Dec 13, 2011

Remembering the little things...

I am terrible at keeping a journal; I used to be rather regular about it, but I'm not anymore. I could say I will be better someday, but that may not happen either. However, these are a few of the things I want to remember about my family right now.

Diana (Age Classified) Adorable. Loving and thoughtful. Sometimes too thoughtful. Forgiving of my foibles, and too hard on herself for her own. There is no one I am more excited to spend eternity with. Works very hard all day every day, and like most moms, needs a recharge for the batteries that she doesn't get often enough.

Becca (11.9) Wonderful, makes me feel so frustrated and so nurturing all at the same time. Cries for no reason sometimes, but laughs for unknown reasons too and that makes it all worth it. Is more work than I thought I had time for, and Diana takes the brunt of it -- most of it in stride.

Emily (9) Smartest 9 year old I know. Moody beyond belief. I worry about her self-confidence. Does NOT take criticism well, but adores praise. Reads books voraciously like her mom. Passive unless you awaken the sleeping giant within. VERY helpful, even if she gets leaned on rather hard as the pseudo oldest in the family.

Grace (7) Only one who inherited her mom's freckles. Cute, and smart. Asks for help with homework for companionship, not need. Sneaky. Creative and fun when she wants to be. Whines to get the privileges of her sister without the effort. Very sporty. Loving and helpful to her little brothers, fights with her older sister.

Landon (4) Is a rock star to ANY song on the radio. Has all the moves down pat and knows most the words after hearing the song only a couple times. LOVES superheroes. Any of them. All of them. Knows most of their names and superpowers. Recently he's taken up being a "perdition" (Magician). All boy, but very thoughtful and caring toward Becca - even when he uses her as an obstacle in his jumping contests.

Ethan (2) Momma's little shadow. Cannot be without her without asking where she is and what she is doing. Daddy is a reasonable substitute, some of the time. Needs kisses on his boo-boos, but an air kiss in the general direction fixes everything from a small bump to a face plant. Eats ALL the time.

If you don't' keep a journal, at least write things down every so often. It's often the small things they do you forget, but makes them the most loveable too.

Nov 30, 2011

One Month Photo Challenge

After almost 2 years of daily photo posting, I am running out of ideas. So, I decided to write it down -- make a list of a daily picture so that I wouldn't have to think OF the subject, just how to portray it. Comment on this post with a link to your own blog with your participation. C'mon. You know you want to....


Nov 6, 2011

One Way, Keep Right

We went to Brigham City this weekend for a family baby blessing. After sacrament meeting, we took a drive around town. The Brigham City Temple is coming along nicely and we made a stop to take a quick peek through the fence. Due to construction, traffic was re-routed around the temple so as we made our way around it, I saw this:

Notice two very important signs, ONE WAY to get to the Temple. KEEP RIGHT. There really is only one way to get to the temple, keep right with Heavenly Father, keep right with your family, and keep right with your fellow man. Who knew so much could be learned outside the temple that's not even finished.

Nov 4, 2011

A Brush With Amazing

Tonight the whole family had the opportunity to meet Collin Raye. It was an amazing experience. Such a nice guy -- truly awesome. We sat and talked to him for almost an hour while he held Becca and stroked her head and hair. Then we got to sit in the balcony backstage and watch him sing. What awesome messages his songs portray. Life after Death, Eternal Love, Kinship, God's Love. Amazing. If you want to read more about the whole experience, check out Diana's post. Anyway, I did get some decent pictures, and thought I would share them

They did this for a whole hour, he talked, she listened, he smiled, she smiled, he kissed her and stroked her face, she giggled. It was awesome

Our backstage lodgings

Becca just listened intently the whole time, not a peep.

During the singing of Amazing Grace...

His Rockstar pose.

3 in the outhouse
You can also check out the first time we went to see him in concert

Oct 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

The Candy Corn Princess
Mad Climbing Skills...
The Dynamic Duo
Rosetta the Garden Fairy
Tinkerbell the Tinker Fairy

Sep 5, 2011

Our Plaque

I made a plaque to go in our entry way today. Used some old fence planks and then sanded them down a bit. I tried 3-4 different ways to hold the corners, and eventually ended up just using L brackets. Took me 4 or 5 hours to get it all put together. I am not completely satisfied with the corners, but it turned out pretty nice I think.

Aug 22, 2011

Kids at the Temple

We went for a Sunday evening drive and ended up at the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. The kids had a good time pleasantly frolicking on the grass, and we even got some good pictures of them!

Aug 21, 2011

Hallway Home Improvement

After about 3 months of on again off again work on the entryway, upstairs hall and stairway, we finally got it finished! It looks very nice with white trim.
Removing the Wallpaper

Removing the Wallpaper

Removing the paste from the wallpaper (harder than removing the wallpaper)


"Cutting In" near the ceiling with paint. Yeah, I am over the stairs, and yeah Diana IS holding the ladder.

The finished entry way.

The finished stairway

The finished hall with all the "Helpers"

Jul 27, 2011

Sagers South Dakota Summer 2011

Our whole trip!

Part of the kidlets at the Motel we stayed at the first night in Rock Springs, WY

At Martin's Cove, the kids got a chance to pull handcarts

I took a turn too, and sufficed to say, I wouldn't have made a great pioneer.

Becca was her own handcart, though she would have gotten to ride in the handcart in Pioneer times.

I'll take little kid for the win please, Mr. Davidson

Two deer who got into a physical argument, and ended up starving to death.

Fireplace made out of a rancher's daughter's rock collection
The whole family!

Wind Caves - they call this Boxwork.

Our tour group

Jewel Cave

The Dakota Hills

Forest Fire Lookout on Grace Coolidge peak

The rolling hills of the Dakota's

Herd of Buffalo? We saw and Heard them.

They were all over the place

Had trails along the mountainside they followed.

Some even came down on the roadway.

Part of our 5 van, 1 car convoy

One of the 9 tunnels carved through the mountains we went through.

The Needles in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The family at Mount Rushmore

They are quite amazing both in size and detail

And were lit up at night

Devil's Tower

Devil's Tower at Sunset

Yep, more Devil's tower, but this time with cute kids in front of it!

One of the scoop shovels from the Coal Mine in Campbell County, WY

The tires from the trucks they use in the mine.

Independence Rock, WY

Independence Rock, WY

Total Mileage - 1817.4 miles, 35 1/2 hours of driving, about $400 for lodging, $350 for gas, but the memories will be priceless!


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