Thursday, April 29, 2010

Meet Percy Jackson


































Well I'd like to introduce the newest member of our family. His name is Perseus (aka Percy Jackson). Kaleb talked me into bringing this little fur ball home when we went to visit my parents. I have to admit that it didn't take very much convincing. I have always loved cats. I can't think of a time growing up that we didn't have at least one cat in our house. When Jeff and I got married we bought a cat from a pet store. I think it had been shipped there directly from hell. It was the most evil cat I have ever seen and I made Jeff take her to the pound shortly before Kaleb was born. Since then we have been a little hesitant to get another one. Things were a little rough for the first week or so of having Percy in our home. I think I would rather potty train a stubborn child then have to deal with litter box training again! But so far he has turned out to be a very lovable and playful cat. He puts up with the kids constantly picking him up, swinging him around, throwing him in the air, and today Kaleb decided it was a good idea to carry him around in his backpack for a while so he wouldn't get lost. Andie was pretty rough with him at first but she is getting better. She likes to rub noses with him which makes her giggle like crazy! His favorite spot to nap is in my lap while I am on the computer. As you can see in the picture (and yes, I am wearing my Ho Ho Ho pants in April) he likes to lay on his back and be as comfortable as possible. Andie likes to lounge in the scratch pad that we got him and Kaleb likes to ride around with him in the basket of his scooter. (I know some day my kids will hate me for posting these semi naked pictures of them).

Overall, I'm happy that we decided to make him a part of our family and I look forward to all the fun we will have with him in the next few years.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A great thrift store find!

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Front page story of a San Diego Newspaper from Sept. 1921. I found it in the
back of an old mirror at Deseret Industries. It was so fun to read it and get a
taste of what life was like 89 years ago!

I don't think it's politically correct in this day and age
to write a story about a "wealthy negro".

Johnny Tupants comes to the rescue!
I though this ad was funny.



Being a dental assistant I found this toothpaste
ad funny too. It is pretty clear that
they really didn't know much about teeth back then.


Stop feeling like a chunk of punk!
This cracked me up!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Goats

Who couldn't love a little face like this!

Emma loves her babies!

My niece Lexi playing in the water trough

Andie trying to pet the mama goat


So another thing the kids enjoyed at my parents house was playing with the baby goats. My mom and sisters raise goats for 4-H. They also milk them to make cheese and sell the milk. Spring time means lots of baby goats and we went about 2 weeks after all the mamas started having their babies. The kids loved running around with them and playing in the sunshine.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Grandparents

I LOVE this picture! Kaleb
didn't think grandpa could catch him!

Two of the most amazing people I have
ever known!

The kids didnt want to cooperate but
I'm so glad I got a picture of them together!
(Is my daughter giving me the "loser" sign?)
While we were at my parents house last week it worked out that my grandparents were there
too from Montana. I hadn't seen them since I was pregnant with Andie so I was so excited that they finally got the chance to meet her.
My grandparents are amazing people and they mean the world to me. Some of you may not know that my mom passed away when I was 8 years old after a courageous battle with cervical cancer. My grandparents stepped in and helped my dad in anyway they could. They made sure that life was as normal as possible for me and my sister and they turned what could have been a horrible time in my life into a very happy time. After they moved to Montana we enjoyed visiting them there every summer. It is still one of my favorite places to visit. There'snothing like spending an afternoon fishing with my grandpa or sitting on the back deck,watching the deer and relaxing with my grandma.
I know they wont read this but I want them to know how much I love and appreciate them. After 61 years of marriage they are still going strong. They are such an amazing example to me and I cherish each and every memory I have made with them in my 24 years as their granddaughter!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Great to be 8!

This past week the kids and I went to Winnemucca to surprise my little sister Emma for her 8th birthday. We had been telling her for a while that there was no way we could come so she was very excited when she saw us pull up in the driveway. We had a great time and we're so glad that we got to be part of her special day.

The happy birthday girl!


The horse cake that I made her. She LOVED it!


The rag quilt that I made her to put in her "cowgirl" bedroom.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Break

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We had a very busy Spring Break this year. We decided to take the week to head back to St George to work. Jeff was able to work at Costco there a few days and I did a couple days at the dentist office. Fortunately while we were there Jeff got a call that he was finally hired on at the Summerlin Costco (he has been trying to transfer there for almost 5 months!) So we are very excited that he gets to start working again tomorrow.
We did manage to squeeze in a lot of fun stuff too. The kids and I spent some time with my grandma taking care of her horses. They both loved feeding them. Didn't get a chance to ride them this trip but maybe next time. We were able to go to a neighborhood Easter egg hunt and breakfast Saturday morning in our old neighborhood. It was so nice to get to see everyone but it made me realize just how much I miss living there! That same day we went hiking with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins to see some dinosaur tracks. The kids spent about an hour playing in the sand. I didn't think we would ever be able to get all the red dirt out of their hair and clothes! That is one of the things I love about Utah though. It is such a beautiful place.
We continued our fun with dying Easter eggs with Jeff's sister and her family. It was quite an experience to dye eggs with two 3 year olds and two 1 year olds! Easter morning we got up to see if the Easter Bunny had come. Kaleb was quite excited that the bunny ate the carrots he had left out for him. He also left them baskets with fun toys and way too much candy! Jeff's parents had been in California for a couple days and they got back Easter afternoon. Jeff had an amazing dinner waiting on the table when they got there. I wish I could put into words how delicious it was. He made a ham with a mustard, brown sugar and gingersnap glaze. We also had some collard greens and kale, grilled pineapple with boysenberry honey, and funeral potatoes (my favorite). For desert he hollowed out the center of the biggest strawberries I have ever seen and piped in cheesecake filling. As you can see in the pictures, everyone enjoyed them!
Overall it was an amazing week but we are glad to be back home and sleeping in our own beds! Now I have just enough time to get everything unpacked and washed, clean my house, finish up the quilt, pillow cases, and curtain I am making for my little sister's birthday, pack again and head to my parents house this weekend. I am so excited to go. My grandparents will be there from Montana. They haven't had the chance to meet our little Andie yet so I am very excited to get some pictures of her with them. Should be a very fun but exhausting week! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!