Monday, July 27, 2009

Food Storage, Baby Shower, Moving Beds, The Park, and thats just July!

What a busy month this is. Blayne and I have tried really hard this year to work on our food storage. We are also trying to USE our food storage. The kids may no like it, but they'll learn. So once again, we are scheduled to go to dry pack with our ward tonight, we are going to add a little more to our supply.

Today a good friend of ours flew in from Iraq, he is the husband to my really good friend Crystal (she does my hair). They are getting ready to have their first baby. We had Crystal's baby shower at my hose last weekend. It was fun, her poor little body is READY to have that baby. Now that Jesse is home, come on out Matthew, we're ready! Seeing that she is a hairdresser, Tori patiently waited until Crystal was ready for the day then she had Crystal curl her hair to. Victoria looked like a big girl, not sure I liked it.

Since I don't have enough trouble with my physical health, I am constantly pushing my body to the limits by doing things I SHOULDN'T. This week Tori and I decided to rearrange her room a bit. We wanted more room in there so we decided we should stack the bunk beds. Did I wait for Blayne you ask? Of course not, I can do it, it's not that big of a deal. Well it was, and I shouldn't have done it by myself, but I did. Of course I paid for it for a few days, but it got done and that was the point. I am still deciding whether or not it was worth it. Tori thinks it was, didn't affect her one bit!! Now we just have to keep Maddalyn down on her own bed which has proven to be a huge struggle.

We took the kids to the annual FLY-IN CRUISE-IN that Sandy has every year. In the past we have entered Blayne's bug in the competition. We won in 2007, so he thinks it isn't any more fun, none the less we go every year. This year we went, even though the weather was insanely hot. I let Blayne be in charge of the camera and instead of taking some pics of my little lovelies, they are all of cars. He was taking pics for ideas of how to finish his mustangs engine. He managed to get Gavin in a corner of one of the pictures, but that's all I have.....SORRY! But I did get a picture of this awesome VW bus that travels around with a "mini me", the owner can even drive it. It was pretty cool.

Today we went to the park. The weather has been insane here. When we left the house this morning and it was almost 10:00, the temperature had already gone up to 86 degrees. When we got back at 1:45 the temperature gauge in the car read 106 degrees. IT IS AWFUL!! To top it all off, Gavin threw up in my car while running errands. So I had to stand out in the gosh awful heat cleaning barf out of my car. For those of you who know me, I am a sympathy puker, so good thing I wasn't witness to the actual action or else I would be cleaning up two messes. I guess there is a brighter side to every story? Of course if you believe that, feel free to come on over, there's plenty of puky mess for everyone!! We did have fun at the park though! (p.s. I know puker and puky are not real words but I really don't care!)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blueberry Pickin!!!

My neighbor invited my kids and I to go to her Grandparents farm and pick blueberries with her before the farm opens to the public. So of course we went. I invited my Mom so she could help with the kids. We got there and had our pick of ALOT of bushes. My kids haven't ever been berry pickin so it was a new thing for them. We had fun and picked enough blueberries to fill about 3 1/2 gallon Ziploc bags. The kids gave up after about an hour, so we headed home. What are we going to do with them you ask? We don't know. We are going to start by going to her house tonight and make some smoothies! YUM, YUM!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

San Diego

San Diego was a blast, the weather was beautiful. Blayne and I left the kids at home with Tony and Chelsea, and flew down with Doug (Blayne's Dad)to see Mel and Brenton be sealed in the temple. Mary (Blayne's Mom) was already there helping out and hopefully Kingston will come before she leaves.

We went to Seal Beach and saw a few seals but not too many. The weather was great, not too hot with a nice breeze. The beach was really crowded, we waited our turn to go out the walk to see if we could see more.

Blayne and Brenton rented surf boards and had a blast surfing, well attempting to, they did great for their first time. Most of all they had a blast doing it.

Sean came down just for Friday night then went home Saturday night. We all went out to dinner at Joe's Crab Shack for Blayne's and Melissa's birthdays. Baby Kingston wasn't ready to see us, apparently. Of course it would have been a bad weekend to make his arrival.

I had no complaints about the weekend until.........we showed up at the airport at 11:30 for our 1:25 flight when we are notified that our flight was running 4+ hours behind. WHAT!!!! Of course if I knew that I wouldn't have showed up at the airport when I did. So, luckily Brenton stayed around for a few minutes. So we left to go and find something to do to kill time.

Brenton took us over to Old Town San Diego. We walked around looking at everything. All of the restored buildings, tons of little shops, the Mormon Battalion (even though it was under construction, we looked from the outside).

We went back to suffer the last few hours at the airport, then finally flew into Portland at 8:00pm. Getting to our house at 10:00. It made for a really long day. Since we were flying in so late, Chelsea and Tony brought my kids to the airport to pick us up, I was so happy to see their little faces.

I had a blast, I really missed my babies, and I am glad to be home.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Below is a different slide show layout than I have used in the past. If you place your mouse arrow on the pictures they slow down and get larger. Not sure if I like it, but we'll see.

Thank you!!

Fourth of July

So we had a great fourth of July. A wonderful birthday for Blayne, delicious BBQ, and beautiful fireworks. Not to mention I found another awesome feature of the best camera in the world. It has a specific fireworks setting. My pictures turned out great. Ashley commented I didn't have enough pictures with people in them but I was having too much fun seeing the fabulous pictures of the fireworks. The boys were successful on their fireworks selection. It also helps to have a neighbor listening to the police scanner to warn you when your street has been called in AGAIN! I have never seen grown men clean up a mess so fast. Apparently then men I thought didn't fear anything do fear something!!

So basically it all boils down to if you didn't spend the 4th with the Yates you missed out! Happy 4th of July!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Oregon Zoo on a 95 degree day.....NOT PRICELESS!!

So, being a weekend with an extra day off, Ashley and I scheduled a family zoo trip.

Wouldn't ya know, it is one of the few weekends they forecast the weather correctly. It got to be so hot, we bailed about 2:00.

The kids were very good sports until the last 30-45 minutes. Then to top it off, we had the husbands take us to Costco on the way home to pick up a few things for our Blayne's birthday / Fourth of July BBQ.

I promise Ashley and I are actually to very intelligent capable women. Sometimes it just doesn't matter, we do what we want!