Friday, March 28, 2008

Logan Temple

Bryce and I got married here on December 27, 2000. And then on October 28, 2005, we had Cooper sealed to us here at the Logan Temple. On May 17, 1884 the Logan temple was finished being built. Roughly 25,000 people worked on the Logan Temple. Rocks and timber used for the temple was hauled from the Temple Fork area of Logan Canyon. As completion of the temple neared, women in the area were asked to make carpets for the temple, since commercially made carpet could not be bought in Utah at that time. The women spent two months working to hand make two thousand square yards of carpet. My Grandma and Grandpa Cooper and Hatch were married here. My mom and dad, Steph and Paul, Jocelynn and Kyle, and Sherrie and Brian were married here. It is my favorite temple. I think it is beautiful.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter 2008

For Easter, we hid a basket for Cooper out in Grandma and Grandpa Douglas' back yard. Cooper also found some bubbles and a spiderman kite. His favorite part was the bubbles. Bryce blew alot of bubbles for Cooper and he had so much fun running around trying to pop them.

We also went to Steph and Paul's for Easter dinner. We had all of the Cooper's over for lunch. It was fun to be able to see Grandma and Grandpa, Lynn and April, and Cort and Robin. We also had an egg hunt in the basement for the kids. Their were 170 eggs that we hid for the kids. Some of them were in even glow in the dark.

Easter is always a great time to reflect on the atonement and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is such a great blessing in our lives to know that we have a Savior who not only atoned for our sins and mistakes, but also knows exactly how we feel when we are going through happy times or sad times. I am thankful that Jesus came to this earth and set an example for us when he was resurrected, and that the grave was empty that beautiful Easter morning. It's nice to know that we to can be resurrected so that we can live with our families again in the next life. I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ lives and I am grateful for Him.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Solomon Center

When Mom was up last week, we went to a place in Ogden called the Solomon Center. It is a huge activity center that has cosmic bowling, bumber cars, glow-in-the-dark miniature golfing, arcades, indoor sky diving, indoor surfing, wall climbing and many more activities. Everyone from Cache Valley came down and we had a fun day at the Solomon Center. For only $11.00, we got to bowl one game, ride the bumber cars, play golf, and have pizza and a drink. The kids started off loving the bowling, but they were soon ready to move onto the arcade games. Cooper kept trying to runaway and so I had to keep a close eye on him. The kids loved the bumper cars, however, Jaden just sat in his car and Jaxson had fun ramming into the girls' cars.
After that, we went upstairs and tried the indoor sky diving. You first have to go through a little training so they can teach you how to hold your legs and arms. They also teach you some signals that they use with their hands. We were also told that if we breathed through our mouths, then we would slobber all over our faces, so we all made sure that we were using our noses instead. So, instead of slobber all over our faces, we had snot everywhere. Anyway, we had to dress in these cool outfits and put on goggles, helmets, and ear plugs. Cooper was so excited to try it out. He told everyone that he was going to be a super hero. He looked so cute in his little outfit. But, when it was his turn, he didn't like it at all. The pressure from the wind is so strong, that it almost takes your breath away and makes you panic. He started crying so we took him out. Well, the next time, the guy that was in there with us, turned off the wind and tried to get Cooper to lay down with him on the floor. Cooper was smarter than that so he wouldn't lay down. I just told the guy to turn on the wind and let him try it. He floated for a second and then started crying again. Every one was outside the cylinder watching him. In fact, alot of people crowded around because they saw this cute little boy trying to sky dive. It was really neat and I want to thank Paul and Steph for giving us that opportunity. We had so much fun.

Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patricks Day!

At Joy School, Cooper's class dressed up for St. Patricks Day. The teacher bought them hats and a cute green necklace and they had to go on a scavenger hunt for some gold coins. The kids had so much fun that day and I found Cooper a cute shirt that had a motorcyle on it and it said, "St. Pat's Motorcycle Club".

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Cruise Around the Ward

Bryce and I got to go to a church activity the other night. The decorated each table with decor from different countries around the world. We sat at China, which is interesting since I have been to China before. The youth acted like our waitresses and brought us drinks and our food. We had a good time and the gym was decorated very cute. It was a great activity and gave us a chance to get to know some of the ward members a little bit better.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Free Haircuts!!

Every three weeks, I get to cut Cooper and Bryce's hair. It grows like crazy. We used to have our friend cut their hair for $5. When we moved down here, we decided to invest in some clippers and scissors. I started practicing on Cooper and then I moved on to cutting Bryce's hair. I have only nicked Bryce's hair once and it was in the back of his head, so he couldn't even see it. Anyway, I actually enjoy it and it saves us money!

Friday, March 14, 2008

When You're Here, You're Family!

Jocelynn, Steph, Jacqui, Grandma, Tawni, Bryce and myself were able to go eat lunch with Kellye and her mother at Olive Garden. We had so much fun and everyone was so layed back and it just felt good. There was never an awkward moment and we just had a great time getting to know each other. We talked about how Kellye has the softest, most perfect, ageless skin on her face. It kind of embarrassed her but it is true. Jocelynn and Stephanie said that they were nervous to meet her because they didn't want her to look at their faces. You know, we age alot quicker up here in Utah because of the dry weather. Kellye's mother also looked alot younger than she really was. We told Kellye a few stories about Sean and talked to her about her wedding dress, or should I say, two wedding dresses. Just kidding, Kellye! Thanks for coming to see all of us!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Chinese Gourmet!!

One of our favorite places to eat right now is a chinese restaurant in Kaysville. Cooper and I love to go meet Bryce for lunch. They make everything fresh and right when you order it. And, you can't beat $4.00 for a meal. Bryce and I love to eat Tiny Spicy Chicken and Cooper loves Chicken Lo Mein. But what surprises me the most is that he loves Egg Drop Soup. I thought for sure that he would think the consistancy of the soup was disgusting, but he ate his whole bowl. Every time we go there, he chows down and eats all of his food.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Gotta Love Children

The other day we were driving to Old Navy with Jacqui, Reese, and Jaxson. I looked in the back seat and Cooper was laying against Reese. It was so cute, because she was taking such good care of him. Reese is going to be a big sister in June when her baby brother is born and I can see exactly how she is going to take care of her brother. And it just happens that I had my camera in the car with me. Oh no... I am turning into Jen!! Just kidding, Jen! I guess it was a good thing I had my camera so I could capture the moment. Thanks for being so inspiring Jen..oh to be a professional blogger. Maybe one of these days!!

Cooper and I have had a great week and have been able to spend alot of quality time with each other. We usually spend alot of time with Reese and Jaxson, however, their whole family has been down all week with influenza, so Cooper and I have had alot of one on one time. It has helped me to be a little more creative. Grandma and Grandpa Hatch gave Cooper a floor puzzle for Christmas that he just loves as of lately. We have also spent time reading books, taking walks outside, coloring pictures, playing with the lincoln logs, wrestling, and doing learning games online. The other day he ran out of his room and said, "Mom, look at me. I am Diego." He had his backpack on and a calculator hanging from his shirt. I also bought him the classic 101 Dalmations this week and he loved it. He is learning and growing and saying all sorts of new words everyday. I am just amazed at how smart these little ones are. Cooper is the world to me and I couldn't imagine my life without him!!

Proud of Myself!!

One of my goals for the New Year was to try to exercise. And not try to exercise more, because that would require me running for about a minute and then I would have accomplished my goal. I have been meaning to start exercising for some time, but just haven't had the mental drive to get off my butt!! I think the whole college basketball experience really burned me out and so it is time once again to step up and get back into feeling good and pushing myself a little bit. So, I started off in January running on my dreaded treadmill twice a week while Cooper was at school. To be honest, I have felt a little guilty because I spent all this money on a really nice treadmill and I haven't used it that much, so that has helped encourage me. Well, the last couple of weeks, I have been able to start running on the road, which is so much better. This week, I have ran three days in row, so I think I have broken a record for myself. I have to admit that it is getting easier and I kind of enjoy it because I can tell that I am getting "sort of" in shape.

I also get to play volleyball on a recretional team on Monday nights and this has been so much fun. Our team is undefeated and we are playing on the "A" division. Anyway, it is nice to be able to do something that I enjoy for myself ever once in a while and I really look forward to playing every week. Plus, again it is helping me to get some more exercise that I badly need.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Signs of Spring!

1. Hasn't snowed in a week(I better cross my fingers because it is supposed to snow tonight)

2. Temperatures in the Mid 40's

3. Snow has melted off most yards

4. We can play outside without getting numb hands.

Cooper and I are excited that Spring is almost here. We have been outside everyday this week. Cooper has been climbing on the remaining small snow piles and also riding his scooter. We got him a biking helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. He thought that was pretty cool.