Friday, May 29, 2009

Five Years and Counting

I know, I know. I can't believe it, but it has been 5 years since Blake and I were married. In some ways it seems like yesterday and in some ways it seems like so much more. It has been an amazing ride and every day I feel so blessed to have him in my life. He is an amazing father and a husband that balances me in every way. I believe that he truly makes me a better person. And of course, I hope I do the same for him. I love him very much and I look forward to many, many more years together and to the excitement of making him put up with me for eternity!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Shoshone Falls

On May 15th, we decided to take a day trip with the kids to visit Shoshone Falls and Durkey Lake, which is near Twin Falls, Idaho. Shoshone Falls are 212 feet high, which is actually taller than Niagara Falls. They were quite impressive. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed being able to see the falls. When Blake and I were dating, I talked him into taking me to see them. He had told me about them and how cool they were and I couldn't wait to see this massive waterfall. When we got there, there was NO water running, so it was just these big cliffs. The water is only running at its highest in the early spring. I gave him a hard time then and I have always wanted to go back. It was a lot different this time. I guess that the week before we went, the water was the highest it had been in a few years. Like I said . . . it was VERY cool. I think both Nyah and Trey really enjoyed the trip. I at least know that they enjoyed being outside. We all got some sun and had a good time doing it. We even ran into some friends while we were down there, so that was fun too!

Nyah liked looking at the Falls too!

While we were there we walked out on the dock at Durkey Lake. Nyah wasn't sure what she thought of the dock thing and it took a bit to convince her it would be okay. She doesn't really care for water and usually keeps a pretty wide berth from lakes, ponds, or rivers. That is a good thing when it comes to safety, but when you want her to enjoy the scenery it can make things more interesting. She finally conceded to go down, but kept a pretty close watch on Blake and I. She did think the fish were cool though. I am beginning to think she just might be related to her dad. Not sure, but maybe! ;)
There was a park there at Durkey's lake and while we were there we hung out and Nyah played on the slide and playground. She loved having all of the people around and she even made a couple of friends. Also, notice her hair. It was pretty full of static and it cracked both me and her up. Blake and I each took turns rotating through chasing Nyah around the playground and laying on the blanket with Treyson. Overall, it really was a fun and relaxing day.
On the way down, we stopped and ate at the Farm House restaurant in Wendell. The place had come highly recommended by a friend of mine and I have to tell you . . . the food was AMAZING. Very good. It is just a typical small town cafe with fabulous food. I highly recommend it! And, even Blake thought the food was pretty terrific! By the end of the day, we were all pretty tired, had gotten quite a bit of sun, and was ready to climb back into the car and head home. Good times, good times.

Picture Time!

When Nana, Papa Bud, and Kristi Dawn came to visit, we had one of many interesting adventures . . . we took pictures of my sweet, darling, and obedient children. It was such a fun, positive experience. Or maybe not so much. In fact, it was a NIGHTMARE. Overall, it was fairly easy to get the ones where they were by themselves, but apparently Nyah is NOT a fan of taking pictures with her brother. We even ended up having to leave and come back at a different time to get them finished. Never fear, despite the drama the pictures turned out.

Visit to the Prison

So, yes, I am aware that this may be a bit odd to many, but Blake and I visited Snake River Correctional Institution (the prison) on May 4th. To make this statement even more interesting, it was the first date that Blake and I have gone on in quite some time. Okay, so quit laughing at least long enough to read my post. ;) It was very interesting and not quite what I had expected. We went with our friends, Becky and Gary. Gary works out at the prison and they have a Family Day at the Prison every year where they give tours. It was fascinating to see how smoothly everything runs. There are about 3,000 inmates there and the institution is huge! We toured a number of the housing areas, as well as recreation, eating, and medical areas. It took a couple of hours and we were walking amongst the inmates, which was a bit disconcerting to me, but it was okay. Their living conditions were different from what I had expected and it was sad to see that so many people have lost the freedom to make basic choices due to their actions. So many of them looked like people you would run into on the street. That surprised me, because when I think of prison I think of many scary looking people. It just goes to show you that we all have our own agency and that agency is a powerful thing. It was definitely an experience. Since I couldn't take any pictures (surprise, surprise) I found this one on the web that gives you an idea of what the prison looks from the air. Like, I said, it was an experience . . . in a good way, I think.

Welcome to the World . . . Ruger

Jessie FINALLY had her baby! Okay, so he really was a week early, but it didn't seem to come soon enough. We had the pleasure of visiting them over the Memorial weekend. Ruger Dean Price was born on May 20th and was 9 lbs 1 oz. He is so cute and has the sweetest and fattest little cheeks with the biggest dimples you could ever imagine. I feel so blessed to be able to take the time to go and see them. We miss seeing them and Nyah loved going to Gunner and Bella and Ruger's house. I love it when she says "Ruger" it is quite precious. She loved the little baby. While we were there we took the opportunity to update the pictures of the "cousins." Their numbers are growing every day! For more information about Ruger, make sure you check out Jessie's blog "Pantry of Price's Postings" under my family links to the right.

While we were down in Salt Lake, Nyah, Treyson, and Blake also had the chance to go to the Zoo with Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Shane. They had a great time and Nyah loved being at the Zoo. We were so glad that they were able to come down to Salt Lake. I, of course, took the opportunity to hang out some more with my sis and to hold that precious Ruger!