Sunday, December 30, 2007

My secret wish

Not many people know this about me, but for a long time I have wanted to play the harp. It's something that has always just called out to me. So it was a special treat for me to go back down to the Festival of Lights and listen to the D.C. Harp Ensemble perform. I dragged Kyrie along with me, and was just giddy inside the whole time listening to the beautiful melodies, my favorite one was Still, Still, Still. Ah, I'm even still so happy afterwards, secretly planning the day when I can own a harp and play such angelic music, and trust me it will happen....

I took my camera this time and couldn't resist snapping a few pictures to share.

Calling #3

So here's some fun and exciting news, a new calling for me today. I am now one of the CTR6 teachers (there are three of them). That will be fun, huh? And I just happen to be Kyrie's teacher so no more bribeing her to go to class. She always said that she missed me during class, well that going to change very rapidly!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Silly girls

A conversation had between Brielle and Dad:

Dad: All right Brielle, we're going in the store and you're going to stay by the cart, right?
B: Yeah.
D: You're not going to run away?
B: No.
D: You promise?
B: I promise.
D: Ok, lets shake on it.
Dad holds out his hand to shake, but to our amusement, Brielle starts wiggling her whole body in her seat.

Kyrie is our little emotional one, she gets so upset over the littlest things. On these occasions Dad's usual reply is "Kyrie you know what always helps? Cry about it." In an angry reply Kyrie said "You always say that, and it never works". This may sound very harsh of Kel to say, but he said it in a very teasing manner with lots of hugs afterwards. Since then all Kel has to say is that little phrase and Kyrie stops crying. It was very funny at the moment, but I think that it helped her see that crying about it never helps...thank goodness.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


OK, it is official, we have grown out of our apartment, and after yesterdays festivities, it is so obvious. We spent all of today trying to clean, and organize after the disaster party yesterday. Which I must say was very relaxed. We woke up late, opened a couple of presents, had a smoothie for breakfast, opened some more presents. Then ran out the door to see a movie. Yes, we're cheapies we went before 12 to get the matinee price. It was Enchanted, and Kyrie loved it, some of the songs she already had memorized from watching them of And it's very important to note that she did close her eyes through all the kissing parts. After that we came home and opened more presents. It was actually kind of nice to break up morning, it seemed like the enjoyment of opening presents lasted for a long time. Briellle was the one passing out presents this year. She could tell which presents were hers by the B's and Kyrie's by the K's. But towards the end she just started opening everything regardless of who's it was. I went to the health food store and got a abunch of "good" candy for their stockings, so there was no guilt when that's all they ate. As for presents, Kyrie's favorite was Tinkerbell's fairy playset, and of course, a lot of books. Brielle's, the little ponies teapot house, and Winnie the Pooh Computer game. And they both got lots a cute little pet shop! Kel got me an I-home this year, it really was just what I wanted. Also a new bed spread, guess what, it's red. Yeah me, I've only had the other one since I made it at 16...And Kel got some amazing wireless headphones (he loves them), and also a lot of gift certificates, since he's so hard to shop for.

These are about the only pictures I took, how silly of me.
All in all the day was very easy and low key. It was our first away from family, and we missed them very much. Grandparents were very kind and sent plenty of presents to distract the girls. Unfortunately, it's just not the same without family to share it with. Hopefully next year we will be together.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Under the Tree

Oh my goodness, Christmas is almost here. And are these kids excited! The grandma's just sent some boxes full of presents, and more than quadrupled the amount of presents we had under the tree. Now at any given moment there are presents strewn all over our small front room. Brielle thinks that it's fun to make slides, race tracks or who knows whatever design.

It's a good thing that Christmas is only 2 days away, I don't think that these presents could handle any more abuse from these little monkeys. Here are some pictures of the girls in their usual place, under the tree playing with the presents. They are wearing their Christmas dresses. (Kyrie has been waiting about a year to wear hers after she picked it out of last years clearance). She also has her hair braided up into a halo braid, just like her mom used to wear for special occasions.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Festival of Lights

To me, there's nothing more exciting, and that puts me in the Christmas mood than seeing the lights down at the Temple. Kyrie burst out when we saw the "flashes of light" coming up the road. Being with them makes everything twice as exciting. We toured the nativity scenes from around the world, and also the many trees decorated from different stakes out here (Jeri, the tree looked great!). Then we went to the little mini concert. The performances are different every night, and last nights was the Mt. Vernon hand bell choir. They were actually very fun to watch and listen to. Brielle was enthralled the whole time. I can't believe that she sat in her seat that long! The last song was Jingle Bells and they let us sing along, and boy, did those girls sing right out loud! They know that song very well as demonstrated in our last post.
Outside, we walked right up to a live nativity scene, and I mean right up next to them. It really gave the feeling that we were there worshiping the Saviour on that special night. I was sad to leave so soon, but all Kyrie wanted to do was sit on the camel, and other people were laughing at us, so off we went. It was a very enjoyable evening, and I hope my kids understood a little better the meaning of the season. Kyrie did ask me "why if it is Jesus' birthday, do we get all the presents?" We talked for a while, and I think that she got a little bit of why we give to others in this season. I hope so at least!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Jingle Bells by Kyrie and Brielle


A little song for your enjoyment!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cookie Monster

Kyrie, and I made pin wheel cookies yesterday. Not a huge deal, but I'm posting this to remind myself it's the little things that make life meaningful...

and that it's okay if we make a huge mess!

The Nutcracker

Wow, seems like a new trend in the ward. I took Kyrie to the Nutcracker today, for our school field trip (I say it was for school, but we would have went regardless, this way just sounds more educational). She saw an ad for it and has been asking to go for a couple of days. She liked the Arabian dancers the best. There was a humorous man bossing the women around, and he finally got his share in the end. She simply laughed, but couldn't stop talking about him at the end. She also said that Clara was the prettiest dancer of all, and liked how she stood up on her toes. Kyrie tried to stand up on her tippy toes at home a couple times, and agreed with me that it takes a lot of practice to dance like that. And they make it look so easy. I took ballet for 3 years, and stopped for silly reasons. I sometimes wonder where I would be now if I kept going. Probably not playing the piano as much as I do, that's for sure. Funny where life takes you, and how it can all change in an instant. It makes me wonder if I'm really exactly where I'm supposed to be, or how different I would be if I took a different course. Hmmm, guess we'll never find out...

Brielle still has a mild fever and a nasty cough, and as I was talking to friends last night I reflected on that. My kids have only gotten sick once in the last year, and for Kyrie, it was just the same gross cough that last 1-2 weeks. Brielle, the fever, and it was about the same time last year. Is it a virus, or is this their bodies way of De-junking?
As many of my friends have found out, I don't believe in going to the doctor for every little thing, in fact I don't know when the last time they went to the doctors, because we have been able to handle everything on our own through various natural remedies, and trying the eat as healthy as we could. Just like this morning, I started getting a sore throat so I rubbed some peppermint oil on my neck and it's gone (I think I ate too many cookies from the cookie swap last night). Anyways, I'm just thankful that another year has gone by, and our family has been in good health.

Monday, December 17, 2007


These last few days have been great fun. Ok, I say that a bit sarcastically. Brielle has had a fever since Saturday morning, (I was sad to miss the ward Party that night). I've got all my shopping and mailings done, so we've just spent the days here relaxing and watching Christmas movies. Which I'm surprised that Brielle has been so patient waiting for Christmas. She wanted to open the presents under the tree very badly until I showed her the advent calendar, and how many days we have left to wait. And surprisingly, we haven't had an incident with presents being opened prematurely. Lucky me.
Yesterday I got to sing in a quartet at church. I can't even remember the name now, but it was a Noel song set to Pachabel's canon. I really enjoyed it, but am still upset about the parts that I messed up. Somehow I was a measure behind in my counting and came in late. Sorry Kat! Hopefully not many people noticed. Oh well. Many people said they enjoyed it so I'm glad.
Well I've got a sick baby crying, so I better run.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


I got a little jealous of Kyrie doing all the learning over here, so I decided to take a photography class. I realize that there is still a lot that I have to learn on this subject, but I just wanted to share some of my favorites. And if anyone wants to share some insight on how to make them better, please be my guest!!!

Kyrie wouldn't hold still long enough to pose
in any cute way...

I imagine little fairies flying around on this one.

(okay, this one wasn't from the class, but I really liked it)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Now this is my style

This post is so not about me bragging, just for those interested (boys and girls back home).

After being carless for more than a month, we finally found a winner, and I have to say that this is my favorite one yet. So far this year, I have driven four different cars, I'm hoping that this one will last a little while. Here's the digs: 2006 Audi A4 3.0 quattro convertible, with only 8,000 miles. I was a little worried about having a convertible in the winter, but it has the premium package, and keeps in heat very well. It has heated seats, and dual air control and it handles well in the snow since it is 4WD. Here she is...

This car is the fastest thing I have ever driven, but that's not saying much. Lets look at a few of the humdingers I have had the privilage of driving... '92 geo metro, '85 toyota van(my personal favorite, thanks dad), '92 chevy surburban, '96 honda accord, '96 honda CRX, '99 ford exploder, '01 dodge ram, '02 jeep liberty, '04 chrysler pacifica. That's funny six of those cars we have owned in the last six years of our marriage. The accord is the first car we purchased together and we still own it (but kel says for not much longer) it has 200k+ miles, and is starting to go down hill. Hope it lasts a little longer.

Well anyways, sorry if this post is boring, but cars are our life. And be sure to call Kel if you have any questions...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A trip down memory lane

Last week, for school, we went on a little field trip with our homeschool group to the Belair Mansion and stables. The house was fun to walk through, and there was an exhibit on food and where it comes from, but my favorite part was definitely down to
the stables. Of course, when we got there the kids were expecting horses to actually be there and were a little disappointed when I told them there wasn't going to be any. We walked through the stables (now museum) while listening to history of how 2 horses, Gallant Fox, and Omaha, went on to win the Triple Crown in horse racing. A major feat since only about 10 have done it since racing began in the States. I admit the horse lover welled up in me again, as I walked by the stalls and tried to imagine the grandeur of it all. I wanted to smell that once familiar smell of a barn, of the horses, of the hay, dirt, and yes, even manure. I wanted so badly to run my fingers through my horses coat; it would be shaggy and thick right now from the cold winter nights. To have him breathe on me while I bridled him. I miss those days. I wanted to tell my girls what it was like to work in a barn. Tell them how dirty you would get feeding 20+ horses. How much work there was to be done, but also the rewards in owning such magnificent creatures. Yes, the rewards like winning your first blue ribbon and holding a day-old colt in your arms... I'll tell them, but not till they're a little older, perhaps when we have a barn of our own.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Fairies are real

For anyone living close by, today I went to Scholastic's warehouse sale in Odenton. There were rows upon rows of books. All 30-80% off. As part of tradition, I get the kids at least one book for Christmas. This year it's more like 4 or 5. And if you register online before you go, you get an extra $10 off. I spent a little too much, I couldn't help myself, I love books. If you want more info, go here.
Kyrie is so into anything Fairy right now. We are reading the Fairy Realm series, and she loves it. Sometimes we end up reading a whole book in one day. And it's a good 100 pages. We usually don't get anything else done for a while but that's ok. It makes me so happy to see, and hear her afterward using that little imagination of hers. Sometimes I wish that I could go back to that age where everything you dreamed of, was real. And not only is she dreaming about fairies and mermaids, but she is drawing them, all the time. Schoolwork has taken a little longer as of late, because most of the time she is drawing little fairies on the side of the paper, or in the letters that she is writing. I left her for a few minutes to copy a couple sentences down, and when I came back there were faces in all the words. "And this one is the queen," she said to me, "because this letter looked like a chair!" I could only laugh. Who cares that it took her a half and hour to write a little phrase down. She's using her imagination, which is the best thing for a little girl!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

First snow

As I got dressed this morning, four little feet came pattering into my room. Brielle exclaimed it's hoeing, it's hoeing. A little puzzled, Kyrie filled me right in... It's snowing outside. I looked out the window, and sure enough the first snowfall of the season. We were mesmerized every time we went outside while running our errands. The kids definitely didn't care about getting in the car in a hurry. All they wanted to do was eat snow. Brielle was eating it right off the cars, carts, railings, anything mouth level. One thing we had to get while out and about was hats and gloves. None of the ones we had seemed to fit, or had a missing half. Yep, that's how it goes. Kyrie wanted a Tinkerbell hat, but off course I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so we got an applique and some little jewels to decorate a plain one with. Here's a pic of our little project. Now my kids will be nice and warm the next time they decide to eat questionable snow....

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The smell in the air

Scarves, hats, the smell in the air, rakes, and leaves. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin doughnuts. Did I mention pumpkin cookies? Oh yeah, they are all so good and believe me, I have had my share to know. I can't seem to get enough.

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. The colors leave me in awe as I drive down the road. And coming from Utah, I never saw half of the season. The reds, yellows and oranges are so vibrant I can't take my eyes off of them.
Kyrie had fun learning about why leaves change colors in the fall for school. Also, how trees get their food, and the different parts of a tree. We did a few experiments, and had some good walks. I even learned a couple things. Mostly how grateful I am for each different season. A new season to learn, a new season to grow. My kids are always reminding me how short life really is. It seems to just fly by. we have lived out here in Maryland for 15 months now, and it seems like just a little while. And now we are thinking about moving again, and I haven't done half the things that I wanted to. Better get a move on I guess. Before time runs out.

Something new

Oh, my goodness, I can't believe that I'm doing this. I've resisted thus far, but I guess that it's time to give in and join the blogging bunch. I also figured that we have been away from family for so long that this would be a good way for them to keep in touch with Kyrie and Brielle as they are quickly growing up. Hope you enjoy, and check back often to hear what's new and exciting in our life.