Monday, September 29, 2008


We hope you had a great birthday. We miss you and love you!!!
(My singing should secure never being asked to join the ward choir)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Nut Tree

Payton had the day off from school and so Dave took half a day off and we headed down to the Nut Tree. I know I had been there several times as a kid but I had no recollection of it. But it is wonderful now. It's a great park for 2+ year olds. We had to go on a few things with the big girls but it was great. It's compact and clean and they can go on everything several times (totally worth the $10 bracelet which is unlimited rides and admission) and there was plenty for Mayce to enjoy too. We had great afternoon.

Here's Dave and the girls with the Engineer who drives the original train from the old park. He was very informative and had a wealth of knowledge of all things Nut Tree.

The girls are riding a Hobby Horse made from the pattern of the ones also at the original Nut Tree.

Don't let this ride fool you! I went on with Mayce and when it takes this corner you had better hold on. The girls loved it.

Ahh, they're so cute! (Sorry Tommy, I forget to get Dave to pose in one. I know you want to keep the contest going!)

Seriously, we had a great time. It was nice to let them go on as many rides, multiple times, that they wanted. There's tons of shopping and places to eat. And it's across the freeway from the outlets. Perfect for everyone!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sorry no picture, but I just wanted to update. Life has been crazy so it's hard to keep up. The funnest (is that a word?) thing that's happened is Tuesday night Dave's softball team clenched 1st place. They went undefeated this last season. In the championship game Dave hit another home run. I grew up watching my dad play softball and they hit them out all the time. However, I guess in the last 20 years they've changed the type of ball they play with and I've been informed it's much harder to hit it out now. But my man has done it a couple of times now so whoo hoo! I haven't been to many games this season because they've been starting at 7:30 and 8:40 and the girls go to bed at 7:30. Trust me they need their sleep! But Tuesday I was able to find a babysitter and go to the games. It was a double header. It was a fun time.

I also have a bit of sad new. I don't know if everyone has heard that Dave got the girls a couple of "pets." Yes, we now have fish. Beta fish of course. Fallyn's is red and named Strawberry and Payton's was blue and named Pointed Blue. (Those of you who know us well know that my girls are two of the least creative people when it comes to naming animals. Dave's mom has had cats and they're all Whitey White, Blacky Black, a Stripety Stripe.) So Strawberry is a CRAZY name for us. Anyway, Pointed Blue has passed on. We only had him for a couple of weeks and I have no idea what went wrong. The girls are like, "Oh well, lets go get another one!" But I think I'm having issues. They are in a twin tank. It keeps them separated so I know Strawberry's not to blame. They were fed every day, and not over fed. Their water (which I prepared ahead of time and left out for 24 hours so it would be the proper temperature) was changed weekly with the stuff to neutralize tap water. I thought we were doing everything right, so what happened? I don't know if I can just replace Pointed Blue like he was never here! It's bad enough watching them swim in their tiny little tank/bowl but now to have Pointed Blue's blood (they do have blood right?) on my hands, how can I replace him? I guess I'm just going to have to pull myself together and be strong for my daughters. Well, I appreciate you letting me work through this. I'll post pictures when we replace poor Pointed Blue. And I've all ready been informed that Payton wants a red one now and it will be named Pointed Strawberry. (Tears stream down my face from laughter when I hear them discussing that kind of stuff.) I think we'll try to keep different colors so it will be easier to tell them apart. Wish me luck (and the new fish)! Thanks again for listening!