Sunday, September 27, 2009

Desperatly seeking Mr. Safety

The last time my sisters and I were together I thought we were going to die laughing. Now honestly, you get 6 grown women together and there's a lot to laugh about, especially if they all grew up together. Some how an old friend my my oldest sister Lisa's was brought up. This was a guy that we have always laughed about because of how unique this person was. We loved him like a brother, but honestly, a little weird. Well, this particular person drove an old car and in the front seat of the car was his constant friend, a female mannequin. 

He just said that he didn't like to drive around alone, which brought up Lisa's sister-in-law when she was single and doing a lot of driving. Her dad, apparantly bought her a "Mr. Safety", which is the torso of a mannequin that you drive around with so that you look like you aren't alone and you won't be accosted by some stranger preying on single women driving cars!

Well, as you can imagine, one thing led to another and pretty soon we were dying of laughter. You see, my single status opened the door for many things regarding Mr. Safety. All of a sudden Mr. Safety was a good idea for me. He could stand in the window, casting an omminous shadow, scaring off any would-be intruders. I could take him to the movie with me on a Friday night and enjoy a lovely bowl of popcorn. He wouldn't even eat much and would be more than happy to hold the popcorn for me without even complaining.  I could put roller-skates on him and take nice long walks, holding his hand. Think of all that we could talk about; and he wouldn't even be able to be at all negative, I could talk his ear off and tell him all my worries without ever feeling like he was tired of what I was saying. Watching tv in the evening would be so nice. I could sit him on the couch and enjoy laughing and talking to someone, other than myself.  And the best would family pictures. I would have a husband in all my pictures. 

If you are at all familiar with Flat Stanley, this was the image that popped into my head. Me, my kids, and Mr. Safety on family vacations, having picnics in the park, going to Lagoon, and other memorable experiences. Wouldn't the pictures be hillarious? We all thought they would. 

So, if you know anyone that has a male mannequin just lying around, or know where I could pick one up pretty inexpensively, please let me know. I may not be great at having real husbands, but I think this might just work out for the both of us. After all, he can't want a divorce!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cirque de la Symphony

The Utah Symphony does each of there performances in Ogden before they do them in Salt Lake. I had the opportunity to buy 2 student season passes (4 shows in the series I chose) and had to only buy one a full price. I think it is so important to expose my kids to the arts. It's not that I love the symphony, but the 4 shows that I chose to take the girls to all seemed to be the symphony and something along with it.

This last Thursday was our first show. The girls had no idea what to even expect. The symphony started and it was just the symphony. Katy leaned over and said "is this is, cause I'm not loving this?".  I knew that there were performers from Cirque du soleil (sp) that would be coming out at some point. The next number it all began. Immediately she leaned back over, with a smile on her face, and said "I'm loving this", and my heart smiled. When intermission came around the three of us couldn't believe that we had just sat through an hour of amazement. The time flew by. The lat 1/2 of the show as as amazing as the first, probably better. There were acrobats on rings hanging from the ceiling above and in front of the symphony, one woman did tricks on a rope that would scare anyone, jugglers, magic, a woman that did amazing contortions with her body on a stool or two, a man flying around the stage and front portion of the audience  from scarfs flying of of his back, and the strangest and most amazing off all, two men that did contortions and balancing with their bodies. One man would actually stand on one had on the head of the other, while he was sitting up. It was unbelievable. 

When the show was over, the girls thanked me profusely for taking them, and I smiled and was so grateful that I had the means to take them and share that evening with them. The rest of the shows won't be that spectacular, but they were introduced to the symphony and left loving it. It was worth every penny and more and I can't wait until the next performance!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Summer

Our summer was so full of fun. Sam (my brother) told me that I needed to do more fun things with the kids, that as difficult as it can be, that's where memories are made. I decided I would do everything I could to take the kids on fun day trips or vacations, whatever I could find. Here are some of the activities that we did this summer. I must say, I'm pretty impressed with myself. I hope that good memories were made cause it was a heck of a lot of work!
Timpanogos Caves. If you haven't been there, it's well worth the hike. It was unbelievable!

This is Nevada Falls at Yosemite. We went in June and LOVED it. It's an amazing place.
Antelope Island balloon and kite festival. We just went last week. Most fun was watching the girls dance in front of everyone. I love those girls!
South Weber Days. Kate was on the student council float. I was so proud as she drove by!

                                                              Water park in California.
Sammy's first trip to Lagoon. I went on a couple of rides and had to sit for 3 hours to recover. I'm not 18 any more and the rides make me SO sick. Sammy had fun though!
A lot of popsicles and just lounging around outside!
Muir Woods in California. We loved that day. They were amazing!

Overall it was a great summer. We had so much fun and I didn't even freak out that many times. I amazed myself with how good I was with the kids and how much fun we had. We went to the State Fair last Thursday to walk around and watch the rodeo. It was a lot of fun and even Sammy was good. This week I'm taking the girls to the symphony. It should be fun because there is some variation of Cirque de Sole performing while they play. In spite of how busy my life is, I'm grateful that my brother pointed out that I need to take the time to just enjoy my kids and to take them to fun places. This was the best summer of my life!