Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wrestling Tournament

The boys had another wrestling tournament today. Tristan did really well, and placed 5th. Jasen also did really well, but he did not place. It's so hard for him because there are so many kids in his bracket- today there was 19! But I'm so proud of both of them. They have both been improving a lot this season, and I am sure they will continue learning and progressing in the future. Plus I am stoked that I got TONS of great photos today, these are only a very few!

Tristan in blue

Jasen in blue

Tristan in blue

Jasen on top- he pinned him!

Jasen in blue

Friday, January 29, 2010

And more projects!

So this afternoon Cahl and I were just sitting around talking about the stuff that we still want and need to do around the house, when I happened to mention that I wanted to get the office closet cleaned out. We just use it for storage, but since there is only one shelf in it, everything is just piled up on itself and it's a mess. Definitely the place we stuff things that we don't want left out for everyone to see! Long story short, Cahl and I decided to empty out both the office closet and the little coat closet in the front room and organize them. Cahl then decided to build custom shelving units in both closets, and off he went to Lowe's to get the stuff. While he was gone, I emptied out the closets and began sorting all the crap. Once he got home, he went to work. After he was done installing all the new shelves, it was my turn to go in and put everything away. I am so happy with the results. In the office closet, we now have Cahl's gun safe and more than enough room for all the ammo and cases, I have my scrapbooking stuff, and a sewing shelf, all our wrapping paper and gift bags, some extra kitchen stuff that is odd shaped and doesn't fit in the kitchen cabinets, and some other random office stuff. And the best part is, we still have 3 empty shelves! In the front closet, we took out the original shelf, and replaced it with 3 shelves. And now I finally have somewhere to park my vacuum so it's not sitting out! Plus only one of those shelves is full, so we have plenty of room for the future. We have a small pile of stuff to move into the garage, but I am beyond happy that we are now organized and everything finally has a place to go!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Now that Tristan is 9, he has officially entered the Bear Den in Scouts. At this month's pack meeting, he earned 2 arrow points, and 4 beltloops- for ice skating, basketball, weather, and art. He also received his his bear neckerchief, slide and book. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to go to the pack meeting because wrestling pictures, but I brought his new stuff home for him and he was so excited to get it!

Monday, January 25, 2010


So, I have been super busy making lists of projects that I want to get done in the next few months. Anybody who knows me well knows that I live by lists. I typically have no less than 3 or 4 lists going at any given time, in addition to my regular calender. Well, a few weeks ago I made a to-do list of things I wanted to try and have done before the baby comes. Since we had a free weekend to be home with nothing to do last weekend, I picked 10 things from my list I wanted to get done. And I am so proud of myself, because I got 9 of them done! Here's a run down of what we did:

1. Painting the office. When we bought our house, we had the entire inside painted before we moved in, with the exception of the boys' rooms. Well, for whatever reason, the painters didn't do the office (I think because it is also a bedroom), and we just didn't care enough to do it. Until now. So, the weekend before last, we started painting it, and this weekend we got it done. Yay! It matches the rest of the house now!

2. This month, Cahl's family has been moving everything out of his grandparents house. All the kids and grand kids were able to go and get what they wanted- furniture, knick knacks, ect. So we ended up with several pieces of furniture and lots of other little things, and one thing we got was a big bookcase. We already had a big bookcase and a smaller one in our office, and they were both full. So we sold our small one, and replaced it with the new bigger one. And they were both a little haphazard. Since I am a bit of an organizational freak, one of the things I wanted to do was completely reorganize both bookcases. So I did. And they look awesome!

3. Also in regards to the office, I wanted to frame and hang up Cahl's second diploma. So Friday night we took a family field trip to Target and I got a frame that matches his other one. And once the office was painted and put back together, we hung up both diplomas. I'm so proud.

4 and 5. Once the office got done, we moved on to the upstairs, were I touched up the paint in Jasen and Hunter's room, and we repaired some wallpaper that Hunter had pulled down. There is still a small section missing, but once I order another roll of wallpaper that will be done too.

6 and 7. Going along with getting new furniture, we rearranged our living and front rooms. About a month ago, we set up a small entertainment area in the front room for the boys to have a tv with their games and movies. We got a small love seat from Cahl's grandparents and so that went into the front room for the boys, along with an end table. In the living room, we put in some coffee and end tables, and rearranged the set up of the couches and chair. So now those 2 rooms are done, and I am pretty happy with them.

8. Cahl and I have a had a chest style deep freeze for several years now, and about 2 years ago when we moved into this house, we decided that we would rather have a stand up freezer instead. We wanted to sell ours and buy a used one, but it hasn't been a priority so it never got done. Well, what do you know? We got a nice big stand up freezer from Cahl's grandparents! So Cahl gave our freezer to his cousin. Unfortunately, it's still in the garage since his cousin lives in Utah. But at least it has a final destination, and we can put our new freezer to work!

9. This was pretty simple- getting back a pair of snow pants that we had loaned to some friends a month ago. I just like to keep all of our winter stuff organized, so I wanted to get those back and put away before I forgot about them. And it's done now!

So that has been what we have been up to the last few weekends. I think the kick start to all of this was getting all the stuff from Cahl's grandparents. We didn't want to leave it all in the garage, and so it was a good time for us to start getting all this stuff done. Now I only have 10 things left! (for now at least!)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Why sleep in this:

when you can sleep in this instead??

Angus was busted in my planter! He's got a nice big doghouse- it even had carpet until he ripped it out and tore it to shreds. So now he has decided to sleep in my planter when it rains. He's been curled up in it all day. He even fits now that he ate the plants out of it!

Monday, January 18, 2010


Today we took out boys and Tristan's friend Spencer to the Adventuredome at Circus Circus. It was Tristan's late birthday outing. We got there right when they opened at 11am, and stayed for about 3 hours. For the first hour and a half, Cahl took the older 2 boys and went to the big rides, and I took the younger 2 to the littler rides. Tristan and Spencer went on every ride! They rode the Rim Runner roller coaster, the Canyon Blaster water roller coaster, the Disk-o, the Slingshot, the Inverter, the giant pirate ship, Laser Tag, and a magic motion ride. I think they went on all the rides 3 or 4 times. Jasen and Hunter went on the carousel and the Ferris wheel with me. Then they went on the little airplanes and Miner Mike's train together. Jasen also went on the Road Runner and Frog Hopper by himself. After all that, we all met back up and spent the next hour and a half together. The older boys took Jasen on the bumper cars and to play laser tag, and Cahl took all four boys on the big pirate ship- even Hunter. He LOVED all the rides! He had the biggest smile on his face every time, and would scream "Hi Mom!" every time he went by! After we all played some midway games, it was time to go. We went out for a late lunch at Sweet Tomatoes and then headed home. It was a great day, and we all had a blast!

Tristan and Spencer on Disk-o

Hunter on the carousel

Jasen on the carousel
Jasen on the ferris wheel

Hunter and Jasen on the airplanes

Hunter and Jasen on the little train

Jasen on the Frog Hopper

Jasen and Hunter on the airplanes again

Tristan and Spencer on the airplanes

Tristan and Spencer on the Canyon Blaster

Hunter and dad playing games

Spencer (in the white car) and Tristan and Jasen (in the red car) on the bumper cars

Tristan, Jasen and Spencer on the big pirate ship

Cahl and Hunter on the big pirate ship

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wrestling Tournament

Today's tournament was hosted by our team- Team Vegas. Cahl went down Friday night to help move and set up the mats, and I was there bright and early this morning to help set up the trophy table and run the concession stand. After my shift was done, I was free to watch the tournament, which was really neat. Our head coach really knows how to put on a good show, and he went all out! There was a big archway with a fog machine for the teams to run through during the parade of teams, a Junior ROTC color guard presented the flags, and we had a singer perform the National Anthem. There were nearly 400 kids there, from 25 different teams, and 3 teams even came from out of state. Tristan had 9 kids in his bracket, and he did not place this weekend. Jasen had 23 kids in his bracket, which is the most I have ever seen before in one bracket! He had 3 matches- he won 1 and lost 2, so he did not place this weekend either. I think they are both a little discouraged this season, but we put more emphasis on doing your best than on winning a medal. I definitely see Jasen making a lot of improvement. Tristan is still struggling a little. I know that he would do a lot better if he was able to lose 5 pounds and wrestle at a lower weight, but I have no intention of having him do that. I don't want weight to be an issue for any of my kids. They are not overweight, and they are perfectly healthy as they are. The last thing I want is for them to start having food and weight issues at this young of an age. I know that if that starts now, it is a battle they will have their entire life. So we let them eat what they want, and they weigh in at whatever they are. And it is so much better this way.

Tristan on top

Jasen on top

That's Jasen getting picked up!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Tristan!

For Tristan's birthday today, I took cupcakes to his class at school. Then we took cookies to Scouts. And then, we had our little family party at home after dinner. I made him a Bakugan cake, and he loved the Bakugan I put on top! He was very excited with the ones I had picked out. Apparently I did good! After dinner he opened all his presents. He got a ton of neat things, including clothes, a Wii game and accessories, a nerf bow, a movie, two gift cards, and some "grown up" camping things. Cahl got him a little butane stove, a dish set, a fork, spoon, and knife combo and a flint firestarter.


Our favorite Tristan turned 9 today. Wow, time really does fly when you're having fun!

Here are my 9 favorite things about Tristan:

1. He is everyone's friend. He makes friends easily and fits in everywhere we go. And he makes friends with kids of all ages, younger and older.

2. He is such a big helper. He always impresses me with his willingness to help out, even though he doesn't always like what has to be done. Every teacher he has ever had has always commented on how helpful he is.

3. He is a great Cub Scout. He has been nothing but excited about scouts since he started. He loves to go through his book and pick out all the projects that he can do. He is also the only Wolf I know that got his Bobcat in 2 weeks, his Wolf in 6 months, and finished his entire book in less than a year. He has also worked on several extra awards.

4. Tristan loves to be outdoors. He loves camping, sledding, fourwheeling, hunting, fishing, you name it. And I love that he enjoys it. I would rather he be outside than playing video games all the time.

5. Tristan is a great brother. That's not to say that he and his brothers don't fight a lot, but he is always there to help them if they need it. He helps Jasen with wrestling and football, he reads to Hunter. He really watches out for them.

6. He loves music. He is always singing in the car, and he asks me about different bands and singers a lot. I love that he loves it.

7. Tristan loves going to church. He has learned so much, and takes it very seriously. Sometimes I hear him and Jasen having discussions, and it makes me smile to myself. I realize that he is retaining so much, and I am so proud of him.

8. He is a good athlete. He has played just about every sport, and he enjoys them. And he always finishes what he starts, he has never quit a team during the season before.

9. Tristan is really funny. He is always cracking jokes and laughing. And his laugh is contagious. He laughs really loud and so we're always laughing at him laughing!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wrestling Tournament

The boys had a wrestling tournament today. Jasen did really well, winning 2 matches and losing two matches. There were so many kids in his class he didn't place. Tristan lost both of his matches. He has been struggling a little this season. With the way the age brackets fall, he is one of the younger kids in his class. Most of the kids he wrestles are up to a year older than him. And he has moved up a weight class as well this season, so that also makes it a little harder for him.

Tristan on the left

Jasen on the left

Jasen's the winner!