Saturday, May 31, 2008

Movin' On

I hate change. I try to tell myself that EVERYONE hates change but that doesn't seem to make it any easier to move on.

Some of our good friends are leaving for South Korea in couple of days. Our friends are lucky enough to be returning here, a place they love, in two years. We're so glad!...and it makes the good-byes easier because we will be anxiously awaiting their return.

At the same time, this change reminds me of the summer we left Kaysville behind. I'm still a bit sad that we will never return to the beloved blue house and our dear friends and family there. After three years you would think I would be over it...but the truth is I still fondly recall my Utah hairdresser every time I need a cut and color. I long for bike parades around the block and popsicles shared on the front porch. I miss swim parties at Layton Surf-N-Swim, despite the overly chlorinated water. I miss flowering plum trees and building snowmen with the Egans.

The Egan's visit in October 2005

Just as it was a difficult transition from college life to post-college life, so it is with the transition to Colorado Springs--a necessary but painful move. I'll never forget the blue house and my dear friends. We miss being close to the "Newton Farm" and all the wonderful things that go with it...

I'm really terrible at moving on but maybe, just maybe, I'm ready to look back with fond memories and not have any regrets about where I am now. All without feeling like I am betraying the memory of the blue house.


Godspeed to the Earnests. We look forward to making many more great memories with you when you return. Thanks for helping this feel like home when we were so homesick. We'll miss you terribly.

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Book Worthy of a Post

This is the book I just finished and it is awe-inspiring and beautiful and compelling and engaging. I really loved it, if you couldn't tell! It is nearly 1000 pages long, so it is a bit of a commitment, but well worth it if you like to be taken to another time and place, all the while empathizing and agonizing with some amazing characters.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Nike Ad or Ben Stiller Wanna Be?

Please leave your vote in the comments below. Is he posing for a NIKE ad or is he trying to win a Ben Stiller look alike contest(from the movie Dodgeball)?

Dave is wearing absolutely ALL Nike in these photos. Would they accept him as a walking adverisement or do they not consider dodgeball a sport?

Dave headed up the Elder's Quorum "all-men activity" on Friday night. They played dodgeball and ate "manly food"(like chili dogs-I'm told that's manly...???). He wore this outfit without a dare or anything.

He truly would be a tough person to blackmail...What could you really hold over him that would shame him?

One of a kind....

Monday, May 12, 2008

Butterfly Pavillion

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Guess Where....Durango, CO!

Dave and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, May 7th. Dave planned a trip to Durango and it was spectacular. What a beautiful place! We rode the train to Silverton, went to a movie, ate in fancy restaurants, and then spent a day in Mesa Verde National Park.


Jim and Sharon watched the kids and did some serious chauffeuring while we were gone for three days. Thank you so much! The kids, of course, did not miss us a bit and had a great time being spoiled--for instance, Grandma made chicken noodle soup AND chicken and rice soup one night to accommodate everyone. That would NEVER happen with Mom cooking!

To quote the sentiments of a friend, "fifteen down, eternity to go..."


I wouldn't want to try this with anyone but Dave. (See future posts to see what makes him so unique, if you don't already know.)
I love you forever.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rock On!

Will Ben ever stop cracking us up? He asked if he could wear his hair to school like this...I don't think so!