Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!!!

Katie brought my cute little nieces over to see us tonight. Kaylee was (I'm guessing) a vampire, and Joslyn a cute little Kitten. Here they are with Grandma Maxine and daddy Josh.
Here they are with their Halloween Pillows and coloring books we all gave them, aren't they cute. Joslyn was pretending to be asleep.

Here's Mom and I in our little crowns we bought. Mom and her girls at work all wore them today, and me and a couple of my friends at work also wore them.

Here are a couple of my friends that I work with! Aimee, Carol and myself.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Cookies!!!!

Every year around Halloween we get together at Riley's parents and the kids decorate cookies. This year Chris (Riley's mom) had made 3 different kinds of soup and bread sticks. It was so yummy. And the kids had a blast decorating their cookies.

Jantsen, Porter, Nick, Ryann, Gracie, Brooks & Laura (helping out). Payton was at a friends birthday party.

Here is how some of the cookies turned out. They sure look fun, but I don't know how well some of them will taste. I like my cookies with just frosting, but it was fun.

Here is the mess after the kids decided they were done and went outside to play. The floor looked about the same. But it was all worth it to see how much fun the kids had, and how happy they were with their cookies they got to take home and eat.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Homemade Chocolates!

Every year the girls from Riley's family get together every Sunday night starting right before Halloween and hoping to be done by Thanksgiving, to make homemade chocolates to give away to friends and family for the holidays.
Pictured above is Riley's cousin's Abbey & Natalie, our sis-in-law Jane, and our niece Gracie. Not pictured from this night is: Riley's aunts Linda & Lesa, his grandmother Leah, Our sis-in-law Laura, and his cousins, Kelsey & Randie. Hopefully next time those that couldn't make it will be there.
We started this year with the peanut-butter cups. My job now is to figure out where to hide them when I take them home so Riley, Josh and My Parents don't get a hold of them. This is a fun tradition that has been in the family for many years, and hopefully will keep going for years to come.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

2nd Place Football Champs!!!!

Star Quarterback our nephew Payton #15.

Payton and his football team "The Eagles" played in the Accelerated Championship Game on Saturday. They only lost by 1 point. But it should have been their win, they defiantly played the better game.

This is Payton (Quarterback Sneak) making the final touchdown that should have won the game. It was an awesome play on the 4th down.

Payton #15 and some of his team-mates holding their trophy.
I only know a few of his friends: #32 Karson, #84 Hummer, #1 Kayden

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Spiritual Hunger

The search for peace is one of the ultimate quests of the human soul. We all have highs and lows, but such times come and they usually always go. Kind neighbors assist. Beautiful sunshine brings encouragement. A good night's sleep usually works wonders. But there are times in all of our lives when deep sorrow or suffering or fear or loneliness makes us cry out for the peace which only God Himself can bring. These are times of piercing spiritual hunger when even the dearest friends cannot fully come to our aid.
Jeffrey R. Holland (Wisdom of the Prophets)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Our Mighty Hunters...

I was hoping to have a really cool photo of the big 4 point Riley shot this weekend. But our Mighty Hunters were unsuccessful. They saw a nice one but he was 300 yards away and on the run so Riley only got one shot off before he was in the trees. Then they saw another 3 x 4 but Dad (silly dad) couldn't find his license this weekend so Riley was the only one with a license and this deer was running away from him towards my dad. Dad tried to scare it back but it didn't work. Bummer I was really looking forward to having a nice trophy to mount on the wall. Maybe next year.

On another note, Mom and I were a lot more successful. We decided to stay home from the hunt and have a girls weekend. Friday night we went to the mall, did some shopping, went to dinner and then to a movie. Saturday morning we got up and went to my sis-in-law's who was having a gift-boutique at her house. Then we went to the Barn-Boutique in Mapleton. We found some really cute things at both. I even bought a couple of Christmas presents. (It's nice to get that started.) Then we went to lunch at our favorite restaurant, LaCasita. Then came home and watched a couple movies and hung out. It was a fun weekend, just the girls.

But now dad is gone on business, but will be back tomorrow night. And Riley leaves tomorrow afternoon to go to San Antonio for work and won't be back until next Saturday. I'm really sad about that, it's going to be a long week.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Rainy Saturday!!!

While the boys were out in the rain building a shed at the farm for the Camp Trailer, Mom and I decided to make some homemade soup and bread.

We had the best little helper we could ask for. Joslyn had to have her hands in everything!!!!

Mom and Joslyn kneading the dough. Joslyn didn't like the feeling of the dough on her hands.

She was really interested in buttering the bread pans. Although she didn't like the feeling of the butter on her hands either. **But we got it all made and the outcome was really really nummy!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Weekend @ the Cabin!!!!

We snuck away for the weekend and headed to our cabins. Friday night we were with Savannah's family in Scofield. Saturday Riley helped with some of the electrical work that Robert (Savannah's dad) & Josh (brother) had started the weekend before. We didn't want the cabin to burn down, so Riley checked everything and hooked up the switches and outlets! =) It snowed on and off all day on Saturday, but about 5:00 it really started coming down so we thought we should head to Fairview before the roads got to ugly. When we got to the cabin in Fairview it was only 24 degrees outside and 43 inside. So we hurried to get the fire started. After the fire was going and we just got settled in and started a movie Riley's brother Greg and his family came up. We were excited to have the company. They actually brought dinner with them so that was great we didn't have to cook. The potato soup Laura had made was a lot better then the Ramen Noodles we were going to have. After dinner we watched the movie "We are Marshall". I highly recommend it to everyone, it's a really good movie.
Sunday morning we got up and Riley and I cooked breakfast, and we ate while watching Conference. Then the boys were aching to go to the zip line so we bundled up and headed down!
LOOK AT ALL THAT SNOW!!! It was cold but we still had a good time.

Laura, Brooks & Nick

Payton riding the zip line

Riley & Jantsen waiting their turn.

When we all had our share of turns we decided to get warm and headed back to the cabin. I think Greg and Laura were thinking they had 6 kids this weekend instead of 4 because Riley and I spent the afternoon wrestling with the boys.

Nick & Riley

"Doggie Pile on Payton" Payton, Savannah
Jantsen, Nick & Brooks!!!

Greg tried to take a nap but it didn't work, Laura was teasing him and we we're all a little noisy!!! We had a fun time. Before heading home we had Sunday dinner that was so yummy and took one more trip to the zip line. We can't wait to go back!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Our Many Memories!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Packing out over "Elephant Hill"!!!

Riley had to make 2 trips on the way to the campground, we weren't about to do it on the way back so we packed the Jeeps as full as we could and we tied our bed rolls to the top of ours. It made for a very long, weighted down trip back over Elephant Hill.

This picture doesn't do "Elephant Hill" justice but this is coming up the back side, I got blisters on my hands from holding on so tight!!!

This is Riley's Dad and Mom on the front side of Elephant Hill on the top half of the switch back we were right below them headed down.

This is another picture I took from the passenger side of our Jeep on our way down the front side of Elephant Hill, again I don't think this picture does the hill justice.
This is a look back up on Elephant Hill from the parking lot. One wrong move and we could have rolled down it! What an Adventure we had!!! We Can't wait to go back next year and hopefully try some new trails!

Day #2 Moab!!!

This is Riley Cooking Breakfast Saturday Morning. We had a feast! Left over Dutch Oven Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Hot Cocoa, Orange Juice, Bacon, Sausage, and Pancakes. It was so yummy! Also in the Picture with Riley is his Brother Greg, and his Mother Chris.

We had to stop for a Family Kodak moment after surviving the "Silver Steps." Actually they aren't that bad us Girls have driven down them both years we've been down there. That's me standing by "The Black Sheep" Riley's nephew Jantsen, and his mom.

Family Picture after our hike to the Confluence. (that's where the Green & Colorado Rivers meet).
Pictured: (back row) Greg (Riley's Bro), Rich (Riley's dad), Chris (Riley's mom), Riley, Me, Kelly (Riley's Bro) Melanie (sis-in-law) Jeff (Riley's Bro); (front row) Laura (sis-in-law) Greg & Laura's boys: Payton, Brooks, Jantsen, & Nick. Kelly and Melanie's kids: Porter and Ryann!!! We missed you Jane & Gracie!!!!

Riley and I posing for a Kodak Moment!!!

We Survived!!! Day #1 Moab!!

After a quick breakfast at McDonalds we were all very excited to get on the road. So we headed out to Canyonlands. When we got there we found out that the campground we were suppose to stay at was closed because of quicksand. So we ended up having to leave the trucks in the parking lot and load everything we could into the jeeps for the trip over Elephant Hill. But the jeeps weren't big enough and Riley and Jeff ended up making a 2nd trip to get the rest of our bedding.

Riley and I took our Jeep down but the rest of the Family had to rent them and they had to fight over who got the red one!!! hee hee hee. They were all red so we ended up renaming our jeep this weekend to "The Black Sheep." (all of our cars were named by Riley's niece Gracie, but after Moab we had to change the Jeeps)

This was our Campground! Those beds on the ground are where Riley and I slept. That was a very long night. The wind blew all night long and we were covered in sand. But it was an experience to remember. We of course had way to much food for the 2 days, 1 night we were camping, we always eat a lot better when we are camping then we do at home. Not sure why that is =)!!!