Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Adelyn's Dance

Adelyn had so much fun in dance this year! She did AWESOME in her recital last week!! It was so fun to have such a cheering squad there. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Ras, Mom Ras, Paul, Chris, and of course her biggest fans, Mom, Dad, Brayden, Sophie and Kolby!!!
For Adelyn's dance classes her teacher would let Sophie come and do the tumbling and the wiggily song with Adelyn...They loved it!! Another thing that I thought was adorable was that Adelyn choose to wear an undershirt under her dance outfit for the recital...she was the only one, but she told me that she wanted to be modest...who would not be pleased with that! Adelyn we love you and are so grateful for the good example you are to everyone around you!! We are grateful to have you as our daughter!! We are truly blessed!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hey all of you Digital Scrapbookers out there!!!

Hey guys I'm just starting to get into Digital Scrapbooking...and I have some questions.... What page size to you do? Do you print them off? Where? How much? Do they look good printed out? Do you just keep them on a disk? Do you spend alot of money on going digital or do you just use the free stuff off the internet? What programs do you use to build your page?( Power Point.....??) I'm just clueless...but I'm having fun checking everything out... I could use all the help and advise you have...Thanks guys.....Please leave comments and share your knowledge!!(Especially you Janelle, Gwen, Kelly, Beth....and everyone out there that I don't know you do it!!) Thanks!!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Our Karate Kid!!!

In Feburary and March Brayden took a Karate class. He loved it. It was a class offered through the city and it was Perfect. I don't really want to sign up the kids for a huge commitment right at first. I would rather them try out a lot of different sports or activities and see what they like. Well Brayden LOVED Karate!! During the class he improved so much and became more flexible and more focused. Brayden wore LeGrand's old Karate was soooo cute!! Check our our very own "Karate Kid!!"

We all loved going to watch Brayden. His karate class was at Springville High, so it made it really easy for LeGrand to run over from the Seminary. We are lucky to have a dad who is so involved in our lives!! It was also fun because the room was right by the indoor track, so I took advantage of that;) What fun times.

Brayden's teacher(a 3rd degree black belt) broke a board with her hand...she made it look really easy. She said it is all in your mind, that you just forget about the board and go right through it and it will happen. Here is Brayden trying it at class...under here are some video's of us trying to do it at home. We tried and tried and then LeGrand broke it on his first time...gurrrrr.. but that's LeGrand for you. We recorded them and thought they were pretty funny. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Next Survivor Televison Series- a story Mom's MUST read!!


Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks.

Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes.

There is no fast food.

Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of "pretend" bills with not enough money.

In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.

Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time.

Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment . He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the Urgent Care (weekend, evening, on a holiday or right when they're about to leave for vacation). He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function.

Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times.

The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.

Each father will be required to know all of the words to every song that comes on TV and the name of each and every character on cartoons.

Each man will have to make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4 year old to eat a serving of peas.

Each man must adorn himself with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep their nails polished and eyebrows groomed. The men must try to get through each day without snot, spit-up or barf on their clothing.

During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties. They must try to explain what a tampon is for when the 6-yr old boy finds it in the purse.

They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting.

He will need to read a book to the children each night without falling asleep, and then feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair each morning by 7:00. They must leave the home with no food on their face or clothes.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's favorite colour, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

They must clean up after their sick children at 2:00 a.m. and then spend the remainder of the day tending to that child and waiting on them hand and foot until they are better.

They must have a loving, age appropriate reply to, "You're not the boss of me".

The kids vote them off the island based on performance.

The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice.

My friend Jaime had this on her blog, and I thought it was so good!! Thanks for sharing it Jaime.. I thought it worthy of posting--at least it's worth a good laugh and actually helps a mother to feel a little better about herself when so much is expected!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring Break- GOBLIN VALLEY!!!!!

If you haven’t been to Goblin Valley you HAVE to Go!!!! It’s incredible!!! With my Birthday money we went out and bought some more camping stuff and decided to go on our first real camping trip just as our family. We had a BLAST!! We loved everything about camping, hiking, climbing, eating, sleeping, the camp fire, roasting marshmallows, having smore’s …and especially being all together.

Goblin Valley is a kids dream playground, with more rock to climb on than humanly possible! The weather was perfect..not to hot or to cold. We have heard that the perfect time to go to Goblin Valley is in the Spring or Fall. It gets really hot in the summer and as you can tell there aren't any trees to shade you!

Our days were filled with exploring, climbing, jumping, hiking...It was perfect!

We found some really amazing caves where we could get out of the sun, rest, goof around, take pictures and admire the wonders of God's creations!!! There is so much in this world to enjoy!!

Kolby was such a sweet baby, he slept in the snugly most of the time. Sophie loved the backpack, even though she walked a lot too!!

This picture on the left, if you look close you can see LeGrand and Brayden, They had fun climbing up really high! The picture under and to the left is a close up of them. How fun is this!?!?

I know this may sound silly, but I wish I got more pictures....I know, we took a ton, but the battery die in our camera, so I wasn't able to get lots at our campsite, or the campfire...but you get the idea! We are still pretty new at this camping thing, but every time we go we will get everything set up faster and faster. The kids were great helpers. Brayden was so excited to blow up the air mattresses all by himself. He practiced at home several times before we left.

Isn't our tent cute!! We love it!! It was so relaxing to be able to come and relax and read (we were reading Prince Caspian on our trip, but have since finished it. The kids loved it and can't wait for the movie to come out!!) and take a nap between hikes!! We feel so blessed!! When we were driving home and I asked everyone what there favorite parts of our trip were, everyone said they LOVED the campfire!! Roasting hot dogs for dinner and marshmallows for our smore's, and just throwing sticks in the fire...they loved being piro's....

These pictures are when we hiked the "Little Wild Horse Canyon". It is actually just outside of Goblin Valley but it is an amazing hike!! The whole hike is 9 miles and we obviously didn't finish the whole thing, but we probably hiked 3 miles and the view was incredible and we had sooooo much fun!!! This is a MUST if you go to Goblin Valley!!!

The kids looked so cute with their walking sticks and maps....

Oh I love this picture of Kolby!!! Isn't he adorable!!!

Sophie wanted to lead us back to the car. She was a really good guide!! (See the upper left) Now look at the lower left picture...isn't that so cute. LeGrand is the best dad ever, Sophie looks so small compared to him.

We had and incredible Spring Break. We love being together and createing so many wonderful memories!!