Wednesday, January 30, 2008


The 2nd grade classes at
Highland Elementary
are putting together
gift packages
for the soldiers.
Sydney wanted to put in
peanut butter cookies
as her gift.
So we made them today.
It's nice to know we can do something.

Something small, maybe,
but something.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ballet recital

Presenting. . .
The Sleeping Beauty
ballet production

in the music
before the

with her
and one
of the

by the

It was so fun to watch,
Sydney did great and
loved every minute of it.

Friday, January 25, 2008


This morning, Jordan says to me,
"Look what I made!"
I said, "What is it?"
She said, "Doesn't it look like
underwear? Like
origami underpants."

After I died laughing,
I asked her if I
could put that on the blog.

She smiled, embarrassed, and said,

"Will there be, like, 10 comments?"

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy day

I feel like we have been
a little bit
these last 3 days.
Probably because we have
been busy doing

And we are
happy to
that we
have actually
had some


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mad scientist

Last night
was the big
at the
middle school.
Austin came up
with his own
for his project.

He wanted to
take salt water
and extract the
salt from it,
then use the
clean water
to water plants.
We had to modify
the plan a little,
since there was no
warm sun
to condense the
salt water.

He did a great job!

We're looking forward

to many more science fairs

in the future.

(One down, 11 or so more to go. . .)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

So big

So, tonight after dinner,
London came to me
and said,
"Mom, I want to do the dishes!"
What mom doesn't LOVE
a volunteer??
Before I knew it,
she was running for the step-stool
and asking if I would
turn the water on and
hand her the scrubber.

The view
from behind
is almost comical.
I had to
include it
just because
she looks
way too
to be doing

She wanted
to make sure
her plate
got the

OK, so she got
a little bit soaked in the
process (can you see
the water
dripping from her
decided to
go get a towel
to clean up
the mess.
You go, girl!
I love it
when they're
like that.

All dried off

and proud of a job

well done.

Signs of spring

This morning I heard
noises on the roof,
like someone was
hammering up there.
I looked out
and saw that a
flock of birds
had landed
around our house.
I hadn't realized how
long it had been since
I'd seen birds.

They were beautiful!
London and I went out
and they were the
first thing she noticed.

I think she
missed them
as much as
I did.
With temperatures
in the teens and 20s

I think we're all
ready for

Friday, January 11, 2008

Blanket of snow

Sydney noticed
the coolest
thing today.
You've heard
of a
blanket of
snow, right?
Well, have you
ever seen one
that's been

Mother nature's
not only amazing,
but we
she is also

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sunset in the Rockies

Tonight's sunset was beautiful.
The kids pointed it out to me
and I had to get some pics.
This is the view from our window.

This is the view from the end of our street.

Love those cloudy winter evenings!


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

You're it!

Tonight the 2 younger girls
and I decided
(ok, I was persuaded under duress)
to play a friendly game of
I quickly learned this wasn't
London's first time.
She already knew the
"nanny nanny boo boo"
(I wish you could see
the part where she
shakes her hips!)
Race to the bedroom!

Ha! Made it to base.

Only one minor incident -
Jordan's nose and knee collided
during a mad dash from
base to base
(couch to couch).

You can see the concern

in London's eyes,

you know,

that "catch me if you can" look.

Monday, January 7, 2008

More winter fun

Last day of winter break.
What should we do?
I know, let's have a
snowball fight!

No mercy!

That's ok, Syd knows how to play

that game!

Austin strikes back.

It's all good.

These two are

the best of friends.