Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Natalia is SO cute! and friendly.
V's fam was all at a ward camp out so we had the house to ourselves. We spent the morning getting cleaned up and unpacking stuff. We went to Bajio for lunch, YUmmM! and then got some groceries.
Odd Utah thing, you can buy food storage bulk stuff right in the aisles of Macy's. 50lbs of powdered milk~ have it, grain mill~ it's there, dehydrated meat substitute in a #10 can~ yep. Crazy. How easy would it be to get food storage done here!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
It was very sad to drive away from our well loved home and best best friends ever. I hated each and every good bye and even though I know our friendships will last it will be different than sharing every day life together.
Our last stop before driving off was at the Blacks, our first Texas friends, and really family now. They are keeping J for a couple weeks, then we'll have Em, then they'll have J...I'm not sure those two will ever say good bye.
E and C this morning, wearing shirts that Nikko made them both. They are the same age for almost two weeks and often mistaken for brothers.
Today is also Mom's birthday! Happy B Day Mom!!
We spent the day driving, which E thought was appropriate to spend the day in a suburban, since he was born in one:)
The drive went so well. The kids were great, H was helpful, I didn't get tired and we made good time. Tomorrow is the last half and if it goes as well I will be so grateful!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I started this book first, but then put it down and read the other two. Not a good sign. When I completed the first two I almost didn't go back to Mudbound but I am happy I did. I ended up being drawn into the story and caring about the characters.
It is the story of two families in rural Mississippi just after WWII. One is black and the other white. One a landowner, the other a tenant. Both with sons who fought in the war and are now home and tyring to piece their lives back together. An unlikely friendship develops between these two men and the story is spun around their experiences, the prejudices of the people in the town, and the people they love.
Life really is an intereting thing and often leads us down paths we do not expect. This story has many twists in it, many hardships to overcome, many questions left unanswered but the choices they make and the way they try and make the best of their situation, or not, makes a good read.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Today we returned library books, went to the bank, went to the high school to get J's records sent to MD, made a trip to the store, folded clothes, talked to movers and inspectors and appraisers.
J is at girls camp this week. I hope she's having fun.
S quit her job, she's now coming with me to Utah, which I am very happy about. I was kind of dreading the drive by myself, plus she is great company.
E spent the day with C and Ryan celebrating an early birthday for C.
We've been spending time with friends and organizing and cleaning and fretting a little. I can't wait to get on the road, not because I want to leave, I don't, but because I am ready to get on with it...and we're looking forward to spending with with cousins and friends.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The girls were delightful and it was really fun to listen to them talk and laugh together.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Instead I will write about "the Help" by Kathryn Stockett. My 2nd southern reading challenge book that I waited for Beloved to fall asleep two nights ago and then tip toed out of the room to finish. It was that good.
It is the story of several women in Mississippi in the early 60's and told in alternating voices. One a young white woman the other 2 black women who work as household help. This is after slavery but you might not know it to look around; the distinction between white and black is huge. Separate drinking facets, churches, lives. Jim Crow laws are in effect and there is a lot of unrest.
Eugenia, home from college and trying to decide what to do with her life, wants to write. She decides to tell the story of what life is like for the help that each home in her town employs. It is hard to get the women to open up to her but eventually she interviews 12 domestics and tells their story, as well as her own.
I don't want to give it away because really it is a wonderful story that tugs at your heart and explores the richness and strength of relationships, the courage to speak up for something you believe in, and the sameness of every human heart that longs for safety and opportunity and love.
Go read it.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Just kidding, kind of, usually I go out with them, but sometimes when I don't it's a nice quiet time in the house.
We had stormy weather last night. We'd planned on taking the kids to a concert in the park with fireworks and lasers but the weather changed our minds and we went to McD instead for some ice cream and playground playing. S and J both went to spend the night with friends. After the kids went to bed we sat on the porch and enjoyed the sounds of frogs, the lightning show and our friends company.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
H was so excited. Several months ago when they began planning it she was quite distraught because she had, unbeknown to us, been waiting for YEARS for her turn to go to one. On our bulletin board in the foyer was a picture of a previous dance and the younger girls would look at that and think it was so fun. So they waited. Well, when it was announced H was so upset because Beloved was already scheduled to be in MD. She cried and cried.
Then the schedule slipped (again) and now he was here!
They painted pet rocks, and ate and danced.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
5:30 come in from swimming
5:45 start making dinner
6:00 eat dinner
6:20 clean up dinner
6:30 bathe Lu and Beloved and brother head outside to practice bike riding and J heads upstairs (S is out with friends and H is spending the night with Kenna)
6:45 stories and bed for Lu because she almost fell asleep at dinner prep time (all the swimming wears her out)
7:10 the boys tell me they are going for a ride around the block.
7:15 call comes,can we show your house in 15 minutes.
7:16 run outside and yell for the boys to come back
7:17 yell up for J
7:18-7:40 RUN AROUND THE HOUSE cleaning the debris from the day.
7:41 all leave...except for Lu who is sound asleep so I stay behind.
7:50 they arrive. I explain and see myself to the porch where I rock and read (cuz I am super cool like that!)
8:15 this picture arrives from Beloved who is in Tori's back yard.
See there are buffalo there.
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
I liked it. It was the story of a little island off the coast of South Carolina that was it's own country. It's main claim to fame was that it was the birth place and home of Nevin Nollop, author of the phrase "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". They erected a statue in his honor with the phrase on it and lived a simple life but one full of rich language, letter writing, and expressions of thought.
One day a letter falls off of the statue and the town council meets and decides that it must be Mr Nollop speaking from the grave letting them know not to use that letter again. They set up most severe consequences for breaking this rule. A three strike situation; strike one a warning, strike two either a public flogging or a day in the stocks and strike three banishment from the island with threat of execution if you return. Some of the citizens of this island nation are aghast at the ludicrousness of the situation but most go along.
As letters continue to fall off, and people's lives are altered we find our heroine Ella, and her family and friends fighting to save the island from the encroaching totalitarianism.
I found myself eager to find out what happens, curious if I could make up such a sentence with so few letters (no) and rooting for the heroes.
It was so interesting to me to see the historical parallels in a social sense as it often brought to mind atrocities in our world's history (like the efforts of Hitler) and how little by little a small change here, a seemingly inconsequential freedom taken away there and pretty soon a bleak and dismal evil takes over. One thing that really struck me was how many of the islanders didn't want to rock the boat or join the fight and I wondered how often we see injustices and just let them slide...maybe until it's too late.
Interesting book. The language was a delight and the story compelling.
We hung out at the pool
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Last night was S's graduation!! So exciting.
Nana, Abba and Uncle Brian came from the East and Mark, Bea and Grandma Joyce from the West and the Blacks came from down the road :) so we all celebrated together.
S wanted us to go to Salt Grass for dinner. We had reservation pretty early but still she got to sit at the table for about 2 minutes until she left and the rest of us ate in her honor.
Then we went to the Convention Center. It was a festive, rambunctious celebration.