Saturday, April 30, 2011


Natalie likes to count and I love listening to her because she is so sure of the numbers.  Her counting consists of "2.....5.....10".  I am not sure what happened to the other numbers but I love listening to her "count".  She was counting the number of items on the grocery list today - "2....5.....10".

Natalie and I went to visit Mama and Aunt Chelsie this afternoon.  After listening to her count her noodles they decided to help her out.  Mama held up her fingers and counted by ones, this is how the encounter went......

Mama: One
Natalie : One
Mama: two
Natalie: two
Mama: three
Natalie: four
Mama: No....three
Natalie:  FOUR

Cracked me up!

Monday, April 25, 2011


What a great Easter weekend!  Aside from being sick with a cold, we have had a fabulous few days.  On Friday I made marshmallows to put in the kids Easter baskets.  Natalie was a huge helper and loved the marshmallows.  I found a super cute pattern for an Easter basket on the Lion Brand website.  I didn't have the yarn that it called for but I used two strands of a lighter weight yarn and I really like the way it came out.  Next time I want to make it bigger and make the handle sturdier so that it stands up more.

I didn't sleep well at all Friday night due to this darn cold but Saturday morning was quite productive.  I made a german chocolate cheesecake with homemade frosting and potato salad for Easter dinner at my mom's.  I then made a blueberry ripple cake for a fellowship dinner that night. 

Natalie spent about an hour and a half at my mom's with Aunt Chelsie and John.  It was great because I was able to finish up the baking and clean up the kitchen so that when I picked Natalie up all I had to do was feed her lunch and put her down for her nap.  Natalie is just about over her latest bout of strep throat and is finally napping and sleeping like her usual self so I was able to do a baby boy hat from start to finish for a photographer friend in Rawlins.  I finished the baby girl hat on Friday and I am excited to take some pictures of them and get them to her for her ok!

A few days ago I found a super cute pattern for a bear hat.  It was really easy to make and I was able to get it almost done after finished the baby boy hat.  I waited to attach the ears so that I could focus without interuptions because it was about the end of naptime. 

We had a fellowship dinner with some great people from church.  My mom kept all the grandkids to play with my cousins little girl and the great grandparents that were visiting for Easter. 

Our church help an Easter celebration service at the community center!  It was great.  We had about 150 people in attendance........that is just about double our average Sunday attendance.  It is great knowing that we have a Savior who loves us so much. Here are a couple of pictures from Easter.....The first is of Robby, Natalie and me.  The second is of Natalie and cousin John.

It was such a great weekend with family.  Now Robby is out of town for a music festival and it is just Natalie and me. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


After almost a year and a half I am officially done with my masters program.  I am glad that I did while I was still working part-time and only had one kid.  It was a lot of work but definitely worth it!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Baby Love Crochet

Head on over to Baby Love Crochet to keep yourself updated on my crocheting adventures!  Follow me there too!

Dusk and Summer

Dashboard Confessional gets kind of a bad rap. Many people see Chris Carrabba (who pretty much is Dashboard Confessional) as a whiny, heartbroken wimp. These people, I would guess, have not heard "Dusk and Summer."

To be fair, the band's best-known album is "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most," which is absolutely heartbroken, quite whiny, and more than a little wimpy. The only sounds you hear on most songs are acoustic guitar and some very high, very sad male vocals. To continue being fair, Chris Carrabba wrote the songs on that album after his fiance cheated on him with his best friend. I think a little whining is warranted and possibly necessary in that situation.

In further defence, any heartbroken 18 year old would do well to own "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most." I have never encountered a better album for the post-dumping wallow. And I wallowed to it well, lo these many (coming up on 10) years ago. It's pretty much what would have happened if Job was from Florida and played guitar and sang with mean, mean head voice. He hits all the main points of heartbreak on pretty much every song. Plus, you can honestly say, "This guy's got it worse than me." Let's be honest; we all wallow, and when we do, this is the background music for it.

Now, back to the album at hand, "Dusk and Summer." For purposes of this blog, I will focus on my two favorite songs from the album. These two most clearly demonstrate the genius behind the album: comparing summer-time to love.

First up, "So Long, So Long." The thing about summer time is that it must end. In fact, I think of all the seasons, summer is most effected by this impending-doom feeling. Everyone knows it won't last forever.

"And I will leave under the cover of summer's kiss upon the sky

Like the stone face of your lover just before she says goodbye

I was certain that the season could be held between my arms

Well just as summer's hold is fleeting

I was here but now I'm gone..."

There are times when one looks at an ended relationship in hindsight and realizes it was doomed from the beginning. Logically, one might think this would help. After all, if it was doomed, why be sad it's over? The problem with that is that you wanted that relationship to work. You invested yourself. The fact that it was doomed means you were out of touch with reality and possibly an idiot. This does not make one feel better. You were so certain you could hold on, and now it's gone. By the way, when he sings that last line, on "now I'm gone" old Chris suddenly jumps up an octave, really driving those words deep into the frontal cortex. Quite effective.

The second song of special note is the title track "Dusk and Summer." This song is the best portrayal of teenage love I've ever seen. Of the thousands of songs written on the topic, this is, in my humble opinion, the best. Ever.

A brief aside: who cares about teenage love other than teenagers? Everybody should. Don't believe me? I've got reasons. Teenagers are a special lot, a perfect balance of absolute conviction and near-absolute ignorance. They know practically nothing about the real world, and yet are absolutely committed to their ideas about the very same real world. So when teenagers fall in love, they do it with no prior experience, no idea what's going on, and the absolute certainty that this is the greatest thing in the world. Total commitment with no reason behind it at all. Once we get older and more experienced we figure things out a little, but there's nothing like that crazed plunge into love that teenagers experience. I think we're missing out if we don't at least remember what that was like on occasion.

The song is again about a guy in a doomed relationship who just keeps holding on.

"You've already lost

when you only had barely enough to hang on"

The song is written in second person, by far the least-used of the persons. Usually it's reserved for hardcore ranting ("You wouldn't risk hurting your reputation to come and talk to me; so you run your mouth like you know what we're about" - from "Human Equality" by Overcome) or death metal horror-movie descriptions (too graphic to be included here). Chris Carrabba takes a gentler approach in telling you what happens to yourself: "She pulled you in, and she bit your lip, and she made you hers."

If you're like me, this makes you remember the beginning. Then when the chorus hits, it makes you remember the end. The overall effect is to transport you right back to 12th grade when you thought you had it all figured out and weren't going to let any lack of knowledge or experience stand in your way. Go listen to the song; I defy you not to be transported back.