Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Weekend With Matthew

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go visit Matthew up at BYU. I also went up there to drive the truck home. I am grateful that I was able to do this and that Dale held down the fort while I was gone. It was a fun filled trip, with a twist at the beginning. Matthew came to pick me up at the airport Thursday night and couldn't get the driver side door to close on the truck. We finally got it closed and headed to Provo and the door kept flying open. Poor Matthew ended up holding the door almost all the way home. First thing Friday morning I took it to a mechanic who was able to fix it! Friday was a busy day. I started by going out to breakfast with Dale's aunt and uncle, Carolyn and Brent Chambers. After getting the truck fixed, I took Matthew to the Mall for lunch and to buy a coat. He is going to need one real soon. I also shopped at he BYU bookstore for t-shirts. After that we drove up Provo Canyon to look at the fall colors. Later that evening we had dinner with a group of people from my family and Dale's family. It was a lot of fun visiting with everyone. After dinner I went to watch Matthew's intramural football game. I then headed back to Brent and Carolyn's house, where I was staying.
The "Y"

Bridal Veil Falls

Dinner at Brick Oven

Matthew the QB

Saturday morning, Matthew and I went to Sam's Club to stock up on goodies for his dorm room, mostly Dr.Pepper. We went up to the Salt Lake area to eat lunch at Chipotle, they don't have one in Provo. We also went to Dave and Lori's house to load up some items for Tyson and Kristina to bring back to them in Austin. That afternoon we went to the BYU football game. That was a lot of fun. Two of my nieces were there, Erin, who goes to BYU and Megan who goes to CSU and drove down for the game. After the game Matthew and I went to the Women's soccer game. We had great seats! Matthew's cousin, Ashlee, is the sister-in-law to the girl who plays keeper. Her in-laws had two extra reserved seats. Both the the football team and soccer team won their games. After the game we went to Denny's to eat a very late dinner. I think I was the only person in there who wasn't a college student.

At the football game

Matthew, Erin and Megan
On Sunday, Matthew and I took an OCH. We hung out at Brent and Carolyn's house and watched football. We got the Bronco's game on TV, but had to watch the Bills game on the computer. We had dinner at Carolyn's and Brent's house. Their daughter Kristen also joined us. Their son Cory and his family came over for dessert. I spent the evening in Matthew dorm room. I got home early because I was leaving the next morning to start my drive home. It was hard to say goodbye to him.

Carolyn and Brent

The Bills Flag

The "real" grass, not Texas stuff. You can stand in it and not get poked or bitten by fire ants.

Monday morning I headed to Denver and stayed the night at my parents house. It was a beautiful drive. The sky was so blue and the colors were breath taking. Some of the most beautiful spots had no place to stop and take pictures. I tried to take them while driving through the window, but they didn't turn out too well. At one point in driving the car temperature read 30 degrees. burrrrr!!!! Glad I was in a car with a heater.

This is in Colorado

Fall colors with snow

Freshly fallen snow

Tuesday morning I headed back home. And 17 1/2 hours later I made it! That was one long drive!

Sun coming up on the Colorado Plains

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Not Young Anymore

Reliving my college days is exhausting! I felt really old when yesterday, when at the BYU football game, my niece, who saw it was the 25th anniversary of BYU National Championship, said, "You were here 25 years ago?" My answer was yes and I was here 28 years ago. Thanks Jenny, for making me feel so old.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beware BYU, Marti B Is Returning

Any post that show up here in the next 5 days aren't from me because I will be in Provo visiting Matthew. So excited to see him, just wish the whole family could come!
Someone should put BYU on alert that one of the 1981 DT T-Hall Terrors will be in town. I have noticed DT isn't even standing anymore. I promise it was there when I left!
And to my family at home,I will miss you and don't even think about jacking my blog while I am gone!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hello Fall

It's 68 degrees and pouring rain. If the rain would stop and warm up a few degrees it would be perfect outside. I'm ready for cooler weather, just not cold!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bump, Set, Kill the Ball

Volleyball season is officially here. Makenzie had her first game last night and their team won. Makenzie was not her normal self as she is still nursing her sore leg. She did well, but you could tell she was hesitant to dive for balls and her footing was off on her serves, but she did all but one serve over. Hopefully the leg gets better soon so she can go back to soccer and be the great volleyball player she is! Makenzie checking into the game
Going after a ball

Ready for the serve

Let's go!

Ready for the second game


Way to go!

Leg still bruised and sore. OUCH!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

She is Tough

We started soccer season yesterday. Makenzie had 2 games. It was a rough start for her. She plays goalie and was shot on all day long. We had no defense. She had 2 games yesterday and I think she gave up more goals yesterday than in the past 3 years, I'm serious. She did have a lot of nice saves, but you can only stop so many. To make matter's worse, while stopping a goal, the girl who kicked the ball landed on Makenzie's leg, just below her knee and above her shin guard. She was hurting, but stayed in the game because they only would have one sub. Her leg is still quite bruised today. We have wrapped it to keep the swelling down. I don't think her Jr. High volleyball coach is going to be too happy tomorrow. This was a nice save. She touched it to deflect it away from the goal
This is the injury happening

She is in pain!

She had this ball and her own teammate kicked it in the goal
Nothing like rubbing "salt in the wound"

Getting off a nice kick even after being hurt

Home with ice on her shin

Bruise, complete with mud on her knee

Friday, September 11, 2009

Visiting Teaching Experience

This was my friend Facebook status the other day. This is too funny not to share.

" I had a new experience with visiting teaching yesterday. I visit an older couple the husband is 80. They sent me home with an armload of church books. My daughter was looking through one of the books and found quite a treat! It's a Polaroid of the husband many years ago, um....naked on the couch with a small blanket over his privates"


  • He didn't want to reveal his pearl of great price
  • What!?!?
  • Oh, My, Gosh! Can you imagine how that guy would feel if he knew that you found that there?! That's definitely quite a visiting teaching experience
  • That's soooooo funny. I never get VT assignments like that.
  • That's great! What shocks me the most is you can get your kids to look at church books!
  • I'm thinking you need to post in the ward newsletter as "lost and found"
  • By their "fruits" ye shall know them....
  • Hmmmmm, now where did I put that photograph
  • I always get the boring assignments
  • I was not at home when my daughter found the priceless picture. She called me and was laughing so hard, and told me that she had found a picture of him in one of the books. I said, oh we will have to return that to them. She goes.... ya, something tells me that they won't want this one back. I asked her why and she said, Oh....just wait till you get home and see. We have not stopped the laughter since!
  • My stomach is killing me from laughing so hard
  • The whole experience makes it even funnier!!!!!!!!
  • Ha ha. Just don't let them know you've told everyone on FB! (and now a blog)
  • Perhaps he likes to role play the scriptures....Genesis....Adan and Eve come to mind
  • We're having a visiting teaching conference in a couple of weeks. I'll be sure to share this story to emphasize the blessings that come when we fulfill our VT responsibilities. BTW, what ARE you going to do with the photo?
  • All of your comments make me laugh harder guys! Husband is out of town.... the evil side of me is saving the picture so that he can see it. After that I will do the right thing and shred it. The memory however is burned deeply into my mind and I will never be able to look at him the same.

The daughter who found this is 16. Names were left out to protect the innocent.

What would you do with the picture?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bike + Curb = Hospital Visit

Last night Matthew had a bicycle accident, just one of many. He called and said he split his head open and was going to the hospital. They put staples in it because they hold better. He didn't tell me that he scraped up the rest of his body. I was talking to him on skype and saw all the bandages and his knuckles were all yucky. Here are the pictures he sent me after he was all patched up.

He should have come with a warning label at birth that said, "Keep this child away from bikes."

Are there any missions that they don't have to ride bikes? It will be a long two years for him on a bike. I better send extra pants.

He looks so sad!

His shirt should read, "I bleed when I ride bikes"

They did a nice job of cleaning and closing the wound. They didn't even shave his head.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Faith of a Child

Matthew found this paper in the Primary Room 2 years ago when he was helping me set up for our ward. A kid from the previous ward left it. Matthew thought it was cute so he took it home. I felt it was timely to share it since BYU beat OU this weekend.
Go Cougars!!!

Since the kids know many OU fans they decided to wear their BYU shirts to school today. All last week OU fans kept telling them how BYU was going to get crushed. The kids thought they might get beat also, but hoped that they wouldn't get beat too bad. We were at the high school game when they announced the score, we already new BYU had won, but when they said we have a score from Dallas, I stood up and yelled as loud as I could before they even announced the score. When they announced it many people cheered, especially Texas fans because they hate OU. It was nice to be backed up by Texas fans!

They really are excited to be BYU fans, it was just early and the school thing kind of crushed their spirit.

Summer's Last Hoorah

We did all of our "labor" on Saturday so we could enjoy Labor Day with friends. We had 3 families over and the kids had friends over for swimming and a barbeque. We had a fun day and the weather was nice and hot so the pool felt good. What a great way to end the summer!

Dale cooking the hamburgers and hotdogs

Laufenbergs and Shorts

I got to hold the baby!!!


Brittney and her "friend"
Dale relaxing after cooking

Watching everyone swim

Pool games


Jacob and his friend, Thomas

Taking cover in some shade

It's all good!

Time to get out Dale's new toy, his helicopter