Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring has Sprung!

Oh, how I love this time of year! The trees are budding. Jasmine bushes are in bloom. Lilacs are on their way. The air is intoxicating. I have to go outside every few hours and sniff. I wish it could be Spring all of the time. It's so nice having perfect bug-free weather. I can keep the doors open all day long without being attacked by ant armies and fly squadrons (a huge problem here). Elfie is so happy to have outdoor access all day long. She is getting lots of exercise running in-and-out of the house.

Matt is in Israel this week. Before he left, we heard on the news that there was bombing along the Gaza strip. But, he's traveling to a kibbutz in Joffa (near Nazareth) so hopefully nothing will happen there. Yesterday he called to tell me that everyone in his traveling party had their luggage stolen. Sadly, Matt's car keys were in his bag along with all his "cool" cloths. When Matt lands in California he gets to spend the day in the airport parking lot with AAA. I guess there are lessons to be learned from all this: 1) someone is getting a "fanny pack" for his birthday; 2) thrift store business attire when traveling abroad is a must; and 3) before leaving, have a few extra keys made for the car. (The only one we own is now in the possession of an Israelite).

I have spent the last few weeks fellow-shipping a new member of the church (a woman with 15 foster children who had a 20-year career in the Army); hemming skirts for the sister missionaries, canning food storage; painting stools and book shelves; driving kids all over the place; trying out new recipes; learning how to use the "new family search" genealogy site; and reading "In the Shadow of the Wind" and "Second Glance" (good books). I also spent one night at a sleep diagnostic center for a sleep study. (I think I suffer from sleep apnea as I wake up in the middle of the night gasping for breath). It was miserable. There was a man in the next room who snored so loud, the walls shook. It drove me crazy being hooked up to hundreds of wires, watching the time tick away as I lay there listening to the dying walrus next door. I think I actually slept a total of two hours. The next day, my nurse told me my study was inconclusive because I didn't sleep enough. Needless to say, I was not too happy about that. Curse you snoring stranger!!!!

Eden continues his intensive studies on Scandinavian countries. (This week I learned that all cars in Iceland use an alternative fuel made of hydrogen. Who knew!). He's also been designing a lot of "housing" for students. He spent one night putting together a very creative brochure complete with elevations and floor plans. I have to say, if I were a college student, I would love living in one of his buildings, especially the one with an interior court-yard. Maybe some day, Eden will design a house for me! He also ran 23 laps in his annual school "jog-a-thon." He was proud.

Claire has been busy. In fact, we don't see much of her. It's all about friends. One morning, they all met at Jamba Juice before school. Today, they are going to the movies after school. Tomorrow night they are swimming and watching movies. Last Wednesday, they all went to a "girls camp kick-off." (Note: We've sure been attending a lot of "kick-off's lately, what's with that?) On the way home from the "kick-off" Claire and her friends planned the tricks they intend to play on other wards. I suggested my all time favorite: chicken bullion cubes in the shower heads. (Oh, the days of pranks, and sleepovers). Claire also took care of our neighbor's cat while he was on vacation (a thing she hates), and babysat for one of her Young Women leaders (a thing she loves). Life is good when you are 12.

March 5, 2008

Last night, Eden, Claire and I went to a "fondue" restaurant which was loads of fun. (It brought back fond memories of my mom, who was a big fan of the fondue pot.) We were served a 5-course dinner with three different types of fondue: cheese, broth, and chocolate. Yum! Eden said his favorite dipping item is a scallop. Claire liked the meat. Of course, we all LOVED the chocolate. (Eden had more on his shirt than he put in his mouth.) I really enjoyed the dining experience. It takes a few hours to complete the meal so we had a lot of time to laugh and talk. The only thing missing: "60's" music! We will definitely be doing this again.

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