Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shaylie's Haircut

My baby got her hair cut today! And it is super cute, but she looks so grown-up! She has been begging me to let her get it cut short and I held out as long as I could, but she always wins in a battle of wills!  Thanks Mom for doing a great job as usual!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

As I rise on this Thanksgiving morning, I am grateful for the smell of pies baking, the sounds of kids getting excited over the Macy's parade, the comfortable feel of stretchy pants, the chill of the autumn air, and the feeling of love from family and friends. 

I hope your Thankgiving days are filled with all your favorite things! We love and miss you! Have a wonderful holiday!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Drama in the 'Hood

It's actually very sad.  I had to call 911 today about a girl living across the street from us.  The kids and my next door neighbor actually saw her being abused by her older sister. I guess she came out of the house and her sister came out and started hitting her and dragging her back into the house, screaming all the time.  Taylor has told me that Olivia, the girl, has talked to her about how her family treats her.  I felt like I had to do something, even though there wasn't much to be done.  I called 911 and they took the details and my name and number.  A police truck came a bit later and they went in and came out, but I don't know how it ended up.  I'm definitely going to be watching out for Olivia from now on though.  I feel for her.

On a lighter note, you may have noticed that I am really into the new Twilight movie.  I saw it for the third time today with Taylor.  She really liked it too.  I haven't loved a movie so much since, "Dances."  So if you can't find me in the coming days, check the movie theater. 

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Just a Reminder!

Just in case any of you can make it, I wanted to remind you of the girls' Piano Recital on Thursday, Dec. 4th.  Taylor is playing two songs and a duet with her teacher.  Shaylie has a solo and a duet with Taylor.  I had a preview today and they are going to be AWESOME!!!!  The girls would love to have you all there!  Let us know!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Holidays are Coming!

I've said it before, but I can't believe it's already this time of year again! We have been a bit sick around here, but I hope that means we'll all be better just in time for big fun. We plan to start our decorating this week, which means I really have to get all the Halloween stuff put away.  Just when I think I have it all, something else pops up.

For Thanksgiving this year, we are heading to Mom's for our traditional get together with Mom, Papa and Great and the Cousins.  It might just be a couple cousins this year, though.  I'm looking forward to a big Turkey dinner.  After that trip, we will stay in St. George for the rest of the Holidays.  I believe Mom and Anissa and maybe Chad are planning on Christmas at our place.  I'm not sure for sure (you know how you are Mom!).  But that's the plan for now.  We're hoping Rose can come down to stay with us for a while too, but we need to talk to her to find out. 

Finally, our traditional New Years Eve bash at Dad's is no more! Alas, it was too difficult for everyone to get together.  We had a big party at our house last year and it was a lot of fun.  I think we'll probably do it again, but I'm still recovering from the Halloween maybe something smaller. 

We want all our family and friends to know that you are always welcome at the Jesienouski house!  Especially during the Holidays, we would love to see you or hear from you!  Let us know what's happening with you!

Monday, November 10, 2008

BYU Fans?

Scott and I had fun at the BYU game. It was the first time that either of us had been to a BIG college game. It's a very fun experience. I almost didn't accept the tickets because Scott has always been such a big Utah fan and very NOT interested in BYU. But my coworker talked me into taking the tickets and having a fun adventure. I didn't tell Scott about my doubts until after the game, and he was shocked! He said he is a BYU fan unless they are playing the U. I guess it's never too late to learn something new about your spouse. 

We both enjoyed the half time, they did a medley of video game theme songs and marched in Tetris shapes and the color guard was locked in Mortal Kombat. It was a perfect day for football, just a little chilly in the shade, but a beautiful day!

While we were at the game, Taylor went to another tryout in Layton. It was a much bigger tryout (about 800 girls she said) and she got to show off some of her Goalkeeper skills. She was the only girl from Southern Utah so she was recognized for that. She felt much better about this tryout so I was glad she decided to go.

We had a good visit with my Dad and Pam. Shaylie had a good time hanging out and playing the Wii.  As usual, I forgot to take pictures, so I'm posting an older one just for fun. . .It's hard to believe how much the kids have grown. This is from 2001!


We're glad we got the chance to visit! Thanks for letting us stay and for taking the girls in hand while we went to the game. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Our Next President

It's a historic day for America! Barack Obama was elected president last night, by a landslide. He will be the first ever Black president! You know, I think it's kind of neat that our country has finally breached this barrier even though I won't be able to say that I voted for him.  I couldn't justfy it, personally...I just don't know how someone can be a really great president when he's only been a Senator for two years and for most of that time, he's been campaigning.  I think our country could have benefitted from McCain's experience. But...

It's done and he has to be better than the last democratic president we had.  I have decided to have a wait and see attitude.  He is very inspiring to people, at least the ones who aren't scared of him.  (I posted Shaylie's Scary Obama Story on my Random Bits page--That totally made me laugh, but I'm sure the kids must have been getting some of that stuff from parents and others who were buying into the Scary Obama rumors.) He seems to be able to lift people's hope and I really hope that he lives up to the expectations and proves the Anti-Obama people wrong!

I'm sure there is no way to tell, now, what kind of impact this election will have on the future. But it will be very interesting to see how things all come together!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Catching Up!

What a busy few weeks we've had! I've been slacking on posting because I've wanted to post photos and I don't have a camera and the pictures on my phone are a pain to get off, but all that aside...I figured I should get on and let you know what we've been up to.  If I get the pictures, I'll add them later.  (Pics added now!)


We had a terrific Halloween Season...class parties, trunk-or-treats, costumes all went well.  It is always a lot of work, but it is so much fun!  We hosted a party with fam and friends here at the house too! I'm all about excuses to get together and have fun!



Shaylie and I took a field trip with her class to the Southwest Symphony.  We had such a great time! Shaylie loves classical music. 

I may have told this story before, but I often listen to BYU radio in my car and they often play classical or instrumental music, soft religious ballads, hymns, etc.  From the time Shaylie was little, I either listened to that or to the Sunny 106 Today's Music, Pop music style radio.  Well, one day I was listening to Sunny to a top-40 upbeat rock & roll hit and Shaylie calls to me from the way-back of the van.  "Mom, can we listen to the GOOD music?"  I said, "This is good music. I like this song."  She said, "No, the Good music." I was sincerely confused, but I started hitting stations and asking, "Is this a good song?" "No, the good kind." Okay, I tried a kids tape, country, whatever.  Finally, hit BYU with a classical song playing and she literally sighed, "Aaahhhh, that's better!"  This was when she was about 5 or you can imagine that a trip to the symphony was very exciting. 

They did a terrific job of playing to the 2500 3rd graders that came that day. They explained how music can make you imagine and feel emotions. They played "Night on Bald Mountain" (appropriate for the day before Halloween) and the first movement from Beethoven's 5th (Dum, Dum, Dum, Bum).  Then Phantom of the Opera, which elicited much excitement when the emcee announced it. He explained about the Phantom living in the Opera House and causing trouble. The piece started out pretty intense and then in the middle it switched to a softer lighter tune, and Shaylie leaned over to me and said, "Why would they put that music in a song about a Phantom?" And, I explained to her that there is a girl in the story who the Phantom falls in love with and this music is her song.  She totally got it and loved it!  Then they closed with a medley of American Music: O Susannah, Shennandoah, My Country Tis of Thee.  I was so impressed with the way they presented everything and with the kids interest.  I guess my Shaylie is not the only child who appreciates GOOD music. 

On Saturday, Taylor played her last soccer game with the AYSO team.  They won 7-0, were undefeated for the season, and are the undisputed champions of their league.  Well, maybe undisputed is the wrong word. They have a BYE next week so the season is not quite over yet, but they are the Champions. 

After the game, she went on to a tryout for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) which is not a team perse, but it is the organization from which they choose any athletes that represent teams at the state, regional or national level, including the Olympics US National Team.  She spent 3 hours going through drills, exercises and scrimmaging.  If she is selected to be part of the program, she has the opportunity to travel, train with professional coaches and trainers, and maybe be part of teams that compete at a region or national level.  (Oh wait, I already said that.) 

She was quite discouraged after the tryout, she wanted to do so well, but they didn't really do anything that showcased her skill as a goalie!  She is sure that she didn't "make it."  But in reality, there's no way to know that at this point.  They encourage girls to come to more than one tryout so the staff can get to know the kids better, but this was the only Southern Utah session.  The others are up north (Layton, Sandy and Orem) and I would like to take her to one more, but we'll have to see.  We won't find out if she "made it" until the week before Thanksgiving.  But it's been a good experience for her at any rate.  

Part of the reason she felt so sad about it was that she was up super late the night before with our Halloween Party, Trick-or-Treating, then she went to the "Corpse Nightmare" with her friends, then she had a sleepover, then she woke up and played a 90-minute game and then 3 hours of intense soccer workout....she was pooped and melancholy.  It was a very intense 24-hours. 

Scott's super excited because he found some module kits for train layouts that are 12 X 12 inch squares (or something like that) and they fit together to make any size configuration.  He is dreaming up ways to teach classes, get the kids involved and make train modeling accessible to people who can't necessarily invest the time, space or money on a bigger layout.  He'll be able to tell you more about it...

I am also doing okay.  I can't believe that November is here and in 3 short weeks we'll be putting up Christmas decorations and getting ready for the Holidays.  I am not really enjoying my job, but I enjoy the money especially with the holidays coming, so I'll probably put up with it for a while longer, until I can figure out how to get the money without the job!  I figured out my problem with it...I'm so used to being in charge of my life, big projects, and organizations (PTA, Primary) that I am not thrilled to be the low-man on the totum with someone else making the rules and looking over my shoulder every second.  I think I need to have my hands in creating, inventing, making it happen.  Whatever IT is.  I'm pretty fed up with it all so I'm finding motivation for finding out what IT is. 

My next project is making appointments.  I'm using this coming week to make appointments with the Eye Doctor for Scott, the orthodontist for Shaylie and Taylor, the Dermatologist for all three of us girls, and for a doctor for me.  I'm 80 percent committed to following through with it too, so that's good.  Plus, I already have  a dentist appointment this week and it's elections.  So that's enough to go forward with, I'm sure.

Thanks for reading our blog!  I guess I need to post sooner so I'm not writing a book when I get around to it.  Remember to check out our individual blogs too!  Sometimes they're updated a bit sooner than this one! Love to all!