Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Love Is In the Air

Corinne and Tyler Bradshaw tied the knot on March 8th 2013 at the temple in Logan, Utah.
I took a bagillion pictures.  Seriously.  Bagillion.
Roman, Grandpa, Nate
Me eating Reases Pieces, Jacob, Grandma
Justin and Nate drawing faces, Erin and Kevin
Roman and Chelsea

Grandpa checking out the Logan Temple rocks, Nate and Jude, Tylers jacket
Corinne, Tyler and Corinne, Nate and Jude
Shawn Thomson siblings, Corinne, Tyler Grandpa and Grandma, Jude contemplating the tree

Corinne and Erin goofing off, Aunt Marilyn and Grandma, Corinne and Tyler
Corinne and Stefanie, Uncle Andy, Isaac and his cousin Dax
Grandpa, Justin and me, Nate (huh?)

Allison and me, Tyler and Corinne dancing, Isaac with Dax
Grandpa with Roman, Me and Allison, Allison and Dad
Dance with Dad, Jude, Me and Allison goofing off

Fun weekend.  Ammon was sick.  Then I got sick.  Then who other people got random sicknesses.  Blerg.
I love my family.

Pre-Easter Egg Hunt

Suncrest HOA puts on an annual egg hunt.  They tried to have one outdoors this year, but alas we got 8" of snow overnight so it was indoors.  And it was squishy!  
Allison and Ammon were the only Dittmer participants and they were rewarded with large amounts of eggs.  Although quantity wasn't an issue:  the prizes and candy were about the lamest I've ever seen.  I guess I expected more from the HOA.  The kids were happy regardless.
How do you like Allison's basket?  At least they didn't fall out.  Ammon was in the far corner (top left picture, next to a girl in a purple coat).  He found a spot with about one hundred eggs and started loading his basket until it wouldn't hold any more. 
Both kids were kind to share their eggs with some latecomers.  
*TIP*  Don't be late to an egg hunt...EVER.  
They are over in about 60 seconds and usually start on the dot.  I saw several forlorn little faces. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sledding Hike

Justin wanted to go for a family hike Saturday evening.  He had the kids sled down our hill and I picked them up in the car, then drove by the Draper temple to hike around.  Isaac, Allison, and Ammon had a fabulous idea to bring their sleds along.  I thought I would hear whining the whole time, but it turned out be something that might become a new Dittmer tradition.

She's 12!

I can't believe my little girl is now a beehive!
She has taken to her new class at church with ease.  The girls and leaders have really welcomed her.
For her birthday, she requested strawberry crepes for dinner and strawberry cheesecake for her cake.
 This girl is rotten, spoiled rotten (just like her mommy).  And the boys all know it.
She skyped her bff Grace (lower right pic, look at the computer screen) during the opening of presents.  She was rained upon this year, due to over buying at Christmas (saved some for her birthday) and getting random normal purchases (clothes and a new school bag).  She was lucky enough to get a beautiful birth stone my mom faceted for her (amethyst).
She also got a Samsung mp3 player (we made her pay for a portion, which Jacob thought was hilarious).  This girl took to texting like a fish in water.  
We love you Allison and are so happy you are in our family.  I love your constant enthusiasm for life and smiling face.  You bring a special spark into our home.  
And thanks for always being on top of your homework!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

February Randomness

2/3  Justin helped me make yummy lo mein noodles.  
Sat in with him for the kids' PPI's.
We saw The Impossible yesterday.  I love natural disaster movies and I love Ewan McGregor.  
A win win.  
Made a new job chart for the kids.  So far so good.  
Expecting a month or two out of it before it wears off.
REALLY kicking around buying studio lighting.  It's hard to justify when I have zero business.
Plus I'm not sure where I'd set up a studio.  It's so cold downstairs.
I've been feeling depressed almost every Sunday.  It's not a good thing.
Not loving our ward yet.
2/4 Got my Kindle back from the high school.  Sigh of relief.
Been helping Allison with her science fair project.  She's trying to determine if people like brand name soda pops the same as store brands.
Wanting to get my studio equipment.  I had a long talk with Justin about it and came away more frustrated than ever.  It comes down to no cash.
Which is making me feel a constant battle with our cash flow.
Which in turn is making me feel depressed.
Equaling not wanting to make dinner or basically do anything.
I need to snap out of it!
No more pity party!
Isaac won a case of A&W root beer from his bus driver for guessing the closest score for the Super bowl match.  He was excited to say the least.  That boy loves pop.
2/9 Subbed a first grade class yesterday and came home w.o.r.k.e.d.
NOT worth $7/hour.
Justin took Isaac and Jacob to a fight/boxing match last night.
Jacob said there was a heckler that yelled, "pull his armpit hair!"
I stayed home and helped Allison with her science project that is due Monday (almost done!)
My laptop is working again.
I was able to update my photography income/expenses and am now in the black!
It's unbelievable!
It might only be $20, but it's something!
I guess that's why I've been feeling impressed to get a studio started; can't stay in the black.
2/14  Justin and I ate at Del Taco for our Valentine dinner.
We were going to eat at Cafe Rio but it was packed.  Packed.
Allison had a nice birthday.  That girl is rotten.  Spoiled rotten.
I subbed for Jacob's high school English teacher today (although Jacob didn't have him today).
It was my best subbing day so far.  It was great!  Much more independent students.
I teach Ammon's class tomorrow.  That will be three full days this week.
$1000 to fix Justin's car this week so it would pass inspection and emissions testing.
I bought a studio light and soft box :)
I also got two props tonight.
2/18  Justin is in Seattle for the day.
I know, right?
His work flew him up the for the day.
Allison had her first day of Young Women's and seemed to really like it.
Our family went on a hike Saturday night by the Draper temple.
Isaac, Allison, and Ammon all took sleds on the hike and loved it.
2/21  It was so windy last night that it blew away all of my kids tracks in the back yard.
Finished crocheting around two flannel blankets for Humanitarian Day.
Allison is sewing dolls for it.
2/27 I've been really wanting to go to Disneyland.  Now that we're a 10 hour drive, it's almost attainable.
Justin informed me that I'm the most excited to go and should go with his family this May.
I wish Ammon wasn't such a boob with rides or I'd take him in a heartbeat.
Isaac's birthday went fine.  We made him roll four dice to = the number 15 (his age).
If he didn't get 15, he had to do a push up.
He did a lot of push ups.
I got my softbox yesterday.  It took me ages to figure out how to set up my lighting, but I finally got it.
Now I just need to get Justin to build me stuff (back drops etc).  I also need to figure out which wall I'm going to use.  That light is huge, HUGE I tell you.