Friday, July 31, 2009

Sunburn update...

Russell picked me these really pretty flowers from our yard in the hopes they would help me feel better. My legs don't feel better - but flowers always lift my spirits. He is so thoughtful. :)

I woke up this morning to my left leg not hurting at all! The top of my left foot still is sore though. My right leg still "seizes" up on me. My right ankle is still very swollen. Legs are still a lovely shade of pink. None of my shoes fit except for my slippers. I ended up buying a cheapo pair of flipflops yesterday just so I have something to wear to church on Sunday. (gasp) Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to get places.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


I am now a certified homecare worker! I went in Monday for my interview and received my provider number yesterday. I am really excited! Now I just wait for an employer to call me. I can have multiple employers - which is very nice.

Oh...and my legs/feet are still burning 2 days later. Just in case you were wondering.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The beach. What not to do....

First and foremost - make sure your kids lather up with "ocean lotion" as Nephi calls it. Make sure you do some of your face and neck area. Don't forget your arms. Then forget about the rest of you.

We stayed at the beach for 3 1/2 hours. We live in Oregon. Why would we get burned on the beach? It wasn't exactly hot down there. The wind was a bit chilly. My legs weren't red when I left. About 2 hours later....
This is what they look like. My feet are killing me.
At least half of me looks like a lobster. Anyone have some butter and garlic?

After a cool shower - it didn't help much. Except for cleaning the sand out of my hair and other places sand shouldn't be.
I forgot to put sunscreen on my face as well. It doesn't hurt at all. Well - I guess I can't really say. My legs are pretty much on fire so any other bodily pain is unnoticable.
This is your public service announcment for the day. Please carry on with your business.

The beach. What to do...

I knew it was going to be really hot today. So I put out an invite on facebook. Sarah Abbott and her kids and Toni and Adam Abbott came to the beach too. All the kids had a great time playing together. This is what you do at the beach. Bury each other.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

2009 Forest Grove Stake Pioneer Day Service Project at the Tillamook Forest Center

The younger boys and I spent a great day with our stake at the Tillamook Forest Center doing clean up of their facility. It was hot. The boys weren't too keen on getting sweaty and poked by thistles and blackberry thorns. Overall - they had a good experience and enjoyed working with others from our stake.
Before the work started.
This was after we had worked for a little over an hour. The boys were hot and sweaty and getting hungry.
Nephi taking a break.

Michael taking a break and then informing me he was done working. He had had enough.

The boys and I. Yes...we helped make all those lovely piles of scotch broom. Our crew was on removal for invasive plants and weeds such as the scotch broom. Lucky for us - they had already flowered and were just pods. Those that suffer from hayfever and other outdoor allergies appreciated that fact. A lot.

At the lunchtime BBQ. The food was yummy! Nephi will demonstrate what a chocolate chip cookie can look like when it misses your mouth.

After lunch there were games in the meadow behind the center itself. Michael wanted nothing to do with the games. I think he was getting pretty tired by this point.

Nephi was all for racing. We did the three legged race. Then he was off to race gunney sacks.

There were a lot of kids - all ages.
So Nephi was very discouraged when he came in next to last and didn't win a ribbon.

But no fear! There was a heat for boys ages 11 and under. Only three boys entered so his chances of winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd were amazingly high!

He's in second!
And so excited! All he wanted was the ribbon. :)
Next was the pie eating contest. I really didn't think Nephi would participate. He did. His pie of choice was pumpkin. There were several primary kids who entered this round.

Getting ready for the judge to say start.

Don't look at the kid next to you! Keep eating. :)

He didn't get a ribbon on this one. I don't think he was too disappointed. He did come in 4th or 5th though.

Next was the watermelon eating contest. Nephi was too full from pie. But surprisingly Michael was game! The rule was the kids had to eat 2 slices of watermelon.

Again - there were a lot of primary kids lined up for this one.

Go Michael!
He has his hand raised because that's how the judge knows the kids are done. She can either tell them yes - or no - keep working on the melon.

Michael was good to go and won 3rd place!
According to Nephi - they are now the "brethern" since they both won awards today.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Visitng Ft. Stevens with the Dysart side of the family.

Yesterday after lunch at Grandpa and Grandma Zaugg's campsite - we headed up the road a bit to see my Dysart relatives I haven't seen in 22 years. Not since Grandpa Dysart died. All of Aunt Kathy's family had rented a really cool beach house. We stayed there for a couple hours visiting then headed over to the beach where the Peter Iredale shipwreck is. There were so many people. The weather was beautiful considering it was raining earlier that day.

Nephi and Michael at the beach with the instructions to not go above their rolled pants in the water.

Michael standing on one of the metal pieces from the shipwreck.

Cousin Natalie with her daughter Rosalind.

Aunt Kathy and Cousin Natalie.

Cousin Melanie and Cousin Jeremy.

Cousin Ernie with his girlfriend.

Natalie and I.

Cousin Melanie visiting with B.C.'s wife Tawnee. We didn't see B.C. or Aunt Kathy's husband. They were on their way back to the beach from Portland and we left before they arrived.

Cousin Melanie building a sand fort with her son "NieNie" and Natalie's daughter Roz.

Aunt Kathy.

Wet fish number 1.
And wet fish number 2. So much for going only to just below where your pants are rolled up! They were wet from head to toe. I was disappointed as this prevented us from visiting further with my side of the family. The boys didn't have extra clothes to put on. Just a couple sweatshirts in the car. So they had to strip down and cover up with the sweatshirts on the ride home. It was my fault they didn't bring extra. I told them no swimming trunks since it was cold at our house - I figured it would be cold 1 1/2 hours to the north too. It wasn't.

Bella, Kylie and Zane digging in the sand.

You take a picture of me taking a picture of you.

Building sand forts is a group effort.

Ocean soccer.

Zane had a good time picking on his Uncle Brian. This would be the second time he was dragged to the water for...
Pacific Ocean torture. :)

Brian and Natalie Holt.
Nephi sure had fun playing with his cousin Harrison. He's Natalie's boy.

Brennan Holt with his grandma - my Aunt Kathy.

A couple of cold sleepy boys. They ended up covering up with a couple warm sweatshirts from the car. We stopped at Burger King in Tillamook on the way home for dinner. They opted for a quick shower before eating. Smart boys.

I just love this picture! The's the place to be!

I just love this picture!  The's the place to be!
I think this was in 2004. It was Nephi's first trip to the beach. The boys were all so little! My have they grown.

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace
It all started for us when Russell left for Cape Town South Africa on a mission. Candace felt inspired to write him - so she did! We wrote for 3 1/2 years. Candace came home from her mission to the Texas Houston East Mission and we dated for 5 months. We married in July 1994 and have been happy ever after!

Son 1...Donovan

Son 1...Donovan
Our 14 year old boy scouter, 50 miler bike rider, cartoon drawer, computer gamer, book reader, clarinet player, babysitter, 8th grader boy!

Son 2...Christopher

Son 2...Christopher
Our 13 year old, boy scouter, harry potter computer gamer, lego creator, imaginator, book reader, 6th grader boy!

Son 3...Michael

Son 3...Michael
Our 9 1/2 year old drama king, perfectionist (I wonder if he gets that from mom? lol), drawer of many things, 3rd grader boy!

Son 4...Nephi

Son 4...Nephi
Our8 year old keeper of surprises, leg breaker, book listener, lego creator, music enjoyer, 1st grader boy!