Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Summer Yummy

This was my contribution to my twin nieces' birthday party.
(You skewer THAT many melons, you earn the right to photograph and blog your work.)

Jane-planned parties are BEYOND. Soo adorable! Take a peek here

(Reason #6 to move to Utah: I'll never have to do my own blogging again. I can just continually refer to Jane's)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

When in Rome


How could we possibly complete a vacation in Utah without

(1) Celebrating our pioneer heritage, and

(2) Attending an Osmond concert (yes, literally, tomorrow night)

We especially loved our time with the Dana family. For that and more darling bonnet pics, see Jane's blog

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

See Jane Shoot


Among my sister Jane's many talents is a knack for photography.

Discovering how well she knows her way around a Nikon has given us the ultimate gift - To never again have to step foot in Kiddie Kandids or Sears Portrait Studio.

Cousins by Chance

Girlfriends by choice

Photography by Jane

Friday, July 18, 2008

"Jolie That's GROSS"

Yesterday I had the privilege of witnessing the following argument between Jolie and her cousin James:

Jolie: James, pretend we're married

James: No

Jolie: Yes

James: No


James: No

Jolie: Yes

James: Jolie that's GROSS. I'm three years older than you.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

I hope they call him on a mission

Cafe Rio, Grandma Sycamore's bread, and prime baby shopping...
Yes Brigham, This IS the place.

My mother-in-law bought these for Jack & boy -

Monday, July 14, 2008

Jack of all Trades

First, the background -
Needle + Thread + Felt Squares +13 Hours in the Car =
Katie Gets Crafty

When we began our road trip and I started these finger puppets, I could not, for the LIFE of me, figure out how to seal the edges - what's referred to as an "overcast stitch." After 30 minutes of failed attempts and frustration, I gave up.

Jack noticed (so, it's not hard to notice when I'm frustrated) and asked what was wrong. I showed him an example of "impossible stitch." He glanced at it and responded, "When we pull over I'll show you how to do it."


Sure enough, at the next stop he took the needle, thread & felt and, on the FIRST attempt, demonstrated a perfect overcast stitch.


I asked him where he learned it (and what else he'd been keeping from me), and he said, "This is the same stitch we used when we made apple potholders in Mrs. Moses' class. Don't you remember? You were there."

Mrs. Moses was our SECOND GRADE teacher.
No, I have no memory of apple potholders, let alone the stitch we used.
Sometimes, I think it would be nice to be Jack.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Wildfires & Manhunts

It's been quite a week, watching Goleta burn from our back porch. We've been cleaning ash out of our apartment, breathing in ridiculous amounts of smoke, and listening to evacuation notices on AM radio.

Apparently, all of this has made Leah realize that life is precious.

On Friday, she decided it was time for her first kiss.

We were at the church eating breakfast...The second her pancakes were finished, she hunted down this handsome little guy and went for it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Modesty. We're Working On It.

If you want your teenage daughter to dress modestly: You teach principles, emphasize morality, and enforce standards.

If you want your 2-year old daughter to dress modestly: You buy her clothes that fit.

A Brother Like No Other

(Written by my mother Susan Foutz, who would like to clarify that she actually has two brothers like no other ) If you lived in Arizona in t...