Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Been having some fun with my hair lately. Vote for your favorite!!

Before:


After:


Really after:


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Oh what do you do?

Oh what do you do at Thanksgiving time, when you need a babysitter for a week so you can go on a free (working) vacation back East with your hot hubby of 12 years?? You go to Grandma's, of course. We weren't planning on spending Thanksgiving/Lily's birthday/our anniversary in Utah, but we are so glad we did. We made it through the "Blizzard of 2010" (yah, right) and got there in time to celebrate our little peanut's 9th birthday! It fell on T-day this year, so Lily was lucky to have so much family around to wish her well as a 9 year old. Can that be right? 9 already? Oh my . . . .

She got presents in the morning.


Then sledding at Aunt JoJo's house. Thanks Uncle Johnny for making that sweet jump!


And of course, she got to eat a feast of a meal with 32 relatives. It was a great Thanksgiving day with amazing food and family fun, and I didn't take a single photo.

We continued the birthday festivities the next day at Cheesecake Factory in Salt Lake. It was cousin Jesse's birthday two days before Lily's, so we combined forces. Such fun when the Slade clan gathers. Thanks everyone who came!













More family fun.







Then my brother Bryan showed up for a little while the next day, and it was Taylor's birthday too! Cute newlyweds.



Silly, silly, Bryan, and lovely Tammy.



I don't know how it happens that I never seem to get any pictures of my mom when I go there. Mom, you're a champ for taking on my littles for a whole week! Thanks so much to JoJo too!

Rewind

So much blogging to do, so little..., no, plenty of time really. Just been lazy! And sick. And out of town. And busy. So let's rewind to Halloween.

Lily wanted to be a zombie cheerleader for Halloween, but after searching high and low (e.g. one costume store) for a cheerleader costume, she went to her backup plan: an '80s witch. So we dug around and came up with this.



Now, if you look at that photo, as I did AFTER we went to the ward Trunk-or-Treat, and think to yourself, "Sheesh. A little, um, hmm. How old is she?" Uh . . . yah. The tights weren't quite so sheer in real life. But the flash, you know, let's blame it on the flash. OK, moving on. Max was a Jedi.





Our friends had their annual Halloween party with a Disney theme, a grown-ups only party, mind you. Awesome. In an effort to veer from the traditional prince and princess combo, Paul and I went as Linguini and Collette from Ratatouille. And I figured that was a good time to cut 10 inches off my hair, and go dark, to really get in character.





It was a blast. Look at our cute Toy Story 3 friends!



Halloween 2010 was a good time for all!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Text Only

Until I get my laptop fixed with all of our pictures on it, this blog will be without visual confirmation of everything I write. So here's a little recent Maxism:

Since Max is left-handed, and he is fencing now, he is a left-handed fencer. Paul commented on this at home the other day.
Paul: "I don't get it. Everytime you sword-fight at home, you use your right hand. I don't get it!"
Max: "Well I don't get the world. Or women!"

Classic.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Our New Sports

We have entered an new realm of sporting, which is a totally new concept for our family. Max and Lily have never been much into the traditional sports, but have now found "their" sports!

Lily joined the Ladera Liquids swim team this fall, and has practice 3 to 4 times a week. She's always been so comfortable in the water and now she gets to do it all the time! With coaching! It's the cutest thing ever.

Yesterday was her first swim meet. Such a new experience for us! We pulled up to Huntington Beach High School in the rain at 7:45 am. It was already bustling like a little city with Easy-Ups set up all over, beach chairs, a full make-shift "kitchen" on the side of the pool selling breakfast burritos, bagels and muffins, etc., vendors selling swim gear, tons of excited swimmers, and crazy parents. We learned a lot from the veteran parents though and had a great time watching our girl's nervous excitement.

All ready for her events:


Having some snacks after warm-ups:


Her event numbers, 5 and 21, written on her hand:


Her first event was the 25 Freestyle, just one lap. She didn't hear the whistle, so she was the last one off the deck, but her great dive made up a lot of time. She came in 3rd in her heat, but how awesome is that for her first time?!!

She is in the white cap in lane 4 (she almost started in lane 5). I kind of almost missed the end because I was watching her and not the camera!
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Her second event was the 50 Backstroke, and she came in 2nd in her heat AND overall (about 20 girls). Here she is ready to take off, with Paul giving an encouraging word. She's in the white cap:


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We are so proud of you, Lily!!!

And guess what Mr. Max's new sport is? Fencing! He is officially a cool kid, because who do you know that does fencing, huh? It was 100% his idea, so I went online to see where in the world a kid could take fencing lessons. And what do you know? There's a great center just 10 minutes away! So we signed him up and he takes an hour-long lesson twice a week. Check him out!




They spend about 40 minutes doing footwork and technique, then they get to don all the gear and fence with each other for the last 20 minutes. Seriously cool. Coach Nick is from Romania and is so great with the kids. Max is always sweaty with a huge grin on his face after class. After his first lesson he said, "Well, I finally found my sport!"

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And in other news, Max consented to a haircut--finally!

Before:


After:

Sweet '80s 'do! I feel like he looks like my son again--ha ha!


Have a great week, everyone! Get ready for some fun Halloween costumes coming soon!

Friday, October 1, 2010

BTS 2010

The morning of September 8, 2010 dawned cloudy and drizzly--perfect weather for donning some new fall fashions and head Back To School! Total excitement for Lily, total dread for Max, as per usual. What new adventures in learning lay ahead in 3rd and 5th grade? They would soon find out.



Since those first few days, we've had record-breaking heat. This last Monday hit somewhere around 111 degrees here in little Ladera Ranch (113 in LA). They actually kept the kids inside all day because of it (and also because it was picture day and no one wants sweaty, red-faced children in their school pics). At some point, I may get brave enough to post a picture of myself in full Student Supervisor regalia: my awesome fluorescent safety vest, whistle and megaphone. It's a sight, I tell ya. I enjoy working with the 1,100+ kids, but in this kind of heat? Gross. But aren't the kids cute and getting so big?? Yikes!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bliss, Part 2, and I'm Too Tired to Narrate























This was our last night in Utah, up at my friend, Shana's house in Logan for a backyard weenie roast/birthday celebration. Thanks for the memories, everyone!