Tuesday, August 31, 2010

28 - ain't it great

Part 1 of the summer recap:

I had a birthday at the beginning of June. I wanted to celebrate with good friends and good food. Unfortunately the weather didn't want to cooperate and the date I originally planned to celebrate turned out wet and cold...not ideal for an outdoor dinner party. So we postponed until the following weekend - which worked out so that Bryce could get laid off a few days before the festivities.

Yes, Bryce got laid off at the beginning of June and was out of work until mid-July which made the birthday and Father's Day and anniversary festivities a little less festive and a lot more stressful, but it all worked out. The problem with getting laid off is that you never know how long it will take before you are employed again, so even if you have money in savings you feel like you can't spend any of it because you might need every last penny if you are still unemployed in six months or a year or what-have-you. And while you'd like to say "Hey, we should use this unexpected free time and go on vacation or re-do the master bedroom or finish the downstairs bath, etc." you don't because you don't want to spend the money. And then you go back to work and have no time to do any of those things again. Being unemployed is definitely not my favorite state of being. We were fortunate to end up no worse for the wear.

One of the first things we did after involuntarily losing our income was to cancel the cable tv. Which led to 2010 being the Summer of No Television. I thought the boys would go into withdrawals, but they were perfectly happy to just watch the occasional movie. I, on the other hand, found my kid-free evenings rather boring and was missing my Food Network shows. Settling for Top Chef on hulu.com just doesn't cut it.

So back to the birthday. I had a birthday. I spent the morning taking the boys to one of their summer movies at the Scera, then had lunch with some friends, then waited for Bryce to come home, then took Will to his baseball practice, and finished with dinner at the Olive Garden and cake back at home.

I tried to keep Sawyer occupied on the playground while Will had baseball. This lasted about 5 minutes and then he went back to whining that he wanted to play baseball too.

Care bear stare.

The following week we had our cook-out. "Now everybody turn around so no one will be identifiable on the internet. Good job." (Yes, this is the best and only picture I had.) It's good to have friends. In my head, this party was supposed to look like this:

(image from jordanferney.blogspot.com via google images)

I'd say we came pretty close. The pompoms on the fence really did it. Did I mention that it is good to have friends who don't care that your parties don't look like this?

Friday, August 20, 2010

1,000 words x about 100

I finally posted these pictures - all 90 something of them (when you count the color and sepia versions). So sweet. So if you recognize this baby you can look at the pictures in my photobucket album.

Monday, August 02, 2010

World view and evolution of the species

We spent the weekend in Salt Lake and while we were there the boys begged some money off of my brother and co. to throw in the fountain on Temple Square. Sawyer loves nothing more than to throw money into fountains. Will used to like it too. This time he kept his pennies in his little fist and then explained "Whenever I throw them in my wishes don't come true...so I'm just going to keep them!" So there universe.

Will was trying to find a lost Walkie Talkie the other day. I was helping him look around the house and he stopped and said "I know! I should say a prayer! My teacher said that Drew lost his squirt gun and he said a prayer and he found it." He immediately plunked down and offered up a little prayer asking to find the Walkie Talkie. As soon as he finished he stood up, looked around the room, and said "That didn't work at all! I don't see it anywhere!" I tried to explain that he also had to put in some effort and look for it - which he did for about 1 minute before giving up. By the next day we still hadn't found it and Will's conclusion was "Well I would say a prayer, but that didn't work at all last time!"

Eventually I will put up some real blog posts with pictures. I just think it will be funny to remember the things the boys said when they were little. Speaking of things that are funny - if you hand Sawyer something that he likes he snuggles it up against his face and makes this noise like "Mmmm meow meow!" I'm not sure why. He will do it with anything - his blanky, a piece of candy, a stuffed animal, a bottle of Powerade - anything that he is happy to receive, especially if you hand it to him when he isn't expecting it.

And he still sleeps in a crib packed full of stuffed animals. He won't let me take any out. There are about 30 in there. He burrows in with them at night and it looks like a big litter of puppies or something. He likes to sleep totally against stuffed animals or the sides or his crib. If he ends up in my bed he will sleep pressed up against me or Bryce or turn sideways so that he is up against the headboard. He was in our bed last night and I woke up to find that he had slid down between two of the log spindles of the headboard and was stuck in a standing position between the headboard and the wall. He didn't seem to care since he was still asleep, but it freaked me out!