Keaton loves his new green vampire teeth that he got at Eli's birthday party today. It reminds him of one of his favorite Max and Ruby episodes. I really love the peanut butter and jelly smudges he has on his face too!!
Here's what the crew worked on today. They had to build in new sprinklers on the top of the first layer of the retaining wall because they planted this today.
I love the look of green shoots sprouting from freshly planted earth.
Liza is one of Jacek's school friends and is Keaton's kidsitter. Instead of paying for summer preschool, I decided to hire Liza a few days a week for a few hours. Keaton has loved it. Liza is wonderful with him and he adores her.
Liza went on a family trip for a week and Keaton counted the days until she came back.
I'm not kidding.
Every morning, he'd wake up and ask, "What day is it?"
Mom: "It's Thursday."
Keaton: "Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Six more days until Liza comes home."
This started the day after she left until the day she came back.
His dad has been gone to India and Hong Kong for two weeks and Keaton hasn't even asked when he's coming back. Even Dad is chopped liver right now compared to Liza.
We went to the Vincent's new home in Park City on Tuesday and we got to eat some of Joanne's delicious chocolate chip cookies. Keaton asked her if he could take two cookies home with him. One for him and one for Liza. Sweet huh?
He says he's going to marry Liza when he gets big.
Keaton wanted a swimming pool in our backyard, so i found a cheap plastic one at Kmart on Monday for $7.49. He is in heaven.
He loves to fill it up, dump the water out, and start all over again. Tuesday morning, he wanted to go in it. I told him it would probably be cold. Not. It was warm and he spent all morning out there. Hours. Willingly.
I wish this picture weren't blurry. This is why I grabbed my camera. He was just chillin' in that pool like it was a bathtub. Very funny!
Last weekend my nephew Bryan got married to Teresa. The wedding was beautifully orchestrated down to the very last detail. The facility was Heritage Gardens and it had a beautiful garden area and inside was open and spacious.
These are some of my favorite pictures that I took that evening.
Congratulations Bryan and Teresa!
May your journey together be filled with love, adventure and bliss!
My dearest friend Laura Winward-Kaloi came for a visit this week. She had a business trip in Sun Valley, Idaho and she made a stop at my house on her way home to Washington D.C. The last time she was here, in 2006, the whole family came and stayed with us for a few days.
June 2006- Look how little Keaton was.
And Jacek!!! YIKES!!!!
Last time she came she treated me (us) to a day at the spa. We had coffee scrubs and a vanilla hot stone massage. Oh my!!! Decadent!!! Then we ate lunch at Red Butte Cafe and that is the day I found one of my "last meal" finds. You know, one of those meals that you would ask for if you knew it was going to be your last meal. Yeah, that one. They make the best orange-chili chicken tacos and chocolate aztec cake for dessert. I need to go there again, soon.
So last time she was here, we did lots of kid-friendly activities. Snowbird alpine slide...
an afternoon picnic up Mill Creek Canyon complete with wading in the creek...
riding Trax down to the Arts Festival...
and jumping on our long lost trampoline.
This time, it was just the mommies. Laura and I went down to Orem and met Kim Christensen, one our mutual friends from Vernal, for lunch at Rumbi Island Grill. We talked for three and half hours. Then we zoomed home and went to dinner with another mutual friend, Carrie DeCoopman, at Cafe Madrid. Again, it was a three hour meal.
Just being together.
Laughing so hard we cry.
Swapping kid details.
I left my big camera home for both meals. I was bummed. Cory has my little camera and we were in such a rush both times to get out of the house that I just forgot. Twice. That's what kids do to your brain cells. They are burned off into Never, Neverland.
I was taking Asia out in the front yard this afternoon and I looked across the yard at my neighbor's house. Their cat Mittens was curled up on the front porch and the whole scene looked so exquisite that I had to run inside and grab the camera. I think the reason I fully appreciated this beautiful scene is because our yard is not so pretty right now. This is the picture you get looking at my house.
Lovely, eh? Or this...
I'm not complaining. The sport court is coming along nicely. It's going to be gorgeous. There was a last minute decision to use sandstone from Peoa to build the retaining wall instead of cement or river rock. I must say it is going to make the whole yard picturesque. Here's what it looks like at this point.
So, instead of posting photos featuring only dirty, muddy, tire tracks streaking through our previously lush-green grass...
I thought it would be more aesthetically pleasing to begin and end this post with a picture containing no sludge, silt, clay, dirt, soil, muck or mire in sight.