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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Which Twilight Character are You?

You're Bella Swan - You are intelligent and kind but not quite sure what you want out of life yet. You have a feeling there's something more out there for you. You're attracted to those who are real and avoid the fake. Sometimes you're a bit accident prone, but your true friends will always be loyal to you and come to your aid when you need it.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fun at Lybbert's Pond

Hello all,

I am continuing to play catch-up from this summer, so here is the next addition. After we got back from Utah, we decided it was high time we went to check out Lybbert's Pond, because EVERYONE in the ward said it was so great. I agree - you can't beat a free swimming pool, with a raft, a rope swing, and diving board! And a big THANK YOU goes out to the Mounts, for inviting us to go with them, so we'd finally get off our duffs and go!

Here is Doane, explaining to Kate, Patrick, and Jacob the joys of the water wienies....

Luke is watching Dean trying to blow bubbles with the water wienie.

Doane is showing the kids how you can float on the water wienies, while Alex, Austin and Bryce try to climb the rope swing.

Remember how I said that Alex, Austin and Bryce were trying to climb the rope swing? Well, they sort of made it....

Patrick is keeping an eye on Kate, while she pulls weeds off the side of the pond...

Apparently Doane thought he needed more than one water wienie, so he stole one, and triumphantly shows two of them off, before taking a plunge in the water....

Here Austin and Bryce drip-dry, while Alex takes a running leap off the diving board.....

Adrift on the raft, Doane finally sees land, and Patrick sees it time to go home yet?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Utah Trip

Okay, these are going to be disorganized and a little weird, but we weren't very good at taking pictures with the camera, so we didn't document very much of our trip. Also, we didn't take any pictures with both Doane and I in them, so you'd never know we were there. Doh!

We'll start off with some pics of the boys in the van, on the way down to Utah.

Think they're tired of being in the van yet?

Even Lucy had about had it, and wanted to escape her cage. This is what she does when she wants to get out, and it was pretty funny the first time I saw it. She can't quite squeeze out all the way, so just her head pokes up.

Next we move on to our first night in Utah, which you saw some of those pictures if you looked at Dean's birthday post.

This is a line-up of some of the cousins, from shortest to tallest (almost). A couple are out of order, and the funny thing is, one of the smaller ones in the middle (next to Patrick) is older than Patrick by 2 years!

This is Dean's cousin opening presents, and they graciously shared the party with us that night.

And after the party, we HAVE to have a big family meal, since most of Doane's siblings, and his mom, were there!

And here we have some LOVELY pictures of our home in Cedar, that we are currently renting out. Don't ya just love our front yard? The grass is thriving, there's no weeds, and it looks great! and the view of our neighbor's trashy yard next to our weedy side yard would make any potential buyer salivate with the wonderful neighborhood they would be buying into!

Then we move on to our back yard. The grass is absolutely amazing, and the lack of weeds is impressive! I'm so glad we paid $45 dollars to have our lawn aerated and weeded. It was so worth it! Oh, wait, I told them I DIDN'T want to pay for that service, since there wasn't any grass to speak of!

I will skip the pictures of the inside of the house, as it was amazingly not too bad. The carpet is atrocious, but it was like that before we left. We just didn't want to buy new carpet for renters to trash! It was just odd, though, because the people "living" there didn't have much stuff in the closets, and there were no beds to speak of. Just air mattresses on the floor. Oh, the best part is the renters had a big ROOSTER in the back yard. Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of it. We were probably either laughing too hard, or trying to figure out why they had one there in the first place, to think of taking a picture. We found out later that it was illegal to keep a rooster as a pet within the city limits. The property management company assured us they told the renters to get rid of the rooster post haste. Yeah, I'll believe that when I see it - or not.

Now we move on to our Friday night get-together. This is a picture of my sister-in-law Kendra at dinner with us at Bruno's. It's okay food, but kinda tight eating quarters, as it's in a gas station. You can also see my mom off to the left, holding Kendra's son Crue (I think that's how you spell it?). Kendra is married to my middle brother, Jared, and Crue is their only son right now.

This is my best little Chicana friend Maria. She was my pal, and saviour, while Doane was deployed. Her hubby was in Doane's unit, and we became very close. I've missed her a lot since we moved up here.

That night, we went to the Sessions' house. There is usually good food and fun games, but we had just come from dinner, and were too lazy to get around to the games.

This is the Sessions' second-to-last son Kevin, with his girlfriend. You can also see Dale Sessions in the back.

My mom and dad are looking up at this crazy lady that entertained us with funny stories while she was there (I can't remember her name, but she's a friend of Dale and Ruth's). The girl sitting on the floor looking up is Maria's daughter Bailee. Isn't she adorable?

Here is Maria, giving her daughter a back rub, while Ruth looks jealously on, and my mom looks away.

Well, thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane to Utah!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Dean's 4th Birthday

Here goes another update. Dean turned 4 on July 15, so we had a little party for him here at home, then we celebrated with Doane's family when we went down to Cedar City. I just have to give a shout-out to my friend Kori for her idea on the marshmallow project - the kids loved it!
Dean is working intently on his creation!

Little Jaxson just wants to eat his, while my cutely pudgy girl Meliah is too tired to do anything.

Little Meliah and her sister Maiclinn are working hard on their creations now, as is Jacob. Becca is just keeping a close eye on her girls, for safety's sake....
Here's a close-up of some of the marshmallow creations, and the best part is, you can EAT most of what you make!

It was, of course, a Start Wars birthday, so we had to have a cake, wishing the force to be with Dean on his 4th birthday!

Then we have the Cedar City party, at Doane's brother's house. My youngest brother and his wife came, with their little girl. It was good to see him on our first day there! Unfortunately, my parents were unavoidably detained, as their car hydroplaned off the road just outside of Cedar, and they had to wait for a tow truck. Yikes!

What's in a Name?

What Rebekah Means
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.
You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.
Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.
You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.
People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fun at the Surf'n Slide Waterpark

I begin my blog catch-up with a family trip to the aquatic center. Here's Patrick, getting ready to go on the Flow Rider. He's a little scared, but he determinedly strolls out....

Apparently, he had good reason to be apprehensive, as he doesn't weigh enough to stay on it, and it just spits him up the back side....

Jacob, however, was pretty good at it, and lasted a while longer...

Until he also went up and over the edge....

And I end with Dean wrapped up in a towel, enjoying a drink and being hand-fed by Doane....