Sunday, May 21, 2006

Our the middle of our street...Our house

What to talk about? Hmmm....

Our week was good. We had Standard's Night on Tuesday for young women's. It started out with a few hiccups, but finished well. Some of the girls said they liked it...the others said it was boring, but you can't please everyone.

Mostly we just hung out at home. We had to watch the second to last Alias on Wednesday. I'm so glad they brought Vaughn back. I don't really think they were planning to, but so many people, including myself, stopped watching when he died, that they had to bring him back.

Lost was interesting, but we didn't really know what was going on since we haven't been watching as religiously as we used to.

Brent had to work 11-1/2 hours on Thursday. I felt sorry for him. He was pretty tired. He hasn't had to work that long of a day since Hawaii.

Friday night, we headed over to Ryan and Marcela's to have a birthday dinner for Ryan. It was fun! Good food, good times. Brent helped Ry build their new crib. Only 10 more weeks. Marcela is getting quite big. We can really tell since we don't see her every week. I could even see the baby kicking her. It was kind of funny. Well, funny for me. I don't think Marcela likes those kicks too much. Oh, we gave Ryan some legos. He was very excited. Engineers love legos!

Happy Birthday to Steve on Saturday! We called, but I guess they were out having fun, so...Happy Birthday!

Brent had to work Saturday morning too. When he got home, we went around to some more plant places so I can drool over what I want to plant in our yard.

That's about it. Nothing too exciting. Oh, Brent reminded me that he has more brothers and sisters than I have cousins. That's weird, isn't it?

Oh, these pictures are from last week. Kind of fun! We went to Manchester Park. It was fun to go on a little hike and be by the water.

This is Mt Rainier. You can only see it on clear days!

This is the ferry that runs from Bremerton to Seattle. It takes about an hour. Brent always says, why take a harbor tour, just take the ferry and look out the window!

Have a great week!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Bye Papa

Well, last week wasn't the greatest week for me. My grandpa passed away on May 7th. He hadn't really been sick, I just think he was tired with life. As my mom said at the funeral...he is now free from the body that gave out on him. So, it's good, but sad at the same time. (This picture is from a LONG time ago! If you can't tell, I'm the one on the left, my cousin Jennifer is on the right. Our moms took us to get pictures taken, but the photographer had a beard, so he scared us. We wouldn't stop crying until Grandpa held us.) That's my Papa!

I don't know why, but I knew that Grandpa had died while we were at church. I just started crying and crying. I knew that there would be a message on the answering machine when we got home. It was good to be prepared.

So, I went to work on Monday and told them I wasn't going to be there until the next Monday (today) because I had to go to my grandpa's funeral. I was completely prepared to quit if they had a problem with that, but luckily, they didn't.

My sweet Brent was such a help to me! He completely took over and even got two days off so he could come to the funeral with me. I am so lucky and thankful to have him as my husband! :)

We flew in on Tuesday and Grandpa's funeral was Wednesday. It was a nice graveside service. There were a lot of people there. Has to make you feel good, right? He was and is very loved and will be missed.

Brent flew home Wednesday afternoon and I staid until Friday. It was good to spend time with my family. Thank you all for your care and support to me through this time! I really do appreciate it.

Since all of my cousins were together for the first time in a long time, I made us get a picture taken. Starting from the left: Adam, James, Jenny, Me, Jennifer. Yep, that's all my cousins! Small family, I know. Cute picture though!

Court's birthday was on the 7th. Happy 30th Court! :) She happened to be in Utah on Tuesday, so we got to see each other for a few minutes on Tuesday night. It was fun. Unfortunately, I was mobbed by Sarah, so I didn't get to talk much to Court, but I was glad to see her. I don't know if my-cat-who-lives-with-my-parents George is over getting mauled by Chloe. She just loves cats! It's cute. Kyle loves boys. He didn't want to play with me, but he loved Brent. Lucky Brent!

Oh, I almost forgot. When we flew to Utah, we passed right by Mt Rainier. It was a gorgeous day and I think this is a cool picture!

So, I got home on Friday night. It was a really long week, but I couldn't relax because we had to speak on Mother's Day. I am not a huge fan of Mother's Day anyway and I especially don't like the consolation prize I get for being a girl over a certain age on Mother's Day. The talks went well. I really liked Brent's. It was cute! He really likes that mom of his. I like my mom too, but my talk was a little bit different. I just didn't feel like talking about mother's per se. I talked about great women in my life! Someone told me that it was one of the best talks they had ever heard. He's a really nice guy, so I'm pretty sure he says that to everyone, but it was still nice to hear.

We spent last night having chocolate cake and playing games with some new friends from our ward. It was quite fun. We played the phase 10 dice game. We have, of course, played Phase 10, but this was the first time with dice. Brent won. Beginners luck. I don't get that very often.

It was 80 today. A beautiful day! Too bad I was at work, not home working on our yard. Brent was home though since it's his day off. He really wanted to get this picture, so he sat at the table and waited until a hummingbird came up. We have a TON of them. (Or just one greedy one) When I was little, my Grandma Sally would make everyone stop in their tracks and be quiet so the hummingbird would eat. It was cute!

Have a great day! Sorry if this took forever to load, but I just wanted to catch up with the pictures!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Spring has most definitely Sprung!

Hello All,

Surprisingly enough, it hasn't been two weeks since I posted. I'm amazed too. This is a very calm week for me. I just had YW's last night, and then I can do whatever I want. It's kind of fun! Unfortunately, Brent has meetings tonight, but...we can't possibly think that we should be home together at night. That's crazy!

Things are going well around here. We've had a lazy week so far. Neither of us have really felt like doing anything. I keep looking at the north side of our house and thinking how I really should weed, but...I haven't yet.

Tonight, I thought that the girl was going to come and wash my car, but she hasn't showed up yet. It's after 8 pm, so I'm pretty sure she's not coming. The sun goes down pretty late this time of year, but it's still pretty dark. (Oh, if you are wondering what I'm talking about, the YW had an auction for camp and I beat out the president for a car wash. Taylor has no idea what she's getting into. I don't think my car has been washed since before we went to Hawaii. The rain does an ok job, but that's just ridiculous!)

At work, I have become the I.T. person, which is kind of scary, because I'm really not that good. They just got tablet pc's and wireless printers, so they get put on my desk. "Hey Ashley, set these up ok?" Well, I don't know anything about wireless and my on-the-phone help line (aka Brent) doesn't know anything about wireless either. I've been working on it for the past two days. I finally gave up and set the printer up to work with the USB cable.

Jared called yesterday while I was at work, so Brent called him back while I was at YW's. When I asked how Jared and Katie were doing, Brent said, "Good." I hope they talked more than that!

I feel like I'm rambling, but hey, that's me!

Oh, I almost forgot...AGAIN! Brent was mad that I forgot to tell you about my surprise! Last Tuesday night while I was at YW's, he went grocery shopping. When I got home, he was acting so funny. Finally, he said that there was a surprised hidden somewhere in the house. I finally found it! It was the t-shirt sheets I've been wanting from Fred Meyer! They are red with hibiscus on them. I kept visiting them whenever we went shopping, but they were kind of expensive. Well, they were on sale and Brent had a coupon. It was very exciting! He's so nice!

The picture of the day is of Meg and Tay. This is from Christmas. I love this picture!

Amazing Race is the best show!

Have a great time! Oh, and yes, Jess, we do have a big backyard. Brent is having fun mowing it with his little push mower. :)