Tuesday, November 28, 2006

motherly duties

last night mikey had a little accident--really it was quite big, but anyway. as i was in the middle of doing my motherly duties anna walked in. she looked at me and looked at him and looked at the mess and replied, "i am NOT having a boy." then she turned and walked out. i suppose she doesn't remember the messes she made.

Monday, November 27, 2006

thanksgiving for the burtons

what a great weekend. we spent our 10th straight year of thanksgivings at shawn's parents in mesquite. i have not been home to my house for thanksgiving in 10 years. and really, if i don't think to much about it, i am fine with it. thanksgiving with the burtons, christmas with the granquists. it really works out well.
shawn golfed 4 of the 5 days. i read, watched tv and movies, and really did nothing--much to my liking. the kids played with some cousins. anna had an all girl sleepover with aunt cami and the other girl cousins. we went four wheelin' in kc's (shawn's youngest bro) 60-something bronco all decked out with roll bars and big tires and axles and who knows what else. and we also went out in the rhino--a four-wheeler for two. i love it. mikey could not get enough of it. hop on and ride through the arizona desert (just across the street) to your heart's delight. the weather was spectacular for such a weekend.
a bonus this year: shawn's uncle gave us his room at the paris saturday night and took us to dinner. a mini vacation within the vacation. shawn's parents watched to kids. it was great.
we had a very nice thanksgiving weekend, indeed.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

thank you notes...for a thankful day

dear mark eubank,
thanks for all the swoops and whishes and the other great noises you make for an exciting weather report. i am so sad to see you go. however, i am glad you passed on the white coat. it makes snow days so much lighter.
a faithful viewer,
liz burton

dear soapnet,
thank you for all the reruns of 90210. it is so good to get caught up again and again. and i am so excited to watch the first episodes starting next tuesday. we belong together.
tfa (true friends always),
liz burton of 84047


dear in-laws,
thank you for letting us come every year to celebrate this holiday with you. it's great to be where it is warm. thanks for letting us ride the rhino. thanks for loving our children. thanks for being so good to us. thanks for the day-after thanksgiving buffets. thanks for your son. i couldn't ask for better in-laws.


dear jeans,
thanks for being stretchy and growing with me this year.
lovingly yours,


dear 7693 lincoln street,
thanks for letting us in and taking us in. it has been a hard transition but you have helped ease the pain.
yours for a little while,


dear alice,
thanks for being mine. i love your purr and your playful ways.


dear president of the would-be writers,
thanks for a great writing prompt.


dear anna,
you are so beautiful and smart. i can't believe you came from me. but i am so thankful to be your mother. i love when you dance and sing. i love when you read to me. you are the best daughter ever.


dear michael,
thank you for your beautiful smile. you always light up a room. thank you for being so good. you make being a mother easy for me. even if you are completely potty-trained yet.


dear shawn,
thank you for loving me and putting up with all my craziness. thanks for a great marriage.


dear family,
really i could not survive life without you.
love you oodles,
your daughter, sister and friend


dear thanksgiving,
thanks for the turkey and tatoes and gravy and cranberry and rolls and yams and all the rest of the good stuff. you are the best holiday for eating!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

mikey: "mom, i got all my running cothes on. i got my running pants. i got my running dirt. i got my running detdirt. i got my running dooes. do dey have running pool-ups?"
me: "sorry, bud, i don't think they have running pull-ups."

no, he is still not quite trained. potty YES! poop no.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

just bragging...

although i shouldn't brag. i was suppose to have them done last christmas. but i made matching pillows to make up for the lateness. huh, i suppose it could just be early this year.

katie had been looking for cute matching quilts for her girls' room. she couldn't find any in her price range. so, i made them for her.

i really think they turned out great--super cute! those lucky girls.

Friday, November 10, 2006

a quiz going around plus extra questions a friend sent back to me

1. FIRST Name: Elizabeth
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? yeh, i think so. a great great grandmother or something. i really should find out more about her
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? i really don't want to admit it but i cried sunday night while watching desperate housewives--it's not just bad enough to watch dw but it's worse to cry during it. i think i need medication.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? most of the time. sometimes i try to change it. it really doesn't work
6. KIDS? what about them...two girl boy 6 4 respectively
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? lots of volumes
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? me? never!
11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? i did--a long time a go with a guy that loved me but i didn't really even like him. i told him he stunk (because he did) and his sister called and yelled at me. i had to apologize
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? reese's puffs and cheerios
13. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? no, not usually. i have to untie them before i put on, so why should i untie them when i take them off?
14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? not really...at least i don't have much upper body strength and i have a low tolerance to pain--i get a hang nail and i take an alleve. mentally, i am probably stronger than i think i am although, i did cry during a really stupid show--need medication.
15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? lately, snelgrove's parlor creation strawberry cheesecake
16. SHOE SIZE? 8
17. RED OR PINK? both and together
18. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOU? where do i begin--i cry during dw and i can be messy...at times
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? shawn, luckily he comes home every night
20. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? this is a lame question
21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? blue jeans, brown sneakers
22. LAST THING YOU ATE? cocoa puffs (that should be with my cereal favs)
24. FAVORITE SMELLS? fresh laundry and new babies, shawn--even when he is stinky, fresh cut lawn, alyssum, rain,
27. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes, most of the time:)
28. FAVORITE DRINK? pepsi, unless it's coke from mcdonald's or cafe rio
29. FAVORITE SPORT? probably baseball but i really enjoy watching golf on sundays
30. HAIR COLOR? it used to be blond
31. EYE COLOR? depends on the day but mostly blue--really blue when i cry
32. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? yes...and i hate it
33. FAVORITE FOOD? depends, but i am definitely a carnivore
34. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? definitely happy endings
35. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? last half of breakfast at tiffany's. i realized i had never really seen it. it was okay.
37. EXERCISE? what?
38. SUMMER OR WINTER? fall but if i had to choose it would be winter
40. FAVORITE DESSERTS? really dense chocolate cake or cheesecake
42. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? um, you maybe
43. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? nothing, although i am looking for something good...annie, i put that copy of pride and prejudice in mom's bathroom thinking i might read it sometime
44. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? oriole park at camden yards...home of the baltimore orioles
45. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? ksl news for a special piece on depression they were advertising...not impressed
46. FAVORITE SOUNDS? anna, mikey and shawn's laughter (he doesn't laugh out loud all that often--so it is good to hear), silence in the night, cat's purr
47. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? i think bon jovi, except that i found out he campaigned for al gore...he broke my heart
48. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? prince edward island
49. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? of course--i can sew and quilt and i love it
50. WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN? august 14, 1975 st mark's hospital slc, ut

and these are from andra:
51. IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE? Mary Poppins power...I could use a cherry disposition and that snapping power to clean house and get kids to do things you want

52. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? in midvale, of course

53. WHAT SCARES YOU? depression, mental illness, something happening to my children or husband, rotten milk, biting into a rotten tomato, thai food and sushi and really anthing foreign except maybe mexican except that often has onions and i am definitely scared of onions

54. WHERE WOULD YOU GO ON VACTION IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE? i think i would really like to travel the world but i woul LOVE to go to amarillo texas.

55. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? i really like "the secret life of bees"

56. IF YOU HAD TO GIVE UP ONE OF YOUR SENSES WHAT WOULD IT BE? i don't know. i really love all of my sense. i just couldn't give one up. i would give up a little toe or maybe i would cut my hair off. but i would not give up a sense.

57. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY TIP? well, where do i begin, i am so much into the beautification of myself. but how about just smiling. i think that can do a lot.

58. ARE YOU A WAXER OR A SHAVER? definitely shaving, but only about once a week

59. RECOMMEND A RESTUARANT: i love morelia's on 61st and state--yum

60. BEST THING YOU'VE DONE FOR YOURSELF THIS WEEK? well, i did go see the doc and he upped my meds--i feel good about that. hopefully i won't cry during another dumb tv show.

61. BEST THING YOU'VE DONE FOR SOMEONE ELSE THIS WEEK? i made dinner for my family last night (but only because i had to take dinner into a gal who is pregnant and got in a car accident--but that is good too). oh, hey, i made dinner on wednesday night too! wow.

62. BEST THING SOMEONE HAS DONE FOR YOU THIS WEEK? a friend came and spent the day with me on wednesday

63. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND? according to shawn, we are going to make "our rental into our home" by finally getting this hung up and put away and organized.

64. FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION: listening to christmas music starting in october and always getting a REAL tree--add to my favorite smells.

65. FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR BODY? wow, this one is tough. i suppose i really love my hands (when my nails aren't down to nubs which they always are)

66. WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BODY IF YOU COULD ONLY CHANGE ONE THING? my weight, hence my size but that is something i could change but for something that cannot be changed just by me, i would change my height. i would love to be a bit taller.

67. FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR GENDER? i don't have something always dangling between my legs

68. A TALENT YOU'D LIKE TO DEVELOPE? i would love to be able to sing for reals

69. FAVORITE BLESSING TODAY? the sun is shining

70. SOMETHING YOU WISH YOUR MOTHER HAD TAUGHT YOU: how to budget money and how to cook--sorry mom

71. SOMETHING YOU ARE GLAD YOUR MOTHER TAUGHT YOU: how to love and how to serve others

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

so soon?

anna prayed this morning that we would all have a happy holidays. could the christmas music on fm 100 and kosy 106.5 be affecting her already?

like mother, like daughter

anna: "mom, i need to find my library book. where is my book."
me: "i don't know. it's not my book. did you put it away?"
anna: "last time i saw it was at the old house on the dining table."
me: "huh. that was a long time ago. i have know idea where it would be."
anna: "mom, if i don't find it, it will be overdoomed."
me: "well, i don't know what to tell you."
anna: "but mom, i can't be overdoomed. i just can't be overdoomed."
me: "you will just have to pay for it."
anna: "but i will be overdoomed. i can't be overdoomed."
me: "you should be more responsible--i don't know what to tell you."
anna: "i don't want to be overdoomed! i can't want to be overdoomed. sami was overdoomed. i don't want to be overdoomed...overdooomed...overdoomed...overdoomed."

i am thinking that anna may have the same bad library habits that i do. i know i should have said more comforting things to her, but i just loved hearing her say "overdoomed".

post script: i still haven't paid my fine. i am terrified i will get pulled over one day and haul me off to prison for my outstanding fines. i hear they do that.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


7393 South Pine Street, Midvale, Utah no longer belongs to the burton family. we are officially all done. closed. moved. finished. it has been such a hectic month but really, things went very quickly and fairly smooth. i was really sad at closing. selling a house, i learned, is an emotional process and i didn't know how i would react. we are now renting until we can decide what to do with our lives. so the new house is temporary and i am having a hard time adjusting. i keep thinking i should go "home" when i am home. and randomly i still go the old way home. but it is good. things are good. life is good.