Saturday, April 24, 2010

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

craving anything?

this picture taken by Sierra
makes my saliva glands go crazy
a month ago, while visiting family in Utah
brooke introduced us to a cute little italian restaurant
where we ordered 3 (yes, 3!) desserts
and nope, i didn't eat them all by myself
but i could have
chocolate is my weakness ...
what's yours?

wii fit update ...

measured wrong.
I'm actually NOT overweight (according to wii fit)
I did the whole body process thingy again yesterday and
*joy of joys*
I'm "normal" ... it said that I'd lost 4.6 lbs in one day.
So because I know that can't be true
I suppose my subconscious couldn't let it go...
because while sleeping I realized I told the machine to add 2 lbs because of my clothes
(rather than to subtract 2 lbs)
this means ... I actually
LOST .6 lbs in one day
not 4.6
but who cares? I'm now normal :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

i've joined the ranks of wii fit users

The kids pooled their money and bought wii fit yesterday ...
I was going to wait till after our cruise to start up,
but the kids talked me into it tonight.
Imagine my horror when I thought it said I needed to lose 25 lbs!
Still ... I am slightly overweight
and am going to get my BMI down to where it needs to be
(22 NOT 25 where I am now)
.... so ....
wish me luck!

Monday, April 19, 2010

my favorite things ...

my favorite thing this week is
I've never had allergies to speak of
(till moving to the Vegas area)
and now this year, it's gone crazy
Brad & I stopped in the grocery store for a bunch of bananas
and some bread
I saw the tissue aisle and immediately grabbed a box that looked like they wouldn't chap my nose
(but not without a snide comment from Brad about our house being overtaken by kleenex)
I have to admit that I didn't pay much attention to the brand
till I got home and used one
much to my delight - as I wiped away a sniffle
my sinuses cleared!
nope - no one's paying me to write this.
i just really love how i feel after wiping my nose now!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

pretty amazing performance

Azure amazed us all with her absolutely perfect performance
the other night at Brown Middle School's
talent show
She accompanied herself singing
"Anyone Else But You"
A super-cute song
by a
super-cute girl!

Friday, April 16, 2010

never too young

Gage Harrison Redfern
7 months old

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

what lucky grandmas do all day

snuggle, read books, sing songs,
go for walks,
look for the barking dogs,
examine bugs,
have crawling races, clean up smeared baby food,
make each other laugh, pound the piano,
get slobbery kisses,
sing more songs,
sleep when he sleeps.
that is what lucky grandmas do all day ...
if only i could be so lucky

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

what????? congratulations!

(2-year-old Brooke & myself going for a snorkeling trip on Guam)
My baby is a
Congratulations Brooke!!!!
Brooke & Steve are celebrating in COSTA RICA
Very exciting, but leaving Gage behind was is a killer for both of them ...
no worries kids ... it'll take you MONTHS to un-spoil this cutie-pie
no chance of him forgetting you ...
love you
we're all so proud of you!

Monday, April 12, 2010

one thing i love

Some might call it noisy.
I call it beautiful.
I love searching the house for a quiet place to be on the phone
only to find each room's silence broken by music
This past weekend it seems that someone is always on the piano
and guitars and voices penetrate all the other rooms.
Yesterday even the backyard air
was filled with strumming and singing.
Steven, Brooke & Gage
is one thing i love

Friday, April 9, 2010

my day in death valley

Brad took me to Death Valley yesterday
First let me say, Brad is an EXCEPTIONAL guide.
He's really in his element when guiding people through nature.
I can ask Brad anything about nature and 99% of the time he knows the answer.
We spent Wednesday night in the company apartment in Pahrump
and got up bright & early to begin our adventure.
Of course, he was actually working, so we had others to pick up and take along.
But that didn't change the magical experience it was!
Before I give the blog over to photos to tell the story, let me just say that being in Death Valley in the spring really is magical ... but being in Death Valley in the spring with Brad as the guide - well, that's perfection!
Here you go:

cotton-ball barrell cactus
some of the fluff had fallen off, so I picked it up ... it really did feel like cotton balls!

Brad at work... I know - it's a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Desert 5-point

yup - it's a real scorpion

this stuff is really neat ... it's called "dodder" and is a parasite plant that feeds off of other desert plants. It's incredibly moist and grows for only a couple of weeks in early spring. Yes, it's edible, and the taste is bland... just crunchy & moist. Brad thinks it would be great in a salad. (I just did some reading up on dodder and it's a horrid parasitic weed that steals nutrients from other plants. So no more praise for dodder!)

Don't know what this is called, but WOW! It's beautiful and fragrant.

This was an amazing site ... Brad called these purple mats - and that's exactly what it looked like. The hillside looked as if it had been carpeted in purple.

This was a Racetrack Playa tour. Look up Racetrack Playa to learn about it - it's remarkable. This rock made this track by being blown across the floor after a rain.

Indian Paintbrush

These were tiny little daisies about the size of a pencil eraser.

Monday, April 5, 2010

roses bloom beneath my feet ....

... all the earth's a garden sweet
rose from our backyard!
when there's love at home
LDS Hymn #294