Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last night's rain and hail, did you hear and see it?

I remember exactly one thing from all the millions of standardized tests I took in elementary school: a multiple choice question on how to combine two sentences. "Did you see the rain last night? Did you hear the hail?" By far the most outstanding choice was "Last night's rain and hail, did you hear and see it?" Can you just imagine some test-writer, after a long night of re-writes, coming up with that stellar option? It boggles the mind. My friend Rachael and I spent the entire mid-test break giggling over it, and we have never stopped quoting it to each other since.

Anyway. I just love all the rain we've been having. I wonder if people on the East Coast run outside on their porches excitedly every time it rains? :) It's especially nice in the summer when it's not cold. And the lightning has been beautiful!
There was, in fact, also hail. Junie held it in her markery hand.
Marigold was very pleased and a bit baffled about being in the rain. She kept putting her hand up onto her head wonderingly. 

A few other random tidbits:
Many a baby has climbed into this cupboard. Never before, however, has a baby successfully wedged itself into this top shelf and then allowed the cupboard door to swing shut. We heard indignant sounds and rattling coming from the cupboard and went to investigate; otherwise she might have stayed in here for hours. She looked at Sam accusingly as he took her out. As if it were all his fault!
Goldie again, in the open air this time.
Daisy, pleased to be matching Sebby.
Malachi was so proud of this tiny breakfast burrito he made for his Birdie. It was quite a masterpiece.
Here is everyone waving to Sam as he left for his last day of work at Disney. He was sad to say goodbye to the good friends he's made there, but we're excited for what's to come!

The CRT


Seb turned 9, and he's the best nine-year-old anyone could want! I love his bright little mind and all his varied and absorbing interests. For the last while, he's been poring over electronics books and telling me all sorts of things about them. It definitely is a challenge trying to keep up with him; I'm being forced into reading schematic diagrams and looking up articles online, and learning more about electronics than (frankly) I ever really wanted to. And I still find myself just shrugging and saying, "Hmm, we'll have to look for a book about that," more often than not. 

For Seb's birthday, we got him a set of screwdrivers and this old TV (or "CRT" as he insists on calling it, for "cathode ray tube," which is its more accurate name, apparently) at D.I. for $5. I think the big "WARNING: DO NOT OPEN: HIGH VOLTAGE! RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK!" sign on the back added to the appeal, honestly. Seb figured out how to ground the high-voltage plate using a screwdriver before opening it up, and later he assured me that he also "broke the vacuum tube inside so it wouldn't implode. Don't worry, I was really careful." Um, okay. Good thing he reads up on stuff like that. He's been happily working away at it ever since, like a mad scientist.

We sure love this guy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Daisy's (tiny) birthday

For her birthday, Daisy got a bunch of tiny things. She always points the "babies" out wistfully at the store (small-sized sugar bags, small-size mayonnaise, etc) so I figured she'd be happy to have some of her own. And she was! She squealed and hugged them (did you know it's possible to hug a tiny jar of mayonnaise? It is.) and before the smoke from the birthday candles had died away, she had run all over the house gathering up the regular-sized versions of everything so she could match them. Then she insisted we take a picture (and she and Sebby had to be in the picture too, since they were big-and-little matching people). 
Let's see. Tiny baby Daisy, tiny baby Nutella, tiny baby ice cream, tiny baby vaseline, tiny baby lotion, tiny baby sugar, tiny baby nail polish remover, tiny baby mayonnaise, tiny baby sour cream, tiny baby mouthwash, tiny baby ketchup, tiny baby cups, tiny baby hair clips, and tiny baby brush. All with their big Daddies. 

Every time I've cooked anything since her birthday, Daisy comes running in to the kitchen saying, "Can we use one of MY tiny things?" She's so delighted when I say yes. Funny, cute, little girl.
And we almost forgot the tiny baby notebooks!
Happy birthday, dear sweet Daisy!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Yellow blanket

I liked the pattern for these baby blankets so much, I wanted to make a big one for myself. It's really only impressive in size---it's not any harder to make than the little ones. I changed the pattern slightly, so the bobbles are offset vertically instead of in vertical and horizontal rows, but other than that it was just mindless row after mindless row. It's almost the biggest thing I've ever made, as my usual m├ętier is the realm of baby things, or at least tiny things that can be finished in a week or two. :) It didn't take as long as I thought it might (a few months, though---I think I started at the end of April?). It's still too hot, really, to have it on the bed, but I put it on there just to see how it looked.

I used my favorite colors of yellow (that browner-looking one is, in fact, more of a wheat color) and made random-sized stripes across the blanket. I love how soft and snuggly, and yet heavy, the little bubble stitches make it!
It's pretty on the back, too.
I wonder what I should make next?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Snowbird Wildflowers

After hiking to Catherine Pass, we stopped at Snowbird on the way down because we had tickets to ride the tram with our Connect Passes. (We bought these on a Groupon sale for field trips last year and we have loved them! So many fun things to do.) And we, especially Sebastian, love trams! We were not sure what to do, because we could also have chosen to ride the chairlift, which we'd never done, but it was going to be hard to give up the tram for it.
On our way to get our tickets, we saw this cute little guy. He wasn't scared of us at all.

It turned out we didn't have to choose, because the chairlift was closed for "weather" (clouds? I guess?), so up we went on the tram.
Seb was so happy!
Once at the top, we decided to hike down a little way so we could walk through the tunnel. There are some really beautiful views off the other side of Hidden Peak. I think this is looking over toward Heber Valley. (Also, don't worry, Seb and Junie aren't as close to the edge as they look. :))
Malachi's face was quite impressively dirty.
Here's the tunnel. It's cool---you get to walk right through the mountain!
On the other side, the wildflowers were even more beautiful. Maybe they get more moisture over there?
These hillsides look like they're right out of a painting!
You can see tiny little Seb, Malachi, Abe, and Junie if you look closely!
Back through the tunnel, we were right by the chairlift entrance, so we asked if they were letting people ride. The girl said, "Not officially, but if you don't mind the risk of a little rain . . . ." We didn't. So we rode the chairlift back down. The best of both worlds! It was a beautiful, serene ride, high above the treetops. Much different than riding the enclosed tram on the way up.
And from the chairlift, we got to wave over at our old friend the tram. (I really think this picture ought to be on a promotional poster for the Snowbird tram, framed beautifully as it is against the mountains and valley.) What fun!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Albion Basin Wildflowers

The children and I did this hike a couple times last year and it was one of the best things ever, so we were all really excited to get up to the canyon again. The wildflowers are so stunning! We are always talking about how lucky we are to live near these canyons. I will never get tired of them. I don't know if the Albion Basin is world-famous for wildflowers, but it should be!
The wildflowers are just packed into every little space between the rocks. It's almost indecent how profuse they are! :)
Marigold was quite pleased with her perch on my back. She certainly saw more of everything than she did last year!
Daisy consults her wildflower guide (she got this for Christmas and loves it)
If you look up close at this hillside, you can see it's just covered with flowers.
Little girls catching up to us after a rock-climbing detour
I took a picture of Malachi sitting on this same rock last year. (Hey, Junie was wearing the same shirt!)
We were very happy to see some of our favorite flower--elephant's head!
The views above Lake Catherine were beautiful, of course.
Goldie quite enjoyed them!
Junie seems to have gotten progressively more and more disheveled. Could it have something to do with the time I heard her say, "This is what a snake would look like!" and turned around to find her on her stomach, wriggling up the trail behind me? Perhaps.
I love these different shades of paintbrush
Ducklings going up a hill
After finishing our hike, we stopped for a picnic a little way down the mountain. There were storm clouds passing over, which made the temperature so pleasant---and the light really beautiful!
What a beautiful day!