Saturday, December 18, 2010

Shoveling night...

Well, it wasn't a "date" night but it was way more fun than most date nights. We started with visits from various family members which included Christmas presents, Wii sports, dinner, snacks, treats and excellent conversation.
The snow fun started when Joe, Brittany and Dallan (brothers and sister-in-law) decided to leave. It was snowing (and had been for awhile). Joe got out of the neighborhood just fine but Dallan couldn't get his car up the hill. There wasn't much snow but this is Dallan's first winter with a car here :) Joe ran back down and drove Dallan's car up out of the neighborhood. John and I put on our gear and decided to shovel the snow. We had a fun time but the best part was when we cleared off the trampoline. Have you ever cleared a trampoline of snow? You don't know what you are missing...the trampoline gets really slick and it is hard to get the snow off because it slides to where you are standing. We spent a long time doing flips into the snow. We also spent a lot of time falling and slipping while trying to knock each other down.
Next we decide to shovel some other driveways. We did a single sister's house and we shovelled half of the sidewalk in our loop which is a large amount of sidewalk as those who have been around our neighborhood loop know. It was way past even our late bedtime by now but it was so magical. I just couldn't go inside so I convinced John to walk with me and we walked along our neighborhood and then along some other neighborhoods. I left snow angels all around the neighborhood and we tried to think up names for our trees and eventually decided to name them French names but we'll need Math to wake up in the morning and help us as he is the only one who speaks French in the house. It was a crackling snow that made noise as it hit your coat and crunched under your feet. It was bewitching and when we walked in the door the Christmas tree is was bright and beautiful. An enchanting "shovelling" night...

PS...We were looking at shovels and I noticed that some websites spelled it shovelling and others spelled it shoveling. I think I like the single "l" better. Then I looked it up online and one site said you could spell it either way. Thoughts?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow

Where it's snowing
All winter through
That's where I want to be...

I know you might not believe me but my favorite part of winter so far has been shovelling snow. I haven't gotten to do it much but I have shovelled it every time so far! The boys like to come out and help...here are a few pictures from Seth and I shoveling while Sam is asleep :)











Friday, December 3, 2010

My Accomplishments

I am not particularly skilled. I am not beautiful, I have no artistic talent, no musical talent, no intellectual talent and very little athletic talent and basically no high level homemaking skills. Being here in Utah helps remind me of these facts everyday...

With that introduction my title must seem off because what accomplishments could I have? Well, they are few and probably not noteworthy but I have noticed that there are a few things I do way better than the people I usually spend all my time with. I have listed some. These are pretty much unique to ONLY ME. (yes, I put that in capitals to make sure you understood who is included in this list and who is not)

*I am so skilled at using utensils that I am not forced to hold my head over the plate to keep from spilling on myself.
*I do not eat my boogers, even as a last resort...
*I have the ability to sit quietly and do nothing. This is obviously a learned behavior that takes years to master.
*I can stand being bored.
*I can smell a poop diaper rooms away and don't ignore it. Again, this is not a skill everyone can possess but I have found if you work hard you can master it.
*I do not force self produced noxious gas on the household public. This takes a rare level of self control which has not been practiced in the "P" family on any level.
*I have the special talent of actually listening to people when they are talking to me.
*I have the special talent of remembering what a person said to me while I was listening to them talk to me.
*I have the unique ability to wear clothes at all times.
*I don't spit or drool while talking. Another obviously learned behavior that requires practice.
*I am capable of taking a bath or shower without splashing/spilling water.
*I can tell the difference between dirty clothes and clean clothes by both sight and smell.
*I can cut my own fingernails and toenails with any available clippers. Definitely an acquired skill.
*I don't freak out at the sight of blood and I act accordingly to the level of magnitude of the accident.

Well people...I feel better. I am special. I am unique and I have hidden talents!!

Gems

With Seth these gems are never ending...

Seth - When Jesus was on the earth did he work at BYU?
Me - Um, no honey, he didn't work at BYU.
Seth - Only because it wasn't invented yet.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Student of the Month

Sam is 1...



How many times have you seen this? The one year old "standing" tradition, crawl up to the dishwasher and pull out the best stuff. This time he got the spoon we used for the orange roll frosting. He was very happy.





Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gems

Seth - When Jesus was on the earth I think he watched BYU football.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Farewell to Autumn...

This was the last week right before Thanksgiving. Winter was coming but there were a few days that were fabulous!
















The snow is starting to fall...




Now we have snow! We didn't get the storm of a century like they said we would but it is finally cold and snowy...this was the first real snow, it has stayed for more than a few hours...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Carl Bloch


We have had this famous picture of Christ healing at the Pool of Bethesda by Carl Bloch in our home for many years. It is currently hanging over our mantle above the fireplace. Tonight I got to go the opening of the Carl Bloch exhibit. We are all probably familiar with many of his paintings. The curator told us tonight that almost every LDS church has at least one Carl Bloch picture hanging in it and his paintings have been used over 300 times in the Ensign, New Era, etc. BYU bought this painting almost a decade ago through a series of "miracles." The BYU Museum of Art has had it displayed but I had not ever seen the original yet.
While trying to get this painting and doing further research BYU eventually, through a lot of hard work, was able to put together an exhibit of Carl Bloch. Many of the pictures had never left Denmark or Sweden. Some of them are altar paintings from small churches that have never even left the church it was in. The exhibit is only coming to the MOA.
I went with my dad. At one point we moved in front of a picture and both of us just gasped. Then we looked at each other and laughed because we obviously have the same taste in pictures and they have the same effect on us :) They have many of Bloch's pictures that aren't religious also and they are beautiful.

This one was my favorite, Gethsemane (besides the healing at bethesada) This small, incomplete picture does not do it justice. This painting is huge and when I walked into the room I literally couldn't move I was so overwhelmed. I just stood there staring at it fighting tears. It was beautiful.
If you live here you should go to the exhibit. It opens tomorrow to the public and you can get free tickets online (you need tickets). If you are visiting here sometime you should go to it! I can't wait to go back. Hyrum is so excited to go see the paintings so we are going again!
Here is the youtube link...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A conversation for your consideration...

It would really help if you are a nerd or married to one in order to understand this conversation...

John - When I was little one of my favorite things was Sunday night when we'd make popcorn and grape juice. I'd dip the popcorn in the grape juice and sit around talking about all the happening things.
Josh - Did you sit around and talk about all the new Ruby techniques?
John - No, Ruby wasn't around back then.
Josh - Well, what was around? Python?

PS We put up the Christmas tree this weekend and it is spectacular. We figured we needed to make up for only have 1/4 a Christmas tree the last 2 years...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Family Pictures

We finally had some family pictures done. Here are some of my favorites (I have a lot of them :) Can you guess who is who? They are getting big...


















Uncle Tyson...


The whole Snow family...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween - What a week!!

We start with Seth's birthday. Every house should have a 3 year old and we just lost ours. Seth was such a delightful 3 year old. I have literally cried many times over him getting big but it still came...he is 4 now :)


A few days later was our first snow! We were all pretty excited. Seth, Sam and I sat and watched it all day long and then at night it finally started sticking to the ground. It was gone by 10:00am the next morning so everyone was sad...




After the snow the amazing weather returned. This is the view from my mailbox. Beautiful!! This next week is suppose to be in the upper 50's and low 60's...brilliant!




Happy Halloween. It has been a few years since we got aunt Paula to go trick-or-treating with us but she made out pretty well and got some candy. Since it is Utah everyone went trick-or-treating on Sat and we had a fun time in the neighborhood :)




Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Math = BYU Basketball Fan

That is what my brother titled the email with the link of Math making a basket and putting up a sticker for this youtube promoting the first BYU game of the season...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tin Foil Dinners and Ultimate Frisbee...

Well, I have been on a posting roll but a lot of our activities include others so I am also posting for them (maybe ;)
John had a game this week and we went to it but to our surprise Dallan was playing the game right after so we stayed for a lot of it too. Dallan's team needed more people so John got to do two games and was super happy.





Then Friday night we went up the canyon for tin foil dinners, marshmallow roasting and whoopie pies. We had a lot of fun and could the canyon be more beautiful??



Dallan was the fire man...


And the train was nice enough to come by twice while we were there!