Sunday, September 28, 2008

Girl's Night Out

Last night was so much fun! My Mom and Sandy Barney got tickets to Women's Conference. Sandy took all of her daughters (Minus Melony), and my Mom took all of her daughters and daughter-in-laws (Minus Svetlana). It was a night of physical and spiritual nourishment! First, we had dinner at the Lion House. Then, we went to conference and listened to 4 beautiful talks. My favorite talk from the night was from Brother Uchtdorf. Wow! He's such a great speaker. -I really felt like I could relate to everything he said.Me, Ashley, Adrienne, and my Mom (Sherrie) right after we arrived in Salt Lake.
After conference, we walked around the temple.
Waiting in line for the Lion House.

From left to right: Adrienne, Ashley, Sherrie, Rachel Dana, Me, Sandy, and Katie

Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm so thankful for my kids!

Today, I had a little bit of a scare. I needed to mow the lawn this morning, so I strapped Breelyn to my chest, locked all of the doors, and started cartoons for Brody and Abby. Every few minutes, I'd stop the lawn mower and go check on Abby and Brody to make sure they were okay. I finished mowing the back lawn, put the lawn mower away and went around to the back of the house where it wasn't locked. In that small amount of time, Brody unlocked the door and left through the garage. For those of you who may not know, Brody is autistic. He has no concept of the dangers around him. He also has no fear. Brody still cannot talk and unfortunately, he won't respond to his name. This is not the first time he's run away, but it was one of the scariest times for me. I can't tell you how many horrible thoughts went through my mind when I didn't know where he was. I and 3 other neighbors searched for Brody. We found him 3 houses down from us, playing in some dirt. I'm so glad that he was okay. I just want all of my kids to know how much I love them, and how blessed I feel to have them in my home. I took these pictures today. Breelyn

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Then and Now

Last night was so great! I got to catch up with several friends from highschool. -Most of which I haven't seen for about 10 years. I started a facebook account about a month ago, and found a couple of friends with accounts. One evening, I got an instant message from my friend Tony. I asked him if he was planning any trips to Utah. Tony and I both wanted to have a "Reunion" and catch up on everyone's lives. Tony stated that he'd be up in September because his sister was having a baby. He gave me a date, we talked to some other friends, and "TA DA", we made it happen!
Last night, everyone met at my house @ 7:00 pm. We had a little BBQ/Potluck party. It felt just like old times, (Only now a few spouses and children have been added to the group). It was wonderful to see everyone. -It's definitely been too long! We all agreed that we should try to get together again for a Christmas or New Years Party. I can't wait. Here are some fun pics.This picture was taken in 97, right before we graduated.
From top to bottom and left to right: Tony, Swalz, Bule, Richard, Nate, Natalie, Mark, Evan, Derek, and Me

After 11 years, haven't we all aged well?

Top row: Bule, Swalz, Tony, Dave, Nate, Dustin, Richard, Derek

Bottom row: Me, Natalie, and Katie

Keri (Derek's wife), Becky (Bule's wife), and Ginnie (Nate's wife)

Good times!
Katie, Amanda, Richard, Breelyn, Andrew, Bule, and Nate

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Utah State Fair

Yesterday was so much fun. After we sent the boys off to school, Aaron, I, Abby and Bree went to the Utah State Fair. We saw a lot of farm animals and we got to enjoy some good fried EXPENSIVE food. Here are some pictures from the day.Bree, Abby and Aaron waiting for their turn to shower with the sheep
Shaving off the wool
Some cute farm animals!
Abby milking a cow
Abby picking apples on the farm
Aaron, Abby and Bree at the entrance
Hanging out with the pigs
My heritage!
Checking out the cows
Our favorite show at the fair!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Family Home Evening

On Monday night, we had a nice family home evening. Aaron's parents (Kent and LouJean) came over to our house. We had some yummy lasagna for dinner and icecream and brownies for desert. Here are a couple of pics from the evening.