Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I hope all the dads out there have a great Father's Day and know how much they mean to all of us! I am grateful to my dad for teaching me so much about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am also thankful for all the interesting conversations we had, I would pick my dad's brain all the time. He always knew something about everything I asked! He also enjoys sharing new experiences and information with me and now with my kids as well.

I am grateful for Tim's dad, my father-in-law! He was a great example and so Tim is the best dad ever!

Tim is the perfect dad: fun, responsible and good. He balances it better than anyone I know! I am grateful for all he has taught our children by example and by conversation and lessons.

I am also thankful for my Heavenly Father and Savior. They have blessed me with great family and friends who enrich my life. I know I can trust them and I can be comforted in my challenges. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ I can return to live with them some day with my family. This is knowledge helps me have purpose and gives direction in my life.

So Happy Father's Day! Have a great day fathers and everyone else enjoy thinking about those who have blessed your life in a fatherly way!:)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy Birthday to ME!

So I usually write about my kids on their birthdays and thought why not me? So bare with me... I was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. My parents were living in Ponca City, Oklahoma. My mom wanted to be near her mother so 2 weeks before she was due with me she flew home. They used forceps to get me out so I was bruised and contorted. My dad thought, 'that's what I deserve!" Then they wrapped me in a blue blanket--they were out of pink. So for several days he thought I was a boy so it was somewhat a consolation that I was all weird looking. Imagine his disappointment when he found out I was a girl! I survived his disappointment.

I am posting some photos I scanned of my sister and I awhile back--I don't have any baby pictures of me scanned, yet. I think I will post a slideshow of today it was so fun!!!

Tim took me out for breakfast this morning early-we left at 6:30 AM. Then we went to my parents, Teresa my sister took me to get my hair colored, cut, highlighted and styled--straight! It was fun. It was suppose to be a surprise but I figured it out anyway! I opened my presents from Tim and the kids. Then my visiting teachers took me to lunch, we had a great visit and the food was great too! I took a little nap-15 minutes, and we went to a movie. My sister Teresa and my mom joined us. We saw Up which was a very touching story. Everyone should see that movie sometime. We picked up pizza from Papa John's on our way home. Then we had strawberry short cake or chocolate cake. It was yummy! I went and laid down on my bed after getting Gwen in her pjs. I heard singing outside. "Happy Birthday to you..." I went outside to see a bunch of my friends/neighbors and some of their kids singing happy birthday, holding flowers and balloons for me! I cried it touched me so! My friend Julie had organized it, she kept calling me all day trying to figure out when I would be home! They gave me a card that most of them signed and a gift certificate to Sees candy! I feel very loved!!! It is amazing to me how many wonderful people I know and have in my life!!! Thank you! If you are reading this you are one of them!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FINALLY! I got a slideshow put together...

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Okay, I finally after about 4 different tries I got this slideshow put together. It's a combo of old photos I tried to put in a slideshow before and what we've been doing lately.

The last week of school Zane had preschool at the Children's Discovery Gardens at Thanksgiving Point. That is always fun because the siblings and parents can come. Then he had preschool graduation and Dad and Granny came for it. It was very cute.

Our neighborhood had it's annual schools out party... blown up waterslides, lunch and Taran and his band played. It was a fun party!

Izak had friends over for a lateover they played games and watched Sandlot. They seemed to have fun.

Saturday was Erika, our niece, her graduation party. Great food and fun! Cousins, grandparents and aunts and uncles made for great memories! We also had a fun Louw BBQ later for May birthdays.

Summer break: Timo had a lacrosse camp he attended, he had a great experience and now has some custom gear in the Lone Peak High School colors. Emily did the lone Peak girls basketball camp and had an enjoyable time as well. Izak has been doing a tennis camp this week and he has learned a lot. It's been fun to watch him!

Emily also has had a lot of parties with friends from school. She went to the movie 'Race to Witch Mountain" with her best friend cousin Maddie. They both really liked it.

We've been to the Bean Museum, made t-shirts, visited grandparents, did watercolors, Taran and Timo had youth conference and had a great experience there. Micah had a lateover with some of his friends too.

Tim and I went to a Chico reunion--people from the Chico Area who have moved to Utah. It's organized by Steve and Connie Nelson. It was a lot of fun even though we only caught the end of it.

We hoped to take the kids swimming but it's rained almost everyday and even the days it hasn't haven't felt warm enough. People's lawns are growing mushrooms, here in the desert! It's kept the temperatures in the 70s which has been really nice. It will sprinkle some days and clear up and rain hard later so the kids get outside when it clears for a little.

Our scouts had a district camp out, the other lady and I are not allowed to spend the night so we had a lot of dads volunteer to help us out and the other lady's husband who is part of our 11 yr old scout team. Love doing the scout thing! We are going hiking next week! Taran and Timo don't join in much only on Family Night and Sundays. Taran and the band are playing in our city's Family Festival battle of the bands this Saturday--sure hope this has a better ending than the last battle of the bands! Timo is helping coach a lacrosse team with his friends for a younger friend. Taran & Timo go to Walmart way too much! Emily too! (I thought I'd better be fair).

Micah and Izak's baseball seasons are over and they both had a great experiences.

Izak went to day camp and had a great time.

Our van has been acting weird so we are working on getting it fixed, our computer needs some fixing, our fan in our bathroom just died and our ac/heater doesn't work but we haven't felt urgent since the weather has been so pleasant. We have other fix it things like the back door trim painted, etc. Plus Tim finally got the drip system hooked up to the lines so can start planting in our yard--he also spent a week getting dirt into the planting areas. I can finally use the gift certificates my friends gave me last year for my birthday to our local nursery--I can get 2 trees and 6 bushes! YEAH! I am the luckiest person!

So we have had plenty to keep us busy already and we look forward to more fun days ahead. And I know I am forgetting some other things we have done but I am sure you can pass! Hope you are having a great summer!

PS I hope the slideshow works, the sound on this computer isn't working and it's slow to watch the slideshow--I don't even know what the music sounds like! Hahaha.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Busy, busy, busy...

We have been busy with summer--I can't believe I had more time to blog when the kids were in school! But I wanted to pass this info on to you since I thought it was a great idea maybe you'd want to be a part of it too! Someday, I will blog, I promise:)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Great blog, check it out! This is my friend Rachel's blog. She is an amazing photographer and writer. Please check out her thoughts on global warming. They are very profound!

PS She is under the blogs I follow under Nevadanistas.

Friday, June 5, 2009

What is freedom?

I just wanted to share this link my cousin Hiedi had on her blog. Too many people today don't understand what it means to be free. I think this short video presentation explains it well. Please take time to watch it and post it on your blog and show your kids. This is stuff they need to know.


We have had a fun first week of summer break but I haven't had a lot of time to blog lately. I opted to play games with my kids. So I will try to post soon some things I feel are important to share! I hope you are having a great summer!