Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What we have done this week so far....

And I can tell you none of it has included any housework, it is going to take 2 days at least to catch up.

Here is a pic of me and the "big kids" at Lagoon on Monday.

It is amazing I had no guys try to pick me up. I swear how could you not check out a 30ish lady with 3 rockin kids looking like she has been drug behind a truck??? in my defense it was almost 100 degrees, adn while there was no lines at lagoon it was still very very hot.

Here is a pic of my and my "big kids" at the Salmon Center in Ogden. Now I realize that is not the proper name, but I am too tired to care.

So I have a lot to say. I am so exhausted, that I have a migraine and I cried at the pharmacy when they told me how much Colton's prescription was because his eardrum burst on Monday, again, for at least the 5th time. So when I am in my right mind I will expound on my weekend and wavering mental state.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Relay for Life

Now I realize we all have a ton of pictures and a lot of stories. But I am going to do it anyway.

First off a big huge thanks to Josie and Cliff. It turned out great. For not knwoing what we were getting into you guys did a great job. It was a lot of work and I appreciate you for it. My kids were already asking about next year. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. You guys are a blast!!!!

So, now for my pics, so I am just going to do pics and then explain them. Maybe stories later.

We all know how much Bailey loves her Aunt Misty, but there is only one thing that can make her even happier......

Aunt Misty with a Ball, it was cute.

Here we are chilling right at the beginning

Jer and Cliff putting up Cliff and Josie's tent, that did not fly away.

Leaving on one of our many group walks. I always thought we were very impressive when we walked together because of our Kick Butt shirts Josie had made. We deffinately stood out.

Chillin as a family at opening ceremonies.

Our Cancer Survivors

Just Hanging Out.

The ladies at teh camp next to us were offering to paint faces for $1 adn they did a great job. Seriously anything that the kids wanted. It was great. We kept her in business all night long. Here are examples of her work on our great kids.

Can I just say I laughed so hard at Dallas I almost peed my pants.

Bailey and Mason were best of buds. They went EVERYWHERE together in that wagon. Thanks mom for letting us use it, it was a life saver.

And last but not least, I managed to snap a few photos of some of the more elusive members of our family, at least as far as the camera is concerned. We love you Uncle Bill and Scott for being good sports. Thanks for wearing your green shirts and supporting us.

I want you to all know I love you all. This activity reminded me how much I miss family reunions or get-togethers, like camping in the desert. It was nice that DeLoy was able to spend so much time with us. He was so popular that there were times he couldnt' keep up with us because he was visiting with friends. Grandma and Grandpa Elder also showed up both days, and that was great also. We had fun playing cards and visiting. We got to catch up and reaquaint ourselves with family members we dont' see often. It was escpecially great that Mandy and her family and Jer made it up.

Can't wait to do it again next year.

*sorry for the spelling I am tired and my spell check doesn't want to work.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I am not a GEEK

So I would first like to point out that I am not a computer geek, or a nerd, I do however like gadgets. So that would mean cell phones, PDA's fun things that are meant to make your life easier, but in reality just add more things to haul around.

Well the cell phone plan that I am on with Verizon has a plan called "New every 2" which means in essense you get a new phone every 2 years. But to be more accurate they start offering at 1 1/2. So when I got my offer for my new phone 6 months early i was ecstatic, time for a new gadget. So I promptly went down to teh store today to get my new LG Envy 3. Oh baby. I love this phone. So many new buttons to play with. A texting keypad and a 3 mega-pixel camera. It rocks. Here is a picture of my phone.

ISn't it cute???? I can't wait to spend hours playing, taking pictures and texting. I guess first I better find someone to text other than my sisters huh??? So if anyone wants to text me let me know.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Relay for Life

Hi Everyone.

This email just came to remind us of what to bring on Friday for the Relay. Please remember we are "camping" so you need to bring what items your family needs. We need dinner Friday night. I believe Josie has teh meat (josie, let me know if you need more) and we all need to bring extras. We need, buns, condiments, chips and drinks, maybe salad. Please please respond and let me know what you can bring so we have everything we need. I suggest you bringing drinks for your family and treats to share. Here is the email that was sent out. If there are any questions, let Josie know. I can't wait to see you all there.

Okay, here goes! There is a lot of information here but it’s important that every participant know this information to be able to participate fully and to enjoy Relay.
Remember we will be there to: Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back!

There are five things team captains need to do BEFORE RELAY:
Make sure your team knows all the details below. I don’t have emails for everyone so please make sure they are contacted!
If you haven’t picked up your team flag pole please contact me or pick it up at Bank night on Thursday. Remember to decorate them with your team name etc
Come to Bank Night on Thursday (July 9th – Wells Fargo in front of the Cache Valley Mall from 4-6 p.m.) – deposit any funds collected so far and pick up your T-SHIRTS for your team members. If you cannot come to bank night please contact me.
Activity Laps – if you haven’t turned them in to me or if you have questions please let me know so we can make sure all the team members know what will be happening and that they can bring any props needed.
On-site fundraisers – please let me know what on-site fundraisers you will be having. (Remember this is an optional fund-raising opportunity) We’ll post that information so we can advertise your event.
Luminarias! Please gather donations and bring the decorated bags to Relay. Give all names to Terra Huff on-site or by email

Here are the final details for Relay for Life this weekend (July 10-11):

Event Schedule
2:00 Setup is open
3:30 Check-In
5:00 Walk begins – please have one member on the Relay circuit with flag in hand!
6:00 Opening ceremony and Survivor and Caregiver walk (no walking by team members)
6:15 (apx) - Survivor Dinner
6:15 (apx) – First team walk – all team members walk one lap
9:30 (Dusk) Luminaria Ceremony (no walking)
5:30 Closing Ceremony (no walking until final ALL team lap)

Team captains – since many of us are new here are some suggestions on what to do before Relay

Campsites - Invite team members to help set up the campsite. Let them know where it is. They are also listed on the website ( )
Meals – plan out your meals – Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch and snacks!! There will be some on-site fundraising that involves food so look for an email with that detail as well as on the website.
Water and stuff to drink - Please bring camping supplies such as water coolers since there will be no easy access to water. Some camps are having drinks to sell as part of their fundraisers!
Activity Lap – Make sure your team knows what activity lap your team is sponsoring and what time. Make sure they know about all the other activity laps so they can participate. Be prepared with supplies. We’ve tried to keep these simple so enjoy and remember to have fun! (Activity Lap definition - teams pick a theme and everyone who walks at that time is invited to wear or do something to match the theme. Check out the Relay for Life website to see the other Activity Laps so you can bring items to wear/use during the different activity laps – if you’d like.)
Supplies – give assignments to your team on what things to bring suggested camp supplies are: tents, canopies, tarps, chairs, loungers, tables, propane cookers, gas grills or charcoal bbqs, (only if you want to cook on-site – or roast marshmallows!) mosquito repellent, food, drinks, water supply, SUNSCREEN, activity lap props. Please remember what is restricted at Relay and on-campus. No alcohol, smoking, candles or open flames (such as fire pits), pets, or drugs. Propane cookers and charcoal bbqs are allowed if they are on a table or at least 24 inches above the grass.
Decorate your camp site! Pick a theme – either your own or the Relay theme this year “Back to the Future!” We are decorating using ideas from any of the three “Back to the Future movies. Ask team members to help with decorating. Prizes will be awarded!
Camping without electricity - Make sure your team members know this is a CAMPING event. There will be no electricity so enjoy being unplugged for a day. Think of all the money and energy you are saving J If it’s critical for your fundraiser or special needs you can bring a generator, but we ask that it is only on when needed and never during special events.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I tried to burn the house down.

Well I have to admit it. I have a hard time spelling teh, I mean the......

First off because of Jen's comment about Scott grilling he demanded that I post this story exactly how it happened. He was not home, nor did he had a hand in any of this,other than telling me where the fire extinguisher was. Thanks Jen (you made me laugh)

Ok, I am putting off the inevitable, I about burned the house down. Shhhhh, don't tell my landlords. So here is the story. On Friday Amber came over to visit me and have dinner. I got some yummy fresh corn and I wanted to grill it. I love grilled corn on the cob. Here is how you do it, for those of you who want a great summer treat without the fire part. I took my corn, still in the husks, and I soaked them in a bucket of water for 20-30 minutes, this does 2 things, first it allows the husks to get water-logged so they wont' burn, but they will char, and it steams teh corn, so you get some steamed and smoked corn and it is to die for. So I was grilling corn and chicken and having a good day. First I shoudl tell you that Scott was out on a wrecker call in Snowville and was nowhere around. So Amber was here and we had just finished dinner and I went out back and there were still 3 ears of corn that weren't quite finished, so I turned the grill off, yes I am sure I turned it off, and left the corn there to finish cooking. Amber left and i was cleaning up when Mason said "mommy smoke" so i looked out on the deck and sure enough there was smoke. I went outside and saw there was fire coming out of my propane tank, not my grill. It was up against the house and I could see it melting the siding but it had not caught fire yet. I tried to lift up the lid to see if the inside was on fire, but it was too hot. So I very calmly called Scott to tell him that I was gonig to call the fire department, but to not be worried, and he said there was a fire extinguisher down stairs. Now I knew not to put water on a grease fire, and since this was a grill, teh chances that grease was involved was pretty high, so I ran down stairs and got the fire extinguisher to find out it was almost out of stuff, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I was able to extinguish the fire on the propane tank, and then used my grill scraper to roll teh grill away from the house, to find out that the fire was on the tube leading from the propane tank to the grill and i had essentially a blow torch on my back deck. The propane tank was too hot to touch, so I then used the hose to cool down the tank, and spray up under my siding to get any hot spots, and then I was able to turn off the gas that was leaking.

I was then horrified to see that it had indeed melted my siding. NOthing had caught fire, luckily, but my siding is toast, as is my grill. Scott swears he is not buying me a new grill, and that I will not be allowed around fire for the rest of the summer, but I am sure the next time I ask what he wants for dinner and he says throw some chicken on the grill, he will run out and buy me one.

That is my story. Please don't let this stop you from making grilled corn. Oh, I forgot to tie it all together. The best explaination we could come up with was one of the corn husks had some hot embers when I turned it off and the wind kind of kicked up and sparked the fire. It somehow followed teh grease trail and burned the supply tube from teh take to teh grill and just burned right through it, and Scott had literally just filled the tank, so it was just burning the propane left in the tank.

I am glad we are all okay, and I have learned to make sure all my corn is finished when I am, or to take it off the grill to keep this from happning again. I have been grilling for over 15 years, and I really really like it, and this is the first mis-hap i have ever had.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Guess what I did this weekend?????

I don't think words are necessary. I will let you all speculate and I will tell the entire story later.