Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
So this post is for my good friend Nicole. She laughed so hard when I told her what I have been doing to occupy my time that she told me I had to blog this. I had a teacher in High School that used to say that we needed to do well in school unless we planned on taking underwater basket weaving in college.
Well, it took over 10 years and living someplace where I was looking for things to do. I recently took a class in Philippi that taught me how to make a basket. I think it turned out well, but I understood the irony as I was doing it. It was actually pretty hard to make and took a lot of patience. I gave it to my Mother for her Birthday. Nicole hasn't seen pictures but I am sure she will be so jealous that she will try something that will make her just as cool. I am totally a nerd :)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We wanted to show everyone that Jayden is getting quite the personality. The far left picture is of him in the Jumper. He LOVES the jumper and I get this look when I try to take him out. Go figure. The other picture is of him swimming in the hotel pool when we went to Columbus. At first he was a little scared but as you can tell, as soon as we spiked the hair the attitude and fun came along with it.
Today was branch conference. We had so many people there today, it was awesome. We had a pot luck afterwards and got to hang out with everyone. We have an elder going home on Thursday so we had to give him a memorable send off.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Colby had summer break this week and we were planning on going to Virginia Beach but it didn't happen. I got sick and then the rain just kept coming. So instead we rested and I planted some flowers in pots and we went to the Columbus, OH temple.
It was a lot of fun. We got a great deal on an awesome hotel. They had a kitchen and everything. My most exciting moment was that they had two T.V.'s so that I could watch what I wanted while Colby was watching the Jazz game. My sincere empathy to Jazz fans out there, Colby is taking it pretty hard (esp. since it was the Lakers).
We went to separate sessions on Saturday morning and then afterwards went to this great custard ice cream chain. Colby says it was flipping good. It reminded us of the place in St. George, UT. So it is a small world. We are in the temple and Colby sees a buddy from High School. Eric Sutherland is going to dental school in Ohio and we happened to go to the same session. That was fun.
Jayden can now sit up on his own. It is a big step for him because he only ever wants to jump and stand. We thought he would skip this step. He is so much fun, he laughs and plays and just is a happy baby. We sure love him like crazy. I was planting flowers the other day and after I was done I noticed a brown spot on my pants. Colby asked me what it was. I said it is either chocolate, poop or dirt. He dared me to taste it, I told him those days are over and just changed my pants. :)
Friday, May 9, 2008
It is hard to see but on Wednesday our former President Bill Clinton came to little Philippi, WV. Our primary is on Tuesday and so Hillary still feels that she has a chance if she wins WV. There were about 200 people there in the small gym. We couldn't resist. The part you can't see is that to the right of us were secret service (they are some big dudes). Colby kept making comments that were not good at a democratic rally and I had to make sure he knew he had to keep quiet. Luckily we are still alive :)
Tonight we had the elders for dinner and it was a lot of fun. They need a lot of support because the area is so small. One is from Spanish Fork, UT so it is a touch of home.
Monday, May 5, 2008
We went to the circus and it was fun. Jayden loved the dogs who did tricks. It was a small circus and pretty costly to get in, but fun. I am so glad Jayden is small, they were pros on trying to sell kids some of the circus toys and "stuff". Jayden didn't know what he was missing.
We had the funniest experience yesterday. We have a pond by our apartments and there is a family of geese that live there. If the family of babies are by the road, the male geese tries to protect his babies and will chase after your car. It is the funniest thing. On our way to church yesterday he tried to chase us down. I was laughing so hard, I am going to get a picture next time.
I went to the grocery store the other day in Philippi, it is a small store but is great for emergencies. I had what I call a West Virginia moment while I was there. When I drove in there was a horse and buggy parked in one of the parking spots. I thought that was different because we don't have any Amish in the town that I am aware of. They have a community a 1/2 hour away. As I came out of the store with my stuff, I saw two teenager boys dressed in jean shorts jump in and take off down the road. After the initial shock, I learned that I should have never complained that I had to drive an old suburban when I was younger. I also wonder if the trend will spread because of high gas prices. Colby thought it was cool and says we should get one!