Friday, November 17, 2017


i haven't posted here for 3 years. just testing it out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September - a month in photos

From Top Left: waiting for missionary cousin Bryton at the airport, Gilbert Temple grounds, Father/Daughter campout treats, Father/Daughter campout lunch, fall soccer practice, homemade Brazilian lemonade recipe from my friend Becca was delicious. 2nd Row: Marin loves to draw, Ollie somehow found himself in the most comfortable bed in the house, visiting the kids at lunch recess means kickball fun with the big kids for Marin, Date day with Oliver at the Lego exhibit at the Heard Museum, Hazel playing at Charlotte's, the Lego exhibit was really fun. 3rd Row: Hazel's horse lessons with new trainer, Dave Garcia, Sweet Goodbyes from Ollie - one more hug!, happy Hazel on a horse, my first exchange at the Napa Ragnar, sweet Marin, London & Hazel playing after a crazy rainstorm. 4th Row: Ollie's 10th Birthday Pool Party, Charlotte and Hazel walking home from school, Oliver just before getting his Bear and moving into Webelos, sisters playing at Ollie's soccer practice, Ollie's birthday morning, Wubble fun. Last Row: Pool party, Marin, Hazel at soccer practice, I'm loving his long hair, running selfie on my last leg of the Napa Ragnar, Marin in another desert rainstorm. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August - a month in photos

From top left: cousins playing in grandpa's boat, Hazel lost her top front tooth, Marin has her own room now, Bandu game night, all crashed out in Ollie's room, Marin's first dance class w her friend Mallorie. 2nd Row: Hazel is happiest on a horse, sister love, Ollie's first day of 4th grade, Happy 4th Birthday, Marin, Hazel's first day of 2nd grade, Hazel's first riding lesson with cowboy Dave. 3rd Row: playing in mom & dad's bed, Queen Marin, funny faces at her party, Dave's really a kid at heart, a pretty day at the farm, I love her laugh. 4th Row: Hazel's ready for church, Marin riding the quad by herself, Rock climbing for family night, Ollie's favorite new shades, Marin's 1st day of preschool (2nd year), dropping off kids at the bus stop with dad. Last Row: sweet sleeping Ollie, Marin likes to pick flowers at the park after school, nap time in the car, slicked up hairdos, Arizona sunset, Hazel loves berries. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

horse girl

Yesterday was a rare cool-ish day in August in Arizona (that means under 95º). It felt as if it would rain all day long. Hazel had her first lesson with Cowboy Dave Garcia. The weather held and they were able to ride. Hazel has tried several teachers and we're hoping this one sticks! Especially since the arena is next door! The stirrups on his saddle were just a tad too long - it may be time for us to find her her own saddle. *On a side note: the other day Marin was so confused about why they are called cowgirls and cowboys. She said: "You can just call us horsegirls!"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

1st day of preschool - year two

Marin's 1st day of Preschool (second year). Her smile kills me and it can always cause me to smile too. She is fun and funny and loves to get a little wild and crazy sometimes. She has a brightness and sweetness about her. I love that if she makes a bad choice she is very quick to apologize, give a squeezy hug and say "I love you". My baby!!! Aaaah!

Monday, August 18, 2014

dance class

Marin took her first dance class today. To say she was excited would be an understatement. She is taking the class with her friend Mallorie. I think having her there helped Marin to be less shy. She was so obedient and serious about it. Frequently the teacher would remind them to smile and her beautiful grin would spread across her face. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Marin's 4th Birthday

Marin has been waiting to turn four for a long time! She was so happy that her day is finally here. (*I was a little teary that my baby is getting so big! But on the other hand, no more car seats made it all okay!) Her new sundress and locket are from Grandma Frankie. She wore them all day! 

This was her first party to invite more than cousins. She invited her friend Mallorie and Raelynn from church. They decorated crowns, had their faces painted, played lots of dress-up and Barbies with a grand finale dance party compliments of her dad!
Mallorie, Marin, Raelynn & Lucy 
Happy Birthday dear Marin!

 We love you sweet Marin!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

back to school

*Oliver - almost 10! years old. Mrs. Dewhirst's 4th grade class

*Hazel - 7-1/2 years old. Mrs. Fierro's 2nd grade class

I'm not sure when my kids started looking so grown up, but these first day of school pictures make me realize they are getting! I think it's Ollie's grown out hair and man-sized feet. And I think it's Hazel's "pomp" or "poof" that she requested as her hair style today and the jean jacket that she just had to have (and then wear in the 100º heat!) Notice her missing front tooth that she wiggled at all night the other night so she could finally lose that baby tooth. These smiles make me so happy. 
(*Marin starts her second year of preschool in two weeks. Photos to come.)

Monday, May 19, 2014

The House by the Side of the Road

"There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the place of their self-content;
There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran --
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by --
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner's seat,
Or hurl the cynic's ban --
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan --
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead
And mountains of wearisome height;
That the road passes on through the long afternoon
And stretches away to the night.
But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice,
And weep with the strangers that moan,
Nor live in my house by the side of the road
Like a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road --
It's here the race of men go by.
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish -- so am I;
Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat,
Or hurl the cynic's ban?
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man."

- Sam Walter Foss 

(one of Dave's favorite poems)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January - a month in photos

Top Row from left: just before Marin (and her horse Rainbow) got their tonsils out, leaf pile in January? (only in Arizona!), just before Uncle Dallas pulled a couple of teeth, family time hiking at San Tan mountain park, kids art class - Botanical art and insects, Hazel is fast. Row 2: a nice fall scene in January, Ollie and Dave biked to the Gilbert Temple and back, a Marin-sized cactus, Hazel blowing bubbles on the roof of our house, biking on the dirt road, happiest place on earth. Row 3: Marin waving at the princesses at the Disneyland parade, Ollie playing catch with Dave, happy smiles before a ride with Hazel, buddies, first horse lesson with Tucker and Miss Kayla, loving cousin June at La Jolla Shores. Row 4: Grizzly Rapids - about to get wet, Disneyland here we come!, monkeys on Casey Junior's train, Ollie's first time on California Screamin, girls at La Jolla Cove, light saber battles. Row 5: Jedi Training Academy: Ollie fighting Darth Maul, Marin loves to draw, neighbor kids love the trampoline, Marin and Dave, underwater at the Disneyland Hotel pool, Marin would not let anyone help her with her suitcase - so determined! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

December - a month in photos

From top left: he fell asleep with drumsticks in his hands, learning to climb up to the treehouse, last soccer game of the season, hot air balloon ride, orange picking time, riding quads with friends. 2nd Row: trimming goat hooves with Michaela, snow machine snow is still fun, Ollie's 3rd grade holiday performance, Hazel and neighborhood gang with their mini horses (check out her sweet outfit), riding bikes at Tempe Town Lake, Marin's wink. 3rd Row: Ollie's ugly sweater party at school, reindeer Marin, cowgirl ballerina fairy Marin, a night at the Nutcracker, kids playing tag, Annie's birthday. 4th Row: riding reindeer, our early Christmas present, orange juice!, she draws on everything, Hazel's new pool toy. Last Row: Marin and Annie being really reverent at church, grandma & grandpa visit, Christmas Eve nativity with cousins, our neighbors cute baby lambs, Santa?, New Year's at the Steele's.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

November - a month in photos

From top left: a day at the air force museum with Grandpa, Marin laughing down a slide, sunset from Hazel's balcony, Ollie and Dad time, girls posing in the church parking lot, school bingo night. 2nd Row: Marin playing in the rain, gangsta Dave, chatting with cousin June, Turkey trot with Grandma, Ollie checking on the chickens in their new home, Marin climbing up a slide. 3rd Row: Marin visiting Hazel and cousin London at school, fall family photo, reading in bed with Ollie, Hazel climbs, Marin's new "quad", Ollie and Griffin playing in the front yard. 4th Row: Thanksgiving feast in 1st grade, Thanksgiving Day deliciousness, Marin in too big boots, Dave pruning front yard trees, fall family photos, Hazel balancing in the backyard. Last Row: Pecan picking time with grandma Frankie, Grandma and Grandpa at Thanksgiving dinner, more family photos in the backyard, Marin loves books, Hazel taking the golf cart out for an evening spin, goodbye hugs for grandpa. 

fall family photos

Friday, November 1, 2013

October - a month in photos

Top from left: cousins at the zoo, Hazel playing cowgirl at London, Marin, bike ride wagon rides, orange smiles, bike rides. 2nd row: goalie, pumpkin patch, bat Hazel, feeding pets, autopia, smiles for dad. Row 3: new super suit, beach buddies, Pacific Beach, Yuma dunes, new baby chicks, Midway Mania. Row 4: Halloween with cousins, super Marin, shoulder rides, pumpkin designs, Leia and her Jedi, girls in Cars land. Last Row: the new guy at work, Tom Sawyer's island, pumpkins carved, Cars ride, carousel love, trunk or treat. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

September - a month in photos

From top left: Rollerskating with Lizzy & London at Skateland, Marin tries the guitar, Hazel & London ride home from the bus stop on the side of the Jeep, Hazel perfecting her front flip, riding on the trailer with Uncle Doug, Ollie on the other side of the Jeep. 2nd Row: Hazel presenting Ollie's birthday breakfast, Hazel painting Tom's toenails, Ollie turns 9!, splashing in rainstorm puddles, mermaid Marin, Hazel playing games while we play ultimate frisbee. 3rd Row: Hazel and Ollie gaming it up, a tutu and boots on a quad, flipside photobooth fun, Marin waiting at Hazel's horse lessons, self proclaimed "wacky party" wear, catching raindrops. 4th Row: riding lessons with Alex at Crossroads, farm play, Everett's mini bowling birthday party, Ollie!, Hazel's first lesson with Candi, Tempe Center for the Arts. Last Row: Hazel, Make a wish!, doing homework together, I curled my hair!, Tempe Center for the Arts, play group at the farm. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

August - a month in photos

Top Row from left: "Frenchie" and waterfights down Desolation Canyon, back to school, Bandu family game night, Oliver, 3rd Grade - Mrs. Alvarado, Hazel and MaryJane on Deso, amazing sunset at Arches Nat'l Park. 2nd Row: Hazel, 1st Grade - Mrs. Silveira, Marin on Deso (by Annie Payne), Marin's birthday, Marin's birthday cousin swim party, Marin doing monkey crawls in her new swimsuit from grandma Frankie, Ollie ducky-ing on Deso. 3rd Row: Bandu champ?, Hazel's "Saige" dress, Kids at Rock Creek Ranch, Hazel and "Big Time", Hazel's thoughtful gifts for Marin, Lime "O-gurt" for breakfast. 4th Row: Cameron, Hazel and Renae, Hazel's selfie, Marin's new ballet suit from Aunt Mary, Books and kitty protection, biking to the bus stop, Marin loves her American Girl doll. Last Row: keeping cool on the Green River, 1st day of preschool, skating at the church, Turret Arch at sunset (Arches), Ollie hiking to petroglyphs and rock collecting on Deso, Annie and Ollie on the raft. What a memorable month!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

first day of preschool

My baby headed off to preschool with a giddy smile this morning. Her sweet smile melts me. She is so happy to be "big" now. 
How time flies!! 

Monday, August 12, 2013

first day of school

Back to school. Back to school. La la la. 
They are getting so big! I sure love these kids. 
Oliver - 3rd      Hazel - 1st

Thursday, August 1, 2013

July - a month in photos

Top Row from left: Salt Lake Temple Visitors Center Christus, Dave at work, Sleeping at Grandma & Grandpas, in the Joneses VW bus, Ollie loves fireworks, hiking the "Y" w Marin. 2nd Row: Snuggle bugs, Hiking the "Y" with grandma & kids, Marin with sparkler, Thanksgiving Point, Hazel and a giant box of fireworks, cowgirl marin at the other Rigby farm. 3rd Row: Ollie in pool, Hogwarts Day at Thanksgiving Point - wand making with Grandma, 4th of July fireworks - Parker, Hazel, Kate, Before the Provo Parade, Hazel at the other Rigby farm jumping on to the tramp, Dave's Northwest Ragnar 80's theme. 4th Row: Marin swinging in Lewis' backyard, Kali our new pig sleeping with Squirt, Spencer and Ollie enjoying otter pops at Grandma's, Free meals for people dressed as cows, Hazel and Parker in Lewis' backyard, rest stop on our way to Utah. Last Row: Ollie, Renae, Cameron, Griffin, Kate and Marin twinner swimsuits, Hazel riding Tom at Crossroads farm, Kanab pit stop, Snow cones with the Garn's, Climbing around at Cliff Dwellers on our way home from Utah. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

June - a month in photos

Top Row from Left: Ollie helping with the dishes, Hazel: playing is serious business, cousins on the swim team, peaceful sleeper, Marin waiting during Hazel's horseback riding lessons, me. 2nd Row: Boogie boarding with Dad, Marin & Dave, Ollie at a swim meet, Hazel's creative paper horse, Marin & Dave, Marin eating gelato. 3rd Row: Thumbsucker snuggling on the beach, view from the beach house, Annie jumping into Mattson pool full of ball pit balls, Dave and Hazel, handsome Ollie, Hazel's alone time. 4th Row: Ollie body boarding big waves this year, we're happiest at the beach, Mom and Hazel boogie board time, the fan at the Oceanside pier, Hazel at Big Surf, Ollie loves the ocean. Last Row: girls camp at Taylor Ranch, Ollie night swimming, good times at a swim meet, Hazel learning to care for horses, Dylin and Ollie ride to the pier for souvenirs, Glow party with cousins on the last night of the beach house.