Saturday, April 25, 2009


Josh's brother Gideon has been dancing on the BYU-I Dance Alliance team for the last four years. Every year, they perform their dance numbers in a large production called "Extravadance". Because Gideon graduated this spring, this was his last Extravadance performance. I have enjoyed watching him over the years, he is extremely talented and fun to watch! I will miss seeing him and his girlfriend Alyssa (who also graduated this spring) dance on that stage!
The theme for Extravadance this year was "The Journey - A Celebration of Life". They had songs from different generations, songs from different countries, songs representing the different phases of life. Gideon and Alyssa performed a beautiful duet; it was an interpretation about the stages of life.
I thought the funniest numbers were: the 80's dance, complete with a Michael Jackson look-alike, and the ballet dance with Alyssa as the funny student.
There was 22 dances and a finale. Every musical number was complete with beautiful and brilliant costumes. I just loved them all! It was a very spiritual production as well. The dancers started and ended the night all dressed in white, very symbolic of our beginning and ending of life here on Earth. It was inspiring and left a profound impression.

Josh and I went on a date to Rexburg for the show, which is a 5-hour round trip from Salmon, the first week of March. I was so grateful that we had the opportunity to go! The show was fantastic! And I just love these 2 dancers!!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Deedle Deedle Dumpling...

...went to bed...with one shoe off and one shoe on...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter Portraits

Here's a link to see some of this year's Easter portraits done by local photographer Carrie Heaps. This is our 4th year doing this, and I'm so happy with the results!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Clothing Accumulation

As I've been uploading and editing July and August 2008 photos over the last few days, I came across these:
These photos were taken as evidence--of my Children's Clothing Hoarding Syndrome.
Here is when I realized I had a problem...I was getting ready for a yard sale with a few friends last summer and decided to go through some children's clothing that were in boxes in the shed. Since Kanyon would soon be in size 2T, I pulled out all the boxes labeled that. All FIVE boxes.
Ever since I had my first child, when people offered me their free hand-me-down clothes, I gratefully accepted. It got even worse after the twins were born. After all, what if I had twins again? I needed to be prepared! Every item of clothing that I was given, I saved. But FIVE boxes? Of only ONE size of clothing? It just seems so excessive, even for twins! Apparently I was preparing myself for octuplets! So I managed to purge the clothes down to 2 boxes, and got rid of the rest.
Since Kanyon is our last child, we are now the ones giving others hand-me-down clothes, and gladly so. It feels good to be on the giving end rather than the receiving end. Maybe it will help cure me of my hoard-ness!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Strategy or Systematically Delayed?

I am a procrastinator. I have been for as long as my memory recalls. When I was in junior high and high school, I would wake up at the last possible minute to get ready and run to school. During my senior year, day after day, I would get to my classroom just as the morning tardy bell rang. After receiving homework assignments, I would wait to start working on them the night before they were due. Because I was so actively involved in drama and choir, and often had rehearsals and performances after school, this meant that sometimes I was up until 2am working on homework. I see now that was also part of the reason I slept in until the last possible minute.

But, for plays or recitals or big projects, this strategy didn't always work. For example: when I went to try out for a drama scholarship at SUU, I memorized my script on the car ride there, but during the audition I was too stressed to remember what I had just memorized. Or like the time my insect collection was due in Biography and we had rainy, rainy weather the few days prior to its due date (even though I knew about it over 2 weeks in advance) and I couldn't find enough bugs, so I got a much lower grade on it.

I need deadlines to give me motivation. I need due dates to give me pressure and keep me going. I know that about myself. But with my creative projects, ones that require no deadline, there never seems to be any completion, any finish, any end.

Like the children's scrapbooks. Or my vacation scrapbooks. Or my blog.

Part of my problem is that I'm chronologically anal. I hate doing things out of order; I always have. So take my procrastination problem and add it to my chronologically anal problem, and the result is that I'm ALWAYS behind!

I tend to start new projects because I get so overwhelmed with other unfinished projects. Last year, I had caught up Ammon's baby/toddler scrapbook to 2003. I was actually happy that I was only "5 years" behind. So I decided to start a vacation scrapbook of when Josh and I went to England. I thought I could finish it quicker because, after all, it was only 10 days worth of photos to scrapbook. But then I wasn't going scrapbooking with the girls as much anymore, and the book wasn't getting done. Then I started a blog. I thought it would serve as a journal and a motivator to me to keep current. I thought it would help me feel more "caught up" on my life, so that I wouldn't feel so behind on EVERYTHING else. But then I started only uploading the photos to put on my blog, and not uploading ALL the photos off my camera. At Easter this year, I handed out printed copies of photos I took at Easter last year. This past weekend I started uploading July 2008 photos (that's where I last left off) from my camera to my computer. Isn't that just pathetic?

So now that I've been out out of the scrapbooking mode for so long, I don't want to work on any of my unfinished books. I'm so far behind on uploading 2008 photos that I don't even want to upload even recent photos. I don't want to write anything on my blog that's out of order, and since there's no photos uploaded, I don't want to write a story now and add photos later, so there's just NO stories being taken out of my brain and put in writing. No blog, No scrapbook, No photos being worked on. I just feel overwhelmed because I actually DO want to do something. Maybe I should just start a new project? That way I won't feel so overwhelmed!

I need a new strategy. Clearly the system I've got just isn't working. Any suggestions?