Tuesday, February 17, 2009

For the Love of Chocolate

We made chocolate cupcakes on Sunday for dessert. After mixing, I gave Ruthie a choclate covered beater to lick. Some chocolate dripped on her foot and this is what I found her doing. . .

All for the love of chocolate!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Talent Show

Lydia had the privilege of hosting the Centennial Middle School Talent Show. She and a boy named Que were asked to be the MC's. This was no small affair. It required a formal dress, new shoes, a tux for Que, and staying late after school for a week. The show was performed three times, Thursday evening for the parents, and twice on Friday for the students. It was a lot of fun, not only to watch Lydia and Que charm the audience with thier smiles and humor, but those kids truly were talented. There was a Led Zepplin drum solo, ballroom dancing, piano playing, juggling, singing, etc. etc. It was quite entertaining! If only I had been so brave (or so talented) as these kids when I was young! ( Am I sounding old or what?)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Dad

Grandpa taking Ruthie to see the stream at a park in Provo Canyon Summer 08'. Ruthie is trying to sign "water" to Grandpa

Today is my dad's birthday. If you don't know my dad, then I believe you have not met one of the great men of this world. Here are five things I love about my dad:

1. My dad is an incredibly hard worker. He is constantly doing and often doing things for other people. He never stops (think Energizer Bunny) He has painted for me, done my dishes, vacuumed, taken out the garbage, babysat, vacuumed, wash my windows, mowed my lawn,repaired things around my house, cleaned my car, ran errands for me, and I believe this was all in one day. I could go on and on and on.

2. My dad is courageous and bold. He is a true missionary. He is never embarassed or timid about sharing the gospel with others, even total strangers. When he traveled a great deal he would always try to keep an extra copy of the Book of Mormon with him. If he had a copy when he left, it was sure to be gone when he returned. I loved to hear his stories he would share when he returned. From those stories I learned to never judge someone by their outward appearance and we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father.

3. My dad is wise. I still like to counsel with my dad and ask his opinions regarding the direction of my life. I trust him. I know that when he gives advice in a certain way and with a certain tone, I need to listen and take note.

4. My dad is loving. I grew up with my dad always saying, "how are my little sweethearts?" He always told us he loved us. He was affectionate and kind - "squeaky kisses and body crushers." I have no recollection of my dad ever critiquing or criticizing my choice of clothes, hairstyle, or makeup - even when there was plenty to criticize. He only complimented. He is the same with my girls now.

5. My dad is generous. He never hesitates to help others and to share. He often shows his generosity anonymously or very quietly. I have often been the recipient of that generosity.

So, Happy Birthday Dad. We love you and we are better people because of you!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Drum Roll Please. . . .

Okay, I have two big announcements! (No, I am NOT pregnant!) The first is we have our home listed for sale. I know, I know . . .I said we weren't moving, but the house we LOVED is going into foreclosure and we decided we just couldn't resist! If our house doesn't sell or we just don't get the home, then I will accept the fact that "it wasn't meant to be". If you want to see our house or know someone who might be interested, you can see it here: http://www.cherrylanehouseforsale.blogspot.com/. (Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page for all the info) The second announcement is that I finally have our etsy shop up and running! This would not have happened if it wasn't for the very talented Emily sharing her incredible photography skills with me (she took all the pictures of our house too!) She truly is amazing! THANK YOU EMILY!!! I do not have all of my items listed yet. . .(who knew this would be so time consuming) and it is still a work in progress, but I do have a few Valentine's Day items . . .so take a look if you like! http://www.mybuttonboutique.etsy.com/