Sunday, November 25, 2007

We've Gone Private

It's official: this blog has gone private. However, I am taking a day-long break from all this behind-the-scenes glory to let those of you who are subscribed to a reader know that post updates will not come in through your feeds. For this, I apologize, and wish there was a better way. Hopefully technology will catch up soon. And in the meantime, I hope you will occasionally stop in!

Also, if you have not received an invite, but are interested, send an email (or comment) my way. The more, the merrier.

Memorable Message

Today in Church, Louisa (age 2 1/2) flipped open the scriptures and was looking at them with great intent. I asked, "What are you doing?" She replied, "Sending an email to Jesus."

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Football Fever


Football fever is in full force in our state. Today is the big day when the Utes play the Cougars. We're excited here at the Edgley home!

After twelve years of football fun with Steve (spending many long hours cheering on the BLUE team... seeing how happy he is if they win, and how much emotional devastation a loss brings), last year I consciously made the choice to be a BYU fan. As you can imagine, this was a decision that was very heavy for me, being that my fair alma mater is not BYU. But in the end, it was a decision made for the greater good of my little family (well, that and fearing that despite his great love, I may be disowned by my father-in-law).

This morning Ella broke some news to me. She has created a fairyland where the good side is blue and the bad side is red. Children who are naughty go to school on the red side. Children who are good go to the museum, playground, store and zoo on the blue side. Butterflies fly freely on the blue side, and rainbows form as well. The red side is fairly empty and bleak. However, teachers are nice at the red-side school. (That's good... being that Steve is technically both a medical doctor and a professor at the U).

So, I figured this would all translate into her preferences for football teams. When I asked, "What kind of fan are you, Ella?", she responded, "A snow-cone fan." Smart girl. Very smart.

Post-Press Edition: Ella just informed me that the red side was just not complete. She brought the finished version to me, and the red side now contains: a church, toy store, hospital and office (in addition to the school). And the fairy parents get together on the red side at the "meeting spot."

Is this any predictor for who will win the game today? You be the judge...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Giving Thanks!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

We're Thankful For...

Ella: My skin, it protects me. My privileges.
Louisa: My mommy and daddy. Running and jumping.
Steve: Football (especially BYU football). Responsibility.
Emi: Love, life, laughter. Family and friends.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Is this Really my Husband?


A flashback from Halloween (this is the modest picture... you should have seen him with the jacket off and tatoo shirt ablaze)!

Thanks Momma E. for sending the picture.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Remember?


A while back, I posted about a contest (access via this link) in which Ella participated with a local photographer, Wynona Robison. I suspect many readers voted, because Ella was selected for a sitting. Well, the pictures turned out to be stunningly beautiful.
I will post my favorites, and to see more, you can link to Wynona's blog at http://wynonarobison.typepad.com/photography/2007/11/ella.html As you can see, Nona even shot a few of Lulu (who always seems happy to be along for the ride!).

Monday, November 12, 2007

Weekend Away

I was lucky enough to escape and enjoy a fun girl's trip this weekend... seven great friends, tons of shopping, too much food and lots of laughter. I loved being in Phoenix with my Chicago book club friends. These friends have been with me through many of life's difficult moments. We really connect... and not just because we all have blonde hair!


Here are a few pictures of us (there were not many from the vacation, I was having too much fun to pull out the camera). Can you guess what is going on in the bottom right picture (hint: those are dryer sheets)? Winner gets a tip on where to find the BEST gelato outside of Italy.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Genome Projects

Two projects of note:

Music Genome Project - The genius minds over at Pandora are working to "capture the essence of music at the fundamental level" using over 400 attributes to describe songs and a complex mathematical algorithm to organize them. A given song is represented by a vector containing approximately 150 genes. Each gene corresponds to a characteristic of the music, for example, vocal harmony, melody, level of distortion on the electric guitar, lyrics, etc.

They have compiled an in-depth analysis of music. You can start by choosing song or artist you like, and then create a station full of songs with musical qualities similar to your favorites. If, like me, you find yourself listening to a mix of NPR and Raffi, or those classic James Taylor faves, you may want to mix things up a bit and check this site out! www.pandora.com

Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation - DNA analysis with the goal to illustrate how closely we, as members of the human family, are all related. Philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson (of Salt Lake City), one of the project's founders and the program's namesake says, "I can't think of anything that matters more than reminding people everywhere that in a very real sense, we are all brothers and sisters." The Sorenson Molecular Genetic Foundation hopes to promote tolerance and peace by making people aware of our intricate ties. Request a kit and add your branch to the world genetic tree (for free to boot!). www.smgf.org

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Monsters

by Louisa

Teeny little monsters are nice.
They don't bite me.
They don't eat my fingers...
Just my toes -- all gone.

Friday, November 02, 2007

More Halloween...




Pictures taken by Silver Pelican Photography during trick-or-treating at Foothill Village. As always, you can click on the image to view the photos larger. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween 2007

The witch flies across the moon... with a black cat on her broom!