"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween 2007!!!!!

Today is Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year; I mean, I love Christmas, but Halloween is SOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! Today we started the day very early. Julian is a vampire (his first scary costume), and he wanted me to do his hair. I'll post pictures tomorrow, when I have time to upload the pics to my computer. I "painted" his face with a thick zinc oxide based sunscreen, and luckily I have the fabulous Lyra face make-up pencils. I painted his lips black, and I put violet eyeshadow under his eyes. I also had to put a ton of gel on his hair so that it'd stay combed back. He had a black cape and , of course, vampire teeth, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
He looked like "Edward," the gorgeous mouth watering vampire from Twilight, a book series I'm hooked on. The author is LDS, BYU alumnus Stephenie Meyer. She's so talented! I'm reading number three now, "Eclipse," and I'll miss Edward when I'm all done with the book. He's an extraordinary character.....

Going back to Halloween costumes, Maga is a monarch butterfly. She has a gorgeous outfit from Pottery Barn Kids. Everybody at the school asked me if I had made it, hahaha! I remember when I made her the Hedwig (Harry Potter's owl) her first Halloween ever. Janette and I almost collapsed from laughing when I showed her the owl hat--it looked like a Furby!!!!! hahaha!

Joaquin is the cutest skunk ever. He has such a mischievous look, that I want to eat him up. Leli is a pumpkin. She's our roundest baby, so a pumpkin is very fitting for her.

Jeff will be a mad doctor (if I can make him dress up). Yesterday Juli wanted to buy a spandex Transformer's outfit for Jeff. I told him," Juli, I PROMISE you he won't put it on." I could picture Jeff in my mind, dressed up as a muscled Transformer and that really made me laugh.
Well, I better go finish the preparations for tonight. Julian planned a haunted house that will be a haunted entrance, since our garage is so full of stuff from Jeff's office, more on that later...

Well, Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Careful with the vampires, and if you see Edward around send him over, sigh...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Beautiful Fall

I just LOVE this time of the year! The crisp air, colorful leaves, the smell of apple pie, cold little hands on my face... We came back yesterday from North Carolina, where Julian and Magali were born, and where we went to welcome Jeff's parents who just returned from their mission at the Guatemala Temple. We had a wonderful time, visiting with friends and cousins. They had so much fun with their cousins! It's just so sad we live so far away from Jeff's sister, his parents and my brother and sister--our kids don't know each other.

Today we went to Cornbellys in Thanksgiving Point. Adriana and Isa went with us. It was a lot of fun! We went through a mini maze, on a hay ride, to a haunted creature (it looked like a dinosaur), the children played on the slides and trampolines...Julian paid for snacks; he feels like a man when he treats us. We didn't get pumpkins today because we couldn't carry all of our staff (diaper bag, coats, stroller, etc), so tomorrow when I go to Mitchell's to get more apples for apple sauce, I'll get the pumpkins. In Wondertime, the talented Catherine Newman shared some wonderful recipes that I want to try.

Oh my, I'm sooooo tired, but I'm making Areli's stocking while I listen to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It's amazing how I notice the differences between the English and the American versions of the book when I listen to it. The cds are of the American Version, and I've read the English one three times already. And yes, I know that I read it too many times, but like JK Rowling said, "How can you NOT find time to read?" I couldn't agree with her more. So many books, so little time...

Here's some pics from today. Enjoy.

PS: Now that Pat and Rafa are home, I hope someone reads this blog...