Monday, March 31, 2008

A Female Jim Halpert

This post is really about 'WHATS IN MY PURSE' - Thanks Amber for the cute idea!

I have a hard time with purses. I'm just not into the various colors, patterns, styles - I think something went wrong with my genetic make-up because my mother and her mother, and her mother's mother had hundreds and hundreds of purses. Me? I think I have 3 purses - and I hardly ever use them.

This is what I use....

It's a Wenger, over-the-shoulder pack. And I've been using it as 'my purse' for almost 5 years now. Honestly, at this time in my life I cant afford to waste one of my hands holding a purse - because I have 2 - and soon 3 - little sets of hands that need mine to cross the street, pick them up, take away sticky things....etc etc.

The down side to carrying a pack instead of a purse? Sometimes I think people get the impression I'm a college junkie. And foremost - I think it makes me look like a female Jim Halpert.

See what I mean??

So here's what's inside.

1 wallet - It's usually so stuffed with coins, family passes to museums and aquariums, health cards for 3 kids plus me, etc. - I can barely close the snap.

1 cell phone

2 pens

3 glass cases - I have to point out here that all 3 are empty. I dont know why I carry them around. All my glasses are in the car where I really need them.

3 bottles of lotion - Ridiculous! But if they stay in my bathroom or my room, somehow I'll never use them.

3 bottles of anti-bactierial stuff - Yes - I'm paranoid.

1 sleeping mask - why?? I don't know how that got in there.

1 bottle of body spray - I think I got this for free at the BYU Health Center. I keep it in there because it amazes the kids when we're waiting in line.

1 grocery shopping list

1 container of floss (sister-in-law helps keep me motivated to take care of my teeth :))

Stay tuned - this coming summer I'll probably have a change of clothes for My Sweetie packed in my bag. We're getting ready for potty training! :(

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Snazzy Tent Marketing

Have you seen this tent?

It's called the HUBBA HUBBA tent. It's a 2 man tent from the prestigious mountaineering company - MSR. And I think the name is brilliant! - I cannot stop laughing. But if you and your significant other aren't interested in HUBBA HUBBA - or if you're lacking a significant other, maybe you could opt for this tent -

Appropriately titled just as...HUBBA.

Friday, March 21, 2008


I took my kids to the current exhibit Robotics at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Not only did the exhibit include a bigger-than-life size Optimus Prime (I could totally see Boyd and Shayne standing before him in awe thinking, "Oh great one! Tell me who to smite and they shall be smoten!") they also had 2 robots from the original Star Wars. These were the actual robot-puppets they used when Threepio and R2D2 were taken captive on Tatooine.

Anyway - the boys haven't stopped talking of it since. And thanks to the concept of bulk/mega ton diaper boxes, we had a ball!

Caught on film! The tenacious moments before My Sweetie figures out his older brother is quietly slipping the marker out of his hands.

Finished product!

My Big Guy walks around the house all day chanting mechanical phrases and technical demands. On the other hand, all Sweetie can manage to say is, "Robot, Robot....Robot, Robot".

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pinewood Derby


1st place - "Speedy Orange" for my Big Guy

But here's what really happened behind the scenes....

Why are you hiding behind the chairs? No your car is fine, I’ll make it fast. No, I don’t have any more wheels. No, I’m not making you another. No, you can’t put a soda can on it. Yes, I know they did, but they don’t understand physics. No, yours will be fast. No, dang, Big Guy, quit throwing your car! Sweetie – put down the soda. No, no more cookies. Big Guy, put down the graphite. Big Guy no, those are his wheels, leave them there – you only have 3 wheels, you broke your others. No, I’m not making another car. Big Guy, no, your’s will be fast, just wait.
A rare shot of the chaos!

Words of Wisdom from 'Greg the Builder'

Paint the car really good colors, like “fast red” or “speedy orange”. Avoid colors like “slow purple” or “sluggish black”. They don’t do too well.

Drill into your hand at least once.

Make sure the axles are as follows:
.5 degree camber on the rear right wheel
23.1 degree camber on the rear left wheel
1.3 degree camber on the front right wheel

No wheel on the front left

Make sure you don’t just *not* put a wheel on, but put on a wheel, shatter it by throwing or pushing on the car too hard at least three times, then leave it vacant

Use plenty of graphite on the axles, with a little Fresca and frosting mixed in

“Test drive” the car on a wooden floor, pushing down on it with exactly 23.1 pounds of downforce. You can use this time to create the right camber of the axles, as well as “flat-tiring” the front left wheel.

Use a rubber-band with “Asparagus” imprinted on it to secure a Benchmade 520 Presidio pocketknife to the top for added weight.

2nd place - "Fast Red" for My Sweetie - a rare shot before all the wheels were lost

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thought for the Day

I subscribe to Daily Gems. The following was today's quote.

God has known you individually . . . for a long, long time (see D&C 93:23). He has loved you for a long, long time. He not only knows the names of all the stars (see Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26); He knows your names and all your heartaches and your joys! By the way, you have never seen an immortal star; they finally expire. But seated by you tonight are immortal individuals--imperfect but who are, nevertheless, 'trying to be like Jesus' - Elder Neal A. Maxwell -

Wow! Talk about a boost of confidence and empathy for my week. Hope this is uplifting to some of you. I miss Elder Maxwell.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Some Time for Pretty Girl

My Pretty Girl usually doesn't get a lot of face time on our blog. Winter activities are best performed when she's down for a nap. But she's such a darling! (except right now when she's teething). And since she's our first girl, almost everything around her is pink. Greg already has his sites on a pink soccer ball, pink catchers mit, pink car....

So much for pre-birth resolutions, I still call her Princess, Muffin, Peanut - and my latest favorite, My Little Piggy. Greg is appalled - but he doesn't hear her little grunts and snorts during the day that always make me laugh.

She's a fan of My Sweetie - but he's not always a fan of her.

Happy, happy hour of the day - it's bedtime!!! (and she doesn't know it yet - hehehe)

Clearly though, it's My Big Guy who has stolen the heart of Miss Pretty Girl of the Pink Cheeks.

And if you thought the above video was entertaining, it probably didn't come close to how these guys saw it...