Friday, August 31, 2007

We're Block Parents!

I think this is a Canadian thing, so here you go, my American friends. (You click that dark writing. It's a link, okay?) We are officially Block Parents now, which means I am officially not a bad guy. The record checks and strip search prove it. I am making my community safer! My mom was a Block Parent when we were kids, and I totally remember random kids coming to our door bugging her for stuff. Now the random kids get to bug me. So fun!

This is the sign that goes in our front window when I am available to help children who are being murdered and such.

That's a scary Block Parent right there.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The desk is finished!

Many years ago, I thought I would like having a blue desk. I liked it for a few days. Colour and I do not get along. This desk is where Corina does all her crafts, and it holds many of our crafty supplies. Last week we started a family project. The kids and I sanded it....

...and then we primed and painted it a much more suitable colour. Here is my lovely black desk!

It has paintbrush streaks and drip marks, but we're proud of our work anyway. It was our first time doing something like that together. We're awesome!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A love letter

Who wouldn't love a girl who sends letters like that? No one wouldn't love her. True story.

During my long distance relationship with Jody, I tried to add excitement by sending random things in the mail. This love letter was probably the best thing I ever sent. It's also a little scary, but it's not the scariest. Oh, no it's not.

I post this for the laughter, so laugh if you like.

Sunday, August 26, 2007


The Cornfest was actually pretty awesome, and very much like the Western Fair back home in London. It even had a bunch of the same rides, like the Gravitron. I loved that ride when I was a kid, and yesterday Max and Corina went on it. I was sure Corina would hate it and cry through the whole ride, but she insisted she would love it, so I let her go on. She totally loved it. Brave kid. Here's a picture of them in front of it after their second time riding.

Max and Corina won Crabby at the dart throwing game. Yay!

This was our favourite thing at the Cornfest. We went back to play this at least five times, and got rougher each time. By the end, we were going for blood. Or bruises. Something like that.

We took a break from the Cornfest to go to the Cornmaze. Two different places, but still all about corn. That maze was stinkin hard! The kids and I had fun jumping around on the hay when we finished the maze, and we got our hands full of slivers.

After the cornmaze, we headed back to Taber for the Cornfest fireworks, during which we shouted things like, "CORN! WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR CORN! CORN IS GOOD!" I don't know if other people thought we were funny, but we thought we were hilarious. That's all that matters.

That was a long day. The kids died on the way home.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Park Lake

We went to Park Lake today, which is a big deal because you can't get there on the bus. We rented a car and planned a fun weekend to get us ready for back to school. Oh, and our car is an Impala. My favourite! It's a huge grandpa car and is so comfortable that it's like sitting on the couch. My couch. And my couch is like a marshmallow. (True.)

This picture shows what the kids spent most of their time doing. Corina carried little puddles of water to her bigger puddle of water, where she dumped them to make her hot tub. Max ran to areas that had tons of tiny fish and tried to catch some in his bucket before they swam away. They entertained themselves for hours.

There was a playground with this cool thing they could spin around on. (On which they could spin.)
Corina fell off and looked very cute when she cried, don't you think?

I love this picture. We went for a walk around the lake before we went home. Look how sweet they are. There's my pretty Corina. Never shy to pose for the camera, but no one that cute should be shy. Max and I had a fun time trying to catch popcorn in our mouths. Max was actually really good at it, and caught his about half the time.

I wasn't nearly as good. I only caught one, and I even cheated by throwing lots in the air.

See? I caught one!

Tomorrow we're going to the Cornfest in Taber. Yes...a festival of corn. It should be amazing.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


I really did ride a horse! You can kind of see that I have my scared face on in this picture, but still...I am very brave to conquer my fears like that. I am proud of myself.

You may notice I'm wearing Max's socks with my Crocs. That's because I'm very stylish, and also because I didn't know how gross camping is, and that I wouldn't want to be barefoot in my Crocs. Thank you for sharing your socks with your Mama, Max. And for having big feet.

In other we sanded and primed my desk, and when we get home from our big weekend, we'll be painting it black. It was a super fun family project. I'll show you all pictures of how pretty it is when we get it finished. (That is called positive thinking.) It's mom's old desk, if the people who are aware of that desk are wondering.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Just a fun summer day...

Hayden was angry with us today. Attack of the big baby!

This is the best group shot I've ever seen. Heads! Heads everywhere! This is Vicky and her kids, Lizzy and Hayden. Vicky is cruelly moving to the south side. She's even taking her kids with her. (And my babysitter, and my piano teacher, and my free tomatoes...)

We've been bowling every week this summer. Today we thought we should pose with the red ball. We will miss the red ball so much when school starts back in two weeks.

So yeah, that's mostly it. I'm going to make some spaghetti.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Our first camping trip

We had a lot of firsts this weekend! We went camping with our ward on Friday night, which was actually pretty fun. We'll probably go camping again next summer. We might even be "people who camp".

We went out in the canoe, which we did before with my dad, and then the kids wanted to go kayaking. That made me nervous, but sometimes I try to be a little less overprotective. Look at Max. He's in a kayak! Alone!

Corina, the big strong girl, managed to pull Max up all by herself.

Look at Corina! I can't believe I let her do that by herself. She did a great job.

There's the nice, tame shot of us in a canoe. I was hardly scared at all.

This is when the really scary stuff came up. They had horses. We've never been near horses. We are city people. The kids wanted to go horseback riding, and so we did. It was the scariest thing I have ever done, and I really don't want to do it again. Ever.

Here's Max. He was awesome! I was proud of him, because he almost chickened out, but then did it anyway.

Corina was amazing. She looked as though she had been riding her whole life. It wasn't just a short little walk, either. We were up all those hills and...stuff.

This is when we first started. I rode one too, see? Well, you're seeing what I saw from my horse. What I saw was my kids about to be crushed to death by their horses. Seriously, I was so scared.
We had so much fun, and now we all need a nap. There was lots to do, and not much time for sleeping.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Happy birthday, Donnie

He's 38 today. And he's still my boyfriend.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A day at the circus, and a sweet story.

We went to the circus today for our very first time. Max actually didn't even know what a circus was! How does that happen? They both said it wasn't what they had expected, but they totally loved it.

At intermission, they brought out an elephant for the kids to ride. I knew fifteen minutes wouldn't be enough time for everyone to ride who wanted to, so we ran down there to get a place in line while we decided if we could afford it. Turns out, it was $10 each to ride. (Holy.) They both wanted to ride it so badly though, so I figured it was worth it. Pretty cool to sit on an actual elephant, right?

I discovered I only had $10 in my wallet. I pulled it out and let them know I only had enough for one of them to ride. They both got worried looks on their faces, but didn't say anything. I didn't know what to do about it. After a few seconds of thinking, Max took a deep breath and said, "Corina can ride." And then he did a tiny little cringe, and said, "But I really wanted to."

Oh. My. I love him so much. It was so hard for him to give up his turn that he actually cringed when he said it. He is seriously such a good, sweet, loving boy. It made me cry. And then I cried about 7 more times, each time I thought about it. I just love him so much.

Here they are just hanging out, waiting for the show to begin.

Here's Corina having her turn on the elephant. She knows what a great brother she has.

The little guy behind her was scared, and he just about squeezed Corina to death. Precious.

We decided to go to the circus again next year, and Max definitely gets to ride the elephant.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Okay, it is.

Our...ummm...son? Or maybe it's me in a Dainon disguise. I don't know. It's interesting. What do you think?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Max is cooler than me.

I got Max his back-to-school shoes today. They're DC's, which are apparently very awesome. They're skate shoes. Here is a picture of him looking like a freaking teenager, with his board shorts, skate shoes, some kind of cool skateboarder kid shirt, shaggy hair, scowl on his face...

What the heck happened to my tiny little Max? He seems to have aged five years in the past six months.

Here's my tiny little Corina. At least one of my kids is still a baby.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Well, I had a lovely day today. You want to hear about it? Good!

This morning I went to the clothing exchange at the stake centre, and I got a little bit of free stuff for the kids. (They're not here this weekend, if you wondered.) After that, I came home to read for a while, watched some Jon Stewart online, and then had a Hot Pocket, Dainon. Actually, it was a Lean Stuffs, but same thing. I took the bus downtown, but I took the long bus so I could read. I like to read on the bus because I'm a loser. Downtown, I got clothes for Max, work clothes for me, and a cellphone. A cellphone! Do you know me? If you do, you'll know I don't even know how to use a cellphone. I kind of really needed one for this fall so the kids could get in touch with me, so there you go. I have a cellphone. I'm almost a robot.

I'm a robot with new hair. Ta da!

If you don't like it, don't tell me, because there's not much I can do about it now. But if you do like it, please tell me. That would be great. I also got it coloured darker brown to get a bit of the red out, but I haven't washed it yet, so it will be a bit lighter by Monday.

And my good deed for the day is this: Girls who read my blog, you need to go buy some Cover Girl TruShine lipstick. I've never loved a lipstick like I love this one. It feels so good, and it's all sheer and glossy and pretty. Blushberry Shine is my favourite so far.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Corina's hair too!

This morning Corina was feeling a little left out. She said, "Max has bangs now, and mommy is going to have bangs...I want bangs too!" I wasn't quite ready to give her bangs, but I did give her a haircut. I cut about three inches off, but then I also gave her what I called almost-bangs around her face. She is SO proud of the almost-bangs. She ran outside to show all her friends, and carried a clump of her hair with her as proof, in case they couldn't tell just by looking at her.

The face she's making in this picture - that's how she looks when she is so happy she is just about to burst. Such pretty hair she has.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

My hair

It has been exactly the same for many, many years now. I'm ready to do something different other than just growing out the black. I found someone who has the same type of hair as I do, and so I'm sure my hair can do the same things her hair does. On Saturday I'm going to turn into this:

(Although I will wear bigger shirts.)

I'm scared! I'll post pictures of the new hair, as long as it doesn't look terrible.

A tiny crush on Jermaine

We've watched this over and over, and we still can't stop laughing all the way through it.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Thank you, Mia Michaels.

This is what happens when children watch too many Mia Michaels contemporary dance routines. I was downstairs doing laundry, and came up to find Max and Corina in the kitchen doing a contemporary dance about death.

Very artistic little farts, they are.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Thursday, August 02, 2007

So You Think You Can Dance

This is from last night's show. Lacey and Neil did a dance choreographed by Mia Michaels. (Mia reminds me so much of Heather Roberts!) The idea for the dance, and then the dance LOVE.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Time to morph

Corina and I had a little fun on the computer today. We found this site called, and it is so cool. You can morph yourself with anyone else. Here is a picture of Corina morphed with me. I love it! Now I know what it would be like to have a daughter who actually looks like me.
This is me with Kate Beckinsale. We're gorgeous!
Liv Tyler and me...
And since I'm always told I look like Famke Janssen, here we are...
This is Corina and Evangeline Lilly, aka Kate from Lost. Beautiful. Corina sure likes this one.
This is Sawyer from Lost, and me. Together we look like my brothers. It's creepy.
Corina and Yoda.
And the most amazing picture...Corina with Jon Stewart. I almost peed my pants.