Thursday, May 31, 2007

A New Niece

Kyla Renae
May 29, 2007
8 lbs. 2 oz.
18 inches
Congrats Melissa and Jason.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Rafting the White Salmon

If you want to check out our photos go here! Jeremy is on the left and I am on the right. It was so fun and I'll post the pictures we took soon.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

When we're helping we're happy...

Stay tuned for pictures of our rafting trip in Husum, WA (it's across the river from Hood River, OR).

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

City of Pasco

Dear City of Pasco,

As a resident of this wonderful city I'm writing to let you know how much I appreciate your early morning watering schedule. I realize that the time between 5:30 and 7:00 am is probably the ONLY convenient time for the sprinklers to water over the sidewalks but I would ask you to reconsider.

I know, I know, there are only a handful of citizens whose use of the sidewalks might conflict with your watering time, but I happen to be one of them. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy dodging spraying water by jumping sideways to the grass and rolling my ankle, but to be truthful it looks a little ridiculous that early in the morning.

And to be completely honest, by the end of my run I'm a little warm and sometimes I just quit dodging. Do you realize what that does for your grass? I am no waif of a girl- and when I don't dogde there is a significant portion of the grass whose water source is blocked by my badonkadonk. A few days of non-dodging could prove fateful to your meticulous landscaping.

Also, my iPod would appreciate a slightly dryer climate as it bounces dutifully along. It has a hard job. Playing all those upbeat songs so early in the morning is no small task and I would hate for one of your employees to be required to step into that role should the old "pod" decide to give up the ghost after a nice long watering.

My hope is that you might consider beginning the watering schedule at little earlier, say 2 or 3 am, as recommended by local sod companies for optimal watering results. Those out running at that time in the morning will not have the same issues I have cited, since the local police should catch up with them before them sprinkler spray would.

Thank your for your time and gracious consideration of my circumstances.

Soggy & Groggy

Monday, May 21, 2007


Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so

1) CuriosityKiller
2) Doggy Mama
3) Eve
4) Melissa
5) 4 B's in a Pod

Next select five people to tag:

I'm going to officially tag:

Life According to the PRP, Passionista, Fairbanks Fun, Is It Just Me, and Newly Wed or Nearly Dead.

BUT anyone who wants to participate I would love to hear your answers.... so join in! Leave a comment directing us to your MEME.

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Hmm... 1997 I was living in Solvang, California getting ready to move back to Edgewood, NM to finish my senior year of High School. I was working at the Factory Brand Shoes outlet in Solvang wishing I was working at Donna Karan across the street and listening to MMMBop at Youth Conference.... I couldn't resist using it for the post.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
One year ago I was probably doing the exact same thing I am doing now. Watching kids, teaching piano lessons, working in Young Womens- not exactly a huge change except that I'm doing it all 15 lbs lighter. Progress is slow, but steady.

Five snacks you enjoy:
Oreos soaked in milk
Cookie dough
fruit salad
chips and salsa
garlic fries from the fair

Five songs that you know all the lyrics:
Seriously... anyone who knows me I know all the lyrics to every song (almost).

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
Pay off the house
Let Jeremy have a fun job (like ski patrol and white water guiding)
Take a trip outside the country every year
Build the most awesome treehouse for Kaden and Brynner
Hire a masseuse

Five bad habits:
checking blogs religiously
rolling my eyes (I don't think I do this but Jeremy says I do it all the time)
talking before thinking
assuming, A lot!

Five things you like doing:
playing the piano
being with my family

Five things you would never wear again:
two pairs of socks at the same time
pegged pants
pants with zippers at the bottom
I'm too afraid to name anything else fearing it will come back in style and I will be eating crow when I show up wearing it.

Five favorite toys:
my gardening spade
double stroller
my ipod
DVD player in the car

Sunday, May 20, 2007

7 Years 1 Day Ago...

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
I've been blessed to fall in love with Jeremy more times than I can count.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


How many times do we have to make this pilgrimage?

We usually try and keep it to once a year, but life doesn't always fit in with our plans.

My grandpa passed away on Saturday, so we packed up the car and headed out on Monday. Knowing full well we will have to make this trip again in a mere 5 week made the endurance of this particular drive treacherous.

Really. It is monotonous, and the agonizing 65 mph speed limit in Oregon does nothing for this already LONG drive.

But we made it!

Later I'll post pictures of our quick trip where we traveled almost 2000 miles in 5 days. The funeral for my Grandpa was in Lehi, UT. However, the burial was in Moab, UT which is another 4 hours south. It was a lot of driving, but as always, the opportunity to be with family again trumps my disdain of sitting in a car.

Glad to be home!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day

Its been busy but here's your token post.

New hanging baskets for the front porch AND charms for my gardening crocs. Did you know they even had those? I didn't. Can you guess which ones Kaden picked out for me?

Jeremy's mom graduated yesterday with her Masters in Education Counseling! Here's to the newest graduate in the family! Carol-Lynn I will gladly take this picture off and post the better ones when you send them to me... is that incentive enough?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Battered and bruised and I still lose.

Girls against boys blacklight human foosball for mutual. It was fun and Sydnee and I were a tough goalie team. But we lost by one point. So all my scratches, bruises, rug burns, sore muscles, and bruised heel mean nothing- other than I'm dedicated to winning at all costs.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

It does get worse

Does your daughter steal? Mine doesn't- at least that's what I thought until yesterday afternoon.

Out for a walk, I notice something silver sitting in the bottom of the stroller. I pick it up and discover that it is a nice Bath & Body Works home fragrance. Ok. It's annoying but I toss it back into the bottom of the stroller so I can take it back to the store tomorrow.

We finish our walk and hang out in the front yard (my kids think this is the biggest treat) and enjoy the nice day. The next thing I know Brynns has the oil open and dumped out onto the stroller tray and seat.

Great! I wanted to pay the $7.50 for the miniscule vial of oil that you just dumped all over. So much for being able to return the dang thing. So I get some rags from the garage to clean up the mess and before I can get back she had her hands covered in oil. AND before I can run over there and clean her up she starts screaming like a banshee because she has rubbed it all in her EYES!

So now I have to herd 4 kids into the house from the front yard and rinse out Brynnlee's eyes. Seriously, has anyone tried to do this to a 20 month old?? She was kicking and screaming, squirming, pinching, pulling hair and clothes and tossing her head back and forth. I'm not sure really how much rinsing I actually did, but I prayed that it was good enough and of course read the label on the oil to see, indeed, that it was an eye iritant.

I was still worried because everytime I tried to wipe her eye she cried. So I then took her up to the bathroom placed her in the bathtub, soaking wet clothes and all, and started rinsing her eyes out with a squirt bottle. I think that worked and since she wasn't laying down she wasn't freaking out as much. I didn't have clumps of my hair removed from my scalp this time.

Needless to say, I waited until this morning to post this- just in case she was blind when she woke up. I think she's A-OK, so now we can look back and laugh, I think.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Kaden gave his first talk on Sunday.

It all began with the message left on Saturday afternoon reminding me of his assignment. I never got word that he had an assignment so I called back and got all the details so we could be prepared.

It was actually really hard for me to write a talk for a 3 year old. Just because I wasn't really sure what to say. I ended up with 4 sentances and I think it was perfect.

Turns out after we got the pictures from the library for the talk we find out there was a mistake and Kaden was on the schedule for next week.

He was so excited to give his talk and therefore very disappointed when I asked him if he could wait and give it next week. Even the promises of calling Grandma and having her watch him next week couldn't draw in the pouty lip.

Anyway they just let him give his talk this week and it made his day because the Bishop got to speak too! He did a great job, even if he would only repeat half the words I whispered. I'm sure everyone knew what he was talking about.

So great job Kaden! Your excitment was the only thing more precious than your waves from the front of the primary room.