Monday, June 29, 2009

your lovely daughters

Thank you. As I was looking through the pictures I took today I realized something phenomenally important. There will always ALWAYS be women in my life.
Let me expound. The thought that I might have a pack of males overrunning my home, and that I might never bring a daughter into the world has been troubling me.
But today I took pictures of some of the most beautiful young ladies in existence. And I realized I will always have the opportunity to care for them, and other women. Not as a mother, but as a mentor, a teacher, a friend.
I am a daughter and a sister and I will always be connected to women that way. I have glorious friends that exemplify womanhood in its most graceful form. I will hopefully be able to serve in church positions such as the young women's program, relief society, and primary, where I will influence and be influenced by so many ladies, young and old.
At the moment I realized this... that I have and will always have a connection to other females... I had to hold back tears of relief, and gratitude.
Gratitude for my lovely friends who let me adore their baby girls, and make them flower clips for their hair. Gratitude for a mother and mother-in law, for sisters and cousins, and aunts. Gratitude for a loving Heavenly Father who meets our needs in so many ways that we do not always recognize.
Sweet relief.
More of their darling pictures here.

36 to go.

We set out to paint our faces... and we got a little carried away!

Loving the live list.
I also painted my feet. The picture is featured here!

Hair-style tutorial

I have had a few requests for instructions to create my hairstyle from this post.  Since I was going to post a picture of my change to red anyway, I thought it was an opportune time.

1) Divide your hair into 5 sections. 4 of these sections are going to be braided, the fifth (in the far back) just needs to be pulled up out of the way.
I usually leave my part in the normal place, but changing your part will change the whole look of the hairstyle, so try it any way you'd like!

2) French braid the 4 sections. This video is sort of quiet, but I hope you can understand what I am saying. You can use a regular french-braid, but I usually change my braiding pattern a little bit. Check out the video for how I do it.

Character in the braids is what gives it the best look! Don't freak out if they aren't perfect. I honestly think they look better a little messy.

3) Divide the left-over hair down the center (or near center) and pull the braids on the sides into two pony tails.

4) Remove any extra hair-ties and create a messy-bun on each side.

5) To give it a more finished look, follow what I do in the video. I don't really know what to call it, but I am just tucking the buns into my hair. 

6) Pin it anyway you'd like in the back with bobby pins. I love the "I just threw it up and it was fabulous" look, and the best way to get that is to mess with it as little as possible.
Every time I try it it comes out different. It is always the cutest when my hair is super oily and disgusting. I also like to wear a head-band over the top. Have fun experimenting! 

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Idaho Falls outing idea

On Saturday we went to the Museum of Idaho to check out the Titanic exhibit.
The beautiful artifacts they recovered from the depths were quite a sight. 

For us, the real joy of the Museum visit was the children's discovery room.  The pictures on the website do not do it justice. I highly recommend it for an outing. I snuck my camera out (though they are not allowed in the museum) to catch a couple of the kids. 

This is Sparky gazing through the water exhibit. There are tunnels to climb through and you can look up from under a pond. There are also fish tanks in the tunnel for the kids to enjoy. We had a marvelous time!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Living, by Chelsea

Summer Live List:

Watch Fireworks
Make sock puppets
Call a friend and talk for too long
Make Popsicles
Get a tan
Watch my kids swim
Wear green contact lenses
Paint my toenails with sparkles
Make thank you cards for all of my awesome friends
Fill up a whole bunch of water balloons for my kids
Watch TONS of movies
Make a new friend
Stare out of the window
Buy a whole bunch of crushed ice on a hot day and watch my kids eat it and play in it on our porch
Eat Hot Dogs, Watermelon, Corn on the Cobb, and smores
Read some fun books

the heart that soars

He's flying. I'm soaring.

From a soaring heart:

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship." -Amelia Earhart

cupcakes and bubbles

Sublime. I am on cloud 27. Thirteen weeks and finally starting to feel well. Better than well. 
I am reminded of a post I wrote at the end of winter when the snow would not melt and the wind was trying to flatten my optimism. 
Now the summer has engulfed me. 

I hope your day is full of cupcakes and bubbles.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tired but inspired

I just realized I will always be tired. But there are two types of tired.
Things that are Good Tiring:
• Working in a garden
• Running up and down a hill with my kids
• Romancing my husband
• Hand-delivering home-made goodies
• Leaving my house with the boys
• Walks to the park
• Making an effort to look nice
• Cleaning house
• Visiting with family and friends
• Entertaining
• Fulfilling obligations
• Opening my blinds in the morning

Things that are Bad Tiring:
• Over-eating
• Over-sleeping
• Turning my husband down all the time
• Channel surfing
• Watching movies all day
• Hours on the computer
• Neglecting chores
• Avoiding friends and family
• Not leaving my house/fortress
• Going back to bed in the morning
• Staying in pajamas
• Dodging responsibilities

Basically, surrendering to my tiredness makes me tired.
I've decided to do away with things that make me Bad Tired. Bring on the Goodness!

"Any woman should be alive to opportunities-alive to public interests, to her family, to growth from church service. Life is so interesting, it worries me that I can't get it all done. And I have NO patience with women whose lives 'bore' them"
-Camilla E. Spencer

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk’s lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”
-Marjorie P. Hinckley

Monday, June 22, 2009

Adventures in Photography

Sparky has been really interested in this old flash I have. It doesn't work on my camera but I use it occasionally for night shots or other lighting experiments. He loves to push the button and watch the light go off, so I thought I'd set up my camera to capture his light masterpieces.
We went into the darkest rooms in our house (which also happen to be the messiest) and turned off the lights. I set my camera to take a 30 second picture so that it would capture all the flashes over that time period. I think when he's a little older it will be more fun because he'll be able to understand that what he's doing with the flash translates directly into the picture.
I am thankful that I have been able to see ways to include my children in my passions. Although their vision for things never quite matches mine, I know that when we work together and share our loves with each other, we will feel the greatest joys in our hobbies.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

this is really happening

For the past few weeks the thought that I might not actually be pregnant has been haunting me. I took another pregnancy test yesterday, just so I wouldn't show up at my ultrasound and have to listen to them say, "um, there's nothing in there."

These feelings have hindered my attachment to the baby that I was not entirely sure even existed.

When they showed me the little face, and hands and feet, and when he/she wiggled about... oooo, my little baby won my heart.

And then when I was loading the pictures of the ultrasound onto my computer, this picture of the boys imported along side. It suddenly hit me that we are a three-kid family! AND we make a most adorable little babies EVER.

By the way, cutting Sparky's hair was the saddest thing I've done in a while. It was so beautiful, but he was so sweaty and miserable. He has a massive mop and this is going to be a long summer.

Anyway, back to the bathing beauty. Here's a wave for you all!

Don't worry if you think he/she is a little strange-looking. I'm not done yet. Give me until December 30th or thereabout.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Husband of the year

Yesterday I had a rough day. Duke pulled out a surprise gift he'd been saving for me. This necklace was a favorite I had pointed out to him online. It needs to be a little fluffed out from shipping, but it is simply gorgeous. 
And this ring is charming, right? Also from an online company that I'm about to sell you on. Go here.
How does he do it? He picks up everything I drop when I decide to stop juggling. He loves me even when I don't brush my teeth for two days. And he finds a way to gift me special treats, even when we are poor students. I am his. Completely. 

the lazy parent's way

We took Iggy out to eat for his birthday. He hates restaurants. 

I didn't even make a cake!

I am determined to make this up to him.
Highlights of his special day included:

The above picture. Look at his hands. "Rock on, I'm one."

Wrestle party in our room. 
Peek-a-boo under the table.
Sparky's magic potion.

Presents, you ask? Cake? Friends? Singing? Wait, there was singing! We sang "happy birthday" like 12 times through the day, mostly to cover our guilt at not planning anything grand. But he loved it anyway. 

We'll have a take-two, perhaps.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

and pose

So lately I have been taking a lot of pictures of myself for my LOOKBOOK profile. I submit my outfits to the website, and part of their rule is that you model them yourself.
So Sparky has apparently been taking notes. I was setting the camera up and he plopped right in front of it and started giving it mysterious glances, and then after the shutter snapped, he changed his expression to a distant look with a slight smile. I've created a monster! I wonder what he will think someday about having such a crazy mother to teach him how life goes.