Friday, April 19, 2013

A good read - a classic

I just finished reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
Usually, when something is very wordy, I get bored and frustrated. (I don't STOP - I finish what I start!) This book, written in 1846, was definitely wordy, but it caught my attention, for sure.
For its time, it was probably a steamy romance, but definitely not compared to today's standards.
There was a love triangle, but it was not... I'm having a hard time describing it!
Anyway, it was a classic, and I know that I should read more of these. It took me a bit longer than I had hoped, but I'm glad that I read it.
I've now passed it along to a friend.


My favorite funny line from the book - probably the ONLY funny line from the book:
Heathcliff: “Sit down and take your dinner with us; a guest that is safe from repeating his visit can generally be made welcome.”
(Sounds like my dad!)

My favorite speech that just screamed LOVE to me (even though he is angry and shouting and ranting and miserable):
Heathcliff: “May she wake in torment” he cried, with frightful vehemence, stamping his foot, and groaning in a sudden paroxysm of ungovernable passion. “Why, she’s a liar to the end” Where is she? Not there – not in heaven – not perished – where? Oh, you said you care nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer – I repeat it till my tongue stiffens – Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you – haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I now that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
(Isn't this just what love is like? And, who uses words like "paroxysm"? I just loved the combination of words in this book. Ungovernable, unutterable, passion [but not in the sexual way], vehemence... Wonderful words for hundreds of pages!)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Wishbone

We saved/dried the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey and let the boys do their thing just a few nights ago. We’ve never done this with them before, so we had to explain the entire purpose. Oh, they jumped all over the chance to have their wishes fulfilled. We fudged a bit and said that the person with the biggest piece (winner) got their wish first, and the other person (loser) got their wish after that. I just couldn’t break it to Peanut that he may never get his wish.

Not five minutes after breaking the wishbone, Peanut was asking how long it would take for the wishes to come true. After all, he did with for EVERY Thomas toy that he doesn’t have in his current collection. Well, he might be waiting quite a while for this wish to come true!

Having just had “issues” earlier that day, Meatball wished for his parents to never-get-mad-at-him-again-even-when-he-is-naughty.

I don’t see this playing out well for either of them.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Oh, just some photos of the cutest kids on the planet.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Zoo

As a parent, it is my obligation to take loads of zoo pictures. Every time we go, I have to take pictures. I would be a failure otherwise.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Winter Getaway

Some friends invited us to East Canyon for a weekend getaway. When we planned the whole excursion, it was going to be a chilly, late winter weekend. What we experienced was a huge snow storm that dumped about eight inches in one night.

Who are we to let a little snow stop us? If there is a playground, we are going to find it and play in it.

We hiked up to that little picnic table – an easy hike.

We also watched a BUNCH of movies. These two ladies LOVE Disney movies and anything cartoon. So, that’s what we did.

And, we ate a bunch of junk food with a salad interspersed in there a couple of times. Cookies, candy, popcorn, chips – it was incredibly unhealthy for my diet. (And, for Meatball’s tummy. He lost it on the way home. We didn’t have anything to barf into in the car, so he barfed into Kelley’s hat. Very unfortunate – nice hat…)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Young Love

This is Peanut and his girlfriend, JudiB. He has been in love with her since the very first meet-the-teacher night when the kids were testing out the playground. He said “I love trains,” and she said “I do, too.” That was it. Sealed the deal. She gets a little irritated with him at times – he likes to smother her with attention – when she’s around, nobody else exists.

Oh, except for Thomas – shown here with Diesel.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Term 2 report cards

Well, I think that our custom-made pizza says it all. These kids are the greatest people ever!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Valentine’s Day 2013

I have the cutest, funniest, and most thoughtful family on the planet. For the day of love, 2013, the boys gave me another beautiful selection from the Wal*Mart jewelry counter. It’s actually very nice. They also gave me a box of chocolates. Yum!

While the boys and I were at the store picking something up for their teachers, we were also getting ice cream for the dessert that I was making. So, we were in the frozen food (ice cream) aisle when I asked them what they wanted to get Bub for Valentine’s.

I *meant* what did they want to get her from a different area of the store. What they heard was “what should we get right at this very instant from the grocery section?” So, Peanut chose a frozen pizza because “mom really likes them.” This is true if there is no other food in the house, but he was adamant. Meatball didn’t feel that the frozen food section was the way to go. He wanted to go more on the sweet side and chose lollipops. Unfortunately, the only bag they had contained about 200 suckers, so I talked him out of that one. He went with tropical fruit Lifesavers, instead.

And, here’s the thing…. It was all chosen with love. Pure and simple. Love.