Tuesday, August 23, 2005


So, we just want to thank G-ma and G-pa J for the great family get away to Lagoon. A is still talking about going on the planes and cars, etc... He had a great time. It was great to see everyone there and hob nob around with the bunch. Luckily, A had his cousins to support him on the rides. McKenzie was great for him to start out with. She made sure he didn't get seperated from her (love that grip!) and then helped him on and off the rides. She was great in setting up the rest of the day for him. We went on Puff, the planes, boats, swings, helicopters, space ships, Rattlesnake Rapids and others too!

He only cried twice, both times when he got wet on Rattlesnake Rapids and the slide ride with Teeny. We even got to go on some big rides thanks to being with family. I think the Spider was probably my favorite, but I laughed pretty good on the Samurai as well. I took A to see if he could win a big prize, but the kid has the same kind of luck I do. He still had fun picking ducks though. All in all it was a great time, and we want G-ma and G-Pa J to know how much we appreciated it, especially this year. Being able to get out and do something that fun after spending all of our time with our new ones was a really nice break for us. Thanks to Beckster as well for watching them and taking such great care of them. It'll be fun when we can take all of our kids to Galoon!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Pagan no more....

This weekend N and T left the realms of savagery and were blessed. It was really interesting blessing two babies the same day. I'd thought of a lot of things to say, and when the time came I was afraid the blessings would be very similar. They were pretty similar, but different as well, which I'd hoped for. It's always a special thing to take your kids and bless them at church. I was more emotional than I thought I'd be....dang sissy. Afterwords it was craziness at our house. We had quite the gathering in our little abode. It all went well though and it was super seeing everyone and having you all be a part of their special day. We are blessed and lucky to have such great kids. We love 'em all. After all was said and done, we realized that we hadn't taken nearly enough pictures. That is primarily my responsibility and I slacked off big time.

This week Teeny had a cousin die, Stacy, and attended her funeral. It's always an awakener going to those. I am so glad that we still have our wonderful mom and my amazing wife. We don't like to think about life without each other.

Before this gets to sappy I'll mention that Teeny also went to Stef's bachelorette party. Wild and crazy that Stef. She had a great time. Stef, if you ever read this, know that we are excited for you in your new endeavor, and wish you and "G" the best. Nothing in my life has been better than stealing Teeny for my own, nothing.....

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Chubby Chubbuk and A-Poky....

Idaho.....what a place huh? We had the pleasure of visiting the potato state this last weekend and I'm just thrilled. It's actually quite Utah-ish once you get past the lotto. Wish we had that here. I could use a couple million right now. R and D are there so I guess that more than makes up for what it lacks aesthetically. Those two are lookers, and that Ava, she's a cutey too. It's almost sad that this summer our vacationing has been in Poky. Next year we have some major work to redeem the beloved vacation. On our way up we stopped off at Tracy Aviary to let A mess with the birds. That kid can run, I'll tell you what (Hank Hill). He'd run from one bird cage to the next, "Mama, Dada, come here....wook....big birdie..." He liked all the birds except the Condors. He thought they would get out and eat him I guess. Peacocks are all over that place just walking around aimlessly. He wasn't too fond of them either, but did enjoy feeding the ducks. We had a fun time at the hotel in Poky. A could have swam all day long. He was hyper at the pool. All that energy trapped up from the long drive maybe...who knows. He'll forever think that the hotel is Pocatello though. When we got home he wanted the Pocatello with the pool....so sorry.

Beckster trying to keep those peepers open...

D did fantastic in hiding the tears when he blessed Ava. I couldn't even tell. I might have R punch him once just to see what a big guy crying is like. I'd do it myself, but he's bigger and I'm afraid he might be able to out run me as well. We saw what he could do in Payson with the police speed monitor thingy. All in all it was a super trip. Glad to have been there for that, even though we miss L and J more and more at each event.

I thought I'd just throw this one in too. This is how we carry all three kids in one double stroller. N and T hang out in the back together (pretty cozy huh?) and we stick A in the front. We love our nightly neighborhood walks. Anything that gets us out....sheesh.

Monday, August 01, 2005


I should probably clarify first that A learned how to push his pedals, not actually ride a bike...yet. You think people would be calling to put the kid on Letterman if he actually could ride a bike. I don't think I learned until I was four or so. Maybe my brother in law D was riding around two years old though, crud he was walking out of the womb!

Well, if you ever need to see a man about a TV I know just the man. Friday we got together at J and Larry's and watched 'Revenge of the Sith' on the big screen. I didn't feel like I could sit far enough away. It's like being on the front row at a movie. It's great getting together with friends though. A had a great time with the kids there, especially Chase, his couch jumping buddy of the evening. Poor kid doesn't have much leg strength. He'd launch off the couch and barely have enough to keep his face off the floor. He takes after his mom's leg strength, except for the kick in the pants I'll get when she reads this.

This weekend we visited the County Fair. A was all about seeing the "aminals". It wasn't as scorching hot as it had been either, which was nice. We asked A if he wanted to go on a ride, and he'd just shake his head 'no' and move on to the next observation. He is quite the observer, and he's got a great memory too. As soon as we got over to the animals, he got out of his stroller and just started jumping around like it was the best thing he'd ever done. Makes you feel like you're actually an OK parent.... He loves to look, but has a hard time touching animals, except for Rocky our turtle whom he can't keep his hands off. We got him to touch the baby cow and he fed the horses corn. There was a train display that he could have spent all day looking at too.

It was amazing the detail someone had put into it. There was also a show that kids on bikes would "jump into sky Dada..." He's such a great kid and so funny lately. We have been so lucky with him and he's been SO great for us. He's the best to his new brothers and just wants to be happy all the time. He's still two and does crazy things, like jump off the couch and land on his head, but he's a sweet stinkin' kid.

N and T are growing like crazy too. We put them in levi's for the first time (thanks L and J) and they were pretty stinking cute. They are all belly these days. They're two months now!! I know, ALREADY?! Insane. They were stroller dwellers this weekend....again. N is close to all out laughter, and T just keeps eating.

Good enough....take care.