Friday, February 10, 2017

Super Bowl Party 2017

This past Sunday was the Super Bowl.
Andy and I always like to throw a little party for the event.

This year we had so much help from Lincoln.  

First he helped Dad make the guacamole.

Then he helped Mom decorate.

Finally we had everything all set up and people started arriving. 

This year we went with a Hot Dog Bar, with all kinds of fixings.  Plus lots of chips and dips!

It was a good game.  The New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons.
I think everyone but Glenn was rooting for the Falcons.

Unfortunately the Falcons lost to the Patriots in OT.

Oh well!  It was still a great time spent with family and enjoying lots of food!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lincoln's HOOP!

Lincoln just adores basketball right now.
Basketball and playing "Mario".

We decided to invest in a hoop setup that was a little more substantial for this kid.

He absolutely LOVES it!

And can I just say that this kid is getting dang good at shooting hoops!

Dinner with Grandpa Rigtrup

On Sunday we had my dad and Verona over for dinner.
Of course Lincoln was the star of the evening.

First thing he had to take Grandpa back to his room to see his new Hoop.  Grandpa was a great sport and played "hoops" with him and a bit of peek-a-boo, too.

Then after a yummy dinner of roast, Lincoln talked everyone into playing "Hippos" with him.

I'm so glad that Lincoln is loved by everyone!

It was good to have dad over for dinner and we'll be sure to do it more.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lincoln's New Favorite

Lincoln's new favorite toy is his "hoop".

He has been watching basketball on TV with mom and dad, and he started wanting to play "hoops" with us by having us hold or arms out to be the hoop.

Well that was getting pretty old for ol' Mom and Dad, so we made an investment in an actual basketball hoop for him.

And he loves it!

This little man is getting pretty good at shooting hoops.  Plus, about everything else he can think of has gone through the hoop (or tried).

I'm glad we found him something he really enjoys and that keeping him active inside while the weather is cold out.

Jazz Game with the Sis!

This past Saturday I took Jessi to a Jazz game with me.
She had never been to one and I thought it would be some great sister time.

We started by grabbing some dinner at Rumbi.

Then we headed over to the arena.  The Jazz were playing the Orlando Magic.

Now when it come to Jessi, every outing or experience is all about the food.  Usually I'm that way took, but I'm trying to be good right now.


The game was a really good one.  Close the whole time with the Jazz pulling out a win at that end!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Bath Crayons!

Right now Lincoln just LOVES the bath crayons he received for Christmas.
He plays with them pretty much every night when he's in the tub.
Our little artist!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Visit with Mel

On Saturday Andy, Lincoln and I headed up to Sunset, Utah to see Mel's new house and take him to lunch.  Jessi and family met us there.

Here is Mel's new house:

I didn't get any pictures of the inside.  There were just too many people in there, and honestly I didn't think about it.

We then took Mel out to lunch.  The place that was picked was the Top Hat Diner.  Needless to say, we won't be going there again.  It was SOOO slow there.  We ended up being there nearly 2 hours!

So, while we waited, we made the best of it.  We talked, joked, laughed, and I took a few random pictures.




Allie and me:

Jessi and Allie:

At least my family can laugh at bad situations.  That day was quite the thing...

2017 Goals

Let's hope 2017 turns out better than 2016!

Here are my goals for the new year.  I know a bunch are repeats, but that's what usually happens.

                     Complete a Blog Book for 2016
                     Complete a Chatbook for #tbirdpicaday2016
                     Lose 40 pounds
                     Print more photo books
                     Visit at least one National Park
                     Save money for Christmas
                     Reorganize the shed
                     Redesign the backyard
                     Pay off the Chase credit card
                     Visit the grandparents at least once a month
                     Have my dad over for dinner at least 3 times

                     Take a picture a day and post to Instagram  #tbirdpicaday2017

Here's to hoping I can get through all of these this year!

2016 Goals Revisited

Well 2016 did not turn out very well.  Lots of bad things happened, especially with my Mom.
That caused a good chunk of my goals to go undone, but surprisingly not as many as I thought it would be.  I spent most of my summer months tending to my mom and Mel.  Then the end of the summer to the end of the year dealing with Mom's death and all the things that come with it.  So many things to do!  Plus, taking care of Mel now that Mom was not around.

Needless to say, some things I wanted to get done didn't happen, but there's always this year.

•             Complete a Blog Book for 2015 – DONE!
•             Lose 30 pounds - epic FAIL
•             Put together & print more photo books - FAIL
•             Visit at least one National Park - FAIL
•             Save money for Christmas – DONE!
•             Redecorate the bedroom – DONE!
•             Pay off the Line of Credit – FAIL (readjusted the payoff schedule)
•             Pay off the Chase credit card – DONE!
•             Get at least one Carbon Monoxide detector for the house – DONE!
•             Visit the grandparents at least once a month – FAIL (we haven’t visited nearly as much as we should have)
•             Reorganize Lincoln's bedroom – DONE!

•             Take a picture a day and post to Instagram  #tbirdpicaday2016 – DONE!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Andy's B-day/New Year's

Andy's birthday was pretty low-key this year.

The day of we headed up to Salt Lake to visit the grandpas that we were unable to visit over Christmas weekend.

We decided to take Grandpa Ferg to lunch while we were up there and that turned out really nice.

That evening we had our friends the Alden-Rivers over for a pizza dinner and some snacks.  Since they have a little one, they were gone by 7:30, which ended up being a good thing because Andy started feeling sick.  Since Andy wasn't feeling well we decided to head to bed before the New Year came in.  Yeah, we are old.  Our New Year's Eves aren't what they used to be.

Well, Andy ended up being sick for all of New Year's Day.  We had originally planned to have his family birthday dinner that night, but we had to postpone it.

Luckily, Andy was feeling well enough the following day to have the dinner.  We had a yummy dinner of fajitas with chips and salsa, followed up with Tres Leche cake!

Here is the birthday boy with his cake:

At this point I am just going to put it out there that I am SO glad that 2016 is over.  It has been a pretty rough year for everyone.  We have had to deal with the death of my MamaJo and everything that has come with it, the death of Jane Hinckley, not to mention the deaths of so many celebrities.  We also had a crazy bad election this year, and then we top the whole thing off with us being sick over Christmas and New Year's.  Yuck!

Let's please hope that 2017 is 100 times better than 2016!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas weekend this year was not quite what we hoped it would be.
On Christmas Eve, Lincoln was sick and we had to take him to the doctors, so that pretty much killed all of our plans for that day of visiting the grandpas and havings some friends over that evening.
We did get some cookie decorating in that afternoon, though.

Then the night of Christmas Eve was a rough one.  Lincoln and Andy were both pretty sick.  We all had a rough night, but Lincoln finally got a good hour or so of solid sleep and woke up happy for Christmas morning.

Even though we were all tired and some of us sick, Santa still came!

Lincoln was pretty excited to walk out and see what Santa had left.  Of course he went straight for the bicycle.

And had to try it out first thing.

Then it was time to see what had been put in our Christmas stockings!

We got lots of fun stuff in our stockings!

Then it was finally time to open those presents.  (Of course the majority of these pictures will be of Lincoln.  He is the most photogenic of us all.)

Lincoln was so much fun this Christmas!  Now that he is a little older he understands the whole present opening thing.  It was so cute to see him excited over what he got.  Santa did a stellar job picking things out!

 Here is Traci's loot:


And Lincoln's (plus his big car track):

Lincoln had fun playing with a few of his toys before his illness caught up with him and he didn't feel like playing anymore.

He absolutely LOVED the Hungry Hippos game that Aunt Katie sent.

The other thing we got to deal with on Christmas morning was a TON of snow!

It made for a very fitting and pretty Christmas morning.

We spent the rest of the day just hanging out at home.  We had a visit from Jon and family in the afternoon, and then we had Andy's dad Glenn over for Christmas dinner.
We had a delicious roast beef dinner that was prepared by Andy.  Even though he didn't feel well it turned out so good!

  Link was not doing well by then and so the night was kind of a bust.  Linkie actually slept through dinner.

I was also able to keep our little tradition of making a classic Christmas food item alive.
That night I made Figgy Pudding. 

It turned out delicious.  I just wish we would have felt better so we could have enjoyed it more and had people there to enjoy it with us.

I don't wish sickness in the house on Christmas on anyone!  It was kind of a downer.  But we made it through the day and there will still be great memories about that morning!