Sunday, December 27, 2009

Request for Inspiration

Trevor (left) and his companion preparing to harvest.

Hey all!
As you know, Melanie's brother, Trevor, is serving his mission in Kobe, Japan. Trevor's birthday is coming up, and we wanted to send him some inspirational talks as a birthday present. To this end, please let us know of any speeches or talks that have inspired you to live better. We are hoping to send him quite a collection...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Presenting Bennett

We have had two recent surprise performances by Bennett.

The first happened at the ward Christmas party. As the narrator began to tell the nativity story Bennett pulled the curtains on the stage apart and made his grand entrance along the stage edge, as every mother in the audience cringed waiting for him to fall. Thankfully I got there quickly and the crisis was averted. He, of course, basked in the attention.

His most recent performance happened last night at the Stake Christmas Concert. For those of you that have not been, it is fantastic. I have gone to the performances at the Conference Center, and I have to say, our stake holds its own. The concert included this year the choir, orchestra, children's choir, handbell choir and the state Drill Team. Through the first half Bennett was really good. We were sitting right by the percussion (easy access to a door out) and he was entertained by all that was going on.

At intermission Kevin decided to see if he could get him to go to sleep and began the process of pushing him around in the stroller outside. The concert resumed and Kevin was still out walking. The choir and orchestra were performing The Little Drummer Boy and from our seats we had a great view of the drummer, being at the other end of the pew from him. As I was admiring the drummers talent I see Bennett walk in another door, right next to the drummer. He wanders in the door and up to the drummer and then stops to look around. I am in shock and can't see Kevin anywhere, but have no way to get to Bennett through the people on our pew.

Finally Bennett sees me and I motion for him to come. I thought he would come through our pew, and being little he could have climbed over everyone. He must have thought it was too crowded though because he chose to go around, which involved walking through the percussion section. Thankfully he made his way straight over while the handbell choir gasped about this runaway child wandering through the orchestra, and no percussionists were injured in the incident.

Here is to many more embarrassing moments to come, right?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Santa Is Just Not That Cool

In Bennett's defense,
he finally met Santa at 8pm
on a day that he hadn't had a nap.

Maybe next year, right!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Life is Average

Just a few thoughts to make you laugh...

The other day, I had my wisdom teeth out, and I was on some pretty good drugs. I called my professor to tell him that I wasn't going to be in class, and I thought I left him a normal message. Today I came back, and he played it for the entire class. Apparently I'm secretly deathly afraid of buses, feeling rather like a blue monkey, and was also looking forward to going to the fair with him next week. Also, I offered to sell him one of my teeth. MLIA

Today, my fifth grade students were concerned because I wasn't feeling well. I get horrible cramps every month and need to sit down for them. One of my students comes up to me with a smiles and whispers to me 'Your secret is safe with me. I know you're a werewolf, like Remus Lupin, because you get mean every month and it's the full moon tonight too.' I growled a 'thank you' to my student who proceeded to run away smiling. Oh how I love my kids.

Today I went over to my boyfriends house to surprise him when I saw him digging a hole big enough for a human. When I asked him what was going on he told me his neighbnors had been peeping on him and he wanted to spook them. Then the grabed my shoulders and said'go along with it" then he pretend head butted me and threw me into the ditch and started to fillit up. The screams from next door? Priceless.MLIA

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This little stinker said "Thank You" when I put him down for his nap this morning.

No really Ben, thank you!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bumps In The Night

Last night at about 9:30 I was getting ready for bed. Kevin was still at work (it has been one of those weeks for him), Bennett had long since been asleep and all was quiet in the house. As I was getting ready for bed I heard a crash from somewhere inside the house. Of course, being home alone late at night, my first thought is that someone is breaking into the house. It was after all almost completely dark in the house and there was no car in the driveway.

I stopped for a minute and waited to see if there were any other noises. After what was probably only a minute Bennett started screaming. Not the "hey I just woke up and I am not too happy about it" type of cry, but rather the "someone is seriously hurting me and I am in major pain" type of cry. This forced the issue of having to actually leave my room to face the almost certain unwanted intruder who was now torturing my child.

I flipped on lights as I went through the house, but when I reached Ben it was just him in his crib and no one standing next to him with a knife. Bennett and I then went from room to room flipping on the lights to check for someone or something that could have made that noise. When we got to the kitchen we found the wreath from above the pantry door on the floor, having exploded into a sawdust mess when it hit the floor.

I guess next time before I assume someone is in the house and going to kill me, I should check for suicidal wreaths. (Similar thing happened two weeks ago during the day-the wreath on our front door tried to plunge to its untimely death, however I was able to piece it back together again). That is definitely the more likely and favorable option.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

He's Official!

All sworn in now; he's an official lawyer.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Happy Halloween

From one happy monkey to you.

This picture has wedding video written all over it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Just when you think it is safe to shower by yourself...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's Official...

...the cute guy on the left passed the bar.

There will be singing and dancing in the streets tonight!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Off to Jasper

Since we thought Vancouver was a little disappointing, we left for Jasper a day early.

We were greeted first by this amazing waterfall.

We were fascinated by the amazing color of the lakes. The water was so clear this sunken boat was easy to spot. This was the first lake we spotted on a hike called Valley of the Five Lakes.

Within a minute of taking this picture Ben fell in the water.

And this is how that hike ended after his spill.
This is where we camped. It was beautiful and it felt like no one else was camping around us.

All in all, Jasper was amazing and breathtakingly beautiful. I think if Kevin could figure out a way for us to live there he would do it in a heartbeat.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I think the reason I have been delaying writing this post is because after Victoria, Vancouver just wasn't that impressive.

Sorry Vancouver.

We spent most of our time there in Stanley Park, which Bennett had this to say about it:

Not because of this guy...

But, because of this guy...

Who knew cute little sheep could be so frightening?!?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

We Fell in Love with Victoria

How could you not love a place with gardens like this?Or castles like this?Or this?For some reason Bennett preferred chasing the geese.If anyone knows what this traffic sign means or why he is wearing a hat please let us know.
We stayed right by Parliament. We loved walking by it multiple times a day. But best of all, we fell in love with the sunsets on the harbour.
Victoria, we will be back.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Twilight Zone

While camping at Olympic National Park the closest town to us was...That's right. This is the closest town which we ended up buying a tent in. (Yes, supposedly at the sporting good store where she worked.)We knew this place was a little Twilight crazy, given that the story takes place here, but nothing can prepare you for something like this:Or the teenage girls circling the truck taking pictures of every inch while crying. I thought at this point I had seen it all; the signs claiming Bella and Edward had been there, restaurants naming dishes after characters and then this truck at the Visitor's Center to top it all off.I just didn't know about this yet:That's right, this is the home of Bella Swan. In my confusion (come on this is a book about a place the author had never been to before involving vampires-it's not supposed to be real!), I finally asked the Visitor's Center what they were referring to when they were pointing out Bella and Edward's homes on a map. She explained that they read the book for descriptions and then picked homes in the town that most closely matched, with the owners permission. Of course I made Kevin drive to see the "homes" of two such popular "stars."Edward's house is actually a Bed & Breakfast you can stay in. Interestingly, they had no vacancies. Supposedly the neighbors aren't too happy about all the extra traffic these two homes are getting.This by far was my favorite sign in town, since it is the only one that seems to acknowledge that Twilight is not real.Kevin wanted to see pretty coastline while were in the area and of course, the Visitor's Center could only recommend La Push, so off we went. These are the logs you have to climb over just to get to the beach.I think this is probably what their weather looks like most of the time. It was actually eerily beautiful, but freezing. Why anyone would swim in this is beyond me.Bennett however did not get the notice that it was cold and kept running for the water. And for one last picture, when you are stuck for 5 hours in Port Angeles waiting for the ferry and they have taken your car to keep your place in line, all the Visitor's Center can recommend is, of course, going to see where Bella and Edward had their first date.