Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fablehaven Fun!

I have never taken much time to read until my sister got me hooked a couple of years ago. Now I love to read all kinds of books, but these are my favorite. They are creative, fun, clean, and magical in so many the nature of the story, but also in the way that it takes me all over the world with these great characters.

I have been counting the days until the 5th and final book came out: it was yesterday. I found out that Brandon Mull was going to be on his book tour here in Boise today and I have been excited all week! I felt like a little kid on Christmas all day anticipating the new book and meeting the author of my favorite books!

I was early to Deseret Book before the signing even started, but the line was well over an hour and a half long. I waited with my three anxious kids for twenty minutes and we moved about three feet. We were standing right next to Brandon Mull so the kids got to watch him in action, which they just loved! They were given a free poster and bookmark, which kept them happy for about three extra minutes. They were teetering between waiting to meet the author and just buying the book and leaving, like so many others were opting to do. I was secretly hoping that patience would win them over, but in the end (ten seconds later), we stepped to the register to just get the book.

Zack had asked the gentleman with Brandon Mull if there were any copies of the book that were already signed, but there were not. While checking out, I thought to ask the lady if she had any pre-signed copies...I was just aching for one! Another lady, who seemed pretty in-the-know stepped up just then and said that she had only four, but they were special.

I must have smiled just right, because she gave one of them to me!!! I was so excited! I only paid the $19 and was on my merry way; they didn't even charge me extra or anything! I love Deseret Book! On our way out we stopped to snap some pics and bounced out of the store giggling.

Seriously, I am thirty-one, but that was some of the best fun and excitement I have had! I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to meet him in person and sign our book in front of us, but I have my book, my pics, and a big grin on my face.

Don't worry though, it was totally for the kids. ;)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

It's Great to be Eight!

Our Owen Buh-Dowen is turning eight today, Monday, March 22nd! He has always been such a sweet boy since the day he was born. He has always been a smiley boy, but sometimes you have to guess if he is smiling because he is happy or if he is up to some kind of harmless mischief.

Owen is such a delight to our family and we are so thankful for him! Happy birthday to our big boy!It is great to be eight!

(I couldn't find any digital pictures of him as a newborn because we didn't get a digital camera until after he was one! Now we wonder how we do without them and wonder what film is.)


Friday, March 19, 2010

March Madness at the Ogdens

Our boys LOVE basketball and they love BYU! Zack and Owen enjoy moving their bedroom furniture around and this is their latest creation. They found some blue painting tape and hand made their own BYU home court. Go Cougs!

Who Says Gluten Free Can't Be Awesome?

Grilled salmon w/olive oil, dill, and lemon pepper; yellow squash, onions, tomatoes sauteed with butter, salt, and pepper; baby romaine salad with blueberries, sunflower seeds, with romano and parmesan cheeses. Yummy! =)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Good Morning!

We have 1 o'clock church. It is also Daylight Savings. Our one day to sleep in a little is on Sunday mornings. This morning we woke to the sounds of children busily working in the kitchen. When we stumbled out of bed and into the dining room, this is what we found waiting for us!

How delicious is that?!

Zack spear-headed the whole operation, and being the sweet kid he is, didn't even stop to take a glance in the mirror. Bed head rules.

Yep, she just wakes up naturally beautiful!

Good morning, indeed!