Thursday, July 31, 2008
My predictions of the Mountain West for 2008.
BCS Schools (7-7)
8/30/2008 BIG 10: Utah @ Michigan
This could start off things with a statement. This game is nationally televised on ABC so many could see if the Mountain West is for real. I'll be watching this one for sure.
8/31/2008 BIG 12: Colorado State vs. Colorado
Colorado State's best game last year was against their in state rival and should have won. CSU's new coach seems like a future great coach, so might as well start off on the right foot.
9/6/2008 BIG 12: Texas A&M @ New Mexico
Rocky Long's schedule attitude is to play tougher teams in order to prepare his team for the conference and no better way than scheduling A&M. They even get them at home. I'm not betting on the Lobos though.
9/6/2008 PAC 10: BYU @ Washington
Most BYU fans think this is a shoe-in win, but I'm not that certain. In fact, I'm a little scared. Washington can't be bad for that long. Remember the last time BYU played Washington, Chris Hale had the game winning touchdown (I think)
9/6/2008 Ind: San Diego State @ Notre Dame
Another nationally televised game, this time on NBC.
9/13/2008 PAC 10: UCLA @ BYU
Ben Olson will be the boos from the unforgiving fans for leaving BYU. I wonder if PAC 10 refs are going to officiate?
9/13/2008 PAC 10: Arizona @ New Mexico
New Mexico won in Arizona last year, and now they have home field advantage. Go Lobos!
9/13/2008 PAC 10: Stanford @ TCU
TCU should win this game.
9/13/2008 PAC 10: UNLV @ Arizona State
ASU should win easily, but I'll be cheering for UNLV.
9/20/2008 BIG 12: Iowa State @ UNLV
I'm betting on Vegas.
9/27/2008 BIG 12: TCU @ Oklahoma
I don't see the Sooners losing to the non-BCS school for awhile, they are still embarrassed from the hook and latter from Boise State.
9/27/2008 PAC 10: Colorado State @ California
I'm hoping for a close loss.
10/2/2008 PAC 10: Oregon State @ Utah
11/8/2008 SEC: Wyoming @ Tennessee
No chance for Wyoming, but Air Force almost won two years ago at Tennessee, so it's possible.
No, the WAC is not better than the Mountain West.
8/30/2008 WAC: Utah State @ UNLV
8/30/2008 Ohio @ Wyoming
9/13/2008 WAC: Utah @ Utah State
9/13/2008 WAC: San Diego State @ San Jose State
9/13/2008 CUSA: Air Force @ Houston
9/20/2008 CUSA: Houston @ Colorado State
9/20/2008 CUSA: New Mexico @ Tulsa
9/20/2008 CUSA: TCU @ SMU
9/27/2008 WAC: Idaho @ San Diego State
9/27/2008 WAC: Nevada @ UNLV
9/27/2008 WAC: New Mexico @ New Mexico State
9/27/2008 Bowling Green @ Wyoming
10/3/2008 WAC: BYU @ Utah State
10/4/2008 Navy @ Air Force
11/1/2008 Air Force @ Army
Division II (7-0)
NDSU and Northern Iowa are scary.
8/30/2008 Southern Utah @ Air Force
8/30/2008 Northern Iowa @ BYU
8/30/2008 Cal Poly @ San Diego State
9/6/2008 Sacramento State @ Colorado State
9/6/2008 Stephen F. Austin @ TCU
9/13/2008 North Dakota State @ Wyoming
9/27/2008 Weber State @ Utah
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I love gardening! It is such a peaceful relaxing way for me to start my morning! I love the quiet beauty of the morning when I'm outside working in the garden all by myself. Yesterday when I went out I saw a beautiful thing... the first flower on our pumpkin plant! I was so happy I even took a picture :) Hopefully this year we will be able to have our own little pumpkins to decorate!
I was telling Jared that it's a good thing I started gardening when the kids are young because I'm the only one who really likes the vegetables. It's a good thing because since I'm still learning there was really only enough fruits of my labor for one person to enjoy :) So hopefully in 10 years I'll be a gardening pro and we'll have enough extras from our garden to share with all our neighbors too :)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
List of junk we bought:
Snowboard and boats
Awesome portable CD player
150 articles of kids clothing (all practically new and for 10-25 cents each)
Jen got some clothes
Water vacuum for floods
clown costume (why, I don't know)
a pink softball helmet and kid's glove
We loved the last one so much (the one with kids clothes) that Jen stayed about an hour and after we got home, she went back to get more, which means this list can get even bigger. So we never did end up playing tennis.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I liked reading this article about myths about crossing the plains. My favorite part was learning that about 70,000 people made the trek in 10,000 vehicles over the years . Jen and I want to go cross the plains one day just for the fun of it. Actually, it would be more to relive what our ancestors did. I'm talking about Nauvoo to Salt Lake. None of this wimpy 20 mile stuff in Wyoming.
I did a little research about which of our ancestors came across the plains from this Pioneer database. To understand the first column; Pratt, McOmber and Worsley are from by grandparents line and the Smith and Spencer are from Jen's line, which means 5 of our 8 grandparents have some early pioneer genetics. Column two is the ancestors name. Column three is age when traveling across and column 4 is which pioneer company they traveled in.
I looked up everyone and some are not in the database so I left it as "?"
|Pratt||Pratt, Belinda B. Marden||26||Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Company (1847)|
|Pratt||Pratt, Nephi||1||Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Company (1847)|
|Pratt||Pratt, Parley Parker||40||Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Company (1847)|
|SPENCER||Casper, Sarah Anna Bean||18||Jedediah M. Grant - Willard Snow Company (1847)|
|SPENCER||Casper, William Wallace||26||Levi W. Hancock/Jefferson Hunt/James Pace/Andrew Lytle Company (1847)|
|SPENCER||Bean, James||44||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|SPENCER||Bean, Elizabeth Lewis||44||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|Worsley||Alger, John||27||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|Worsley||Alger, Samuel||62||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|Worsley||Alger, Clarissa||57||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|Worsley||Alger, Sarah||23||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|Worsley||Pulsipher, Zera||59||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|Worsley||Pulsipher, Mary Ann Brown||50||Brigham Young Company (1848)|
|McOmber||Cox, Isaiah||9||Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)|
|McOmber||Cox, Jehu||44||Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)|
|McOmber||Cox, Sarah Pyle||39||Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)|
|SMITH||Draper, Elizabeth Amanda Melvina||1||George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company (1849)|
|SMITH||Draper, William||42||George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company (1849)|
|SMITH||Draper, Elizabeth Staker||43||George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company (1849)|
|McOmber||Stout, Allen Joseph||35||James W. Cummings Company (1851)|
|McOmber||Stout, Amanda Melvina Fisk||19||James W. Cummings Company (1851)|
|McOmber||Griffeth, Patison Delos||27||Harry Walton/Garden Grove Company (1851)|
|McOmber||Griffeth, Elizabeth Carson||28||Harry Walton/Garden Grove Company (1851)|
|McOmber||Carson, Ann Huff Hough||57||Harry Walton/Garden Grove Company (1851)|
|McOmber||Carson, George||56||Harry Walton/Garden Grove Company (1851)|
|McOmber||Gibson, Aseneth Slafter||55||Joseph Outhouse Company (1852)|
|SPENCER||Carlile, John||27||Henry Bryant Manning Jolley Company (1852)|
|SPENCER||Carlile, Elizabeth Williamson||30||Henry Bryant Manning Jolley Company (1852)|
|SPENCER||Carlisle, Christiana Spouncer||55||Henry Bryant Manning Jolley Company (1852)|
|SPENCER||Carlisle, Robert||63||Henry Bryant Manning Jolley Company (1852)|
|SMITH||Smith, Asa Downs||6||Isaac M. Stewart Company (1852)|
|SMITH||Smith, Absalom Wamsley||32||Isaac M. Stewart Company (1852)|
|SMITH||Smith, Amy Emily Downs||30||Isaac M. Stewart Company (1852)|
|SMITH||Draper, William||77||Robert Wimmer Company (1852)|
|SMITH||Tucker, James||23||James D. Ross Company (1860)|
|SMITH||Tucker, Betsy Valate Lerwill||21||James D. Ross Company (1860)|
|SMITH||Christensen, Karen||11||Samuel Woolley Company (1861)|
|SMITH||Christensen, Jens Christian||42||Samuel Woolley Company (1861)|
|SMITH||Christensen, Kjerstine (we think)||42||Samuel Woolley Company (1861)|
|McOmber||Clark, Daniel||48||William Hyde Company (1864)|
|McOmber||Clark, Arthur Benjamin||10||William Hyde Company (1864)|
|McOmber||Clark, Elizabeth Gower||45||William Hyde Company (1864)|
|SPENCER||McFarland , Sarah Mitchell||51||Joseph S. Rawlins Company (1866)|
|SPENCER||McFarland, Sarah Jane||11||Joseph S. Rawlins Company (1866)|
|Worsley||Price, Eliza Jane||39||Unidentified Companies (1851)|
|SMITH||Morgan, Thomas Albert||?|
|SMITH||Staker (Snook), Rachel||?|
|McOmber||Sagers (Sweet), Amy||?|
|Pratt||Phillips (Evans), Mary||?|
|Pratt||Zweifel (Marti), Barbara||?|
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Today my baby turned one!! This past year has flown by and I'm so happy Rachel is a part of our family. She is such a sweet heart and is learning how to hold her own with her two sisters :) She started walking a little bit almost a month ago and is now walking a little bit more than crawling. The other day we told her to fold her arms for prayer and she did! I was surprised she understood what that meant and that she was able to do it! Rachel is such a fun little girl and I just love her tow-head/ platinum blonde hair. I told Jared before she was born that I hoped she'd have blonde hair because I thought a Rachel with blonde hair would be so cute. I got my wish :) Happy Birthday Rachel! It's been a great year and I look forward to all the things you'll learn this year!! We love you!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
-All of us swimming in the creek
-Catching a snake and having all the girls hold their first wild snake
-Eating with the ward
-Sitting around the camp fire until midnight (the girls were all asleep in the tent)
-Going on a nature walk with the girls in the wagon
-Taking the long way home through Horseshoe Bend to see the beautiful mountains
I saw this on my friends blog and thought it would be fun to do on mine...
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you knew 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. If you don’t want to play on your blog, or if you don’t have a blog, I’ll leave my memory of you in my comments.
Sound like a lot of fun! I'll be anxiously waiting for your memories :)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
A quinceanera is the 15th birthday for Mexican girls and it is a huge party. These guys spent more money than we did on our wedding.
We spent most the time making sure Aliza did not go run off. She did escape us once and went right in the middle of the festive dancers that were being filmed. Oops. Sorry. But Jen ran and got her.
We only spent about 90 minutes there and it was great to learn more about Mexican culture, since probably 20% of the population of where we live are Mexican.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Aliza was born (by my choice) on the 4th of July and I'm so happy we have a "firecracker" baby. I think her personality fits a fire cracker. She's so fun and happy and brings the life to the party :) I made her a crayon cake (the crayons are just covered ice cream cone halves), she had fun opening presents... her favorite present was a set of baby bottles from the dollar store :) She also really liked the little doll picnic set from my parents. It was funny because she opened up the bottles at the start and wouldn't put them down so she said she wanted me to open her other presents. We let Madeline open the presents instead, and Madeline wasn't opposed to that :) It was a fun day relaxing and having fun as a family. We love Aliza so much and are so happy she is in our family. She is a great girl and so much fun!! We love you Aliza!
After we put the girls to bed Jared, Madeline and I got on our roof to watch the fireworks. It was AWESOME! There were trees kind of blocking our way, but we got to see tons of different shows, and didn't have to worry about our girls running around :) I think It'll be a new tradition.
Friday, July 4, 2008
The fourth of July is probably my favorite holiday! I am so thankful to live in America! I love singing all of the patriotic songs, they always bring a tear to my eye. I love the 4th for a lot of reasons... I love the church breakfast we always go to, fireworks, swimming, barbeque's, AND it's Aliza's birthday! I love America and I love Aliza :) Happy Independence Day!!