Monday, August 25, 2008

Four Beautiful Eyes!

So, Ariana had us scared for a while. She got hit in the head with a baseball bat in a neighborhood game of "whiffle ball". So, the ball is soft.....but well......the bat isn't. She had an MRI done because she was suffering some pretty severe headaches and seeing purple lines occasionally.
The doc rans some tests and everything turned out fine. So, they sent her for a full pediatric workup on her eyes. And wouldn't you know it. Our little girl who taught herself to read at age 3 can't see very well! I have heard that early readers generally pay for it later, but I didn't know it would be this bad. She got her glasses about three weeks ago and hasn't had a headache since. Wow, you would think I would have thought of that first. But she turns out to be far-sighted, so she doesn't squint. That would have given us a hint.

Can you say "RITA SKEETER"? In these purple frames, you need your"quick-quotes-quill" girlie!
Too old lookin', eh?

Hellllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooo Ramona Quimby.Needless to say, she didn't pick any of these. I'll post a cute picture of her new glasses later. It seems I only got a picture of the ones we got a laugh out of. I love you, you beautiful four-eyed babe!!

Cubscout Day Camp!

Ryan had a blast a cubscout day camp this year. His first time and what a time it was! Four exhausting days of little boys and lots of fun. Ryan made friends, projects, bulls-eyes, and one very dirty load of laundry by the end of each day at camp. These are all the beads and "dingle-dangles" he earned. The most anticipated moment!!! The archery range. He spent most of the summer looking forward to camp just for the archery and bb guns. He did really well. Look out Robin Hood- here comes Ryan Hood.
Today he shot two bull's-eyes! He seemed to come home better each day. Timothy has been running figures by me about prices for gear. Hmmmmmm...can you say backyard archery and little boy in the same sentence? Sounds illegal to me. :)

Next on the fun meter were the wood projects he built. He loved the birdhouse and treasure box projects. Right now we have one "large" treasure box that is quite empty. What will we find within? I bet lots of treasures will be showing up soon. (think Dennis the Menace...........Frogs, dried beetles, dirty socks.............hmmm............. maybe the treasure box wasn't such a good idea after all.) Maybe I'll suggest his scout books belong in there?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Visitor to our house

Timothy captured a picture of this little bandit at our house last night. It is hard to see because the camera focused on the weed instead of the raccoon, but isn't he cute?

Ariana's 7th Birthday Luau!

We were still in Utah to celebrate Ariana's 7th birthday. We got to celebrate here last year. She is beginning to think we should do it every year. We celebrated at a little diner near Fish Lake on her actual birthday, but once we got back to Grandma and Papa's house we had a birthday Luau complete with pineapple upside down cake, lei's and a grass skirt.

We Limbo-ed and Papa favored us with some awesome Ukelele music. But then the inevitable happened......................

Right after we blew the candles out............Jaren fell off the back porch and had to be rushed to get stitches. He sure was good about it though.
He just layed on the table and stared at the doctor. Not even a whimper. What a brave boy!

Handsome Clan

My Brothers and I were all together for the evening last month, so we all got a group shot. It has been 9 years since we had a family photo. We have grown by six new members. Can you spot them all? (Minako, Yoshiki, Zackery, Ariana, Holly, Jaren) Grandma and Papa hold the littlest ones!

Monday, August 11, 2008

A trip down Memory Lane

My Grandma Schaugaard decided to throw a great big party! All seven of her children (my aunts and uncles) grew up going as a family to Fish Lake. Then we started going as families when we were kids. And now me and my siblings take our children.

Well, Grandma decided to do it again. Despite thousands of miles between them all-each of the seven brothers and sisters(my Dad) decided to come and bring their children (me) and their grandchildren (my kids). As you can see, we were quite a crew. We stayed in the cabins as is tradition and had lots of fun together. I got to see all my cousins again and their beautiful children. What a time!

This first picture was cut funny when I posted it, sorry Aunt Sharon and Aunt Annette. But it is of Grandma and her seven children. They have a picture just like this (but with grandpa) when they were all children. Look at 'em now! The picture on the right is the whole clan and my wonderful Grandma is in the center! We love you Grandma! Dad in the middle "gabbing" with his brothers. :) The first night this pretty rainbow showed up. We named it Grandma's Rainbow. Dad's Magic show for the kids and the funny horned chandeleir!

The four shots below are the swimming hole that we have been going to for decades. Chanin and Jaren didn't go all in. They were just the waders. Ariana posed on the pretty rock for a photo before a dip in the nice water. Isn't Utah beautiful!?!!
We caught a few perch while we were on the Pontoon. The kids were thrilled. Holly was fine until her fish was caught and then she was thoroughly disgusted. It was quite funny. But all Jaren wanted to do was drive with Papa!
While we were out there was a flock of pelicans that kept flying over and then landing only feet away from us. Apparently we were in the best fishing spot. They would come just long enough to catch a few and then look at us and take off again. WHO THOUGHT PELICANS LIVE IN UTAH???
We also drove out to see the Anasazi Indian ruins. It was a long drive, but well worth it in the end. It was amazing to look around at the desert and imagine that people actually lived here in the sweltering heat!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Mauery's love the theater!

I (Chanin)grew up loving the theater. I remember going to the Pardo Theater at Brigham Young University to see "Arsenic and Old Lace" with Mom when I was barely more than a toddler. Mom and Dad always had season tickets and this time Dad had another engagement. So, I got to take his place as Mom's date. I laughed and laughed at Uncle Teddy. As I grew older I often asked to go along with Mom and Dad. Soon, they started buying another set of season tickets just for me. Thanks, Dad and Mom! I love the theater.

Here are my own little thespians! Ryan's first play. Here he is front and center announcing the arrival of King Minos. He plays one of the Super-cool (sunglasses included) King's messengers.

Ariana is seen here in green. She designed her own toga and it turned out smashing! She is seen here singing about leaving her "weaving behind" to help Theseus defeat the Minotaur. I wish I knew how to make my camera's video capture actually load to the computer. Her song was so cute.
Red-carpet, Anyone?
Ryan has no fear backstage. Just give him some watermelon and all is grand!
A shot in our front yard with costumes. What a fun time of year. The end of the school year always culminates with the theater class putting on the play they have worked on all year. This year's musical was called "Theseus and the Minotaur".

Friday, August 1, 2008

Twisty Rope Hair

Ariana is anxiously awaiting her before-school-haircut. Two years ago she cut off 12" of her hair and gave it to Locks of Love. Considering the fact that hair grows about 6" in a year, she decided if she waited two years to cut her hair, then she could give another 12" by this year. Here she is sporting a fun hairdo. We call it a "rope." She decided when she was only 2 yrs. old that she wanted to do this. She saw girls donating their hair to help other children on a TV show and it was all decided. She waited a three years after that show to cut it the first time. Now we are nearing the second cut. We have been living the "growing-out-my-hair" scene for five years now. Some lucky little girl will get another beautiful wig. We love you for being a good example, Ariana!!
The Cut!
Two Years Ago
Ariana had just turned 5.

What a cute new do. Afterward I would lose her at the park because I didn't recognize her with all her hair gone.

Preschool Graduation

Our Sweet little Holly has graduated from preschool! Here are a few pictures of the ceremony and our budding student. Holly is all smiles. The graduate in her cap and gown.
Michael, Holly, Taylor, Cameron, Julie, MIA-Lucy
Welcome the Preschool graduating class of 2008! (And someday they will be the graduating highschool class of 2022!)
Certificate of completion
Kindergarten here I come!!