Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Superheroes!


This post is for Kates......we too have Superhero day at our house, although in this case it was a Wednesday! This was yesterday, an improptu dash to the sewing room and a piece of black fabric was all it took to keep these two happy. I think this might be the closest I've come to a sewing project in two months, although cutting eye holes might not really count as sewing. Anyways, it's really cold here, and so this is what we're doing to keep warm. This, and potty training. When spring surfaces, hopefully we'll be diaper-free!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Family Day!


We've had a lovely long weekend out at the farm with family.......lots of yummy food, a trip to the temple, walks in the snow, playing Wii, new baby calves, card games, and visiting. The weekend also included lots of heavy boxes and furniture to move, and one sick kid! Poor throwing up little girl! (She's much better now!)

These are our family pictures we had taken before Christmas, I'm just now getting around to scanning and sharing them. :) Aren't they fun? Also, Derick and I celebrated our tenth anniversary last Thursday, congrats to us! We had a yummy steak dinner with goat cheese and bruschetta and some sparkling grape juice to toast! (And a sparkling new little decoration for my finger to celebrate 10 fabulous years together! Thank you!)

So.....much to enjoy around here! I hope you've all had a wonderful long weekend of loved ones!

Monday, February 9, 2009

25 random things about me.......


1. I never fill out these random facts lists, but I’ve been having so much fun reading everyone else’s, I had to join in.
2. I love to read, especially 19th century British Lit, especially Jane Austen……I read obsessively for a few months at a time, and then hardly anything for awhile.
3. I really like to type. (Sometimes I type things with my fingers in the air while people talk. I’m a nerd.)
4. I have 9 violin students right now, including my daughter……
5. I like to watch BBC miniseries, or any good period drama…..the longer the better!
6. My favorite place in the world is my family’s cabin in Alaska.
7. Someday I hope someone invents human teleportation so I can instantly and whenever I like be at my family’s cabin in Alaska.
8. I love learning about nutrition and natural foods. I also therefore enjoy cooking and trying new foods and recipes. (Although I should be making dinner right now instead of writing this list.)
9. Derick and I celebrate our 10 year anniversary this week!
10. I love dark dark chocolate……give me some good 85% cacoa!
11. I go to the gym about twice a week….. I love yoga and pilates but hardly ever get to those classes.
12. I’ve always wanted to be a yoga instructor. (Hmmmm, maybe I should actually start practicing then.)
13. I’d love to travel more, especially to Europe. Someday.
14. I like to sew and knit…..I tend to do these in the same way I read books, obsessively for awhile, and then not at all for awhile.
15. I’ve used cloth diapers on both of my kiddos, and I sewed most of them myself. (Saving the earth one diaper at a time!)
16. I look for split ends in my hair when I’m thinking of something to type.
17. I’ve always loved going to IKEA and now I live five minutes away from one and I never go.
18. My favorite places to go out to eat are Thai and Vietnamese restaurants.
19. I’m a horrible correspondent (except when my sister was in Russia) but I really still love all my friends and family and think about you often!
20. If you want to know what I’m up to you can read my blog, I update about once a week.
21. I’m really frugal and I don’t especially love to shop, unless I can find something for a great deal, that fits me perfectly, and doesn’t shrink when I wash it.
22. When I was little I loved Anne of Green Gables so much I tried to change my name to Anne and told everyone to call me that and even wrote “Anne Shirley” on all my school papers.
23. I’m a wanna-be photographer and wish I was better at it.
24. I’m a wanna-be writer and wish I was better at it. I’ve always wanted to have a book published. (Hmmmm, maybe I should actually write more.)
25. I love to play fiddle tunes!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Beloved Teacher.....

My very first violin teacher, Mr. Burch, passed away last week after a five year battle with cancer. He was the one who brought violins into my 4th grade classroom and played them for us and said that whoever was interested could join the orchestra, and I ran home that day to tell my mom I was going to play the violin! He taught me multiple times a week all through elementary school, and then for the 4 years of high school I saw him daily for orchestra class. Oh how I loved him! He played a mean fiddle, and he was always happy to sit and chat with students during lunch or after school. You'll be missed Mr. Burch!