Monday, August 1, 2011

Pink or Blue?

Baby number 2 is scheduled to arrive December 17 (but I'm hoping he or she decides to come a little early, the 17th is too close to Christmas).

We have an ultrasound on Wednesday.

Boy or girl?

What do you think?

Maybe I should rip out one of my hairs and hang my wedding ring above my belly with it and... (anyone ever heard that trick? does it work?)

I think it's a boy. But, I thought Ty was a girl, and I don't care at all either way!

Maybe it's twins.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Happiest Place on Earth

We went to California a couple weeks ago. Ty loved swimming so much he decided to go swimming in a mud puddle the other day when we weren't watching. We took Ty to Disneyland. We were determined to get our money's worth ($105 per adult, ouch) so we spent 14 hours in the park one day. Ty loved the rides, especially the Dumbo Flyer Ride.

He cried when he had to get off.
He also cried when we took him on the Bugs Life video ride. Spiders were coming out of the ceiling, fog was blowing in our faces, it was dark, and scary. I felt bad. I thought he would be okay because he didn't cry for Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White, or any of the other scary indoor rides.

Hopefully, we'll be back soon.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Top 10 List

(in no particular order)

#10- Andy Graduated from USU
#9- We ate Nelson's Frozen Custard in St. George
#8- Andy drew an awesome Elk Tag
#7- Nikki swam the Mighty Colorado River (not on purpose)
#6- A live chicken got inside our house and ran through the kitchen (tramatizing)
#5- Ty got a buzz (Andy, too)
#4- Andy got a TEACHING JOB
#3- We found out we're having another baby in December
#2- We hiked Muley Twist and survived the Burr Trail (not as scary as everyone said)
#1- We ate lunch at the new Cafe Rio in Spanish Fork

Hope you're having a good summer!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Break 2011

For Spring Break we had a lot of things planned,
#1 Camp in the desert
#2 See Natural Bridges National Monument
#3 See Hovenweep
#4 See Mesa Verde
#5 Hike through a canyon (can't remember the name) near Cedar Mesa
#6 Find a really cool ruin that Andy won't let me name (it's secret)
#7 See the Aztec Ruins in New Mexico
#8 See 4 Corners Monument
#9 Hike to Delicate Arch
#10 Find an arrowhead, full anasazi pot, and spanish gold.

Our friend tagged along and asked us if we were planning on getting all of these done in a week, or a month.
A week of course...

Well, out of our list of 10, we completed about 4.

We camped in the desert, saw natural bridges,

SAW MESA VERDE! It's been on our list for a while now.

Found a secret ruin, but not the one we were looking for.

Hiked to Delicate Arch, Double Arch and the North and South Windows.

And we found some pieces of pottery. No Gold, No Arrowheads. Of course we left the pottery there, I don't want to go to jail for looting an archaelogical site!

Hopefully we'll be back soon to check the rest off our list.

Monday, April 4, 2011


Meet Kalee... (pretend there is a current picture here) This is us 23 years ago. We were born in the same hospital on (almost) the same day. We were lucky to grow up together. I remember playing on the trampolene at my Grandma's house for hours on Sunday afternoons. My grandma was "super cool" and let us take her blankets outside so we could play exciting games like "snake in the grass" and "candyland" (a game we invented ourselves). Here is a picture of all of our Crandall cousins (check out Megan). We played city league volleyball together for years. One year, we were champions! She was super good and I was just average. We went skiing all the time in the winter. We had a bus that would take 50 kids to The Canyons Resort every weekend and turn us all loose (one time, I got left at the resort). Every once in a while, we could talk our parents into letting us out of school to go. Here we all are at our annual Lake Powell family reunion. We participated in some extreme "water weenie wars", family games, fishing, and wakeboarding. Sometimes we fought over the same boyfriends, but mostly, we had different tastes (so it all worked out).

In our early years of highschool, she made the volleyball team (I got cut), she made the cheer squad (I got cut) and we didn't hang out as much.

When we were seniors, we hung out at a Leadership retreat in St. George, got to raft the mighty Grand Canyon, coached a little girls volleyball team together, and were even Homecoming Queens.

After highschool, she went to UVU, I went to USU. Before I knew it, she was engaged, and before she knew it, I was.

We both got married to good husbands and have sweet children. She has a degree in Health Education and I have a degree in Home Ec Education.

For 2 years, I have taught Child Development to high school students. I teach a unit on SIDS. I have always taught the unit without really thinking about it.

Just one month ago, Kalee lost her sweet baby to SIDS. And while we're lucky to know that we will see him again, it has been difficult for all members of our family.

I decided to post this so you all would have a chance to read the website she and her husband have created. The amazing things she has written have inspired many. This website had over 6,000 views within the first 3 days it was created.

Make sure you read the "updates" section in order, beginning with Our Story written on March 9th.

I think we (our extended family) would all agree that this event has brought us closer together and helped us get our priorities in order.

Thank you Kalee, for letting us into your life and helping us all be better.

We (especially I) love you!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Goodnight Logan

(Anyone ever read Goodnight Moon?)

Goodbye Logan
Goodbye Student Housing
Goodbye Firehouse
Goodbye Logan High
Goodbye Cheese Factory
Goodbye Scraping my Windshield
Goodbye Friends
Goodbye Cow Jumping over the Moon
Goodbye Lee's Marketplace
Goodbye Collegues
Goodbye Students
Goodbye Finals Week
Goodbye Cafe Rio
Goodbye Budge Pediatrics
Goodbye 96.7
Goodbye Edwards Furniture Commercials
Goodbye Utah State

I cried the whole way home. :(

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Our Living Conditions

Our living conditions are less than ideal. In fact, if you called DCFS they would probably take Ty away... JK.

We decided to move all of our stuff to Payson before Christmas. including our bed, washer and dryer, kitchen equipment, etc...

We were only coming back for 2 weeks... no big deal... right?

No. We happily put up with the sleeping bag, 2 pans and 2 bowls for a couple days until I said, "this is kinda like camping." Then Andy said "no, this is worse than camping."

He was right, it was worse than camping... until... our toilet water holding tank broke and leaked all over the floor... then it was ULTRA worse than camping.

We had to flush with a bucket of water until a kind maintenance man came after hours to fix the deteriorated rubber gasket.

I was really sad to move from Logan, but now, I'm looking forward to a bed, kitchen equipment, a working toilet (and a backup one if needed), couches, a treadmill, millions of toys for Ty, a washer and dryer, and most of all, A GARAGE!

But I'm still sort of sad to leave Logan.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Negative Fifteen

What were we thinking?

New Years Eve Eve, we packed our bags and warm clothes and decided to snowmobile into my Grandpa's cabin with Ty. We didn't get to the parking lot until dark. We loaded everything and bundled Ty up and we were off. Ty HATED it. He was scared and he kicked and screamed and fought the entire way. It was negative fifteen and we had to keep his face covered so it didn't get frostbite. Half way through, I thought to myself, "What were we thinking?" We were too far to turn back and still a few miles from the cabin.

Ty was fine when we got there but I was a little bit in shock (I hate it when my baby cries). I jumped off the snowmobile to walk into the cabin and the snow went up to my hips!

We stayed for a couple days. It was beautiful.
Cold, but beautiful.

On the way out, we got smarter. I zipped Ty into my snowmobile overalls and wrapped him in a fleece blanket. He looked around and smiled. Within 2 minutes he was asleep.

We got some snowshoes for Christmas. I can't wait to break them out again this weekend. Hopefully, the temperature will rise to at least double digits (my car thermometer this morning said 2*F).