Wednesday, November 12, 2008

First Snowman of the Year

For those of you who don't know I live in my grandparent's basement. It has been wonderful to live here and to have a close relationship with them. I have come to admire them even more with everything they teach me. Kennady has also loved living with Grandma and Grandpa. They adore her and she TOTALLY adores them. She refuses to come to me if she is with Grandma Lucy - they are definitely best buds. Anyway the other morning when it snowed my Grandma was outside shoveling so Kennady and I came to help and the three of us ended up making a snowman instead.
Kennady really wanted to help but she couldn't figure out how to walk or even sit in the snow. Once she realized what we were doing she started patting some snow to make the head - it was pretty cute!

Grandma Lucy and Kennday

I think she was sad because she just knocked off the arm of our snowman -
how terrible after all of her hardwork :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Keep Up The Good Work...

Kennady is helping Riley study for a test.....
Most of you know that Riley is finishing up the last year of his Bachelor's degree at the U. He is graduating in Biology which has caused him to take some very trying classes. I always thought my degree in Mathematics was somewhat difficult...Ha! I didn't know difficult until I looked at one of Riley's textbooks! The stuff he is required to know and the terms he has to understand, let alone PRONOUNCE, are out of this world. Literally, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the terms and words he uses are from a long lost language off of the planet Saturn. For the past few months the hustle and bustle of Riley's life has stepped up a notch or two. He is currently working for the Division of Wildlife Resources 10-20 hours a week, working for Mountainland Exteriors at night, as well as his new position this semester at the Museum of Natural History as an assistant to a Professor which is an additional 15 hours a week. He recently studied for and took the GRE (entrance exam for graduate school). A little side note about the GRE we received his scores back and we couldn't have been happier with the results. The scores were right where they needed to be to make his application competitive - way to go Riley! He is currently emailing professors and researching different topics for his Master's project as well as applying to five different schools for Fall 2009. He is dealing with all of this in addition to the difficulty and stress that a typical semester of college provides. Wow...who needs a nap after hearing all of that? Riley, I am so proud of you. I am constantly amazed with your ability to handle the stresses of life with perfect balance and ease. With so many areas fighting for your time and attention I know your faith and family are always in the forefront. I admire your commitment even when times get difficult and our goals seem out of reach. Thank you for working so hard to provide for our family and to prepare for our future. We have many adventures coming our way and I can't wait to experience them with you! I love you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

YES on PROP 8!

I usually keep my blog light and fluffy without a lot of opinions and feelings. However, today I want to talk about Proposition 8. I was anxious all night to hear the results of the Proposition in California. This morning I sat down at my computer and the first thing I did was check the polls. To my pleasant surprise the most recent results show that the majority of Californians have voted to ban same sex marriage. Wow!?! Who would have thought? I am so grateful for those who voted based on their moral beliefs and not on the popular trends of this generation. In my short life I have seen a rapid increase in the deterioration of values and moral beliefs and I have felt uncertainty for my children's future amid so much corruption. I know many of you can relate with my feelings and concerns as a parent. I feel a sacred responsibility to lead, teach and set the example of righteousness for my children so they will be armed with confidence and peace throughout their life. I have always known that this peace can only be found in my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and through faith in my Savior. Even with that knowledge I have felt bombarded with opposition from all areas of life mainly the media. The media in all of it's forms; television, fashion styles, movies, hollywood, magazines and music, the internet and even the news. I have looked outside of family and friends and thought where have all of the good people gone? Where are the people that will oppose all of the ugliness on television and on our movie screens? Where are those that still believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman? Where are those that believe children should enter this world with two loving parents who are legally joined as husband and wife? I guess the answer to these questions is that the good people are still here and the proof is with Proposition 8. When it really mattered and our standards were called out on the carpet those who believe in the true definition of marriage responded and the prayers of so many were answered. I am grateful for the many who spent their time and money to get the Supreme Court decision overturned and the true sanctity of marriage restored to men and women. I am grateful to them for preserving all that is good in this world for my children and their future. Thank you everyone who helped on Prop 8 I am forever grateful to you.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Let's just say I went a little over the top this Halloween. I couldn't help it though I'm always looking for ways to embarrass Riley and I think tights were the perfect ticket this year! Actually, Ri didn't put up much of a fuss when he found out about the tights - should I be worried? My Grandma had a ton of extra fabric so it made it easy to throw some costumes together and spend close to nothing for them - thanks Grandma!

"Two of these things are not like the others....." just kidding Ang! My sister had her two boys be cowboys while the other kids were all super heroes. It would be interesting to see who would win a brawl two cowboys with guns or six super kids....hmmm. Diana sewed the other five super kid costumes - I owe the cute idea to her.
We began the night by carrying Kennady around while trick or treating...... After some time she chose to walk rather than let us carry her....

She then realized that Riley and I were only holding her back and she was off on her own with her bucket and all....

Riley and I couldn't believe that Kennady ditched us so soon on her very first Halloween I thought that might happen when she turned 15 YEARS not 15 MONTHS! ( I know we don't look sad but we were crying inside )

Here is Kennady the morning after Halloween still high on her candy intake - it was 8:30am and Riley insisted on letting her eat a Kit Kat and some candy corns as a reward for her hard work the night before. Thank you Kennady (and Rem) for trick or treating all night so Riley and I can refill our candy supply :)

I think Randy looks pretty good with blonde hair - but really ANY hair would be nice :) I absolutely love Halloween with the Peck family. Everyone dresses up and we spend the night handing out hot dogs to the trick or treaters.

Laurie made Jacey's cute witch costume - it was absolutely adorable! Luckily she promised me that Kennady can borrow it when she is older.

Lexi was a poodle skirt gal and Courtney was some country singer that I've never heard of before...not surprising I'm really out of the "cool music" loop these days. I spend my time enjoying Wee Sing Silly Songs and the Children's Primary Song Book.

Katie and Reagan said next year that they'll have cute matching costumes. I can't blame them they are still newleyweds and hardly thinking about silly things like Halloween costumes!
Grandma and George they were awarded the scariest costumes thanks to good old Wallie's World

Last but not least here is my brother in law, Dave. Well, well, well what do I say about Dave? In the past he has been the Joker with a tight green spandex outfit and Napolean Dynamite with huge hair and big glasses. This year we were all disappointed in his lack of participation. I know I'm not supposed to do this Dave but I ADMONISH you to do a little better next year so you are picture worthy. (This picture was taken months ago since I didn't take one of him on Halloween due to his lame non-existent costume).
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday...HAPPY HALLOWEEN!