Friday, February 16, 2018

Why not?

I always laugh when I see my kids doing something for fun that could easily be a part of a torturous Crossfit workout.


Straight as an arrow!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Greatest Showman

Mark and I went to see "The Greatest Showman" with several other couples a few weeks ago . I'll  admit that I hadn't actually wanted to see it and really we just went because we were invited and we'll jump at any opportunity to get out of the house and go on a date. Then we sat down and the singing started. This movie is ALL IN with the singing and dancing. 

Mark leaned in and said "How much did we pay for these tickets?"
I replied, "5 bucks?" and then he said "Okay, that's a five dollar nap" and closed his eyes. 

I was raised on Gilbert and Sullivan and have no problem with a little singing and dancing, but even I needed about 20 minutes to fully accept the no-holds-barred exuberance and romance that was coming at me from the screen.

Once I did, though. Oh baby! I loved it. 

And I even caught mark tapping his foot and decidedly not napping.


Last night Megan asked me for the 14th time when I would take her to see it and reminded me that I had promised her and all her friends had seen it and she was dying inside and why wouldn't I just freaking take her???

So we had dinner and FHE and put all the pups to bed and we hopped in the car to go the 9:30 showing. That's 9:30 PM on a Monday night, folks. 


We had the entire IMAX theater to ourselves. It was huge and it was loud and Megan loved it! I loved it too. I already knew what we were getting into and so it was fun to embrace it from the beginning. Everytime the music really got cooking and those big numbers were in full swing, she would grin at me and say 'I love this!!!" and she'd dance around in her seat and throw her arms up into the air.

She's the person you want to see a musical with.


When I finally climbed into bed at midnight, Mark asked sleepily, "Where did you go?"

"We went to the CIRCUS!!!"

Monday, February 5, 2018

Prairie Day for Anna


Finally! We have a dress up day at school that we already have all the stuff for. Do we have sportswear? Or "travel apparel"? Or Christmas shirts of Valentines shirts or any kind of anything printed on it that would make it so we can't wear it on the other 364 days of the year?

No, we do not.

But we do have a pioneer skirt and bonnet. and we can most certainly pack a prairie lunch in a little Easter basket.  That's a win for the Mormons!

Isn't she the cutest?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

We deliver


This is one of those things I do against my will and purely because I love my child. I will hawk these candy bars and swallow my pride because she's so excited and she loves band and she can't say no to her teacher just like I couldn't say no to mine.

This is what Facebook was made for.


***We sold every one of those bars within 24 hours. Never underestimate the powerful allure of having inexpensive chocolate delivered to your door by an enthusiastic Beehive.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

She's ready to roll!

Once I convinced her to sit down on the seat instead of just walk along with the bike between her legs, we were in business!



Friday, January 19, 2018

Daddy Daughter Snowflake Dance 2018

This is a picture of too super happy girls who got dolled up by their big sister and get to spend a fun night with their dad. And this is a picture of a dad that knows that after he takes these little sweeties to the dance, he will be camping in January with his oldest. 


He really is the best.




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Tricks

Mike bought Julia a cooking class for Christmas. Which is a perfectly lovely gift...especially because I got to go with her! I love spending time with Julia because I feel like I can tell her anything and we can be completely real with each other. I don't have to filter what I say. And that really is pretty rare for me. 


 We were paired up with these two sweet ladies and I couldn't help thinking maybe this will be us in a couple decades...


Our instructor was Chef McPeake. He was funny and direct and I liked him...and I actually learned a bunch of new things. Like, who knew you should be looking for the shimmer in the oil to know when it is hot enough?


We made three dishes and we tried each one. The whole class was about searing and making pan sauces. We made Pork Marsala (orange plate), Turkey Smitane (blue plate) and Beef Tips with Balsamic Butter Glaze (up above..Chef McPeake pouring our glaze over the beef after we asked him for the 5th time if he thought it looked okay.)


The turkey smitane was the very best, but I licked every single one of my plates. I'm classy like that. I'm hoping Mike makes a habit out of getting gifts for his wife that require my participation!