Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Your feather?

So I was watching Oprah yesterday for a minute and happened to hear a very sweet statement. Oprah and Nate, her decorating pal, were talking about redoing a room and bringing memories into the room without being painful. He did this for a woman who lost her husband and wanted to remember him, but did not want the painful memories to be there. So Nate framed a single white feather to help her remember her husband. It was something she had told Nate about. I guess this woman thought of her husband every time she saw a feather. It was beautiful and Oprah and Nate then came up with the saying, "What is your feather?"

I thought about it for a while and I would have to say that Kambria and Bryan are my feathers, and I LOVE looking at pictures with them in it. So pictures of them would be my "feather." Also the piano is a big part of Bryan and Kambria loves it too...so maybe a picture of a piano would work too!

So I ask...what would your feather be?

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Since there is not much happening here since all I do is feed, change poopy diapers and once and a while play with Kambria in the little "pool," here are some pictures for your enjoyment!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A new job

So while I have a little quiet time I will tell you of my new endeavor...I am babysitting, or nannying...whatever you want to call it. So I have Kambria, 9 months old, who is all over the place trying to learn how to walk and a 3 month old on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Today is the first day, but so far so good. They are the same sleeping schedule and so it has turned out to be a good day.

I have already forgotten how a 3 month old is...how they eat, how they sleep and how they play. I had to go back and look at all the materials again that show you what to do. But it will be good. I will earn a little extra spending cash and Kambria will have a little friend. This way I still get 2 days a week that I only have Kambria and that is good with me!

I am excited and anxious. i will update more later!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day

So this weekend we spent some wonderful time with Bryan's family and his sister Lisa and her husband Erik and their baby Madalyn. It was fun to see how Madalyn has grown and is a cute baby!!! We had fun playing Frisbee golf with them, watching Dejavu the movie...which is quite scary for me, and playing games with them!

However, I did not get any pictures taken with my camera, but as soon as MaryEllen or Lisa send me some of theirs I will post them...I promise!

So Bryan got croc sandals...but he gets to choose the color so I just gave him a certificate...which he didn't know i was going to do...it was the only surprise I had for him! And he also got some shorts and t-shirts.

That was our fun! Hope you all had an enjoyable day!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

a lot of posts...

Just pre warning you..this is the first time in a while I have had a chance to post, so there are a few below...enjoy!


I took this quiz thanks to Jackie and Heather..which one are you? I do not know if it really true, but it was a fun little quiz!

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

Youth Conference

Youth Conference was a blast!! This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 7, 8 and 9, Bryan and I had the opportunity to go with the youth of the Alameda and Lakewood on their youth conference as some of the Adult leaders. It was a blast! I met some of the young men that I have never met before and even got hit on by one of them...yes he knew I was married and it was a complete joke, but none-the-less funny!

Thursday we drove up to Vedauwoo, Wyoming and it happened to be BLIZZARDING on the way up. But the youth and leaders decided to rough it out. So we set up camp in the snow and got dinner made. Kambria stayed int he car and played mostly either with myself, Bryan, my mom or Tess. We even set our tent up in the hopes that it would quit snowing...well 8 o'clock pm, Bryan and I decided that Kambria, nor us, would be able to handle such cold weather so we headed to Fort Collins to his parents house, which was about an hour away. Well Bryan did not have his keys on him so we thought we might have to break into the house since his parents and sister Amanda were on their youth conference trip to Nauvoo. We pull up into their driveway about 9:30pm and Bryan looks at my keys and remembers that I have a key to their house too!!! It was a funny thing to both of us that we were going to try and break in and yet we had the key all along!!!

So the next morning, after a VERY LONG night with Kambria waking up every half hour or so, we head back up to camp for breakfast. Everyone was complaining about how cold they were and how they were ready for it to be a NICE day...

Due to the weather, the activity that Bryan and I were in charge of, Geocahing with a GPS, had to be switched to the morning so we could wait for the ground to dry out so we could go repelling and rock climbing. We drove only about 3 minutes away and found our places to bury and find coordinates that the kids made up. Geocaching turned out great and we had a lot of fun finding the "treasures" of life!

So we came back to camp for sub sandwiches and then headed up the mountain for repelling. This was my FAVORITE activity out of all of them. Not because it was fun, but because I made some really good friends with the youth because of it. I am scared of heights!!! And it turned out there were several youth who are also scared of heights. There was one boy named Mark who got the harness on and tried to do it, since I did it and was scared of heights too...but got to the edge and gave up. He then sat in a corner of the rock and started to cry. I felt impressed to go and talk to him. We had a nice long chat about how people are scared of things...ALL people are scared of things...and how his just happened to be apparent at that time. To make a long story short, we worked with the bishop, who is an excellent rock climber and repeller, and eventually got Mark to repel over the mountain! It was an amazing experience both for Mark and for the leaders who were helping him!

Then people went rock climbing and a young girl and I decided not to go and instead talk. That was another building relationship thing for me! it is amazing to me how some of these youth can hold to the rod when their home life is so terrible! they truly amaze me at times!

Then dinner in the gazebo with speakers. There happened to be one "young" leader, who was only 19 or 20 who some of the youth had previously known before. Her name is Lenora and she talked about her living in Kazakhstan and sharing the gospel there. It was a touching talk, even for the youth! There were some guys who were even crying! We also did a little testimony meeting type thing and that was very spiritual too! Yes, I cried then too! It wore me out!

Then off to bed...Kambria and I spent the night in a FREEZING cold car to try and muffle her crying...and I did not turn on the car since it has daytime running lights that you can not turn off..and I did not want to disturb the youth. Bryan spent the night alone in the tent and froze too!!!

Saturday morning Bryan and I were EXHAUSTED from the cold night so we had breakfast, broke down our tent and packed and went back to fort Collins to meet his parents from their long trip and rest! Kambria happened to spill hot chocolate all over me and her and that is when I decided I was a grouch and needed to go home and rest!

It was a fun trip and I am glad I went on it!

Pictures are on their way later...


So it has been a while since I posted. And SO much has happened. So I will try to relate some of the exciting things going on with our lives.

Thursday May 31 was Don and MaryEllen's anniversary so Bryan and I arranged to have all the kids pitch in money and buy them a gift certificate to the restaurant the Melting Pot. MaryEllen has wanted to go there for some time now, but Don has not wanted to pay the amount of money it costs to go...it IS expensive!!! well at least for us "normal" folk. So we sent that gift certificate in the mail so they would get it on their anniversary...Little did we know that they would be coming down to Denver to try and get tickets to Wicked through the lottery that night. So Bryan and I went down with them and tried to get tickets. MaryEllen was REALLY bummed when we did not get picked. So we ended up going to a restaurant called Cinsetti's instead. It turned out to be a great night and when they got back up to Fort Collins and got there mail they were so excited that they texted us to say thanks!

Since Bryan knew that MaryEllen was quite disappointed and we had nothing else to do, he decided we should go for the lottery again on Friday night! so we did...no we did not get picked, so we ended up going to a restaurant and used a gift certificate that Bryan had had since his birthday back in January! It was REALLY good and we had MAJOR left overs...Thanks Nelson and Leah for suggesting Maggiano's and giving Bryan the certificate. It was AMAZING!

So Saturday morning was the first Saturday in July which means free admission to the DAM(Denver Art Museum). So we decided to go...It was really cool to see the different forms of Art and the architecture. Bryan had fun taking a lot of pictures...well it also happened to be the people's fare in Denver that same day... which we wished we would have had more time to do and see..it was a carnival type thing, but Bryan and I decided to once again try and get Wicked tickets for Don and MaryEllen for the Saturday matinee show...

So we BUSTED our behinds to try and get there, because we kind of got turned around in downtown Denver and trying to walk somewhere in a half an hour with a TON of people in downtown due to the far and free Saturday was almost IMPOSSIBLE...but alas, Bryan made it to the lottery just in time to put his name and mine for me in the drawing...I was a little slower getting there...by about a minute is all...but that matters for the lottery!

Next thing we know my name is called for the tickets!!!!!! Lucky me! So we pay for the tickets, 25 dollars in cash for each ticket, and the next thing I know I tell Bryan that he better listen for his name to be called just in case...and then HIS name was called!!!!! So we pay for two more tickets and then we are SWARMED b y people who are wanting to buy the "extra" two tickets off of us. We got Don and MaryEllen on the phone and told them to hurry down that we got tickets...called my parents to make sure they could watch Kambria and off we went!!!!!

Don and MaryEllen made it with 3 minutes to spare for the opening curtain!!! It was incredible that we got four tickets and none-the-less on the second to last day of Wicked being in Denver. We were on the first two rows with "obstructed" seats...but it was well worth the wait and "running" it took us to get the tickets!!!!

we have decided that we have used all of our luck...so now we are UNLUCKY people. ;o)