Well, after a year since my last post and family and friends asking when I was going to update my blog, I thought I had better get going and start keeping better record of our family.
I just gathered a few pictures of our year of 2009 and I'm sure there are a lot that I have left out but these are the ones that I could figure out.
Adisynn had a dance recital back in June and she loved it. She took tap and ballet with her little friend Maddy. They were so darn cute. During the summer we took trips to California to the beach and to Disneyland for Adisynn and Berlynn's birthday. How exciting is that to spend your 21st birthday in Disneyland. It was Berlynn and I and Christina and Donna that went and we had a blast. Adisynn's 5th birthday Ron graced us by going to Disneyland. He hates Disneyland and will probably never go again but did it for his sweet youngest daughter.
Adisynn started Kindergarten this year and she goes all day. She loves her teachers and she LOVES Jack Marshall. He is just a little boy in her class that she talks about all the time and who chases them around the playground. She gets all giddy when we bring up Jack Marshall. I think we maybe in trouble.
Berlynn started her 3rd year of college. She is playing softball for CSN and I think she is already OVER IT!!! She loves playing ball and she is really good at it. We enjoy watching and traveling with the team. Ron is helping out with coaching this year so he is in heaven. Berlynn had to have surgery on her knee before she could play this season and she has recovered remarkably.
Thanksgiving we spent with family and Christmas was spent with just our family and New Years we traveled to Chris and Linda's new house in Utah and went to Temple Square and had fun playing games and hanging out with the family. I can honestly say I am so glad I don't live in the snow.I hate being cold and it scares me to drive in it.
Well that pretty much sums up our 2009 year and I know I had left out a lot and that is why I need to keep better record. At least that is my New Years resolution. It has already taken me a month to get started. I am such a procrastinator.
The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining country and he asked me a rhetorical question.
"Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?"
I replied I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity.
I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flowerbeds and cockleburs out of dad's fields.
I was drug to homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and , if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroine; and, if today's children had this kind of drug problem, American would be a better place.
Today is Berlynn's 20th birthday. I can't believe she is that old. That just means I am getting older and I don't like that!!! We had family in town for Thanksgiving so we thought we would celebrate her birthday on Saturday. We went to Claim Jumpers for dinner with just the adults and had cake and ice-cream with the kiddies!! Berlynn had lots of helpers, bringing her presents to her and helping her open and blow out the candles on her cake.
The girls on her softball team from school and some baseball players went to Outback for dinner for her birthday. I hope she had a fabulous day. We are so thankful to have Berlynn. She has grown up to be a wonderful and beautiful daughter and we are so proud of her. She has brought such joy and happiness into our lives. Clear up to the delivery room we thought we were having a baby boy. Boy, were we surprised when the doctor announced it was a GIRL!!!! So instead of a baby "Beau" (which would have been her name if she was a boy) we got a baby "Berlynn" We love you Berlynn and Happy Birthday!!!!!!
Wednesday we left for Provo because Berlynn had a tournament at BYU. We love going to Provo and we always have such a blast. Linda flew in Thursday night and we stayed at Little America Hotel in Salt Lake. We spent the evening shopping at the Gateway Mall. Fabulous Mall I might add. Berlynn was not happy because she wasn't able to go with us because she had to stay with the team. It's such a bummer that she can't hang out with us because we miss not having her around. We picked Ron up at the airport Friday morning and headed to the first ball game. A total of 8 this whole weekend. Berlynn is one tired puppy!! They played her all 8 games. She did such a wonderful job and we enjoy watching her play.
Saturday we drove around Draper looking for a good area for Linda to move to. We found some real beautiful homes around the Draper Temple. Wow, there are some nice homes around there. But first she has to sell her house in California but at least she has an idea of where she would like to go.
Saturday evening Ron rode back to Vegas with the team and Mom, Adisynn and I drove back to Summit, Utah where my parents have a house. Stayed the night and Adi and I drove back to Vegas Sunday afternoon. We had a fun time and I enjoy the time I can spend with my Mom. We have done this trip now for the past 4 or 5 years and we look forward to going the next year. At least I do. Give my Mom a few months to recouperate and she will be ready to go again. :)
FINALLY!!! Finally I get Berlynn to download pictures so I can do Adisynn's birthday post. Its only been a week now since her birthday! I thought I would put the whole thing in a collage since a lot had happened that week. Adisynn's birthday was September 10th. We had a little family party. We made it simple and had pizza and cake and ice-cream and my brother and SIL came over with their kids to celebrate. Plus, Ma and Papa came too. She got lots of fun gifts. My parents gave her the baby doll and she told them the next day she didn't like it and hasn't played with it at all. Sorry Mom and Dad! She even asked for a baby doll for her birthday. That and a baseball bat. From my brother's family they gave her all the girly dress up that she is dressed up in and posing her famous pose. Every picture we take of her she has to pose like that. It's not like we all do that when we get our pictures taken. Ok, maybe I do.....hehe.
Adisynn has a friend, Maddy, that had a birthday the next day and we decided that we would have a little birthday party together since they would be inviting the same little girls. It was a swimming party and there were 9 little girls there. I think they had fun. They sure had a fun time running around the pool and getting wet in the showers. Had cupcakes and opened presents and I think it went pretty well myself.
We are so grateful to have Adisynn in our family. She brings a lot of fireworks to our household. She's a kick in the pants. She makes us laugh, she makes us angry, she keeps us on our toes but she is here for a reason and I thank my Heavenly Father everyday for the special gifts he has sent us by sending us our 2 wonderful daughters. It took a lot of fasting and praying and alot of pregnancies to get them here and even though they are so far apart in years we will take them whenever we can get them!!! We love you Adisynn Grace!!!!!!!
This past week has been pretty busy for Adisynn. She started Tap and Ballet lessons. She told me from the beginning that she WAS NOT going to take dance lessons. We went out to get her suited up with the whole shibang and the whole time insisting that she did not want to learn how to dance. She let that be known to everyone around us. I fianlly left the store empty handed with the clerk telling me, "Good luck on that one." I finally just borrowed from a friend of mine (thanks Christina) to make sure she will stick with it before I go and buy it. After dance she comes out and tells me she hates dancing, the teacher was mean, and tells me she wants to get her frickin shoes of because they were killing her and she WAS NOT going back. From the looks of the pictures you couldn't tell that she was mad because as soon as i pulled the camera out she struck a pose! I had already paid for the month so I told her she needed to go back 3 more times. We will see!!!! That evening she put on Berlynn's softball helmit, had her pink glove in her hand and a bat and wanted Ron to throw the ball so she could hit. Thats where I'm afraid we are going to end up. At the ball fields instead of dance recitals.
She also started pre-school this past week. She was so excited. She loves Miss Karen and she missed her little friends. I asked her how school was and she told me that Miss Karen's curtains fell down because her, Maddy and Sophie were hiding in them and they fell off the wall. GREAT!!!!!! :0 Hope next week goes alittle better, and it's only pre-school. I have 12 more years of this! Ugh! :)
Tonight my parents took Berlynn and I and my nephew, Dallin to dinner. Dallin has been working over the summer here in Vegas for his Grandpa and is heading home this Friday. I'm sure he is excited to get out of this stinkin heat and enjoy a little bit of cooler weather, and home to his 5 brothers who I'm sure have missed him so much! (Give him a few days and he will be thinking that the hot weather wasn't so bad after all) Anyway, we ate at Lone Star. YUM! Thanks Mom and Dad for a delicious Steak dinner. Ron stayed home to watch Adisynn while we went to dinner. YAY and THANKS RON!!!! Adisynn loves hanging out with her dad. Everyday she asks if she can go to work with him. If it wasn't so hot I'm sure Ron would take her to work with him alot more. In fact I would make sure she did. Hehe.... Don't you like the Coors bottle coming out of Dallin's head??? Sorry Dallin!! :)