Monday, May 28, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Besides, it makes for some killer Facebook photos.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Unfortunately, making hundreds cotton candy cones in the wind is messy and exhausting work... but it's worth it for these smiles!
|Sasha with her first snowcone and cotton candy|
|Many, many confections later|
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The conference was great, and my understanding of the applicability of automated testing to the 5 layers of QA, attracting more women into R&D, leveraging Infrastructure as a Service, and the virtual memory scaling issues of big data expanded fantastically :)
Thanks so much to each of you for keeping my kids so well loved and cared for while I got to learn and play in California. I am reminded each day of how blessed I am by the Body of Christ here in Utah. Thanks for letting me get away from it all for a couple of days.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Despite, or perhaps because of, my fears, Mother's Day officially did not suck. This is no small feat and no trivial item of gratitude for me - after spending my birthday afternoon sobbing in my cubicle at work, I was definitely nervous about the next Jamie-centric holiday. But the combined power of preparation and prayer and a new haircut and planning a jam-packed schedule for the weekend worked its magic and I emerged unscathed from Mother's Day Weekend.
So, I made cucumber sandwiches and raisin bread and cream cheese sandwiches (tres chic) and packed up some cold pizza for the boys (they don't appreciate the finer things) and we headed up the canyon for a biking adventure.
So it all goes to show that with the love of friends and some forethought, the Grace of God, and some pretty amazing kids, a (temporarily) single mom can survive something as traumatic as Mother's Day. A super-cute haircut doesn't hurt, either.
Labels: Mother's Day
Sunday, May 13, 2012
And let's not pretend that I was growing my hair out by choice - I was growing my hair out because a haircut seemed like an awful lot of effort.
Besides, if I can't rationalize a fairly extreme haircut now, when can I?
So I hit the internet; the source of all knowledge and wisdom and fashion. And I found this photo and I thought, "hey, that might look pretty cute on me (except for the bangs - I did not go through the misery of growing out my bangs 10 years ago just to cut them back in!).
And, so, steeled by a fabulous breakfast with Laura and a couple of mimosas, I did it!
And I'm super happy with the results - messy and helmet-friendly and a little bit sassy and a fun change. Perfect!
Losing the two pounds of hair alone should shave minutes off of my commute :)
Monday, May 7, 2012
For Sasha, the entire experience was a dizzying, delirious, delightful dream. I mean, there were animals and you could pet them and feed them and even pick them up you could outrun them! Sasha heaven!
|Sasha successfully wrangles a goat and treats it to adoring hugs|
|WanYing tried to work up enough courage to feed the animals, but instead just put the food on the ground in front of them. Not a bad strategy.|
|The cows were easier to catch than the goats, although you couldn't pick them up to snuggle them|
|Hayride time! I think WanYing would have been smiling in this pic if Ben hadn't been squishing her.|
|Stylin', hay ridin' girls|
|Rapture! More goats to feed!|
|Sam was less of a fan of the animal feeding once he realized that they lick your hands to pick up the food|
|Methinks Sasha didn't see that goat head-butt coming|
|Fortunately, there were plenty of activities to delight those who didn't enjoy getting licked by farm animals|
|Sasha liked these activities, too...|
|I like how Ben is modeling how to lick up the food for the horse|
|Another set of fast friends|
|And ponies to feed, too! (are you picking up on Sasha's sheer delight at this whole experience?)|
|And you can ride the pony!|
|My Chinese cowgirl got into the pony ride, too|
|Ben... well... he tried to look enthusiastic. In my defense, I definitely didn't force the boys to do the pony ride.|
|You can't win 'em all|
|But the boys did find plenty of activities to enjoy!|
|And Sasha liked it all :)|