Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to you TWO

On the night of their birthdays Kelsey turned to me and said "Do you realize that all of your children but one are adults?" She has waited, I'm sure it seems like a long time, to turn 18!! I can not believe how fast time has gone. Every year I think back on the day each of them was born and it really doesn't seem that long ago.

Daniel turned 24 on the 19th of March and Kelsey turned the coveted 18. That is so bizarre to me, it wasn't that long ago that I was either one of those ages!!!!!
We used to take them for individual lunches on their birthdays. Frank would take one and I would take the other. Then one year they decided they wanted to have lunch together. After Daniel's mission and the logistics of where everyone is living, we decided that dinners might be best. So for the last two years they have picked Texas Roadhouse to have their birthday dinners.
I hope the two of them have the opportunity to celebrate together many more birthdays. Kelsey has made the statement many times that she hopes that they will always be able to be together on their birthdays and that sad will be the day when they aren't. For the two years Daniel was in Louisana serving his mission, it was very different and Kelsey didn't like it much.
I have so totally enjoyed the celebrating of your birthdays.

Orange is HAPPY Right?

A necessary evil that I've decided isn't too bad.
I'm a freak I know. It's theraputic for me to hear the hum of the washing machine and the tumbling sound of the dryer. I love the smell of clean clothes. I love the thought of sending germs and dirt to their death. I do have to admit that there is the dreaded folding, you can only smell so long and then those babies need to be folded. YUK. So I figured out a way I might be able to tolerate this. PAINT!!!!

I was going for mango and got pumpkin. But hey, orange is orange and it's HAPPY!
Now, honestly I don't mind being in there washing and folding. well ok it doesn't totally fix the drudgery of folding but it's an improvement.
The votes were cast and the replies varied. Sarah said if you were a Bengal (ISU) it'd be great. Kelsey wondered what I was thinking and it was not mango it was tide box orange. Jonathan loved it. Steven said it looked like baby food carrot puke. Must remember to ask him how he would know that. Daniel thought it was awesome. Chris thought it was bright. And bless Frank, he thinks its wonderful, except he keeps wanting to turn the light out in there whenever he walks by.
I myself took a couple of days to get used to it, but now I really like it and I tell the orange haters that when they want to spend as much time as I do in there, they are welcome to paint. Not thinking that will happen any time soon.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paintball - Living the Dream

Chris has been
paintballin for about 4 years now. He absolutely loves it. He plays on a team in Boise and also plays with a guy from Rexburg.
Saturday he went to a tournament in Salt Lake. He's gone to a couple of tournaments there. He didn't feel like he had played exceptionally well during this tournament. They came in 11th out of 16th. I'm thinking if you can get shot with paintballs at a high rate of speed that's exceptional!!!!!
Friday he asked me if I'd like to come watch him play! I was so glad that he asked, so of course I said yes. It's not always he wants his mom around so when he asks I do everything I can to make it happen. So Saturday morning I left for Salt Lake to go watch Chris play. He called me while I was on my way and said they had changed the schedule and that he might be done before I get there. :( I was so sad. I was mad at myself for not leaving earlier and just told him I would get there as soon as I could. I said a silent prayer that I would atleast see him play one game, afterall he asked me to be there. He called me a couple of more times to check on my progress and each time I told him I was hurrying but I would be there. The last time he called he said the tourney people decided that they would take a lunch, so that meant that I would atleast get to see him in two games!!!!
I'm so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father. That He knew how important it was to me that I get there to see Chris play, that prayers are indeed answered, even if that answer is a lunch break.
Chris met me at the car walked me in the building and introduced me as his mom. One of his team mates asked me if I was just stopping in cause I had things to do in Salt Lake or if I made the trip especially to see Chris play. I told him the only reason I came was to see Chris play and root for the team.
It was such a GREAT day. Even if he didn't feel like he played his best. I really enjoyed watching him play. He puts his heart and soul into it. He's always doing some practice move down in his room, I've seen the carpet burns not pretty. He works so hard. Gives new meaning to the words, "LIVING THE DREAM."