How to Blow a Hug


Steve is a little embarrassed that Adam voluntarily blows hugs at everyone when they leave. I do some encouraging because it makes me laugh. And it makes me think of the Happy Hands Club from Napoleon Dynamite. I really wanted to capture a video of this before he outgrows it or Steve convinces him to stop. So after he blew hugs to Sydney and Talmage when they left our house the other day, I ran in and got my camera.

Also, as long as I am documenting things, Adam's outfit needs to be noted. At our house, the noun "basketballs" refers to one of three basketball jersey outfits that Adam was handed down from his cousin, Jake. It seems like the term "basketballs" was handed down as well. Is that correct, Angie? We have "basketballs" in green, blue, and red. Adam wears them to bed almost every single night. By now, they must have been washed over 100 times each, and they still look new.


Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo

When we participated in the Childrens Parade last Saturday, we were given tickets to the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.

At five dollars, that was the most expensive and most useful snow cone I've ever purchased. It was the only thing that kept Adam in his seat. And since it was about a hundred degrees outside, I needed a break from running up and down the bleachers chasing him around.

I tried to relocate close to the action. But one of the ushers wasn't impressed that he was sliding down the handrail or climbing on the fence.

I was glad to be down in front when the Sheriff's Posse did their shootout thing. Adam was startled, but went straight for his gun.

Good times. But I could only handle chasing him around for so long. We left early.

Life In A Day: TODAY

Capture your day on camera and participate!

For more information, click here. I am planning to submit videos from Sonora Grill's Habanero and Burrito Eating Contests. Do you think they are a little redneck? I am also planning to go on a date with my husband to watch the film when it debuts at Sundance in January.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Horses too!)

Yep, all in one day.

We met Ronny Kemp out at his hangar for a long-awaited plane ride for the family.

The skies were blue. . .

And we were hungry. So as soon as Steve, Rachel, and Adam went up in the air, the rest of us went to Doolittle's Deli for a late breakfast. Have you been yet? (Try the Chicken Pesto Calzone!)

Rachel sat in the front and got to steer the plane. Apparently, she had a hard time keeping her hands off the steering wheel when she wasn't supposed to be steering the plane.

And then it was our turn. Lucy is loud enough on her own. Imagine what she was like with a microphone next to her mouth.

The views were incredible.

We went up Weber Canyon.

Over Huntsville.

Up far enough for a peak at Causey Dam.

And then over to see an aerial view of a humongous cabin under construction.

Back over Pineview Reservoir.

A good view of Snowbasin.

And down through Ogden Canyon. Then I had to put my camera away while someone got sick to their stomach.

It wasn't any of these kids. . .

What a ride. (Note that most of us are still smiling.)

That evening, we went to the Downtown Hoedown at the plaza in front of the Salomon Center to kick off Ogden Pioneer Days. There was music, dancing, fake-steer roping, a demonstration by the Pro Tour FMX Motocross stunt team, the best chips and salsa in the state, and horse rides from a few members of the Weber County Sheriff's Posse. We met up with Paul and girlfriend, and then ran into Sam and family too.

Sam and family had come down to Ogden to eat at Sonora Grill and ride the Jupiter Express. So we joined them.

I had to include these because it was kind of odd to watch the (very impressive) motocross stunts with the temple so close in the background.


Why My Kids Love Me

Sometimes I ask my kids why they love me. Rachel and Lucy's answers almost always have something to do with me buying them cute clothes. (Never what I am looking for.) So then I ask them if that means they wouldn't love me anymore if I quit buying them clothes. And then they tell me they love me because I take them to do fun things. I won't ever quit taking them to do fun things. So I guess they will always love me. They certainly should after Saturday.

They started out bright and early with their cousins and their decorated bikes at the Ogden Pioneer Days Childrens Parade.

It was held on Washington Boulevard and went all the way from 21st Street to 26th Street, which was a little too far for Adam to push himself on his plasma car. Being pulled behind the trailer was more fun anyway.

Everyone had a great time and was all smiles. Except for me. I was dying in the heat. We sat around for a few minutes and tried to decide what to do with the rest of the day. . . Go to the Farmers Market? Play at the park? Go watch a movie in an air-conditioned theater? Eat lunch at Sonora Grill?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Add a train ride on the Jupiter Express, bumper cars at Fat Cats, playing in the fountains in front of the Salomon Center, and that's what I call a fun day.

Hope Angie agreed. She's the one who got to haul everyone (and our bikes) around. Yes, we fit nine people, six bikes, one plasma car, and a bike trailer in her truck (for very short distances).