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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SL Airport (Again)

Salt Lake to Cedar City for work this week.  My job takes me to Southern Utah for three days each month.  Miss my family, but enjoy the change of scenery for work once in a while.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

POTD - Not Hawaiian Picture

I know you are probably expecting a picture from Hawaii since that is where we are, but here is a quick picture to get me back on track for now. Pumpkin Spice doughnuts with buttermilk glaze. 

Monday, September 09, 2013

POTD - Make a Happy Life

Lots of things to be happy about today!  Hawaii right next door, victory for Cody in court today and my Halloween quilt is moving along. This background shot is a little bit of the quilt top. Finished product picture will come after we get back!  Aloha!!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Saturday, September 07, 2013

POTD - A Tribute

Today's POTD is a tribute to our buddy Toby.

Five years ago we lost our boxer Ruger after 15 years with us.  We were all heartbroken.  We decided we loved having a boxer so much that we looked for another one and found little Harper.

We had to wait a few weeks for her to get big enough to bring home with us.  While on a trip to St. George, we decided that Harper would need to bring a friend along with her and so we called them and asked for a second puppy.  That is how Toby came to be part of our family.

McKell decided to name him Toby after Toby Keith the country singer (much to my dismay).  Toby and Harper quickly became part of the family, but as much as they loved to be with us, they loved each other more.  Toby and Harper were inseparable.  One time after Landon's soccer game, I decided to walk home with Toby while Ron took Harper home in the car with him.  I had to drag Toby the whole way home because he thought we had left Harper at the school and wasn't going to leave without her.

As much as we loved Toby and Harper, it was hard for us to leave them home in their kennels for so long each day while we were gone to work, sports, and other things.  We made a really tough decision to "rehome" them.  We were lucky to find a family that lives on a horse ranch in Beaver.  They adopted both dogs and took them to live in the country.  They have been so kind and send us text updates and pictures of the dogs occasionally.  We even tried to stop by and see the dogs last month on our way to Las Vegas, but timing didn't work out and we couldn't stop.

Yesterday we received a very sad text from Beaver saying that a mountain lion had gotten in with the horses in the night.  Toby and Harper did their job of protecting the land and family and fought with the mountain lion.  Sadly, our little Toby didn't make it out of the fight.  They said that there was a significant blood trail from the mountain lion going back up the mountain, so we know Toby fought hard.

Even though you have lived away from us, we still think of you as our own and will miss you so much.  Love you Toby!

Friday, September 06, 2013

POTD - It Never Ends Well

Landon always likes his dad out in the driveway with him while he is shooting some buckets. Somehow a friendly workout session like this:

 Always ends up in a wrestling match like this:

 Looks like the youngster was the winner tonight!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

POTD - In My Lovely Garden

Our garden area had some major reconstruction this summer.  We tore out the cinder block wall and chain-link fence and had a new wall poured.

Goodbye to the messy grapevines.  Ron, Landon and my dad worked hard to build a new fence on the west side of our yard.  My dad so graciously came over every day in the 100* plus temperatures and stained it for us (thanks again dad)! 

Our garden plants started inside in February and were planted outside as the temperatures started to get really hot.  It was a slow start, but after we had them all settled in and starting to grow, we decided to tear out our old garden boxes and put in curbing around the planting area.  So...the poor little things were moved again.  I wasn't sure they were going to make it at that point.  But...after we got home from California it was amazing to see how much they had taken hold and grown in a week!

It has been a long, hot summer and I would have been happy to get a tomato or two out of the bunch, but they are growing like crazy!  If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and grab a handful or two!  We have Early Girls and Roma tomatoes.  This is the first year that our zucchini plants have produced anything and we have kuboka squash taking over the fence.

Happy summer!  I love this time of year!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

POTD - Our Favorite Little Blonde Girl

We have been so lucky to get to know this cute little thing this summer!  I don't know anyone that can talk Landon in to doing puzzles, playing card games, doing side-walk chalk or watching the Disney Channel like she can.

Thanks for sharing her with us!

p.s.  I think I'm going to make a feeble attempt at my photo of the day again. The blog has been pretty neglected this past year.  

Monday, September 02, 2013

Labor Day Weekend in Park City

We were lucky enough to draw out the cabin for Labor Day weekend this year.  We invited Grandma and Grandpa to go along with us.  We started out Friday morning at Swiss Days.  Swiss Days is our annual tradition that started about the time McKell was born (you've all heard the story about how she lost her belly button up there on our first trip - she was only a week or so old).

We made our major crafty purchases and headed back down the mountain to pick Landon up from school.  A quick pick-up of Landon and packing and then back up the mountain we went!

The cabin looks out over Main Street.  It has a great balcony where we sat out and ate dinner Friday night.

We spent some time at Daniels Summit.  Grandpa challenged Landon to a mean game of checkers.

The boys went back a second day for a ride in the Razor.  According to the stories we heard when they got back, we were lucky that they came back!  Once they were back home safely, Ron was online looking up Razors (I think he kind of liked it).

This morning Grandma and Grandpa made us breakfast. Here is "Landon the Baconator".  He was a great bacon chef!  Grandpa makes some mean french toast!

Grandma supervised the two.

Grandpa relaxed and played on his iPad...

and Ron pulled goofy faces at me.

Another great weekend in the books.  

As we were leaving this morning, there was a parade on Main Street.  This was their fly-over.  Three bi-planes (I only caught two after I pulled my camera out).  Ron and Landon agreed that this was a much better fly-over than the Centerville Parade has!

Good bye PC!  We love spending time with you!

Monday, August 26, 2013

High School is Now Official!

Landon has been playing basketball with the high school team so much that it has felt like he was already a student there. makes it official!  Here is my Bountiful Brave. The first and only one in the family. 

Like all other first days of school, it was all about the outfit. In case you can't tell, the basketball socks he is wearing are sporting the Space Needle. He has San Francisco, Hawaii, Seattle and a New York pair!  

Happy first day of high school to my little boy!  Have fun with it!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!

Landon's favorite past time activity!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cold Trip North

My work took me to Logan this morning. I got stuck in a big traffic jam near Layton that made me a little late. The temperature dropped as low as 1° (so glad my rental car was reliable and didn't break down along the way! I wouldn't want to get out of my car when it is that cold!). But...besides the traffic and the cold, it was a pretty trip through the canyon!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Civic Duty

Sitting here wishing it was tomorrow and I didn't have to see election coverage on every station! I did my civic duty right when the polls opened this morning. After that...I'm done with these shenanigans!

A Little Late!

It's been a while. Here is how we celebrated Halloween. Hope your day was as spooky as ours!

Monday, August 13, 2012

VOTD - A New Fence for Us!

Ron and L spent the better part of three days working on putting in a new fence along the back wall.  The wind took our "chain-link monster" out last winter in the wind storm. Yes kids, miracles do happen!  

Saturday, August 04, 2012

POTD - Don't Fence Me In

Took down the nasty chain link fence and grape vines this morning. Best day!! I have wanted to get them out for the past 16 years!! Now work on the new fence begins.

Friday, August 03, 2012

POTD - Go Bees!

First row behind home base. Who knew I was a baseball fan?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

POTD - Today Is The Big Day

Goodbye brace face, tin grin, train tracks!! Goodbye ortho bill!!