Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My Art Project

ADVISORY: there are a couple GRAPHIC pictures. If you are squeamish, don't blame me for getting queasy. (there are only 2 or 3)

I know that some of you have been dying to see this, so I figured I would post it. We had a final art project to do for my class, and I worked on it (i.e. took pictures) while we were on the cruise. I know that Julia has been on the edge of her seat waiting to see it.
The message that I was trying to get across was that art and beauty can be found in everyday things. We just need to take the time to look for them. Which pictures and song do you like the best?
(Jason)

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

The new G


So, after such a long wait, I finally have the new car that I bought. It has taken me about a week to get some pictures, but I finally did. Now, many of you may not care, but I will give you some of the specs on it. If you wish to read, go ahead. If you don't care, just skip the rest of this post!! I will have a few pics at the bottom.

It is a 2006 Infiniti G35, with the sport package. That means it has a modified suspension to corner faster and increase control. It also includes the spoiler. I have upgraded 18 inch tires wheels, and the previous owner must have really liked going fast, because he has upgraded performance tires. (Rated to go up to 150, as opposed to the normal, rated up to 85 MPH) The top end speed, from what I hear, is 154. I have yet to test that out. I will let you know when I do.
It goes from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, which is pretty fast. That beats all but 1 mustang off the line. (Take that Justin) There are just under 300 hp.
Now, I should also tell you that Sarah has a few things that she really likes about the new car as well. It has heated seats, for those really cold mornings, and it has a sunroof, for warm sunny days.
The best part about it, is that Pointe is making the payments for me!! That's right. All of this wonderful, and I don't even pay for it. Pretty sweet deal, huh?
That is all that I can think of for now. If you want to see more pics, or want to know anything else about it, just let me know.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

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"Uuuuugh, uuuugh!" These are the sounds I hear from Walker as he pulls my hand to walk me to what he wants. In this case it was the stroller. It was close enough to Walker's nap time on Thursday, but still too early to put him down. So, Walker and I went for a walk in the late morning. The weather was FREEZING cold and since Jason has recently taught Walker to say "BRRR" every time he goes outside, that was the first thing he said as we stepped out. I was only able to stand the cold for so long and Walker can only stand being bundled up for so long, we went around the complex twice. (That's not very far). Coming in the door to our building, I see the sign welcoming all residents to the 2nd floor for a nice quiet study area and some hot chocolate. "Sounds good to me! Walker do you want to get some cocoa?" We headed up the elevator and Walker was excited to round the corner where the microwave, jug of water and hot chocolate mixes were. He started pointing excitedly and said the magic word. "COCOA", as he did the sign language for 'pretty please'. One hand across his chest is just 'please', but two hands going out across his chest is 'pretty please'. He was such a good little boy waiting patiently while I warmed up the water. We enjoyed our cocoa and headed back home for a nap.
As you mothers know there is an 'unloading' that happens the second you walk in the door. While I was unloading, Walker was trying to put away the stroller chanting, "cocoa, cocoa". What else was I supposed to do but grab the camera!

Thursday, November 15, 2007










Just thought I would share our family pictures.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Things to Remember On Our Cruise



No work for a week. Sleeping in. Flying without a stroller, seven pieces of luggage and a baby.
Old friends having layovers as the same time as us. Ship safety drills. Running into the couple from Boise who sold us our love seat, during the safety drill. Ventriloquist act. Sparkling lights on the ceiling of the Vista Lounge. A Five course meal with dessert. Being sea sick the rest of the night. Having absolutely no light creep into our bedroom at night. Breakfast in bed. Viewing art to be auctioned off for thousands of dollars. Sunbathing while reading on the Sun Deck. Looking at older people in their bathing suits thinking, "This makes me feel so much better about my body." Gazing at Dolphins jumping out of the water at the side of the ship. Dressing up. Another five course meal with dessert. Singing karaoke and losing to a 40 year old woman singing "Jump, Jump" by Kriss Kross. (I should have sang "Baby Got Back"!). Sleeping in. Breakfast in Bed. Exercising with a view to the ocean. Lunch Buffet. Swimming in one of four swimming pools. Hot tubbing. Making Hibiscus flowers out of crape paper. Painting ceramics. Comedian Act. The Newlywed, Not so Newlywed game. Seeing Byron and Brett sing Karaoke in blonde wigs. Breakfast in bed again. Visiting Puerto Vallarta. Bartering down a tour guide to $50 a van for 10 people for all day. Seeing where "Predator" was filmed. Riding zip-lines one hundred feet above the canopy. Bumpy cobblestone streets. A small drug bust at the side of the road. Papantla Flyers. Statues on the beach. Vendors following you around. "How much you want to Pay". Blue sunglasses. Another five course meal with dessert. Breakfast in bed again. Visiting Mazatlan. Taxi go-carts. Scooters. El Cid Hotel. Lounging at the pool. "Cliff" jumping. Eli breaking his foot on the kiddie slide. Eli parasailing not knowing his foot was broken. A hole-in-the-wall resturaunt with GREAT carne asado tostadas. An hour long massage for $30. Endless night events. Another five course meal with dessert. Breakfast in bed again. Visiting Cabo San Lucas. Walking down busy streets. CaboWabo. Walking on the beach. Finding the perfect red shawl. Eating next to the beach. Water Taxis. Bartering for fair prices. (this is harder when it's done in English instead of Spanish). Getting Roses delivered to the room. Manicure and Pedicure at the Lotus Spa. Dressing up. Wearing that perfect red shawl. Another five course meal with dessert. Breakfast Buffet. Wearing a swimsuit all day. Having a cold last day. Reading inside...all day. Another five course meal...not with just any dessert. An Alaskan style, vanilla merengue cake. Mmmmm. Another Comedy Act. Midnight room service. Getting off the ship. Customs. Flying back home without a stroller, seven pieces of luggage and a baby. Having luggage not arrive with us.(It wasn't just ours. The whole plane was missing luggage. It all got sent to Reno because someone forgot that our gate changed. I'm just glad it happened at the end of our trip.) Coming back home to a reality where dishes have to be done, laundry is piling up, and there certainly won't be any more five course meals with dessert. We had a great time!

Monday, October 22, 2007

An Event worth going to

Ladies!? How many of you wouldn't just LOVE this bag? Michelle, this is what you have to look forward to when Kyle gets home.



















Every year, Eclipse does an end of the year banquet for all the sales reps. They give awards, trophies and gifts out. These bags were given to the wives of managers for their devotedness to their honeys who are so dedicated to this company. They also do the "cash cannon", shooting droves of $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills into the air for all in attendance to frantically run around, push and shove people out of the way to get as much money as they can. In years past, (being either way to pregnant to mention or baby in arm) I have been able to scrounge up $3-$5. I only got $1 this year, but I really wasn't trying. This one just fell onto the table next to me. So I snatched it up before five other people could dive across the table only to realize that all they could get was a napkin or tablecloth.
There are also lots of prizes for raffle. It is rumored that the raffles are somewhat 'fixed'. Some people get more raffle tickets than others, but this night changed my mind about that. The prize being raffled was an Elliptical Excercise machine. The m.c. started reading the numbers: "6-9-8..."
"Oh good! We still have a chance"
"7-4..."
"I know it's here somewhere"(having previously arranged our tickets, I knew we had some numbers that were close)
"0..."
"Looking, looking"
"Going once! Going twice"
"We have it, we have it! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!"
Of the hundred something people there, probably only 4 would really appreciate this prize. I was one of them.
Walking up to take a picture with my new best friend, I realized "This box is almost as tall as I am...Is it even going to fit in the car?" Nope. Thank goodness for friends with big cars! Justin lugged the HUGE BOHEIMOTH of a box into his Mountaineer and is bringing it up with him when he comes for Thanksgiving. Such suspense!
Pictures to come

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Little things that tell you, "You're doing a great job"

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Walker has recently been folding his arms for "prayer time". It took me a while to get it transferred from the camera, but it's better late than never.

Shoes Galore!!!!





It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The month long endurance challenge for the Hunter Family Biggest Loser Competition was to walk or run 50 miles in the month. The prize? $50 for new shoes! No entries for drawings, no raffles…if you did it, you got $50! Both Jason and I made it. Jason ended up jogging a few miles on the night of the 30th, but he made it! We promised Grandma and Grandpa we would show them the shoes we bought, so here you go!
We didn’t want to pay full price at the mall. We expected more so we went to Payless. Walker had LOADS of fun! At home he usually likes to go to the shoe rack and bring mommy her high heels to put on, so seeing how many shoes he could pull down and bring to me put him into a laughing fit. Jason found his shoes first. Some Airwalks were his first choice. They have a rugged corduroy top. He was so ecstatic they were on sale, the “Scrooge” in him subsided and he said, “I’m gonna get another pair of shoes!” This next pair is the coolest pair of shoes EVER! The only way I can describe them is brown with an elastic strap that goes side to side on the top and velcros to the side.




As I was looking around, my eyes wandered toward the children’s section and stumbled upon a $2 pricetag. When I looked at the shoes in the box, I was delighted to see they were a size 4. PERFECT! Compared to the $1 Garage sale shoes we got in Chicago these ones seemed a bit pricey, but who could pass these up?

As for mine, I didn't have much of a selection to choose from. Aparently the only people who buy tennis shoes are the ones who have the same size of feet as me. I wouldn't say I "settled" for these. They are quite comfortable and I'm sure they'll match any workout clothes I can conjure up. The heels? Ah yes! Seeing as how my other pair of "wedges" broke just recently, I did in fact NEED them. It seems so much more satisfying to justify that, knowing that they were only $3! What a steal!



Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!




Thursday, August 30, 2007

Now that the Summer is Over

I can finally relax!! Well, by "the summer is over" I use it loosely. It is never really over, cause now is the time to hit the Recruiting trail, and start getting ready for next summer. However, this is the slowest part of the year for me, which means that while Sarah stresses out about unpacking and moving all of our stuff in, I get to relax and go to school (19 credits this semester, OUCH). With the beginning of the school year, there are not any projects started, not any homework due yet, so playing with Walker is what I get to do in my spare time. Cool huh? This is probably pretty boring, and there aren't any pictures, but I figured I would write something for everybody. Jason

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Six Great Ways to Enjoy the Summer

1. Find a hobby
2. Go Swimming
3. Take a walk
4. Enjoy new friends
5. Love Family while they are home
6. Go to 6 Flags!
I think the best thing that could have happened this summer was for Jason to have an extra day off. The whole office took Tuesday off and we went to spend the day at 6 Flags Theme Park. Walker did alright in the stroller and we (Jason and I...not Walker) took turns riding the roller coasters. My favorite ride was the Superman Roller coaster. It straps you in and then turns you face down as if you were flying. It's super cool when the ride goes upside down. Your face goes into the sky! After roller coasters, we went to Hurricane Bay and let Walker play in the water. All in all it was a really nice day to spend with my sweetheart.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I Wanna Be A Part of It....NEW YORK, NEW YORK!

I recently had the chance to go visit my parents and my sister, Annie, and her family in New York. I debated for about two weeks before I decided to go because airline tickets were so expensive. Many of you know the waiting game we all play with airline prices. Will they go up? or down? and when?
The flight over was surprisingly enjoyable. I sat next to a wonderful lady who asked me lots of questions about the church and about Joseph Smith. After answering all her questions about the church welfare system, temples and homosexuality in the church, and telling her about www.lds.org , we landed. She helped me get my duffle bag from the carousel and left. A few minutes later, she called my name. "Sarah, Sarah! I would just LOVE for you to meet.....MY lifetime partner, SUSAN!" I felt like one of those cartoon characters whose eyes bulge from their head and toungue unrolls like a red carpet.
Walker and I arrived at the hotel just in time to go to bed.
The next day, we all packed into the van and headed to Palmyra. Caleb wanted to ride in the front with Grandmother Clements, but we told him, "Caleb, there are nine people and seven seats, so you have to sit with Mommy or Daddy in the back." We spent the day visiting the Smith Log Home, Smith Frame Home, the Sacred Grove and Finishing the day off with the Hill Cumorah Pageant. On the way home Cora wanted to sit with Grandmother Clements in the front seat. Caleb chimed in so matter of factly, "Cora, there are nine people and seven seats!" It was too cute.
The next morning we went back to the Hill Cumorah to see the visitors center and the monument at the top of the hill. Walker and I had to be back at the airport fairly soon after.

It was a very quick trip, but I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. I'm not sure when the next time I see my parents will be, so I was glad for the opportunity to see them again. It was also good seeing Annie and her family. Seeing all the sights where the church was restored was magnificent. It really strengthened my testimony. Hopefully we can go later as a family.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Riding the Metro $10, Busses and Subways to the Stadium $Too Much, Enjoying A Cubs vs. Sox game with eachother, $Priceless!

For those of you who have no clue about baseball, the Chicago Cubs are in a National League and the Chicago White Sox are in the American League and they seldom play eachother. Needless to say, there is a big rivalry. Jason was lucky enough to get tickets for the two of us to go on Sunday. Walker stayed with Auntie Heather, while we rushed to make the tram into Chicago. It took an hour to get to Union Station in downtown Chicago. We were going to take the free trolley closer to Cellular Stadium, but there was also the USA vs. Mexico Soccer game at the same time only a few miles away from the baseball game. There were SO many people that we decided to take the subway. We didn't know how to get there, so Jason called the bus transportation department. They told us the easiest way to get there was by bus. So...we payed for a bus......for just four blocks! Hello!...we could have walked! Jason wasn't too happy about that. After making the subway, we finally made it to the stadium. The game was wonderful! The cubs won! I won't give details, but it was nice to spend a day just Jason and I. We also went to Millenium Park. There is a lot of artwork and sculptures to gaze at. I will post pictures soon. No words can describe what is there. Chicago has been a beautiful place to visit. I'm so glad I have someone to share these experiences with.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Blessings From Heaven

Spending quality time with Walker has been such a special blessing for me. As I have said before, we have set up a daily routine with some variance: breakfast, walking, lunch, nap, snack, pool or park, dinner, bath, and bed. Structure is KEY to sanity!
Yesterday on our first walk in the morning, we went about a mile to the lake by the golf course. There were so many geese. I wanted to be able to let Walker run around and chase them, but I know that they get grumpy, especially when there are younger geese around. We parked the stroller next to a tree in the shade. Soon, they were migrating toward us. As I realized they were passing us, one family (two adults and two little ones) came up pretty close to the stroller and started hissing at us. Thank goodness for graham crackers! I took some out and threw some crumbs at them. They gobbled them up and rushed back to be with the other group. Walker was pointing and squeeling like crazy!
Later that night as I was laying him down for bed, I was saying prayers for him. He had been pretty playful, but as I said, " we thank thee for having fun at the park and seeing the geese", Walker started mumbling along with me! I'm so glad for having the gospel and the knowlege and the truth in my life to raise up my children in righteousness.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Nothing but Play





Finally! I got the proof I was waiting for! He can now stand by himself...only when HE wants to.Walker has a fettish with the camera; he has to chew on it if he can get to it, thus making it impossible to get the most desireable picture. As you can tell from the pictures, there is nothing but play here at our house. Walker got to play with his mega blocks (Thank you Dori and Ben). And Jason and I got to make faces with the pineapple. My dad pulled a quick trip last week to do all of his dam projects. (Really people-he did dam inspections) We were lucky enough to catch him for a nice dinner at one of my favorite resturaunts, Macaroni Grill. It's always nice to get a fresh pineapple. I could never buy one at the store now that I've lived in Hawaii and had the best.
Now that we've had all the play we can fit in the week, it's time to get to work. Moving and such. (Big Sigh).....It should be fun!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

When You're Young at Heart...



As many of you know, Jason is just a little kid at heart. When he was younger, he and his brothers got their Nintendo thrown away by their Dad due to misbehavior. What did they do? Just what any bored little boys would do. The second Dad left, they dug it out of the garbage. "Hours and Hours of FUN!!!", they thought. But not quite so. Later that evening while Jason and Kyle were playing, Dad walks in the front door, silent at what he saw. "These boys are playing the Nintendo that I threw away and got rid of for good! DAD GUMMIT! All the boys could say was, "BUSTED!!!!"
So to make a long story longer...Jason won a $500 shopping spree to the University Mall in Provo as a recruiting incentive. Rather than call me, his ever-loving dear wife, and ask me if there was anything I wanted, he decided to get a game for the X-box that he's been waiting for for a little while. (Keeping in mind that Jason is pretty thrifty, using someone else's money for this just makes it better.) He also got a couple other games and Wii-motes. I'll admit-he did keep me in mind. He bought a second guitar for "Guitar Hero II" so that he could play with his ever-loving dear wife.

Monday, March 26, 2007

ICE, ICE, BABY!!!!

Aren't Family Home Evenings GREAT!? We made popsicles last week for a treat...(Poured Cherry 7up into our ice trays) and finally got them out the other day. As you can tell, Walker really likes popsicles. I think if by some miracle he started talking today, his favorite word would be POPSICLE! He really has started to try to communicate to other people. Today when Jason got a popsicle out for himself, Walker started to reach and screech (I think would be the best way to put it.) He just HAD to have one too! ....There are more pictures in the album.

Monday, February 26, 2007

While Daddy's Away, the Children will Play

Daddy went to Corvallis, Oregon, this weekend, for work. He went out to do a little recruiting for the summer, and to have a little bit of fun. Unbeknownst to him, Mommy and Baby Walker also decided to have a little fun as well. Mommy thought it would be funny to teach baby Walker a few new tricks.

You see, Walker has been quite the daredevil. He quickly learned how to hold his own bottle, circa 1 month old (okay, so we propped it up). He sat up quickly, he learned to crawl quickly, he even would stand up and walk with help fairly quickly. He has learned to climb up boxes, climb up the couch, etc. That comes as no surprise. He has always liked to reach as high as possible and try to pull things down. Cell phone charges, papers on the table, he has learned to get up and down from the couch. He has learned how to fall feet-first off of our bed, so that he doesn't get hurt when he lands. I assume all of this is normal, for anybody that has any child-rearing experience would know.

What I was unprepared for, though, was for mommy to teach Baby Walker how to climb on top of the dresser!! She taught him how to use all of his new-found skills of climbing, and opening drawers. She taught Walker that he can climb inside of the drawer he just opened, which will get him high enough to open the next drawer, which he can also climb into. If he does it 3 times, he can get onto the VERY TOP part of the dresser. Very funny, mommy. Now you can't blame me when he starts trying to do flips off of the roof when he is 6 years old.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Good Old Harper




We went out to Harper this weekend, mainly because Justin offered to help fix the horrific dent in the door. Check out the link to the pics I just put up if you want to see it. We had a good time, spent some time with all of the Butler family, Jerry, Kay, Ryan, etc. Justin almost finished working a miracle on the door. I am still learning how to use power tools, apparently.


However, it is almost finished. We need to put on a little bit of finishing glaze, and then we can take it to a painter that will hopefully give us a decent deal, to make our door not look like Quasimodo compared to the rest of the car.

Now it is back to the grind......of school that is.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

December 28, 2004
Jason and Sarah met in Laie, Hawaii in Fall of 2003. Jason will always start this story out with, "She cornered me." Sarah was the ward choir director and was currently recruiting. Of course she wanted the cute ones in choir! After only a few dates, they were known as the "campus couple". They both ended up moving to Boise.
After dating 11 months, Jason proposed at the top of Initial Point. Jason wanted to start the night out with some fireworks....he, he, he.....No, for real-he brought a bag of fireworks which he hid the ring in. He reached into the bag and came back to Sarah on one knee. She didn't even say "YES"! She didn't say no either. All she could say was "Of course I'll marry you!"
Jason and Sarah were married and sealed in the Boise, Idaho Temple on December 28th, 2004.