Cute Noah

I promise I’ll post pictures soon, especially since now I can theoretically email them instead of uploading them in that time-consuming typical manner.  Tomorrow night maybe (tonight’s choir).


Noah turned four last Friday.  What a sweet little guy.  He was so excited.  I got off early so we could all hang out, and we went to the park, where Ben cajoled his way into an ice-blocking party on the hill and tried that a few times—who says he doesn’t have social skills?  We ate at Spaghetti Factory and then had cake at Grandma’s (since Uncle Chad is morbidly allergic to cats).  For the cake, I finally tried this jack-o-lantern cake I’ve had in my file for nine years—you use 2 pound cake mixes and bake them one at a time in a 6-cup bundt pan.  Flatten the bottoms of the cakes, then color your frosting orange (you need a lot) and use frosting to put the bottoms together to make a pumpkin shape.  They say to put a cupcake in the center to fill it, but I just filled it with leftover gumdrops. 


After you frost the whole thing orange, you put a little HoHo-style chocolate cake roll as the stem, smash large green and yellow gumdrops for leaves around the stem, smash and cut black (outside) and yellow (inside) large gumdrops for the eyes, use yellow frosting (smoothed with a wet finger) for the mouth, smash and cut green gumdrops for the teeth, then outline the eyes, nose and mouth with black icing.  You can use licorice string to make stem coils, but I just used the black icing.  It is a perfect pumpkin size/shape and very cute!  Again, pictures are coming. 


On Saturday I taught an RS education class on “Going Green” because apparently my ward doesn’t already think I’m enough of a godless hippie already.  I focused on reducing consumption ( and going local (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle) as a method of showing love for our fellowman (not exploiting or destroying them or their land) and alleviating poverty (not taking more than our share and giving away what we don’t need). 


On that note, we put up our THIRD Obama sign on Saturday—this time, the only way it will get stolen is 1) they will actually have to go around the hedges, through the fence enter our yard, climb up and pull it off the tree it is nailed to or 2) climb over a very tall, painful sticker hedge.  I will just be unchristian here and say I hope they choose the latter.  Is it not enough that my vote doesn’t matter here and I have to listen to my cousin tell me about how all the people in the ward are telling her to talk sense into me or have people tell me I’m “so brave”?  Brother!  No, apparently I’m not even allowed a sign, because stealing political signs is the pinnacle of political discourse in West Bountiful


Arg.  I swore I wouldn’t be a California snob when I came here.  I have nice neighbors and love the country life (hey, I live in real America!), so I’ll just quit whining now. 


On Sunday, David taught a good lesson on the gathering of Israel, we carved pumpkins at Oma’s and Sedo’s (Jessika’s, [wife of Danny, brother of David], parents—she is Dutch and he is Jordanian, these are the respective words for grandma/pa).  A good time was had by all.


Last night we went swimming for family night (and more of Noah’s birthday celebrations).  Lucy can get out of the pool on her own if you put her by the side, and then she happily jumps into your arms—over and over and over.  Although we were right next to Noah and playing basketball with him at the hoop, David and I were both looking at Lucy and apparently Noah jumped in (about 4’ deep).  We looked over and there were two teenage lifeguards pulling him out—right next to us.  We felt so lame—but I was also impressed, since it was literally just a moment since I was looking at Noah, and those lifeguards were way on the other side of the pool—those kids move fast!


So Noah is alive to enjoy his fifth year, no thanks to his parents.

4 replies
  1. The Howertons
    The Howertons says:

    I don’t read your blog near enough. The cake sounds hard but worth the work – you are a better mom than I for attempting something. If it were me, the directions would sit another 9 years somewhere until it got lost.

    Go Obama and shame on the sign stealers! They are just mad cause they know they’ve lost already.

    I’ll try to read more often. Hope all is going well.

  2. Jen
    Jen says:

    My son fell into a pool this summer and was fighting for his life. Laura H pulled him out. Yeah, I blamed myself for a long time. I was watching the 3 kids in different places doing- kid 1 check kid 2 check kid 3 check, and by the time I had gotten to him again, Laura was there. It doesn’t take long. Lesson learned. Always have one adult who doesn’t take their eyes off the kids at the pool.
    As for signs, it is astounding to me how evenly split NH is in signs. In our mile long loop, there are literally half mccain and half obama signs. It’s like that everywhere. Neighbors don’t agree. Very very new to me!

  3. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    It’s not just Utah folks, Valerie. Only, here in California, apparantly you can’t be for Prop 8 and keep you sign in some areas. Gratefully, ours hasn’t been stolen, although we bring it in at night just in case. Try not to let people get to you. Just relax, breathe and realize that Obama is going to win, in spite of what less than half the population wants.
    Oh, and don’t be mean to the residents of your state when he does win. I fear that if Prop 8 fails, it will be rubbed in our faces like nothing has ever been before.

  4. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    The swimming pool episode sounded a little frightening. Thank goodness for those life guards – it is amazing how fast things like that can happen. Glad everyone is okay.

    Sorry I am so lame – I totally forgot to call you back last weekend. It was a little crazy with the wedding/reception/etc. It sounds like you did a great job though. I wish I could have attended it.

    I can’t believe people actually steal signs – that seems so Jr. High-ish.

    We just got back from CA last night and as we were driving home we realized that this was our first visit to CA with you not there.

    Hope you guys are all doing well.


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