Saturday, July 24, 2010

Girls Night Out, again!

This time Aunt Courtney and Aunt Casey decided Holden was ready for her inaugural trip to Casa Bonita. Well, it was mine too actually. I can say, I will be back with Evertt when he is a bit older. First check out the back of the menu and read carefully.

Yes, it says cliff divers and we saw some too, in this pool!

I heard there are other places like this in other parts of the country, but this was my first experience in a restaurant like this. First off, the food is HORRIBLE, like super lame. There are only 6 or 7 choices and they all looked equally of McDonalds calibur as we walked through the cafeteria line choosing our entree. But once we got inside, it was really, really, really cool. The atmosphere feels like a cheap and cheesy Las Vegas attraction, but in the best way posssible.

Meandering walkways and alcoves, cheesy shops to buy glow sticks and get your carricature drawn. Lights everywhere!

We also caught a gorilla skit up on the ledge and a girl fell into the pool. Holden has been asking about that gorilla ever since. She keeps asking where he is and seems quite relieved he is still at the restarant and there is no chance of himshowing up in her house. Little H was first chosen to hit the pinata (I think Courtney and Casey screaming helped her chances).Lucky for her too, because the second kid broke it!

It was so much fun and Holden had the time of her life. I felt seriously ill when I got home, but it was well worth it for such fine entertainment and fun company.
One bonus, they sell wine and beer!
I can't think of a quote for today...I am too tired from all the Casa Bonita excitement.

Per Bobby's Request...

The spaghetti extravaganza. Everett completely enjoys spaghetti. He ate his, half of Ian's, and all of Holden's last night.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I just received notification that my Master's Portfolio was accepted and deemed "graduate level!" That means I am DONE - DONE - DONE! It feels nice. I submitted the portfolio 2 weeks ago and I have been hanging in limbo waiting to hear if I needed to make revisions, but apparently I am set. I almost can't believe I am really finished. About halfway through my second class I cried when I thought about writing two papers a week for the next 1 1/2 years, but somehow it happened, I did it, and here I am with my masters degree.

I have worked hard, well, not too terribly hard, but I have worked! I have learned tons and realized how much more there is for me to learn in the field of reading and literacy of young children. I have so many plans of how I will be a better teacher when I go back to work (1 maybe 2 years?) and discovered my favorite educational journals to keep up on new research and practice. It was totally worth the effort and financial investment. I will get a job easier, be a better teacher, and make more money.

Now, what to do with myself! I have been reading like a madwoman, redoing our bedroom, researching plans to build (yes, build) Holden a kitchen and Everett a work/tool bench for Christmas, planning a vacation to Zion National Park, and planning a bridal shower for my friend Amy. I think I am covered for the next little while!

Quote of the Day

To know what we do not know is the beginning of wisdom."
Maha Sthavira Sangharakshita

Girl's Night Out

Holden is growing up! Jessica, Amy, her daughter Allie, Holden and I all went out to dinner for girls night.

It was so cute and so much fun. We sat on the patio at House on Tennyson St. and completely enjoyed ourselves. Holden and Allie had lots of fun crunching ice.

Holden actually gobbled up her pizza (not the necklace) and proceeded on to chocolate mousse for dessert! She even shared bites with all of us.

The girls behaved really well. Until we got up to leave and they decided playing with the serving cart would be tons of fun!

It was quite a success and it is fun to have a child who can act like a human when out in public!

Quote of the Day
"Doing all the little tricky things it takes to grow up, step by step,
into an anxious and unsettling world
- Sylvia Plath

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy 4th

Quote of the Day

"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul."
-Moshe Dayan


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