A walk down Memory Lane

Monday, December 7, 2009

I decided to go for a little drive this morning, and it took me down memory lane. For those of you that don't know, we moved my Mom and little sister from the house we all grew up in and know as "home", to a wonderful little condo out in Daybreak. This home has created some funny, sad, crazy, interesting, happy, and spiritual memories. As I was driving up the street, not only was I remembering memories from our home, I was remembering memories that were created in almost every single house on that street. Some of these memories were:

1) I remember playing night games almost every single night with my good friends right in front of my home. My favorite was kick the can!

2) I remember the house on the corner that once belonged to the Vandooker's. They had a little candy store in their pantry. As often as we could, we would go knock on their door and buy as much candy as we could.

3) I remember the Wilsteads. Heidi was my good friend growing up. We would find some CRAZY things to do. A silly memory I have is we would sneak into her Dad's office and take turns sitting on their copy machine, and copying a picture of our bum! Gross, I know. Don't worry, you couldn't see anything else!

4) I remember going to the Smith's home for young woman's. Linda was my favorite!

5) I remember babysitting Emily Eysser. Her brother had a tarantula and a snake in his room and I was always too scared to go downstairs. (That's where his room was.)

6) I remember after moving into our home, my Mom taking me across the street to meet my best friend, Michael. We were inseparable. We did way too many stupid things together. But that's what you do when your a kid, right? I remember they had a gigantic sandbox in their back yard, so we were always making HUGE sand houses and mazes and we would create paths to fill up with water. His sister's and Jaclyn would always come out and help us. 5 minds were better working together than 2.

7) I remember the Brown's next door. Ralf and Kris were doctors, and they worked a lot. I was "The Babysitter" a couple days a week. I would be at their house when the kids got home from school, and would sleep there since Kris wouldn't get home until way late. (I was still in school and needed my beauty sleep!)

8) I remember the Prokop's. Kelly and Summer were good friends with the girls. I was the annoying little sister that would ALWAYS go knocking on their door looking for my sisters. I followed them everywhere!

9) I remember the Wilson's. Rachel, Heidi, and I were the three musketeers. We were always at Rachel's house because her house was the funnest. I remember there always being boxes and boxes of Charleston Chews in their storage room, and we would always sneak in there and eat it. While we were down there, we were always building the coolest forts. They were the GIRLS ONLY forts. I don't really remember what we would do once it was built and we were inside though. Then every fall, we would rake up the leaves outside, and with the leaves we would build a house and use the leaves as the walls. We all had our own bedrooms. We would make a bathroom and make a little circle for the toilet! Our house was a Mansion! I think one year we had it take up her whole front yard, the side of her house, and even part of the backyard!

10) I remember the Messick's. Stephanie was another great friend. Whenever I think of their house, I think of piano's because they had about 4 piano's in their house. All the kids were AMAZING pianists. You would get goosebumps listening to them they were that good. Their Mom was a piano teacher. I remember Stephanie offering to give me piano lessons, but I declined when she told me I had to clip my fingernails. I wasn't ready to give up my long nails!

We moved into this home when I was 3 or 4 years old. If I went on about all the memories I've had in this house, we would be here forever. The memories I will cherish forever are the ones I have of my Dad. He is such a wonderful man. I remember when he was sick, and always in bed, I would always try and find an excuse to go in there and help him with something. Whether it was propping his pillow, getting his medicine for him, bringing him popcorn or a drink. We would just hang out on their "water bed". (Which I thought was the coolest thing! I couldn't ever figure out why they couldn't put live fish in there. How awesome would that be?!)

One last memory I want to share that's kind of silly is the famous blue couch downstairs. Ryan and I had our very first kiss on it. Later I found out that's where Summer and Jason, Parker and Lindsi, and Kelly and Bryce had their first kiss too! Unfortunately we got rid if that ugly couch before Jaclyn was allowed to kiss boys. Sorry J!

My Mom was able to start moving into her new home the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. She didn't have to be out if this home until Saturday so Friday night we had a HuGe SlUmBeR pArTy in the front living room. We all blew up air mattress's and had one last hurrah in our home. It was actually pretty fun. We shared some stories about the house. Saturday morning my Mom wanted to share a letter to all of us that she had found while packing up. It was a letter that Summer had written her right after my Dad had passed away. The main point of the letter was that as difficult as times may get, we will always be a family and there for one another. Dad is looking over us. We can be strong. So as my Mom opens a new Chapter in her life, we will be there for her. She will be able to create wonderful new memories in her new place, and so will we.

The kids were having fun playing with the left over wrap we had for moving. Anika wrapped up Taylor and Colter together. The best part was when they fell down together, and couldn't get back up!
The bottom right picture is Parker reading the letter. My Mom and I tried reading it, and couldn't, so Parker took over for us.
Our sleep over!
The big moving day. My Mom had SO MUCH stuff.
This is where it all began for us siblings.
I will never forget this home, and all the wonderful memories!
If you want to see more pics of the house and Mom's new place click here
(Hope you don't mind Kelly!)

Gardner Village

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Last Sunday we met our dear friend Cherie at Gardner Village to get some family pictures taken. She did a fantastic job! After looking at the picture's I decided it's time to get Kate some more shoes. These shoes do NOT go with the outfit. (Neither did the rest of the shoes she owns). Hope you enjoy the pics!

Ryan looking for Santa Claus?
Kate was beyond done taking pictures at this point. She's trying to push us away!

Kate had a few sad moments.

I love this picture!

Thank you SO MUCH Cherie! We really appreciate you.
ps. I know I need to catch up on a lot of posts, just been super busy. Hopefully this weekend I'll have some time.

My sister SUMMER

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

So I just wanted to do a quick shout out to my FAVORITE sister Summer. She is the best sister anyone could ever ask for!! She is always there for me when I need her and is quick to extend a helping hand. When I grow up I want to be just like her!! When I was younger I always wanted to be where ever she was and just follow in her footsteps. I am soooo lucky to have her in my life. She is my hero. I love you Sum!!!

*****Christy, next time you may want to be sure you log out of your blog on my computer...I just could not resist the temptation....heeheeeheeehee*****

Moving Sale

Saturday, November 21, 2009

So my Mom is moving, and has a few items she's decided to sell. I put them up on KSL but figured I would post them here in case any of you are interested!
Great fridge for your garage
Sony Big Screen
Solid Wood Coffee Table
Solid Oak Dining Table with 2 Leafs and 8 chairs.

Light Green Chair
Greenish\Grey fabric. Has 7 large pillows and 2 small ones.
If your interested in any let me know! Or if you want more details on any of them go to KSL.

So Domestic!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ever since I've had Kate, I've gone through different phases of things I've wanted to accomplish. It started with making more meals for Ryan and I. Then it moved on to making Bows for Kate, so I wouldn't have to spend a fortune on them. Then I started taking the wood shop classes. Then it turned into making my own Thank You and Happy Birthday cards. Believe it or not, I've tried attempting to sew a quilt. (That project Ill probably be working on for years!) Well, I'm here to tell you my friends, the latest phase I'm going through is canning. Growing up we never did such a thing. When I moved into this ward, EVERYONE and their neighbor was talking about how much they can, and how easy it is. I didn't believe them, and just ignored them for about 2 years. Finally last Tuesday I talked myself into going to a little class Enrichment put together. They had 4 different ladies teach us recipes we can do with apples. One was Apple pie filling, one was applesauce, and the last two were different ways to make apple butter. A few of us younger girls felt really ambitious, and decided we would get together and have one person teach us how to do it. Shortly after we met at our dear friend, Liz's house. Before hand, we were able to go to another lady's house in our ward, and pick a BUNCH of apples from her beautiful Apple Tree.

This box here was full to the brim. We used SO many ApPlEs!

We all took turns doing the different steps. This was only the beginning of the big fat mess we made.
The apples are boiling. We're a step closer!
We all had to bring our babies with us. Here is Brie with her little girl, Claire.
Here is Kate playing with her friend, Ally. The girls did SO good. We were there for about 4 hours, so it was a good thing the kids had each other.
Checking the apples!
Once the apples were soft, we put them in this AMAZING strainer that separated the core, seeds, and skin from the good stuff. Boy, was this an arm workout! This is our friend Emily.
Now it's time to can! We're getting the air bubbles out.
And the finished result! I am so proud of myself for attempting this. If you would've asked me a year ago if I would do such a thing, I would've said . . . In your Dreams. . .
I'm beginning to realize that if you put your mind to something, anything is possible! Thank you everyone for being such an inspiration to me. Because of you, and the things I've seen you accomplish, it's motivated me to be a better person, and more outgoing.
Thank you Liz for lending us your house and knowledge. Thank you Louise for letting us pick from your Apple Tree. Thank you Rochelle and Vicki for letting us use your nifty strainer's to make life easier for us. I really really appreciate it!

Taylor Mckenzie

One of our wonderful nieces got baptized this weekend, and we were fortunate enough to travel to Colorado and be there to support her. Taylor, we are so very proud of you, and this decision you have made to be baptized.

Here is Taylor in front of the Denver Temple. So beautiful!

Here is some of the Clan.

Kate, me, and Taylor! She looked SO beautiful in her new church dress.
We love you so much, and thank you for letting us share this wonderful experience with you.

Halloween Extravaganza

Monday, November 2, 2009

We had quite the week last week celebrating Halloween. It started with FHE Monday night. We got together with the Moffitt's and carved our pumpkins. We had a great time. It was a little different this year because we were missing Scott, Jon, and Morgan. But we made the best of the situation! Doesn't Mark look like he's going to seriously do some damage to that pumpkin?! (If you can't tell, that's one LARGE knife he's holding.)

Thursday Kate and I went to Colter's Halloween parade. There were some awesome costumes. Colter's was by far the best in his school! Next in line would have to be Napoleon Dynamite. He was the funniest kid! He stopped in front of us and didn't crack a smile the whole time. Just stared at us the way Napoleon would! Then at the very end he busted out the moon walk. Boston and Brewer looked so cute too! Brewer kept wanting to walk in the parade with everyone!
Friday night Ryan and I participated in a Halloween 5k. Before we started running, we thought we were absolutely crazy! It was FREEZING outside, and Ryan had only ran once since the Vegas relay, and I hadn't ran at all. About a half hour before we left we decided we would show some spirit and dress up. We had very little to work with! Ryan was a beach bum, and I was a baby. (Surprise, surprise! That's really the only thing i dressed up as in elementary school.) It was actually pretty embarrassing. I'm sure no one took me seriously. It was probably entertaining for the people running behind me. I can only imagine running behind a huge pink blob with her hair bouncing all over the place. But we had a lot of fun! My prize for running was a box of girl scout cookies. Ryan's prize was a metal. He took second place in his age division! I took 4th in my age division. It was amazing because the last 1/4 mile, you turned a corner out of a neighborhood, and you got this spectacular view of the Oquirrh Mountain temple. I tried taking a picture afterward, but it didn't turn out very well. It was a fun 5k though. We will probably do it again.
For Halloween Kate was a pumpkin. Isn't she the cutest pumpkin you've ever seen? She hated the stem part of her costume, so we had to leave it off.
We went to Grandma Smith's first and hung out with the Smith kids for a bit. Afterwards we went to Nana and Papa's house and did a little trick - or - treating with cousin Morgan. Kate had so much fun! Surprisingly, I think her favorite part was walking everywhere by herself, not the candy.
After visiting the family, we came home and attempted to pass out candy. Sadly enough, we only had 4 different groups of kids come to our home. Oh well! More candy for us.

We hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween!

7 Days

Saturday, October 17, 2009

That's how many days I've been sick. It all started last Saturday. The day started out so well. We were finishing up the Vegas race. Ryan and I got massages. Went swimming for about a minute. Took a nice long nap in 70 degree weather. We were walking from our hotel room to the restaurants when it hit me. I started getting a really bad headache. By the time we made it to the food court I was shivering. Once we sat down for dinner my whole body was shaking like crazy, and my hands were purple. My sickness had hit me hard in a matter of 5-10 minutes. Saturday night was by far the worst. I've never ever had a headache that bad. I was tossing and turning all night long. I was in tears. I was coughing like mad. I seriously thought my life was coming to an end. Every minute I was throwing my sheets off because I was so hot, then putting them back on me because I was so cold. At about 2:30 in the morning I took some medicine and Ryan was so good to get me a drink of water. I said a little prayer and pleaded that I would be able to sleep for a couple of hours and get feeling a little better. My prayer had been answered! Granted, I woke up with my clothes damp from head to foot, but hey, I was better! Or so I thought. We drove home from Vegas, and I was so excited to see my baby girl. I had missed her oh so very much. Then it hit me, I really wasn't feeling very well. I came home and took my temperature. I believe it was 102.8. Monday, when Ryan got home from work, I went to the doctor and he diagnosed me with Swine flu. He put me on Tamiflu (which I personally don't think helped). I found out Tuesday that this flu is going around everywhere. My poor nieces and nephews in Colorado got this terrible sickness. Even little Carter who is Kate's age. It turns out that I wasn't the only one who got this in Vegas. Cousin Jen and friend Drew got it too. :( I wouldn't even wish this illness on my worst enemy.

I am so so happy to say that my fever is gone as of yesterday! To be honest I don't think I could have handled it another day. I've been going crazy. The only good thing that came out of this week was that I was lucky enough to spend so much time with Kate. And what's even better is that she hasn't gotten sick! I am hoping that she won't get sick because we went on Thursday and got her the H1N1 shot. Now we need to make sure Ryan doesn't get sick. But Kate was so so so good this week. It was almost like she knew I was sick, and that she had to be on her best behavior. I think she was in heaven too because she had my undivided attention. We did whatever she wanted. She ate whatever she wanted. We watched whatever she wanted on TV. Life couldn't be better for her! My favorite was when we would just hang out on the couch and she would cuddle up next to me. Usually she's too busy to have the time to cuddle.

Now all I need to be 100% better is to get rid of this nasty cough. I can not wait to get back to normal life. I hope this nice weather sticks around at least one more day or two so I can enjoy it. I can not wait to get back to work. Believe it or not, I've missed it so much! I'm sorry to all of you that I had to cancel this week. Believe me though, I was doing you a favor!

Thank you so so much to all of you that have helped Ryan and I out this week. Thanks for your meals, trips to the grocery store, your concern and prayers, and help. We really appreciate it.

ps Jen and Drew, I am so sorry if I was the one that got you sick. I promise I didn't do it on purpose.

The (801)- der's

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yay! I am finally feeling well enough to work on this post. I've been working on this since Sunday. (It is now Friday.) Last weekend was our VaLlEy Of FiRe relay. We had so much fun! And it was extra special for me because I got to run it with my hubby. We left Thursday evening and slept in Mesquite. We actually beat the Mangum's and Brown's down there, so we decided to play a little joke on Uncle Gary. We spoke with the lady at the front desk, and convinced her to tell Gary that he had no reservation, and the hotel was booked up for the night. We (Parker, Ryan, and I) were hiding in a small room right by them recording the whole thing. We got a kick out of it! Fortunately nothing got out of hand. Gary actually didn't act up at all. We were hoping he would make it more enjoyable for us to watch.
Van 1 had to leave bright and early to make it to the start line. Our team started at 8 am. People in Van 1 were
Jordan Brown
Parker Smith
Natalie Pettit
Gary Mangum
Kim Brown
Jen Chunat (Mangum)
They did great starting out the team! We met up with them around 11:30, and Jen handed the Baton off to us shortly after. Matt did AMAZING! He kicked butt. He wore the cape the entire time he ran (His first leg). We stopped a couple times to cheer him on, and give him some water and try to cool him off with the spray bottle.
Mike was our next runner. Here we were able to catch step by step his first Kill! Far left picture, if you look closely, you can see the victim in the distance. Top right corner, here he is passing her. Then in the bottom picture, he's leaving her in the dust!
Ryan was after Mike. Here he is in some pictures stretching out and warming up. His first leg was 7.7 miles. It was about 2pm. Dead hot. It was 85 degree's outside, plus with the heat of the cement it was I swear 100. (That's what it read in our car). About 3.5 miles into it, Ryan started throwing up. The heat got the better of him :( Drew stepped in for two miles, which he ran in 13 minutes, so Ryan could cool himself down, and finish his leg strong. Thanks Drew! Unfortunately Drew threw up too right after he got done running the 2 miles. It was a tough leg.
In the bottom left picture, Mike is handing the Baton off to Ryan, and in the bottom right picture, Ryan is handing it off to me.
My first leg was 6.1 miles, so not nearly as bad as Ryan's. I was only too happy to give the baton up to Drew. I ended up running with the spray bottle in my hand, so I could cool myself off every 2 seconds. Smartest thing I could have done!
After we all ran, and Greg handed the Baton off to Van #1, we figured we gotta get some sleep. We found a nice little park and crashed! It went by too fast. I swear just as we fell asleep, we got a text saying we're almost up. So we packed up the car, and were on our way.
We were finally running at night. Which was a good thing, and a bad. The good thing was that we didn't have to deal with the heat, the bad thing was that EVERYONE and their neighbor was getting lost. Matt was the first. He was running on a trail the whole time, so we couldn't stop along to way to make sure he was going the right way. Luckily we dropped Mike off at the exchange, then went and looked for Matt where he should have come off the trail, and started running through the neighborhood. I guess he stayed on the trail the whole time, and ran an extra mile to the exchange. By the time we got back to it, Matt had already finished, and Mike had started. I guess there were girls running out of the sagebrush with their legs bleeding and they were just bawling. It was scary.
While we were driving through the neighborhood looking for Matt, we came across this MANSION. It totally did not belong in this neighborhood. It was like a mini hotel. It was huge. This picture we took doesn't do justice. We were guessing how many elevators this place has.
First picture, Jen just finishing her scary leg on the trail, 2nd- Matt starting his leg, 3rd-Matt waiting for Jen,4th- The boys hanging out- Parker, Greg, Gary, Jordan, Drew, Matt, and Ryan, 5th- the Mansion, 6th- Matt running.

Ryan ran on a trail the whole time too. Luckily he didn't get lost. His second leg was 4.0 miles. He made awesome time. When he passed the Baton off to me I think it was about 1:30 in the morning. My 2nd leg was 3.5 miles and most of it was on a trail. Since I did not get lost, it was kind of nice being on a trail and not worrying about any cars. I felt like I ran pretty fast! This one was definitely my favorite leg.

1- Ryan getting ready to run 2- Greg and Matt hanging out waiting for Ryan 3- Random picture of the time. 4- Drew running his second leg.

Here we are waiting for Drew to finish his leg. His second was over 8 miles and his feet were KILLING him. He got a blister on his first leg, and had medical wrap it for him. They ended up wrapping it too tight, and cut off his circulation. You know when something is wrong with Drew when he doesn't care that people are passing him. He's the king of Kills, and will not let people pass him.
1- Greg and I hanging out on the "corner" waiting for drew 2- Me getting so excited that our van is almost done for the night! 3- Drew passing the Baton to Greg.
Sad story about this corner. Exactly one hour after we took this photo, a drunk driver came and hit and killed a runner that was standing on this corner waiting for their runner to finish. My condolences go out to the family.
Here are pictures of our van and team.
My nickname was Kinki. And the boy's nickname was "Scrotum Slapper's". I'll take my nickname any day over theirs!
Good ol' Greg entertaining us. He let me do his hair!
So our last leg's were done in the morning when it was already hot. Everyone woke up not feeling very well. Drew's feet were gone. There was no way he was going to run his last leg, so we helped him out and ran it. Without meaning to, I ran his first mile. My last leg was only supposed to be 3 miles. It ended up being 4, and they didn't warn anyone about it. I wasn't too happy about it. I feel like I could have done better if I knew ahead of time I was running 4 not 3. Oh well! So then Matt ran the next two miles, and Mike ran the last 3 miles of Drew's leg.
1- Greg peeing. 2- Ryan and I hangin out. 3- Greg coming back from giving someone water 4- Drew hanging out in the back.

Greg finished the race for us strong! Yes, you see it right! He is wearing a cape AND Superman underpants that says "Man of Steel".
(There is also a random picture of Mike jumping a cone on his first leg)
The Finish line!!!!! It was at the Red Rock Hotel.
It was so much better than the finish line for Wasatch Back. Probably because there was still a party going on! We finished at 12:15. I am so proud of our team! Way to go everyone!

At the finish line, Ryan and I were able to enjoy massages. I was in Heaven! It was Ryan's very first massage, and I know he enjoyed it. Now I need to treat him to a nice, more relaxing one. Afterwards, we went and crashed by the pool.

A huge thank you to Gary Mangum. Thank you for sponsoring us and making this happen! Good luck in the Del Sol race!