Monday, August 31, 2009


So the month of August just flew by...I mean flew! We came home from our big road trip on the 14th, Mark then left on August 18th! He landed in Philly and decided to spend a couple of days in New York City. I laugh, because I cannot imagine those three (Mark, Chad, & Shawn) in New York City. I did receive several phone calls...where do we go? What do we do? What subway shuold we get on? They were able to go to a couple of baseball games out there. They ate at my favorite restaurant, Sarabeths. So it sounds to me like they had fun in the Big City. They have about a week left in Jersey and then off to Kansas City. I am hoping to have my husband back (and the kids are really hoping) by Riley's birthday on September 30th!!So this is a picture Mark sent of the "NEW" Yankees Stadium. I am super jealous! I will get back to New York. I know it!!

As for us who are still here in Utah....I am back to work...after my three week vacation. Working 30-hours per week is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I think it is because I am "playing" single parent. I thought I would be use to it by now, but maybe once the kids are in school for a couple more weeks, I will finally feel like I have a definite schedule going on!!

Riley started pre-school today, no biggy for him. The kid loves school, yeah for me!! The teachers are so excited to have him back and so are the bus drivers. He is such a fun kid. The other two would no sooner let me go into their school and take pictures of their first day. So I'm sorry, but no pics!

Jake started Junior High this year. Every day I keep telling him to make good choices. I just worry when they get older...he's a good kid, I know he is. But, I still keep the worry a bit close. He loves it so far...he has good teachers and I have spies to keep an eye on him!

Kaycie started soccer and loves it! I kept telling her she would, but she kept telling me to not sign her up. Finally, this year, I just did it. And she is in love with it! The only problem is my life has now become more hectic with two games per week...I keep telling myself, just take it one day at a time!

So all in all we are keeping busy, missing Mark, and trying to keep up with our busy schedules.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


4000 miles & 9 states in 18 days, now that's what I call a road trip. These are the places we went:

-Martin's Cove, Wyoming

-Custer, South Dakota

-Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota

-Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

-Wall Drug, South Dakota

-Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota

-Worthington, Minnesota

-Sparta, Wisconsin

-Amish Country

-Cranberry Country

-Sparta Bike Trail

-Door County, Wisconsin

-Nauvoo, Illinois

-Carthage Jail, Illinois

-Keokuk, Iowa

-Home of Mark Twain, Hannibal, Missouri

-Mark Twain Caves, Hannibal, Missouri

-St. Louis, Missouri

-Liberty Jail, Liberty Missouri

-Kansas City, Kansas

-Denver, Colorado

-Glenwood Springs, Colorado

-Grand Junction, Colorado

& Back to Utah!

We had tons of fun, I am sure my parents would agree! My kids were amazingly good. And we saw such great scenery along the way!

To see pictures, go to this link: