Thursday, August 27, 2009

Summer's Winding Down

We're back from California and I need to blog but I can't get into that trip yet. Things are kinda crazy right now getting ready for school and voice lessons and LIFE. To me September is really more like New Years because I make resolutions and goals and in a way life starts over. I also have a few major projects I'm working on that I'll get into later.

Anyway, here's glimpse of what we've spent most of our time doing when we're not running around!

This pool from Costco was a summer lifesaver!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pioneer Day Fun

We were at my parents house for pioneer day so we attended their ward primary activity in Carmel Valley. It was at a big ranch and the kids had a blast enjoying the beautiful weather and pioneer fun.

They split into groups and went to different stations where they practiced candle making, shooting bows and arrows, making butter, and going for a ride in a horse- drawn cart.

They got to shake up the butter in jars. Needless to say their hands got tired pretty quick and mommy had to finish it for them.

Then they got to enjoy it on fresh baked corn bread.

Then they saddled up some shetland ponies and let the kids go for some rides. Hunter couldn't wait to go.

McKay was not so sure until I plopped him in the saddle. Then a huge smile showed up on his face and he decided he loved it. (They like to swim AND ride horses--guess these are my kids after all.)

The activity was a huge success and I had to drag the boys off the ranch when it was over.

(To keep the party going Hunter even offered to pull the cart when they put the horses away.)

Friday, August 7, 2009

A Birthday Present

Pride and Prejudice is a classic, and one of my favorite books. I also thoroughly enjoy the movies it has inspired.

But I've always felt that it was missing something. Thanks to my brother Raj, I've realized what that is.

Zombies. It needs zombies.

I discovered this after Raj gave me this book for my birthday:

It's written by both Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and says this on the back cover:

"...An expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read."

"Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature..."

So, thank you Raj, for showing me what I was missing.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


My sis Anjuli posted this picture on her blog for my b-day and it cracked me up because I don't remember it at all, but it was probably taken 20 years ago when I turned 8. It's funny because when I turned 27 last year it bothered me because I was feeling very late-20ish, but this year didn't bother me at all.

Why is that?

Is it because I've had an entire year to accept the fact that I'm in my late 20's or am I just infinitely more mature than I was a year ago?

Probably some of both.


Moving on.

Jason and I went out to lunch and a matinee movie since mutual is on Tuesday nights and our priest/laurel activity was at our house. So last night we had the YM and YW over to play water balloon volleyball in our backyard. It was fun and very wet and they sang to me and brought cupcakes so it felt a bit like MY birthday party.



That's why I don't feel old this year. I celebrated with teenagers!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mommy Hahi

We went to my favorite restaurant Mama's Fish House, or Mommy Hahi Fish House, as Hunter calls it.

We had the mommy hahi (mahi mahi) and it was SO good, but NOT my favorite thing there. I'd been craving a coconut mint refresher ever since I had one there last year. I finally got one and Anjuli even persuaded the waitress to give us the recipe. Anyone know where I can get coconut water? (Besides out of a coconut RAJ! Duh.)

Hunter and McKay just wanted something pink with an umbrella in it.

Hanging out at the beach after we ate...

Tuckered out! Not ready to go home, but had to anyway. We had such a fun time hanging with my family and I got to spend some quality time with my boys. Not that I don't get quality time at home, ya know, being a stay home mom and all...
But you can't beat quality time in HAWAII.