Monday, September 10, 2012


I love this kid.  Justin got him Ammon goggles to swim in our jacuzzi tub.  Even though they are pink, which he abhors, he wears these all the time.  
He has such a love for life.
That last picture on the right is a great capture.  Couldn't have planned that one.  Bribery picture for the future?  I say yes.

Camping in Utah. It's nice.

We had an extended family camp out this last weekend.  I LOVE camping in Utah. 
Truly I do.  Only a few bugs, cool at night.  Perfection.  Except this site was a little on the noisy side next to the highway in Logan Canyon.  We moved the second night and we could have conversations normally.  Minnesota camping was NOT favorite.
Jude and Grandpa.
We accidentally forgot a tent (thought it was still in Logan) so Jacob slept in our new car and the other kids in grandpa's trailer.  It worked out well.   Justin and I snuggled in our cozy two man tent in our new double sleeping bag from rei.  
What the crap...I know we didn't pay $400 for that bag.  Maybe $100.  Wowzas.
Nate and Chelsea, the newlyweds.
Nate pondering what his next clue should be playing Password.  Should it be "thick?"
Corinne sleeping.
Grandma playing a game kinda like charades.  I don't think charades is her game.  
Grandpa roasted a cob or corn over the open flames and said it tasted good.
Shawn with his second grandbaby, Roman.
Erin and Kevin are so cute together.  
Jacob and Isaac, mostly Jacob, found several caterpillars.  Isaac is admiring them in a donut box.
Kevin.  He was looking so serene.  Found out he was burning from the flames.
That's me.  Playing an animal sound game.
Erin and Roman.
Went on a short adventure to Logan river.  Shawn spent a good 15 minutes throwing big rocks in the river, seeing how much of a dam he could build.  He ran out of large rocks.
Justin going over the river until he remembered he had his cell phone in his pocket.
The kids built many rafts with stick people.  

Other thoughts:
Still don't like Phase 10.  
Everything tastes good when you're camping.
I love my family.  All of my family.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

August Randomness

8/1  Ammon made me a heart rock our of a purple agate rock he found.
I love it.
He was so proud to give it to me.  He gave me a hug and the little back pats.
8/7  Made a special trip to Park City so we could register the kids for school
 on their special "set aside" day.
Got Ammon, Allison, and Isaac done, but the high school?  Not registering today, but will tomorrow.
What the freaking crap.
Hep A vaccine is required for school in Utah, so some kids need that before the first day.
Plus many other little items to get done.  I hate this type of stuff.
Watching Olympics more than I ever have in my life.
Put the fruit stand up at my parents house.  Made about $30 in 3 days.
Kids are driving me bonkers.
8/13 Papers signed on the new house.  We can't move in until the papers go through/Title or something, around noon tomorrow.
We vacuumed the house once over and emptied it three times FULL of dog hair.
Met several people from the new ward that were helping another family move in across the street.
Last night in Park City.  Then one night in Logan tomorrow.  And we have a home!
We can't have our garbage can showing from anywhere in our yard.  Must be hidden.
8/20 I smell dog pee as I sit in my front room.  I need about $4k to redo our floors down here.  Donations?
First day of school tomorrow.
Got most of my kitchen unpacked today.  SO much cupboard space.
I don't even need my china cabinet anymore.
I love my new master bedroom.  So spacious.
And my own shower!!!
Had so many visitors already.  Here's a list of who I can remember off hand:
Ricky and Sherman, Garth, Tony, Sienna, Bo and Kai, Shawn, Andy, Stefanie, and Corinne, Erin, Kevin, Jude and Roman, Kent and Genie.  All within the first five days of living here.
Plus many visits from ward members and neighbors.  Two have brought us bread :)
Carpooling isn't working out like I wanted.  As in no carpooling.  I have been asked by a neighbor up the street to help her daughter get home.
That doesn't do me any good.
(she came back a week later and has found someone to help her.  phew)
8/21 Alone time.  Quiet time.  Sanity.
Almost every car at the bus stop was a huge suv or an Audi etc.
Were able to shop at Home Depot with NO kids.
Got a sweet deal on a lawn mower.  Regular price $400, Dittmer price $130.
Mowed the lawn when we got home.
Took about 10 minutes.
8/22 Changed my cell to a Utah area code today.
Makes it seem so final.
Looking at buying new checks.  Loving the paisleys.
Justin brought all of his crap from Garth's house home.
He brought me my two bags of pineapple lumps from New Zealand.  Oh joy!
Activated an old cell phone for the kids.  Theirs was left in MN at Dakotah's house.
8/27 Ahhh, the joys of Mondays.  Nice quiet.
Family (minus me- tummy trouble) went to Justin's cousins last night for dinner, Margene and Josh.
Slept through the RS sisters coming to visit.
I've trained the kids too well to not bug me during naptime.
Had a great lesson in RS about being thankful for what we have.
Trimmed Justin's beard and he looks much more handsome now.
Bought an LG washer dryer set on ksl for $900.
It's shmancey.
We have lots of weeds out in our back yard.
Justin gave all the kids Back to School Father's Blessings.
And he Dedicated our house.