Sunday, August 17


Here is a quick doodle I did when Randy was blogging.

A New Worry for Sarah

Once again, Randy needs to tell you exactly what happened and why our house has the pleasant aroma of burnt hair.

We get home from church and we are HUNGRY! I get the grill fired up and warming while I am getting every thing ready to throw on. I walk outside and I smell Propane, what the HECK! I am quite confused at this point because the grill has never done that before. I open the lid and discover that it did not light. While holding the lid opened I reach down to push the magic button and whoosh, a ball of fire comes erupting out of the grill. I had only been filling the grill with propane. It left one arm completely hairless on the underside of it and a few hairs on my head were singed. Good thing I did not use hair spray this morning!!

**note to self: Close the grill lid before igniting a ball of gas!**

I come out a couple of minutes later and discover that it happened again, This time I closed the lid and turned off the knobs before pushing the magic button. Once all the propane was burnt out of the grill I opened the lid and turned the knobs, and once again I pushed the magic button, YEA! it worked. We had grilled hamburgers and artichoke! It was very delicious.

We just wanted to tile the dining room

But, one thing leads to another. I will let Randy tell you the story, he is better at it than me.

I was removing the old flooring in preparation for the tile and the base board came off the wall! That is fine and dandy, except that there was all kinds of mold/water damage behind the base board. We knew that we would have to replace some of the wall because of the poor construction skills of those who built it. However, we were hoping that we would be able to get around doing this much work, especially right now. Wishful think isn't it! We removed a foot of drywall and found that the board that sits on the ground was nothing but dirt! It had so much water damage and I am sure termite damage that there was nothing left. We decided that since we had to do that much to repair we may as well redo the exterior of the wall then too. We discovered that they had used indoor paneling for outdoor use and that they used about a million finishing nails to nail it on! The wall was constructed with scrap pieces of lumber. It looked as though they had gone to a construction site and went dumpster diving. We did not fix that, however, we did add an extra board so for more support. I am sure that it took more time to clean up the mess then it did to put it together. We finally got it back together after a week of having the dining room in the living room, YEA!

Here is the photo documentation of the "tiling" project.

Tuesday, August 5

We're back

Well, actually we have been back since Thursday evening. We had such a wonderful time. Here are some highlights...

Ate a lot.

I taught my mom to blog and she now has her own blog, hopefully she will keep it up :)
Mom's one footed bird watching me blog.

We went on a nice morning walk/jog with the dogs.

Walked around a mansion in the making.
This is only about 1/4 of the house.

Randy and I got to go to the Salt Lake City Temple. So beautiful, amazing and full of the spirit of God.

We went to lunch with Randy's mom and sister (Gotta love my Miss Tissy!).

Went to the Church History Museum
Randy and Misty seeing what it is like on a bunk on a ship.

Got a peak of Ryan, Minna, Xaq, Than, and Adam (We wish we could have spent more time with you-all!)

My mom, brothers, Randy and I went to the Mayan (a resteraunt with trees, vines, ancient American items, and a diving cliff with waterfall and all). There were divers that jumped off of cliffs in loin cloths. Odd, but fun.
Max standing in front of the waterfall (It was dark)

Table under the tree
Russell playing with his ??food???

We went to the largest open copper mine (it can actually be seen from space). Randy and I really liked that.
Driving to the mine
Us and a big tire
I like this one of Emily and a miner
But I like Russell and the miner more (hahaha)

Max, the helper
Wishing Dad could've come

We spent a day on the lake tubing and jet skiing. (I didn't take my digital camera, I took a disposable. I didn't feel like risking it. So those pictures won't come for a while). Chonkiri got on the jet ski with us. We went very slowly with him on though, so don't worry.
We played with fireworks. Watch out, Emily is a pyro and is teaching Max to be too!
On the way home we drove through Vegas and Randy was shocked by the smog!
the picture is of the strip, but you can only barely see it through the smog

The reason we drove through Vegas was so we could stop in Kingman. We got to see Macey, Micah and Holen's baby girl, and Celes (boy has she grown!). Thanks for the tomatoes, mmm.

Overall, it was a great trip. Special thanks to the Ellsworth family for all the planning and entertaining that you did for us. It was wonderful!