The reason I blog...

"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and
keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful, significant things. Some of them may be funny.
Some may be of significance only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly
beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experience."
~Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Butter Boy

Remember how I mentioned that Clayton was getting into things he shouldn't be! Well this is what Joey and I caught Clayton doing one night after dinner. I had left the butter on the table and apparently Clayton thought it would be fun to play in it...and eat a little bit too! So gross! It was too I had to grab my camera!!
Note to self: Don't leave the butter on the table with out adult supervision!!

Hill Air Foce Base Air Show

Joey and I took the kids to the Air Force Air Show up at Hill AFB this year. I think Clayton was in heaven...he thought all the planes were pretty cool! We all had a really good time, despite all the thousands of people that were also there!! Joey kept pointing out all the different military planes...and he even took over the camera while i stood in line to get food! Here are some pics of some of our was hard to narrow it down...I think we took close to 75 pics! And we got some good use out of the new camera lens...

I'm not gonna pretend like I remember what all these planes are just look at how pretty (I mean cool) they are!!

My "I love taking pictures" kids!
Me and the Dude...Joey and Aspen

A little bit of softball...and Aspen's owee!

Here are some pics of my hot husband playing softball at one of the games I actually went to! It was later at night, so the pics are kind of dark...oh well!
That same night (6/3/09) we were getting ready to leave my brother's house when Aspen and Clayton came running out of the gated fence. Clayton shut the gate on Aspen and she ran right into the gate's lock thing and cut her eye pretty good! I wasn't sure if she needed stitches or not so Stepho and I took her to her work to see one of the Work Care Dr's. Luckily no stitches, and she did pretty well while the doc poked and prodded and even while Auntie Stepho washed her wound!! Here are some pics i tried to get of her at Joey's game that night! I don't understand why but she hates having her pictures drives me crazy!!

Her wound has since healed up well...with some slight scarring :( But apparently kids skin regenerates as they get older so we are hoping it will go away. Although that is what we were told about her "stork bites" on her forehead and five years later they are still who knows. She is still beautiful no matter what!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I've been slacking on the blog big time lately! I have so much to catch up on...and not sure where to start! looks like the end of May... We're having a pretty busy Summer so far with lots of things going on. Aspen had her 5th birthday last week (really...I have a soon to be kindergartner!!), Joey is playing lots of softball and hockey, Clayton is potty training and getting into things he should not!! And Me...well I'm not very interesting...just taking lots of pictures and doing the same old stuff a little crafting and painting along the way! You would think that with Joey being gone all weekend in Vernal for his softball tournament...I'd get in as much blogging as I could without his nagging. But I've been trying to get some yard work and housework done...and some much needed bonding time with the kiddos! I will try to post some pics of all the non-sense later today...

I will leave you with this though...

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

~ Maya Angelou

Rest in peace, Michael. We will never forget the way your music made us feel!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Back to Oregon!

We had plans to go camping with Joey's family near Baker City, Oregon. Why Oregon? Well Joey's brother and his extended family live in Washington, so we planned to meet halfway. We did this last year on Memorial Day weekend so we thought we'd make it a tradition! Being that we were planning to turn around the very next weekend and basically pass through Nyssa, my Mom offered to keep the kids for the week! I was a little hesitant not knowing how they would do with out us (okay really just me not knowing how i would do without them!) for a week...but the kids really wanted to stay. So, we let them. They don't get to see them very often because they live so far away, so it was fun for them all! It did make the trip home and up there without them a little easier...and then we didn't have to drive up both our vehicles to pull the trailer. So it was a win win situation i guess.

Here are some pictures from our camping trip...

The camping was great! Getting 2 ticks...not so great! I freaked out...they were seriously everywhere! I think I was the most careful...and I was the only one who got them...most likely from my 3 grubby children...yes I said 3...that includes Joey! :) But thanks to my loving hubby...he got them out of me quick! And let me just say that it is not as sexy as Brad Paisley's song makes it out to be to check someone for ticks!!

We had so much fun...I didn't totally suck at badmitton this year! Riley and I totally kicked butt...and I forgive him for pouting when he found out that I was his partner! Who can really blame him tho?! Joey and his Dad were the champs this year! It was really good to see everyone again and the kids had so much fun playing with their cousins! I can't wait to do it again next year!

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Shortly after we got home from our trip we got the sad news that our friend Michelle had passed away at the age of 28 from cancer. I can't even begin to imagine the things this family has had to go through. Knowing what was coming and never giving up hope. We were able to go see Justin and Michelle a couple weeks before she passed away, and it was tough to see her so fragile. It's hard to describe the feeling of being there while she is just a couple years older than we are. She was so optimistic about everything, and it was fun to see her still telling Justin what to do (or what not to do)! If it were me I hope I'd be the same way! It was an emotional heartbreaking funeral, but bittersweet at the same time. Knowing that she is in a better place and not having to fight such a horrible disease anymore. I don't think there was a dry eye in the entire was a little surreal to be surrounded by a bunch of big tough Marines with tears in there eyes. Thank goodness our goodbyes are not really goodbyes. I'm so thankful for the knowledge of the Gospel. I know that families are forever! I could go on and on but I'm already crying again just thinking about it all!

Also, this is such a sweet song that they played at her fit so perfectly for Michelle.

Here are the lyrics...

Artist: Alan Jackson
Song: Sissy's Song
Album: Good Time

Why did she have to go
So young I just don't know why
Things happen half the time
Without reason without rhyme
Lovely, sweet young woman
Daughter, wife and mother
Makes no sense to me
I just have to believe

She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she's smiling saying
Don't worry 'bout me

Loved ones she left behind
Just trying to survive
And understand the why
Feeling so lost inside
Anger shot straight at God
Then asking for His love
Empty with disbelief
Just hoping that maybe

She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she's smiling saying
Don't worry 'bout me

It's hard to say goodbye
Her picture in my mind
Will always be of times I'll cherish
And I won't cry 'cause

She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she's smiling saying
Don't worry 'bout me
Don't worry 'bout me
Don`t worry 'bout me

Oh and 3 funerals in one month is enough for me thank you very much...i don't think i can afford to buy more tissues or waterproof mascara!

Grampa Jerry and Gramma Kaye's house...

My Grampa Jerry and Kaye live just on the other side of the Snake River from Nyssa in Parma, Idaho. These pictures were all taken from his backyard! They have an amazing view!

On this island there is so much wildlife! We saw like 15 deer...if you look closely you can see them!
Is this not seriously gorgeous?! This is a view from the deck of the Sugar Factory in Nyssa... Joey and Mark using the "take a looks" on the deck
Pretty Sunset!
Clayton was having tons of fun playing in the dirt and the rocks...and scaring me to death thinking he was going to roll down the mountain into the river!My Grampa Jerry (my Mom's Dad) I wish this didn't turn out so blurry!! This is a classic Mark-ie face!
Me, Mo and Mark
Goofing around... Wow...we are HOT!!So Kaye is this seriously awesome talented lady...she's a musician and an ARTIST! She has this whole room with all her art and these were some of our favorites...
This by far was our favorite! So cool!
And this one is all painted out of tiny colored squares! And I just thought this one was so pretty!
We had a really fun night just hanging out at their house and looking at old and new pictures! Joey went on the Tiger Cruise last year with my Grampa so they get along really well...being that they have a lot in common! And it was so good to see Kaye again! I hope that we'll be able to make more trips up to see them!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A white trash carnival...and hanging out at Gramma's house

While we were in Oregon we tried to find something fun to do...Nyssa isn't exactly a huge city so we headed out of town to a carnival about 20 minutes away. Well let's just say we have never seen so many white trash people in our lives!! We had a death grip on both of the kids the entire time...afraid that because they were so cute...someone might want to try and trade them for their own! But the kids had fun...and that is all that matters...right?!

Okay, so Clayton doesn't look very happy here...he was pissed that he had to ride in the back!
My Mom and Mike moved a few months back to Gramma Lucille's home...I have so many memories of this tiny little house! It was fun to come back to it...some things still being the same!Grampa Read always had fun little trinkets in this flower bed...there used to be a rock painted like a watermelon, petrified wood, and the old cowboy boot caught in a trap is still there!Auntie Am and ClaytonMo and Pete playing Duck, Duck, Goose with the kids!I love this one! Posing for the camera!
Baby RachelRiding bikes at Gramma Julie's house