Tuesday, October 26, 2010


we had our ward trunk-or-treating party tonight
we made our appearance sporting the dracula-skeleton-witch-cowboy look
sadly the boys weren't too keen on looking at the camera for picture time

darek, on the other hand, had no problem looking at the camera
and looking quite frightening i might add

for real - this face might be in my nightmares tonight

i must admit, our trunk decor was out of the world complete with creepy music

this very well may be my most favorite picture of these three boys
i laugh each time i look at it
darek...never out of character
atticus so dainty reaching for his hot dog slices
beck real happy he's getting away with stealing someone's cup

the cowboy was whoopin and hollerin and yee-hawing all night long
it might have really tickled my idaho-roots fancy
and FYI - mccoy cowboys wear converse
and shoot cap guns
and really love it

att with his little pirate bestie, how cute are these boys?

mama witch with her baby boys

and beck finished off all the candy
little sneak


i dug out att's skull beanie this afternoon to keep the mini's skeleton head warm for tonight's festivities. when he discovered, retrieved and tried to eat a plastic halloween spider, i couldn't let the photo opp pass.

and how could i say no when atticus begged for "black toes" when he saw me painting mine last night in preparation for tonight's witchery? twin toes (minus the long thirdies, lucky kid)

atticus all muddy from playing in the backyard
sort of being frankenstieny, matching his shirt

we did a little test drive of the cowboy get up last night
and i just loved these two standing at the ottoman watching tv together
i love me some baby buns in mini jeans!

and in the name of cute-baby-in-jeans-ness
we'll finish up with a little beckage


Monday, October 25, 2010

so this post is just going to be a whole lot of random
welcome to my disorganization

first things first
i'm sure i've posted this deliciousness before
but lest you didn't take me seriously the first time
here it is again

melting pot stew
(alla amy d.)

6 c. chicken broth
1 c. chopped onion
1 minced garlic clove
1 1/3 c. cubed baking potatoes
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 chopped carrot
2 c. corn (fresh or frozen)
1 zucchini quartered and sliced
1 c. diced tomato, plus extra for topping
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/3 c. fresh cilantro
3/4 t. salt

fresh squeezed lime (this is key!)
cheese, fresh tomato, sour cream, avocado

boil broth, cook all veggies (minus zucchini) until soft, about 15 minutes.
add spices, simmer additional 15 minutes.
add zucchini when there are 10 minutes left
add toppings
and be happy
moving on
~ pumpkins ~
atticus was in heaven with the whole pumpkin business
mostly because he liked scribbling on them with permanent marker
which he then used to scribble on our back patio


darek was so excited to carve the pumpkins with atticus
but atticus took one look inside at all the pumpkin guts and said
so dark did the digging


and i did the pumpkin guts eating
which i'm posting here
because you know how it's uber cool to post lame pictures of yourself on your blog?
i know, i know...i need to get my roots done. same old story.


house news
darek started digging up the backyard in preparation for some grassy and planty business
this is all very exciting
and atticus can't resist the please-make-me-dirty piles of dirt
also same old story
even in his pajamas and bare feet, because i'm a real good mom like that

movie news
we saw the social network this weekend. it's about the jerk that stole/created facebook. i call him a jerk but he's the billionaire laughing all the way to the bank. anyway, we wanted to see it since it takes place in cambridge. it was really good, well done, interesting, yadda, yadda, yadda.

last night, in honor of the approaching all hallow's eve, we watched the all time epic movie - pet sematary. that's right. bring on the childhood flashbacks of zelda and her spiney back! nasty! FYI - this movie, albeit pretty lame, takes on a whole new meaning as a parent.
poor gage...so cute yet so evil.

darek got some free tickets to see some nicholas cage movie this week
so here we are faced with a decision of momentous importance
is a nicholas cage movie worth getting a babysitter for?
i'm thinking not
in my opinion the guy peaked with raising arizona,
which i'm not ashamed to admit was sheer brilliance
i'm thinking darek will be going solo to visit old nicky this week

book review
i finished the book thief
so well written and so interesting from the viewpoint of death
(not as gory as that sounds)
and i'm not claiming to be some kind of expert on imagery usage but
the author's use of imagery is exceptional

boot camp update
people have been asking how boot camp went
it was incredible! super hardcore. not easy.
the results were pretty amazing
i highly recommend it for anyone looking to get into shape quickly
it's too pricey to continue tho so i joined las vegas athletic club
and i must say that dropping my kids off at their awesome playroom while i work out
has liberated me in ways i never dreamed possible

hm, well i have other random things to discuss but honestly who has time to read them all?
so thanks for reading

Friday, October 22, 2010

i think today's the day

i predict that this little guy will officially be crawling by bed time


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

this lucky little guy got his first bloody nose today,
courtesy of his big brother and the train he chucked at him
this level of brother brutality is rare, but does nonetheless occasionally occur


he loves to play peek-a-boo and always laughs when anyone peek-a-boo's him
his hand on his face in the above picture is his effort at peek-a-booing back

the finger in the mouth is due to and highly anticipated top teeth that have yet to pop through
although we know they're coming because they've been waking him up at 1 AM for the last week

he's going to be a little skeleton for halloween
fitting since he's so very chubby

he rolls and scoots all around in pursuit of toys or anything else that tickles his fancy
he's just started this week to push himself up into sitting position without any help
and he continues to do his downward dog yoga moves in an effort to figure out how to crawl

he also gets so excited and claps and squeals and is always so happy to see his big brother

he went to the infant room at the gym today for the first time while i worked out
and atticus terrorized the toddler room
when i asked how he did the playroom lady said, "great! he just laid there."
he is M.E.L.L.O.W!

he's always reaching for my jewelery and i had to fish an earring out of his mouth yesterday
which i only noticed because he happen to be stuffing a graham cracker in there as well

as always, he is as charming and darling as they come and we feel so lucky to have him in the family
we love you sweet beck

Saturday, October 16, 2010

since it's still in the 80's here
we're still swimming


and stealing little brother's hat
and not feeling homesick for cold weather

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

101 recommended books!
 i'm posting a list of 101 (a few more since some are series) books according to your recommendations so we can all enjoy the goodness
thanks for contributing and please feel free to add suggestions in the comments! i've also added several i've read and i'd love to know which of these books you've read and what you thought. and feel free to leave a link if you've blogged about any books you've read

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • A Venetian Affair
  • Angels and Demons
  • Austenland
  • Band of Brothers
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Before I Fall
  • Beneath a Marble Sky
  • Black Like Me
  • Boys Should be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Dark and Hollow Places
  • David Copperfield
  • Delirium, Pandemonium (Series)
  • Desert Solitaire
  • Divergent and Insurgent (Series)
  • East of Eden
  • Endurance
  • Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Goose Girl
  • Guerney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Jane Eyre
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelsom Mandela
  • Matched, Crossed (Series)
  • Memories of a Geisha
  • Miriam's Kitchen
  • Mockingbird - A Portrait of Harper Lee
  • Moloka'i
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
  • One Red Paperclip
  • Peter Pan
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Princess Academy
  • Raising a Family Unto the Lord
  • Run Like a Mother
  • Sammy's Hill
  • Sammy's House
  • Samuri's Garden
  • Sarah's Keys
  • Siblings Without Rivalry
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • South of Broad
  • Springs Torrents
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • Still Life with Rice
  • The Actor and the Housewife
  • The Body Finder
  • The Book of a Thousand Days
  • The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ
  • The Book Thief
  • The Books of Bayern (series)
  • The Calligrapher's Daughter
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • The Dead Tossed Waves
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
  • The End of Overeating
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth
  • The Geography of Bliss
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think YOu're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • The Girl From Foreign
  • The Glass House
  • The Greatest Generation
  • The Happiness Project
  • The Help
  • The Last Cato
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Mists of Avalon
  • The Mother in Me: Real-World Reflections on Growing into Motherhood
  • The Notebook
  • The Omnivore's Delimma: A Natural History of Four Meals
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (Tudors Series #2)
  • The Other Side of Heaven
  • The Parenting Breakthrough
  • The Pillars of the Earth
  • The Poison Wood Bible
  • The Source
  • The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming our Passion, Purpose and Sanity
  • The Thirteenth Tale
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • The Translator
  • The Uglies Series: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras
  • The White Masai
  • The Worst Hard Time
  • These is my Words
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Three Steps to a Strong Family
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Unbearable Lightness: A Sotry of Loss and Gain
  • Unbroken: A World Was II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
  • Water for Elephants
  • Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
  • West with the Night
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • White Oleander
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
  • Women, Food and God

Monday, October 11, 2010

such a fun weekend

we were out and about a bunch this weekend
and i loved every second of it!
friday night we went to the
in the parking lot of trader joes
i could take this opportunity to rehash my i-miss-boston-with-its-real-pumpkin-patch woes
but i won't
because we had tons of fun!



darek was standing behind me hitting me with a blow up bat that atticus won at the one of the games to get the boys to look up and smile. atticus thought it was real funny. beck was mostly just confused.

beck watching atticus on the rides

and loving this huge pumpkin

my little pumpkin
eating the hay

this was a real funny endeavor. it was impossible to get all three looking at me at the same time.
again, atticus thinking darek was real funny, and beck just being confused.

riding the train

the biggest hit of the night, of course, was the huge blow up bouncy slide.
darek and i had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard at atticus.
he would bounce and bounce at the top and just launch himself down the slide each time.

then saturday morning heaven visited me in the form of a community wide yard sale!
our yard sale was pretty weak, not too successful - especially since i took most of our earnings and went a-shoppin at all the neighbors' houses. but it was real fun nonetheless.
ps- this is our house. and our sad little garage sale.

saturday night might have been the cherry on top of the cake
we went to a huge renaissance festival at sunset park. have you ever been to one of those spectacles? we just walked around with a look of utter shock on our faces, could not believe what we were seeing!!! for real, it's like a renaissance festival is a free pass - giving the men permission to wear skirts and the women permission to strip down wench-style! and people act crazy, like they really believe this is the 14th century. they live in tents during the festival and cook dinner on spits over open fires and dress up like warriors and jesters and fairies and ninjas and courtiers and kings and queens and pirates and scary gothic things and all manner of weirdness and it's like they've forgotten what year it is. or what century it is, for that matter. and they speak with accents and say things like "ye" and "thou" and "thar she blows!" plus there were camels and horses and parrots and snakes and the coolest little monkey that took a dollar from att's hand and gave him a high five (although they charges $5 to take a picture with him...no thanks.)

anyway, it was a scene, man! not to mention the fairies that were teasing us as we walked by who saw our double stroller with only beckett in it and said, "oh look they're missing a baby! do you know what that means??? there's a baby wandering around here for us to eat!!"

anyway - i didn't take many pics of the crazies, but here are a few.

and atticus checking out the ducks at the pond

so that's that. it was a fun busy weekend and i'm beat!
i hope you had a fun weekend too, sans baby-eating-fairies!


Friday, October 08, 2010

and the winners are...

the beautiful margaret from boston
and the beautiful jauna from las vegas
i'll facebook you ladies for your address

congratulations ladies!

atticus is doing the victory dance for you

THANK YOU to everyone who left suggestions! i am soooo excited to get reading!
i got 99 suggestions! woo hoo! that will keep me busy for a while. i think i'll post them
on my sidebar for all to enjoy. probably not all 99 at once but i'll rotate them so we can all partake of the reading goodness.

how about we continue the giveaway glory?
my friend terese is hosting a giveaway on her blog
she's an incredible photographer and is giving away 25 holiday cards
how about them apples, eh?
do not delay, enter asap!

thanks again for participating
you're a peach!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

books to read
two books to GIVEAWAY!
leave a comment with a book suggestion to enter the giveaway

alrighty, first things first:
i mentioned this book in a previous post
perfect circles: redefining perfection
by john michael stuart
john michael stuart is a member of my church as well as a member of my profession, social work. he's a happy, uplifting, optimistic person. he was born with cerebral palsy and has spent his life not only overcoming his physical disabilities but also confronting the challenges presented when people assume that his physical disability also means he is mentally disabled, which is not at all the case. he shares personal stories and experiences that helped him gain confidence in himself and overcome the criticism and judgments of others. he also realized his dream of hiking the grand canyon through persistence and hard work despite his physical disability. needless to say he has a very valuable perspective on life and reading his account has helped to put a better perspective on my own life. read an excerpt from the introduction here.

and here is his you tube video which is a must see

i just finished this book last night
it was another two day reader because i loved it

by elin hilderbrand

i quickly grabbed this book off the shelf of walmart on saturday night because it's a story of three women who go to nantucket for the summer. that sounded like a good story to assuage my i-miss-the-east-coast homesickness. in the end, the story turned out to be not as nantucket-light-hearted as i would have expected, but told of three women with real life problems. read a summary and review HERE. i particularly connected with vicki who is the mother of two little boys - a toddler and a baby. sounds familiar! her efforts at motherhood really resonated with me. she is diagnosed with cancer in the story and quickly begins to make a mental list of "things that no longer matter" ie - worldly things, what others think, etc. i like that. again, it helps to put perspective on my life and makes me grateful for my blessings!
disclaimer: there's a little bit of bad language in this book

i know that i bought, read and blogged about
while most of you were still eenie-meenie-minie-moing between gale and peeta back in book two
but, if you've had a chance to read it in the last month
THIS is what i thought
what did you think?

and lastly:
the giveaway

1) john has given me a copy of his book to GIVE AWAY to one of you lucky peeps
2) i'm going to GIVE AWAY my copy of barefoot to another one of you lucky peeps

but first you have to leave a comment suggesting books you think i should read
i read fiction, non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, religious books, anything you think is non-trashy and worth reading.
and i know i've asked for book suggestions before, but leave them again - i'm too disorganized to notice repeats.
(incidentally The Help is next on my list)

i'll enter you in the drawing for each book you suggest, so the more the merrier
i'll also enter you an extra time if you post this giveaway on your blog or facebook
(just let me know in your comment that you did that)
and heck - i'll enter you an extra time if you tell me what you thought about mockingjay
leave comments until friday night at midnight and i'll pick a winner saturday morning

that's it!
happy reading!

Monday, October 04, 2010

for all my i-miss-boston blubbering

i must admit that i highly enjoyed our little friday night outing
riding the carousel and watching finding nemo on the grass at the district
with the incredibly beautiful and pleasantly warm weather.
this is the upside!



we had a lovely weekend watching general conference

good thing we recorded it though. i've got to go back and rewatch my favorite talks
as well as those i missed from chasing the kids around

regardless, i feel refreshed this morning
and feel like conference gave me a clean slate

i hope you had a lovely weekend too!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

it would seem
that a crawling baby will soon be taking over my house
the first gate went up today

in the meantime he's working on his downward dog like a good yogi should

Friday, October 01, 2010

remember a month ago
when i blogged that i was so happy that september had arrived?
and i predicted that this fall season would make me miss new england something fierce?
well, once again my psychic powers have proven correct
i miss boson
like mad

we had a beautiful month here in the desert
but this last week we jumped back up to 100+ temps
and happily i can say that i don't mind the heat
i just miss the leaf peeping
and the apple picking
and the charm
and character
of boston

i have reasons to live in the west,
but i've been surprised at how much my heart has stayed in the east

we've been working on our guest room this last month and darek made an observation to me
that i'm unconsciously creating a new england bed and breakfast
and he's totally right

come to think of it if i could just transplant an entire berkshire-style new england B&B
on an acre or so of green lush gorgeous land, complete with orchard and pumpkin patch,
perhaps with a little cape cod style and might as well bring cape cod as well
since this is my fantasy and i can do whatever i want
that's what i'd do
because that's what i miss

and come to think of it, i've been trying to create a NE B&B ever since moving into our house
atticus' room has a norman rockwell theme
the nursery is sort of country cottage-ish
and i've bought three hutches - THREE! what am i going to do with three hutches?
darek is making me sell one
he's drawing the line at two...
which is reasonable, i suppose

and you should see all the other stuff he's had to draw the line at
antiques, antiques, antiques, did i mention antiques?
i love me some old fashion trunks and cedar chests and roll top desks
and grandfather clocks and antique couches and credenzas and vanities etc. etc.
not to mention the penny tile i'm already plotting and planning to put in
and THIS wallpaper that is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes
(not to mention the blue velour antique couch, sheer perfection!)

anywho...little by little, i must be patient...
but nonetheless - boston, how about you come for a little visit?
i'll try to make you feel at home

moving on...

remember these before pics?
well here are some after pics
and trust me, these pictures should be far more impressive considering the time and turmoil
we put into these projects! oh well, we learned from our (numerous) mistakes and setbacks
and it will be easier next time. we crisped them up with clean white
(they were a dingy green tinted cream) and new gold (that was the nightmare part)
and polished the raised edges of the hardware to bring out the antiqued details.


this is not a great pic, but you get the idea


we also tackled these two little puppies

and sadly, we don't super love the outcome so darek suggested selling them on ole' craigie
i don't know tho...i think i'll hold onto them for now
i kind of wish we had gone a totally different color
instead of just recreating a cleaned up version of their former shabby selves.
maybe i'll redo...



anyway, all these pieces are in the guest room
someday it will all be pulled together and deserve a little bloggy tour

until then...