Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday in San Diego

Today we went to downtown San Diego and visited the USS Midway (Aircraft Carrier). Really neat!  Thank you Dan and Lizzie for being great hosts.  Joseph and I had a blast with you and your cute little boys.

This is a federal prison right in downtown San Diego.  Pretty crazy.  I've never heard of such a thing, until now.

This is a random shop we passed by on our way to the aircraft carrier.  Interesting name, huh?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving in San Diego

Joseph and I decided to drive out to Lizzie's place in San Diego for Thanksgiving. We've been having fun out here enjoying the beautiful weather and the great company, especially the two little boys.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn on the cob, stuffing, rolls, and pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting and ice cream.  What a feast!

The men doing the dishes after dinner.  Actually Dan and Elizabeth spent hours and hours preparing the feast, so it was the least we could do.

Soren and Anders listening to music on my ipod.  I could hardly get them to look at the camera because they were so concentrated on the music.

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Sunday, August 31, 2008


I spent this past week visiting Sara and Jarem and their boys in Oregon. Elizabeth had been there for a week already, with her two boys, by the time I got there. Sara had her baby (Jude) on the 13th of August and we all converged on their place to help out and have some fun. I have to say (and I think I already mentioned this in a previous blog) that mothers (and fathers) are absolutely amazing. I was exhausted every day from being around those little bodies and I didn't even do the diaper changing and feeding. I admire my sisters and their husbands, as well as my own great parents. I can't praise you enough.

Anyway, on with the pictures. It was a fun week.

Diapers need changing anytime and anywhere, and we're not keeping this thing in the car, fine or no fine.

With nephews Ari and Anders at Multnomah Falls, the second-highest, year-round waterfall in the nation.

Multnomah Falls

Ari was more interested in playing with the chains along the trail.

The upper falls

We realized there was no way we were going to take three little kids with us all the way to the top, so I took off to see what it was like up there. This is the view from the top.

This is also what it's like at the top. I love the moss-covered trees (moss-covered everything!). This could be a scene from Twilight. By the way, I loved the weather in Oregon. It was cool, misty, cloudy, and a little rainy at times. I guess I just like the fact that it was cool.

Why are you taking so many pictures of me?

Don't even think about touching my chain.

He got my chain!

He's holding onto the lock that keeps the chain hooked onto the wood. I took a minute to try to get him to say "Lock". I emphasized the "L" and he sure caught on, tongue and all. "LLLLock".

Soren liked the chains too.

We went to a beach along the Oregon coast. Now this is my kind of beach. Cloudy, cold, misty. :) I don't care about sitting out and tanning for hours. I just want some interesting scenery.

There was a huge sand hill on the beach. Some used it for sandboarding (like snowboarding, but on sand).

The first time I told Soren, Anders, and Ari not to throw sand at each other Elizabeth looked at me and said something like, "Ha, good luck with that one." Obviously I'm not experienced with little kids on the beach. I think all three got some sand in their eyes, in their shoes, in their diapers, etc. It wasn't too bad.

This was a dangerous move. If you get close to little kids on the beach you might get sand in your diaper too.

Hey Jude! You know, I usually think that newborn babies are a little boring (they just cry and poop) and that they look like aliens at first, but I loved this little body. He is such a big baby that he can hold his head up on his own and he already looks around a lot.

He's also following in his brother's footsteps. He already has quite a few different faces.

"Mom! I'm hungry!"

I was very gently patting him on the back when Lizzie (Elizabeth) told me they like it much harder. It helps with the burping, I guess.

One night we strapped him to my chest and Lizzie, Sara and I went for a walk. He was moving around and making noises for a bit, but quickly fell asleep for the rest of the walk.

What a cute little guy!

After dropping Lizzie, Soren, and Anders off at the airport (they went back to San Diego a day before I came back to Provo), Jarem and I went to the Portland Temple. It's a beautiful place, but I have to admit I didn't get much out of our visit. We were exhausted! We had to get up around 4:00 in the morning to get Lizzie to her early flight.

This one doesn't have anything to do with Oregon, but I didn't want to do a whole new blog for one picture. Dad, Joseph, Uncle Don and I went to the first BYU football game of the season. It was against Northern Iowa and was a pretty easy win. This was the first time in a while for me to "rise and shout" for the Cougars.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

1812 Overture!

Friday night Mom, Dad, Granny, Uncle Don, Aunt Judy, Joseph, Bonnie, and I went up to Park City to meet Zach and Brian for dinner. Brian won a trip from his work and they were staying at a nice lodge there. We ate some delicious Thai food, the name of which I cannot pronounce or even remember. After dinner we went back to the lodge and played Rook. Joseph, Bonnie, and I stayed to play a game of Phase 10 after the others drove back to Provo, but we ended up stopping the game when it got late and everyone got sick of playing.

Saturday night Mom, Dad, Ashley, and I went right back up to Park City to attend the opening of the Deer Valley Music Festival. The Utah Symphony performed a variety of songs and it was a fantastic night of music. My favorites were the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Piano Man, the Tribute to Elvis, and of course the 1812 Overture. They even had real cannons for the Overture.

With Dad at the lodge

Dad, Zach, and Joseph outside the lodge

Playing Rook

These are the cannons they used during the 1812 Overture. They may have been small but they were pretty loud.

If you pay $60 per ticket you can sit in the seats near the stage. Personally I think it's much more fun to lay out a blanket and watch the show picnic style.

Mom and Dad

The wheels on that cannon are original wheels from the Civil War. That man let Ashley and me come into the cannon area and he talked to us about the cannons.

He let me wear his hat too!

The four of us relaxing on our blankets. Everyone brings food and games. One group even had a blender (must have been battery-powered) to make martinis.

Keeping the sun off my face. Look at the kid next to me. That was me 15 years ago.

This particular cannon looked the best to me.

The only distraction was the gay couple sitting in front of us. They weren't shy.

Sunset at Deer Valley

During the Tribute to Elvis a lot of us got up and danced to the music. Mom decided it was a good time for a nap.