Monday, June 29, 2009

attempt #2

Today I finally am attempting Jack's second try at potty training. We are going comando style. I tried the parties. I tried the charts and the games and movies. I heard all the "we got him/her trained in one day with this technique" - and well, we gave up. So I decided to take my sister-in-law Ali's advice and went cold turkey - no more diapers, no training pants - just letting him be naked as a jaybird.

Surprisingly thus far, it's worked. At lease the art of going #1 has.

And thanks to Aunt Jennie - we have this killer hand drawn story about "the magical poo party" that Jack can't seem to get enough and makes me read over and over again.

So with all fingers, eyes and toes crossed, I am waiting to see what happens.

If it doesn't work - does anyone know if I can just send him somewhere to be trained? If dogs do it - why not little boys?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

by some miracle

It is by some cosmic alignment that I was able to see 2 movies in 2 days. I am recommending both, and if you don't like Away We Go - I don't think we should be friends anymore - so let me know: (p.s stay long enough in the credits to hear Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch - such a great song.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

new library picks

I am always happy suprised by what I pick out at the library each time we go. Most of the time I am just trying to keep the Cashman from tearing out pages of every piece of public property he can get his hands on, while following after Jack as he grabs book after book, reads a little, then leaves it on the floor to find the next book.

So mostly my visits to the library consist of me grabbing what the librarians put on the top shelves and anything I randomly grab out from the rows as I pass by. Usually it is the style of illustrations that cause me to pick one over another - and this last trip I found some gems.

The real winner was In the Town All Year Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner. It is a "where's waldo" themed book - but better and probably for younger kids. Each of the seasons have people to look for as they go about town. The illustrations are great - and Ryan was happily amused to find a scene with 2 little kids laughing at a portrait of a naked woman in an art museum - so if that is enough to upset the balance in good parenting, maybe stay away. But Jack loves it - and spends hours looking for each of the characters.

Next was a book by Philip Yates called Ten Little Mummies. I loved it because of the illustrations by G.Brian Karas - they are kind of childish and almost sloppy - but very cute. I also liked the idea of taking the stories of the ten little monkies jumping on the bed - and reinventing it. The story line is adorable - and my favorite spread is of one of the mummies getting carried off by a falcon.

Then last but not least, was Jack's Rabbit by Yvonne Jagtenberg. The illustrations in this book are wicked. I guess there are several similar books by this author (Jack's Kite, The First Day of School) - so I will have to check out more. But next time you are at the local library - check this one out. There is a spread where he is talking to a man who is painting the beach, and I just love how the real beach is completely in line with the painting - or the illustration of the gold fish in the pet store, or the jet zooming past the sand dunes of rabbits - and I know it is the inner art nerd in me, but I thought this book was the coolest.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

the good and the bad

Downside to all this rain: my poor roses have been beat to hell.

Upside to having my roses get pounded: I get to cut more then usual to bring in the house because they are sagging on the bush. I even got ultra matchy-matchy and made a vase to compliment my pink antique chairs.

Downside to bringing in lots of roses: Discovering you have also brought in a nest of spiders that are suddenly taking over your kitchen, living room and everywhere else you have placed a vase of flowers.

Upside to having a spider attack: nothing.

Friday, June 12, 2009

a good cause

Three of our most favorite people and friends, Jill, Jamie and Kimi, have joined The Relay for Life, a community event where teams camp overnight and take turns walking or running to raise money to help fight cancer and support programs that help cancer patients and the research that goes towards finding a cure.

The American Cancer Society holds this event all over the US to help bring communities together by celebrating the lives of those who have battled cancer, lost loved ones who have, or those who continue to fight against the disease. Jamie and Jill will be walking, running, donating in honor of their father, and Kimi will be honoring her mother - both whom have
passed away from their own battles with cancer.

They have been holding garage sales and other such events to raise money and reach their goal. It is a great cause - You can donate money, walk to support, walk and donate money - or participate in any of the events they will have tonight and tomorrow morning at the walk. The relay is being held down town at This is the Place Heritage Park from 6pm Friday night to 6pm Saturday night.

If you wish to donate or find out more information on the event, you can click here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

oquirrh temple

Today we went to see the new Oquirrh Temple. The temple sits on the top of this hill that overlooks the valley - it is hard to miss when you are driving past on the highway - especially at night when it is like a ball of fire on the mountain since the surrounding area is mostly hill.

The attention to every last detail is incredible. My favorite things were the seemingly vintage inspired stars and circle borders in the etched windows and wall glass. The fabrics on all the chairs were so hip and the ceilings have all this great circle gold detail to it that mimic the wall glass.
I just thought the overall colors from the fabrics to the wood and wallpaper were gorgeous.

The bridal room had these gold mirror vanities that resembled the same star as on the windows with large floral upholstered chairs in front, and each vanity was flanked with stunning crystal wall sconces. It was so amazing.

You should all go see it before it is dedicated.

Of course Jack and Cash's favorite part was the water fountain out front. Figures.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

summer rain

Jack: "Uh-oh mom. Looks like we've got a big problem."
Me: "Really? What?"
Jack: "Uh - it's called rain."

This has to be the weirdest summer weather we've ever had. I don't quite know what to make of it.
I don't really mind though. Sometimes I just love the rain and these moody cloudy skies.
We just seem to be getting a lot of it lately. Oh well. I am sure the heat will hit us again real soon.

For now - let it rain, rain, rain.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


We took Jack to see UP yesterday. It was so cute - and just like most of Wall-E, I loved that entire section of the movie that told their love story with only music and these little captured moments of their life. It was heartbreaking and so romantic. I love stuff like that.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

a new band for you all

Oh my goodness - I have discovered a new love. Singer, Nina Persson from the Cardigans has started up a new band called A Camp, and it is oh so lovely. They are coming Monday night to Kilby. So if you are up for a stellar summer night of music in a ghetto half garage half venue type atmosphere, then you should come - it will be amazing.

LIsten to Stronger then Jesus and The Crowning, or buy the whole cd. You will thank me for it, of this I am sure.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

welcome back conan

Pearl Jam and Conan together for my viewing pleasure!
Be still my beating heart.

Monday, June 1, 2009

this made me happy

A daily routine for Jack and I, is to go looking for bugs and such after Cash goes down for his nap. It is nice, because I can turn off the morning cartoons without the drama and devastation that Jack should win awards for, and also because it keeps the noise volume down to nothing so the Cashman can really get a good long nap. It also gives me some good gardening time while Jack pretends he is Lightening McQueen and zooms back and forth across the lawn with very realistic racecar noises.

On today's adventure, Jack met a daddy-long-leg for the first time and didn't really like it. I discovered those bloody aphids are already eating my lovely roses and I didn't really like that.

But then we found that the cute little robin who built a nest in one of our trees out front, had her eggs finally hatch. How do their eggs get to be such a beautiful turquoise blue. I wish I had a skirt in that color.