Sunday, May 28, 2006

Family Fun

Yesterday I wanted to go to the mall so after swimming at our neighborhood pool, Elliott suggested we all go to the mall together (nothing else to do, for once!) I thought that was a swell idea, but since it was so close to dinner time, I suggested we get dinner out too. Of course, by the time we actually left it was past 5pm, so we decided to go to dinner first. Elliott found this charming old house that had been turned into a restaurant called "3 Sisters Cafe". It is in a part of town that is the artsy "venice beachy" type area. It was very delicious, and reminded us of Rutabagorz (in Fullerton/Orange). Plus, the kids meals were only $3... can't beat that!
While we were waiting for our meal, I decided this was quite fun, and going to the crowded mall would be not so fun, so after dinner we walked around with the kids. Emma pointed to all the tattooed people we saw and (pointing) asked why they had drawn on themselves (and there are quite a few!), and then we stumbled across a shaved ice stand and had a little after dinner snack.
Anyway, it was a fun evening, and Jooj, when you come out here, I think you will love this area... lots of art galleries and vintage shops, and the thing that suprised me, lots of hair salons... go figure!

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Would someone please explain to me why chubby (or more) women wear bikinis to the pool/beach? I mean, I don't look fab in a swimsuit, but I also don't let it all hang out. Yuck!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Hooray for Father's and Son's Outing

Tonight Elliott took the boys to the Father's and Son's campout. Emma was quite distraught that she was not allowed to go, so we had our own special Mommy/Daughter Spa Night. Right after the boys left Emma had a tubby (her idea) and then I put the sponge rollers in her hair. While we were waiting for our dinner to cook I painted her finger and toenails (sparkly purple!)
After dinner, we read quite a few princess and Barbie books. Next, Emma got to go to bed a wee bit early (isn't she lucky?) since she didn't have a nap today. I am about to go watch Northanger Abbey (another Jane Austen novel turned movie). Sounds like a good girls-night-in to me!

Shame on Germany!

This article is awful. I feel so bad for these poor women, and am so grateful to be born to the good home and wealthy country that I was. (to see more discussion on this, click on the Mormanity Blog link)

Baby Stuff

When Andrew and Ethan were newborns, they slept beside our bed in a bassinet. This particular bassinet had some major design flaws, mainly, the wheels stuck out quite far and had sharp edges that I was constantly cutting my feet on. After Ethan grew too big, I gave it away.

When Emma was a newborn, I borrowed Judy's bassinet, which worked out well, but now I am in Indiana, and in need of another bed for Sophie when she joins us. I looked at bassinets, but frankly, all but one I found are just too frilly for my taste. I like things to be girly, but not too frilly. I did find one I like, but then I saw these cradles, and I wondered if I should get one of them instead. I figured when I am done with it I can let Emma and Sophie use it as a bed for their dolls.

Have any of you used a cradle? How did you like it? These both have locking mechanisms to stop the cradle from rocking if you don't want the motion. I am wondering if the top one could get pushed over easily. I would probably leave the wheels off the bottom one, if that is the one we went with. What do you think?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Meet Sophie Carla

Today Elliott, Emma and I went in for the baby's ultrasound. It was lots of fun. Emma was very cute about seeing the different body parts. We also saw the baby swallowing, which is the most exciting thing any of my ultrasounds have shown. She had one leg stretched out, and the other up by her head... it almost looked like she was trying to eat her toes! According to the ultrasound, Sophie weighs about 8 ounces, and is about 7 inches long.
Everything looked great, and now we that we know she is a really a she, we can finally go get two matching white bed's for "the girls" room.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Kids say the funniest things... Part II

At dinner tonight, I was coughing a little bit, and Emma asked me if I was sick.
"No," I said, "I just have a little tickle in my throat."
Emma said, "You just have a little tickle in your throw-up?"

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

An hour of fun

This afternoon I went to the plant nursery all by myself. Wow, that was so much fun. It is so much easier to actually think about what I need and want when I am there sans kids. (thanks Babe!)
Anyway, I went for a little bit of Salvia "May Night" to finish off a bed we built for the roses. I ended up not only getting the salvia, but flowers for my hanging baskets and my window box, and this beautiful hibiscus plant (completely frivolous, but won't it be beautiful on my deck?) It has 3 gorgeous flowers on it, and tons of buds just waiting to open. The nine days of rain that were predicted have been broken up by a couple of sunny days, and it is supposed to be sunny again tomorrow and Friday, so I should be able to get my planting done. Yeah!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Jane Austen Movies

Yesterday for Mother's Day Elliott watched the second half of the A&E Pride and Prejudice with me. (Actually, he fell asleep, but at least he was sitting next to me!)
I love all the Jane Austen movies... so today I decided to watch Sense and Sensibility. It is such a great movie. The director did such a great job of getting Jane Austen's sense of characters to come through. Their are so many little witty lines that you might miss, but that really add to the ridiculousness of certain characters.
Tonight we are off to the library for FHE, so I am going to see if they have Persuasion, another favorite of mine. Makes me want to go back to England for a bit!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Essay on Motherhood

Elliott sent me the link to this essay today... The lady who wrote it was his English teacher freshman year.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

I love my mother. She is amazing (I can say that, since we are not in Sacrament meeting), and everything I know regarding the domestic arts I learned from her (and am still learning!)
Thanks Mom--- I love you!

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Rain in Spain, I Mean Indiana

It has been raining here for the past couple of days. We had fabulous weather for Ethan's birthday party, and I managed to get my two rose bushes planted before it hit, but for the last two days we have been stuck inside our house, going crazy! I just read on the website that we are supposed to have rain for the next 9 days!! I have 3 daylillies waiting to be planted, and need to get to the nursery for some lavendar... We had quite a dry spell for a while, but I guess it is true here that when it rains, it pours.
Anyway, this is a boring post... I am just trying to stall putting the kids to bed...
Oh, and one more thing... Today I got the new Better Homes and Gardens magazine. There is an article about a woman with a high powered career who gave it up to start gardening her 2 acre property instead. The sad part is that when she told her teenage son her plans, he said, "Let me see if I've got this right. When I was little and wanted you around, you were gone. Now that I'm a teenager and don't want you around, you're here."
Too bad for my kids (especially Ethan, who tells me all the time he doesn't want me around) I will always be here bothering them... ha, ha, ha (insert evil grin!)

Monday, May 08, 2006

some answers

I never know if I should answer questions in the comments section, or in another post... I guess in another post you all will see them.
Leslie- tell Neal I am definitely not going to enter Emma in a pageant, at least not until she can sing all of the Cinderella theme song! (just kidding!) Ema slept in the rollers, and one came out, which I used a hot iron to fix. The curls lasted until after her nap, and then only a few were left.
Elizabeth - a 12 pack cost $1.79, but for your hair length and thickness you will need quite a few rollers... You should have mom put your hair in rollers though, just for kick! You would probably want to get the thickest size they have.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Our own Shirly Temple

Last night I put Emma's hair in sponge rollers, and this was the result... It was great fun. She also had me paint her fingernails and toenails this morning... She is quite the girl when she wants to be!