Monday, January 13, 2014

If you don't like the sight of blood...

then don't continue reading any further. 

It was not a normal morning. I got Indy and Emerson off to school, went to get back in bed to read my scriptures when I got a text from Indy. He said there was a deer stuck in our neighbor's fence.  I actually thought he meant across the street. Well, he meant our next door neighbor. And the fence is right outside our garage side door. 

It was not a pretty picture. The deer was still alive. It didn't impale itself. It was obviously jumping over the fence but its back leg didn't make it and then its hoof got caught in a rung. It had probably been stuck all night. Poor thing. You could tell it was really tired because it couldn't stand up any longer. I ran inside and called Orem Animal Control. They arrived within about 15 minutes. Obviously they had to put it down. 

Not a fun way to start my day…

Hopefully it snows sooner than later to cover up all that blood. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Eyelashes no more

A new year is a good time to start out fresh right?? I don't know why but I decided to take off my eyelash extensions. Don't get me wrong. I really loved having them most of the time. But, some days, I wanted to pull them all out one by one!! And it wasn't all that fun to keep up with them. The girl who did mine was quite reasonably priced but it usually took 1 1/2-2 hours to get them filled about every month.

It was quite a shock to look in the mirror at first. But,  now---almost 2 weeks later,  it isn't as bad as I thought. I may actually keep them off for a while. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sledding on Boulder

Nice jumpsuit.

Mae slept almost the whole time!

We took the kids up on Boulder Mountain one afternoon for a little sledding. We only had a few good working sleds so everyone had to take turns. But Kam kept the jump nice and groomed while the kids did their tricks. It was a beautiful, sunny day---perfect for the occasion. 

Ranch Christmas

Mae hiding in the favorite hiding cabinet...

The cousin gift exchange.

I am so bad at taking pictures-----meaning no skills AND not actually getting around to take them. So this is all  I've got for Christmas this year. 

But it was a great time. The only ones missing were Derik, April and family. April was just wrapping up her last round of chemo so she wasn't up to traveling this holiday. 

There was quite a bit of snow in Grover which made it picture perfect. I didn't feel like I watched enough Christmas movies, ate enough treats or took enough naps. Oh well. There's always next year. And, by next Christmas, Montana will already be home! Weird!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The BEST Christmas present ever (at least until next year)

I didn't care about anything else but talking to these 2 missionaries yesterday. We had to Skype over at the Hale house so we could use their wifi. I was so nervous that there were going to be complications or that we wouldn't be able to Skype. But, in the end, it all worked out perfectly. We talked to Finn for 45 minutes and Montana for about an hour. It was awesome! They both seemed happy and content. It was absolutely worth every sitting in that freezing cold house!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Missionary Service Project

We got an email from Finn's mission president a few weeks ago asking us, as parents, to send a small gift to the mission for a zone gift exchange they'll be doing for Christmas. They gave a list of suggestions of things that many missionaries would like----things like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant etc. My brain started turning. I decided to get my family in on the project and collect as many of those things as we could and put them on a truck to McAllen in time for the zone conference. 

The picture above is only a sampling of the amount of supplies we gathered. We ended up with about 100 pounds worth of goods. Hopefully, not having to buy these things for a month or so will help some of the missionaries in Texas.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


 I only have one picture from Thanksgiving weekend in St. George. And it's not a good picture but it's a pretty funny one.

I'm sure my sister Kaci would not be happy that I'm posting this picture. But I love Will's face. Here we are at Thanksgiving dinner at Players. Will and Ethan don't really want to have anything to do with any of the food. But Aaron is insisting that Will eat so many bites of sweet potato before he can have any pumpkin pie. So here Will is, crying his eyes out, while he gags down a few bites. I should have gotten the after pic when he was happily eating his pumpkin pie-----tears still in his eyes. 

Holidays sometimes bring out the very worst in kids….and parents.