Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sleigh Riding

We decided to take the kids sleigh riding on Saturday. I think we picked the coldest day of the year. We froze our butts off.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Feliz Navidad

We had the annual Andrew Christmas party at our house on the 22nd. I had to work all day so I left all the preparations to Ryan and Cadie. Ryan made sure the house was ready and Cadie cooked all the food. I should work every time we have a party. All I had to do was show up. We had everyone show up. Ryan's Uncle Darrin and Aunt Melissa and their kids, Uncle Dean, Ross and Kerlyn, Brynn and Chad, and Cadie. Cadie made an awesome Mexican dinner. After dinner we played American Idol karaoke revolution on the Wii. We had a lot of fun seeing everyone and was glad that you all could make it.

Grandpa Ross and Trevor

Chad, Cadie, Ross, and Trevor

Darrin and Melissa


Darrin and Dean (Blue Steel and Magnum)

Dean, Ross, and Trevor

Myra, she loved dancing to the singing.

Brynn and Chad trying to sing.

You will have to check out Brynn and Chad's blog to see video of Ryan singing. I promised him I wouldn't post it but I never said that I wouldn't say where it is posted. www.brynnandchad.blogspot.com

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dear Santa

I stole this from an email I got. I thought it was way cute.

Dear Santa,

I've been a good Mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children
on demand, visited the pediatrician's office more than my own doctor,
and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade
tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out
over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's
red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room, between
cycles.... and who knows when I'll find any more free time in the next
18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes: I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache,
(in any color, except purple--I already have purple) and arms that don't
hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming
child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a
waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like shatter/fingerprint/drool-resistant windows and a radio that only plays
adult music, a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing
talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the
crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, 'Yes,
Mommy' to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't
fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the
use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks
chanting 'Don't eat in the living room' and 'Take your hands off your
brother,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing
range and can only be heard by the dog. If it's too late to find any of
these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my
hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room
temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten
the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare chocolate a
vegetable? It would clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful
if you could coerce my children to help around the house without
demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet
under the laundry room door. I think he wants fed or hauled somewhere.

Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and
come in and dry off so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to the
cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the
carpet. (BTW, you promised me last year you would lose some weight with
me so next year you and I could be a cute size six... Okay, some
requests go too far.....)

Yours Always,

P.S. One more thing...you can c ancel all my requests if you can keep my
children, healthy, safe, and of course, young enough to always believe
in Santa.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Update...I have no idea what to title this.

We have been very busy the last month. I will try not to bore you so I will just show the pictures.

I went to dinner with my BFF'S from high school Amber and Heidi. We had a lot of fun seeing each other after so many years. We need to get together more often (thanks for the picture Amber).

Ryan rockin it playing Rock Band on Thanksgiving. We had a lot of fun with the family that day.

We did a tree for the Festival of the Trees. It was titled "Remember When" and it is a 50's malt shop theme. This is something I look forward to doing every year.

Last weekend we went to Cedar City for Kary and Donna's wedding. Congratulations.

Ryan dancing with Tom at the wedding. Don't they make a cute couple?

Me and Jodi at the wedding having fun taking pictures of ourselves. I look like a deer caught in the headlights. I must say that I do like my new hairdo.

Ryan drew out for a special Elk hunt this year. He went up the weekend before Thanksgiving and the weekend after. He took Dylan up the 1st weekend and he had fun being Dads helper.

Ryan and Chad the 2nd weekend. He finally got his Elk. He was so happy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Samantha and her teacher at the Halloween recital
About half of the grandkids at Zoie's B-day party

Dylan as a Bobble Head Reaper

Dylan on his way to school

Dylan and McKenzie dressed for the school Halloween Parade
I am going to get the award for Mother Of The Year. I didn't get a picture of Samantha in her costume. But I bet everyone could guess what she was. I think she took a picture of herself on her phone so I will try and find one. Lets see how many can guess right.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

100 Things To Do

100 Things to Do

62 out of 100...Things I've done and Been to (Mine are in BLUE )
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris (Talouse, France not Paris)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (5k)
28. Ridden in a gondola
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (& Book of Mormon)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating eewww...
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Friday, October 24, 2008

Deer Hunt 2008

Ryan went deer hunting last weekend with my Dad and brothers. They always have a good time and look forward to it every year. Ryan has 3 tags this year for 3 different hunts, 2 down 1 more to go. He is leaving in a couple weeks to go on the Elk hunt. He drew out for some special hunt so he's pretty excited.

I don't think my Dad should call that a Buck.

Kamron finally got one this year.

My brother Kary

I love this man!!

My Dad dreaming of the big one that got away.

My other brother Kamrom

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Trevor LaVon Eastman

Brynn and Chad had their baby. He was born September 20, 2008. He was 8 lbs 2 oz and 19" long. He is a cutie.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Skate Park

I took Dylan, McKenzie, and Carson to the skate park. Here are just a few of the pictures.

Monday, September 1, 2008

July & August Update

We have been keeping busy and I haven't had a chance to update my blog. I will catch you up with some pictures.

My parents took the family to Lagoon on July 24th and we had a lot of fun. Dylan went on most of the rides this year.

We spent Labor day weekend in Gunnison with Jodi and Mark. Jodi and I spent hours playing Rummikub. I kicked her butt. Ryan, Mark, and Connor went golfing at Palisades. I guess they didn't do very well but they had fun. Drew wanted me to know that he lifts weights so I think he put on Connors shirt so it would show off his muscles. You have to love that kid.

The kids started school last week. Samantha is in the 7th grade, McKenzie is in 4th, and Dylan is in 2nd. Dylan was excited to go back to school and see his friends. Samantha and McKenzie didn't want summer to end. Dylan also got his new glasses and thinks that he is pretty cool.