Monday, December 3, 2007

Elmo and Nemo

A couple of Willie's favorite kid icons. He picked out "Melmo" shoes at Wal-mart with Mom. Luckily they were the least expensive shoes that we had found for him. He also has an affinity for watching Nemo since being sick last week. He and Dad were laying on the couch and watched Nemo several times. We promise Will is not becoming the ultimate consumer. He just likes some of the catchy advertising.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Country Man Willie

We thought this was a pretty cute picture. Old Willie might have a greater chance of growing up a cowboy than any of his cousins. Living in Cache Valley just kind of plants country seeds in people. Now we need to find him a horse.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Here are some (late) pictures from Halloween. Willie was a skunk, again, since it still fit him, and he doesn't care what he is! It was a lot of work, mostly for mummy, so it should get two years use out of it!
All the pictures I could get of him were him leaving. We went and got a sucker next door, and he kept wanting to go back. He also hated wearing the hat, so I was lucky to get one picture with the hat on.
We went to the Sheriff's office and they had some trick-or-treating there. It was nice because then Reed, who had to work, could do some trick-or-treating with us. Willie was funny. I don't think he knew that he had all that candy in his hands, or he would have chewed the wrappers off!
Here is the pumpkin that Reed carved:

Here is Willie's room. He no longer has clouds and yellow walls. It only took us 5 years to do it!

And lastly, here is what you get when you dip everything, including beets, in ketchup:

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Willie's Goose Egg

Well today Will was climbing like normal, the only problem was that he was climbing on a stool which held a very large potted plant. You can probably figure out what happened next. Needless to say he was in trouble. Once Dad determined that little William would survive the accident and had stopped crying and screaming Willie was sentenced to time-out on the couch. During his time-out session we took pictures of his new goose egg. Poor Willie

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Reed graduated the Police Academy this past week. He is now officially all done with all the schooling that he will need. Since he started this school right after he graduated USU, he will finally be able to relax and enjoy the fact that he has no more school. Willie and I will also be able to see him a little more!
Here are some pics from graduation:

And this is what Willie does when you say, "guess who's coming? Grandma and Grandpa are coming!"

Congratulations Reed! We are proud of you and happy you are done :)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

A few things...

So, a few random things that I have been thinking about lately:
I really do like my job. It is really nice being able to only work 4 hours, and be gone for that amount of time, compared to last year. It is nice being closer to work, and being able to do all of my prep work at home. I have enjoyed being able to teach different subjects like Biology (thanks to Em) and English. Maybe I should go get endorsed in those subjects so I can teach them someday :) We are getting a second teacher starting Monday. That will be nice, so instead of teaching 5 subjects (upper and lower math, biology, upper and lower english), I will only have to teach 3 (lower math and English, Biology). Now that you know I enjoy teaching English, you should know it is the reading books part, not the grammar etc. So you don't need to tell me what errors I have in my blogs. I'm not an English major, after all!
I'm glad that Reed and I can work it out so one of us is home with Willie. Thanks mom for filling in though, while Reed has finished his classes.

The last of the tomatoes and peppers-one last batch of salsa to make

Home Sweet Home-
So Reed and I are always thinking about where we want to live next. I do like our home and our yard, however, we would like to one day (who knows, 15 years?) move to a place where it is more stable-not so many neighbors moving in and out. We have always said we would like to buy a bigger piece of land, an acre or so?, and build a little house on it. But I've been thinking it might be nice to live "downtown" so we are closer to everything instead of out in "the country." So what do you think: an older house in the pretty part of "downtown" Logan. (around center street for those of you who know Logan) or out in the country with a big lot in Lewiston or Newton or somewhere out there...Again, not that this is happening at all, just something to think about.

The Weather Outside is...-
It is such a pretty time of year! I went for a jog last night and it was the perfect weather-shorts and a long-sleeve t-shirt that had to come off 1 mile into the run. My body is very efficient at keeping me warm:) It was so nice out, half the population was at priesthood, so I had the roads to myself. We took a drive today so Reed could sleep and I could listen to conference and the Wellsvilles are so pretty! Bright red the bottom half, and the top half is white with snow...I like living here.

Walmart (my least favorite place! And yes, Logan is getting a second one)-
I had to go to Walmart yesterday, and I think it is the best form of birth control! I always come away from there thinking that maybe one or two kids is enough! It's just all the whining and bratty kids and the parents at the end of their ropes. Maybe I shouldn't say anything though, because I only have 1 child, and the only things he can say are: belly! toes! eyes! etc etc. I just have to remember that the only safe time to go to Walmart is at 5 A.M. when nobody is awake yet.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

More pictures...

Life is good! I just wanted to post a couple of pictures. Sorry Grandma, I know you will be mad, but I think these two pictures are so cute!

Willie and Daddy swinging. (I guess Daddy isn't swinging...)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

A Day of Surprises!

Today was a day filled with several great surprises.

I came home from work (by the way, I really like my job!) to find that Reed had mowed and edged, cleaned the garage, cleaned our closet, and cleaned the closet downstairs with all of our backpacking/camping gear so the closet now closes!

Then, after several hours, I got a phone call from my principal who told me that my students have to go to Brigham City tomorrow all day, so I don't have to go in and teach! He said it is still a "teaching" day and I should use it to prep, but I can do it at home. yeah!

The last nice surprise is that we had a great thunder/lightening storm, and quite a bit of rain. Not just the normal 5 minutes of hard summer rain, but an hour or so of rain. Now I don't have to water.

What a great day!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Catch Up

So it's been a while since I have posted, and I have a bunch of pictures to share from the summer, which is drawing to a close.
We will start with some good Willie teething phots. He has gotten four new teeth this summer, and along with the teeth comes the drool (note his glimmering chest above) and the snot. Enjoy!

Here are some pictures from a park in River Heights. It has this whole area for 2-5 year olds. It's great. There are slides and bridges, sandboxes and swings, and a set of chimes. (Willie is plaing the chimes in the first picture.)

This is a picture of Willie doing one of his favorite things lately. You ask him if he want to go rock with a book and he will bring a book up the the rocking chair and climb up on the chair and read his book.

And to wrap up the post, here are some of my summer projects that I have done. (Note: I use the term "Summer" very liberally, these are projects that I may have started back in December, but just got done in the summer!)

Here is our railing we painted black to match the front door. (It used to be white, but I really like the black!)
The quilt I made for Reed. This is one of those 7 month projects.
Here are the Roman Shades I made for our kitchen doors to try and help it stay cooler in the afternoon.

And what do you do with that space under your deck that used to be a sandbox that you have tried to grow stuff in? Well, put a sandbox in, of course!

Do you notice the part of his grilled cheese that he didn't eat? Honestly, I don't know where he learns things from!

And here is a good night picture from Will!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

My Famous Sister-in-Law

Check out my famous sister-in-law: Very cool, Sara! Congrats

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Endangered Rings

Click here for some cool free ring tones. I don't know how to get them on my phone, but I'm sure you who are more technically smart can figure it out. There are some fun sounds on this site.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Call For Books

So come Fall, I have to teach English, Science, Math, and Social Studies. I have been trying to brush up on my History and Science (red shift and blue shift? Who remembers this stuff?) And I am trying to remember or come up with any books that I can use for my students. They are middle/high school aged, but most of their reading levels are below grade level. I have a couple that are pretty high. Anyway, I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions-both books that you had to read for school, or books you think teenage boys would enjoy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Summer Pictures

We went camping the last couple of days. Will had a lot of fun the first day. He had so much fun, he refused to sleep, so you can see how he felt in the morning...We found a chair just for him and he liked to sit in it and kick his legs.
The night before...
He craweld in the kennel himself...maybe he should have slept in there!

The morning after...

Some summer dinner pics

Sunday, June 10, 2007

just a few things...

So it's been a while since I've posted...
-We went to Yellowstone with the school and it was a lot of fun. We started out the trip with Wilie dislocating his elbow while walking with Dad. He just dropped his feet while Reed was holding his hand. We stopped at the ER in Franklin county-bad mistake. The doctor told us he fixed it, and Will may have stretched ligaments, that's why he still couldn't move his arm and cried when he tried. Two hours later, Willie was still crying and in obvious pain. We then went to Idaho Falls, where, while waiting in the ER, Willie fell down, caught himself with his hands, and immediately was able to use his arm. All fixed! Yellowstone was very pretty. It was cold though. It snowed on us the first day. We saw a lot of bison, a bald eagle, a bear, and a coyote. Here are a few pictures...
Notice what Willies comfort toy of choice was to play with while he fell asleep...who needs stuffed animals!

-Summer is here! I've decided one of the best things about being home and not working or going to school is that I don't have as many deadlines! I don't have to get laundry done, bathrooms cleaned etc. because I have to go to work tomorrow, or I have class. If I do get it done today, then great, if not, I can do it the next day...

-I got a new job for next year. It is a school for sex-offenders. It is a placement for them, and it is residential. It is only about a mile from my house, which is really nice. There are several benefits and drawbacks. It pays more, it is closer to home, my principal is awesome, I will only have between 8 and 10 students, and I will be gone a little less. The drawbacks is that it will be a lot of work the first year because I am teaching four different subject areas-math, science, english, and history. I think it will be good and a great learning experience for me.

-I printed off a workout without weights to do at home after Willie goes to sleep. I have done a lot of weight lifting workouts in my life, and I have to admit I laughed to myself when I read this one. I thought it would be good, even if it was too easy. At least it might help me not be so jelly. I did it yesterday, and I am very sore! I couldn't do all of the different pushups-and I wasn't putting my feet on a bench or anything. I am most sore in my calfs of all places from doing calf raises! Now, I know I haven't lifted for a long time, but I didn't think I would be this bad! I encourage you to try it. I am going to try and keep it up for a couple of weeks and see if there is any improvement. Now you who live in the land of hills, I'm sure your legs will not get sore at all from doing the calf raises, as you probably already have "cougar calves."