Sunday, November 21, 2010

Journal Jar Blog Challenge #2

This is an interesting question for me.  I do not have a favorite day.  Well, I look forward to Sunday but I wouldn't say it's my favorite.  I suppose what ever day I have something new or fun planned would be my favorite for that particular week, but hmmm, no, I do not have a favorite. I do have a favorite week song that we use to sing in preschool.  "There are seven days of the week, and I can name them all...Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday is the last day, and I can name them all." I am curious to read what  my fellow blog challenge buddies have to say.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Read By Ja Rule

A book I loved as a child.

My friend Jennifer Mendenhall invited me to participate with her in sharing memories as sort of a journal/blog project.  This is our first entry.  *Name a book you loved as a child and tell why.

A book that I will always remember my father reading to me is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss.
This story has always stayed with me.  I love how the Grinch makes the transformation from Mr. Poophead to Mr. Lovekins. How he learns that Christmas means more than gifts bought at the store.   The characters are so endearing to me.  His little dog, Cindy Lou, all of Who Ville.  But it's the language that I enjoy.  If I see a book  written by Dr. Seuss I will pick it up and read it.  I don't care where I am, who I am with I will laugh out loud while reading the many stories Dr. Seuss so creatively made up about how we handle everyday life.  I get a kick out of the language this author made available to us. When I had the best job in the world, Library assistant in a grade school, the Head Librarian, Mrs. LaPlante would plan a Dr. Seuss Day and as staff we would all eat green eggs and ham for breakfast to kick off the celebration.  We would read Dr. Seuss books to all the classes. She and I would speak Dr. Seuss language all day long.  So much fun. It was great.
Some of my favorites are:
of course the Grinch comes first... "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'til his puzzler was sore.  Than the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.   What if Christmas, he thought doesn't come from a store.  What if Christmas, perhaps means a little bit more."

It's not Christmas for me if I haven't read this book or watched the t.v. program.  It's funny though.  I do not own this book, yet it is one of my favorite childhood memories.  I do not own the movie either.  Hmmm...that's curious.

Here are a few other quotes that I am remember from reading Dr. Seuss stories.
*"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." (one fish two fish red fish blue fish)

*"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."

* "I said what I meant, and I meant what I said. An elephant's faithful one hundred percent!"
*"A person's a person no matter how small."(Horton Hears a Who)

*"You have brains in your head,  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.   You're on your own and you know what you know.  And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go." (Oh The places You'll Go)

*"I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam I am."
*" Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not!"
(The Lorax)

" Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.  Dr. Seuss

I could go on and on but I think you have the idea. 

Autumn is a second spring....

When I left for Alaska the trees were just beginning to change colors. "Autumn is a second spring, when every flower is a leaf."

When I got to Alaska all the trees were bare and the air was crisp and cold.  Winter had begun.

When I made a visit to the Anchorage Temple, every thing was covered in white.

Coming home to Prescott I expected to see all the trees in red.  Instead, I found bare, empty branches.  I completely missed Fall in Prescott Valley.  So sad, but the leaves on the bushes are still changing colors.  The air is cold and brisk and winter is on it's way. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The snow has arrived

We have snow!  And rain.  It alternates.  Yesterday Kerri suggested that we make a trip to the glacier.
As soon as we arrived to the area we wanted to hike it started raining.  It was a long drive to this spot, so we decided to brave the rain and make the hike anyways.  We got Forrest tucked into Kerri's coat, Kaci put on all her snow clothes and off we went up the trail.  I suggested to Kaci that we ask Heavenly Father to make it colder outside so it would snow instead of rain.  It's easier to walk in a light snow than the wet rain.  But instead he just made it stop raining.  Wow, that was a quick response to a request.  It was only  0.8 mile but when you are hiking in slush, carrying a little one and encouraging Kaci to keep going, it takes a bit longer than one would think.  We finally made it to the end of the trail and it was worth all we did to get there.  We touched the smooth cold sides of the glacier, splashed in the freezing cold water pooled up in the glacier wall and stood on the glacier to have our pictures taken.   I wanted to go inside the Ice Cave but as soon as I entered it I got swarmed by a ton of mosquitos.  There were hundreds of them all over the walls of the cave.  So I made a quick departure.   We were able to make the hike dry.  The rain stopped just long enough for us to make the hike and return to the car.  The clouds came down so low that it was like we were hiking right through them.  Because the clouds were so thick and close Kerri thought we better get back to the car as quick as we could so  we would not get caught in a down pour.  She said, We've been lucky so far, but we had better not push our luck."  It did sprinkle a little bit on our journey  back down the trail but we got to the car just in time.  Swoooosh  the rain came down in buckets and soon changed  to snow.

 This is a piece of the glacier that has floated up from the bottom of the lake which it is floating on that was carved by the glacier. The color of the water is the most stunning shade of blue.  The ice is blue also.  It is much prettier in person, the photo does not do it justice.There were  many chunks floating along the shoreline on this day.  Kerri said the last time they were here these chunks were not.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

No Snow :(

Every day we hope to see that it snowed during the night.  Not yet. It did make an attempt this evening, there is a whisp of white on the street but I don't think that counts.  Brad checks the forecast for us every day, still nothing.  Supposedly it will snow tomorrow.  We will just have to wait and see.  I don't get to see the  Northern Lights either while I'm here.  The forecast is pretty poopie.  Oh well, I get to wake up to my sweet little grand children each day and that's better than snow and lights.  I'm having a wonderful visit.  It would be so nice if Gary and Garrett could be here also.