Friday, May 29, 2009

sunny snapshot: singing in the car

What would it be like to have debt repaid? I can't even imagine the feeling. Today I said, "Duke, we're never going to be well off, are we?" and he replied, "Oh, you'll be fine. I'm working on a plan to make my suicide look like an accident." Of course he was joking but it reminded me I would rather be poor with him than rich with anyone else. Life is tough, that much is true. And rewarding.
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This is us singing together in the car the summer after we were married. What if I couldn't sing with him anymore? Oh gosh, I can't even think about it. Love this man.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

sunny snapshot: my mama

This is what's going on:

I'm having another baby, and I am very, very sick.

I have had two I.V.s because of dehydration. I'm also feeling a lot of anxiety about school and kids and all else.

My mom showed up last night, unannounced.
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I cried.

Sometimes I just need my mommy.

sunny snapshot: that one summer

This has to be one of my favorite summer memories. This was the summer Kristina and I had twin swim suits, shorts, and scooters.
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sunny snapshot: those days

I remember when I used to do roller coasting.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

bringing windy back

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So, I've lost a little of my spice lately. I'm going to find it. More spice photos here.
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There is a momentous wind today, blowing us around. 

Sparky says he is happy anyway.

Even I will admit it was comical when a gust of wind flashed my bum to the world.

sunny snapshot: big hair, you are beautiful

My hands and feet were about to fall off. So worth it.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

sunny snapshot: a horribly cruel mother since day one

Most parents hope their kids grow up to be cool. I want my kids to be so nerdy that we never have to worry about girls, partying, or expensive tastes in clothes (though head-gear is a little pricey). Here's Sparky, 6 months old, and on his way to all-the-time-in-the-world-for-his-mother.
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insanity antidotes

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heavy school load+busy husband+2 whiney kids+new endeavor+messy house=going crazy

Memorial day weekend is coming up and I am in serious need of a diversion. What are you doing this weekend? I may just make your plans my own. 

Living, by Jayne

Jayne, loved your list, so glad you sent it my way!

"As this school year rolls to an end…it makes me think, what does the summer have in store for us…THEN I ran across this blog, and it encouraged me to make a "Live List" I have thought about it the past few days, and the more I think about it, the more excited I get…so here is my LIVE LIST, and it might just grow some more in the next few weeks!!"
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   ~Go to a park on a nice sunny day
   ~Find the PERFECT pancake recipe
   ~Take a drive on a hot night, and crank up the music!
   ~read a good book
   ~write a kind letter anonymously
   ~have a relaxing stroll on the beach
   ~plant some flowers
   ~discover somewhere new and fun locally
   ~Play hopscotch with my kids
   ~make root beer floats
   ~Go on a walk at sunset
   ~Play mini golf
   ~go out for ice cream
   ~have a picnic on the lawn
   ~make shish kabobs
   ~have a slumber party in the front room

Monday, May 18, 2009

sunny snapshot: we have rockstar potential

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

one lucky guy

We dressed Sparky up like a little Danny Zuko, or as Duke would say "Donnie Zweeko", to go to a princess party. He was the only boy, in a crowded room full of beautiful young ladies.
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Love this girl. Her mom's cake put all others to shame. Great Party.

sunny snapshot: the day Duke was baptized

My favorite is the reflection in the mirror. 
I can see a few people that were there, all smiling for him. 
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When we first met as coworkers, he wasn't interested in spiritual things at all. Now he is a strength to me through his example of faith in Christ and dedication to serving his fellow men.

What a joyous day that was.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

sunny snapshot: a few of my loves

I love nighttime photography. I love Duke. I love this temple. 
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This is at the Portland, Oregon LDS temple. The lights illuminated beautiful flowers, doubled in quantity by a lovely pool of water. Simply splendid. 

Friday, May 15, 2009

38 to go.

We made a card and picked up some yummy ice-cream for some friends who have been a bit under the weather. I'm sure they were glad that I didn't try to bake.

Duke is my love. He lets me be me. He even comes with, sometimes. Especially when it involves helping other people... or ice-cream.
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This was a goal on our live list. Won't you join the dance?

sunny snapshot: in the mood for love

But my husband is gone at a father-son outing. So, on to the next best thing.
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I'm almost as passionate about ice-cream. 

Who decided dandy-lions were a weed?

We set out to do something on our live list, like climb a tree or hike a trail.

Instead we lived off the list. We threw sticks into a stream, picked yellow loveliness, and we were frightened by ducks who flew away at our approach.

Our feet are dyed yellow and green.
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We didn't check a single thing off our to do list. I'd say it was a successful day.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Alright, either you or I should win this, my mommy friends!

Click the picture and enter so that when you win I can borrow it.
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sunny snapshot: road trips.

There really is nothing quite so neat as hitting the highway in a junker car, with no air-conditioning. Well, I should say, so long as there are no whiners.
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Everything can go wrong, but if you're with the right people, it just couldn't get any better.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The time has come again, my friends.

I am in serious need of a silly girl photo-shoot. Leave a message with a possible theme if you'd like to join me in this very necessary romp. Please join me, fanciful females.
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Not familiar with silly girls? Check out our tea parties here.
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Has anyone seen these white pants? I miss them. Click here for pirate photos.

I fully expect to be hearing from you if you are in the Rexburg area, even if we've never met. 

Sunny snapshot: the A-hole.

When Duke and I were dating I surprised him with a trip to Disneyland. He had never been and I thought 25 sounded like a good age to go. 

For this picture I said, without thinking, "why don't you go sit in the A-hole" and he died laughing. He had to explain it to me, because I still didn't get what was so funny.
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Awe, young love. This picture gives me butterflies.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

sunny snapshot: a rather blustery day.

Lately, I have been really trying to capture pictures that represent our present life and circumstances. These pictures are helping me to gaze beyond our lack of fortune into the depths of great love that surrounds us.
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I am going to miss these apartments, this playground, and the people who frequent the park-benches.

sunny snapshot: juice mustache.

Mmmm, at the top of my list of loves. Juice mustaches.
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I really love it when my husband has one.

Sorry I missed a day, my friends. This one if for yesterday, the 11th. 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

my form of play

"If you want to know what a child is, study his form of play; if you want to affect what
he’ll be, direct that form.” - Luther Gulick

I just caught Sparky trying on my high-heal boots. Ok, that is off-track from what I wanted to explore in this post.

The way I see it, adults are really just big children with a slight hight advantage. 

If someone analyzed how I play, what would they see? 
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Well, for one thing, I hope that they would see me moving. 

"From the look of her play, I'd say she is a zombie."
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I hope I would be with my family.

Preferably laughing and smiling.
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Do you play anymore?

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Did you know that a few Psychological studies at the University of Southern California show that woman don't have as much capacity for enjoyment as men. Crazy, right? I was baffled. The reasons: they tend to be more self-conscious, more self-centered, and more easily upset be trifles than men. 

I don't care if I look stupid in a swimming suit, I want my kids to remember I got in the pool.
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"If you want to know what a child is, study his form of play; if you want to affect what he’ll be, direct that form.” - Luther Gulick

I am the director of my own form of play.

In the fist place, I am going to play. I am going to play confidently. Kindly. Peacefully, but with spunk. I am not going to get all huffy when things don't go exactly as planned. 

Because what I want to be is confident, kind, and peaceful. Energetic and forgiving. Full of life. 


The pictures are from a barbeque we went to over the past weekend. There is really nothing so splendid as playing as a family.