Saturday, September 19, 2009


Markie has learned the word "no".  We have a rather large plant that Mark likes to play with, he takes the dirt out and dumps it on the carpet.  Brett and I tell Mark "no", yet he still continues to do it.  A few days ago, Mark had a measuring cup in his hand and before I could stop him he had filled the measuring cup with dirt and dumped it on the carpet.  Once he saw the mess he made he began to point at it and yell, "no, no, no."  Not very easy to discipline in the middle of a giggle so we cleaned up the mess together.

Yesterday, I was working on a Christmas gift at my mother-in-laws house.  I had been sitting in the same chair the whole time.  Mark wanted a cracker so I got up to get him one. As I was returning to my seat Mark ran over to the chair, barred my way, and said "Noooo."  My mother-in-law and I couldn't help but laugh.  Mark thinking he had done something good, smiled his best smile and then continued to say "no".  You can imagine his look of frustration and defeat when I went around to the other side of the chair and sat down.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Small Towns and Homecoming

The Seniors.

The Juniors.

The Sophomores.

The Street.

You know you live in a small town when for Homecoming the city allows the different classes to block off a section of road and then paint it.  To kick off Homecoming week Idaho Falls High School has the opportunity to paint the street between the school and the parking lot.  A theme for Homecoming is chosen and each class designs a picture to paint.  The theme this year is "The Walls of Troy will Crumble when Tiger Nation Rumbles."  The school provides the paint and the students map it out and have a great time.  Brett was the advisor in charge of the street art this year and here are the paintings the students did.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Personal Progress

I don't know about you but when I was in Young Women's I really disliked doing Personal Progress and I didn't really understand why we were doing it.  I was excited to get the Young Woman Recognition Award, and I loved wearing it for the feeling of accomplishment I got but it didn't really mean a lot to me.  I have now been serving in the YW organization in my ward for 2 1/2 years and I have finally gained a testimony of Personal Progress, and the inspired program that it is.  So seeing I wasted my time as a young woman and didn't get all that I could out of it I have once again begun to truly earn my medallion.  I have been doing this for the past month and a half and I have seen such a change in my life it has been amazing!  I am having so much fun with the value experiences and the 10 hour projects are awesome.  Some of the 10 hour projects I have started or have done are go to the temple every week for 3 months and focus on and gain a better understanding of the ordinances, make a quiet book for Mark for church, and can/bottle, dehydrate, or freeze things that I have grown or that I can purchase for food storage.  A lot of the value experiences have you talk to your mother or a leader about important things mothers need and as a new mother it is awesome to think about these things.  

Saturday, September 5, 2009

End of Summer Vacation--Zion's National Park

We went to Zion's National Park as a family for a week.  During that week we were joined by my sister Jenessa, and her boyfriend, Dan.  They had never been repelling before and it made for some fun and interesting times.  We went hiking up the Narrows one day, had great fun getting wet and making complete fools of ourselves.

You can hike through Zion's National Park and see a lot of beautiful things, yet the beauties found in slot canyons that you need to repel down are just breath taking.  Our camera really does not do the canyon justice.

Brett being he most experienced repeller of the group made his way down the last repel a bit more exciting by going head first.  Way to go Superman!!!