Monday, September 29, 2008

5K Race opportunity!!

Today Kevin and I were invited to participate in the Bridge of Love Race for Hope 5K run or walk on October 25th @ 8:00am. Kamron and Maren Dalton are the ones involved in the program, Kamron is Justin Dalton's oldest brother, Justin is in our ward and works for Kevin....anyway, that's how we found out about it. It's $25 to register, and all the proceeds go to their cause to help Romanian children. Check out their website at, and to register, go to If you don't want to run/walk, and would like to sponsor me, just give me a call at 801-967-5231 or e-mail me @ Come run with us!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Hidden Peak Challenge

This morning I raced in the Hidden Peak challenge at Snowbird. The starting line elevation is at about 8,000 feet, right by the Iron Blossom Lodge, and the trail goes up to the top of Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet. It is about 4 1/2 miles, and I finished in 1:24:12. It was STEEP! I only ran for a few minutes the whole time. I feel like that mountain has chewed me up and spit me out! What a day. It was great fun! And gorgeous scenery.

View from the top looking east.

View from the top looking west into SL valley. By the way, you can just ride the tram up to this spot to enjoy the wonderful scenery. It's a lot easier I'm sure. ;)

After riding the tram back down

The lovely fall colors!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

FHE at Copper Mine

This past Monday we had FHE with the Chapman's at the Kennecott Copper Mine. I can't believe I've lived here all my life and have never gone there. It's so close! It was amazing and educational. I didn't realize how much work is involved in getting the copper. What a cool place!

Corbin, Josh, Trinidee, Madi, Nicole

Brittany & Ryker

Trinidee, Toby, & Jack looking through the microscopes.


The kids all got their haircuts on the 16th by aunt Heidi. She chopped the girls hair all the way to their jaw line! It's so much easier to brush through now. No more screaming :) And Bailee added bangs so she could be like her cousin, Sydni. Cute! Ryker just got a trim on the back and around his ears. He would not hold still. Kudos to Heidi for being so patient!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kody's accident

As some of the family is already aware, my brother Kody was in an accident yesterday on I-15. My explanation of what happened might not be entirely accurate, it's just what I've heard from my other family members, and Kody and his wife Brianna. He was travelling on the south end of the valley, going north on I-15 around 10600 S., and a cement truck full of cement crashed right into the back of him, causing his truck to hit the vehicle in front of him, and another one in front of that one. I don't know if traffic was slowing down or why he slammed into him, but Kody seems to remember maybe slowing down or he could have even been totally stopped. Kody says he doesn't remember the accident at all, or even seeing the truck coming or anything. He just remembers waking up in the hospital and really trying to make an effort to just concentrate. He has a concussion and a neck brace, and had to have a cut on the back of his head stapled shut. He was wearing his seat belt. The airbag didn't deploy, (we don't know why). The man driving the cement truck might have been on drugs or alcohol, but I don't know that for sure yet either. I was told the drivers of the other cars are okay, and Kody is the only one still in the hospital. My sister Season told me the cement truck shouldn't have even been on the road because it hadn't passed inspection. Tyrel is Season's husband, and Kody's boss, so he has been getting this info since the truck Kody was driving was the company truck.
Kody is still in the hospital today, and might go home tonight or tomorrow morning. They said he has no broken bones (a miracle!). Kody says the worst part is his upper neck and the accident kind of "accordianed" his neck out, and it's really sore.
I'm so grateful it wasn't worse. It's hard to believe he could have died yesterday. We love you Kody!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Dear Mr. Obama

I saw this video and thought I would just share it:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Uinta ride

On Saturday, September 13, I went on a nice fall ride with my dad, my uncle Jade, and cousin Andrew up to the Christmas Meadows area up to Amethyst Lake in the Uintas. It was probably the last weekend the weather was going to be fair weather in that high country. (It has already snowed up there recently). It was gorgeous!

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Sound of Music

I LOVE this movie. I guess I had forgotten how much I loved it until a couple of weeks ago. I bought the 40th anniversary DVD probably a year ago, just knowing that it was a movie I wanted my kids to grow up with. Then it went on my shelf. On a nice Sunday afternoon, I wanted to just sit down to a good "Sunday movie" like my parents called them. I pulled it off the shelf and took off all the annoying "new DVD" wrapping, and the magic had begun. As a child, I remember watching this movie on Sunday evenings with my family. I couldn't believe how quickly the words of the songs came back to me. They were all still there right in my head, as if I had watched the movie the day before. I was singing along, happily. Then all the memories flooded back of making homemade popcorn, melting the butter, and pouring it all in our huge green tupperware bowl then sitting on the floor watching the movie. Wondering what a beesting was. I didn't realize it was 2 words at the time. I always thought Liesl was the prettiest one, and couldn't wait until I was 16 going on 17. I adored Gretl, the youngest. And we always laughed at how they fell in the water out of the canoe, but laughed at Fredrick's fall the most. But I think this is my favorite part now, when the children come in the house sopping wet, and while 'captain' is arguing with Maria outside, he tells her to pack her bags, and suddenly hears the children singing the sound of music to the baroness. Then he goes inside and actually joins in the singing with them. And the part where he sings "Edelweiss" with his daughter Liesl brought tears to my eyes. This is a movie I will treasure forever. And my girls are already going around the house singing, Do-re-mi, and lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo. They love the puppet part the most I think!

Thanks, Camille, for teaching me how to post the videos!!

Trinidee's interview

Okay, here's Trinidee's. I don't think she understood a lot of the questions, but her answers are still cute:

1. What is something mom always says to you? No
2. What makes mom happy? Yes
3. What makes mom sad? No
4. How does your mom make you laugh? happy
5. What was your mom like as a child? small baby
6. How old is your mom? 3
7. How tall is your mom? 4
8. What is her favorite thing to do? happy
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? not happy
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? happy, telling the truth
11. What is your mom really good at? Trinidee
12. What is your mom not very good at? Trinidee
13. What does your mom do for her job? good
14. What is your mom's favorite food? hungry
15. What makes you proud of your mom? happy
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Tia
17. What do you and your mom do together? happy
18. How are you and your mom the same? happy
19. How are you and your mom different? Kevin and Trinidee and mama
20. How do you know your mom loves you? I don't know, you give me things
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? I don't know
22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? get some ice cream. I like ice cream.

Bailee's interview

I copied this off of my cousin, Tami's blog. (Thanks Tami!) I'm tagging anyone who's reading this to do it also!
Here's my interview with Bailee:
First of all, I just told Bailee I was going to interview her. She said, "what does that mean?" I said it means I'm going to ask you some questions and you will answer them. Then she said, "mom, what do bats eat?" I said, "fruit and bugs and bugs and more bugs." I told her I'm almost ready for the interview, then she said, "Mom, what do I get at the end?" I thought it was cute. Okay, here we go:
1. What is something mom always says to you? Don't get in the pantry.
2. What makes mom happy? Cleaning my room
3. What makes mom sad? hitting her
4. How does your mom make you laugh? Tickling me
5. What was your mom like as a child? baby
6. How old is your mom? 5
7. How tall is your mom? This tall (holding her arms up above her head)
8. What is her favorite thing to do? play with me
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? clean the house
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?. I don't know.
11. What is your mom really good at? Painting
12. What is your mom not very good at? doing a backflip
13. What does your mom do for her job? clean the house
14. What is your mom's favorite food? spaghetti
15. What makes you proud of your mom? tickling me
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Ariel
17. What do you and your mom do together? tickle
18. How are you and your mom the same? we both have the same color of lips
19. How are you and your mom different? taller and shorter
20. How do you know your mom loves you? hearts
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? tickling him
22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? reunion ranch cabin

Some of these are true. Some aren't. Now Bailee says she wants to type, so here she goes:

mimomoylkmellovehrtmdaddy my daddylove me

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Still need a few more

I've almost gotten all of your blog addresses back, either by memory, or getting them off of other people's blogs. If you don't see yours on my blog list, please put it in the comments, or e-mail me an invite to: . Thanks to everyone that has replied so far!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I am so mad! HELP!

I was just shopping around for a cute fall background for my blog. I would try to edit my HTML & just take a glance at how it would look with some cute fall leaves, but I never actually changed it, because it wasn't showing my blog list for some reason. So I just left my background as it was. Now, my blog list is GONE!! And I don't have anyone's blog address written down anywhere. So if you're reading this, please leave your address in the comments, or e-mail me another invite if you don't mind, to: I can't believe I have to start over. AAAhhhh! How frustrating. I tried to google how to get them back, but got nowhere. This sucks.

Congratulations to Season & Tyrel!!

My sister Season had her 3rd boy yesterday, September 8, 2008, at the new IHC hospital. His name is Luke Waylan Brower. He was born at 8:58PM, and weighed 7lbs 5 oz, 20" long. Her biggest boy so far! Thanks, Season & Tyrel, for letting me come and be a part of it. It was awesome!
She was hoping to be induced Friday, 9/5, but the hospital was too busy, so they told her maybe Monday. Then on Saturday and Sunday, she thought she might be going into labor, so she went in for some tests on Sunday, but it was a false alarm and they sent her home. She was FINALLY able to go in on Monday sometime between 1:00-2:00pm. He's finally here!

Wasatch Woman 5K/10K

This is Kattie, Liz, Heidi, and I before running the 5K/10K this past Saturday. It was great fun! I have to enter myself into races so it MAKES me get out and train for something. When I don't have a race coming up, it's a lot harder for me to just go work out. I need a reason! It works! If anyone wants to find a race in the Utah area, a great place to look is here:

Kevin brought Bailee and Trinidee, and we left Ryker with my mom. (Thanks mom!) Here's Bailee eating my post-race snack.

Another incident....

I was doing work in the office last Thursday, Bailee was at school, and Trinidee and Ryker were in the family room/kitchen. Any time it gets quiet, I know they're doing something mischievous. I came into the kitchen and immediately smelled french vanilla. My first thought was, 'it smells so good in here'. My second thought was, 'why does it smell like vanilla in my kitchen?' I came around the corner to find this. Trinidee had opened the vanilla pudding powder package and helped Ryker smear it all over himself and the floor. Fun stuff. And of course it happened right
AFTER I gave Ryker a bath. So I had to give him another one.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Trin's 1st day of pre-school!

Yesterday, September 3rd, was Trinidee's 1st day in her 4-year old pre-school class at Miss Barbara's! She did go to the 3 year old class during the last 4 months or so last spring, so she's already used to it, and I didn't have any withdrawals at all! (I think I must be a bad mom) She has been asking me every day when she gets to start going to class. She was SO excited!
So for 2 whole hours, I ONLY had RYKER!! So of course I went shopping. I went to the Quilted Bear and browsed for over an hour. It was 10:00 in the morning, and no one else was there. It was wonderful!

This is what happens........

when you blog and don't watch your kids! Trinidee decided to pull all of the stuffing out of one of my couch pillows that was starting to come undone.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another TAG about me......

I copied this off of Kelly's blog. I think these are fun, so if you're reading this, copy it onto your blog if you feel the need.....

Three things I am afraid of:

1. Bees/Spiders/or any large bug!
2. Kevin dying (he does get hurt a lot)
3. Losing one of my kids

Three people who make me laugh:

1. Kevin
2. My kids (okay, that's 3 in one, but oh well)
3. Any cast member of the Office

Three things I love:

1. my family
2. completing a goal
3. the internet

Three things I hate:

1. idiot drivers (okay, HATE is such a strong word. I don't hate the people themselves, just the way they drive sometimes and don't consider the other people on the road)
2. Sourkraut (I don't even know how to spell it)
3. Weeding

Three things I don't understand:

1. Politics (my dad majored in Political Science, what?)
2. homosexuality
3. How my kids can trash the whole house in less than a minute after I've just finished cleaning it.

Three things on my desk:

1. a half empty bottle of IBC Root Beer
2. a whole lot of paper
3. pictures

Three things I'm doing right now:

1. blogging
2. listening for Ryker to wake up
3. planning the rest of my day

Three things I want to do before I die:

1. climb the Grand Teton
2. complete an Ironman
3. raise my kids successfully

Three things I can do:

1. say the alphabet backwards REALLY fast
2. dance
3. run a marathon

Three things I can't do:

1. keep a spotless house
2. a backflip on the trampoline (always wanted to though)
3. keep the garden weed-free

Three things I think you should listen to:

1. your parents
2. the Spirit
3. yourself when you're angry or critical of others

Three things you should never listen to:

1. Nine Inch Nails
2. Satan (oh wait, that's the same as #1)
3. Negativity

Three things I'd like to learn:

1. Photoshop/how to use an expensive camera
2. how to cook better
3. more about my family history

Three favorite foods:

1. Olive Garden, especially that potato/sausage soup
2. Texas Roadhouse
3. Tomatoes from my garden!!

Three shows I watched as a kid:

1. Saved by the Bell
2. Kids Incorporated
3. Mickey Mouse Club

Three things I regret:

1. not keeping a regular journal
2. not reading the scriptures more often (I am working on it now though, and have been challenged to finish it again before the end of the year!)
3. I can't think of a 3rd one! I guess that's a good thing- no regrets, right?