Thursday, May 31, 2012


W is in his LAST class for his MBA.
We always understood it as an intense class where he writes a big capstone paper.
That's somewhat true.
It's a short summer class and he will be completely DONE by the fourth of July!
Boy, are we going to celebrate that holiday!
In the meantime, it may just kill us!
In the first week, he had two four hour classes, he has to read four chapters (and I mean REALLY read-he has never had to read like this for one of his classes), write a 25 page paper and prepare for a test on said chapters.
He has not had a class this intense in the three years we have been doing this.  Midterms or finals, yes. But I'm pretty sure that this whole month is going to feel like finals week.
It should be loads of fun!
My poor guy is stressed and tired and already so overwhelmed with so much.
The good news is that we are already 1/5th of the way through. The bad news is that we have four more weeks of this fun!
We can do this!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

what we learned in kindergarten

This is Miss M and the lovely Ms. Snow.  We will miss her, but we learned she's moving to 2nd grade so maybe we'll get more of her wonderful tutelage!
Miss M graduated today! And this year:

she learned to read!
she learned to add and subtract!
she learned about plants and patriotism and weather and much much more!
she learned to make new friends and she cherished her old ones.
i learned that being the room mom is expensive.  i don't think i'll do it next year, but i know i'll do it again.
we learned that it would help if there were more than five girls in a class of twenty...drama!!!
i learned that while it's weird that my daughter's teacher is younger than me, she is a brilliant gifted teacher!
she learned to discipline herself.
she learned perseverance.
i learned to not freak out every time she had a rough day.
we learned to finally do our homework.  hopefully next year won't be such a shock now.
i learned that my girl is smart, beautiful, independent, a free spirit, and just lovely.

but then, i already knew that.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Be still, my book loving heart!

Miss M asked me how to spell library today.  Shortly after, she showed up with this lovely little book.
She actually asked me how to spell "full" but I misheard her.

She loves libraries. I love it.  Maybe someday she'll have her library card number memorized too! :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

silver lining

My week started with a yucky stomach bug.  It was not fun!
But Tuesday morning, I dragged my icky feeling self onto the scale for my weekly weigh in and lost five pounds since last week!

I feel like the girl in the Devil Wears Prada-"I'm only one stomach flu from my goal weight."
It was nice to feel some accomplishment, even if the stomach flu played a big part!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lulu's admirers

One of the boys at the clinic loves to play with lulu.  it's pretty sweet.  

One of Miss M's classmates has a bit of a crush of my Lulu. She wrote her this sweet note.

He's a cutie, she could do worse! :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Blessings

I'm so thankful for my two greatest blessings.  
They have smothered me with loves, kisses and handmade cards all day. It was perfect.
They stretch me and try me and push all my buttons, but I can't resist when they climb into bed every morning and run up and beg to kiss and hug me and tell me they love me.
I'm amazed at the things they are learning. It is truly magical.
I love their love for each other and I love when they actually get along! :)
I wish they were still my little babies and not losing all their teeth and finishing kindergarten!
But then my little one reminds me that she deserves a picture for being good too and I realize they will always be my babies.  
And I'm so thankful for them!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

summer fever!

Only 13 more days of kindergarten left!
I'm so excited for summer! I'm sure I'll be ready for routine by July :) but for now...

I'm looking forward to sleeping in... sometimes (a girl still has to work!)

...So You Think You Can Dance starts on May 24th! It's my favorite! :)

...we are spending Memorial Day in Minnesota! The girls are so excited to see grandparents and Aunt Sarah. baby brother is leaving on his mission on June 27th! He's going to spend two years in Nevada, sharing the gospel. Pretty amazing. cute little pregnant sister is coming to visit so we can all be in the temple together! All of my siblings together with my parents. Pretty awesome.


...I'm trying to be better prepared this summer with lots of activities-free movies, free bowling, summer library program, vacation bible school, fun stuff!

Counting the days!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


week one: down one pound
week two: down eight pounds!!!!!
week three: down one pound
week four?

I was a little scared to weigh in this morning. I really liked the pattern I had been forming, even if I had to wait two weeks for results, but I haven't felt great this week.  I had to take a medicine to start my cycle and after four months of no cycle, well, it's been a doozy. I have still worked out faithfully but I've been suffering more from the munchies and just feeling so blah!!

So, this week? stayed put. not bad but i wanted another week two of course! :)
Back to the grindstone. More discipline, less food, I can do this!