Monday, December 1, 2008

Football Fever

Well, this is long overdue now that basketball season is in full swing, but beginning last July for Brennan, and August for Austin and Keith, football is how we spent our time! Sadly, Brennan broke his foot early on and was stuck on the sidelines for most of the season.

But here are a few pictures of my studly sons. Brennan is #12 in the middle.

And here's Austin, also #12, who turned out to be an amazing running back for his Pop Warner team this year. He also played quarterback, but those pictures aren't as fun. Run, Austin, run!

This was against our biggest rivals (and Keith's old team), Douglas, and we lost in overtime by one point. Heartbreak!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Oh yeah, I have a blog!

I don't know that I have anything blog-worthy to report, but it's been awhile, so I'll just check in. It's a beautiful October day with clear skies and crisp temperatures in the 50's. I love this time of year! I've been enjoying a rather lazy day that began with a long walk with a friend after we dropped our youngest children off at school. We have known each other for a dozen years and talked a lot about how our lives are so different than they used to be when our children were small. I will admit that I am really enjoying this time in my life. My kids are not little anymore, but they are all still home. They are getting increasingly independent, but they still depend on me. I have time to read my scriptures, or a novel, and I can keep up with the church magazines and the gospel doctrine lessons! I don't always keep up on them, but I CAN. This slower pace doesn't always benefit my productivity -- it's funny how we can accomplish a lot when much is required -- but it is nice to not feel as frantic as I often have over the past decade or so. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been transferring our 8 mm videos onto DVD's, so we have been playing our home movies for hours. We have laughed our heads off, and shed a few tears of nostalgia. Here are some random pictures of times past:

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The End of Summer

Wow, the house is quiet! Today is the third day of school and I miss my kids. So far the school year has begun with smiles all around, but the workload hasn't hit yet, so we'll see!

We had a great summer, beginning with a wonderful family trip to Idaho. Despite the cold temps and even snow flurries in Rexburg (in June!), we all had a fabulous time. Of course we didn't take enough pictures, but here are a few. IF I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THIS.

This was taken at Mom's house in Sandy, Utah. We stopped in for a couple of days on our way to Idaho. Wake up, boys!

This was on the front steps of the cabin we rented between Ashton and St. Anthony, Idaho. We were right on a lake and enjoyed the fishing and the views. From there, we made day trips to Rexburg (BYU-Idaho), to Yellowstone National Park, and to Grand Teton National Park. We had a great time!

Some fish! I think Dallin looked this way because all he caught that day was this:

We enjoyed a wonderful (cold) hike in the Grand Tetons. We did the Jenny Lake Loop and it was beautiful!

This was taken at the 'famous' Bar J Chuckwagon Ranch, where we ate rustic food and were treated to a cowboy concert (along with 700 other folks). We had been hiking all afternoon in the Grand Tetons, so we look a little beat (or at least I did!)

We saw more buffalo in Yellowstone than we ever had before. Literally hundreds. We also saw elk, a fox, a brown bear AND a grizzly, and of course moose.

We almost got hypothermia while waiting for Old Faithful to do its thing. The kids weren't sure it was worth the wait, but at least now they can say they've seen it.

This was Austin getting serenaded at close-range from a performer at the Playmill Theater in West Yellowstone. The next picture shows how he felt about it. Doesn't his face say it all???

It was a fun vacation!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

just playing around

Finding myself with some extra time on my hands, and spending a lot of it reading other people's blogs, I decided to fiddle around with a blog of my own. But I am so clueless and intimidated by the whole process that this may simply go nowhere. Keep your expectations low!