Thursday, January 29, 2009

What a day!!!

So, yesterday started as a pretty usual day. With the due date still over a week away I thought I was pretty safe to say that the baby wasn't coming. is how the day went.

We had Knights of Freedom and had a wonderful time! We had a World War II vet come and talk about his experiences in the war. His wife also came and spoke-she lived in England during the raids there. It was very fascinating. We had a great time. The boys asked many questions and I was so impressed with the thought they were putting into their questions. We have awesome knights!

Right after knights we flew into town to meet with my dietitian. She says everything is great and to not worry about coming back! SWEET! Cause I'm SO sick of pricking my finger every four hours.

We dash to the hospital to pre-register..ya know...just in case. Then we scurry over to Cory's school to pick him up so we can go to the OB. Yippee Skippy. The boys did have fun while we waited.

We have a BLAST at Dr. Lundt's office (that's sarcasm if anyone missed it and there will be NO pictures from his office!!) He informs me that I'm dilated to a 4+ and that he would be surprised if I didn't have the baby in the next few days. Great I'm thinking, since I hadn't packed a bag yet.

We go home and I proceed to try to prepare for class. I was having a hard time focusing since I felt a little crampy. But, I love my class and I really really really wanted to go to see what all the hullabaloo Emily was going to argue over. (It was "open mike" night and she had something controversial to talk about....pure entertainment! I love a good argument!)

However, while I'm talking to Cheryl on the phone at about 5, I have a very hard contraction. So much so that I gave the phone to Cory. I laid down, took a hot bath, and the contractions were still coming. We then went to Luke's court of honour . was a LONG hour to say the least. Every 7 minutes I was feeling very uncomfortable.

Finally Cory convinced me to go be checked at the hospital. And lo and behold....Mark was born at 3:51 AM. He's cutie!!

Mark Indiana Sutton
8 lbs 0oz
20 inches
All is well and healthy

Mark is the name of one of Cory's missionary companions while he was serving in Indiana.

So here I sit in the hospital on Cory's looks like I'll come home tomorrow.

Happy Day!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Aunt Crystal

Crystal H. Blanchard, 94, a lifelong resident of Fremont County, died Jan. 20, 2009, in the Ashton Living Center.
She was born April 22, 1914, in Ashton, the daughter of Alma Martin Hansen and Anna Katinka Rasmussen Hansen. She grew up in a bilingual family where English and Danish were spoken. She attended school in Ashton.
She married Delbert A, Blanchard on February 29, 1932, in Kaysville, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS temple. They made their home in Chester, where her husband owned and operated the Chester Store and served as postmaster for nearly 40 years. She was a active member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as the Relief Society secretary for approximately 10 years. She was also the Chester correspondent for the Fremont County News for more than 20 years.
Her husband died Dec. 29, 1981.
Crystal continued to live at her home in Chester until ill health forced her into a nursing home for the last seven years. In her younger years she liked to play basketball, dance and snow ski. Later, she enjoyed taking care of her yard and flowers and doing genealogy. She and her husband enjoyed traveling to on many trips including Mexico City, Denmark and Western Europe.
She is survived by her children Shirleen (Hank) Hoeger of Rigby, Maxine (Russell) Jensen of Salt Lake City and Delmont Blanchard of Chester; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two stepdaughters , Theron and Zelma, two brothers, three sisters and one grandson, Jack.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at noon in the Ashton LDS Stake center with Bishop Gordon Williams officiating. Friends may call at the Bidwell Funeral Home on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 until 11:45 a.m. just prior to the services. Burial will be in the Pineview Cemetery in Ashton.

This past week has had me pondering about life--it really is precious. With the unexpected passing of one of our primary teachers this last week, I was already thinking about changes I wanted to make to my life. To make it more meaningful etc. But then yesterday I found out that my sweet Aunt Crystal passed away as well. (top picture) She was 94, my Grandma Brown's older sister/best friend and lived a very rich, and fulfilled life. She traveled the world and loved life. She always had a candy dish with little hard candies for whenever we visited. (although I don't remember ever getting a one that I liked!) She lived in Chester just down the road from us. She looked so much like my Grandma Brown (bottom picture).--although her hair was a bit more poofy. Grandma passed away just before I was married--almost 13 years ago. I've only seen Aunt Crystal a couple of times since Grandma passed, but I saw her all the time when I was younger. What I found strange in this whole mourning process, is that even though I was much closer to Aunt Crystal than the primary teacher, I have felt more sadness and more traumatized over the passing of our neighbor who I only knew a couple of years and mostly in primary. I guess I find peace knowing that Aunt Crystal was able to do all she set out to, she was given the chance to be an influence for a long time. Our primary teacher's time was much shorter and even though he did influence many many people, it is hard for me not to think of all that he could have done if he was able to live until he was 94.

Wise words from the Kung Foo Panda"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." It is so true. Enjoy and love all you can today because we don't know how many tomorrows we will be around for.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Just for fun....

No special reason..our anniversary is in June but on a whim I feel like posting a cute picture. Its one of my favorites from our wedding. We had a reception in SLC and in Idaho. This is from SLC. It was in his parents back yard. That day we had wind, rain, and snow. And that can I say. It was...poofy! Thank goodness you can't see the bow from this angle. But I still think Cory looks dashing in his tux. :-)

I love you hun!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pinewood Derby!!

So last night was the pine wood derby. I was at class so I wasn't able to be there (although it did sound like they had a blast!) James did the car almost all by himself..he cut it out, sanded, and painted. Dad helped him with the wheels. James almost cut off the tip of the car where the front wheels were suppose to be, so we were worried that they would not even stay on. He had a lot of fun and was lucky enough to win 3rd.

Now to work on the humility....hhhmmm....

We have amazing scout leaders!! To pull this off with as many scouts that we have is a miracle itself. Brandi you're the best!! All of the other leaders were tremendous too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Grocery deals....

So today was another grocery experience. I dragged Deb along and convinced her to go in first thing in the morning. We arrive at Albertsons at a bleary 6:30 AM only to find that the parking lot had quite a few more cars than we expected!! Not only that, but the lines were insane!! And there were gals with 2, 3 & 4 carts of diapers and Hamburger Helper. I didn't need to stock up that much to say the least, since the last huge stock up sale I went a little bit mental (I will never need to buy another stick of deodorant and we have enough toothpaste to get us into the millennium.) Brandi and Kendra looked way to cute for being there that early in the not fair. Deb and I decided to go to the Albertsons in St.George after the Washington one was out of stock of so much stuff...we went there second and there was so much more stock there and the cashiers were much nicer to me! is some of my deals for today....I wanted to post a picture but my camara is currently missing in action.

15 panteen shampoo/conditioner
8 dawn dish soap
5 cascade diswasher tabs
14 boxes of cheerios, honey nut cheerios
6 hamburger helper
10 boxes of bisquik

and a few other things here and there.

I spent 92.54
I saved 243.33 + I still have $15 off my next purchase (for those muffins that were out of stock everywhere!)

So Kendra and Brandi...what did you save???

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dinner today

OK for dinner today we were completely unhealthy. But my kids and hubby love this recipe so every blue moon or so we have Fried Bean Burritos. Its so easy that if it wasn't so completely unhealthy we'd have it more often.

Mix one can of chili with one can of refried beans. Add about a cup of shredded cheese and a little salsa or hot sauce, depending on what your family likes. You could add peppers and onions if you prefer also.

So you take a large spoon full and place it in the center of a flour tortilla shell and wrap it up like a burrito. Then, get ready, you fry it in a pan of hot oil until nice and crispy. Serve it with sour cream, salsa, and the taco works. Then be prepared to diet all week long. It makes about 6 burritos. On the bright side, my blood sugar was only 121 after I ate ONE. Well under the 140 that I am to stay under. But I can feel my arteries hardening as I type.

But the family loves it!! :-)