Wednesday, October 31, 2007
As well as Dad's binoculars...
She also loved seeing and playing with her cousin Nathaniel and always asked where he was when he was gone to daycare. She pushed him on this little car up and down the sidewalk. I had the hardest time taking a picture then running in front to get another shot. Of course, they were typical playmates, that is, not really caring about a toy until the other wanted it, but they had fun and it was nice for them to spend time together since we really don't see them that often.
After all is said and done, we did about nine hours of long drives. It's nice to be home and not have to go anywhere... besides trick or treating!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We spent all afternoon Friday and Saturday morning there before driving to Page, Arizona where we met my sister and nephew. In Page, we took a trip to Antelope Canyon which was very beautiful. It was kind of windy and we all had to take showers when we got back to the hotel because the sand came down from the top and got all over everything, but it was a great trip.
Our last stop was a visit to the Glen Canyon Dam on Lake Powell. It was amazing going inside. This dam holds back the second largest man-made lake in the United States. It was very impressive. Right now, I am spending the week with my sister in St. George and once again leaving Eric to fend for himself! He does alright at it. I am sad to miss his birthday, which is Friday, but we never celebrate birthdays on the day anyway! P.S. Honey, your present is hidden somewhere inside the house! Do you think you can find it?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Elia's new development is the crawl. She actually gets her arms out of the water for her freestyle stroke! It is so fun to watch her develop. I can't believe she is only 3! She also loves dancing and can spin for 20 minutes around our living room, laughing every time she falls because she is dizzy and continuing to laugh as she wobbily tries to stand up. It is amazing how long she can go for! Maybe I'll try to post a video of that next time. They are a bit longer, so I might have to edit them.
Life is good though, we have a new sleeping arrangement. Elia is sleeping in Ethan's pack and play in our room while Ethan is sleeping in a borrowed pack and play in Elia's room. So far (for the last two nights) it has been working a lot better. Elia is a deeper sleeper and we can ignore Ethan better in hopes of him sleeping through the night. We'll see!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Now if I could just find out how to put music on! I mention in my previous blog about priorities and using time wisely. This was definitely a moment of weakness concerning that. I guess I'll start tomorrow :)
I managed to get a few jobs done for my mom like helping to fix her toilet and caulking around her laundry room and managed to break the head of a screw off while trying to put some doors on her bathroom cabinet. Alas, the doors will have to stay off a while longer, though they have been off for probably a year, though this time they might be harder to put back on then the initial project was. It wasn't my fault though! I was trying to be helpful!
We did get to watch the General Conference for our church over the weekend. They have two sessions on Saturday and two on Sunday. We watched over the internet, though we couldn't get the video to work with the audio. So we listened to the English audio link and watched the Spanish video link with the sound turned down. It was an interesting experience because the Spanish video link was a couple minutes behind the English audio link so the choir would be singing, but we would be watching someone still giving a talk. We did hear some great things, especially about priorities and whether the things we spend the most time on are the most important. I love quotes and here is a great quote from Steven Covey. He said, "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule but to schedule your priorities." I need to do better at that. It is just sometimes a lot more fun to say, scrapbook than clean the house. Speaking of scrapbooks, I am including four of my digital scrapbook pages.
I just started about a month ago and I love it! I don't spend too much time on my pages, but I am happy with them. It is so easy to work on a few minutes here and there:
On Saturday night we went to a mexican wedding reception. We were talking to another couple at our table. They said their son's wedding cost $20,000 and the groom pays for it all! I guess this one wasn't as organized as other ones, but they fed probably 200 people dinner, had a live mariachi band as well as a regular band.
Elia made friends with these two little girls, though one had a broken foot, so couldn't run around. It was nice because it is customary for all the kids to run around the open floor while all the adults are chatting and eating. They had such fun running around that Elia couldn't wait for the little girl to finish eating so they could go play again: