Friday, September 28, 2007

The wait is over!!

The wait is over. The office is back!! It's been a long summer of reruns, but last night we finally got to continue "The Office". This is the only show that we watch faithfully. We love it!! We kicked off season 4 with a party at our friends, the Daws, and enjoyed the full hour premiere. What fun!!!
You can go to Angie's blog to see pictures of the fun party. I forgot to take any, I was a little into the show.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Funny Anna

This is the dialogue between Anna and I last night:

Amber: You girls need to clean this up so we can go to Uncle Jarom's birthday party.

Anna: How many is Jarom?

Amber: He's 32.

Anna: Is he going to die?

We're glad you're still sticking around Jarom, hopefully you can hold on another year.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Happy Birthday, Jarom!

You're how old?! Just kidding, Jarom. We wish you the best 32nd birthday, ever!! Have a great day and maybe you can convince your boss to let you take some time off and go to lunch or something. Happy Birthday!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Catching Up

The fair has come and gone, but I thought I'd post a few pictures that I never got around to doing. It was a noisy and crazy week at our house full of lots of noise, traffic, and dust.

This is the view from our back door. Isn't that lovely? The empty field behind our house became free parking for many fair goers.

This is a view from the back door at night. Notice the giant spotlights? Ya, they stay on all night. When I got up at 5 in the morning, it looked more like it was 7. It was a little hard to sleep. One night Justin had to go sleep on the couch downstairs because the shows were so noisy. Despite all of the inconvenience, we do love the fair and everyone who stops by our house to visit. (Except for Uncle Kent, since he didn't bother. jk)

We finally made it over for a quick trip on Friday night to get some great food and let the kids ride on a couple rides (highway robbery). The kids had a fun time and Ellie still talks about how disgusting the 800? lb pig was.

On Thursday, Ellie's class at school had their own little fair. Ellie took a sunflower from our garden to display and other kids took squash, pumpkins, and baked goods. It was really cute. She was so excited to bring it home and have her own flower for her bedroom.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

First Day on the Job!

Today is Justin's first day on the new job at Northwest Cosmetics. I couldn't believe how calm he remained. I wouldn't have been able to sleep, oh wait, I still couldn't. I told him we had to do a picture like the kid's first day of school pictures, but when I told him to get his planner, he said I was pushing it a little too far.
Anna, Justin, and Ellie.
I wish Justin the best of luck and to bring home lots of dough (just kidding, kind of).

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Sister, Natalie

Congratulations, Natalie on your new job!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The End of an Era (An 8 1/2 Year Era)

Bye, Bye, Melaleuca!!!

The time has finally come. Today is Justin's last day working for Melaleuca!! Although he's enjoyed his time there, I think he's pretty excited to leave. It has been hard for me to prepare for this adjustment. Justin was working there before we got married, so we pretty much don't know anything but Melaleuca.

I told Justin I'm really going to miss getting a product check every month, (Esther, we might be hitting you up), but I won't miss the awful summer picnic and Christmas party. Now I won't feel like I have to go to all of those boring, dreadful parties hoping to win something and always walking away with nothing.

Justin's pretty excited for a change and I wish Melaleuca the best of luck trying to replace him!! jk

Bowling with the Fam

Last night for Family Home Evening we decided to take the kids bowling, (you know to brush up on their skills for when we join the leagues). We had a good time. Anna loved it, but Ellie and Ogden lost their patience toward the end. Ogden didn't bowl the last two frames and Ellie didn't do the last and they still beat me. I must really stink! It drove Justin nuts that I didn't care if I lost or not, but that just makes it more fun to lose.
The balls are a little big for Ogden. Finally, something that slows him down. Just watch out when he drop kicks it. Yes, Clay, we got him to do it again.
Anna had a ball and was really good, too. She beat everyone but Justin by a long shot. That must be why she enjoyed it a little more than the rest of them.

Afterwards, we realized we forgot to get a picture of Ellie bowling, so she settled for one at Rupe's instead. Yes, that's right, we topped the night off with Root beer ice cream, fries, and scotch and soda from Rupe's. Yum!!

I had to get a shot of the cute little shoes on Ogden. They made me laugh every time I saw them.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Birthday, Aric!

It's Aric's big day!! We hope you have a great day with your girls and that they treat you extra special. I'm sure Sally has something yummy involved. You have now been deemed the funny Uncle by many fellow bloggers. Way to go and keep up the good work.
Happy Birthday!
(Sorry about the late post. I've been having a few computer problems today.)

Monday, September 10, 2007

It's Zack's Big Day!!

Today my nephew, Zack, turns the big #8. We're so excited for him and the good kid he is. We have so much fun with him and his curious mind. We hope you have a great day, Zack, and don't party too hard (that means eat too much candy).

Happy Birthday, Zack!!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Emily's Blessing

Over the Labor Day weekend, we were able to go to Provo for my new niece, Emily's, blessing. It was such a fun weekend. On Saturday, my dad, Barry, Justin and I got to go to the BYU game. Although it wasn't the most exciting game I've attended, it was still nice to see them beat Arizona this year. It was a hot day, but a lot of fun.
Sunday was Emily's blessing, so of course, plenty of pictures were taken of the the cute little thing. She's such a good baby.
Camille and Barry with Emily after the blessing.
Camille and Emily, and yes, that is a giant telescope coming out of Camille's head, and my dad in the background. This is the only picture I could find with any of my parents in it. I know some were taken, I just didn't get a hold of any of them.
I realized on Monday afternoon that I had forgotten to take any pictures the whole time we were there, so these are all borrowed from my mom.

Amber, Justin, Camille, Barry, Clay, and Jenn all after the blessing.

We had such a fun weekend and it was so nice to get to see everyone and Clay and Jenn's new place. Emily is Barry and Camille's fifth child and the only other blessing I've been able to attend was Neal's, their first, so this was pretty neat for me. I'm so excited they live close enough for us to visit now!
Thanks Hillams for a great weekend and for putting us up.

Thursday, September 6, 2007


On Monday, my dad, Justin, Barry, and Clay all went golfing in Provo and Clay hit a hole-in-one!! It was so exciting for the guys. Barry called us when it happened and told us to get a party going for Clay when he got back. The kids all got together and made a little sign for him, blew up balloons, hung streamers outside, and threw water balloons at him when he arrived and my mom and Neal ran to the store and got him a cake.
All the guys after the big match. Clay, Barry, Dad, Justin.
Of course, Justin looked up the probability of hitting a hole in one for the average golfer, and it's a 12,700 to 1 chance. For a pro, it's slightly lower at 3700 to 1. Pretty impressive, wouldn't you say?!!
We kept joking that we were going to have it put in the paper but I don't think many people would be impressed since there's a guy named Clay Ogden, the same age as our Clay, from Layton who is an amateur golfer who went to BYU.
So, we're going to settle for a blog post,instead.

Clay and Jenn posing with the yummy cake we had to celebrate!!

Way to go, Clay!! (and excellent job on the birdie, Barry)

I'm hoping to have more pictures from our Labor Day trip to Provo later.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Kindergarten Has Started!

Today was Anna's first day of Kindergarten. It's also her last until Friday. I can't believe the schedules they put these kids through. Like I expected, she wasn't nervous but very excited once the time came. She's such a tiny little girl. It's so cute to see her little body walking to the bus stop and carrying a big backpack.
I've decided I was crazy for buying her new school clothes. Just getting ready to go to the bus stop, she fell in the mud twice. I had awful thoughts of what her teacher was going to think of me when she got to school, but I figure she's going to get to know Anna sooner or later, so there's nothing I can really do about it.
My camera wasn't working before she went to school, so I wasn't able to get any cute pictures of her at the bus stop, but she was so excited to go that she didn't even pay attention to me when I tried to tell her goodbye. I did grab a few pictures on my phone, though. One really cute one of Anna and Little Owen. Becky had stopped by and she and her boys got to accompany us to the bus stop. I think they now realize how crazy our house is.
I got my camera working this afternoon and was able to get some pictures and include Ellie. The girls had such a fun day. I hope there will be many more to come.