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Friday, June 19, 2009

Brain Purge

Yesterday was Joel's birthday, and I fully intended to write a blog post about it, but it completely slipped my mind. But he had a nice birthday without the blog tribute, I'm sure. We went out for lunch in St. George as a family and had a little shindig at our house later on. My big surprise gift for him was a custom framing of all three of his diplomas. It cost me an arm and a leg, but it looks amazing, and he was honestly surprised. I figure that since he'll finally have an office in one place (instead of three the way he has here in Cedar) that he should be able to have his degrees hanging there.

So, Happy Birthday, Joel! I love you! And that's all the blog time you get this year. Sorry.

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I am going to be the music director for one of the plays in Cedar's Neil Simon Festival this summer. (Don't remind me how insane I am, believe me, I'm fully aware of the fact.) Anyway, they needed my headshot for the program, and mine is embarrassingly old, so I contacted my friend Rae in St. George for an emergency photoshoot. I dragged the whole family along yesterday morning and she did an excellent job, as I knew she would. You can check out some of them at her photography blog. Go tell her how fabulous she is. Thanks a million, Rae!

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Yesterday was so packed I couldn't really get ready for the yard sale. So, we will only be doing it tomorrow. I figure Saturday's the big day, anyway. Right? I did manage to finally finish going through the house with a fine-toothed comb and really get rid of things. I'm sure I'll be even more brutal next month, but for now, I feel very good at all the downsizing I've been able to do.

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I haven't edited any more cruise pictures. I lost steam there for a bit, and had too many other things going on. I'll hopefully get to more this weekend and then I'll share the last half of our vacation with you.

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Speaking of cruising, I have officially lost all the weight I gained on mine. All that food everywhere gets pretty hard to resist and no amount of willpower could keep me from eating "just a little" dessert every night. Even though I gave a noble try, and didn't order dessert on a couple nights, I still ate way too much. I learned in the yoga class I took on the ship that the average cruiser gains 7-14 pounds. Yikes! I'm here to testify that it is completely true. Joel is still working on losing all the weight he gained and that's all I have to say about that.

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I am constantly singing songs from High School Musical 2, due to Joel's gig music directing it down at Tuacahn this summer. My girls find it quite hilarious that Daddy watched their HSM2 DVD several times before he started so he could get a feel for the storyline and the music. I am officially sick of the music already. I guess when I start my own music directing gig next week I'll have a new set of songs to drive me insane.

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Sophia wants to know what everyone's name is lately. She will not accept "I don't know" for an answer, so I either have to make one up for the random lady walking ahead of us in the grocery store, or Sophie will ask the person herself. After she learns the person's name, her next question is inevitably, "Oh. She like me?" and when I tell her that "yes, of course she likes you." she wants to know why. I've learned from this little dialogue that she also knows when people don't like her (why someone wouldn't, I dont' know!) and I find that very interesting. She knew the rude cable guy in my parents' home a couple weeks ago didn't like her, and unfortunately, she was probably right. I don't think he liked anyone.

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I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Happy Friday!

24 comments :

  1. Happy birthday, Joel! And congrats on losing those cruise pounds. I'm still working on 3 pesky lbs I put on while I was in Utah... And I'm really glad you indulged in a "leetle" bit of dessert - a cruise is definitely the time to go for it and enjoy.

    Your headshots are GORGEOUS! I especially love the serious landscape oriented black and white - very sophisticated. You are truly beautiful (which is the first thought I had when I saw you in April!).

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  2. I really want to go on a cruise, but the weight thing alone scares me away.

    Good luck with the Neil Simon Festival--I sure you'll do a fantastic job, even if you feel like you're losing your mind. :)

    And you just reminded me--I really need a new headshot.

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  3. Over-programming? Liking food? College prof life? You guys and us guys could definitely be friends!

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  4. That's such a meaningful birthday gift!

    I had a friend who went on her honeymoon for a week, on a cruise, and she gained over 10 pounds!

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  5. Oh, will you email the time of the sale? I'll let my sister know.

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  6. Lara, you look hot in those pictures! Wooo Hooo!!

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  7. Happy Birthday to Joel. The pictures look fabulous. I am impressed that you have already lost the weight from the cruise. Have a great weekend.

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  8. you look absolutely STUNNING in those pictures!

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  9. Beautiful headshots! I especially love the one in the cloche hat—you look very regal!

    Isn't it funny how kids can pick up on other people's unspoken emotions? The fact that Sophie interpreted the grumpy cable guy's demeanor as "he doesn't like me" just kills me. She's a sharp one!

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  10. I love the photo shots I mean LOVE them!!!

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  11. Happy Birthday to your hubby!! I am VERY proud of you for losing the cruise weight. The photo shots are AMAZING!! And good luck at the yard sale. I hope that you rake in boucoup bucks!!

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  12. I wish I could come to your yard sale! I don't have enough girl clothes to clothe two babies. lol Good luck with everything. :)

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  13. Your head shots look really great!

    Happy Birthday, Joel!

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  14. There is no amount of compensation that would make Drew watch that musical, even just once.
    Amusing.

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  15. I gained 8 pounds on our Alaskan cruise. It was a nightmare. You took yours off a lot faster than I lost mine. Good work!

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  16. Well that puts a small damper on my desire to go on a cruise. You've lost it all already? Way to go!

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  17. I love the pictures of you! It kind of makes me want to get all glammed up to get headshots of myself, since I have never done that before.

    And I know how expensive it is to custom frame diplomas. Whew!

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  18. That is cute about Sophia, it explains the name questions this morning!

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  19. Those pictures of you turned out BEAUTIFUL! You need to have one of those framed for Joel's desk so he can drool over you all day! ;)

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  20. Wow! So much going on. Love the head shots and the new haircut. Good luck with your directing gig.

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  21. Joel did tell me how cool your gift was.

    Don't you just love picking the perfect gift that someone genuinely loves? (besides a shirt of something boring)

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  22. Your photos are wonderful!!! You are a beautiful subject, and it looks like she does great work too.

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  23. Happy weekend to you too! I hope all your upcoming adventures carry you into the next year smiling! I've been here almost two years (a few days from now) and I still can't get over how much we like it here!

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  24. Great pictures. I love the third one especially. And I gained 5 on my cruise, even though we ran and exercised every day. Oh well...it was worth it, right?

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