August 31, 2008
Graeden and Jovana dueling it out in a large game of chess. We watched some other kids play. One did fine playing with his mom and then a couple of boys about 10 did terrible. One kid was killing his brother's pieces by jumping them like in checkers. Tymon tried to help them at first...but they really didn't know how to play and the game was going pretty fast since the pieces were dying left and right on every turn....so it was good to leave them alone.
I was able to rake for a while but then I needed to sit down as my legs felt like they would be coming out of socket soon. About that time, the boys tired of putting rocks in big piles, which Tymon picked up with the wheel barrow. So, they found a mountain of dirt on the side of the house that they proceeded to slide down. Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera on me so you don't get to see any photos of this one. They love it in the yard and I'm glad that we'll soon have a place where they can play outside more (we park two cars in our current back yard so the play area is quite small).
She already loves the boys and Jett has taken to her quickly. Yesterday, he fell down and was crying pretty hard. I had my arms out to give him a hug and he walked right past me and straight to Jovana. Poor little guy has already learned who's more sympathetic.
August 25, 2008
August 17, 2008
We have a 4 person tent that we put a couple of cots in and then the boys sleep in the middle. This worked fabulous the first night. Then the second night there was a little "accident" with bedwetting and a little one ended up in my cot with me. When a second boy discovered the accident then he got in Tymon's cot.
Impulse buying at Costco about two years ago, I picked up this pirate kite for $10. Tymon put it together for the first time yesterday and got it up in the air. However, the wind failed us and it never went more than a minute beyond it's maiden voyage. We'll have to find a windy place to take it out again.
Here is a photo taken the other day when we were camping, but the actions were classic of my experience with Graeden shopping for some school clothes a couple of weeks ago. He'd put on a pair of jeans and shirt in the dressing room and then do this little dance-like karate chop movements and then declare, "yup! I like it, let's put it in the take home pile!" It cracked me up. What cracks me up even more is his strong like or dislike of clothing. He likes long sleeved shirts without buttons. If they are orange, they're even better. We talked a little bit about it this weekend and he basically told me that long sleeved shirts protect his skin so it doesn't burn. Well, that's if he wears a shirt at all. The little guy is pretty tan and loves being outside...mostly just wearing underwear. However, if he has to wear clothes then they need to have long sleeves and be pants.
August 14, 2008
Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October was on tour with Stephenie as some of his music inspired some of the Twilight characters...namely Edward and some of Jacob. I haven't heard any of Justin's music before, but there were several songs that I enjoyed...and perhaps part of that was because I could relate more to Edward and why he did some of the things he did. He sang unplugged and that probably had something to do with my liking the songs, too. I have a hard time enjoying some music that has been rocked out and have too much electric guitar. It gets sounding like noise after a short amount of time.
The fan base was mainly teenaged girls at the show. There were also several mom's like me and mom's of teens that came. I'd guesstimate that there were between 50-100 males there out of 2300. I saw one dad reading Breaking Dawn before the show started. I liked that. Many of the girls had made their own tee-shirts. Some were funnier than others. I saw several girls that were dressed goth-like. It didn't look like they were dressed up at all - that's just how they dress. Once again, here's me thinking that this type of girl doesn't know how to read, let alone be into a book series. I overheard one conversation between some girls about other vampire series. Here I read the Twilight books for the romance but others read it for the vampires. I also saw some girls I went to college with and haven't seen in about 7 years there and also one from the single's ward in Everett, who I haven't seen for maybe 5 years or so. That was crazy, too. I wonder if there were more that I knew but didn't see in the crowd.
The show and interview lasted about an hour and then we waited to get our books signed. It wasn't so bad. We just stayed in our seats and I got to catch up with Erin and another college buddy, Julie. But it did take 2 and a half hours to finally get to the signing table. Stephenie signed one book per person (no personalizations allowed). Not everyone stayed. But I'm sure at least 2000 of the 2300 did. Here's my book:
I read Breaking Dawn last week on Wednesday. Yes, that is what I did all day. It's the longest yet at 750 plus pages. And my kids still love me...maybe because I let them take two baths and they stayed in the tub for an hour and a half each time. They do love their bath tub time.