Thursday, December 16, 2010

Do I look like me?

I hope not - this was what I wore when I helped our Young Men & Young Women with their "Where Waldo at the Mall" activity.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


October has been a busy month. We enjoyed a trip down to Albuquerque with many stops along the way. We had to stop in Moab similar to how Grandpa Merrill always had to work Yellowstone into a trip. We enjoyed the sun, aquarium, zoo, explora, balloon fiesta and catching up with friends. Janey is already 2 years old and has been alot of fun. She now gets some alone time with Honey and I now that 3 of the kids are in school. Haloween was alot of fun filled with multiple parties, costumes and of course lots of sweets. We hope you are well.


I looked at my calendar for the last three months and tallied it up! That is a lot of time on the road. But it has all been so much fun! We went rafting in Riggins with Sunni and Dan & Honey and their family. (Dan's new raft is awesome and they really know how to make camping and rafting fun.) We spent Labor Day weekend in LA with Chris & Rachel and the boys (Sea World was a blast. As you can see in the pictures, we closed the place down!) Columbus Day weekend, we flew to Lawrence, Kansas and saw Carson & Deena's stomping grounds. They were great hosts. I just got back from a week in White Rock with Mom and Jeanne and Marnie and their families. We worked on Dad's history but still found time for visits, good food and fun! In between were a couple of trips to Coeur d'Alene, and a trip to Lake Okeboji, Iowa and Omaha. Whew! That's a lot of suitcase packing and unpacking! During the days I was home I was managing our remodel and doing the related painting and packing & unpacking of boxes.
My travels were wonderful - seeing family was the best part - but now I am glad to be home. Like Dorothy said, "There's no place like home!"

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My First Movie Role

Please enjoy the following propaganda. It was filmed at UCLA for a national Retina society.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

summer 2010

loved having a huge garden this year. i've got carrots, lettuce, spinach and green beans coming out of my ears. just enough raspberries and strawberries and peas to eat right there and corn in a week I think. lots of pumpin, butternut squash and gourds but i don't think the watermelon and cantoloupe are going to make it, they are tiny still. the asparagus and sweet potatoes are also doing amazing, but not quite ready. fruit trees are all looking great but the Kristin Cherry. the peach trees have made a comeback.
Dan got his roll down. he did the Gorge again in the kayak and I THINK he made it down without panic-ing this time. he did flip in Tumbleweed but got right back up no problem, unlike last year. Hopefully no more nightmares about being stuck upside down in a boat.:)

We spent most of our summer on some kind of boat or another.

We're going to try to sneak in one more trip down the Gorge if there are any takers?

And probably once down the Gallatin since we just had family move to Bozeman (yeah, we are so excited to have an excuse)

The vegetable game was my favorite campfire game of the summer. (it's definately easiest to just be a pea.) YW camp was a RIOT. I did the Polar Dip, Dan couldn't believe it.

After Shalayne fell out on Tumbleweed we made the kids wear helmets the next time.

then Gavin and Brookie swam Fiddle Creek, two spills the whole summer, not too bad. Made for good memories and fun times.

Friday, August 27, 2010

This is my world!

We are deep into the second (and hopefully the final) stage of our remodel! New flooring, new bathtub tile and new stair rail. Right now, we are completely moved out of the upstairs. In two weeks, we move upstairs and clear out the downstairs. Sunni was working in the garage with the door open when they were having our neighborhood yard sale last Saturday and people passing by kept looking at her hopefully - but it all has to go back inside!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Diving Contest

Here are the boys with their Durham cousins. Christopher and Ethan did their first diving board flips. Matthew tried but did not quite get all the way around.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Grandma Heaven

We brought Brookie and Emma back from Missoula after Emma's baptism and two days later Honey brought Will and Janey. The first day they were here we made a list titled "Things We Want To Do". We got all of them done and a few more! Here is the list Emma and Brookie wrote and the pictures for proof.

1. Bake bread

2. Buy food

3. Look through Grandpa's books

4. Make jewelry

5. Pick raspberries

6. Yard work (It wasn't all play!)

7. Swim

8. Pack houses (We are getting ready to do the next phase of our remodel.)

9. Pack Santas (See above.)

10. Fix screen (Remember the one Christopher ran through last summer?)

11. Visit swans

12. Library (We needed to get additional copies of "The Spiderwick Chronicles.)

13. Watch movie (The kids picked "Where the Wild Things Are" - we wished we hadn't;))

14. Water slides (Roaring Springs water park)

15. Buy yarn (I am going to make ponchos for the girls.)

16 Postcards (To send to Dan who had to stay in Missoula and work.)

17. Toy movie (Toy Story 3)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy 28th Birthday to Carson!!

Isn't he precious? He is even more precious today. Love you son.

Happy Father's Day

I am so grateful to have the VERY BEST father in the world as the father to my children. (Although Dan and Chris are close runners up!)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Will turned 5

we went to Moab.
I love that place. there's something about it.

Brookies friends at school love Janey.

Will turned 5, the light sabers were a huge hit.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


We were given a special gift for three months. I went today to hear the little heart beat of our baby for the second time and found that our little baby had decided to go back up to be with our heavenly father. I am so grateful for this wonderful gift to have been able to carry this baby and be with it for such a short time. Even though we didn't get to meet it sure brought a lot of joy and happiness to our sweet family. I know God lives and loves each and everyone one of us. I know he has a plan and that with his mercy GREAT things are brought to pass. I am was truly blessed with this great experience. And will be sad and mourn its loss but know that its little heart was sick.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


We headed to Moab for another fun time in southern Utah. The kids really love it and Honey and I enjoy the scenery, hiking, biking and restaurants. The flowers were in bloom. The temperature was just right and the only challenge was driving 12 hours and when Janey spiked a fever and she came down with hand, foot and mouth. She is doing well now. Hope everyone is doing well.

Monday, May 10, 2010

After telling Matthew that his pants were on backwards, he found an unusual place to change!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

So excited!

We are excited to announce we are going to have another baby. We told the kids it was coming for Christmas. Even though it will be here earlier due December 8th. Matthew asked in how many boxes I thought it would come in. I love kids and their curious minds. He also thought I would be pushing it out of my foot. So he might be confused still since I just told him I would bring it home from the hospital after I pushed it out. No more details need, few close call. As for the other boys they are excited. We are getting set for another great baby.

We also wanted to thank everyone for all your thoughts and prayers. We feel were answered as the IUI or the doubling of the medication never need to happen. We truly feel like we have been watched over. We are excited that its one baby! We have seen the heart beat and all looks great.

We are hoping everyone will find sometime and come hang out at our house and spend some time with us at the beach this summer. Love ya'll as they say here in North Carolina.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Little Swinger!

We went to the park in Coeur d'Alene and Janey was swinging by herself. Listen to the joy! (Sorry, I can't figure out how to rotate it. Any suggestions?)

The Saga of the Slippers

I started crocheting slippers for Dan and Honey's family for Christmas.
It took a couple of trys and Dan's "pickles" are a little strange - but don't they look cute in them? (I made the pink shawl for Sunni when she was little and now Janey can wear it!) Behind them is the gorgeous view out our window in Coeur D'Alene. We were up there for meetings and Dan and the gang drove over from Missoula to spend Saturday with us. The weather was wet and rainy but we still had a blast! Can you say shriveled fingers? 3 hours in the pool and hot tub will do that to you!