make up

For Isabelle's birthday we got her two really questionable gifts. She asked for both, we obliged. Today I'll be writing about questionable gift #1, which was, in Isabelle's words,"A giant makeup kit filled with colorful eyeshadows and every other imaginable makeup you could put on a face."

So that's what we got her. She has a lot of fun applying this stuff on her face and then leaving it there for days. What happens then is that she begins to look like a zombie. This is scary stuff in the hands of a 9 year old. 

So, while I try to help her get her caked on makeup from the weekend off- let me wish you a happy week! Kick arses and take names, everyone. I want to know all the names.

 

Photos from Sao Paolo, Brazil. 

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Blue Lightning!

Now that we live in Salt Lake City, we are having all kinds of new experiences and I feel like I'm always reviewing in my head the differences between living out of a car or trailer on the road to having a house, schools, multiple pets, etc. I'm always exclaiming how our kids are "real" children now, because they have furniture and their own rooms and play dates.

The most recent "real" children occurrence was that we put them on an indoor soccer team. This was at Belle's insistence and Isaac was kind of just along for the ride.  This soccer league turned out to be the best one they could have joined as beginners at age 8 and 10. And by that I mean, no child out there really knows what they are doing, save one or two per team, and its pretty much just pure crazy madness on the indoor field.

There are 8 games to the season and on Monday we took the kids to game 7.  On the way there Isaac chimed out in a defeated voice, "I know you guys keep saying it's not about winning, it's about having fun... but I sure am tired of losing. I feel like I really need a win to continue."

Yes, their little team called Blue Lightning had never won a game. In fact they get beaten pretty soundly every time. Even though every team is a motley crew of mismatched ages and sizes, their team seems to be the most... challenged. One time Isabelle was defending against a boy who was at least 6 foot 2 inches. (She didn't bat an eye.)  

It is under these circumstances we showed up to game seven. I made sure to quickly do some obnoxiously loud and grating cheers about being aggressive to the kids before they ran off. Then Tyler and I went to the store because it was our turn to bring team snacks and we had forgotten. 

Upon our return, Blue Lighting was up 3-0! I nearly peed my pants. We spent the next 45 minutes watching Blue Lightning kick the other team's booties. It was so fun. Our kids were electrified and when the buzzer rang to end the game at 8-4, all the parents and all the little lightnings went totally crazy. A total Rudy moment. 

On the way home we chattered about the win and how great it was and how awesome it does feel to win. Finally after a few minutes of being completely excited and beside ourselves, Isabelle spoke up and said, "So it turns out that maybe the most important thing about playing team sports is having fun... but the only way to do that is to WIN."

 

Photos from Sacramento, California.

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Werk out

Today I'm going to try crossfit with my bff and I'm scared out of my mind. I just wanted to pop in here before I go and proclaim a few things:

1. If I die, somebody please cook the last bit of bacon in the fridge in my honor.

2. If I get injured in some way because of my weak bod, somebody please eventually come looking for me at the crossfit place and carry me out.

3. If I happen to love it and want to do it every day, somebody please shoot me when I start talking about it all the time on Facebook. JK. No not really. Shoot me.

 

 

Photos from Dallas, Texas.

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Bees!

My brother Brent is a funny, funny man. He has always kept me laughing with his antics and funny impressions, etc. Brent and I have a lot of character traits in common- but he is like the better version of me. Funnier, smarter, more artistic, all of it. I'm ok with that! He is so fun to be around. 

One particular trait about Brent is that he is absolutely, completely, afraid of bees. He has this whole shtick about bees that will kill you with laughter, it's so funny. He's not really a fan of any insect or bug, but bees are probably the worst offender. 

I, also, was not a fan of bees for most of my life, except in the abstract. I know they make flowers and fruits and vegetables and lots of factors in life possible. For some reason they just seem a bit scary to me, and lots of other people, too- those little tiny stingers can cause a lot of pain. FOR LIKE 5 MINUTES. 

That's the crazy thing. I am so afraid of being stung by a bee- but I know the pain lasts for a very small amount of time. Still, I will curse bees' name and fear them and freak out when one lands on me, as if I'm about to die. It's a thing. The struggle is real.

One day I was invited out to a house in Virginia where a mother and her daughter keep bees. It was promised to be a fun and educational afternoon, and yes I was terrified. But an "in denial" type of terrified. I took the assignment because I like to face my fears. Or, in other words, I like to torture myself.

I hate to give spoilers, but I survived the photography assignment. AND, I loved bees so much by the time I left, that I wanted to be a beekeeper myself someday. Turns out bees are super important and the world only revolves because of them. JK. But not really.

Here's an interesting article for your reading pleasure. 

 

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