Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

We wanted to get some punpkins for Halloween and we live out in the country so we have many farms and pumpkin patches to choose from. It was funny because when we pulled up to this one just a few mins from home, it was the same pumpkin patch that I had been to before about five or six years ago before we had moved overseas. 

It’s a cute farm, we were the only ones there, and it was a great way to spend our FHE. 

Next week we will carve our pumpkins and be ready for trick-or-treaters!

Here’s a link to the blog post when we first came to this pumpkin patch. William wasn’t born yet and Gregory and George were so small. http://stanbrookenelson.blogspot.com/2011/10/?m=1

Friday, September 8, 2017


A couple weeks ago, we won tickets to the REAL soccer match up in Salt Lake City at the Rio Tinto Center. We just had the best night. My boys are in competition soccer and have practice hard all summer long. It was so much fun for them to see professionals play. It really motivated them to push themselves and want to play. I love seeing how excited they were about everything that was happening. They knew what was going on, and it was awesome to see them process their own experiences with what they were watching. The boys are at really fun ages. 3-6-9. It's kinda special. They are all so well behaved and without having a baby, it has been so easy to get out and go do fun things. We really have had a great time with these ages.

Bear Bones IT

Stan has wanted to start his own business since we first married. It's been ten years of day dreaming and waiting for the right moment. We have registered a bunch of businesses but never had the time or resources to make them work. However, this time, we have decided to take the risk and go in one hundred percent. If we don't make it work, that is okay. At least we know we truly tried. If we fail then Stan will have to go back to working for someone else. However, there is a chance that we are successful. I know it's possible and we are all working our hardest so that this dream can come true. We already have a couple of customers, so things are looking great.



How the IRISH say it!

Ireland was such a fun place to live. Some of my favourite phrases from living there are:

  • He's gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!
  • Tanks (thanks)
  • Tanks a million
  • That's grand like
  • No bother
  • He's got a black tongue (he's lying)
  • He's got the head of... (He looks like...)
  • The ting is...
  • farty (forty)
  • that's a good boy/girl
  • well done!
  • he's sooo good like
  • car park  (parking lot)
  • walking path (sidewalk)
  • loads
  • are the boys coming out?  I heard this almost everyday :) This is how the neighbourhood kids ask if your kids can come outside and play with them.
  • cot (baby crib)
  • Moses basket (bassinet)
  • that's gas!(funny)
  • stunning!
  • brilliant!
  • geepers!
  • was it any use? (any good)
  • aw sure look it
  • aw stop!
  • runners (sneakers)
  • hotpress (the room where the boiler is, the Irish have shelves here to dry ones' clothes)
  • jumper (sweater)
  • chips (french fries)
  • chipper (a fast food restaurant where there is no seating, just take away, and the food is mainly fish and chips, there might be some battered sausages with chips, and other fried food like a deep fried burritos. Everything is fried in Ireland.
  • boot (car trunk)

Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it!

May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you St. Patrick's Day.

May you have:
No frost on your spuds,
No worms on your cabbage.
May your goat give plenty of milk.
And if you inherit a donkey,
May she be in foal.

Monday, September 4, 2017

FHE Tin Foil Dinners

We met up with friends and had FHE up the canyon. We built a fire, cooked tin foil dinners, roasted marshmallows and made s'mores. The kids climbed up a steep trail, played frisbee, ate a lot of marshmallows, and we all got really dirty. There was so much dirt and soot from fires built all summer long. 

It felt good to go up Provo Canyon and spend an evening with friends. We camped at Big Springs, one of my favorite places to hangout during my high school and university days. Stan and I went star gazing near there for a date before we married, we have hiked, played night games, built fires and snow caves, and went snow shoeing all around this canyon. I have hundreds of happy memories here.

William loved it. All my boys love playing with fire. 

Gregory and George climbed over a barbed-wire fence and went straight to the top of the steep mountainside. They had to slide down because it was so steep, and they didn't like coming down backwards.

Observe how dirty George is as he runs back from his adventure up the mountain. His hands and clothes are covered in mountain dirt.

Gregory is a great kid. He has fun with his younger brothers and friends. He is a good sport and has fun even when there aren't kids his own age to play with. He leads the group and he is very fun and kind to all the younger kids.

Stan had fun chopping wood and building a good fire for our group.

Tin foil dinners cooking in the fire.

I was just sitting and enjoying the evening and just couldn't get enough of the beauty around me so I took a photo to remember it by.

George found this piece of wood that looked like a crown. King George!! In Sydney, there was one street named George and another named King. We often used these streets and at the crossroad of King Street and George Street we would joke and tell George this was his crossroad. King George! He loved it, and still talks about it all the time.

I wore sandals and had to document how dirty I got even though I tried to stay clean. We all had to take showers after this FHE before climbing into bed that night.

Mt. Loafer

It was sad to see the boys go back to school. August went by so quickly and ever since the boys have gone back, I've tried to plan fun things to do and be outdoors to extend summer fun even though school has started again.

First day photo. Ready to leave and catch the bus.

The boys running to get to the bus stop. This week they actually added another stop, so they don't have to cross any roads. The new stop is just a couple houses away. Tomorrow will be their first day at the new bus stop.

William wanted to go too. He actually did board the bus before I realized it. He wants to be big too.