Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Utah and Home

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We had fun swimming in the lake and riding 4 wheelers. On Sat. we moved camp to the big group site. (My parents camp with a group from their ward every 4th of July.) Ross and I were about to get in to bed Sat. night when I hear my dad on the phone with my aunt, telling her that my grandma had passed away. (My mom's mom.) So the next day we packed up everything and headed for Salt Lake. The rest of the week we hung out at my parents house and the kids went swimming every night.
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On Sat. we went to my grandmother's funeral. We moved around alot at kids so I never really felt a strong attachment to my grandparents, not that I don't love them I do and did, but I don't feel I really knew them. Living away from them still is hard. This is something I never want my kids to feel. My mom kept telling everyone who called or came over that she was ok because I was there. I don't know what I did to make it easier, but I guess I did.

I took my camera to the funeral but the only pictures we took were these 2. Wes and Paige sleeping on the way.
Well we came home on Sun the 13th. No broken bones, no one sick, everyone was just tired and ready to get out of the van. THE END
The "big" kids had swimming lessons this summer. They loved every minute of them.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

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We are so grateful that we have Paige and Piper in our lives. They were and are still the best surprise and shock we have ever gotten! We love them so much. Happy Birthday Girls, we love you!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Utah or Bust

So off we go to Utah for 11 great days of adventure, oh boy did we have an adventure. We left the 3rd at about 7am. Things go great we get to Flagstaff and get gas and on we go. 31.9 miles after we got gas we over heat. Really bad, I mean we can't get it to go down for more then 2 minutes. So we are stuck at a gas station in the middle of no where. We paid $20.00 for 2 liters of water and a gallon of coolant. The kids are getting restless and I'm so mad, sad and everything in between that I start to cry as I call my mom and tell her I don't think we can make it. The girls start to question why the van is not working. I ask them if they know who Satan is. Dylan tells me "The bad guy!" I then tell them that when you are doing something you know you are supposed to that Satan tries to stop you. I told them we are supposed to go to Utah and Satan doesn't want us to. A few minutes later I hear Dylan in a very nasty voice say "Satan leave our van alone! Leave us alone!" So we start back to Flag. and there is not problem, we go a little faster still no problem. We make it to Flag. going the speed limit, no problem. Ross gets something he thinks will solve our problem, does what ever voodoo he does and off to McDonald's we go for lunch. We left PHX at 7am it's non 1pm and we have made it to Flagstaff. Ross' cousin was also headed to Utah and they meet us at McDonald's. We talk for a while then off we go. Praying all the way that we will make it.
We never had another problem with the van the whole trip there and back. We almost hit a truck that had a blow out in front of us. We almost hit a deer, then almost got rear ended by the person behind us, but the van worked fine. We finally made it to Sterling, Ut, where we were camping with my parents at 12 am. What a long day it had been. We made it to Utah and almost busted!

Pre Utah

You all know how bad things tend to happen in threes or more. Well that's what happened pre Utah. One day I go to run to the store and the van won't start, Dave jumps it and I'm off no problems, until Ross needs to go somewhere. We needed a new battery. Ross happened to look at our plates on the van and said, "These have expired, in April." I thought that were good until Aug. or Oct. NOPE. So the next day I go to East Mesa to the MVD, the only one open on Sat. They tell me that our plates have been suspended, for lack of insurance. I told them we had already taken care of that misunderstanding. We have now and always had insurance. They tell me we need to have our agent fax a letter stating this. So I go to my agents office that is SUPPOSED to be open on Sat. NOPE. So Mon. rolls around and an emissions test and $150.00 later we are legal again. Over $200.00 and we haven't even packed to go to Utah. You would think by now that I would have seem a theme forming. NOPE.

Ross' favorite sign.

Ross' favorite sign.