Archive for August, 2010

Published by Sara on 30 Aug 2010

Starlight Mountain Theatre

I have always wanted to go to the Starlight Mountain Theatre, and this year was a great time to go.  They were showing a play of a book that I read this year for book club, The Scarlet Pimpernel.  Loved it!!  We went with 3 other couples.  We pretty much had to bribe our spouses to go…their was a lot of talk amongst the men of “losing man cards” and stuff like that.  Quite funny actually.  We started our evening by driving through a forest fire (literally! There was fire 5 feet from our car!)  There were firefighters everywhere too.  I didn’t get any pictures of that because I was snug as a bug in the back of Jessica’s van, (we packed 8 people in there!) but it was pretty exciting to see.  We decided to eat at the Longhorn restaurant up in Crouch before the show.  Neil and I had prime rib and it was DE-lish.


Then we headed to the theatre.  I managed to get a few pictures before my battery died, and before they said “absolutely no pictures”..whoops. 


This was some sort of pre-show song-and-dance thing.


I tried to get a wider view of the stage here, the actor on stage is the lead actor in the play we watched.


Neil needs a little coaching on how to perfect his fake smile…


We had such a good time.  I loved the play, the actors and actresses were great and their voices were awesome too.  I wish I could have gotten some pictures of the actual play, they had seriously sweet costumes.  I’m talking like 18th century France, frills and lace and satin.  Even on the men.  Thanks for such a great evening, friends!!

Published by Sara on 26 Aug 2010

The Fair 2010

Lots of pictures!

Seeing the inside of an ambulance:


The small animal building is still too loud for Bethany (with the roosters and geese and such).



I have to mention that I love fair food.  LOVE it.  Everyone else that we were with does too.  The group of us included my immediate family, my mom, my brother and Cam.  These are the things that we devoured during our time at the fair:  4 ears of corn, 3 strawberry milkshakes, 3 corn dogs, 2 chorizos, a foot long hot dog, a twirly potato on a stick, a meatball sandwich, 2 bags of popcorn, caramel popcorn on a stick, and a huge scone.  I wanted an ice cream potato too, but was feeling pretty sick after the caramel corn!  My tummy was still very happy despite all of the grease I put into it.


We went to the dinosaur exhibit, it was pretty neat but very loud.  The kids were scared for the most part.








Playing the water squirting game:





On the ferris wheel with uncle Richy:



Published by Sara on 25 Aug 2010


I LOVE WEDDINGS.  Someday Krista and I are going to go into some sort of wedding business together (whether she likes it or not..haha).  Someday.  For now, I will be happy with just taking pictures at peoples weddings.  I’m totally fine with that.  This wedding was last Saturday, it was very very pretty.  I loved the colors that were chosen and the backyard was beautiful.








This one is my favorite!  Hehe.


It is always best to rest the reflector on your head.  Not really.


Anyhoo, it was fun!  The pics are pretty good…I have seen better but I guess that’s what practice is for right?  Next up, one (possibly two) more wedding shoots and my first wedding CAKE in September.  I love weddings!

Published by Sara on 24 Aug 2010


This past week, I have had relatives in town from three different states.  Aunt Cathy from New Jersey, Uncle Harold from California, Grandma and Grandpa from Florida, and I guess if you count Becky from Oregon it ends up being four different states.  We had a gathering at my aunt Ada’s house on Friday and had a mini-family reunion. 

Here’s my handsome Gramps, who just happens to be my only living Grandparent.  He is 80 years old, but acts like he’s 20.  He cracks me up!


Here’s the whole lot of us:


My momma and her sisters:


Sisters with Dad, and a strange newspapery kind of effect:



Cam Cam in the swimming pool:


Julia in the cozy coupe:


Two Richards:


Mom and Jack:


After we had a very tasty BBQ, Mom and Jack entertained us all with their musical abilities:



It was nice to be able to visit with parts of my family that I haven’t seen in a while!   A good time was had by all.

P.S.  I already know what you all are thinking, “you look just like your mom!”  Am I right or am I right?

Published by Sara on 22 Aug 2010

Kindergarten, Day 2

I was bound and determined not to make a total sobbing fool of myself this time!  Here is the big girl before her second, and first FULL day of school.

This is her current favorite outfit (thank you Krista):


This time, instead of taking her into the school, I walked her to the playground and found her class meeting area.  This is where her class gathers after they hear the whistle.  Then they are escorted into the school by their teacher.  I stood there with her while we waited for her teacher to show up.  When the teacher came, I gave Bethany a hug and kiss and said bye.  She said “bye mom” and walked in her line into the school.  That was it.  No tears or anxiety or anything.  Woo hoo! 
I couldn’t wait to hear all about her day when I picked her up at 3:00.  She was gone all stinking day, it was crazy!  I was worried that she would have trouble with lunch, because I sent her with lunch money to buy a hot lunch today and wasn’t sure if the money would make it to the correct person.  I still don’t know where the money went because she said that she didn’t give it to the lunch lady, but she gave it to someone because it isn’t in her backpack.  I asked her how her day was and she said “Not fun.”  I asked her why and she said because it was “SO HOT”.  I guess she didn’t realize that she could take her little cardigan off, so she roasted with long sleeves on all day.  I think that her initial response wasn’t entirely correct, she was probably just hot at the moment because she really had a lot of positive things to say about her day.
Here are some things she told me about her first full school day:
They learned about the number 1.
They learned their class motto (Be safe, be kind, be and do your best).
They went to music class where she saw a guitar and some drums.
They went to PE (she thinks the teacher’s name is MR. GYM…haha).
She had mini corn dogs, french fries with cheese inside, oranges, an apple, and strawberry milk for lunch, and she made it through the lunch line just fine.  Whether or not her lunch was paid for, I still don’t know.
She found her friend Megan on the playground, so she played with her and her other friend Tori at recess.
She has a boy in her class that she went to preschool with (she said that she told him, “huh??? Jarrett?? What are you doing here?) Hahaaa.
She did not fall asleep at resting time, but she said that Tyler did (and then she laughed).
They had cheesy crackers for snack.

That’s all I can remember about what she told me.  I am so relieved!  Sounds to me like she is going to be just fine.  Of course she is, she is a big girl.  I had quite a hard time letting her go, but now that the first day is over with I can settle down and start making this school stuff part of our lives for good.

Published by Sara on 21 Aug 2010


Bethany’s first day of school was Thursday.  I was really excited for her to start school like a big girl, and so was she.  We had fun school shopping together, talking about what she wanted me to pack in her lunches, gathering school supplies, and all that preparation stuff.  We even had a little mani/pedi party the day before school just to celebrate and feel pampered before taking the big step into kindergarten the next day.  Neil also gave her a father’s blessing which was a really sweet moment.
We woke up at 7:00 the next morning and cheerfully got ready for school.  She looked adorable and she was really feeling like she was awesome because she’s “so old” now. 

Making the K sign for Kindergarten:


Her backpack and sweet doggie lunch bag that she picked out:



We drove to school and I walked her to her classroom.  We went to the school the day before to meet her teacher and see her classroom, so we knew where to go and all that stuff.  She was happy when she hung her backpack in her cubby and sat down, but then I could tell that she was starting to feel uncomfortable.

“Hmmmmm, I’m not sure about this!”  She’s thinking…



At this point she had to go to the bathroom.  I took her to the bathroom.  While we are in there she says to me in a sweet voice, “Mom, don’t leave me here.  I want to go home.”  Oh crap.  She’s scared.  Oh crap oh crap oh crap.  So I said let’s go sit down on the carpet, because the teacher was reading a story.  By now she is quietly crying, and has attached herself to my leg.  We sat down on the carpet together with her class and listened to the teacher read “The Kissing Hand,”  which is a story all about being scared at school and mommy loves you and blah blah.  So I got all sad listening to the story and I started crying too.  Then she stared to cry a little harder and so did I.  Oh boy.  This was not how I had planned this whole thing.  Then the class stands up because they are going to go check out the school.  By now she is totally having a fit, and my face is beet red with tears streaming down my face.  Thank goodness that Alyce was there to help me, if she wasn’t there I don’t know what I would have done.  Al was able to pry Bethany off of me and distract her so that I could get at least 3 feet away.   Then the class got into single file lines and walked down the hallways of the school, checking stuff out.  I was able to get this picture of her (you can see how Alyce got in between us so that she couldn’t get to me):


I was able to keep adding a little bit of distance as the class kept walking, now they were headed outside to see the playground.  There was a sweet teacher’s aide that took Bethany’s hand and led her outside, and Alyce and I stayed behind and added even more distance between us and our kids.


Then the teacher’s aide turned around and gave us the signal that it was time to leave.  I didn’t want to leave.  But I had to.  So I turned around and walked to my car with Alyce, crying the whole way there.  I won’t go into detail about what happened to my mentality after I got into my car, but I will say that it involved hysterical bawling.  I was NOT planning on crying or even being sad with this whole kindergarten thing.  I wasn’t even worried at all up until she said she wanted to go home.  What I thought was going to be a fun day, turned into the worst day ever.  I don’t even know why.  I guess it’s because she doesn’t need me as much anymore.  She is independent and can mostly take care of her own needs.  Whatever.  Stupid kindergarten.  All I know is that I love her and missed her so much that day that my heart broke to pieces. 
I was so excited to go and pick her back up at 11:00.  She has all day school, but the first day was just a half day.  When I got there she was in the lunch line with her class and she was as happy as could be.  I watched her be the first in line to order her milk (she had brought a cold lunch but wanted chocolate milk to go with it).  Holy crap she is so grown up now.  She sat down at her assigned table and she ate her lunch with her class.  It was so funny to watch.  I talked to the teacher’s aide while Bethany was eating and she said that Bethany did great.  No more tears after I left.  Thank goodness!  It was definitely harder on me than it was on her.   In conclusion, if anyone would like advice on the WRONG way to drop your child off at school for the first time, give me a call.  I know all about it.

Published by Sara on 14 Aug 2010

Drive In

I just love drive-in movies!  On Thursday we went with a group of our buddies and watched Sorcerer’s Apprentice (eh) and Despicable Me (so cute!).  We brought a bunch of junk food and our camping chairs and had an awesome time.


We also built a little bed in the back of the car for the girls. 


Since the movie place shows two movies in a row, we were there until 1:30 in the morning.  Neil conked out in his chair at about 12:30, and Julia gave up the ghost at about 1:00.  Bethany and I were the only ones who made it all the way home without falling asleep.


Another really cool thing about our evening is that it was also the prime day to watch the perseid meteor showers.  So as we were sitting under the stars watching a movie, we would often see a meteor streak across the sky.  It was awesome.

Published by Sara on 09 Aug 2010

Lake Fork 2010

We were blessed to have great weather and minimal mosquitos this year for our annual family camping trip.  The huckleberries were ripe and plentiful, if the girls wanted a snack I just sent them out to the bushes.  🙂

The kids (especially Julia) spent a lot of time in the water, they were in their swimming suits all day on Friday. 




All of the rocks were difficult for the kids to walk on.  Grandpa and Daddy spent several hours in the creek on Friday to make a suitable swimming area for them.  They built a dam (which is an annual tradition anyway…project “Dam-it”) and loaded buckets of sand to make a nice, soft beachy area.


Neil skipping a rock in our sweet swimming pool:


One of my favorite parts of the trip was being able to bake fresh huckleberry muffins, courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa’s camping oven.   They were delicious!



The girls went fishing…





This picture makes me laugh. The kids are watching Coy take a hook out of a fish. 


All of the kids in the sandbox that Zach made.  Thanks Zach!


We usually have some kind of friendly competition while we are at Lake Fork, this year it was “A Minute to Win it”.  It was quite fun although Neil and I totally sucked.  Basically you had to accomplish a task in under a minute to earn points to win the game.
Like blowing cups off of the table with the air from a balloon (Aunt Don cracks me up!):


Karin domintated the pop can tipping game:


Neil was accused of cheating on the ping-pong game, so he had to redo it and ended up smoking everybody on his second attempt.


There was a throwing-a-water-bottle-into-a-pot game (Krista and Coy totally rocked this one):


There were a couple more games, and Karin and Kevin ended up being the winners overall. 

Bethany’s bike was also a huge source of entertainment for her and her cousins.  I think Bethany only crashed once, which is pretty amazing considering that she was riding scary fast down any hill that she could find. 


And then there was Tonka Truck hill too.


I can truly say that I had a really good time this year.  The lack of mosquitos and rain probably had a lot to do with it.

Published by Sara on 02 Aug 2010

Ed Week 2010

I left last Wednesday night with some of my girlies to Education week in Rexburg.  It was the awesomest. 
These are the classes I took this year:

Body and Soul: feel fit and fabulous about you physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental life.
Choosing to be happily married: five keys to create connection.
A house of order:  simplify your time, energy, and space.
After disaster strikes: shelter, water, and sanitation.
No power, no problem: cooking when the power is out.
Learning to celebrate the woman I am.
How can I be consistent in a home of crazy schedules?
Learning to say “I love you” so our children can feel it.
Your family legal system: family laws and consequences that work.
Teaching children how to excel scholastically.
Household organization.
Time management-principles to change your life.
Food management-the master menu, grocery lists, shopping, and food preparation for better meals.
Carefree canning (which made me decide that I never want to can again.  The word “botulism” was said at least a hundred times.  No thank you.)

We took some pictures in the garden on Saturday when we were done with all of our classes.  The pics are (clearly) unedited and uncropped…If I didn’t chop someone in half I chopped our heads off.  I wasn’t really going for a professional look here.  It’s just too much to be taking the pictures and be IN the pictures at the same time…blah blah.  (That was me making excuses. :))


This is the little house/porch where I sat and got stuck in a torrential downpour and very scary thunderstorm while skipping a class.  I almost peed myself.



Yeah, we’re sassy.


And silly…



More goofing around…


Would have been awesome if not for the blaring sunshine and the decapitation…



Driving home.


What an awesome time I had.  I just love these girls.  I also love Aunt Suzette!  We were missing you Alyce!