Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
It's always fun to hang out with Nick, Angie, and Olivia. We decided that it was Olivia and Jackson's first date. ;) Olivia likes to say that she's going to marry Jackson and they hug and kiss each other every time they are together. It's really too cute. :) Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me, so I had to use my phone camera to get some pretty worthless, bad, fuzzy pictures. Angie was smart enough to have hers. I should try to get some from her.
(Jackson is the blur next to fuzzy Olivia.)
Our family ordered Hibachi meals: chicken (Reag, Jackson & I), steak, (Greg & Kobe) and filet mignon (Jillie) with grilled veggies, fried rice, miso soup, and salad. It was so fun to have our food cooked right there in front of us. (Although now that I know how much oil, butter, and eggs they use, I should probably never eat it again.) It was especially funny to watch Nick, Greg, and Kobe trying to catch pieces of food in their mouths that our chef tossed at them. :) Jackson found the whole thing a little frightening, especially every time there was a burst of flames on the grill. The rest of us enjoyed the show and the food.
We found it such a neat experience it will definitely be a place to go again with friends and family! Thanks for the great night guys!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A positive attitude is going to go along way for our country. I have been so frustrated with the negative talk about President Bush. I am proud to have had him as our president. For heaven's sake, 9/11 happened less than a 9 months into his presidency! Unless your name is Rosie O'Donnell, you don't blame him for that. I remember how patriotic our country felt then. I remember how much we stood behind President Bush and supported him. Then when things got messy, as war does, people turned their backs on him. I really don't get into politics, but I don't know many who would know exactly what to do with this new threat of terrorism. Hind sight is 20/20. There may have been some things he would've done differently looking back now. I honestly believe he did what he felt was best for the country... and he has kept us safe all these years. I appreciate his service. Who would ask for this difficult of a job? Not me. That is why I can support President Obama now too. The hardest job in the entire world. All I can do is be proud to live in a democracy and pray that all of our leaders make the right choices. I'll miss the Bush's- and hope that history will redeem him.
I stole a fabulous idea today from 2Cleverblog.com. The girls over there designed the most 'clever' cards to mark the inauguration. I printed up some for our family- and you can print them up for yours too! One is a thank you note to the Bush's and the other is a "welcome to your new home" note for the Obama's. These have been very helpful with the kids. They are pretty sour on Obama due to our support of McCain and the competitive nature of the election. This has given me a chance to talk with them about how we should support him as he is OUR president. Even if we don't agree with his political views, we can still pray for him to make wise choices, and tell him so in our notes. I think the experience has softened them a little. :) Our letters will be in the mail soon.
High points today:
**Aretha Franklin singing "My Country 'tis of Thee", Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman,... all of the music was great.
**Michelle Obama's yellow dress and her ability to walk most of the parade route in freezing temps AND high heels.
**Seeing all of the former presidents hanging out in the hall chatting it up while the staff nervously paced, not sure how to get them to move along to their seats.
**The little Obama girls just so visibly excited for their dad.
** President Bush saying goodbye to the Obama's. (I did a little lip reading.) President Obama to President Bush, "Thanks a lot, man." President Bush to Michelle Obama, "You're gonna have the time of your life. I promise!"
**Feeling bad for President Bush when it felt like all of the speakers were bagging on him for the way he lead the country while he sat right there.
** Since when do people think it's ok to cheer and whoop and holler DURING A PRAYER?? I'm not talking about an Amen shout, but when the first prayer was said, and he mentioned "the first black president", the audience went crazy with cheers. Can it wait just a sec?!
** Since when is it ok to start rhyming like Dr Suess and making everyone laugh DURING A PRAYER?? Reverence anyone?!
I guess it's a cultural thing... Mormon culture vs. the rest I guess.
Reagan attended the Erie County Music Festival a couple of weeks ago. This was her first experience at such an event. We arrived at a huge high school/middle school complex and were directed to the gym to warm her up on her cello. The gym was full of kids of all ages with all sorts of instruments. Parents stood in as music stands has they held music in front of their kids faces. Cello players were the lucky ones, they got to use the chairs.
I had to take a pictures of these boys practicing. The kid in red cracked me up the way he was trying to balance his huge instrument on it's case. He looked so uncomfortable.
Anyhow, Reagan got in a little practice, and then we headed down the hall. She went into a room with a judge who listened to her play a few things and then returned to the gym. We waited.... and waited...and waited...
She didn't have much hope for her score. She guessed she'd be lucky to get a 70 (out of 100). Eventually her score was posted...
She was pretty surprised (and I, very proud) when she saw her 98!! Good work Reagan! Keep it up!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
A blessing given by a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, by the laying on of hands and by inspiration, to one who is sick or otherwise in need of special counsel, comfort, or healing.
-definition from lds.org
Monday morning I called the dentist office. I said we couldn't wait another day and could he please be seen today. They squeezed us in with a regular dentist. On the way over, I realized that I hadn't given any Motrin to Kobe. I commented to him that he seemed to be feeling much better today. He told me it didn't hurt anymore. I could see that his face was still swollen though. Then he simply said, "It stopped hurting when Daddy was giving me the blessing."
blurry pictures courtesy of my cell phone
'Dr. Mary', the pediatric dentist, took a good look in Kobe's mouth and at the x-ray. She said she really believed there was nothing wrong with the tooth at all. She decided that something had wedged it's way below his gums and caused an infection. She numbed the area with a gel, cleaned under the gums for a second, and sent him on his way.
We are very happy and feel very blessed.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
(Granted my life is such that I typically don't have to get out in it if I choose not to... and I do get to a point where I have had enough.) :)A fresh covering of snow looks like a warm blanket making every house and tree look comfy and cozy... ironic I suppose. I love to sit inside a warm house watching the blizzard out of the window or to be out in the cold air shoveling or playing with the kids.
Unfortunately, Greg doesn't feel the same way about living here. He'd much rather live in LA. (um, not happening.)
So today after Jackson was done with preschool we did a few things inside like watch the snow plow go by.
Then we got a little Valentines-y...