Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Ashlynn

Ashlynn had a great day! We woke her up by singing Happy Birthday, then I made her favorite pancake breakfast. She wore a pin that read "It's my B-Day",and to my surprise, she never attempted to remove it. We headed to Chuck E Cheeses and played for the remainder of the morning.  After dinner, we had a family party with cake and ice-cream.  Ashlynn was so excited about her gift. She kept shouting "my bike my bike".

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Preschool Christmas Performance

This was quite literally Alanah's first performance. She avoids performing like it's the plague,  I can't even get her to participate in primary programs during Sacrament meetings! I recorded the first song, which was her favorite: Rudolf the... Reindeer but the video was too far away.  Sadly, all you get is a poor quality picture taken on our iphone. Alanah is on the top row, in the red shirt, looking over her left shoulder. I'm so proud of her for singing with her class in front of so many people. She did a wonderful job. Be sure to ask her about it! :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Clever Little Gingerbread House

We walked through the Expo and looked at some of the most amazing gingerbread houses. This one tickled me so much that I had to take a picture of it. It's an out house with a sign that says " Have a Regular Christmas." Is that clever or what?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dance and Karate

Jayson just started Karate! He's excited and freaked out. His class sparred this week and...well, you can imagine the devastation he felt when he got punched in the face.  He played it tough during class but the moment he laid eyes on me, he burst into tears. He says, "I'll be ready for it next time and punch them in the nose first".
Alanah is loving her dance class. She takes it very seriously and she practices at home...and in the grocery store.  She's really come out of her shell this month! She's only had one class, so, there isn't much to say but she did a great job.  Because she did so well, I let her pick out a tutu, she's really looking forward to wearing it during her next class.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

St. George Marathon... check!

  Limping, sweating and agonizing pain can't trump true will power.
Nate's friday night ended with a "carb-a-load" and much anticipation.  R.E.M was interrupted by his biological clock at 2am, 3am, 3:30 am and finally at 4am. The last bus wasn't set to depart until 5:30 am, but when you're that excited, an extra 30 minutes of sleep is a waist.
  At the start of the run, the temperature was bone chillingly low, nearly 2.5 hours passed before sensation returned to his ear lobes and knuckles. Once the chill left his bones, the first 20 miles weren't so bad...until one of his knees decided to go rogue.  To Nate's disappointment, this excruciating injury added a few extra hours to his last 6 miles.
He didn't quit.
  Nate crossed the finish line with a facial expression of accomplishment, relief and agony. Despite all odds against him, he finished at 5 hrs +, which is really great for a first marathon and little to no training. I am so proud of him for following through and enduring to the end.
Congratulations to the love of my life.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Blessing the Bread

It's Monday morning. The sun rises and a peaceful spirit abides as last year's General Conference concludes. I turn off the television and gather the kids for sloppily prepared pancakes and sliced peaches. Our arms are folded and our heads bow in humble respect while Jayson begins the prayer. With a sweet and confident tone he proceeds to flawlessly recite D&C-20:77. A cold chill scurries down my spine and an unanticipated "STOP!" leaps off my tongue. The kids look to me but in this fraction of one second, I myself am lost, for it seems too familiar a prayer to be inappropriate. Realization hits...focus regained. I explain the proper use of the sacrament prayer, recreate my humble gesture and give a nod of encouragement to try again. There is only silence. My eyes wrinkle in a squint and I peak through to see jayson pointing toward his plate. With the left side of his face tweaked in a lowered brow and a half smile, he says, "mom, there are so many different ways to pray, and anyway...didn't you notice... this is bread."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Medieval Fun

Our weekend stay in St. George was fantastic. My mom was so wonderful with all 3 kids. They were constantly engaged in captivating activities, and they had a wonderful time. We attended a Medieval Carnival where we soaked up the sun while watching a jousting tournament, received body paint from gypsies and played appropriately named booth games such as Choke the Chicken. Of all the attractions, the Spinning Cage and the Super Jump Trampoline were our favorites. Ashlynn tried her luck at the super tramp but she didn't get very far. After the carnival we returned to Mom's house for night swimming in the rain and good old reminiscing.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day at the Dunes

We had an amazing weekend at the Dunes with our best buds. The RV was way cool too. What a fantastic Mother's Day!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Nate

We had a fun little party at my house for Nate's birthday. Good times... Good times! I let the kids pick out there own gifts and gift wrap for daddy. Lanah chose the game "Hungry Hungry Hippo", and a pink gift bag with a giant pink bow. Jayson started at a sword, which then became a toy gun and a wooden snake but ultimately, he chose a Spongebob Operations game.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Halloween '08

We had Halloween in Utah and Seattle. The kids loved picking out two costumes for one year. we had so much fun!