Thursday, June 30, 2011

Catching Up

I've been really busy the past two weeks.  At least it feels that way to me.  Here's the recap:
-Last Monday I made 22 phone calls to organize a last minute baby shower for my BFF Jen while her sister is in town this weekend.
-Last Tuesday I took the kids to the Natural History Museum on BYU's campus.  I heard someone call it the "dead zoo" as it is pretty much just tons of stuffed animals.

We went to the creamery for fruit and ice-cream and had lunch at University Mall's foodcourt.

We did a little shopping and a return and did the same at Target before heading home awfully tired.
I worked in the evening.  It was a big party, hopefully I made big money.

-Last Wednesday evening was my first screenwriting class.  Taught by Richard Dutcher.  He is a great storyteller and teacher.  I will have my first screenplay finished and up for sale in nine weeks.
-Last Thursday was bookclub at my place (which means my house had to be fairly clean and refreshments provided.
-Last Friday shopped for decorations, party favors, drinks, and a gift before Jen's baby shower.  I got to the restaurant early and decorated the banquet room I had reserved.  I ordered appetizers for everyone once most of the guests had arrived.  It was very low-key, much like the mother-to-be.  No games, no measuring her belly, just good food and company and gifts.

After the shower Sara Jane and I rented a movie and had a sleepover since she was in town from Cedar City.
-Saturday night I worked a big event.  It was incredibly hectic.  After work I went dancing with two of my co-workers who are both about 10 years younger than me.  Those girls were really fun to dance with.  I don't remember when I last went dancing!
-Sunday was stake conference at church.  Then a lovely lazy day.
-Monday I took the kids and Jonah's friend Vivian to the rec center and then home where I made mini-meatloaf muffins.  That night I worked and made good money for a Monday.
Tuesday we went to a new park.  Wasatch State Park in Midway.  It was really great.  We fed ducks and saw nests of baby swallows and visited the visitors' center and went for a gorgeous drive.

-Wednesday we went to the Park City farmers' market and ate lunch and had treats and rode the gondola at The Canyons. 

Last night was my second scriptwriting class and I turned in the first 17 pages of my script; a very rough draft but really exciting.
-Today we woke up late, lulled by the dark and thunderous rainstorm that continued on from last night.  We had a play-date with the Ferg. family and spent most of the rest of the day playing with neighbors.  I did manage to tidy up the kitchen and sweep and mop the filthy floors.
Tomorrow I leave for a four-day weekend to AZ.  Sarah's tumors have shrunk from the chemo but her short-term memory is pretty much non-existent.  Thank you for your prayers on her behalf.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sibling Dopplegangers?

Does the kid playing this scientist totally remind you of Ted?

Or does this guy remind you of a young Ted?

When Justin Timberlake was younger he totally reminded me of Ted.

Here's Ted:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

He's NOT Gonna Do That Thing

Yet another reason I love Justin Timberlake:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sister!

Just another reason I love Robin:

Monday, June 06, 2011

Last Saturday at Powell

Elora being possessive of her boys.  She threw a fit if Papa Alan didn't sit by her at every meal.

Kathy and her kids at breakfast

Note the head-grab Elora is doing on her daddy as he swims her to shore

Me  boat-surfing

Haley, Jason, & Jonah building sand castles


I have to say, I feel like quite a trendsetter.  Since we got our chickens last Easter, three of our friends here in town have gotten their own backyard flocks.  I'm not really sure if we had any influence in their decisions, but I like to think so:)
Well, our Biancas (the white leghorns) have been behaving badly.  They attack whoever feeds them if they won't let them out of their cage.  Yesterday Brandon had had enough.
Here he is after killing and plucking her watching an online tutorial on how to butcher your own chicken

Apparently the kids watched him gut her and were only squeamish about the removing of the heart.

I don't think our tan little Jonah has ever eaten a meal with such relish.

I have committed myself to eating more eggs so we don't loose another chicken.  I love giving eggs away to friends and neighbors but Brandon thinks that is a waste.  Elora is already talking about killing and eating another of our chickens but I'm hoping that won't happen.