Friday, November 18, 2011

as much as i hate hunting...

as much as i hate hunting i love my boys and spending time with them. when we left the house it was snowing when we arrived at camp there was a foot of snow and no sign of letting up. however, the next mornging we woke up to glorious sunshine, unfortunately, it wasn't warm. the group hunted and i stayed in the trailer with the heat on. i read 3 books, watched movies, made jewelry, listened to music, it was bliss!

my handsome hubby holding 2 sad birds

my darling mighty hunter holding 2 sad birds

who is he?

he is 11, he is almost as tall as i am, he walks just like his dad, he has my coloring, he has his dad's manorisms, he is hilarious, he makes friends easily, he is a leader, he is determined, he loves sports, he adores animals, he is spiritual, he hates smiling in photos, he relies on prayer, he loves music, he loves del taco hard shell tacos, he loves playing night games, he sets the example in our home, he hates contention, he loves staying up late and sleeping in, he is going into 6th grade

salem days

this year salem days introduced a new event... 3 on 3 basketball. i should have known as soon as we read it that kade and his buddies would put a team together. they wore their team uniforms and looked so great! they were there for business and that is exactly what they did. they put on their game faces and hit the court. have no mercy! they won the tournament in their age bracket and took home shirts, basketballs and bragging rights.

before they took the court for the first game

winning game jerseys and balls! way to go boys!

my friends and i were over the baby contest and i was the lucky one that said i would take care of the float, my mom told me half way through the process that i was on my own next year (hehehe). we spent over 10 hours transforming the flatbed trailer into a float (and guess what, i forgot to get photos of the finished product b-o-o-h-o-o)

we bought over 100 of these flowers that were nylon and wire they were A-MAZ-ING!

we borrowed the huge cat tails (only 2 shown) from a friend that made the miss. salem float 2 years ago, bought 35 fairy wings and converted them into butterflies, then realized we were going to need greenery around the perimeter, therefore the netting.

my sweet little neighbors all stopped by to inspect our work and visit but, once they saw how labor intensive it was they found other things to do (can you blame them). after putting 6 cat tails up, covering them with flowers and butterflies, trimming the edge of the trailer with mesh and smoothering it with flowers and butterflies, lining the trailer with hay bales, it was still blah. what to do, what to do? my brillant mom was sharing stories of how creative my grandma was (so is my mother) and while she was sharing a story of my grandma cutting down a tree, stripping it, sanding it, varnishing it, decorating it, did i realize that is exactly what we needed on our float. but, i wanted BIG! so into the truck we went and scoured the back roads of my town. there it was, tipped over, hanging sadly, begging to be cut and decorated for all of salem to cherish. the only problem was it was on someones property and we couldn't cut it and drag it home ourselves. so while i went and knocked on the door of the owners home, my mom called my darling dad and asked if he would make the 20 minute trek to come help us. the tree was amazing! we didn't strip, sand, and varnish it but, we did put it into a christmas tree stand weight down with sand bags and covered it in white blosoms, white berries, butterflies, and flowers. it was breath-taking. our sweet little babies contest winners looked darling on it. and the best part... our float took home the royalty ribbon! if anyone has a photo of the finished project please send me a copy!

sheep creek

once baseball ended we had plenty of time for camping, fishing, riding. we are so blessed to live close to the rocky mountians. nothing like having it in your back yard. there is nothing better than lounging by the camp fire, not worrying about the phone ringing, obligations, interuptions, just bliss. we have such a great time whenever we go with my parents. this trip was sentimental for matt and me as we rode the route we took over 15 years ago as ma and pa during our stake pioneer trek. it was an amazing experience and we hadn't taken the time to go back and visit. we were in ah of what our youth accomplished during that amazing journey, we were reminded of the spirit that was felt by all, the energy that the youth had, the perservance to never give up, the drive to push on, the bond that was forge by all. after the ride we stopped for a break in a peaceful little nook near a lake.

we were COVERED in dirt

darling grandma & grandpa smith

aunt pam & uncle perry

aunt sandy & uncle mark

the quackies were thick and lush, wind the wind blew it was a gentle breeze that ruffled the leaves and made the most magical sound. it is a sound that i wish i could bottle and bring home.

city ball

kade was excited to have his dad coach city ball, because the travel league just isn't enough when you are 11, hehehe. kade played catcher, pitch, and first. i think he enjoyed catching the most. i couldn't tell who had more fun, kade playing or matt coaching. he is so great with the boys and they took first in the league, go METS!

bring it on
at the last game matt marziale, the recreation director awarded the boys with medals
proud papa and son
the team! Add ImageAdd Image
best buddies

after the tournament one of the team members family had the boys over for a pool party, but that wasn't all. they had trophies made for each player! thanks ken and dori you are amazing.

wolverines invite the boys...

what a better way to end the 2011 baseball season with the slam than to take the field with the mighty wolverines at uvu! uvu invited the team to take thier spot on the field with the players for the pledge of allegence and national anthem. it was an honor and the boys enjoyed it.

warming up and goofing around on the side lines...

watching the wolverine players being announced
getting ready to take the field

just waiting

team huddle

at last... on the field and following the example of the wolverines

standing at attention... so proud

now that the serious stuff is over the boys had races to see who could slide the farthest, thank for the grass stains boys

another tournament

this spring kade's baseball team, the slam had the opportunity to play in a tournament in viva los vegas. we were excited to get out of town and find the warm weather. the ball fields were amazing! we failed to read the rules/regulations that stated no metal cleets on the turf. so matt and i dropped kade off with the team and hit the local mall looking for turf shoes. no one sold any so on our way back to the ball fields we stopped at big 5, they had just what we needed! on our way into big 5 a man approached our group looking for money for rent, when we told him we didn't have cash he became angry with our friend...scArY.
we loved this baseball, it was at the entrance to the complex.

waiting for his turn into the batters box... hey batter batter!
say cheese!
vegas is GREAT for people like me that LOVE and ADORE people watching. this sweet lady appeared to be a grandma and she really needed support (wink wink). thanks vegas, we hope to visit again next spring.
after the tournament we thought it would be fun to take the boys down to the strip and see some of the sights and head over to new york new york to ride the roller coaster. our first stop was the aquarium. well worth it if you ask us.
swift, strong, threatening, fierce, huge teeth, intimidating

strong, slow, powerful, wrinkles, agility
transparent, graceful, quick, small
hilarious, tired, thought the strip was over-rated

hEy bAttEr bAttEr

i am so far behind on blogging it is pathetic. this past baseball season the slam played in the evanston, wy tournament. every hotel was booked, so i opted for priceline (it should have alarmed me when entering 4 * or better and it only gave me the option for 2). when we arrived at 1:30am we were exhausted and knew we weren't going to get much sleep before we had to be up and ready for the first game. matt checked us in, let's just say that english is not their first or possibly even their second language, the pool water was yellow, and the hotel smelled of spices. i requested a non-smoking room and before we even opened the door we could smell the cigarettes. i went back to the front desk and asked for a different room. they insisted that the hotel was full. when i told them that my son has asthma and we could not accept the room (he doesn't), they miraculously found us another- amazing!

the complex was nice and clean, the people... not so much. kade's team did such a great job! they made it to the championship game! we were excited for the boys but, after spending two nights and three days in a run down town we were ready to hit the road. the championship game was one that will leave a lasting impression on those of us that sat in the stadium seating section. the opposing team sat by us and one family made quite the racket. the mother sat right infront of me (there were other places to sit), she continuously flicked her hair on my legs, tried moving into our umbrella shade and complained about the heat and the game to her husband. heather, roxanne and i were laughing until we were in tears. roxanne decided that everyone who was unable to come should see what we were up against in this small town. she pretended to be taking pictures of heather and me. when the family caught on the dad ducked down saying that he had warrants out on him and could not be in any photos. i think heather choked on her gum. half way through the game the mother heatedly bent down to pick up her two year old and you guessed it... her stretch pants had a hole the size of texas in the crotch... enough said.

the boys played well and took the winning trophy home. we were so proud of them but, elated to be heading home. thanks evanston, wy. we hope to never have to stay the night again.