Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My little brother Brandon got married a couple weeks ago, and they had a reception in New York the same day of their wedding. Jerry and I decided we could not afford to fly out for that part of the wedding, so instead I contented myself with preparing for the "Idaho celebration" as we did a Memorial Day breakfast in honor of Brandon and Savannah.
My part of helping with the Idaho open house consisted of coming up with a theme/design and creating decorations. Brandon and Savannah gave the basic color of pink as a preference and said they wanted strawberries, Nutella, and whipped cream, but otherwise that was it! They are laid-back people, easy to please. My aunt was my cohort on the decor, and she made these tissue flowers for the center of the pavilion. We also made photo jars with mason glass jars, tied with ribbon and raffia. Used similar jars as the vases for flowers, which were mini carnations. I have never been a fan of carnations (they look too common maybe?) but fell in love with mini carns! I like how the blooms go all the way up the stem of minis. I don't have many photos at the moment of the whole thing, but here above is one with my sister's baby Ashlyn enjoying the decor. And below, a couple pics of the happy couple:
I am so thrilled for Brandon to find such a wonderful woman as Savannah. She won my heart when I saw how easily Lo warmed up to her--this gal is GREAT with kids.
Congrats again, Brandon and Savannah! We love you!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Great Guys

Feeling proud of the boys in my life: My sweet Husby has an intelligent mind, diligent work ethic, and positive attitude. All three attributes culminated in him getting amazing grades this first semester back in school. He was awarded an academic scholarship as well as THREE A+ grades on his transcript (honestly, I didn't even know it was possible to get that kind of grade on a college report card). One of those classes where he scored an A+ had been a crazily challenging class (taxation) and I saw the work he put into achieving that grade, so it means even more. All my days of "single motherhood" have been worth it! (kidding...Jerry is a remarkably supportive husband and father despite his school busy-ness). Lo Lo: wished me "Happy Mother's Day" about 20 times yesterday. My first Mother's Day to hear those words from my own child's mouth! It felt awesome. I am proud of my smart, adorable kid. My brothers: all three of them gave me reason to be proud this past weekend. My littlest bro David qualified to run at the State Track Meet next week in TWO events (open 800 and 4x4 relay). My next youngest brother Justin, serving a mission in Canada, just got news he is TRAINING, and he has only had 2 transfers in the field. Obviously he has started his mission off really strong and from our phone call conversation with him yesterday, it sounds like he is so happy. Lastly, my other brother Brandon got sealed (married for time and all eternity) to a wonderful girl in the Palmyra New York Temple. I'm so proud of him for being truly a catch, good marriage material, and for living worthy to be married in the temple. Hooray for the guys I love!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hibachi Face

We celebrated Jerry's last day of classes last week by going out to dinner. Mr. Lo ordered Hibachi, his third or fourth time to eat this type of meal.
Even before the "fireworks" started, Lo started to anticipate them by putting his fingers in his mouth. He kept his fingers in his mouth the entire time the chef prepared the food. He also remembered well the tradition of the chef throwing shrimp in the mouths of the patrons, and our sweet child got a good half dozen attempts to catch food in his mouth. He opened SOOOO wide! Nice try, Lo!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I forgot to mention something else in those last couple posts about Lo enjoying the YMCA swimming pool and climbing wall. He calls the YMCA "CYM." It makes me smile! We told him we were driving to the YMCA, and then when we stopped at a different place to run an errand en route, he said from the backseat, "Hey, this does not look like the CYM!" Much reassuring ensued. He does not verbally identify all his ABC's yet (I have not made much effort to work with him on it much) but has a few favorite letters he likes to point out whenever he sees them. Especially "M for Mommy," as he calls it, and "Upside-down M," which then he can also call by its accurate name "W" if I ask. And he pretty consistently can point out all the letters from his name.

Monday, May 7, 2012


I've mentioned before about Mr. Lo's daring personality. Lately he has experimented with all sorts of climbing.
This dirt path is at a local park. It is so steep, I wondered if even I could climb it! Lo did most of it on his own, but at the last few yards Jerry carried him.
For the "Unplugged Week" our YMCA let the kids to free time on the climbing wall.
Mostly Lo just got lifted up by the guy on the ground. =) But it was cute how much he thought he was actually doing the climbing.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


I have always loved the wildlife in my parents' backyard. These are the rock walls around the garden area where blue belly lizards pop out on sunny days. Fun items of note: Lo's chocolate face (I think that's what he was eating) and there are TWO lizards in that bottom shot, one right in front of Lo and another off to the right of him, a bit farther ahead on the next rock ledge.