Sunday, August 30, 2009


Friday night, Melody and I went camping with our friends (and ward). We followed the Gardners up to Christopher Creek and had some of the boys ride with us in our new car. Mel was excited to have company, and I was excited the little car made it up all the hills! We got dinner in Payson (and let Coleman transfer funds) and then headed to the campsite where the Dennisons and Linfords were waiting; the Mabbs showed up right after us. (the Howards came in later that night too) The whole group except the Quinn's (we missed you guys...Donelle, you are still planning the next camping trip, right?). Coleman and Tanisha let Melody and I borrow a tent, an air mattress and a sleeping bag, because honestly, I dont do this very often and only have 2 camp chairs and a sleeping bag for Melody. That night, we hung out around the camp fire and made smores and let the kids run around and play cops and robbers. It was fun to stay up late and hang out with everyone. Poor Liz and Tyler had kids throwing up until 3am, so sorry guys! But they hung out with us anyway-in between cleaning things guys are awesome!

Saturday morning everyone was up EARLY and the kids (all of the kids in the whole ward I think) went down the hill and made a village. It was pretty cool...except for a few minor injuries, it was a big hit. The guys got a mean game of horse shoes going and I think Chad and Jon ended up winning. It was a relaxing morning and then it was time to pack up and head home...home to clean it all up. Mel, me, the car all got a bath! None of us had ever been that Thanks for talking me into the trip guys, it was a blast and Melody had a great time too!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Early Bird

Melody got up at 6:30 Sat morning and cleaned her room and straightened up the bathroom all before I woke up. It was a nice thing to wake up to. She had asked me Friday night if she could wake up early to clean and I said yes, thinking that wouldn't happen...guess I was wrong. Thanks Melody!

Monday, August 17, 2009

First Day of School....X 2!

Melody has 2 "first day of school" pictures this year. The first picture is from two weeks ago when she started ALA (American Leadership Academy...they wear uniforms)and the second picture, is the first day of school a week ago at Benjamin Franklin. The story? Well, I put Melody's name on a waiting list for Ben Franklin in Jan and up until the Thursday before school started, they didn't have a spot for her. ALA did but they started a week earlier, so Mel started there and on her second day of school, I got the call that she was in at Franklin. I think both schools are great and so I decided to let Melody make the decision. We had toured both places, and she decided Franklin was her top choice. So, she had a Friday off to meet her new teacher and then started school again. Luckily, she let me take her picture for a second time. I think Melody is going to have a great year and made a great choice on the school. It also works out better for my work schedule so I am pretty happy myself:) I get to work 8 to 3 in the office and then from home for 1-2 hours every afternoon, so I can be home with Melody after school regularly...a first for us!