Thursday, May 29, 2008

mikie's is my favorite!

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebs

up late...ridiculous

sorry guys, i know this is really dorky, but zack did it, so i had to too. it's kinda fun.

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebs

Monday, May 26, 2008

First day of running for Havasu

First off, this is meant not only to inspire me to get in shape, but others in our family as well ;) Well, the ones that don't live in Utah that is- they are my inspiration! Thanks to Amy's comment on my other blog, I did it today. I went to Kmart and bought some cheap running shorts that are soft and I can sleep in. And a new sports bra because I can't find my old one. I wore my shorts around the hips cause they would be like underwear if I didn't but they made my belly and saddlesides even more noticeable (see photo)! I don't care cause soon it will be gone! Better late than never, I took off around 3:15 pm today running. I went about 3 miles, and walked up the hills (a beginner again) and ran when I felt inspired, which was frequently because I just made the coolest playlist on my Ipod ever. And then I just set it to shuffle on the song settings so the playlist jumps around. I love running to music, in fact, strangely, I can't really do it at all without music. It's seriously 10 times easier to run with my ipod and my big headphones and "Summer of 69" blasting in my ear. Plus my playlist is everything from Tom Petty to the Pet Shop Boys to INXS to Erasure. Music seemed alot more energizing and simultaneously pretty in the 80s! The weather was so beautiful today, all gray and cold, and after about 3 minutes in your shorts you get warm from the blood pumping! It's harder in the heat as I remember from last summer, but OK either early in the AM or late at night. In today's weather, at least my face did not turn into a crazy blob of a smashed tomato-red. I actually looked normal when I was done, see photo again! It was truly so much fun. Actually, not at all lying, by the time I was back at my house I didn't want to stop. I was WAY inspired, just like if I was out dancing!
So I am committing to 4 days a week at the least, running, and if my muscles hurt too much or something, at least walking fast. I think we should all start up the fun! Hey did you see the new custom made Obama shirt I am wearing? Art and I had them made to say whatever we wanted!
I want to rule at Havasu. It's gonna be a little difficult to be that hot in the first place, so I thought the best thing I could do was make it a bit easier on my body. Dad, do you know anyone with backpacks for women?


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Family, friends, pics, boat

Heather gloriously spacin'.
Got to fix that flash issue. But Heather looks adorable!
Victoria and eye!
Laugh attacks are my fave.
Espesh when they don't end.
Our boat, they are working on it in the background.

Hi every one I love! First off, I posted a longer blog entry on my personal blog, which is usually all writing entries like poetry and such, but this last one has some various photos and a long rant about me losing some weight and getting ready for true hiking! I have been so lazy and beer-drinking lately!

But I thought I would post some recent photos too! Look to my other blog for more, including the cutest photo of our boat.

Friday, May 23, 2008

DC Games


Thursday, May 22, 2008

The best is yet to come

Hey guys, sorry for freakin y'all out yesterday. i was having a bit of a crisis, which quickly dissipated come 4 o'clockish. I had just been bailed on by my friends and was left a little lifeless. of course, as usual, that all came back and now a day and a half later things are 150% better. It was just a very brief moment of utter lonely lostness, when I thought i had no one. how stupid a thought.

i will say, both the headshots guy and the casting director asked me about all of you. and what did I say? I didn't know what to say, because you guys are always so far away. I need something to say to these people when they ask about you. right? i wish everybody else was so wanderlusty as me. maybe someday. wait'll you see those headshots. there's a reason I paid out my flanks for them

love you guys with all my heart, way way too much

what i've been doing

every moment, every hour...this is my life the last few weeks. it is done!!! i wrote 4 long papers and did a few presentations and stressed in so many ways about so many words...but it is over...for now. luckily, i love it deep down and that is why i do it. anyway, here i am with my papers i turned in this week!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


anybody. please. life is suddenly miserable

Monday, May 19, 2008

For Nanny and Header

Queen Bella( she actually prefers princess)

This is not a set up. I just took these pictures of her mose'n around the house. A day in the life of Bella

Can you tell which one she likes best? She was so excited to get the most beloved Cinderally dress she slipped it right on. And then she saw the lovely little lacy,fairy pink number from Nana. She just had to wear them both. It was so cool because the box from you two came like a hour before her party so she was able to open them with her friends, who are way jealous. I didn't let her wear them until after the party because I myself didn't want Bella to have to share them until she got the chance use them. When I post about her party on our blog you will see her friends are wearing her old dress-ups. And Nana beware, something spooky will be calling you soon. And don't worry Papa we got your great gift too. I will post a blog of that later. I'm thinking they are going to start up a business selling snow cones.

Bella's Birthday and upcoming birthdays for others

First of all I want to say Happy Birthday to the prettiest princess ever!!!! The most charming one of them all, Bella Beatty. I hope your birthday was marvelous! I hope to see pictures!
Secondly, I want to say I am sorry I did not send a gift. I am SOOOO terrible about gifts.

I also have decided that I probably am going to forfit on birthday gifts unless I see something that markedly draws me in and makes me KNOW the person with the birthday would love it. I just felt this overwhelming crazy sadness about buying future birthday gifts for people the other day. I was in the bathroom and looked at this lotion I have, which is the same one I got for one of my grandmother's in-law for her birthday..... Suddenly I sighed with a strange exhaustion at my future self and thinking of the hundreds of different birthdays I will have to be buying the obligatory gift, last minute, not knowing what I am looking for, finding something they may not even ever like. I'm over stressing about such things. Christmas seems different to me for some reason. I would rather get gifts for people at random, when the perfect thing for them shows up and it makes me think of them. What with Art's family being about 100 plus people and ours not being small either, it is just too crazy. Getting gifts for Heather and such will always be easy, cause I know what she loves. But I don't know what everyone else loves, and I don't always come across anything I think they might love during their birthday week. And I hate getting gifts out of obligation, it's just not quite the same.

Maybe that's lame. I am sorry.
Joey, I do however, know EXACTLY what I am getting you for yours! Easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

love to you all,

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I just posted the pictures from one of our latest adventures, going down to the middle of the desert to see the remote Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Here's the Flickr album. It was really fun, a journey.

I also posted a blog detailing it a little more over here.

The visitors center

Bones in the quarry buildings

Hiking the Rock Walk

Bella hands-in-pockets, trying to stay warm in the wind

Gnarled tree

Sunday, May 11, 2008


what lovely, creative, joyful and amazing beatty moms we have! i have been thinking a lot about motherhood and women lately for my classes.
here is a passage from moby-dick by herman melville, about whale mamas:
"far beneath this wondrous world upon the surface, another and still stranger world met our eyes as we gazed over the side. for, suspended in those watery vaults, floated the forms of the nursing mothers of the whales, and those that by their enormous girth seemed shortly to become mothers. the lake, as i have hinted, was to a considerable depth exceedingly transparent; and as human infants while suckling will calmly and fixedly gaze away from the breast, as if leading different lives at the time; and while yet drawing mortal nourishment, be still spiritually feasting upon some unearthly reminiscence;--even so did teh young of these whales seem looking up toward us, but not at us, as if we were but a bit of gulf-weed in their newborn sight. floating on their sides, the mothers also seemed quietly eyeing us....and thus, though surrounded by circle upon circle of consternations and affrights, did these inscrutable creatures at the centre freely and fearlessly indulge in all peaceful concernments; yea, serenely revelled in dalliance and delight."
i know it was long, but a passage like that in such a masculine book really stands out with its tenderness and reminds you of the great indefinable sweetness of mothers.

our mothers give
our first softest memories --
wordless and wide, pale
as the dawn
and honey-scented.
we carry
our mothers
in our arms and bellies--
in the secret
turning in the night,
moon garden of lilacs and
sweetpea, tangled mystery,
sleeping fawn
silver stream.
we are forever interwoven
in a great and mysterious
web of song.
a mother tells endless
through her children--
sends them forth,
little boats upon the ocean
to find starlight.
her voice
(laugh, sigh, weep, hush)
lives inside my petals

Nana Dear

We love you so, your happy smiling face, is such a joy to look at you make home a lovely place.

Nana's love is what makes our world go round. A natural born mother and caregiver. So nurturing and compassionate. Always giving - ever giving. You have a special talent to make every holiday and tradition so full of excitement and never ending joy as we open gift after gift, snack on homemade or store bought goodies, watch Pall One or have a slice of your world-famous Texas chocolate fudge cake (let's keep that one in the family). You're radiant and beautiful inside and out. A true beauty. A heart pure as gold that ever shines on us. Always encouraging, pushing us forward, patting our backs, holding our hands, wiping our tears, cheering and cheering, lifting us higher and higher. We feel so loved in your light and carry your glow with us, within us.

5+4+3=12! Your true loves. Your ever growing family. Your 5 precious babies, their 4 loves, and your 3 grandbabes. How blessed we all are to have you as our matriarch. You have paved our way through kind selfless acts of love. It sometimes kills me to watch you bend over backward, going this way and that way. To make US feel happy, comforted and loved. Never asking for anything in return. Just seeing our smiles is enough. We could NEVER doubt your love for us. Your love has been the most influential, unwavering, constant thing in our lives.

Ways you have influenced me, or things that remind me of you:

Library. I have always liked the library, but you have deepened my love for it. We love our weekly library trips. You have truly given us the gift to love and appreciate books. It's been passed down to your grandchildren too. They beg for goodnight stories and I couldn't imagine a better thing to beg for. And on Joey's birthday we will be signing the kids up for the summer reading club. We can't wait!!

Making something out of nothing. Matt doesn't understand this one. Maybe it's only something us Beattys-by-marriage can see. It's when something that normally would go unnoticed to the untrained eye gets praised, acknowledged, glorified, and just plain old recognized. This is not a bad thing. It might sometimes seem overboard to some of us. But in the end I have come to enjoy and try to do use this method myself. I have seen firsthand through you, my husband and even the children I have born. It's amazing and wonderful to see the scroungy, might I add scary cat become a most cherished, delightful little lap cat. This something out of nothing goes farther than cats. But to make the most out of everything. To not let the simple things in life pass you by. Those are the things in the end that make our lives worth living. The things we will miss dearly when they are gone.

This post in honor of you would not be complete without mentioning: HGTV, homes, shabby chic, Martha Stewart, sweet treats, the best cheesy scrambled eggs, birds, books, movies, Josh Groban, cats, care packages, worrying, protective, Sutter Creek, flowers - roses, diet pepsi, everyones BIGGEST fan (that is, everyone in the family, the smell of tide, black forest ham (not anymore, but it still makes me think of you), monkey bread, tofurkey, "Oey's going to take a bassy", Bessie Pease Gutmann, Eloise Wilkin, "I love you a bushel and a peck". Your zeal and passion for life are never ending.

I hope you feel our love for you this day and know how very much you mean to us.

She loves me- Jarom
I love she- Bella

Thursday, May 8, 2008


We posted about this on our other blog (here and here), but I figured I'd give a summary of it here for those less enlightened.

A couple weekends ago we went down to St. George for our triathlon. It was pretty stupendous. Afterwards, we checked out a prominent dinosaur footprint site (tracksite), visited a cartoonish western town, ate lunch at a tiny natural foods store nestled along the side of the highway in an orchard, celebrated Earth Day in Springdale, and visited Zion National Park. It was basically a perfect Saturday, with a good amount of road trip driving to keep me happy too.

Below are some photos from the trip. Also, you can see all of the photos on Flickr: view the whole trip, or split up into triathlon, dinosaur tracksite, Virgin Village, and Zion.

Bikes on car, arrived in St. George

Triathlon time, riding through the hills

Jarom and Bella and a tyrannosaur footprint

Virgin Village

Jarom feeding the alpaca

Eating at the natural foods store/deli

Bella finishing some gelato/sorbetto, Orion looks on, orchards and sandstone cliffs abound

Earth Day in Springdale

Court of the Patriarchs viewpoint

Weeping Rock--see, it weeps (ancient water)


Under the footbridge before dark