Thursday, December 27, 2007
Must go and figure out how to make my legs not feel like rubber.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Here are the main presents from this year. Shaylie got her mini me and another puppy purse. Like all the matching colors and clothes. Hiding in her purse is a DS. Taylor got her longer hair and a hot pink flute and some roses made out of ten dollar bills. I think the girls were very happy.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I have a few more deliveries to make to our good friends. Most of them are made already and I'm waiting on a few more deliveries myself. But if everything had to go ahead as is...I think we'd be set. I'm glad we decided to keep it smaller and more simple this year...but even so, it's been kind of crazy. I'm looking forward to the time off from work and school to just relax, unwind and have fun with our family and friends.
The girls finished up today and Scott has time off too. We're going to have to make it a point to get out together and find the fun! We had talked about going tubing with some of our friends...brrr, sounds cold!
So, Merry Christmas to all! We'll probably post again soon after the big day! To our family: We love you and are thinking of you always. Have a fun holiday and we'll talk to you soon!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
A very good friend of mine took our family portrait today. She did an amazing job and even gave us this great Christmas card. We hope it brings you much joy and happiness this holiday season! FYI-I'm ordering copies of our portrait for Grandparents. We'll get them to you! Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
At this point, we've decided to uphold tradition in honor of the family and hold a big bash here at our house. We're inviting any family who will be in the area and as many friends as we can fit. Just bring a treat and a bottle of your favorite bubbly drink and you're in! I think we'll do games and movies and have a great time a la the Strongs. Maybe we could hook up some video via the Internet so we could check in. We'll miss being part of the last great Christmas 2 tradition but we'll do our best to keep the New Year spirit alive!
We have been INCREDIBLY busy this month. Between Primary, my new job, Scott's old job, the kids activities, and Christmas in general, we have had something going every minute and the next few weeks looks the same. Today is one of the few days that we don't have something happening. I might try dragging Scott out to go Shopping...only 2 weeks left although I'm sure the moolah will run out before time does.
We had a very successful Toy Drive earlier this month. We gathered a whole truckload of toys for Christmas. The kids in our ward came to an activity where we cleaned up the newer used ones and sorted the new toys. I was very proud of our children. They did a great service project! I think it so important to get kids thinking of giving at this time of year. Mine, at least, find it hard to focus on anything other than what they're getting! It's nice to do something for someone else. In honor of my brother Bryan's Christmas wish, I donated $30.00 worth of new toys to our Drive, and I thank him for his generosity and for that of everyone who contributed.
Well, this has been a great long epistle. I thought I better take the chance while I have a minute to get caught up on the blog it might be a while before I can get at it again! Love to everyone! Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This past Monday, I was at my school's faculty meeting and one of the special ed teacher's gave a presentation on Irlen Syndrome. I'd personally never heard of it, but as she was talking about the different ways that words move on the page for some people and some of the indicators, I kept thinking to myself, "This sounds like my Taylor." Afterwards, I went up to the teacher and told her that Tay has like 6 of the 9 indicators and asked if she would mind giving her the test.
So today we went in and filled out a questionnaire and she gave Taylor some quick visual tests and asked some questions while Taylor read paragraphs. Then, she put 9 different colored overlays onto the page to see if any of them made a difference to what she saw or how she read. For most of the colors, she sounded like she always does when she reads: halting, stumbling, backtracking, losing her place....but then she put a Yellow sheet on the page and the tester and I both looked up at each other and mouthed, "Wow!" It was an amazing difference. She read almost twice as fast and was smooth and clear as she read. I started to cry; I was so impressed with the difference that this small thing could make.
The teacher gave Taylor the yellow overlay and taught her how to take care of it. She is supposed to use it at home for the next couple weeks and then she can begin to take it to school. She ordered another overlay so that we could have one to use for smaller books and to carry around. I'll have to tell her teachers about this and make sure that they let her use it. Her retention and comprehension was even better with it...we got out to the car and Taylor said, "I still remember what that paragraph was about." And almost told me the whole thing again.
I am so thrilled and amazed! I just hope it really does make a difference. It seemed to really affect the way that she read, and understood the infomation. It's such a great discovery! Yay, yay, yay!!!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Then I was able to fix the IT director's computer, so that was a good feeling.
We got all the rest of the lights hung at our house and got our snowman setup.
In other news, Taylor went for a bike ride with Jordan, so I guess things have improved there.
Grmama J is coming down this weekend. We are busy getting the house clean and straightened up for visit.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Everyone is well...we can't believe it is Thanksgiving already. I'm so not ready for the holidays. I think we'll be shooting for a simple, streamlined Christmas this year. My kids already have everything they could possibly need. I want to focus on serving and giving this year...and every year...but it's hard not to get wrapped up in all the craziness. I think I'll wait til later in the month to put up stuff too. We'll see how it goes.
Love to all....
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Not only is Taylor's first quarter over with and she did incredibly well....but our Primary Program Practice is over too!!! That is double the cause for celebration.
We had one Sunday practice two weeks ago, but we had to do it in the gym, since the Ward after us meets during our Primary classes. I think that went as well as could be expected. It was good to get into the
chapel today, though. The children seemed to do very well. It's so hard for all of them to sit reverently and quietly for two solid hours. At least the actual program is only 40 minutes long. I think we'll do well. It will be nice to have it behind us. It has always been my favorite Sacrament Meeting program. I have a little different perspective now that I'm behind the scenes. The kids have all worked really hard this year to learn all the songs and to memorize their parts. I'm excited for them to have their chance to shine.
Taylor had to leave a little bit early to her soccer game...it's the secomd to last of the year. She has one more next Saturday and then she's done.
I just got a call from them and they won again!!! So I guess that's Triple Yay now. One more game and they are the Champions!! I think they might be the champions even if they lose. I'll have to do some research..(i.e. ask Scott). Go Sublime Suns!
So Yay for Us all around! We'll keep you posted...Love to everyone!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
It feels like today is the grand finale for all the Halloween festivities that have been going on at our house. We've already had parties and candies galore. Shaylie had her Primary party last week and we all went to Trunk-or-Treat at the church on Saturday (where our Trunk won the prize for best Trunk!!!!)
Today, Taylor went to school in her costume and she looked as cute/scary as ever. Shaylie is taking hers in her backpack and she'll change into a ladybug fairy before her class party later today. Both the girls are excited to have Anje come over for our traditional Trick-or-treating. Shaylie asked me to please not sit on the front porch scaring kids tonight...but I don't know if I can...it's way too much fun.
The girls don't know it, but I've planned a spooky dinner tonight. I'm not going in to work today because I have to work Friday, so I have all day to bake treats and goodies. I don't usually care for this so much, but I've been in the mood lately. I'm making Mummy Pizzas and Monster Toes for dinner and pumpkin chocolate chip bread for a treat.
Scott must be doing something fun at work today too...I didn't see him dressed up, but I think he was going to wear his death costume today. If we'd been thinking we'd have done something more fitting like a "computer virus" or something....but maybe death is appropriate too. JK!
Today is also Grandma J's and Ashton's birthday! Happy Birthday to you both!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Work is going pretty well. There is a dedcided lack of guidance. I have a vague idea of what the end goal is but I guess how I get there is pretty much up to me. I did get the chance today to meet some of the kids I will be working with. They all seem like the strange, normal, confused teenagers they likely are. I will enjoy working with them.
I'm taking Blackberry to Shaylie's class in about an hour. It's her show and tell day and she's been planning to take BB in for a while now. She also has her puppy collection and two trophies she's won. I'm proud of her. She's an awesome daughter.
Speaking of awesome daughters, Taylor is doing well too. She remains updefeated in soccer. They won on Saturday a Million to one...or something like that. She missed a penalty kick but unless you're lucky those are almost impossible to defend. I just really enjoy sitting on the sidelines and hearing all the parents say, "Wow, that girl is good." and "She's a great goalie." or "Where did she learn to kick like that?" It's quite the ego booster.
We are going to try to have a Halloween Party for Tay and her friends (yes, she has some) but this is where the slackitude might get me. I may have to spend the weekend making treats and decorations. But she is in need of a good party, so I'll try my best to get it going.
Scott has done a ton of stuff on his train layout. I'm sure he'll post pictures soon. He did a really cute thing with the trampoline. He made it so it looks like one of the girls is jumping. He's got the pics all posted on the other site he posts to...It's fun to see the PROGRESS!
The only other big deal going on right now is the annual Primary program. It will be on November 11 and both the girls have parts. I guess I also have a part since I'm the Primary President. We are getting ready big time for it. Wish us luck! Any Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, & Cousins are welcome to attend. Give me a call and I'll give you details.
I feel much better for having posted....staved off slackitude for another day...what a relief!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I will be working 4 hours a day (likely mornings), Monday-Thursday, at the school and another 4 hours on Fridays at home on the ETS Newsletter. That last will be a good way to get in a few more hours. I'm glad they offered it to me.
I do feel like I'm having a little stress making the transition from Stay At Home Mom to Working Mom. Even though it is only part-time, I'm very tired and finding it hard to get everything I need to do done. I sure hope I can find a balance soon. I might have to start prioritizing more selectively.
My girls and my husband are amazing...they've been very good to me as I've started to flip out a little bit. I love them very much.
We had a great time with family this weekend. Thanks to everyone for making it such a fun weekend.
I'll post again soon...sometime when I'm not so exhausted. Love to all!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The girls are happy for me, and I think Scott is too. He wants what I want, so since I'm not sure how I feel yet, I think that's how he feels too.
Now I need to go shopping, though. I have absolutely no workday clothing--and after almost 10 years, anything I had for work before is probably a little outdated. I have a couple Sunday dresses that might work, but I think Millcreek is a little more relaxed than that, though I don't know for sure.
My Dad and Pam are coming down tomorrow. I'm excited to see them. It's been a while since they've been to visit. I'm trying to find something fun to do while they're here. Tuacahn would be fun, but it's a little pricey. I love having them come but I'm sure they get tired of sitting around my house or just going to eat. There is the Corn Maze...that would be fun. Or the Huntsman World Senior Games are in town, but I've never been to those before. Anyway, I'm sure we'll come up with something. If there are any ideas to share, please let me know.
The girls are out of school today, Thursday and Friday. It's our "Fall Break" as opposed to UEA weekend. For some reason, our district does not have UEA off. I guess none of the teachers really went to UEA anyway, so they just decided to have Fall Break instead. Works for me...a few days for fun and relaxing.
Well, this has been a much longer post than I intended. Lots to say, I suppose. I'm sure I'll have just as much to say in a day or two, so I'll post again soon. Love to everyone...
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
It's true that I've been wanting something that will work with my family, my home, and my writing...it looks as if this may be it. At the very least, it will give us a much needed extra paycheck each month and still leave me time, and at best, I will love it and find it very fulfilling. But there is no way to tell, unless I try.
I am surprised that I am even hesitating. It's just that the appeal of FT was the money and with PT I don't get that, but I still have to work as hard. The trade off being less time involved, I suppose....which may be just what I've been asking for.
So, I want to talk it over with my fam, but I will keep you posted on developments.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Shaylie got a 100% on her spelling test. She is loving school.
I was going through our website and we don't have a good picture of the house, so I went and took one (and look, a train went by as I was taking the picture):
Just kidding. I just barely finished our house on the layout. I think it turned out really well. Next up, a walking trail on my layout.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I called Scott first thing and his first reaction was, "You mean we went through all this for nothing?" This made me laugh, because that's certainly one way to look at it. I am so glad it's come to nothing though, because something would have been much worse.
The whole experience was scary but worth it. I had so many people praying on my behalf and looking out for me and my family. I felt the power of those prayers in strength and calm and optimism that have been sustaining me. This whole thing has really helped me to feel what it is like to be on the receiving end of so much love and spiritual power. My gratitude is so overwhelming.
I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with health and strength, to my family and friends for their prayers and service, to my husband and kids for their help and love. I couldn't have felt more love in my life and I know this is why things are turning out so great. There is true power in prayer and the blessings of the priesthood. I too am praying for the Lord to bless and keep you and your families safe, healthy and happy. Thank you for your love and support! I will, as always, keep you posted...
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I have added Shaylie's Birthday party pictures to the photo page.
Miracle notice: Taylor's cell phone is now working again. Believe it or not, it went through the wash and two 80 minutes sessions in the dryer. We let it just sit for a few days and then last night we put it on the charger and it charged up and we called it and it worked! Finally something that isn't needing to be replaced.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Scott & our home teacher gave me a blessing last night, which I'm so grateful for. I can't tell you how much Scott has helped me through all of this. I am so glad I have a husband who loves me so much and shows it in everything he does. I am very lucky to have him and so many others who have been showing me support with prayers, visits, meals, and good thoughts. Thank you to everyone!
The girls are great...they talked us into putting up our Halloween decorations for Family Night. Our house is very haunted now, and we are in the midst of deciding on costumes for this year. They have outgrown nearly everything we have...if anyone is in need of costumes for smaller girls, we have plenty...witches, girl pirate, snow white, tiny mermaid (good for 2-3 year old), vampire, queen amidala...that's probably it. Let me know...
Can't believe it's already October! Pretty soon, we'll be thinking about Christmas...that might hurt a little too. But, for now, we'll take one season at a time. Happy Halloween!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
At least, my suspense is ended and I can move on...that's a relief.
I'm feeling much better about things...I have my car back! Despite the big bill, it's so nice to have a working car again, no thumping, no smoking, no squealing! Yay!
I also have an appointment for a Biopsy...next Tuesday...and I feel like that is finally moving forward.
I spoke with the HR office again at DSC and they are hoping for a decision tomorrow. I have no idea what the hangup has been, and if there really is a decision tomorrow, I'll be shocked, but at least it's something.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Second, the job is still undecided. I called the Human Resource office at DSC and I called the ETS director directly, but she said to call the HR office. They didn't know what was happening (big surprise) but said they would get back to me which they never did. My friend Marsha, who was in on the interviews, emailed me today and said that I should have heard by now (which led me to believe that I did NOT get it) but then she emailed me again and told me that they still have not made the final decisions and that there might be another PT opening at Millcreek High and perhaps they are trying to fill that from this round of applicants rather than open it up again. In any case, it is overly frustrating that it is taking so long. I really am trying to be patient (even though it doesn't sound like it) but it's been two months since the original closing date and a week since the interview which seems excessive to me. Plus, with the aforementioned car repairs, it would be nice to know for sure.
Lastly, with my health: I called the Dr's office today to schedule the Biopsy, but their computers were down and the nurse said that they needed to put my name in the computer system which then automatically assigns me a time and day for the appt. and then they call me to let me know....except that they never called me, either. And I have a bunch of kanker sores in my mouth...and I am having a much more mundane monthly ailment, which caused me to miss church yesterday and now everyone thinks I'm dying. I've had phone calls, and one person brought me some spaghetti sauce and a box of spaghetti...which was very nice. But really, I'm feeling just fine...though frustrated that this is taking so long too.
Hopefully, the coming days will bring me some resolution. I am tired of writing about the same issues over and over again...as tired as you are of reading about them, I'm sure. I really feel like everything will be all right. I just need to be more patient in awaiting my fate.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
No news on the job still. Also frustrating.
The girls are great...except for Taylor who seems to go through spurts of despair and friendlessness every 6.8 hours....I'm sure she'll perk up again soon. She's playing her flute, which always cheers her up. She's very good at it, so it's easy to see why that would make her happy. I haven't told the girls everything about my health, they know I've been going to the Dr. alot but they don't know why. I don't want to freak them out...since they are very freakable.
Thank you to all of you who have spoken with me and wished me well! Your support means so much to me. I love you and I will keep you updated as I know more.
This little guy has taken up residence outside my window, they have been trying to catch him all week, but he appears to be smarter than the trap. He will jump on the trap to spring it, he has even grabbed the release lever a couple of times to trip it. He often stands on top of the trap to look at me. I think he is saying, "Not gonna catch me."
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
With the Dr: I went in, paid my $25.00 and was there long enough for him to say "Yes there is something there" and then they scheduled me another appointment for an Ultrasound tomorrow. So no news on that front either. We won't likely know anything after the Ultrasound either since the Dr. said that it would probably be necessary for another Ultrasound when they actually do the thing. Who knows when that will be....I'll post more when I know more.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Taylor had her second game of the year. Unlike her first game, this one was an easy blowout. Taylor pitched a shutout in goal and they won 7-0! It would have been more, but our coach called off the dogs after 3-0 and was trying to give them a chance.
I was the line judge and got yelled at for calling offsides (just jokingly though). I think I ran more than the girls did. I was tired. But most importantly, Taylor had a GREAT GAME!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Went to the doctor today...the good news is I don't have strep. Just have to let it run it's course, he says. I'll just have to stock up on cough medicine and lozenges. I have another appointment next week...I'll keep you updated.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Her team won on a penalty shot that sailed right over all the defenders heads and into the high corner of the goal. And all this in one of the hottest September days I can remember in a long time. No shade or umbrellas made it very hard on us, let alone the girls playing. They did a great job!
Afterwards, we found out that we were playing Taylor's friend Kaitlan's team. She came up to Taylor after the game and said that her whole team hates her. I took that to be the compliment that it was.
Taylor went with the Sabaitis family to Zion this afternoon. They hiked up to the Emerald Pools. They invited our whole family to go, but I have been sick the past few days, and Shaylie has been complaining about her tummy, so we stayed home. It would have been fun to go though. I always get sick at the beginning of the school year. Darn germs.
Shaylie is doing very well with her piano practice. Her teacher gave her about four songs to practice, including Mary had a little lamb. She seems to be having fun with it and I think it will be good for her. She is improving daily and I fully expect to have two little musicians at my house before long. I'm envisioning many flute/piano duets in the girls future.
Scott is doing well. He spent the morning taking our Toyota to the shop to have the brakes replaced. He wanted to take a big bike ride, but he gave it up to do this. They couldn't have it done until the afternoon, so unfortunately, that meant we had to use the van all day. This is risky business because it keeps overheating. I haven't wanted to spend anymore money on it until I know about the job I've applied for, but now we're thinking it may be a fan belt or something easy (cheap) to fix. I'll likely make an appointment for it next week...so we may soon have two working cars again soon. That would be nice. Scott will probably try to get his bike ride in tomorrow. He just got it working well too, so he wants to try it out.
Thanks for checking in with us. We'll post again soon. Love to everyone!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Taylor and Shaylie are doing very well in school. Tay is keeping up with her homework and staying on top of all her stuff. She is picking up her flute quite well. And she is excited to get Soccer underway. Shaylie is loving 2nd grade and Girl Scouts is keeping her busy too. No sports or dance for her this year though. We're still trying to find her Thing.
I still haven't heard anything about the job I'm hoping for...I keep calling and they've told me that it has been "put on hold" due to "turnovers" and they're looking over applications and I should hear sometime next week. Only they've been saying that exact thing to me for the past three weeks. Oh well...I was making myself sick and depressed worrying about it, so I've decided to quit stressing and just take it as it comes. Hopefully, it will come soon. I'll post as soon as I know.
Labor Day this weekend...we aren't doing anything...well, except for Scott's train room project....nothing fun though. ;-) Hanging out here...we might try to come up with something interesting. Maybe a picnic or movie or something.
Next week, I'm playing secretary...I'm going to try to get appointments for the dog, the car, the kids, and the hubby and maybe even me...if I have the strength.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Practice: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm
09.08.07 - 12:00pm vs. Team 1 (1)
09.15.07 - 8:00am vs. Team 2 (2)
09.22.07 - 1:00pm vs. Team 1 (1)
09.29.07 - 1:00pm vs. Team 3 (1)
10.06.07 - 2:00pm @ Team 2 (2) -Picture Day
10.20.07 - 2:00pm @ Team3 (2)
10.27.07 - 12:30pm @ Team 2 (2) - Crazy Hair Day
11.03.07 - 8:00am vs. Team 3 (2)
11.10.07 - 11:00am @ Team 1 (2) - We bring treats
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Grandma J. sent Shaylie some cute new outfits and with the $20.00 she sent, Shaylie went to Bear Mill. Papa Strong and Grandma Pam sent a DS game which she loves. Grandma Dawn got her a new bike and a marker/paper set. Thanks everyone for your generous gifts! Shaylie loves them all!
Check out some pics...more to come in the online album soon...
Shaylie takes the high dive, Lindsi takes the low dive, and Taylor hit the pool deck before them.
A new bike...now she has to learn to ride!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The girls started school today! Taylor was up bright and early (5:38) to ensure that her dream of missing the bus did not come true. She made it in plenty of time!
Shaylie was ready an hour ahead too...she was begging me to go by the time 8:45 rolled around. We took birthday treats to school to celebrate today! Yay!
Taylor is having a nutritious breakfast of Cookie Crisp to start the day!
Shaylie puts her backpack in her NEW cubby!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
With all the comings and goings, Scott and I didn't get to go out until Friday night. We went to Texas Road House and saw Bourne Ultimatum. Both were really good. Taylor is really excited about classes now that she's had a chance to meet all her teachers and get some information about the year. (Maybe a little TOO excited.) Shaylie got to meet her teacher too and see her classroom. It should be a good year...
...which brings us to the week ahead. School starts on Wednesday. Shaylie's birthday is Tuesday, though we aren't doing too much celebrating until the weekend. I will take treats to school on the first day, as this has become somewhat of a tradition. Then, on Saturday we have reserved the Washington City Pool for a party with friends and family.
I am also expecting to hear from Dixie State College about an interview for the ETS job. It's been almost a week and a half, so it can't be much longer. KOW. I did have a dream that I didn't get the job. I was bummed. Just in case, though, I also applied for a back-up job at Fossil Ridge in their Media Center. Taylor has been praying that I DON'T get this job. I don't get it...two years ago, it was cool that I worked in the computer lab..now she has to pretend she doesn't know me...Things sure change when the kid turns into a teenager.
Whatever the case may be, I'm sure we'll have more news for you next week. Assuming there is a you...I'm still not convinced that anyone reads this blog anymore anyway. If YOU do, then you might consider leaving a note or something.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Shaylie and I are back from camp! We had such a good time! We got there on Wednesday afternoon and immediately jumped into the Arts and Crafts projects. We met our Cabin Mates and hiked in the rain. We bunked with four other Mom/Daughter pairs. They were all very nice and Shaylie made fast friends with all of them.
It rained most of the time we were there. It was actually kind of nice...and on Thursday the thunder and lightning went away long enough for us to go out on the lake. We canoed in the rain and got pretty wet. In the afternoon, the sun came out and it got pretty hot.
Shaylie decided she would jump in the lake...in her jeans and t-shirt...to cool off. It was a good thing she was already wet, because she and her friend, Sammi, got in a little canoe and Sammi decided to stand up. The whole thing top-sized and dumped them in the lake. It was pretty funny!
The last night, Shaylie got to participate in the All-Camp activity: the Miss Cloud Rim Pageant Workshop. They made tiaras, and evening gowns (0ut of trash bags), practiced interview skills and learned a dance for their talent. Then Shaylie led the whole group in the runway fashion show at the end of the evening. When the counselors started to sing a good-bye song, Shaylie started to cry. She said, "Why do they have to sing a sad song at the end? It just makes me sad to leave camp." She is such a sweetie. She really didn't want to go home. We had a great time!
Taylor was busy while we were gone too. She got a new Sixth Grade Do! It's mostly brown now, with some red and blonde highlights. I think it is adorable. She is going to be the most gorgeous girl in the school!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Shaylie and I are headed to camp this week. I am excited to go with her...this is her first year and she is really looking forward to it. I am worried about the weather though, the forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms. We have a cabin though, so at least we'll sleep dry. I'm looking forward to the cooler weather. I'll just have to make sure to pack lots of layers and rain ponchos for us both. I just hope we can make it to the waterfront at least once.
When we get back, my next project is planning a birthday party for Shay. I haven't even thought of it yet. I usually have everything all ready to go by now, but this summer has been so crazy. Shay hasn't been very helpful either, she usually has a theme picked out by the previous birthday, but not this year. Poodles. She did say something about poodles. I'll have to think of something.
Then school starts. This summer has gone by so quickly. Taylor is getting nervous. She went to the mall the other day with her friend, Shaylee, and came home with the cutest school bag and outfit. I was impressed with her shopping ability. She is really concerned with the newness of it all. She'll be fine once she knows what to expect. Her registration day is on the 8th of August...I'm hoping we can tour the school and see where all her classes are so at least that isn't a big mystery. I remember so well.
Scott is doing some work on his train room. He's got a door that needs to be installed and he's going to put in a ceiling fan for cooling. Our plan is to get a/c to that room somehow so that he can work out there comfortably and I can have some food storage. I told him that I want his trains to be able to fetch my canned goods and rail them into the kitchen by remote control. I shouldn't have said that though, because I immediately started seeing the wheels start turning in his brain. Oops. My bad.
Well, wish us luck with everything. I will post again with more info...Love.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Shaylie was walking in the parade with a sign and Taylor was riding her scooter around her float.
After the parade, I raced over to the breakfast and was able to get an omelet very early (the line usually takes FOREVER), so then we all ate before the activities.
Next were the age group races, and guess what!? As you can see in the picture, Shaylie WON HER RACE!
Next up was the bottle rocket competition. Shaylie got her rocket and got in line and had it filled with water. Most of the kids rockets where just decorated and only flew up about 100 feet. When Shaylie got up to hand her's to the launcher, I heard a guy say, look at the fins on that one. We were just hoping that it wouldn't blow up, as it was made out of file folders and didn't know if it would stand up. Then it launched and it kept going up and up and up and up. The crowd was getting louder and louder the higher it went, till everyone was cheering loudly. Shaylie was jumping up and down, I was jumping up and down and the rocket went to a height of 214 feet! And that height stood until the very last rocket, who was done by the family that wins the contest every year. Unfortunately, that one reached 224 feet, but still everyone cheered for Shaylie's the loudest because noone expected it (including us)
It was damaged after the flight, but we were so happy we didn't care, everyone came over and asked us how we built it. Shaylie was sad that she didn't win, until she found out they had age divisions and obviously she won her 2-11 age group
It was a very happy day and the Jesienouski's were very happy with the construction. Shaylie picked out and decorated the bottle, Scott cut out the fins and cone, and Taylor taped and found the rock for the weight. It was a happy time for all.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I called one of my old friends from SCHS who is now a counselor at Dixie High and it turns out that the job is at her school. She was very excited that I am applying and told me all about the office and people there. I am only sad that my other good friend Roberta is not going to be working in that office anymore...she has worked there for the past 15 years or more...and this is the first year that she will not be in the schools. Bummer!
This would be a major life change, but since the girls are in school full time now, I think we can work it out so that Taylor will only be alone for about one hour after school...and then only on days when Scott is not able to come home at his usual time. Depending on when I would have to be there in the morning, I will have to find someone to take Shay for a little bit before school and drive her there when it's time. One of my neighbors should be able to help me out....if I get the job that is.
I have many mixed emotions about it all. But I think it may be just the thing. I will let you know more as soon as I do. I have my application ready to go in, except for some letters of recommendation which I have requested from some of my old co-workers. Wish me luck!!!!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
- Nice perfume
- Gift card to amazon or bn.com (or any bookstore)
- Nintendo DS & brain games
- super-duper blowdryer (ask mom)
- home decor (americana, tuscan)
Just remember my criteria for a really great gift: 1) it has to be something I really want; 2) it is probably something I wouldn't get for myself; and 3) it should be a surprise.
I'm sure that I'll love anything that you and the girls come up with...including my new headlights. Love you!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
My sound devices finally came for my train, so now I can be noisy in my train room. I can make the sounds of trains, plus some sounds of cities and towns. The N Scale club layout is now long enough that I can run 7 trains on it at one time (3 on the outside track, 4 on the inside) someday I need to put a video on YouTube so you can all see it.
After working 55 hours last week, it is going to be weird to only work 2 days. I got everyone moved into the building, got the cubes built, and now I need to clean up all the older computers, I have lots of work ahead. E ya later....
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Scott survived being alone by staying busy. He had so much work to do and I don't think he is finished yet. He didn't teach BB to clean the house, though I thought it was a good idea. Maybe he can do it next weekend.
I did get my hair done. It's pretty cute, but I don't have pictures yet. Soon. Tay should have camp pics to post at the end of the week.
Love to all....PAS.
I have been SUPER busy. DWS bought 22 new computers so I have been getting those out. BES and DWS are merging so the BES employees have been moving into the building for the past few days, so I have been over there doing that as well. Then we were supposed to come up with a large item inventory in 2 days so I also had that stress. Now I am feeling guilty that I haven't been home much and Blackberry gets to sit in his room bored. I wish I could teach him to clean the house. Well, back to setting up computers....
Friday, June 22, 2007
The weather looks like it will be nice for her, but we've packed many layer-able clothes for her just in case. I think she is excited to go. She had one of her friends braid her hair in many little braids. It should make it easier for her while she is there. She won't need to worry about it for a few days, at least. Then I think I'll have Grandma help us figure out a cute style for 6th grade. She wants to go brown, but I don't know...
I'm hoping Mom will help me with my hair this week too. I am so tired of my permy style, I've had forever. I need something new and cute. Anissa has a cute style and color now, but I don't want to go that short. If I get a new do, I'll post pictures. Camp pics too. I'm sending Taylor with the Digi camera this year. I still have the film cameras she took last year in my bathroom drawer waiting to be developed. Which is why I gave up on those in the first place....Maybe I'll develop them while she's gone.
If anyone is interested, I know the camp has a website where they post messages and maybe pictures of the camp activities. Here is the link to the Camp Journal. Look for High Adventure entries...that's her camp.
Love to all, PAS!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
We had so much fun! Dallin saddled up some horses and Taylor took to it beautifully, after her dad showed her the basics. She was a little nervous at first but by the end of the day she was confident enough to take her sister for rides. Her friends Kaitlan and Emily picked it up pretty quick too. It was fun to see all three girls riding around on the horses. Shaylie wasn't so sure if she liked it or not. She was happy to go off on the four-wheeler with her mom, even though I kept finding the hardest trails imaginable. We had a yummy barbecue and roasted marshmallows for S'mores.
When it came time to go, Taylor talked me into letting her stay up overnight and Shaylie wasn't happy that she didn't get to stay too. I wish she could have but it would have been too much trouble to dump both the kids on Julie when I couldn't stay with her. So after some tears and apologies to our hosts, we came on home.
The only downside to the whole night was my BDV (big dumb van). I tried to take it up the mountain and it overheated so I sent the girls ahead with Julie and Amy and I took it back to the shop. Scott and I drove up in the Toyota a bit later. They had to replace the thermostat, which was actually broken into parts when they took it out, and replace the coolant. I'm crossing my fingers that this is the last repair we have to make for a very long time. BDV!
More summer adventures to come I'm sure...post again soon!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
The girls are having a good summer. Now we are starting to get in gear for GS camp. I've got most of Tay's stuff from previous years, but there are a few things yet to gather....bug spray, for one. She goes through it like perfume up there. I always expect her to come home glowing in the dark.
Shaylie is missing all of her friends from school. The little girl across the street that she usually plays with hasn't been home much, she's either at daycare or at her dad's. So we've had to scrounge for friends. We've even been to visit our old neighborhood a couple times. And she's always ready to make friends at the park or pool or wherever.
We had our annual ward breakfast and water party this morning at the Splash Park near our house. It was yummy and much more fun this year, since we know people now. I was very protective of my sunburn so I didn't get wet, but the kids and Scott had a blast with water balloons and toys. Taylor even had one of the dads dump a big cooler of ice water over her head when she wasn't looking. It was totally awesome! :-)
More posting to come...Love to all! Happy Summer!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Lagoon was fun as usual. We took Bella with us and that made it very interesting. She didn't like the fast twirly rides, but we kept taking her on them anyway. She would scream and scream while she was on it, but then when we got to the next one, she wanted to ride it too. It was funny. All the girls won prizes at the "Guess It" game...and we went swimming at Lagoon-A-Beach. There was a new roller coaster that Scott and Taylor loved...Wicked...The first hill was literally straight up in the air, around a hair pin curve and straight back down to the ground. Too wild for me, but they loved it.
At the campground, Taylor found a little lost duckling and it started following her around. The girls loved it and named it "Duckly" We had a hard time getting it out of our camp, though....Taylor finally put it in some bushes near the river where we saw a family of ducks, so hopefully it found its way back.
Overall, a pretty fun little vacation. We'll be heading back up north in a couple weeks to take Tay to camp....It's been a busy month. Love to all! We'll post again soon.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Today on the train layout, I worked it out and now I can run 6 trains at a time on the N scale layout, it is fun watching all those trains it is pretty neat to see trains coming and going all the time.
I checked out our tent and everything is in working order for next week's campout. We are all excited to be going camping. E ya later!
Sunday, June 3, 2007
We didn't get to visit with my Dad and Pam this weekend. They needed to go up to Idaho Falls to be with Pam's dad, Royal. Royal's wife, Viola, was having some heart troubles and needed to go to the hospital. We were sorry that they couldn't be here, but they were where they needed to be. We'll have other chances to visit.
Scott went up to Salt Lake for a meeting on Friday and he got to see Grandma J for a minute. We're planning to go to SLC again next week for our (seems like) annual trip to Lagoon. We're staying at the campground again...it was so much fun and so convenient. And then again, to Park City, the week after for Taylor's Girl Scout Camp. So much for high gas prices slowing us down!
July should be much quieter. At least we can hope....Love to all!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Today, the kids and Scott and Blackberry have been in Holden helping Mom with a big backyard fence rennovation. I would have gone too, but I need to be in Primary tomorrow. I'll join them as soon as church is out. I'm going up to pick up Scott and Shaylie, but Taylor is staying up for a few days to visit Grandma, then my dad is going to pick her up on his way down to visit this weekend.
I've just been enjoying a relaxing day at home...all by myself. I was able to mop the floor and get some stuff done. It was especially weird not having the puppy around. I better enjoy it while it lasts. :-)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Hopefully (hint, hint) Scott will be able to put some pictures and videos online for you to see...he wants to try out putting something on YouTube.
Donations will be accepted for the "Taylor is now an Elite dancer and needs lots of money" fund. ;)
Friday, May 18, 2007
I was able to get within 10 feet of one of the deer, when the deodorant commercial of the rabid deer flashed in my mind. However, it ran off with the other two deer. It was pretty neat to see them that close. Also saw a couple of roadrunners (real ones, not the baseball team) and as always, at least 20 rabbits.
However, all is not well on the bike trail. After two months of the trails finally being open and all the bridges being rebuilt, St. George has closed over a mile of trail that leads to the trailhead park! Well, I guess I should be thankful for the 2 months, but it would be really nice to be able to use the trails instead of getting run over on the street. I am going to complain to the city.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
My family has spoiled me as usual. Taylor and Shaylie have both given me many homemade paintings and drawings for this special day and they surprised me with breakfast in bed. Scott got me a Tool Set for girls (flowery and cute) and a magnetic board I've been wanting. We all went to dinner after Taylor's dance concert last night too. I am so lucky to have such a terrific family. Thanks and I love you!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Tay has been struggling. Goalie is a hard position, but she was brave and gave 1000% effort, but she still feels responsible. I'm sure she'll feel better tomorrow. We are so proud of her and her efforts this year. Like everything else she does, she gave it all of her heart and completely dedicated herself to being the best she possibly could be.
Thanks to all of you for words of encouragement and support! Hopefully, she'll post some words soon. Love to all!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
LOSE A GAME EVER SO WE HAVE A PLAY OFF GAME ON TUESDAY AT FIVE O'CLOCK SCARY RIGHT BECAUSE IF I DON'T DO MY JOB AS GOALY WE LOSE FOR SURE AND WE WATCH THEM PLAY ON SATURDAY AND BOY THEY ARE GOOD BUT WE ARE TO BUT GOSH THEY HAVE SOME BIG KICKS ONE THEY SHOT OUT OF THE EIGHTEEN YARD LINE AND IT WENT OVER THE GOALY'S HEAD AND THAY PLAY TRAP JUST LIKE US SO THAT WOULD BE WEIRD TO SEE BUT YOU CAN TELL HOW GOO WE AR E BECAUSE
WE ARE GOING TO CHAMPION GAME!!!!
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Taylor will have a championship game on Tuesday night at 5:00. Scott and Taylor went to see the other team play tonight. They are good, I guess, but mean. Tay says they had 5 calls for injuries inflicted on the opposing team. I'm sure we'll win for justice's sake. :-)
I may not be able to make it to Mom's on Memorial Day to help with the fence. It turns out that most of my Counselors will be heading out of town that weekend too. If that is the case, then I will have to stay to run Primary. I'm sure Scott will still come and help and the girls, although I'm not sure how much help they'll be. We'll see what happens.
Hope all is well...PAS
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
It's May! My girls are looking forward very much to the end of school. Especially Taylor...little does she know that she is going to continue lessons this summer, either with me (if I get on the ball) or with a tutor of some kind. Her reading is not as it should be. I do not want her to start 6th grade with below level skills. So we will be working hard this summer.
Soccer ends this weekend but baseball begins immediately. Scott is the coach of Shaylie's team...they have games every Wednesday evening and Saturday except for Memorial Day weekend. It's a very short season, only 4 weeks total. It should be fun and over before it really gets too hot. Taylor won't be doing swim team this year. She enjoyed it last summer but she wasn't that excited to do it again. It's very expensive and I didn't feel that it was worth the investment if she wasn't super passionate about it. We'll probably sign her up for some advanced lessons so that she can build more skills rather than compete.
Speaking of swimming, we've been trying to put our pool up for the summer but it's been proving difficult because the pool was stored improperly over the winter and there are holes everywhere. Scott's patched up quite a few but there is one we can't find so the ring around the top keeps deflating. There is water in the pool now and the girls have been in a few times, but until we find the leak we haven't wanted them in it too much. Scott thought I would have talked him into an in-ground pool by now so that he wouldn't have to put up the old one this year. I can't talk myself into it yet, so I haven't even tried to work on him. I have been doing some research into it and even went so far as emailing some local pool installers to see if they can come and give me an estimate of cost, but they haven't contacted me yet so I'm taking it as a sign. From what I can tell, it will cost anywhere between $20K-35K (if not more) to put a fully landscaped pool in depending on what gadgets and materials we use. It would mean a home equity loan which is what I can't talk myself into....so we'll enjoy our little inflatable pool for one more summer at least and I'll keep dreaming of paradise a little longer.
We are planning on heading to Mom's for Memorial Day this year. She has been asking for help to move her fence back so it encloses the entire property...so we'll head up to see if we can give her a hand. As for the rest of the summer....At the end of June, Taylor has Girl Scout Camp and at the beginning of August, Shaylie and I will be going to Mom and Me camp at Cloud Rim as well. We have our big family reunion on 7-7-7 in Holden and Scott and I are celebrating 15 years on August 8th....although, we almost think it might be a bigger deal next year when our Anniversary will be on 8-8-8. We've thought about some plans, but nothing concrete as of yet.
Well, I think I've done my duty....my ramblings are posted and I'll be back to do it again in a couple days or until Scott gets after me again...Love to all! Bye.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Blackberry got his first all over haircut today. He looks great...better than I expected. I still think I like him a little longer, but for the summer it will be perfect. I'll post pictures as soon as I find my camera.
Better go...post again soon!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
We had a great time...on the way to Denny's we played Crazy Fire Drill and not two minutes after we sat down at the restaurant, another group of tired teenagers in pajamas sat down at the table next to us and the waitresses brought out a Birthday Shortcake and we sang for both Taylor and a birthday boy at the other table as well. And, we thought we were so original. ;-) Good times, good times.
More birthday plans for next week, on her actual birthday....Scott is planning to take Taylor out to lunch and Snow Canyon High School Theater Dept is doing High School Musical, so I may try to get tickets for that too. We'll post more about the happenings later.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Speaking of which, the girls let me sleep in today and the brought me breakfast in bed (burnt eggs, but they were still yummy). Taylor said it was to tell me how grateful they were that I helped them clean their rooms, and vacuumed the floor and stuff. It's good to be appreciated. :-) And if that wasn't enough, Scott took me to lunch today too. I totally love my family!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Taylor's birthday is coming up and we are in the midst of planning her annual birthday bash. We have big "hush-hush" plans, so I can't tell you much, but it will be fun! Her parties always are! Probably earlier this year, though. We have so much going on, we have to take the time when we can find it.
Soccer games every weekend, dance competitions, and Girl Scout campouts...school year is coming to an end....so there are field trips, field days, and track meets. When soccer ends, we have Pee-wee Baseball and Swimming. Summer break will be very welcome this year!
Love to everyone! Still no posts from my family...wonder where you are...are you as busy as we are? Let us know! PS-Rose, we did get the Easter Baskets...the girls loved them. Thank you very much! Chocolate is always welcome at the J house.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Just a quick post to say Happy Easter! It came fast this year, so it's taken us kind of by surprise. We have a Primary Easter Egg Hunt planned for Saturday morning and we might swing by the Art Show. I think the Easter Bunny might show up at our house too, but he's kind of taking it easy this year!
B-berry had his first haircut today! The Groomer didn't cut him all over though. Just trimmed his eyes and feet. He was fighting her too much I guess. But he is fluffy and clean and I can see his eyes for the first time in many months. I'm taking him back on the 24th to get his all-over cut. In the meantime, she says we need to get him used to lifting up his legs and stuff. We'll do our best.
Hope everyone has great Easter plans! We'd like to hear from you (seems some of our family have forgotten about their blogs) so leave us a post. We love you! Have a great weekend!
Monday, April 2, 2007
Blackberry's hair continues to grow, if it gets much longer I am going to attach him to a pole and use him as a mop. Tonya is going to call around today and see how much it is to get him groomed. I hope it is done soon.
No soccer games this past weekend due to conference and no games this weekend due to Easter. Conference was great, heard many things that were very pertinent to me. Priesthood session was great. Can't wait until Thursday when all the talks are published on the internet so that I can read them again. Tonya signed Shaylie up for pee-wee baseball and for me to be the manager. Here we go again.
I have a meeting with the Stake Clerk about my new calling on Tuesday. He gets to tell me that I have to update every ward's computer and all the computers in the family history center. Oh what fun!
I need to start planning April's Train club meeting. This month it is definately staying on the planned day, I am not doing that much work to organize a meeting again. We are either going to be at Bryan's house or mine, so I better get that worked out. Next month we meet at the G Scale group, so I won't have as much to do.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Today has been a super cold and rainy day. I was supposed to have lunch with Chad today, but I realized belatedly that I also scheduled a lunch meeting....when I called Chad to cancel he told me he wasn't feeling well, so it worked out okay. Especially since he would have had to drive down in a snow storm too. We'll have to do it another time. I was bummed to miss my chance to have a day out with my little brother and niece.
Lots of love to everyone....leave us a note...we'd love to hear what you are up to these days...
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I had a good trip for watching trains this weekend. As I was driving up north this weekend, I saw these engines in Springville so I had to go check them out. As I pulled up, I saw that IPPX has bought a LOT of new coal cars, I think at least 70 of them, there could be more, (I saw 1001-1070) More pictures later. I also saw a coal train going north by Nephi.
On the way home, I saw Utah Railway's 2003, 2008, and 6063 sitting in the yard, didn't take any pictures of those though as I didn't think I could do it safely. Also saw a train next to the Apple Barn in Nephi led by a Southern Pacific engine.
Love to everyone!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
We are all good...Scott is now up in SLC for Brainshare. He'll be back Wednesday. We'll miss him, but we'll be busy with GS cookies. I am bound and determined to be done delivering this week!!!! We still have over half the orders to go. I am never doing this again!
Both the girls won their soccer games on Saturday. Shaylie is much improved this year and it is very fun to watch them. Hope some of you can make their games this season!
Blackberry is going in on Wednesday for the Big Snip. I'm wondering if he needs to get a haircut first....he is pretty shaggy. But I like him that way a bit. I found some pictures that I like, I may have to take those in and request a style. The surgery is an outpatient deal. We're opting for the laser, because they say that the recovery time is shorter. I hope he'll be okay...poor thing. I'm sure he will.
Spring has sprung here in St. George. The blossoms and daffodils are out. Leaves are sprouting and grass is turning greener everyday. It won't be long before we have to crank up the old AC and set up the pool. Years go by faster all the time.
Love to all. As usual, I've written a very long epistle, when I only meant to write a short note. It was fun to visit Aunt Cheryl and let the girls get to know her a little bit. Hopefully, they'll see her again at the Big Reunion in July. Let us know how you all are doing...Post again soon!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Next week, Scott will be traveling to Brain Share in SLC. I never enjoy it when he leaves, but I think he has a great time there. Hopefully, he'll be learning some cutting edge stuff so he can keep his genius status alive and well.
Mom visited this weekend and Taylor and I both got our hair cut again. Tay's looks amazing. She is really becoming such a beautiful girl. She's starting to be concerned with fashion and style, which means she'll be needing a job soon. :-p Mine is very retro for me. I feel like I've had this hairstyle most of my life, but I guess that must mean something. It was time for a change....or was it?
We're still trying to deliver GS cookies. I am so over this. I do not remember it taking so long in other years, but then again we never sold 850 boxes before. Plus, since it is Spring Break, we are finding many people are not at home. This is bad. We are going to have to repeat the entire delivery route, just to hit the people we missed the first time around. GRRR. Oh well, this will be over soon.
Happy Spring Break to everyone! Post again soon.