A Week In The Life

April 19, 2010

I have followed along and looked at doing this last time Ali Edwards talked about her “Week In the Life” project on her blog, but this time I am going to do it and try and post stuff on my blog about it.  I will hopefully make a scrapbook at some point.  Anyone want to join me?  Even if you start late or don’t do the whole thing it is no big deal!  I am starting tomorrow morning and going through next Sunday.  I think this would be a good thing to do anytime!  We have different “everyday life” depending on the season.

I think doing this kind of project is awesome because if you are like me you mostly take pictures and scrapbook (if that is your thing) just the events in our lives like Birthdays, vacations, holidays etc.  I have tried to incorporate more every day stuff as I have started taking more pictures because I think it’s important to document just the normal things we do as well as the special things.

Anyway here is a link to Ali’s Blog (click here) (and here).  It tells what she is doing, but you can pretty much do whatever you want I think.  I haven’t really decided exactly what kind of album set up I will do, but I will be thinking about it this week.  I’ve been really excited about the digital/hybrid scrapping I’ve been doing so I may go buy Ali’s templates from Designer Digitals and just follow her example.  We’ll see!  Who knows, maybe I’ll get busy this week with other things and just end up with the pictures and stories I put on my blog, and you know what?  That will be just fine too!

My Scrapbooking Class

February 27, 2010

I decided that to maybe keep myself busy (why do I think I’m not…?!) and keep myself sane during the winter months I thought I would take an on-line scrapbooking class to have something to look forward to.  So with some of my Christmas money I signed up for Cathy Zielske’s Design Your Life workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  She is one of my favorite scrapbookers and I have both her books.  It is has been really awesome and fun!  It has sure been more work than I thought it would be.  It’s like taking a class for school only more fun.  I spent 30-50 minutes a week with class video via the internet, and download 8-10 pages of lesson materials.  We usually have to do 3 layouts a week.  I’ve gotten all the digital templates to so I will always have them.  So cool!  It is self-paced so that is nice, so if I get behind it’s not really a big deal.  But I have tried to keep up and not get more than a week behind!

Here’s a sample of some of the stuff I’ve done.  Just click on the picture and it will enlarge it.

(Layouts and concepts provided by Cathy Zielske Design Your Life workshop at BigPictureScrapbooking.com)

Family Update

February 15, 2010

Well here’s what we’ve been up to the past several months so that all of you don’t think all I’ve been doing is reading books! Seeing as how most of my posts recently have been book reviews!

We spent time this fall with Dillan doing wrestling and Hayley playing basketball. I am kicking myself for not get pictures of Dillan wrestling, but then it really wasn’t his thing I don’t think so the pictures wouldn’t have been that exciting. He mostly just had fun messing around.

Hayley had and is still having a great basketball season. After their regular community basketball season the girls were able to participate in a 5th grade team to play in the Idaho Falls community leagues on Saturdays. So she is practicing 2 days a week and going to a game every Saturday. She loves basketball, and is getting to be good! Sugar girls basketball is very competitive! They always have good teams and the high school girls usually go to state every year. It makes you feel like if you want your daughter to make the team in junior high and high school you need to get her all the experience you can. They took two 5th grade teams to the Idaho Falls games this year. Hayley will have a lot of competition I think trying out for teams as they get older.

Sydnie has been in choir this year and had several performances. She is also still taking piano lessons and getting really good at that. She is going to be a lot better piano player than me! She LOVES junior high! She is also enjoying young women activities in our ward. She is driving me crazy with the email and chatting stuff though! She keeps hijacking my phone or the computer whenever she gets a chance so she can check her email or see who is on messenger so she can chat. She really wants a cell phone of her own, but mom and dad have borrowed the idea from Uncle Nate and Aunt Anna that she has to have straight A’s first. It has been some good motivation for her!

Dave is working away as usual. Nothing too exciting going on lately. He’s just trying to get through winter, which he hates. He is ready to go camping already!

I’ve been just going along like usual. I’ve been busy reading, taking an on-line scrapbooking class, trying to keep up with running kids around to stuff, working, keeping up with house cleaning (NOT!). We have also moved into new ward. They made some changes and re-arranged the wards here and created a new one. So we were moved into a different ward. The change has been good and we are enjoying the new ward, but we have never went to church at the 1:00 time before so that has been different. I have been called to team teach the 8-9 year old primary class. It’s been great to teach kids a little bit older, since I’ve been teaching 4 year olds for a couple of years now. I also have been called to be the ward camp director. I am so excited! Sydnie is so excited too! I am really looking forward to going to camp and getting to know the girls. I loved camp as a young woman.

We had a good Christmas and holidays. Pretty calm and laid back which was very nice!

We’ll that’s my update. We are just so exciting aren’t we!

Wow!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted!  I didn’t realize it had been about 6 weeks or so.  Crazy life I guess.  I feel like I have just spent a lot of time in my car.  Getting used to the 40 minute commute every morning and afternoon has been interesting especially when you add that I am running kids around to everything they do at least 3 days a week.  Then there is the usual grocery shopping, errands, etc, that you add in too.  Whew!  I get tired sometimes even just thinking about it. 

I am enjoying working in the company’s Idaho Falls office.  The Rexburg office was so quiet and I was there a lot of times by myself which got really boring.  I have a lot more to do now and it makes the days go by much faster, and there are people to talk to and it’s much more interesting.  So, I guess it’s a trade off.  I’m enjoying my job better I just have to driver farther to do it!  Working from home on Fridays is wonderful!  I really look forward to it a lot and it keeps me going throughout the week knowing that’s how I can end it.

The kids are just going along with school and the usual.  Sydnie is working hard and improving her grades.  She always really struggles the 1st few months of school and then finally finds her groove and starts to do a lot better.  She loves Jr. High and all the new, exciting happenings there.  She’s had a couple of dances and is having fun with those.  Hayley just finished her regular basketball season and then got asked to be on a team that will play in the Idaho Falls leagues in January and February.  (Just what I needed…another trip to Idaho Falls during the week!)  She is excited and we are enjoying watching her play and improve!  Dillan just finished wrestling.  He had fun but we didn’t do any tournaments or anything.  He just liked learning some moves – probably so he could try them on his sisters!

We were moved into a new ward with some rearranging here in our little community.  We are enjoying it!  We have some good friends here already and excited to make some new ones too!  The 2nd Sunday we were there I had to stand in Sacrament Meeting to be confirmed for my new callings.  My little Dillan was trying to figure out when he should raise his hand in support, and I was trying to help him.  He was being a little silly and kept trying to raise his hand in opposition.  Well, I stood up for my sustaining and of course you can imagine what happened.  He raised his hand in opposition to my calling of being ward camp director.  Everyone had a good laugh about that!

That same Sunday he wanted to bear his testimony.  This is the 1st time he’s ever done that!  Anyway… he goes up and gives his testimony and then when he sits down he looks up at me and says, “now I don’t have a testimony anymore!”  I said why not, you always have a testimony in your heart and head.  He said he didn’t because he buried it!  He thought that’s what people were doing when they got up.  They were “burying” their testimony!  So funny!  What a goof!   (He must have had too much sugar for breakfast that morning or something).

Halloween 2009

November 1, 2009

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Pirate Girl, Batman and Twister Girl

For some reason this Halloween didn’t seem quite as hectic as usual – nice! The Sunday before Halloween we went to Steve & Vick’s house for the annual Halloween Feast of Blood and Guts Casserole (Lasagne), witch’s broomsticks (breadsticks), sea monster salad with purple sea monster goo dressing (ranch with purple food coloring), and some cute spider cupcakes and yumming pumpkin cake. BUT – I forgot my camera! Dang it all! I’ll have to see if Steve got some pics he can send me.

On Friday the kids wore their costumes to school and had the usual parties and stuff. Syd had her 1st Jr. High dance, which she ending up enjoying more than she thought. She was really worried it would be really boring with no one dancing. Friday night was the annual Halloween Carnival at the school. We got there pretty late, but it was actually nice and didn’t seem as crowded then. (Maybe I’ll do that again next year!) The kids had fun playing games and parading around in their costumes.

Saturday morning we carved pumpkins and made roasted pumpkins from the seeds. Saturday afternoon the sun came out and we went to the straw maze. The weather was nice, which was good, since it took us over an hour to get to the end. I must just not be a logical enough thinker to figure out a maze or something. We were watching some people go through in like 10 or 15 minutes, and we finally had to ask some people coming through for the second time how the heck to get out! I couldn’t even go back in there and tell you how we got through. It all looked the same to me! Dill kept getting worried that we were going to be lost forever. We thought about going back to the entrance and just being done since we were getting tired of walking, but I was being stubborn and determined that a smart grown person could figure this out. Ha ha! A little lesson in humility for me I guess :)!

We went to the trunk or treat at the church after that, went to visit with Great Grandma McBride, and then came back to our house with family for some chili cheese baked potatoes. All in all a great day! (Except for the straw maze – hee, hee – next year it’s Dad’s turn to take them!)

Hope everyone else had a Happy Halloween!

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Dillan working hard on his pumpkin

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Hayley and her scarey pumpkin

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Sydnie getting a little help with her pumpkin

Summer Soccer

September 27, 2009

I signed the kids up for community soccer for the month of August.  My kids have never played soccer before and since we didn’t play softball this year and since I thought they needed to broaden their horizons, we  well, mom decided on soccer for our summer sport.  Dillan was the only one that was really excited.  Sydnie and Hayley just kept saying they didn’t think they would like it and they were mad I didn’t sign them up for softball.  Sure, they thought the socks and shin guards were cool and made them feel sporty, but I just couldn’t convince them.  Even Sydnie’s first practice went bad.  She fell or got kicked or something (we hadn’t gotten shin guards yet) and got into the truck crying and say she wasn’t going back.  Well, this is the daughter that if you don’t push her a little she won’t do anything.  So I pushed and she pushed and I told her she had to go to all her practices and see what she thought and then we’d talk about it.  Well, after two weeks of practice, the subject never came up again…..hmmm.  She ended up really enjoying it and having fun, not to mention some exercise!  Hayley, who likes every sport pretty much, decided she would add soccer to her definate likes.  I think it may now rate almost as high as basketball.  And Dillan, well, I wished it was captured in these pictures, but he spent most of his games with a constant smile on his face.  So I think that means he really liked it too!

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2009 Bike Trip

Dave and I, and our friends Ron and Julie, went on a most awesome motorcycle trip this last weekend. 

Day 1 – We left Friday morning and drove to Jackson, had lunch, and headed to Yellowstone Park.  The weather was pretty decent this day, but I was glad for the leather biker chaps I bought.  If you think they are just for looks or something, you are wrong.  I stayed so much warmer with them! 

We traveled through the Park and along Yellowstone Lake for awhile and then up Sylvan Pass toward Cody, Wyoming.  Sylvan Pass is where the above picture was taken thanks to a guard rail and my camera timer!  We drove the rest of the way into Cody with a stop to look at the Buffalo Bill Dam.  We ate dinner that night at a La Comida and had a yummy mexican dish “Pechuga Over Rice”.  I got the recipe and will have to share that later after I attempt to make it at home!

Day 2 –  Had breakfast at the Irma Hotel in Cody.  Then we went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for a few hours and saw guns (they all start to look the same after a while), the Plains Indian Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum.  Oh… and I made a quick pass through the Western Art Museum.  You could almost spend days at this museum, but, since we needed to get on the road and my hubby has Adult ADD we got on the road early in the afternoon and headed to Red Lodge, Montana.  First of all Friday wasn’t hot or anything, but it was pretty cool weather headed out of Cody.  I swear though – almost everytime we stopped to put on the rain gear because it started looking nasty we would either miss the rain or just get a sprinkle!  However, it did keep me warm! 

We got to Red Lodge and ate a snack at a yummy bakery and visited the bike shop there of course.  We finally headed out and up the Beartooth Pass and kept hearing rumors of snow, which considering how cold it was at lower elevations, was no surprise to hear about for 11,000 feet.  Our intention was to go over the Beartooth and back through the Park and into Gardiner, Montana for the night.  Well… we didn’t even leave Red Lodge until about 4, so I wondered.  We drove the awesome Beartooth pass and got some great pictures and then as we got up on top it snowed, sleeted and froze us!  It was quite an adventure, and while it sounds kind of miserable, we had a lot of fun and it was beautiful!  Next time I hope we can see it in the sunshine :).

We make it to Cooke City Montana about 6:00 p.m. or so.  We decided to eat in Cooke City before going on to Gardiner.  We went to this place, I think it was the Miner’s Saloon, and just ordered burgers and fries thinking it would be quick.  Well, over an hour later it wasn’t quick, and then they acted like it was really cool that they were able to bring all of our meals out at the same time!  Hello!  Isn’t that what normally happens! Cooke City was a very “interesting” place.

So needless to say when I called our hotel in Gardiner because we were so late they had some problems with our reservation.  That ended up being our good luck because we got a couple of little cabins in Cooke City and didn’t have to drive another hour and a half  in the freezing cold and dark to Gardiner!

Day 3 – The next morning was definately chilly!  We ate breakfast in Cooke City and headed toward the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone Park.  It was a beautiful drive through the park even with the cold.  We stopped and Tower Falls and Mammoth and got rained on a little.  Then we were onto West Yellowstone for some of Dave and I’s favorite pizza at Wild West Pizzeria.

It was time to head home after that.  I almost didn’t want to go home!  We had a really great time.  I’ve never been on that long of a trip (mine have been a few hours at most) on the bike with Dave.  It was so awesome being on the bike in country like that.  It makes everthing so much more interesting and multi-dimensional.  I guess what I mean is you are out in the open with things instead of in a car.  Besides being out in the elements you get the sounds, smells and everything that you don’t get otherwise.  You feel so much closer and a part of the scenery.  Don’t know if I’m explaining that very well, but it was a great time!

Here a slide show and it’s pretty long, but shows some of the stuff we saw and experienced on the trip.  It seems like we were gone longer than 3 days!