Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Neal!

Neal is 15. I can hardly believe my youngest is 15 and I really can't believe my oldest is 27! Crazy Crazy.

Brad, Laurel, and Michelle drove up last weekend and we had a great time doing, pretty much, whatever we wanted. The most important thing on our list was to celebrate Neal's birthday though. Can you believe I don't have a group shot? Those will be in my next post.

Shopping for Neal this year was pretty sweet. I called the kids and told them what he wanted and they bought and brought the gifts. That reminds me. I need to pay them back:) Shopping here is not too exciting. The prices are high and the shopping is an hour away so I try to take advantage of buying things in the states when I can and how ever I can. It's how I do things from a distance.

You are seeing right. There is no cake. I made these cupcakes you see in the picture for him to take to school, but he mentioned that his seminary teacher was going to make cupcakes for him. He wanted an ice cream and I was all for making it for him, but then when these cupcakes didn't get eaten I froze them until the kids came. Sorry Neal. Your ice cream cake will be for when you turn the big 1-6!

Michelle was feeling crafty so she made this banner for the party. Love love love the backdrop, don't you?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bad News Good News

Sometimes you want the good news first and sometimes you want the bad news first. Today I am going to do the bad news first, or is it good news? Here is the news anyhow.

Uh huh, we woke up to snow. I know that we live north. I know that we live in Canada, which is north. I know that. I do I do. And I know that Canada can get snow 12 months out of the year. I have heard that said. I have heard horror stories about that. But really now. Are you big fat kidding me? This is outside my kitchen window? Really? So that is the bad news part of all this. Snow in September is bad news. The kids are glad they are not here, so it is good news for them. But bad news for us because we were really looking forward to having them here this weekend. But good news because they are in St. George. And you know what? Next weekend is suppose to be better weather so the kids will come up then. See how the good news, bad news gets all jumbled up?

Ahhh.... look at the green trees. The lake. The picnic table. And daddy! Yep, there he is. Michelle was working this day and had a long break so we packed up this picnic dinner and headed to Waterton. I really do love Waterton. Although our summer has been wet and rainy and cooler than usual, there were some great days in the park.

This is a "moment" picture, don't you think?

Daddy with his favorite daughter. Sorry Lou Lou?

So you might think that the reason why Brad and Michelle are in St. George is because it is hot there. Not so. They are in St. George to take care of their grandpa. He is a mighty strong man, living so far away from us all. But you know what he managed to do on Wednesday? Drive himself to the hospital with chest pains, after dropping off his dog to the shelter, might I add. He checked himself in at 4pm to the ER and by 5pm he was in the cath lab having 3 stents put in. Brad and Michelle did not even think twice about going down to St. George last night to be there when he is released today. Not a blink, not a hesitation. Nothing. Just a, "sure, no problem". I called Brad last night and they were about 40 minutes from St. George just having a great time singing in the car and having fun. See how much fun my kids have without me? Laurel is sad that she isn't able to be with grandpa too. The little red truck is acting up so she didn't want to chance it with driving it to Provo to meet up with Brad and Michelle.

So see how this snow is good news, bad news? It all worked out. But you know what the really good news is? The kids would have been down in St. George happily even if it hadn't snowed up here and was like 90 degrees. They love their grandpa!

Glad you are being well taken care of daddy and we all love you. You are as good as new and good to go forever!

Come on daddy, who is your favorite?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Brad and Michelle

They went to a Boyz To Men Concert last week and loved it!

Do you think I should tell my kids to forget about school and come home? What do you think, Clark, Brad, Laurel, and Michelle?
I think you are having just way too much fun without me!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Girls are Gone :(

Laurel has left for school. She took off this morning to finish up her last semester and we will miss her right along with Michelle. I think this is the first time she has not wanted to leave for school which means she loves being home. That's nice!