Monday, June 30, 2008


Another great day at SITS. Another great contest. Jump over, enter and check out the blog of the day. CRACKED me up. So visit The Secrect is in The Sauce today.
Saturday we attended our company's Golf Tournament. Neither Pat nor I have ever played anything but putt-putt golf so this was a new experience for us.

WE. HAD. A. BLAST! We are not golf prodigies. I am however, okay at putting. Luckily we played a 4 man scramble format (Yes, I picked up some golf terms) so it didn't really matter because we were paired up with two excellent golfers. I also found I REALLY like driving a golf cart. Pat was very nice to let me drive most of the day.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday's Foto Finish Fiesta

We were trying to re-create a photo we took 5 years ago on our trip to Vegas. However, it was too hot to sit on the dinosaur without burning everyone's butts so they tried to look cool. But they're cute huh?
Participating in Friday's Foto Finish Fiesta with Candid Carrie!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Shuuunnnnn the non believer!

My friend reminded me about this fun video on youtube today. So I'm sharing it with you. Know that its four minutes of your life you'll never get back. But it's pretty funny. Especially if you're under 10 or REALLY tired.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Swimming at the Oasis

The pool at the hotel in Mesquite was really nice. We spent more than a few hours there. Everyone had fun in the water.
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More, More, More

More Vegas Pictures.
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What happens in Vegas....Gets Blogged!

We took our little Vegas vacation last week to celebrate summer and Connor's Birthday. We had a FABULOUS time. We spent two nights in Mesquite and one night in Vegas. We hit all the best sights on the strip and did quite a bit of swimming. We also went to Ethel M's chocolate factory and cactus garden. We only skipped the Hoover Dam because we were worried the AC was going out in the van and it was VERY, VERY, VERY HOT. The internet says it was 106 degrees and I agree. Without AC we would have cooked in about 10 minutes I think.
The kids have been begging to go back since we went to Ralph's reception there 5 years ago. They had just as much fun as they imagined they would.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Birthday to you Connor!

Okay, time to blog about Connor's Birthday. As you may have read in my earlier post we had Connor's Birthday party before his Birthday. We took him and a couple of his friends to the fireworks show for Art City Days. It was fun for all of them and pretty much no work for me. I may do it this way a few more years. I had plenty of snacks and drinks ready but they just played in the park and entertained themselves. Then the fireworks show was AWESOME as usual.
We spent his actual birthday in Las Vegas and Mesquite. He liked opening his presents in the hotel room and getting the prime seat in the van all day. Plus for his cake - I just got a slice from the buffet and put a candle in it. It was by far the easiest year for me. He got mostly legos of different sorts. He is still thrilled by them even though he's been getting them for about 5 years now. He got pirate legos from us and Grandma Tinka and Grandpa Ralph sent him the BIG set from Indiana Jones. He said it was "Just what I ALWAYS wanted!!!". He and Breanna have spent several hours already putting that one together. It has also inspired Hillary to start building stuff. He gave her a bucket of old legos and she has been building lopsided airplanes all weekend. So all in all, it was a great 9th birthday.
Happy Birthday Connor.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Stalking is WAY more fun than they say....

I am officially coming out of the closet as a Survivor fan. I was hooked the first season and have been watching ever since. I've never had any ambitions of getting on the show - but I LOVE to watch it. Those of you who also follow Survivor will know the winner was from Pleasant Grove Utah season before last. He's a cute young kid named Todd. Well our fine city of Springville managed to get him and 4 other survivors to come down for Art City Days last weekend. YEAH Springville!!! I planned Connors Birthday party (More on that later - prioritize!!) to happen at the Art City Day's finale. This finale included a free concert entertainment and fireworks. The Survivors were there and generally hosting the whole evening. I was able to stalk them quite a bit. They were all so friendly though - willing to take pictures, and sign anything you wanted. They talked with people. Jamie spent an hour dancing with the little kids down front. It was WAY fun. I got my picture with them thanks to my loving hubby (not a fan of survivor, so thanks for tolerating my stalker tendencies) who was assertive and asked them. I got my autographs thanks to Breanna who stood in line for me while I tended to the other kids. It was fun and I was not disappointed in any way with the evening.

For those of you who don't know.....In the picture from left to right is Frosty, Courtney, Jamie and Todd. Plus me in the front.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

A mushroom we found up the canyon when we were cooking out.

Friday, June 6, 2008

The other night I went to an enrichment night at church that was all about food storage and preparedness. It was a fun evening. I did learn how to sprout seeds and I'm going to try starting some this weekend. We also had a tasting table at the end. The people who signed up were supposed to bring something made with their food storage staples.

One of my friends had made wheat chili. Basically it's a chili with wheat instead of beans. I personally have never made this because it sounds gross. However, I tasted hers and it was the best chili I think I've ever had. Despite the wheat. I was mindful however of eating too much as we all know how hard wheat is on the body when we are not used to it.

So I brought home a bowl of it for the kids to try so we could make it next week for dinner. Both the older kids LOVED it and had a few bites each. Hillary was already in bed so she didn't get any. We then left the last half a bowl on the counter for Pat to try when he got home from work around midnight.

When I got up the next morning I asked Pat how he had liked the chili. He said there hadn't been any left. The bowl was in the trash and there was a dirty fork on the floor when he got home.

Well yesterday all was revealed as poor little Hillary had a bad case of diarrhea. That will teach her to sneak food in the middle of the night...I WISH.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


When I pulled the camera out to download the pictures from last weekend onto the computer I discovered someone had smeared melted marshmellow all over the back of it and hadn't cleaned it off. Nice!!!

Note so self...Don't take pictures while eating smore's or let anyone else take pictures while eating smore's!
Another note to self....Take wipes camping!!!


So we decided to take the kids up the canyon to cook dinner on Sunday. We did hotdogs, tinfoil dinners, and smore's.

I have really been excited to go camping this summer and this was a trial run for the open fire.
Of course Hillary had no fear of the fire and wanted to cook her own hotdog and marshmellows. I of course spent the whole time yelling at her (and Connor too frankly) to stay back from the flames. Then she figured out there was a creek near by and she wanted to play in the water. Those of you who are local or semi-local know that the spring run-off has caused the creeks to run VERY high and REALLY fast right now. There was no way she was getting in that water. So then it was a race to see if she could run faster than me and get to the water first. All in all I decided MAYBE we could go camping - but not for more than one night at a time.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


So I know I don't have a lot of traffic on my site - but I'm really starting to get into this and hopefully it will pick up. I've just joined a site called The Secret is in the Sauce. They are having a great contest for awesome stuff so visit them and check it out. They will link you to other awesome women bloggers and leave you laughing your butt off.

Wordless Wednesday

We're in SOOOOO much trouble.....

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Mommy ALWAYS wins

Saturday I was out watering the garden (which is still alive and in bloom now) and checking the chickens. I had the hose on and the girls were taunting me that I couldn't squirt them and running away from me. Turns out I COULD squirt them. Then foolish Breanna fell for the "turn of the hose" routine and I got her cornered and soaked her. Hillary mostly liked getting wet so she would run close to me so I could get her. When it was all over, Hillary and Breanna were soaked through and I was dry. I WIN!!!

Stay tuned

We had a really busy and fabulous weekend and I have a lot to post. So stay tuned over the next couple days because there will be lots of fun pictures and stories.