Sunday, July 27, 2008

Disney World

I have created a blog just for our vacation. You can use the link on the right to view that blog. It is a work in progress and will take several days for me to blog the entire vacation. Also, the dog still needs therapy. She was willing to drink out of her new dish (the second one) while we were gone but she wouldn't eat out of the food dish. Fortunately we have wonderful neighbors who took amazing care of our dog. Not only did she have food issues, she managed to find a way out of the yard and spent most of her time across the street at the Monson's sitting in front of their door. She also had to deal with the fireworks for the 24th of July and spent the nights at the Browne's next door pacing and panting. Fortunately for her we are home and her life will be normal for a while. She is even eating out of the food dish finally. Next time we go on vacation we will probably have to have her go to a kennel for our peace of mind and her safety. Oh what a dog!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dog Needs Therapy!

We leave for our vacation on Friday morning and life is crazy. Brad and Joseph got home from scout camp on Saturday and there went the quiet that I had been enjoying. Laura and I spent Thursday and Friday scrapbooking and watching movies. It was wonderful and I got a lot of scrapbooking done. Joseph had a great time at scout camp. He was able to keep up for the most part. He went biking and caving. It was a much better experience than last year. Last year we came home from our Washington DC trip (he did very well on this trip) and Joseph went to scout camp about a week later. After one day Joseph had to come home because he couldn't keep up and then he tried to go back for the last night and after only a couple hours at camp he was ready to go back home again. This year he came home exhausted but this time it was because he was working hard and having fun. On Monday we had a make a wish party for Joseph. (See his blog for more details.) It was an amazing party and got us ready for our vacation. It is going to be so much fun and I look forward to spending time with my family. It seems like they are always working or hanging out with friends and I don't see much of them. Hopefully Jenny will survive us being gone. She is already driving us nuts and having us leave will only make her worse. Do they have therapists for dogs? If so, she certainly needs one. We bought her new dishes for her food and water (they are the big ones that don't run out quickly). It turns out that she is afraid of them. After two days of not eating or drinking she was looking like she didn't feel well and we started to figure out what was going on. If we gave her a different dish she was fine. We tried putting a different dish near the new ones and that didn't work. She wouldn't go near enough to eat or drink because she was so scared. So, we broke down and bought different new ones yesterday. So far, it looks like she is drinking and eating but only time will tell if this will really work. The worst part is that we threw out her old dishes because they were gross and needed to go. Now we are going to leave for a week which always causes her trauma and it will also be the 24th of July which is Pioneer Day and in Utah we are allowed to do fireworks 3 days before and 3 days after this holiday. Since Jenny is not a fan of fireworks (that is putting it mildly), it will be a rough time for her. Fortunately we have good neighbors who will be taking care of her while we are gone.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Yeah for Scout Camp

The past couple days have been wild trying to help Brad get ready for Scout Camp. Brad was in charge of the food for camp and needed my help to figure out how much to plan for and to help with the shopping list. But now Brad and Joseph have left for their camp. I am looking forward to a little more quiet time (I hope) because I want to get some scrapbooking done. It probably won't happen today because I have to get ready for young women's tonight - it is our last camp activity before we go to girl's camp next month. Camp is coming up fast and along with that we are going to Florida for a week. We will be going to Florida for Joseph's make a wish vacation on the 18th of July. (We will post pictures on his blog when we get back). It seems like I just go from planning one thing to the next but I love organizing and planning so I can't really complain - it just keeps me busy. Other than that, things happening here are that Nathaniel is busy with swim lessons and Kent and Laura are busy with work and Heather is busy reading the Harry Potter series for the 5th time.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

And So It Begins

I have decided to begin a blog. Hopefully this will accomplish two things. One, it will enable me to do some sort of journaling, and two, it will allow friends and family to know what is happening in our lives. This week has been another crazy one in our lives. On Monday Laura had her right knee scoped to have her plicus (sp?) removed because it had hardened and it is supposed to remain soft and pliable. Supposedly this is something you don't really need since they just took hers out. Laura is recovering very well and even went to work last night at her new job at the Wynsong Theater. Along with Laura having surgery, we also began on Monday to put a new roof on our house. This also turned out very well. Brad managed with the help of many wonderful friends and family to get the roof done by Friday morning and we even managed to do it for less than the budget we had set for the job. This morning everyone slept in because it was so quiet without the pounding of hammers above our heads. Yesterday was the Fourth of July and we had a quiet and an enjoyable day. We had the Talbert crowd over for an afternoon barbecue and then Brad had everyone who wanted to make a paper rocket. We went over to the junior high to launch the rockets and it was a lot of fun. It was especially fun to watch the boys/men try to make the best rocket only to get over to the junior high and find out that Grandma Talbert made the rocket that flew the highest. This turned out to be a very fun and entertaining activity for all ages. I was not so sure it would be but Brad loves to play with toys and was sure others would too. I hate to admit when he is right but this time he certainly was.