Monday, August 12, 2013


Part of Dave's job at Emery Telcom includes providing services to Moab, UT.  Moab is a touristy little town about 2 hours from Price that has lots of mountain biking trails and areas to ride Jeeps and such around.  It is also just a couple of miles from Arches National Park.  Occasionally he has to go there to work on equipment in the middle of the night during a service window.  We have accompanied him on a couple of these trips and gotten a cheap mini vacation out of the deal.  We went on one such vacation at the end of May.  We got there in time on Friday night to go out to dinner and swim in the hotel pool.  Then the kids and I slept while Dave went to work for a couple of hours in the middle of the night.  The next morning we loaded up and went to Arches National Park.  We have been several times before but couldn't find any better suitable hikes for what we wanted to do and the time we had to spend.  It was a lot of fun and a very low stress vacation.  Minimal cost, travel, and time away from home!  This trip marked the beginning of a crazy summer of travel!
The mighty rock climbers

They made it!

A rare picture of the blog author!!

The kids kept finding fun places to squeeze into

Dave soaking in the sun


Many of our spring evenings were spent on the soccer fields watching Haylie and Zander play soccer.  This was the third time Haylie has played and the second time that Zander has played.  The first two times Haylie played I got roped in to being the coach for her team.  I don't know much about soccer but luckily their skill level didn't require a lot of knowledge.  This season, Carbon Rec called looking for a coach for Zander's team.  I had said over and over again that I wanted to just be able to go and watch my kids play and not worry about everyone else's kids for once.  They were desperate though and Dave told me he would help too so we decided to do it.  It turned out more Dave than me.  He did a wonderful job and I enjoyed being able to sit back and watch for once!  It was kind of a chilly spring so many of the games were cold and even rainy.  Here are a couple of pictures but they aren't the greatest.  It was tricky to get a good shot with just my phone.
Haylie did great. She scored a few goals, assisted in others, and even took a ball right to the face!

Zander like to run around the field but not necessarily after the ball!  He had fun but about drove Coach Dave crazy with his antics!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Zander turns 5

Zander turned 5 on April 10, 2013 and we celebrated with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party.  We had a lot of fun coming up with decorations and games for this party.  Zander had a big guest list and had several friends not be able to come.  We still had a good time with the friends that could come.  They ate pizza, had ninja turtle cupcakes, did a cake walk kind of game with pizza boxes, and of course, opened presents.  Grandma and Grandpa O were here the weekend before his birthday so we had a little mini party with them so he could open the gifts from them.  I can't believe my little man is 5!  He is such a joy to our family.  I am grateful for his quirky sense of humor and his exuberance!  If something excites Zander you will definitely know about it.  He has a very strong will and I pray that we can guide him in the right direction so he can be a force for good.  I know he was sent to us with that strong will for a reason.  I love him SO much!!
Ninja Turtle Cupcakes

Maybe he will learn how to pose for a picture for his 6th birthday!

Enjoying some pizza in true ninja turtle fashion

Cake walk with pizza boxes

The Gifts!

Ready for opening!

Ninja Turtle decorations

Easter 2013

I love carrying on traditions from my childhood with my children.  Coloring Easter eggs is one of those traditions that I have great memories of and hope that one day my kids do too. In addition to coloring Easter eggs this year, we celebrated Easter with a ward dinner and Easter egg hunt, and by getting visited by the Easter bunny who left Easter baskets for the kids.