February 20, 2011

She's a Dancin' Machine!

Chloe, our little social butterfly, has attended a couple school dances lately. I thought I'd post a few pictures–mainly for the grandparents.

The big dance of the new year was Preference. For those outside of Utah, it's the big girl's choice formal dance. Katie made Chloe's stunning silver and gold dress, a vintage Butterick pattern from the 50s. Chloe accessorized with metallic silver spike heels.

Chloe had a great time evidenced by the fact that she couldn't fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning.

You can't tell from the photo that the skirt is actually doubled. The outer skirt splits up the middle to reveal a gold skirt underneath.

Chloe and Parkerpretty stylin'!
And last night, Chloe went to the Sweethearts Dance. There was some sort of theme I can't remember, but Chloe and her date went as cowboys. Even though Chloe woke me to let me know she was home, I immediately passed out again. This morning, Katie filled me in on how the dance went. Chloe had a great time and achieved her goal of dancing not stop for the entire three hours.

Chloe and Spencer–Yeehaw!

February 05, 2011

Another Final First

Tomas, the youngest, has finally lost his first tooth. It's been a long time coming since two permanent teeth are completely in behind the baby teeth. This is not uncommon in our family. Both Chloe and Liam had to have some of their baby teeth pulled by the dentist.

This time, I thought we could avoid the dentist, so under the guise of just wanting to see how wiggly one of the front lower teeth was, I gave it a good tug to loosen it up. I could have easily plucked it out right then, but Tomas was on to me and would no longer open his mouth. Luckily, the next day at school during music time, the tooth fell out on its own.

The Tooth Fairy left Tomas a dollar. I'm not sure if that's the going rate these days, but at least the Tooth Fairy remembered to leave something. He/She has forgotten several times in the past.


I asked Tomas to smile for the camera, and that was the look I got. When I asked him what that look was for, he answered, "I'm the one who's really sad for when I smile it comes out mad." Name that quote.

February 02, 2011

Definitely Unexpected

A while back, I received a new calling at church.

Cub Scout Master

Yes, I know what you're thinking. I was surprised, too. This calling was the furthest thing from my mind. And, I don't even have a boy Cub Scout age. I'm also a bit worried. The last Cub Master did it for a whopping eleven years. Ay yi yi!

I've decided to refer to myself as Master of the Universe Cubs. It sounds better, don't you think?

I just survived being in charge of my first Pinewood Derby. Here's a photo of the winners.


Now, why are there two girls in the photo, you might ask? Well, we only have four boys in the pack, so I invited the 8 to 10 year-old girls in the ward to participate. I was happy that none of the boys seemed to mind that the girls kicked some serious trash. 

The derby went quite well. The kids (and the dads) behaved themselves, and all of the cars looked like the kids did most of the work. It was a successful evening.

Now, I just have the Blue and Gold Banquet coming up. That should be interesting. Stay tuned...

February 01, 2011

Thumbs Up for Sundance

Rob and Mary Ann scored us some tickets to a showing at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and Katie and I were very excited to go. First of all, it was an opportunity to go out on a real date, which rarely ever happens and only if all the planets are in exact alignment. Secondly, we both have always wanted to attend the world famous film festival, though for different reasons—Katie wants to see artsy films, and I want to see famous people.

Before leaving for Salt Lake, Katie pulled a "Chloe." I walked into our bedroom to find that the closet had exploded. Katie had tried on everything she owned multiple times and aftermath was everywhere. It only took an hour before she found the perfectly cool and cosmopolitan look appropriate for such a highfalutin' event—black turtle neck, gray, suede skirt, and her high-heeled boots that are definitely made for walkin'. As for me, my wardrobe is rather bland, so I donned a pair of brown corduroys and plaid oxford. Très chic, n’est-ce pas?

We also decided to go out to dinner. Katie let me choose the restaurant, and I wanted to go somewhere new and somewhere befitting of the occasion. I had heard about this funky little dive called the Blue Plate Diner. It was a great experience. I could tell Katie wasn't in the mood for me to take lots of photos, so I only got their sign. Love it.

eclectic decor+good food+highly tattooed and friendly staff=good times!
The movie we saw was "The Mill and the Cross." When Mary Ann stopped by the night before to give us the tickets, she tried desperately to talk me out of going and told me that I would absolutely hate it. Well, it did have a rather gory crows-eating-a-man's-eyeballs-out scene and a scene that showed more skin than I needed to see, but overall, I didn't hate it. Katie was even amazed I stayed awake. The film was, however, right up Katie's alley–very artsy fartsy.

The film is based on a 1564 painting, "The Procession to Calvary," by one of Katie's favorite painters, Pieter Breugel. The painting hangs in the Kunsthistorishes Museum in Vienna. I'm sure I must have seen it when we were there, but I don't remember it. However, after seeing this film, I will definitely take a closer look next time.

The movie stars Michael York, who scared me as a child in the movie "The Isle of Dr. Moreau," and Rutger Hauer, of "Ladyhawke" fame. Katie has had me convinced that Rutger's been dead the last 20 years, but it was nice to see he's still kicking. Variety wrote up a review of the film you can read here, but below is my review.

Fascinating idea. Some cool shots. Interesting historical stuff. Loved the little kids. Not much dialogue. Was I glad I saw it? Mmm...Yes. Do I want to see it again? Mmm...Probably not.

All in all, it was a fun evening. Katie got to see an artsy (I know I've used that word a lot, but I can't come up with a good synonym.) film, and I got to attend a movie at Sundance.

Hey, wait a minute! I didn't see anyone famous. Well, there was a BYU professor there who thinks he's famous. But, that does not count. Maybe next year, we'll have to go to a showing in Park City.

This is the only photo I got to prove I was there.