Thursday, August 28, 2008


From the title,
you may assume
I am talking about this:

This is what I saw on my way to the store
this morning.
It was just a bit alarming,
and a little too close to home.
However, that's not the explosion
I'm referring to.
This afternoon Jordan decided to
paint her nails.
I walked in just in time
to witness the array of polish colors
she had selected for the occasion.

She had it all planned out -

which hand and which finger each one would

go on, and in what order.

When Sydney saw the finished product,

she said it looked like a

nail polish explosion

happened all over the place.

I think they look just lovely.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A London afternoon

Since school started,
life has been a little crazy.
So today, I decided it would be
London's day.
We would spend the day doing
whatever she wanted.
I thought this would be nice and relaxing. (ha)
Here's how it went:
1. Storytime at the library.
2. Band-aid on (invisible) boo-boo.
3. Picnic lunch in the back yard.

4. Swinging on the swing.
5. Read Winnie the Pooh, her favorite.
6. Change into 3 different swimsuits when
she heard about our weekend plans
to swim at a hotel.
7. Airplane swings in the family room
till we both got dizzy.
8. Taking care of her baby. (see below)
"Mom, look, it's a scary monster."

"No, it's just a baby!"

9. Giving London rides in the baby's stroller.
10. Dancing, singing, merry-making to
musical instruments and nursery rhymes.
11. Spend 10 minutes making ourselves the
most comfy pretend beds ever.
"Sleep" for 5 seconds. Wake up and do something else.
12. Make cinnamon rolls for our breakfast-dinner.

13. Let the kids take over on

dinner preparation.

14. Crash on the couch for a minute.

Kids are the best, aren't they?

It turned out to be a little relaxing after all.


(An actual conversation
which I happened to overhear.)

So this morning, Jordan is the last one
eating her breakfast.
London comes up and I fix her
a bowl of cereal.
She wants to sit in the seat next to Jordan.

Jordan says, "Hi, London!"
London replies, "Hi!"
Jordan: "Do you want me to
pull the chair out for you?"
London: "Yes. Thank you."

Jordan: "You're welcome."

Jordan: "I love you."

London: "I love you, too."

And they lived happily ever after.

The end.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


These lilies just popped up one day
in our flower bed,
amongst the green leaves
and groundcover which pretty much
fill the whole space.
They have never been there before,
I don't know why they suddenly appeared this year.

If you look closely, you can see
that the petals sparkle,
like they were sprinkled with fairy dust.
Every time I see them,
it makes me smile,
like they were put there
just to brighten my day.

The spoils

Monday, August 25, 2008

Freezer burn

I recently discovered
Heaven in a Container.

But don't take my word for it.
Read the reviews for yourself.
(from, not that I do)
"Review: It's like a street gang comprised entirely of Cinnabons ambushed you on a cold night, dragged you into an alleyway and took your wallet, leaving you for dead. But all of that in a positive, tasty and addictive sort of way.
Calories: Enough to power a baby elephant for two days. In each spoonful."
Okay, so that's a downside.
I'm willing to jog a little extra time
just to be able to eat this stuff.
It rocks.


Tonight, while she sleeps,
Jordan will receive
her first visit
from the tooth fairy.

She has extraordinary
teeth that fall out
Yesterday, we
noticed it was
a little loose.



Saturday, August 23, 2008


Today we
took a little
trip to
Glenwood Springs.
Also, it was
hat day.

What a

Well-known landmarks
of one of Colorado's
tourist towns -
Hotel Colorado
and the famous
Hot-Springs Pool.

glances on a
hot day.

This is what we
actually came to do.
Yea!! It brought back
we haven't mini-golfed
in quite awhile.

London has



her swing.Check out that follow-through!

This really cracked me up.

Read the bottom part (if you can).

A little meander

across the

bridge to see

the rafters

on the Colorado.

We finished up the afternoon

at DQ with some giant

dipped cones for the kids.

A perfect end to a perfect afternoon.


London's gearing up
to start her first
dance class
in September.
Today she found a
random cd,
asked me to put it on,
then showed me her stuff.

Accessories are a must-have.

She'll be ready for her
toe shoes in no time, I'm sure.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


My husband
spoiled me for my birthday
this year!

It's my first digital SLR,
so I feel completely clueless.
I would love to take a photography class
at the local college,
but they don't offer one this year.
My next task is to read the manual (yee-ha)
and watch the tutorial DVD.
Can't wait to start using it!
I have the feeling it will become
somewhat of a permanent fixture
in my hand.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Stocking up

I love this time of year
when the morning air
is crisp
and fresh fruit
is abundant.
The kids love freezer jam,
so I thought I'd make some
to put away for the year ahead.

Yesterday and today's batches:
peach, raspberry-peach, and mango.
Tomorrow will be strawberry.
It's nice to be able to preserve
that fresh fruit flavor
to enjoy during those
long winter months.

Too soon

It's hard to believe it's
that time of year
The kids went
back to school
on Monday.

6th, 3rd and 1st grade
this year.

London misses them (so do I!).

This morning when she saw me

making their lunches, she said,

"Are they going to another school today? No!"

But they are excited to be

back in the routine, and love their

teachers and classes so far.

After the first day, Austin told me,

"I think it's going to be a great year!"

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Eeeeek! x 8

We had a pretty good
wind storm on Sunday night
that must have blown
the lid off the dog food container.
Yesterday I went out
to feed the dogs
and found a

The kids thought they were so cute
and Jordan wanted to keep them
as pets.
I had to explain to her how they

Doug came home and took care of them

for us.

This lucky fellow was saved for

snake food!

(Doug's office pet - no, really!) Sometimes I feel like I

live in a zoo.