I think Spring has arrived! Yesterday was a beautiful day. It was in the low 60’s with a slight breeze. Very sunny. I took the kids to the park and we had the BEST time. Dallin especially liked the swing. Aiden made lots of friends, and he climbed up really, really high on the jungle gym. He was still too scared to go down most slides, but that’s okay. Baby steps. We are going to another park today.
Kid’s joke of the day:
What did the pirate pay for his earring?
I have decided that when we buy a house someday I want to be within very short walking distance of a park. Then it won’t matter if we have a huge backyard or not. If we don’t live very close to a park, then I want a huge backyard. So now I have these “requirements” for when we buy a house someday:
1. Within short walking distance of a park
2. A good back yard, fenced-in
3. Room for a flower garden in the front yard
4. Must be on a cul-de-sac
5. A full basement (doesn’t have to be finished. We can do that)
6. A full attic
7. A living room and a family room (although if we have a full basement, the family room would go in the basement)
8. A music room with a piano and ample shelf space for all our music and CDs. And we can leave all our instruments in there without having to trip over anything. And we can teach lessons in there.
9. Cannot be haunted
When we were kids, we had lots of wierd little car games that we made up. One of our favorites had to do with bridges, tunnels, and overpasses. Whenever we went through a tunnel or under a bridge or overpass or some sort, we had to hold our breath. We said it was for good luck. I don’t know if it ever brought us any good luck, but it sure was fun! It was also a challenge, at times. When we were visiting our dad in Norway one summer, we were pretty excited that we got to go through so many tunnels. However, these were looooooong tunnels, and my dad thought it’d be hilarious to slow the car down. I don’t know why he liked watching our faces go blue as we’re madly gesturing “Speed up!! Speed up NOW!!” He really enjoyed that, however. Anyrate, we would come upon a bridge or whatever and yell “hold your breath!”, then breath in very loudly, puffing up our cheeks with air. After we had passed under it we couldn’t just let go. Oh, no. We had to blow out all the air from our puffed up cheeks with a loud “psssssshhhhhhhh” sound. It was all part of the ritual.
I have passed on the knowledge of “hold your breath!” to Aiden. He gets really excited at this one section of I-80 here in town. We get to pass under lots and lots of bridges and go through one tunnel. I don’t think he’s actually holding his breath yet, but he makes all the right sounds!
You know, I mentioned in a comment not too long ago that we didn’t study Dr. Seuss in high school. Sorry, Lura. I had forgotten this one little thing:
Sophomore year we had to write a paper about an American author and two pieces of that author’s literature. I had a couple of ideas, and I went with a comparison of the symbolism in “The Red Pony” and “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. My other idea was to do Dr. Seuss. My best friend that year was Deborah, and she couldn’t come up with an idea, so she did the Dr. Seuss one. I helped her do some of the research (heh. That meant we sat around the library and the computer lab taking turns reading Dr. Seuss books out loud and laughing a lot). I always wished I had actually done that paper because while I enjoyed the Steinbeck stuff, Dr. Seuss was so much more interesting. Oh well. Incidentally, I believe we both received “A’s” on our papers.
I hope Mitt Romney is able to run for president of the US. The more I read about him, and the more interviews and “discussions” I see about him, the more impressed I get. The big question remains: Is the United States ready for a Mormon president? In every article, in every discussion, that seems to be the main topic. Everyone seems to like him (Republicans and Democrats alike) or at least think he’ll be a great leader, but no one is sure about the “Mormon thing”. We shall see what happens.
Quote of the day:
Happiness is the best facelift.
–Diana Krall, quoting Joni Mitchell
(thanks to the May 2006 issue of Reader’s Digest for this one)