Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's a Small World!

I love it when you know someone who knows someone that knows someone that knows you.  Well this is the latest experience I have had.  My neighbor/good friend has a younger brother who is going to work on a farm in Wyoming for the summer.  So I asked, "Oh. Where in Wyoming?"  He replies, "with my aunt and uncle in Cody."  I start screaming and have a 14 year old boy looking at me like I am crazy.  So I go to Katie and say, "You have an aunt and uncle who live in Cody?!?!?!?!"  And now she thinks I have fallen off of my rocker as well, because her response is, "yesssss."  I then tell her that right when your aunt and uncle are at your house to pick up your brother, let me know.....I KNOW they know people that I know!!!!  So I meet her aunt and uncle and sure enough, they know people that I know.  Not just that but are neighbors to people that I know.  The best part is that the people that I know is my old college roommate from Ricks, who taught me all of my homemaking skills.  Who I spent the two Thanksgiving holidays with in Powell, while I was up at Ricks.  I am sure Katie's Aunt and Uncle think I am crazy because I couldn't stop talking about my friends from Powell and Cody. They listened to some crazy lady (me) telling stories that happened over 10 years ago in Arbor Cove's Apartment 1A up at Ricks. And how people from Cody single-handedly carried me through the Economics program at BYU.  

So as you can see, it truly is a small world after all.  I love that now, even after 10 years of being out of touch, of thinking of my wonderful roommate often, thinking of how her family is doing, you always have another chance to get connected again.  So thank you to Katie's aunt and uncle for Jamie Jacobsens' information.  Now I only have one more roommate that I need to find......anybody know Carly Jiles Lowry, from Provo?!  These two girls were my best friends in the truest sense.  They taught me so much. I am who I am because of my experiences with these two ladies up at Ricks.  We laughed together, we cooked together, we cleaned together, we white-gloved until 3 am together, and we cried together.  They were there for my wedding and I think of them constantly.  I can't wait to get in touch with Jamie and Carly.  I love them!  

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

We love Miss Lacey!!!!

You thought this was going to be some end-of-the-year tribute to Addie's and Jayne's teachers right?!  WRONG!  This is a tribute to Addie's 'Up With Kids' Director, Miss Lacey.  She is a golden star!!!!!  First of all, she knew how to handle Jayne at the beginning of the year, until Jayne quit.  Secondly, Miss Lacey knew how to put the kids in their place and still be nice about it.  Third, she was so animated that Addie would go home and act like she was Miss Lacey.  Fourth, she is as cute as punch and taught these kids a TON about performing!!!!!!  And you should have seen the shoes she was wearing.  Can I say "HOT!!!!!!"  (Ok.  I couldn't resist the pic of her shoes.  And this pic doesn't do justice.  Just look behind Spencer.)

The play that they did was "Enchanted..starring YOU!' and it was so cute.  Addie was The BEST Eeyore ever!  (Am I biased?!)  We taught her how to kind of 'sulk' out her lines like Eeyore would have.  And she did it. She was a hit!
The funniest part was after the play, I had both Jayne and Addie crying.  Addie was crying because she loved Up With Kids so much and she was going to miss Miss Lacey.  Jayne was crying because she quit in December and didn't get a trophy (actually an Oscar) after.  It was a good lesson for Jayne to learn...stick it out and you will be rewarded.  And I told Addie that she will be coming back in the fall.  Just enjoy the break.  

This is Addie's friend Lauren.  She LOVED Enchanted maybe even more than Addie did. Let's just say that 'Up With Kids' was right up their ally!!!   

Thanks to the family for coming.  Sorry about the directions.  And just think....only a year until we can do it again!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Here is a shout out to all of those moms out there!  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!  I hope your day was as wonderful as mine was.  

I got breakfast in bed: scrambled eggs, toast, and bacon.  Yummy.  The kids were very cute about it.  After relaxing (and making sure everything was cleaned up by Mike), I had to focus more on the fact that it was Jayne's birthday as well.  I had to make Jayne's butterfly birthday cake.  (her pictures coming later) It was a hit.  After church we went to Mike's parents house and enjoyed the whole family.  It was a great day!  I was even able to talk to my brother who is serving a mission in Knoxville, TN.  

To be honest, the only way it could have been better is if I could have wished my family "Happy Mother's Day" in person.  At least I was able to talk to them on the phone.  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Kids and their imagination!

As some of you may know, Jayne is a constant thumb sucker.  If she is happy, sad, tired, bored, thinking, whatever....she is sucking her thumb.  So yesterday while having a quiet moment on the couch....we had a conversation that went like this:

Me: "Jayne? When are you going to stop sucking your thumb?"
Jayne: (heavy, long sigh) "Mom can I tell you the truth?" 
Me:  "Of course you can tell me the truth.  I hope  you will always tell me the truth."
Jayne:  (Looking straight into my eyes) "Mom.... (long pause)...... I am a wizard."  "And wizards HAVE to have braces."
Me: (trying to keep a straight face and keep the same serious mood that is in the air) "Okay.But I think even wizards stop sucking their thumbs."  (I really can't remember what I said after her comment....I was just thinking....I have got to write this one down.... don't laugh.  Don't laugh.)

So if any of you know how wizards stop sucking their thumbs.....I am all ears.  She will be 5 on Sunday.  The only thing that gives me hope is that I have never seen a 16 year old sucking her thumb.