Posted by: rebsky1 | November 15, 2015


We started out the month of October with General Conference, which is always fabulous and did not disappoint.  My personal take-away message was to remember to live with joy. God wants us to be happy.

Mid-month we were able to take a trip to Ouray, which is heaven on earth for me.  We began with the gondola ride at Mountain Village, before ever making it to Ouray.  It was fun once again.  Once in Ouray we did a little hiking and some playing at the park.  We fed fish and Russ and I agreed that we needed to buy a vacation house there.  (Wouldn’t that be great if all you had to do was agree and then the thing would happen!?  There is always that pesky thing called money – or the lack thereof – getting in the way.)  I forgot to take the camera, so I told Russ he had to take pics with his phone and get them to me, but so far, I only have this one:

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There is a gal that we go to church with that studied speech therapy.  She is not licensed in the state, but still likes to do what she can in that field.  My mother-in-law mentioned that to me, so I approached her about meeting with Brooklyn.  It was this month that Brooklyn was able to start meeting with her.  She has a hard time with the “R” sound.  In exchange, I am tending her girl weekly while she goes to sing in a choir.  She seems to really know what she is doing and Brooklyn is great about practicing what she is learning.

Russ borrowed a bee suit from a neighbor and took apart the trampoline and then the cinder blocks supporting the dirt around the hole for the tramp.


The project took a while and he got very hot and sweaty (good thing it was a cool day) but he finally uncovered the wasp nest.  He got one sting through his sock but that was it.  It is nice to have the backyard safe again for the kids.

This year we got to carve pumpkins from our garden!  I was afraid they would all rot before Halloween because the squash bugs really destroyed our plants and we had to harvest them super early.  We did lose a lot of them but we had enough survive for the kids to carve.  They each picked out a template and we had a fun evening carving them.


On the Friday before Halloween I was able to go to Austin’s class and help with the party.  It was fun to be in there.  This is the first year I haven’t been in his classroom regularly and I miss having that opportunity.  I don’t know the kids in his class anymore.

On Halloween day we participated in the 1 mile “Zombie Fun Run”.  Connor rode in the stroller and the other two ran and did an awesome job.  There was a trunk-or-treat following the run and the kids got a ton of candy.  We usually hit about 10 houses and call it good because they feel like they have a lot of candy and are as happy as can be.  This year there was the trunk-or-treat and then the regular houses that we visit, so they got a lot.


After dealing with their sugar high on Friday night, before they could eat a bunch more on Saturday, the family sat down and we made everyone make a rule for themselves about how much candy they could eat each day.  They were way more strict with themselves than I would have been (two of them said they would only have one candy a day and the other one said they would only have two candies a day) and I tried to talk them into allowing themselves more each day, but they wouldn’t budge.  They have amazed me with their commitment to their rules and I have never had to deal with the effects of too much sugar.

Posted by: rebsky1 | November 9, 2015


September consisted of harvesting,


enjoying outside,


playing superheroes,


cursing the wasps that built a nest in the cinderblocks supporting the dirt around our in-ground trampoline.  For some reason they always got Connor and this picture is after the swelling had gone down a LOT.  He got stung on probably 6 or 8 different occasions and got multiple stings on more than one occasion.  Needless to say, he developed a phobia of the backyard and of flying insects.  Hopefully we can help him get comfortable again with playing in the backyard.


We also got to celebrate Brooklyn’s 6th birthday.  She asked for a butterfly cake and had some friends over for a little party.  She is such a great kid.  She loves to create and is smart and helpful.  She is already reading so well and is great at keeping an eye out for those who need a friend.  She is a tease and has a great smile.  We are glad she is part of our family.

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Austin finally got his scout shirt and loves going to scouts. (Russ thinks it’s because he gets to wear a costume!)


Russ had a conference in Santa Fe so we took a family trip.  We went a day early and spent a day at the Albuquerque Zoo and road the train from there to the botanical gardens and aquarium.  It was a fun day.

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The next day Russ was at his conference so I took the kids to a children’s museum in Santa Fe.  As you can see, the “paint your own face” station was well used.

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One day we also walked around and saw some of the old churches.

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We had planned to come back Sunday afternoon but had to cut our trip short and come back on Saturday night because of something happening at church on that last Sunday in September.  Our bishopric was released and Russ was called to be the first counselor in the new bishopric.  I can’t say he was excited for the opportunity, but he is willing to serve and he will do a great job.  This is him with the new bishopric at a ward party three days after being called to their new positions.


I am grateful for a wonderful husband who loves God and is willing to serve Him.

Posted by: rebsky1 | October 4, 2015

More of August

I am falling farther and farther behind. So school started and then a few days later Austin turned 8!  We celebrated with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Alan and Aunt Jessica a couple of days prior to the birthday.  Jessica’s birthday is the day before Austin’s so we had a double celebration on the 17th since that is what worked with everyone’s schedules.


On his birthday, Austin woke up and opened presents before school and had a space-themed party with three of his friends after school.  It was a lot of fun.  We started off building rockets.  Next we played a tag game that Austin figured out.  One person was a bad alien and then half the people were good aliens and half were astronauts.  The bad alien called out, “aliens” or “astronauts” and the corresponding people would have to get to the other side without getting tagged.  There was also something to say to get everyone to try and cross.  I think it was “spaceship”.  After the tag game there was an obstacle course that each kid did.  It started with Russ launching them into space from the trampoline.  They then had to throw their rocket through a hula hoop, race to the other side of the yard while avoiding meteorites (tinfoil balls that were being thrown at them), survive the pull of a blackhole (put head on bat and spin around five times), avoid an alien attack (chased by others in alien masks), jump into the spaceship (through the hula hoop) and back onto earth (onto the trampoline).  We timed each of the boys and they seemed to really enjoy it.  We then opened presents and ate cake.

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Three days later was an even greater day.  Austin choose to be baptized and it happened on Sat the 22nd of August!  He had been so excited for his baptism and was definitely prepared for this important step.  He asked his dad to baptize him and to confirm him a member of the church and give him the gift of the Holy Ghost.  What a blessing to have the priesthood, the power of God, on the earth so that we can receive the saving ordinances of the gospel.  I am grateful for a wonderful husband who lives worthy to hold the priesthood and bless the lives of others through the power of the priesthood.

Austin was interviewed by Bishop Alan Ward on Sunday the 16th and was found worthy and prepared to be baptized.  At 3:00 on the 22nd we met at the north chapel for the baptismal service.  There was one other girl getting baptized as well.  We had wonderful family support and are so grateful for family in our lives.  Alan had to work, but Jessica came as did both grandparents and Lori with Heidi, Elise, Melissa, Kelli and Whitney.  The support of friends and ward members was great too:  Lana Lee (his preschool teacher and the Relief Society president), Mrs. Larson (his 1st grade teacher) and her husband, Brigham Ward (his great friend) and his dad (our Bishop), Sheri Pugh (primary president), Oaine Foy (his great-aunt and primary teacher).  It was a wonderful service.  Grandma Pincock played the piano and Aunt Oaine led the music. We sang Baptism for the opening song. Brooklyn said the opening prayer, Austin and McKinley sang When I am Baptized and then I gave a talk.  The primary president gave a brief presentation and the Bishop made a few comments.  Austin was then baptized.

I have witnessed quite a few baptisms, but when I saw my husband baptizing my son, I felt the spirit so strongly I couldn’t keep from crying.  It was a wonderful event to witness.  After the two baptisms, Grandma Daniels gave a talk about the Holy Ghost and then Russ was able to confirm Austin.  We closed with the song, The Holy Ghost and McKinley gave the closing prayer.  I know that Austin made the right choice and that through his choice the gate was opened that allows him to walk the path leading back to God.  He is a great boy who wants to make the right choices in his life and is sensitive to those around him. He will do great things as he stays close to God and allows Him to guide his life.

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The last thing I need to mention for the month of August is soccer.  Austin and Brooklyn both were in soccer this year.  This was Austin’s third year of soccer and he has really improved in his ability to track the ball.  It is fun to see the progress.  Brooklyn inherited my competitive trait and hustled to keep up with the ball.

Austin in black jersey, grey shorts

Austin in black jersey, grey shorts

Brooklyn in yellow jersey

Brooklyn in yellow jersey

Posted by: rebsky1 | August 30, 2015

Another Reunion and School

All summer long the kids really wanted to sleep on the trampoline as a family.  Multiple times we planned a night and then something would come up and it wouldn’t happen.  We finally decided it was going to happen on the first Monday in Aug.  The kids were so excited.  They got ready for bed and we laid our sleeping bags out.  Russ and I laid with the kids for a while before coming inside to finish cleaning up the kitchen.  When we were finished we got ready for bed and went out.  Connor was asleep and the other two finally fell asleep too.  We made it until about 11:30 and then the wind started whipping and the rain started coming so we scooped up kids and rushed inside.  I must admit – I wasn’t sad to be back in my bed.

At the beginning of the month we got the kids registered for school and Brooklyn had a graduation from UPSTART – a phenomenal online preschool program through the Waterford Institute.  As soon as graduation finished, the family headed out of town.  We headed north for some school clothes shopping, a homecoming and a reunion.  It was a productive and enjoyable trip.  We had a great time with family playing volleyball, ship to shore, enjoying a talent show, making bubbles, doing a slip and slide and enjoying a timeline created by Russ’s dad.  I wish we had done better at taking pictures.  The only time we pulled out the camera was during the price is right game that Russ’s niece put together for everyone to enjoy.

Connor entertaining himself

Connor entertaining himself

Alan playing Plinko

Alan playing Plinko

Bob Barker

Bob Barker

We returned from the reunion on Wednesday and the kids started school on Thursday.  That was a mistake, but we survived and the kids had a good first day of school.  Brooklyn had been a bit nervous but when I picked her up and asked how it went she said she, “loves, loves, loves kindergarten!”

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Posted by: rebsky1 | August 16, 2015


The kids and I tried to make it a point to explore one day each week during summer.  So one day we went to the Edge of the Cedars Museum.  We hadn’t been for a couple of years, so it was fun to explore it again.  This is the ladder down into the kiva and then the kids down in the kiva.

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Next up for July was the festivities of the 4th.  The town always has a 5k race that Russ and I like to run but this year we wanted Austin to run, so we decided to run the mile fun run with him and Brooklyn chose to join us also.  It was fun to “train” with them in preparation and then to see how great they did on the 4th.  This is a post race picture with their medals.


The kids and I got to enjoy the parade.  Russ consented to ride on the float with the band, so he didn’t get to watch but we had fun watching for him.  The truck passed twice and both times I tried to snap a picture of him, but I was too slow. But this is the three kids waiting for the parade to start.


During the first full week of July Austin got to participate in Robot Camp.  It was in the mornings and his good friend, Brigham, did it with him.  They were able to build robots with legos and program them on the computer.  He seemed to enjoy himself.

The first part of the month we also kept busy with church, building a shed and discovering insects.  I guess I don’t have a picture of the shed completed so you just get the after church picture and the praying mantis picture.

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The 16th-18th of July was my family’s reunion.  Russ took off extra time in case we had to travel extra far, but it ended up being at my parents’, so we took the extra day to explore the Treehouse Museum in Ogden.  We took two cousins and the kids had a great time.

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The next day we went to my parents’ and set up tents in their backyard.  It was so fun to be able to spend time with family.  The kids enjoyed their cousins and I loved visiting with the siblings that were able to make it.  We made giant bubbles:

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We had a giant slip and slide.  This first video is Austin and then my mom.

This video is Austin:

This one is my dad:

This one is Brooklyn:

This one is me:

We had a lot of fun just playing, talking and spending time together.  These next two pictures are me with my five siblings that made it and then the six of us with mom and dad.

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I LOVE my family!!!!

We finished off July with a visit to Bluff Fort – I didn’t take the camera on that exploration trip and then with some great entertainment and a visit from a king:

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