Sunday, December 17, 2006

Our Early Christmas

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Scary Mary (Poppins)

YouTuber 'moviemkr' has "... recut the Disney classic to make it seem like a horror movie, entitled SCARY MARY". It's actually pretty scary. The best remix I've ever seen.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

'I'm Rick and you're AJ!'


The question is....which one's AJ?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I saw this t-shirt and thought of you, Mom...


Rusty! But I think your wiener does bite!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Emily's


Paul's


Cerra's

Paul and Emily came over Sunday and we carved some pumpkins, ate some candy and watched some UHF. This post is a little late. I started getting ill on Monday, and it's just been getting worse so far. I think I might be topping out on the 'how crappy can we make Cerra feel?' meter. Hopefully it's down hill from here. Hope you all had a happy, safe Halloween!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Pirate Pic of the Day


Arrrrrgh matey! It's cool to be a pirate.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Chics Royál

Friday, September 29, 2006

Proof of Life

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Yup, We're Alive

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Cerra's Birthday Today!

Well, my dear wife turns 24 today. It's difficult to express just how grateful I am for having been blessed with such a wonderful woman. Cerra's intellect, kindness, selflessness, diligence and beauty are singular. Happy birthday, sweetie. I love you.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

School

I have been in school now for a month. It's great. It's been too long since I have had this kind of intellectual nourishment, if you will. I am taking 7 credits this semester. I have a sociology class that leaves me pondering something about the complexities of society and human behavior every time on my way to accounting, where I have to switch gears and crunch and analyze numbers. After that, my body gets 'schooled' in my jogging class.

I attend these classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at the community college. It's so much cheaper there than a university! It was awesome to pay cash for a semester of school, and I will probably get it all back from my Indian tribe scholarship. The downfalls that a community college has vs. a university are well worth it for generals, in my opinion.

I think I have decide to major in accounting. It's the most practical and it's something that I would enjoy. If I had unlimited time and funds, I would become a vet, hands down. Where I want to be a stay at home mom and start our family soon, I wouldn't have time to go through school, and even if I did, I wouldn't be able to work enough (if at all) to get any return on investment there. I can do accounting from home and with kids if I wanted to. I have a knack for it and I really enjoy it. I am kind of a geek that way.

So here I am, back in school and loving it. I am still working full time, so it's a little tiring. It's well worth it though.

Dillon bought me a new laptop which makes it nice too. He's so cute. I wanted him to get his computer first and mine later, but he insisted. He still doesn't have his and doesn't complain a minute about it. He's also been a great support of mine. I sometimes have huge time and energy deficits, but he's understanding and encouraging, even when it affects him negatively.

I really like where I am and headed right now. I love leading a balanced life - family, religion, work, school, community, etc - and I am getting closer every day. Harmony is very crucial to my happiness, and the goal is beginning to be in sight.

Monday, August 21, 2006

The Best Two Years

My life started, in a way, two years ago today. The gift of eternity with someone who makes you feel whole is invaluable. That blessing that was given through destiny would take just as long to repay. Dillon is my everything. I am so fortunate to have him as my husband, my love, my companion, my best friend, my children's father, my family's patriarch...truly my everything. He knows me better than anyone on this earth. He loves everything about me - he wouldn't even change my "quirks" if he could because he says that's what makes me, me. Just when I think I couldn't love him any more, I wake up the next morning, discovering more room in my heart that he has filled. Not a day goes by that I do not reflect on how truly grateful I am for my wonderful Dillon and our marriage. This last two years have absolutely been the best of my life and we are just getting started.

I love you Dillon!

Another Year!

Cerra and I are celebrating our second wedding anniversary today. The past two years have been the greatest of my life. Thank you, dear. I love you!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Own Private Idaho

We took a trip the first weekend in August to our favorite resort get-away...Weiser, Idaho. Sasha, Dillon's sister was down from Nome, Alaska to visit her mom and whoever else showed up. Let me tell you, it was a full house. It was great! We ate tons of good food, visited, played and laughed. Sasha really does tell it best:

...That afternoon we headed to Boise to pick up Dillon and Cerra who were set to arrive on the evening flight. Nikki had us over for a BBQ and I got a chance to see my friend Brian for a while too. We went to pick up Dillon and Cerra at 10pm only to find that their flight had been cancelled and they weren't coming in until 11am the next day. So, home we went. We went to bed and woke up the next morning just in time to head back to Boise to really pick them up, which we thankfully were able to do. We took a long drive home on the old highway, stopping in one of my favorite little towns, Horseshoe Bend, for lunch.

The next day my cousin Carol, her husband Brad, and their 4 kids, Michelle 6, Lindy 5, Christopher 3, and Anthony 3 months were on their way up from Utah. They took the 7+ hour drive just to come and spend a couple of nights while I was in town. During the day, mom and I went looking for a inflatable swimming pool, but had no luck. So, while Dillon and Cerra ran some errands mom and I stayed home to build a pool. Mom had said that we could build something from the start, but truth be told, I just didn't buy it. At this point I was desperate to try anything though. So, we stacked hay bales in a rectangle and lined it with a new heavy tarp and filled it with water from the hose. It worked famously. Really, it was so much better than you can even imagine. We ended up with a really nice sized pool that kept us cooled off the whole weekend.

When Dillon and Cerra got home, mom and I had just finished filling it up and were laying poolside giddy with excitement to show them our masterpiece. Cerra changed clothes and joined us in the water and Dillon hung out in the shade of the peach tree next to us.
The water comes from about a hundred feet down so it was extremely cold. So cold that we actually had a hard time staying in the water for very long.

Cerra and I got silly and had a little swim/dive meet followed by a little pool wrestling. Something about water just brings the kid out in you. I think that is why I just love it so much.

Building this pool and just having fun with Dillon, Cerra, and my mom was probably one of the best moments of this trip. We really had a good time that night!



Carol and her family arrived later that evening. Their kids have all grown so much in the past two years since I saw them last. I can't even begin to talk about the beautiful and amazingness of these kids. They are just such special people who I love more than they could know. It was so fun seeing you guys and getting to know you even more as you are growing up. You all are just so cute that you're lucky I didn't eat you up!


They were as sweet and happy as ever and instantly made EVERYTHING better by being there. We had a really fun night BBQing, laughing and playing around the house. The kids just love uncle Dillon and had their usual fun taking turns giving him rides around the house.

Finally we got to bed, but I wasn't sleeping well so I had my light on and the next thing I knew Carol was there with me. We ended up laying in bed together visiting until 4 in the morning. We have always had a very special bond and being close to her is just good for me.

We were up early at 7am the next day and I must say that Carol and I did pretty well for only getting 3 hours of sleep.

We spent the day playing with the horses and swimming.

Michelle is quite the little horsewoman and could hardly wait to get going.

She and Cerra had a nice little ride together and Michelle shined with her natural ability.

My time was spent closer to the pool most of the day and it was great!

That night, Cerra's dad and step-mom as well as my friends Jim and Nikki, drove up from Boise for a visit.

Later that night, my friends Alethea and Eric along with their two kids, Ella 2, and Isaak 9 months, arrived from Utah just in time to have a bath and get to bed. It was so awsome to be in the company of so many people I love. Thank you everyone for taking the time to visit!

Carol and her family had to head home the next morning, but not without some goat riding first. We had some more fun before saying goodbye.

Alethea and Eric's daughter, Ella, just 2 years old, absolutely loved the animals and rode that goat around with ease.
That little girl had no fear either. She was climbing the round pen without a care in the world. So cute! Mom also left with Dillon and Cerra that afternoon to take them back for their flight home...

Monday, July 31, 2006

What am I, 90?

I woke this Saturday with great ambition and high expectations. I was going to get so much done that day - clean the house, run some errands, go shopping, do laundry, the list goes on. I took Dillon to work and came back home to clean up for the day. I stepped into the shower, turned to close the curtain behind me and BAM, BAM, BAM. I hit my ass (hard, I'm "giant" - as Dillon says) on the edge of the tub, my back on the sink and my knee on Dillon's shower chair. "What, am I ninety?" I actually exclaimed after I stopped falling. "THAT HURT!"


I was hurting pretty bad all day. I hurt no matter what I was doing - sitting, standing, anything. I was so not looking forward to the 2nd day pain that was to follow. I just don't bounce back like I used to. Today I've been very stiff with a killer head/neck ache. I totally jarred my spine. So yeah... my weekend wasn't nearly as productive as intended... I just need to work on being at my best to play in Weiser this week! Yay!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Yeah!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Saturday at Work

I decided to get caught up on a few deadlines by spending a Saturday afternoon in the office. This is what I do when I'm actually developing (building forms, writing code, database design) and not tied up with administrative tasks.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Weekend with Uncle Earwig and the Gang

On Saturday we had a mini family reunion at Alan's house. Eric, Dillon's uncle from California, was passing through with his wife and grand kids on their two week RV trip through the western states. Almost everyone was there - we were only missing Mark and his wife, Kathleen, Sasha, and JD and his fiancé, Lauri.

Alan deemed it necessary early on to buy some "toys" for the occasion. He bought a pool for the little kids and a "go cart" for the big kids - I thought it looked more like a dune-buggy. Both were well used, but the pool quickly became worth its weight in gold. Those kids (all 11 of them) spent 90% of the time in that thing. They had a ball!


Alan and Eric took the go cart out for a ride. They looked so cute together in that thing. They also looked like they were headed for trouble. I didn't get any pictures, so if you did, email it to me please. Anyway, they headed out and were gone for awhile when an ATV rolled up with a kid driving and Alan on the back. Alan hopped off, grabbed a rope and hopped back on and off they went. Alan and Eric came back a little later with the go cart covered in mud. Alan didn't want to talk about the details of the event.


Then it was time for food! Mmmmmm. Good stuff. Many helped out to make it a great meal! It's not like great food isn't a usual at Ani's house, but it was still a great treat.


We ate and visited. It was great to catch up with everyone.


I was enamored by David's kittens. I spent almost the entire day thinking there was just one very fast, bi-polar kitten (one was a lot more friendly than the other), but there were actually two that looked almost exactly alike.


After dinner, we were in much need of David's famous chocolate chip cookies. He couldn't bake them fast enough. A couple of dozen would come out of the oven and then be gone before the next batch even went in the oven. They are extraordinary. I have been told that Carol has a lot of credit in mentoring young David on his baking skills.


Dillon waited anxiously for those cookies to be ready.


There was a lot of fun to be had that day.



And little Anthony slept through the entire thing. Amazing!


A great time was had by all...