Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This is her whole clan that she invited to her birthday. They were quite the silly bunch and I think they all had a great time.
If you remember back a few entries ago when I mentioned how Lucy (my 2 year old) stuck a remote into the microwave and turned it on. Well, we had episode number 2! This time, she thought it would be a great experiment to see what happens when you put a CD into a toaster and cook it. We now know it makes a horrible smell and requires the whole toaster to be replaced. I wouldn't have ever known that had she not been so helpful in teaching me! (sarcasm)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Ginny started 1st grade a week ago and is loving it so far. She loves her teacher and thinks it's way cool that they both have the same first name. She comes home everyday with a new best friend. I guess that's how kids that young are. They recycle eachother over and over so quickly. Asher will start his 3rd year of preschool at the Castle Valley Center for children with special needs again. He'll have the same teacher he had last year and she is fantastic. I hope we see great things from Asher this year. A little speech would be the best! Everyone pray for him that he will one day be able to speak. Watching my almost 5 year old unable to communicate with the world is the most awful thing in the world. It's so scary. Anyway, on to other things...
Lucy is the SCREAMIEST child I have ever encountered and she's mine! Isn't that crazy? I didn't know how ridiculous it was until yesterday. I was trying to talk to my parents on the phone while my kids were playing in the backyard. She would scream over every little thing at the top of her lungs. I was getting extremely angry, but holding my composure because I'm on the phone. Finally she lets out about the 15th blood-curdling scream and it happened. My head all of a sudden just ached and blood started pouring out my nose. That's right....my daughter screamed so loud it made my nose bleed. I now know that if anyone could be capable of actually shattering glass with their voice, it's my sweet Lucy because she can make a nose bleed. Don't get me wrong, I love the stinker, but boy can she scream!!!!
Lastly EEEEewwwww! If any of you can top this for grossest thing ever to be done, please share because this one is hard to top! We took our kids to KFC/A&W for lunch on Friday afternoon. We then ran a few other errands. Chris realizes that he can't find his new work phone....A BLACKBERRY AND WORTH $300!!!!! We back trace our steps and finally come to the conclusion that the last possible place would be in the garbage can at the fast food. OF COURSE someone had taken all the garbage out and put it in the dumpster....just our luck! We got some gloves and then Chris jumped into the dumpster. This is no exaggeration! My poor husband is in a fastfood dumpster! It smells awful!!!! He starts throwing out garbage bags and we start digging. At the bottom of the second bag we had dug through, we found it!!! Halle-freakin'-lujiah! All that nastyness had to have benefited us somehow. To conclude this story, we went straight home and I had a shower. Yuck! Anyone that can top that?
Lastly, I am for sure NOT going to the class reunion. I am sad, but it was my own personal choice. I would love to see everyone, but I already have a trip on Sept. 4th with family that's been planned since last December and I don't want to take my kids on a long journey again just two weeks later. I will be thinking of you all that night and probably tearing up, but once you have kids, you all know how it works...your wants and needs never come first again.
Wow, I just realized how depressing my blog today seems. Seriously, everything is just fine.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Ginny posing for my sister one last time before we got in the car to head back to Price.
Sara was the good one here to bring a camera to our girl's night out. Again, I had so much fun with Holly and Sara!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
GINNY First off, my daughter Ginny absolutely LOVED our trip to Lagoon back at the beginning of the month. She talks about it constantly. The rides, the fun, the food, etc... I guess she was running out of things to talk about relating to it.
This morning: "Mom, how many times did I go to the bathroom while we were at Lagoon?" Why would I remember that?!!!
ASHER Later in the day, I catch Asher in the fridge eating mini M&Ms. I pull him out and shut the fridge door. A few minutes later I catch him in the pantry eating rainbow sprinkles. So, I try to be a good mom and decide to make some caramel apples for him and put those things on them for him. I get out the caramel and start melting it. He can't keep his hands off the caramel. Loves eating it. I get out the different candies he likes for rolling the apples in once they are caramel dipped. He can't keep his hands off the candy. I dip the apples and roll them in the M&Ms and sprinkles. I then let them set for a while. You think he would be thrilled. After it sets, I cut one apple up into slices for him to eat them. What does he do? HE EATS THE APPLE PART AND LEAVES THE CANDY-COATED SKIN!!!!!!!
LUCY Lastly, I don't read very often and this is why... My friend gave me a book to read today called, "A Long Way From Chicago" for book club this month. I was on page 1. Lucy came in the room saying, "book! book!" over and over until I read her "Good Night Moon". I read it once and she wanted me to read it two more times. After that, she said "done". I think, "okay, now back to my book". I then started reading page 2. Lucy came running in the room once again saying, "book! book!" I then had to read "Happy Baby Colors" to her. After we finished that one, I put her down and tried to start reading my book again. She again takes off to where all the books are again. It was then I threw my hands in the air and decided that reading was a bad idea.
If you are wondering, all 3 of these pictures are when they were each 9 months old. That's when they all looked the most alike before they each got older and took on more of their own identities. All crazy kids, but I love 'em!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Then, the kids and I were off on a Henderson trip from July 7-13. That was a lot of fun because we stayed with my parents and met my sister from Elko, NV there with her 6 children. We spent the whole week in the pool......LITERALLY! It was so hot that water was the only thing constantly on all our minds. My project goal for the week was to get my oldest Ginny to where she could swim on her own. My sister had the same agenda for her daughter that is the same age and by the end of the week, I guess you could say that we had a few little Mermaids (as the girls liked to be called) swimming acrossed that pool. Asher also loved the water, but liked to either pace on the steps or hold onto a float ring while spinning in circles. Lucy liked the water a little. She's such a priss. She likes to dip her feet a bit and then walk around the outside of the pool. She feels she's very brave if she gets her upper legs wet. I can't leave out that I had one girl's night out with my dear highschool friends Holly Hutchings (Bidwell) and Sara Russell (Frehner). We had so much fun munching at Macayos and then after getting kicked out of there for being there too late, we talked for atleast another hour in the parking lot. I guess the city danger was worth our jabber. It was fabulous and I had so much fun. By the end of the week, my brother KC, wife Lynnette and their two boys came up from Flagstaff, AZ and spent the weekend with us. I love being with family. I just wish it could happen more often. We missed Kip, Pamela, and their four children. Of course, I missed my hubbie! He spent that whole week working his tail off driving all over Utah state to different habitat project sights. Thanks for letting me go hun!
Since we've been home, Chris' parents have come to visit, and even his brother Tyler and wife Maren came to Price for a while during their trip to the US from their home in S. Africa! Chris' oldest brother also flew over from Boston, MA. Everyone is so spread out, but I appreciate everyone making the time to see one another. It was fun to see everyone's slides from their big trips. Chris' parents just got back from China and showed us all their slides from that big adventure. They brought me and my girls back some beautiful pearls as well. Nothing to complain about that.
Tomorrow, we are on our way to Ogden, UT to wish Chris' youngest brother Kelly a "Bon Voyage" as he gets ready to prepare for a month in Washington DC with the AF before heading over to do 6 months service in Afghanistan. We are so proud of him and his willingness to serve and also think his newly wife Cassi (as of March) is an amazing supporter as she sees him off and awaits his safe return. So, lots has been going on. Hopefully I'll be better about pictures in the future. Mental note to self....."Take the dang camera and actually use it!"
Friday, June 27, 2008
Asher's school for people with disabilities have summer programs. They don't do them for preschool age children, but our Ward Bishop is also the Principal at the school and invited Asher and I to go with the school to Hoggle Zoo in Salt Lake City on the bus last week. I also thought Asher deserved a big treat after having to be put to sleep the day before to get 8 cavities in his mouth filled! It's not often that Asher and I have our time together with just the two of us. We had a great time and I learned there that Asher LOVES Apes!
Poor, Poor Zach! May he rest in peace. Ginny wanted to raise tadpoles into frogs. Well, we ordered 3 tadpoles and the first 2 died the first few weeks we had them, but this one (whom Ginny named "Zach") died right before he had completed the entire cycle of becoming a frog. We don't know what happened. He was swimming and crawling around in the morning and by the afternoon he was floating around lifeless. We burried him in the backyard a few days ago.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here I am getting ready to do some snorkeling at Tunnels. It's the hot spot of Kauai for snorkeling. Did I mention that I snorkeled with an octopus my last day in Kauai? Awesome! My favorite fish was the Hawaii's state fish called the "humuhumunukunuku apu a'a" . Too bad I'm not having any more children because that would have been a great name. Just Kidding!!
Here is a way cool picture I took of my husband snorkeling. Okay, I admit it was a bit posed, but it still makes for a great photo! Snorkeling was by far Chris' favorite hobbie on the island.
Here is my sweet Lucy taking a snooze on the beach. Actually, she was quite opposite of sweet the last few days. She was ready to go home and she did not hesitate a bit in expressing her anger. Lucy has by far the fairest skin of our whole family. I actually had a lady approach me the first day on the island telling me that I needed to keep her in a shirt and pants the whole trip because the sun would be too intense for her skin. Well, I wish I could see her now to prove her wrong! My daughter was able to lounge in her swimsuits the entire trip. Yes, the sun was intense, but I greased her up quite a bit everyday with SPF 70 and kept her big brimmed hats on and she was fine. No sunburns!!!!
Friday, May 23, 2008
There are chickens and roosters all over the entire island. No exaggeration! I guess there was a Hurricane in the early 90s or something and all the chickens from a big farm escaped and ran wild. Well, the rest is history and now they are everywhere. It's quite funny actually. All over the streets, beaches, golf courses, etc...
This is Charlie, Carrie, and baby Isaac that are enjoying this wonderful vacation with us. It's been fun to hang-out with them and we've all had a great time.Here we are at a beautiful water fall. Pictures truly do not do it justice. Awesome!!
And the winner is..... No, seriously this was suprisingly my most favorite place on the entire island. I felt like I was on a jungle safari. It was pouring rain while we were walking there and we were literally going through a jungle. So lush it was like being in a rainforrest. All of a sudden we find this fresh water hole with a beautiful waterfall that has great cliffs to jump from. I just loved the whole Oasis feel about it. We jumped from these cliffs a few times. Probably the farthest vertical distance I have ever dared to jump from. If you look closely, you can see Chris and Charlie jumping off together.
Loved, loved, LOVED this place!!!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Today we decided to head to the mountains for a late morning drive. Waimea Canyon is also known as the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. It was beautiful. Just over the hill is THE wettest spot on earth and so it was overcast and raining. It did clear up for a few minutes and we took a few pictures. It was worth the winding road and tiresome travel.
By early afternoon we were itching to get to a beach. We spent the late afternoon at Poipu Beach which is about 1/2 mile from our condo. It's perfect because it has waves, an area protected from waves for kids, and great snorkeling.
We see turtles everyday. We have not seen any while snorkeling, but it is fun to be washing dishes in the kitchen and see turtles swimming in the waves outside.
See the turtles? Aren't they cute?
Here are the Twins!! Chris and Charlie together in the Queen's Bath. I've been suprised by how much attention they still get from random people when the two of them are together.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Ummmm... nothing too spectacular. Probably homemade Mac n Chz!
If time, money, and babysitting were no object, where would you go and with who?
I'd probably go with my hubbie somewhere on our traveling list like Italy or something. I definitely would not bring the kids, but I'd then reward them by taking them to Disneyland the following week.
When was the last time you cried?
Now that think about it, it's probably been a few weeks since I last cried. I think the last time was when I was talking to my friend Holly on the phone and we were talking about my son Asher and the reassurance of knowing that Asher won't have his disability in the spirit world.
List 5 things you were doing 10 years ago. (1998)
My senior year of highschool and just living up being ruler of the school.
Having fun girly times with my friends like Melanie, Holly, Becca, and Natalie.
Totally crushing on Ryan Jappe and totally swooning over him on Prom night.
Having my heart crushed one too many times by Matt Harris (over and over and over)!
Thinking my life was so hard when in fact I look back and can't believe how easy and selfish my life really was.
List 5 things you were doing 5 years ago. (2003)
Loving the life in the most beautiful country in the world in Bozeman, MT while my husband was getting his Masters.
Enjoying my time with my 2 year old daughter Ginny.
Giving birth to my second baby Asher and having a very rough early pregnancy with him.
Taking tap lessons with my friend Kiersten and performing in our tuxedos with a cane.
Working as a Community Assistant for Family and Graduate Housing at Montana State and staying somewhat busy with that.
List 5 things you were doing 1 year ago.
This is hard because nothing that extreme has happened to me in the past year. First, I was loving, but feeing overwhelmed about having all 3 of my children at home and at very young ages.
Getting excited about having a trip to Beaver to see my grandparents the same time as my sister and getting to spend a few days there.
We got our puppy Belle on Cinco de Mayo and we were so excited to finally have a puppy. Who woulda thought a year later we would give her away?
I was looking forward to a trip to Las Vegas with my friend Michelle from Canada where we just had a few childless days together to just have fun and shop and see my parents.
Being a nursery leader.
List 7 of your favorite hobbies.
Disneyland! Most of you have always known that about me, but that is my number one favorite hobby. I loved it when I went as a kid and now that I have kids, I love it even more. They are so happy when we are there. If my kids are happy, mom is definitely happy!
Spending time with Chris. We have so much fun together when it's just us.
Eating out. Maybe it's because I live in a small town, but going to restaurants is such a big treat for me. Even more so than food, I love atmosphere and people watching.
Provo days. That's when me, Chris, and the kids just make a day trip into Provo and go to my favorite stores like Costco and Target. We don't even have to buy anything. It's just fun to get out and walk around.
Talking on the phone. It's always a big treat to me to get on the phone with my parents, my brothers or sister, or friends. I love catching up with people since I don't live near many of them anymore.
Watching my shows. Grey's Anatomy, Project Runway, American Idol, Survivor, Desperate Housewives, and old Friends re-runs. Some of them are seasonal and not always on, but as long as some of them are on sometime to give me that "fix".
Planning trips. Even though we can't go everywhere on my list, I love having trips and vacations to look forward to. I always look forward to a new adventure and hopefully that will include some camping trips with my family this summer.
Name 5 of your favorite foods.
Green River Watermelons!! That's my number one favorite, but I can only get that for a few months out of the year. Bummer!
Coca Cola. Does that count as food? I could drink a lot more of that than I do. I have to limit myself, but that's a treat for me.
Chicken Fajitas. I made some recently and I forgot how good they are.
Sandwhiches. Mostly chicken ones, but I love a good layer of things between two pieces of bread.
BBQ or over fire hot dogs. Something about that partially burned hot dog on a bun with some ketchup that just tastes so wonderful to me.
Name 5 place you have been.
Disneyland on many numerous occassions
New York City
Philadelphia, PA ( 3 times in the past 6 years actually).
St. Louis, MO
Kauai, Hawaii ( I haven't actually been there, but I will in 3 days. I'm counting it so GET OVER IT!)
List 5 of your favorite memories
Noticing Chris for the first time at a Singles Ward and just knowing.
After Chris and I got married and we went outside the temple to celebrate and take pictures with family and friends. I was off in one spot talking to friends and he was off at a different spot talking to friends and then all of a sudden I looked over at the hottest and most wonderful thing I ever saw and the realization that I was looking at my husband. A great moment!
Holding each of my babies for the first time. A wonderful memory that I will truly miss.
Suprising Ginny with a trip to Disneyland when she was barely 4. She had no clue that we were going there until we pulled right up to it. Then, the first person she saw was the "real Snow White". We have a picture of her face and it definitely says it all. Too much excitement in such a short time.
Last October when Asher was almost 4 we all went to Disneyland again and he just laughed and got excited over everything. Seeing him that happy was priceless. If only Lucy hadn't been so grumpy that trip....
I could write a ton more great memories, but those are definitely my top 5!
I did all this because my friend Holly tagged me! I am now tagging KC and Lynnette AND Charlie and Carrie! Have fun!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
While we were there, we spent some time with my brother KC and his family. He has just finished dental school at Temple University and it was quite the timing that we were able to go back there one more time before they moved somewhere back West again. Our last night there, Chris and I and our kids, KC and his family, and Chris' brother Charlie and his family all drove down to Southern Philly to go to the famous Geno's for the real deal in Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwhiches. It's like the Grey's Papaya of New York! Note for any of you future goers... If you want your sandwhich with cheese wiz, you order it "Wiz wit". I know, WEIRD!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Well, I have many people pushing me that I need to start a blog! I decided that I should probably update myself a little in the modern world and eventhough I'm not as technological as the rest of them...what the heck! I mean, I am the last person in America that hasn't done one of these right? My lay-out will be nothing spectacular. It's the postings that matter though right? If I keep telling myself that, maybe I won't be so insecure by my lack of creativity. Well, I guess I should get started by introducing my family (although most of you who view this probably already know them).
CHRIS, the total CHEESE of my MACARONI! We have been married for 8 years now. WOW! It's been a wonderful marriage followed by much adventure. It's pretty much me following him around. First, we were in Las Cruces, NM while he got his Bachelors at NMSU, followed by his Masters at MSU (Montana State University), followed by his first job as a Wildlife Habitat Biologist in Vernal, UT, and then being promoted in August of 2006 to be a manager in this same field, but for the SE region of the state and that required us to move to a small town called Price, UT. So far, we've been very happy here. Can you believe I'm a small town chick now? Anyway, Chris is a true mountain man. He loves the outdoorsy stuff.
GINNY is 6 1/2 years old and what a sweet joy in our lives. A wonderful daughter and big sister to her brother and sister. She has loved Kindergarten and sad that it's almost over. It makes me wonder....is she sad because she has just such an intellectual mind that needs to be fed knowledge all the time OR is she just extremely bored at home with her mom! What a sweet girl. She lOVES Disneyland and she LOVES our dog Belle.
LUCY will be 2 in July. She is last, but definitely not least. She is a very chatty little girl that LOVES Teletubbies (Blah and a half!). I've tried to introduce any other kind of TV show and she is not impressed. I worry one day she'll be kidnapped because there is not a shy bone in this child's body. She waves and says "hi" to EVERYONE!!!! Recently at the airport she plopped herself on two different men's laps. I have to keep a close watch because she's comfortable with everyone.
CARLY, that's me! I am enjoying my life as a wife and a mother. I won't go into detail of my daily schedule because it gets quite repetetive. I'll give you a hint, it usually involves diaper changing, baths, running after children, spray n wash, and lots of tickling. It's a joy and I wouldn't give it up. A true challenge, but a very rewarding job.