What’s New With Our Family

We had such a fun day. Yesterday we rode for 4 miles in the alpine mountains and hills:


Then we went to see Luna at her new stable. She was very happy and was licking Janise and following her around (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Wo9peGMtA

Happy Easter! See you soon!

-Mark and family








some recent videos from gabby’s birthday and other goofing aroundness.

Gabby’s Ninth pt. 1

Gabby’s Ninth pt. 2

Gabby’s Ninth pt. 3

Gabby Silly 20’s

Gabby Silly 20’s p.2

went horseback riding with casey (for the second time).  both times we went up payson canyon.  this time we went a little further up payson canyon to a trail that starts at Jone’s Ranch (i think that’s what it was).  i used a new gps app on my iPhone to track our trail.  we went 5 miles and it was beautiful:  http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=320831. Janise, Lauri, Casey and I went.  we had lots of fun.  we ran with the horses a couple of times.  my horse (dodger) was the biggest.  casey says he’s also pretty head-strong- he goes where he wants when he wants.  he obeyed me 99% of the time.  on our first ride with casey he took off running after jan and casey started running.  but mine didn’t follow the trail- he went off on the side and we made our own trail!  it’s pretty dangerous because you can hit a gopher hole and your “done” (e.g. christopher reeves).   scarier, though is how my horse wandered off the trail and then was heading for a big 2 meter x 2 meter hole in the prairie.  i was scared.  somehow we missed it- but just barely.  now the second ride we did (this last wednesday) the same thing kind of happened.  the other horses were running and mine wandered off the trail a bit.  ahead of us i saw a deep ravine (3′ deep, 3′ across aprox.).  it scared me as we came closer and closer.  as soon as we got to it dodge tripped- not enough for us to fall and roll over, but enough that my left foot fell out of the strap and my body weight was shifted heavily to the right.  i was now running with the biggest horse using one foot, and one strap.  i tried to get hiim to stop by pulling back on the reins and saying “whoa” over and over.  he finally stopped when he wanted to stop.  i was able to get my foot back in but it scared the bejezus out of me.   actually, i had been just as scared at the first incident with dodger the other time, as i was this time (now that i think of it).  so we came to a stop and janise had her left foot through her strap all the way!  that could have been just as bad as my situation!  if she would have fallen she would have been dragged by one leg until the horse stopped.  i think i was more scared for her than she was.  maybe i’m just kind of a worry-wart, i dunno.

i shouldn’t spend so much time on the scary parts of the ride b/c the vast majority of it was fun..  it was relaxing, beautiful, and nice and cool in the summer weather (we had plenity of shade).  on our first ride we saw hundreds of elk (over 300 at least!).  beautiful site.  beautiful rides.  we’re so grateful casey’s taken us out twice.  it’s been very memorable!

saturday:  today gabby and i dropped janise off at Marnie’s in Provo to nanny.  we had to kill some time while she worked so we went bike shopping at a bunch of didfferent shops in the valley.  it was so hot!  we stopped at target and bought some veggies and marshmallows for us to make when we go camping.  gabby started 3rd grade and is loving it.  she’s in mrs. warwood’s class.  gabby’s an over-achiever- she is lisa from the simpsons.  she told me this week she wants to be a nerd b/c then one day when she’s grown up she will make lots of money.  lol that’s actually the right mentality to have to be successful in college.  and she’s very sociable so she’ll be a well-rounded and well-liked “nerd”, for sure.

she just had her baptism (tuesday).  we had lots of people over and ate hot dogs, chips and janise’s layered cake.  she said, “i felt good.  i think i might have felt the holy ghost”.  (s-f p?)

Gabby I miss u honey. Was just thinking of u and was wondering if ud like to watch Indiana jones with me. …or back to the future. … Or goonies. Cool thing is you love them all. Can’t wait to see you again!



me and gabby had tons of fun!  we went to see the frogs and toads at the Utah Museum of Natural History, and then stopped by The Pie for the best pizza in Utah.  pixs, below:

UMNH Frog Day

[today i made the following font with Gabby’s own handwriting!  if you can’t see the text below please e-mail me.  this is Gabriela’s own handwriting and (mostly) her own words.  enjoy.]    🙂

3 March 2009

Today I went to school. We won the contest for who read the most in 2nd grade. That means we get a Jazz player to our school. Last year the Jazz player couldn’t read that good. This year he was good. His name was Brezzer. Then w e made lambs and lions out of paper. It was because our teacher wanted to make them. At school I like to play with Taylor and olivia. We play “boys chasing us”. Mostly the girls win ‘cause we are fast.

Hip hop class:

I like hip hop because it is fun to dance now I am one of the good ones. I love to dance. You should love to dance it is fun! I can do the worm. There are girls there who have been taking the class 2 years and still can’t do the worm. Teacher asks me to show them how to do the worm. I can do other dances too.

The Living Aquarium, SLC: I touched a stingray. You don’t want to touch a sting ray. It’s gross! I will teach you how it feels. When u touch it it feels hard and really really slimy. You don’t want to touch it. Anyway, I had lots of fun! I saw sharks, exapus [octopus], starfish, and a lot of fish. After we went to Braza Grill to eat Brazilian BBQ. And always when the meat came, I was the only one who always ate it. I ate more than the grown-ups!

Night at the Living Museum, Lehi: I saw a guy- really big! [he was 7’4”] He had the costume of a tree. And he said a funny joke. I’ll tell you: there was a guy that had a piece of wood he was working with. He was making a broom with it. And the tree guy came up and said, “hey, that’s my brother!” and the other guy said, “this can’t be your brother!” “my brother’s a tree!” haha. Even my dad laughed!




I also bought a fossil. A real one [it is of a flower from millions of years ago].

Park: today after school, I played in the park. I had lots of fun. I was supposed to come back for singing class but forgot and missed singing class today. I was sad.

Mariana (alikan’s house): on Sunday we went to eat at Alikan’s house in SLC. I met a new friend named Mariana. She is brazilian and speaks mostly Portugese. I saw two sugar gliders. They are cute. But smelly! You don’t want to smell them. But only if you smell their fur. They can climb all over you and it tickles! Yeah, but I didn’t know so I didn’t do it.

Before that I played with Angel’s nieces at Angel’s house in Orem. They speak Spanish and English. Mom and dad were helping Angel move to his new house. And that day we ate a lot of food [at Outback, in Orem]. I did a lot of stuff this week with my family!!