Wednesday, September 8, 2010

happy birthday talon

shout out to my littlest brotha talon.......


happy 19th....

i can't wait to see you on your journey

*hugs*





quick little shot of his birthday cupcakes.... he loves "halo"


i {heart} my family

disclaimer: this is not to seperate anyone out.... because my family is rather large, but this is MY family that i grew up with and they are special in and of themselves...... (some one will say something about how special we all really are too...)


over labor day weekend we got to have my family visit us. talon was set apart as an elder and recieved the melchezidek and dad and dave, sarah and gizmo came to visit. i love having them here and wish i could keep everyone close, but alas it is not to be. so when they come i relish in them being here. while here we went geocaching and then spent some time at red fleet. i had taken some pictures and came across this:






this is my family, we play rough and love each other all in the same breath. i am yet to find a grouping quite as unique as MY FAMILY...... love to each of you......

First Grade 2010

my little girl put on her big girl pants and went to school as long as cameron is at work..... this sucks.

when it was kindergarten, she was gone part of the day and it was fine, maybe it cut into my day a little bit, but it was still fine.

now my buddy and often times my best friend is gone all day to school...

before she started i thought how much i would get done and how much i would enjoy her being gone and the free time it would afford me.....

i was wrong.....

i miss her.....

and it doesn't get any better than it is now, huh?


*sigh*
*tear*
*tear*
*tear*



{not a great picture of her, but it is her on the first day of school}

*of note, she cried when she got off the bus and saw me. at least it is reciprocated.....

** time management **

so obviously i have been on blogger hiatus.... and this is where we get to the root of the problem. cameron and i have been busy doing things all summer and one of those things that have been great fun is geocaching. think of it like a really big treasure hunt with a bunch of people you don't know. we tried it out and had a b*l*a*s*t... so we picked up this cute little buddy



and have been traipsing about all over vernal "caching"/treasure hunting.

some are big and other's are not. this is our very first time geocaching, but i can assure you that it is not and has not been our last.....





jam session

during our visit to marissa & levi's house, talon noted that levi had a drum set much like the one he had at home. after a while he got permission to go and play on it. soon after levi snuck downstairs and cameron caught them jamming together. it is one of those moments when you know that they were happy right where they were....


video

clarke planetarium, slc

we recently got to get the heck out of dodge {dodge=vernal} and go visit cameron's sister in slc. we had a bunch of fun!!!! cameron his dad, and levi's family {i bowed out gracefully, sorry rissa and levi} took a weekend and poured cement around marissa and levi's house, marissa and i got to visit and care for kids and sneak away to enjoy visiting the planetarium. i've never been, but when we go to the city this is the kind of thing i {love} to do with my kids. so we loaded finn and marissa into the van and off we went. the girls and finn got to see all kinds of wonderful aspects of space and our solar system and spent a great deal of time touring the "free" section of the planetarium. we even went to {mars} and {the moon}!!!! we couldn't have had more fun. though i think that marissa had her fill of the stairs :p. thanks marissa and levi for hosting us and for all the fun!!!!







Uintah County Fair {UCF}

we spent some time at the annual {ucf} again this year and did the rounds. first stop of course is the candy drop {sorry no pictures- i hope you understand}the fire department and the library team up to do this for the kids. they get the hook and ladder truck extend the ladder all the way out and drop -full size- candy bars for the little kids. then for the older kids they rope off an area {no parents allowed- too many elbows being thrown, imagine that!} and have a helicopter come and drop candy from above. my kids are picky so we don't ever end up with too much- thank goodness!!! next stop is the firefighter challenge basically where the kiddos get to spray the hose and set a wooden fire picture spinning and to see how fast they can get it spinning. kesslynn was a little afraid, but after watching kairi decided that she could give it a try. they each earned a fire fighter hat out of the deal. last stop is the little red barn. it is something that the 4-h put together a few years ago and it has grown and grown. kids love it and mine are no exception. it takes you through planting, harvesting, picking, feeding, milking until you get the stuff {fruit, vegetable, eggs, milk, etc} and take it to the grocer and get paid. the girls love it and can't wait every year to go through it!!!! it reallly is a lot of fun!!!! we did manage to avoid the over priced carnival {hurray!!!} to top it all off...








Monday, September 6, 2010

{just yell}

i was reminiscing some of my later posts and came across {simple}. just so you know those days are not gone. but now if i want something done i {yell} and then amazingly everyone who lives here starts to work and who doesn't .... leaves. hahahahaha just wanted others to know that despite the fun that we are having, we have those {just yell} days too. to those whose lives have more turmoil than mine currently- you can {just yell} twice...... love to you all!!!!

lsdkfhiawhifkjbvc,vaih

i didn't know what to call this one... so it is isdkfniawhifkibvc,vaih, affectionately...... anyhow the point of it all is to say this. since i got myself a "manny" (ie: Talon- we'll get into this a little later) Cameron and I have been taking some time for ourselves, and on one such occasion our "family" was supposed to go to the Dinosaur Museum {it is free on the fourth of July} but the kids were aweful at the parade, so Talon stayed home with them and Cameron and I got to go explore without the posse. During such a momentous occasion we got a picture of the two of us that I haven't seen the likes of for about 9 years... It's not professional, but it is us... not glamed up not fake not cheesy it is us.......... and I {heart} it......


Family Picture Time

After cousin camp, we got all the Winn's together and snapped a few photos... These are my favorites...










It's the CCFR (Cousin Camp/ Family Reunion)

hahahahahahahahahaha sorry i think abbreviations are A-W-E-S-O-M-E and so i abbrev. anyhow we attended the cousin camp again this year and every year the kids have so much fun. this year i felt so much more relaxed and it was way more enjoyable. i don't know what the difference was, but we worked it out. any how here are a few highlights..... some more than others are for posterity's sake......



* kessie * bo * bessie *

I have a montage of pictures just of my darling girl.....


maybe someday i can catch her spirit.....






Swett Branding.... Cancelled

Oh what an adventure we had!!! i got it in my mind that we should do the 101 ways to experience the uintah basin challenge and see how many of them we could accomplish this summer. however i didn't account for anything happening and so after this day, i tossed it out the window and we just decided to have FUN!!! anyhow on this day in june (i think) we decided (i decided) we should go to the swett branding. i got it in my head that it was in manila. so we packed the cooler and the kids and the van and headed out on a VERY rainy day. once in manila we couldn't find where we were going so i stopped and talked to the person (very nice lady i might add) at the forest service building and she not only informed me that i was in the wrong T-O-W-N but it was also cancelled... huh?! oh well- our adventure was not over. so we turn around to go back to vernal (which is an hour drive each way mind you) and decide to venture in the direction of the branding and stop and have lunch and then this occurred...




and then this.....






and can you see her gearing up.....







oh ya!!! here it is in all its glory.....






someday she'll thank me for having this picture :p

Busy.... Good Busy..... Busy

We've been busy..... Good busy.... but busy.... We have had a ton of fun, and this is just the start of the fun for us!!! But I hope to update this enough to catch up to today. So here goes!! I've been harrassed recently to update. Evidently changing my background (which desperately needed updated) wasn't enough. Weird I know, but i try.. Anyhow some of this is rather random.



video

we've been four- wheeling......



swimming at the rec center....


and just traveling around the uintah basin....

oh you'll see the fun we've had!!!!!!!