Monday, July 25, 2011

Our Garden Is Growing!!!

So I have been working hard out in our garden almost everyday. I like to spend just a little time everyday weeding, water, looking. Since I absolutely love gardening it has always been something that I enjoy and I have loved trying new tactics. I think that it has helped and we are hopefully going to have a wonderful garden this year and I think that canning season is going to wonderful as well. :)!!!!!!

These are our watermelon and cantaloupe. They arent doing the best but its our first year so hopefully we will get things figured out.


Corn! The early corn is getting its ears and I cant wait to cook fresh corn on the cob for dinner!

Bean :(! Yet another bad year for our beans. Not sure what I am doing wrong, but if anyone has some advice please let me know.
Peppers and Onions

Cucumbers! I am pretty excited for these to be doing well. I am going to try canning pickles this year :)!

Potatoes, always a favorite at our house.
Carrots! Are by far my favorite canned vegetable. I have finally figure out how to grow a good crop and I hope to can a lot of carrots this year :)!!

Garden July 2011

This is usually what the kiddos do when I am working in the garden:

Logan and Phantom just play and run all over the place. :)!
Miss Ashlee is playin in her excer-saucer just inside the door. She has to be able to see me or Logan or she freaks out, so this is the best spot :)!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Sisters Getting Married

My Big Sis is getting married on September 3rd. So we had a bridal shower for her on July 23rd, because that is the day she told us to have it! You just gotta love Michelle, she is pretty stubborn and when she has her mind made up, there is no changing it :)!!! It was a little short notice for people to come, but we had a pretty good turnout. We played a few games: Guess the herbs and spices, wedding word scramble and then we answered questions to get to know more about Michelle and Val. Then we had a light snack of delicious fresh fruit, brownie cupcakes, banana bars, and lemonade :)!! Then Michelle opened her gifts. A big thanks to Jen for helping me. It was fun!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family Updates

Matthew finished he last general course earlier this month and passed his test. Now he is starting on his nursing courses. The goal is to be finished with all his courses by Christmas :)! He is just working on the dairy and waiting to hear if he gets to work at the schools again this year. He is really hoping and he has been dreaming lately that he is back working with the kids. I think he really enjoys that job so I hope he gets to go back.

Logan- do I need to say more. He is just quite a little rambunctious little boy. He sure keeps me on my toes all the time and I wouldnt have it any other way. He is growing to fast and I love all the fun things he does on a daily basis.
  • His new thing is that we tell him not to pee his pants and so he thinks that he cant get any pants wet. I put swim shorts on him so that he can go play outside and strips down to nothing. It sure is a good thing we live in the country and I think that I am going to have to put him in the bath tub with his swim shorts on to solve the naked issue.
  • The other morning I went to change him into clothes for the day and he wouldnt let me take off his jammies. He said, " Logan's shirt, I handsome, I handsome!" I couldnt stop laughing. Matthew came in and said did he just say he was handsome and we both just laughed :)!!!
Ashlee, sweet little Ashlee! She too is growing up way too fast.
  • She has been sitting up by herself for quite a while.
  • She holds her own bottle.
  • We tried her out in her jumperoo at the beginning of this month and she loved it.
  • She is loving food. We had mastered carrots, sweet potatoes and squash, applesauce and bananas.
  • Her first words were "DADA," which is always fun to hear her say :)!
  • She is the happiest baby and is the best baby ever!
  • She still sleeps through the night 8:30pm-6:30am. YAY!!!
Me- Well lets just say life has been a little stressful this past week. Primary President has been really stressful for me. I have a counselor who has a sister with cancer and she has been gone a lot (which is totally understandable). My other counselor just is too busy to be of any assistance (GRRR!). Who isnt busy? If it wasnt for my secretary I think I would have given up already! But I am hanging in their. I just had a stressful Sunday. I had to teach sharing time for the second week in a row, which was okay, because it was a really great one. I enjoyed teaching it. My secretary was gone for her sisters week in California and then both my counselors left after sacrament, which left me all by myself. Talk about stressed out. We made it through, but I think that I need to change things. So hopefully I can get things figured out, because we need to have the program ready to go by the end of September and we havent started on it. I sure hope I have a better week this week :)!

A little pick-me-up delivered to my door yesterday. Thanks!

Hanging Out With Grandma

So I am a bit behind on blogging but oh well. So on July 2nd the kids and I headed to Twin to meet up with my mom. We just stopped in to see her and then get all the groceries we would need for all the 4th of July festivities. We had fun hanging out and here are a few pictures of our adventure.

Logan was playing outside and saw two beautiful butterflies and he just kept following them around the yard.

He wouldnt look at the camera and just wanted to chase the butterflies.

We grab lunch and headed to Candy Cane park to let Logan play!

He loved every minute and he didnt want to leave, but can you blame him, this is way better than the swing set we have at home :)!

Climbing up the tube.

Slidin down :)!

My mom went down the big slide with Logan a few times and then we couldnt get him to stop.

Cute Logan having fun!

The only way he would climb up to the slide.

Grandma and Ashlee hanging out in the shade.

When you play hard you crash hard. He is holding on to his picture of him and grandma riding the elephant.
It was a fun day and we are always glad for the days we get to go to Twin and hang out with Grandma!

This past Friday the 15th of July, mom was planning on heading down to Utah to help my Uncle Alan grout his back splash in his kitchen. I figured that I didnt really have much going on so we tagged along for the ride.

Logan trying out his new dvd player, Lightning McQueen might I add. He did okay with it, but only watched about 10 minutes at a time. He loved to just look out the window.

One cute and tired little girl. She sleep pretty much the whole way to Layton.
While Uncle Alan. mom and I grouted the back-splash Carter entertained the kids. He brought in a few of their baby kittens and that was enough to keep them entertained.

Ashlee thought that they were pretty cute and when she got a hold of it, there was no chance for the kitten.

Sometimes it got to close and to playful and she wasnt so sure about it.

Yep this is how Logan would carry them all around the house, poor kitten, I bet it was happy when we left.

He sure did have fun playing with them.

The Finished Project. Looks good!

We finished and got to meet up with Donny, Vicki, Bill, Spencer and Abbey for dinner. Here is Abbey and Vicki with Ashlee.
Sure was a quick trip, but a fun one :)!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Leo Smith Family Reunion

So on Saturday the 9th of July we went to the Leo Smith Family Reunion. Lisa was in charge of it this year and it was close so we were able to go. We packed the car with toys for Ashlee, towels, swimming gear and a change of clothes and hit the road. We headed for Hagerman and we ready for a day of rafting. We ate good food and then spent the rest of the day rafting :)! So a big thanks to Lisa and Flint for putting it together, it sure was a fun day! It was fun to meet people that I didnt know and to see those again who I did know.

Giving the food time to settle before hitting the rafts.

1st Trip down the river.

I had to guide a raft and this was my first time, so I made all those who had been before go in my raft. We did pretty good, we hit some really good rapids and then missed a few, but it was still fun.

Thanks to those that watched our kids so that we could go.

Getting Loaded for Another Run

All ready to go!

We played a few Minute to Win It games while we waited for the rafters to get back.

Yep the cookie game, is always fun to watch :)!

Gotta love Aunt Vickie, she always is up for playing games :)!

All a little tried after a long and fun day of rafting.
Now I want to go again. It was nice to be on the water on a hot day. Cant wait to go again.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July 2011

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. It is a great day to remember all those who have and who continue to fight for our freedoms. We truly do live in a wonderful land and we are truly blessed to live in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
We are grateful to all the men and women who fight in our behalf, so that we can enjoy all the rights and freedoms that we have.

Thank You for all your sacrifices and may God Bless You and Your Families!!!!

This is another reason it is my favorite:

FAMILY, Food, Fireworks and Sunshine !

All Dressed and Ready for the 4th of July Festivities

Logan and Ashlee

Two Cute Kiddos

Best Friends :)!

We went to the Parade here in Buhl. Laura and I traded kids for the morning. She watched Ashlee and I took Carson with me and Logan to the parade. It was hot and the parade was okay. At least the kids got to take home a lot of CANDY!!

Logan waving his Flag

Carson waving his Flag

Just Chillin at the Parade

One of Logans Favorite things in the Parade.

His favorite horses

Another Tractor

This tractor reminds Logan of the tractors on Cars that moo and everythime he see this picture he moos :)!

After the Parade we all headed out to Zac and Lauras for the food, fun and sunshine. It was a beautiful and hot day, but we made the most of it with water games and good food.

Jace and Logan Running through the KID WASH that Laura made.

Running through the water
First SwimSuit

Hangin out in the pool with Logan

Jace Logan and Ashlee enjoying the warm water in the little pool.

One Cute Little Girl. She sure enjoyed being outside and playin in the water :)!

Cute Mister Aiden hangin out with Ashlee

All the big kids playin in the pool filled with warm water. They sure do have fun together!

Enjoying watching the kids play.

Dylan, Matthew and Ashlee

Enjoying the Shade

Water Ballon Volleyball- Dylan and Matthew thought they were pretty hot stuff

Zac and Laura playing, the water balloons kept popping in their towel

Brandon and Logan guarding the water balloons from all the little water ballon thieves.

Cute Miss Macey Playin

Miss Hailey Climbin the Slide

We also got a game of volleyball going, it was 3 on 3, but it was fun anyway. We played two games and each team won one game, so sometime we will have to play another one to see who the winner really is.

Besides playin in the sunshine we ate some good food. This year we had hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch with fruit and chips for lunch. Then for dinner we had dutch oven chicken, potatoes, a few salads and then for dessert we had dutch oven cobblers and homemade ice cream. Of course we had homemade rootbeer to drink. So we were well fed. After eating dinner we started the fireworks. First it was the sparklers with the little kids and then we moved on to the big ones.

Logan playin with the sparklers. He just liked to start them and then he would freak out and say hot and give them away.

Matthew holding one of Logans sparklers

Yep it was a long day for both of us. I was sweaty from playing vball and Logan was just all tuckered out. He slept through yet another year of fireworks. But its okay because I got a few good pics this year.

Pretty Cool!

My camera battery died and so I didnt get any pictures of the big fireworks. So note to self, even though you think the camera battery has enough power, charge it anyway for the fun events that way you dont miss anything. It was a wonderful 4th of July and we cant wait for next year! Thanks to everyone for making it a fun time again this year :)!

These are just some fun pics that I manipulated with my camera and I thought that they were cute :)!

Baby Blue, So Stinkin Cute

Look at those Blue Eyes

Pretty Darn Cute

Pretty Darn Cute Too!

Loved the expression on Haileys face- PRICELESS!