Sunday, August 30, 2009

Identity Identifying

Do you ever identify people by something other than their faces?
For example, you're in a public place and you spot the back of someone's head, but you recognize them because of their hair.
Or you're walking down a street and see a person ahead of you and you know who it is just by the way they walk.
Or you hear a voice and you instantly know who it is that's talking.
It got me thinking...if I posted pictures of somebody's lower half rather than their upper half, would they be recognizable and identified correctly?

So here's my experiment:
do you recognize any of the following people?
how were you able to identify them?
what do you think they all have in common with each other?

Identities 1 & 2

Identities 3 & 4

Identities 5 & 6

Friday, August 28, 2009

Play-Doh Play-Therapy

Kanyon looks forward to his weekly "play" visits from his Occupational Therapist Gayle as well as his Developmental Therapist Amy. This summer, Gayle brought home-made play-doh for the boys to play with during her weekly visits. Kanyon has some issues with textures, so she thought it would be good for him to work with it. We haven't had the stuff in our house for years. When the twins were two, they got play-doh stuck in the carpet and in their toys, so I gave away all our play-doh and all of its associated tool toys. Having play-doh in the house again has been so fun for the boys, they have all loved playing with it!
Guess what animal Jonah made?!

Micah's interesting creation...

Kanyon likes working with the different play-doh tools: pizza cutters, cookie cutters, jello-jiggler cut-outs...

Kanyon looking at Gayle with alphabet goggles, and Gayle looking back at Kanyon through her pretend hand binoculars!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

tooth two-too

Just weeks after Micah's first tooth fell out, the second one followed in its toothsteps and became the property of the tooth fairy.(When I took the photo, I didn't realize just how filthy his face was! I edited the photo, trying to crop some of it out, but really this is how my boys are in the summertime: dirty and happy!!!)

Concerto Correcto

The first concert I ever went to was in 2006. When Josh and I got married, neither of us had ever been to one, and we both wanted to. In 2000, Def Lepard was playing at the Eastern Idaho State Fair, and we thought about going for a long time but decided not to because we couldn't afford it. We still regret that we didn't! But when Nickelback came to Salt Lake in August of 2006, I HAD to go! My sisters Tawna and Tabbi came with me because Josh had a scout backpacking/camping trip that weekend. IT WAS AWESOME! I Love Nickelback! After that, I told Josh I will not go a year without going to a concert, and he's come with me ever since!

I thought the contest on my last post was an easier one, with the multiple choice format, but even when I showed Josh, he didn't get the right answers! My friends Gina and Jackie were the only ones who played along, and both of them got just one right. So you both win a box of matches for your one correct guess of the FIREHOUSE concert! Please email me your address at and I will mail them to you! Thanks for playing along!

The correct answers to the last concert are:

Friday, August 21, 2009

Concerto Contesto

Remember how I said the next contest would be easier?! Well, here it is...
Concerto Contesto!
Here's the rules:
Correctly match the Photo with the correlating Concert we were at!!!
Photos are numbered and Concerts are lettered.
The first person with the most (or all) correct matches wins a Sur-PRIZE!
Contest ends Wednesday, August 26!
Good Luck and Happy Guessing!


A. Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

B. Nickelback

C. Firehouse

D. Big & Rich

E. Poison

F. Chicago

Firehouse and Funky Fans

In July, Josh and I attended an outdoor rock concert in Idaho Falls called "Rock the Falls". Local group 2AM Logic opened, and then we heard from Still Standing. Firehouse was next (which was the reason we went), followed by the last group Great White.

Still Standing was so awesome! I had never heard of them before, but they had some really great songs, and now I'm interested in getting their music.

Firehouse didn't disappoint. They were terrific performers, and it was fun listening to old classics I heard when I was a young teenager, such as "Love of a Lifetime" and "When I Look Into Your Eyes".

In between each rock group, there was a long break while the bands took down/set up all their equipment. So Josh and I spent a lot of time people-watching, which was very entertaining. There were plenty of crazy people to watch, like a man in front of us with Touret's Syndrome. There were lots of drunk people to see, like two women near us that had to be carried out during the show--one taken away by ambulance. And there were some funky dressed people, like the guy with the too-short shorts and the too-tall hat, and these other examples:

(my personal favorite, this couple was very classy rocked out)

It was a great night with my hubby, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to go on such a nice long date with him (thanks to our wonderful babysitter Kimi). We enjoyed the time away together, and it reminded me of just how much I love being with him and how happy I am because of him!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

She thinks my tractor's...

It really turns her on!
She's always staring at maeeee,
while I'm chugging along!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Heavy Laden

This tree has born quite the load this year.
So much so, in fact, that it's branches are bowing.
Millions of apples to pick. Gallons of applesauce to make.
And yet, here I am just blogging about it instead of doing it.

I was excited at the prospect of it, but now it just seems overhwleming to me.

And in the meantime, the apples are all falling off the tree and getting bruised and chomped on by the deer.

They are not fit for canning, and so they are getting fed to the pigs by the bushel.

I tell myself that the apples are still serving a purpose, and are not being wasted!

Which means that now there are only...

Thousands of apples to pick up. and Pints of applesauce to make.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Time Travel via Gondola, Train, & Wagon

I have wanted to go to the Spokane Riverfront Park for as long as I can remember. I lived in Spokane Valley when I was in the 1st and 2nd grade, and the few times that we were near downtown Spokane and drove by, I always wanted to stop there. In July of this year, I took the boys and caravaned with my parents to Spokane to visit my grandparents who are both in their 90's. At the end of the visit, but before leaving the city, I took the boys to the park. So at the ripe old age of 29, I finally got my wish. While my mom watched Kanyon, my dad and sister Katrina joined us for a ride in a purple gondola (which Katrina compared to the Glass Elevator that Charlie rode in the book Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). We went under a beautiful old bridge and saw the Spokane River and falls. It was only a 20 minute ride, but very cool! Then we rode the Park Train all around the park, while mom and dad sat out. Our driver and tour guide spoke about the park's activities and its history, including details of the 1974 World Fair.
After the ride was done, we walked over to the world's largest wagon, and the boys loved sliding down its handle and climbing on some of the nearby artistic blocks. There was so much more to do in the large and beautiful park, but that concluded our own two-hour tour! And my 23-year-long dream was complete!

Monday, August 17, 2009

P is for....

Perkins Great-Grandparents
Presents of Polar Bears given by Great Grandma

Petunias and Purple Flowers cared for by Great Grandpa

Picture books of Great Grandma's

Proud displays of Great Grandpa's

and Patient People waiting to take a...

...Photo of the 4-Generation Perkins Family Tree!