Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ants in our pants

Dada has been gone since Sunday night.  He gets home in approximately an hour and a half...

...It will not be a moment too soon.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Home Safe

The kids and I made the "long" drive home from Boise today.  It took so much longer than usual, but we made it no problem.  Amos talked for 6 hours straight, except for when he and Maggie got into a battle to the death over the turtle backpack, at which point he was screaming:

As was Maggie:

They fought from Burley to Snowville...It was totally worth a week off though =) 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Be Back Soon

Today I am headed to Eagle to pick up these guys:

I haven't seen them since this:

I am very thrilled, and a little sad.  I missed them like crazy...I have been living for picture and video updates from my Dad.  I now know what its like for the grandparents to anxiously await a blog update.

Be back soon.

(and Happy Father's Day to Eric, who will be both wifeless and childless today)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Good Things to Come

I ignored this video the first couple of times I saw it posted on my friends' blogs. The almost 5 minute running time was more than I was willing to devote to watching a video. Afterall, it is my free week. Finally, today I decided I would at least start it, and as soon as I was bored I could stop watching. I didn't get bored. I wanted it to be longer.

At least start it, you can stop if you get bored...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Made it Safe

Just a quick post to let everyone know that the kids are safe and sound at Grammy and Grampy's.  They are having a blast.

Since the grandparents left a day earlier than expected with the kids, I didn't have anything lined up for today.  Don't worry about me though, I am keeping busy doing nothing.  Tomorrow the party starts =)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Freedom Week

This morning I packed up the kids and sent them to Idaho with Grammy and Grampy for the week.

If you need me, I will be here:

Or here:

Or here:

(that is a movie theater, and the movies aren't going to be cartoons!)

Or doing this:

(and although I am totally stoked for all of these things, it was a sad morning around here).

The British are Coming...

...or, better yet, it's the British invasion:

We adopted a new family member this weekend: a happy, bouncing '63 MG B from Papa Shaver's collection.

Amos and Eric are absolutely thrilled and have already been for their maiden voyage.

I will not confirm or deny the fact that Eric made us eat lunch with the garage door open so he could look at the car while we ate...I think if it fit through the door he would bring it in the house.

It's going to be a whole new world of British car clubs, MG runs, and lots of bonding time for the boys (Papa Shaver included) and the girls are already thrilled about being left behind:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Volume 2

I have ALWAYS wanted to write words that would touch people's hearts and souls (sounds cheesy, but I am being serious).  I think that's what drew me to journalism. I wanted to write words that would help people understand what was happening in the world around them.  Unfortunately, my weak heart couldn't take the hard things that happen every day and I chose another path.  My desire to write is still very real though.  Eric tells me to start my book all the time. I am not sure what I am waiting for.  So far, I've named my main character: Margot. 

Yesterday it occurred to me, I have started my book.  Margot isn't in it though.  It stars Eric, Amos, Maggie, and Laura (the omniscient narrator).  I am pretty sure there will be more main characters, and the supporting characters are plentiful.  The other thing that occurs to me now: this book will touch hearts and souls.  Not only will it touch hearts and souls, but it will be those of the people I love the most.  What more could I ask for?

My newest blog book arrived in the mail today.  304 pages of Horne history.  Transferring my blog into book form felt like a long project, but boy, was it worth it.  It looks great sitting on the shelf next to Volume 1 too =) 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I was working on a project for Eric the other night that had me looking through The Stephenson family; a genealogical sketch of the Stephenson family from Henry Stephenson of Scotland, to the present time (1906).  As I was reading through it, the very last paragraph on the very last page caught my eye:
He makes good crops.
He is a highly respected citizen. He has a most excellent
wife and beautiful children. They are noble
descendants of well known ancestors. They are a
happy family.

How very cool.  In case it's not clear, the book is a family history of "The Stephenson Family" and this paragraph is about one of its many members.  What an amazing record to leave behind.  You all know I am proud of my blog books (volume 2 should be arriving in the mail tomorrow!!), but reading this makes it even more real.  Who knows, maybe in 100 years some random will be reading about "The Horne Family."  Let's be honest, I've seen my blog's traffic, there are some randoms reading now =)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


For family home evening last night we filled up the kiddie pool.  Amos and Maggie were totally stoked. They got right in it with their clothes still on.  Today, we were a little more prepared with swim diapers and swimsuits (not to mention sunscreen!).  I didn't notice until after I put it on her (read: rammed her head through the neck hole), but Maggie's swimsuit is 6-12 month sized.  It's a good thing they're stretchy.

The wide shot:

They both loved every minute of it.

And, live action:

The best part is, they were wiped out afterward.  They're both taking a good, long nap right now =)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Another Weekend Down

Uh, remember how it's June???  Crazy.

Anyway, another good weekend here.  Meg came for dinner Sunday night (as usual) and we were able to talk her into staying late for a fire in the backyard (not usual).  Amos and Maggie love Meg, and it's no wonder really.  Look at that starburst roasting style:

The rest of us, not so stylish (at least while we're stuffing our faces with treats):

Speaking of not usual, Amos and Maggie were allowed to stay up for the fire.  They thought it was pretty cool, but mostly they were in it for the treats.  They had a great time playing in the backyard in the dark too.

After we put out the fire and cleaned up, I found my sweet little family sitting on the front porch, just enjoying each other's company.

They are the best.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Thought for the Day

I liked this thought today:
"To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility."
~President Thomas S. Monson

I could definitely do all of those things better.

Full talk here.