Saturday, December 27, 2008


So a couple weeks ago Bennett and I had retired to bed. I had been up to almost 10pm (which is late for me) and was exhausted. I figured I better get some sleep before Kyle decided to wake up. well the next thing I know Bennett is flying out of the room at lightening speed yelling "what was that!". My first thought was oh my gosh it is a home invader and Bennett is goign to get killed. Dont know why I thought that but it was the first thing that came to mind after being woke up like that.

Well apparently this is what made the noise that startled him so......

That is right. Our porch ceiling caved in. Well imagine my suprise when I get out there and the Gardners are out there to as they also heard it. I slept right through it. Thankfully Kyle did also. So the Gardners helped us lift it off our car. As that big piece you see was still hanging from the porch ceiling. They held it so Bennett could drive out from under it. Thankfully the car only suffered some scuffs and scratches. Then Jared got up on a car and clipped down that whole big piece. While I was cleaning up the mess in subsequent days I was amazed at how heavy it was. Our porch celing was sheetrock nailed to woode beams with chicken wire stretched over it and then plaster (a pretty good sized layer) over that. So now we are trying to get quotes to get it fixed. It isnt covered under our warranty and is to small for an insurance claim. So if anyone knows anyone that does this kind of work let us know. Below are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure. The day after it happened I had already planned on being home because Kyle was sick. Well I ran out to the truck to get something and I told Kyle NOT to follow me. Well we started to but he looked up and saw the mess and stopped dead in his tracks. His eyes were big and round when he exclaimed "Uh Oh!" and wouldnt go near it. Up until I got it all cleaned up which was just this Friday he would stop and say "Uh Oh" and "where'd it go?" Oh the joys of owning an older home. And I have no idea why my pics are posting all funny. Sorry

Friday, November 28, 2008

First time ever......

We took Kyle to his very first movie at the theater tonight! We went to see Madagascar 2. He loves the "move it" song so we thought we would try it. He did awesome. We sat on a back side row. Kyle got down a couple times but didn't try to get out in the aisle. He would chime in with some "roars" when he saw the lions and would dance and bob when there was some catchy music. He would also put his hands on his cheeks and say "oh no". It was so cute. I didn't get any pictures at the theater. Bennett had him and Kyle out in the parking lot before I could stop him to get a pic. But we went to the mall afterward. Here are some pics from the toy store. Kyle found a shopping cart and wheeled that little thing all over the store. Then he found this little car toy and daddy conveniently hid the cart. But smart ole Kyle turned around and shrugged his shoulders and said "where'd it go?" So we steered him out in the mall under the pretense that we would look for it! ha ha I told Bennett we will have to start being careful taking Kyle in a toy store.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cool..Bridgette tagged me....I have never been tagged before.

I tag.....Lindsay, Marian and Missy

Answer each of the following with one word answers!

Yourself: baker
Your partner: lovable ;-p
Your hair: short
Your mother: service
Your father: quiet
Your dream last night: none
Your favorite drink: water
Your dream car: dunno
Your home: humble
The room you are in: kitchen
Your fear: losing my family (ok I cheated it isnt one word)
Where you want to be in 10 years: Chef
Who you hung out with last night: Family
You're not: rich
One of your wish list items: baby
The last thing you did: Homework
You are wearing: Clothes
Your favorite weather: crisp
Your favorite book: non-textbbok
Last thing you ate: Mac and Cheese
Your life: Chaotic
Your mood: complacent
Your best friend: Marian
What you are thinking about right now: Kyle
Your car: Checy S-10 pick-up
What are you doing at the moment: chillin
Relationship status: married
What is on your TV: nothing
When is the last time you laughed: Yesterday

Sunday, October 19, 2008

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Schnepf Farms

Yesterday Bennett, Kyle & I met up with some friends at Schnepf Farms. I have never been before and it sounded fun. We thought Kyle would enjoy it. It was a nice little jaunt down there. (It is in Queen Creek for those of you that might not know). It look us a little more then 30 minutes. The weather was very nice. It was supposed to get up to 79 yesterday.

We saw a dog show....(I couldnt get a pictures of the dog show. Bennett had Kyle up front and I was holding Bennett's drink) But here they are after.

and Bennett went on the go karts. He thought they were motorized imagine his suprise when he sees they are horse powered all right they good old fashion way...

He did the single one and decided to do the "family" sized one and went with our friend Michael and the son of their friends Ashton.

They had a petting zoo. I took Kyle in to see the little pygmy goats...yeah yeah I know I should have felt right at home :-)...

Then we enjoyed some chili and fire roasted corn on the cob. I tried to get a picture of Kyle going to town on his corn but everytime I got the camera out he put down the corna nd wanted to camera. Silly Boy

Then we went to the pumpkin patch. Kyle moves way to much and I couldnt get a really good picture of him. But these two girls brought him a pumpkin. They thought he was so cute....

All in all we had a great time. He got home around 6:30-7:00 and put Kyle to bed. he was so very tired.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Misc Ramblings

Well I havent posted in awhile life has been pretty darn crazy. I started school last week in hopes this will be my last semester until Kyle is in school. If all goes well I will be getting my Associates in Arts in December and walking in Graduation come May. I am taking MAT 142 (critical mathmatical thinking) and FON 241 and FOn 241L (Food and Nutrition and the lab) The science classes dont start until next week. But my math teacher assigned a fair amount of homework. I got most of it done yesterday.

Kyle's sitter couldnt watch him this Friday so Bennett and I tookt he day off. It was thrilling!! I took a day just because and it felt great! I took Kyle into to work to show him off and they couldnt believe how big he has gotten! Of course he reveled in all the attention of mostly girls. Then we took kyle out to get him so new shoes. And Bennett attended "Menrichment" at church that night.

Bennett was selected to be on an opinion panel for KTAR. He was so excited! He had fun, they fed them and he got a goody bag full of neat things from the sponser Traveler's insurance. He got a t-shirt, sticky notes, car air freshener and his favorite a $50 gift card! Score!!! He thought they would draw for it but everyone got one.

Kyle starts at Cactus Preschool on Tuesday. I am excited and nervous. My little man is growing up and going to pre-preschool! ha ha I am excited for the interaction he will have. I worry sometimes about him beign the only one at home. I am nervous because I didnt see him going to a school type setting for at least another year. But it is a nice place. The 1 & 2 yr ols have their own playground, they have a music program, they tailor the curiculum for the little kids. It is close to work, Bennett and I both liked it. But the reason for the new shoes was becuase he has to wear closed toe shoes. We will see how he likes them.

Well this is longer then I inteded it to be. Especially since I didnt I had anything to write about!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

And he is off!!

Well a couple weeks ago Kyle took a few steps all by himself. First he took 3 steps after I got home and we were playing. Then when his daddy got home he took 2 steps with hima nd I was able to get it on film! He is trying harder and harder to walk. Last Friday we would stand up with his legs stretched far apart and when he tried to take a step he would fall. But he thought this was to funny and soon started playing that way. he would stand up lift his leg and fall over on purpose! ha ha When we was walking he would take anywhere from 3-7 steps on his own! I told Bennett I think we need to brace ourselves!
In the video it is kind of hard to see. But Bennett lets go right at the end and Kyle takes a couple steps.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ode to my niece!

I have the coolest 13 year old niece. I remember the day she was born. I was 16 and working at House of Fabrics. All of my customers that day knew I was an Aunt for the first time! Of course my regulars knew she was coming because the minute I knew Marian was pregnant I told them! ha ha I was fortunate enough to go to her blessing. I even helped make her blessing dress. I had a wonderful time (even if marian took a picture of me sleeping with rollers in my hair and put it in the scrapbook, yes marian I still remember you told me you wouldnt) I was able to go to Lindsay's baptism a few years ago and I hope to see her next year.

What has always impressed me about my niece is how caring she is and always wants to help others. On one visit to see their family We ended up at the hospital and Lindsay needed an x-ray of her leg. She was nervous and asked me to go with her not her I felt like a million bucks! It was so special to me and I still remember feeling so good I could be there to comfort her. A few weeks later Marian told me that Lindsay had a $1 and wanted to go and give it to the Children at the hospital. Now she was 5 if I remember. Another time she saved up some $ and her dad took her to buy toys and donated them to some children. She helped out in her brothers PE class to help her brother. Lindsay has always been a great example to me.

She has a wicked awesome blog she loves 60's stuff and loves a lot of the same things I did growing up (and still do). She loved going to the batting cages with Uncle Bennett last time they were here. (Which was awhile ago!) She has great taste in music. She is just plain cool.

I cant believe my little niece is now a teenager. My only regret is that in recent years I havent spent nearly enough time going to see my family that lives so far away. I hope she knows how many great memories I have of her and how proud I am of her.

Love ya Lindsay!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Well the big Pine tree in the front yard is coming down. The Arborist said it was about 50 ft tall. You might ask why the tree is coming down? What could cause our tree plight. It is simply the guy said your tree has the blight!! It has caught an airborne bacteria. Lovely. So down it comes before it comes down on its own and on a house! So $1200 later next week our yard will be minus one very LARGE pine tree. It is bittersweet. We have talked about taking it down since we moved in 2 years ago. Well at least our emergency home repairs are going down in price. I will try to find a pic of our tree. I know I have one at work.

So the home improvement projects we were hoping to get to the lawn and new flooring in our house will once again move down the list. The joys of a fixer upper. Oh well Bennett and I still love the house.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Trip To Hawaii

Well we got back from HAWAII about a month ago now. I cant believe it has been that long since we left Paradise. Of course Bennett and I are already planning on how to get back there. We had so much fun and did so much. Yet we still left with so much we wanted to do. We wnt to see our friends Missy, Kip and the 2 beautiful girls. We had a last but I wish we would have spent more time at the beach. Now Bennett and I are dying to get to San Diego. While we know ti wont be the same we are just ready for the beach scene!

I finally fullfilled a life long dream thanks to Kip. Bennett and I went snorkeling at HANAUMA BAY. It was absoulutly amazing! I even saw a GREEN Sea Turtle, one of my favorite sea animals! I even got a charm bracalet with a Sea Turtle on it. Everytime I wear I think of that amazing experience!!

We were able to go to the Temple on Sunday and walk around. The grounds were just as I had always dreamed it would be. Another life long dream was to go to the Hawaiian Temple. It was amzing the minute you stepped foot onthe grounds. You could hear music playing and smell the aroma of wonderful tropical flowers!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Where does the time go??!!

Outside on Easter Peeking under the Hammock!
Easter Morning with his basket
Daddy & Baby outside getting ready for Easter Egg hunt
EUREKA!! I found the Easter Bunny's stash
That's right..It's an egg!!

I can not believe that Kyle is now 13 months!! That is crazy! He stood by himslef for the first time last night. Bennett and I couldnt believe it!! Bennetts proud moment last night was when we were all playing ball and Kykle starting "palming" his little basketball. That kid had a good grip and just moved the ball all over the place!

School is almost over and all I can say is thank goodness!!! I took a 3 credit Excel computer class and a 4 credit Geology science class. It is crazy they only give you 1 credit for the lab. It is more stinking work then the lecture. I guess for tuition purposes I am glad that is all they charge you for! :-) Bennett couldnt be more thrilled that school for the semester is almost over. He is really a good trooper and does a great job playing Mr. Mom while I study!

May 9th is our 6th year wedding anniversary. Doesnt even seem possible! The next week we are taking Kyle on our first famiy vacation! He are going to Hawaii for 10 days!! Thank you Kip, Missy and girls for having us!!!

That is about all for now. I will try to keep up on this blogging thing a little more. My addorable niece is making me look bad! ha ha Thanks Lind-z! ;-)