Monday, August 31, 2009

Back in School

It's that time of year again. It's still warm and beautiful still, but the first sign of change has come- School. Taj is back at Sunshine Preschool, twice a week for two hours. It's great, but us girls miss him. He's turning four in two weeks- aaaaahhhh! He's ready for it, but I'm not.
On Thursdays Eden will be going to a dance class. I found a class for 2-3 year old girls while Taj is in preschool. I asked Eden what she thought and it was all she could talk about. She was so excited. When it was finally dance day she picked out her clothes and smiled for her first day of school picture like her brother. Can you tell she liked her class? It was pretty cute.

To kick off the school year we went to a fountain and stream place we just discovered right behind our grocery store. It's new and free and I wish I knew about it sooner. I'm bad with changes, but the smiles on the kids make it easier.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lake Powell

We just got back from Lake Powell and are still bursting with good feelings about the trip.

The kids were amazing for the 5 hour car ride. Seriously. At the lake we were surrounded by happy, hardworking, thoughtful people and some of the most beautiful views. I can't describe the feeling of waking up on the water any other way than heavenly. The kids were happy and entertained the whole trip, as were we.
Thanks for the invite Burgesses/Chamberlains!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"This is a good day!"

Thanksgiving Point is doing a month long thing where all the venues are two dollars every Tuesday. I was motivated by the prices to go to the Children's Garden on Tuesday, not thinking at all that the rest of the state heard about the promotion. It was packed. I'm not one for crowds or traffic, but the kids didn't seem to notice or mind at all.
After playing where's waldo with them by Noah's Arc we explored the gardens. Taj and Bennett could've played in the bear tunnel all day, but there was so much more to see like the huge caterpillar, the stage, the climbing area, and the waterfall. I would have taken more pictures but I thought my sweat level was too high for my camera-ha ha. Taj told me, "this is a good day." The crowd didn't seem so bad after that.

That evening we had our first backyard camp out. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows in the oven and bathed in the lake and waterfall, then hiked to our campgrounds. It was a fun game of pretend. The boys stayed out there all night. We found out that Taj is a snorer, and also that he is a great little camper.

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Party On Wayne"

It's been one crazy week. I agreed to host two parties this week in addition to it being Micah's birthday and our 6 year anniversary tomorrow. Oh, and I have two kids. What was I thinking?

Amazingly, everything turned out splendidly. I knew the craziness I was in for and planned ahead (which is so not like me). I did yard work the week ahead, made lists of things to get at the store for the parties, planned cleaning times without kids around, made decorations a few at a time and food that could wait in the fridge for a couple days. It was pretty smooth sailing. Even with all the planning I was still all nervous inside and anxious. I think it stems from the boy/girl party I planned with my best friend Sara Chase in eight grade. It was an awkward mess filled with bad mixed tapes and chips. Ugh. I'm glad these events went well AND they are over for a long while. Now I can look forward to tomorrow- the 6 year anniversary of when Micah and I got hitched.

These are a few of the pictures from our wedding invitation photo shoot. I was looking through these old pictures and am shocked how young we look and are. Why didn't anyone tell us? My theory is that either people did and we didn't hear it or people knew what a good match we were.

After six years I'm amazed by a few things: how young we still look, how in love we still are, and how easy and wonderful marriage is. I didn't know what I was in for when I said "Yes". I am grateful everyday for Micah choosing me over and over and making me feel so special. I'm not saying that I have the best husband/marriage or whatever, I'm saying that I'm grateful to have the best husband for me. He gets me. And that feels really nice.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Best Play dough EVER!

I was raised on homemade play dough. When the dough got hard and crusty my Mom would whip out new stuff in minutes-no recipe. I remember her telling me to wait until it cooled down and loving how soft and warm it was at first. It's a great memory for me, but growing up with homemade play dough also made the store bought stuff seem like such a luxury.
When Taj got some store bought I played with it and loved how I didn't have the salty residue on my hands after. It was so vibrant and almost as luxurious as I imagined it to be. As the name brand stuff got old and crusty, just like my Mom's always did, I started to think how great the homemade stuff was and tried to make it. It was warm and fun and felt like I was making memories. The play dough, however, wasn't as nice as the store bought and left that salty residue. Then came the ultimate amazing Kool Aid Play dough recipe! My cousin Natalie is craftiness and cleverness and everything else a Mom should be. She opened my world to this delicious smelling and feeling home made play dough that is incomparable to anything play dough. It's amazing.
The Recipe:
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1 TBSP Alum (find it near spices)
2 Cups Boiling Water
3 Small Packages UNSWEETENED Kool Aid
3 TBSP Cooking Oil
  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Add oil and water
  • Stir quickly. When cool, mix with hands
  • Store in Ziploc baggies
  • Will keep for months

Don't seal the bags until it's totally cooled down or you'll end up with a gooey mess (I realized that the dummy way where you make some for a couple friends and bet they are laughing at you now :))

You really won't believe it. It's amazing and smells soooooo good. Enjoy!