Wednesday, September 30, 2009


So my little man is now VERY mobile and has hit that amazing 1/2 year old mark. He crawls from one end of the house to the other. The gate at the top of the stairs is now up. He is so stinking cute. Yesterday he pulled himself up to standing with the help of the couch and and the stove. Yeah, we have some baby protecting to do.

This picture was taken a few weeks ago. He has had this facination with the fireplace tools. Nice. We started our first fire tonight and he loved it. Loved looking at it and loved crawling over to it. We need a fence.

Matt took this picture last night. We were digging the rest of our carrots in the garden and he was sucking on them, dirt and all. I suppose he is a true third child because there is no way I would have let my first two kids do that! Here he is standing up with the bucket of carrots with his sweet little muddy face. Check out those ears! Holy cow! He is a wonderful little man and we love him to pieces.

By the way, we got snow today. DANG IT!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Deal with it, this is my blog (said in the nicest way possible)

Kendal, Emmitt, and I went to Quiltfest, the Utah Quilt Guild's annual meeting, in Layton the other day. Here are few pictures of a few faves at the quilt show. Sorry to bore some of you, but this is my excitement and my love and my blog.

Kendals is pointing to Snow White

Okay, so this one isn't my favorite topic to quilt about, but it was pretty well done. I had to include it. Kendal kept saying "I wanna touch the man quilt. Where is the man quilt? Look at the man." I finally told her that the man's name was Obama. She still just called him the man.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

9 patch bliss

I posted a week or two ago that I had joined my first online quilt block swap. Well, it is pretty fun. I get to send 9 patch blocks to quilters in Alabama, Minnesota, Arizona, California, and Texas. Let me show you how easy it is to make 9 inch 9 patch blocks.

first you start out with 3 1/2 inch strips of two colors

sew them together in two patterns like this

after they are sewn, cut them into 3 1/2 inch strips the other way

assemble them into blocks like this - the famous 9 patch block

address your envelopes, stuff them with blocks and check the instructions ONE MORE time to make sure all is well
I guess Emmitt gets a really cute blue and white quilt.

That's all of 'em!

Yep, here are the Crane kids. There are 15 Larry and Ellen Crane grandkids walking around this pretty little planet, one in Heaven, and one in her momma's belly. We haven't had a picture with all of them in it for a few years. ALL the Cranes (Matt and his siblings) met a couple of Sundays ago at Maple Grove near Scipio and had ourselves a nice little BBQ. It was a wonderful time. It rained like in Noah's day, but still it was nice to be together.

Before the rain

During the rain

(love these bum shots! Guess who - no, not me, I wish my rear were that cute!)

After the rain

Me, Emmitt, and Larry - my super duper father-in-law

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sweet Kendal is getting so big!

My sweet little Kendal is growing up! Just last week when Kelsey went to school I dared to let her play computer games by herself for the first time. She spent all summer watching Kelsey play, but when we let her play she would just click the mouse randomly all over the screen 23 times per second. Well, seemed to mesh with her because she did great. She played DORA games and actually listened and did what the computer told her to do. She has also played on She likes that one too. She is getting so big!

This is what she does when I tell her to smile! Last night I deleted 54 pictures on my digital camera that were all of DORA and the computer desk. I guess I can't leave her alone for too long!

Yesterday was Kendal's first day of school. She has been pretty excited and when I got out the school clothes we bought last month, she got super excited. It went well and she is liking it. She is such a silly girl. I asked her what she learned yesterday and she said "I dest play." I asked her again today and she said "I dot to paint! I like to paint."

For some strange reason Matt thought it would be great to sign Kendal up for fall soccer. She had her first game today. She did pretty well considering she is only 4 years old!

Don't let these AMAZING action shots fool you - she just walked around half of the time! She did do super great though and we are proud of our little soccer girl. When we got the soccer clothes out of the closet yesterday, she tried them on and said "Oh my dosh, I det to be number 4!" She cracks me up.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I love Labor Day Weekend!

Well, all the laundry is finished from our fun weekend in Lyman for the Chappell Family Reunion. What a super time we had. My uncle George and aunt Linda were in charge this year, and does that guy know how to cook! It was so much fun to see my favorite cousins, watch the kids run wild, play some volleyball, eat great food, and just chat the days away.

This is my sis Tori.

Here are some of the kids waiting patiently for the BIG swing, and for someone BIG to push them into the treetops so they can taste the leaves. I remember doing that myself. It gives me a headache to think about it now, and almost makes me pee my pants.

This is April, my niece on the Crane side and my cousin's kid on the Chappell side. I know, sounds confusing and somewhat Southern right? Her mom, Emiko, is my first cousin and happened to marry Matt's brother. Double Whammy. We love April.

This is a bunch of the younger kids. I think they were waiting for the treasure hunt to start, otherwise why would they all be in one place?

My cousin Kacey is serving with the Air Force in Iraq and her squadron is holding a school supply drive for the rural Iraqi children. We were asked to bring certain supplies to the reunion and assemble the kits.
Rachelle and Alyssa were the brains and the brawn of the operation. They said to me "This is kinda fun isn't it?"

Our family has quite a few members serving this great country and its citizens. Thanks to all of you, you make us proud.

Presley and Taylor

We had a REALLY nice volleyball tournament going on for a couple of days. We had some really nice volleys and some major grass stain action. It was so much fun and I am pretty sure my team won the whole deal. You don't mess with uncle Alton, April, Curt, Tacey, Jared, and me!

Yes, the brown poop houses were considered out-of-bounds.

LeEllen and Rick
They are smiling so much here because they kept supplying the little kids with silly string cans and plots to get their parents! They are so great with my girls, well, all the little kids actually. My girls love them. Whenever I tell them we are going to my parents they talk about Rick and LeEllen too.

My little Emmitt was a such a good boy. He had nice naps everyday, which allowed MOM to play volleyball like crazy!

Crab apple wars have always been a part of the reunion. My cousin Scott, my brother Glen, and my dad, always seem to be the ringleaders, and it was no different this year. They hide out on the hillside in the dark with their hats full of apples and pelt everyone that walks by. Butt my Matty took it to a different level. He somehow got Waylon's sling shot and was shooting them at poor little Larry.

The bad part was that Larry kept coming back for more!

Here is our new family president, Sara, conducting our annual general family meeting. After the meeting is when we have our raffle drawings. We all wait with much anticipation!

Glen and Presley

Curt and Norah

Tori, Kelsey, and Brogan - applying lip gloss!
The drawings turned out great this year, although I did NOT win the quilt my uncle George and aunt Linda made - DANG IT! We have had 28ish family reunions and I think it is about my turn to win a quilt!! I did win a really nice picture of my grandma and grandpa's house though. My kids made out well - cute balloon flip flops, lip gloss, princess bag with goodies, fleece blanket, wood blocks, hair bow/flower thingies, etc,


I told Kendal to smile and this is what I got.
She had such a super time with all the kids and running wild and playing on the playground. Oh yeah, and getting DIRTY!

Lori and Kanyon or maybe Canyon, and baby Dragon or perhaps Draigon - not sure

Sean, Judd, and Rhett
All the kids had a super time. With 10 acres of hill, corrals, and yard to play on, we didn't see too much of them around. Kelsey would seriously disappear after breakfast, show up when she was hungry for lunch, and then take off again for the afternoon. I didn't worry about her either.

My little man was introduced to many things over the weekend without my knowledge! My dad was holding him one afternoon and I didn't realize he was also holding a snickerdoodle cookie in his mouth! Then Emiko was loving on him while I was volleyballing and she gave him a dumdum sucker. She could not believe how strong he was when she tried to take it back out of his mouth!
What a wonderful weekend we had. Thanks mom and dad for everything and letting us crash the house. Thanks George and Linda for a great year. Thanks family for good memories.


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