September 28, 2008

Family Fun

This weekend proved to be quite busy. I finally got some of the deep cleaning in the house finished which took up almost all of Saturday (taking in to consideration that I lollygagged through most of the morning portion), Matt built some shelves for storage in the laundry room, the pups got an outside bath, and we finished off the weekend with the monthly Love Family Dinner.
Gabe and Sam weren't too happy about the bath situation.

Mr. Matt working on the shelves...I love being married to a handyman :)

Ben and Sheila recenlty found out that they are pregnant (16 weeks).

Sister Debbie and her new (well sorta new) baby Jordan.

Mr. Matt and niece Sonora

Our Family

Sister Shauna brought over the game "Apples to Apples". It ended up being a really fun game that was perfect for the large sized group.

This is the Love family
We have family dinner every month but its not very often that everyone is able to make it. Still minus Chad (brother in law) due to work, but everyone else is present.

Sam and cousin Mufasa playin tug-a-war

MiniMatt spent the day with us as well and was able to meet the family. It turned out to be a really nice day. Back to work tomorrow. Things to look forward to: Going to see "My Best Friends Girl", Lagoon with my family is next weekend, and we will soon be going to see the plastination exhibit.
Ps. I've failed on the quitting the nail biting idea...again. Will do better this week ;)



September 25, 2008

Life is Beautiful


We just got finished watching "Life is Beautiful". What a great movie. I've seen it a few times now but each time... it touches me. It's a movie that makes you really think about your perspective on life. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.

Ps...MLK

September 22, 2008

Autumn


Dear Mother Nature: Although I am very sad to see summer leave, I will accept this Autumn thing on one condition: Please please pleeeease tell Mr. Winter to keep his distance for just a little bit longer. I may or may not let him know when I'm ready to embrace his presence. -K-

Our Monday night has so far consisted of: Carpooling, Grocery Shopping, Exercising while watching a portion of Anchor Man, Making Curry, and Mr. Matt is now making Cookies :). We will finish off the night by watching the remainder of the black and white movie we started last night.

As for the pups, their chillaxin. Miss Abbie didn't feel the need to participate in my family photo.

September 21, 2008

Ghost Town

We just got home from seeing "Ghost Town". It was pretty funny or maybe I was just in need of a good laugh. The main character (Don't know his real name and feeling too lazy to Google it) was fun to watch. Between his English accent, his bluntness, and his cute little vampire teeth I rather liked the man. All in all...I would recommend it. The next movie I want to see is "My Best Friends Girl". First of all because its a romantic comedy, and secondly because I LOVE Kate Hudson and Jason Biggs. Although, for some reason unknown to me I can't stand watching Dane Cook. I tried to watch his last movie (once again I can't remember the name and I feeling too lazy to Google it) and had to turn it off mid-movie I was so annoyed with him. I'm thinking we'll have until this one comes to the dollar show since we're trying to cut back on the money spending.

On a random note: If you are into nature shows, I would recommend "Planet Earth" and "The Blue Planet". We had boughten "The Planet Earth" from Costco and loved it so much that my Dad bought us "The Blue Planet" for Christmas. They are so much fun to watch and are not as gory as some of the nature films on like PBS.

We went to the dog park today. That was a lot of fun as it was such beautiful weather. I so wish that there was one located closer to our house though. Its hard to justify using the gas to drive 30 minutes each way... but the dogs sure loved it. I would sit at the dog park everyday if there was one closer to us.

On a happy note: We are finishing the fourth month of our financial diet. So far so good :). I get so excited when I think about it.


Ps... I am quitting the nail biting habit...again....starting tomorrow. Wish me luck :).

September 14, 2008

Why Must Weekends Always End?

Well its almost the end to another weekend. We had originally planned to go camping but when that didn't happen, we stayed home and chillaxed. Yesterday, I had an eye exam and lucky for me they did the glaucoma aka blast you in the eyeball with air test at the beginning. I dread that test every time. I find it nearly impossible to keep my eye open knowing that someone has their hand on the trigger waiting to blast you in the eyeball with air. Turns out my eyesight had changed dramatically. I first realized that when the Dr. says to me "Now what is the lowest line of letters that you can read" and my response was " there are letters on the screen?" haha. My right eye went from -4.00 to -5.25 and the left from -4.00 to -4.75. I couldn't get over how well I could see when I walked out with my new eyeballs in.

Today, MiniMatt (aka Matt's little brother from the Big Brother Big Sister Program) came over and we tried out a bunch of so called "party games" that we had boughten for the Xbox. We played Fusion Frenzy, Test Drive Eve of Destruction, and Burnout. All of them were pretty fun. Our Xbox 360 is preparing for a ride to Texas to visit the fix it shop. We have only had it since December and all of a sudden it is no longer reading the discs...instead it just says "Open Tray". They estimate about 3 to 4 weeks so in real time that means 2 to 3 months I'm sure. It's now 7:15 pm on Sunday and I think were either gonna chill outside with the pups til it gets dark or go for a walk. I ate so much for dinner I look like the girl for Willy Wonka that blew up like a blueberry... only without the whole turning blue part.

September 11, 2008

The Ultimate Goo Dictionary

Although I cannot take credit for this as it was found on the Internet...This post is dedicated to Mr. Matt and all of his Biking Buddies.


You have noticed by now that little cardboard box on the table on Saturday mornings. It contains little foil packets with names like Power-Gel, GU, ClifShot, HammerGel and CarbBoom. You see others digging through it looking for their favorite flavors - Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Fruitti-Tutti, Mocha, or Green Apple. So what are these little packets of gold that runners and walkers carry with them on their training? Welcome to the world of energy gels. Energy gels can provide a quick carbohydrate-pick-me-up when you are feeling run down. They can provide an easily digestible boost of energy when you are training for the long haul. Some people love 'em and some people hate 'em. Many have their favorite brands and flavors they use faithfully and others will use every gel known to man and then some. But love 'em or hate 'em, they are part of the running culture and our everyday training vernacular.
There are many flavors in many brands. They go by many names. But like we refer to all tissues as "Kleenex" or soda's as "Coke" we refer to all energy gels as "Goo".
So in honor of that little foil packet filled with slimy, sticky, sweet sustenance of energy, I give you.
The Runner's Ultimate Goo Dictionary !
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Goo-Angels - These are the folks you meet about mile 18 of a marathon (usually a TNT coach). Just when you think you're out of energy, a goo-angel hands you a goo from their own personal stash.

Goo-aholic - A person who can't get enough goo. A goo-aholic can be seen with 26 goo-packets safety pinned to their shorts, one for each mile of the marathon. They tend to talk REALLY fast when they use goo laced with caffeine and they often resemble a hummingbird who nibbled on NoDoze pills.

Goo-poo - A rare but unpleasant side-effect of goo. This can cause you to find the nearest port-a-john. It never happens to a goo-aholic. It can create goo-phobia.

Goo-sicle - Goo that is consumed when the weather is below 32 degrees farenheit.

Goo-phobia - One who fears goo. This is the person whose first experience with goo results in a goo-gag or goo-poo. As a result, they never train with goo. They find goo-aholics very repulsive creatures.

Goo-powered fartleks - Speed workouts done while energized with goo. Goo-aholics never do speedwork without goo. It is a completely unrelated topic to goo-poo.

Goo-rookie - A person who has never tried goo. Sometimes results in a goo-gag.

Goo-splosion - A rare but very comical experience when a goo packet explodes on the shorts, rear-end, or legs of a runner because they sat down forgetting there is a goo packet on their person somewhere. Unfortunately, some flavors of goo can be mistaken for goo-poo, which adds to comic effect. When it happens to goo-rookies, it can result in goo-phobia. A person who has experienced a goo-splosion should always be approached with the question, "Is that a goo in your pocket, or are you just REALLY happy to see me?"

Goo-gag - When one gags on a goo. Can be caused by different factors - a flavor that is not appealing to the palette, trying to eat goo when you see someone with a goo-splosion, or trying to ingest a goo-sicle during goo-powered fartleks.

Goo-Canon - Goo packets that are put on the ground, aimed at your enemy, and stomped on in order to make goo a projectile. Invented by junior high runners.

Goo-chads - Similar to the chads made famous by the 2000 election, these are the foil tops you tear off to open the goo. Chads that are partially ripped are hanging chads. Chads that won't rip because your hands are too sweaty are slippery-chads. And chads that will never rip are called #$%^-chads (then goo-canons become an alternative usage).

Poor man's goo-pouch - A method of carrying goo on the shorts by means of a safety pin attached to the goo-chad. When attached to the outside of the shorts, they are known as floppy-goos.

Rich man's goo-pouch - A method of carrying goo's in expensive running shorts lined with pockets designed specifically for carrying goo's. This is the financial downfall of the goo-aholic.

Stealth-goo - A close cousin to the poor man's goo-pouch, only the packets are pinned to the inside of the shorts so they don't become floppy-goo's. You get the added benefit of ingesting more salt content as you suckle on the outside of the goo packet during a particularly sweaty race.

Goo-town - Another name for the typical marathon expo. Every booth will have some sort of goo to sell. Some booths have nothing but goo. This is another financial burden to goo-aholic. But buyer beware, trying a new type of goo during a marathon that you haven't trained with may result in goo-poo.

Eco-goo - A goo that is branded as all-natural, no sugar, no simple carbs, environmentally sensitive, spotted-owl approved, dolphin-safe, and guaranteed to shrink the hole in the ozone. Vendors of this type of goo can be found at goo-town with their own booth giving out free samples.

McGoo - The original goo that can be found in most fast food establishments. They are also known as honey packets. The crude term would be cheapskate-goo. You may receive odd looks if you walk into McDonalds, grab a handful of McGoos, and begin pinning them to your shorts.

Goo-Nads - Related to the Australian hair removal product, Nads. This is when goo is applied liberally to the skin and then ripped away with a cotton cloth. It is a very popular usage amongst triathletes. Ironically, this usage for goo was accidentally discovered by a goo-rookie who experienced a goo-splosion.

Goo on a stick - The substance you see someone hand you on a large popsicle stick at several points during the marathon. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not really goo. It is known as Vaseline. It is to be applied liberally to chaffing areas and NOT ingested, which is a mistake made by those who have heard of goo and what it is used for, but have never used it.

Self-induced goo-splosion - The opposite of goo on a stick. This is when a person is handed a goo by a goo-angel during a marathon, but mistakes it for goo on a stick (Vaseline) and begins applying liberally to chaffed areas. It has the unfortunate side effect of resulting in Goo-Nads. Those who subject themselves to a self-induced goo-splosion are referred to as Goo-mer Pyles.

Goo-doping - Related to blood doping, which is the banned process of removing red-blood cells, then re-injecting them into the bloodstream just before a competition to increase the amount of oxygen that can be carried to the muscles. Goo-doping is similar, only goo is added to the blood before re-injection. Not yet banned by the IOC. Used by goo-aholics who have hit rock bottom.

Goo-belt -Similar to Batman's utility belt, this belt contains multiple plastic flasks filled with goo in order to supply adequate amounts of goo to the runner during a marathon.

GooMan - A comic book superhero. He has a cape, a large 'G' on his chest, and a goo-belt. He can be seen running from marathon to marathon being the ultimate goo-angel. His motto is "Stickier than flypaper and more carbo-loaded than a mouse in a pasta factory."

Goo-illotine - A blade-like device used for removing the goo-chads from packets of goo. Invented by the French. It is completely acceptable to scream "Vive la France " when removing a goo-chad with a goo-illotine.

Goo-kill - Similar to road kill, these are goo packets that fell from their goo-pouch on the road during a race and are stomped on by other runners. The moment they are stepped on they become a goo-canon.

So there you have it - all the possible definitions and usages for goo. You are now a goo-expert. So get out there, do your training, and don't forget to suck down the sticky stuff.

September 10, 2008

A True Inspiration


Dear Carol Farley,


I only met you a few times...yet you touched me. I hope to someday be like you....to influence people, to be strong willed, and to make the best of life. I hope to one day be fortunate enough to create a family and when I do, I hope to be half the mom that you were. I loved hearing all of the heartfelt, loving, and adventurous stories from your family and friends. I only wish that I had known you better. I promise to take this experience and open myself to new people. To refuse to let my "shyness" get in the way of touching the people around me. Rest in Peace Carol...you deserve it.

Brandon and Seth Farley paying respect to their mother Carol Farley.

September 05, 2008

A Post as Promised

What have we been doing for the last few weeks you ask??

We sold Gus (our Toyota Pickup Truck). Mr. Matt drove by it on the side of the road a few days later posted for quite a but more than what we had sold it for. Gus was sick, which is why we sold if for less than we could have so I hope his new owner doesn't scam someone into paying too much for him and then them ending up having to put in more money to fix him. Losing Gus was a sad day.

Since Gus is no longer we had to try out some new "Car Camping" locations. Note: It is more difficult to find secluded camping areas when you have no 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Trip to Willow Flats in Idaho:
Yes...Poor Miles (Honda) got stuck.

Me and mah Pups

Yeah...I really fell asleep like that.

Gabe

It Rained.

We played Board Games.

Sam playing in the water.



Trip to Blacksmith Fork Canyon the very next weekend:

Love this Picture.

Gabe and Sam after playing in the water.

Our Camp

The bridge to Camp
Wouldn't be complete with out nap time

Last weekend I got to have Savanna (Niece) over for the night. We played with the pups, Colored pictures (I'm still sweeping up glitter off the floor), Painted finger nails, Watched Lilo and Stitch, and finished it off with a trip to the Wheeler Farm.

Savanna and Sam

Matt and Nana at the Farm


Saturday we went to the races at Rocky Mountain Raceway. While we were there, we met up with Mr. Matts riding buddy Rod and his family. It was a blast as always. Favorite is the Trains!!

Trains were fun :)
Trailer Racing ( it was just a tease for the following week)


Sunday we went on a random 6 hour drive. We visited Random towns I had never heard of...including Ophir, Rush Valley, Mercur, Clover, and Terra.
One highlight was seeing Wild Turkeys YES...Wild Ones. They sure don't look like the ones you see on the farms that are fattened until they can no longer hold there own weight and pumped with hormones.




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Watched a classic I had never seen before called the Lost Boys. Cheezy... but I still loved it.


Tomorrow....Royce (Nephew) will be spending the night and MiniMatt's family is coming over for a BBQ. Will be busy but should be fun.

September 01, 2008

Slacker

News Flash...Blog Update is coming soon.

Matt had taken me out to a place called Thai Lotus after work on our Anniversary. Its now my new favorite place to eat out. The food, staff, AND service are all amazing and I just cant get enough of it :)

ADDENDUM:

Mr. Matt is right. We went to the Bombay House for our anniversary. This may be a sign that we eat out too much haha.