Nov 24, 2008
Nov 12, 2008
We had such a great time on our cruise to Cabo. We enjoyed the weather, the food and a great fishing trip in Cabo. The crew of the ship pampered us so much. It was amazing they could remember our names when they would see us. They cleaned the room twice a day and turned down the bed at night with mints on the pillow. The cute pillow animals were there at night waiting for us. It was so relaxing. . except for the trip back! The trip back was pretty exciting. The wind was blowing so hard and the ship was rocking pretty hard. Lots of people sick that night!
We got to spend time with Cody and Chris and the boys and spent a night at Trav and Heather's after taking a rather scenic tour to their house. Thanks so much you guys for letting us crash at your house! Their boys are so cute. It's so funny to watch Jackson try to do everything Dominik does. Jack took to Uncle Mont pretty quick and spent Thursday morning on his lap watching cartoons. I wish we could see them more often.
Here are some pictures of our trip.
Nov 2, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
It has been such a tough week. The weather has been so beautiful and so many things to be grateful for. But sometimes, it's just hard to find "my groove".
Twenty-nine years ago October 28th, I lost my mom. She was such an awesome lady. Always pleasant, and smiling, even when things were pretty darned tough for her. She was my best friend. The one I could tell anything to.
People say that it gets easier as the years go by, but I just don't believe that's true.
Oct 20, 2008
Have you ever had those mornings when you just really don't want to get up. . .you finally drag your sorry self out of bed, get in the shower and attempt to get ready for the day. Your hair, no matter how hard you try, looks as if a mouse has attempted to make a nest in it; your make-up looks like a 4 year old has done it for you; no matter what article of clothing you pull out of your closet feels like someone painted it on you and the day continues to snowball until you mutter to yourself, "I knew I should have stayed in bed." Those days I fondly refer to as a fat day. . .and today just happens to be one of those days. . .
Oct 8, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
Summer is over. The days are getting shorter. The nights are cold; the days crisp and clear. It's hard to believe that summer is gone. Wasn't it only yesterday I was waiting for it to warm up? We've had so many great times this summer! So many memories!
I know looking at someone else's photo album isn't always the most interesting thing, but indulge me as I share some of the people and places I love the most. . .
Sep 3, 2008
Greetings from Eugene, Oregon! I'm on a fire assignment on the Willamette (WilLAMette) National Forest. It's so beautiful and so green! The streets are all one way and then you have to watch out for all the people on bicycles.
The building we're working out of is the Federal Building in Eugene. It's a 5 story highrise in the middle of downtown. It's kind of strange trying to run a fire out of the city. I guess it happens all the time, but this is a first time for me. They don't have stake sides or anything like that to get the supplies to the fire. Just different. The FBI is in the building we work out of too. They have preferential parking in the back of this secure building. You have to have a card to get almost everywhere. The only window in our room faces the FBI parking. We were working away one morning, when there they all went, strapping on guns, bullet proof vests...the whole thing...we've only seen them ever bring one guy in cuffs. Yep, there I was takin pictures of it all. Little country girl anway!
The convenience stores have 4 choices in fountain soda and they don't have a squirt of cherry to go into the concoction that I can put together. I can't find caffeine free diet anything in this city, even in a bottle.
Aug 31, 2008
Happy Birthday to the sweetest sister in the whole world. She's always there for me. Always has a listening ear and helps me feel better about myself. She's been through alot in her life and she's done most of it by herself. She's such an example to me. She's so strong, and independent.
I love you Le!
Aug 11, 2008
in a house with one ginormous ( that's a Melsy word)
mouse whom she named Morris....
Mom attempting to set the mouse trap.....
The result....yes, that is peanut butter on the ceiling and 2 mashed fingers...I found out later I had too much peanut butter on the trap causing it to be too heavy to stay set...
Yes...this is where Melinda spent her time until Morris met his maker ( yes with legs crossed on the couch. . she said she IS aware of the fact that Morris could climb the couch)....It was all I could do to get the trap into the dustpan with Morris' four disgusting feet sticking straight in the air, and only after he was thrown in the dumpster did I think about taking his obituary picture....
Jul 22, 2008
May 25, 2008
Wow, time goes by fast, but the weather doesn't change! Still cold and cloudy, and I'm starting to wonder if it will ever be warm. Remind me of that when I'm complaining it's too hot! (Would I do that?!?)
Mother's Day was so awesome. Melsy, Clint and Krista all came. I was whining about how horrible my hair looked. I needed some color. I went to the gym and told my good friend Nan, that if my daughter wasn't going to come home to do my hair for Mother's Day, I was going to have to find someone to do it for me. I came home from the gym and called Marcie and told her I couldn't believe she wasn't coming home to do my hair. She said, "I'm sorry, Mom." I tried to call one of the girls here that do hair, but she couldn't do it either. So I said to heck with all that and went to have a nap. I was sleeping so good, and Marcie, Kenna and Madi all came in and said, SURPRISE! It was so great. I got a color, a cut and a pedicure....love a day at the salon, even when it's at home! I'm such a lucky woman, I have the greatest kids and grandkids in the whole world. Everytime the kids come home I have some kind of job for them to do. They're going to quit coming! We went to Bowery Haven Resort and had dinner for Mother's Day. I talked to all of my kids and grandkids on Mother's Day. It was awesome.
Uncle Bill came and spent the next weekend with us. Mont and I are so thankful that he's such a special part of our lives. Our only regret is that it has taken us all of these years to have this special relationship with this great guy. He makes us laugh, cooks great meals and would give us the coat off of his back. I did yard work over the weekend and they fished and fished and fished.
Apr 29, 2008
It has taken me awhile to try and find the words to express how I feel about Steve and Courtney's wedding. It was so beautiful. It was quite emotional for me. Steve has always had such a tender heart. When he was three years old he was backed over by a car when we were at our Easter picnic. His leg was pushed out of the socket by the weight of the car. We spent 5 days in the hospital. I was so thankful that he was all right. It didn't take him long to figure out how to get around and within a week after being released from the hospital, he was running around again. I'm so grateful for him and the joy he has brought to our family. His sense of humor; that grin. And now he has found such a sweetheart to spend his life with. They compliment each other so well. The look on both of their faces as they said their vows. It was so awesome!
While the newlyweds were honeymooning, the rest of us spent the day at a new park by Cody's house. It was so much fun! We ate, played sand volleyball, flew kites, played in the water, and Kenna and I played McDonald's on the playground equipment. There are pipes with little speakers on each end. They are quite aways away from each other. Kenna would say, "Welcome to McDonald's. May I take your order please?" I would tell her what I wanted. Another little girl was watching and listening to us, and then she said, "I'd like some nuggets with honey, ok?" It was so funny. They had the water fountains there, and Aaron and Kenna wanted so badly to play in it, but it was a little cool to be playing in the water.
That night we went to Cody and Chris' house. They cooked us meatball subs, they were SO good! We played a really fun game, and I wish we had had more time to play. It was great to see Chris' mom. She is so much fun!
Thanks to all of you who traveled so far to be with us for Steve and Courtney's special day. It mean the world to us!
Apr 6, 2008
The picture below is climbing the hill to the water tank overlooking the housing area and the Visitor Center at the park. The next pictures are looking down into the Fremont River from Johnson Mesa.
As I was hiking along, I couldn't help but think about what a terrible pioneer I would have made. I couldn't help but think of that as I could see all the old remnants of what had to have been a very hard life. The fence made of rocks that went on for miles; ditches that were dug by hand; imagining trying to clear the land to be able to plant it.
We drove out to Sleeping Rainbow Ranch where Mont has a huge project going on. Utah Valley State College or I guess now it's Utah Valley University has an agreement with the Park to build a Field Study Station. This will be an outdoor classroom, so-to-speak. The buildings are awesome, with dorms and a main study hall / classrooms/ kitchen. Too bad they don't let you ride 4-wheelers down there!! We could have a great time!
When we got home, I was SO ready to take a nap. I was just settled on the couch when the phone rang. Mont said, "Come see our baby llama!" So last but not least here's a picture of our new baby! Mont thinks we should call her Toni! Clint says we should name her Tina, from Napoleon Dynamite. "Tina! You big fat lard! Come eat your food... gosh."
What do ya think?? LOL