I’ve been storing up kid artwork for a while, so here’s a post dedicated to our aspiring artists/graphic novelists.
Brooke’s school papers continue to be used (for better or for worse) as her sketch pad:
Holidays bring out her creativity:
She saw our bananas and couldn’t resist giving them a little personality:
And then we have the endless doodles and comics she draws on every scrap of paper she can find:
Caroline isn’t quite as prolific of an artist, but she does do cute drawings as well:
Spencer enjoys drawing also. Here we have a self portrait:
Another child who can’t resist doodling at school:
Spencer went through a phase where he was really into flags. He’d look up pictures of different flags and recreate them in miniature:
Lately Madison has been joining the artistic ranks.
Madison drew this one in church. Her friend Norah is sad, so she’s giving Norah a doll to make her happy:
This princess got caught in a rainstorm and wasn’t happy:
Madison brought this paper home from preschool. I was shocked at the adorableness of that zebra and had to text her preschool teacher to see if Madison actually drew that. Turns out she did draw it all by herself. It’s especially surprising how good her zebra is when you compare it to the other two animal blobs beside it.
One day we played Pictionary as a family. We told Madison she could draw whatever she wanted. The category was “animal.” She drew this:
After guessing every animal we could think of we finally asked Madison what it was. Her response? A giraffe. I continue to chuckle to myself every time I think of her neckless giraffe.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to stay up-to-date on the ol’ blog. Here we are at the end of April, and I’m finally documenting Halloween and Christmas. Not quite as timely as I had hoped, but this is the kind of behavior you’ve probably come to expect from me by now.
We did our usual Halloween activity of attending the Monster Block Party and riding horses:
I had heard about a guy who builds huge dinosaurs in his front yard. We had to take our dino-loving boy to check it out. It did not disappoint:
Halloween day brought us the cutest little unicorn:
We also had a dinosaur, an angel, and a witch:
Christmas started with the kids making Christmas lists. I particularly enjoyed the top right picture of Brooke’s list. She loves to express herself through pictures:
I got a brand new nephew! My baby brother had a baby! Well, I mean, his wife had the baby, but still. Baby Kade is adorable and we all love when we get to snuggle him:
We looked at amazing Christmas lights. Only half of us were appropriately dressed:
Christmas morning came and brought with it the usual excitement:
Several days before Christmas Brooke was doing weird things with my hands. Upon closer inspection, I realized she was getting my fingerprints. She would color my finger with pencil and then place clear tape over my finger. When she removed the tape, she found she had captured my fingerprint. She also retrieved Dallas’s fingerprint. I couldn’t figure out why our fingerprints were all of a sudden so important to her.
Everything became very clear once we saw the note that Brooke left for Santa on Christmas Eve:
Sure enough, on Christmas morning Brooke went straight to the glass of milk. She held it up to the light and found a fingerprint. She used her tape method to transfer the print and compared it with her known samples (mine and Dallas’s fingerprints). After much inspection she concluded that Santa had a completely different fingerprint from me and Dallas proving without a doubt that he is the real deal.
Right before Christmas we heard the news that our 11-year-old Brooke would be able to start young women’s in a few days AND attend the temple to do baptisms for the dead. A temple recommend holder was in order!
Madison REALLY wanted Shopkins. Her wish was granted. To say she was thrilled would be an understatement:
The kids went on a scavenger hunt which ended in the garage with a new bike for Brooke, new scooters for Caroline and Spencer, and roller blades for Madison.
The kids got right to work building their Lego sets:
Brooke got creative and built Bigfoot’s foot…wearing a flip flop:
Brooke decided the time had come to get her ears pierced. She got some earrings in anticipation and she couldn’t stop looking at them:
Here’s our last picture of Brooke with hole-less earlobes:
Brooke’s first picture with earrings:
We did our annual candy house creations:
We went to temple square to see the lights and visitors’ center:
We had to hit up the local skating rink so Madison could try out her new roller blades. She amazed us by how fast she could go without holding onto anything. By the end of the evening she was even jumping in her blades!
Brooke played a game and won the token jackpot!
In conclusion, on this Easter Sunday I’d like to say Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas!
This is the story of how two of the most undeserving people scored some of the hottest tickets in town three times…mostly through sheer dumb luck.
Have you ever heard of the TV show Psych? Dallas and I used to love that show years ago. At the time, we never knew of anyone else who watched it. I got out of the habit of seeing it, but Dallas still kept up with it, and I’d catch him watching episodes here and there.
Fast forward to the end of last year. My friend posted on Facebook that Psych: The Movie was about to be released and there was to be a movie tour with a stop in Salt Lake. Also, tickets were free. I had no idea that a movie was even in the works, but I thought, “Huh. Dallas loves that show. I should try to get tickets and surprise him.” I hopped online and nabbed a couple of tickets without any trouble.
What I didn’t realize at the time was Psych had gained a very devoted cult following in the years since it first aired. In fact, this movie tour was part of a fan contest. I can’t remember all the details, but it was something like the city with the most social media engagement would be selected as one of the cities where the movie tour would stop. Salt Lake fans (through no help from me, obviously) had blown the competition out of the water, thus giving us one of the coveted tour stops. This meant that I had gotten tickets that probably should have gone to someone who, you know, actually participated in the contest and helped Salt Lake win.
I didn’t really realize any of this at the time. I just knew we were going to see the movie, and it would be a fun date night. And I was right about that!
On the appointed day Dallas and I joined many other Psych-Os and took our seats…but not before we took a picture with the pineapple glasses they gave everyone:
(For those not in the know, they hide pineapples in all the episodes of Psych, so pineapples have become a symbol of the show.)
I was already suffering a bit from impostor syndrome as I found myself amongst some of the biggest Psych-Os in the country knowing that I hadn’t even been bothered to keep up with all the seasons of the show. That feeling was made worse when they began the evening with a trivia game. They asked what I thought seemed like very obscure questions about the show, and people knew not only the answers, but there was one girl who could answer the question AND state the episode name and number in which the answer could be found.
After the trivia game they showed the movie. We enjoyed our complimentary popcorn and drinks as we watched the show. The movie was fun to watch, but the best part was seeing how much everyone around me was loving every second of the film. The audience laughed, cheered, and clapped throughout the show. It was so fun to watch the movie with people who you knew were appreciating every minute of it.
After the screening they had a couple of the actors and a writer or producer come out, and they chatted about the film and answered questions.
All in all it was a really fun night for the die-hards and even the fair-weather fans in attendance.
Our next story starts much like the previous one. I was on social media again (Instagram this time) and saw that a friend had posted that Hamilton tickets were going on sale that morning. She had several computers already booted up and on the website waiting for 10:00 when the tickets would be available. “Huh,” I thought. “I’ve been wanting to see that play. Maybe I should try to get tickets.”
I hadn’t even heard that Hamilton was coming to town. I assumed I was too late and wouldn’t have a chance to get tickets, but I realized I could log on right then and still have a shot, so I decided to just try. Before I knew it my computer alerted me that I was in and could buy tickets. Yay! I was excited for my good fortune, but again felt a bit undeserving that I got the tickets…especially when I learned that my friend whose Instagram post was the catalyst to my getting tickets didn’t get tickets herself. Bummer!
Nonetheless, Dallas and I had a great time at the show. Much like our Psych experience, everyone around us was so excited to be in the crowd. We were sitting by a teenager who knew every word to every song and was on the edge of his seat the entire time. The enthusiasm of the crowd added to the whole experience.
The play was energetic and impressive. The cast did a great job and Dallas and I were amazed with the insanely clever rhymes and word play in the songs.
In those previous two performances, we were the oblivious idiots who had no idea what was in store. We were the ones who felt slightly out of place amongst the zealous fans we found ourselves rubbing elbows with. However, for the third show, the tables had turned. I was the extreme fanatic.
I caught wind that the Hale Centre Theatre was doing The Scarlet Pimpernel. I grew up watching the Jane Seymour movie. In college I committed the words of the music to heart and saw the play a couple of times. This may be my favorite musical of all time. I knew this would be a show I couldn’t miss.
I bought tickets a year in advance. I marked the day on our calendar. As each month passed I did a happy dance and told Dallas how much time we had until the big day. Finally, the time came to head over to the Hale Centre Theatre’s beautiful new facility. We took our seats and this time I was the crazy person on the edge of my seat with unbridled excitement causing leg twitches and bursts of loud, happy sighs as I took in the stage and the scenery. No, I would not play the role of impostor this time.
In fact, I realized I might be in the running for the biggest fan in attendance as I leaned over to Dallas and said, “Do you think I’m the only person in this theater who has a Scarlet Pimpernel song as her ring tone?”
The Scarlet Pimpernel was amazing. The Hale Centre Theatre always does a fantastic job with every production they do and this was no exception.
We loved our theater experiences this past year! I’m definitely going to have to work on sliming my way into some more performances this year!