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I’m pretty sure I have an unnatural love for whipped cream.  Always have.   As a kid I became a pro at getting my little fingers in the tub and I always made sure to not leave any finger marks so I never got caught.  Clever, eh?  About a year ago my sister-in-law taught me how to make my own whipped cream with cream and powdered sugar,  holy moly, drooooolllll is all I have to say.  I made it today, it was soooo good.  I had a little bit of cake with my whipped cream.  mmmmmmmmmmm.  Being an adult definitely has its perks, one of them is that now I don’t have to worry about the finger marks.

For the wedding I shot today I spent almost 4 hours in the car.  While I was driving my self around (mostly in the rain, I should add) I realized something… I don’t like driving.  I have been spoiled by Mike and by St. George.  Mike likes to drive so when ever we are together (which is 99.9%of the time), he is the driver, always has been, probably always will be.  And driving around St. George is so easy, you can go anywhere and you don’t even have to use the freeway if you don’t want to, it’s so nice.  Another reason I think I don’t like it too much is because whenever I get in the car and have to drive for more than about 40 minutes I get sleepy.  Growing up I slept thru many a family driving vacation.  One summer I asked my Grampa if we could drive up to San Francisco and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and he informed me that we had done that the summer before.  I told him that I didn’t remember doing that and he said, “Well, that’s probably because you slept the whole time!”   Chances are they tried to wake me up, and chances are I was too tired to care.  The summer before we were married Mike and I took our first little road trip to Jackson Hole, I did ok until we started driving thru Yellowstone and then I conked.  I remember him trying to wake me up and asking me if I wanted to see the scenery and I think I said something like, “I remember coming here when I was a kid so I’m good.”  and then promptly falling back asleep.  I’m super glad he decided to still love me after that, and I am even more super glad that he does so much of the driving so I don’t have to.  Luckily, we will be able to drive together for our wedding tomorrow, Im really looking forward to that.

My fears.  Fears are interesting and I have to admit I don’t quite understand them all.  Some I get, for instance, if you have a bad experience with something I can see how a fear might develop, but my fears just make no sense to me.  As of recently I have had 2 major ones and the reason they make no sense is because I didn’t have them at all until I had my babies.  #1 Fear of Heights.  I had absolutely no problem with this at all in my younger years.  I did things like climb Angels Landing and fly all over the world, what gives?  I still don’t mind flying too much but all I have to do is think about being at the top Angels Landing or standing at the top of the Stratosphere in Vegas and my pulse starts speeding up and I find it a little hard to breathe.  Ok, enough talk about that, seriously, I can’t handle it!  #2  Fear of Knives.  This kinda makes me laugh, knives? Really?  Well, yes, really.  This one kinda snuck up on me.  When Mike and I got married we got a cheap knife set and for some reason in those early years his dad just kept giving us knives.  When Jack was about a year we moved and I piled all those knives together for the move and seeing all those knives together in one place scared me to death.   I just kept picturing Jack toddling around with 2 knives in his tiny hands and the whole fast pulse thing and no breath started again and that was it, I took all the sharp knives we owned, except for the cheapie set we got for our wedding (which was far from sharp) and gave them to the D.I.  That was over 8 years ago.  I don’t know if it’s because the boys have grown up a bit or maybe I have but I am looking at knives in a whole new way now.  Earlier this year I started to cook things, good things with lots of veggies.  It quickly became apparent that I had no business cutting veggies with the 10 year old knives we still had sitting on our counter, they really sucked!  I was discussing this with my awesome sister Erin one day and she told me that she had just gotten a new knife set (she’s a fancy cook and is smart about things like knives) and she said I could have her old one.  She brought the set over one day with *gasp* a knife sharpener!!!  Guess what!  I so love those knives!!!  I think they are pretty and I feel like a real cook just holding them!!  My favorite thing to chop?  Celery.  Once I continued to chop the whole thing of celery even though I didn’t need it just because I was having so much fun.  Which makes me wonder… would educating yourself about something erase a fear?  Yes, I think it’s possible, yay for learning!!  Except in my case with heights, that education kinda screwed me.

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You may have noticed that I totally skipped last week’s photo of the week, doh!  I didn’t even realize until right now, double doh!  Oh well, I plan on making that up to you by including a “you didn’t know” along with this weeks photo!  So!  Here is this weeks photo!  We went roller skating last Saturday, I liked the way the carpet looked so I made us all lay on the floor for this photo.  I’m pretty sure if the lights had been on we would have opted not to do that!

Now for the “you didn’t know” part of this evenings fun!   The year was 1993, it was the summer between my 8th and 9th grade years and once again we were packing up everything and moving.  The destination this time?  Guatemala City, Guatemala.  I remember one of the kids in my class kept calling it Guam, not sure why.  And once someone asked me in what part of Africa Guatemala was.  It was times like those that I was happy I didn’t have a chance for the U.S. school system to fail me, at least when it came to geography.  For those of you who might be curious, Guatemala is right below Mexico.  The scene at the end of  Star Wars: A New Hope where you see Mayan temple rising out of the forest, that’s Guatemala.  As we flew in that is really all I remember seeing, green, forest everywhere, no Mayan temples, they were in the north, we were flying into the south.  And it was the first time in all my flying that I got to walk down the stairs from the airplane to the landing strip and into the airport.  I thought it was so cool!  Anyway, after getting settled into our new home, which eventually had to be fitted with barbwire, we discovered that down the road there was a big pink building and inside that pink building?  A skating rink!  We skated so much that by the time Christmas rolled around I was begging  for my own pair of skates, and Santa did not disappoint me!  I got a beautiful pair of white skates with bright pink wheels, I loved them and put them to good use the whole time we lived there, plus the skating rink had really good churros.  The whole time we lived in St. George I felt like something was missing in my life, often I wished there was a skating rink nearby, I knew my life would be complete if I could only skate!  Imagine my pure joy when I realized that we now live within 15 minutes of a skating rink!!  I was so excited to take the boys, so off we went!  It was all that I thought it would be and more!!  Now after Guatemala I still skated when I could but in probably the last 12 years I haven’t step foot in a rink so I was kinda shaky at first but then I got the hang of it again and I fell in love all over again, it was so fun!!  We had to go back and 3 nights later we did just that, this time though, there were two girls there and they looked like they were practicing for roller derby!!  EEEKKKK!!  I want to be them when I grow up!!  They were so tough and fast and one had a cool mohawk, they were awesome!!  So there you have it, something you never knew about me, deep down inside, all I’ve ever wanted to be was a roller derby star!

For some reason the first thing the boys did when they got their skates on was jump up and down.  These are photos of them doing just that.


I am not much of a sewer <– that is a funny word.  Anyway, I have a sewing machine and the main thing I like to use it for is making pillow cases.  I really love making those.  Last week the boys helped me pick out some fabric and today I made 5 new pillow cases.  They are fabulous!  And tonight all our heads will sleep happy on them.

When I first started this blog I did it mainly as a way to write down all the funny things that the boys did or said.  I want to remember all those funny things so we can laugh at them for many years to come, and by “them” I mean the boys.  On more than one occasion the boys will sit with me and we will read back thru the posts and have ourselves a giggle.  The more I work on this blog the more it’s something that I hope will give my boys a little insight to who I am, as their mother, and also as a person.  It is weird to think that once our parents were our age.  One day Jack will be 32 and I won’t be anymore.  I wonder if I will be a different person than I am now.  Part of me hopes so, and part of me hopes I don’t change too much.  In an effort to let them know a bit more about who is raising them I have decided to start a new segment of my blog called “you didn’t know”.  Basically I will just post something that most people don’t know about me.  Who knows, it might just help the boys figure out why they are the way they are.

#1  I seriously love free t-shirts.  Even if I know I will probably never wear it, if someone is giving one away I must get one!  I don’t really know why or when I fell in love with free t-shirts but I do know that getting my hands on one has been known to significantly brighten my day.