Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Believe it or not...

We are almost finished delivering Girl Scout Cookies!!!!  We have two more orders to deliver, two extra boxes to sell, and one last stash of money to collect from Anissa until we are completely, utterly finished forever.  This has been a challenge to say the least!  I have not been so glad to be finished with a project since the last time I finished selling cookies....I had a moment of panic when I found I was missing about $77.00 until I remembered that Anissa still had her school orders to turn in....the amount: exactly $77.00.  Yay!

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

Good Railfanning Trip

Utah Railway 5005 Utah Railway 5004
(Click pictures to enlarge)

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.

It's a Blackberry!

Our little BB is back from his surgery and seems to be just fine!  The instructions were to keep him from jumping and running around for a few days....but to tell the truth, I'm not sure how we're supposed to accomplish this feat.  He is happy and was hungry as soon as he came home even though she said that he would be tired and may not eat.  I'm just glad he's home and he didn't die....Taylor informed me that if he had, she would never forgive me....so it really did work out the best for all of us.  Now, it's off to the groomers....but I'm honestly more afraid to take him there.  I kind of like his shaggy look.

 Love to everyone!

Sunday, March 18, 2007


My brother Mike and his wife Erin have been in NYC on a class trip with 23 of Erin's students from Arizona.  They've been snowed in and won't be able to get a flight out until Tuesday (they were originally scheduled to fly home on Friday!)  Tomorrow, they are going to make some signs and try to get on the Today show.  I'm recording it, just in case.  At least if they have to be stranded, it sounds like they're having fun!  Mike is supposed to start a new job in Denver on either Tuesday or Wednesday, but he has talked to his new boss and he completely understands that this is out of his control.  He'll have a good story to tell, at any rate.

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

Spring Break has begun!

The girls are out of school this week.  It should be fun, except Scott and I are in big trouble...according to the girls, everybody in the world is "going somewhere" for Spring Break except us.  Apparently, we are not doing our job as parents.  I'm sure we will manage to eke out some sort of meager entertainment, but we have failed by comparison. I'm afraid the best we'll be able to do is to visit Holden.  My grandparents are both home and doing better, I've heard, plus my Aunt Cheryl is there and since she may not be coming to the big reunion this summer (I've also heard) this may be a rare chance to visit.

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.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Life flies by...

This past week Taylor and I attended an orientation at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School, where she will attend 6th grade....It is hard to believe!  I was 12 years old just yesterday....Each 6th grader gets to pick a music class to attend for the whole year.  The choir, band, and orchestra each performed to give the kids a taste and while I tried to get her to choose the Violin and Scott tried to get her to choose the trumpet...she ultimately ended up choosing the flute...which I think is a great instrument too!  I'm still reeling from the time warp, but we are all excited for the adventures to come. 

Taylor and Shaylie have both begun Soccer...They have games almost every Saturday from next week until the end of April.  Not this week because of Spring Break and the first two weeks in April are not scheduled for some reason...but other than that, they will be busy. 

We are now in the midst of delivering Girl Scout cookies.  It's going to take some time.  My living room is full of cookie boxes and so is the van and Scott's car.  With Spring Break coming up, chances will be large that many are out of town.  We'll see.  We have until the end of the month to get them all out. 

Lastly, my van is acting up.  It has always had an alarm system installed but we've never messed with it or used it, but lately (since our trip to Phoenix) it has been going off whenever I try to start my car.  I had to have Scott go dig up the remote, but that doesn't always work to turn it off.  Plus, the worst is that it has an engine kill feature, so until we can disarm it (today it took me an hour and a half to figure it out), I can't start my car!! I finally ended up cutting the wire to the speaker so that it wasn't making deafening screeching noises every two minutes while I was tinkering with it.  I'm taking it in on Tuesday of next week, so they can hopefully disarm it for good. 

Love to everyone.  We will Post Again Soon (PAS)!  T:)

Monday, March 5, 2007

Novell Brainshare

I am travelling up to Salt Lake City for the Novell Network Conference.  I am scheduled to be there Monday thru Wednesday (19th-21st)  I will probably travel up sometime during the weekend.  I need to check in with my usual bread and bekfast and see if the couch is available.