Monday, May 25, 2009

A fine day indeed…

Today was a rather pleasant day. We had both a mix of sunshine and rain today in Logan, although the rain only made the air smell wonderful and helped us enjoy the sun even more!

Daddy got breakfast in bed, we all slept in and then it was outside to play! We went to Willow Park with our friends, the Bishops. Nice playground for the kids, plenty of space to play catch or run around, and the girls even found a few puppies to play with. Other than Cadence and Creed getting a bit pink from the sun, it was a good time.

Ben then went to help a friend from the ward clean his new house before moving in this weekend, while Heidi and the kids had quiet time. It just feels good to help someone else, even if it means stretching one’s self to clean a ceiling!

The evening was filled with BBQ, good conversation and a serious game of Ticket-to-Ride. The kids were tuckered out, but that’s how it should be.

Ben was on-call for work all day, but had just a few calls and only ended up going in to the clinic once.

Of course, what fun day wouldn’t be complete without a little Wii action! Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess are calling…

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Entered from Live Writer

We just got a new laptop computer and there’s this cool new feature that allows you to one-click into the posting area of our blogs… This is Ben’s first attempt!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rachel's Last Soccer Game

Today was Rachel's final soccer game of her first season. She had a really great time playing this year and is excited to play again next year. Today she made 2 goals for her team and defended well. It's fun to see her enjoy something so much! Now Rachel's ready to start softball season. Great Job Rachel!!

Heading down the field

Drinking her water during her "rest"

Elena the cheerleader. She was so excited to cheer for Rachel's games.

Creed wanted to play soccer too...when he wasn't running for the playground.

Some of Rachel's team after their final game. They didn't do pictures for the team which I was sad about.

Sisters...So different...and look how much they love each other!

Cadence at 6 months

Where does the time go!? Cadence is already 1/2 year old! She's growing too fast and changing every day. I forgot that once they start hitting those milestones, it doesn't stop! We tried her on rice at about 5 months.
She tried it but doesn't like it.

"Woah, you surprised me"

She'd rather eat the table

She likes to watch Rachel's soccer games...

...or do anything outside.

Since Cadence wouldn't eat rice, we decided to give her a cracker. She loved it!

Cadence is sitting up and rolling around. She moves so much. I'm not looking forward to the day when she starts crawling. She's still a good baby, although she's becoming a mama's girl. She's not sleeping as well at night but as long as Ben gets up in the morning with Creed, (who likes to get up anytime between 4:30 and 6:00) I'll get up during the night with her. She sure is a fun girl and is loved by her whole family.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Our Ballerina

Elena has been doing weekly ballet classes since the first of the year. She loves dancing and loves to perform. Her recital, while short, was so fun to see. It was held in the Ellen Eccles Theater here in Logan. Very, very cute...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Grocery Shopping--addiction

So, I have become addicted to grocery shopping! At least couponing. I get 5 newspapers and print out my grocery list by which stores are offering sales and including coupons on the sale prices.

This is why it's so much fun though. The other day I went to Albertsons and spent a little over $85.00. I ended up saving over $215.00. Over 70% savings!

Yesterday I went again and spent $14 with a savings of $50. About 78% savings! So you can see why I get excited to go shopping. I'm building a food storage and not spending anything more than I was before.

I know...kind of cheesy but I have fun!

Soccer, Ballet, Potty, Sitting-up and "Wicked"!

That, in a nutshell, is what we've been up to for the past few weeks. Ben here. I haven't posted in quite some time, but finally had a quiet evening at home... so here you go.
Rachel is doing great in school, but also happy that there's only a month to go till summer break. Heidi and Elena and myself have all gone to school to have lunch with her over the last couple of weeks. It's been fun to see her "in her element". Rachel's also playing soccer with two games a week, although it seems to rain during every game. That's a Utah spring for you, I guess.
Elena has one more ballet practice before the big year end performance. She's very excited for both her performance and the chance to spend a couple days at Grandma's house this week. It'll be her first couple days without any of the rest of us. I'm sure she'll have a blast.
Maybe it's premature, but we're potty-training Creed. He's 2 1/2 and doing quite well with it. We haven't trained a boy before and it's been interesting. Creed's done great though, with two dry days out of the last four... that's definitely progress. Directional flow is an ongoing issue... He keeps us hopping!
Cadence is sitting up on her own now. It's so fun to watch her explore this world. We'll sit her on the floor and watch her play with a couple toys for quite some time. She's a sweet little thing.
Heidi and I joined 5 other members of her family and my mom to see "Wicked" at Capitol Theater in SLC on Friday. It was AMAZING! As mom put it, "Broadway shows are done right." I didn't know much about the story before going, but we all loved it. Entertaining, funny, emotional and, of course, musically fabulous... just a few ways to describe it. Thanks, Sunnie! (Christmas present)
Heidi is doing "boot camp"! No, she didn't join the armed forces. Boot camp is a fitness program designed by the trainer that works at my office. Three times a week, she's up at 5:45 to go exercise for an hour... very inspiring. Keep it up, Heid!
I'm plugging away, enjoying life as much as possible. I even got out golfing a couple times over the last week or so. Work is going well... I maxed out at 36 patients in one day last Monday. Quite a day's work! Bishopric duty is going well. I was bumped up to 1st counselor today after the previous 1st counselor bought a house outside the ward. We average about 8-10 hours of meetings every Sunday. Busy, but lots of blessings that come with it.
Hope all that take the time to read this are doing well. Be happy! As Pres Monson said,"The future is as bright as your faith."