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Ten On Tuesday

1.  Last weekend we went to a dinosaur park in Ogden to check it out.  We arrived and found we didn’t have to pay for admission because R.A.M.P. was sponsoring free admission day!  BONUS!  It’s a pretty neat park.  There was an inside museum but then there was an outdoor zoo like park.  There were life-sized statues of all kinds of dinos.








2.  We came across some dangerous creatures too…


3.  Jacob was in heaven.  The girls would have been too if it wouldn’t have been so stinkin’ hot.  We were kind of melting as we were walking so that put a damper on the day and we didn’t stay long.  We can’t wait to check it out in more detail when it gets a bit cooler!

IMG_00484.  We also decided to wash the cars this weekend.  They both desperately needed a good washing.  The kids thought the idea was fantastic…

IMG_00645.  Who knew car washing was so fun?




6.  Since the kids were already somewhat wet, we decided to reward them by letting the kids ride their bikes to the splash pad to play…



7.  Do you see?  The girls are both free of training wheels.  Finally.  They have been working so hard since moving here to get rid of those silly things.  And since Jamie kind of caught on a little too quickly for Mazie’s liking, she decided to get it done too.  Now Mazie is riding her beach cruiser with no help!  We are so proud.  Jacob’s in no hurry.  He just likes his big bike the way it is…


8.  This has been our hangout for most of the time we’ve been here.  It’s just been so hot.  The kids enjoy it and I like that we don’t have to drive anywhere to use it.  It’s literally a block away from our house.




9.  Jacob told me this morning at breakfast that he was as “hungry as a pig in a Tootsie roll”.  I’m not sure how hungry that is but he ate 2 scrambled eggs with cheese and ham in them.  Jamie told me after breakfast that she was “stuffed like a pig in a sleeping bag”.  Again, not sure why a sleeping bag…or why pigs were such a topic in my house today.  Mazie decided to not comment on how she was feeling this morning.  Maybe she couldn’t come up with a pig reference to top her siblings or maybe she was in awe of the whole topic.

10.  With Jeremiah being a Lt. Col select now, he is the highest ranking officer on our block.  Those who know my husband know that this is a very weird situation for him.  It’s not our way of life to be the rank.  He’s never acted as such and I think that’s why people who work with him enjoy working with him.  He’s very grounded when it comes to his work and enjoys it.  So it makes it so much better when I can tease him about being the “old man” on the block.  It’s far from the truth as far as age goes.  There are a few officers who were prior enlisted so are older in age but still I have to do my part in keeping this new title from going to his head!  Love you, Jeremiah!

Happy Tuesday!

Ten On Tuesday

1.  What are we doing on hot days besides going to the splash pad 1 1/2 blocks from out house?  Playing in the nice cool house…I may or may not have enjoyed myself a little too much when I set this up with a little help from Jamie.  I know it should have been the other way around but, again, I was having fun!


2.  I finally was able to bake for the first time in our new house for the Fourth of July.  You can read the details over at the business site.


3.  When I run, I happen to go around a little duck pond that equals 1 1/2 miles.  I took the kids after breakfast one morning to check out the ducks.



4.  We happened to catch a crane while we were there.  He stayed away from us mostly and just floated around…


5.  There were geese too but when they figured out we didn’t bring anything to feed them, they quickly swam away.

6.  I caught this guy jumping in and was thrilled the picture turned out.


7.  The commissary is closed on Mondays because of this whole furlough thing.  Score for me since I was supposed to pick up potatoes and asparagus to roast for yesterday’s supper.  Broccoli and noodles filled the void.

8.  There is a gate just outside our housing area that is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays due to the same issue.  So we have to drive a little further to get off base on the weekends until October, apparently.

9.  We have new neighbors! They happen to have a boy Jacob’s age and two younger girls.  Jacob is ecstatic that there is another boy on the block.  That makes a total of 4 including Jacob.  The rest are girls.

10.  I have some really great news to share but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow! So with that I wish you a happy Tuesday. 😉

*Added Wednesday Morning*

Jeremiah is on the list to be promoted to Lt. Col!  He will be promoted sometime in the next year.  We are so very proud of him and all his hard work!

The New House

Today marks one month that the movers unpacked their trucks full of our household goods.  So, in honor of that milestone, here are pictures of the new house here in Utah.  I have finally taken pictures, downloaded them, and edited them and it seems like the thing to do.  So here we go…

This is a view from the front entryway…

IMG_0006Then go to the left and you have the living room…


or right and you have the dining room…


The kitchen…

IMG_0009The view from the back entryway…

IMG_0011The family room or toy room or activity area (whichever you prefer)….

IMG_0013A view of the backyard.  I would have taken a photo so you could see the Salt Lake and Antelope Island but it was kind of hazy this day so I’ll get that on here another time…But Max and Sadie enjoy sunbathing in the yard…

IMG_0020You walk up the stairs and the first room is the shared by the girls.  They decided they wanted to use the bunk beds this time.  It works and they like sharing so we went with it…

IMG_0014Then you come to the master

IMG_0016and my favorite part of the whole upstairs…my walk-through-the-closet-to-the-his-and-hers-bathroom-area…It’s like another world in there!

IMG_0017Then a little further out the hallway and passed the kids bath is Jacob’s room…


There is a spare room (since the girls are sharing) but it has a few things to be put away by someone *cough cough* Jeremiah 😉 So another time for that room.

Today also is a special day since we celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.  I have to say that on this day in 1999, I certainly did not picture us in Utah of all places with 3 kids and 2 dogs.  I’m not complaining about being here in Utah with 3 kids and 2 dogs.  I’m not sure what I pictured for our future 14 years ago.  And you know what?  I’m pretty sure that whatever I might be thinking of for 14 years in the future probably isn’t going to be completely right.  I mean, think about it.  Mazie will be 25 (I know, *gasp*, I was 25 when I had her), Jamie will be 23 (maybe I should just stop doing this right now), and Jacob will be 20 (Good Lord why did I go here?).  Ok, enough thinking of the future.  It hurts my head way too much.  But back to my main train of thought here, we celebrated our 14th today.  And I would not change any of the things we’ve been through over the years and look forward to what is going to come in the future!  I love you, Jeremiah and our little life we have!

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