Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Not too surprising since I booked the cabin, and we all know how I feel about Texas. It sure felt like home. It was a little cozy, but we were not planning on staying inside for the week. We went there to ride our ATVs in the National Forest. We were not disappointed with the fun trails we found.
Every night we ended up in the hot tub, of course. It helped our aching muscles from riding and hiking.
Family time is "the best".
Do you see the ATV that Karlee is on? Not much later than when I took this picture, Bailee observed Karlee flying through the air with the ATV flying over her. Karlee got a few scratches when she landed. The ATV got a front fender cracked and the back rack fell off later in the day. I'm sure the metal partially snapped when it landed. Totally messed it up but it still worked fine. Don't worry Karlee got up dancing and ready to ride some more.
The kids were aching to go hiking, mostly Mason. So off we went one morning. It was beautiful.
Everywhere we went the boys picked up sticks, we even brought home five for six. Do you see Brian's hiking stick? I don't think I got the top of it in the picture. I asked him to have it lean so it is easier to pick out. I should of had him lean it the other way. It still blends in.
I didn't realize that this trail was so rugged. The kids loved it and Carson did great.
Carson wanted to climb all by himself. There were a few spots that I held his hand. He kept leaning away from the mountain. I didn't want him to roll down into the stream.
There were a few times that Carson would fall asleep while we were riding. One afternoon we headed out with a chance of rain, and lucky us. . . it did. We all had fun. It kept Carson awake and were able to ride for an hour and a half straight. It was great! We did get cold, but no one complained because we didn't want to stop riding. Now that we have been riding in the National Forest I don't think any riding around our home will be good enough. We are ruined. I guess we will have to go to Oklahoma again. HOORAY!!!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
The next exciting news we received is that my nephew Jake received his mission call yesterday. (Jake it the one in the middle holding the slumped over baby. I'm guessing he's three.) He is going to China, Hong Kong! I am soo excited for him and the experiences he will be having. He will enter the mission home in Provo on May 20. He will be speaking Cantonese...so cool! He is the first of this generation to serve a mission. What a great example he is to his family. I am soo proud of you Jake for deciding to serve a mission. I hope there are many of your cousins that follow your example.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Carson so wanted to do gymnastics too. You have to be four years old. In the fall I'm sure he'll get his chance.
None of the still pictures came out very good of Karlee, so I actually have quite a few video clips.
Of all the sports Mason has tried, this has been his favorite. One of my favorites too, six weeks long and only once a week. Very doable with a busy family.
Well, to my surprise, Brian shows up in the evening with flowers! I was totally blown away. Even though we had already celebrated our anniversary, he said that he couldn't stay away. He said that something is wrong with being away on our anniversary. I couldn't agree more.
BTW, this is the third time he has bought me roses in five months. I just might be spoiled! Thanks Bri!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This has become one of my favorite concerts for band. When McKinzie was in band, she played the flute, she always sat in front. With Bailee playing percussion, it is rare that we can even see her, let alone know for sure what she is playing. At concerts, you know that the percussion adds to the piece, you just don't get to hear the potential of the students or the instrument they are on. At "a night of percussion" the students get to show off their talents. There are many solos and duets, but mostly the bands from both middle schools and the high school play some amazing pieces. In the clip above they are playing "1812 Overture". I hope you enjoy the music.
Great job Bailee!!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I can't believe I forgot to post this. This is Kinzie and her boyfriend Jeff. They went to Snowball a few weeks ago at her high school. I think she will have only one more high school dance left, that's sad but also a relief. Finding a dress is always a challenge. Especially when her parents won't budge on the standards. But somehow she always finds a dress that pleases all of us and she always looks beautiful!