Sunday, November 29, 2015


Last week we got the kids all bundled and took them out!  It was a cold day and we weren't out very long but had a good time taking some fun pictures!

Miss Scout and her gorgeous smile....not to mention that cute hat:)

Rafe giving me a good smile!

I could absolutely NOT get Haivyn to smile but she sure is a cutie!

Henry chillin' on the swing!  

All four of them FINALLY sat still long enough to take this pic!

I tended all four of them at once while their parents went shotgun shooting.  (thankfully Kaitlyn was there to help me for part of the time) Three one year olds are a handful!!
I sure do love them:)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Last night was our first Jazz game of the year.  We share season tickets with Brad and Ruth and Darrell and DeeAnn.  Last year we just had two seats for each game but this year we got four seats, although they are up higher and more toward the end of the court.  Seats not as good but the experience is fun:)  Last night we played Oklahoma and they were really good.  
They totally outplayed us and we lost by 22:(
We enjoyed the evening with Skylar and Sarah so it wasn't a total loss!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Last night Rick and I drove to Ogden to use up a gift certificate from LAST years' Christmas.  Rick likes adventure so last Christmas I bought him a pass at IFLY, an indoor skydiving place.  I heard that it was totally safe and I thought it would be a great way to let him have some fun.  He went through a short class with the guide and then they let him try it.  His guide was in the wind tunnel with him both times Rick went in.  The wind speed got upwards of 75 mph.  The first time he went in Rick just tried to get used to staying on his belly which he did very well and then the second time his guide took him for a ride up into the wind tunnel about 30 feet.  I have it on video but I can't get it to load so you'll just have to imagine it:)

All suited up

Learning the basics

Here his guide is helping out of the tunnel after the first "flight"

Certificate of completion

Afterwards we stepped out to see the beautiful new remodeled Ogden Temple all lit up!

We had dinner at the Sonora Grill, which was a first for us!

And then walked across the street to Tailgators for a delicious brownie sundae dessert!

Smooching to stay warm on a cold night!

New member of the family

Meet Max the pup, the new addition to our family!  We have had him for three and a half weeks and it's been a love/hate (well hate is maybe a little strong) relationship since we got him.  He is a shitzu and is 6 months old.  Many of you know our last dog was killed when he ran out of the house and got hit on the highway back in June.  Right away Rafe was saying, "Gramma get new puppy??"  I wasn't too sure about the idea because it is a HUGE responsibility training a new pup.  But with encouragement from every single one of our kids and Mr. Rick too, I said it would be ok but "could we please wait until October?"  

Well October came and and so did our Max.  I must admit we have come THIS close to selling him.  First, Rafe and Scout were terrified of him because he is a very active puppy.  Then all the numbers in the house that we have to clean up.  (And even on my nice white carpet:-( The other day he even pooped right next to where my visiting teachers were sitting!  SO embarrassing!!  and then the fact that we leave home an awful lot and who to get to tend a training puppy for a week to ten days while we're out of town??  Anyway.........despite all of these things we have decided to keep him.

Despite all of these negative things we are learning to like him.  He is soft and cuddly.  He is fun to play with.  He already knows how to fetch.  He loves treats.  Plus he's pretty darn cute! 
 Welcome to the family, Max!!

Here he is sprawled out enjoying a nap!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Halloween Festivities

Before it gets to far into November I need to post about our Halloween festivities!  We had our family out last friday night the day before Halloween.  Most everyone dressed up in costume and we had a really great evening!  We had some fun festive Halloween foods with Dinner in a Pumpkin being the star of the show.  I had been anxiously awaiting October 30th to final make my dinner in a pumpkin.  The kids loved it!!  (They always do:)  We had quite bit of variety on the table from egg rolls, to chowmein , to hot wings, to a cheesball and crackers.  Rick, of course, made some root beer and I had made some pumpkin cupcakes earlier in the day for dessert.  

After dinner the toddlers had a short relay with Henry triumphing as the winner......crying all the way to the finish line:)  We also had the kids do a bean bag toss and that was super cute!!  Those kids are so fun!!  Afterwards some of us played a new game that John had brought called Wasabi.  Brach and Kenni came out on top for that one with Rick and I being dead last:)  After games we snuggled downstairs in the TV room, in front of the fire, with pine nuts and chocolate to watch Charade.  (Sorry that was kind of a weird sentence!)  We all fell asleep before the end!  What a great night!!

The Phelpses
Sarah-- Betty 
Henry-- Bam Bam

The Ridings
John--Crash Test Dummy
Haivyn-- Princess

Rafe--The Lone Ranger

Scout--Black Kitty
(Kendra had made a cute black tutu for her costume but left it at home:-(

Witches Brew

Bean bag toss....

The table looked great!
Sarah and Skylar bought the placemats for my birthday.  I was excited to use them!

A (small) group shot