May 31, 2008

Remember when...

...the Little Mermaid was all the rage?? Here's Colbie Caillat's version of the love song sung by that crazy crab.

May 25, 2008

Taking our "little zoo" to The Zoo...

We took the kids to Hogle Zoo, which is near the University of Utah. The weather was great, a little overcast and a slight breeze. The kids loved the elephant and birds of prey shows. Brynley really wanted to see some monkeys, so thank goodness they had plenty for her to see. Take a gander.

Playin' around the house

We finally had some decent weather 'round these parts. (It snowed on the mountain behind us this weekend.) Casey and kids took advantage of the good weather.


I went up stairs to study while Sadie was finishing up lunch in the kitchen on the bar stools. Brynley came up to me and said Sadie had fallen asleep. She was really out. It took me a while to get her out of the chair so I could put her in her bed.

Father and Son's

"Chillin' with my sippy cup"

"You might be a red-neck if..."

I had to take the car seat out as we slept in the Tahoe, where it was supposed to be warmer and had the brilliant idea to cart Diesel around on grandpa's quad in safety. The other dads got a kick out of it.

I secured the chair with two tow-straps to the back rack. It actually held much better I thought.

Not all fun and games camping.

Uncle Levi helped feed Diesel our gourmet dutch oven courtesy of the Colonel (KFC). Since this was Diesel and my first father and son's together, I didn't want to worry about watching him around fire and stuff while trying to cook up dinner. There was also a fast moving creek about 20 yards behind Levi, so KFC worked out really well for us. I gave my dad my heavy sleeping bag, because I knew it would get cold and as he and Levi spooned in the back of his truck. So Diesel had one blanket and I shared one with also. It got really cold during the night. Diesel was warmer than me. About 5:30 am, I turned the motor on as it was really cold, I checked the temp. gauge on the mirror and it was 33 degrees. In fact, the dew froze on my dad and Levi's bedding when they woke up.

Diesel had fun, but was worn out on the way home.

Grandpa Rick, with Logan, took his quads up there for us to enjoy.

Here's Justin and Logan, Casey Ann's brother and nephew go for a ride.

Field Day

Last Friday was Brynley's field day. I guess it's a precursor to the little track meets that we did as kids at the end of each school year. Casey Ann volunteered to help. She was assigned the help direct the parachute activities.

Little Diamondback

Brynely was signed up for T-ball this summer and she really likes it. She is having a blast. We missed the first (and only) week of practice because the coach didn't have our correct number. So for Brynley's first game, she basically got to warm up a little which consisted of her throwing the ball to her teammate, who misses, then runs and gets the ball, then comes back and throws back to Brynley, who misses, and then runs to go get it. This happens several times as neither one could throw or catch very well. Casey Ann was at school, so I had all three kids, also.

I tried to quickly explain the basics to her, like running the bases when the ball is hit, and where to throw it if you get it when you out in the field. Her first time up to bat, she hit the ball off the T into the outfield and sprinted off to 1st base. She stopped on 1st and turned with a huge grin on her face. There were several dads/coaches from both teams in the field and around helping direct everyone. It's funny to watch. After the game she was definitely excited about her team's treats. She said as we were heading to the car afterwards, "Dad, I don't need to practice anyways, I'm really good at this!" I was cracking up. Anyway.. here's some pics.