Thursday, January 31, 2008

I should be sleeping

It's way past my bed time and here I am taking yet another reading break. I love this blog. I love all the cool pix Adam put up! Anyway...for our blogging audience out there who all have their own blog I came across this site with very cool free blogger templates in case you want to give your blog a different look. The design above with the blog title I got from one of her templates. Anyway you probably have better things to do. Let me get back to my better things.


Ever seen a blue belt eat cheerios



Scott is back


Now we are Six

The drama of the day made it feel like her sixteenth birthday. Crying, histrionics, giddy laughter, pure delight. Thank goodness it's over. Thanks to uncle Ben's delivery service, she got Strawberry Shortcake's Dance Dance Revolution. We also got her some clothes she deigned to glance at and threw to the side. Turns out that it's really me who likes the game the most and the majority of the clothes are a touch too big. Luckily some friends came through with a magnet game she likes. I nixed the party and cake this year. She had two friends over and I bought a cake from the grocery deliver service. It was actually fun and stress free, for which I am glad. I am officially done with birthdays until Dec 29th of this year!!! Happy Birthday Miss M!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Baking Bread

I'm teaching Enzo how to make bread so that by the time he's five he'll be a pro. He likes it except he's always eating the dough. He's very smart though, he's figuring out how to do all kinds of things like moving chairs around to climb up and get things, opening doors, climbing baby gates, climbing on top of his dresser, etc. Maybe because its been cold and raining non-stop for a week here, plus south winds which mean bad surf so no one has been leaving the house lately . Its been a long week inside the house. I took Enzo outside one afternoon and he clapped when we finally got outside. On saturday afternoon we went to the beach even though it was grey and rainy. I've attached some photos, really the only reason I wrote all this was to show the photos.

I am in love with energy

Every Sunday I am reminded of how much energy Enzo has. No one needs to tell me it's just obvious during sacrament meeting (I don't blame him). Today he was actually pretty chill. Sure he walked around a little but was totally quiet, yes he was quietly walking around. In Relief Society today an older sister told me "Your son reminds me of my son when he was young. He has so much energy." I smiled. "Just remember," she continued "there's probably a 6 feet spirit trapped in his little 3 feet body."

Feliz Cumpleaños YESENIA

Happy birthday to my beautiful, kind, fun, sassy, loving, hilarious, smart, amazing cousin/ practically sister. Yesenia does so much for all of us, she is always so willing to give of herself and her talents. She works hard, and is good at what she does. She gives good, honest, straight forward advice. She'll tell you when you look like crap, which, honestly, is something we all need every once in a while. She helps me practice my spanish. She comforts me when I am scared or stressed. Te quiero, Yesenia. Espero que tuvieras un día fenomenal!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

the tony show.

i should post these now, or else I will forget and never do it. we spent all day in salt lake at one of tony's friend's weddings. he is a brasilian that tony served with on his mission. tony was a very cute groomsman, as you will see. he looked very fancy in his tux. fancier than he did at at our wedding. i didn't know very many people there, so i spent most of the time playing with my new camera. i love you all and always love reading everyone's posts. i hope you enjoy the pics. Sorry Adam, I didn't shoot these raw, I haven't figured out a good way to batch them all in photoshops into jpgs for easy uploading to the blog and flickr. I will figure it out soon. also i dont know why they are the wrong way. i can't fix it.

New years resolution

Ok. Among the many new year's resolutions/goals I have made is to post something on my blog at least once a week. My guess is that this will usually end up being on Sunday. There is something there now about snow camping. Fun. Please leave comments, even something short, so I won't keep wondering if anyone is even reading it. You can also put all the blogs you read in Google Reader, which will tell you when there is a new post.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

polite in English

last week after Victoria watched Enzo he came home and said "thank you" along with the sign. I've been doing the sign with him but was surprised to hear the "thank you". When I came back from my trip he was saying "please" along with the sign. He also says "sorry". I wanted to take the credit for his good manners so bad but how could I when I don't speak English to him? Today when I picked him up from her house she was saying "thank you Enzo" and doing the sign back to him and again he did "thank you" back to her. Either saying Obrigada, Por Favor, and Desculpa is too hard or we're just not doing a really good job. Avi says Agua, does that count as a trade?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


My classmates and I on our way to Utah

I had a great weekend in Utah. I not only got to watch lots of cool movies, play in the snow and go to a the Dead Presidents concert, but I also got to see Sienna and Tony. Their Studio is very cute. it's way bigger than I thought and very well decorated. I loved sleeping over, hanging out, going to church and having biscuits and gravy for the first time (Dittmer style). I'm so glad Sienna married Tony. He's one of the nicest, coolest guy I have ever met. My friends LOVED him 'cuz he's super social and funny. I hope to hang out with them again soon maybe even in Brazil.

Lots of celebrity spotting. I don't know anyone so I wasn't that excited. I did miss partying with Paris Hilton the night my friends went out and I surprised my college roommate Buffy. I don't believe in Paris Hilton, though, so I didn't care. I was a little bummed that my friend heather (one with the camera) met the guy who made Super Size Me. He has a new movie called "Where is Osama Bin Laden?"
It was cold and beautiful!

Monique!!!! She was awesome she let all 8 of us crash at her house for 2 nights.

Sienna, Tony and I watched this film called "Dear Zacary" It was good but super sad. My favorite film was "My Mother's Garden. I hope it gets distribution so you guys can see it. It was amazing!

No it's not Travis, it's just his clone. His mom rented her condo out to us the last 2 nights and Sienna,Tony, and I had dinner with her and her son Calder and his wife Star. Hilma is extremely nice. Now I know where Travis gets it from.

Santa Cruz

Here are a few pictures from Bernarr and Musi's house. Musi gave the boys these cool Batik shirts that her friend made. We had so much fun with Chris and Da. I wish that we weren't on our way home with a car full of crap, but what can you do? We got there just as the birthday party was ending (talk about lame), but then we were able to spend the next day together. Danny and Chris went surfing once. I was too wimpy to get in the freezing cold water. I can't even handle Santa Barbara which is much warmer. Gio and Enzo had fun playing this insturment of Musi's. We got to see Shelley and Steve and Flor, Harmon and Cedar. We ate some yummy burritos. Not pictured here, Zeke loved their hammock. We need to get ours from Hawaii. It was amazing how fast he would fall asleep in that thing. I want to visit Santa Cruz again soon.
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

You have to say Enzo!

vintage Enzo photo by Mim
Anytime you want to get past a kid who is blocking the way you have to say Enzo. He's the magic word in our family. The phrase transformed recently into "Please Enzo." It's pretty cute. And it's nice that the magic word doesn't change.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Palmers at Yosemite 2008

I was talking to mom and I had an idea that as many of us as possible should get together and spend some time together in Yosemite. Mom finishes school on the 9th of June and the UC quarter ends on the 12th, so sometime soon after that we should all get together and camp out, hike, climb, etc in the Sierras. Of course everyone is invited to spend sometime in Santa Cruz as well, surfing, hiking and doing some of the other fun things around here. Leave some comments, suggestions and let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

more of Kaity's cute family

Since Kaity is so busy here are more pics of her cute family. We had a blast when they came to visit us. We did a little free bin shopping, went to the wharf and the boardwalk, and had a good time hanging out. Oh and the only reason why she doesn't have any free time with her kids is because she actually plays with them and is an amazing mom. I always feel energized after hanging out with her. Hope to see you guys soon!

Gio and Enzo were playing hide-n-seek at the surf shop. They had fun. We on the other hand ....
Everybody loves Zeke.
long live good dads!!!!

and good moms.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Breaking the Ice

Hi everyone. We are finally home. Well, we have been home for a week and a half now. I am just lame and I haven't posted anything in forever. I've been spending all of my time trying to take care of the children and there is really no time for anything else. I don't even clean the house or do the dishes anymore. Everytime I try to wash a dish Gio says, "Mommy hold Gio." He's saying "hold Gio, hold Gio, hold Gio Mommy" right now as I type. No rest for the wicked. Anyway, these are a few of the thousand pictures from Christmas. Gio was nice enough to give Zeke a ride on his quad for the picture. They are pretty cute.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008


not that anyone is jealous, with your oceans, surf, sun, etc. We woke up to several more inches of snow this morning so I put on my rainboots and puffy coat and took some shots. It was quite beautiful. It was up to my knees in places that had been untouched and it started snowing some more on my way home. The red brick is the Provo Tabernacle.

I should have taken a picture of a few hours later when my neighbor and I got her Jeep (without 4-wheel drive) stuck in a parking lot. We realized there is a big difference between men and women when, after quite a while of our pushing, pulling and engineering traction under each wheel, a guy stopped and pushed us out in seconds. We felt a little silly, but mostly grateful.

Monday, January 7, 2008

steamer lane

I tried out my birthday present at Steamer Lane today. I got a 6'1", 19 1/2 and 2 3/8 surfboard from Buck Noe, a local shapers who's pretty well known around here. It was a board he had ridden for an little while. Thanks to everyone that contributed to the surfboard fund. I had a little extra left over so I'm sending Jesse a wetsuit, hood, and booties so you don't have to feel bad if you didn't send anything to him in Japan. The board has a pretty big concave in the tail which is different from most boards I've ridden. So far I like it a lot, very loose without being squirrely. The winds finally calmed down so I had a nice afternoon session at Steamer Lane. The darker it got the more the tide dropped so there were some fun, fast waves coming in. Damaris took some pictures so I've include a few of those. I want to get some video but first I need to learn how to surf better and Enzo needs to learn not to go through the guard rail or learn to swim.