Monday, March 2, 2015

Weber State Story Telling Festival

A couple of months ago Byrdie came home for school and told me that she won the story telling contest in her class.  "That's great," came my response--or something like that.  A week later she shared the news that she won the story telling contest for in the library.  "Well done," I congratulated.  The next week she informed us that she won the story telling contest for the school along with three other students and would be going to the Ogden story telling festival.  "Wait, what?" I questioned.  When is this?  What story are you telling?  Who is participating?  I finally asked her to tell me the story she's been winning with.

Then it came--a unique interpretation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in which Goldilocks machine guns the bears in the end of the story (no doubt first told at an NRA convention).  "Wow Byrdie, great telling, but let's find a different story for you."  "Oh, you have to use the same story that you started with?  Oh."  Apparently Byrdie heard the story from Oliver who heard it from a group of scouts up at scout camp.  Oliver's claiming partial credit for Byrdie's success and is demanding half of the prize--of which there is none.  Nate and I have also explained to Oliver that Byrdie got this far despite the story--not because of it.  We've already been talking about possible stories for next year--and stories shared at scout camp are not optional.

Byrdie did an excellent job of telling her story on the beautifully renovated Ogden High stage and continued on to the Weber State story telling festival.  Last week, along with her good friend with her own story, she told her version of Goldilocks to an audience of school children from around the area.  She and her friend were the opening act for some national story tellers and it was really a great experience for her.  And now she has a taste for the stage.  There's no stopping her.

Friday, February 27, 2015


Sometimes I wonder if it's all worth it.  Then I think that these short eighteen years learning and growing by my side will determine their path for the rest of their lives and I resolve again to do my best.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Getting Connected


So some of you may have noticed that I got a phone.  I know, I know, welcome to the 90's you're thinking.  But it was a big deal for me.  Mostly I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money every month for something I didn't need.  Also, I didn't want to be so attached to and obsessed with my phone like I see so many are these days (particularly teenagers).

But I was also embarrassed by causing such an inconvenience for scout leaders and play group/knitting group friends by forcing everyone to give me a special phone call for every meeting. And it was a little inconvenient to ask people at retail stores to borrow their phone when I needed to get a hold of Nate while I was out.

For Christmas Nate surprised me with a phone.  It's a low monthly cost with no contract which made it easier to take the plunge.  I have to say I love it most for the camera.  I really love my Nikon SLR, but it's not easy to carry around everywhere.  I'm finding my phone is particularly great indoors where I'm not as prone to use my big camera.  My phone does so much better in low light than my Nikon--I don't know why.   But it's really been so nice to take pictures in situations when I otherwise would have skipped it.

I've also been enjoying the new, to me, concept of texting.  I feel a bit more connected with some of my friends than I did before.  And just recently, less than a week ago in fact, I went ahead and signed up for an Instagram account.  I put an Instagram gadget right here on my blog and am enjoying that new form of art and communication.  I've been going a little crazy with it to be honest.  I just hate to see an empty folder where pictures are supposed to be.  I've been trying to get some content in there quickly and then I'm sure I'll slow down--maybe I'll slow down.  It really is kind of fun.  Ok, I'm kind of addicted.

It's nice to have a place to put single pictures that wouldn't make it to my blog.  With my blog I try to have a kind of "theme" to each post or at least related pictures.  That means that if I have a fun picture that means nothing more than a fun picture, I don't really have a place to share it.  Instagram has provided me with this place.  It's also given me an opportunity to play more with my phone camera and figure out how I like to take pictures with it.  Also, since I don't have a Facebook account, I feel like I'm getting a bit more connected with current and old friends through cyberspace.

With some colder weather, sick babies and my new Instagram friend I have been more attached to my phone this past week than I'd like to be.  But I think I'll be able to dial that down a bit and find a happy medium with real life and gadget life.  How do you all find that balance?  Please do tell.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yarn Along

I've been working on a pair of vests for the twins on and off for a while now.  The idea of the vest is really simple and it really shouldn't take long to knit.  But the pattern, originally in French, is very poorly translated, so much that I really am pretty much writing my own pattern and that is both an intimidating and a slow process.  I'm not even sure if it will turn out which also makes it discouraging and not very much fun.  But I'm getting so close now and after I finish this one--if it all works out, the second one will surely go much faster.  The most motivating part of finishing these vests is of course the next project I'm itching to work on.

As for reading, I recently pulled out a picture book from the bookshelf that I don't think I'd ever read before.  I love old picture books and when I come across them at thrift stores I'll do a quick look over before I put it in my cart but I don't usually take the time to read them through.  Most of what I like about old picture books are the illustrations--they seem so different from illustrations now--with a kind of distant and faraway feeling.  But sometimes I don't love the story.  This Lupinchen by Binette Schroeder that I found has both a delightful story and beautiful illustrations.  It's really a great story about a girl who is feeling a little bored with her life and desiring adventures only to realize afterward that home is where she wants to be most.  It's sweet and simple and I love the art work.

Linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jay-Cyn Harem Pants

I can't get enough of these harem pants.  I made some a couple of weeks ago and the twins wore them for three days straight until they met a bag of Cheetos.  They are so comfortable and so great for new potty people and so dang cute.  After the last ones were such a hit all around I got online and ordered several more prints of jersey knit fabric.  These two pairs are made with Jay-Cyn Serengeti fabric. The colors are so great as are the elephants and giraffes pictured.

With the simplicity of the pattern and the great knit fabrics coming out recently there will surely be more of these pants for my little girls.

Linking up with Frontier Dreams

Monday, February 23, 2015

Leonardo Museum

For fear of putting off our Connect Pass adventures until late December when they expire, at which point we'll be completely overwhelmed with Holiday activities, I've been making a real effort to get down to Salt Lake more often and checking out some museums and attractions.

On presidents day we decided to go to the Leonardo Museum and the Salt Lake library right next door (which ended up being closed).  That's the second time I've tried to take the kids to the library with no luck.  Bummer.  We'll make it one day.  But the Leonardo was entertaining enough--even for all my age groups.  We spent a good two hours playing and discovering.  We had been there a couple of years ago and I was expecting the same displays and activities but they've done a good job of changing things up and it was really a fun new museum for us to explore.

Though it's sure not to last, I'm so grateful that Oliver, though twelve years old, is still up for a day trip with the family.  I'll fit as many of these days in as I can, while I can.

Friday, February 20, 2015


She told me that she thought it was meant to be that no one else showed up for the knitting class. That way we could spend time together--just the two of us.  I think it was a huge success.

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