Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Andrea: "Lacie, I'm very disappointed in you. Now you have to go sit in the naughty chair."

Fun food facts for Hyrum

1. the kid can chow.
2. he doesn't like veggies. shocker.
3. but he'll eat them if he's hungry enough.
4. he'll just wince at every bite.
5. if he doesn't see me dip the spoon in the bowl, I have to show him that there is food on the spoon or he won't open his mouth.
6. if I don't get the spoon to his mouth fast enough he makes sure I hear about it.
7. when he's done I always get a shower. of food. how nice.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Thanks a lot!

Andrea: "You're funny, Mom."
Me: "Thanks."
Andrea: "I didn't say pretty. I said funny."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Love, Love LOVE that boy!

I cannot say enough how much I adore this little man of mine! He is adorable and angelic. He is the smiley-est thing ever, and is so ridiculously good-tempered I am truly in awe. Even in the night when he loses his binky about a bazillion times, it's still okay because I just put him in bed with me and he lets me cuddle him back to sleep. And I love every second of it.

Hyrum! You have my heart, kid!

Yay Kelsey!!

This has taken me FOREVER to do, and honestly, I only finished it today because there was a deadline. Anyhow, it's done.

On March 21st a friend dear to me was married and I had the privilege of not only of being there, but being able to capture "the moment." Here is my video tribute to the happy couple.


Friday, May 15, 2009

What's the point?

My dad flew in today from out of town and went to get a rental car. He was told that even though he had made a reservation a few weeks ago, the car he had reserved was not there/available.
Okay, so I've actually had this scenario myself so it's not too surprising, but still --- really? REALLY?
I thought the point of making a reservation was to reserve a car so that there would be one for me when I got there. Otherwise, why bother? It's like asking someone to save your place in line, and then when you get back they tell you sorry, go to the back of the line. What's the point?
So here's the kicker --
the guy told my dad when they took reservations they did hold the car, but just for an hour.
You can't even fly anywhere in an hour -- cause you have to be at the airport more than an hour early before you ever even step foot on the plane; let alone the time it takes to taxi, land, do the baggage thing, etc.
I mean, seriously?

All I have to say is I hope bankers don't start getting any ideas from this.
("We'll guarantee your money for 24 hours, but after that who knows?")
Wait... did they?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

There's a new one...

My kid is only 4 yrs old and already I've gotten the "I hate you!" and "I don't like you anymore!" speeches. Today I got a new one when she told me,
"Mom, I'm going to sell you!"

(to which I replied, "Yeah, good luck with that.")

Monday, May 11, 2009


Part 1: Intervention Needed

"Those who do not complain are never pitied." --Jane Austen

Soooooo, I kinda have this bad habit of cutting hair. My hair. And I really shouldn't. Especially when there are external stress factors that might make for less-than-optimal decision-making abilities. Like the time when I was 8 months pregnant and was therefore unable to attend my little sister's wedding (states away). Depression sets in, scissors come out and hair comes off. Oh yeah, and since I decided to color it, it ended up a shade brighter than radioactive yellow.
Each time it happens I always swear that I've learned my lesson. And then it happens again and I tell myself, "This time I've learned my lesson."
Yeah, right.
But THIS TIME I think I really have. Or I really need to have. At least, no more cutting it at 2 am after driving 3 hrs home, getting in a fight, and being really mad & moody. NOT a good idea.

not, not NOT a good idea.

So I headed to the wig shop and whilst perusing, the sales lady asked if I'd ever considered a weave. I told her I thought my hair was too short (they braid your hair and sew in the fake). She said she could glue it. Hmmm...

okay, awful picture of me, but you get the idea of the hair. Not bad, huh? Reminds me of my senior year in high school.
Yeah, too bad it itches like crazy, hurts to sleep on, gives you headaches, is ridiculously hot, and is just plain uncomfortable.
Oh, and too bad it was GLUED in.
Cos now we're back to before, but this time with bald spots! Ouch!

I guess it's back to the wig shop!


Part 2: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. --Jane Austen

This should have been my first clue...

leading to this...

followed by this...

ending with this...

When I called to tell Mark he asked if I wanted him to come home and shave his head.
I'm just afraid that no one will believe that I didn't chop the girls' hair!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


I talk a lot. Here are some pics.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Bucket List

You're suppossed to bold all the things you've done (mine are in red). Here's mine:

(*this is fun, fast & easy, but if you haven't done the 100 Challenge, I would totally recommend it. MUCH more interesting, but it takes way more thought. and time.)

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed some one's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all fours
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train

123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox

160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible

198. Found a long lost friend

199. Helped solve a crime
200. Witnessed a miracle.

113 out of 110.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Need some feedback

I just had a very ... interesting ? conversation with my husband about our "jobs" - i.e., mom responsibilities v. dad responsibilities. I asked him what he thought they should be, even if that's not how they are now (or ever will be).

Not surprisingly, I object.

But I happen to be feeling really anxious and defensive over this.
I just spent 2 hrs on lds.org looking through articles about a woman's role in the home. Never really found an answer on this.
So I'm asking you, dear readers. Please. Share with me your insight, opinions, experience, etc. When it comes to the responsibilities of the home, where is the division of duty?

As Mark sees it, the mom should do pretty much everything that has anything to do with the house with the exception of auto repair, major (and most minor) household repairs and getting the trash to the curb on pick up days. Those are his along with the biggie, going to work/providing for the family.
Then there are the shared responsibilities of dinner dishes, mowing the lawn, okay, all yard/garden maintenance, bathing kids, and getting kids to bed.
The rest is mine.
All shopping. All laundry. All meals. All cleaning. All bill-paying. All banking. All organization. All record-retention. All paperwork. All insurance everything. All doctor & medical stuff.

And then of course everything that goes with raising and caring for and teaching, nurturing, disciplining, feeding, clothing, stimulating, correcting, and referee-ing children. (Oh yeah, and bearing them as well. But that's a minor detail, right?)
And if I want to start selling stuff on ebay or babysitting or teaching lessons to bring in some extra cash that would be good too.

Okay. Now that I have that off my chest...

Really, I want some feedback. I want to know if I'm just being a baby about this or if anyone else sees any inequality here. What does everyone else do? Do other husbands clean toilets and mop floors? Am I a shrew for thinking mine should take his turn? Does the term "homemaker" mean I have to do everything?

What say ye?