Happy Mother’s Day!


Baby Birdy

Happy Mother’s day to all of the current, soon-to-be, and future Mommies that visit my blog.  I love this quote:

“There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family… What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else.”

M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, May 2008, 108-10

So to all those mothers whom I love the most (Hi Mom! Hi DMP’s Mom!), here is a link to a little video of EJ singing 2 songs for her school Mother’s Day program last week. Click here and enter our dog’s name (lowercase) as the password. (Oh and don’t mind the bad wardrobe choice + sitting cross-legged :))


Happy Mom’s Day!


May 10, 2009. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Beloved Childhood books + Movies = Mixed


Two of my favorite picture books are being released in movie form this year. First up is “Where the Wild Things Are” and the trailer for this one looks freakin’ awesome- I can’t wait. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you check it out.

The other (lesser known) book that is being made into a movie is a current favorite with our girls – “Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs“.  From the cool lino-cut/etched illustrations, to the silliness of food falling from the sky, this book is a classic that launches many fun discussions with the kiddos.


The movie version, however, looks like it will be a disaster.  Check it out here and then come back and read the rest. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

So it appears that the only thing it has in common with the book is food falling from the sky and a giant pancake that falls on the school. The rest seems to be a lame-o kid movie complete with gags, fart jokes and all-around lameness.

I get that it is hard to translate a 20-ish (or less) storybook into a movie with a plot and all, but really- I think CWACOM has enough drama to fill a movie- everything is happy and then the food gets wierd, then giant and everyone has to make boats out of stale giant bread and peanutbutter and escape. Isn’t that enough, Hollywood?

Ooops- sorry to anyone that hasn’t read it- I just gave away the whole plot!

May 7, 2009. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Two-year-olds ROCK!!!!

I can’t get Birdy to smile for the camera these days (or do anything on command, come to think of it).  She is a generally happy kid, mostly, but more and more we are seeing a lot of these kinds of faces these days.

Exhibit A- The Birdy Scowl:


Exhibit B: The “Awwww” (you have to say it in your best whiny-kid voice):


And finally, Exhibit C: The “I sad”:


And yes, her hair does always look like that.  Like Birdy, it tends to do it’s own thing and she is adamant that we not brush, “do” or play with it. Ever.  Sometimes (OK, most of the time) it isn’t worth the hassle.

The upside? We get a lot of these faces from big Sissy:


May 6, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

We are ready for Summer

We are getting excited (and geared up) for summer.  Last summer, we bought a tent, so this summer we are getting ready to go use it.  We got some camp chairs for the girls:


I got a bike and we got a bike trailer for the girls.


The girls LOVE the trailer. I think the time they’ve spent in it sets a record for the most time they’ve spent in close proximity without bickering or fighting.


We even busted out the summer clothes. We are ready to go!


I just want to know what happened to Birdies chubby legs (commonly called “chubby bubbies” ’round these parts). Her legs have gotten so LONG and skinny over the winter!

DMP got his childhood fishing rod last time we were in Salmon, and he has been teaching the girls how to cast. EJ is a rock star and can cast FAR. 


Birdy is still learning, but hopefully she’ll be ready for our first family fishing trip!


May 4, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Tulip Festival 2009


We went to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point with Cynj and the boys yesterday. It was so much fun and beautiful. The weather was perfect for picture taking (overcast and warmish), so of course the girls wouldn’t cooperate!  But here is our story in pictures.
















The End!

May 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Meatless May

Colorful vegetables and fruits

The Mak family is going Meatless for the month of May.  Why you ask?  Well, I devised this little plan/challenge for lots of reasons. The biggest reason is that I’ve always wanted to try going totally veggie.  We already eat meatless at least 2x each week, so we have lots of yummy recipes. 

We also have a goal of not eating out as much. No cheeseburgers = no fun eating out :).  Also, DMP and I are, um, chubby lately, so I think meatless and not eating out could help with that too.  Also,  it is good for our health and the environment.

This should be a fun and interesting challenge. We have decided that eggs, cheese and fish are OK (DMP couldn’t QUITE face no meat at all). It is our anniversary this month and I’ll be travelling, so that will be challenging. Good thing DMP and I both love sushi!

Wish us luck and if you have any good veggie meals, send them my way!

April 29, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 16 comments.

An appropriate Monday Story…

Lately (like for the last week or so, every other day) Birdy has been commanding me not to go to work. She sweetly grabs my hand and say “No go to work”. 

I started out by telling her “But honey, Mommy has to go…” but that quickly turns into a “no”, “yes”, “no” discussion that ends in tears when I have to leave anyway. 

So I started to try a new tactic. I say “Why don’t you want me to go to work?”.  She’ll reply with something like “Because I luff you” or “Stay and play with my kids” (meaning MY kids, not hers…). 

It breaks my little heart.

April 27, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

An open letter to DMP

Dearest DMP,

In this tough economy, I understand that it is difficult to find a job and that you are having a tough time filling all of the time you have on your hands.  I suggest you take up a hobby for which you are fantastically suited for and that utilizes the talent you posess that all of the brothers-in-law are jealous of- your ability to grow lots and lots of facial hair.


You see, today it has come to my attention that there are beard clubs (they let people with moustaches in too!) and, best of all, a World Beard and Moustache Competition!  I suggest you consider the following categories:

Imperial: The "Imperial"

The Styled Moustache:


I really think you have a chance. Particularly I think you could have an edge by utilizing actual pictures of some spectacular moustaches from the past.  Personally, I think you could take some tips from the distinguished facial hair of my forefathers.  For instance, you could go with a well-groomed distinguished moustache like a young Henry Clegg Jr:


I’m also a fan of the flowing goatee sported by Fredrick Lewis (Henry Clegg’s wife Ann Lewis’ father, BTW):


Of course, the best ancestral beard has to be Joseph S. Murdock, sporting the “natural”:


Just a thought. Or, you know, you could look into taking up another hobby, like collecting bottle caps.



April 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Stuff I love- Sarah Jane Studios

I love, love LOVE the artwork at Sarah Jane studios. I think my sister Bek turned me on to her artwork (or maybe it was Cynj).  Every time I visit her Etsy shop, I want to buy everything.  I have this print on the girls little bookshelf:


I love the new family tree artwork she just released. I’m trying do decide between the blue/grey or the pink/brown:


I seriously recommend checking out her shop. Her illustrations are just beautiful and capture an idyllic childhood and are just so sweet.

I also recently discovered her blog, and it is fantastic. She posts about childhood, life, things that are pretty, and all sorts of things.

April 24, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Awesome EJ Story: Guest Post (DMP)

We purchased a new (second-hand) computer desk and hutch today.  I had put both girls down to take a nap and was putting the desk together when I thought I heard some crying. I headed upstairs to investigate.

I found EJ sitting on the cedar chest at the top of the stairs. She was sitting right in the corner, with her legs pulled up to her chest and sobbing. I sat down next to her, put my arm around her and asked her what was wrong. I wish that I had the audio of the ensuing conversation. I will attempt to do it justice from my memory.

“Why are you sad?”

“I’m going to miss you when I go away.” (It actually took several tries to decipher this response amidst the sobs.)

“Where are you going?”

“I’m going to live with Emily.”

“Why are you going to live with Emily?”

“Because you’re not doing a very good job.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“I guess you take good care of me, but you don’t give me snacks whenever I want, and you don’t just let me get down when my food is not finished.” (This is actually pretty close to a direct quote. It stuck with me.)

“We do those things to keep you healthy. They aren’t really a reason to leave.”

“They aren’t? But I’m just going to miss you, and Birdie, and Chester, and Mom, and Ollie.”

“Why don’t you just stay here? You can still be friends and play with Emily and you won’t have to worry about missing us.”

“Can I watch TV?”

April 24, 2009. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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