Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eric Comes To Town


Eric came to visit, and had some adventures:


- He got on the roof
- He licked a couch
- He used my leaf blower
- He sat in the hot tub. Twice.
- He herded chickens
- He did a puzzle
- He ate buffalo
- He was nice to our cats, even the dumb one
- He offered Theo a penny to climb into the movie theater fountain, but he didn't pay up
- He got my kids hooked on The Flash
- He went through a car wash
- He followed the maps I drew for him and never got lost
- He won Settlers of Catan
- He rode a bike to the library
- He and Theo got mauled by a dog and then Theo drank beer
- He helped me put things on high shelves
- He went to a hipster coffee shop
- He didn't get up too early
- He ate tamales from the farmers market
- He helped Lucy babysit Theo overnight all by themselves and he wasn't even scared
- He went on a very steep hike

AND
- He made his bed when he left


I would definitely have him come to stay again.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pomp and Awkward Circumstance

I thought I should give an update for posterity - I graduated with a Masters in Public Health and started working for the Refugee Health Program at the Utah Department of Health! I actually started my job in November and finished classes in December (which was not a fun overlap, especially since I was doing extra schoolwork to graduate early) but just walked at convocation in April. It was nice to have something to commemorate the end to a very hard couple of years. Mom, Carrie, Lucy, and Theo drove from Colorado and Vivian flew in for the weekend, and we had a grand time.

The real story, though, is that Vivian and Carrie presented me with a meritorious award - a real dead crunchy frog from the halls of Blue Heron Lane. I was so proud. But after I dropped Viv off at the airport I realized to my horror that I had forgotten the box containing the frog at the Gregory’s house (as in, Martin and Glynis Gregory with the nice British manners and impeccable taste and absolutely no dead animals lining the halls of their home). AhHHHH! I hurriedly called Carrie in the hopes that she was still at their house, but no luck! They had driven away. So I called the Gregory’s home number, hoping beyond hope that they hadn’t found the box yet and that I could recover it before they realized what was in it. But when I said “Hi this is Rachel! I forgot something at your house...” Glynis responded “Oh, is the frog yours?” Mortified and giggling hysterically, I drove up there and collected it. They were very nice, of course: “Your family have such wonderful senses of humor…” but I wonder if I’ll ever be invited back.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Sun Will Come Out...

I have crawled out from under my blankets and suddenly I feel like skipping, and singing, and planting stuff, and writing a blog!

Although, it may have been too soon on that planting stuff part. The warning sign on the tomato plants at the nursery said, "It's too soon!" Our neighbors who stopped by as we were planting on that warm Saturday afternoon said, "It's too soon!" My friend Joann took one look at our little vegetable garden threw her head back and laughed. "It's too soon!" But it was 65 degrees outside, birds were chirping, Chris and Theo had bought 16 tomato plants that were taking up room in the kitchen, and Gregorys are optimists.
It was too soon.

On a more successful note, I was looking at Theo last night and something seemed weird. Finally I realized that I could no longer see his ribs. I ushered him over to the scale and determined that Theo now weighs in the 52nd percentile for boys his age! He's practically robust! After years of languishing somewhere between the 5th and 25th percentiles for weight, 52 warms a mother's heart. "That's some good parenting, that's what that is," said Chris.

Theo had a dream that he had a beloved pet pig. One day he came home from school to find that I had decided to make pork green chile out of it, in order to save myself a trip to the grocery store. Because he really loved his pig, he put the pork green chile in a little bag and carried it around and talked to it. Then he woke up kind of mad at me.

Lucy would like to know if anyone wants her to sing all of the songs in Hamilton? Because she is willing.

Lastly, the tree in my backyard is about to be spectacular.
Happy Spring, Everybody!

Monday, March 6, 2017

"I have an idea. Let's make...."

Hal has been wearing me out. He has a very creative brain, and loves to think about how things work, and how they are made. For the last few weeks, he has been wanting to "make" .... well .... everything. All day. Every day. He's asking if we can make things. And he doesn't just accept a simple "no." He will ask multiple times, and days in a row. 

Here is a list of things he's asked to make in the last week. MAKE. Not grow, or visit, or buy. Make. Some seem relatively easy, like lemonade. But others seem pretty impossible, like beach. And it seems endless.

I've starred the ones we actually did, to varying degrees but at least to his satisfaction.


Sandcastle
*snowman
DIRT
*Piñata
*Birdhouse
*Ant house
Gopher house
KEYBOARD
*Easter eggs
*BEEHIVE
Pants
BEACH 
Shorts
*Hat
*Painting
*Flower
SQUASH
*Shower
*Bed (3 different times)
*Umbrella
*Spider trap
Underwear (out of a diaper)
*Necklace
Treehouse
HAMMER
*Book
*Valentines
Calendar
Garlic bread
*Lava lamp
*TOOTHPASTE
Medicine
Ice cream
Soap
Candles
Crayons
*Sign
*ELECTRICITY
*Playground for Mae
*Party decorations
Yogurt
Soda
*MOUNTAIN
*Trash can
*Dog food
*Hay
Lettuce
Blankets (one by knitting, one by quilting)
*Oil
*Lemonade
FLOSS
*ANTLERS
*Salt shaker
POISON OAK
*Fort 
*Flower holder
Grass
*Windmill
Fence 
Fan

"Snowman"

Lemonade

Gopher house

Beehive and Piñata 

Easter Eggs (we hid these three days in a row)

"umbrellas"


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Home hunting

Well I found a place to live! I thought I should document some of the things it took me to get here:

listings Sarah sent me: 43
times my request to see a place was completely ignored: 7

times I was hung up on: 2
people who decided they weren't going to move out after all: 1
times I was scared off by a crazy landlord: 2
days I decided not to go apartment-hunting due to snowstorms: 4
days I decided to go apartment-hunting in spite of snowstorm: 1
hours spent digging my stuck car out of the snow: 1
snow shovels "borrowed" from unsuspecting strangers: 1
times I considered buying a trailer in a trailer park: 2
complexes that lied about having apartments available at the listed price: 4
complexes that smelled like a meth lab*: 2
apartments leased to someone else before they were even available to be viewed: 4
times I thought I might have activated a tripwire: 1
times I accidentally broke into the wrong apartment: 1

aaaand finally,

times I peed in the bathtub of an apartment for rent: 1
It sure has been an adventure!

* I do not know what this smells like.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Halloween that knew no limits

 Did someone say they wanted more pictures of the insanity that was this year's halloween? Here you go!

Hugo: Self-driving Google Techie
Best parts: Glow sticks on the door that light up, mini license plate, taking it to Google X and seeing everyone get a good laugh







Me:French Knight
Best part: Kids reading the script to get candy, knowing my french accent was just about at bad as John Cleese's bad accent, watching the recognition register on people's faces
 
Gwen: Mermaid
Best Parts: removeable tail fin, the look on her face when she first saw herself with hair extensions, how I'm worried that crown will give away how much free time I have on my hands



Levi: Ant Man
Best Parts: Clickable shrink button made from a flashlight button, removeable face shield, peanut butter jar lid ear pieces, Levi saying "this is EPIC!" whenever we would finish a part



Friday, October 14, 2016

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Just to give you an idea of how in over my head I am with Halloween costumes right now, here is the list of supplies I've used so far.

Duct tape
Masking tape
Hot glue
Super glue
Mod podge
Elmers glue
Joint compound
Velcro
Zip ties 
Thread

Cardboard
Toilet paper
Acrylic paints
Primer
Spray paints
Fabrics
Felt
Plastic cups
Plastic spoons
Floss containers
Elastic
Milk jug cap
Sea Shells
Jewels
Plastic tiara
Beads
Glow sticks
Peanut butter jar lids
Drinking straws

Power drill
Sewing machine
Electric hand mixer
Blender