Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
And on a completely different subject: My parents just had an Earthquake in Long Beach. It was a 5.8 based in Chino. That's big! Ryan missed his Earthquake...again.
Monday, July 28, 2008
We spent the weekend in Idaho Falls. Ryan raced in the Allan Butler Memorial Criterium Saturday night. Allan was a teammate of Ryan's three years ago. He was tragically killed when a taxi cab struck him as he was crossing a street in Vegas. This is a photo of Ryan's teammates and Tammie, Allan's mom. It was a great evening, it was nice to see all of Allan's family again. And to see Odessa, Allan's daughter...wow, she's grown up a lot since I saw her last! She about the same age has Haley. Ryan was the big winner of the evening!! He and his fellow teammate Sam lapped the field and then Ryan won the field sprint! You couldn't have had a better end to a great day!
The next morning we went for a walk on the river path next to the hotel. It was beautiful! The girls enjoyed the ducks the most. Morgan finally says duck instead of "quack quack" when she sees them. Making progress!!
And last but not least, meet the new addition to our family...and no it's not another baby!! We bought a Brittney Spaniel on the way home. I've been keeping a look out for this breed. However, most of the time the breeders I find are out of state. Or by the time I call the owner the puppies have been sold already. So, I stumbled upon this breeder in Alpine, which is in Utah County! She had one female left, so we decided to stop by on the way home from Idaho Falls. Well, it's pretty much impossible to walk away from it after you see it! Just look at her...she adorable! So we bought her. I know...I'm crazy!! Two kids, and now two dogs!!! I'm definitely in for it! We've named her Etta Place (Etta for short). If you keep up with Utah outlaws you'll know that Etta Place was the girlfriend of Butch Cassidy. Since our other dog, Cassidy, was named after Butch Cassidy we thought we'd stick to the outlaw theme.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here she is with her proud daddy after she was born.
Now, there is definitely no confusion...she's ours! With her proud daddy again. Happy Birthday Morgan!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The reasoning behind the bread making (no, I'm not trying to be a pioneer) is to save a few bucks. Ask my dad, he loves to add up how much a person could save if they were to bake their own bread...and let me tell you, it's a lot! So anyway, I'm trying to do my part is saving money where I can. Bread making is one way I guess. I also try to limit the car use...however, that's not very difficult since I really don't mind just staying around the house anyway.
So since it's Pioneer Day I was thinking about all the things that I'm grateful for in the summer time...things that the Pioneers did not have:
1. Air Conditioners- this really needs no explanation, I think everyone is in agreement with this one.
2. Fly Swatters- I just bought one this summer, and they are wonderful! I haven't missed a fly yet. It sure beats swinging around a towel or magazine like a crazy women.
3. BBQ's- It just doesn't get easier when cooking over a flame.
4. A Car- Again no explanation needed. I think anyone would prefer this to a handcart or wagon.
5. Fridge/Freezer- Ahhh, ice cream!!
6. This one is for any season: The Epidural!!!- I have no doubt that if I was living during pioneer days I would kick butt. I consider myself pretty tough if need be. However, I think I might have died in child birth if I didn't have an epidural...thanks to Medical Science!!
OK, I guess I could go on and on, but that's good for now. Thinking back to what the Pioneers had to endure, I'm pretty thankful for what I have today.
Anybody else have anything they want to share...share away!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I always enjoy our phone calls (which are nearly daily). Sometimes a chat with mom is all I need to help me get through the day when things are crazy and the kids are driving me insane. Thanks mom! Love you!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
"Aw, yeah!" Morgan says this phrase constantly throughout the day, and she has a very raspy voice making it sound particularly cute. My brothers say she'll make a good Jazz singer one day.
Yesterday her and Haley were painting with their water colors. This is the conversation I had with Morgan:
Morgan points to the yellow color, "Blue?"
Me: "No, that's yellow."
Morgan: "Aw, yeah."
Morgan pointing to the red, "Blue?"
Me: "No, that's red."
Morgan: "Aw, yeah."
Anyway, this went on for some time. She says "Aw, yeah." for everything. "You can have milk after lunch."..."Aw, yeah.". "Get a story to read."..."Aw, yeah.". "Put away your toys."..."Aw, yeah.". Ahhh, so funny.
I had to post this picture! It is very rare that I can get both kids looking the same direction and smiling...it's a miracle!! I guess it helped to have Ryan beside me making silly faces at them.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I spent all morning weeding the front flower beds. I have this horrid "weed" that keeps invading everything. It kinda resembles Morning Glory, but it has yellow flowers...it's just awful stuff! I dug it all out once before, but it came back in full force. The root system is nearly impossible to get rid of. Now I've completed round two...I hope I've won this time!
The girls had fun while I slaved away. They were busy collecting pill bugs (rollie pollies), but Haley keeps calling them ladybugs. They are actually really good about staying within the boundaries I set, and they have never run into the street. It took me a long time to teach Haley not to do that. So I can finally get work done in the front yard instead of chasing them around the whole time. Maybe one day I'll finally catch up.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This is the sign that the girls decorated for my mom when she returned from the hospital.
Haley and Morgan hanging out with their cousins, Sophia and Brenden. Notice Brenden's hand on Haley's leg...too cute!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Yesterday we had a family fast for my mom, my first time ever fasting. I know, I know, I've been a member of the church all my life and this is my first fast...crazy! But this issue is very close to my heart, I want to be supportive in any way I can. I was definitely humbled yesterday...I'll just leave it as that. We broke the fast with a family dinner that night. It was great to see everyone...it's very comforting to know what a supportive family we have! So although I don't want to leave, I know that there will be a lot of family who will be here to help out in any way they can. My mom is not alone!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The more people that know what's going on, the more prayers we hope to get...we need them...
Monday, July 7, 2008
My mom's surgery was last week. She had a growth/tumor removed. Basically it's Colon Cancer, but I hate saying that...cancer is such a scary word. The surgery went very well. However, the recovery has been extremely difficult. She spent six days in the hospital...during the first two days after the surgery I have never seen my mom in so much pain. My mom is one of the toughest women I know, and I know she can endure quite a bit. I mean anyone who has given birth to four children with no epidural you know is tough! But this whole experience has really taken it's toll. It broke my heart to see her hurting as much as she did that first day, that was awful. I'm just so glad I can be here to help with her recovery. She got home yesterday and she is doing much better. It's so nice to have her home again.
I have tons of photos that I'll have to post sometime when I get home. The girls have been having a ball. We went to the beach this morning...the girls absolutely love it! Haley gets scared about swim lessons in a pool, but when it comes to the ocean she has no fear. She gets pushed over by the waves and tumbles around under the water and it doesn't even phase her...strange. Morgan is still a little apprehensive about going in the water too far, she is very content to play with the buckets in the sand.
I'll try to do better about updating this week...last week was a bit crazy.