Saturday, August 30, 2014


Now that we have a backyard, we thought it would be nice to have a fire.  We were never able to use our fire pit when we lived in Smithfield.  Tyler was a little rusty as it took forever to get the fire started.  We finally got the fire going after Madison's bedtime.

Helping break pieces of wood with a screwdriver.  

Tyler took the screwdriver away.  This reminds me of the movie The Sword and the Stone.

We went up to Pocatello to visit my brother Richard and his family.  My mom was up to help babysit.  Going for a walk.

We went to the Museum of Clean in Pocatello.  This sign was near the entrance.  It was actually in a magazine.  I'm pretty sure this was written by a man.  When Tyler gets home, all I care about is handing over Madison and trying to regain some sanity.

"Listen to him.  You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time.  Let him talk first--remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours."

"Don't greet him with complaints and problems."

"Have dinner ready.  Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return..."

"Prepare yourself.  Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives.  Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking.  He has just been with a lot of work-weary people."

Madison's cousin Hazel.  We weighed both of them in Pocatello and they weigh exactly the same--28.4 lbs.  They were born about a month apart.

There were lots of things to do at the clean museum.

Later that evening we went to a Crazy 8 derby.  Some cars broke before they even made it to the field.  It was a fun one time event. 

Tyler's first day home from middle school.  Madison really wanted to play with him, but he needed a nap.

Madison and I went to visit the Wasatch Library.  It is quite nice and has some fun reading spots for the kids. They also have fireplaces.

Madison and I went to the Bean Museum on BYU campus while Tyler was in the temple.  They did a great job remodeling the place and had lots of animals.  Madison's favorite part was a slide in the corner of the museum.

Doing tricks on the couch.

The morning of the triathlon just before 6AM.  Tyler isn't much of a morning person.  I had to tell him to smile for this picture--that was the best smile he could muster at that hour of the day.

Our new car.

Tyler and Madison each got a Jamba Juice--their favorite!

My game chest recieved a new coat of paint.  Previously it was a dark turquiose.

Madison really enjoys painting.  She especially likes to paint her nails.

August is $2 Tuesday at Thanksgiving Point.  We took Madison to the dinosaur museum, which she enjoyed more than I thought.

She left the museum kicking and screaming as she didn't want to leave.

A little coloring.

My sister told me of a lady that will send you a free book for each picture you send of your children reading.  I sent three pictures and Madison was delighted when she received her package in the mail.

Poor Madison touched a pole full of fiber glass while on a walk.  It was a painstaking process to try to tweeze those slivers out.  I even tried duck tape, but that didn't seem to do much good.  Madison must have thought the duck tape was magical or something, because she kept wanting more on her hand.

Tyler even came home from meetings early to help me, but we finally gave up trying to get all the slivers out.

The milk queen

She loves being outside...that is all she ever wants to do--be outside.  

We usually walk to a park on a daily basis.  Taking a lunch break.

We have an irrigation canal across the street.  Madison like to flick the water with sticks.