Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March of Dimes

My sister is doing a March of Dimes walk in May up in Idaho, and I am trying to do what I can to support her. Above is the link to her page, so if you feel so inclined to, please go and help out too. This is a great cause, and it is so very important. I am going to try and see if I can find an upcoming walk here in Vegas that I can do. I will let everyone know what I find out, so anyone interested can come along.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wedding Day Survey

In honor of our anniversary, here is a wedding day survey for your enjoyment!

1) When was your wedding day? March 30, 2002

2) What day of the week was it? Saturday

3) Did you get married in a church? Yes

4) How many in your wedding party? 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen

5) Where was your reception? The Elks Lodge

6) How many guests were invited to your wedding? I think right around 100

7) How long did you wait to Tie The Knot after your proposal? 11 months

8) Who did you hire as your photographer & videographer? photographer Kristy Fritz

9) Did you have a DJ or a band? A DJ

10) Did your father walk you down the aisle? No, Tristan was supposed to

11) What color were the bridesmaid dresses & groomsmen vests? light purple dresses and black vests

12) Who was your Maid Of Honor/Best Man? my sister Saliesh, and Emmett Black

13) Did you have a Bridal Shower? Yes

14) What type of limo did you get? No limo...the Green Machine!

15) Where did you go for your Bachelorette/Bachelor Party? My party was at Wendy Bowman’s house, Cahl’s party was at Emmett’s house. Then we had a joint party the night before again at Emmett's house.

16) What type of wedding gown/tux did you two wear? I wore a beautiful white dress and Cahl wore his Marine Corps blues

17) How was the weather? it was really nice and sunny. I wish I had known how it was going to be and we would have gotten married outside, but I was afraid it was going to rain

18) Where did you go on your Honeymoon? Nowhere, we moved to California

19) What was your favorite part of your wedding? Just getting it over with

20) How long have you been married? 7 years

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Monster Jam

Last night we went out to Monster Jam. Cahl gets tickets from work, so he has taken the boys every year since we have lived here. They always have so much fun. Hunter and I have also gone the last 2 years, and he loves it. He gets so excited when they do the fireworks and balloons.

The truck that went upside down in the stands

The winner of the race- Maximum Destruction

The Nitro Circus truck driven by none other than Travis Pastrana

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Football~Rage vs Falcons

Today was Tristan's first football game for the spring season, and also his first game with his new team- the Rage. He played almost the whole game, and had some really good plays. The game was really close, pretty much tied up most of the game. But the Rage pulled it out at the end, with a 33-32 victory! A great game, and a great way to start off the season! He really likes his new team, and I am happy that his friend Nick, whom he has played with for over a year, is also on the team. And his new friend Jamie, who lives 3 doors down from us, is also on the team. So he's having a lot of fun already.

In his snazzy new jersey- number 53 a la Bill Romanowski

Tristan- number 53 in the middle

Thursday, March 26, 2009


My brother in law, Thor, was photographed for the USA Networks Character Project. There is a fold out poster in the April issue of Vanity Fair with his photo, or it is also online. These are the photos of him, taken last summer in Alaska while he was oyster fishing.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Day Camp

Last week was Tristan's Boy Scout Day Camp. Thursday and Friday afternoons, and Saturday all day. He had SO much fun! It was pirate themed, and he loved it. They did archery (which he is good at, since he already has a bow and arrows), bb gun shooting (again, he's already got his own guns, and he's a really good shot. He hit the bulls eye several times!), an obstacle course, and much more. By the end of the day, he was the filthiest little boy I have ever seen! But he's really excited now because he'll be getting a bunch of new belt loops for many of the activities they did. He truly loves scouts, and I am really happy that he was able to go.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy Birthday...

to me! I am the big 2-5 today! Since weeknights are always a little hectic for us, Cahl and the boys gave me my presents and cake Sunday evening. I got some much needed (and wanted!) new kitchen things. Hunter got me a 4 cup measuring cup, Jasen got me a new muffin pan, and Tristan got me a new knife set.

with my cake- double layer german chocolate!

Cahl had my blog turned into a book for me, he did all of 2008! It is so awesome! I love it!

Thanks so much to all my boys for another wonderful birthday. You guys spoil me to no end, and I love each one of you so much!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Pat's

Happy St. Patty's Day! Hope everyone gets lucky today!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

BMX Race

The boys had a national BMX race this weekend. Today Tristan took 7th overall, and Jasen did not place in his class. Jasen chose not to race again tomorrow, so we'll see how Tristan does tomorrow. They also got their pictures taken with the Olympic gold medalist, Maris Strombergs, and the NBL national champion Randy Stumpfhauser. They got their autographs when we went down to Arizona, but this time they got their pictures with them too. They are both so excited to get the photos framed and hung in their rooms!

with Maris Strombergs

with Randy Stumpfhauser

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rest in Peace

An old friend of ours, Charlie, passed away yesterday. He and Cahl were in the Marines together, and have kept in touch since we moved here to Vegas. This is just a quick note to say, Charlie- you will forever be in our hearts! You are gone much too soon, but all I can hope is that now you are at peace. Goodbye friend.

Charlie, Jonnie, Cahl and Joe at Medeival Times

(around January 2005)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

First Born

This is the First Born Survey that I had meant to do for Tristan's birthday. Unfortunately I couldn't find it then, so I am doing it now!

1. Were you married at the time? Not yet

2. What were your reactions? I was terrified and in complete denial. Cahl was much calmer, but I think he was a little bit terrified too

3. How old were you? 16

4. How did you find out you were pregnant? I took 3 pregnancy tests before I finally believed they were not lying to me

5. Who did you tell first? My friend Cassie and her then boyfriend

6. Did you want to find out the sex? No

7. Due date? January 2

8.Did you deliver early or late? He was 10 days late

9. Did you have morning sickness? Nope

10. What did you crave? Burger King fish sandwiches and ice

11. Who irritated you the most? To many to specifically recall...

12. What was your child's sex? Boy

13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy? around 40 (what a porker)

14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? Not a one

15.Where did you give birth? At my parents house in Salmon Idaho

16. How many hours were you in labor? 6 1/2

17. Who drove you to the hospital? I didn't go to the hospital (see number 15)

18.Who watched? My midwife (mom) and her assistant

19.Was it natural or c-section? natural

20. Did you take medicine to ease the pain? Nope

21.How much did your child weigh? 8 pounds 10 ounces

22.Did your child have any complications? Nope

23. What did you name baby? Tristan Thomas Gouker

24. How old is your first born today? 8 years old

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Lost... and Found

So this evening we were all sitting around watching tv while dinner cooked. We thought Hunter was asleep upstairs and so we asked Jasen to go check on him. He came back and said Hunter was not upstairs. We panicked. Cahl ran outside while I ran upstairs. After about a minute this is what I found:
Hunter had fallen asleep underneath his bed! When I found him the other bean bag chair was also in front of him and he was covered with his blanket. On the one hand terrifying, and on the other hand so sweet!