Saturday, March 27, 2010

Trip to Moab

We took a quick trip to Moab last weekend and spent some time with Brad's brother, Rhett, and his family. Rhett was running the 1/2 marathon and wanted Brad to join him. He was planning on it, but due to lack of training, as in none, he decided to run the 5 mile race instead. Good choice. It still amazes me that he can just go run 5 miles after not having run for 9 months. It took me a couple of months to work up to that much and I was still dying! Anyways, we got to stay in a really nice condo Rhett and Kristen had rented, share some fun times with them, something we don't get to do very often. Daylen and Kate had a blast playing with their cousins.

Brad after his race. He ran it in 38 minutes. Unfortunately, we missed seeing him cross the finish line. :(

The gang waiting for Rhett to finish.

The younger kids watching their "cool" older cousins, Ellie and Savanna, play hand games.

Savanna, Ellie, and Daylen,

Rhett finishing strong in 1 hour 38 minutes.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


It has been bittersweet for me since Saturday night.
I had to say goodbye to my most favoritist car I have ever owned.
As hard as I tried to fit 3 carseats in the back of this beauty,
it just wouldn't work.
So I've been trying to get used to the idea that I
would eventually have to let it go. But I really wasn't
prepared when the time finally came.
I cried.
Later that night after we got home I told Brad
it felt like we lost a member of the family.
This car has been so fun to drive, so smooth, so reliable.

We have a new member of the family now.
I hope I can learn to love this MINIVAN, yes minivan,
as much as I loved my Honda Accord.
It's a Toyota Sienna, it's nice, but
I'm afraid I hold some psychological resentment
against it because I had to get rid of my Honda for it.
Not that it's the van's fault, but it's still true.
I love the charcoal gray color,
there, something positive to end on.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday to Brad!

We feel so lucky to have him, he is the best husband and father
a family could ask for!

Getting a little help from Daylen and Kate opening his present...which he already knew what it was thanks to Daylen. We went to eat lunch with Brad at work yesterday after shopping for his present. The first words out of Daylen's mouth were, "Dad! We bought you a baseball glove!" Thanks Daylen.
He was happy about it anyways.

We hope your day is special.
It was 10 years ago today that I toilet papered your room to ask you to my Sadie Hawkins dance. I barely even knew you, I think we had met once before. Friends and your siblings can be very persuasive. I'm glad I was bold and listened. I know you were tired from your track meet and just wanted to stay home, but I'm glad you listened to your dad and let Mandy take you away so I could come leave a surprise. I'm glad you said, "yes." I had fun that night, I think you did as well, despite your super tight cowboy jeans! That night started a long friendship that led to eventually dating after your mission and so far almost 6 years of happiness in marriage, 2 kids with 1 on the way, and many adventures! I love you Happy Birthday!