Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Just Chillin

Hunter's just hangin' out

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Cahl took the older boys to a BMX clinic last night given by Mike McGonigle. He is a pro BMX racer, and he gives clinics once a week down at the track. 13 kids showed up for this one, and most of them did really well. Tristan learned a bunch, especially how to balance in the starting gate. That is something he has been trying to work on the last few weeks and now he's got it. Jasen didn't do so well. He wrecked several times, and got a little scared. So he ended the night early. But he wants to go again, so I think he likes it. I am really proud of him, because even when he wrecks, he always gets back up and on his bike to finish the track. I think that's so important, not to quit in the middle of something, but to finish what you've started and not give up.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

BMX Race

Cahl took Tristan and Jasen out to the Nellis BMX track last night for a race. They both did good, each taking 3rd in their classes. It was a charity race, so they didn't get trophies, but they got participation medals instead. Hunter and I decided to stay home and go to bed early!

Tristan's trophy shelves

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Wedding, and a Funeral

On a sad note, Cahl's step-dad Jim's father passed away last week. I had only met him 1 time, but still. We drove out to Indian Springs last Wednesday night to visit with Jim and his mom. And we spent most of Friday morning in Boulder City for the funeral and then a family lunch afterward.

On a much lighter note, my best friend Gabrielle's brother Donnie got married here in Vegas today. He surprised his family a week ago with the wedding announcement, and so Gabrielle and her parents flew in this weekend for the wedding. I hadn't seen Donnie in a few years, so it was nice to see him and meet his new wife. They seem very happy together, so I am very happy for them.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Jasen's Race

Cahl and I surprised Jasen with a new racing bike a few weeks ago, and last night was his first BMX bike race. He did really well. He did wreck a few times, but he always got right back up and on his bike. His class was really full, but he still made it to the main heat. He took last place, but he got a trophy for being in his first race. Tristan also raced. He did well, making it to the main heat as well. He didn't get a trophy, but he is really doing better. I can definitely see the improvement every time we go.

Jasen on the track

Jasen with his new trophy

Jasen's new trophy shelf

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Done with a capital D

Well, the master bedroom and closet are officially done. I have been busting my butt for the last 3 days to get stuff done. In the closet, I only had to hang up Cahl's tie rack and ties and sort one last box of clothes. In the bedroom, we replaced the doorknob which had been broken off a few weeks ago. (For those who don't know, Hunter locked himself in our bedroom about 2 weeks ago, and it happened to be a keyed lock. The only keyed lock in the house with NO key! So with Cahl at school, I broke off the entire doorknob with a hammer to rescue poor Hunter. Luckily it didn't damage the door at all, so we just had to get a new knob.) And I also finally finished the overhead shelves in our bedroom. On one side I have all the stuffed animals Cahl has ever given me (awww), and on the other, I did our Wedding Shelf, with all our wedding keepsakes. (sorry the lighting is not so great)

Also this weekend, we put up the second trophy shelf in Tristan's room, and we put one up for Jasen. I completely cleaned out Jasen and Hunter's closet and put away the last 2 boxes. We shampooed our carpets, and donated a car full of stuff to the Goodwill store. And I managed to wash all the bedding in the entire house, blankets, pillows and all.

So over all, I feel really good about this weekend. I feel like I made a lot of progress in getting the house finished, and I was able to cross a lot of things off my list.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Where I am Now

20 years ago I:

1. Was 4 years old
2. Was living in Salmon Idaho
3. Was busy playing with barbies
4. Played in my tree house
5. Spent a lot of time with my brother and sister

10 years ago I:

1. Was in 4-H
2. Attending a lot of horse shows
3. Worked at a print shop
4. My best friend broke her back, so I spent a lot of time at numerous hospitals for 4 months
5. Couldn't wait to get my driver's liscense

5 years ago I:

1. Cahl had just gotten home from Iraq
2. Jasen had just been born
3. Was living in Southern California
4. Was worried every day for my friends still overseas
5. Went to a lot of beach parties

3 years ago I:

1. Had lived in Las Vegas for 4 months
2. Went back to Salmon for the first time in 2 years
3. Was helping Cahl get ready to go back to school
4. Potty training Jasen
5. Didn't know anyone here besides family

So far this year, I:

1. Visited Salmon
2. Have lost 15 pounds
3. Bought and moved into our first house
4. Started a new job
5. Have taken 4 classes

Yesterday I:

1. Worked all day
2. Played with the dog
3. Got my first paycheck
4. Paid the bills
5. Did a bunch of filing

Today I:

1. Had lunch with Cahl
2. Wrote a paper for school
3. Went to the bank
4. Went grocery shopping
5. Took a nap

Tomorrow I will:

1. Register Tristan for fall football
2. Visit Cahl's grandparents
3. Make a nice dinner for the family
4. Finish the laundry
5. Clean out Jasen and Hunter's closet

In the next year, I will:

1. Turn 25
2. Have 2 kids at full day school
3. Paint and decorate Jasen and Hunter's room
4. Finish organizing and decorating my house
5. Go to Salmon again

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Girl's Room

I saw this in a magazine, and I really love the colors for a girl's room. I don't think I would go as far as the walls and rugs, but I like the bedding and curtains.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Salmon Trip

We got back from Salmon today. We left Vegas last Wednesday night at 9pm, and got to Salmon Thursday morning at 9am. The drive usually goes by pretty fast. The boys sleep most of the way, and we only stop 3-4 times for the restroom and so Buddy could run for a bit.

Thursday night was the Playdays out at the fairgrounds. They did horse races first, and then did the kid events. Tristan and Jasen both ran in the stick horse race. Tristan won last year, but this year he was second place. Then came the greased pig chase. Tristan got close a few times, but didn't catch him. He was disappointed, because he said he was really looking forward to the bacon!

Jasen in the middle, with his horse

Tristan on the far right side

All the kids lined up ready for the stick horse race

Friday we took the boys and Buddy down to the river to wade and play. They met a little girl there, so together they started to build a dam. Buddy had a great time running around, and Hunter even put his feet in and played with the rocks.

The boys building a dam

Saturday was the Demo Derby. Unfortunately I forgot my camera in the car, but the boys all had a great time. Tristan got to meet a friend of ours who is an MMA fighter. Tristan has seen his photos in the newspaper, and thought it was pretty awesome that Cahl and I are friends with him. So when we saw him at the Derby, I introduced Tristan and he was excited. Cahl did not do the balloon bop this year, but it was still a good night. The boys even saw Grandpa Jim, and he gave them some Derby t- shirts.
Sunday Cahl and a bunch of friends went and floated the river. So while he did that, the boys and I went over to my friend Gabrielle's parents' house and rode one of her dad's horses named Cowboy. Hunter was so happy the whole time he was up there. I gave him a rope to hold and he had a great time. Tristan and Jasen both did really well. They picked up how to get him to go and stop and turn right away. I am very proud of them for doing so well.

Tristan helping Gabrielle tack up the horse

Hunter and I taking a ride

Tristan riding around

Jasen's turn
Monday we went for a family drive up around the back mountain roads to see a few lakes. We took Buddy and he had so much fun chasing the cows that we found. Tristan even caught a frog. Then we stopped by my favorite picnic area and the boys ran around and figured out how to use the old fashioned water pump.
Walking down to the lake

Wallace Lake

Tristan's frog

Tristan, Jasen and I at my favorite spot

Buddy chasing a cow. He's quite the cowdog!

The boys working the water pump

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

ABCs of Me

A- Attached or single: Attached

B- Best Friend: Cahl. No seriously. He is.

C- Cake or Pie: cake or cream pies

D-Day: Saturday

E- Essential Item: Chapstick

F- Favorite Color: Blue

G-Gummy Bears or Worms: Worms

H-Home town: Slammin Salmon Idaho

I- Indulgences: Shoes, bubble baths, root beer floats

J- January or July?: January in Vegas, July in Salmon

K-Kids: 3

L-Life is incomplete without: My boys

M- Marriage Date: March 30, 2002

N-Number of Siblings: Two

O- Oranges or Apples: Granny Smith Apples

P- Phobias or Fears: Cahl not being here.

Q- Quote: "try a little harder to be a little better."

R- Reason To Smile: My family and sharing embarrassing stories with my girlfriends

S- Season: winter

T- Tag Three: Saliesh, Karen, Kristin

U- Unknown fact about me: I am an organizational freak. You do not know that because I have children and they mess up all of my efforts.

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: I oppress both animals and vegetables.

W- Worst Habit: Chewing on my fingers when I am nervous or stressed out

X-Rays or Ultrasounds: Ummm...neither thanks

Y-Your favorite food: pizza, potatoes any way

Z- Zodiac Sign: Pisces