Sunday, May 31, 2009

Versoix Pool

Dave was back in Houston for another week, and a good friend invited us to the Versoix pool. Maya had a great time and it stymied another day of boredom while he is away. Not sure if she wants her kids online, so I blurred their faces.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Thursday, May 28, 2009

A little behind...

Here are the photos from week 19. I'm a little behind, but have lots coming soon. Mom and Shanda are currently visiting, and they are keeping me very busy, or I'm running them ragged--one or the other.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Old photos...

Scrappin some old photos. After this page, I only have 10 more to do and I'm caught up with Maya's album. I created this page in one hour.

Week 18

Okay, so the process is about documenting life, not perfecting the page, right? I don't like it, but it isn't worth doing over. Not all pages can be "miniature masterpieces" as Dave likes to term my scrapbook pages.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Miss Chievous

This is my last project from the Photoshop class.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

This picture pretty sums up my Mother's Day. We all lost our heads.

It started early about 6am when Maya decided it was time to get up. I had just crawled back into bed after feeding Ethen at 5:30am. "Maybe I'll get a nap today," I thought foolishly.

No expressions of Happy Mother's Day from my kids, just "MAMA!" (Translation, come here right now! I've done something crazy!") In this case it was Maya who had somehow broken the leg off of our dining room chair. How it happened, I will never know.

The chaos and mayhem is partly Dave's fault. He was supposed to be supervising Maya, but he can't do that from Houston. He left yesterday and will be gone almost a week.

The craziness continued as I tried to show off my mothering skills during Sacrament meeting while everyone shouted praises about motherhood. It didn't quite work as Maya colored on the pews, spoke loudly, snuck into the aisle, and finally ended up being taken out while shouting, "NOOO!" All of this with Ethen in my arms. After the meeting finally ended and I was sweating through my shirt, I leaned forward and asked the girl in front of me if her husband was also out of town, because she was sitting alone 9 months pregnant with her two kids. She replied that he was and then said out loud what I was thinking. "These chocolates they gave us are great, but what I really wanted was for them to end the meeting 20 minutes ago before my kids lose it!" I just chuckled. Amen, sister.

So after a crazy day, I called my mom and grandma and vented. They laughed and said that's why motherhood was for the young. I should have started 10 years ago. Bedtime proved to be the worst it's been in a long time. I won't go into those details.

I am reminded of a poem I once heard,

After awhile you learn the subtle differences
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up high
With the grace of an woman not the grief of a child

And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans.

And you learn that even sunshine burns
If you get too much.

So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth.

First item on the agenda today: Go buy myself some flowers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


For those who had heard we may be moving to Singapore, the official word is no (yes, we are both a little disappointed). We will be in Switzerland for the next while for those of you who were sad that you didn't get to come. But I still encourage you to get your passports ready and think about when you want to come visit, because we never know when we'll be asked to go somewhere!

Jared that means you!

Yesterday turned out to be a very good day (nearly perfect) with Ethen sleeping 7 hours the night before; Maya taking a nap (after nearly 2 weeks without one) while Ethen took a nap, while mommy took a nap; and completing 5 scrapbook pages (3 digital and 2 traditional). Here is one of them...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Grandpa and Grandma K come to visit!

We were excited to have Dave's parents with us for this past week. We had a little rainy weather, but it was still beautiful. Dave got to take a couple days off work to spend time with them.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Around town

Genthod (pronounced zhan-toe) is the little village we live in. About 5 miles from the city of Geneva, it's population is only around 2700. We have pastures of cows, buffalo, and horses just down the road. One school, one post office, one restaurant, one church and a city building are pretty much all that make up the town.

I feel like I'm right back at home (I'm from Moore, Idaho (population 210) that had one post office, one store, one church, and 2 bars).

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

I can still celebrate it in Switzerland, can't I? In honor of the day, I got this free Photoshop template. You, too, can have it. Just go here.