Our “Dancing Queen”

July 30, 2009

Hayley had her end of the year dance recital in June. She did three dances and this was the one with the best video which you could see her and she wasn’t behind someone else. This is their jazz dance. She really loves dance and thinks it is just awesome. You can tell she is enjoying herself!

Hayley in her ballet costume

Hayley in her ballet costume

Hayley's Team and their dance competition trophys

Hayley's Team and their dance competition trophys

Hayley’s dance team competed at Lagoon this summer.  They did really well and won the sweepstakes and got a big trophy for their dance studio.  It also gave us the chance to go to Lagoon with the kids and let them ride the rides after the competion. 

Hayley - Ready to Compete

Hayley - Ready to Compete

Okay…let me clarify…I ride everthing and everyone else rides some things.  We all really liked The Bat – even Dillan after we conviced him to ride it.  I did get Hayley to ride Colossus with me, but I’m not sure what she thought about it.  I rode Wicked by myself and it was AWESOME!  I think the only ride that has ever really scared me was the Maliboomer at Disneyland’s California Adventure – 180 feet in 4 seconds – I was shaking when I got off!

Hayley & Syd on the Wild Mouse

Hayley & Syd on the Wild Mouse

Dillan - Waiting with Mom & Dad

Dillan - Waiting with Mom & Dad

It was a nice day and not too hot.  Just before we got ready to come home we decided to ride Rattlesnake Rapids because we knew we’d get wet.  Well, we did, and then we got wetter!  It poured on us!  We finally just decided it wasn’t going to quit for awhile and hurried out to the car and left.

Cute kids at Lagoon

Cute kids at Lagoon

Recent Books Read

July 28, 2009

In spite of the crazy summer I have managed to get a few books read. Mostly during the times (4 weekends in a row) that we have been camping. It’s been nice to sit and relax and read, but then very distracting at home when I have tons of stuff to do and I’d rather sit on the couch and read. It’s always been a battle for me – read a book, or do the dishes….mmmmm….the dishes will still be there right?

Here are a couple of the books I have read. I received Olive Kitteridge through Goodreads First Read program which was cool. I actually won another to read and review and it is on it’s way. There are just so many books and too little time. Someone needs to create a job for me somehow as a professional book reader :)!Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories

Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the simple direct prose and how it was written. I liked the concept of each chapter being a short story that was linked to Olive. Sometimes the stories weren’t really related to her but only to the town somehow.

However, I thought the book was sad and somewhat dark at times. When I finished I was wondering if I would feel that sad, unsatisfied, and regretful of my life. I found myself not wanting to be like Olive and some other other characters with a new resolve to be happy and appreciate what I have now. It was to me a story of unreached potential and what the characters could have done with their lives and relationships but didn’t.

I didn’t love the book, but it was definately thought provoking which is maybe what the author intended.

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Here is another great young adult book that I read in a day.
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and had a good story and characters. I really liked Katniss and her personality. I can’t wait to read the next one.

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Another book

July 28, 2009

Gossamer Gossamer by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Love Lois Lowry. Such a sweet, tender story with some great imagery. View all my reviews >>

Relay for Life

July 19, 2009

I participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in June in Rexburg.  I was a fun experience and I had a good time with the other girls on our team from my ward.  I don’t know about the staying up all night part though… I’m not really used to that and I felt like it took me a few days to recuperate!  I didn’t really keep track of how many miles I walked or anything, but I did raise over $100 (thanks everyone!!!) and our team exceeded our goal of $1400.  It seems like they had said the total raised was around $30,000 or something for the whole event!  We had a huge thunderstorm right before everything was supposed to get started so they delayed things for awhile.  The sun finally came out, but it was wet and humid all night long and so colder than I thought it would be.  At one point during the wee hours of the morning I kept walking because it was keeping me warm!

Jack & Jill

July 19, 2009

IMG_2501Just a funny little story about Dillan –

He and I were planting potatoes in the garden the 3rd week of May. I was cutting the potatoes up and he was carefully planting them in the holes I had dug. We were having a good discussion about gardening. He asked if people planted gardens a long time ago. I explained that they did because that was how people used to get their food a lot of the time. Then he asked me if Jesus thought it was good to plant gardens. I told him Jesus probably thought gardens were a good idea. Then he asked me if Jack and Jill had planted a garden. I was thinking in my head… Jack and Jill went up the hill… what does that have to do with a garden? I told him I didn’t know about Jack and Jill planting a garden, and then I realized who he might be talking about. “Do you mean Adam and Eve?” He got excited and said “Yeah, that’s who I meant, Mom. Those two people who had a garden!”

It sure made me smile and giggle. I think maybe he’s getting preschool and primary all jumbled together! What a funny kid!

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was wonderful! I loved that I could read this book with no expectations of how Sanderson would end the series. It’s not predictable and so you can enjoy the ending without expecting how it will end. The whole series is so unique and different from just the usual fantasy novels. I loved the characters in the book and how they grew and developed. Sanderson seemed to focus on that and the relationships as well as the story line. These books had a lot depth to them and a lot of thoughts and quotable lines to ponder. These definately won’t be books like some on my shelf that I look at and try to remember what the story was about. These I will remember for a long time!

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