Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eat Your Leafy Greens

We found this cute bug outside our door yesterday afternoon. I haven't Googled it so I'm not sure what it is. (Perhaps a leafy bug?)

Humanitarian Home Evening

Say that three times fast! We had a great Family Night this past Monday. We put together some hygiene kits to donate to the Church's Humanitarian Center. The boys did a great job making sure each package had exactly what was needed. Good job, Boys!!


Let's hear it for the Hard Breads! So this post is a little late but after posting about Dan's family I had to give a shout-out to my crazy yet equally spectacular family.

We got together for Labor Day weekend. It was fun to be together. Thanks, Paul and Ericka!

Company Picnic

Last month we attended a company picnic at the Irvine Regional Park. We had such a great time. The boys enjoyed all of the activities!
~Thanks, Sares-Regis~

It's fun to stay at the.....

We stayed at a great lodge with great views
No reunion is complete with a parade. This year it was a costume parade!

There was also a hike to Bear Lake.
Jacob, Joshua, and I didn't go to the hike.
No reunion is ever complete without a medical mishap. This year we were the fortunate ones. Jacob had a nosebleed that wouldn't stop. After 10 minutes or so of constant pourage (sp?), Rachel and Sherrie took us to the Urgent Care. (Thanks again, ladies!) It finally stopped but we took it easy the rest of the time.

Family pictures are always in order....

Our cute little cousins
The Boys!
They all shared a room with lots of bunk beds.
The first night I wasn't sure where it was but I followed the smell of the stinky shoes and I found it just fine!

It got cloudy the morning we left but it was still just so beautiful.

We saw some elk. This bull elk was huge!!

We even got some snow on the drive home.

This is the longest tunnel I've ever been in.

We had a great time. We look forward to the next reunion!

South Carolina, here we come!!

But, not by car...:)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Colorado Trip: Part 1

Every year we have a family reunion for Dan's family. On the even years we have a WVB reunion. This is for all of the extended family on my mother-in-law's side. On the odd years we have a Hull reunion. This is for Dan's immediate family. Let me just say once again that I married into the most amazing family!!! I love Dan's aunts and uncles, cousins, in-laws, everyone! Every reunion we attend is like a preview of what the Celestial Kingdom will be like. I can honestly say that I would live in some family compound if it were ever necessary. It's always hard to say goodbye.

A few weeks ago we met at Estes Park, CO for a WVB reunion. We drove there and had such a fun time. We stopped in Grand Junction for a few days, then headed to the Glenwood Hot Springs, and then up to Estes Park. OK...Colorado is so beautiful!!! Simply breathtaking. I had never been to Colorado (unless you count the Denver airport, which is on the top of my list for favorite airports, by the way). Here are a few pictures of our trip:

This picture was taken on the top of the Grand Mesa Plateau. We took the Land's End road. Let me just say that I had never been so scared in my life. I was literally in tears by the time we got to the top. FYI, whenever a road on a map is printed in brown and is squiggly it means that it is not a paved road. It also means that it will wind up the several thousand feet you are ascending. It also means that even though your husband is going only 5mph it is indeed 5 mph too fast. The road kept getting narrower as we went along and the side of the cliff kept getting closer to us. Scary!!! But we made it to the top and the views were just breathtaking. I'm sure there is in analogy in there somewhere. (We took the black road on the way back)

The boys wanted to do some rock climbing so we pulled over and let them climb up the rocks.

This is what we saw when we got on our way after making a pit stop at the Glenwood Hot Springs. (Thanks Geoff and Sherrie!)

This is one of the tunnels we drove through. Thanks to Geoff we now know that when you drive in a tunnel you should honk the horn. It was fun!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dan!

Today is Dan's birthday. Can I just say that he's the best?!

34 Reasons why we love our husband/father:

1. He

2. is

3. always

4. making

5. sure

6. that

7. our

8. family

9. does

10. the

11. things

12. that

13. we

14. are

15. supposed

16. to

17. be

18. doing.

19. His

20. actions

21. make

22. it

23. clear

24. that

25. we

26. are

27. his

28. top

29. priority.

30. He

31. is

32. forgiving

33. when

34. his wife doesn't make him an amazing birthday gift/card.

Happy Birthday, Dan! We love you!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I'll update later.....

We are back from an amazing trip to Colorado. We were there for a family reunion. We had a great time while we were there but it will take me until tomorrow to feel caught up. So, I'm off to put away 3 laundry baskets of clothes, clean the kitchen, do a few more loads of laundry, and clean the kitchen again, all while whistling, of course.

ps. I don't know how to whistle. Can I hum instead?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Deep Thoughts

This post has nothing to do with how our family is doing. But this post is a glimpse into the workings of my brain. Sometimes Dan asks what it is I'm thinking and I reply, "Do you really want to know?" Or out of nowhere I say something and he'll wonder where that came from. So I will recount the 5 seconds before and how one thing led to another and how I eventually came to my comment. He always says I think too much. So here goes....

This is always a story that I remember from Jr. High. Whenever I think of this it makes me smile and I have to laugh. The other day I was telling the boys that we need to sync our clocks to the school's clocks because it seems that every clock in our house is different and I need to make sure they are getting to school on time. So thinking of this made me remember my Fourth Avenue Jr. High memory. I had Mrs. Shaw for 3rd period Literature. She didn't have a clock in her room because she didn't want the students staring at the clock during class. She believed that students should work right up until the bell. Well, Julio Vega, a friend since Kindergarten, had a watch that he set to beep at 3 minutes before the class ended. After a while the class caught on that the bell would ring a few minutes after Julio's watch beeped. This made Mrs. Shaw mad. Her entire plan of keeping students working until the bell was failing. One morning Julio told me that he set his watch to beep around 30 minutes into the class. That meant we would still have around 20 minutes or so before the end of class. When his watch beeped the entire class started to put their books away and they started getting ready to leave. Julio started laughing and Mrs. Shaw angrily told the class we still had 20 minutes. Julio was smiling and I still smile when I think of this.

Whenever my phone rings I always think that it will be a friend from 6th grade. I am convinced that Tiffany Gore will call me and she will ask if I still remember her and I will say, "Of course. You gave me a gold necklace for Christmas" and she will be so amazed at my excellent memory.
And if Tiffany Gore from 6th grade will call me, maybe Rebekah Gentry will call me. Or Kimmy Jaquin. These are just a few of the names that have popped into my head at random moments throughout the last 22 years.

My locker number in 7th grade was 117. My locker combination was 12-37-15. This is the only locker combination I remember. Scott Shelley had his locker next to mine and he had to teach me how to open a lock. I hadn't used one before.

The 4th graders at OC Johnson School always went roller skating for their end of the year party. (Debra Etlin didn't go skating because she got her tonsils out.) Theresa Montoya let me borrow 75 cents to buy a soda. I didn't pay her back until I was in high school.

There you have it....a very random sample of my brain.