Thursday, July 24, 2008

OCD with Twilight

Okay, so I know I'm a little behind on all of this, but I just read Twilight and I really COULD NOT STOP READING IT. And when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. And now that I'm done reading it, I want to read it again, but this time hopefully with a slower pace.
I absolutely love it. And last night we watched a movie and there was a sneak peak for it before the movie and I CANNOT wait to see the movie! I hope it's just like the book and that they don't change it much. Check out the clip - it seems like it will be similar.
I want to read the next book in the series, but I don't want to stop all life around me again to do it and so I need to wait and cool down for a little bit... :)
Did anyone else have this kind of obsession with this book?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ella walks!

Ella has been walking so much this week - she has just taken off! She's still so wobbly, but she's doing fantastic. And she's just so proud of herself.
Oh - and she's also learned how to go DOWN the stairs, which is great. Now we don't have to block the stairs off and she finds forever entertainment going up and down the stairs. What a big girl!
Hooray for Ella!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Our Garden

So, a neighbor owns a 5 acre lot a block away from our home and decided to let people who wanted, grow a garden in an enclosed area on the lot. So, I took him up on it, along with 3 others. I have about 300 square feet and am growing beets, onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn, squash, and cucumbers. It is located right behind the Carpenter Seed store located on the old State Street in Provo. Since these pictures were taken, I have staked up more of the tomatoes and weeded the onions. Notice I used two old stool bases for the tomatoes. They were $1 each at DI, which is about $3 cheaper than the wire cages at a store. Nice, eh?! It is fun to have a garden to take care of, but sometimes hard to take the time to water and care for it. Still, worth it.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Last night I went to a viewing of 3 people who were killed last Sunday in a really bad auto accident. It was something I haven't done in a long time (go to a viewing) and hopefully I won't ever do it again in that way (3 people all at the same time). I didn't directly know the people who had died, but let me explain the connection. Barbara and Roger Keep are some of my parents best friends and I've known them my whole life (they live in San Luis). Their oldest son, Mark, was married to a woman named Chris a few years back and they had 2 children together (Mark and Alissa), I believe. Chris had a son from a previous marriage - Tyler. Chris had been re-married to a man named Darren. So Alissa (age 7), Tyler (age 15) and Darren were all killed in the accident last Sunday, leaving just Chris and Mark behind. Horrible, horrible situation.
The whole Keep family was there and I've known them all so long, I have a great love for all of them - they're almost like my own family. It was sad knowing how sad they are.
Alissa and Tyler had open caskets. Alissa was dressed in a really pretty dress and her hair was all curled. Leslie said that unfortunately with all of the make up on her you couldn't see her cute freckles, which was true - I would have never known that she had them. She was holding a horse in one hand and inside the door of the casket it said "our little princess." The funny thing, though, was that she just didn't seem real. It didn't seem like a little girl once inhabited that body. It seemed more like a wax statue or something.
I didn't speak to Chris (I don't know her at all), but my heart hurt for her. How was she doing it? How was she standing there, smiling, and talking to everyone? She just lost 2 of her children and her husband. She had a sling on her arm and is still recovering physically from the accident herself. How could someone handle such devastation?
And poor little Mark. The Keep kids were so worried about him, saying that he has NO idea how to handle all of the this, which is understandable - he's probably around 9 or 10 years old. He was also in the accident and saw all of it happen.
This was an interesting and very sad experience that I wanted to share. It's been sad and touching to watch this situation from the outside - I can't even imagine, nor would I ever want to, what it must feel like on the inside.

Sunday, July 06, 2008


Check out my funny loaves of bread! We've been working on cutting down our grocery budget and so I've been making bread for the past 3 or 4 weeks. These 2 loaves were my first attempt. They look absolutely ridiculous (I kept picking pieces and putting them back and forth between the 2 loaves) and I had a funny time making them. As I was telling Adam about my experience he said to me "I can't tell you how many times my Mom left out the salt" and I said "...SALT...?" I forgot the salt, too!
It sure was a humorous first attempt!

Ward Camp out

Here we are at our ward camp out last week. We camped in Diamond Fork Canyon and had a fun time. Ella stayed with Adam's parents, which ended up being wonderful. But we quickly learned that it isn't very easy camping with a 2 year old. We went into our tent to go to sleep around 10:30. Henry first decided that he wanted to go home and sleep in his bed and so he cried and cried. Then once we got him calmed down he decided that it was time to play and have fun and so he went through a phase of talking and playing. Then finally he decided to go to sleep, but I think he was on his second wind because he tried and tried and tried to sleep for a very long time before he actually fell asleep. I have no idea what time it was by then, but it had to have been past midnight. Then he promptly awoke at 6:30. We were sure exhausted the next day! And now he keeps asking to go camping. All in all it was a good time!