Today's thought

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Halloween at our house 2012 went a little something like this............
 Cute treats from the someone in our neighborhood. Dad and Jack had fun leaving cookies for other un-suspecting neighbors the next night.............knock--run---hide---watch---repeat. 
 We picked the perfect pumpkins from the Red Barn in Salem. 
 Jack was so excited to wear his Bobba Fett costume (star wars) to his preschool party at Learning Dynamics
 All ready for the big night. 
 This is the skeleton Grandma gave us. When u push a button near its belly it starts to shake and laugh. I'll admit it was pretty creepy, shaking its little jail bars yelling let me out. Jack was both terrified and fasincated by it at the same time. :) 
 Aunt Cher joined us for some trick or treating. Cherlyn and Jack are doing their famous booty shake dance for the camera. 
 Best costume we saw all night. :) Love our neighborhood. 
 We live on the mountain, so every road coming to our house is uphill. My prego self didn't make it too far trick or treating, but we hit up a few streets, and Jackson got more than enough candy. 

 We had a lot of trick or treaters from the neighborhood stop by, it is so much fun to see all the cute kiddos and their costumes. 

Happy Halloween. Until next year. :) 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


We live less than 5 minutes from the BYU stadium. Jack has a BYU themed room. He thinks he is going to play there some day. And he just might. :) 
 Our neighbors gave us a bunch of free tickets to a snowy BYU vs Idaho game and we decided to brave the cold and support the Cougars. We invited Lee's brother and family to join us. 

 It was cold, and my belly was huge, but I'm glad we went. Jack fell asleep mid-game but he was still so excited to be there, cheering with the band and loving the energy of the game.
 Sleepy boy. 

 Lee is a big BYU fan, I suppose eventually we will get season tickets to the football games, considering we are life long Provo residents and love BYU
 My only regret was that I didn't get the hot chocolate they were selling in the cool BYU mugs- next time.

 We left around half time- the cold was just too much for the kiddos. But the Cougars won by landslide.

Fall in Utah 2012

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting 
and autumn a mosaic of them all. 

~Stanley Horowitz

I love the picture of Jack running through the golden leaves.
 Fall in Utah this year has been full of deep reds, burnt oranges, with glowing yellows. 
Perhaps it was the same last year and the year before that, but this year to me was special. 
We started a Sunday Fall tradition- taking a Color Ride (thanks Nie Nie) through the mountains. 
I want Jackson to understand how beautiful this world around us really is, how God has blessed us with abundant beauty right out our front door that rivals and surpasses anything man can create. 
The three of us are taking in the last few weeks of being just us three- before our threesome becomes four. We are excited to welcome our little "sissy" to the family, though I have caught myself getting teary eyed a few times lately when I look at Jack, remembering that he is growing up- he isn't my baby anymore. 
I have never really been the mother who dreads birthday's or my child getting older and more independent, more so I have welcomed the changes and loved watching him grow. 
There must be something about having your second that makes you more reminiscent on just how fast time does fly. 
A favorite quote of mine reads,
 "The days are slow, but the years fly by. " 
This is so true, so very true. 

 Visiting the Red Barn pumpkin patch, the slide and wagon ride were so much fun, we took a second trip a few weeks later. Jack is lucky boy to have such a brave Grandma, who climbed the slide and went down just for him. :) 

We are blessed.

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

~George Cooper, "October's Party"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


 Many of my fondest memories were the times I spent with my cousins, and I know that Lee feels the same way. We had cousin Callie come for a sleep over in October. Popcorn, stories, hayrides, and pumpkin patches kept these kiddos busy and happy.

 Here are the two four year old cuties drinking their hot cocoa, enjoying the hayride at the Red Barn
 There were huge slides with potato sacks to help you gain speed.
 After 20+ times we drug the kids away. :)

 Sitting on our front lawn, watching Dad trim the bushes. 

 Of course we had to show Callie "our" mountain.
This is the view directly behind our house, and we love spending time hiking.

Friday, October 5, 2012


The Duchesne County Fair is held usually the second week in August of each year. Jack spent a week away from home and reveled in all the Fair Glory possible. From what I hear, he attended a parade, a carnival, rode a pony, attended two rodeo's and a concert, a kids buckaroo, topped it off with a wild Demolition Derby, and ended the week with a mock wedding to my parents neighbor girl. Whew- just another week in the life of this Utah boy. 

Happy Birthday to my Mom who celebrated her special day at the end of fair Week. 

It's official. Fake ring check, old prom dresses, flower girl, groom, bride, and of course a bouquet. 

Cowboy up. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

2093 Alaska

 We live at 2093 Alaska. This is the first home we have owned. We really like the mountain behind it. We are grateful for the sunrises that creep over the top of the mountain, and the stunning sunsets we can see over-looking Utah Lake.
Of course we still sometimes want to call a landlord to fix things- but we are learning.
This year Lee bought trimmers, weed eaters, ect.
Things we had never considered before.
So self sufficient we are.
I am so proud of us. :) 

 Owning our first home has been a whirlwind experience. Its so nice to feel that we are finally home.
We have a lot of projects planned for next summer. I can't wait! 


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