Monday, December 3, 2007

Snow Day




So we actually got some real snow, okay well about 4-6". All I can say is I was happy that I had bought a snow shovel about 2 days before it snowed, and the previous owners had left 1/2 a bag of salt so our steps weren't icy. Jessica just loved it! Kyle wants to play in the snow every day. We will see how long that lasts! But since we don't have any snow pants, Kyle changed his clothes 3 times one day because he kept getting wet. Hmmmm, sounds like my mother... (or me on Sunday morning!) He he he!

Friday, November 30, 2007

November




I realized that this month just blew past! We had a fabulous fall, the colors have been beautiful and the kids have enjoyed it. Halloween was a blast, and Thanksgiving was small and quiet, but the food and family couldn't have been better! In my mind we have officially started winter. We got our first snow fall, of about 1" that melted by the end of the day. Quite reminiscent of Washington snow, except that they didn't cancel school!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pests, Presents, Police...Oh MY!

K...so this has been a really weird week.
Pests - We inherited the previous owners' cat. I found their phone number and called them while Kevin tried to get every dog he saw to come and eat it. They said they wanted it back so I decided not to call the humane society. After a week and a half of this cat trying DESPERATELY to come in the house we met the owner's in SLC when we went to help my parents move, and transfered it to them. Much to our relief since I discovered that Kyle is allergic to cats. Kevin just hates them.

Presents - My parents moved in with my brother so I got my inheritance of her Steinway grand piano!!!! She got my upright. But getting them moved in and stuff transfered has been quite the ordeal. And since I was thinking so much about that...Kyle's party was kind of shuffled to the back of my mind. But we had it Monday the 29th. It went well, but the last 30-45 mins I was out of things for them to do. So I was like "go play!" at least it was warm outside so they could just be out. Kyle was SOOOO stoked about opening his presents!

Police - So as we are in SLC transfering the cat and helping my parents, we stay the night at Kevin's parents. His dad and stepmom are out of town camping. The next morning his step-sister drops by, chats for a second and then leaves. She comes back in to warn us that the neighbor has called the police (because no one should be there). It didn't help that we had a small U-Haul trailer hooked to the truck! So the cops come and check things out, want to call Kevin's dad, but since he is camping we don't know if you could even reach him. Although he probably would have said "Kevin who?" just to be funny.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pumpkin Walk



So today I went as a chaperone on my first school field trip. We went to the "Pumpkin Walk". It was cute, a ton of displays using pumpkins, some moved! Jessica freaked out most of the time, she didn't like riding on the school bus. But she calmed down when I let her hold the camera....carefully. Otherwise I was basically holding her for over an hour. (Build those muscles!!) But the kids stuck with me and we even got a cookie. Pepperidge Farm cookie! MMmmmmm Coookie!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

HUH??


Okay, can you tell me what is wrong with this picture?! There is no breeze, and no one was around. I was inside making the kids lunch when I looked out the back and saw this. Weird.

Kyle did ten of his chores and got a "Date Night" with the parent of his choice. But he decided that we should go the the military airplane museum in Ogden. And he wanted the whole family to go. He had a good time, even though it was raining. Kevin thought that we would be able to climb into a few of the airplanes, but sadly it was not to be! The do not allow that anymore (if the did) but it was still a fun day. In other news I think that I got a picture of Jessica, well in "Natural Jess" mode.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Utahn' (Lauren)

Okay, so it's official...I'm am now a Utahn'. I now have my Utah drivers licence! That was an interesting experience to say the least. You have to have two forms of ID (no biggie) and two forms of proof of residency. That was a little more tricky because not all of the utilities have my name on them. I had to go back TWICE to get it. Then I had to take a 25 question open book test. WHAT?! I don't see the point in that. In Washington you took a test on the computer and if you failed you could take it again, but no book, and some of the questions were worded a little funny, so yes...I failed the Washington one the first time, by one question. But the other thing about the Utah licence that I thought strange was they asked if I had had a previous licence in Utah, which I had, and they just pulled up my old licence number and gave it back to me. Makes sense, I just didn't expect it. The number is a lot shorter than my Washington one I'll tell you that!

So I'm settled, everything has been unpacked and put away for a few weeks, now we are just shuffling things around. I really like our neighbors and I like the house, but I just feel like I'm still playing catch-up sometimes. Ah, the joy of moving! So don't forget to email or call us, because we still love to hear from everyone!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Kyle's first day

Everyone tells me how fast kids grow up and here's proof. Last Friday was Kyle's first day of Kindergarden. He was very excited. In fact I don't think he's ever walked so fast. So far, after a week, he still likes school. It makes me wonder how long that will last. Luckily he has a good friend in his class, so that helps.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

From fires to rainbows

After a lazy Sunday afternoon of lounging about, I decided I need some air. I was surprised when I stepped onto our porch and discovered that it had been raining. Even more surprising was the stunning double rainbow towering over our mountain view. Not wanting to enjoy the view alone, I attempted to return inside to gather the family. I had locked myself out. Ringing the doorbell was fruitless, since I knew everyone was in the basement. We don't have the code to the garage door yet, so I was left with taking a quick dash around the back yard to the basement door. Kyle was nice enough to let me in, then we all returned to the porch. We spent time watching lightning and counting the seconds until the thunder. After a particularly close and loud thunderclap, Kyle quickly retreated back to the basement and the comfort of his bean bag chair. Jessica just clung to Lauren with with knuckles.

I wonder what natural phenomenon we'll encounter next week.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

FIRE!


Yesterday afternoon, Kyle came running upstairs claiming the TV just shut off. I thought he was crazy, so I sent him to get the mail. When he came back he was saying that he saw fire outside. Again, being the doubtful parent I went to check. Sure enough the mountain by our house was a blaze. It started out as 4 fires but soon merged into 2. Luckily the wind was pushing the fire uphill away from our sub division. Apparently the wind had knocked down some power lines starting the fire and causing a blackout for about 8,000 residents, us included. All the neighbors had come out and were watching together so we were able to meet them all. We had to cook dinner on our camp stove and dig through our boxes for candles. Things are relatively back to normal now.

The picture is from our porch, so you can see how close we were!

Time to unpack

It is done! After two weeks of packing, loading & driving we've finally moved to UT. We got the keys to our new house on Friday, but we didn't have any furniture until Tues. We thought it would be fun (and cheap) if we camped out in the basement. We had sleeping bags and air matresses, but by the 2nd night we were ready for our beds. We love our new house, although it's taking some time to figure out where we want to put everything. Our bedroom is smaller, so we have to find a place for an extra night stand, and we don't have a good spot for our antique mirror or rocking chair. We're also considering getting new appliances for the place. We should have phone, tv and internet connection today. We're feeling very disconnected from the world. Luckily I can get online at work!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

No more injuries


That's the mantra at our house lately. After all, my niece has broken her foot, I had a toe nail ripped off, jessica fell off a chair and bruised her arm, Kyle scraped his finger. Lauren better watch out. So far she's the only one not injured....yet.
We're quickly approaching our move date. We hope to do most of the packing next week. Does anyone want to come pack my garage for me? We'll be getting rid of a bunch of stuff, couch, tv, entertainment center, receipts from 10 years ago. Sometimes moving is a good thing when it helps motivate you to clean house.

4th of July

Did you know it's illegal to light fireworks in Everett city limits? I didn't. My neighbors didn't know either. So we were a bit suprised when the first cop showed up in our cul-de-sac and gave us a warning. We almost stopped too. But we had too many fireworks left unlit and it seemed like we were in a war zone. All we could do was fight back. At least until the second cop showed up. Luckily we got a warning again. This time we took it all a bit more seriously and looked for a place nearby that was legal (i.e. outside of the city limits). If only we didn't choose private property, the third cop wouldn't have stopped. After 3 strikes we decided we were done and headed home. Unfortunately I was left with about $50 worth of explosives left, which I can't move and certainly can't light in UT. I guess I'll give them to my neighbor.
The odd part for me was considering how in our cul-de-sac we had hoses, water buckets, and were lighting them in the middle of the street. To be legal we would have had to gone out to a field with no running water and dry grass. Now, doesn't that seems a little backward?

Monday, July 2, 2007

Our New House

It took some searching but we finally found a house in Logan and now we're ready to move. See the photos. We spent two days looking and saw nearly 20 houses. We eventually narrowed it down to two. We decided on this one because of the location. It's close to a school, there are kids Kyle's age nearby and it's on a cul-de-sac. We close on the 27th, which is the same day we close on the house we are selling in Everett. It looks like we have everything scheduled to go straight from one house to the next. Now we just need to pack!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The blog's behind...sigh!

Oh my, it's been so long, so much has happened. I'm not sure where to start.

Well, for starters, we're moving. Yep, after a mere 5 years in Washington and the previous 6 years in California, we're finally returning to Utah. If you listen carefully you can hear the grandparents crying for joy! Now we will only be 100 miles away, which is totally reasonable for holiday's, birthdays and other family events. I'll be working at Utah State University as an Instructional Designer starting on Aug. 1.

Of course moving for a new jobs means selling our house and finding a new one. Luckily we had an offer on our house within a week of listing it. We're now under contract and are scheduled to be out sometime before July 27. We'll be spending next week looking for a house in UT. Wish us luck!

With the move pending, we're scrambling to visit with friends and get some summer recreation in. This past weekend we went camping at Fort Casey with our friend Ken and Awsumb Hardy. We all enjoyed hiking about the old fort, climgin on things and looking in caves. It was really fun, but a little sad. Who knows when we'll go camping together again. Check out the photos.

With so many friends who have asked to see us before we go, we're planning an open house/packing party for sometime in July. We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

May 2007



Kevin's Birthday!!! He is now 35. One of the guys we go to church with just turned 35 two weeks before Kevin, he was telling us how he was freaking out about how much older he is getting, and things that he hasn't done...blah blah blah. Yes, Kevin had a mental list of things he wanted to do by the age of 30, then 35, and while he has done most of them...there are a couple that are being pushed, yes, to 40. But he also realized that he has a lot of things that other guys his age aren't lucky to have. Which of course just gave me tons of warm fuzzies! His birthday was fun, we had a few friends over, barbecued some burgers and I made him a Super Shanley cake. Kevin blew the candles out in one mightly blow! (thus getting some wax on the frosting) and then Jessica decided to help us out by putting back the candles I had just taken out to cut the cake. What a month!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Spring activities

As Spring moves closer to summer, we are finding ourselves more time to play. We've taken time to go swimming at the local indoor pools and even try a little fishing. The swimming has been mostly successful. Both kids love to play in the water and they seem to float well. We just have to be sure and go to the pool with the shallow area.

Fishing has been a little more challenging. Not only have I realized that I haven't fished from the shore in years, but I've never really been responsible for tying the hooks and preparing the line. I think I'm getting the knots down, but I really have no idea what lures to use or even which bait is best. I guess it will be trial and error. Kyle has been excited to go fishing but loses interest after the first cast. He expects to catch a fish immediately. I'm hoping to do more fishing in the near future, maybe I'll even get some fishing toys for my upcomming b-day.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Super Tuesday

Wow, what a day! Not only did I get a lot done at work, but upon coming home I was able to run a mile on the treadmill, play with Kyle and work on a long overdue project.
The highlight for me was watching Kyle ride his bike. He's been afraid of it since it showed up on Christmas. I don't know what happened today, but he hoped on and was riding around. He's still a little wobbly and nervous about going fast, but he'll get the hang of it. We set up cones in the driveway and he was having fun riding around them. I'm looking forward to some summer bike rides!

Anniversary

Lauren and I celebrated our anniversary on Friday. This year Lauren took on all of the planning, all I had to do was take the day off and follow directions. Luckily her plans were simple to follow. To start the day off we went to breakfast at the local iHop, followed by an early showing of Meet the Robinsons. In the afternoon we picked up the babysitter and went out to exchange our anniversary gifts. For dinner we had a nice dinner of Fondu at the Melting Pot. All in all a good day!

Monday, April 2, 2007

The crazy kids

There has been nothing of significant interest to report this week. Spring tried to arrive so I mowed the lawn and weeded the flower beds in front. The kids have been happy to play outside a little more. We've contemplated a garage sale to get rid of the extra stuff in the garage and misc. forgotten toys. I think we need to wait a few more weeks for warmer weather.
Of course, there's always new photo's to share:

Kyle insisted that I take a picture of his air guitar routine.


This is what dessert time has turned into!

Monday, March 19, 2007

What a week!


Whew! What a week. Supposedly I was on vacation, but it didn't feel like one.
For starters both kids got sick. They have fevers, vomiting, the works. It didn't last long, but it sure made for one disgusting night and then some mellow children for a few days.

Then Lauren had her pacemaker replaced on Tuesday. We've been anticipating this event for a few years now, and I must say it was a little anti-climactic. We spend most of the day in the hospital. The actual surgery only took about an hour, the rest of the time was spent in sitting in the room while they monitored her before and after. I wanted to get a picture of her with all the wires hooked up to her chest, but she didn't like the idea. It turn's out that the surgery is pretty minor. Lauren was awake the whole time discussing Jazz musicians with the doctors while they did the work. She was in good spirits and has recovered quickly, just some bruising and soreness.


My Mom flew up from UT to take care of us while Lauren was down. It was a quick visit, but we were glad she came. On Thurs. we took her and the kids to 3-2-1 Bounce where we were able to jump around a lot and beat each other up a bit. It was fun, but a little too much for the recently sick children.

To top it off, we decided we were allergic to Shilo (the dog). Both Kyle and I started getting some serious asthma. Once we housed him at a co-workers we both started doing better. It VERY sad not to have a dog anymore. It's also sad that we had to spend over $300 to learn that we were allergic. Sigh!

I suspect this next week will be a little more tame. (I hope).

Sunday, March 4, 2007


Spring is coming and Jessica's ready for race season!. The sun peeked out long enough to work in the yard and play outside. Can you believe that just 4 days ago we had 7 inches of snow? All that water left the grass too wet to play on. Fortunately, Jessica didn't waste anytime in putting on Kyle's helmet and jumping in his car. If only her feet could reach the pedals. Sigh.

Kyle and I spent most of the afternoon covering new found holes in our fence. Shilo (the dog) it turns out, is really good at finding his way out of the yard. So far he's done minimal digging. It should be more challenging now that all of the gaps are closed. Heheheh!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Snow Day



Surprise! It snowed again. This time we were buried with 7+ inches. It's very odd for this area, but didn't break any records. It was enough to close schools in the area and I didn't have to go in to work until 1pm. It gave me plenty of time to scrape the deck & driveway.

The kids loved it. We spent a few hours this morning playing in the snow and building various snow thingies. I tried for a snow robot, but it didn't work too well.

It's all melting fast and they're predicting we'll be back to mid-fifties in a few days. Personally, I can't wait until Spring!

New family member


It was inevtibale. I've been wanting to get a dog for a while now, actually ever since finishing the fence around the yard. Lauren was hesitant at first but she made a deal that once we didn't have a baby crawling on the floor she'd consider it. Jessica's been walking well for a month or two now so it was time.

On Sat. I took the kids to the local animal shelter. At first we were looking at a border collie mix named Freddy, but Kyle saw Shilo and wanted him instead. Shilo's a 3 yr. old Beagle who was left by his family because they were moving. Supposedly he was an outdoor only dog, but he seems to prefer indoors. We went back to the shelter on Sunday and had a chance to play with. Before long we were signing papers and BANG! we're dog owners.

We brought Shilo home on Tues. night. He's been adapting well, but doesn't like to be alone. We're trying to crate train him and keep him downstairs only. Nights have been tough, but I think eventually he'll adjust.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

For starters

I've finally been persuaded to start a blog. If nothing else, my wife (Lauren) can now participate in keeping it up to date :).