Monday, July 28, 2008

Ah Memories...

I copied this from Libby's blog...what a fun idea!

1. As a comment on this post, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Post away
One L

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today I married the love of my life and have spent the last ten years with my best friend. No one can make me laugh so hard I almost pee my pants like Cory can. No one can make me smile when all I want to do is cry except for Cory. When I think about what life would have been like had I not had the courage to date/marry a younger man I could just cry. I wouldn't have had these last 10 years of joy nor would I have the family I have. I am so grateful for the man I fell in love with, he has been the best husband in the world.
Can you believe that he has never yelled at me in anger? Not once...ever. Don't get me wrong I have ticked him off a ton of times but he never gets mean. I don't know what wonderful thing I did that he fell in love with me but how lucky am I?
In ten years my only complaint has been he forgets to empty the dishwasher... sometimes for days and he is less social than I would like but in the scheme of things I am the luckiest girl in the world! He never gets on my nerves...and I can't say that about anybody else. We could spend months together 24/7 and I still want to sit next to him and talk. I love my girls but I am so ready for them to get back to school!
He is honest to a fault and a true friend. He would spoil me rotten if I wasn't so cheap. He has never said no that I couldn't get something I wanted for me...but he has said no a 100 times when I have wanted to get something for the kids. It kind of makes it hard to get the rebel rush I used to get when I would secretly buy something...he wouldn't mind if I did so it takes the fun out of it sometimes.
He mocks my craft addictions but he never complains, even when I buy more paper. I just love this man!
I look forward to another 10 years knowing that we will continue to grow as a couple and as a family (grow metaphorically not in numbers). I especially look forward to his retirement when we can travel together and visit friends and children and spoil grandchildren together...ahhh that sounds like heaven on earth.Sorry for the poor photo quality my scanner wouldn't cooperate so I had to take pictures of my pictures.
Happy Ten year Anniversary to Cory...and me! (Cory almost never reads the blog)
One L

Monday, July 21, 2008

Palmyra Trip

Jonece with the twins who had parts in the pageant...the girls were very impressed with the costumes.
A beautiful dragon fly in the Sacred Grove.
The three wise men who visited Jesus as a small boy.
This was at the opening of the show with the entire cast on is a little over whelming in person.

We went to the Palmyra pageant this summer and it was amazing. We got there mid day and did the whole Joseph Smith farm tour and walked through the Sacred Grove and we were all moved by the spirit of the place! We went into the recreation of the log home the Smith's lived in and the actual frame home is still there! It is humbling to walk were others who were so amazing walked.
Log home with a cool cellar that was dark and scary for the girls.
The Palmyra Temple is just beautiful...and so peaceful.
Cory and the girls waiting outside the visitor's center at the pageant.
Actual copy of a first edition Book of Mormon...before they separated it into chapters and!
We had a great time staying in a hotel...they had a pool and the girls love to swim. I think if you asked them what was their favorite part of the vacation they would probably say swimming in the hotel pool. For me it was watching Cory's face as he experienced it all for the first time, the girls too but mostly Cory.
We decided to put off our camping trip this week off until next weekend because it was so hot here...I know those of you in AZ will call me a whiner but 92 with a 100% humidity is yucky! This weekend the temperatures will be in the low 80's so we might go then...we love to sit by the fire and roast marshmallows and just chill. Well that is all for today...we love you all!
One L
p.s. the ticker up in the left hand corner is how long we have before we head back to AZ!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Pookie's Visit

Here is a picture of the girls and their Aunt Annette who they call nette pookers (its a family nickname she has had all her life) we were lunching at Pirmanti Bros. It is always fun to eat at a place they have featured on the food network. I love their sandwiches with the fries on them...but their pizza was a disappointment.
Here is a shot of the crew up on Mount Washington. It is the place we take every visitor...could it be because it is free and a nice place to take some photos. Below is a picture of the church right up on Mount Washington, I agree with Annette that the older buildings here are a beautiful sight.
Ofcourse we headed down to Station Square to see the fountains and low and behold a storm blew in...something we have gotten used to dealing with after 2 years here in the Burgh.
Wednesday we headed off to the Children's museum and the girls had a blast.

It was bitter sweet having family come for is so good to see a familiar loving face but so sad when it is time for them to leave...why can't they all just move here for the next 2 years. Cory's summer break is coming to a close too quickly for me...he goes back on the 21st! We still have a camping trip and a trip to Palmyra and maybe a quick visit to Canada. I will post pictures.
later dudes
One L

Monday, July 07, 2008


We went to Ohiopyle last week and we had such a fun time picking a campsite and checking out the area. The video is the girls trying out the natural water slide. The water levels were very high and there was no way I was letting anyone I loved try the whole looked like a death slide. the bottom was fairly tame...or so I thought. Jonece went down and flew past Cory and he had to swim down and rescue was scary. I promised Jonece I wouldn't post the movie of her being rescued, she was kind of embarrassed that she got into trouble. Cory was such a trooper, he never complained about anything. It was one of those days that I am reminded of why I love him so much.

Back a the campsite we got a hold of some good wood and had a nice big fire. We made smores again and the girls loved burning sticks in the fire. I was such a fire bug when I was little...who am I kidding I still am a fire it is not surprising that the girls are in love with fire. We sat by the fire for hours and we loved it!
This is the picture of the rapids that you can go rafting on...not us... until the girls are older.
Cookie was being spoiled rotten at the Derricks and even though we missed her she didn't miss us one little bit. Maybe one day she won't bark all night and we can take her with us.
That was our trip in a nutshell and now Pookie (Cory's sister Annette) is here for a visit. I will post some pictures of our visit later.
Love to all!
One L