Monday, September 29, 2008

For the record... Jim is right, but don't tell!

Once upon a time way back in October of 2004 a nice husband named Jim went to Best Buy to purchase his lovely nagging wife a digital camera. Little did he know his lovely wife also wanted a new video camera and would talk (or nag) him into buying the BEST one that did both. After very little hesitation Jim bought this expensive lovely model and even purchased a nice carrying case so that she could take it with her everywhere. She promised her nice husband that she would video and take hundreds of pictures of their beautiful family because this camera did both and she would put it to good use. And they lived happily, and nag free, ever after.

Not a chance!!

I think I mentioned that I forgot the camera at the last football game. No big deal, but I was NOT making the same mistake again. This was Mammoth and so pretty and so much fun. I didn't, I brought it. Well to the condo at least, where it NEVER left my suitcase. Let me tell you what I missed...

Trever making a 50 yard run for a touch down. It was great and he ran SO fast, faster than usual, but you wouldn't know because I have NO video of it.

The BEST game ever, the seniors (Alex's team) had an amazing game. They even went into overtime where Alex actually had a pro-like catch on the sidelines where he dove for the ball caught it and rolled out of bounds to stop the clock with like 12 seconds and got the first down! Jim looked down at me and said "hey babe, did you get that on video?" Jim's a brat! Alex also had several sacks and was in on a TON of tackles. He had hung out with his girlfriend all day and I told him this was his tester day. If he didn't have an amazing game then he wouldn't be able to be Casanova before his game anymore and would have to sit with us. Casanova WINS! He did great, it was fun to watch and yes I did get a little mouthy at the refs but they weren't very bright, and I wasn't the only one. I'm a bad influence on my friend Cory whom I am promised really yells at basketball games. She does her fair share of yelling with me but says she knows basketball better so I am looking forward to going to a B.B game with her. Not to mention most of the Kern Valley fans.

We even got to watch the Varsity game, they stomped the Husky's and it was fun. We saw Kenny Bushling there and I guess he really thought he would be the only Kern Valley fan there, or maybe he is trying to start a new fashion trend, never mind....
I don't know what he was thinking!! I think the picture speaks for itself. This was taken by my phone so it's not the greatest. Very cute Kenny!

Now that I think about it, maybe Marci was too busy making Jim the best Banana bread in the world to do Kenny's laundry and that's all he had to wear. Poor Kenny! Someone should really do something about that woman!

More on Mammoth later, Jim has a few pictures on his phone too. But so I have it in writing...

Jim, my sweet husband who gives me everything I want. Thank you for spending so much money on the exact camera I wanted, and thank you for being so sweet for so many years about me not taking many pictures, I am trying to be better. But... (here goes) you are right, I still forget to take the camera and your right, it doesn't do ANY good at home or uncharged or in the condo. Maybe next time!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I've Been Tagged!!

10 years ago I...
1. Was 22 years old and had already been married for 4 years!
2. Living in Cornelius Oregon (near Portland)
3. Calling the police because Alex locked Jimi in the car. Luckily it was in the garage and she was sleeping, buckled in her seat.
4. Went with Tabi to ceramics every Wednesday (I think) night to get out of the house.
5. Was deciding to try and get pregnant again. (I was a few short weeks later!)

5 things on my "to do list" today...
1. Pack for Mammoth Lakes for the game.
2. Clean and wash the van for the trip, it goes faster when it's clean. Besides it's starting to smell like a boys locker room from the boys leaving their pads in it after practice.
3. Take Jimi her packed dinner, she has a volleyball game about 3 hours away and we are terrible parents and NOT going!
4. The never ending job of cleaning the house!
5. Get cash for the trip, on the way to football practice, after homework, and laundry and planning for dinner (not to mention cooking it)..... need I go on?

5 snacks that I enjoy...
1. Combos, gas station snack the pretzel pizza ones.

2. Cornuts, if I KNOW nobody else will eat them. (I can't stand crunching!)
3. Chocolate
4. Popcorn
5. Cinnamon Bears (maybe Lisa got me hooked?)Did you know they are fat free?

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire...
1. Pay off all my debt!
2. Have all other bills and tithing automatically come out of the account without worrying what it will screw up!
3. Donate toys and games and blankets and money and all I could to UCLA pediatric units.
4. Live in a new house with a housekeeper who picks up after my kids and does dishes and laundry and cooks.
5. Have a live in masseuse to massage me to sleep and massage me awake. But if I had #4 I may not actually need it, so that's probably why I don't have millions, I couldn't juggle. (Yeah right!)

5 places I have lived...
1. Fruita Colorado
2. Colorado Springs Colorado
3. Vancouver Washington
4. Bakersfield California
5. Cornelius Oregon
and there are actually more!

5 jobs I have had...
1. Currently I am a Domestic Engineer (i.e. wife and mom)
2. waitress
3. ceramic tile installer
4. retail sales at Herberger's dept store in the Young Men's dept. (I was in High School it was fun!)
5. my paper route when I was 10.

Wow, I'm glad that's over. I have dodged the bullet for so long so I guess it was my turn. Now I need to pick 5 people so...

I tag...

1. Tabi
2. Michelle
3. Angie
4. Krissy
5. Marci

I let Jenny and Karrie off the hook because I think they both have recently been tagged!

The Rules...
Each player answers the question themselves. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment letting them know that they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person that tagged you know when you've answered the questions on your blog.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jimi and her sports! (add frustration when stating!)

We are the only "stupid" parents at Southfork Middle School. I know this because Jimi is the only girl on the volleyball team that also cheers. This may not sound like a BIG problem, but it is. I have explained the busy and complicated football schedule before so now add...

leaving another 15 minutes earlier to drive to the middle school to pick Jimi up on days she has practice. She has to leave early and we thought that would stop her from playing or at least "starting" but no such luck. They go with a point system and she's a natural athlete so she does very well while she's there and has top points and starts! (again with the frustration!) Now on game days Jim has to go to work earlier and I have to pick him up on the way to her game, find the boys a ride to practice because we will be a whole 15 minutes late. The boys get in trouble for being late, Jimi doesn't because it's a school activity. And that's if it's a home game, match whatever it is in volleyball! We haven't done an away game yet and I don't' know that I will, she may be on her own for those ones. Anyways... her very first game went pretty well. She did good, she is working on her serve and she isn't her aggressive self out there. I'm not sure if volleyball is an aggressive sport but I kinda think someone has to be because a lot of the time nobody would even go for the ball, trying to let someone else have it. FRUSTRATING! They won, Jimi's friend Shelby is really good and has an awesome serve so she is hoping to get some help with that. I tried to get good pictures but it was the weird gym lighting and then they asked me to keep score, who needs a break to watch their kid play? I shouldn't say that, every football game they need chain gang (the down measurer and markers) and they won't let Jim or I do it because we um sometimes.... get a little vocal, occasionally at the refs, but only when they are just plain STUPID! (or blind) I tried to tell the volleyball coach (who's husband is Alex's football coach) about the yelling thing, but she didn't seem to mine. I think she knew I didn't know volleyball enough to argue, she was right! I played in middle school, but they have changed almost ALL of the rules since then. Next year we will re-think the both sports thing. I know she loves ALL sports and she does well in them and I want her to try as many as she wants before she commits to just one or two.

Other Stuff...

We got to Mammoth Lakes for football/Cheer this weekend, we are making it a long weekend because it's so far away so we'll be gone most of the weekend. It should be fun.

Alex has a new girlfriend, Destiny (not Jimi's friend) they are in "love"! PUKE PUKE GAG GAG! They are on the phone all the time. They got to different schools but she is a cheerleader. I haven't seen her yet but I have a spy checking her out for me. (Don't act like you wouldn't do that) They were on the phone the other night and I hear Alex outside, they were looking at the stars together. It was SO funny! Then when they were getting off the phone Jimi heard him say "love you too" so I asked him what her last name was and he said "I don't know mom!" Silly mom thought he should know that BEFORE he fell "in love" ( did I mention PUKE GAG?) He had a great sack on Saturday and his team won!

Report cards came home last Friday and I was pleased. Jimi had only 1 B+ and the rest A's, she was mad. (imagine that) Alex thought he did GREAT! He was so excited, he did OK, mostly B's, 1 A, and 2 C+'s. He could do better, hopefully his mind will be on school and not this "girl". Sami and Trever had mostly +'s. They are doing good so far. Sami was getting in trouble the first couple of weeks because she kept talking in class, so the teacher moved her next to boys but it didn't help, she kept talking. So her teacher told me and we both kept on her and I guess it has improved, but I thought it was too funny that Sami was getting in trouble for talking, when she was little she NEVER talked! Trever did really good until 2 of his cousins got put in his class for reading or something and his teacher called and said he turned in to the comedian as soon as they got there, so he got cards pulled for a few days. I think he is straightening up. Always the jokester! (just like daddy!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Welcome Cambell....

Welcome to the world baby Cambell. My very best friend in the world had her baby yesterday with a short labor. She is a big baby weighing in at 8lbs 11oz and 21 inches long. I am so proud of her and her mommy and daddy! I can't wait to go see them all. Congratulations on your new family member, our family sends all their love and kisses! Don't you just love new babies, I love how they smell and I love licking their little bald heads. (I know I'm wierd)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TOO FUNNY! I was a dork!

I'm the younger sister who teased her older sister. I was probably about 8 years old and my sister would have been 11.
Remember my post a few days ago about my cousin Lisa? Well, she dug up some old pictures and posted them and they are so funny. Jim and I decided I don't look even a little like that any more, and to think.... that's when he fell in love with me. So, as embarrassing as it is, here are a few pictures of me back in the day.
This is Lisa and me, I was probably 7, and she was probably about 12 or 13.

This is my favorite NOT! My older sister Stacie and me. Get a load of those dresses. The funny thing is now my sister has really short hair and I have the long hair.

This is in the back yard of my Grandparents house. My Grandma always had the most beautiful flowers. My sister still looks exactly the same, but with short hair. Cute as can be.

So go ahead and laugh, I know how funny they are.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Time flies.

I look at my blog almost every day and check who has posted a new update and I love those of you who post all the time because it makes my life more interesting. I have the blog list on the side of my posts that says how many hours, days, or weeks it's been since someone posts and after it's been a few days or a week I always wonder if they are ever going to post. (maybe it's because I am so darn impatient) So imagine my surprise today when I looked at someone else's blog and see that mine was like almost a week since my last post. I'm one of "those" people. I have been putting it off a little because Jim and I were talking the other day and he showed some interest in my blog. He wanted to learn how to post and see what it was all about. He genuinely wanted to learn about something that I was interested in, for me. So I was putting off posting so he could help me with one and be involved in one of MY activities. The only problem with that is we have NO time. Even last night when we didn't have practice, after Jimi had volleyball and Jim working a little late, then dinner and Family Home Evening, we didn't even get the kids to bed until 10pm. So we will try again, maybe even tonight. I am excited for his input on the blog because it is a family thing. He is different than most men, in a really good way! Any time he has a hobby he gets not only me, but the whole family involved. Where most men would go dirt biking by themselves he made sure me and the kids all had one and went too. He used to golf with his brothers and then before I knew it I had my own clubs and was his golfing buddy. At first I just thought it was because if I went with him he felt like he could go more often, but the truth is he just REALLY enjoys being with me. I know he occasionally enjoys going out with the boys, but for the most part he wants to be with ME! It makes me feel really special and I love him for it. He is very unselfish and wants me to have toys too. So needless to say I have my own set of golf clubs, my own shotgun, my own dirt bike, and my own horse. Now if we could only narrow it down to one hobby at a time because outfitting 6 people in the family to try a new hobby just isn't cost effective. I really love my husband for this and I think I take it for granted a lot of the time. He LOVES to hunt, and wants me to go with him every year. I have gone bird hunting with him a few times but I am putting my foot down with this one. Please don't get me wrong, I am not one of "those" people who don't want the poor animals to be killed, I just don't want to get up really early in the cold and hike all day and be told to shoosh so I don't scare the deer or whatever away. Then if we do get something I would have to help drag the thing out. This to me sounds just like work! I really want him to go because I LOVE deer meat, I love elk more but they don't have those here. Actually the deer here look like big dogs with horns. Knowing my husband for my entire life now I have learned that he is just a very affectionate person with a big heart. He truly LOVES being a husband and father and really and truly LOVES to be around us. Just one of the many many things I LOVE about Jim!

By the way... The Apple Valley game went well. It wasn't as hot as last week. Trever's team did really well, he had a touch down and like a 25 yard run almost to the end zone. He had some great hits, but they came up a little short. They lost by I think 2 points. The other team got the after touch down points and we didn't. My niece Hannah had an AMAZING sack!

Jimi did great, she hurt her arm catching a flyer (She's a base) and it's still a little sore but she will be fine. She likes this boy that just moved here, their family goes to church with us and he plays for the sophomore team so she got to watch him play. We sat with his mom so they even got to sit near each other. He doesn't go to school with her, they don't talk on the phone and they rarely talk when they see each other so do I need to even tell you how much I LOVE these kind of "boyfriends"? Jim and I really like this family and hope to keep getting to know them better.

Alex did really great too. He had some great hits. He is on the kick off return team and caught the kick and ran it back probably about 20 yards. He was quick getting to the quarter back but it seems like he is always just a split second too late to get him. He is breaking through the line on offense almost every play, he's not really a receiver so when he kept getting through the coach would throw a receiver in his spot and move him over. The receiver couldn't get through the line but wherever Alex was he would get through and be open, so we are hoping this week maybe the coaches will teach him to be a receiver. He's not the fastest but if he can get through the line and catch the ball he would at least get a few yards. They ended up winning by only a few points they got at the very end. It was a nail biting game and really fun to watch. We are still really impressed with him. It's really good for him, his self confidence is getting so much better. He has turned in all his homework and doing great in his classes. Progress reports come home on Friday and I'm not even sick like I usually am.

Next week I think we are home against Boron. The week after will be a long weekend in Mammoth. We will be leaving Friday to watch Bo and Coleton and Dalton play High School ball, then stay the night for our kids games and probably stay again Saturday night since it's a long yucky drive home after such a long day. It's a good thing I like football. I took a lot of video but very few picture this week, but this one was my favorite anyways. Kenny and Terrie having a great day together filming....

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The perks of blogging

There were a few reasons I started this blog a little over a year ago, first was because my family lives so far away that it would be an easy way for them to keep up and to see current pictures of the kids and feel like a part of their life. Then when Jimi was so sick it was a good way to keep everyone updated on her progress. Another great reason is that I feel that it's important to keep a family journal, not a diary with personal thoughts and feelings, but activities and new milestones that the kids and our families go through. I am currently preparing to get the last year in the hard cover book through so that we will always have a copy that can be passed down complete with pictures and everything. My friend Karrie Bunting told me about this service and actually has a book of her blog that she loves. But the very best perk of keeping a blog is that I can keep up with friends and family that I don't normally get to keep up with. So imagine my surprise this morning when I checked my blog and saw that my cousin Lisa Kaye left a comment on my last post I was super excited. Let me tell you about my cousin. She is a little older than me and we spent quiet a bit of time together when we were little. We spent most Christmas together at our Grandparents house and I have so many wonderful memories of her, so here are just a few.....

1. Christmas eve at grandma and grandpa Ward's. Playing 99 (or watching) until late in the night. Then sharing the middle room, trying to stay awake to hear Santa on the roof. This LOUD ticking alarm clock. Thief boys that grandma made for Christmas morning.

2. Lisa keeping all of us little ones organized. She was a great mommy when we played house, and had a plan for the games we would play. She would never leave me out when she would play with Jodi, or Karina, or anyone. I was her shadow.

3. Staying at her house in Price. They had a neat intercom system and she would call me on it. She let me play dress up with her cloths. She would protect me from their HUGE dog, I don't remember it's name (Ginger??) It was a Great Dane though.

4. She took me on one of her "date's" and bought me ice cream with sprinkles. I thought I was so grown up and so special that she let me go.

5. She always took me on walks at our grandparents. Across the bridge she would hold my hand so I wouldn't fall off.

I always looked up to Lisa, she is so smart and so beautiful and one of the sweetest people alive. I am so happy that I can now sneak a peek into her families lives. Thanks Lisa Kaye!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Nothing new, or exciting... (or creative)

I thought I would update but when I pulled up my update page I realized, I have nothing to update on. Well, that's not ALL true.

Saturday was the boys first real game of the season. Trever had a GREAT game. He had at least one touch down, maybe even two. Their team is doing great and have 3 really good coaches. Trever is having a great time and it is weird to me that boys that young can actually run actual plays and do so well, but somehow the coaches pulled it off and they did great. I will be truly surprised if they don't go undefeated this season. Hit of the week was definitely Trever, the only bad part was that he wasn't the one hitting. He got the snot knocked out of him, but as Jim put it "it was a one of those hits your just proud to be a part of" The announcer even said "Trever hit HARD by #55". He got up shaking his head, it was a hit to remember. His game play changed a little after that because he defiantly wanted to get that kid back and the nerves where out and he got a lot more aggressive. They don't actually keep score at his level but we did. We won with 5 touch downs to their 2. (I think)

Poor Alex had a really long day. (Not to mention his poor parents) We had to be there at 7:15am for Trever's game and Alex didn't play until 5:00pm. It was really really hot and not much shade so he was worn out. He was on starting offense and defense and only came out a few times. We could tell he wasn't as energetic as last time but he still did really well. He got clipped a few times and mom FREAKED out at the ref. The Big Bear coach kept coming on the field arguing with the refs, so most of our stands were screaming at the refs to get control. It was a horrible game to watch, bad bad calls and the refs took forever to call penalties, needless to say we didn't get out of there until 7:45pm. It made for a long long day at the ball field. Alex enjoyed himself but didn't like it when he got hit hard in the back and mouthed off to the kid that kept doing it, and the ref got onto him. (good thing mom wasn't on the field) I am still so impressed with him this year. We even got a phone call from his math teacher just to tell us he is a different kid this year in class. He has and A and all homework has been turned in, he's focused and doing really well. Whew... those are the calls I like to have.

Jimi always does well. She looked good. In addition to cheerleading she is playing volleyball for her school team and is doing good with that. So far it hasn't conflicted, but we will play it by ear and see if it becomes a problem.

Sami just hung out with us all day, well and her friends. They took the team pictures and instead of buying all the individuals for each kid I decided to put them all in one together and it is going to be SO cute. I put Sami in it too and wanted her to kneel in the front and act like she is eating nachos but she was embarrassed so there are no nachos in the picture. I'll post as soon as I get it but it won't be for awhile.

There is a guy that stands on the sidelines taking pictures and then you can buy them online. I haven't seen Alex or Jimi's yet but they have some great ones of Trever, I am ordering a few but if he is at EVERY game it could get expensive so I will post this link so you can see them for yourself. Trever is #30 and if they post Alex's I'll link that post too.

Football pictures of Trever vs. Big Bear

Saturday we are headed to Apple Valley, which is about 2 1/2 hours away. We have to be there by 7:30am and Alex's game won't start until at least 4:00pm. Another long day.

I went riding with a lady from football, Kristin. She grew up with horses and hasn't had a chance to ride lately so we went Monday for about 5 hours. It was a lot of fun and she is a nice lady. We would like to do it more often but she works so we will have to take what we can get.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Where are we a year later?

I am one of those people that remember a day and replay it every year on the anniversary, hour by hour. This time of year is a big one that doesn't bring pleasant memories, but it got me thinking today about where we are a year (or more) later, and what we learned from the events that are in our past.

Aug. 30th is the anniversary of the day Ken died. September 3rd was the day he was buried, and September 5th was his birthday. For the first few years it was really hard and I remembered things that I didn't necessarily want to remember. I try to block out the bad with all of the good, and there was PLENTY of good in that man. Ken never made me feel like an outsider in this family, even if I was wrong he was there with a loving hug and an understanding ear. He NEVER judged anyone and loved everyone. My kids adored him, and he was so fun with them. One of the saddest things to me is that I am so afraid that my kids memories of him will fade. Especially Trever. They were so close and Trever was so young that I worry he won't remember him as he grows. Ken was an amazing roll model and although nobody is perfect, he was someone I was proud that my kids looked up to. Not only my kids, but Jim. Jim looked up to Ken his whole life and always wanted to be just like his dad. I know that he still strives for that but I can't imagine how hard it must be for him to not have Ken's guidance in the rough times, and rough choices. He is really missed, and it is just one of the lessons that we've had in our lives to prove to us that life is so short, and we never know if the ones we love will still be with us tomorrow. His funeral was on September 3rd, little did we know that date would be in our memories for other terrible reasons years later....

September 3rd. A year ago today was Labor Day. I was cooking a turkey dinner, the kids and Jim had all been sick but on the mend. All except Jimi, who continued on the downward spiral. So this is the day, a year ago, that I took her to the hospital. Just because she was dehydrated, or so I thought. Today is when the nightmare started just a short year ago, and I have so many mixed emotions today. I go back and forth, from the pain and fear that we felt, to the joy and excitement of where she is now and how it all turned out. So, I have looked through the pictures and looked at her scars and had a few good cries over the whole thing, but when it's all over and the tears are dry I look at that beautiful little girl who is stronger than anyone I know. Physically she perfectly healthy, she is strong and athletic and growing up so incredibly fast. She is almost unrecognizable from the short year ago. And emotionally she is a ROCK! She is proud of the scar she has "earned" and the possibility of never bearing children of her own only brings the comment "that's what adoption is for mom!" (duh mom) She never used it as an excuse but as a challenge, she wanted to show those Dr.s who said she would be in that wheelchair, or be sick for longer, and for everyone, including me, who didn't think she could play sports again or run that mile so quickly after she came home from the hospital. She is truly an inspiration. (with a mouth)

The answer to my question. Where are we a year later? We've lived and learned, laughed and cried, and when we reflect I know that I wish I were a lot better person and that I need to continue to strive to be better every day. I know that my life, and those whom I love, are in God's hands and that He truly has a plan for all of us. I know I need to count my blessings more and point out others downfalls less. I need to keep the things that are important close and block out the rest of the world. More importantly though.... I need to do this NOW, because who knows what is in store for tomorrow?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Camp Wilderness

We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Friday Jim took off work so him and I went on a nice long horse back ride. We had planned on leaving early, and we did, but it took awhile to load his horse Kayak into the trailer. Did you know that pigs and bears smell the same to a horse? The Pringles used our 4 horse trailer for the weekend, so we used their 2 horse trailer that they had last used to haul pigs to slaughter. It made for an interesting few hours of trying to load. Just for the note, his horse has NEVER had a problem loading. NEVER! He is a great horse, just a little spooky. We got home and headed up to camp Wilderness for the weekend. Joining us were... The Bushlings, Tuckers, Hogues, Harbucks, Millers, Richards, and Moffats, plus some other Hurley's and the Minors joining us later. We spent a lot of time up there a few years ago, and we love it. Nothing like sleeping in a cabin and then having a shower to clean up at night, plus a flush toilet never hurt either. The kids got so dirty, the dirt up there is like flour and just dusts everything.

It's a traditional picture for the Hurley girls to do the mid air jump. Tabi and I have one, but I've decided not to share that one. After the big girls did one, the little girls did one...

Jim had a lot of little friends up there. It's no secret that Jim loves babies, Elle was one of his best buddies, it helped that he gave her fruit, and candy and Cheetos. I don't know that Krissy and Dylan liked it so much, but Elle even found our cabin to come ask Jim for snacks.

Kenny Bushling played games with the kids one night, and they all loved it. It was a lot of fun to watch too. After the games they went down to roast marshmallows by the camp fire. The sweets must have lured the bears in, because that night we had a bear get into the locked cages to get the trash.

Yes, Alex did go with us, but for some reason I have No pictures of him. Maybe because he was off playing or flirting with the cute girls up there. We didn't see him a whole lot.

Now, not to get anyone in trouble, but Marci took her sweet little Jayda up there and just left the poor baby alone. This sweet little girl had to find things to do for herself. I know Marci said on her blog not to believe me, but let the pictures speak for themselves...This is the ONLY picture you will see with Marci and Jayda together.(notice how Jada is pulling away....)I later found the baby climbing on this rock, I thought I heard her saying, "has anyone seen my mommy?" but I don't' want to start rumors because I'm not really sure.

I then found her playing with dangerous chemicals and playing in the toilet. Maybe she was trying to potty train herself?
I guess she had enough and was trying to run away, luckily I caught her before she got too far. I immediately took her back to her mommy, but it wasn't such a good idea because THIS is what happened to her for the rest of the trip....I guess it was a good enough babysitter. Notice the pine cone that she left for little Jayda to play with. Now, Marci may be great at so many things... carmel popcorn, happy thoughts, cleaning, baking, blogging and so many others but I will let you be the judge on this one. (told you I would get you Marci!)

I hope everyone knows I am just kidding and that no babies were harmed in the taking of these photos.