Friday, March 18, 2011

Eight More Lives

Tiger the cat is our feline friend that we adopted from Grandma Mary last summer. One of Tiger's favorite spots to take a nap is on top of the garage door when it's left open. With the van parked inside, she'll climb up to the van's roof and then hop to the garage door and slumber in the warmer air. On Tuesday afternoon, she was woken to a horrible, real life nightmare.

I was gone for just a couple minutes to drop the twins off at activity days and as I arrived home a neighbor stopped me and explained there had been an accident with Tiger. When I left and shut the garage door I didn't know that tiger was up there. She quickly ran out of horizontal surface, and with the van gone, she didn't have a quick escape route. I was already headed down the road when she got pinched between the door and the wall.

Phrases like "blood on the driveway", "broken back" and "animal control" were quickly relayed to Jeff at work. As I talked with Jeff on the phone, my neighbor would look at Tiger (out of my view) and look back at me and just shake her head. Jeff and I agreed that the best thing was probably to put the poor kitty to sleep.

I felt horrible. Not only because I was the one who shut the door but I would soon have to tell the kids their beloved pet would be put to sleep. Animal Control soon arrived and I asked the officer to "take care of it" for us. Tears were shed the rest of that evening and everyone was depressed into the next morning with the absent of the scratching at the door and no Tiger sneaking into the house when Jeff left for work.

Well, I guess when it comes to a wounded animal, "just take care of it" must mean different things to different people. At midmorning, I got a call from a girl at the animal shelter saying that our cat was alert, and responsive and being very loving towards her. WHAT!?!? I thought..... but..... how......? Grandpa Ron was soon on his way over there to pick up Tiger.

I wish I had pictures of the kids' faces when I told them the news after they got home from school. Poor Sophie didn't understand the whole death thing, even after we did our best to explain it in four-year-old terms. Now to explain that the cat is not dead.....I'm afraid this is all confusing her even more.

Tiger has been at Grandma and Grandpa's since then and is healing and resting comfortably. We have taken the kids over a couple times to see her and can't wait to bring her home and find her a new place for naps. Was it a miracle or just miscommunication? Either way, we are thankful.

(photography by Megan and Sarah)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Last minute fun before the cold.

We have been really busy since my last post, a lot has been going on with our family in the way of spending time together. Jeff has always enjoyed the outdoors, and has brought that into our home. It has been a fun way to do stuff together. We really enjoy taking our boat out on the lake mostly close to home. We have been spending a lot of time out on the water fishing and have had a great time enjoying the good weather before it gets Cold and snowy. Which is changing quickly. We had some great luck in catching some fish these last couple trips we went on and it was relaxing and fun.

Now we are into Fall and heading into Winter. The kids had a good time trick or treating. We went to my mom's house for our usual fun with Chili, rolls, doughnuts and warm cider. We took the kids around their neighborhood and then went around our neighborhood. It seemed like not a lot of people were home this year(including ourselves) but the kids had a good time. I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. We are spending it with my family. We are going to my mom's house which I love. I love this time of year when it starts to get chilly, and we get to wear warmer clothes, I love the smell of fall and winter and the feelings I get and the thought of hot chocolate, warm cookies, friendship and love.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Bird and the Nest

A few months ago we noticed a birds nest in our backyard apple tree. We were excited that it chose our yard to make it's home. We have carefully watched it from the beginning when the mother bird was hatching the eggs all the way through to their first flying lesson (which was today!) Here are some pictures of the first time they ventured out for their first flying lesson. I sure am glad we get to keep our kids in our little nest longer than this mother bird got to keep hers. :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer finally begins

We have gotten off to a slow start with summer this year. The weather has been a bit cooler than normal. We have had to find other activities to do to keep everyone happy. We have done the free movies, played with friends, lunch at different parks, Aaron's baseball games, swimming lessons and driven each other crazy.

The kids this year earned some free Seven Peaks passes. Now that the weather has warmed up Jeff took off a day of work and we took the kids to Seven peaks water park. We all had a great time the water and weather was great. Aaron and Jeff enjoyed the water slides and the girls and I enjoyed the wave pool. Sophie really likes to play in the kiddie pools and is just a little fish in the water.

This summer my mom has committed to doing something once a week with us and it has been so much fun. We took the kids to the Payson Pool and had lunch. It is a really fun pool for all the kids. They had water slides, and a fantastic kiddie pool area for Sophie to play in. It was just as nice as Seven Peaks if not better. I know the price was a lot better for pretty much the same stuff. We also did a fun park day with my mom. My mom and I took the kids with My sister Pam and her kids to see a free movie and had treats. I think this summer is turning out to be better than I thought it would in the beginning. I am looking forward to seeing what other adventures this summer has in store for our family.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

We're back!

We have been taking a blogging break. Now we are back. So here is our fist post just in time for Sophie's third birthday. I just can't believe how fast this past year has flown by. Sophie had a great birthday this year. We had a family party to help her celebrate. She had fun opening her gifts from her siblings and her parents and others that came. She is quite the little entertainer as you will see, pulling funny faces. I had my friend make her a tinkerbell cake this year and it turned out darling. She really likes Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. Sophie is such a sweet little girl and I want to share some of the things we love about her.
The things we love about Sophie:

-she is always happy
-the way she says "sank you"(thank you)
-the way she dances everywhere
-she loves to go to Maceys to ride in the car cart and get a cookie
-she falls asleep in bed reading books to herself
-she uses the "OK" sign to show how old she is
-her smile and laugh
-how she sings primary songs with actions after coming home from church.

These are just a few of the many things we love about our vibrant little three year old.
We love her and so thankful that she is apart of our family it jut would not be the same without her. Happy Birthday Sophie!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Big girl bed

It is finally time to graduate from the crib to a BIG GIRL BED! We recently moved Sophie out of her crib to a new bed. She was so excited. She kept saying, "My new bed." I can hardly believe that she is getting this old. Old enough for a new bed. She looks so cute and small in it and has only had one time of getting out because she was scared. We are struggling to have her fall asleep in her bed. We often find her falling asleep on the bean bag, on the floor or in our arms snuggling. Now i am crossing my fingers that big girl panties are next.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Yearly trip to Jordanelle

Every year in August we take our yearly trip to Jordanelle. This is one of our family's favorite places to go camping. We enjoyed spending time together boating, tubing, roasting marshmallows for smore's and just purely relaxing. While we are there we like to take a day trip to the outlets inPark City for school clothes. We did pretty well on finding everyone what they needed this year. Then after we shopped till we've dropped (some of us sooner than others) we went out to eat for a nice family dinner.

During the rest of our vacation we spent a good deal of time out on our boat. Jeff is slowly teaching me how to drive it. The kids really like boating and riding on the inner tube. We decided a few times to take a few breaks from the water. One time we found a sandy shore that Sophie could play on for a break, the other time was to dock and go to this little store they have and get an ice cream treat which was fun and refreshing. We really had a great vacation and look forward to going again next year.