Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Tradition

Every year we take the dog and go hiking the day before Thanksgiving. It all started about four years ago, when Mickey (the dog) was about seven months old, and he, along with the children, were driving me crazy, so Dennis took them all for a walk. Well, the kids and dad came home, but Mickey had run off, and although they looked and called and waited until dark, he didn't come back. The kids were devastated and Dennis felt really bad. To make a long and sad story short and happy, Mickey wandered himself home and was safely snoozing in his doghouse by the next morning.

So now we go on the same hike every year, and Mickey still runs like a crazy pup, but he knows to stay within view, and it's extremely entertaining to watch him chase birds. The magpies love to torture him, and he barks and runs and chases, and he can run up the side of the mountain in about ten seconds flat.

Here are a few shots of our hike this year, November 26, 2008. Wade and Isaac invited their friends, Sam and Ammon, to come along; don't mistake them for mine because I don't have that many little boys! And the pictures are in backwards order and I'm too lazy to fix it.

Kate and Dennis and Mickey, taking a rest.

Ammon and Isaac

Wade and Sam (we call him Sammyantha)

Isaac doin' his own thing while Sam, Wade, and Ammon pet the dog.
You can tell this is later in the hike--Mickey is actually holding still.
For the first 30 minutes he was all over the side of the hill!

Dennis and Marianne

Kate and Isaac

Ammon, Isaac, Wade, Sam, Kate and Dennis

Wade and Isaac, Sam and Ammon

Wade, Sam, Marianne, Dennis, just heading up the trail.

Dennis and Mickey getting ready to go.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Last Call, Lovers! (almost...)

Come see the show! You only have five more chances before we close....Friday the 7th, Saturday the 8th, Monday the 1oth, Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th!! It's a good show, and lots of fun. Very family friendly. See the following pictures for more advertising!!

Me and my cute girl in our costumes

Pick a Little, Talk a Little!

"It's you in the sunrise...."

Our Grecian Urns costumes.

In other news, life is extremely busy. I go to work (Mechanical Engineering), then I go to work (Flute Choir), then I come home and go to work (teaching). Then someone fixes dinner, sometimes it's me, usually it's Dennis. Then someone finds the children and sees that they eat something, usually not the dinner someone fixed. Then we clear a path to the beds and go to sleep. Then we start again the next day. Sometimes we squeeze in the ocassional meeting or outing. On Saturdays we do the dishes and laundry, which usually carries over into Sunday and Monday. One of these days someone is going to have to run the vacuum... Although I did clean the bathrooms last week and the kitchen floor Wednesday night. See, I'm participating!!

I woke up at 4:00 this morning worrying about my sister. She called me the other day, and I completely forgot to call her back. I was going to call her at 4, since I thought she might be awake, but just in case she was actually sleeping, which apparently she does very rarely, I decided not to call. So I got up to post this blog. Mel, I'll call you today.

I also need to call Janice and give her some love, and I want to call my Mommy and Daddy. I want to call Jaren and check on things there, and I want to go to the Spiderman Fights Cancer Fun Run on Saturday. I want to call my brothers and tell them to come see the show. I also want to go to Hawaii.

OK, everyone's alarms are ringing but nobody is getting up, so I'd better go. As Adam always used to say, "Firmes Creced!!" Or was that Kendall? Or Mark?'s all a blur....