Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
As I recently discovered, Chess had an interesting beginning. Tim Rice (Evita, Joseph, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) teamed up with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson (both formerly of ABBA) to write the musical and released it as a concept album before it even hit the stage. Which was probably smart because listeners loved the ABBA/rock influence which made it sound very unlike most musicals that had been written up until that time. However, when it was produced on the stage in London - it received mixed reviews. And when they tried to produce it on Broadway - it was a complete flop. Mainly because it has very empty characters and a ridiculously complicated plot. But fans love the music just the same.
After I introduced my kids to the music (after "bleeping" out a few words) I found out that there was a DVD of Chess in Concert that was performed about a year ago with Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Josh Groban. I watched it with my kids and it was pretty good - amazing talent of course! I wouldn't recommend it unless you really love the music - which I do - and so I really enjoyed it. And again, I hate to recommend something for kids without giving the warning that there is some swearing.
With the subject of chess floating around the house - I decided to rent another DVD: Searching For Bobby Fischer (PG). This is a great movie that my older kids have enjoyed watching. I had forgotten that this movie has such a fabulous cast! Check it out!
And to continue the chess theme, the kids are playing chess with each other every chance they can get.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Today was devoted entirely to applying the tar paper and shingles. Since we happen to have a professional roofer living around the block from us - Wes was able to borrow some tools that helped him do the job. And no, we do not own two extension ladders. Ours is the shorter one and the 26 foot ladder (!) was a loaner.
A closer look at the new roof.
Lest you think that all I do is sit around taking pictures of my husband building a condo in our backyard, I actually teamed up with my sister and parents to bottle peaches and make pie filling. Hooray!
And with both of her parents heavily involved in projects - this little one was left to her own devices. Which meant spending the entire afternoon in nothing but a shirt and diaper and getting very, very dirty.
Being a roofer for a day really takes its toll on a guy! Actually he started feeling sick so he rested for a while.
All in all - a pretty productive day!
Monday, September 21, 2009
"granma's birthday haircut - instructions on back"
2. comb top
3. snip around the forehead
4. cut behind the ears
5. slightly part it
6. flip it out
7. go home and addmire yourself in the mirror
8. take a nap
9. uh oh time for a new haircut
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This is what he looks like about a week and a half later.
Last year I spent a lot of time posting about the development of our monarch caterpillar all the way to a butterfly so I probably won't go into as much detail this time around. But if you are interested - it is a fascinating process and I shared some interesting information about the development in my posts.
This makes a great summer project - although I think it is probably too late in the season to find any eggs now. But there is always next year!
In the search for fresh milkweed for our caterpillar I ran across a pod filled with seeds. I wonder if I should try to plant some in our yard?...
Monday, September 14, 2009
Yesterday Cate cut her hair. I have no idea why except she said wanted bangs like Sarah Jane. I wish I could say I reacted as calmly as my friend did. But I was pretty upset. We had just spent the last two years growing Cate's bangs out so her hair would all be one length - and she had just received this cute little haircut. I ranted (a little), Cate cried and we all kind of laughed in disbelief! I hope we made a big enough impact that she won't dare do it again! (And by the way - the black eye has nothing to do with this episode. A few days ago she and Isaac were horsing around and bonked heads.)
Here's the result. I guess it could be worse.
But wait, the story isn't over yet. After Cate left for school this morning, I took out Sarah's braid left in from yesterday. And to my dismay a chunk of hair came with it. It looks like Cate's scissors did a little wandering!
What is it about five year olds cutting their hair?!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
So if you have ever thought about transferring your old 8mm tapes or VHS to DVD - and keep putting it off - now is your chance!!
Here is what he has to offer:
1. $50.00 - each two hour tape transferred to 1 DVD. This would include include 5 chapters (additional chapters would cost $1.00 per chapter), jewel case and only written title and menu on DVD.
2. $15.00 extra if you want a case with a cover including the title, menu and a photo (you would need to provide a photo).
3. $5.00 - additional copies
4. Discounts given if transferring several tapes.
5. Brian can transfer the following formats: 8mm, digital 8mm, mini Dv and VHS. Any other formats - he would need to use your camera.
6. If you want chapters - you would need to provide him with a clearly written or typed copy of the events on the tape - with names, dates, etc.
I know there are many businesses and individuals offering these same types of services - and if you look around - these are very competitive prices.
You can email me with questions or leave info in the comments and I will put you in touch with Brian.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Shoes Around the World
Like in Japan, Koreans don’t wear shoes inside. They mostly wear black shoes and occasionally wear colorful shoes. Namakshins were worn for wet weather to raise them above the puddles of mud.
In the Middle East most people are Muslim and cannot wear shoes in the Mosques when they pray. They wear babouches with a folded down heel for easy on, easy off. This shoe also helps their feet from getting too hot.
Chinese people with different cultures and social status wear different types of shoes. Although some women would bind their feet to make them look small, women from Manchuria would wear shoes with a single, column-like pedestal that would make them look tall and walk gracefully. They wore these shoes in the 19th century.
Feet and shoes are important in religious and social life. While most people go barefoot, the shoe is reserved for very special occasions. The mojari is worn in Northern India and has a curled toe and an open back.
Because of the hot climate, most Africans in the past either didn’t wear any shoes at all, or wore sandals to allow circulation of air. Leather and rawhide are the most common materials used to make shoes. In Ziare people wore wooden toe-knob sandals for ceremonies or very special occasions.
People in Greenland used to wear tall boots throughout the summer and the winter. They wore many different varieties of boots depending on the season. The boots were mostly made of sealskin and were dyed beautiful colors for special occasions.
In Japan people do not wear shoes inside. They mostly wear getas outside. Getas are shoes that have wooden stilts to lift them up so their feet don’t get dirty, and to make them look pretty.
This is an example of the type of shoes a typical sixth grader would wear in the United States. They are worn for both fashion and function.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Wes worked on the treehouse in the morning and then we made a quick visit to our brand new darling nephew born just three days before. We hurried home and readied everyone for family pictures - which is always an adventure. But any stress we might have felt disappeared after Doctor Dave sent us home with fresh corn, peaches, zucchini, tomatoes and a huge bowl of fresh blackberries and raspberries. All straight from his garden! We had planned to go out to eat after the photo shoot but instead went home to enjoy the bounty!
Wes spent most of the day working on the treehouse. He wanted to get the roof on so he and the kids could sleep out in it that night. As they settled in to watch Star Wars in preparation for their fun night, I opted to take the night off and went to dinner and a movie with a friend. Julie and Julia is a darling movie!
We joined my family for a picnic up South Fork canyon. It was very fun and relaxing and we enjoyed the perfect weather right up until we packed up to go home - then it started to rain. But that's ok because the plan for the rest of the day was to stay home and watch the BYU/Oklahoma game. They won!
Cate with her new hair cut!
Eating yummy food
Addie is picking out Papa's stiches leftover from a racquetball injury. But the injury was not in vain because he was a champ! For this years Senior Games he won First Place in doubles and Second Place in singles! Go Dad!
Playing in the river
It took all of Weston's self-control to not work on the treehouse.
Wes took advantage of his final day off to finish putting the roof on the treehouse - and the skylight. Yep - you read that correctly. The skylight. We had to cut his fun short to meet up with some friends at a park for a picnic. The kids were busy playing on the playground, in the sand, playing baseball and tennis and hunting for treasures with a $3 metal detector our friends bought at a garage sale. Hey they found .46 cents! Again - the perfect temperature and while the kids were preoccupied we talked and laughed and rested in the shade! Ahhhhh. This evening was spent cleaning the church and going out for ice cream after.