Alaska was wonderful!! I got to spend the week with my hubby in beautiful Alaska! We flew into Anchorage and then stayed a night in Seward and the rest of the time in Homer. We met LOTS of very interesting people, with very interesting vocabulary. Many wondered if we still practice polygamy and couldn't figure out why we didn't drink or swear or have coffee...their "motto" is "Homer, a small drinking town with a fishing problem." We met a cool couple from Washington who spend a lot of time watching after the captains home in their hometown. We keep in touch with them as well as the rest of the crew and have lots of fun stories we cam e back with. Carson is getting straight "4's...same as straight A's" in school and Phoenix uses his own curriculum in preschool. Isabella potty trained herself after months of taking her diaper off and we didn't "get" her hints. Peyton would like to think he is potty training, but he pees on Phoenix's Batman toy instead. Stan and I have settled back into life after a week vacation and we're pretty sure my mom is still recovering after having our kids for the whole week!



Deadliest Catch

For those of you not on facebook...here's a little message that Mike Fourtner left me (he's one of the Time Bandit crewman)...

Hi Aubrey, It was great to meet you and Stan! You guys are crazy good fans to drive that far just to hang out with a bunch of wild crab fisherman! We all had a great time and we talked about you guys this morning when we got up, saying "Holy cow..., those guys drove for 15 hours to come see us"!! You guys rock! We really appreciate what went into you coming to see us and we hope it was worth both of your time to come! Hope you both enjoyed yourself! Take care! Talk to you later! Mike

Isn't that soo cool!



Time Bandit from Deadliest Catch

So, long story short....Love Deadliest Catch, Love F/V (fishing vessel) Time Bandit crew...Time Bandit crew came to Portland, so we went to Portland...here's the result...many stories to be told!



Just a few more pictures you might enjoy...




Okay, so a long time ago I thought it would be a good idea to post ads on our blog...why, you ask? Well, supposedly their is dough to be made in the blogging business, although I have to to see any....so, that explains the "Scientology.org" ad. No, I'm not trying on new shoes, still a mormon. Here's some pics you've been missing out on!




Oh, where do we begin...It can't be good when we have a lot to catch up on. I'm unable to post pics right now, but thought I could update our life journal for the past couple weeks. First off, I made some fabulous meatloaf.
So I'm at church, all 4 kids, by myself...Stan worked the night shift the night before so I was on my own at the lovely deseret. We're somewhat under control til Phoenix decides to run across to the couch across the "foyer"....yep, we sit in the foyer so I don't have to have volunteers chase my kids around the chapel. So the babies jump down and start heading for the hallway. I dart over and snatch up Peyton and put him on the couch fast enough to catch Bella before she's gone. Just before I turn to grab Bella, Peyton swings his head back and slams it on the wood chair-rail just behind the couch. I grab Bella anyway, and as I turn back, Peyton has blood dripping down his head onto his white shirt. My first thought...do I swing the chapel door open and scream "head wound"...or do I just grab the kids and throw em' in the van and head to the hospital? I opted for the latter. 5 staples and a dum-dum lollipop and we're good as new.
Within the week, Sicily was acting like she had an ear infection. It was 3 "cat-tails" which had to be removed under anesthesia for a low whoppin' 250 buckaroos! What a steal....how much does Euthanasia cost?
Carson started 1st grade. The day before I woke Stan up after only 3 hours of sleep and dragged him to a charter school to sit on a trial 45 min. test run to see if it looked any more appealing then the dry teacher he had been assigned to at his elementary school. It wasn't more appealing so I dragged Stan to his elementary to meet his teacher. He agreed that she was dry, but we've decided to give the lady a try. I thought it was a better idea then having him transfered to another teacher and then decide that she was no better and then want him transfered back. Then I would be the crazy mom that the principal uses as a teaching guide at his staff meetings titled "how to deal with the crazy moms that open their kids fruit snacks before her kid leaves the house because she's afraid he won't be able to get them open at lunch" seminar.
I had a baby shower for a cute girl at my work (Elise) who is having twins. She looked like she was having so much fun at the shower so I just said " I know you think this is fun and all (this having twins thing), but it's really not...all this, it's really not that fun." I laughed and so did everyone else, but really I was thinking "poor Elise, poor Elise."
Then two days ago we went to the Monster Truck Show. We got to see the Gravedigger live in action! And all the while we watched beer drinkers singing what they announced would be the National Anthem ...."I'm proud to be an American...where at least I know I'm free...and I won't forget...blah, blah, blah." Rednecks....feels like home.




Just wanted to share a really cool website. www.arborday.org All you do is sign-up ($10) and they send you 10 FREE trees! They ship them for free too! They ARE small, but you can't go wrong! Plant a tree today! Thanks Steph for the great website!



Meat loaf

So I'm looking for a good recipe for meat loaf...I know, I know, meatloaf? Allrecipes.com is the place of choice and the first one I come upon is "Cottage Cheese Meat loaf" by Maggie in Lindon, Utah. The description says 'Putting cottage cheese in meat loaf makes it wonderfully moist,' assures Maggie _____ of Lindon, Utah." The Let me just say, if you don't already know...FIRST cardinal sin in my kitchen is the word "moist". The SECOND cardinal sin is the word "pamper". I guess a bad combo would be to say "change that baby's moist pampers"...now do you see what I'm sayin'?! Anyway, cottage cheese in my meatloaf didn't sound good anyway...and when she describes it using the "M" word I've just decided to never go to Lindon on vacation either. So, Maggie from Lindon, you can take your cottage cheese meat loaf recipe and give it to someone who cares about more then dry, but less then wet hunk of meat.



Love and Hate

Two things I love in the past few days....Harry Potter and starting to finish off decorating our home....Two things I hate (don't tell Carson I said the "H" word) finding smeared poop in the carpet yesterday and finding smeared poop in the carpet today. The backwards diaper thing isn't working anymore...we have no choice left but to turn em' AND tape em'! They hadn't even pooped in their diaper, I guess they thought they'd save us the trouble of cleaning off their bum so they just pooped right on the carpet and did us an extra favor of smearing it in....gotta love twins.


Late night opener to Transformers was a blast, but a little disappointed in the flick. A lot of junkie stuff and practically all action and not much story....still worth seeing...maybe once. Bella has calmed down on the biting....interestingly after Peyton bit her back. We had such a blast at the Johnson Family reunion in Blackfoot. Good food as usual and fun to see all our cuz's.
We've enjoyed a few sleepovers from our neices Heidi and Whitney...they keep us young and updated on technology! I got to watch the Michael Jackson Memorial...if you didn't, you can still repent. Wished I could be at the Staples Center watching it in person.
Yard work, yard work, yard work...oh and did I mention lots of weeds and filthy heels from walking in dirt? Endless.
Wish I could be with the Farina family in LA this weekend....food and most importantly family!

Dumb and Dumber

The yard...