Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Budding authoress

Jordan has recently discovered
a new love.
She set up her own little desk
in a corner of the house
and started writing.
Over the weekend, she spent
several hours at that desk.
Before I knew it, she had written 6
of her own short stories
to give her teacher.
I was so proud of her!
She compiled them into a book.

Here's one of them, which I share with permission,
for your reading enjoyment.
One day a lovley princess lay on her bed. She was so lovley her mother did not want her to have a prince. One bright sunny day there was a terrible storm that knocked down the castle! The Queen died, the king died, but the princess survived. What should the princess do without her parents! She thought and thought but did not know what to do. So the princess lived her life out on the streets. Until she met a charming prince. So they got merried and they settled into their lives. And one day a terrible thing happened, the prince broke-up with the princess. But the princess did not brake up. She told the prince he could not brake up with her because they had already gotten married so they stayed merried. And they go to the ball and they have a great time exept for the princess. She had a great halftime. And then they bought a house.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Larger than life

When I made that
phone call
to Doug a couple of weeks ago
to tell him I had had an
with the car,
our nicest, newest, only-one-working-right car,
it reminded me all too well
of that time when I was 16
and had to call my dad
to tell him about that fender-bender
in our family's new mini-van.
He had reacted kindly to my tearful news,
making me feel better
instead of worse.
And that day, in my eyes,
my dad was larger than life.
So when I called Doug
to tell him what had happened the other day,
that I had made a mistake
that tore the front bumper off the car,
I was tearful as well.
And his reaction, much like my dad's,
was kind and understanding.
Yesterday he spent a couple of hours
fixing my mistake.
I watched him and thought
what a man I had married.
He's so handy
and can fix just about anything.
Like my dad,
I thought he was larger than life.

But not just because he's
good at that manly stuff.
Because he was compassionate and kind.
Because he knew I felt bad
and that it could be fixed.
Because he knew that
people mean more than things.
Boy, am I lucky, to have a man like that.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Going crazy

Today is
crazy hair day
at school.
This was the craziest hair
we could come up with.
Lots of ponytails
streaked orange to match her shirt.
Syd likes to live on the edge a little.
She was loving it.

Jordan's crazy hair
consisted of 2 ponytails
(with different color rubber bands!)
and red streaks.
She's a crazy girl.

Look out, school --
here they come!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Passion for fashion

Sydney's teacher this year
has been great about
encouraging Sydney to
follow her dreams.
She had her start a "Passion project"
of her choosing to work on.
So Sydney has begun keeping
a portfolio of her fashion designs.
These are a couple she created this weekend:
Syd's teacher also has a sister
in the fashion industry
who has agreed to be Sydney's pen-pal.
They write back and forth
and share ideas with each other,
and she encourages Sydney
and tells her her designs are
I agree, they are pretty good!

Who knows, maybe someday she'll be famous. :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I love valentines!

There was lots of love
to go around
at our house tonight!
The kids each sneaked off to their rooms today,
making their own special cards
for each other.
All on their own! It was so fun to watch.
Jordan made 3 or 4 cute notes for each of us.
Sydney made scrapbook-type cards
with envelopes.
And Austin made an
origami box
in which he shared
some candy hearts
with us.

Doug outdid himself
and gave me a
gorgeous rose necklace,
in keeping with his sweet
rose tradition.
He is so romantic!
We hope you had a
Happy Valentine's Day, too!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Another year wiser

Happy birthday, Doug!

Thanks for everything you do.

You're amazing.

We love you so much!

Anything goes

The scouts decided
to have their own version
of the pinewood derby.
Only without any rules.
Other than a weight limit.
So there were some pretty creative cars.
They raced them the other night.
Austin's car had an air hog
attached to the top.
It did awesome!
We called it the Yellow Submarine.

The only car that beat it
was one with a bigger air hog on it.
Great job, Austin!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A giving heart

Our little Jordan
was hard at work
this afternoon.
We didn't see her for awhile.
But as I was tucking her in for the night,
she let me know
there was a surprise on my bed.

(Mom and "Dady'o")

These were
on Doug's
side of the

And this
is what
I found

It makes me so thankful
to think that, undeserving as I am,
I have a little girl
who thinks I deserve
whatever gifts she can give.
Even flowers on my bed at night.
Kids are such a blessing.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


by Jordan
Age 6

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Just a little, mom?

One day,
London decided
it would be nice if
she put some
lip gloss on.
So she did.
Is purple her shade, or what. :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

All in a day's work

Last Friday, Doug
and a
friend took
a little fishing trip.
I wondered if they
were crazy, fishing in
I thought they might have a tough time finding anyplace to fish that wasn't frozen. It turns out, they had a great day!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Going solo

On Saturday, we took a
little family trip over to
Eagle Valley to watch
He was singing in solo/
ensemble for
the first time.

It was so amazing to watch.
It was a room full of kids
from middle school to high school.
Each took a turn singing a solo
in front of Dr. Atkinson,
from the state college.
He critiqued each person after his/her
performance, and showed them
how to improve.
But he did it in a very kind way.
It was so cool to watch, and we
were so proud of Austin.
He sang his heart out,
and when he finished,
there was hardly a soul in the room
who wasn't touched.

These are the other kids from his school
who sang in the competition.
All of them did a super job.

You can hear it for yourself.
He sings "Homeward Bound".