Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
So as fall creeps in and then brings winter, just know that I will be counting down the days to spring, and then to blessed summer again!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Nearly every summer the Peterson family takes a trip to Rocky Point Mexico. This tradition dates back to the 1960's. Davids mothers family (the Pews) have been taking vacations down to Rocky Point long before it was a tourist trap. Now, in 2008, the beaches are lined with RV parks, condos, and high-rise hotels. Even with the beaches full, and the oceans crowded, it is still a great trip. We always try and avoid the super busy times like Spring Break, the first few weeks of summer, and extremely hot times. This year our trip fell near the end of July,(21st- 25th) which is definitely a HOT time of the year!
I have to admit, a trip to Rocky Point Mexico involves a LONG drive, a HOT week, and lots of sand and sun to burn in. It gets harder to plan a trip that involves camping on a beach, outside for a week, now that I have five young kids. BUT, the kids sure had a great time! I don't think Jay enjoyed it much, being only 7 months old, and even Betsy complained a lot from the heat, but my older three..... they had a blast!!! The second day we were there was filled with the kids having so much fun playing in the ocean, on the beach, and building sand castles/sculptures. Even with LARGE doses of sunscreen, every one of them got way too much sun, which led to a pretty miserable night of sleep for all of us, lots of aloe vera gel and a quiet following day in the shade. Even with the sunburns, this year turned out to be a good time. All the siblings got to be there this year, and it was a great little reunion. We are adding in numbers, and growing to be a pretty big bunch. There are now eight grandkids, and one on the way. Lots of little kids to keep an eye on!
Our trip ended Friday morning, when we all broke camp, and drove home. Long story short, our van gave us HECK!!!!!! We all made it home by Saturday afternoon. David and I arrived home Friday, did lots of laundry, cleaned house, unpacked and RE-packed for our Alaskan Cruise, which we left for Saturday night. I told you July was crazy busy!!! To be continued.....
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Now, every year there is a large Pioneer Day Celebration filled with parades, arts and crafts shows, rodeos, BBQs, fireworks, baseball games, races, etc..... What a fun way to celebrate our pioneer heritage, and our great town. It falls on the Saturday before the 24th of July, but is still called and considered the "24th celebration". I have attended the 24th celebration every year of my married life, and it holds a special place in my heart, because it was at one such celebration, 7 years ago that David proposed to me. I, of course said YES!
My family also has added it as a tradition to come to Snowflake and visit with us, and participate in all the activities. It is always a great time! This year it fell just two weeks before our Alaskan Cruise, (more on that later!) so everyone decided not to come this year.
I have always happily observed the parade, but they got me this year! My ward asked me to ride on the float they had built. The theme for our Pioneer Day Parade was "Woman, the Heart of Pioneering" I think that's right? Anyway, our wards float was called "Learning how to Spell". It went along with a cute little children's song that was blaring from the float. The float had the words, "I am learning how to spell.... and on the back it said "Mother spells Pioneer". It had fun little things that moms do with their children. Gardening, reading stories, bath time =), bedtime... Anyway, as you can see from the photo, that is me, with Nathan, and Aubrey and Emily are in that bath tub. They are wearing their swimsuits, and playing in the water that they had piped into the tub. It was from the hose, so the kids kept getting in and out of the tub because it was pretty cold. They were pretty good sports nonetheless. David kept Betsy and Jay with him, and he is taking this picture.
After the parade we met at our house and enjoyed a lunch with all the Petersons on our front lawn. David's brother Ben, and his wife Amy and their son Isaac, who live in Provo, had just arrived in town, and it was fun to see them. We later went to the night rodeo. It was a train-wreck. I think the kids were just worn out, and burnt out..... hey, so was I. Anyway, we watched the first hour or so, and then decided that it would be better to just take the kids home to bed. We left before the firework show. But, because we live only about 3 miles away, after David and I put the kids to bed, we sat out on our front lawn and watched the fireworks there. It was a pretty fun day, and it was nice to relax for a few minutes. But it only lasted for just that, a few minutes. David and I had to get packing! We were leaving for Rocky Point Mexico the very next day, for 5 days..... to be continued.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I was thinking this morning about the birthdays I have had in my past. Most notable ones, etc. The first birthday I can remember was when my family still lived in West Valley City, Utah. I was turning five. I remember a little party with my friends, and my cake. That is about all. The next birthday I can remember pretty clearly was when I turned eight. Both sets of my grandparents were there for that birthday. I was excited because I was getting baptized, but, was generally bummed that all I got for my birthday was a set of scriptures and a coloring book and crayons. I realize now the importance of that gift, and still have that set of scriptures tucked carefully away in my cedar chest. I remember my twelfth birthday very well. It was when my family lived in Mesa, on Ivy Glen St. Those were the greatest years of my life yet. I had my best friends invited. Amy, Stacie, Angela, Kristen, and Jon. (I had a huge crush on him, my entire childhood =) )
And lastly, my 20th birthday. September 11, 2001. I was living at home, engaged to David, who was living in Tucson at the time. It was about 6:30 am when my mom woke me up, took me into her room and showed me the events happening on TV. The towers were going down, USA was in a state of panic. My thoughts were panic, sadness, and fear. It was not until a few minutes later that I realized that this was how I was going to spend my birthday-- and future birthdays for the rest of my life. That whole day was full of news watching, crying, and fearing the worst. Not the greatest birthday, I have to admit. And even to this day, every time I tell someone when my birthday is, I get a "Oh, how sad." or a "Ahhh, that's rough". BUT, to make light of this heavy subject, it was my birthday, before it was a terrorist attack, and everyone around me sure remembers when I was born! Not many people miss my birthday. And everyone flies their flags too!
This morning I was woken up to all five of my sweet children, and my great hubby singing "Happy Birthday to You". Then they all climbed up in bed with me and started sharing the orange slices candy that is a big tradition in the Peterson family. You can't have a birthday, or give a birthday gift without including a pack of orange slices candy inside. =) It's a fun little tradition to keep going with our kids. I would take and attach a picture of my loot I have gotten so far, BUT, like I mentioned before, my camera bit the dust, and is not fixable. SO, as a birthday present to myself I plan on getting a new digital camera this weekend. Any suggestions on good cameras?
We are headed to Mesa this weekend to do a Costco run, a temple session, a birthday breakfast and dinner, a play, and a family BBQ. I am very excited about going home. There is nothing like returning to your hometown, and your family. I sure miss it there. All of my siblings and parents live in Mesa, except for me. It is hard to miss out on the little things, the family home evenings, the Sunday dinners, etc. And yet, after it is all said and done, and we are driving back toward Snowflake after a visit to Mesa, it sure feels good to be going back home to Snowflake.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Nathan, Uncle Andrew, Aubrey, Emily, Grandpa Peterson holding Betsy, and Jay
The 4th of July Celebration in Taylor always falls on the Saturday after the 4th. It happened to be on the 5th this year. It starts out with a BANG..... literally. Early in the morning (5am, I think), there is a flag raising, a band playing and little production called, "the firing of the anvil". This all takes place in the town of Taylor, which is a good two to three miles away from our house, and yet, it wakes me up every year. They take two anvils, put a fuse between them, and light it. Man, its LOUD! And pretty neat too. The group travels through the town and lights these anvils at least 10 times and every time it goes off, I jump, even from my own kitchen!
For the benefit of the crowd who were too lazy to get out of bed at 5 am (like me), the Town of Taylor fires that anvil a few times, later that night at the annual 4th of July Rodeo. What a great time! I truly enjoy watching rodeo. It's in my blood (my Grandpa Higginson was quite the rodeo star and cowboy in his day). The ironic thing is, I had never attended a rodeo, or rode a horse (except for once) until I married into the Peterson family. What a great sport, and a daring one at that! We talk randomly about Aubrey becoming a barrel racer. It takes someone with an adventurous, fearless spirit, like Aubrey's; she gets it from her great-grandpa.
The month of July is filled with lots of activities and productions, and we enjoyed quite a few of them! Not to mention, a trip to Rocky Point, Mexico, and lest we forget, an Alaskan cruise! It was a busy month! Lots more on those later!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
One thing is for sure, I LOVE rain. I could stand at my window watching it rain ALL day. In fact, that is how I have spent the majority of this morning already. I have mentioned to David a few times about how I would like to live in Seattle, because of all the rainfall there, and he is quick to remind me that that wouldn't be a good thing, because I would never get anything done! I would love to be out there right now, splashing in the puddles and twirling in the rain.... then my neighbors would really think I had lost it! =)
This picture was actually taken last year-2007, in one of our big monsoon rains. I had quite a good time too, playing in that puddle. Just look at the look on Nathans' face! Pure joy.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Here we are watching the parade go by. Front: Nathan, Betsy, Emily. Back: David, Jay, and Aubrey.
It was pretty hot (low 90's) and the kids had a pretty good time. After the parade we met up over at Granddad Pews house and had a fun picnic. The older kids had fun swinging on his large weeping willows trees.
The top one is of Nathan, middle is Aubrey, and the bottom shot is Emily.
We had a great day, and the kids were worn out for sure. After all the festivities, we made our bi-weekly WalMart and bank trip. (The closest WalMart and Bank of America, to our house is 30 miles away, and conveniently in the town of Show Low.) The kids slept all the way home and all ended up with slight sunburns.... even with sunscreen and hats?!? It was a great day. We didn't make the trek back to Show Low that night for their fireworks display, but we did get to see them the next day, in Taylor. But I will save that for my next post.....
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Valerie and David; taken Aug 2008 on our Alaskan Cruise
Now for our kids:
Emily, Nathan, Jay, Aubrey, and Betsy (Taken July 2008)
And lest we forget: Max (Puppy; half dachshund/ half pug)..... Cute little dog. Likes to bite and play. We brought him home about 6 weeks ago. He is a patient little thing, and generally well behaved.
Well, that is us. We are living right now in Snowflake Arizona (NE Arizona, above the rim) It is a great small town, with lots of family around. Everyone knows everyone.... Great Mormon town.
I have tons of ideas for posts and they will all eventually happen, but please be patient with me, for as I said, I am a new blogger. There are always interesting things going on in my house full of young kids... so now all I have to do is get my digital camera up and running again (it gave up the ghost a few weeks back) , or maybe go out a buy a new one =)!! More to come....