Tuesday, July 29, 2008

basement apartment for rent


Only 1 mile from UVSC! Great neighborhood, right next to Neilsons Grove Park, a huge nice new park. Apartment has separate parking stall off-road, separate entrance, some storage space, 2 sunny bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a nice open living room and kitchen with a large window. Free high speed internet and all utilities are included with rent. You are welcome to use the basketball court and large backyard for bbq's and hanging out. Landlords are a young, hip couple with two small children. :)

Rent is $675/month. First and last months rent are due at singing along with a security deposit (fully refundable) of $600. One year contract preferred but not mandatory.

Families with 1 child are welcome.



















Friday, July 25, 2008

oh pioneer

For the 24th I was missing the Mapleton parade which we go to every year so we decided to have our own parade. It lasted all of 20 seconds but was so worth it.

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Ellie, Bri, and Kelty with impromtu bonnets.

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The APX guys lined the sidewalk, some even camping out the night before to get a good spot. Check out Ellie's skills holding a sucker in her mouth and riding her bike at the same time!

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Walker in his pink and blue handcart.

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Levi

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Bo who was a little too cool for this baby parade but also displayed some mad biking skills.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

apx fever

it's going around. symtoms: taking drastic measures to entertain yourself.

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Somehow he just doesn't quite pull it off. Ellie said to me, "Mom, you just can't let Cody wear my dresses all the time."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

mom...not another photo shoot!

Yes, another photo shoot kids, and you darn well better smile! I think Ellie's had it with my trying to take her picture all the time, but I did sneak one cute one in! I went with Erin and Levi to the Hagley museum today (only $1 to get in on Saturdays - sweet). We mostly walked down the shady path along the river and then played around on this yellow train car, it was really fun. Tomorrow we are heading to the beach, oh wait, the "shore" and staying in a B&B in Cape May, NJ. Times like this I wish I liked seafood cause man it would sure taste good if it wasn't so gross!

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Friday, July 18, 2008

how many?



I got this book at the Winterhur gift shop to give to Ellie for Christmas...too nice for an everyday gift. I have a little collection of pop up books - it's such an art, I love working with paper.

love this place

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So this is my third post about picking fruit at Linvilla but I just love it. And I'm so grateful for my two cute kids, they are just perfect for us. Cody is so chill and easygoing. He's better at navigating through the house than Ellie (meaning he doesn't run into walls randomly or trip over the carpet). He loves to give kisses and loves to snuggle. His language skills aren't the best yet but it makes me love him even more. Ellie is strong willed and has the English language mastered, and has since about 20 months. She is super dramatic and girly and gets SERIOUSLY hurt 10 times an hour. Wow, she wears me out mentally sometimes but she is so creative and imaginative and smart and BEAUTIFUL.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

grandma nonnie!

Last week my mom came to play with us! I had so much fun showing her the beautiful country we live in. I knew she would just love it and sure enough she wants to move out here now with me so we can "farmer market" every day! Well, as least I want second home out here.

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The first day we visited Winterthur gardens. I think this is my favorite garden here because it's so quiet and you don't see a lot of people - and it's very shady so it's nice on hot days.

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Nemours garden and mansion just finished a three year, $39 million restoration. The A.I. Dupont was the guy who started making gunpowder here and built this mansion and garden to try to win the love of his second wife..who did marry him but said she never really loved him. The tour takes you through the 40,000 square foot home which is super ornate (but the servents kitchen and pantry were awesome!). I forgot my camera battery so this picture is taken from their website.

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We also went antiquing a little...this place had some great stuff.

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Ice cream at Brusters

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Now if you know my mom you know some of the things she likes are: quiet, calm, and no crowds. So I had to laugh as my mom and I braved downtown Filthydelphia by ourselves for close to 4 hours to see the sites. The kids were surprisingly good but I just never imagined doing THIS with her! Above is where Ben Franklin's home was.

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One of the neatest things they have for free are little storytelling benches. There are 13 benches located at different historical sites and you just plop down and get to hear a cool story about history! Shown above is mom listening to the story of John Barry (naval officer in the Revolutionary War) with Independence Hall in the background.

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This is one cool store I've found in downtown. They do cooking demos every weekend and this girl just shows up and has to figure out what to make with all this fresh produce. She was roasting an eggplant, I believe and was going to make some nectarine reduction whatever that is but it sounded so good! If I didn't have kids I would be doing this kind of stuff every Saturday! Also notice the teacup clock, I want one.

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On Sunday my mom babysat so Justin and I could go on date! We went to the Hagley museum which was where the Dupont company began making gunpowder. The river is so cool here. We ate lunch in an old home on the property and just walked around in love.

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Of course we had to go catch lightning bugs. I am so wierd because I can't just go catch bugs outside our apartment because it's just not the right "atmosphere." I like to ask myself, "WWMD? What Would Martha [Stewart] Do?" So we drove down to the river but that wasn't right either because there was not only trash everywere but also White Trash so we left and ended up at Brandywine State Park with no one around and it's so beautiful..so then I decided it was okay to catch bugs.

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We also did a lot of napping and relaxing! I think my mom liked sleeping by Ellie the best. Oh and we also picked berries but the pictures are SO cute I'm saving them for their own post. Thank you for coming grandma, we love you more!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

happy fourth!

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Thanks for the cute outfit Grandma Jannie!

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Ellie making sure Kelty doesn't run off.

On the 4th I just tried not to think about missing the annual Provo 10K and then riding our bikes down the parade route with our kids in the burley to find a good spot. It's my favorite thing about the 4th! But we still had a blast. Justin had to work 1/2 day so I ran a little 5K in the morning and then Jess and I took our kids to the Downingtown carnival and booths. My favorite part of the day was painting a Presbyterian birdchurch. The church had the cutest booth set up to try and find people to come to join their congregation. It makes me want to set up a booth at Orem Fest next year not to make money but just set up cute crafts for kids...we miss doing these festivals.

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In the afternoon we had a rainy bbq at the pool and then went over to Wilmington to watch fireworks on the waterfront. I thought they would have it so you could see the reflections in the water but I guess they don't think of those types of aesthetic things. It was still really cool though. Ellie and Cody both loved it.

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I bought these shirts at a booth for them to wear to the fireworks, though it was dark and no one saw them anyway.

It's been really neat living out here among all this history. I have been reading "The Killer Angels," a Civil War novel about the battle at Gettysburg and have a list of other books I want to read. After reading each book I want to visit the sites they talk about. The thing I've learned the most is just a great appreciation for those who have sacrificed and an awe for the intelligence, spirituality and passion of these men who formed this country. And how GOOD we have it.