Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
And here are a few other shots from inside the Bellagio.
New York, New York
We walked down the strip a little at night, too.
But not all of the kids made it...
Here's Marty at Treasure Island. That's a pirate ship in the background. Landon and Carter are really into pirates right now, and we were super excited to see the show (the pirate ships sail in and shoot cannons at each other and pirates jump ships, etc) but they didn't allow strollers (what the?) so that ruled us out, BIG time, and we left.
The world's largest TV
We stayed at the Circus Circus casino hotel, which was a blast for me because I had never been to a circus.
We got there way early so we could have good seats for the show. The kids were so patient and absolute angels. Of course that's just because we had a secret weapon...
Well, Brynn hammed it up and waved to crowd during the ride. and the tears are not tears of fear, but tears that the ride had to come to and end. Way to go Brynnie, you are getting braver every day! And I wasn't terribly bothered by the little tantrum at the end of the ride. We put all the kids in the same room to sleep at night so the grown-ups could stay up and play games. Needless to say, that's the least amount of sleep Brynn has ever had in her life. And we couldn't have been happier for her - cousins are supposed to stay up giggling together until all hours of the night!
But they loved it!
We are probably Las Vegas' worst tourists. We took advantage of every free activity we could (which are PLENTIFUL) and of course didn't spend a dime in the casinos. It was a quick trip, only two nights, and the first day was shorter than we had anticipated because it took us two and a half hours to move five miles at Hoover Dam. And even though we were very sad to say good-bye to family, we were not too sad to say good-bye to Las Vegas. After just a short time in Sin City, our eyes were burning out of their sockets (if you've been there, you know what I'm talking about) and our spirits were ready for the refuge of our sacred home. But anyway, it was a WONDERFUL vacation - thanks, Johnsons!
On Friday I started my first real fast I've had in about 20 months (because of the pregnancy and nursing), although I've done sugar fasts. We wanted to break the fast with something good Saturday, but all we wanted was breakfast food, probably because we lounged around all morning until lunch. What?! We've been jet-lagged! And sick! Anyway, we had a crepe feast and I ditched the bad recipe I've used the last couple of times and found a better recipe and had the best crepes ever! Here's the recipe:
1-1/2 C all purpose flour
Almost a month ago Brynn woke up in the morning whimpering, which is rare for her. I went in and asked her what was the matter. She held up her hand and said, "I did this!" Around her wrist was the elastic band her hair was in the night before. It was so extremely tight, I guess she hadn't been able to get it off. But judging by how grotesquely purple and swollen her hand was, I'm pretty positive she'd slept with it like that. I figured it would go down quickly enough, and it did some, but in the late afternoon it was still this swollen:
I'm am learning how to play guitar! I'm ashamed that it's taken me so long, given how amazing my dad and brothers at guitar, and that we always had Heaven knows how many guitars laying around (don't deny it, Dad) and that I now have a guitar of my own just sitting in my closet, and it wouldn't be that hard since I already play a stringed instrument and know a lot about chord structure/progressions. I've been saying that in the fall I was going to take guitar lessons, but one of the main reasons I've wanted to learn was so that I could play around a campfire. And Marty and I are taking a CES Church History tour workshop thing (pioneer trails) where the campfires will be plentiful, and dang it! I want to play and sing with Marty there! So on Friday I went and bought a chord book and I have been working so hard! I can already play a bunch of my "goal songs" and I am not letting up! Although, my heavens, why didn't anyone tell me it hurt so much to build up calluses on your fingers? It's way worse than violin! Meh, no pain, no gain.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Well....I guess you win some, you lose some, because this is how big those carrots really are. Whoopsie, we planted them way way way way way too close.
On the plus side, Brynn thought the "twisty" carrots were "sooooo cuuuuute!" that she immediately wanted to run inside and eat them. So getting my 3 year old excited for vegetables has to count for something, right?
So we purged our garden, ready to try a whole new set of crops...
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Recently I became a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, which means my piano students can enter the yearly piano festival. They get to play in front of judges, be critiqued, receive feedback, and earn points towards certificates and trophies. Our first piano festival is TODAY!!! I'm really excited for my students. This is the system that I competed in for almost ten years in Utah and I absolutely loved it. It really motivated me to work hard, and then helped me gain confidence as I set goals and reached them. Good luck, students!