Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I'm fruity like a banana!

I saw this on my friend, Amanda's blog. I think it's pretty spot on.

You Are a Banana
You are mellow, easy going, and a total softie on the inside.
People find it really easy to get along with you. You suit most tastes.

And while you're very sweet, you're not boring or ordinary.
You have an attraction to the exotic, and you could show up anywhere... doing almost anything!

You are spirited, energetic, and a total kick to be around.
You're also quite funny. Your sense of humor is on the goofy side, and it fits you well.

Stargate Atlantis

I love this show! It really makes me wish I had the Sci-Fi channel, but my good brother Geoff has agreed to record it on DVD for me as it's on. Thanks, Geoff!

Kevin watches the show with me pretty often, and the other day we were watching it together. There was one part where they were cutting into their hands to see if they healed really quickly (if they did, it meant they had nanites in them--just go with me here). Kevin didn't like it at all, and watching him was more entertaining than the show. He got a look of horror on his face, and he was putting his hands up to his face and getting all tense. It does no good to describe it, because you'd have to see it, but it was pretty darn funny. Err, I mean, it was very sad that he was so scared. I did not laugh or anything.

This is Ronon Dex, my favorite character. I'm thinking of changing Ethan's name to Ronon. It's a lot less common, and I don't think there will be 5 Ronon's in his school classes, like there would be Ethan's. I don't think it's very hard to change names, either. Probably just a matter of filling out a paper, and taking it to court or something. Ethan's young enough, too, that he won't really remember his name was ever Ethan. Ronon is a lot better than our other name change choice, Thor.

And someday he can grow his hair out in dreadlocks if he wants to become more like his namesake. Or I might just get him a wig to start wearing now.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Palisade State Park

Every year we go with Troy's family to Palisade State Park. It's a lot of fun, and this year was definitely better than last year, because Ethan slept this year! Camping is a lot more fun when you aren't trying to keep a baby quiet all night. As always, there will be a lot of pictures.

Here's Kevin with the lake in the background. Kevin is always happy and rarely in a bad mood. I love that about him.
Brian and Annabelle are always so prepared, and bring the coolest toys. The kids loved playing in these bumper boat things. They also pulled water up from the lake that you could shoot like water guns at each other. The only downside to these things is that they take batteries, and I bet they run through them pretty quick.
We rented a couple paddleboats, and they were really fun taking all over the lake. Here's Troy about to take a bunch of the kids out. One time Troy and I went out on the lake with a couple of the kids, and the wind was really blowing so we were getting some waves. That was fun.
Here's my cutie pie Ethan with Trudy and Kaylee in the background.
Ethan didn't seem to be feeling good this trip. Besides throwing up the first night, and having diarrhea, he just didn't seem to want to do much. He was still a good boy, though.
Kaitlyn and Grandpa Price. Kaitlyn wasn't too happy because on Saturday we had decided we'd leave as soon as we were packed up. All the rest of the kids were going swimming and playing in the water, so she felt really bad. Then I started feeling bad, because there's only a limited amount of time that they will be able to build memories like this, so we decided to stay until lunchtime.
Here's another water toy that Brian and Annabelle brought. Thank goodness for them; they made the trip a lot more fun for the kids!
I really don't know what the kids were doing here. Those are Kaitlyn's legs. I don't think this is the time, but there was one point when Kaitlyn was trying to help Kevin and Ethan get in the raft, and she flipped the turtle over, face first. It was pretty funny.
Kevin and Grandma Price
Brian and Penny were out in the water, shooting each other with the water guns, and we told them they really should just get on the boats. It would be much more fun (for us watching, anyway). Penny helped Brian get on, but then she really couldn't get on herself.
Ethan and Grandma
And, keeping with tradition, worn out kids in the backseat.


We had our last softball game last night. I'm kind of sad that it's over, and it seemed to go by way too fast. I had so much fun playing with Jason, Dallas, and Geoff and other people on our team that I've gotten to know over the last two years. One of the nice things about moving back here to Utah is that I've been able to do things like this, though. I remember Jason talking about their softball team when I was in Ridgecrest, and I really wished I lived close enough to play. Now I do, and I enjoy it.

P.S. We won last night, because we're awesome like that.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Awesome Video!

A son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?' The father, despite having a heart condition, says 'Yes'.

They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his son's request of going through the race together.

One day, the son asked his father, 'Dad, let's join the Ironman together.' To which, his father said 'Yes' too.

For those who don't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever.

The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island.

Father and son went on to complete the race together.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Notice anything different? Besides that my hair looks a mess, because usually my hair is perfect.

Our camping trip

We had so much fun on our trip. It was a nice time together as a family, and it went by way too fast. I've got a lot of pictures here, but I have a lot more that I took that I could have put on, so consider yourself lucky, dear reader.

This first picture was the first stop we took, before we got to our campground. We thought we'd stretch our legs a little bit, and Ethan was really fussy. So we stopped at the Twin Falls visitor center, and this was the scenery there. It was so beautiful!This is the dock that was right by our campground. I loved this picture.
Here are the boys wrestling. Or maybe taking a break from wrestling.
This was the view of Thousand Springs from our campground. It used to be that the whole mountain was covered with springs coming down, but they have taken a whole lot of it to use for energy in the surrounding areas. I understand the need, but I sure wish they would have left it. I bet it was beautiful.
Some more scenery from our campground.
We took a boat tour one day. It was neat to be able to go along the river and see so many pretty sites. Here's Ethan, who mostly liked to run around and try to get in the drivers seat when he got out. The place you can see in the front of the boat was called Blue Heart Spring (I think). It was really blue when you looked down, because there was fresh springwater coming up. It keeps the water at about 54 degrees, so you wouldn't want to jump in.
Here's a picture from the view on our boat tour.
This was a view of our campground from the boat, which we drove right past.

One of the days we went to Shoshone Falls. It was absolutely breathtaking, as you can see. I'm so glad we made time to go see it.
The next day we took our kids to a lake, that I can't remember the name of. It was right up by Shoshone Falls. There was a little fenced off area where the kids could play that didn't get more than maybe 3 feet deep. It was nice, and the kids had fun playing in the sand.
And in the water.
And then they were completely worn out, which is never a bad thing.
The last night of our trip. It was a good time.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bye bye! Have fun storming the castle!

We're leaving to go camping, so there will be no more updates from me for a few days. On the plus side, we are planning not to forget our camera, so we should have lots of fun pictures.

Remember the lovely picture of my softball injury? Well, now you don't have to try and picture the softball sized bump. I know how pretty my legs are--that's why I keep showing everyone pictures of them. They're much cuter than my kids and stuff.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Curse of Third Base

I have found that I probably shouldn't play third base during our softball games. I like playing third, but it's pretty obvious third doesn't like me. The first time I played it, a few weeks ago, I got hit right in the toe with a softball. You'd think with softball cleats on, it wouldn't be too bad, but the evidence of the injury still remains (this is after a few weeks of healing):
And then last night I was at third again. I think I made a couple of good plays, so it wasn't totally wasted, but that didn't really make me feel any better when the ball hit me in the shin. What you can't see in this picture is the softball sized bump. At least I can walk without a limp this morning, which is a good thing, because I don't want to be limping around when we go camping tomorrow.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I will never catch up

The "flower garden" in front of our house is absolutely filled with weeds and grass (that has grown up into it). I'm not a gardener, by any means, so this has been like a small bit of torture for me. I go out and weed parts of it, and then before I can even think about getting other parts finished, the weeds have grown back into parts that I've already done.

I thought one day, while I was out in the torture chamber, that I'd make a goal to garden every day for at least a half hour, and get it done. But then I realized I really don't hate myself that much. I just don't know what to do. If it was just maintenance, that would be one thing, but we're at the point where we just need to get to a place where it looks decent.

The thing is, our lawn is the worst on our street, and among the worst in our neighborhood. Not the lawn as a whole, just the part up by the house. I'm embarrassed. We need something that is low maintenance, because neither of us are the type of people that are going to spend a lot of time making our yard look pretty. I really wish that we had the opportunity to do everything from the start, because the people who had our house before us were not looking into what would look good long term, at all.