Monday, January 31, 2011

Mammoth Getaway

We were able to have a little vacation at Mammoth this past weekend. We stayed in a really nice condo. The picture of the condo is from the internet, since I never got any myself. Must've not been taken in the winter!! It was so homey and comfy.

There was a bookshelf, and as I was looking at the books the name was familiar on these...the man who owns the condo is a best selling author. NICE! The picture bottom right is at The Village. It was nice hanging out there.

The kids enjoyed the board park. I stayed to the side where there were no jumps.

The top middle picture (above) was where I went down last for the day. It doesn't even look very steep, but trust me, it was. David & Eric went to the left (left side of picture). I missed that turn and ended up going down the steeper hill. It was icy and I did okay for a short while. Then I fell. It was hard to get up since I'm goofy footed and do better starting on my knees instead of my butt. It was too steep to kick my board around, so what's a girl to do? Icy - steep - oh yeah, I slid. Bet you can see my butt marks till the steep part's over:) Then I was able to flip over and continue the rest of the way. I have no pride!!

It was so cold and windy at the top of the mountain. The sign at the top said winds 40-50 mph.

Sunday morning we got up to leave and this is what we saw...lots of snow! Here's a picture off of our porch of David loading up the car. He had to dig out the roof racks to be able to put the boards on top. We were lucky we were able to drive out with just using our 4x4 and no chains. So much different than Big Bear snow! It was such a fun little trip. We were all exhausted by the end of each day and just hung out in the condo. The snow was so nice and powdery, and so much funner to snowboard in than ice! David and I even got a little bit of time to hang out together and just remember who each other is. We all laughed so hard, especially when Eric suggested playing the quiet game when dad got too obnoxious! He said that Uncle Kevin taught him well! Definitely some fun times and great memories.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tribute to a Loving Lady....

Growing up I never ever thought of myself as a dog person. In fact I never really understood how people could let dogs in their house or get all emotional when their pet got sick or died.... I guess maybe you could say I was a bit uncaring?
But that was before I had a dog of my own. We had always planned on getting a dog when our kids were old enough to take care of one. But that's not always the way things turn out. Lady came into our lives sort of unexpectedly. She was Jamey's brother's (Brien) dog & he was moving & needed a place for her to stay "temporarily". After about 2 weeks we knew the boys loved her like family & Jamey told Brien that if he wanted his dog back he needed to come & get her right away. As it turns out Brien was hoping this would happen.

That was back in 2000 & as you can see by all the pictures she was a very loved dog. In fact, I think she thought she was human. I've never seen a dog let kids do so many things to them & not get angry or bite. She loved the boys & would always "protect" them when Jamey would wrestle with them. We have so many wonderful memories of our Lady. She kept me company when the boys went out of town. She kept the boys beds warm while they were at school & she loved to follow Jamey around the house. When it comes time to get another dog, I'm not sure that any will ever compare.

Our house suddenly seems empty without her but we will always love her & have great memories of what an awesome dog she really was!
RIP Lady!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where's Waldo?

So it's been some time since I've posted pictures of Elder Prescott. Sorry! I figured since I just recently got more, now was a good time to post more.
This first picture is a picture of Zak with Canada behind him. Pretty exciting, huh? Too bad that's probably as close as he will get while he is on his mission.

Ever wonder what missionaries do on their "P-day"? Well this is one of his favorite things to do on his p-day... he said that on this particular day he first had to shovel snow off of the ramp before he could even skate. At least he is staying in shape!

This picture is of Santa with his two favorite missionaries. Elder Prescott & Elder Hunt (Zak is Elder Hunt's trainer).
We can hardly believe that Zak is on the down-hill slide. I must say that the first year went much quicker than I had first anticipated. Thankfully so!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mission Call

Max and Joy just received their mission call to the Manhattan, New York Temple. They are to report to the MTC on March 7, and will be serving for 18 months. We are so excited for them and their new adventure!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

David was practicing his song, and Noah decided he wanted to learn it. So David has been teaching Noah & Eric how to play it. Here they are playing the parts together. Funny boys - all 3 of them!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Only My Husband...

If you know David, you know he's totally OCD. I mean this in a good way! He got in his mind the other day that he wanted to learn how to play the intro to Styx's "Come Sail Away" on the piano. No, he doesn't play the piano, but he knows what the notes are and what the keys are. So he downloaded the sheet music and brought it home.
Two days ago he started working on the first line with one hand, and is doing really well. Then at work yesterday he decided he needed more practice, so made himself a life size keyboard out of paper and somehow covered it in plastic. So now at work while he's on the phone he can still practice. He also started with the left hand so he can do the parts together. I laughed hysterically when he told me this, and had to get a picture of the proof.

Here he is practicing at home. He's going to have the intro down soon and may even continue through the whole song.
He gets his mind made up and there's no changing it. He cracks me up! Maybe we need a ward talent show!!!