Friday, December 26, 2008

Oh Ontario...

We are staying at my parents house for the holidays. Ontario generally sleeps on the bed at my house or on a dog bed. Of course, stupid me only brought one dog bed to my parents house and Ontario is not allowed on the human bed here. So I have been sleeping on the floor with Ontario and that seems to keep him happy. Well, last night I was moving around too much while I was reading and trying to get comfortable...Ontario got disgusted and ended up on the dog bed with Edie...He's such a dork!

This picture is where he started out his night while we were still upstairs...eventually he went downstairs and put himself to bed somewhere...(Edie was sleeping on the bed upstairs, so I don't know exactly where he put himself to bed)...My guess is on a pile of blankets that was entirely too small for him...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve

Temple Square in Salt Lake City, has a pretty light display and nativity scenes all over. Our family had not gone to see the lights for a few years, and decided to go last night--on Christmas Eve after we had read the Christmas story and eaten WAY too much food!

My sister, brother-in-law, mom, dad, neice and nephew

Edie went with us too. She wasn't real impressed, but was VERY well behaved! Notice how she was on her flat collar. Pretty good for my little girl! She is such a good little was cold and snowy and icy and there were many people there and she handled it like a pro!

This is the Salt Lake Temple. I didn't get any real cool pictures with
tons of lights or anything, so this will just have to do! Enjoy!

more party hardy...

My friends from high school had a christmas gathering of sorts a few nights ago...3 of them are married and 4 of us aren' anyway, the 2 boys are husbands who we did not know in high school...
Showing off our white elephant gifts! How fun is that!
We had a fun time, mostly we just talked and ate some treats and did a white elephant exchange. I gave a candle that I found on a shelf at my parents house, and I got a wig stand and a ceramic basket thing. At least I have a great white elephant gift for next year's party right? :) It is so nice to get together with people you've known forever and continue to keep in touch with! We don't live close to eachother anymore so we don't see eachother often, but it's fun to see everybody!
After this, I went with 2 of the girls and we looked at christmas lights and talked more.

Party Hardy...

My family had a Christmas party a few weeks ago... the grandkids (neices and nephews) acted out the Christmas Story...

my mom as a Shepherd, and neices as Mary, Angel, and Wise Man, a doll as Baby Jesus
and my nephew was Joseph, but he's only 1, and didn't stay with the group long, so there isn't a picture of him.

My Dad and I took my neices Sledding in the little snow
we had at the time (we have a LOT more snow now)
Gracie-she's 6

Maddie--she's 9

Leah--she's 4

My dad pushing Gracie on the sled!


You may remember that my old car--1990 Gold Honda Accord was totalled at the beginning of December. That wonderful car, may it rest in peace never had a name, but was very loved!

The above car has been named Giselle. She is the newest addition to my family! Giselle is 10 years old, but she is young at heart and has tons of pep! Giselle has a place in back for a GSD and a lab. Giselle has 4 wheel drive! Giselle gets pretty good gas mileage. We all love her already!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Little boy...

My family welcomed a new little boy yesterday morning. My brother and his wife had a baby boy at about 7am who weighed 8lb. 1oz. His name is Wesley (something) Brown

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Riley-(he's 12...doesn't he look good?)
Edie-my sweet girl

Ontario-my big OAF :)

Isn't he goofy???

This picture is kind of dark of Edie and Ontario...
it's hard to get good lighting for a black dog in the snow...

sleeping arrangements

These are the sleeping arrangements at our house. Edie started out sleeping in the kennel, but would get too excited everytime Ontario or I moved in the middle of the night and would start wagging her tail and waking us up. So now...
Edie sleeps on the dog bed
and Ontario sleeps on my bed...
There is still a little room for me in the bed...see??? Actually, Ontario stays basically at the foot of my bed and will sleep on my legs/feet if he feels he needs to...most of the time, he stretches out though against the wall, and I just do my best not to fall off the bed in the middle of the night...whatever works!
Hmmm...I wonder who calls the shots at our house???

Monday, December 08, 2008

49 things I've done

1. Started your own blog - DUH!
2. Slept under the stars - Of course...lots of times
3. Played in a band - I was in Orchestra does that count? I played the Viola
4. Visited Hawaii - in my dreams
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity - why of course
7. Been to Disneyland -4 times
8. Climbed a mountain - I've climbed many mountains, most recently I climbed Mt. is 12,100ish feet
9. Held a praying mantis- when I was little
10. Sang a solo - unfortunately...I'm an Alto voice though, so I don't generally sing solos
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning - oh yeah!
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables - all the time home grown veggies are the best
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight-um, yeah...I have 4 siblings...'nough said!
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill -who hasn't?
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen an eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person-amazing
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight-in Oregon and CA
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia--in my me crazy but it is one of the places I most want to go!
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma-every 60 days or so...they love my blood :)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check - sadly yes
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone - yup, Brogan broke my foot in 3 places
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper -oh yeah...many times
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake-duh...I live in's kind of gross, but I've done it more than once
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone -what kind of question is this?
99. Been stung by a bee - too many times to count

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


He was feeling left out...with pictures of the car and Edie :)

Ode to the Honda Accord...

THIS is what happened to my car today...

OUCH!!! (yeah, a lady ran a red light and hit me today...not so cool!)

This car has been a wonderful, amazing, reliable car that has always gotten me to the places I need to be. This car has been with our family since 1991 when my dad bought it on a salvaged title. It has taught 3 kids how to drive stick (including me). It has been to Texas, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and New Mexico! Plus it has been mine since I was 16. It also got stolen once and I found it the same day and was so happy! I love the little car and well, look at the mileage!

Edie Pictures

Here is Edie in the car after thanksgiving...we were stuck in traffic! :) It's not the cutest picture of her though...

Edie looking sly in front of our Christmas tree.

Edie looking guilty in front of the tree.

First things first...

I bought myself a new camera for my Thanksgiving present :) It is nice and little and takes really good pictures and I love it!