Monday, September 24, 2007
In the summer of 2001 he came to Utah, and Ellie got us free tickets through her connections back in Texas. While we were waiting for the concert to start, a guy from a radio station asked us if we wanted to meet Gary Allan. Once we realilzed he was serious we just about died right there. We met him and took a picture, and then started screaming when we walked away. We were still within earshot so there were some laughs coming from Gary and his groupies. Anyway, I don't think we stopped talking about that night for a very long time. Here is my scrapbook page about it...
Recently I noticed Gary Allan was going to be here again, for the Utah State Fair. Ellie and I got tickets and Ben watched the kids for my night of freedom. We weren't as close as we were last time, and we didn't get to meet him, but it was still AWESOME. He seriously gives an amazing concert. Maybe part of the reason I like him is because he's not from Nashville - he grew up in California.
Ellie shot some video of the concert so I'll add my favorite song to this post as soon as I get it. I know you will all be waiting on pins and needles.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
No, they are suing for $400,000, their estimate of the cost to raise this "extra" and "unwanted" baby. The poor girl (whichever twin it is) is going to be scarred for life. The mother actually said they considered selective reduction, and adoption, but decided neither would be good for the twin girls. You think?? The couple, who happen to be lesbians, make $120,000 per year and obviously wanted a baby enough to go through IVF, but they just couldn't function in a life with twins.
I found this commentary on the story, and many of the journalist's opinions are consistent with my own.
"But what also surprises me is these mothers seemed unprepared for - and shocked by - some of parenthood's most basic sacrifices. It's not just that their bond seems to have been so weak. One of the mothers also complained that their relationship had become mired in the everyday tasks of raising children.
Hey! Join the club, sister. But love, you'll find, gets you through.
In fact, you must wonder at the mother who says one child would have been heaven but two is hell. Was she truly ready for even the one?"
Yesterday as we juggled the twins in high chairs while we all tried to scarf down some lunch at a restaurant, a woman nearby commented that "she always wanted twins and thought they would be so fun." We get that comment a lot, and I just chuckle to myself and say, "they are fun, but a handful."
I wonder if the lady in this article would instead go off about how awful twins are, how they ruined her relationship, how expensive they are, blah blah blah. I just hate whiners, and this is the ultimate whine. Suck it up lady, you got two for the price of one!
Oh, and my twins came the good old fashioned way, but I won't be suing my ovaries any time soon.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
In Utah, you spend multiple months holed up in your house during the winter, waiting for the sun to return. Certainly there are fun things to do in the snow, but it is much more difficult and much less fun with small children. That is all.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The hike started out well enough. The kids were relatively happy and excited to be somewhere other than our house or a store.
Above and below are pictures of the creek that Isabel decided to jump in to. I wish I had a picture of her but I was afraid the other two would jump in at any moment and then I would have a much bigger problem. Adam and Anna stood on the bank and leaned over to touch the water. While this happened, Isabel again decided to jump into the water.
Once we got going on the trail, I quickly realized that hiking with three kids is not easy. Even Anna had a hard time walking up the not-too-steep slope. I tried to help the kids along the trail and take pictures but that didn't help much.
Eventually, I ended up carrying the twins down the trail after about 100 yards. Everyone (especially me) was happy to go home.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Check out some great pictures taken by John here.
Monday, September 10, 2007
The whole family was excited to make the 45 minute drive north to Brigham. Adam was particularly inquisitive about Peach Days. I think he was dressed for Pumpkin Days but Allison maintains he was dressed appropriately. Isabel was excited about making new friends at the parade and tried to join several families.
Aunt Sabrina was a star in the parade. Anna was almost as excited to see her as she was with the people throwing candy. In all fairness, Sabrina and Kevin did hand out gum which Anna summarily tried to eat and eventually spit out.
Elle met us at Peach days and showed us the best Peach Cobbler stand and spread Texas cheer. I am not a fan of fruity desserts but the peach cobbler was excellent. It was almost as good as Kevin's version. Anna was very excited to see Elle. The more excited Anna is to see someone the less she talks. This usually results in her not saying anything except, "I lost my voice."
Anna liked the parade and peach cobbler but she was most excited about the little rides. We were afraid she would be scared on a ride by herself but she handled it like a champ. She was so excited that she demanded a ride on the Carousel. We obliged although I think Allison was more excited about riding the carousel.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I value my alone time after 8 PM more than you could understand, and I value our date nights too. Pretty much since we had Anna we've been pretty good about going out. We get a babysitter almost every weekend and I think its one of the best things for our marriage. All week long we both focus on working, the kids, the house, etc. If we start to bicker during the day, I think we both know we need a night out - it really changes our attitudes.
Friday night we had the babysitter scheduled, but sadly we couldn't think of anything to do. 99 percent of the time we end up eating out or going to a movie. In our brainstorming, we talked about everything ranging from going to a comedy club to going to Best Buy (Ben's idea). We almost canceled the babysitter and rented a movie. In the end, we had a campfire up in the canyon next to our house and made smores and all of that good stuff.
But my point is - what do you do for date night? We need some new, refreshing ideas. I know you are reading, so leave some comments!!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Note to family and friends: If you have kids, don't come to our house. I mean that in the nicest way possible :-)
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Later she took her first ride on a carousel and then we all took a train ride. It's a cute little place, but really nothing at all like a farm.
Anna calls my Mom "Grandma Horsie." My Mom has a horse, and when Anna started to talk we needed to think of a name that would distinguish her from the other Grandmas. Ben jokingly said Grandma Horsie, and it stuck. She went to Tom's Farms with us.
People often say we look a lot alike and I don't always see it - but in this picture I can tell how similar our features are (especially our squinty eyes!). Miss you Mom!