Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kenyon @ 6 Months

We've had a lot going on these last couple of weeks and I'm just getting around to posting Kenyon's 6 month old update.

He's recieved 2 haircuts. I'm still trying to keep his dark brown tips but I'm sure the next cut will totally do away with those. He'll be blond for sure.

We've resorted to bathing him in the kitchen sink - he gets a bath nearly every night before bed. He loves his baths and is not able to sit up on his own for very long. Jeff and I are done with bending over to reach him in the big tub and he has far outgrown the infant tub - so he baths in the sink.

He can now hold a bottle like a pro. Which makes it easy on mom when she needs to tend to something else.

Kenyon gets up on his hands and knees and rocks. Usually just falling forward but crawling will come soon enough. He is able to get to whatever he wants by turning in circles and falling forward.

We also had a bit of a set back with sleeping through the night. He caught a nasty cold and took a long time to get well. But we went through 1 night of him crying it out after he was all better and he's back to sleeping 9 -10 hours. Thank goodness, both mom and dad were about to go crazy from lack of sleep.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

It may appear my brother is winning this wrAstling match, but it is but a momentary setback I assure you.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Last Time I Talked to My Grandpa

My mom bought me a book on CD that I listened to at work. The author told a story when he was a young father, busy with trying to better his life and his families' financial future. While pursing this at home one night in the den, his young daughter asked him to come play "Candyland" with the family. He dismissed her quickly and got back to work. Soon he heard his wife and kids playing happily and decided to take a break to watch them. As he stood, unnoticed in the door way, watching his family enjoy time together, a spiritual thought came to him, "behold, the plan of salvation". The big picture was opened up to him in his minds eye and suddenly the important things in the den got trumped by the silly game in the living room.
The last time I talked to my Grandfather, I went over to say goodbye after a visit to the good ol' Gila Valley. The house was empty except for him. He talked to me for a while, remembering some good memories and suddenly stopped in front of the picture wall, next to the bathroom in the hall. The wall had a picture of each of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A picture in the middle of he and grandma seemed so perfectly placed. As we looked at his posterity, the words of the author rang in my head "behold the plan of salvation." This was my grandpa's plan of salvation. The reason for our journey on this earth. I suddenly felt so proud to be a part of that lineage. I named my last son after this great man so that I would never forget the example he set for me. So I would never forget what my grandfather did for me in my life, and so I would never forget the last time I talked to my grandfather.
Until we meet again....

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Last weekend I left all 4 kids with Jeff, who had a little help from my mom and took off for 2 full days of fun. A half marathon was something I thought I would never do. I mean EVER! But I did it. A friend of mine from church, Ladawn Halbison and I started walking about 3 months ago. A friend of hers from work work suggested a half marathon. We trained religiously. We were going to do the marathon in Sedona. We got to where we could walk 15 minute miles. We knew we would not be able to do that in Sedona because of the altitude and the geographics of the trail. Check it out! Look at those hills. That is the reason we were going to be totally content with 16-17 minute miles. Boy were we happy with our results.

Official length of walk was 3 hours 24 minutes 13 seconds. That meant we walked 15 minute and 37 second miles. Yeah!

This is us at the place where we picked up our bib and racing packet.

Me, Ladawn, and Carla

We are showing off the timing chip we wear to get our official time. When you cross the pad at the start it activates your timing chip and then when you cross the pad at the finish it marks your times. Pretty great. Then you can access your time online.

Starting out. It was supposed to rain but we were pretty lucky and had no rain at all. The weather was pretty perfect.

At the finish line. Not the prettiest picture but hey I just walked 13.1 miles. We medaled and so did everyone else. It was a great experience. I was so sore the next couple of days that I could hardly move. I am not sure how soon we will walk another marathon. I know we would like to do Sedona again next year and take a few more people with us. Anyone in?

Monday, February 09, 2009

Insanity is:

The popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. After seeing this video online, the new definition of insanity is flying down a hill at 40+ mph wearing a powder blue suit on a long board. Check this video out.

Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD from adam kimmel on Vimeo.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Pay it Forward

I stole this from my friend Beth's blog and thought it sounded so fun!!

Pay It Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it forward". I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange. All the gifts will be made and posted out 'sometime within the next year'. How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive! What you need to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PROMISE TO POST THIS SAME 'PAY IT FORWARD' MESSAGE ONTO YOUR BLOG, WHICH MUST BE ACTIVE IN ORDER TO PLAY. YOU WILL PAY IT FORWARD TO THREE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG. I'd love for you to join me! Will you? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients. Come and join me who doesn't love a gift or giving gifts???

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Haircuts & Closets & Ear Aches OH MY!

Kenyon got his first haircut last week. I hated to do it but his hair was starting to hang in his eyes. I made sure we didn't cut too much off so he still has blond roots. My camera is broken so when I figure out how to get pictures from my phone to my computer I'll post them.

Before Jeff quit Classy at the end of the year we made sure we got the master and girls' closet done. We LOVE them! It is amazing how much more room there is in them.

And finally both of the babies have ear infections. They are getting better but no fun at night when they take turns waking up crying.

Not much else is going on. I hope to get my camera fixed soon!