Saturday, December 20, 2008

Explosion, Trees, Snow, Lay-Offs, More Snow and Superman...all in Woodburn!!!

Explosion...The past week and a half has been quite the busy one around here! First there was the bomb that blew up a bank about 2 blocks from our house. There were 2 Woodburn police officers and a bomb technician that all were killed, the Woodburn Police Chief is still in critical condition and there have been 2 arrested so far. We still haven't heard why they did it, it's just really a sad situation. I missed the bomb by about 2 minutes. I was sitting on the freeway off-ramp when the bomb went off, so I'm very thankful to those cars that ran the red light and blocked the intersection so I had to wait longer on the off-ramp.

Trees...We had a very fun time with the Morgan and Widing Families up in the hills getting a Christmas Tree! It even snowed just a bit for us while we were there! We all got beautiful trees and had a good time doing it! Very fun!!!

Snow...The next morning I was at Ward Council when people starting calling asking if we were having church because of the snow. We looked outside and sure enough there were about 2 inches on the ground! We had church, even though some members took it upon themselves to call others and announce that church was canceled! Of course schools have been closed all week because of it, mostly because around here when it snows the roads end up being extremely wet sheets of ice and accidents end up closing most of the major roads!
Lay-off...well the economy has taken it's toll on our family at last. With both John & I in construction it was just a matter of time before someone lost their job. Unfortunately John was laid off yesterday. We're very blessed though because about a month or so ago we finally felt good about being able to live off of 1 income and I just about turned in my notice. Fortunately we listened to the spirit and held off because of the economy. Now it's just deciding if we have John look for another job or take the opportunity to finish his school. We'll see...

More snow...after not such a good day yesterday, today sure has been great! I made it to work and back safely just as the snow started accumulating again! By this afternoon we had about 4-5 inches in our yard! We all bundled up and went out to play! It was great! We started a snowball fight with the neighbors over the fence, and they all ended up in our yard playing for a while. It was very fun and I still can't believe we're getting so much snow here in OREGON!!!

Superman...Our wonderful neighbors brought over some toys and clothes that their son had grown out of and when we came in from the snow Peyton found his new best friend...Superman! He's almost as tall as Peyton and it didn't take him long to discover that they wear pretty much the same shoe size! It is hillarious and Peyton has been packing him around the house since! Very cute!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Yes...we're still alive!!!

Sorry for the LONG absence!!! First I was really slacking, now our computer is having some serious problems and blogspot is blocked from work, so no updating during work hours! I promise I'll update this as soon as we get the computer up and running! For now, here's a family picture!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

The rules are:
* Link to the person who tagged you:
* Post the rules on your blog
* Write six random things/unspectacular quirks about yourself
* Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them
* Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog
* Let the tagger know when your entry is posted

Weird things about myself, in no particular order:

1. My hair was always blonder and I was more tan after going on vacation to Oregon while attending college in Hawaii.
2. I sing REALLY loud to my favorite songs in the car.
3. I can't get myself to sit down and watch any of the movies that most girls love, Sense & Sensibility, Emma...Never have seen any of them!
4. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. Watch the movies a million times & still love 'em!
5. I can learn to play just about any song on the piano once I've heard it, but if I haven't ever heard it I have a really hard time getting it down!
6. If I wait too long to eat I get a headache and it takes me about a week to get rid of it again.

TAG!!! You're IT!
1. Monica
2. Tome
3. Summer
4. Emily
5. Tori
6. BJ

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fun Pictures from the Past Month

It's been a little crazy around here, but I feel like I finally get to take a little bit of a break...then we got asked to speak in church on Sunday, John's off to a 5 mile hike with the scouts on Friday and I am going to help the Primary out with their music until they can get a chorister, I guess life never slows down! Here's some pictures of the past few weeks. Some are from our trip to Yellowstone, the Maughan Family Reuion, helping dad build the front path (also one of him playing in his outdoor "playpin" while we worked), getting into the pool table pockets (yes he's now tall enough to reach in a get the balls out), sitting like a big boy at the table and enjoying one of the peppers from the garden...not sure if the stem was as good as the pepper! Enjoy!
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Sunday, September 7, 2008

I am Mulan

Found this on my Sister-In-Law's blog and thought it was cute!

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Strong and spirited. You're no one's girly girl; actually you are very determined person with a strong sense of self. Never let go of that! The only thing that equals your sense of self is your family, but the traditions of society can always be bent to protect something or someone you love.

Which Disney Pricess are you?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I found this on a friend's blog and thought it was fun and easy so here you go!

1) As a comment on my blog, leave 1 memory you and I had together whether you knew me a little, a lot, or not at all.

2) Repost this same thing on your blog and see how many people leave comments, it's fun to see what people say! If I know you are playing along I will come to your blog and leave a comment. Hope everyone plays along...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Back from Idaho

We made it safely back from Idaho on Saturday. We went out to the annual Maughan Family Reunion. This year we stayed in Island Park and visited Yellowstone and a little old town called Virginia City. It was fun. We got lots of good pictures so I'll post some soon! It was fun and we can now add Montana and Wyoming to the states that we've visited!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Marks of a true BOY!

Well, it's been a bit of a rough week for the little guy, but he's come out of it still smiling! Last weekend at the campout he got burned by a coal that flew out of the fire. It landed right above his collar and burned him pretty bad. Then Thursday he got is first road rash...right on his face!
But, being the tough kiddo that he is, he's all smiles and still loving life!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

What happened to July?

It sure seems like this month has flown by faster than I could have imagined! When I think of summer I imagine relaxing and enjoying the weather...well, this year it's been lots of the enjoying the weather, not so much of the relaxing! Our month has been full of traveling to visit family, planning trips to visit more family, having family visit us (VERY FUN!!!), busy with callings, scout camp, camping, trying to keep the garden and yard in shape through the crazy weather this name it, it seems to be happening this month! I don't know how we ended up being so busy, but it's lots of fun. I wouldn't change a thing! I've put some pictures of our most recent adventures, ward campout that I was in charge of, and the trip to the zoo and water park with some of the cousins.

Ward Campout was a Success!!!

We ended up having about 75 people at our first campout in years!!! I'd call it a success for our TINY little ward!
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Fun at the Zoo and Waterpark with Cousins!

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Peyton and shoes

Peyton is just like every kid I've heard of, and he LOVES shoes. The funniest thing about it though is that he always goes for my pink shoes! It drives John crazy!!! It's so funny!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

4th of July at Lake Shasta

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Grandma Time!!!

Thanks mom for coming up and watching Peyton all week! He had a blast and he keeps looking for you to show you everything! I realized that I didn't get any pictures of you two playing was so cute! We'll have to take some next week at Shasta! Thanks again, you're the best!

HOT Weather in Woodburn...WAHOO!!!

It finally feels like summer! We blew up the pool for Peyton and he just couldn't wait to get in it. He didn't even wait for the water...

Then once it was filled up he thought that was pretty fun too...

But when daddy got in too...that was the best!

A week straight at work with mom sure will tucker a poor kid out!

But don't worry too much...he's not spoiled at work or anything!

Fathers Day & Birthdays

BBQ & Sports...every father's favorite!

Happy Birthday Savannah & Hailey!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I've been a slacker updating here's a few slideshows with pictures for everyone!

Fun with cousins and other stuff we've been up to!

Crater Lake on Memorial Day

Memorial Weekend George Family Campout at Lost Creek

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Here's our front yard before John started.
Look at that perfect leveling!
Peyton tried to help...
But instead he crashed in his crib while dogpiled on Teddy...his new favorite toy!

He was so cute watching his daddy out the front window!

The neighborhood kids came out to play soccer in the street, he loved it
It started to rain, so he spent his time finding new ways to play with his Tigger toy.And new ways to get stuck in it!

All while John was building us this BEAUTIFUL planter box!!! Way to go John!
Look at all that great planting space...and it is even piped for a drip favorite!

Yummy Beans & Rice!!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Look Grandma! I'm going to be a sprinter just like mommy!

Peyton is such a little helper!

First he got used to his own mower...

After he was warmed up he went out to try the real thing!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day!

Hope all the mothers out there have a great Mother's Day!

Monday, May 5, 2008

It's sunny and beautiful in Portland. Anyone want to come visit? The Hotel Maughan is vacant this whole far! There's a Rhododendren Garden that I really want to go visit in the next few weeks while the flowers are so pretty, plus it has all kinds of crazy ducks in the lake that goes right through the park. Come see!

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Portland Children's Museum