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Monday, July 28, 2008

Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser


Intermountain Healing Hearts is holding a ONE MILE run/walk to raise money for the group. The money will go towards our care bags that are given to families at the hospital, a heart camp for 2009, promoting CHD awareness and helping provide meals (gift cards) to our members during their hospital stays. You can download a registration form by going to www.intermountainhealinghearts.org
There will be a ceremony at the event to honor our members who have earned their wings (AKA passed on). This should be a fabulous opportunity to meet new families and to get our face out there. Please mark your calendars!!!


Sept. 6th, 2008
Check in 8:30 am
Race begins 9:30am

Location: Riverview Park
4620 N 300 W Provo

We will have sports equipment available along with crafts for the little ones.
Entry fee includes a tee shirt.


If you live far and cannot attend but would still like to donate, you can do so by sending a check to:
Intermountain Healing Hearts
PO Box 581306
Salt Lake City, UT 84158-1306

or by going to our web site and donate using pay pal. Thank you so much! If you have questions, please contact me!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Isaac, sweet prince

A little friend who's family is part of Intermountain Healing Hearts, left this life to be with his Father in Heaven last night at 8:20 p.m. His name is Isaac. He lived his life at PCMC. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.


Isaac on his blessing day.

Jan 1, 2008 at 5:17am

Earned his wings July 26, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Dishwashers for Dummies


I have put off posting this because it is embarrassing....

About a week of two ago, I was doing the dishes as usual. Unloaded it and put all the dirty ones in. I put soap in and turned the dial to start it. Nothing happened. I looked at it, it still had power. Lights were still on. Hmm, nothing looked obviously wrong with it. Strange. So I went and bought gloves and hand washing implements. My hands are so sensitive they cant be immersed in water with out negative side effects. I was trying to avoid gross hands. Anyway...


I had gone online and looked at a few dishwashers. Our is fairly old. I'm not quite sure how old since it was in the house when we moved in. I was a little surprised that is would quit working like that. Usually you get a bit of a warning. Little things will go wrong before it completely dies. Darin gets home from work late. He's exhausted because he had done some thing the day before (play soft ball maybe?) and needed sleep. I had to literally DRAG him to the computer to help me purchase one. I didn't think it would be good for me to choose one myself and have him complain later about my poor choice.


So, we finally get one ordered. It will arrive in about a week. I return to the kitchen at the end of the day to do more dishes. I make Darin come an help since he promised he would. I had suggested earlier that he look at the thing. He said there was nothing he could do if it wasn't working. He eventually looked at it, fiddled with some things and viola! Wouldn't you know it, it worked!

Turns out the latch was jammed so the washer wasn't registering that the door was completely closed. UGHHHH! It made me feel so stupid! I swear I checked everything I could think of. Then I get on the phone to try and cancel the dishwasher. I can't because it is still processing. I have to wait like 3 days. I did finally get it cancelled, but have not yet received my money back. They said it would take up to 10 days, which it has been. The drama never ends!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New Pool


A Wednesday or two ago, we had our ward summer party. We had a nice potluck dinner at the Thomas' home. Then it was off to the new city pool! It was so much fun. The best part was that we had the pool all to ourselves. Okay, the rest of the ward was there too. :) It just opened at the beginning of July. There is a big pool for diving and lessons. Then there is a lazy river, two slides and a fun kid area. Unfortunately there were clouds and a breeze the night we went, so unless you were in the water, you were cold.

Ashton had so much fun going down the same water slide in the baby area. He did it all night long. He ventured out a couple of times in to the deeper area and had to be rescued. Silly man. I went down both slides. They are fun. Not super long. My favorite feature that the pool sports, is the flooring for the pools. They are rubber and have little grippy things. Your feet don't get all chewed up and it is harder to slip. Thanks for the fun night!

Chuck E. Cheese


Mikayla turned nine!! We went to Chuck E. Cheese with her family and Deann's family a couple weeks ago. The kids all had a blast. I think Aaron had the most fun though. Vi and Ashton loved all the rides. Mikayla stayed up in the top of the play structure about 90% of the time. She got a Cars towel and a Cars pillow. She seemed to like them! Myra ate, a lot. Deann's boys won more tickets than Aaron, and were proud of that! It was a fun afternoon. Thanks guys! Happy Birthday Mikayla!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Pioneer Day!


It is the 24th of July! I am off to spend the day with my dad's side of the family, as is tradition. This will be the first year in about 23 that my parent's wont be there. Darn gas prices!


I hope you all have a great day, and remember all the sacrifices that the Pioneers made for us. I am lucky enough to have many ancestors who crossed the plains. Many lost their lives doing so. I have some that were in the Martin Handcart company, some in the last Hand cart company, and some who traveled in covered wagons with the earliest church members. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You are truly an inspiration in my life.


I also want to thank my Aunt Donna for all of the time and efforts that she has spent on our family history and temple work. I know it means so much to those that cannot do it for themselves at this time. We love you, Donna!


Happy Birthday to Uncle Craig. Hope it's the best!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Girls Weekend


Mandy and I had a girls weekend again. It had been two years since the last time, and was much needed. Her daughter will be having surgery soon. We were going to go camping, but that didn't work out. Her hubby doesn't work on Friday's so we went Thursday night to Friday. We had a nice, slow paced time.


I dropped my kids off at her house. It was my first night away from Myra and all. She was so good. I'm glad that I didn't have to worry about her. Mandy and I ran a couple of errands and then headed for Salt Lake. We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I hadn't ever been there for dinner. Dessert, yes, dinner no. It was so so so so good. The portions of food were huge! I had the carbanera pasta and Mandy had a Chicken/pasta marinara dish. Then we shared a peanut butter/chocolate cheesecake. Yummy!! If we would have known our hotel had a fridge, we would have got cheese cake for breakfast.




Then it was off to a late night movie. We saw Indiana Jones. Mandy had of course already seen it, but she still saw it again. I thought that it was good. It kept with the same style as the other Indy movies. The music was great. Of course some things were cheese and predictable, but all the movies are that way, right? It was fun. The best part was since it was a 10:30pm showing on a Thursday, we were the only ones in the movie theater! It was fabulous!!








Then we went to our hotel in Salt Lake. We stayed at the Raddisson again. We were on the top floor. Nice view. We could see the Capitol building. We went to bed. Breakfast was a complimentary buffet at the hotel restaurant. Waffles, eggs, sausage, pretty much whatever you wanted. It filled us up until dinner.



We then went to the Quilted Bear and spent like 4 hours there. It was great to take our time and look at everything. Yes, we bought stuff. Good times! Then it was off to Ikea. It was my first journey to that store. It was so much fun! We spent another few hours there. Mandy went crazy with the Swedish stuff (that's their country for Girls Camp). I know what I want to get Vi and Darin for Christmas though. I was surprised at the reasonable prices. Not everything is my style, but I saw a lot that I liked.



We also went to Tai Pan trading. Mandy had not ever been there and found some perfect frames for her bedroom that she is redecorating. It was nice to not worry about the time or kids, or anything really. I did have to make sure Mandy didn't get too tired out.

We had dinner at Ruby Tuesday. Then headed for home. The plan was to play games or watch a movie with our husbands, but Darin wouldn't wake up (we only got home at 9pm). So that was that. Thank you Mandy, for the fun weekend. And also for having Aaron watch the kids. I can't wait until the next time. Maybe Deann won't ditch us! :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Children's Art Contest


This year there was an art contest for kids as part of the Freedom Festival.

Violet was so excited! She decided what she wanted to draw and practiced a few times. Once she had her final product finished, we had to get a special frame. Each frame needed to be wired for hanging. It took some doing to get that done, but we did. The day to enter the artwork was while we were away, so Vi lucked out by having Deann turn it in for her. Thanks Deann!

After the 4th, and after the artwork had been judged, there was a huge reception. We got to look at all the artwork that was on display in the Health and Justice building. Violet was in the 5-6 age category. There were some really great paintings. I swear, some were not done by kids! They were so good!

Violet drew a castle tower with a princess in it. There was a dragon surrounding the castle, and a prince with a sword and a shield rescuing her. It was called "The Rescue". She drew it in pencil and then colored it in with colored pencil. There were about 20 entries in her age group.

There were some young musicians that played instruments, and some food. The Utah Puppeteers were also at the event. While they (puppeteers) were warming up, Ashton said, "Hey look, a puppet head." Then the puppet looked in his direction and said.."did some one call me a puppet head?!" There was a whole sill explanation about how she had more then a head. The kids were rolling. Ashton thought it was great that the puppet head was talking to him.

The awards ceremony was a little long for kids. There was a lot of thanking this person and that. It was a little drawn out. Then they had to rush through the awards. Violet won a participation prize (free ice cream cones and Chuck E Cheese tokens) and was thrilled. She also got a nice certificate. The judges said she had a very good imagination. We ran into our friends the Brady's while we were there. It was good to see them, it's been a long time!

We are very happy that Violet did so well in the contest. I'm sure it will be something that she can enjoy doing each year. She was so cute!

They also had a face painter. Violet got a butterfly, and Ashton a huge ugly monster!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

OOh, Ah, you wish you were a Prospector!


Looked through my old high school year book today. Man did that bring back memories. I think my favorite autograph was as follows: "Best wishes to short-pants boys sister. Devlin" Sheesh, you'd think by my fourth year at the school he would know my name.


Anyone know who should be planning our 10 year reunion?

Friday, July 18, 2008

It's ready!!

I have about ten different posts that I need to finish. Whew, maybe one of these days.....For today you get the news on Myra. She cut her first tooth on Tuesday. It broke the skin!! It is still working it's way up, but it's there. All three of my girls have been 9 months old when they got their first tooth. Interesting. Myra also climbs stairs. Yeah (note sarcasm). Now I have to be even more vigilant and keeping an eye on her. It's always teaching them to go down that is the difficult part.

If you go to www.intermountainhealinghearts.org information on the fun run/walk is now available. One can even download the registration form to send in. I am excited that more and more details are coming together. There is still so much to do, but it is going to be a blast!


If you would like to participate but live out of the area, don't worry! You can still help out by making a donation to Intermountain Healing Hearts. You can do this by either sending a check to the PO box found on the site, or by using the pay pal option available on the site under donations. Thank you,Thank you, Thank you to Scott Quigley for getting that up for us!!!!!!! It looks great.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Props to my Dad

Aunt Sandra and I were impressed that while we were at Heise, my dad didn't even mention once the incident that happened to Sandra....so many years ago. He usually brings it up to embarrass her whenever the family gets together. It was a miracle that we were at the scene of the crime and it didn't even come up once. Way to go dad, you are growing up!!! :) I love you!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Olsen Family Reunion

Whew, it has been a whirl wind around here, and I am trying my best to post on everything that has happened. Saturday the 5th was the Olsen family reunion. We went to Heise Hot Springs. We used to go occasionally as a child. It was fun. A little pricey for a swimming pool. My kids were all too young for the water slide. They still had a good time.

My grandfather brought his 5th wheel so we had our own bathroom and changing area. We had a nice lunch together. It was my family, my parent's, Aunt Sandra's family, Uncle Ray, Uncle David, Aunt Donna and my Grandpa. So, five out of eight kids. We played Apples to Apples while some others cooked the meat. The game was a riot! I love that game. Brynne played with us and that added even more fun. I don't know about some of Clint's choices, but he's unique! :)

We had your typical hamburgers and hot dogs, salads, chips, punch. It was a little breezy so we had to keep the napkins in check. We had a pavilion with a fire pit and trash cans. A fire was in the pit and somehow jerry rigged a griddle on top to cook the food. it worked....eventually. It was yummy though. After we went to the pool.

It is a lot of worked getting 3 kids and 2 adults ready to swim. As I was changing, I realized that we had left the baby floaties at the hotel! Oh No!!!!! Unfortunately Myra didn't enjoy the pool as much since she had to be held the entire time. My arms and Darin's got tired. Plus Darin's knee gave him grief unless he stood deep enough in the water where he didn't have to bend it. Violet had fun, we got her a life jacket, and Ashton. They had nothing available for babes. No one got too sunburned. Brynne and Bree were crazy swimmers. They also liked the slide, once the line got shorter. Connor would splash himself int he face and then cry. It was the cutest thing to watch. Kira just stuck to the stairs and didn't venture out much. Clint didn't get in so when the babies got tired, he and the rest of the gang got to watch them.

While we were at the pool everyone else napped or visited. It was a lot of fun to see everyone. I'll see you all again in 2 years for the next one that Sandra is in charge of, if not sooner!

For dinner we ate at Frontier Pies. Yum!! I had a lemon meringue, it was so so so so so good. I love PIE!!!! We gave the kids baths. That's where we got the cute pictures of Myra with the mirror. She found a friend! My favorite was when she was trying to eat the other baby. Silly girl!

Happy Birthday today to my cousin Christina!! I hope it is great!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Fourth

As you can see from the pictures, we had a great time. Friday we went to Menan and enjoyed the festivities. The kids played games and got prizes. There was food and yummy drinks. The frozen lemonade was fabulous! The line for hamburgers and hot dogs was enormous!! The kids jumped in bouncy castles and had a great time with their cousin's. I found a plaque at the craft fair that had the cutest quote. I am going to get something made up with the quote on it. It said "One of the best ways to have a little Heaven in your home is to have someone you love in Heaven." It is so true.

Then was the parade. The kids got candy. Myra slept through some of it, but then woke up and we doused her with water. They had fun seeing the animals and kids. It was cute. Violet even danced along with the dance troupe. We then headed to the hotel. We enjoyed swimming in the pool. We were the only ones. Myra had so much fun. It was her first time in a big pool. She splashed and splashed. the other kids enjoyed themselves too.

Grandma Crook was able to read books 2 & 3 of the Twilight series while we were there. I think she liked them! After we swam we headed to Great grandpas for dinner. Then Aunt Donna pulled out all the fun things she's gotten. Glow sticks, light up flashy ball necklaces, and of course, fireworks. Everyone had fun with the sparklers and fountains. A couple of the tanks actually worked and "drove" along the road.

We then headed back into town for the fireworks display. It was good. Myra even had fun watching. She was tired, but wasn't scared by the loud noises. Ashton was more freaked than she was. There were a few fireworks that were a little too close to the ground, but we had a nice view. The finale was one of the best I had ever seen. Great Grandpa sluffed the fireworks. As did Clint and Connor. They think their baby needs sleep or something! ;)

The biggest disappointment of the day was not hearing patriotic music. Our cd player in the van is still busted and NONE of the radio stations played a single patriotic song ALL Day. (well at least no while I was listening tot he radio). What is wrong with people? I was bummed about that, but overall it was a fun day. The kids were worn out, and went to sleep well. It was a good day. Plus the kids all wore their matching patriotic squeaky shoe. Cuteness.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

9 months old, eyes of blue...


Just say the title as you sing the song "5'2" eyes of blue", it works better that way. :) Myra had her check up today. She was so cute. Maybe that's because she didn't need shots. Here are the stats:

Weight: 16# 12oz (17%tile)

Height: 26.5" (15.95%tile)

Head: 12.5" (63.7%tile)


Yes, I know she is short. If she continues on this rate, she will be about 5'3" as an adult. Not bad. She as a tiny cold, and is teething. Nothing out of the ordinary. He was impressed she already stands and cruises a bit. I have caught her standing alone int he middle of the room. Crazy girl. Ashton and Vi were pills at the appointment. I wouldn't expect anything less. I also talked to the Pediatrician about IHH and he said he would talk to his other heart families. We love Word of Mouth!!!

I do have to wonder why it seems Dr. offices are always changing their paper work. I had to fill out all new sheets on my kids. B-days, address etc. I've done that sooooo many times as a parent it is ridiculous. If Elaine was still here, it would have taken me days to fill out.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Family, Isn't it about time?

Well, we had a great 4th of July and Olsen Family Reunion. I have pictures that I will add as soon as I can get them from Darin's computer.

We took Myra swimming for the first time in a n actual pool. Man, did she LOVE it!! She could splash to her hearts content! It was warm in Idaho, but not nearly as warm as here. I'm glad we got to cool off a bit.

I think that the best part of the vacation was visiting with family I don't get to see often. One of my uncles recently moved from New York State to Utah. I saw him a couple years ago, but no I'll see more of him. I also hadn't been to my grandfather's house since Violet was a baby. It hasn't changed, and brought back memories of visiting every summer as a child. I am so glad that my parents took the time to teach me how important family relationships are in one's life. Extended family is a blessing that cannot be replaced.

Probably my favorite part of the vacation, aside from meeting my adorable cousin Conner for the first time, was listening to stories. My grandfather spoke a lot about his childhood and his parent's. There were things he shared that his kids had never heard before! I was able to listen to him and see how he was touched by certain events in his life. See how his testimony was strengthened. Listening to him share such precious memories was an experience I wont forget. Seeing him so overwhelmed with the spirit of what he was testifying about, that he was crying and struggling to get sentences out, makes me so thankful for him, and others in my family for their righteous example. I feel like I have a lot to live up to in this world.

I'm glad that we were able to see my parents also. We travelled up on Thursday night and came home yesterday. I'll post more of the fun details once I get pictures.

Happy Anniversary to my Grandma & Grandpa Crook. Happy Birthday to Valerie tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Goblin Valley



Friday and Saturday we went with the youth for Youth Conference. We travelled out to Goblin Valley. I will spare you most of the drama. We left Friday afternoon. It was pretty hot once we got there. Gnats are about the most annoying insect on the planet! We set up camp, ate, Darin hiked around with the kids, there was a fireside, games and testimony meeting. It was nice to hear from the youth and listen to their testimonies. They are so awesome! We had probably about 30-40 kids from our ward. I'm still not ever going to get used to having that many in one ward!


Saturday, Myra and Ashton woke up early. Probably around 5:30am or 6pm. By 7am, Darin had injured himself and had to be carried back to our site. He tried bending his knee backwards. Not recommended! He was pretty miserable. We went to Goblin Valley wile it was cooler. If you are not familiar with this state park, it was in the movie "Galaxy Quest" where they fought the rock monster on another planet. It truly looks alien. It was fun to hike around with Vi while Myra and Ashton slept in the car. Definitely worth the drive out to see this one in a million place! Our planet is beautiful and offers up new beauties at every corner!


We left early due to Darin's injury. He is doing fine. He is able to put more weight on it now. He got a nice knee brace from the Dr. Nothing looks damaged, just loose and stretched out. He hurt himself with so much force he has whiplash too. Crazy.