Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sew, sew, suck your toe

I really like sewing. I could get lost in the fabric store for hours. Hancock Fabric on Center St. in Orem used to take me captive for hours. Children and fabric stores is like an elephant in a glass house. I would not recommend it, but I digress. Even though I love sewing I wouldn't say I'm not very good at it. It never looks perfect and I always mess up, but I still love it. Except that sometimes I do get down on not being amazing so I'll stash everything away for awhile. Katy, at no big dill has been celebrating sewing month with some amazingness and I was inspired. I'm currently sewing some matching pjs for the girls and my goal is to be finished by tonight, the end of September, so I'll show those in a future post. Last year I got my sewing on when Gen really wanted me to be a "nice witch". She must have known that almost all women costumes are skanky. That left me to sewing and above is my completed work.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Rain in Kansas, not Durham



In The Rain-

E. E. Cummings

in the rain-
darkness,     the sunset
being sheathed i sit and
think of you

the holy
city which is your face
your little cheeks the streets
of smiles

your eyes half-
half-angel and your drowsy
lips where float flowers of kiss

there is the sweet shy pirouette
your hair
and then

your dancesong
soul.     rarely-beloved
a single star is
uttered,and i

       of you 
Gosh I love the rain and e.e. cummings and reading e.e. cummings while it's raining. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Duke Give Me Back My Husband!

Some couples may send each other cute little bears and roses, we mostly shower each other with unique displays of our love. Sure there are the usual, normal love letters, but to spice things up we'll leave each other things like this. Russ has been crazy busy with Fuqua and whatever he does there. Seriously, we used to talk about every detail of our lives and lately he is so busy, he often comes to bed way after me. He has also been eating some of his dinners solo, so I left him this lovely left-over of my "dessert" next to his plate. I thought it would make his dinner SO appetizing.

Fruit Fly Infiltration

Who knew that a minuscule, black bug that doesn't sting or bite could be so annoying? I'm not even sure if they are fruit flies because they seem to like our plants mainly and I swear they are killing my poor plants. But then again, I do have a black thumb, but that's another story. So I had a lovely friend suggest making a charming concoction of vinegar, fruit juice and dish soap to rid ourselves of said fruit flies. Who knew something so pretty could be so deadly. I sense a Sunday school connection coming. . . Well the poison has done a pretty decent job so far and I even added some rotting fruit to entice the flies further, but the nasty guys are still buzzing about and I haven't killed all of them yet. And Biology at Provo High with the magnificent Miss Cooper keeps running through my head. Remember how fruit flies were so great for genetic experiments because they had such a fast reproduction rate? Well I'm remembering and it makes me frantic to get rid of these dang fruit flies before we have a full flown experiment going on ourselves. So any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kids and TV Watching

Ok I'll be totally honest, my kids watch too much TV for my liking, but I'm really struggling with how to get away from that. I don't know what your kids are like, but mine will not leave me alone if the TV isn't on. So it seems that if I am going to clean the house or do anything besides entertain, the TV has got to be on. Now I know of all kinds of cool things and activities I can do with my kids, so that's not the advice I'm looking for. But what I'm anxious to find out, is how do you get your kids to play on their own? How much do your kids watch TV really? I'm going to put a poll on the sidebar and maybe with the anonymous thing we can kind of see what's going on and really I want to know if I'm abnormal. And then we could maybe do another poll about how much TV you think kids SHOULD be watching. And get those ideas running on how to get rid of my kiddos being clingy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Being A Parent Hurts Sometimes

Tonight we had some friends over to play and eat and in all of the commotion, while trying to talk, Genevieve is going crazy jumping up and down and jumped into my now very, very fat lip. I want to cry. I look like I've been in some crazy fight and I'm wondering if I can go out in public like this. Will people think I've been beaten? Will they dig my new baby lisp? Icing your fat lip seems to do nothing but make your jaw hurt. Or maybe it kept me from looking like I had a golf ball surgically implanted into my lip, instead of a marble. Will you still talk to me in person if I look like this?

Sunday, September 19, 2010


It's bad when your kid cuts her hair, but it's kind of worse when who knows how many days have passed and you're staring at your child (which I do all the time. Is that weird?) and you start to wonder, "Did she cut her hair?" and you sit there for awhile and you can't be sure. And so you ask said child if she cut her hair and after skirting the issue as you thought only a teenager could do, you finally pin her down to a yes. And again I know most parents wouldn't do this but I just have to know. " what did you do with the hair Gen?" "Oh I put it in the garbage." Ok so this is why I've seen no stray clumps of hair lying about. "And Gen did you do this during quiet time?" "Not today mom." "Right I know not today but some quiet time awhile ago?" "Yeah." At this point I'm thinking maybe quiet time is not the sheer bliss I had thought it was and I'm still trying to figure out if she was initially trying to slyly answer my previous question or if she still doesn't understand that whole time concept. And I'm also trying to figure out why she would do this again. Last time it was to Hannah and maybe she thought she did such an awesome job she'd try it on herself, but that was over six months ago. I just can't figure it out. And then she hid the evidence and said nothing. I just don't know what to think. I love her to bits but she can definitely be a handful.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wrightsville Beach


The Beach was lovely and a good way to spend a day when Russ was going to be gone ALL DAY LONG! I was even brave/crazy and I took the girls out swimming. They were begging to go out and I was begging inwardly. It worked, but it would have been much easier having Russ there. The water was warmer and prettier than California water which was a happy change, but I love any beach anywhere, so I'm easy to please.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sunday Walk

Going on a walk seems like a good idea, right? Especially on a Sunday afternoon when you are far from family and the usual family visits. But it's mostly a mixed bag when you throw two very opinionated girls into that walk. We first tried a trail in the Duke forest which was beautiful and smelled divine. Gen didn't want to be in the stroller and then she did, because she was getting sand in her shoes and then Hannah wanted out and then back in again, all the while she was holding onto her naked barbie that she insisted on leaving naked. Let's hope none of the runners/walkers were too scarred. After the regular stroller was struggling on the rugged path we headed onto the Duke Gardens. They were beautiful but we were all a little disturbed by the waterfowl that seriously look like a goose and a turkey had mated. I think if the kids were glued to the stroller and had to permanently remain there without screaming we would have had magic, but really I probably just need to relax and realize I'm not going to get any exercise on these family walks.
Oh and one of those latest opinions in that Gen is despising having her picture taken and Hannah does whatever or doesn't do whatever Gen is/isn't doing, so here is a picture of the only two who would cooperate.

See what I mean?


We went to the Beach! Blog coming soon!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Motherly Advice

As I was putting Genevieve to bed a few nights ago, she put on her serious face and in a very motherly tone told me the following three things:

"Mom, when you go to bed you need to wash your make-up off. Make sure you do that, ok? When dad comes home, you need to tell him that you put Hannah and I into bed and that we are asleep. And give him and hug and a kiss from me."

Sometimes she's way too old for her own good, but she makes me laugh with all of the things that fall out of her mouth. I hope it never ends.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Seen This Man?!

See this man up here? That's good. At least someone is, because I'm not seeing a whole lot of him myself lately. I knew this was probably going to be how this first year was going to go, but knowing and doing are sadly different. The worst part is that his schedule changes constantly and at the last minute, so I never know what to expect. Hold dinner, hold bed time, who knows?! You're coming home?! Awesome! Oh wait, you're not. Well all this reinforces to me is that Russ better not be dying on me or leaving me because, wow that would be as awful as I ever worried about. Tips, sympathy are all appreciated. . .

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I LOVE our ward! It's full of intelligent, happy, friendly people who find themselves in a similar place (husband-less, poor as poor and our hands full of active little people). This lends itself to a plethora of possible friends for me and the girls. Ah lovely. They also have a wonderful amount of things to keep us hanging out while we go without. One such day is playgroup day. Here is a picture from last week's playgroup. A couple of kids didn't make the picture, but lots for one little playgroup, no?

Monday, September 6, 2010


We have joyfully been trying out all sorts of eating options in Durham. Some have been amazing and some, not so much. Surprisingly some of the best food we've had so far, has been some really authentic delicious Mexican food. We went to one such place Saturday night. However, I think we'll be sticking to our closer "cow on the roof trailer" Mexican joint. This other place was in the ghetto of Durham and well my Spanish is severely lacking and I was expected to use it and understand it.  We were the only gringos in the joint, a guy off the street tapped me on the shoulder, panhandling and by the end I was emotionally drained although quite happily fed. Oh and every salsa was flaming hot.

Yummy Hummus and Pita at Aladdin's

Sunday, September 5, 2010


I think that swimming is the most wonderful thing in the world and unfortunately me, in a swimsuit, is the only drawback. Have you ever been night swimming? Have you been swimming at night, in the ocean? Have you been skinny dipping in a lake? If you haven't you are missing out on one of this world's greatest joys. But really this post is about what we've been up to lately. My mom has been chastising me for the lack of pictures of my children. Bugs are cool mom, but your right my kids are way better. So here is a couple of us swimming with friends.

Friday, September 3, 2010


One of the first things we noticed the night we arrived in Durham were the cicadas. They can be SO loud sometimes and they will often resemble an electrical hum that makes you look around to see if there is a dilapidated power line sparking somewhere. When we were doing the first explore of the house, the girls of course, spotted the swing set in the backyard and wanted to head out. Our initial step out the door, Gen was ready to go back inside. "It's so noisy! What is that noise?  I'm scared, let's go back in." That my child was no rattlesnake, but likely some chorus of cicadas welcoming you. Don't worry she's gotten over it, but we still don't frequent the back yard too much. Something to do with the humidity and heat that don't retreat in the evenings as well as the voracious mosquito. They love me and the children and there are a million bazillion of them. In ten minutes, one evening, the children and I were absolutely covered. Russ however, is a magic mosquito man and had not a bite. We've also had a spider that was humongous trying to take over the swing set and another weird looking thing, that I still haven't been able to place, attempting to climb the stairs. Here are some pictures of a few of our new "friends".