Wednesday, December 31, 2008

See Ya '08!

I thought as a fond farewell to 2008 I would make a short list of things that happened for us during this last year. A highlight reel, if you will.
JANUARY: Tristan turned 7, we got Buddy, and oh yes, we found our perfect house. And after an eternity of waiting, they accepted our offer! I started this totally awesome blog. What a great month for us.

FEBRUARY: Hunter had his first ever haircut. And we were fortunate enough to go to Utah and attend our little cousin Nila's blessing. Which was beautiful and made me cry.

MARCH: I had my 24th birthday. Cahl and I had our 6th anniversary. We signed all the final paperwork for our house and finally moved in at the end of the month. Tristan lost another tooth. And Tristan's winter football season ended. A fun Easter at Uncle Mike's house.
APRIL: The spring season of football and t-ball began. And the first of many car wash fundraisers. My sister and her family came for a visit. I had a zero cavity dentist appointment. The boys began at their new school.
MAY: A super fun Mother's day at Uncle Dan's house. Lots of decorating the house. At one of Tristan's playoff football games, his quarterback ran in a 99 yard touchdown. That was so cool to see. Jasen's t-ball season ended. I got hired for my job. Tristan's football season ended.

JUNE: Jasen turned 5! I began working. Tristan and Jasen discovered BMX racing. A fun Father's Day at Uncle Dan's house. And a Father's Day BMX race. They had a few bands come out and play so it was cool. We painted Tristan's room.
JULY: We went home to Salmon for the 4th, and it was AWESOME as always. So nice to be home. I got our bedroom finished. Cahl's step- grandpa passed away. My best friend's brother got married.
AUGUST: Cahl's cousin got married. My cousin had a baby. I got a new vacuum!! Yay! My sweetie had a birthday, he turned 27. The boys started school, Jasen is in kindergarten. Wow, they are so big already.
SEPTEMBER: The fall season of football and soccer started. Is that it?! Just a lot of games and bike races.

OCTOBER: I quit my job. We had a family outing to the pumpkin patch. Our niece Paige turned 2. Tristan took 3rd place at a national BMX race. Tristan and Jasen began wrestling.

NOVEMBER: Cahl took me to my first Rebel game. It was awesome! I loved it. Jasen kicked his first soccer goal. Tristan's room is officially D-O-N-E. My parents came for a visit. Cahl's grandma fell down and broke her leg. Buddy turned 1. The soccer season ended. We finally finished Jasen and Hunter's room. Cahl built an amazing closet system.

DECEMBER: Tristan played Johnny Appleseed in a class play. Hunter turned 2. The football season ended. The boys had their first wrestling tournament, and they both took 2nd. Both boys had parent teacher conferences, and they are doing wonderfully. It snowed a record amount here in Vegas. Our trip to the cabin, complete with 4 feet of snow. Lots of fun for all of us. I had a ton of fun playing cards!
So, all in all, it was a good year. And I am looking forward to all that 2009 will bring our way.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cabin Trip

This weekend we headed up to the family cabin in Utah. We decided to leave early Friday morning and get to Cedar City early enough to pick up some last minute gifts and have breakfast. That way we could also get up to the cabin early enough to still have time to play. So we left our house at 5am and got to Cedar about 7:30. There was quite a bit of snow in town, so we asked some people at the restaurant if the highway up to Duck Creek was open. They didn't think so. But we decided to try anyway because some other people have told us that they saw 2 plows going up that morning. On the way up, we ran into Cahl's uncle Mike, who was also getting ready to head up the hill. So now we are going to caravan on up. This is around 9am. We head up the hill aways and find a road closed sign. But the roads don't look so bad, they've been plowed and we all have chains so... Up we go. Things are looking fine until about 2 miles from the top of the hill, and then we run into a 7 foot wall of snow. Apparently the plows just stopped in the middle of the road and quit plowing. So we have to turn around and go back down. Now our only choice is to drive up the freeway and all the way around the back side of the mountain. We finally get to the cabin and the driveway has not been plowed. There is a solid 4 feet of snow. However, we find a guy with a little loader and he is nice enough to plow out about half of the driveway for us, which is a huge help. Luckily one of Cahl's cousins got there before us and he has snowshoes. So we are able to snowshoe our way in the rest of the way to the cabin. So while me, our kids, and the other women stay in the cabin, the guys are able to get out the bobcat and begin plowing the rest of the driveway out before everyone else arrives. At the end of the day it took us 9 hours to get to the cabin, and it normally only takes 3! But once everyone got there safe, we were able to hang out and have fun.

This is on the way up the hill


Saturday the boys all got to play outside. Even Hunter had a good time with me, Jasen, and cousins Joe and Mikey having a snowball fight. Then we went in and while the older kids made gingerbread houses, Hunter played with an air cannon:

Tristan with his finished house:



Jasen's finished house:


Saturday night was present time! Everyone gathered in the living room adn we all exchanged gifts. The boys got some K'nex sets, which they are super excited to open. And they all got Green Bay socks, which they were especially excited about!

Hunter, modeling dad's hat:


This morning they went outside and tried some tubing. Hunter had a lot of fun! Until he got to the bottom and couldn't get back up! Tristan and Jasen also had a ton of fun on the kid-sized snowmobile!


Jasen, getting ready to go down the hill

Hunter, throwing a snowball at me

Tristan, on the kid-sized snowmobile

Hunter, tubing down the hill

Cahl, taking Jasen for a ride

Tristan, going for a ride with Joe

We headed home early this afternoon. It was a nice trip, I really enjoy getting together with all the cousins that we don't see very often. And I had a blast playing cards with Mikey, Joe, Kelly, Andy, Nathan and Cahl! I can't wait for next Christmas.
Hunter fell asleep with his juice and nugget on the way home!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Tag

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper for our gifts, sometimes bags for gifts to other people

2. Real tree or artificial? Back to real. We had an artificial for the last few years while renting, but now that we own our own home we cut down a real tree. (I was a little sad to see the big, fluffy, beautifully lit fake one go...)

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down? Beginning of January

5. Do you like Egg Nog? YES! Oh sweet Egg Nog! Cahl, myself and all three boys go through several gallons of Egg Nog at the end of every year.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Um, I think most people know I didn't grow up with Christmas, however I did get a cute baby 2 years ago! (and some awesome diamond earrings about 5 years ago!)

7. Hardest person to buy for? Jasen for sure

8. Easiest person to buy for? Tristan

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail newsletters

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I will be opening it this week, but I will not say what it is

12. Favorite Christmas movie? The Grinch, the old-school cartoon one

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? After Thanksgiving.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Absolutely

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cinnamon rolls Christmas morning, and to drink- see #5

16. Lights on the tree? Um, yes. Who doesn't? I prefer white, but this year we have both white and colored

17. Favorite Christmas song? Does The Hanukkah Song count? Or Grandma got run over by a reindeer?

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? It depends, we are either home or at the cabin. Usually both places

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes, I do believe so

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One present Christmas Eve, the rest in the morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? I don't know. I like most of it

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I would prefer to do a theme, but my kids have so many hand-made ornaments and ones that they have picked out. It looks a little haphazard, but it's theirs so...

24. Favorite Christmas dinner? don't have a favorite

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Slippers, perfume, some movies. Nothing too fancy.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I Promise

We really do live in Las Vegas! Here are some photos from this afternoon/night. The boys love it! Cahl and a friend took our older two boys and their older kids to the park to go sledding. Seriously. And the school district already called to warn about possible closures tomorrow! HA! School closures with 1 inch of snow! As someone who grew up in Idaho with a lot of snow, this is hysterical!

This is around 3:30 in the afternoon:


And this is at 8 at night:


Big Boy

Hunter went in for his 2 year check up today, and everything looks great. He is 33 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds. She said he looks great and he is passing every developmental milestone with flying colors! She is very impressed with his language and motor skills. She also said he is the size of an average 3 year old. So over all he is doing great and keeping healthy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gingerbread House


Jasen made a gingerbread house in class. It is so cute!

Smarty Pants

Both Tristan and Jasen had their Parent-Teacher conferences this evening. And both came away with outstanding reports.

Tristan has A's in every subject except reading, which he is rapidly improving. He has really been working on his reading, and I can see he is making progress. He teacher is so impressed with him. He is excelling in every other subject, but she is especially amazed at his knowledge of money. He is so good with money and math in general. She says he is her "right hand man," and I agree. Every teacher he has ever had has said the same thing, he is a big helper.

Jasen is also doing really well. His teacher said he is excelling in every area, especially in reading and writing. She is very impressed with his reading and writing. So he is also doing really well, and we are so proud of both boys.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Hunter!

Today our little Hunter bear turned 2!

2 days old, Hunter Delbert Gouker with great grandpa Delbert

first family photo with Hunter, Christmas 2006

March 2007, at Joe and Kelly's wedding


4 months old
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUNTER!! WE LOVE YOU!

Hunter's Party

Playing "swords" with Dad

We had a little family party for Hunter. Here he is getting ready to blow out the candles:


And almost burning off his nosehairs:



Then time for presents! Thanks so much to everyone for all the great gifts. He loves them all!

His new firetruck from Uncle Dan and Aunt Gail

And his Big Wheel from Dad and Mom

Saturday, December 13, 2008

And No...

I am not Jewish. But I do love Adam Sandler's songs!

Wrestling Tournament

The boys' first wrestling tournament was today. Holy crap! There were A LOT of kids there, over 400. It was my first wrestling tournament, and it was pretty cool to watch. We got there at 8 this morning and we didn't leave until 4 this afternoon. Jasen and Tristan are in different age and weight classes, but they wrestled on the same mat, just different sides. Which was really nice for me that I could see both of them without having to move. One of Tristan's good friends was there also, and he was on the same mat as well. So I was really happy that I could watch him too. I couldn't get very good pictures of them on the mats, whenever I would zoom in, they turned out dark. I did video all their matches, so hopefully I will get those put up on YouTube soon. But these are of them getting ready to come out to the mats with their team:

Jasen, in the white shoes

Tristan, second from the right

Jasen had his first match and won, and as soon as it was over, he threw up. I don't know if it was nerves or excitement or what. So that was his only match. But since there were only 4 kids in his group and he won, he ended up in second place at the end. He even got a silver medal!
Tristan won his first match, he smoked the kid. The kid never got him down once. So then Tristan went on to his final round, and he and the kid went back and forth. The other kid won the first point, then Tristan won the second. But the other kid won the third point, and so he won the match. So Tristan also came away with second place in his group. He also got a silver medal.
Tristan's friend Alexander won all 4 of his matches and came away with a first place medal! Which is really cool, because he is also new at wrestling and this is also his first tournament. He is such an awesome kid, and we are so proud of him.
So over all it was a good time. A really good learning experience for us all, and now we have a better idea what to expect next time.
Hunter, about 3 hours past naptime

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wrestling Practice

Here are some pictures from the boys' mock "tournament" at practice last night. They are practicing for their big tournament this Saturday. Jasen is the youngest kid on the team, but he tries hard and is really getting the hang of it.

Jasen, in blue

Jasen again

Tristan, on the left

Tristan, on top

Tristan, on top again

A Sign

I was helping Tristan with his homework today, and on his math page he was working on money. They have pictures of coins and they add them up and figure out the amounts. Well, when he got done with a page he brought it over to me to check. I see a coin I have never seen before:


Apparently this is a George Washington dollar coin. I didn't even know we had those, and they are already in my kid's homework? Wow, for some reason I feel really old right now. Or maybe it is a sign of my age coming through, and I am too young to know (or care) about coins I do not use. This is about as awesome as the Sacajawea dollar coin that came out a few years back. What a waste of time and effort that was. So, has anyone actually seen one of the coins, and did anyone even knew they existed?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Finishing Up

Well, the last week had a lot of ends for us. Tristan's football season ended. They went undefeated all season! So now we have a break from football for a few months. In the meantime, wrestling is getting ready to gear up. The first tournament is this coming Saturday.

Cahl and I also both finished up our school semesters. So it will be nice to have a break from thinking for about a month! And I was able to sell ALL of my old books back to the college bookstore! I am stoked about that. Usually the won't take very many, due to overstock or moving on to newer versions. But this time I lucked out and got rid of every single one. Yay!

So that's about all we've been up to the last week. Nothing too exciting, but still... it's nice when things get finished.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Johnny Appleseed

Tristan's class put on a "Reader's Theater" today of Johnny Appleseed. Every kid had a part to read, and Tristan was Johnny himself!! He even wore a pot on his head! He looked so cute, and his reading was really good. I wish I had some photos, but my camera batteries went kaput. But not to worry, they have since been replaced! I did get some cute shots on my phone though.