She likes to sit up at the school table with the big kids. She gets her paper and a writing utensil and begins "her school". She thinks she is big stuff.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Brian and I were the lucky recipients of Dad's 5th row (and dinner in the VIP room) Jazz game tickets. He and Mom are enjoying the warm sun in Palm Springs, CA. (poor things) Well, we bought upper bowl tickets for Caleb and Hudson so they could go also. Brian and I ate in the VIP room and they had a "boys meal" (of hot dogs and chips) in their seats while watching all the pre-game activity.
Hudson and Caleb in front of Andrei Kirlenko's banner at the arena
Caleb and Hudson inside the arena
Boozer making a shot
After half time the couple behind us tapped me on the shoulder and asked if we wanted to bring our boys down to sit in their seats because they were leaving. She handed me their tickets and the boys got 6th row seats for the rest of the game. They were in awe of the closeness - compared to their binocular viewing seats up above. We had a great evening once again watching the Jazz (and winning) and being with our boys.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The Awana Grand Prix
Weston and I bought cars for the Grand Prix this year. It was fun building them with dad.
cutting the design,
Weston sanding his car.
(blue one in the middle)
(the red one)
Dad was the announcer that night.
We all had a great time!!
post by Hudson
Friday, March 21, 2008
We had "Special Time" ~ our time together before school where we do devotions, sing, pray, talk about the activities for the day, announcements etc. I had the children do math and then it was time to decorate the eggs. Oh, we had fun!
Funny Sidestory: Abbi asked if she could prep the colors of dye. I came in and smelled a very strong smell of my Kirkland Basalmic Vinegar. She never knew there was any other kind of vinegar except for the kind we dip our bread in. So, she put 3 tsp of basalmic instead of plain. Well, needless to say, the yellow dye was now brown. Ooops! We had a good laugh and we still had four other colors. She learned something new today!
Tess is following the footsteps of her older sisters. While Maggie was loading the dishwasher she pushed the broom around the kitchen thinking she was pretty "big stuff".
Look Mom! How am I doing?
Whew! That is hard work. Here Abbi, your turn.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Spring Training has Begun!
We are excited to have the starting Great Eight "Z" players return for the season of 2008. We are especially excited to announce our new recruit. Baby Z will be joining the team in October ~ just in time for the World Series. There is great excitement around here and look forward to our new arrival to join us.
In other words - - I am pregnant and due at the end of October!
Hudson stumbled across a pretzel recipe. He asked if he could try to make them. Sounding good to me, I of course said, "Sure!". I helped him with the activating of the yeast and he did the rest on his own.
Kneading the dough.
Abbi helping with the toppings. Garlic salt, Parmesan, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds and salt.
The Best Part of the whole process -
Saturday, March 15, 2008
written by Caleb (14 yrs old)
So, Bandit, Oakley and I headed up the Cottonwood Canyon on our property. We saw five porcupines. One of them was so big I thought it was a black bear. I didn't know whether to run or get a closer look. I went closer and it ended up being a grand-daddy of a porcupine!! We also saw a lot of coyote, rabbit, deer and moose tracks. It was obvious a moose inhabited this canyon. There was lots of scat and tracks and she was also shedding lots of hair in the trees and all the other places she had been. Me and the dogs fought our way through a brushy part of the canyon. I was thankful when we finally got in the open. We were rounding this corner when... 50 yd ahead of us was a cow (female) moose . I told the dogs to sit. We watched her for awhile. She watched us. Then she suddenly started slowly walking straight at us. I slowly started backing up. Then .... she put her ears and her head down and rushed at me. It all happened very fast. The next thing i knew I was running at top speeds with the dogs by my side. It felt as if she was breathing down my neck. The shaking of the earth caused by this massive (at least 500 lb) moose got my adrenaline pumping !! I looked over my shoulder and the picture (from Google images) at the top of the page is pretty much what I saw!! I ran across a creek and jumped into a bush. I peeked out of the bush and saw that she had stopped on the opposite side of the creek. It looked as though she was trying to decide whether to cross the steep creek bank on the other side. I was sitting in that bush hoping and praying that she would turn around. But nope. She put her ears and head down again and headed at me one more time. I had no running left in me. There was no way I could stay ahead of that long legged moose for very long. I thought for sure this was the end of the road for me and that my work on earth was done. I was about to pray my last prayer when I had an idea. I said to Bandit, "Go get 'em boy!" . He, with Oakley at his heels went straight at the moose. The moose stopped in her tracks and shook her head and hooves at the dogs. While they were distracting her, I gathered up the energy I had remaining and ran. Ran for my life! The dogs caught up with me later with their tongues hanging out. I looked around and was grateful to be alive!!
I have learned to always bring my dogs when I go up into the mountains. They, especially Bandit, have saved me numerous times from harms gate. This was not the first time I have been charged by a moose . But, it is the closest I have been to my grave.
I just hope I won't have to experience too many more of these kind of encounters.
FYI - This is a true story written by Caleb. The picture, however, is something he found on Google images. I proofed his work but only the grammar part - periods, capitals etc. I did suggest he change one sentence and he did. But other than that, the credit for this writing goes to him.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
We had a great afternoon of learning things about books and the library. Miss Heather read a couple of cute books about the library and gave the children a quick overview of how books are put on the shelf. She gave us a tour and then each child was given a piece of paper with items to find in the library. A scavenger hunt! Fun!!!
The children designed their own book cover.
(Hudson on the right)
(Papa~ take note of which hand Dani is using)
And of course, Tess. She stayed busy gathering and dragging coats.
Fun afternoon at the Library!
(Caleb was at State Swim Meet so he was not here with us)
Awww, I love it!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
March 11, 2008
It was a perfect spring day of skiing. Temp was 48 degrees. A little overcast with some sunshine sprinkled in. Great snow and lots of it. A fun day just being with my friend, Erin and "tearing" up the mountain. One day a year of perfect skiing - I am set!! That's all I need.
To me, Deer Valley is the perfect ski resort. Here is why:
the staff carry your skis to and from your car, lotion in the bathrooms (very important), friendly staff, and NO snowboarders - just skiiers. Nothing against you snowboarders but it is nice to not have the worries of the boarders zipping around.
Well, not really. We stuck to the Blues and enjoyed every one of them.
Fabulous Day - Thank you Erin!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Even Tess loves sushi.
The diligent worker. Mr A. slicing the rolls and decorating the platters. A very fine job he does.
Caleb helping out with the rolling.
Weston showing Mr A. a card trick and Sawyer playing the drums with the chopsticks.
Lots of sushi!
And affordable and fun!!!
Oh, how we were full and very satisfied!