This is my alarm clock. She is adorable, even early in the morning. She walks quietly in to see if I am awake. If my eyes are closed she will slip away and return later. It's like having a snooze alarm. She usually has two important questions for me..."Is it time to swim" and "Can I ride your elevator?" I love waking up to this face.
Your comments about my last post were so fabulous they require a post of their own.
I could send you a couple of my kids if you want. They are fairly low maintenance and pretty good company. Thanks Liz. I am currently accepting applications. Even better if they can cook and drive.
You better come up with something fabulous to do when she's gone. I've been learning from your example for years now. Kim, it's time for you to find a new role model because I may find myself in a psyche ward next year.
I'll be there to virtually hold your hand and supply you an endless line of magazines and books. Remind me again why you had to move? I need a new matinee buddy.
Maybe you could take up online gambling? This actually sounds intriguing. I could fund my other hobby...shopping. Mama needs a new pair of shoes.
Time certainly flies by way too quickly! Such beautiful sweet girls. Did you have to rub it in Katie? Just for that you have to bring the boys over so I can see in person how big they are now.
This and That said...
Write a book. I think you have a lot of thoughtful insight to share. You are the thoughtful one. I have nothing but nonsense to share. This blog is all the junk in my head. Writing a book is too much like work. You know my famous writer friend Merrilee. Sometimes she writes about me. I think she keeps me around for good material.
As for empty nest happening-my children love visiting other homes and I have no problems leaving them for extended periods of time. Heather, as previously mentioned, I am accepting applications. Brynn would love to have some younger siblings. We could share custody.
I'm just hoping college brings her my way...Sis, I'm willing to work out a trade.
repression and denial. that's what i suggest you take up. Why didn't I think of that? I'm better at depression. I will try the Scarlett O'hara approach to life. Fiddle-dee-dee. I'll think about that tomorrow.
...make glass beads...I may have mentioned that I am craft impaired. Really, the stuff I have made can only be called crap. I tried making jewelry a few years back with my daughter. I have a bag filled with the hideous stuff I created. Bad. I can't even make cute stuff with beads I have purchased. But thanks for the idea. If I make a bunch of money with my new online gambling skills maybe I can buy some new beautiful jewelry.
knitting? Brigitta, I am not a h00ker. My ya-yas are always telling me to crochet bandages for lepers and hats for newborns. Umm, no thanks. Not even a leper or an under privileged child would want to wear my sorry creations.
p.s. Bermuda was so absolutely wonderful and beautiful and just perfect. We actually stayed at the fairmont in Southhampton (same place you were at) Loved all the beaches. Ok, travel is on the list for sure. Bermuda is a little slice of heaven.
HEEELLLOOO! Be a personal shoe shopper! Duh?! Robin, you state the obvious. My services are free people, you will have to buy your own shoes. Just tell me your style preference and heel height and I will send you links to find your perfect shoes.
Thanks for all of your input. I actually looked up some free online class options and the only thing that interested me is a class on The Book of Revelations. I panicked at the thought of actually signing up for this class because if I fail does that mean I am going to hell. Something to consider. There is a pretty good chance of that happening already and I don't want to secure my spot.
Brynn is in the land of 10,000 lakes and 100,000 mosquitos. She is attending EFY with her cousin Hanna. As she was packing, I couldn't help thinking that next year she will be packing to go away to college. My nest will be empty. I'm freaking out.
I'm gonna be a hot mess. I really need to get a life and quick. I will take any suggestions. I am limited as to what I can do. It must be something I can do at home while seated. Here is where the problem lies. I am craft impaired and I pretty much hate all crafts. I have no desire to take an on-line class because you have to take tests and write papers and yeah, that may be why I quit college. I guess I'll just keep playing on face in hole.comand other such junk. I can't even read on dizzy days. So give me all your ideas.
These girls are like sisters and today they had to say good bye. The middle one is on her way to college before Brynn gets back. They have been BFFs for 10 years or so. Luckily, the little sis will still be here and I think Brynn may move into their house permanently. She already lives there half the time now.
I've been crying on and off all day. Even though we will see the BFF in July and again in August. It is the end of an era and I'm not ready.
Lucky magazine is my all time favorite fashion publication. This is because the cover never mentions how to lose 10 lbs in 10 minutes or look 10 years younger in 10 seconds. I'm not embarassed to have my daughter flip through it either. The best feature ever was the shoe of the month...I can't figure out why they would dispense with such a critical feature. Lucky for me they still display plenty of shoes. This article about spring shoe trends caught my eye. Now this is a style that I can work with.
I like the multi-color and multi-texture of this pair. Patent leather, suede and linen with a mix of coral, brown and tan.
My sliver wedges may be tiny slivers but what they lack in height they make up for in style.
Another missionary mom blogger came to the rescue last week. Remember how it was Elder Jordan's birthday, well Julie kindly e-mailed me to get the address where my missionary currently resides. She wanted to deliver a birthday treat. Thank heaven for this sweet stalker. She got pictures of his house while she loitered in the neighborhood hoping to run into Elder J. Apparently, the neighborhood watch team is on their toes because a police car showed up. Julie took her cue to leave, but not before she left a cake and card for him with her phone number.
As luck would have it, Elder Jordy actually called Julie that night to thank her, well I hope he remembered to thank her, and give me a message. He said he loves me. I cried when I got Julie's e-mail on June 8th. The next day when we got E. Jordan's e-mail he mentioned that he had not gotten his birthday package or any of the 6 birthday cards we sent. Come on, he's only two states away. I won't find out until Tuesday if he ever got his birthday in a box. Julie saved the day. She has a son on a mission who is coming home in 17 days...but who's counting.
Another blog friend, Robin introduced me to Julie. This blogging network is crazy goodness.
I feel like I'm 15 again. I've been studying for finals. I can't wait to drive. I got some new accessories... I'll be practicing my closed mouth smile.
For thirteen months I've been faithfully wearing my Invisalign trays. In his pursuit of perfection my orthodontist suggested...
braces on the top front teeth for 12 weeks.
Since I've come this far I figured I might as well go for the perfect smile. I also will be able to enjoy the flat screen TVs that have been installed recently at each chair. I'm sure we funded at least a couple of those.
The difference between 15 and 47 is that...
I don't have to take finals.
I have a nice car and driver.
I have better accessories.
Braces don't hurt after giving birth to three children.
I have footwear in all the metallics. Silver, gold, bronze, platinum even pewter. This season a new metallic has emerged, rose gold. Handbags and shoes in this beautiful pink tone are appearing on my fashion radar. I adore the braided t-strap and closed back.
Metallics are totally neutral and if you don't own a pair, what are you waiting for?
I gave myself a pedicure because I like my toenails short and the ladies at the nail salon think long toenails are better. Gross. I did a bad job but sometimes I just have to take care of things on my own. I also had a migraine and the thought of the brightly lit salon with strong fumes and the ladies shrill chattering in another language put me over the edge.
Jordan at 2 months and weighing in at 18 lbs 5 years 10 years
Please note the writing on his hand.
Who needs a day planner when you have your personal palm pilot.
I wonder if he still uses this organization technique.
Elder Jordan is not a teenager anymore.
Today he turns 20.
Let's get this party started!
Birthday in a box
Cake and ice cream
Some of his favorite stuff. My boy loves stretchy snakes, pinkie balls and punch balloons. Always has. When he was little he had a bouncy ball collection and there are still marks on our ceiling from all the stretchy animals that have lived there over the years.
Of course I added Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Especially For Youth Music, a new tie and other stuff he requested. I love flat rate boxes. We send him a box every month. They are stuffed to full capacity. This is my way of nurturing him while he is gone.