Friday, November 13, 2009

Cinderella Kissed a Fella...

Last night I went to a business dinner with Eric and visited with some of his colleagues. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed meeting some new people, including a couple of people visiting from England and Japan. The food was delicious and the company quite fun. The dinner ended a bit early in the evening and we have such a wonderful babysitter, so we went for dessert and additional 'alone' time. I love my husband. I love that we enjoy spending time together. I love that we can talk about most things and understand and appreciate each other's humor. I love being married. I love dating my husband. I love getting ready for a date. (I take the time to lose the mom ponytail, put on my makeup, shape and polish my nails, shave my legs, a hint of perfume and suddenly I remember a bit of the pre-kids me. The truth is, there is no one but myself keeping me at home in 'cinders', why don't I take the time to go out to a 'ball' more often. It feels good. Something else to add to my 'things I can do better' list.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Happy Birthday Grandma! My Grandma is wonderful and such an amazing example to me. She raised five boys and a daughter. (Yes, FIVE boys) My Grandma works at the Temple every week. She is an exceptionally strong woman who has always been very generous and loving to her family and those around her. As a child, I loved spending the night at her house and getting a warm glass of milk with some molasses stirred in before bed. One of my favorite memories was the time I was able to stay with her to be her helper for about a week after she had surgery. I loved all that one on one time. Grandma is also quite an artist, although she hasn't painted for years, I love her paintings of flowers. :-) Happy Birthday Grandma! Wish I were there to celebrate with you. I love you, see you at Christmas.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Trick or Treat!

The kids cleaning out Big Bertha, she weighed in at a whopping 31 lbs!

We had a wonderful Halloween! Katryn and Lindsay went as Princess Leia and Darth Vader respectively. Mackenzie was a fierce tiger and Nathan a very sweet scarecrow. We spent the morning carving our pumpkins and then the face painting. Eric took them out to trick-or-treat while Nathan and I manned our haunted house for trick-or-treaters. (Sadly, we only had about 15 total kids come to our place. We live in a very small neighborhood and most skip it in favor of the candy paradise across the main street from us. For example, they had no less then 100 carved jack o'lanterns lining the street) Our kids went to the homes in our neighborhood then went to the other one as well :-) It was wonderful! One of our neighbors sat out on a bench near the front door, looking very much like a scary statue. As the kids rang the doorbell, he asked them to get him some candy as well. Mackenzie was more than wary at any other sizable 'decorations', the rest of the night! After it was all over, much candy eaten, and counted, faces washed, bobby pins removed, we went our treaters off to bed with smiles on their faces.

I lamented that the variety of candy had greatly diminished. Not one piece of Brach's Royal Cremes (I love the Butter Rum and Raspberry), nor a piece of Pal gum, you know the one, chew it 25 times then the flavor is gone, mmmm and not single butterscotch. I was part of the problem. I succumbed to the Costco Chocolate bag, M&Ms galore, Snickers, Crunch bars, and the usual. I love Halloween candy. It is not always the best, but it is fun to have the variety once a year. Candy Corn :-) Next year, I am going to give a variety of candy, avoid the chocolate usuals and smile.