We had a 'Roth family' party to celebrate November birthdays. Ireland shares the month with cousin's Janee (beautiful girl in the gray and Christopher, hot guy in the sweater)
Chris' dad, Larry, was determined to be in every picture (haha) and Sheridan never strays far from any cake. Cute Riley (far left) is a family friend.
What we once referred to as Ireland's 9th birthday is now Ireland's birthweek. It just keeps going and going. In fact, almost 2 weeks later she got a gift from her Aunt Mailee. Each year I say 'this is your off year, no birthday party this year.' And then I cave....convincing myself with only 2 daughters what is wrong with a birthday party each year. They're all I have and one day I will wish I was still creating a cake or at least ordering one from Harmon's.
I took Ireland to the Library to find a Biography for an oral book report. I was reading off the possibilities: Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Frida (she questioned this one and I explained she was a famous painter from Mexico and continued on) Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Theresa, etc. She stopped me and said “the painter lady from Mexico”. I figured no other student in Mrs. Asay’s 3rd grade classes had ever done a report on Frida Kahlo.
Ireland enjoyed learning about Frida’s tumultuous life but I became obsessed. I got the ‘adult’ version Biography. I rented to movie “Frida” staring the ‘una-browed’ Selma Hayak. And then I spent 2 days reading the background regarding each of her almost 200 paintings – most of which are self-portraits.
At the age of 7 Frida was struck with polio making her right leg small & frail. At 18 she was in a horrific bus accident that should have taken her life. A metal railing went thru her spine and exited out her pelvis leaving her childless. She spent much of her life in bed often in a cast corset. When she felt good enough to move about she used a cane, walker or wheel chair. The majority of her self portraits express her pain not only from the accident but also from an unfaithful husband, Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera, whom she loved deeply. As she grew older and deeper in pain the paintings became more abstract and bizarre. Frida’a paintings are now worth millions of dollars.
Not only is Mrs. Asay Ireland’s teacher she also teaches Ireland & Sheridan Spanish. She loved it. And Ireland then received the ‘Principle’s Pride’ award for the project.
I was in full labor attempting to remove this sweet little angel from my body. Chris & the O.B. spent my delivery watching the Jazz Game. My mother was FREAKING OUT frantically video taping not only my delivery but also my Baby Shower being held at the very moment Ireland decided to enter this world....2 weeks early. And that was the LAST time she did anything remotely early.
6 months ago I drove out of the gas station absolutely ANGRY at the ridiculous cost of fuel. To keep my blood pressure down I avoided checking on current gas prices. These oil companies are living mighty fine thanks to each of us.
I just don't get it....
And then today I was reduced to tears when my fuel nozzle stopped at $30.00. I stared at the pump, tried pumping more, fixated on the digital readout. I wanted to scream "YEAAA my nightmare is OVER!" I refrained from celebrating my shear delight for fear of freaking out the man at the next pump. In a split second my fellow Fuel man was saying out loud to himself "this can't be?" and a HUGE smile flashed across his entire face.
With Ireland's insistents upon seeing Body World - we took her along with our friend, Tiffany, and her daughter, McKenna. Let me clarify that the following pictures are not Tiffany or McKenna. Ireland was fascinated - actually we all were. She was all about taking notes in the little pocket book they provided.
A great educational experience. So worth it.
And if you're a smoker you'll kick the habit after a trip thru this museum.
It blew in on Wednesday (1 day after elections) and didn't stop until 6 inches covered the our front yard. Snowbird & Alta received almost 4' (slopes open today). So you out of state skiers can start showing up - we've got beds ready for your stay! The weather was beautiful on Tuesday, November 4th - election day. In reality Tuesday was the calm before the storm ON SO MANY LEVELS.
Gone are the days of Disney Princesses, Lady Bugs & Care Bear Costumes. Skela-Rocker Girl & the Vampire Princess
With Robyn & Savvy Price
Witches Brew & Vampire Juice with worms
Each Halloween after the kids have filled their bags with neighborhood candy we hit the Price Party. 13 years ago I brought a pot of my homemade chicken noodle soup (noodles from scratch). And every year we are invited back as long as a pot of this soup accompanies our family. This year I lost my mind and decided to make homemade cinnamon rolls as well. Although they both tasted great, both are VERY time consuming. Yes, I am an idiot. And no, I will not bring cinnamon rolls next year.