Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Because of recent and past sales at Fry's, my pantry is stocked with Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

And just a few days ago, I bought two boxes of Capn' Crunch Berries (also on sale).

Guess what cereals my kids picked out this morning for breakfast?

Corn Flakes and Chocolate Chex




GREAT! ......but weird.

Makes me wonder what I'll be making them for lunch.

Tuna on wheat with a side salad??

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

This year we took it easy with our costumes. Griffin and Kai chose store-bought Transformers attire and Treyson picked out a monkey suit passed down from the DeWitt family collection.
I was in charge of my ward's Trunk or Treat so I threw my Roller Derby costume together last minute. Not quite as last minute as Jeff though.
I didn't get a picture of him but he was an ASU fan wearing pretty much anything Sun Devil he could find.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Who cares?!"

This morning:

Griffin -- "I wish we could go swimming today. Mom, can we?"

Me -- "I don't know. The water is pretty cold from the rain."

Griffin -- "WHO CARES! Who cares if the water's cold?! I do! I care! And I want to go swimming in that COLD water!"

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Latter-Day He-Man

I'll admit that there are days I wonder what it would be like (and maybe even wish) for all my boys to be girls. Nicely and sweetly playing house or tea party or ballet class. Letting me dress them in tutus and style their hair, putting little flower clips everywhere.

But, alas, that is not my reality.

Then there are days that I feel lucky to have boys.
Families with all girls might not ever get the chance to clean up the toy room and find little treasures like this:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tempe Splash Pad

Last week sometime we took the boys to Tempe Beach Park
They loved it, like always.

Here's Griffin and Trey striking a pose for me:

There were signs everywhere reading "No Running".

LOVE this picture of Treyson:

Trey would say,
"Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom. LOOK! I swimming!",
and move his arms front to back.

And, yes, that would be Kai,
standing over one of the fountains,
allowing the water to pelt his crotch.

Then the hunger and fatigue set in:
Time to go.

Come cooler weather though, I'm excited to try some new (to me) City of Mesa Parks.
The I Heart Mesa blog shared some of their top picks here.
Maybe I'll see you out there!

Tape for Finger, Glue for Toe

I don't know why I feel the need to post about things like this but it's journaling, I guess.

This past February, I ran with a group of friends in the Ragnar Del Sol Relay and completely drained my body that weekend. I've heard that losing toenails is commonplace among runners but thought,
"That's ridiculous......and disgusting."
Since a few weeks after the race, I realized my toenail was different and I've been able to keep the breaking at bay until now.
(Sorry to the weak in stomach)

The break is nearly halfway down my toe and it's only on that one corner!!!
What am I supposed to do? Cut off that corner and have an "L" shaped toenail?
NO was my answer. I couldn't find any super glue in the house, plus... that stuff burns my nose. So I pulled out my hot glue gun instead. I don't have an after picture but just imagine a flat glob of glue all along the top right corner of my nail and you'll pretty much have the image down pat.
You can't tell from a few feet away though so it works for me.

My second "my body is falling apart" moment happened about a month ago.
I broke my finger moving a couch and figured it was just jammed really, REALLY, bad because I could still move it just fine.

It had bruised almost instantly and swelled up pretty bad the next few days. Swollen and purple, then I burned while pulling out a pan from the oven so it had itchy peeling skin also. Nice.
Still tender to type and play piano after a few weeks, I asked a lady at work to take a few x-rays. Took those images into a specialist and.... yep.... broken.
The picture below is only slightly exaggerated, but I had started to notice that my finger wouldn't straighten out all the way:
and unless I wanted my finger to heal that way, I needed a splint.
Thank heavens it wasn't one of those awkward looking, full finger metal contraptions I sometimes see.
Just a tiny piece I tape on to keep the tip in line.
For 6 weeks.
Two weeks down, four to go.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trey turns 2 and Griffin turns 6

I missed documenting about Treyson's and Griffin's birthdays this year.

Trey turned 2. And unfortunately we played his birthday REALLY low key and just gave him gifts that morning when he woke up. The only pictures we have are ones of Trey opening his gifts like this one:
Nothing too fancy that day. So I'll add in a few more from random days this summer....
We were lucky enough to go up to Aspen Grove again this summer and over the years this blue half-tube slide has gotten slower and slower. Good thing Trey had the best mom there, who figured out how to actually SLIDE down the slide and not have to scoot the whole way. I just turned his jacket inside out so the soft fleece lining was touching the surface and tucked his shoes inside his hood so the rubber sandals wouldn't slow him down. He LOVED that slide!!
(And, no, he didn't hit this kid at the bottom. Although it might have taught him a lesson. Good thing Trey has the fastest-running-downhill-in-the-brush-mom as well.)
Griffin had been into IRONMAN as his birthday rolled around, so naturally, I figured that's what the cake character would be.
(Griffin as self-made Ironman)
But, to my surprise, he asked for the exact cake he had last year:
This was last year:
The BOLT character over the one year of play had developed a scratched, paint-coming-off-nose disease that Griffin wanted no part of. So his conclusion was that the only way he could get another BOLT figurine was to ask for the exact same cake. I was looking forward to what I could come up with for an Ironman cake, but this was easier and this was what he wanted.

Griffin kind of tried to play it cool while opening presents and didn't show as much glee as I was expecting for all the gifts he'd asked for.

After telling him his smiles was how people knew how much he liked his gifts, we got my expected cheesy Griffin smiles.

Happy Birthday Treyson and Griffin!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Laugh of the Day -- So Funny!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Wahoo!" Times Two

Two thrilling things happened yesterday.
Prepare yourself to be amazed.
But please don't tell me by which one you were amazed.

The first -- a timed laundry folding session:



(Imagine here swift arm movements and the sounds of laundry being shaken into submission)
106 garments and 540 seconds later (9 minutes even)...

An average of 5.09 seconds per piece = WAHOO #1 !!

I think that was fast. ?? I've never timed myself before.
**Please note that this included turning everything right side out (including socks and underwear), flattening any pocket lining that had bunched up, and separating into piles as I went.**

Go on.... try it. I dare you. It was fun.
Okay, folding laundry is never "fun" per se. At least for me it's not. But any type of activity that adds a little spice and competition to my day, works for me.

Jeff called later on and said he'd just heard on the radio that JOHN MAYER AND OWL CITY would be playing at the Cricket Pavilion THAT VERY NIGHT (last night)!!!
Jeff usually doesn't suggest concert type activities -- especially at an outdoor venue where we'd be sweating the whole night-- nor does he absolutely LOVE either performer. So when he brought it up, I jumped at the chance.
WAHOO #2 !!

We scored some really good seats about 13 rows from the stage.

Perhaps a little too close though.
Closeness for the visual aspect was great, but my ears were ringing!!
I stood there dancing with my fingers in my ears half the time.
I'm sure I looked awesome.

Wouldn't that just be a dream to be rewarded with a concert of favorite groups each and every time you dominated a laundry task?

Thursday, August 12, 2010


A big thanks, again, to Jill and Jonathan (my sister and her husband) for finding us a place to stay in Hawaii that saved us big $$$.

This trip was SO FUN! It was relaxing and beautiful. My parents and brother, Jason, were not flying in til a few days after us, so we were able to leave our boys with them for the first few days. Then Jeff's mom and my visiting teacher stepped in to cover the rest. A big thanks to all!!

Warning!!! Possible picture overload.

The first day, Jonathan took us out to try our best at surfing. Let it be noted that my arms were sore the rest of the trip. It's a lot of paddling and the hardest part is getting out to where the waves are. HOWEVER..... I did get up my first try and rode the wave for at least 8 seconds!!! I don't know how I got so lucky because my second and third try were both disasters. Like, getting pulled under, tossed around, swallowing water, exhausting disasters. So I was done. I caught one good wave and was happy with it. Jeff got SO SO BURNED that day. Of course it was my fault because I was in charge of sunblocking his back (which I did -- but I guess not enough).

A few years ago, we took a DeWitt family trip to Hawaii and covered most of the touristy sites. So this time, it was nice to hit up some of the beaches and activities we hadn't done yet. For instance: CHINAMAN'S HAT

image found here
I'm trying to think back now how long it took us..... maybe half an hour. You can walk from the beach to the island on the shallow area you see in the picture. Jeff was quite skeptical of Jill saying it was possible. Especially since she's only ever gone across in a kyack. But people do it all the time. Once you're there, you can then hike to the top, getting all muddy and dirty in the process, then wash off on your long walk back to the shore. Jill brought her waterproof camera on that outing. I'll have to ask her for photos from that day.

Another place we went was...... dang, I forget the name. Another island you can walk through shallow waters to get to. However, that day we took the kayak and taxied the four of us out. This certain island I can't remember the name of is some sort of wildlife habitat for endangered birds. You're not allowed to bring dogs out with you and certain parts of the island were roped off. It was a beautiful place, but almost out of some weird fairytale. See:

Really white sand and green foliage on one side, then on the back... sharp, SHARP, pointy, cavernous rock formations. So sharp that flip flops didn't really help and on wrong step would cut your foot or leg for sure. Notice the small puddles of water throughout the rocks?
Jeff and I were hopping along from tip to tip of jagged points and came across a slightly bigger pool of water that an eel was in!! An eel! On the top of an island, in a small pool of water. We tried to get a picture, but it found a great hiding spot. So it's okay if you don't believe me. But it IS true. I promise.

Most of the really pretty hikes in Hawaii that the locals know about are illegal. One of them being Sacred Falls. The trail to the falls was just gorgeous. Greenery, a stream perfect for rock hopping, leaves the size of your head (or bigger if you have a small head), this super sweet super tall half cave wall thing:

Jill and Jonathan had informed us that the water at the falls would be cold. Really cold. So Jeff and I never planned to go in. When we got there, Jeff was so hot that he regreted not bringing his suit. The title for this next picture is: "Jeff Asked, Jill Agreed"

Jeff hadn't wanted to swim in his gym shorts or underwear, so he borrowed Jill's swim bottoms. She had worn board shorts as well, so don't worry, she wasn't left hiding behind a rock or anything. My family and I were all quite surprised at Jeff's desperation to get in the water. Super funny though. Especially when he swam across and climbed up the other side with a huge, sumo wrestler wedgie.

Golf day. I don't really golf. So I didn't go. Jeff went with my mom, Jason, and Jonathan. Jill and I wanted a few hours to lounge at the beach. My dad had thought about snorkeling again, but decided to stay home and read his book. This next series of photos is what usually happens when my sisters and I get together with a camera, so forgive me. This one made better by the adorable, amazing, giant, beachside swing we found.

(Obviously I didn't know about the sultry shot Jill was trying to get)

There we go

The last day of our trip was another hike. Stairway to Heaven..... also illegal. This one was definitely more of a challenge. 5000 stairs or so. Pretty much straight up, most of the time:

It was long and tough. We were all sore and my hands had the start of blisters.
Absolutely gorgeous though. I'm glad we did it.

It was super windy at the top and colder of course, so we didn't stay too long. On the way down I turned and captured this classic picture of my mom with Treasure Troll hair.

Isn't it awesome?! I promise you'll laugh if you enlarge it. Love you mom!

The walk back to the car was along a trail of bamboo forests. I had to take the photo op again. Fortunately, for you, Jill was not with me at the time and our camera disk was full. So this is all you get:

While I was attempting a spy/Charlie's Angels pose, I'm pretty sure Jeff went for the trapped gorilla who's too cool to escape out of the huge gap in front of him.
We were all STARVING afterwards and so we stopped by IHOP before heading to the airport for our trip home. All plates were scraped clean, mostly by me. PLUS I finished my entire birthday dessert they brought. Oink oink!

What a great trip!!!