Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Even though I haven't been blogging, I've been reading blogs. I've also been taking pictures of everything happening with the idea that I'd post the photos on my blog. Well I'm going to finally do that tonight. But I don't have much commentary. I'm on a diet and I just can't be funny on a diet.

This month's "get out of the snow" trip was to St. George for a soccer tournament. Courtney had a blast staying with her team and hanging out with them the whole time. Thanks to her new texting abilities we kept in touch from time-to-time. We had a blast with the boys at Snow Canyon picnicking, playing in the sand dunes and hiking around. We also hit the driving range where Dan and the boys hit a couple of buckets and I sat on a chair reading my book and "watching."

Here's a trick: We got adjoining rooms but they weren't connecting. (Just not a vacation if I have to share a room with all the kids!) So, Dan put the phone in both rooms on Speakerphone and we could hear the kids if they needed anything at night. Worked like a charm!

Courtney's in her school musical and I volunteered to help buy props. I actually had to make some of them which caught me offguard as my creative talents are abysmal. Had to make 11 food trays to be exact that the kids could hold while dancing. I surfed extensively the internet and ebay searching for fake food and found a lot but it costs a fortune! These trays were adding up to $50 each! Not about to spend $600 on fake food I searched through several thrift stores and bought any fake fruit I could find. Found fake fish, crab and lobsters at the party store and finally fake everything else at a design warehouse. (If ever you're in need of fake food props, you can also buy real bread and shellac it -- that will keep it from spoiling.) With the help of my glue gun which I haven't used in a decade, I put everything together and was quite proud! My family was pretty excited to come home and see such a feast!! Too bad it was fake!

The Pinewood Derby was last week. Our scouts group hasn't had one in years apparently because it got too competitive among the Dads. Last year when I was the scout leader I got all the info for our Pack leader and strongly suggested we do it this year because our boys really wanted to. He put it together and as always went all out with decorating and planning etc. It was a blast! Marty's Grandpa helped him learn to use the bansaw at his house over Christmas and then let him cut out his own design. He did such a great job! His car turned out awesome and he took 3rd place! Dan thought he was ahead of the game adding weights and graphite but when we showed up, every Dad knew every trick and they even had graphite and supplies for everyone to use after the first rounds so you could make improvements to your car if you want. This picture is of Dan (and Marty?) making sure their wheels were just right for the 2nd round. Marty took 3rd place!

Our Air Hockey table has been out of order for a while. The pucks were stuck and we couldn't find the keys to open the doors to get them out. Last weekend Marty, his buddy, and Christopher went to town pounding the heck out of the table to see if they could loosen the pucks. This is what came out. Thanks Nicholas! Reminds me of when Marty was a toddler and our VCR stopped working. I found popsicle sticks, cheetos, cars, cards, and pretzels.

The kids were lying on the ground for much of their pounding and seeing a small hole on the bottom of the table reminded Marty of where he'd hidden the keys. Yes, in the hole. Pucks are free, table is working, basement is fun again.

Finally, we've had snowpack all winter long--literally since Dec. 1. Finally we're thawing out and we can see grass again! Everyone's ready!


matt, bekah & baby jax said...

Finally a post! So fun to see all that is going on. Plus, I'm glad to hear you are still on the diet. I'll have to try again - my first attempt failed.

I just got the flowers you sent. They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! That was so nice of you!!! THANK YOU!! I get excited every time I pass them, they are really gorgeous.

Michelle said...

Love all the catching-up! Congrats to Marty (and Dan) on the derby--sounds like there was some stiff competition!

We're Wingin It said...

Snow Canyon looks so nice right now! I am so excited to have warmer weather finally. No more "frozen Narnia wasteland" Ha, ha, ha, I still laugh when I think about that.