Monday, July 28, 2008

1. As a comment on this post, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Rock

Rock that leader Liz carried up the mountainside, just to "show those other leaders"!!

Top of the mountain, where Liz donated her rock and asked if I had any to donate...due to my quick thinking prior to the hike I had removed the ROCKS that had been placed in my bag, and had to just pick up one off the ground and write on it with a sharpie!!!

Little saying that we left under the pillow of fellow leader Carol.

Yes, it's a boulder, that we left in Carol's cot to get her back for the backpack rocks!!!

Due to the fact I was barely pregnant, I had to go home in the middle of the night because I thought that I had the flu and hadn't wanted to get anyone else sick. Lucky for me, it's the Egyptian flu and in nine months I'll be a MUMMY!!!! HA HA HA

Yes they made my chair for me, and had to make some comment about the Rock(s). They presented me the chair that night when I made it back up there for Testimony Meeting!

So the entire story goes like this. Liz and I were asked to go on the 1st year hike with our girls because they needed some leaders from each camp to go on the hikes. So of course I got to go!!! Well we packed our packs with sack lunches, and frozen Capri Sun's and I had a water bottle as well. Start of the day always began with flag ceremony, so I set my bag down and proceeded to take pictures of our girls and fellow campers. Little did I know that my leaders, (and some girls who won't confess) tossed several rocks into my bag with "encouraging" sayings on them. Well as I picked up my bag and we headed off to the lodge where our girls would be oriented first, I noted quickly that my bag was a lot heavier!!! I'm festively plump and know when I'm carrying more weight....So while we were in the lodge, Liz and I were going to write some notes to all the girls. While Liz was over gathering her supplies, and the girls were being oriented....I stepped outside and grabbed a rather large rock (First picture) and wrote a note to Liz about how carrying this rock would make her "rock strong" for Saturday, 'cause she was running a race that following Saturday. I tossed it into her bag and also gathered supplies to write to our girls. I took my rocks out and asked a stake leader to keep them safe, and she placed them on the top of the fridge. Well as Liz sat down and started to write, she went to pull out her water bottle and found her rock...well thinking I still didn't know about my rocks she said, "Those ladies are stinkers....Look what they put in my bag." Well knowing fair well that my rocks were sitting on the fridge inside the lodge and that I would NOT be carrying them up the mountain, said, "Oh well you should show them and carry it all the way..." Again, she is thinking that I still don't know about my rocks and shrugs and throws it back into her bag.....then carries it up the entire mountain. It wasn't an easy climb, but we finally made it to the top. At the top there is a mound of Rocks that fellow hikers have started to add to over the years (2nd picture). Well of course Liz has a rock to donate, and asks if I want to donate a rock, at which point I bend over and grab a good sized rock, and pull out my sharpie (which I carried everywhere so we could sign off the girls) and wrote my name on my rock and date and added it to the pile. Liz didn't say anything else to me until we got down. At which point I had to confess to her, that it was I who put the rock in her bag, and I did this right after I had asked for MY rocks back off of the fridge. She laughed and as we hiked back up to camp we said, "We need to get Carol back." At that point we walked past a boulder and both said, "We should get that and put it into her bed....." Well that was that, and several hours later I ran back and got that boulder (weight approximately 70 lbs.) and took it to my tent. There I sat, looking up scriptures about rocks, when who should happen by, but Carol who, in a slightly accusing voice, asked me what I was doing.....I innocently asked, "Aren't we suppose to read 30 minutes a day while were up here at camp?" She apologized and left me to continue my devilish scheme. I found some good references and wrote them on the rocks (3rd and 4th pictures). Then at the first chance, Liz and I placed them neatly inside (please note the plastic bag to keep her sleeping bag clean) her sleeping bag and under her pillows. There was a second smaller boulder that was placed under the first pillow, then the saying rocks, then the top pillow, and we left hoping that she didn't notice it until later. That night at dinner as I sat next to Carol, it came up that her cot (that I had just placed a 70lbs boulder on) was quite old and that if Carol was to bounce down on it to take off her shoes it would probably break....Well this set me off into loud laughter, 'cause I believe I have now broken her bed, and have to cover up my tears of mirth by yelling to Liz, "Listen to this....if we were to bounce on Carol's cot, it's likely to bust." Liz, Carol and I laughed for different reasons but it was all fun and we were excited (I was scared I had destroyed her bed)to see what would happen that night. Well that night we went to bed quite late, and after telling our story about how Liz had carried that rock all the way up the mountain and I had taken mine out...we waited!!! The other leaders had had to go to a meeting and so they were up a lot later than the rest of us. Needless to say it was around 2:00 am before they finally went into their tent to go to bed. Liz and I had been giggling and had to tell Georgia, what we were laughing so hard about. Georgia then informed us that Carol's cot, was her old cot. I apologized and told her that I may have broken it...then we waited. About 5 minutes after they had entered their tent we heard, " cute!!!" They had found the little phrase written on the pillow. Well of course by now Liz and I are laughing out loud, into our pillows and waiting. Suddenly there was a yell of, "OH MY GOSH....." Then lots and lots of giggling. Liz and I bust out, and I call back, "Can't you keep it down?? You're the leaders and you're making a lot of noise....." I then slipped over into their tent and asked them, laughing, what was going on. There sat my beautiful boulder in all it's glory, as one of the other leaders looked up the scripture and proceeded to read it out loud. We all laughed about it, and Carol said, "You know this means war?" and I said, "Honey, the war is over. That (I pointed at the boulder) is Checkmate." I helped them take it off the cot, then laughed loudly and went back to bed. Well about 5 minutes later as they laid down to bed, she yelled again, "My heck, there's another one...." Which I responded with more laughter. Well that night I got sicker and sicker, due to the fact that I was newly prego and had done a lot that day. I got so sick that I asked Liz to take me home, 'cause I thought I had the flu and didn't want anyone else to get it. So at 4:00am she drove me home and I showered and went to bed with my sweetheart and slept most the morning away. I told Ryno that we were prego and that I wanted to go back up for Testimony Meeting, 'cause it's my favorite part of camp, and so he told me that if I felt okay, to go back up. So back up I went, and found that my leaders and Young Women, had all worked hard and made me a chair, with a rock and scripture of my own(last two pictures). Liz (on the left) and Carol (on the right) had been worried about me, and Carol believed I had "chickened out" and hadn't wanted her to "get me back," but then I told them that I was prego, and they excused my tardiness for the day. All the girls had signed that back, and I felt very blessed to have such a fun ward and leaders. So there is the story of The Rock. I laughed a lot, and enjoyed the entire time at camp, and believe that Carol took her rocks home and put them in her yard....

Saturday, July 26, 2008

My Names
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Blacky Uplander
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Praline Sandie
3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) H. Par
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Elephant
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Ann Salt Lake
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Parhe
7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The" + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Blue Root Beer
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Russell Guy
9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy) Euphoria Wintermint Or Euphoria Lifesaver
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Petersen Dale
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Nelson New York
12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Autumn Pansy
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + "ie" or "y") Watermelon Shirty
14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Pancake Maple
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: ("The" + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + "Tour") The Sewing Rain Tour

Friday, July 25, 2008

Baby Fever

So yes, Ryno and I are expecting baby #3 in February. Cambry continues to tell us that she wants a baby boy, and that she can't have another baby sister, 'cause she already has one, and wants to have a baby boy, like how her cousin Brocston has a baby brother. I smile and tell her that we're grateful to Heavenly Father for sending us a baby, and so she informs me that she needs to go pray, and you can often hear her praying that the baby in her mommy's tummy is a little boy. Heaven knows Ryan would be absolutely delighted, and I must admit that it'll be fun to see who we've cooked up this time. I think we have two beautiful little girls, so I'm curious what a little boy would look like!!! Ryan's little sister Karlee is expecting in December with a little boy, and our friends the Taylor's are finally have a boy (after 5 girls) and Ryan's other friends the Renzello's are having a little one, and my friend Sander is also adding another girl to their family, and my other friend Melissa and Mark are adding on, so I guess it is a Baby Fever year!!! Amazing. We had to tell my family, 'cause we went camping with them two weeks ago to Bear Lake, so Ryan and I made little jersey's that say, "D. Tank " and the #3 on it. Ryno wants to name his boy "Tank"....what a dork, but I said he would have to give him a decent first name if he chose to name his son we've agreed on Derron Tank if it's a boy, and if it's a girl, we're going to try for a "B" if you've got any cute B girl names....ha ha ha. Anyway back to the shirts. We put them on the girls right when we got there, and my dad was out getting the motor home and trailer ready to go, and read the girls shirts a couple of times, but just said, "That's an interesting shirt to put on a little girl...." and didn't say anything else. Aaron my brother saw the shirts and asked Ryan what the "D" stood for, which he said, "Derron" but that's as far as it went with him....then my mom saw that both the girls shirts said the exact same thing, and said, "Where did you get these shirts made?" and I said, "I made them..." and she said, "Is this an announcement of some sort???" and I said, "Yes it is." So she then got excited and probably is a little shocked, (Autumn is barely 14 months old now....) but laughed and gave me a hug and seems happy about it. But she ended up having to tell Aaron and Sarah, 'cause Cambry went swimming in her shirt (not a good thing.) and I had to change her before we set off to Bear Lake. We had fun and played in the sun and the kids laughed and played while the parents enjoyed the sights and sounds of the little ones playing.

Then Ryan was going to American Fork Utah to work on a house, and I decided that I wanted to go so we could tell his family, so I tossed the girls shirts in the wash and put them in them and we headed off. Ryan's AC was all wacky on the trip down and I got sicker and sicker in the backseat, but we made it in one piece with no one puking and Ryan's mom came and got me so I could go and play. I had to tell his little sister, Karlee, because by the time I made it over there, I was getting pretty sick feeling. So I told her and we sqeeeeeeeallled and laughed about it. Then we went to lunch with Jeanne, and still she didn't notice the shirts. But then when Karlee's hubby got home, so said, "Did you notice the girls shirts???" Then he laughed and congratulated us, and Bobby, my BIL said the same thing. And a while later Shay (Ry's sister) got home and a little while later I heard her sqeeeeeal, and she congratulated us as well. So it was fun, and then when mom and dad came back to get us (the girls and I) for sleeping, Shay said, "So mom, do you like Cambry and Autumn's shirts?" and she noted them and was also really excited and happy for us. I had to call our other siblings 'cause we missed seeing them, and Ashlee wouldn't call me back, so I still don't know if she knows yet...maybe she'll read this...ha ha ha. So now the fam knows, and so does anyone else that reads my blog. We're excited and nervous like new parents always are, but we're very happy and delighted as well.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Girls Camp 2008

Here's my little group!! We had a blast and I loved having fun and playing in the Beauty that Heavenly Father has given us!!

Girls Camp was about being Steadfast and Immovable, like a lighthouse. A gentleman in our ward built us this lighthouse, and put a flashing light in the top and it was AWESOME.

The race for the potatoes....guess who won!!!

We had to retire our flag because it had been well loved and used. It was a wonderful experiance and one I've never had before.

This is the crew of the S.S. Amistad. My little crew!!!

Once challange was to make a boat out of Cardboard and row it across to the other side of our little lake!!! This is one of my little Beehives!!! Our boat kicked pansy!!!!

I'll post some pic's later about "The Rock". It's a fun story and makes me laugh everytime I think about it.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Update time and stuff!! Well we've been running around again but it's been fun, fun, fun. We've had fun camping with friends and seeing the fireworks and playing with friends and family. Ryan's family came up while I was at Girls Camp and helped us clean, clean, clean, and then my family came up for a visit on Friday when I got home. Ryan has been as busy as ever, and we're nearly done with our "spec" house. He's been up in Island Park bidding out other jobs, and I've been playing with our little girls and laughing a lot still. The other day my friend Jana and her hubby stopped by on their way up to Driggs, and it was a delight and joy to see them. They live in Ohio and are expecting baby #1 in about 8 weeks. How exciting. They aren't finding out who's inside, so that should be fun for them in a few weeks to see!!!!

Cambry and Autumn run around laughing, squeeeeeealing and playing nicely together. They get along pretty good and only occasionally do I hear a yell of anger or screech of pain. Autumn is growing like a little weed is it's hard to believe that she'll be 14 months soon. She's been walking since she was 10 months old and now runs everywhere, but she kills me 'cause she keeps her arms tucked in under her armpits, kind of like what Jarassic Parks Raptors and T-rex do. She looks like a baby dinosaur trooping around after Cambry and it just gives me the giggles to see her running around. Autumn is a little girl through and through and loves her baby dolls and will steal Cambry's too, so she can push them around in the stoller. She loves to give them kisses and hugs, and will give Ryan and I good kisses and hugs too. It's so much fun. She has a few words down pack, especially "Mama" which she will call me, AND Ryan. I'm sure it drives him nuts 'cause you always hear him say, "I'm not mama, I'm dada, or papa." But she'll just run over and tackle him and it won't really matter. She says, "more" and "bird" and will point at the birds and just watch them. We have a bird feeder outside and the girls love it.

Cambry is loving life and is enjoying the summer and everything that we've done. I'm just plugging along and wondering when I'll ever catch up with all the things that I have that NEED to get done.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Camping with Friends

Girls Birthday

Happy Summer