Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Reception, Part 2

The picnic table was moved off the deck onto the grass where it became the "kid table". We covered it with paper, then added crayons, balloons, and bubbles.

The Reception (Part 1) can be seen here and the reception TREATS can be seen here.

Photography for this post by Haley Ann Warner

Monday, September 27, 2010

It's a Real Lemon

Yesterday I had a complete FAIL. This is my first (and most likely last) attempt at making a lemon meringue pie. My sweet mother-in-law requested one to celebrate her 86th birthday and I love her so much that I gave it a shot. I CAN bake pecan, peach, apple, and pumpkin pies, but, obviously, not a lemon meringue.

It doesn't look a bit like the one my mom used to make and not even close to Martha's (below). *Sigh*

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It was so sorrowful looking that I could only muster up putting one lowly candle in it.

My kind and gracious mother-in-law insisted that it didn't matter what it LOOKED like, only what it TASTED like. I must admit it really was delicious, even if it did turn out to be a lemon of a lemon meringue pie!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Forever Starts Today

Rachel and David were married in the Provo Utah temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 13, 2010. They were married not only for their lifetime, but for eternity as well.

Coming out of the temple to be greeted by loving family and friends

Group shot
With sisters and new sisters-in-law

Supporting Kellie

Just the two of them on the temple grounds

Together Forever

Photography by Haley Ann Warner

Click here for a 3 minute video of why those of my faith build temples.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Quite Surprised

I was quite surprised this week to have received a blog award. Me? What?

Nichole from Happily Ever After Again awarded me

Thanks so much, Nichole!

 This is quite an honor since Nichole doesn't know me IRL (in real life).

One of the "rules" of this award is that I need to pass it on to ten other bloggers (yes, it is a pyramid of sorts, but it could be fun.) The chosen ten are family and friends whose blogs I quietly stalked for a good year.  I basically was a "lurker". It wasn't until I began blogging myself that I decided to "follow" them publicly or even comment. That was a huge step.

I have wondered why "followers" and "comments" mean so much and I guess it is the desire to be validated (even though this blog is mainly for posterity's sake.) Perhaps my love language is "words of affirmation"? At least in the blogosphere it must be.

So, to thank my original (plus two) inspirational bloggers I encourage you to check out these blogs--real people with real lives.

I also must comply by listing ten things I like. It is so hard to narrow my like-able things down to ten so I am going for my current favorite foods (excluding sweets, which is a list all by itself).
  • a great salad
  • my mom's potato rolls
  • shrimp with garlic and butter
  • crab with butter
  • chicken satay with peanut sauce
  • bleu cheese and Brie
  • fresh raspberries and peaches
  • fresh tomatoes with fresh basil
  • Brian's marinated and grilled flank steak
  • artisan breads

Here are the official rules:
1. Post who gave you this award.
2. Name 10 things you like.
3. Give this award to 10 other people and notify them with a comment.

P.S. If I were a sociologist I would definitely study the sociology of blogging.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

REaDy for Fall

I am REaDy for this first day of Fall. Camera in hand I scrutinized my yard for my favorite autumn color. This is what I found:

RED Apples

RED burning bush leaves

RED roses

Red-centered daisy

RED berry?

A bird must have dropped this berry (or teensy-weensy tomato--it was hard to tell.) There is nothing remotely like it anywhere in my yard. It reminded me of our mysterious walnut tree.

I quite enjoyed this photographic exercise and may try it with the other spokes of the color wheel some day.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Just the Two of Us

My brother-in-law, Jerry, took this picture of Brian and I as the newlyweds were leaving for their honeymoon. I think it captures how, in the end, it really comes down to just the two of us.

As we watched Rachel and David go, it struck me deeply that she really wasn't mine any more. She was his and that was how it should be. It would be just the two of them together from now on--working it out and working it through.

I remember when Brian and I left on our honeymoon and "just the two of us" began.

Twenty-six years and four kids later, we are happy. It has not been easy. It has not been graceful. There has been much learning and growth, but I am glad that in the end it will be just the two of us. Our challenge is to keep it strong NOW so when all the kids leave, we won't look at each other and wonder "who in the world are you and what are we going to do now?"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Back and Forth

This is the view I have had all week. No stories or parables or funny moments to share. Just back and forth, back and forth to schools, soccer practice, basketball training, band rehearsals, organ practicing, shopping, etc.

I am grateful I am at the stage of life when I don't have to buckle little ones in and out of car seats and tote them along. The kids I drive around now are the ones who just about grew up in the back of the car as I chauffeured their older sisters about.

This season will pass, but I do think I need to hit the library for some more books on CD.

My friend Shannon inspired this post--nice to have friends who understand.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September is Soccer

September is soccer season at our house with practices and games almost every day. Celtic Storm and the University of Utah are our teams of choice. Today I highlight Utah--especially Ute #7.


The awkward chest bump with Swoop

The young fans

The Star Spangled Banner

The action

The autographs

The end

Friday, September 10, 2010

Praying Mantis

Abby walked home from school with this little guy in her lunchbox. She found him on the playground and wanted to keep him as a pet, but I wouldn't let her. I explained that he/she would be much happier on the flowers outside.

There is something magical about finding a praying mantis. Their insect qualities seem to disappear and I have always watched them with curiosity. This week they seem to be a fading reminder of summer.