Thursday, August 30, 2001

Pioneerzz swept

The season and playoffs did not end well for the Pioneerzz. Lost 51 games in the season, and then swept out of the playoffs by the team with the worst record in the league. It looks like it will be Brian Grebeck vs. Mike Smith (or Long Beach vs. Chico) for the championship.

There were not many people at the game tonight. I have a very bad feeling that was the last baseball game to ever be played by the St. George Pioneerzz.

Tonya helps out at school today

Not only does Taylor go to school today, Tonya will be going in at 10:30 to volunteer for 1 hour. She plans on doing this every Thursday. Shaylie will be going over to the Browns.

Pioneerzz lose again

The pioneerzz have to win the rest of the games this week or they are done. For the second game in a row, Brian Grebeck (our former manager/player) had a breakout game with 3 doubles and 2 key RBI's. Tonight they come home, so you can guess where I will be.

In the other series, Mike Smith, our former pitcher, lived up to form and pitched six-innings of shut-out baseball to help Chico to a 3-0 victory and a 2-0 series lead.

Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Pioneerzz lose game 1

The Pioneerzz lost game 1 of the playoffs to Long Beach. They were shutout until the 8th inning. Hopefully tomorrow night will be better.

Today is the day!

Taylor finally starts going to school on a regular basis this morning. Now she will go to school from 8:30 to 11:30 everyday. She is very excited to go. Or neighbors are going to go to her school, so soon she will be able to walk to school, which she wants to, but we are not sure about.

Taylor's friend Nick moved away last night. It was fun to talk to them before they left. Taylor has already promised to write and said that she will come for visits. Maybe she will even bring us along :-)

Sunday, August 26, 2001

It's a Sad Day!

We just got back from a nice visit with our neighbors, the Henrie's. We are sad because tomorrow they are moving to Orem. Todd got transferred to the KMart store on University in Provo and it is a good change for their family, but we will miss them. Especially Nick. Taylor and he have been such good friends for the last three years. We were looking forward to sending the kids to school together this year, but now they are looking forward to being pen pals.

We have exchanged addresses and hopefully we won't lose touch. We are going to try to make it a point to visit each other.

Friday, August 24, 2001

We made it!

We made it through the first official week of school. Taylor loved her first day. We went back for the Kindergarten Pre-assessment on Wednesday. Mrs. Stewart asked Taylor all about reading and writing. She had Taylor write her name and tell her about her favorite story. I had to explain that we make up our own stories when Taylor started telling her favorite about "a girl named Taylor Lyn." She starts back to school everyday on Tuesday at 8:30. I think it is going to be a great year. Scott went to Back-to-School night last night. (I was sick, so unfortunately I didn't get to go.) He got a lot of information on the classroom and the school. Including a pamphlet to join PTA!

Tonight we leave for Holden and Chad & Krissy's open house. They made it back from their Honeymoon on Tuesday and started school on Thursday. Hopefully, they will have a nice turn-out. We won't be able to stay long because Scott is in charge of Sharing Time in Primary this Sunday. He's going to do his take-off on Millionaire called, "Who wants to be Really Blessed?" The kids loved it the last time!

Wednesday, August 22, 2001

New Photos Added....

I have loaded the pictures from Chad and Krissy's wedding breakfast and Taylor's first day of school. Check them out!

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Taylor's first day...

Taylor had a good first day of school. Mom and I drove her to class, walked her to the door, then helped her find her name on the desk. She will now be known as Taylor J as there is another Taylor in class with her. She likes her new teacher and has already made a friend in class. I picked her up after her day was over. She told us about everything that she did and that she had a really great time and is looking forward to going again.

Sunday, August 19, 2001

New pictures online

I have put the pictures for the Shakespearean Festival and for Chad and Krissy Wedding. Check them out!

First day of School

Today it the day! Taylor goes to kindergarden! It is only for one hour, but she is very excited. Mom put her hair in curlers last night so that she is cute for school and they picked out the clothes that she will wear. She then goes back to school again on Wednesday for testing. She doesn't attend school on a regular basis until next Monday.

Saturday, August 18, 2001

The Wedding...

Chad and Krissy's wedding finally came. First there was the practice at 11:00 in the morning. That went ok, except for the fact that Tonya's dad couldn't find the houseand didn't show up till about 1:00. We then went to Chad's house where we stayed and got ready. Unfortunately, everyone in the family came to Chad's house and it felt like it was 100 degrees there, so we left and went to Roger's hotel room to change for the wedding. Taylor wore curlers all day and her hair was very cute. The wedding was very nice. The backyard was very beautifully done up and everything went off very well. Taylor was a very cute flower girl. Taylor stayed with grandma for the night, as we are going back for a breakfast tomorrow morning. More later.....

Friday, August 17, 2001

Long Day!

We had a pretty long but fun day. We got to sleep in, which was nice. Then we traveled to Cedar City to meet up with Tonya's relatives at her brother Chad's apartment. Taylor played at a school next to Chad's and was invited to go see some new-born kittens. We went to the house and Taylor had fun. Next we all went to the Shakespeare Festival. We dropped the kids off at daycare and went to see the play "The Pirates of Penzance." It was a great play and our classmate, Brian Vaugh was the Pirate King. Next we had dinner at the Pizza Factory. Lastly, we took the kids to swim at Grandpa Strong's hotel. Afterwards the kids fell asleep and we drove home. Another long day tomorrow! More later.....

Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Getting Ready for School....

Taylor, Shaylie and I walked down to the school today to meet Taylor's new teacher and check out the classroom. We explained that we would not be able to meet with her at the open house because Taylor is going to be a flower girl in Uncle Chad's wedding this weekend. She understood. Taylor was a little shy, but she loved seeing her new classroom and meeting Mrs. Stewart.

Mrs. Stewart told us some of the procedures in her class, like where the kids come in and where they play and stuff like that. I think Taylor will have a good time in her room. I didn't recognize any other names on the class list, but Taylor makes friends so easily that it won't matter that she doesn't know anyone the first day. We'll find out more about everything next week after Taylor's testing is done...

Late Night at the Ballpark

I think I have found my limit on baseball for the night. It is four hours of losing baseball. Taylor and I went to the double-header last night for the Pioneerzz. They fell behind in the first inning and lost the game. The second game started at 8:50. They fell behind in the four inning and Taylor said "Let's go home," I agreed with her and went. At home, Taylor asked me to stay up with her for a while until she fell asleep. I did, although I fell asleep with her. I woke up at 11:30 and went to my room and turned on the alarm, AND THE GAME WAS STILL ON! The Pioneerzz won, I just wonder if there was anyone there to see it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2001

The Party Continues...

Well, Shaylie opened her presents tonight. She got some Mega Blocks in a Tug Boat and a Roll Along Turtle that says ABCD and plays music. She also got a cute little one year old collectible, so she can start her collection from Grandma J. After all the excitement, she had to take a nap. But as soon as she was up again, we had dinner and cake. All in all, it's good to be a one-year-old!!

The Birthday Queen

Shaylie really knows how to get into this birthday thing! Taylor and I decorated the house with some streamers and balloons this morning and Shaylie was having a blast. She was kicking those balloons around, and rolling on the floor with them. When we hung the streamers, she just kept saying, "ohhh!" I think she likes it. Just wait until we have presents and cake. Oh boy!

Shaylie's Birthday

Today is Shaylie's first birthday!!!!! We are going to have a small family party today but we we have a big family party Friday morning. I have made a new Shaylie homepage, check it out!

Monday, August 13, 2001

Now Taylor's Sick

It seems to be spreading. Taylor has been having trouble since about 4 this morning keeping things down. Hopefully it will only last for 24 hours like me. Unfortunately, that will mean that Shaylie will be sick tomorrow and Tonya Wednesday. This cannot be good.

Back from camp

Got back from camping out and immediately got sick. Had a fun time at camp. Be were at Baker Dam and have to say that it was one of the prettier camp sites I have ever seen. The food was great and all the boys were very careful to not throw dinosaur tracks into the lake :-)

Sunday, August 12, 2001

Busy Week Ahead!

This week, we are going to be very busy...Tuesday is Shaylie's Birthday. She will be one year old! I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by. Wednesday, Taylor and I are heading to her new elementary school to meet her teacher and scope out the new classroom. She is almost as excited about starting school as I am! Thursday is Grandma Dawn's birthday (I won't say how old...) and the whole family is coming in for Chad and Krissy's wedding on Saturday.
The wedding festivities are really taking off starting Friday. We are planning a little b-day party for Shay on Friday morning for the fam, and then that afternoon, we are all heading to the Shakespearean Festival to see Pirates of Penzance.
(You know, in all the times I've been to the festival, I don't think I've ever seen an actual Shakespearean play... oh well). Friday night, all of Chad and Krissy's family are meeting for dinner at the Pasta Factory. Yum! Saturday, we have the rehearsal for the girls...Taylor and Anje are flower girls. And then at 6:00 p.m., the wedding! The reception lasts until 9:30 at the Richardsons and then Sunday morning, Chad and Krissy have invited us to come to a Gift Opening Breakfast.
Monday, then, is Taylor's first official day of school. Whew! Hope we survive! If we do, it should be a blast. See you all there or somewhere!

Thursday, August 9, 2001

Going Camping

Tonight I am taking my Boy Scout troop camping. We are going to the Baker Dam area. This is the first time that I have been camping since before I got married. I dug through all my stuff that my mom sent down and found my old mess kit, canteens, hackets, knives that I used when I was a scout. Only thing I am worried about is the rain clouds looming above.

Our Anniversary

We went to Mesquite for our anniversary. Tonya's mom came and babysat the kids. We had fun there. First we went to see Jurassic Park III, but the power went out half-way through the movie, so we got our money back. We put .25 cents towards gambling on the slot machines, and we came back with over 60 dollars!!!!! It was great to get away.

Monday, August 6, 2001

Lagoon trip pictures online

We now how our trip to lagoon pictures on the website. You can access them by clicking here.

X -zz's kill Pioneerzz

Three former Pioneerzz players took it to St. George over the weekend. Rich Linares won game 1 against Long Beach, Brian Grebeck hit the game winning RBI in game 2, and Jason Sena shut out the Pioneerzz in Game 3, to be swept for the first time by the Breakers. I am glad that I was out of town for the weekend so that I couldn't listen to the games!

Sunday, August 5, 2001

We're baaaccckkk!

We had a great time at Lagoon. Taylor rode a lot of rides, including: the Roller Coaster, The Fire Dragon, Wild Mouse, Screamer, Musik Express, Flying Aces, basically everything. She only rode two kids' rides. Shaylie had a great day with Grandma J. Tonya and I found out the importance of Sunscreen.

Friday, August 3, 2001

Going on a trip

The whole fam damily is going to Lagoon tomorrow. Just about everyone we know. We are traveling up to Holden tonight and staying in Salt Lake Saturday night. In other words, if the computers crash, I'll fix it Monday. Shaylie is spending Saturday with Grandma J.

Thursday, August 2, 2001

Updated Home Page

After letting my hompage grow cob-webs for about a year, I have finally updated my personal homepage. I finally put up a ballparks section and updated my sports links. My other links I will incorporate into the links section on the techfamily. Most importantly, I updated my resume! You can go to my homepage by clicking here

Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Shaylie's walking

I just watched my daughter walk across the living room from Taylor's room to the kitchen. Time to baby proof at a higher level!

Now what?!?

I just found out that both Mike Smith and Brian Grebeck have been released by the Pioneerzz. So much for the team's two most popular and long-lasting players. I have to say that I did not know them very well, but I did know their families, and I will miss seeing them at the games. Taylor is going to miss Ashlee Smith a lot.
Considering the problems the Pioneerzz have with pitching this year, losing their best starting pitcher is going to hurt.
I think I understand why the Pioneerzz played like they did last night, it felt uninspired. I hope they can turn it around for the fans.