Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Look at cute little Will getting so big, I can not believe he is almost one!

Deacon was thrilled to have three water balloons to send down his slide over and over again.
One two three slide! Deacon and aunt Abby.
Everyone eating and enjoying the nice weather while it lasts! Goodbye Summer!
Chalk art! This is the game where Deacon demands you draw a mouse/tractor/moon/car etc.
The grill master, does he not just look thrilled to be alive!?
Deacon taking a two second break from the pool and his precious water balloons to eat.
The menu for the Birthday feast! And boy was it delish!
The boys tossing the water balloons, can you see in Curts eyes how much he loves cheesy games?

good old fashioned water balloon toss, Curt and I won of course.
We were playing the game where you take a sponge and race to a bucket and try to squeeze out as much water as possible. Deacon was running back and forth every single time squeeling with excitment, it was so funny.
The sponge game, I am quick as lightning and Isaac is trying his best to cheat. No way, not on my watch.
The birthday girl blowing out the candles on her yummy yummy coconut cupcakes with lime buttercream frosting (Thanks Lar for the yum recipie!)
I LOVE throwing a party, it is one of my most favorite things to do. It was extra fun because it was for my moms birthday and well, we love her. I need to start thinking of my next party.........

Scenes from this morning


Breakfast smoothie, with peaches! Delish!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Deacons life Documented

In Robot pajamas. Does anyone else love that from birth to now OldNavy has consistantly had a pair of Robot pajamas in his size? I sure do.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bear World! RAAAAWR!

Deacon in the petting zoo, he was totally fearless until one of the tiny baby goats bucked him. i screamed which in turned made him terrified of the goats the rest of the time.
This picture of bears was taken from the car window. I think Annie said it best when she said: "these bears look so cute in our car but they will kick your ass in real life." So very very true.

This is me Annie Deacon and Alfie as a bear family. I love tacky cut out pictures.

The best part hands down was the baby bear section, I loved it. They just look like big balls of fur.

Alfie loved the free rides (free meaning they come with your 18 buck aldut ticket) Deacon however simply did not love the free ride. I of course told the guy to stop the ride but not before I got a picture.

Get close.......Real close. That was the slogan on the sign for Bear World in Idaho. Poor Annie was so embarassed because I kept asking each worker how close we could get, real close? It is such a funny slogan. It really is such a weird cool place though. I loved seeing all the animals and the boys loved it. It was the perfect stop on our way home from the cabin.
Since bear world Deacon and I have had this conversation lots of times:
Mom: What did you see the other day?
Deacon: Bears!
M: What does a bear say?
M: What else did you see?
D: Doats! (goats)
M: What does a goat say?
M: And what did you ride?
D: Choo Choo!
M: Who did you do all this fun stuff with?
D: Alf-eeee! ( I love the way he draws out the e on Alfies name, so cute)

Sunday, August 23, 2009


The sun setting on our drive back from West Yellowstone, it was so beautiful in real life.
Deacon is very serious about relaxing at the cabin.

Two cowboys in cowboy hats from 1912 probably.

Some delicious french fries in West Yellowstone, the boys were very excited about them.

The best two bucks I spent on the whole trip.
Me and my little buckaroo in front of a beautiful old run down building a mile or so from our cabin. Notice my boots?

Deacon and Alfie running as fast as they could down the dirt road leading up to the cabin.

The two little buddies. Each morning we were there they would wake up pleased as pie that they were in the same big loft as each other. One morning Deacon woke me up with the biggest grin on his face and said "look Alfie!" It makes me so happy to see my child being friends with my friends children.

These boots were my great grandma Maxines. My Grandpa said I could have them since they fit me (well fit with a little pain but totally worth it.) and noone else has ever asked for them. They are and will forever be one of my most prized possesions. Look for me in them all fall.
As for Curtis, he spent the cabin trip sleeping the day away and playing poker almost the whole night. It was perfect for everyone.
I love going to My families Cabin in Island Park Idaho, I have been going for as long as I can remember and it gets better as I get older. We ate way too much cooked some yummy dinners and stayed up too late! Annie and I got up one morning and ran about four miles down the snake river, it was so gorgeous I loved it. I can not wait to go back up with my family in a couple weeks and do the same run. Overall we had a blast and I am so glad we got to share it with our friends.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wife, Mother, Women

This past year or so I have seen so many people I love deal with so many heartwrenching things. Miscarriages, death of children, infertility and more. I have also seen the joy of a new baby or the happiness that comes from a much wanted pregnancy and also the day to day joys of being a wife, a mother and a woman. I am in constant awe of the way these women have risen to adversity and become more strong and amazing every day. I am so happy and grateful that I get to be these three things every day, wife, woman and especially a mother.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Half Marathon!

My running buddy and the girl
who like me when we first started
training could barely run 30 min.
straight! Well look at us now!

Me and my brotherIsaac who
probably trained 1/3 as much as
I did and barely finished after me,
He did great!

Me and Angie. Angie is training for a
full marathon and did so awesome when
she saw her finish time she thought the
clock was broken!

Isaac slowly coming out of a diabetic
coma by eating 6 pieces of cantoloupe.
(not really but it seemed like it)

Deacon not happy that he woken up early.

But the three pf us sure happy to have finished!

Lots of Details coming right up! I am sure noone cares about this much (except my mom) but I want to remember them. Me Issac Kris and Angie all drove to Orem the night before and stayed at my awesome Grandmas house. We ate at the spaghetti factory to carb up and laughed and had a good time. Right before dinner all the sudden it dawned on me that I had left the single most important thing I needed for the race by my front door, my running shoes! All I could do was laugh, I decided rather than trying to convince Curt to drive me up my shoes I would just go to Nordstrom and buy a new pair of asics close to what I had been running in. The salesman kept laughing at me and I felt like such a moron. But I did not want to phsych myself out so I just bought a great pair of shoes and called it a night.

Then we headed to my Grandmas where we were staying the night. Angie and I shared a room and I felt like a kid having a sleepover all restless and giggly. It was a fun night of laughing and chatting until I had a rude awakening, literally at 4:30 am when it was time to head to the race. Then I wished I would have forced myself to fall asleep at 8:00 pm!

It was so cold at the top of Provo canyon! I was so glad I had a long sleeved shirt to wear. We had quite a bit of time before the race so we laughed at Isaac eating his energy "goo" and then he laughed at me actually gagging while I ate mine, how people can eat that crap is beyond me. The people watching was at its finest.

We finally started running andI felt great for the first 5 miles (like I usually do) then around mile 6 my shoes hurt and my toes were killing me. I knew at that point that 13 miles is not the best way to break in new running shoes, but what do ya do! The course was beautiful especially the huge waterfall on the side of the mountain.

Miles 9-11 felt like forever! I was so focused on my stupid toes and knee hurting that I could barely concentrate on running. At mile 11 I spotted my brother Issac and totally got a second wind. I ran the last two miles so fast and I felt great! I was so focused on sprinting to the finish line that I almost missed my family cheering me on! Curt got it on video, pretty funny.

Then I waited for Isaac to cross about three minutes after me and it was fun to cheer for him. I think it is so inspiring to see so many people pushing themselves and being active. I also loved when walkers or joggers running the other way would give high fives and cheer you on.

I finished in 2 hours 14 minutes, I can definately do my next one faster but I was happy to do it in under 2:15. I will do some other races, but that will be my last half anytime soon! Thanks Kris for going along with my crazy idea! Sure made it easier to have a partner! Thanks to my family who cheered me on, it totally gave me my second wind to know you would be there at the finish line.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Whenever I hear the song of a bird

At night when I have finally got Deacon to climb into bed, we have said goodnight to the moon outside his window and found whatever toy he is dying to sleep with. Each night is something different, last week it was a picture of a mouse Curtis drew for him last night it was a toy car tonight it was a stuffed "if you give a mouse a cookie" mouse. Then I try and sing him a song or two. If he is not into the song he lets you know by saying "No mommy" and pushing me away. But one song he never says no to is also my very favorite primary song ever. Of all time.

Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue blue sky
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by my lilac tree
Im glad that I live in this beautful world
Heavenly Father created for me

Wait, did you know the second verse? I love it even more than the first.

He gave me eyes so I might see
the color of butterfly wings
He gave me my ears that I might hear
the magical sound of things
He gave me my life my mind my heart
I thank him reverently
For all these creations of which Im a part
Yes I know Heavenly Father loves me

And then Deacon promptly says "no Mommy" and I am kicked out of his bed.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Scenes from....

A happy Mom relishing every
Squeeze she can get from the wild thing
A traumatizing 4th of July

A wild time at the pool

A 2 year old in his element

The best Summer ever, so far.
There is really no way your Summer is as
good as ours. Take that.