Sunday, October 25, 2009

caramel apples

to soak in a bit more halloween before our Aruba trip, we made caramel apples with some of the amazing apples from our yard!

we also finished brandon's halloween costume - he decided to be Ben 10 this year. jane is going to be a witch- and it is the cutest witch ever! I can't wait to trick or treat with her!

Easton's first concert at Murray High

doesn't he look handsome in a tuxedo? ps. he will destroy me if he sees this. typical high schooler
He started out on the keyboard - it was awesome!
Then moved to do clarinet for the rest of the concert. It's awesome to see his musical talents shine!

he's the one with the clarinet ^ in his hand... :)

random photos from my yard...

It's the simple things that make me happy.
the tiny pumpkin 'sugar pie' in front is from our yard! instead of having crab apples all over the yard, they're gracing the silver bucket this year.

we have so many wonderful carrots from our garden!

and we've been lucky enough to have a wonderful harvest of apples!

seriously? castor beans and cannas in full bloom at the end of october? not for much's going to possibly snow this week? aaaa just in time for 90 Aruba weather!

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Dream Truck... almost here. It's time to trade in our Dodge Durango that has done us so well the past 9 years. I've been very anxiously searching for this truck, but they are not easy to find. A 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega-Cab 5.7L Laramie in white, black, metallic silver or khaki. I'm hoping I find one before our trip to Aruba! Meanwhile, note to self. When visiting Dodge dealerships, don't go right after a party, by yourself, in William Rast Jeans and black high heels. Just sayin'.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A surprise visit to one of our biggest fans!

Kristen and I made a surprise visit today to Primary Children's hospital to visit Jess Bowman, one of our best customers and biggest fans from Idaho that we’ve never met in person. On Thursday she delivered a baby here in Utah because her baby has complex congenital heart defects and at Primary Childrens there are specialists. Before she knew what she was having, she was buying lots and lots of Babysteals and would buy both boy AND girl colors. Then she found out it was a girl and sold all of her boy stuff. Well, turns out it was a BOY! We’re hoping we can help exchange some of that PINK she has to blue.

Kristen and I met at the warehouse to pick out a few steals we knew she would want (and need) that were BLUE that she missed out on while she was in the hospital (the Mally Bibs and aden+anais sleep sack!) I made a card (yes, you heard me, made a card, even with cute little metal baby feet on the front!) and we were off. We had a tough time finding her at the hospital because she was already discharged but then made our way to Primary Childrens. Lucky enough, right as we found the NICU area and walked in to the lobby, we saw what we thought was her and her husband walking back into the NICU (remember, neither of us had ever even met Jess, only through facebook photos!). She looked at us for a second and we both knew! "Is that you, Jess?" "Jana?!!" I could tell she had been crying and of course that made both me and Kristen cry. We gave her huge hugs and could feel her sadness. They had just received tough news on their sweet baby boy and his condition. It was tough to find the words to share but we listened and tried not to cry our eyes out. I'll leave Jess's blog to the true details, but we are praying her sweet baby boy will be ok. Jess is so strong and has such a true faith and knowledge in Heavenly Father's plan. Even though it was a quick visit, it was perfect timing as she was taking her sister back into the NICU to see her baby and thirty seconds later we would have missed her. It was so wonderful meeting her in person and I hope the quick visit lifted her spirits.

I posted it on the BabySteals blog before we left, and was surprised to read the fun comments from moms on there and our Facebook wall. I know this alone will make Jess happy, especially because she is a super fan and the other moms will be able to send virtual support and prayers her way also. HUGS, Jess!

...something is coming...


About one week from tomorrow I'll be here....

...enjoying the first vacation that Eric and I have ever taken without kids in our 16 years of marriage. We're going with our good friends Aaron and Rachel, and our friend (and trainer!) Matt. We're pretty darn excited to say the least! Although we'll only be gone M-F, it will be a much needed getaway for me, who has worked an average of 14 hours/day the last year and a half. We could have been there for two more days but I couldn't imagine missing the kids on Halloween. I know, I sound CRAZY don't I! Missing time in ARUBA so that I can go trick or treating? Yep, it's true. We're flying home Halloween morning and land at 4pm, just in time. Jane will finally understand it this year and I truly can't wait!

This will be my first trip out of the country. Lucky my passport arrived last week!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Random post!

Busy is the best way to describe my life lately! Just when I think I'm the busiest I've ever been, I get busier. However, more than ever we are taking time to have fun and play hard when we have the opportunity. But you can pretty much guess that at any point in the day outside of normal taking-care-of-kids-and-house responsibilities, I'm either working, or working out. We have always been pretty healthy around here and exercise has always been a part of the mix. But this summer we have put a huge emphasis on exercise, and Eric and I have been working out at least one hour per day, 6 days a week. More on that later. For now, a few quick photos of the kids.
Easton and Eric last weekend, on an overnight scout camp/hike to Cecret Lake, to complete a few certifications for his merit badges.

Brandon last night at Gardner Village. It's so fun this time of year.

Jane, twirling in her new dress I picked up in Vegas from Twirls and Twigs. I can't handle the cuteness.
Sorry for the randomness, I have lots to upate and post on soon. I hope all of you reading this (does anyone even read this?) has a wonderful week!