Saturday, March 28, 2009

Knock on wood, Liz!

I forgot to knock on wood last week when I told Josh's step dad that our family hasn't been sick in a long time. Guess what? Yep, Mason is sick! He has a horrible cough, runny nose and fever. Poor little guy! He is napping now. Has been for more than 3 hours. On the bright side, he's very mellow so there's a lot less cleaning up to do around the house.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Funeral and an arch

We got back home last night from a quick trip to Utah. A good friend of ours, Susann Allred (Suzie) passed away on Wednedsay. We've known her and her husband Les for almost 10 years. They have 10 kids together and they were such an awesome couple. During their last few years together, the two were inseperable. If you saw Les, you saw Suzie. Little did they know that sharks were swimming around in her brain. She died of a brain anurism. Suzie was great. She reminded me a lot of my mom. Her kids and grandkids were her joy. Always tending her grandkids and just as sweet as can be.
Les asked Josh to sing at the funeral and he did. He sang "In this Life" by Collin Raye. He did an amazing job. I was astounded at how much better he sounded in a microphone. I didn't think he could ever sound better. He played his guitar along with it and missed a cord, that bothered Josh but it really didn't matter. People came up to him afterwards and asked him if he was famous. LOL! That made Josh's day.

Our route home took us right through Moab. We couldn't just drive by without going to the Arches National Park. Josh and I have been there before when Kenzie was just a baby but you can never see too much of this beauty. The scenery is absolutey amazing!

Here we are with the Delicate Arch in the distance. We couldn't hike up to it because it was a little chilly for the kids. Plus, we had the dogs with us and pets are not allowed on the trails.

Delicate Arch

More photos in the park:
I think they call these "windows".

These are the La Sal Mountains in the distance.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gotta Go To Work

So Parker's new phrase is, "I gotta go to work.'' He and a few other little boys in the neighborhood are building a "club house" 2 doors down at his friends' house. They're gathering old wood, breaking down wood pallets and they even found tons of nails down in the wash behind our house. (Even though he's not allowed to go down there). Its crazy how much they've built! I'm a little worried because they're building a roof over it too and I'm so afraid its going to cave in on them. So here's my dilama...Do I let boys be boys and just let him have his fun -I mean work- or do I put my foot down because its a little dangerous?
Yesterday he came home looking like Pig Pen, even with dirt in his nose! I say, let him just have fun. Josh says, no its dangerous. What a switch, right?? Josh and his brothers were hellians doing things 10 times worse! You'd think he'd think different.
Hopefully Parker will lose interst and move onto something else soon.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Chidester family Update

Its been a while since I updated our blog. Lets see...whats new. Well today is Kenzie's birthay. She's 10! I CANNOT BELIEVE I am old enough to have a 10 year old. This morning I sent her to school with a giant choc chip cookie to share with her class. She was so excited!

She requested a basketball cake so I made her that too. (That did not turn out so super amazing so I won't show you that)

Some of you know we got a couple horses. A family in our ward gave them to us. We have a fenced corral next to our house anyway. They are so beautiful.
This one is Blaze. He's 2 years old and a bit of a knot head, we just need to work with him more.

And this is Oopsy. She is 11 and Blaze's mom. She's really sweet and really easy going. She'd even let you hop on her back and ride bare back if you wanted. She's also REALLY pregnant. Probably ready to give birth next month. That'll be interesting for us!!

A family of 6, two dogs and 2 horses. We're just one BIG happy family!