Friday, October 29, 2010

Harry Goes To School

the principal at Highland Oaks:
I LOVE her costume!

Griffin ran by me so fast at the school parade this morning I was lucky to get this picture!!

We have a few Halloween activities today!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pants on da Ground...

I was trying to hurry Griffin along this morning. I could NOT find his pants anywhere. His drawer was empty. The laundry sorted and his put away....hmm. "Griffin", I said, "I can't find any of your pants! Where are they?"

"mm", and he scurries over to a bench, looks under the bench and there are all his pants! I was aghast! That is apparently where he finds it just fine to store his clothes!

He got dressed and to school. He will do some cleaning when he comes home.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Talking to Myself....


Today I had to tell my SECOND SELF to tell my FIRST SELF to go running!

I really didn't want to even though I know I should, so I did.

While I was at it, I saw some interesting sights I thought my be FUN to share with you all!

What do you see here.....I see POMEGRANATE SALAD!!!

The clouds were amazing. Here is one shot looking West.....

While standing in the same spot, but looking North....

The side of our house.

There, you got to enjoy some of my run but without the sweat nor calories burned.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sometimes for work I stay at the Ritz

I am currently sitting on my king size bed, watching football, waiting for my steak and creme brulee to be brought to me. Pictures to come later.

Don't Try This at Home

Kylie slammed her finger in the car door this morning....
**Cole Medical Update:
Kylie will not be at school today; but she is expected tomorrow. Her finger hurts, but she will live.
Quinn: has some eye infection! Hurting and redness.
Zak: is going to the Neurologist today for a headache he has had for one week and cannot shake.
When it rains, it pours.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

More Photoshop By Zak

I've been feeling less inspired in class recently. I didn't put in quite the talent and effort into these as I did into the first ones. I made 5 changes to the griffin picture (I put up the original in the post under this). And there are 3 changes to the picture of half dome. I assume you'll be able to find them.

And yes, I could photoshop someone to look skinnier, but once you send my a picture, you never know what can be done with it

Don't Peek


Yesterday, the primary took a trip to the temple.
It was rainy until we got there; then the rain stopped and we had a nice time.
All the following pictures were taken with my CELL PHONE!
I think they are shockingly good!
The kids were told to pick a friend to be with that day; Stevie quickly came over to Griffin and chose him. It was sweet.
They held hands for a long time.

The group.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I put up several pictures of Home in the Fall. I put it up on the Payne blog...go take a look.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Fortune Teller

Do you want me to tell you your "fortune"?

Ok, then
STEP 1: pick a color

STEP 2: Now pick a number

STEP 3: If you chose the FOUR or the EIGHT, then pick again from these same set of numbers.

STEP 3-A: If you picked THREE or SEVEN then pick a number from these sets of numbers:

STEP 4: Now, in the comment section, tell me what number you ended up with and I will reveal your fortune!
**thanks to our hand model, Quinn
***Watch the Fortune Teller Lady; she will blink at you!!

Monday, October 18, 2010


For about 2 years, I have kept a calendar/journal of what we eat for dinner. Here is September's Food Calendar.


Look at the SHINY, BLUE package that came in the mail for Zak today!!
We'll have to wait to see what is in it....

Bag Lady

I made a new purse
Or is it a bag?
It holds all my stuff,
No, it’s not a drag!

It’s blue and it’s pink
Pockets galore
It’s a little bit bigger
And one I’ll adore

I know you boys
don’t really care
but you know your mother,
I like to share!

Notice the FABULOUS embellishments!! The D ring at the handle; the ruching!

A shorter handle...I have gone with the longer handle for years!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Falling Leaves

These LEAVES do NOT belong to us!!
They belong to our neighbor...over the fence. The tree very rudely drops ALL its leaves on our side of the fence. So unkind! It makes a mess; but I am dealing with it.

I almost stepped on this bee; but I didn't. This dog fell in the pool today. I saved it.
There is more I could tell you about Walmart and how to dress when you go to that store, but I won't.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jiffy Lube Lady - DON'T Get Married !!

Kerry - don't even read this post; you won't like it....

I had to go to Jiffy Lube this morning to get my oil changed. I set my watch and shockingly, I was only there for 30 minutes! A few minutes after I walked in, another woman came in. She soon started talking to her mother on the phone. Now, I didn't hear everything; it's a small room we are sitting in, but I did hear plenty. I was guessing the woman was in her late 30's early 40's; she was pretty and having obvious problems with her 14 year old daughter. They had a terrible fight last night; bad yelling; cruel things said. Her husband does not support her in these arguments. I began to wonder if the daughter was his and not hers...hmm. No wonder there was trouble. I think there can be trouble with your own daughter; much less your step daughter. I heard her say that things were great when they did not have the kids; trouble every other weekend; blah blah blah. I thought...this marriage will never last. So much strife and stress; so hard on the kids. I am so glad it is them and not me. Then, as I am about to walk out, I hear her tell her mother, "I can't believe I am getting married in just 10 days! I am so excited! I can't believe it!"

WHAT!! Really, I needed to turn around and interrupt her conversation with her mother and tell her NOT TO GET MARRIED!! If they were already having trouble, frustration with kids; parenting; duties; who's picking up kids and dropping them; it will only get worse!! Oh My. I did nothing except walk out and be thankful for my own life. But, I did want to turn around several times on the way home and give my 5 cents worth. Her mother was doing her NO favors by not clarifying that whole deal with her daughter.

Now, on to Brett Favre....I am so disappointed in you! This is where following the rules keeps you safe and OUT of trouble! If you had just followed the rules with the Vikings; the vows you promised at marriage; I think you would be much happier. Rules are NOT confining; but liberating. Don't the rest of you feel liberated by your happy life unencumbered by Brett's problems?

I've just started a new book; I am really enjoying it. It is called Still Alice. It is the story of a brilliant Professor at Harvard. She is the mother of 3 grown children; she is 50 and she is going to discover she has early on set Alzheimer's. The writing is fabulous. Here's an example...the mother is having dinner with her daughter, Lydia. They have a strained relationship....

"She wished she could just reach across the table and hug her daughter, but there were too many dishes, glasses, and years of distance between them."

On to Griffin's most positive, happy disposition:

We had the missionaries over the other night. They asked us to write a list of all our blessings we get from having the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. The above is Griffin's list. Sweet and pure. Just in case you cannot decipher; it says:
1. Primary 2. Book of Mormon 3. the world 4. Doctrine and Covenants

I love it.

This morning Griffin also handed me a note in the car; it said:
"Dier Mom,
I love you very much.

Come on people! Didn't you LOVE Zak's photo shop pictures - ESPECIALLY the one of the cowboy's practice with Uncle Rico!! It is so funny! Not one comment! Feedback is always appreciated!

Did you know that Zak went to the Homecoming Dance? He did. Here is one picture of him; I didn't get any of him and his date.

The next morning I asked:
"How was the dance?"
Zak: "It was fun".
me: What! I need more than 3 words!!

Thank goodness I know how to ask lots of questions. I asked plenty and I think I know everything now. Thank you.


Ok - back to cleaning and laundry....oh and little sewing. I am hoping to finish my new purse today!

note: Dad is doing jury duty in LA today.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Photoshop by Zak

The first picture with me in it that looks real is actually photo-shopped. There are about 9 things changed, see if you can find them, the original picture is at the bottom. We had to make a shirt for Diversity week, so that's what that is. (the words are diversity week in other languages). My favorite is the funny picture with Uncle Rico in the back. The picture with a bunch of rams that I have up on our FF League page is something I made to.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

So or Sew....

So, I made a few invitations yesterday! Remember when Candice, Heather and I went to the Americana...that was SO inspiring to me. I have thought many times on what I saw. Then, I volunteered to make these invitations and I had ideas from my visit to that one store...Anthropologie. I love the sewn on birds!!

Guess what Griffin is going to be for Halloween?

yes, it is VERY ugly and bad
AFTER!! Shocking!
Fabric, on sale for $15
Know How - priceless