"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Quick Utah Trip

This past Thursday we took a quick trip down to Utah to pick up a lawn mower, and see family. (The full acre of grass has finally proved too overwhelming a job for our poor little manual push mower. It was taking Brandon close to 4 hours a week to mow this sucker. Hopefully it's replacement will be a little better.)
Brandon's Mom and sisters were staying at his Grandpa's house, so we got to spend a little time with them. Averie really had fun with her little cousin, Case. Mason and Ellorie played outside nearly the entire time. Friday we went swimming at this really great pool in Lehi. No pictures unfortunately, but we had a great time.

Before we left on Saturday we stopped in to see Grandma and Grandpa Clegg. We definitely don't get to see them enough.

Ellorie and Averie were enchanted with kitty "Sugar". She gave Averie a couple of kisses before deciding enough was enough. Poor kitty.
The French bulldog "Dulci" grandma was puppy sitting, was also a big hit.

Ellorie loved asking her to do tricks.

Ellorie and Mason also got a kick out of Grandpa's mad, mad harmonica skills. Ellorie thought it was the coolest thing she had ever seen. She was giggling the first time she blew on it. Grandpa actually gave them one to practice, and it's a big hit. They entertained us on the drive home...

Sorry we didn't get to see everyone. It was a really impulsive, short trip. I'm planning on spending a week down there visiting everyone later this summer. Probably August.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

River Rocks Art Festival

Sorry for the absence... This week has been the River Rocks Art Festival in Idaho Falls. I signed up months ago, but it fell very close to my Hawaii trip and came up on me quickly. The weather was not entirely cooperative, but I was able to get in my paintings each day.

Wednesday and Thursday were the plein air painting days, this means all the artists (about 100) had a map of where they could paint and had from sun up to sun down to paint outside on location. If you want to see my paintings and hear more about that part of it click HERE to go to my art blog. Thursday night was a "quick paint" competition. Here are some pictures of the "quick paint":
It was a lot of fun! I haven't done anything like this for a while. I'm planning on making it a yearly thing.
Friday I turned in all my paintings, they judged and hung them at the Snake River Landing, and that evening they had a fancy dinner (Look at this yummy eclair... mmm)
and live Jazz concert along with the awards ceremony and live auction of some of the paintings. My awesome Mom came up to help me and watch the kids for the weekend. I don't know how I could have done it without her! Thanks Mom!! She watched the kids so Brandon and I could enjoy the evening. I actually won an award! Cool. I got the "Best Pastel" award for this one:,
and received a pastel cleaning machine that I've had my eye on for a while now. I was really excited. (The big $1000 cash prize went to a big name artist who will not be named here that came all the way up to our small town show to collect the big prize. Not cool.) But there were some fantastic artists and paintings. It was amazing to see all the talent that is in this area. I'm glad we have such an artsy community. I really had no idea when we moved here.

Saturday was supposed to be a fun day for the family. They had vendor booths, art displays, live music, giant urban sculpture for kids, painting projects, etc. The kids LOVED the painting project:
The morning was awesome, but the rain came in after about the first hour, and the rest of the day was horrible. All the people left. No one sold any paintings. Some of the booths threatened to blow away and people started packing up. Darn weather. It was sad. But at least it didn't rain and blow like that all week. I'll be doing it again next year. Third week of June, mark it on your calendars now! It was a lot of fun.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hawaiian Sea Turtles "Hunas"

I forgot to post these. There is a beach called "Turtle Beach" where these awesome endangered turtles just hang out. There are people there to watch them and make sure no one touches them. There are tons of them just hanging out in the shallow water and sleeping on the beach. It was really cool. I got the stink eye from one of the turtle "guards" while posing for this picture.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Home and Hawaii Pictures

I'm finally home blog babies! I took an excessive amount of pictures, but made just some of them into collages. It would just take too long otherwise. Hawaii was gorgeous and fantastic. Brandon and the kids did great at home. (Minus one small bout of stomach flu.) It was an awesome vacation, but I'm really happy to be home. I'm still adjusting to the time change and have been sleeping a lot today. It might take me a little time to get back to "normal". Totally worth it though. Here are some of the highlights:

Here are the girls I spent all my fantastic Hawaii time with: Jessica and Brooke

And my "couch" mates, Chili and Brooke:
There are so many beautiful flowers and plants everywhere! Many of them look plastic or fake. So many plants I've never seen anywhere before. I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.

We went to the Dole Pineapple plantation for a fresh "Dole whip", mine was a pineapple float. So delicious! It was a cool place. Aren't the baby pineapples cuties?!
We spent a day at the PCC (Polynesian Cultural Center). Very very amazing. Here are our Fiji "tattoos". (Don't worry mama, they aren't real...)

Sea Life Park. Amazing. Here are some of the marine animals...
And, of course, the dolphins. My friend Brooke, that I went to Hawaii with, was a dolphin trainer here, so she hooked us up to give the dolphins lots of loves. These guys are so intelligent and well trained. It's phenomenal. They have the world's only wolphin (wall-fin), half dolphin, half whale. That's her in the bottom left corner. What an amazing experience. I loved how her dolphins totally remembered her even though she has been gone for over a year. They are so cute!
We went on a hike one day up to this lighthouse. The view was stunning. Everything is so gorgeous on Oahu.

Some of the stunning beaches: I was amazed that they were all so different from each other. There would be one with gigantic crashing waves and then right up the shore was one that was calm and shallow out for yards and yards. The variety was surprising. I didn't get very many paintings done. I was just too busy enjoying everything. The ones I did finish were not stellar. The colors and plants and bright vegetation took some getting used to. Oh well.

It was an amazing time. It's still a bit surreal for me. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful place and to have the time to relax and regroup. I have to excessively thank my wonderful husband. Brandon not only took care of the kids, but cleaned the house, cleaned out the garage, took care of the yard, did home improvement projects, etc, etc, etc,. He's a better mom than I am! I owe him big time. Also thank you Sharon for helping out! You're awesome!

Now it's back to real life. I'm actually happy to get back to it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Hawaii- Day One

Safe flight. Long flight, but good. We arrived at 8:03 pm Hawaii time. I didn't take hardly any pictures yesterday. Too much to take in I guess. (This is the view over the Great Salt Lake.)

So I woke up this morning in paradise! We are staying with a very generous friend of Brooke's. It's so warm and pleasantly humid here. The "trade" winds are here right now so there is a perfect light breeze blowing all the time. I love it! We went to this place for breakfast this morning. Long wait, but SO worth it. I was sceptical, but I'm not kidding, the sauce is unbelievably amazing.
Macadamia Nut French Toast. Oh yes, it's really that good. Calories you ask? We don't count those on vacation. Lani Kai Beach- So awesome! I finished a little painting, but I forgot my boards so it's just a little sketch on paper. Too bad. I won't forget again now. Painting here is perfect.

Cool flowers everywhere:

Makapu'u Point:
And much much more to come...