Friday, March 28, 2008

If You Know You're Obsessed It's Okay...Right?



As much as I dislike informing my family and friends of my many weaknesses, I know that an accurate depiction of my life this past week would be incomplete without mentioning my latest shallow (yet entertaining) obsession. So let it be said from the get-go that I am well aware of the time I have wasted and of what could have been accomplished had I been more responsible this past week or so. As a result I have no need of lecturing of any kind. Next to the cleanliness of my house (I'm quite sure that the whole family was clothed and fed and had most every need met--unless it was something I was unaware of due to my preoccupation) I have only sacrificed my own sleep and the time I usually devote to reading. Is this coming across as an apology or an excuse? It's meant to be a little of both, I suppose.

My latest addiction is Veronica Mars. I never watched this series when it was on the air--even though I wanted to--because we did not get decent reception on the CW. Since then I have had a few friends who have recommended it and I decided to put it in my Netflix queue--at the top. I know it is about high school students. I know it has an element of the soap opera to it. But it is smart, funny, and little bit sexy. (I really don't think it is quite appropriate or my big girls and so they have not been allowed to join in). It also has that crime solving element in it that I always enjoy. What can I say? I am a mystery lovin' gal. I have finished all three seasons and agree with most fans out there that it is a shame it didn't go on (I was somewhat satisfied with the ending but wish there could have been at least one more season to resolve some issues). I try to be choosy about what I watch on television and keep it to a minimum, but I would have gladly made time for this one if given the chance. There is so much garbage on and most of it is not worth the energy it takes to turn on the television. This is an exception.


Well, I'm not going to say anything more about it. I hope this little writing exercise may serve to free my mind from thinking about this show as much as I have been. It was good fun, but I guess I'm ready to get back to reality. I try not to let myself get too obsessed about things very often (the Twilight series came before this--so it's been a little while). Maybe I will write a post about the things I have become unhealthily obsessed with in the past--and overcome, to remind myself of my ability to reign it in and get back to normal. Ridicule me behind my back (or in a comment) if you must, but watch this series and see if I'm not right!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Festivities


Easter morning:



"It's just what I've been begging for several times every single day since we saw it in the theater last November."

"Mmmmmm. Chocolate." Ryder wasted no time tearing the foil off that chocolate Easter egg.

"Breakfast!"

What is better than one chocolate Easter egg? Two!

"Looks like we both scored."


Savannah and Sage got cute bags instead of baskets this year.

MRK, Natalie, Bentley, Tanner, and Ryan came over for breakfast and a little Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs Benedict has been our traditional Christmas Morning Breakfast since forever. Grandpa and Grandma Kopp made it and we look forward to it all year (grandpa's Hollandaise Sauce recipe is the best!). Now that we spend most Christmas mornings here in Henderson, I make the Eggs Benedict for those who are in town. A few years ago we decided that since we have all the eggs around at Easter anyway, we might as well make it a bi-annual event.


Top an English muffin, slice of ham, and a poached egg with the BEST Hollandaise Sauce

Combine the following ingredients in a heavy sauce pan and warm over low heat:

1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. butter
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. lemon rind
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream. Continue to heat on low and stir often.
So good. Really. My mouth is watering.


Ryan


Natalie--famous for her poses


Eric in the hammock with Haven, Bentley, and Tanner
Easter Egg Hunt:


"Hooray! Let's go!"

Ryder found one and he was happy.


Haven


Tanner

Bentley

Here is what happens when only one of two three-year-olds finds the "special" egg:


And what do the sympathetic older sisters do?

They make a second "special" egg. Now everyone is happy.

Ready for church:


Ryder was less than excited about his Easter tie. Thus the temper tantrum. (Being my first boy, this was a hiccup I did not anticipate. Now, experience with hair bows--I have that!)

He got over it. (And yes. He is carrying some sort of purse which he also insisted on taking to church. He has three older sisters. What do you want me to do?)

And here is Haven with one of the few smiles she bestowed that afternoon. She was not in the picture-taking mood either. She was upset about having to wear white shoes. I should have known. When we bought the shoes last Friday she informed me that she did NOT want them. And even when I took them up to the counter she said, "Are you really buying those white shoes?" "Yes," I replied. "I wouldn't," she warned. I tried to convince her that they were the best shoes to match her pretty new Easter dress. I told her that white shoes look best--she wanted to wear her black church shoes. She said, "Easter is not about white shoes!" Hmmmm. She got me there. But she still had to wear them.


Savannah--I know! She is smiling in a picture!

Taking a decent picture of all four kids together proved VERY difficult. (Notice Haven sans shoes.)

Savannah gave up and I'm losing the youngest two. Thanks for persevering, Sage.

At church I was very impressed by the wonderful choir program in Sacrament Meeting. It was very well done. I only wish I had been able to focus on it more. It's always hard when the little people in my life are hyped up on sugar. (I can't really use that as an excuse. They acted no differently than any other Sunday.) But let me just apologize (even though they are most likely not readers) to all those who were sitting anywhere near us. What can I say? Having Eric in the choir and unable to help didn't improve my situation. At least the Kennedy kids were there and helpful in keeping mine entertained.

I usually teach the CTR 9 class, but on Sunday, after teaching my class, I taught Haven's Sunbeam class as well. What a cute bunch of kids (Bentley was in the class too). They all worked very hard at pronouncing "resurrection," and they did a pretty good job. They are so smart and so faithful. And not one of them thought that Easter is about a rabbit, even though they all most likely spent the morning stuffing their faces with bunny supplied chocolate. I am personally so grateful to the Savior for his willing sacrifice and for the hope that His resurrection brings to all of us.

Wow. This is a really long post and if you are still reading, then thanks for sticking with me. I hope you had a happy Easter.

"Dye" Being the Operative Word



They call it "dyeing eggs" for a reason. I know that now. I am not sure how I overlooked that critical piece of terminology. Why must I always learn things the hard way? This is not our first time dyeing eggs so, I should have known. Was I more careful in the past? Was I just lucky? Has this happened before? I have no recollection. At least the kids had a fun time. Especially Haven. She had a blast. I was a bad mommy and didn't come home with the dye kit until after 9:00 on Saturday night. I was tempted to skip it. For Haven's sake I am glad I didn't. For the table's sake....



"Okay. So this is how you do it."







Way to go, Sage!





"This is so much fun."








"Wow!"



"Can I go to bed now? I mean, this has been fun, but..."



Note the spillage. It remains on the table--slightly faded. Thank goodness for table cloths. Next year I will be sure to protect our NEW dining room table.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

And the Winner Is....(and other updates)

For those of you interested, I thought I would tie up a few loose ends:

This is the Easter dress I chose for Haven. I seriously considered a couple of other dresses but decided against them because of price or because they didn't have Haven's size (one place charged an extra $10.00 for every increase in size!). But I love this one (from Best Dressed Child)! It looks so cute on her. I didn't go with polka dots because she has too many polka dotted dresses already. Including this one I couldn't resist:


This is the shirt and tie I have for Ryder (Children's Place). Or I also have a blue oxford shirt for him. Would that be too matchy with Haven in blue as well? (I know that matchy isn't a word, but it should be.)



This is what I got for Sage. Okay. I'm joking (sorry all you Hannah fans!). She found a super cute dress at Dillards. I can't find a picture of it but I'll take some on Easter and it will be even cuter with Sage in it. Savannah is still a dilemma.

I finally decided on a camera! Thanks to all of you who chimed in with your opinion. I don't think I could go very wrong with either camera in the running, but in the end I chose the Canon Rebel XT. Eric was actually the deciding factor. He wants to learn to do something called bracketing. I'm not really sure how it works but he has shown me examples of what it looks like. It's pretty cool. It arrives this week so you can decide if there is an improvement in my photos. I hope I can learn how to use it.

I really did buy these fun orange bowls from Anthropologie. And these cute dishtowels were on sale ($7.95 for a set of three)!

And just to mention a few other things: 1) I am slowly but surely recovering from my many ailments. My eyes are on the mend (a small scar on my right eye from my corneal ulcer and the left eye is not great but much better); the pleurisy is pretty much gone--thank goodness; and let me just take a moment to thank all of you for all your well-wishing. I really appreciate it! 2) I have been on time for church a few times; returned library books on time twice (darn it! The current batch was due yesterday!); arrived on time for dance twice; made it to several doctor appointments nearly on time; made it to violin once or twice on time; and generally made more of an effort to be places when I'm supposed to be there. I'm not perfect yet! My birthday cards are still consistently late (sorry March people) and I just can't quite manage the whole "dinner is at six" thing (honestly I didn't make any effort in this department). 3) I found and bought my favorite organic orange cleaner at Ace Hardware. It was a little pricey compared to the three-pack at Costco (is there a way to request stuff there?). 4) My favorite Mango Body Butter is currently on sale (buy 3 get 1 free) at The Body Shop. And 5) I ate my last Bleu Ribbon Burger at Red Robin. Sad.

Thanks for indulging me. It's nice to tick things off my ever-growing list of things to do or buy or ways in which I need to improve.