Tuesday, November 13, 2012

these photos make me happy

 In my room there is an 8x10 framed picture of each child of when they were 4 years old.  This way each night as I go to bed and see the oh-so-sweet faces in the pictures, no matter how difficult the kids have been, I seem to get an extra dose of patience.    Granted they are only 10, 8 and 5.  I wonder if this approach will still work when they are older...

Erik age 4.
 This photo has gotten him out of trouble a number of times!
 (Thank you Holly H. for taking it.)

Here are some more recent photos that also make me happy:

My dad and Erik made this bike ramp out of scrap lumber.
Go Mae!

Halloween Witch

Halloween Cat

Navy Seal with nerf gun.
My girls.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

a look back @ summer

For the most part our summer was low key and local.  But I'm not complaining.  The last 3 months flew by!

Our summer highlight was Claire's baptism!  Her cousin, Anson, was also baptized on the same day.

 Jeff and I went on a quick trip to the Tetons.

We went to the mountains with friends...

...and played with cousins. 

Went fishing...

...did some catch and release (with cousins AND friends).

Ice blocking.

Our neighbors cat came over nearly every day to visit. (and still does)

Our neighbor, Jessica, used to be a face painter at Disneyland and is very talented.  She came over one morning and the kids were so excited to get their faces painted!

These boys are only 10 and already have their favorite team.

Megan and Neola.

 Hooray for cousins!

My parents, me and my sisters.  Does anyone know where I could purchase a large blue hat?   Just kidding  mom.  Love 'ya  ;-)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Saints to Sinners

I’m going to start by saying that most parts of my body aren’t working too well as the muscle atrophy continues to spread.  Today what is bothering me the most is my voice and that it is absolute rubbish.   Rubbish!

On a positive note, two weeks ago some friends who had formed a team, rode in the bike relay race, Saints to Sinners, which starts in the Salt Lake Valley and ends outside of Las Vegas.  Money raised from the race goes towards als research. www.saintstosinners.com   I can't believe they did this ride in late July.   They must be a little nuts and a whole lot wonderful.

The 10 person team consisted of:  Jenn & Dave, Andrea & Daryl, Jenn & Landon, Liz & Brad, Whittney & Jason.

These friends made a “flat Janae” and thinking I might have fun, they took me along for the ride.

From all the photos it looks like I had a great time!  THANK YOU!

Friday, May 25, 2012

chickens 2012

Once again here is another post on chickens:

The  baby chicks came to our home and five weeks later they left for their new home.

The little chicks are melt-your-heart darling but they do poop a lot and will scratch in any open patch of dirt  they find.  This is why Uncle Randy's garden is perfect for them.   He provides a home where they roam about, eat bugs and can fertilize to their hearts content.   In return when the chickens are 6 months they will give him around 15 eggs a week.

chicks (left to right) Frightful, Sparkles and Natalie

the chicks new home - hooray!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

out and about in April

(I wrote this over a week ago, better post before it's June!)
Here are some of our April happenings:

Escalante day trip.  I didn’t make it this time but this is how it went down:  Jeff, Erik, Claire and Megan left at 5:00am (George/ 3 of his children and Lincoln/son also went).  They stopped around 8:30am for a big breakfast at a small town cafĂ© then drove to the trailhead on ‘Hole in the Rock Road.’  Their little group hiked the slot canyons, Spooky and Peek-A-Boo.  They had packed a lunch and then stopped for dinner on the way home.  The minivan, covered in the red dirt of Southern Utah, pulled back in the driveway around 10:00pm!


Claire and kids.  Megan said "I LOVED that hike.  It was so fun to climb and slide."

Skiing at Brighton.   Even though everyone but me was going to be skiing I was content to go and watch from out of the big windows in the lodge.  As a parent I find it rewarding when my children embrace something I love and this is the case for skiing.  It is an activity all 3 enjoy doing with their dad and Grandma LaKay.  My mother-in-law has been a ski instructor for over 20 years and she’s been able to give lesson time to Erik and Claire, and this year Megan received her first lessons. 

At the end of the day as we were heading to  the parking lot I paused and looked at  the ski lift called ‘Milly’ and the runs coming off it.  Jeff asked if I was okay.  Surprised by his question I said, “Yeah.  Why?”   Jeff said, “You were biting your lower lip.”  Oh… I hadn’t realized I was.  Darn it.  Even as a grown woman I will sometimes bite my lower lip as a tactic to keep my emotions in check. 

The day had been great, but in staring up at that big snowy mountain my body could remember exactly how it felt to ski (and fall) down those runs. All day long I had been repeating to myself how great it was to get out.  Now I felt like the Band-Aid had been ripped off and I admitted to myself how, despite the positive self-talk, being on the sidelines just can't compare to the adrenaline rush of being on skis.   It has been a few weeks and that raw emotion has settled down and I am back to the “Oh well.  It is was it is.” 

And since my health "is what it is" I'm going to make the best of it.

Just saying… each day really is a gift from God. 

Grandma LaKay  helping Megan.

Claire, Megan and Jeff



And  Red Butte Garden.  It is so beautiful up there from now through October.   My kids favorite areas are the Children’s Garden and fish/duck pond. 

Red Butte Garden

Monday, April 16, 2012

we found some sunshine

When Claire and Erik were off track in March we went looking for sunshine and found some in California!

Yes, it was sunny.  Yes, the water in March is f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g.

Cute girls.

By now it has been established that I love big wide open spaces...oh my, the ocean wins every time.

My parents spent the week with us too :-)

Tidal pools at Cabrillo Nat. Monument.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Grandpa Gib

classic Renee and Glbert

In January of this year I wrote about my  Grandma Renee passing away.  I told how her and my grandpa were known as "GibandRenee" (one word) and that these two had been married for 68 years.

Well, my Grandpa Gib died on Sunday afternoon.

He lived for 89 remarkable years and in the end only had a short separation from his sweetheart.

We love you Grandma and Grandpa!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

leap year birthday

For those born on February 29 and have a leap year birthday they get to celebrate their actual birth-date only once every four years.  On this February 29th I'd like to say:

Happy Birthday Dad! 

We love you!!!

He was here on Monday and he had an early birthday dinner with 6 of his 12 grandkids.   

My sister, Heidi, called and said "Dad, every 16 year old boy dreams of having a Camaro, and since this is your16th official birthday we (she, her husband, and kids) rented one for you for a week."

Yes, he's been having a lot of fun driving it :-)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

home made noodles

Jeff's grandma is all about love.  She says it with words, her hugs, and her laugh.  Even her food is made with love which must be the secret ingredient for why it tastes so darn good.

She recently came by for a visit and while here made a big batch of egg noodles for us.  That evening for dinner we had the world's best chicken noodle soup!  The girls had fun helping and Erik took the photos.

She uses maybe 4 ingredients, a bowl, a mixing spoon, rolling pin (and a few decades of experience)

Megan, Claire and Grandma

Erik got bored and decided to take pictures of his foot :-)