I can't believe that the summer is almost over! How did that happen?
I remember when I was little it seemed like summer dragged on forever, and now as an adult it just seems to fly by in a haze. Maybe I need to do a bit more tree house building, reading, and exploring the field like I use to do :)
One of the highlights of my summer was my sister-in-law's wedding. Weddings are just so much fun, and I think are even more fun when you have little kids involved in them.
Rose spent most of the time climbing the railing, along with all the other yahoos.
Abe was tired but a trooper and looked so cute in his little tie!
These two are just handsome. Oh, be still my heart.
And this was about all I could get Asher to slow down enough to take a (blurry) picture with me.
I also have to share this picture of the desert table at the reception. My mother-in-law made these vases out of light bulbs and then hung them from the tree with fishing line. They were incredible and I'd never seen anything like them. Turns out that if pull the guts out of the light bulb and then swish sugar around inside it dissolves the white coating and makes them clear. I am making the picture really big so that you can get a better idea about what they are. They were stunning.
I told her to save them because in the future it will be harder to find these type of light bulbs, and I don't think the twisty type would give the same effect!
I haven't seen the new Pixar movie "Brave" yet (so I really can't say anything either way) but I found this post about the movie fascinating. I was especially interested this part of what the authors had to say,
"Merida may not have been a particularly brave new kind of princess, but we believe that “Brave” presented the newest and bravest fairytale world in Disney princess history. Castles and tiaras notwithstanding, this brave new world is actually a lot more like ours, for two reasons.
For one thing, this fairytale kingdom is not a medieval patriarchy: It’s a modern matriarchy. Despite whatever clichés and tropes you might have been expecting (as we were), this is not actually another story about a progressive, free-spirited heroine kicking against old fogey men’s ideas about woman’s role. It’s a story of 3rd wave feminism kicking against 2nd wave feminism: the daughter’s rebellious, no-cause-but-myself girl-power versus her mother’s more self-sacrificing, cause-driven, authoritative woman-power; a girl who would rather be a bohemian than undergo training to be an educated, powerful future ruler.
The second reason is the realistic outgrowth of the first. True to a real feminist society, there are no real men in this movie.
Merida’s father and the rest of the clan leaders are rowdy, buffoonish children who have to be shushed, scolded, and dragged around by the ears by the queen. The suitors are all such that Merida’s clearly better off without one. And that makes her the first Disney princess who doesn’t want a prince, and who doesn’t get one." Read the rest
Like I said I haven't seen the movie yet but when I saw the previews several months ago I was really disappointed. The story looks fun and engaging but I could tell that they were going to miss, by a long shot, creating the type of "princess" who will really be empowering to little girls and to women. I hope I am wrong (that would be great) and I'd encourage you to read the rest of the post, it is fascinating!
Speaking of empowering women, I have really been struggling with Rose lately. She is super, super jealous of Abraham and is constantly acting out. She is always hitting him and trying to sit on him. She is always pulling his legs and telling me, " I don't like my baby." When I nurse him she comes up and tells me "I want to punch the baby in the face" and then "I punch mommy in the face".
Yikes! My sweet little girl, what has happened?
She has also been acting like a baby constantly lately. She crawls around on the floor and talks in baby talk all the time. She is always telling me that she "is the baby." I know that this is her way of telling me she is feeling left out and that she is jealous of all the attention that Abe gets from me. My mother-in-law suggested I find ways to include her in taking care of Abe and give her "big girl" jobs to do. I've been trying but I am still really struggling with her.
Our neighbors are Chinese and are just about some of the sweetest people I've ever met. Their little girl comes over to play at our house a lot and has been really patient with the fact that my kids call her "Yoshi", which is not even close to her real name! I guess it is the only Asian sounding word they know?
This family owns a Chinese Restaurant in Woods Cross (just north of SLC) called Boba World. They are from Shanghai and so the cuisine is traditional Shanghai food. They invited Jon and I to come eat there a few weeks ago, and so to be polite we went. I am usually not a big fan of Chinese food, especially if the restaurant is in a strip mall like this one is, but this food was fantastic. Really fantastic, and I'm not just saying that because I know them. It was some of the best ethnic food I've ever had. We ordered a traditional dish called "Potatoes and Green Beans" and don't be deceived by that simple name. It was so good and has been added to my top 20 favorite dishes. Oh just thinking about it makes me hungry!
I just wanted to put a plug out there for their restaurant, because it is so good, and because they are some of the hardest working people I've ever met in my life. I'd love for their business to be successful and with such a good food I think it probably will be. I wouldn't be surprised if in several years he has a big beautiful restaurant-- if you read the reviews online they are are even more glowing than I am about this place. If you live near Bountiful go check it out:
750 S 512 W
Woods Cross, UT 84010
Woods Cross, UT 84010
You won't regret it!
The kids and I went to Temple Square this week and we really had such a beautiful day. It was amazed at how many opportunities I had to bear my testimony to them of the temple and of the restoration of the gospel. I took lots of pictures because everywhere we went Rose said, "Take a picture of me here mommy."
Rose has the goofiest smile now a days! It is always fun to take pictures of her because you never know what you will get.
It was so sweet to be here with my kids. We are going to the open house for the Brigham City Temple soon and they are both so excited about going inside a temple. When I told Rose that we were going she got so excited and said, "But mom, you told me I couldn't go to the temple till I got married! And now I get to go." She looked like she had won the lottery.
I am hope she always keeps that feeling about the temple.
Have a wonderful week and enjoy what is left of the summer!
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