Thursday, January 31, 2008

How to make a snow angel

We had snow on Monday! We've had some flurries (even some rather heavy flurries) but this was the most snow we've had this winter. It didn't last long!

Doug's morning classes were canceled, and the kids in the complex were on a two-hour delay. (I guess the roads were slippery.) We got Kate all bundled up and went out to play in the snow. She got to use her cute pink boots that she got for her birthday.

The snow on the trees was so pretty!

Kate and Daddy made a snowman. Err... snow bunny.

Some of the neighbor kids (Oleg, Tram, and Carol) were out playing, too, and riding Oleg's disk sled down the hill by the Seventh-Day Adventist church right behind our complex. Kate got to ride on Oleg's sled, too.

The kids made snow angels in the (very empty) church parking lot. Kate was admiring the snow angels and wanted to make one too, so Doug helped her. I made this layout of the pictures:

(Credits here)

It was pretty sunny while we were out and the snow was starting to melt already. By the next day it was raining and the snow was all gone. It was fun while it lasted!

Monday, January 28, 2008

"More medicine!"

This is not a post about medicine. This is actually a post about cinnamon. We have recently discovered that Kate really likes cinnamon, but she keeps calling it medicine. I suppose "cinnamon" and "medicine" might sound kind of similar, if you're not too familiar with either word. We have been correcting her, figuring it's probably a good idea to understand what medicine is and is not, but it hasn't sunk in yet. Tonight she asked for "more applesauce and medicine."

In the meal where the cinnamon was first introduced, Kate was having applesauce and horchata (a Mexican rice drink), which both go well with cinnamon, but she was also having a bit of a lime drink that Doug shared with her, and she wanted cinnamon in that too. She still sometimes asks for "lime juice and medicine." We try to tell her that lime and cinnamon don't really go together, but as they say, there's no accounting for taste.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Elephant and Piggie

...or, more on the genius that is Mo Willems.

We have all become Mo Willems fans (creator of Knuffle Bunny and Kate's much-beloved pigeon). I had heard of his Elephant and Piggie books, but our library doesn't have any of them, so a few weeks ago I looked them up and requested a couple from another branch. There are currently four books in the series, with more on the way. The two we have checked out are Today I Will Fly! and My Friend is Sad. Since bringing them home we have read them over and over. These are written comic-book style, with no other text besides the dialog, and are great for early readers. A lot comes through in the characters' gestures and expressions.

Kate likes both of them but she especially loves My Friend is Sad (it has a robot in it) and has the whole thing memorized now. In fact last night I watched Doug and Kate act out the book, impromptu, on the bed. Kate was really getting into it, crying "THERE WAS MORE!" with great emotion, and saying "and my best friend was not there to see it with me" in her cute little voice. (And right after that she decided that the three of us were Diego, Alicia, and Baby Jaguar, so we played at rescuing her stuffed animals for a while.)

Recently I was looking at Mo Willems' blog and found this picture of a plush Elephant and Piggie. Kate came up behind me and saw the picture. I could see the wheels turning in her head for a minute, and then she said, "Play with them?" Unfortunately they aren't available quite yet.

Books are fun. We like them.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Oh, rats!

I haven't posted lately because I've been working on a few things. I'd been meaning to expand my Year of the Pig kit with the rest of the animals, but with the lunar new year quickly approaching it became clear that I wasn't going to be able to do all of them, so I just made a little Year of the Rat add-on.

I couldn't decide which rat pose I liked, so I just included both of them! He's a cute little guy.

The rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle. There's a story about how this came to be. The Jade Emperor invited the animals to a party. Near the end of the journey, they animals had to cross a celestial river, and the rat tricked the ox into letting him ride on its head. When they were almost at their destination the rat jumped off the ox's head and arrived first. So the Year of the Rat comes first, and the Year of the Ox is second.

Last year I got a lot of hits from people looking for "papercut pig." I'll have to put my little rat over in the sidebar or something, for anybody looking for a papercut rat.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Stumpy the Dinosaur

Here's Kate's other crocheted friend, to go with her octopus. This one took rather longer. I got the body done in a couple of days and then got busy doing other things, and left the poor dinosaur with no feet for a while. (Kate kept picking it up and saying "It's not done yet!") I finally sat down and finished the feet while watching Stardust. Unlike the octopus, I couldn't do it all in one piece, so the feet had to be stitched on separately.

Doug named the dinosaur Stumpy, but Kate keeps calling him Bumpy. That works. Lumpy would also be appropriate.

More Elizabeth

Pictures here! That one of her crying is so expressive. Aww.

Elizabeth was a Monday baby, like Kate (I took pictures of Kate every Monday for the first two years). Monday's child is fair of face.

Elizabeth is Karen's middle name, as well as Kate's middle name, and Betsey's first name. We have a lot of Elizabeths in the family. I wonder if Barb feels left out.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Baby News

Our niece is here! Elizabeth Anne, born at 12:47, 8 pounds 10.4 ounces, 19 1/2 inches long. Her hair is red! And her eyelashes are very light, which the nurse said is a good sign of a redhead. Peter called and gave me the details this afternoon. They should have pictures soon. Hooray!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Quote of the Day

"There's a fine line between Lunch and Disaster. And I think I crossed it."

Friday, January 11, 2008

Playing tag

I have been tagged by Katy!

1. Name your 2 favorite scrapbooking topics:
a. Kate (the subject of a large majority of the pictures I take)
b. ummm.... I'm going to say "places," looking at my overall body of scrapping.

2. What are the 2 best places you've been to?
broadly speaking,
a. Korea and
b. Newfoundland

3. Name 2 things you do every day:
a. make oatmeal
b. spend too long in the shower

4. Tell us 2 things that pretty much everyone knows about you.
a. I draw and stuff
b. I can't figure out what to do with my hair.

5. 2 places you wish to visit:
a. the Summer Palace in Beijing
b. Angkor Wat

6. 2 things you may not know about me are:
a. I played the flute briefly in elementary school
b. I sometimes give names to inanimate objects

7. 2 nicknames you've had at some time in your life:
a. Nayna
b. Lainie
(not sure on the spelling on either of those)

8. Name 2 of your favorite drinks:
a. orange juice
b. more orange juice

9. What are 2 interesting (in a good or bad way) jobs you have had in your life?
a. BYU pruning crew (loved it--we got to go all over campus and do lots of different things)
b. Cashier at the Dominion grocery in St. John's, Newfoundland. It wasn't that the job itself was so interesting, but I got to talk to all sorts of people (some of whom I could barely understand), and the job also led to other things happening.

10. What are your top 2 fun things to do after work?
Well, I don't really have an "after work," but I'll say
a. Go out to eat
b. Read in bed

11. What are 2 things you would like to learn:
a. stained glass
b. guitar (I play just a little)

12. What are the last 2 songs you downloaded or last 2 CD's you bought?
a. The Barra MacNeils' second Christmas album (didn't like it as well as the first)
b. and... ummm... Great Big Sea's "The Hard and the Easy"? (that was quite a while ago, but I can't remember anything else in between).

13. Name 2 movies you could watch or you have watched 100 times in your life and still watch again, no problem:
a. The Princess Bride
b. The Little Mermaid (I don't know about a hundred times, but certainly a whole lot of times)

14. What 2 songs will you always listen to in their entirety because they truly speak to you?
Golly, this is a hard one. There are songs that I really enjoy for their harmonies or whatever, or songs with clever lyrics that I like to listen to... Ah ha! I have thought of something:
a. There's a filk song by Kathy Mar called "When Giants Walked" that I remember being quite moved by the first time I heard it (Bob Kanefsky's version is brilliant and hillarious, as well).
b. and Erci Bogle's "The Green Fields of France" (also known as "No Man's Land"), which I originally came to through ... ummm... a filk song about a dead cat (also by Bob Kanefsky, as it happens). We don't have the song, but if I were ever out somewhere and heard it I would stop and listen.

I guess I'm supposed to add my own question here, but I can't think of anything and this is probably long enough as it is. I'm going to tag Cami and Amy, if they want to do it.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Settlers of Not-Catan

Doug found this site at with a game that is remarkable like a certain other game that we like to play. There are a few cosmetic differences, but the interface is not hard to figure out. You can play with other people or with bots. The bots are all named after "Friends" characters. It's rather embarrassing to lose to a bot named Chandler or Phoebe, but it's fun to play. There are lots of different maps to try.

There are a couple of other games on the site as well. The Settlers game is called Xplorers. Unfortunately Rebecca wasn't able to get it to work on her Mac, so we couldn't play together.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The latest scrapping stuff

I've been working on this set of Breakthrough Templates for days and days... I don't even know how long, but they're finally done. Whew! Doug took Kate out this afternoon and they walked around a lake and threw rocks in the water while I finished up the directions and the packaging and everything. It all takes a long time. I made this layout with one of the templates. I just love these pictures.

My Journal-Ons are being spotlighted this week at DiSc Talk Radio (for all of about one minute--but it's kind of fun, anyway!)

I also made this suede lacing template for this month's mega kit, "Tied Together." (It'll be available separately later.) I just love using the fall colors, and the leaf stamps. I guess I'm stuck in fall. (Yeah, yeah, I know it's January... )

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

It's January the eighth!

What are you doing today?

Humming "The Battle of New Orleans"?

Dancing to Elvis?

Watching Labyrinth with David Bowie?

I'm wishing my friend Julie a very happy birthday!

Monday, January 07, 2008

The Littlest Sunbeam

Because of when Kate's birthday falls, she gets to go into Primary when she's just barely turned three. The way they do it at church is that kids are in the nursery from eighteen months to three years old, but they move up at the beginning of the new year. So if a child is born in January, they stay in nursery till they're almost four. We've been wondering how Kate would handle being in with the bigger kids.

The 3-4 year old class in Primary is called Sunbeams (after the "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam" song). Here's our little Sunbeam on her first day. I hear she had a good time. She likes singing, and stories, and she has some good teachers. (The "staying in your seat" concept will take a bit longer, I think.) When I asked her later if she liked Primary, she said, "Yes!"

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Twelfth Night

Here we are in 2008. I've only had to write the date twice, so far, but I remembered both times. Yay, me.

I've seen blog posts where people are picking a word to be their theme or focus for the year, or describing their goals or whatever. I don't really have anything concrete. We are looking forward to the birth of Peter and Karen's baby, any day now (her official due date is the 10th). We're planning to go to Ohio this summer and hope that all or most of the family will be able to be there too. I think I've got a better idea on what I want to focus on in designing, and I'm trying to come up with some organizational solutions for our apartment, though much of it has me largely baffled. (When you've got two computer desks in the living room, it kind of limits your options.)

Doug started a new quarter on Wednesday, and we're getting back into the swing of things. I think I'll like this schedule.

Today is the twelfth day of Christmas. I suppose the tree will have to come down now. Kate is going to be sad. She always reminds us to turn the tree on when she gets up in the morning. I've been wishing that we could really celebrate the twelve days of Christmas properly, but it's hard to feel Christmasy once we get past the big day and the presents and everything. (I can't decide whether that should be "Christmasy" or "Christmassy." Neither one really looks good.) Beyond keeping the decorations up, I guess we could keep playing Christmas music, and maybe have a little treat of some kind to look forward to at the end of the twelve days. I'll have to think about this for the future.

Of course, we can always listen to Kate singing again to celebrate.