Sunday, April 25, 2010

Founder's Day 2010

Founder's Day was yesterday and here are the festivities photos!  The theme this year was Rhett and Link, two Internet comedians that my children love.  You can check out their particular brand of humor at  We have showcased the Uni brow Song, Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles and Corn Holing in our party.
 This was a presentation of silly songs in honor of the day.  A rendition of "Pants on the Ground" by Ethan, Jake and Leslie. :)
 Corn-holing. (Bean bag toss, for those of us not from Iowa, I guess.)
 This is the crew sporting their Uni brows for dinner which featured Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.  I was not excited to try the combination, but after dinner, I had to admit that Roscoe has something here. Nate isn't in the picture, because he was the only one who didn't have to wear a Uni brow, having successfully produced his own.  The mark this anniversary is 18 years.  Wow!  They say that when two people love each other for a long time, they begin to look alike...
It's true.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Heigh Ho, This is Kermit the Frog

I love it when Kermit says these words just before going out on Sesame Street to report on the news! Here is our latest news: Caleb started piano lessons 6 months ago and this is his first recital. He played Hoedown and Feres Jacques as a duet with another student. He didn't make any mistakes!
This is a photo of Camille and her friend Jenny. They played their duet together and did well. It was Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka dot Bikini.
Some of you already know that Jacob has been taking a machine shop class in high school. He is a natural at it and enjoys it a lot. This is his latest work of art, it is a meat tenderizer.

We also have new paint on some walls. My main floor bathroom is a beautiful shade of pale lavender and my laundry room is sunny yellow. Nathan has been painting like crazy and my house is looking great! He had an interview over the phone the other day, but wasn't qualified for the position in Salt Lake. He did exchange e-mail addresses with the interviewer so I can teach his wife to coupon shop! :) Only Nathan. He can always make a friend in 2 minutes time. He also has the most exciting and nerve-wracking news: he has been accepted to graduate school and will start pursuing a masters degree in real estate development in the fall. We are going to hold each others hands through this. He really will do well at this, I am sure. In the meantime, he has been doing a kitchen remodel and looking for work. So, Kermit signing off, that is the news, folks!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Easter, etc.

This year we went to visit Dubois for Easter and conference weekend. It was our first time staying with Mom and Dad in their new little house. It was fun to see the things they chose to have around as they down-sized and how their new home suits them. We were able to see Natalie's family and Shane's. And Cody and Jessica made the long drive to visit with us on Saturday, and then drove back that evening. A particularly touching sacrifice as Jessica is expecting in May, and I'm sure it was hard on her! It was so good to see everyone! The children are all growing so fast! Weather conditions (snowing and blowing--this is Idaho) made it tough to hunt Easter eggs, but that didn't stop us! Aunt Diane had filled a bunch of eggs and the oldest children hid them for the younger children in my parents big upstairs room. This is the twins and Seth in the background hunting their eggs!

It was cute and fun. We enjoyed conference and drove home on bare roads despite the interesting weather. It felt so good to get home. I always get a little homesick.

Spring weather here in Utah has brought out the yard sales! I was driving home from the grocery store on Friday and stopped at an estate sale. Among the computer monitors and ancient rubbermaid I found this sideboard and hutch!
They were covered in contact paper. Leslie counted six different patterns of it! So we pulled and scrubbed and oiled, and now they look awesome in my kitchen! I was super excited. I have wanted storage with some display space for my kitchen for a while, and the price was right, $30.
Also nifty is that Leslie now has the old kitchen shelf in her room, and she is pleased with new storage and a new floor plan in there.