to see spring blossoms, or want a seasonal change of wardrobe (or at least not have to pull a full on coat on every time I go out), I bring to you some of the snowiest of snowy pictures. What better than building your own snowman/woman in your front yard?

And to start off: a picture that always brings a smile. Bug clearly getting into it and having the most fun while A is borderline indifferent about our snowman's accessories.

Love how they are both standing so awkwardly as I take their picture.

I pulled out a childhood favorite (squirt bottle with a lot of water and 2-3 drops food coloring). Sent it out with Miss A saying "go give him some rosy cheeks." Came out later and learned I should have specified just which cheeks I meant.And here we have our final product. But seriously. I know this is Utah, and I know that we can potentially have it snow even up until June. But I still dislike it. So cut it out already.

Bring on the mild 50 degree weather already.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

yesterday, today, tomorrow

Yesterday I pulled up in my car at a red light beside an 80-ish year old lady jamming along to her music. Seriously singing out. Wish her window was down so I could her what makes her groove. Made me smile like nothing else has lately.

Yesterday we went as a family to get hot fudge sundaes. A (for the life of her) couldn't pronounce it. The best she could do was "hodge fud somebodies."

Today we had the ward playgroup here. Nothing like having a bunch of 3 year old put goldfish crackers down your toilet. Suppose I should have been supervising more instead of gossiping gabbing.

Today we made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I think they are my most favorite cookie.

Today I spent sometime on my 30 before 30 list crossing things off. Good feelings all around.

Tomorrow I head south sans husband & children.

Today I feel the need to give thanks for having such a husband to allow all the GNOs I scramble off to quite regularly. I have been collecting surprises and activity ideas to keep them busy while I'm away. The one they most anticipate is throwing a birthday party for lion. Will sure to be a momentous occasion seeing as how all 4 of them (bug, A, B, & lion) know how to party.

Tomorrow I will be able to digest the stack of magazines that have been piling up unread, watch some classic BBC movies, eat at some favorite locations, shop like crazy, try not to bump into NASCAR and indulge. Can't wait.