Saturday, December 4, 2010

Blog Worthy



I think this will be the Halloween costume we'll all remember! We spent hours together constructing/ painting the things. John was, of course, the Superintendent. The top pic is before trick or treating. Thanks Kimi for the cute Mini Mouse leotard. Nathan was NOT happy about dressing up as a lion, or anything else, for that matter. The bottom pic was taken just before we took the stage to receive our ward costume contest prize!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crazy Hair



We don't do drugs! We wear outlandish hairstyles instead! And crazy socks! (ha ha, J.K.)

The 5K may have had more of a plausible tie-in to healthy lifestyles than the other R.R. week traditions, but we have a blast with all of them none the less.


Mom even got a crazy hair...and chopped hers once again! Lindsay wanted a pic, so here it is.


P.S. Below is what I was going for. So here we are- Me and Meg-and our messy little mops. Now maybe it's time for some highlights?? Naw, much too crazy.


Friday, September 10, 2010

t.y.

I am reading over my left handed journal entry, 2 pages long, listing people who reached out to me when I was inhibited by my injury. Just in case the angels in heaven didn't record it in the book of life, all my selfless friends/ family out there should know that I DID :)

Chauffers, chefs, hair stylists, maids... no wonder Caroline says I was lucky I broke my arm. I have heard of more than one person say they used to wish it would happen to them when they were young.

Now that I can type again- and do most other things, I look back and say that it really was neat to feel increased love/ support from so many people and to see the capabilities of my chilren necessarily increase. My family all took on new roles...

Caroline the cook- She made mac and cheese, popcorn, etc. She also wiped the table and swept the floor. She can now even spread butter on toast and slice her own cheese.

Desi- Diaper Duty- Who ever thought that a 5 year old could change messy pants?!? She was so willing. More than once she undressed Nathan, bathed him including washing hair, got him out, dressed him in an outfit they chose together, and even combed his hair. No wonder he is going through withdrawls now that she is gone to school every morn.

Will- Mr. Whatever I Need- Often opening cans, bottles, sippie cups, and any other screwed on lid was his role. Using the hand held can opener was a good new skill for him. He also took out the trash and emptied the dishwasher multiple times.

My Hubbie- Home Health and Hairdresser- I thought it was so funny that several times people who hadn't seen me for a week or so would look right past my cast and say "You cut your hair!" I am sure that John would have continued washing and "styling" my hair for me in a nice, plain pony tail had I not decided it had to go! I do think he is better at cutting Will's hair now than I am, and he does the majority of his own cutting with me just touching up the sides. One word that has always described John very well is CAPABLE. After he basically served as my home health nurse for the first bit, I would have to add a few more fitting adjectives: compassionate and caring.

To all of you out there who lent a hand (when I really didn't have one) a big T. Y.!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer of Change

June 25, 2010


August 1, 2010

That's what happens when a game of kick-the-can gets too intense. My "first aid certified-super scouty" husband made the sling for me out of a tablecloth embriodered on by my Grandma Young. The instacare doc. called it cute.
I don't think I've missed 13 days worth of sweaty exercise since like age 15- even before/after having given birth. Okay- so maybe the serious sweat was more like 4-6 weeks after labor. Had to try & follow Dr.'s recc. This just feels like a long and major lifestyle change. Much more time online, and much less on the road. I can no longer bike. I can no longer swim, I can't even really run either. Obviously no aerobics :( I can't even drive myself to the Legacy Center to get on the stationary bikes with back rests. So what's a girl to do for her broken down 32 year old body...?
I've decided to enjoy the extra Zzz's, and dramatically increase my daily dose of bone- building CALCIUM!!


P.S. Please go straight to my fractured radial head, and not to my hips!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

I pledge...

My head to clearer thinking.
My heart to greater loyalty.
My hands to larger service.
and My health to better living.
For my club, My Community, My Country, and My world.
(4-H Pledge)

And the summer "Happy Helpers" 4-H Club was a success!

-List of projects for our " Happy Science Afternoon."

A skewer through a balloon. WOW!

After each experiment, a chosen participant wore the "wonder why" sign while explaining how it all worked. The other happy scientists listened up while enjoying their W&W candies.

We've got "spear-it!" Pencils through bags of water, and no leaks- until the water fight afterwards.



Homemade ice cream, the perfect summer dessert.


And now...


The best thing we did as a club was took our show on the road to perform for an elderly neighbor. Then it was time to raise some funds at our neighborhood matinee. We received a good luck balloon boquet the day of our "big" show. (Thanks fam)
The knight is kissing the dragons good night. His princess is at the left in her cardboard castle.

This turned out to be a great new use for the swing set. Our last 4-H activity was a swim party, and now, it's on to the county fair!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ditch the workout...

…Join the Party!

It was on a Saturday morning a few years ago that I went to the Legacy center ready for my step interval class. Little did I know that the schedule had changed, the new class was called Zumba! I had never heard of it, but as the music started pumping and the instructor got moving I COULD HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF!!!!!!!! I was hooting, hollering, jumping, dancing- and I’ve been doing it every week since. While living in Mexico for a summer I developed a major love for the culture, including the music and dance. I was once told by a dance partner (and I took it as a compliment) que tengo el ritmo latino en la sangre! (I have the latin rythym in my blood )
I am so lucky to have an instructor who keeps the moves clean and tame, but still full of energy. We always leave feeling better than when we arrive. I guess that's partly because we are barely awake at 6am. She started teaching last June, so we are celebrating her 1 year anniversary. I made and distributed matching pink zebra headbands for the occasion. Pictured here are some of the women with whom “Me gusta mueve mueve!” (The Madagascar theme song in Spanish, love it!)

In case you are still wondering whether or not you should give it a whirl, here is explanation from their website:
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
As of May 2010, the Zumba® program is being taught at over 60,000 locations in 105 countries, has sold millions of DVDs, and has changed the lives of Zumba® Fanatics worldwide with an astonishing 7.5 million participants taking Zumba classes every week.
Why? Because it's the best party around.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Legacy of Literacy

When I count the blessings in my life, literacy is among the things for which I am most grateful. I don’t necessarily consider myself to be “well read”, (unless you count childrens’ lit). There is so much more out there for me to learn. But thankfully both John and I, largely because of our parents’ examples, love to learn through reading and the arts. Their homes include libraries of learning and their minds are full from years of vast study and exposure.

I remember laughing at my own Mom’s recitation of “Yertel the Turtle”, and enjoying together the homophones in Amelia Bedilia books. I remember my Dad reciting “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” with much expression each Christmas Eve, and I still have the worn out copy of “Danny and the Dinosaur” I begged him to read and re-read throughout my toddler years. My Dad loves short stories, as is evidenced today by the perpetual copy of the Bathroom Reader found in their commode. My Mom chuckled not too long ago when she saw in our suburban at the foot of the passenger seat a bag stuffed with magazines, cookbooks, a novel, etc. It was one of those striking moments when you realize Mom and Daughter are becoming more and more alike with the passing of time.

Thanks to a tradition set by his Father, one of John’s roles in our home is “before bedtime story teller.” He has also recently joined the world of wizardry because of all of the Harry Potter audio books lent to him by his parents. Good timing, as William is currently engulfed book 4 of that magical series. Being able to discuss a book together is good for any relationship.

The love for theatre that was passed to John was one thing that attracted me to him while we were dating- quite literally! Among the list of plays we saw together while courting are: “The Foreigner,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,”, and even, “LeMis!”. I have a suspicion that his Dad footed the bill on more than one of these extravagant evenings. (Thanks Alden )

I hope it is gratifying to them to know that at our house, the LOVE FOR LIT lives on!!


• Desiree is my little memorizer of the poems passed out at story time.

*Quick side note: For all you locals who haven’t taken advantage of the reading incentive program offered by Lehi Lib. For ages 6-12- Do it! My kids have had fun checking out new things like magazines and CDs to cross off more squares on their paper. And they have repeatedly won the prize drawing due to low participation numbers. It makes them happy, but they need some competition!

• Caroline was selected this year to represent her class in the school wide storytelling festival…

• And a sure highlight of Will’s year was getting to finally talk to Brandon Mull at a recent book signing.

• As for Nathan, just this afternoon he said another 2 word phrase that melted me right down into the recliner… “BOOK TIME!”

Saturday, February 27, 2010

PLEASE RETURN

IF FOUND

1. Size 7 Blue & Black double layer coat, boys
2. Size 4 gray Dora jacket, girls
3. Size 6 dark green jacket, boys
4. size 7 lime green coat, girls
5. size 6 yellow soft zip hoodie, girls
6. size 9 Black winter coat, boys

The above list includes a few of the outerwear items lost by my children over the past year or so. Thank goodness that, besides the size 9 coat which was “lifted” at a community event, all have been found- and returned. (A shout out of thanks to scout leaders, friends, and neighbors involved in the “keep the Whitehead kids from freezing” effort)

My high school English teacher taught us that in order for a piece of literature to be considered “classic”, it must have stood the test of time. As seasons have passed and my children advanced in coat size, I have come to understand why one particular nursery rhyme has stood the test of time…

“The three little kittens have lost their mittens.”

I am obviously not the only one out there who can identify with Mother Kitten. Observe this comforting (or should I say disheartening) exhibit…



“Oh mother dear see here see here, our mittens we have lost…”

This phrase undoubtedly fills another requirement of classic lit. It speaks to a universal audience. Anyone who has sent a child to school with layers, or lunchboxes for that matter, has likely experienced something similar to the kittens’ apologetic refrain. I would wager that I could walk into any elementary school in the U. S. of A. and find a stack similar to the one pictured here. If your children are past 3rd grade and their belongings have never ended up in the coat mound, you could probably write a book on “Teaching Young Children Responsibility” that would give the Eyres a run for their money. And I would be the first to check it out.

I conclude with a request to my readers. I have moved to purchasing replacement outerwear at thrift stores so as to decrease the economic impact of the loss factor. If I had to pay 35 bucks every time we lost a coat, my kids really would have to go without their pie. My son is currently sporting a dark/ light blue retro style 7 dollar “Savers” special. I am hoping that it doesn’t get tossed somewhere and forgotten. But just in case I must request, PLEASE RETURN IF FOUND.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I dare you.

In case you missed my facebook plug a few weeks ago...

Watch this movie!

John Alden and I found it worthwhile. We love movies with a message, and anything faith promoting.

Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and executive producer, said: "We believe good stories can have a good effect. This film was made by a small army of people who poured into something bigger than themselves - into not just a movie, but a movement to restore and uplift marriages across the country."
Go to http://www.fireproofmymarriage.com/ for more info.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Polar Express Review/ Feedback

If any of you board the Polar Express next year, you'll have to let us know whether or not they took any of our suggestions. It was fun, but with some tweaking could have been even better... Yes, I sent them a copy.)

Dear Heber Creeper Management, Jan. 2010

My family and I were delighted to be able to board the Polar Express in Dec. 2009. It was a splurge my husband and I decided to surprise our children with because we realize that they will not be young forever. All of us have thoroughly enjoyed the Polar Express tale for years through means of reading or watching it together. Our family consists of 4 children ages 8, 6, 4, and 18 months.

During the drive home from our train ride, my husband and I discussed in detail things we especially liked about the experience, and also some improvements we felt would add more of a magical, storybook feeling. We hope you will take our suggestions into consideration.

Outstanding Elements of the Polar Express Experience:
• Costumes- including the elf hats, chef hats, and conductor’s uniform
• Delicious hot Chocolate served at just the right temp and in a cup with a lid & straw (good for kids)
• Help on and off the train by the gentlemanly chefs
• D├ęcor on the train (garland, lights, and ornaments)
• Happy Mrs. Claus
• Ample time for photo opportunities with staff, all were friendly and willing to pose
• Music with reading of the Children’s’ Book, The Polar Express, multiple copies so all could see
• Proper warning before Santa was spotted in snow (so that kids knew exactly where and when to look and didn’t miss seeing him). Santa waving his lights in the darkness
• Interactive Songs during ride home
• Letting kids tell jokes, sing in microphone
• Cute ticket punch had by conductor, added to ticket souvenir
• Santa handing out silver “believe” bells


Suggestions to add energy and magic to the experience:
• Someone needed to signal the start with a loud proclamation: “ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS!”
• Announcement reminding families that young children who were not charged for tickets should be seated on LAPS. (We ended up not being able to sit as a family because we didn’t realize the seats were first come, first serve. In addition- when we got into the car, there were only 3 seats left. We had paid for 5. It was rather “cooped up” ride).
• An initial peppy and even theatrical greeting/ welcome on the microphone once we sat down would have made the moment of departure as exciting as we had imagined.
• I wanted to hear the “Hot Chocolate” song from the movie!!! My kids and I LOVE that song. It makes everyone feel light, and spoiled, and giddy! I wanted the servers to tap dance!!! I was envisioning the tap dancing, or even just some simple form of choreography.
• More dialogue during punching of the tickets- more of an imitation of Tom Hanks’ character. This would have thrilled my kids.
• The “Just Believe” song. People identify so much with this beautiful song which is the anthem of the Polar Express.

We hope that you find this feedback helpful. May you enjoy spreading the spirit of Christmas to all of the families who excitedly join you on the journey of the Polar Express!

Sincerely,

John Alden and Julia Whitehead

It was negative four outside . Brrr! I guess that's typical temp. at the "North Pole!"

Christmas Greeting (It's still Winter- so I guess I'm not too late to archive this here)

Flipping through my calendar to review the year 2009, I have concluded that the word I should use to update you on our family life it simply- full.

Our days are full of building homes (Dad), books & homework (Mom & kids), scouts (Dad & now Will), and continuous household tasks (hopefully everyone)!

Our weekends are full of worship and working together in the church. We also enjoy playing games or taking outings as a family. Old maid and yahtzee are two of our latest favorites. Nathat especially loves all those cards and dice.

Desi learned to ride her 2 wheeler this year and Nathan finally took his first steps. The older 3 kids spent the summer preparing and performing a "Frog and Toad" play at the Arts Center. Will and Cara also made their Dad proud behind the boat on the kneeboard. John's other pride was the plump, juicy peach crop that our tree produced! We are enjoying those, as well as pears, salsa, and apple pie filling this winter.

Our home is full of hair bows & binkies, legos & laundry. We hear laughing, crying, piano practicing, and some form of technology most often all at the same time.

Albeit at times exhausting, a life of abundance is a blessing for which we are very grateful to God. They say the glass being half full is a good thing. I think the calendar being mostly full is too. We hop your holiday season and the coming year are warmed by love, blessed with peace and absolutely- overflowingly FULL of joy.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Does anyone know why I couldn't copy and paste from a word document to here? I have done it many times in the past but today it would not work for some reason. Either something has changed or I am really rusty on my blogging. Or both.