A Taste of the Single Life

Steve went out of town this weekend with the BYU soccer team. Meanwhile, I partied it up single style. Just kidding, well, sort of. I was so sad when he left and was considering moping around all weekend feeling sorry for myself. Thankfully, my long time friend and freshman year roommate Courtney Pratt came into town this weekend to go to summer semester at BYU. While Steve was gone we had fun laying out at the pool, hiking Stewart Falls, floating down the Provo River, and having a barbecue/game night at the Magleby's Sundance Cabin with Courtney's 12 other single friends. Did I feel out of place? Well, maybe a tad, but I still had a lot of fun! I had a taste of the single life, but am glad that Steve is now home and I can go back to being his wifey. I sure missed him. I'm excited to do everything over again but with my hubby this time. Thanks to Court for making my weekend a blast and for making an old married woman feel included.

Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so I'll have to steal them from the others and post them later.

Other things I did this weekend:

1. Saw Wall-E with my brother Taylor and his date. (Talk about third wheel. Wasn't suppose to be that way but some others bailed right before). Such a cute movie though!!
2. Steve got home on Sunday (finally!) and we had a family get together up in Alpine. We barbecued, had birthday cake for two of Steve's aunts birthdays, and hung out. Its always fun getting the fam together.

Now its Monday and Adam and Ryan are getting in today for "Camp Utah". I may be MIA for a couple weeks. Pics and updates to come!


Stink Bug

I hate bugs. We have all kinds of bugs all over our house and they just gross me out. I am not too sympathetic when it comes to bugs- smoosh them with toilet paper and flush them down the toilet is how we roll in our house. Any way, Steve's Aunt Chalise emailed this story to everyone in the family about her and her 4 year old son Ryker on this hike. I thought it was HILARIOUS and HAD to share it with everyone else. Here is the email:

Dear Family,

I’ve titled this month’s submission:
“Damien Son of Destruction and The Creature” or more properly titled “Ryker and The Bug”:

So, I signed Ryker and me up for a children’s nature walk at Red Butte Gardens. My motivation was to instill in Ryker a love and appreciation for the great outdoors and all it has to offer. I thought a guided hike would be the perfect way to really introduce him to the environment.

Upon our arrival we were introduced to our guide Mary Jo. Now Mary Jo, for lack of a better term, was a granola- type to the highest degree of tree hugging. Her shirt was strewn with a print of various bugs and their scientific names, and her fanny pack contained a magnifying glass and some small reference books. Needless to say, Mary Jo knew her flora and fauna, she even identified the weasel poop on the trail and explained the elements of the indigenous thistle.

As the hike progressed I was feeling pretty confident that Ryker was really loving this nature thing. He asked a lot of questions, and appeared to be enjoying the hike. As we reached the top of a steep incline, I noticed that Mary Jo was very excited about something and motioned for the kids to gather around. As Ryker muscled his way through the circle of kids to see what the big deal was, Mary Jo proceeded to tell the kids about the characteristics of the stink bug she had just found. When Ryker finally pushed his way through and saw the stink bug for himself, he promptly stomped on it! Squishing it mercilessly into oblivion against the rocks! The adults gasped! The kids squealed, “eeeeeew!” And Mary Jo was completely mortified! With a look of utter disgust she proclaimed, “That is exactly what we don’t do!”

I quickly snatched up Ryker and pulled him aside. I was about to give him lecture 794A about how we sometimes step on bugs when they come into our house, but when we’re in their house we leave them alone. . . I didn’t get too far into the discussion when one of the boys from the group pointed his finger at Ryker and declared, “He needs to be spanked! He needs to be spanked and put in time out! He needs to be punished!” Suddenly I had a “Children of the Corn” flashback and I was hoping this kid would be quiet before he incited a riot against us! We could be stoned to death right here in this rock quarry! Then out of nowhere the kid’s father stepped in and slapped him on the face! With gritted teeth he seethed, “Don’t worry about him, you just worry about yourself!” Things were getting violent! It was apparent where the boy’s aggression had come from. This nature walk was turning out to be not so harmonious.

At that point Mary Jo decided it would be best if we turned and made our way back. She reminded the kids that there was, “no running on the trail, because people get hurt that way.” So what does Ryker do? He takes off running down the trail full speed! It didn’t take long before he slid on the loose rocks and landed on his knees, grinding rocks and dirt into a bloody mess. Of course he burst out crying and I ran to his aid. As our fellow hikers passed us by I had an uncomfortable feeling. No one stopped to see how we were doing, or if we needed help; there was no sympathy for the devil! I got the distinct impression that they believed this was payback for the bug incident. Who needs those stink bug advocates anyway!
To make a long story short, I carried Ryker the rest of the way down the mountain and we finished out the festivities by telling stories and roasting smores around the fire, Ryker apologized to Mary Jo, and all was right in the universe. . . that is, until we show up for the next activity!

We love you all! Just remember this: Exterminate only when necessary!


What Am I To Do Now?

My little Ashley has left the country to go to Jerusalem for a study abroad. She'll be there for a month and a half and then out and about the east coast for the rest of the summer. So yesterday was pretty much the last time we'd be together until school starts (tear). For our last little rendezvous, we went out to dinner to our favorite place, Happy Sumo, dined on some Vegas rolls and Edamame, and had our typical girly conversations. While she's frolicking around Jerusalem and seeing the famous religious and historical sights of Biblical times, I'll be a lone and dreary girl missing my dearest friend. Jk. But I will miss her- BIG TIME. Hope you have the greatest time Ash- and don't forget to bring me back a Coca-Cola shirt!!!!



Friday night we went to the Strawberry Days Rodeo in Pleasant Grove. Our friend Tyler was a contestant in the cow milking contest. He and two other guys had to chase a wild cow and milk it. The first one to get the milk back to the judges wins. We went to support him. We dressed in our cowboy gear (or gowgirl) and enjoyed a night watching little kids ride wild sheep, men thrown off bucking horses, cow milking (which, sadly, our friend lost, but was still hilarious to see), and many other rodeo events. One of my favorites was the motocross event. These two guys on dirt bikes did some awesome jumps- back flips, feet in the air, hands in the air, and more. It was crazy. We all had a great time. Who knew Utah rodeo's could be so entertaining?


Happy Birthday Dad

Happy Birthday to the greatest Dad ever. Dad, we were pretty blessed to have you as our Dad. You have set such a perfect example for each and every one of your children (and grandchildren). From you we know what it means to love family, the importance of being kind, honest, and trustworthy. You have taught us to love the gospel and the importance of keeping the commandments. You have also always been so good about letting each of your children know that they are loved and important to you. Even when we step out of line and you have to punish us, you are always so quick to let us know you love us no matter what we have done. One thing I love about you is your ongoing sense of humor. You love to laugh and make other people smile. You are funny and fun to be around. All of us kids love being around you and look forward to family events when we can all be together with you. Thanks for not only being such a solid and amazing Dad, but for being such a great FRIEND to me as well. You really are the best. I love you!

Gonna Get Married

In lieu of request, here are some of the photos I took of Crystal and Morgan for their engagements (FYI- the one they are using is not up here-you'll have to wait for the invite!). These were the ones I thought were "fun to have" cute ones.


Pizzeria 712

"When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is."-Alice Waters

I love great food. We tried out a new pizza place tonight. Its brand new and was started by the chef from the Sundance Tree Room Restaurant. We had heard great things about it so Steve, Taylor, Lauren, and I went there tonight for dinner. Let me just say it was EXCELLENTE! All the ingredients were SO FRESH and delicious. It was really good stuff. You all need to try it sometime.


Girls Camp

I got to spend last week in Jacksonhole, Wyoming with 14 fun, beautiful, spiritual, CUTE young women. Our Stake Girls Camp got cancelled because Camp Shalom (our original plan) had two feet of snow. So they had wards do their own individual camps. I am secretly glad that happened because we ended up having such a fun time. One of the girl's parents owns a condo in Jackson where they so generously let us stay so it ended up being more like a vacation than camp (no one was complaining thats for sure!). We had so much fun driving through Yellowstone (as it was downpouring snow!), seeing Old Faithful, canoeing on Lake Jenny (it cleared out and was sunny and warm), and white water rafting Snake River. We had so much fun we really didn't want to leave. To top it all of we had a beautiful testimony meeting the last night around a camp fire. We all cried and laughed and hugged each other at the end. I love the YW in my ward so much and feel SO LUCKY to have been able to be with them. They are so awesome, nice, and they all get along together like best friends. I'm going to miss them when Steve and I move in the next little while. They really have taught me so much about kindness and love. They are truly amazing!!!!!



Happy Father's Day to my Dad. I am the luckiest girl to have him as a Father. When I think of a perfect person he usually comes to mind. He has taught me so much about what it means to have a positive outlook on life, to laugh, work hard, love others, the importance of family, the gospel, and being a good and honest person. He has set the perfect example for all of his children to follow. I am so excited for our future children to get to know him and love him as much as I do. Thank you Dad for being the amazing Dad that you are. I really hope I can be as great of a Mom to my kids as you were our Dad. I love you so much and really feel so very blessed to be your daughter.


Happy Birthday Grandma

And yet ANOTHER birthday shout out to my Grandma Richards who turned 94 yesterday. She is truly such a wonderful woman. We love her very much and are grateful for all she has done for her family, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and the amazing example she has set for all of us to follow. We love you Grandma!

Happy Birthday Monette

My mother-in-law's birthday was on June 3rd, but with everyone's week being so crazy with work, activities, soccer practice- not to mention me out with the stomach flu- they decided to celebrate her birthday Saturday night. So we went to a great restaurant (one of my favorites), Flemmings, with just the adults (they hired a babysitter for Max and Josephine) and enjoyed an evening chatting with great company and filling our bellies with delicious food. It was a great way to celebrate, and for such a wonderful person! Monette, you are so amazing in so many ways and we are truly grateful for all you do for us! We hope you had a great birthday and we love you.


One Year Old

Happy 1st Birthday to my nephew Jordy! We celebrated his birthday early while they were out here visiting. They let me be the photographer of the day so here are some of my favorite shots of Jord at the party. I love you Jordy! (Shan, I still need to send these to you so you can add them to your blog :)


Oh My Jordypie

This past week my sister Shannon, her husband Kevin, and there little boy Jordan came out to Utah to visit. It was so fun having them here. We did all sorts of fun things- swam at my in-laws pool, went to the park, went out to eat, played at seven peaks, hung out at the Taylors, etc. It was so fun to see them and to spend time with my cute little nephew Jordy. He is such a funny little guy. He is pretty independent and loves to run around, explore, point at things and grunt, but sometimes he'll reach for me to hold him and that is my favorite :) Here are some pictures of the things we did while they were out here. It was so fun spending time with you Shan, Kev, and Jordy! I love you guys so much!

Visiting Grandma Richards

Swimming at the Magleby's Pool

Playing at the Park