Thursday, November 19, 2009

Family Pic

We finally, after years of neglecting to do our family photo, took the jump and had it taken.  My sister-in-law Maria took them and did a great job.  I will add them as I get them.  Life is good these days...just crazy busy.  Katie is active serving in the student council, doing dance and guitar.  LeGrande finally finished football and will be getting into football, and Emma is...well...she is Emma and keeping us on our toes.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 2009

June has been a busy month.  I started out by going on the 4th year overnighter to Capitol Reef.  A week later I, along with Katie, went to youth conference in Gunnison, Utah of all places.  A week and a half later, we went to girls camp.  It has been crazy!  I am just grateful to be home and with the kiddos.  We have had plenty of fun in between these outings to hang out at Seven Peaks.  These next few weeks I just plan on being with my babies and relaxing.  Youth Conference was an especially amazing experience.  The planning involved was at times overwhelming, but its amazing how everything just seems to come together.  Most of the youth who participated ended up having a tremendous experience.  It was evident in the testimonies that were shared on the last day in the shadow of the Manti temple. And although I wouldn't allow Katie to go to the dance on the last day as she isn't quite fourteen, she even says she had a great time.  The 4th year overnight experience was incredible. I had never been to Capitol Reef, but it was absolutely beautiful!  We hiked around the bottom of the canyon traversing the river over and over again.  It wasn't strenuous, but there were a couple of spots that were a little bit challenging to climb.  More than anything, I loved hanging out with the AWESOME people that I worked with.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jamaica and Grand Cayman

My parents purchased a cruise for all of the kids and their spouses.  We left the children with friends for a night, and then with Grandma and Grandpa Bair for the remainder of the time we were gone (they didn't EVEN miss us they had so much fun!)  It was absolutely and unforgettable experience,-one I hope to never forget.  The cruise was great, the food was delectable, and spending time with John and the family was wonderful.  I sang Billie Jean karaoke with my sister and two sisters-in-law Michele and Melannie.  I swam with the stingrays in Grand Cayman.  I walked on the beach with my husband hand in hand.  I ate chocolate til I was about to puke.  I took naps on the beach and on the pool deck...had a virgin margarita and pina colada.  I LOVED it.  I think I needed some time away to regroup and rest.  It has been an exhausting year.  We kind of heard some negative comments about Jamaica.  Although it was poverty stricken and kind of scary in places, I absolutely loved it.  Our tour guide (who was incidentally inebriated for a good portion of the trip,-and yes, he was driving the van with all twelve of us in it!)  We went to a beach that was pretty isolated...not one other tourist there, and met some of the locals.  The kids of course begged for a couple of dollars.  They were so cute that I couldn't resist.  On Grand Cayman we swam with some stingrays which was so incredibly bizarre that it still feels a little surreal.  When we returned to a snowstorm in Utah after having experienced 85 degree weather, I felt as if the whole experience was a dream. 

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Katie's Student Council Run

Katie made it through the first round of her student body elections.  She is running for Vice Pres.  She has been working so hard on her campaign, cutting out handouts and handing out pencils.  Each candidate had to make a video to persuade voters to vote for them.  I thought Katie's was pretty funny.  Her entire campaign was centered around Kung Fu Panda's quote, "Prepare for Awesomeness."  I have been so proud to see her work so hard.  She is a very motivated child.  

Monday, March 16, 2009

Old Wedding Pics

I had to scan some old wedding photographs as there are only a few of them.  The original proofs were lost shortly after the wedding....don't ask us how that happened.  Anyway, here are just  a few of them.  I know i look different.  Someone commented on how much better i look now. Should I take that as a compliment?  I don't know.  I thought John looked so cute in these pics.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Science Fair Winner!

LeGrande received honorable mention for his science fair project.  It was fun to see him get a medal and be so proud of his accomplishment.  I love the look on his face though.  He's just a funny child.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hunting and Conservation Expo SLC 2009

John invited me to attend the expo with him this year.  He was in charge of much of the emceeing and auctioneering there.  The first day, I attended a luncheon entitled "Denim and Diamonds" which was geared toward all of the women.  As you can tell from the pics, everything was absolutely satin chair covers with lace, silver boot centerpieces filled with greenery.  So detailed!  We were surprised with a visit from Karl Malone who walked the catwalk with a fur around his neck.  Wow he is still cute.  Love those basketball players.  On Friday we attended the Jeff Foxworthy show with all my family. I was so excited because my brother happened to be here for it.  It was so good to see him.  The concert was hilarious and I got a good ab workout from laughing so hard.  Saturday we went to the big dinner with Foxworthy where John got to auction some items there with him.  It was cool.  We talked with him for a little bit and had pics taken with him (I still need to get them).  He's a very grounded, likeable guy.  Anyway, I was very proud of my husband.  He did a fabulous job with it.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Katie's Choir Concert

We were so proud to see Katie in her choir concert at Springville Jr. She is growing up so fast! We had to get a picture of her with us in front of the knight.

Science Fair Mania

Of course we have procrastinated the inevitable science fair project. LeGrande wanted to test the strength of various kinds of wood. John cut some small pieces of wood, and they tested the strength by adding water to it gradually to see how much water it would hold before breaking. Talk about FUN! A quality bonding experience.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Remembering Warm

As it is freezing here, I thought back to the nice, warm Santa Monica Beach.  AAAH!  Hangin' out with the sister and Sisters-in-law was a blast.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ol' Friends

Just found this pic from last summer I think it was.  Some of my work wives were there and a kindred spirit who left to be principal at another school.  Our school reading specialist was also assigned to another school (left) and she has been very much missed as well.  I feel so blessed to have such great friendships at work and at home.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The New Year

Emma and I were experimenting with the new computer and took this lovely shot.
It has been a non-eventful beginning of the year which can be a good thing, or a bad thing I guess.  In my case, I think it's a good thing.  The craziness of SEP's is over and now I will really be able to focus on getting back to normal life if that's possible.  John and I took the kids to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop today.  HILARIOUS!  The kids loved it and so did we.  It's rare to find a movie that appeals to all of us and is, for the most part, not morally compromising.  
On New Year's Day we pretty much just hung out as a family and watched movies.  We actually started watching The Dog Whisperer and couldn't stop watching it (there was a marathon on TV).  We made tinfoil dinners with carrots, potatoes and meat.  They turned out pretty good I guess.  It was just something different.  It was just fun to hang out with the fam.  That's all I seem to want to do anymore.
I included a picture of my black eye I got playing basketball with the faculty on Teacher Development Day which we did just before lunch.  I don't know which teacher hit me, but it really hurt!  It was the first black eye I've ever had so that was exciting in and of itself.  
Cristy, David and I played against the students (along with some other awesome teachers) and beat the 6th grade student teams in a basketball game.  I am happy to report that no one was injured this year!