Friday, January 1, 2016

Ringing In the New

This year we officially let the boys stay up and enjoy New Year's with us.

We watched the first episode of Futurama, and if you don't know why, you need to watch it.

Z decided to write down his New Year's Resolutions. They included such difficult things as; make a list of New Year's Resolutions, or don't have more than five ice cubes at a time. The hardest one on there was that he wanted to have a nicer brother. V laughed when he read it.

V didn't bother with the resolutions. Though, after we toasted with sparkling red grape juice, we asked him what he wanted for the New Year, and he said, "A DS3." So maybe he does have the more impossible dream.

In the mean time, I just want more of the same. More contentment and work, and more time with my boys.

P.S. Note to self: need more snacks!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

V's Cub Scout Awards

Look what I managed to get done before V got his Eagle! 

Yup. Those are his cub scout awards.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Lights Time!

Last night we traxed up to Temple Square to look at the lights. We took trax because last year's parking debacle was enough to convince us never again. This year, seeing all the traffic cops and bumper to bumper stress streets, I regret not one penny of the ticket costs.

As always, it was incredibly beautiful.

And the boys were adorable. Of course.

We dodged into the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to look at their tree. It was a gorgeously done in pearl pink, champagne, and gold, but like many other Christmas trees, it was rather overloaded with ornaments (damn you fashion!). There were so many bobbles on that thing, you had to squint to see even a speck evergreen.

Gazing at it, Adam said (in his completely dead-pan joking voice), "There is a pile of ornaments desperately looking for a tree."

Being human, warm blooded, and susceptible to the cold, I went for the classic hot tea, but the boys (all obviously aliens for some strange planet) decided they'd rather have soda than hot cocoa.

So we walked over to the Gateway Mall to  visit Rocket Fizz soda shop--a beautiful little treasure of a store! It sells all kinds of gourmet bottled soda. The boys thoroughly enjoyed not being able to decide among the hundreds of choices.

The votes came out, and Virgil's Dr. Better (a supposedly better version of Dr. Pepper) was the clear winner for the night.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

My Boys Learned to Read Because of Garfield.

This is the only downside to letting your kids read themselves to sleep. Z is completely poor comic book. Ah, well. They may all be mangled, but they have served their purpose.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Disneyland 2015

We did Disneyland over Thanksgiving week this year. It was a BLAST! Four days of feet weary-ing fun!

I am absolutely sure that, no matter how much I love hiking and camping, Disneyland will always be the best vacation. I am a ride junkie. Can't get enough. Wanted to go back before we even left.

Our first stop was California Adventure. And V and Z both adored California Rapids--you know, the ride where Mommy and Grandpa got completely drenched? In late November! I'd complain more, but it was still 85 degrees, despite the non-stop Christmas carols everywhere.

(Before we left, one of my friends on facebook posted a meme that said that every time you played a Christmas song before Thanksgiving, an elf drowned a baby reindeer. I thought of that every single day, and...I'm ashamed to admit, I smiled evily. It was a whole-sale baby-deer slaughter-fest.)

We did manage to get them on most of the roller-coasters too! My brave little punks. No real trick. We used shameless bribery. V got money. Z got Subway sandwiches. They liked most of them, but Splash Mountain was voted "most intense." They still need to do the California Screamer, but we'll have to go back when they're older.

Yes. That's why we're going back. For them.


Anyway! Pictures!

V and Z with the the darling Mickey and Minnie.

Loved Corroborator Springs, and getting to see two of our favorite heroes.

Originally we planned on going alone as a family, but Grandma and Grandpa Dilts wanted IN ON THAT FUN. And they were a delight to have along. Also, my Mom was right--as she has the terrible tendency to be--about the fact that taking a nap after lunch really, really helps you to enjoy the evening.

Speaking of evening fun, we made especially sure that we took one day out to watch the fireworks, and one evening out to watch the Disney Electric Light Parade. They were both magnificent. And the music for the light parade was rockin'. It was so good that V and Z were rocking out on the sidewalk, where they sat. They did such a good job, they got this adorable little 1 year old girl right next to them to join in the party.

 Found out we have relatives that own property in Disneyland. That was exciting.

Professor Goff is into tattoos and the banjo, and that sounds like a true Goff to me.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween '15

So Z went as Marionette from Five Nights at Freddy's. V was a character from "Legend of Poké-Wars."


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Because There Are Days Like These

Just trying to make tea this morning, I turned on the wrong burned twice, melted the butter dish, re-open the cut on my hand, and dropped my tea container. Adam looked at me and said, "Maybe you should just read today."

Friday, October 16, 2015

So Realistic, It's Criminal

Z: "You know those squiggly lines you use instead of real words? I'm gonna use those to fill up the rest of the dollar bill, so it won't be too realistic."
Me: "Don't worry Zane, I'm pretty sure you don't have to worry about being accused of counterfeiting."
V: "Why did you put a frowning girl in the middle?"
Z: "That's George Washington!"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I Would Love to Have His Level of Enthusiasm

Z: "Mom! Momomomomomom! Can we watch a show while we eat?"
Me: "Fine."
Z: "Woo-hoo! Let's DO this thing. Now, where's the magic wand?"
Me: (curiously look around the wall to see what he's talking about)
Z: (holding the TV remote aloft as if it was Excalibur) "Got it! Now we can DO this thing."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

So Realistic

Me: [still bleary eyed] Oh, Adam! I dreamed that we were professional ballroom dancers, and we had to save our evil cheer-leading squad from themselves by preforming our routine on national television.

Adam: How'd we do?

Me: You refused to do it. You thought they deserved to fail. So Captain America offered to be my partner instead, and  he fell in love with me, so you had to go up against Captain America to win my heart back.

Adam: [short pause] He's  a wimp. I could take him.

Me: No, no. Not the actor. The real Captain America.

Adam: I know. He's a wimp. No problem.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Reading Time

The only reason we started reading immediately after school was to record the exact pages read. Because the teachers demanded it. Because that's important. Somehow.

What I didn't understand was that some quiet time right after school was a kind of blessed decompression time. 

Love those unforseen up-sides.

Saturday, September 19, 2015