Thursday, July 31, 2008
I was also reminded why a don't really like zoos all that much. We saw meerkats that were trying to dig, but they can't because their enclosure is concrete. The grizzly bear was just walking in a small circle, no where to go. And the penguins, as cute as they are, have a very smelly enclosure. There was some dry heaving involved. We went at 8:00 in the morning and were done at 10:00. It just gets too hot to stay out later. During this time of year, it can be hard to convince yourself to leave the house during daylight hours.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
P.S. Her enthusiasm for Twilight seems less like satire and more like my reality.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
My Morning Today:
7:00 AM Wake up, reluctantly
7:15-7:40 Read your blogs while I eat breakfast
then some more boring stuff happens . . . . .
9:00 Find giant bug attempting to crawl out of my bathtub.
9:02 Take pictures of giant bug.
9:04 Wash bug down drain with hot water.
9:05 Decide a shower can wait for a bit. Let's make sure the bug stays down there.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
We'd already moved the car seats into my car, so with the two smallish children in my back seat, I followed Sarah to her usual mechanics shop just a few miles away. During the ride, the kids were virtually silent as they read their Pixar books. At the shop Sarah jumped into the car and we headed for home.
It was now nearly 2:00 PM, and these children were overdue for lunch. There was a McDonald's just a few blocks away and so we decided today was a great day for the convenience of a Happy Meal. As we turned into the Golden Arches, we heard a strange gurgling noise. I turned around to see the second wave of projectile vomiting from little Mr. J. He was still holding his book, but looked so surprised as to why and how this was happening to him. We pondered quickly how best to take care of this situation. Our plan became to simply get home as quickly as possible and clean J and his car seat there.
But what about the Happy Meal? I think there is a law that you can never promise a kid a Happy Meal and then not deliver.
In the five minute ride home, J fell very deeply asleep. We took J out of the car, and fortunately most of the mess was contained within the car seat and book. (I believe the book was immediately thrown away and the car seat hosed down.) Then Miss G and I went to the nearest McD's to get the promised Happy Meal. By the time we returned, Sarah had J cleaned and dried and sleeping soundly in his crib. I'm sure he'll feel better tomorrow.
Side note: J had only eaten apple juice and bread today, so the car never even really smelled.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Another highlight of the club experience was the totally decedent dessert buffet. We're grateful that one of Kate's strongest talents is networking. She goes to school with someone who's father has a membership. Kate had her classmate book us a table and hooked the classmate's mom up with a new windshield as a thank you. Everybody wins. Not only is it a ridiculously expensive venture to belong to Club 33, there's a ten year wait to get a membership. It's a lot faster and cheaper to make friends with a member.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
We spent just a few moments in Vegas at the Bellagio Conservatory (the pictures will have to wait until I get home.) Grabbed lunch at Subway and hit the road again. We're now in our lovely Suite at a budget motel. We were pretty lucky to get this as everything is booked with it being a Holiday and AND a weekend. It includes continental breakfast, two queens, which, most importantly are in separate rooms so Linette can keep the TV on all night. As a bonus, we're able to get wireless Internet from the adjacent Ramada Inn. Score!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Lanier hunting lodge, again in front of Grandpa Johnson's house. Here you can see Sean flying it in Sunnyside.
Sunnyside with Nick's Uncle Larry and his family. It was nice to get caught up with everybody, and we met their area missionaries. We didn't get home until after midnight, be we certainly had a wonderful day getting there.
As our trip continued, we visited the rural cemetery where Nick's Grandma Georgia, who died in 2006 is buried.
At Mesa Verde National Park we took a tour of the ancestral pueblo ruins of "The Balcony House." This tour requires a short hike, then a steep climb up a forty foot ladder. Later, you must crawl through an 18 inch wide tunnel.
We had a great time at the Bar D Chuck wagon dinner. After the dinner, there's cowboy music, which is the real reason you go. Sean got a picture with three of the five skilled musicians after the show.
On the way home, we hiked up to Wilson's Arch. It's just off the highway south of Moab. While not quite as spectacular as Delicate Arch, it's more accessible and a lot faster to see. Nick and Sean can be seen doing their "Rocky" pose as they reached the summit.
This is Nick eating the Rainbow Trout Sean caught.
Sean at the Anasazi Heritage Center.
Nick and Sean on Grandpa's Four wheeler. We rode around the Lanier Family hunting lodge.
Nick said no one would believe that I drove the four wheeler, so he took photographic evidence. Unfortunately, I can hardly be identified by the back of my helmet. I think you can see a tiny lock of brown hair at the bottom though.
We went to North Ogden, where Nick got a flat top haircut from his uncle Ron.