Friday, December 26, 2008
When we get back, Rinar and I will be jetting off to New Orleans to watch Utah play some football in the Sugar Bowl.
Therefore, I won't be posting anything new until the new year.
But stay tuned because I should have lots of pictures and stories to share.
Love you all!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The shepherds were sore afraid...
And then they were really happy...
The wise men are so very wise...and stylish, I might add.
Peace on Earth, and in Primary as well.
(The boys with the funny hats are wicked Nephites trying to kill Samuel the Lamanite. They couldn't you know, because he had he power of God to protect him.)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I will cherish the experience. It has made me realize that the movie is definitely geared toward a six-year old boy's sense of humor.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
** Okay, I must add this observation on, after looking at all the other Las Vegas snow blogs. Do you people seriously own scarves and mittens and boots and all of that stuff? I barely have a "coat" for each of my kids. I mean, look at my poor child in this picture. No gloves, nothing. Why should I buy that stuff? We never see snow and it rarely gets below 50 in this town. As the day wore on, my kids were using socks as gloves. There must have been 10 wet pairs strewn across my staircase.
My kids played with the play-dough almost the entire time. Xander is in the foreground and Nicholas is the boy at the end of the table. These are their homeschool buddies.
Later that evening, we went to Nevada School of the Arts for the kids Christmas Concert with their classmates. The kids in this group were from all Suzuki levels. Eli really enjoyed the music and clapped at all of the appropriate times.
Wow, look at those eyes...
This is their group teacher, Jennifer Petersen. She is a fantastic teacher. And she has a lot of patience...thank goodness.
Grace, a good friend from our ward is in the background. They have known her from the first week we moved to Las Vegas. They were in Nursery together. She is a very advanced violin player.
Grace, right before the concert started.
This is a girl from their class. Fortunately, the boys are in a small class. There are about 6 kids in the class, so they get a lot of attention and help with their technique. I am pretty sure her name is Emily, but I could be wrong.
Monday, December 15, 2008
BAM, SMACK, CRASH... I took a hard left turn right into the wall.
My face, the right eyelid more specifically, made a devastating collision with the corner of the wall. It really hurt, and then it hurt worse, and then I was nauseous and a little dizzy. Then Melanie saw me and made a worried face and informed me that I was bleeding. My eyelid swelled up and I had to lay down so that I would not faint or vomit.
After sitting for about five minutes, icing the wound, and taking some Tylenol, I was as good as new.
I am smooth as buttah baby, and needless to say, like, totally awesome, huh?
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The yearly recital was tonight and the kids did a fantastic job. There were some funny things that happened. I thought I would share the concert with everyone. I set my camera incorrectly, so Zach's number is in two parts. You will especially enjoy what happens in the second clip...so watch carefully.
But, have you ever seen such a happy violin player? It is so genuine. Zach loves the violin and he loves the stage. He had a lot of reasons to smile.
Raef must have really enjoyed Zach's piece, "Gavotte from Mignon" by A. Thomas, because he followed his brother and proceeded to play the song his brother had just played. It was an honest mistake. His song, "Theme From Witches Dance" by N. Paganini does not have any kind of introduction. Therefore he didn't have any kind of clue to keep him on track. So, he just stopped and then restarted with the correct number. He is very focused when he plays.
Oh yeah, and you will notice a ways into the video that it gets all shaky and you might hear snapping. Zach was busy talking to the piano player's daughter and so I was snapping at him to get him to zip it up. I swear, sometimes that child will be the death of me!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Santa ClausThese are the letters they wrote. They also decorated their envelopes like Christmas presents.
Then Eli woke up from his nap with the biggest poopie he has ever had... ever. I decided to give him a bath, just in case I missed any crack or crevice. While he was taking his bath, Raef read his McGuffey reader to me. I could also hear Zach in the background playing the piano.
Afterwards, he got a bottle and his eyes were glistening because he was crying. Hey, he was really hungry. You would cry, too.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Zach was fascinated by it and how it changed colors and the picture changed also. He kept telling me every time it changed, about every 5 seconds through every darn song they performed. I kept telling him to stop talking, but he was undeterred. He just couldn't help himself. I kept thinking how handy it would have been to have this in my purse...
But, unfortunately for me, I didn't. Funny thing though...I did actually have this in my purse...
I had an internal debate with myself while the pops orchestra was playing a beautiful rendition of "We Three Kings"...would the glue even work? I decided against it for several reasons. First, it was dark and thus it would have been hard to apply evenly. Second, it would have been messy. And thirdly, it would not have dried before the show was over. I just had to resign myself to the incessant talking. I eased the burden of verbal barrage with some carmels I mercifully had in my purse. It took the edge off of the last 20 minutes.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Jen and I pulled in the couches from the lobby and created a nice seating area that was comfy and was actually used by late-comers. For the centerpieces, we used a large square of wrapping paper, wreaths with shiny bulbs on them and a glass vase with ribbon in it. It turned out really well.
There was entertainment for the evening, including the dynamic duo: Raef and Zach. They sang "Away In A Manger" and I could just shoot myself that we didn't record it. I taught them harmony, so Zach sang alto because his voice is naturally lower than Raef's. It was so beautiful. I played the piano, which was unfortunate because I missed the funny things they did on stage. Zach, a control-freak, just like his Mom, was reaching over to Raef and making sure his mic wasn't too close to his mouth while they were singing. Then he started waving at his friend in the audience. Other people started waving at him, so he was able to wave at a lot of people. Plus he did this all while he continued to sing. Raef just stood there like a rock, with both hands on the microphone, not looking around and just singing the song.
It was quite a show.
We had a lot of fun.
Jen sure knows how to throw an awesome party.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Join in the fun!
Copy and paste the list. Bold the things you have done...
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Made amends with someone who offended you
101. Flew in a small Cessna plan with just you and the pilot
102. Ran out of gas
103. Eaten fried okra
104. Swam in the Carribbean Sea
105. Peed in a swimming pool
106. Rented a beach house
107. Hosted an exchange student
108. Been a Secret Santa to a family in need
109. Worked on a political campaign
110. Coached a sports team
Now add something that's not on this list and keep it going, if you'd like.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Well, I promised to show you what my house looked like ages ago. I thought I would finally keep my promise to you. This is what my house looks like from the outside. We had it painted about a year ago to a little bit darker shade. It turned out really nice and we were happy with the results. The cage you see on top is to protect our two air conditioning units from pigeons. They like to build nests underneath it. It can be a real pain.
When you stand on the front step with your back to the door, this is what you will see. It actually rained today. It only rains in Las Vegas about five times a year. It is very unusual to see this ground the wet, so enjoy the moisture.
Behind the front door, this is the room that greets you. It is the living room. I think this room has come together very nicely. The futon at the back of the room was moved there out of desperation. It was the only place I could put it so that I could make room for a little schoolroom for my kids upstairs. I am actually very happy with it in this location. It makes for a very snuggly reading nook.Turn your head slightly to the left and this is what the rest of the living room looks like. I moved the piano over into this corner and it is great. Now all of the couches surround the piano and the kids will gather around it to play their violins also. Since I adjusted it, I still have not moved the mirror over center of the couch. I really need to put that on my Honey-Do list for Rinar. (Get the drill out, honey)
One of my favorite spots is right in the center. This is my original painting of Jesus Christ by Dan Lewis. It is wonderful and now that I had an extra end table, I put it right under the picture. What a great additon, huh? The flowers are from Rinar for our anniversary yesterday.
Now I have my back to the stairs, and you can see our little schoolroom. There is a table, desk and a bean bag. Behind the bean bag is a map of the world.
To the right of the room is a book shelf we put in a few months ago. I haven't really organized it yet, so it is pretty disastrous.