Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Now what???

So Christmas is over, the tree is down, the presents are all put away, the kids are fighting over the wii that Santa brought....I'm looking forward to the week being over so the kids can go back to school. It's seven hours less a day that I have to listen to them fight with each other. Oh well I guess that's how it is when there are six kids trying to play together.

Since I blogged last I found a used computer at a yard sale, we've had to buy a new dishwasher, the stove is next on the list, the oven only works about 25 percent of the time, the dryer is starting to smell like it's burning. The blower motor for the heater in the van is almost dead, it will only work if you pop the hood and tap on the motor. We've moved the family room furniture to the living room because we've had to close off the family room to keep the rest of the house heated on account of the blower moter in the gas fireplace going out. Good thing we have an extra room. Can anything else quit or stop??

On a brighter note, we had a good Christmas. Spent Christmas Eve with the Anderson's, went caroling, had dinner, read the Christmas story, sang some songs and then the kids opened their presents from Grandma and Grandpa. On our way home we took a few detours and looked at some lights because we hadn't done that yet this year and the kids really wanted to see some. I wasn't too impressed with the decorations this year, there just didn't seem to be many.

On Christmas we got the kids up early and they opened presents before Michael had to go to work, then we packed up and went to Aunt Tattie's for breakfast and gift exchange there. Then we bundled up and went to what they call their property. Some acreage they have to the west of Duchesne, were they have trails built that they ride their four wheelers on, this time they rode the snowmobile and pulled an old car hood around behind the four wheelers. The kids all had a blast. Michael was supposed to get off somewhat early but a bunch of loads got called in so he had to stay and pull them.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Erica's 4th Birthday

Erica was spoiled with her birthday presents today. Again we celebrated today because of Michael's schedule.

Ammon's 8th Birthday

Ammon turned 8 yesterday but with Michael's schedule it was easier to have the birthday party tonight.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The flu, the cough, the runny nose....

The kids were all home last week with one form or another of sickness. Coughing, fevers, headaches, runny noses, thankfully no puking. There's a lot of this gunk going around lately and it sounds like lots of people have it. Now that we've had our turn I hope it stays away for a while. I love being mom but when my children are cranky and ornery because they aren't feeling good I just wish they'd sleep it off. The first 2 days they were home they did just park themselves in front of the tv with their blankets, but once they started feeling better it was constantly a fight.

There really hasn't been much new going on at our house. still need to put up molding in my bedroom and the ceiling up in my bathroom. But that takes money and money is something we don't have at the moment. Our gas fireplace in the family room decided to die, that is the lone source of heat in that room, of course we can't afford a new one. Michael would like to put in a wood burning stove there but we don't have the money for that either. Work has been slow for Michael, well not just slow they are trying to either fire him or get him to quit. His pay checks have been small and we are getting behind on bills. It's so frustrating. He did put in an application with Savage but after discussing the pros and cons it's better for him to stay put at RNI and hope that nothing else happens there.

Some days I just want to stay in bed and not have to face the world.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Emily's 5th Birthday

I love her expression in these pictures.(ignore the date from my camera, I obviously didn't have it set to the right date).

Monday, August 24, 2009

2009-2010 School Year

Aaron is in Miss Mieure's 4th grade class. Ammon is in Mrs. Wall's 2nd grade class. Annie is in Miss Mckell's 1st grade class.

I guess I didn't take pictures the first day of school so I have their school pictures instead.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Vacation Adventures

We left Thursday morning for a family reunion in Fillmore. On the way there we went to Delta and the trilobite quarry run by U-Dig Fossils, as part of the reunion. The kids had a blast there finding the trilobites.

They then took us to a place were they collected some wonder stone. Then back to Delta where we went to the headquarters of U-Dig fossils where they have a small store. The gentleman took all the kids out back and gave them each a geode stone about the size of a baseball and cut them open for them.

Once in Fillmore we went to an indoor arena where they had horses ready for us to ride. Most of the grown-ups didn't ride but all the kids thought it was a blast.

Ethan didn't ride but he had fun checking out this horse that was tethered in the arena.

Emily and Erica had a blast. They each got to have a turn 'steering'.

Annie wasn't going to go at first but I kind of pushed her. I asked the girl behind her if she would mind riding with Annie. So they went together. Annie is hanging on for dear life on her first ride. Her second ride she wanted someone on with her but the guy was all for having her take a ride by herself. She did pretty good.

Ammon was just having the time of his life up there.

Aaron also enjoyed his ride. He took that horse round and round.

We stayed at the Fillmore KOA in a kabin, much better then pitching a tent, I think.

On Friday we went on a little treasure hunt around Fillmore. Michael's great-grandparents, James Andrew & Jane Elizabeth Rawson Crapo, lived there and so the object was to go to their house, where an aunt Lila's house had been, to the Territorial Statehouse Museum, the cemetery and to the library where we were to look in a book written about the area and find mention of these relatives; then we were supposed to write about our feelings or memories. I of course not knowing these people didn't have much to write. It was fun though to go to the museum and to the cemetery.

Saturday we had breakfast and said our good-byes and headed for Hatch, Utah to visit a friend. 10 miles outside of Panguitch we came to a stop sign and then couldn't go any where. We had to call a tow truck and he hauled us the 10 miles to Panguitch and then our friend came and picked us up there and took us to her house. We spent the night there after making plans with a member of our ward to drive down in the morning, with a car dolly, to haul us home.

Since Brother Costello wasn't going to be there until most of church was over we decided that we'd go to church even though none of us had proper attire with us The three girls borrowed dresses from Mya, our friend Annie's granddaughter. Michael and the boys wore shorts and tee-shirts. I of course had to wear pants which just felt wrong in so many ways to me. But oh well, you make do with what you have. It really wasn't that bad after all.

Brother Costello arrived about noon and then it took us an hour and a half to load the van onto the dolly. We stopped in Richfield for some lunch at 3:30 and when we returned to the vehicle the A/C wasn't working. Okay, we can deal with this just roll some windows down. But then we got to Price and Brother Costello decided that since the brakes hadn't been feeling very good he was going to stop and check them out before we attempted to go over Indian Canyon. What he found or didn't find for that matter was a scarey thing. The brake pads on the one side were shot, non existant. Of course it's Sunday in a little Utah town so everything is closed. We parked at Wal-Mart and called Bishop Sasser(it was his vehicle we were in) he said we could try to get new brakes on it or he could just drive over the mountain and somehow take us home and we'd have to return later for the other vehicles.

After calling around and trying to decided what we were going to do for I'm sure it was about 2 hours Brother Costello said something that jogged my mind and I remembered that my Uncle Shane works at a parts store here in Roosevelt. So I called him and Bishop Sasser met up with him and got the brakes and came over the mountain with them. They(Brother Costello, Bishop Sasser, and his father, finally managed to replace the brake pad and after 4 hours in Price we were on our way again. We finally made it home at 2. So the journey that should have taken 6 or 7 hours took us 12+ hours. Whew!!!

Some where between Richfield and Price Brother Costello asked the kids if they had seen the movie Vacation, none of my kids have but he told them they were living their own movie. Well that is one movie that I don't ever want to live again.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Swimming lessons

Aaron, Ammon, Annie, & Emily took swimming lessons this summer.