Tuesday, August 31, 2010


We attended a WWCC volleyball game today- the girls first volleyball game ever.
I think I must have taken this phone picture of about the only time the girls were actually sitting watching the game. They mostly liked to just climb around. But they had fun; Caitlin kept saying "this is so cool that we came to this."

Our goal last year was to support the athletics at the school more and try to attend at least 3 things. We didn't make it to a single thing. But this year I think we just might be more supportive.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Making Jam

We discovered this year that one of our trees in the backyard is actually a plum tree! This summer it had fruit on it for the first time.

So, I picked all the fruit (which wasn't a ton because they are pretty small) bought a few more from the store, and made plum jam.
It was my first time ever canning jam, and it didn't turn out too bad. It even set up pretty well.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

crunching away

This video is Chris making his point that some bagels I bought were on the stale side. Point taken, the bagels went in the garbage.
I thought it was a great deal in the "quick sell" section. A dozen bagels for about a dollar. I won't be getting them anymore.

crunchie from Beth Will on Vimeo.

(I do have to say that Chris toasted the bagels which made them even harder than they already were)

Friday, August 27, 2010

On hot days...

....nothing is better than a Popsicle in the shade.

I glanced over at Ashlee during dinner last night and saw her neatly stacking her bananas. Then they would fall over and she would say "Tie again".

Thursday, August 19, 2010

To the Zoo

With Chris's time at home quickly coming to an end, we decided to head to Utah on Monday to go to the zoo among other things.
We saw lots of animals............

and the CUTEST little baby elephant............

it was sooooo hot that we needed a giant snow cone to cool us off...........

Caitlin didn't even care to see any of the animals, she just wanted to ride the carousel........

this elephant made noises and squirted water out of it's trunk, and Ashlee hated it! 1 second after this picture she was in tears.

We only have pictures of the zoo, but we also went to the Salt Lake Temple, the Lion House Pantry for lunch, Costco, and we got to spend some time with our friends and their sweet little boy in the hospital on one of his tender last days on earth- we love you guys.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back to Normal

I finished floor orientation early Monday morning, and I survived. (Even the 3 night shifts at the end). Now we will be back to our normal life, except the 2 shifts I will work a month- hooray.
And Chris went back to work this morning. A week of meetings, and then he will start his classes next week. He is just as excited as always.

Here are glimpses into our busy life lately. Hopefully we can start to do normal blogging again.
watching morning cartoons on PBS
The weekly kids movie at the theater (the dark theater and flash made our eyes all weird)
more park time with friends
cutest pig tails ever!
cheap entertainment!
and, of course, dress-ups.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

What's going on?

There are a few things that have contributed to a lack of blogs lately.

  1. It's summer, and we are enjoying it!
  2. I strapped on my work shoes. I have been doing full-time orientation for the past 4 weeks, but I only have 1 more week and then I will start working "casual part-time", or only 2 shifts a month. It will be great to still be a full time mom, but be able to keep my skills fresh.

  3. I had girls camp for 5 days, which was awesome! Probably my spiritual highlight of the year so far.
  4. Chris and the girls went to Colorado while I was at girls camp. He has been great at being the "mom" for that whole week, plus 3 times a week while I am working. Thanks Chris.(one of the only pictures from Colorado. Cooling off in Lake Loveland)

That pretty much sums up our life for the past month. We have had a fun weekend with playing, visitors, and Ashlee's birthday. We are glad to still have a couple more weeks of summer before Chris heads back to work.

A few more random pictures:

(the girls hanging out in Grandma and Grandpa Will's car when they arrived on Friday.)

(Caitlin got a new dress for herself and her doll, Gigi, from Grandpa Bishop and Grandma Berta)

(this is called standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was helping Ashlee collect some water in her cup at the splash park, not realizing that I was standing right were water would be spraying up. I can see why Ashlee doesn't like the splash park, it was freezing.)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hauppie Bir-day to me!

This is what Ashlee has been saying all day, and why not? It is her birthday after all.

Today she is 2 years old, although she says "free", I guess she is just practising for next year.

She had a great day. She LOVED opening her presents, and she did them all by herself.
We played, went on walks, went on a picnic, to the Green River, to the splash park, ate cake and ice cream. And she got to do it all with her Grandma and Grandpa Will celebrating with her!


We love our little Ashlee. She really brings so much joy and laughter into our lives.