Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
It was fortunate that Sage and Haven's dance recitals took place on the same night (this is good because they take lessons from the same place but the groups get split up on different nights for the Christmas recital). They were, however, at different times--Sage at 5:00 and Haven at 6:00. Not too bad except for now I have to keep two little kids happy for 2 hours. But it was great! Sage promises to smile more next time and Haven promises to only dance when her class dances next time. She danced on the side-line through all of the performances and even lost track of her surroundings during the last number and danced herself out onto the stage nearly missing being stepped on or kicked by some older girls before she was shooed back off-stage. But it was her first recital and how can she help it if she is moved by the music?
I can't stay mad at these faces for too long.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Hmmmm.....It seems like only hours ago (Eric-you may want to just skip reading this one)...After pulling in the parking lot I sat in the car for about 10 minutes while Ryder got in a little more nap time and I listened to The Pillers of the Earth on my iPod (when listening to a book I like to get to some sort of ending point before I get out of the car, if possible). I paused the iPod, put it in the center console, opened the back and side doors, and stepped out of the car. I retrieved the stroller from the back, put a now drowsy Ryder in the stroller, grabbed my purse and the bag of things I was returning, and began walking towards the store. I know I locked it. I distinctly remember hearing the beep. Now, did I close the back? Did I push that little button on the key? This is where I get a little fuzzy. I would at least like to think that I made an attempt and it just didn't work (that happens sometimes!). But I am just not sure.
-the diaper bag
-Sage's dance bag and shoes
-two car seats
-some mousse I just bought yesterday
-the book "I Capture the Castle"
-some lip stuff, pens, mascara, gum and a lot of what Eric would call "junk"
-2 sets of headphones for the dvd player (but not the remote because I already managed to lose that)
-several Christmas gifts (these were in the very back in plain sight of anyone walking past) worth quite a lot of money and one trip to the mall
-a lot of trash
-the whole van
I would like to add that before I left the house today I did remove the video camera from the car (left there after the girls' dance recital last night). So there was really no danger of ever losing that (this is for you, Eric, if you decided to read on).
I know that on a busy shopping day in an hours time there must have been a good deal of traffic passing by and boy, am I grateful that they did just that.
What have I learned from this? Sadly, nothing new. This is a lesson I have had the opportunity to learn before and apparently didn't. Will this time be the charm? I would like to think so. (Although, you would think that leaving the side door of a rental van open--with all of our vacation belongings inside--while we walked four blocks to watch the end of one of Eric's marathons would have been enough.) But I am going to go out on a limb and say, "This will never happen again." Probably.
Friday, December 7, 2007
These are some of the ornaments that Savannah collects. They were scattered all over so I couldn't get one good picture of them all.
These are most of Sage's Madam Alexander ornaments.
Haven's FairiesRyder's first Christmas ornament.
I guess these are sort of mine, I don't really collect anything. These are the Winnie the Pooh books. I couldn't even get them all in the picture-there are a lot!
For Eric from A Christmas Story. A Christmas classic for us.
The stockings are for a tradition that we started last year (the idea came from Family Fun). It is our own homemade advent calendar with perks (for the kids). Each sock represents December 1-25. And each day there is a small gift for one of the kids in that day's sock. The socks are open until that day passes and we close them when the child takes their gift out. It is a fun way to count down. On the 25th there is a gift for the whole family.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
(http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Blue-Ribbon-Overnight-Rolls/Detail.aspx - I actually put these in the refrigerator overnight instead of out on the counter. Then let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before working with them the next day).
So, as I begin to make the rolls my mom is helpful in getting the ingredients and tools out and ready for me. As I begin batch #1 (one of four) I am excited to use my mom's fancy new measuring cups. Actually I think she got them for Christmas last year but this is my first opportunity to use them. I would someday like to get some for myself!
It was quite fabulous! We all had such an amazing time. The resort was beautiful, the pool was great fun, the food (especially the brunch) was beyond delicious, and the company was the best. There were a few little hiccups (aren't there always) but they were easily ironed out when put in the hands of my very capable sister-in-law, Diana (she just knows how to get things done--matter of fact, by the time Diana had worked her magic you only had to mention the name "Elison" and things were handed to you).
Some other highlights that weekend were: BYU beating Utah, seeing the movie Enchanted, Savannah and Sage's yearly Thanksgiving night sleepover with Maren, inadvertently buying a new TV (MRK braved the crowds on Black Friday in order to do a little people watching at Walmart but came home with a new TV. Needless to say this little escapade did not go over too well with Natalie. They already have two very nice televisions and no need for a third. So Eric and I took it off their hands), grandma making us cozy new slippers, and visiting with the Clarks in St. George on the way home. It was a great weekend.
I am thankful for:
-my family (all of you!)
-a home and a car and running water and heat and air conditioning and indoor plumbing
-the gospel and all the blessings it brings
-books and the people who write them
and a few things I'm thankful for right at this moment for one reason or another:
cream of wheat, baby wipes, toothpaste, a bra that fits, Christmas music, candles, lotion, slippers, and Kleenex
I also want to tell you that Haven brought a cute little cut out of a hand home from preschool and on it was written, "I am thankful that my mom goes to Costco." I'm thankful for that too.
Need some Christmas fun in your life? http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1189023607
Until next time.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If you are not up to date on the daily happenings in the Elison household you may wonder how we could end up with duct tape on our extremely attractive black (with pearl flecks) Chrysler Town and Country minivan. It all started on a summer day in August of this year.....
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
1. Do you have insight to pass along to the world of blog readers?
2. Do you have extra time that you don't know what to do with?
3. Do you have beautiful and clever children whose antics should be shared with the world?
4. Are your writing talents so exceptional that they must be enjoyed by all?
5. Are you a world traveler who can share an abundance of information from around the world?
6. Are you more knowledgable than most in at least one subject?
7. Are you in dire need of some form of therapy but cannot afford it? So you hope that writing this blog may lead to self-discovery and an eventual return to sanity?
Of course number 7 is the only question to which I could give a resounding "yes" (although my children are beautiful, and if not always clever, then most of the time at least funny). So perhaps this will turn into something used exclusively for myself in an effort to reason out the root of my problems and pin down the sources of my happiness. Maybe then I can have more of the happiness part and less of those pesky problems. Or I can at least deal with them better. Are my expectations more than a little high for this effort? Probably. Could be that I'm setting myself up for more of that disappointment I've become so accustomed to.
Now before I really get off on the wrong foot and peg myself as a completely negative person, let's get to some of that happiness I was talking about. My kids, of course, are where I get most of that. And today I would like to talk about the happiness that is called "Ryder." He is 14 months old and it makes me happy just to think of him. He is mastering walking at the moment as the bruises all over him (mostly on his head) can attest to. He loves other kids and throwing things. I know he will have a rude awakening when I one day flip out and tell him to "stop throwing things for heaven's sake," when right now I just think it is funny. He is starting to assert himself a little more and is fighting back when someone (a sibling or a cousin) is bugging him. Again--pretty funny. That may change someday soon when he bloodies some kid's nose. But for now, pretty much everything he does is cute (aside from those nasty diapers that make me want to run for the hills). And as much as I love him, ahhhhh, those glorious naps and that early bedtime!