Friday, January 14, 2011

Ma Babes

As you all know, I work with little autistic preschoolers.
Working with these little ones, we've had some pretty great times together.
Here are a few events I've had with my babies.
I've been able to do things I've never done before. I feel like
one of the kids going to these new fun places :)

Fire Day!
I'm Ob...sessed with this photo.
He gives the best most intense looks.
He's giving the fireman one of his
"looks" in the first photo.
I think she looks like Yoda!!
Head poking out of a long 'robe'
I do ABA therapy with them to teach them
skills and behaviors. This little one passed
off one of her levels today, hence the
"star" hat.

*Snow Day*
Apparently, her mom carried around a bunch
of hats as they walked around the store
until this little one finally kept one on,
and that's the one they kept.
Personally, I think this hat was the winner
because it is purple.
Nap time before the big event.
Everyday,, without fail, I get
a loud "Ammawee" welcome from this little boy.
He either yells it to me across the classroom
as I walk in and put my keys and purse in the closet,
or if I'm there before him he comes running
into the classroom towards me in the play area
in his "perpetually off balance, might trip over my own
shoes at any moment, haven't quite
figured out how to move" sort of way,
usually falling into my arms if he can manage
to aim his fall the right way :)
~Oh I love Misha~
(I call him my little spartan because of the hat)

Some of us really loved Santa Clause...
...and some of us really didn't,
even going so far as barricading ourselves
in the play tunnel.

Festival of Trees
This tiny boy may be the smallest but has
the most verbal skills.
I always get a
"Hi diidi" from him...his attempt at my long name.

Chronology of trying, trying, to get a photo
with both of us looking.
Oh well. It was worth a try :)
At least the giant bubble kinda worked for us.
Pig tails.
These are ma babes...
until I have babes of my own :)

I either get emotional or laugh, sometimes both, every time I watch this because I just love him!!! Little Mishka

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Summing up all the fun times over this holiday season with family, friends and food, "yummies" just seemed to the perfect word :)
BYU Basket ball game with Kates & co.
And then HOME
Foosball was pretty popular this holiday.
Ty dominated the game and infuriated his
two older brothers win after win after win!
I'd just sit on the leather chair and watch it all play out. I don't do stress and competition, so watching was fine with me~
Happy 16th Birthday brumsy.
Little Hayley on cookie day...
...and we're back to foosball.

Daddy-o was my buddy this holiday.
We spent so much time together: cooking, watching movies, running to the office for emergency patients (slyly grabbing a see's candy out of the staff room before we left!), watching food network shows, planning new meals to make then getting on line looking up cookware we wish we could buy, staying up together new years eve watching The Mentalist, reading church books by the portable space heater, etc.
My first 3-D movie, and it might be my last. It was so strange. My eyes were wigging out trying to focus. Some things might just be meant to stay in 2-D for me :)
This was our new years eve fancy dinner adventure.
Sage lemon chicken
Garlic roast potatoes
Petit pois (french for green peas)
We were pleasantly surprised at how good everything turned out, cus sometimes recipes look and seem great, then just aren't.

Swedish pancakes and Belgian waffles
courtesy of grandma & grandpa Rowan
The cousins trickled in and out all morning. Grandma cooked in that kitchen from 7 until 11:30 am!
It's such a unique feeling to just 'know' and love these people we call "Family". I'm so grateful every time we get together in groups to know I can be with every one of them for eternity.
"Bound each to each"
After taking this photo with grandpa I then got to show him how on the iphone 4 (which he actually has too!) you can hold the phone and take a picture of yourself by reversing the camera...
like this! He's so funny. Gets such a kick out of learning new things.
Then it was off to Aunt Ellen's to pick fresh oranges off their tree. Then over to Uncle Matt's for games in the back yard. Mama and I stood off to the side and watched and took photos. It seemed like a boys event, so we let our boys have their time :)
I looked over from where I stood taking photos to see mama standing in my exact same stance taking photos as well. Like mother like daughter! It's fun when your mama can be a style inspiration to you. She's so beautiful.
Genuinely my favorite photo of these two.
Then in the evenings we'd bring the beast in to sit on her little bed and get out of the cold. Honestly thought she was ganna scratch the door down some nights to get in. She just knows where the party's at and wants to come in too :)
~~~Thanks for being amazing HOME~~~

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hold the Phone...

They've done it...
Provo has done the unthinkable...
They've rid my tuesdays of all that was special...
They've taken away dollar night at the local
Baskin Robbins!

It's almost painful to say it. After all...
Think of the memories:

Roommates say they know I'm out of town
when what is missing from the freezer?
Baskin Robbins
When family came into town, who was there?
Baskin Robbins
After a hard test, who was there?
Baskin Robbins
When roommates heart attacked my room,
what did one of the hearts say?
Baskin Robbins
When late night girl chats needed backup sustenance,
who was there?
Baskin Robbins
Congratulating me on a fantastic run, who was there?
Baskin Robbins
For family birthday cakes, who was there?
Baskin Robbins
Grandparents send me certificates every birthday
for 3 yrs. now to where?
Baskin Robbins
Introducing Tori to her first dollar scoop
EVER, from where?
Baskin Robbins
4 yrs and counting dollar nights w/Karin, where?
Baskin Robbins

Their only explanation?
New management
What the heck am I supposed to do on tuesdays now?!