Friday, October 28, 2011

You Know You're a BYU fan when... go on a cruise to Mexico, and then spend your day ashore in an internet cafe watching the Cougars swallow Idaho. 

It was a cute little cafe too, hot chocolate all round. 

We redeemed ourselves from our embarrassing shuffleboard performance last cruise, and actually stayed in a couple rounds.  I might even have been the MVP.  serious improvement folks, let me tell you, the disks actually stayed on the boat this time. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

missing you...

I cried.  A lot.  Ben's dad died, what a special way to reverence the grief of losing a loved one, while also sharing hope in the knowledge that death is not the end. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Little Prince

So, you know how mommy's get to share the cute little things their kids say.  Well, I know three-year-old B isn't mine, but he says the cutest things.  Here's a gem from the other day.

B: Sister Fife, pretend you are a "gril" (girl) and I'm a prince and we are dancing.
me: (sigh) okay!

That's when this happened:
Midway through:
B: Pretend we are in a movie called, how to dance with princes.
(breaks away for a moment to somersault on the floor)
B: That was a back flip. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pretty sweet red shoes! :)

I'm like a proud little mamma right now.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

On the Street Where you Live

If you have never seen a show at the Hale Center Theater you are missing out!  Big thank you to mom for the birthday gift that keeps giving ("wouldn't it be loverly" keeps floating around in the kitchen and car.) 

We saw "My Fair Lady" and LOVED IT!  Everything at the Hale is performed "in the round."  All the set pieces and sometimes people are dropped down or come up through the floor because the audience surrounds the stage. 

While we are talking about "My Fair Lady,"  I do want to say, this show has always bugged me just a bit. 

I mean come on, she goes back to the rude grouch who treats her like dirt and then THE END are you kidding me!

Audry Hepburn is exquisite in the movie, Julie Andrews knocked everyone's socks off during the Broadway debut and the actress at the Hale playing the role of Eliza was very talented.  But what impressed me most about the Hale production was the infamous "just you wait" Professor Higgins.

Granted he was still a total jerk most of the time, but he made the most of the moments afforded him.  After headaches and late nights, when Eliza has yet to say "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" correctly, he takes her hand as he expresses his acceptance of their fatigue.  When Eliza emerges in her stunning gown and Pickering is all a gasp, he took the time to look at her in stunned admiration before proclaiming the baggage, "not bad."  And the best part, the last line of the play:

  *puts hat over eyes lazily* "Where the devil are my slippers."

Usually this line is spoken with indifference as though Eliza may expect the exact treatment she'd received before.  However, on Monday night those words were said with a sheepish smile returned with a knowing one.  He, knowing after being caught listening to the recording of her voice and elusively begging her back, would not be able to get away with that sort of talk any longer. 


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Don't Play With Your Food

 On Guard!

At dinner the other night, I told Austin about a stat I read.  Apparently adult behavior improves dramatically when their children become toddlers.  I believe it.  When I'm babysitting, I am a mouth closed chewer, feet off the table sitter, and please and thank you sayer. 

After a long discussion about whether or not Austin would be able to lean back in his chair after little ones come along, we found ourselves sword fighting with our carrots....

 Here we have Escarrotable vs. Escarroble. 

Ha, I'm cracking up at how serious these pictures look.  Pretty artsy for a chewed up carrot wouldn't you say? 

Why do I have the feeling this won't change once we have kids... ah well.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

First comes love, then comes marriage...

Nope, no baby in a baby carriage yet.

However, I did get the chance to play mommy for the past three days to 3-year-old B and 6-year-old M.

I was reminded of a few things:

Their mommy works for the Law School promoting religious freedom in other countries; she had a conference this week.  Here's a lady who is pretty much awesome.  This morning she nonchalantly referenced a task she had for the day.

Apparently a member of congress in Samoa is a member of the church and good friends with the President of Indonesia.  There was a law passed in Indonesia recently that causes problems for the church and many other advocates of religious freedom.  The task?  She is supposed to put together some points of argument for Samoa friend to take up with President of Indonesia.  I'm pretty sure I mumbled something intelligent,

uh, wow, that's like super  

She responded, gesturing to B, "well I'd rather be home with my children, but it is nice to know that what I'm doing is making a difference."
She'd rather be home.
Home. with her kids. in the place radical feminists call oppressive, tedious, and worthless.

Reminder #1

"The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home." -Harold B Lee

At one point during my watch, M decided she wanted to play our Wii instead of doing her spelling words.  When I assured her than under no conditions would that be happening she tried to knock our house down with her heels.  She was banished from the living room, amid shrieks of "your so mean!" and "I never get anything I want!"  Five minutes later I tiptoed downstairs to her fortress to check the damage.  The little bookworm was nestled in a corner with "Richard Scary's Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon, with lowly worm the jolly jester."  I deemed it safe to make my presence known:
We are going to pick up Brother Fife from work are you ready to come?

To my astonishment the answer came:
Sure. do we get to see his office? Can I show him my new hairdo? 

Reminder #2

Mosiah 3:19 ...becometh as a jchildksubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

Children are quick to forgive.  They don't hold grudges or hate you forever for setting boundaries and rules.  Later that day, this page was slipped under my door. 

M is in Spanish immersion right now.  According to Austin, "Me gusta herman Fife." Translates a little too passionately in Spanish, but I felt the love. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

So romantic!

We have a fireplace.  So cute, I know.  However, it seemed like last year every time we used it the carpet smelled like smoke and I couldn't breath.  Even though the ambiance was almost worth it, I opted for this option. 

(sigh)  Candles from DI have never looked so good!

Taylor inspired me, check her super cute blog out! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

What can I say, I'm a fan!

I have to agree with Sara Bareilles, "I'm swooning." 

Monday, October 3, 2011


I showed Pinterest to Austin.

A: "wow... so you find cute stuff, are there any men on here?"  *doubtful glance*

T: "Yes!  A man started following me yesterday."

A: "That doesn't sound right."