Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Carpet

I can not find my camera cord so I haven't been able to upload pictures. BUT if I could... I would definitely post a picture of my mom and dad's carpet cleaner. My siblings and I bought it for them for Christmas last year. I didn't want to be the first to use it, but we had to clean some carpets! So, I finally broke down and borrowed it. I love it! I can just use water and it gets out so much nasty stuff.

Carpet cleaning has become my new obsession.

Now I must get off so I can go do another room while the boys are happily playing trucks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I am seriously so sick. I can hardly talk. I have a headache. My throat is on FIRE. I feel quite miserable. And what have I done the last couple of days?...

Painted, cleaned carpets, and laundry...

It is that DARN nesting instinct. It won't let me rest!! And I still have a list of projects that I want to do in the next four weeks. Most of them require spousal assistance... poor Jeremy!

On the upside... my living room carpet looks like new and Will will be moving into his new bedroom on Friday. He is SO, SO, SO excited!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ashton's First Lost Tooth

Ashton lost his first tooth this week. He has such tiny little teeth! He said his tooth felt weird. I felt it and it was SO loose. A few minutes later he pulled it out himself!

All day, I kept thinking... I can't believe he is old enough to lose a tooth. I know he is... he is 5 years old after all... but where does the time go.

Incidentally, he has already figured out that his dad is the tooth fairy.

Pumpkin Day

I have been quite sick since Friday, but yesterday I felt a bit better and got too ambitious. (Now I am really sick again.) I ran errands in Provo, taped off the old office so it can be painted, went to WalMart and for Family Home Evening we had "Pumpkin Day" where we enjoyed some of the 16 pumpkins Levi grew this year.

Dinner was "Dinner in a Pumpkin."
Then, we decorated pumpkins... with sharpies, not knives because the kids are all very independent and insisted on decorating their own pumkins and the LAST thing we need right now is a trip to the ER.

We had a great night and the kids finally feel ready for Halloween.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Only in Sanpete...

Today we were driving from Ephraim to Manti and about two miles outside of Manti we had to come to a near complete stop behind a trail of several cars. At first we were annoyed because we thought that there was a farm vehicle ahead that people were too timid to pass. But then, Jeremy spotted the real problem and started laughing. Ahead of us, running down Highway 89 were...


The horses ran side by side covering parts of both lanes, at about 10 miles an hour, with a trail of cars behind them, all the way into town where they were met by a Sheriff's deputy. The Sheriff's truck and another truck tried to herd them with their vehicles and finally got them stopped and cornered at the fairgrounds.

We couldn't get good pictures while they were running down the middle of the highway, but the one above we snapped with Jer's cell phone, once we got close to town and the Sheriff was rounding them up.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Baby Bailey

Bailey Helen Cragun
Born Today!
Congratulations Andy and Jenny!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Where to Go...

William was thrilled when Elder L. Tom Parry talked about the Manti Temple during General Conference on Sunday morning. He loves to drive past the temple and look at pictures of the temple and often asks, "When can I go to the Manti Temple?"

Last night, when we were talking about his reaction to the talk my mom said, "Will, do you want to go to the temple?" And he replied, "Yes! I do want to go to the Manti Temple." Then after a pause he added, "Cuz, I miss Jesus."

We, of course, thought that was adorable. Then this morning while I was getting ready for the day I was thinking about his comment. I thought about how the temple is the perfect place to be when you need to feel close to Jesus. Then, the oft-quoted phrase from the Bible dictionary popped into my mind about only the home being as sacred. And I realized... for my children our home can and should be the perfect place to be when they "miss Jesus"... when they need to feel God's love for them and be reminded that He has a plan for them... when they need to get away from the pressures and evil and stress of the world.

And I was reminded again about the great responsibility is to be a mother. Because my attitude and what I do and say will determine whether our house is a place they can go when they are really longing for their true home.