Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

luckiest day in 100 years.

Today, my favorite day in 100 years, I think about all the wishes I have made, living below the beautiful Ben Lomond Peak, and now behind her against Willard Peak I make wishes for my kids. Last month we hiked to the top of Old Ben. And I felt this tangible thrill, my goodness, I have waited so long to stand on top of her Peak, and look at the vast valley below. I pushed ahead of the group, and make it to the top first, and took a minute with just me and that lucky mountain. The one that protected me from the wind, caught my white bees in the winter, and colored the landscape in the fall. Standing on top of the mountain, I realized the triple vantage point of my hometown, my college town, and where I now call home. And then I looked up, to the massive sky above, and saw another vantage point, the one that God has over all of us, and knew, on that day, and today, the luckiest day in 100 years, that I was blessed and watched over.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

a day with mom

The kids and I spend a day with my mom yesterday and had the best time. We went to "This is the Place" park, then to a lovely and so yummy restaurant called Oasis, and then to the kids favorite park in SLC, Memory Grove Park. We walked up the long trail next to the creek and looked and the leaves that had changed color, and wow, it all took our breath away. The kids each got cookies as big as Frisbee's at the restaurant, and ate them as we all walked along the trail. I loved the whole day!

On the way there I got pulled over by the highway patrol for going faster than the 65 mile speed limit. I always feel like I wanna cry when I get in trouble like that. Dang it! But he was so nice, and just said to slow down and be careful. WHEW! I have never gotten out of a ticket. Maybe it helped that my mom was with me. She made the day so fun, and I am always grateful to have her nearby to go on adventures with me and the kids.

Monday, October 10, 2011

writing, writing, writing

I am writing each and every night after the kids go to bed, and I love it! I feel like there really is a story in me, and I just need to make sure that I am telling it with enough interest and fun dialog to capture the attention of the reader. I am hoping to be done by Christmas. Go! Go! Go! Is all I think about!
 In other news, Emma is now in the gifted and talented program in Box Elder! YEAH!!!! She really needs this. She absorbs information in such a different way, and is a perfectionist with what she does. I am thrilled that she will get this valuable education. I took her this morning and dropped her off at the school where they have the program and the teacher was so enthusiastic. Today will be a good day!

Monday, September 26, 2011

a big milestone!

Hayden turned 12 this week, and it was such a great few day. He was so happy to 1st, pass hunters safety, 2nd get his first gun!!, and 3rd, to get ordained into the Priesthood. We loved having all of our family there for such a special day yesterday, followed by such a fun visit and dinner. We are so fortunate to have family that supports us so well during these big milestones. In another 12 years Hayden will be in a completely different phase of life, and that really seems so far away. But, I know how fast these last 12 have gone, so it is time to take advantage of each and every day. I still remember bringing him home from the hospital and touching his tiny toes and watching his tiny face and knowing that he was very special.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

what 40 is!

My sister Jeannie turned 40 a few weeks ago.
40 is pretty smart! And pretty! And the life of the party. She is happy, and helpful, and loyal and sincere. :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

that'll do.

I am not an animal lover. I must confess. But I am a lover of those who love animals. Like my kids. And my husband. It feels like...the last few years have been laced with the pets that too soon left our lives. Even if that 'too soon' was more than twenty years like our dear horse Tory.


When an animal falls ill beyond hope...the last thing that feels right is keeping them alive. When we left for San Diego, our lab, black as night whose name is Cole, got very sick. When we returned, there was almost nothing left of him. Except. His happy black face. And, his will to want to please the kids and Kory. And of course, his appetite for strawberries. He seemed fine, until you looked at him sideways. And saw that he was nothing but skin and dog bones.

Years back Cole ran away from home one day, chasing the smell of things beyond our green grass. We looked for him for days. High and low. Far and wide. It seemed the dog was gone forever. We all cried, and felt so sad that his reddish brown collar did not have his name around his neck, so someone would find him and bring him back to us.

In a last ditch effort, Emma and I went to the pound one last time, after several days of looking. We walked into the barking carnival, and down at the far end we could see a dog, as black as railroad coal, jumping for the sky. "It's ME, It's ME!" He must have said in dog language! Emma and I could not believe our eyes. It really WAS him!! He jumped so high that day he nearly cleared the dog kennel they had him in. Never has there been a happier dog. Or a happier little girl. My Emma and I shared a few tears that day, and when we called Kory, his voice cracked when we told him we had found our dog at long last.

And so. On Wed when Cole collapsed. With no strength. We knew. That his life was nearly over. Hayden cried so hard it broke my heart. Emma's tears fell fast, and Kory and I sat there with our eyes filled to the brim. For a brief moment Cole lifted his head long enough for me to snap a picture. And Hayden said, "I had some hope right then Mom that Cole was going to be ok." But Hayden knew. And we all knew. That Cole's happy tail, his shiny black coat, and his appetite for strawberries, would have to wag on in heaven.

That'll do Cole. That'll do.

The kids say goodbye to Cole.

Kory, Wiley, and Cole in 2009.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Welcome to BC Angel Moroni.

On Tuesday the kids and I waited in the rain. Then waited in the wind. Then waited in the sun. Then went and got some snacks. Then waited while eating doughnuts. And visited while waiting. Then pushed the baby to rock her to sleep. Then waited some more. And more.

And then, the moment happened, and Angel Moroni was hooked up to the crane. His flight had begun! The horn was blown from the top of the crane! They were ready for him!! The crowd erupted!! The missionaries started singing! I jumped up and down! The baby was still sleeping.

And I got chills. And for a moment,I thought, "This is what it must have felt like to be an early member of the church...when all the first temples were buing built." Such awe.

What a great, wonderful, amazing day to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint in Brigham City Utah!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Boogie. Boogie. Laugh. Laugh.

I loved, loved, loved watching James and Hayden and Emma boogie together. It was priceless. Bring on the waves!!

San Diego! I love you!

Such a fun family trip to San Diego! We loved being with Jut and Abs and the boys. There are a few times as a mother that you just sit back and watch your kids having the time of their life...and watching Hayden and Emma in the ocean for the first time ever was one of those moments. Hayden's laugh the first time he caught a wave on the boogie board is forever etched in my mind. Emma running around the beach catching tiny sand crabs, and Maggie running from the waves...these are the things I will remember from our trip to San Diego. Thank you to Justin and Abbie for sharing their CA life with us!! They were such good hosts and made us feel so welcome.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

20 year spin.

I loved loved loved going to my 20 year HS reunion! The thing is though, I had nervous anxiety for a few weeks prior to the event. All that pressure!! Meeting up with people I had not seen in years, and what would they think of me?? Turns out, I had nothing to be worried about. 20 years seems to put everyone on the same level. I had a few amazing moments that made the reunion worthy of writing a great story.
And one day, I will do just that.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Very Lucky Friday the 13th

The best part about today was that Toots had her new baby boy this morning! I just luv my sista and am so proud of her for having five kids and being such a good mom!! YEAH for babies!!! Welcome Truman!!!

Tonight my sista Jeannie & Steve and fam met me and Hayd and Maggs at Willard Bay for some fun in the sun. Dad brought over the 1969 motor boat, which we were DYING at how awesome it was! And he took us for a couple long rides around the lake. He recently rebuilt the entire engine, making it as good as new. Everything in the boat is original, and Jeannie and I were laughing that the last time we were in that boat was when Grandpa H had it and it was kinda 'new'. Maggs fell fast asleep in the boat, she was pretty worn out. It was soooo much fun! Can't wait to do it again!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

one day.

One day I would like to have someone throw a party. Just for me. One day I would like to be pampered from head to toe. And then taken shopping in a limo. Just because. One day I would like to fly to the moon. And back again. On my lunch break. One day I would like to wish on a star from Greece or throw a penny in a lucky pool in Rome. One day I would like to let all my cares go down the drain, and plant flowers all day long. One day I would like my kitchen to stay clean, my bed to stay made, and my hair to stay in place. But today. I will not think about one day. Only today.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

back at it.

I have not been running since November. So yesterday, I decided to wake up and go for a short run. It was really tough! I loved it though, and now that the weather is warming up I am going to try and go more often. I am going to allow myself winter off from running each year. It probably makes things harder to get back into, but if I give myself permission to stop running during the coldest months, then I won't beat myself up each time I skip running. Anyway, that is my plan. Run from March-mid November. Then do something indoors for the other four months.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hayden's last game.

Hayden loooooves basketball. However, his team...they were not winners this year. They beat one team, and one team only. They did however, improve game after game. Hopefully this summer we will be able to put Hayden in the Utah State Basketball camp so he can learn some sweet moves.

The four walls go up.

The BC Temple is starting to take shape! It is so cool to drive by and see the progress that is being made.