Friday, June 27, 2008


Got this idea from my friend Mary's blog. Looked like fun, so here goes....

Here are the directions:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Catch Up

This post is all about catching up on stuff that I should have blogged about long ago but didn't. Some (all) of these pics are just too great for me not to show off, so here goes (prepare yourself - it's a long one):

Tate had his second preschool graduation (he had one last year too). His teacher Miss Kerry, had each child come up individually and before giving them their certificate she talked about the child's accomplishments, attitudes, attributes, etc. She had so many kind things to say about Tate and it really made me feel good. Yes, when it comes to my kids I have a lot of pride. She said that he always has good manners, that he has an outstanding concept of shapes including three dimensional shapes, that he is an excellent reader and already reading at kindergarten 8th month level, that he is a leader, always kind and helpful to all the children, and that he constantly talks about his daddy. We really liked Miss Kerry's school and are grateful for all she taught Tate.

Tate finished his first season of T-Ball, and did start to like it a little bit. His favorite position to play was catcher, even though the catcher equipment was so big he could hardly move, let alone see the ball or pick it up. It was always quite funny to watch though. He was so proud to get his trophy at his closing ceremony. We celebrated with his team afterward with pizza and cupcakes at the park. A good time was had by all.

For Mothers Day John and the boys gave me tickets to the Keith Urban & Kenney Chesney concert. John bought two tickets, but never intended on going with me, he wanted me to take my sister - so sweet. Katie and I had a great time. I asked her several times throughout the night if she was embarrassed to have her older sister acting like such a goofy teenager - she said no, and screamed and danced right along with me. We had great seats on the floor and could see pretty well. Needless to say we had a fabulous time, and we both commented what nice jeans Keith Urban was wearing - WOW he is a good looking man! Don't worry, John knows I think he's HOT! It was so fun to party with my sister.

We have made some major and exciting improvements to our home. John painted a blue harlequin pattern in the family room to go with our new comfy sectional. I had been so tired of my denim couches for quite some time, but I'm not rid of them yet. If anyone knows of someone who needs couches they are sitting in my garage. We also finally got a stainless steel dishwasher to match our other appliances and believe it or not, it actually washes the dishes! I have always just had the crappy dishwasher that came with the house, and I never knew that a good dishwasher actually does its job. Our biggest home improvement was the wall of cabinets that John installed while I was in Oregon. He told me he was working on a surprise, but wow, I was not expecting that. This was also something we'd wanted to do for a while, but never had. It more than tripled the cabinet space in our kitchen, and I am still trying to fill it up. I have such a talented husband!

Jack turned two on the 12th. We celebrated with the grandparents at Red Robin with a free kids meal and then walked over to Krispy Kreme to get Jacks free dozen donuts. (Sign up on Red Robin's website, and just walk in to Krispy Kreme. Also sign up on Coldstone Creamery's website for a free love it size, and Baskin Robbins for a free scoop. I love free stuff!) Katie made Jack an adorable gelato cake, and Jack blew out the candle at least five times. He loved all of his presents, but especially liked the bubble gun from Grandma Elaine, and the animal books from Grandma Chapman.

Last but not least, John had two days of celebration with his birthday on Saturday and Fathers day on Sunday. Tate picked out some awesome plaid shorts for him, which he surprisingly likes. His big gift from all of us was a Nintendo Wii, which I'd been able to keep a secret for over a month. He was extremely surprised and way excited. He and Tate have played it almost everyday. John is such a good husband and dad. He works so hard for our family, but he schedules his time so that he can still spend time with us. He is very helpful with the boys and is always willing to help his family, friends, neighbors and ward members, as well as random strangers at Home Depot. He shares his advice with anyone who will listen and can tell you all the right ways to paint a room, hang a ceiling fan, install a light, refinish cabinets and many other things. He is so talented and willing shares his talents with others. I love my Sweet husband and am so grateful for him. We celebrated Fathers Day at Brent's new home, and I didn't get any pics of John, but I got some cute ones of Jack and his cousin Evie and Papa John.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rainy Days in Oregon

Tate and I spent last week at my brother's house in Oregon City, Oregon. We went to help Jason recover from surgery - but mostly to save him from ultimate boredom. As his wife puts it quite appropriately, "He is well enough to be bored, but not well enough to do anything." We were able to drag him along with us to ride the ferry across the river and see the tree climbing goats at FirPoint Farms - but he pretty much stayed in the car. Despite the fact that it rained every day, we did have a good time and it was very nice to spend time with Jason and Liberty. We're still trying to figure out why they like Oregon so much - we were more than happy to come home to the dry Arizona heat!

This is Tate and I on Noah's Arc at FirPoint Farms

Instead of a Ball Pit they have a Nut House full of Hazel Nut's. It was alot of fun to play in, but the best part was finding nuts in our pants for the rest of the day!

Tate and Aunt Liberty next to the giant Tepee.

So the whole point of this trip to FirPoint Farms was to see the goats climb the trees. What is supposed to happen is you put some food in this little cup on a pully. The goats walk up the ramps to the top, pull the rope themselves to bring up the food and we get really excited. Well that didn't happen. A big group of kids had gotten there before us and the goats were full so they could not be enticed to work for a treat.

I just thought this was really pretty. I wonder how long something like this would last in our AZ heat.

Here we are on the ferry. The operators probably thought we were crazy to get out both times in the rain to take pictures, but hey - I'd never been on a ferry!

Liberty's sister Becky took Tate and I on the Oregon City elevator - the only vertical street in the US.

Becky kept Tate entertained all week. She played games with him, took him to the park, let him follow her around, and let him help finish building a new gate for Uncle Jason's backyard - which Tate promply left his mark on by attempting to write his name. Becky caught him after just the "T", so now Jason & Liberty can think of Tate every time they use their new gate.

Liberty has a beautiful garden with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, zucchnis, greenbeans and pumpkins. Unfortunately none of them were ready to eat. Tate helped Liberty check their progress everyday, and was so excited that one of the strawberries was starting to turn red.

Thanks Jason and Liberty for entertaining us - We love you guys!