Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Alec & Braden were hard workers! They kept working long after all the other kids got tired and went in to watch a movie.It doesn't look that deep, but they dug down about 4", put weed barrier down, then covered it with 2 cubic yards of wood chips. It feels so good to finally have that project done.
My other first was making egg rolls, which is something I've always wanted to do. I just followed the recipe on the wrapper package, and they were super easy and yummy. First I cooked the pork, then I added shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and green onions. It called for oyster sauce, which we didn't have, so I used Teriyaki sauce instead. Then I wrapped them up and fried them in oil. And we had the perfect tray to put them on, thanks to Emily. Next I want to try making dumplings.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
First they rode scooters and played at the park behind the apartments.
Dallin took this picture of me. It's a bit crooked, but I still like it.
There are a couple really cool trees to climb there.
At one point Brennan tried to run into the temple when the doors were open, Tyler tackled him to the ground to stop him, and Brennan screamed for all to hear. I was on the other side of the reflecting pool, so it took me a little while to get to them. That was exciting.
Dallin looks mad in this picture, but actually he was being reverent. Do you realize how close the temple is to Beverly Hills?! I've been looking at a dresser at Crate and Barrel online, and since we had a couple hours between our sessions, Dave suggested we go to the store to check it out. They didn't have it in stock, but I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the store anyway. I can't remember the last time I've been in a store and loved everything in it. And Dave's excited he's found a way for me to want to go to the temple more often. Oh the time I could spend here...
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Michelle is due in a couple weeks also - with baby #10! Our other friend Kristen is due around the same time, but she called me last night to say she was in labor. Then she dropped off a gift for the shower on her way to the hospital, apologizing there wasn't a card! We just ate, visited and opened gifts (no games because I don't like them), and had so much fun we decided we need to get together for brunch more often. We're thinking about starting a day-time book club as an excuse.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I gave Dave and his parents Skype webcams for Christmas, and I finally got around to installing ours last night. Dallin and Brennan LOVE watching themselves on the computer. They record themselves then watch it back over and over, laughing themselves silly. This video is when they were watching one of their recordings without realizing it was recording them again. I love Brennan shaking his head at the beginning. Too cute. And it didn't even take me too long to figure out how to put it on here.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The cool thing about this hike is that it had a lot of great views of the lake as the path wound up and down and all around. It was a beautiful day - cool enough for sweatshirts at the beginning then warming up enough to shed them halfway through. This hike should be avoided in the summer though because it gets way too hot.
We ended up down by the lake and the kids threw rocks in the water and collected shells.
We were going to hike back the same way, but then we found the road that took us back much quicker and flatter. Good call there, Dave.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Although it was windy and cold and Anna had just woken up from a nap, she was still happy and smiley.
But the coolest thing I did on Photoshop was open Ellen's eyes in this picture. I took several shots in this position, but the one I liked best of everyone else was the one where Ellen's eyes were closed. So I used this cool feature where you put 2 similar pictures side by side, zoom way in, and switch out the part you don't like. I just drew a line between her eyes and walla! Her eyes magically opened. So now you know what I've been doing since the kids went back to school and why I haven't blogged in a few days. I wonder if I could make money fixing people's pictures? It's just too fun.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
I wanted to take more pictures (I didn't even get any of the Smalleys), but my batteries died. Our kids were cold, wet and tired by the time we got back to the embarcadero, but once they changed clothes and warmed up in the van, they were much happier. So we went to Hofbrau for our favorite dinner of clam chowder, french dip sandwiches, and fish and chips. I love it when family visits. It makes us do more adventurous things like this.