Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Oh Dear

Never good when you find your son sporting your high-heels...
Houston loves making "nests" with his blankets. Odd, but very cute!!
He's never cared for TV of any kind (not that I mind!!), until the day we found him perched like this, by himself, laughing like crazy at "The Simpsons." Great.

For those of you personally keeping in touch with Houston, you know that he just recently has started breaking away from the fluent Chinese he was speaking to give English a try. So cute!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Arrrrr Matey!

Haarrrrppy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall Fun!

We've had bunches of fun this Fall! This last weekend my mom came out (this time for fun... not because Sarah got her appendix ripped out of her guts!), and we kept her more than busy!! A day a Thanksgiving Point was just one of our many stops.
Sarah, Mom, and me looking our best.
Houston in his chariot. He loved it!
Does it mean anything when you're the only adults on the slide?
Houston got mad at us when we took him out of his cow ride.
This thing was actually creepy. I'll admit, Sarah and I screamed at one point while lost in its guts...
Rock out!
Derek and Sarah rode the mechanical bull. It was awesome! They both came away with battle wounds...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Trip to the Zoo!

For Labor Day, Houston and I tagged along with the rest of the Beckstrands on a trip to the zoo. Houston loved the water globe at the beginning and the monkeys the most and had a great time hanging out with the family.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Get Your MAC on!!

I usually post to share pictures of our adventures with Houston. Period. Not today. Today I am posting to inform you all that I'm sitting pretty on cloud 9 today. We got a new computer... and not just any computer... my DREAM computer! Yes, we got a beautiful, sparkling new iMac, and I'm not ashamed to say that I'm already totally in love with it. In fact, the REAL reason I'm even bothering with this post is just to give myself an excuse to use it. :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Pot-pour-ri: n. a medley or miscellany; mixture.

That's exactly what you're going to get in this insanely over-due post!

Houston's very first ice cream cone! He loves it, can't you tell??
Archery in Colorado! We used to practice with my dad all the time growing up, so it was fun to do it again after so long. I hit the bullseye!!
My dad, Derek, and Daniel honing their skills...
Playing in the sprinklers on a hot afternoon in Colorado.
Houston "clipping" his toenails. He mimics EVERYTHING now.
Houston meeting Hoot at his first Orem Owlz baseball game.
Houston LOVED riding 4-wheelers with Grandma Tammy and Grandpa Jim at Henry's Lake in Idaho (part of the Condie family reunion in Yellowstone).
Family photo at Yellowstone!
Father and son.
One of the zillions of bison we saw at Yellowstone... although most weren't in the restroom parking lot...
Houston and I watch my niece Avery, and the two cousins love playing together...
most of the time :)
Houston refuses to let me feed Avery anymore. HE has to be the one doing it! Poor Avery gets a bit messier during lunchtime now...
Derek being Derek while on a family outing to Thanksgiving Point.
A trip to the duck pond! Houston loved it, and didn't even mind getting bit by a couple of over-zealous ducks!

Sunday, June 28, 2009


This last weekend Sarah, Gabe, Daniel, Dad, Derek, and I all got to go river rafting down the Arkansas River in Colorado. My dad and I have been several times and Sarah's been once before, but for the rest of the boys it was their first river rafting experience. It was a fantastic trip, and we all survived without being thrown out. YES!! Thanks Dad for treating us to an awesome ride!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day Derek!!!

It was all about fishing this year for Father's Day. Derek got to sleep in late this morning (in part due to Father's Day and in part due to working the night shift), and when he woke up he had a treasure hunt to keep him busy. He followed the clues around our apartment, each written on a fish with something at each stop like goldfish, gummy worms, and Swedish fish. At the end was a new fishing pole and all the gear for it. Yeah!! Who saw that one coming??Then, because I'm still a teacher at heart and can't get rid of silly themed ideas, we had salmon for dinner and worms in "dirt" for dessert.

Happy Father's Day, Derek!! You're the best!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Goats, Sprinklers, Pools, and Cupboards

So I realize that it's been almost 2 months since I've updated this blog, but I have some fairly good excuses. I've been on several small vacations here and there (with several more to come!), babysitting my adorable niece Avery, getting sick along with the 2 kids, doing the typical duties of a wife and mom, and spending every available moment in between trying to keep Houston entertained and cleaning up after him when he finds his own means of entertainment. So here I am on a Saturday night making up for my disgraceful lack of blogging. :)

We spent Memorial Day down in Meadow this year. It was so much fun! Houston had a fabulous time outside, and one of his favorite things to do was feed the goats with Grandma Tammy. There aren't any pictures of it (yes, I'm a horrible photographer!), but Houston kissed this goat on the nose a couple times. So cute!! Houston feeding the goats... or himself... along with his cousin, Hailie.He had a distressed look on his face and shivered the whole time he played in the sprinkler, but he was captivated nonetheless!This was playing in the pool luxury-style. Grandma Tammy and Aunt Amber made it warm with pots of hot water, and Houston loved it!
Who needs expensive toys and elaborate playgrounds when there's a good cupboard around??Houston will get up in the morning, head to the bathroom, unload everything from the cupboards, then play in there off and on for the rest of day. Cheap entertainment :)