Monday, January 21, 2013

Sledding Is Not a Sport For the Weak!

I just got done sledding at Peteetneet Hill with the kids. They went down the hill forwards, backwards and sideways. I stood at the top and prayed for no broken bones.

I also had the brilliant idea to make "ice cream" cones for the kids. The cherry juice made it look like there'd been a murder in the snow. It made some cute pictures though!

Ian convinced me to go down the hill on the sled behind him. I screamed the whole way down. "That was scary!" I yelled after we reached the bottom.

"No, it's not. You are just getting old!" He is truthful, but not tactful! That's my boy!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Breaking Traditions

     Traditionally Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 3rd Thursday of November with a turkey, stuffing, and potatoes. The Heber/VanVoorhis family does things a bit differently.  We decided to celebrate on Wednesday with tri-tip, hasselback potatoes, and a salad bar.  Hey . . . if you are going to break tradition, you might as well do it big!   Caleb came down from Park City to celebrate with us.  Everyone LOVES Uncle Caleb.
       Emmy Lou, Ryan, Brock and Ty were in town from California.  We were SO excited that they could break tradition with us!
Thursday (the REAL Thanksgiving), we continued our strange behavior.  We went to a matinee of Here Comes the Boom.  Hilarious movie!
When we got home from the show, we ate leftovers and headed off to the mountains for a family hike.  The rest of the family (everyone but me) wanted to stay home and watch TV, but I insisted on heading up Diamond Fork Canyon to hike up the Red Cliffs.  Everyone complained.  As usual, I WAS RIGHT and we all had a fabulous time!
I was freaked out the whole time that one of the kids would fall off a cliff.
Posing for Dad!
More posing!
Some kissing!
Karate Kiddin'!
2 Cute Girls Relaxin'!
Back to Nature.  

Breaking traditions is actually a lot of fun!  Wait till you hear about all the Christmas traditions we decided to forego this year. :)

The Best Birthday Dress I Never Received!

39 years old!  How did this happen?!

Dad took me out a week ago for a little "pre-birthday" celebration.  He treated me to a lettuce wrapped burger at Red Robins and some new birthday pants.  It was a wonderful day.  Memories were made.  Laughs were shared.

Yesterday, Mom took me out for some thrift shopping (our favorite) and a lettuce wrapped burger (notice a theme here) at Johnny Rockets at the new Outlet Mall.  It was my first time going to Johnny Rockets.  I literally inhaled the cheeseburger.
The peanut butter/chocolate shake was HEAVEN.  I don't think I stopped to breathe!  One sip and it was gone.
Mom found this polka-dot dress at the Ralph Lauren Polo Outlet store.  Though it was $119, she told me I should still try it on.  I donned the dress, mom took a photo, and then I said, "Mom, there is no way you are spending $119+tax on a dress for me."  I shut the door, and started to take the dress off, secretly hoping Mom would sneak up to the register to purchase the dress.  Ha!  Then, I heard Mom talking to the saleslady outside the door.

Saleslady to Mom:  Can I help you with anything?
Mom:  No, thank you.  My daughter tried on some of your dresses, but this store is totally out of our price range.  Can you believe it?  $119 for one dress?!
Saleslady:  Oh. (I heard the saleslady quickly shuffle away.)

I came out with the dresses I'd tried on.  Mom and I chuckled the whole way out of the store.  I love my mom's honesty!

I arrived home from a full day of shopping to a very HUNGRY husband.  He had NOT been treated to a cheeseburger OR a shake.  He wanted to go to GOODWOOD (a barbecue restaurant) for some more birthday celebrating.  I eat meat, but only if it is burnt and does not resemble an animal.  Watching him eat this bloody prime rib dipped in horseradish was a perfect way to end the day! (note my sarcasm)
When I think of my 39th birthday, I am not going to remember this bloody carcass.  What I AM going to remember is that polka-dotted dress that I tried on and did not buy.  It is the best birthday present I NEVER received!