I’m the Tamamamma

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Idaho Cheer Competition

My cute daughter Haylee is being the "guest blogger" on my blog today....I will be editing what she wrote and adding in bits here and there.

it took about 5 hours to get to the hotel. we had to stop 3 or 4 times for a potty break. we got there at 7 or 8 o clock . The hotel had two beds and we brought the cot for someone to sleep in.
we had to wake up at about 6:30 and we had to be at the sports center at 7:30. we had to practice stunts then tumbling then the routine.

It was an early morning, but she was excited. Here she is all made up for her performance:
She is the second from the right:
And here she is on the left:
after we performed we went on the bleachers and walked around.

my team got 2nd place. we got a medal and a key chain bow.
after i got changed we went to a restaurant. I made my own pizza so did my sister.

I was so happy for their team getting second place at their first competition. They all worked so hard and H2 really gave it everything she had! Yay!

I had read about a place called Flat Bread Community Oven. They had a wood burning oven that they cooked things in. The girls each ordered a pizza and the waitress brought them the raw crust, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. They got to assemble their own pizzas and then the waitress took them away to be cooked. Pretty cool.

Another place I read about was the Old Idaho Penitentiary. It is a state historical site. It was very interesting to look around the place. H1 couldn't remember what it was called and asked if we were going to the "Penetrationary". Oh, my.

we went to a penitentiary. we took our mug shots.

we went to a bunch of different buildings.

a lot of them had sell's and one of them had a place called death row .the people in death row were going to be hanged. only one peorson had been hung on the hanging divice.

It's true that only one person hung on the gallows that we saw. Before that, they did it on a gallows in what is now the rose garden. The death row cells looked out over the garden where the inmates could watch their own gallows being prepared. How nice, huh?

This was the oldest cell block. Boy was it creepy. It had four floors. Two people to a cell and no plumbing! Can you imagine what this place must have smelled like on a hot summer day?
This is in one of the more modern cell blocks.
they had to separate the women from the men so they made a building from the women.

my dad took a picture of us in a jail sell. (one of the old, plumbing-free ones--notice the bucket in the corner)
The creepiest part of the penitentiary was the solitary confinement cells. Ugh. You would not want to be locked in there. The whole family thought it was very interesting.

We spent time at the hotel pool and a lot of time together. All in all, a great weekend trip. We're all geared up for the next one!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Little Cheerleader and The Leonardo

A big moment for H2....the arrival of her official cheer outfit. She loves it. She has her first competition coming up next weekend. Yay for the Jaguar Cubs! Here she is in all her cheery glory. The front:
And the back:
We read a book about Leonardo Di Vinci together as a family. Yesterday we went up to The Leonardo museum. It was pretty cool, but definitely a one-time thing. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't anything about Leonardo in the museum at all. The museum is a science, technology, and art museum.....so I can see why they named it after him, but it was still missing a little something. I'm glad we went, but for the price I don't think we'll go again.

I loved this interactive sculpture. It moves a little bit in response to people moving around it.

There was a desk designed for drawing self portraits
The results:
They had a great time playing with the green screen

And designing their own stop-animation
They got to see what it might feel like to wear a prosthetic limb.....and here is a stranger trying to help H3, which was nice.

We did a lot of walking downtown and got plenty of exercise. I'm ready for a relaxing evening....maybe getting some work done on my quilt once the house is cleaned up.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More Quilting

I finished the top for one quilt and got the pieces cut for a second. It's been fun, and I think that by the time I'm done I'll be over the quilting "bug" for a bit. Hopefully to move on to getting some digital scrapbooking done because I am soooo behind!

Here's the entire top for the "Sea of Galilee" quilt:
And the layout for my warm colors/cool colors quilt. I only had to put about $11 into fabric for it since most of it came from my scrap stash.
Can't wait to see both of the quilts completely done and ready for cuddling.

H1 got to go on a fun field trip this week to Junior Achievement's BizTown. His class spent a lot of time preparing by learning about how businesses run, finances, and a lot of other things. They even interviewed for jobs. H1 was the CEO of Questar Gas. On the day of the trip, they played out a mock business day, complete with paying off loans, earning money, paying utilities, and buying things. He spent his "money" on this hat. He had a great time.
H2 insisted I take a pic of her doing one of her tricks, so here she is!
We were going to go to the museum yesterday, but H2 had a very croupy cough. Bummer. We just finished reading a book as a family about Leonardo Da Vinci and we were going to visit the new Leonardo museum downtown. Maybe next weekend! She had to miss cheer practice also. We ended up going out to lunch while DH and H1 went jeeping with DH's nephew.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Life as Usual

Nothing too exciting going on around here this last week. Last Monday I took a field trip with my 6th grade class (I'm a teacher's aide). We went to the planetarium. The star show and Hubble 3D movie were fun. I didn't particularly enjoy the bus ride though.

On Saturday we went to a model train show. It was a bit of a snooze-fest for me, since we had gone to one last year. I couldn't believe how crowded it was! Afterwards, we went by DH's sister's pet shop. There were baby bunnies that we got to hold. They were precious. There was also a sweet chihuahua that I fell in love with, but no more dogs for us right now. The one that we have leaves enough hair all over the house as it is (but he's totally worth it).

On Sunday we went to church and it was the most crowded I've ever seen it. We got there 5 minutes early and took the last spots available in the choir seating.....everything else was already full. People had to listen from out in the hall. I'm sure we'll have a split soon. It was especially bad because there were 3 baby blessings. I try to focus on how great it is that there are so many people that make church a part of their day on Sundays. Here's the view from up on the stand where we sat:

I'm finishing up a quilt that I started quite a while ago. I finally got the piecing done for the top. I'll have to put a wide white sashing around it because I've run out of fabric and it's not as big as I want it. The pattern is a classic quilt pattern called "Sea of Galilee". I love the way it gives the optical illusion of curved lines even though everything in it is straight.
This is what I want to tackle next. I found it on Pinterest. Gorgeous! It will be a great way to use up all of the scraps of pretty fabric I have accumulated