Thursday, August 18, 2016

British Omelettes and Rejected Toast

Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .

. . .  my child asking for some toast then deciding they're not hungry when I set it on the table a few minutes later.

Today's favorite moments included . . .


. . . Todd imitating Jamie Oliver's British accent as we watched his YouTube video about making silky omelettes.

And another thing . . .

. . . Anna told me that the girl who sits next to her in kindergarten is her best friend in the whole wide world . . . but she can't remember her name.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Persistent Veggie Cook

Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .

. . . that awful, sinking feeling when I'm about to put a nourishing, flavorful dinner on the table, and I realize my kids won't be willing to eat it. 

Today's favorite moments included . . .


. . . the kids surprising me by actually eating what I served tonight (some of them more than others), even though it had things like red bell pepper and bok choy swimming in a red curry sauce.  Maybe I'm wearing them down with my stubborn insistence on putting vegetables in meals.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

School Blessings and Lunches

Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .

. . . realizing that I have to pack three school lunches nearly every day for the next nine months.

Today's favorite moments included . . .


. . . Anna being super excited to start kindergarten tomorrow.

. . . the three oldest kids receiving priesthood blessings from Daddy tonight to get their school year off to a good start.

And another thing . . .

. . . it's supposed to rain every single day for the next week.  We're definitely not in California anymore.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

An Exotic Reptile on Our Porch

Today's favorite moments included . . .

. . . spotting one of the little geckos that like to spend the evenings hunting bugs on our porch.  For some reason it feels fun and exotic to me to have geckos living around our home.  It's probably because the only other time I've seen wild geckos was when my family visited Hawaii many years ago.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Zeus and Alaska in Arkansas

Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .

. . .  glancing out the window just in time to see a big bolt of lightning strike a mile or two away.  That was a little unsettling.  I'm still getting used to the fact that we've moved from dry-sky California to Zeus's playground.

Today's favorite moments included . . .


. . . introducing myself to someone who said my name was pretty.  I don't think anyone has ever told me that before.

And another thing . . .

. . . I met a mom today who named her baby girl Alaska because she thinks the name sounds pretty.  She says some people get really upset when they learn her baby's unusual name.  I'm not inclined to give my kids names that make people do a double take (I think kids have enough to deal with in life without having to explain or spell their name over and over), but I feel baby names are a very personal decision and I wouldn't criticize someone else's choice.  I might try to talk them out of it if I thought the name was a magnet for playground derision, but once the baby is named I don't think there's any benefit to making a fuss about it.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Shrimp and Scritchies

Today's not-so-favorite moments included . . .

. . . buying raw shrimp to cook for the first time in my life, and discovering that I had inadvertently bought the kind with their shells and legs still attached.  I opted out of dissecting things in my junior high science class, but decades later, after a quick internet search for how to shell and devein shrimp, I gained more firsthand knowledge of shrimp anatomy than I ever cared to have.

Today's favorite moments included . . .


. . . saying, "Here you come!" and hearing Todd reply, "Here comes me!"

And another thing . . .

. . . poor Joy has a couple bothersome bug bites right now.  I sympathize deeply, but I also think it's kind of adorable when she calls them "scritchies" ('cuz they itch and she wants to scratch them).

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Golden Dragonflies

Today's favorite moments included . . .

. . . looking out across a meadow in the late afternoon, and seeing dozens of dragonflies flitting about in the golden sunlight.  Daniel said they looked like flying coins.  I thought they looked like pixies.  Either way, the effect was magical.