Wednesday, July 30, 2008


I love the picture of my dad & Jaxsyn! She loves her Grandpa and when extra points when she asks him to sit outside on the swing, his favorite place to sit at the cabin as you can see by the view.
Here's a few pictures of how pretty Fishlake is, and the teepee which I played in when I was my kids age! I don't even know who built it, but it's been there forever. The girls were taking pictures and they all wanted their picture taken with me (with my hair not done & no makeup yeah!)

We did some work on the cabin we painted & changed doors. It is a work in progress every time we go. It's been over 14 years since we overhauled it last time.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Go OHS!! Friend mini-Reunion

Here's a photo of the 4 who could make it!Sarah, Chelsi, Don & Mike.

We had a few of my friends from high school over! Chris we missed you & Julie good luck on kid #5! Eliza & Brent we will catch you guys too, when you guys are back in Utah! So I guess we will be doing this again! It was really sooo much fun! I laughed so much & remembered so many great memories & got to know the guys wives better!
1- Don & Jenni
2- Mike & Carrie
3-Sarah & Paul
4- a photo of the backyard
full of inflatable's

Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy 24th of July!

We got the opportunity to go to 2 parties for the 24th of July:
This was the first one....

Our friend's Tracy & Michelle invited us to their neighborhood party which included a huge plastic waterslide, zipline, rock wall, & inflatables! It was fun the kids loved it. After we did a few things there, we went back to their home to swim...
This is their gorgeous pool. The kids loved the water it was really warm & the cliff to jump from. We left before the fireworks to come back to our house & go over to neighbor's the Chaing's and watch a movie outside! The kids watched Goonies while the parents chatted and ate treats! The last 2 pictures are of the kids watching the movie and Jaxsyn & Tyson playing while the others watched the show!! Yes again we have an awesome neighborhood!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

R.I.P. old washer & dryer!

I know I should be sad that my washer stopped working, but I wasn't too sad, although it was the first purchase we made for our first apartment almost 11 years ago. I have been wanting a new set because it took 2 hours to dry a load of laundry, 3 hours if it was towels or jeans. But they were still working, so we didn't need them. Well the washer broke on Tuesday so we needed a new one. I found a set on sale at RC Willey's for a good deal with the pedestals included, if I got white. I was so excited and here they are!! Seriously less than 60 minutes to dry a load of towels. Yipee!

2 year olds at Forever Body!

My sister-in-law Christy & I were brave on Tuesday. Our other sister-in-law Tiffany was having a birthday party for Squire. So we left our other kiddies with her and went to the Forever Body Outlet. With three 2 year old's & a baby! After saying "don't touch that", "let mommy open it", "hold on I'll let you smell" about a dozen times. And hearing "mommy mell", "i wanna mell mommy", "mmm mells good" another few dozen times. We actually survived the store and actually didn't break anything in our path. After we went to Macey's to get the kids a ice cream cone. It was a fun break even though we had 4 kids with us. Both of our husbands were gone early in the week on business trips, so we deserved it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dog Days of Summer..almost over!

When we installed our sprinkler system we put a sprinkler underneath the tramp that we can turn on alone. We just got a new sprinkler head which works better then the one before. So the kids have been enjoying the cool water during these hot days. You can tell these were taken in May because the kids have no tan. They now have a great tan, even wearing 40 spf sunscreen everyday! I'm so excited that in 1 month I will have my days back. The kids start school on Aug. 20th!! I love summer, but I do enjoy only cleaning my house in the morning and it stays pretty clean until dinner time. During the summer it seems like I have to clean-up messes all day long.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A New Tag!

My friend Marylynn tagged me so here goes....
1. 10 years ago...
I had been married about 10 months and we were trying to get pregnant. I went to Girl's Camp (as a leader) over my birthday and turned 20.
2. 5 years ago...
I was trying to survive my life with a 4 year old, 2 year old, and 11 month old. That was a hard year having 3 kids 3 & under. We were living in our home in Orem.
3. 1 year ago...
I was enjoying a summer not being pregnant, but chasing a 11 month old. The kids were all at a great age. I was enjoying that I was turning 29 not 30!
4. Yesterday...
Ryan & I got all gungho and were doing yard work by 8:30 am and were at Walmart by 10:45 am. We got a lot of little projects we had meaning to catch-up on. We went on a date to McGrath's & Lowe's.
5. 5 Favorite snacks...
Dr.Pepper, Chips & Dip, brownies, tootsie rolls, & pickles.
6. 5 Favorite Books...
Twilight, Nicholas Sparks books, Candle in the Darkness, ANY cookbook, & cheesy LDS books (sometimes they just hit the spot!)
7. 5 Favorite Places to Runaway...
My front porch, the neighbors houses in the afternoon, my front porch at night with Ryan, my computer, & anywhere out of town.
8. 5 Bad Habits...
Drinking to much soda, getting upset to easy, not doing laundry, staying up late, & on computer too much (blogging)!
9. 5 Things I Would Never Wear...
wrangler jeans, leggings, daisy dukes, black bra under white shirt, white jeans.
10. 5 Things I Enjoy...
Gardening, Camping, Planning Parties, Cooking, & being crafty!
11. 5 Favorite TV shows...
Big Brother, Jon & Kate Plus 8, How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, & Amazing Race.
12. 5 People I want to tag...
Christy, Sarah, Jenni, Lynzi, & Jen.

Friday, July 18, 2008

I've been diagnosed!!!!!

Yesterday a professional (Jen) diagnosed me with a disorder...


Obsessive Party Planning Disorder!

I feel if she might be true but sadly I love parties to much to treat the disorder!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Jaxsyn's in the Terrible 2's!!

Well she's got the terrible right on, but she really won't be 2 until next month! Ryan's been in charge yesterday and today while I rested after a surgery (I'm fine and it's an unmentionable surgery so don't ask!! lol) Anyhow I was out of it all yesterday and I'm just resting today. Meanwhile Jaxsyn's been giving her dad a run for his money. She painted her toes blue!! Plus her legs, hair & face! She poured shampoo all over her legs & the carpet. She got into aquaphor lotion and covered her body (while Ryan was cleaning up the shampoo)! She found some mascara that had rolled out of my make-up bag, into the top drawer in my bathroom and put mascara on her eyes. And then went upstairs and got into my craft room and glue sticked herself & was trying to put it on the walls when he caught her.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The story how we met 11 years ago...Today!

Ryan's side of the story:

I saw her and wanted her and got her. It was on July 5th the last Sunday that I was going to attend the ward. I even debated whether I was even going to go or not. I went and as I was sitting there with one of my best friends Brad Poduska I saw the true meaning of HOT. Chelsi walk into the room and I was pretty much speechless. I kept on looking at her all through church and I didn't care if she noticed.
The Next Sunday the 13th I continued on with the staring. I even made her mess up while singing the sacrament hymn. Chelsi looked over and I just stared at her and she go all giddy and lost her place.
I really wanted to talk to her that day but I did not have the guts to do it. I was walking right behind her enjoying her hour glass body and just wanted to put my arms and her waist. As I was walking behind her, she knew I was there and she stopped and turned around and said HI. Being the cool stud that I was I looked right back at her and said HI back with my voice cracking and then turned and walked away.
I never went to ward stare (prayer) on Sunday evenings at the Alta apartments, but that night I did for one purpose... to put my arms around that waist. I mean to meet this Hottie of a girl. During ward stare I did just that I stared at Chelsi during the whole meeting. At the end of ward prayer I found my opportunity to go speak to the mystery Hottie and this was our first real conversation that led to many, many more to come.

Chelsi's side of the story...
I wasn't going to go to 9:00 sacrament meeting just to Sunday school. But my roommate Jody, pulled me out of bed. When I got there I saw Ryan for the 1st time. He was looking good in his goatee and tan body. I did notice that he kept staring at me, but I didn't see him again until the next Sunday the 13th of July. And yes, I did lose my place singing!
Ryan was behind me, and I did know it. He said "good job" to my roommate who sang in sacrament. So I turned around and said "Hi" and he said "Hi" & ran away. I arrived all decked out to ward prayer, and he was there. My friend Jody said "oh my gosh, he's still looking at you" every 2 minutes. He's lucky I was attracted to stalkers!! Anyhow we talked that night, and found up we grew-up in the area, and that our families were in the same stake. The next night after FHE he followed me home, drank part of my Dr. Pepper (anyone who knows me , knows that's huge!), and held my hand. And I was smitten.
Just to sum up our story, by the 23rd of July we both knew we would marry each other.
On the 24th of July we said "I Love You".
On the 26th of July we chose a wedding date (count them 13 days).
We officially became engaged on the 18th of August.
And 11 years later this is us!
Bowhunt August 2007

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hospital Visits!

Ryan & I have visited three babies in the hospital this week. Picture #1 is Keaton Thomas Henry born 7 weeks premature weighing 4lb. 14oz. 17 1/2" long and his sister picture #2 Waverly L'zette Henry 5lb. 1oz 16 " long. They are doing really well and are now in the Nicu B nursery that's why we got to see them. Their parents Scott & Jill Henry are some of our good friends. Picture #3&4 are of our nephew Luke Crockett. He gave us all a scare, on Wed. (especially his mom & dad) he started screaming and just not acting like his self and Rob & Christy decided to take him to the ER, they were truly inspired. When they got their the found out his intestines had folded into themselves causing serious problems (he could have gotten really sick). He had to be life flighted to Primary Children's and have surgery that night. He is looking really good. Hopefully he will get to come home soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Swimming Lessons are over!!!!

Despite how much the kids love swimming lessons, it's hard work for me to be gone from 10:45 until 1:30 everyday. We drive to the Scera pool, so grandparents & dad can come watch. The kids did really good this year and learned a lot. The last photo is the kids carrying their certificates over their heads while they swim across the pool.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Friend 4th of July party!

For the past few years we've had a 4th of July BBQ with our friends and do fireworks! Last night everyone came over and we had lots of fun. The kids love that they get drinks, treats & popcorn, and chex mix while watching the fireworks. And of course just being with friends. This year the Ivies, Kellems, Birds, Henrys & Wilkinsens made it.

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July pictures!

My mom takes pictures every year around the 4th of July. She likes them all tan & in red, white, & blue. So on Monday we went to swimming lessons and the then after went into the bathroom at the pool and washed hair, blow dried & gelled until they turned out like this....

I'll post some of the real pictures when they get emailed to me.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Stadium of Fire!

We took the kids to see Miley Cyrus! We had a good time, I think the kids wished the were seeing Hannah Montana not Miley, because all of her songs were from her "NEW" album so none of the kids knew them. The Blue Man Group was awesome and so were the dancers, well actually everything else was awesome, sky divers, the jets, and the flag. The fireworks were the best we've ever seen at the Stadium of Fire. The kids actually did pretty good except for the need to go to the bathroom too many times! After waking at 5:30 am we were pretty exhausted when it was over. I have to explain the kissing photo, because we had a ton of crazy BYU coeds around us (total zoobee land). So we were making fun of them being cheesy and they thought it was funny and Ryan said "It starts like that (pointing to all of them) and ends up like this 11 years later (pointing out our 3 kids)!"

My Great Grandma Geary!

My Great Grandma Geary came from Arizona with my great Uncle Dale, great Aunt Chloe, & great Aunt Rosemary. She is 94 years old and still going strong. Ashlynn , is named after her (her maiden name in Shipley), when I told her I was naming my baby after her she said hope not Bearnice I hate my name, and I said Shipley and she was very proud of that name. We took a few pictures with her and a family picture, it was really bright as you can tell from my kids eyes being closed!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Freedom Festival Balloon Launch!

Okay I must admit this is not the smartest family tradition I've ever started. We wake-up at 5:30 am to go eat at Carl's Jr. and then head to the balloon launch. It is fun to watch and Ryan's family comes every year with us. We missed Jason &Tiffany's family this year, but Rob, Christy & their kids came along with Gregg.

Culdesac of Fire '08

Last night our culdesac has the "Culdesac of Fire" every year. This is the 5th year (that's when the first family moved into this culdesac) Scott & Jill throw the party every year, they go to tons of work! There's a cotton candy machine, sno-cone machine, Moonwalk, dunk tank, and hamburgers & hot dogs for FREE to everyone in the neighborhood. They block off the street so the kids are safe! We mark in on or calendars every year to not miss it, sadly Ryan missed it due to Scuba class. Everyone brings desserts & salads to share, and we all make donation to help out with the cost. Samantha had fun doing the dunk tank, she said the water was freezing (as you can see in the little picture her eyes are huge). The other kids ran around like crazy from the sugar high, made shots at the dunk tank, and played with the ice in the drink pool! After dark the fireworks & glow sticks come out. We are so thankful that we were able to move into this culdesac, we have spent a lot of late nights hanging out with the neighbors and letting our kids play. And I spend many, many, many afternoons watching the kids play and chatting with the other moms, thank girls you all make being a mom easier and more fun. I would miss it if I ever had to move.

Thanks SCOTT & JILL!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Swimming Lessons!

Here's the girls (Samantha, Bailey,& Ashlynn) jumping of the diving board & Coleman was jumping of the side of the pool. The kids love swimming lessons and they are getting pretty good too. The girls can breathe on their side and do a few strokes before bringing their heads up!

We went swimming after at the pool! It was warm but not too hot even at 98 degrees. It was bright as you can see from the photos. Jaxsyn loves the water too. I sadly got sun burnt on my shoulders and legs!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

OHS is being torn down!

They are building the new school in the parking lot and then when that is done they are tearing down the old one. It was sad to see the letters falling off and weird because I have so many fun memories of those halls, my parents even met in the library. I'm sure they needed a new building, but it's sad to see your past being torn down!! It was hard enough hearing my daughters do a SFH cheer last week instead of OHS. I don't know if "Go, Dons" will ever sound better than "Go, Tigers"!