Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The end of April, Ryan bought me a plane ticket to fly home for my nephew Caleb's baby blessing on May 17th to surprise my sister Crescent. It was a fabulous trip. Lara picked me up from the airport and we just showed up at Cresy's house. She was completely surprised and speechless. Abby actually remembered me and gave me a big hug.

That little girl is the cutest thing alive. It was a fabulous weekend filled with good family time. We went to the new library with Abby, and she loves books and was jabbering away about all kinds of things. We played lots of games with her and I had to brush up on my sign language in order to have a clue what she was saying/signing. I wanted to take her home with me.

Saturday night we went down to see both sets of Grandparents and then stayed overnight with Grandma B.

The next morning we got up early to take Grandma B. to the Blessing. But first she wanted to drop in and see my sister Lara's new house. I suggested we call and warn them. I know I would appreciate a phone call if someone wanted to see my house and her hubby was extremely grateful we called to give 1 hour's notice.

All of the family was at church there except Trent who is working in West Yellowstone this summer. Caleb wore the same little blue outfit that my brothers Trent and Kade did on their blessing day.
Family gathering on the Love Sac.

We had a family dinner after with both sides and then played games for hours. My new favorite game is called Things. We were laughing hysterically the entire time. I NEED to own this game. We also played "Would you rather" which provided us with some laughs, although not quite as severe as during" Things".

My sister Lara and her husband Jared.

Monday morning was a DI shopping trip. We went to the newly opened Layton DI. The prices were outrageous so I spent the entire 2 hours wandering around with Abby. I did find a cute rubber ducky bathroom trash can and a corduroy purse. Ogden DI was better priced, but I didn't find anything. Perhaps my heart was really into it. I was too captivated by Abby and just basking in her presence.

It was sad to leave. I need to take these trips more often especially when plane tickets are $39 from Denver to SLC. Although Ryan said he missed me more on this trip than he ever has and isn't quite sure how often he wants me to go. Let the negotiations begin.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is always a bittersweet day for me. I'm grateful for the mothers in my life. My mom is fabulous. She was always there when we got home from school. She taught us how to take care of ourselves and be independent. She taught me to craft, to sew, scrapbook, garden and so many other things. She taught me to love reading good books. She was the first in her family to graduate from college.

My Grandma Beck taught me so much about sewing and she made us the most fabulous things (shortie summer P.J.'s, tricot underwear, fabulous PVC pipe tent.

My Grandma Vawdrey instilled my love of DI shopping. She always went to the water park and Lagoon with us. She loves roller coasters and got me addicted as well.

Ryan's mom will do anything for her kids and me as well. She is so thoughtful of others. She plans the best family reunions with great activities.

I only had the opportunity to know one of Ryan's grandma's. Grandma Jacobs. She passed away a few months ago. She did amazing things on her own. I loved talking to her and hearing about her life. I will miss her.

One day, this day will be a happy day for me. But for now, I celebrate the mothers I have in my life.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Rocks by moonlight

Well I survived my first state survey. The "State" comes in and does an inspection. It's intense. 5 surveyors, 3 days, inspecting every aspect of our building. It is an unannounced visit and we have been expecting our since February. It was nice to have it over. The management team is expected to be there no matter what and stay as late as they surveyors are there. The first day I worked 14 hours. The next day I only worked 12 hours and the last day I worked a measly 9 hours. I was exhausted by the end of the week. We did okay, better than state average.

I worked outside that week and managed to finish the rocks. Well, finished as much as I could do until we build the shed. Two nights I worked until it was dark picking up those rocks. It was a mostly full moon so i kept working my moonlight. I just wanted to get those rocks done! But doesn't it look good?

I decided to read/listen to some classics. Some from the BBC book list and others from the library classic list. I listened to the book Atonement at work the last couple weeks. I enjoyed it, although it did have a bit of language in it and a few other things. I listened to a fabulous book this week. It's called Hattie Big Sky and it was a Newberry award book a while back. I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone over the age of 10.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The joy of yard work

Oh the joys of hard work in the yard. Ryan and I both spent every waking moment outside this week except when it was raining. We made excellent progress. Ryan dug up the sprinklers in where the garden is and dug out bushes on the other side. I made huge progress with the gravel with Ryan's help. We hit a good spot where there is a semi-disintegrated tarp type thing beneath the rock. After I scoop up the rock, then we just pick up the semi disintegrated tarp and throw it away. It worked well for about 15 feet. We'll see if it keeps working well.

Ryan worked an earlier shift today so he was home earlier. We made a real meal together tonight. Yummy potatoes and Swirls. It was so good. We haven't made a real dinner together in a long time and we definitely haven 't made anything that good in a longer time.