Sunday, August 30, 2009


Did some work on the bend track layout. I hooked up the DCC controller to it and tested it out. I love being able to use a computer to control the train, makes me actually enjoy using computers for a change.

Was sitting in church today and a guy walked up to me and said do you know me. I recognized him but could not place him. It turned out he was the dentist at the office I was updating computers at on Thursday. I updated just about all my offices in the past two weeks with new antivirus software and all the laptops got pgp, a hard drive encrypting program.

Took Taylor and Shaylie to the SUU soccer game on Thursday, SUU lost, but it was pretty fun to go to. Tonya is looking great! Her diet is awesome, I am so proud that she has been able to stick with it, sometimes it seems very hard, but she is doing great!

Still haven't fixed my bike (no money), but I have been on the treadmill a lot so hopefully I can keep my weight down. I am hoping that when I do the last HCG round with my wife, I want to get into the 180's. As Tonya has been losing around 40 pounds a time, I need to get down a little to do this.

Our train club is going to do a layout tour in the middle of November, so I need to get working on making the garage and train room look nice. Hopefully things will work out on that. More later.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fun = Fundraising

Taylor has the FUN opportunity to take a trip at the end of this school year to New York and Boston.  It will be an amazing chance to visit sites like Boston Common, Beacon Hill, Paul Revere House, USS Constitution, Lexington Battle Green and in New York--the Museum of Science, Empire State Building, Times Square, Ground Zero, the Met, Statue of Liberty, Smithsonian and two Broadway shows!!!  It sounds like so much fun, I wish I could go too! It will be a 6 day educational extravaganza!

Unfortunately, it is quite expensive and Taylor will have to earn most of the money herself if she wants to go.  We can subsidize some of her trip, but she is looking at earning $1700 by the end of the school year.  I think she can do it! She's always been great at earning money and even though this seems like an overwhelming amount--I think it will be good for her to learn she can succeed at it!  We are thinking about selling door-to-door, having a yard sale, car washes, bake sales...etc.  It will be a challenge, for sure!

I know we'll be able to count on our extended family to support Taylor in this, and donations would definitely be welcome, but even more..if you could give us ideas, motivation and encouragement. That would be AWESOME!!

Wish us luck!!! We'll need it to make this a success!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pine View Soccer

Last night I took Shaylie to Pine View High School's Girl's Soccer Game vs. Hurricane. As I was watching the game, I got this freaked out feeling that Taylor could be on that team NEXT YEAR! Where has the time gone? Shaylie wanted to go play on the letters at the side of the stadium so I let her go, plus Pine View was dominating Hurricane almost as badly as Taylor's Killer Sharks would dominate the Hurricane AYSO team. I told Shaylie that a couple of her teammates could make Hurricane's team right now except that they were too young.
To get Shaylie home for bed, we left early. The score was 3-0 when we left and as we go in the car, we heard Pine View score again, I read in the paper that PV won 5-0. It was fun to watch, can't wait to see Taylor in a Pine View uniform, hope her knee heals up soon.

Monday, August 17, 2009

We're in Business!

For those of you who don't know our daughter Shaylie, suffice it to say she is a born businesswoman!  And now she has her own website!

Check out her site and let us know how you like it!

Shaylie is hard at work everyday, making cute new necklaces, bracelets, and keychains to fit every style.

She's also got some fun toys to sell!

Check back often since we never know what she'll be selling next!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Happy Anniversary

2009 Anniversary Trip

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Scott and I have been married 17 years today! I guess we are getting to be an old married couple:) To celebrate, we took a day trip to Cedar City and revisited Cascade Falls. This was the location of my would-be proposal but timing and weather thwarted all of Scott's we went back up a year later (after we were married) and he recreated his proposal for me. Today, we did the same thing. It was actually very fun and quite romantic.

It's such a beautiful place! It's an outlet for Navajo Lake just off Highway 14 in Cedar. Red rock, pine trees, and quakies everywhere. The trail was actually closed because parts had collapsed earlier, but all kinds of people were coming and going and they said it was safe enough, so we decided to chance it. And it was! We're glad we went.

We came down off the mountain and ate at Applebee's. I was pretty beat. (I do not recommend hiking on a 500 calorie a day diet!!!) I had my steak and broccoli and felt immensely better.

It was just fun to spend time one on one with my wonderful husband. Too often we get caught up in the craziness of life and forget to remember why we love each other in the first place. I always remember quickly after spending any amount of time with Scott. He has always been a natural fit for me--he is so fun and makes me laugh constantly. He has been a terrific husband and father over the past 17 years and I'm so glad to share my life with him.

Happy Anniversary, my love! I'm looking forward to the next 17 and more!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Birthday Bash

We are having a family birthday party for Shaylie on August 15th at noon. BBQ, Cake and Fun! All family members are invited! Please come if you can! We'll see you there!