Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Get some while it lasts!

Sunshine, that is. It is such a beautiful day today that we spent much of it outside. We went for a walk up to the park before heading to the grocery store for a few things. As predicted, Seth fell asleep in the stroller on the way back and settled into blissful sleep in his crib when we got home.

I took the opportunity to do some yard work since daylight is precious this time of year. It's been awhile since I got out and played in the dirt, so I almost forgot how much I love the smell of it. I cleaned up some leaves, trimmed off the peonies, lilies and hydrangeas and I gave the herbs a haircut. I came in the house smelling of a mixture of sage, lemon thyme, oregano and mint...yum! So things are pretty much ready to hybernate for the winter. The last thing I did was plant 120 tulip and crocus bulbs - we're in for a treat next spring!

I was tagged for the "6-things-you-may-not-know-about-me" game. Most of my family and some friends may already know some of these, but here goes anyway:

1. I don't have any cavities. It's probably a combination of genetics and those cute little pink flouride pills we used to chew when I was a kid. Consequently, I'm a "teeth person"...that is, teeth are one of the first things I notice about a person. Show me those pearly whites!

2. I was in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1991 as a senior in high school. No, I wasn't parade royalty, contrary to popular belief, but I was in the Wyoming High School All-State Marching Band. The Wyoming centennial was the year before, so our band performed all around the state during the summer with the culminating event being the big 9-mile march down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. We wore white pants, red and blue tops and white cowboy hats, and we called ourselves the marching Pepsi cans. I played piccolo, and every now and then I find myself humming "The Magnificent Seven" or "Ghostrider."

3. I'm a bit of a grammar, punctuation and spelling snob. Not that I'm immune to committing sins of the English language, but I cringe when I see apostrophes used incorrectly, or I want to slip in a comma when I spot a compound sentence without one. There is a cafe by my office and it advertises "sandwiche's" and "pastrie's". Ugh! If you're with me on this, read the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves. You'll love it. Before I went to kindergarten, I used to take the TV guide and color in every "a" in the whole thing...then move to the "b" and so on. I was in tears when I came home from my first day of kindergarten because I didn't have any homework. I wanted to be just like my big brother and sisters!

4. I won 6th place in the state 4-H Fashion Review for modeling a dress I made to wear at my sister's wedding. Although now most times I wish the "What Not to Wear" people would stage an intervention, I did know how to "work it," as they say! I was in 4-H for 9 years and learned so much that prepared me for life. We didn't have animals so I participated in the gardening, sewing, cooking and other myriads of domestic fields. I know, marching band and 4-H??? There's not much else to do in Wyoming...so we have fun our own way!

5. I'm a closet country music fan. It mostly comes out in the summer. Maybe because of Independence Day, baseball season and family reunions, but I almost feel more patriotic when I listen to it.

6. I love college football - it's my favorite sport to watch. The day Matt and I were married was the Friday before Thanksgiving. The next day was the big BYU vs. U of U football game and we were going to be in Salt Lake, so I asked Matt if we would be able to go. We ended up not going, but the moment I asked the question, Matt knew he'd found the girl of his dreams!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Trigger Happy

I've probably taken over 100 photos in the last month, hence the title of today's blog. Most of the photos are random and unrelated to each other. Seth loves to smile and show off his teeth (Matt calls them "rat teeth"). The other day he was playing with his toys in the family room while I was fixing lunch, and suddenly I heard my exercise tape playing. He pulled himself up from lying on the floor to standing. He's a bit of a late bloomer, but he's growing and healthy - and it could have something to do with him landing in the 10th percentile for height and 90th percentile for head size!

Drop and give me 10! Seth loves to get up on his hands and tippee toes. An impressive yoga plank pose!

"Seth and the Giant Zucchini" - sequel to "James and the Giant Peach". This is one of the "vegetables of our labors" this summer.

Our little guy turned one on September 26th. He only had one nap that day so was sleepy during dinner. We sang a fast-forward "Happy Birthday" and he devoured handfuls of his Superman cupcake while fighting to keep his eyes open. After a warm bath, new jammies and a bedtime book, he was out for the night. What could be better? We had a birthday party at the park the following Saturday for him and his friend Adalyn who was born the day after he was. Thank you Carrie for the beautiful photos that captured the best moments! My friend Rosario made the cute cake.

His new toy bus - Our toy bin runneth over!

This is my favorite photo from his birthday party. At first it looks like Seth is crying, but we're actually sharing a good laugh. It is funny, intimate, tender and it shows Mom really soaking in the moment with her little boy.