Sunday, September 24, 2006

Hannah at the Office Window


Hannah came to the window of my home office while I was working the other day. She was so cute, I just had to stop for a few photos.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Welcome JD Taylor to the World of Blogging

I hung out with JD today for a bit, and he showed me his new blog taylormadetimes.blogspot.com.

I knew it was only a matter of time.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I am all alone and loving it!

Well we have started school and preschool. Gracie is in grade 1 and matt started his first day of preschool today. I have really enjoyed the last hour and a half because Hannah is sleeping so I have been all alone to do what I want. Gracie is finally getting used to school. I took Hannah in to wake her up this morning and I have to say it was our happiest morning yet. Gracie loves her little sister and waking up to her in the morning is much better than waking up to me. I think Hannah will wake her up everyday.

I am enjoying the new schedule except for the very hectic time of getting gracie at lunch with all three kids and taking her back with all three kids and picking her up after school with all three kids. Sounds fun ey! All kidding aside I do like the schedule...the kids are in bed before nine and that's good because all the shows are starting!!! Speaking of shows I watched the premiere of dancing with the Stars on tuesday and wednesday. I was surprised how light on his feet Emmet Smith is wow!

Scott's GC06 trip is officially on!! That is Grand Canyon 2006 for those who don't know. We are heading to Utah in two weeks and going to conference then Scott and his mission friend David Waite are travelling to the Grand Canyon for a few days while I stay with Amy and Brad. We are all excited to go it should be a great time. I hope the kids are good for me though!! Of course I will eat Cafe Rio for all who want me to! I have to try cold stone this time too because I have never been and everyone says it is awesome!!

It's time to get ready to go get matt from school and sadly the alone time is over until 9:00!!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Greg Melchin Annual BBQ

We attended Greg's annual BBQ on Saturday (see the flickr photo set here)-- held next to the Bow River at the Shriner's park. Basically the same thing as years past, but the attendance seems to grow each year. Several of the PC leadership candidates attended and spoke to the group.

Melchin BBQ


Certainly the highlight for our family was the face painting. Grace and Matt had thier faces paited by a very talented face painter.

Painted Faces

The Peacegiver

I recently re-read portions of "The Peacegiver" and was struck again by the depth of this statement,
"Being mistreated is the most important condition of mortality, for eternity depends on how we view those who mistreat us.”
Remarkable!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Appreciate What You Have

What if the popculation of the earth was reduced to 100 people (keeping the same demographics, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, culture etc...)? This brief slideshow attempts to answer this questions, and presents an interesting perspective along the way. Though I'm not big on the dramatic effect slideshows like this try to create, the information is interesting, and the final message, "appreciate what you have" is good.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Tuscany Ward Corn Bust and Chili Cook-off

We had a nice time at the 1st Annual Tuscany Ward Corn Bust and Chili Cook-off today. It was an excellent day, and a very well attended event. There were lots of games for the kids, and of course who doesn't love corn on the cobb.



There was also a chili "cook-off" -- I'd guess about 20 people prepared entries, including Erin and I (that is, my contribution was to sign us up, Erin's contribution was to make the chili).



Richard Young performed a magic show, which was very well recieved by all the kids. My hat goes off to anyone who can hold the attention of 75 kids aged 2-18 for 40 minutes. The guy is simply amazing.



After the party, we came home and decided to meet the my folks and Erin's folks for some Dairy Queen. Matt brought his "purse" full of change and bougth pony rides on the mechanical pony for all the kids.

Big day tomorrow -- Gracie's first day of grade 1.