Thursday, December 27, 2012

Skating at Olympic Oval

Ethen was a champ skating at the SLC Olympic Oval rink.  Bob called him a fugitive nursing home resident.  He was so fast!  I think he loved the speed.

Maya did so well too!  She could skate around the entire oval by herself by the end of the night.  It was her first time on skates too, and she took a few pointers from Lance and then was off!

Fun times.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Daily December 6-10

Monday, December 17, 2012

Daily December 1-5

Once again I've decided to document each day of December in a small mini album. It's fun to look back at them over the years.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quote of the Day - Holiday Edition

When walking into Dillard's, Ethen was mesmerized by the pretty decorations and things.  While passing the Ladies' special occasion dresses, he said, "Oooh, pretty.  I'm gonna buy one for my other mom."


While listening to the 12 Days of Christmas on the cd in the car Maya informed me that she knew what this song was about.

"Really?"  I responded, "and what is that?"

"It's about a dad.  And he was giving his looovely wife some gifts.  But these are all bad gifts...except the five golden rings...those are the best gift.  That's why they sing that part higher."

I'd have to say I agree, sweetheart.  This lovely wife doesn't want any geese a layin' anything this year --especially a goose egg.


I love hearing the kids singing Christmas songs.   Each night I try to sing them a different one, and we are also listening to a cd when we drive in the car.  My favorite lyrics from Maya this year are:

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la la.
'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la.
Join me on my way to peril, FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Look what we could have bought at Gatorfest...

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sweet Maya's musings...

I try to document life.  Some things are too precious to not share.  

Translation (in case you don't read First Grader):  My friend Lauren came over to my house.  Her mom brought pumpkin pie with frosting on it.  We played for a little while.  I showed them our toys.  We have girl's toys and boy's toys.  When they left I sneaked over to the counter.  I licked it.  It was so good.  I licked it more.

Her art has really been impressing me lately.  I love the attention to detail in this picture -- the frames on the wall.  She even captured what I was wearing that day (she didn't make this picture on the same day, she remembered those details).

Translation:  Yesterday it was my mom's birthday.  It was fun!  I got my mom a volcano.  She liked it.

 I love this!  Her goggles crack me up. 

Translation:  Last night we got our volcano to go kaboom!  with baking soda and vinegar.  It was fun!  We got it to erupt three times.  It was so awesome.  I was wearing my goggles.  It was exploding everywhere!  I was so surprised.  It was my second time making it go kaboom.

She brings home books she's made quite frequently.  This one touched my heart.  When we thought we were going to move to Dubai we explained the whole Israeli-Palestinian conflict to her.  Poor girl.  She knows more about the world now than I did when I graduated high school!

Translation: TITLE: Where I'm going for Christmas break?
Where am I going for Christmas break?  Am I going to New York?  No.
Am I going to Dubai?  No.
Am I going to Utah?  Yes.

I am loving this age.  Maya, you are such a sweet girl.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012