Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This was taken after we finished eating dinner on Friday. On another exciting note from our trip, Dan and Suzy announced their engagement to the family on Thursday. I tried to get pictures of that announcement but I don't think they turned out... They are planning on getting married mid march of 2009. I will have pictures to follow from our trip to Virginia City, NV on Saturday. It was a great trip and we are excited to see the family again in March and then we hope to make it down to California again. Hopefully it will not take another 1 and 1/2 years to make it down there.
Monday, November 24, 2008
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,with anticipation.
The thought of a snackbecame infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!
Monday, November 10, 2008
If our kindness this day is just pretending
If we pretend long enough
Never giving up
It just might be who we are
I will have to post that song also. We had a great time and highly recommend the show to anyone who has the chance to see it.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here is Chris watching "It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown"
Ammon and Heather with their pumpkin masterpieces
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
1. Making a trip to the dump
2. Laundry/dishes ect..
3. General Conference on Saturday and Sunday!
4. We are going to dinner at Father Jim's house on Saturday. He is an investigator at our church and was a catholic preacher for a very long time. It should be an interesting dinner, I hope it goes well.
5. Finishing/Starting Christmas presents.
6. Finishing my Halloween projects
7. Teaching the Valient 12 class at church
8. Cleaning the house (it is never-ending)
9. Fixing and selling the Jetta
10. Trying to get out of our cell phone contract
11. Waiting for some new babies.. (Baby Maverick due to come soon! Congrats to Tim and Liz)
12. Work, Work, Work...
13. Getting pictures taken for Christmas cards
That is a little list of how we keep busy. We also are watching the Band of Brothers series (Chris got it for his birthday), and Back to the Future (Chris bought the box set for his birthday). Cooper has a few new toys that my mom bought for him, he is a spoiled grandpuppy. We hope all is well with everyone else.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
For our 1 year anniversary we went on a road trip/camping trip around Olympic National Park. We visited the Hoh Rain Forest, and the ocean. We camped at a Forest Service Campground that was $5.00 a night and nice because we had a site off all by ourselves. Unfortunatly it started raining pretty hard in the morning and our tent started leaking. We packed up our site in the rain and then headed off to the rain forest. We had a great wet hike through the Hall of Mosses trail at the Hoh Rain Forest. After that we drove over to the ocean, stopping to see a few sites on the way, and trying to find some food to eat, because it was raining and we didn't feel like cooking in the rain. The ocean was lots of fun because it stopped raining and we got to play on the beach with Cooper. He loves the Ocean! All in all it was a great trip, we were tired when we got home, but have some good stories and some great memories.
On August 25th we ate our wedding cake that had been in the freezer for a whole year, and it was actually still very good. For Labor Day weekend we went shoe shopping on Saturday, to my friend Ali's wedding reception on Saturday night, and then we headed out to my families lake house for the rest of the weekend. We spent some time in the kayaks, and went swimming a couple times. We had fun relaxing the rest of the time with my family that was there.
This was a somewhat random recap of what we have been doing. We miss everyone who we don't get to see often enough. I hope everyone is well.
Monday, August 11, 2008
This has been a wonderful year, and I feel so blessed to have been given such a wonderful husband who cares for me so well. Who always makes sure that I know how much he loves me, and who believes in me when I don't believe in myself. It has been so wonderful to experience being married, and growing together as a couple. I am just so happy and blessed!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
1911 Maxwell, one of only 86 known remaining.
I like the stain glass windows, a very nice touch.
I think this one won "Best of Show" I mean why wouldn't it??
Sunday, June 08, 2008
I haven't written on the blog for a little while, so I thought I would bring everyone up to date. Last Saturday Steph and I went shopping at every yard sale and church rummage sale that we could find... several hours and $75 later this is what we ended up with: Graco carseat and stroller set, 2 dresses, child's coat rack, unopened "no room at the inn" 1000 piece puzzle, 2+ bags of children's clothing, 40-50 children's books, 10 LDS books, miscellaneous other children's toys and puzzles, 2 travel sized pillows, a few rolls of fabric, and a bag of cotton stuffing. What did we buy all of this junk for? There are many reasons, the first of which is to help us to get our home daycare idea rolling. The other reasons range from because it was a good deal, to it looked interesting, to we needed it for ourselves. Later that same week we went to the local bike shop which just happened to be having a going out of business sale. Once again we bought a few things that we were in need of to get our exercise routine started and spent next to nothing doing it. We were feeling very thrifty and tried to get the most "bang for our buck".
We are both still working at Kindercare and I am becoming more comfortable around children. I, at times, really enjoy my new line of work (it's great to get paid to play Foosball!). Of course the other end of the spectrum exists regularly as well, some days I just want to pull my hair out and relish thoughts of changing tires for a living, but those thoughts usually vanish by the end of the day.
Lastly, I am attending a new student orientation at CBC (the local community college) Tuesday of next week. I am anxious to get the whole college experience started. Similarly, I performed an oral interview with the local electrical apprenticeship committee and just wanted to brag about my score... A 91%!
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
This past Saturday Stephanie and I took a road trip. We were just sitting on our bed in the morning when she asked me if we had any plans for the day. I thought for a moment and then replied "I don't think so..." She then proceeded to say "Let's go on a road trip! I haven't taken you on one of those yet have I?" The answer was no, she was astounded, and we took off for the day. As we left Richland the only destination in mind was south to Oregon. As we crossed into the next state I asked if we could go to Joseph, OR. I remember having gone there about 5 1/2 years ago and I thought she would really enjoy the scenery. We looked at the map, found our route and headed that way. We tried to be as spontaneous as possible, stopping any time we thought something might make a memory... or a good picture... A little bit after we reached the far side of Pendleton food started to become prevalent in our minds. We stopped at a place called "Cody's" for lunch. It was a small restaurant next to a big rig fueling station. The food was decent and the people were nice, but we had finished eating, so we left to continue our adventure. On the way to our next stop we came upon a vista while climbing a mountain slope. When we paused to take a look we realized that we could see 2 mountains off in the distance (I found out later that they are Mount Hood and Mount Adams) and it was a beautiful sight. Somewhere in between there and La Grande, we drove through an unexpectedly well maintained campground. The snow was probably 2' deep and yet the roads were plowed and there were cars and people there! Upon continuing our investigation of this peculiar camping area we found out that there were cabins there and that the people were staying in those and not tents (thank heaven!). As we drove through La Grande, OR we got lost (only a little though), and on our exit we saw "the new outlet grocery store", or "Grocery Outlet", which apparently had it's grand opening that very same day. The sun was getting low and we were worried that we might not reach Wallowa Lake before sunset. Unanimously, we decided we needed to limit our stopping so often, in attempt to get pictures of the frozen river "flowing" through the snow covered mountains. When we arrived in Joseph, it was still light, and we were driven to see the lake before it was dark. A few miles later and we saw a glorious view of the lake... It was covered in ice! I had no idea that it would be frozen over like that! We hurried along, got to the campground entrance, and gazed astonishingly at the wonderful views, but not after stopping to figure out what had caused a blue mountain of ice that was still spurting water out the top! The lake was so serene, and the people we met there told us they lived about an hour away and visited Lake Wallowa often and liked it most in the winter because of the lack of crowds. They also said they had never seen the lake frozen like this before and they were surprised to see it so. We asked them to take a picture of us, which they were happy to do, and we thanked them for being so friendly, but it was getting cold for us and Cooper had turned into a snowball once again, so we decided to head back to Joseph. Once there we thought we should have dinner before our trip home. We looked around for some good food, and our decision was to eat at a place called "Outlaw Restaurant & Saloon" (unfortunately I did not get a picture of the place). It was decorated nicely for the upcoming holiday of Valentine's Day, and the people were friendly and attentive. Stephanie ordered their French dip, and I arrived at the choice of chicken strips. When the food arrived, it was HOT! My chicken was good, and I tried some of Stehp's French Dip. When I did this I found out that I had definitely ordered the lesser meal. I was glad to help her out when she could not finish her meal and must say that is the best French Dip I have ever eaten. Deciding the route to go home was the next step, I suggested that we go a different way than the one we came in on, Stephanie agreed, and we started back home. About an hour form Joseph we began climbing a pass through the Blue Mountains and we found out quickly why The man at the "Outlaw" was somewhat surprised to hear that we were going back to the Tri-Cities through Walla Walla. The pass was icy and snow covered the road. I was reduced to putting the truck in 4 wheel drive and doing about 35 mph! It was amazing that people (2 trucks) passed me and probably going 50! On ice! Coming off the pass we saw a lot of lights and I must say... I had no idea that Walla Walla was that big of a place. Old town was pretty neat though, and we can now say that we've been to Walla Walla. We arrived home late, and did little before going to bed... What an adventure! I might also make mention that we are now planning to go back to Lake Wallowa to honeymoon for our 1 year anniversary. We want to stay in one of the cabins there and since Labor day is right after our anniversary, we are planning on taking a long weekend to go explore that area some more. These are, however, just ideas, and we may not be able to fulfill them, but we are going to try!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since 12 March 1995.
The Church president died at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night from causes incident to age. Members of his family were at his bedside. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Hinckley’s funeral within the next few days.
Snow in Richland. We woke up this morning to snow on the ground, and it is still snowing right now. The Tri-Cities area rarely gets this much snow and when it happens people just stay home. For the first time in years they canceled church, so no one needed to travel on the icy roads. It was reported to me that last night because of the ice there was a City of Richland Plow truck overturned in a ditch. This becuase all of Saturday there was freezing rain/hail and reported up to two inches of ice on the roads. We are having quite the winter storm over here. It is not all bad though in fact it gave Chris, Cooper, and I the chance to play in the snow. We tried to have a snowball fight and make a snowman, however the snow was a little too dry. It was still fun, we made some snow angels and had a great time.
Pictures taken by: Stephanie Appel