Tuesday, July 26, 2011

off to idaho - yeehaw!

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so we're headed out of town tomorrow, first to utah then to idaho. my parents grew up in preston, idaho and every summer about until i was married we went to the famous preston night rodeo and carnival. preston is a happenin' place once a year and that's rodeo weekend. honestly, my best childhood memories are in preston, at the parade and carnival and playing on my grandpa's farm with my cousins. i've only taken darek to rodeo weekend once since we've been married so i'm really excited to go this year - PLUS, i am the most excited about taking my own kids. i really want them to have these kind of down-home, small-town, beef-jerky-made-from-scratch memories of their childhood too. sadly my grandma sold the roper dairy farm a few years ago so my kids won't get to climb in the haystacks and hide in the barns but they can still collect salt water taffy at the parade and moo at all the cows around town.

this particular cow belongs to the man that bought the dairy portion of the roper farm. a few months ago when i was there for my grandma's funeral (my mom's mom) we took a little drive past the old farm and when we noticed that the farmer was just getting ready to milk the cows we fully ambushed him and asked if we could walk around a little and moo at the cows, for old times sake. he thought we were crazy, but told us we could moo to our hearts content.

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this is the roper house, although now owned by someone else. it used to be light green and had a big garden and raspberry patch behind it. we'd pick fresh raspberries then eat them with milk and sugar, delish! my dad was born and raised here, his dad was born and raised here and maybe his dad's dad too...i can't remember. in any case, lots of good memories here. there used to be a huge tree in the front, where now there's just that puny tree. i remember climbing it with my cousins and teasing the kid that lived across the street - who finally mooned us in response. touche...

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we stopped to feed this little calf whilst we mooed about
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so here's the dairy, where they line up the cows and milky milk them. those poor creatures were just waiting to get milked, utters spraying everywhere...it reminded me that i'll be nursing a baby again before long...and i know how they feel. we bonded.
oh and fyi - the "ER" used to say "ROPER"
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this cow cussed me out a little for getting too close
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and now for a little dessert
for sure my childhood glories include these incredible cookies made by my grandma roper.
a fresh batch had just been made when we stopped by to visit her last time i was in town.
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my grandma roper has enjoyed good health all the 93 years of her life, which has always been such a blessing. sadly, she has recently entered into some serious health problems and we're hoping to make it to preston in time to say goodbye before she passes. she's an incredibly faithful and obedient woman and has always been a hard worker. she served a proselyting mission for the LDS church in her 70's! i've always really admired and appreciated her and send her all my love and gratitude for her example over the years.

and finally, the best picture of all
dancing in the kitchen with grandma roper
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Monday, July 25, 2011

swimming on saturday

erin and rob made a quick stop in vegas last weekend at the tail end of their family road trip.
they invited us over to the trump hotel to swim and have lunch and whatnot. it was lots of fun
although i was disappointed to not have a donald sighting so i could give him a little hair advice.

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swimming, swimming, swimming
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lunching
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beck eating
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and eating
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and eating
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and destroying the luggage carts while waiting for the valet
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it was such a fun little suprise to have erin and rob's family in town unexpectedly.
so fun, in fact i didn't get around to taking any pictures of us with them...oops!
thanks for the swimming invite peeps!
friday night
and atticus' mustache


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a friend of mine from high school was in town with his wife this weekend,
so we met up with them for dinner friday night at the MGM. it was so fun to chat and
get caught up and get to know his wife. ah, the miracle of facebook reunions, no?

anyway, while i was doing my make-up before going out atticus
seized my eye liner and begged for a mustache. and really, who am i to deny the
young lad such a simple request? afterwards i asked him if i could take a picture of it and
he again begged to take one of us together with the little remote for the camera, it's his favorite game.
and once, again who am i to deny the little lad such happiness?
anyway, a little grainy and not great lighting, but still some magic worked by the bug's photography skills

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and naturally beck had to join the fun

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i love these sweet boys!
i'm exhausted 99% of the time, but it's all worth it, yeah?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

photo(s) of the day

i grabbed my camera to catch beck using this huge spoon
to scoop gold fish from his tiny bowl and dump them in his mouth
but by the time i snapped the picture he'd abandoned the spoon
and resorted to this much more efficient method

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i have several photo-of-the-day-worthy photos today
but i decided to just save them for a normal post
...
in the meantime, i couldn't deprive you of this beauty
note the sunblock styled hair
and permanently-attached-to-his-feet converse

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and truth be told the sad reaching face resulted from me teasing him with the computer mouse
(which he worships) to get him to look up at the camera

i hoped for a smile
but i still got a real cute frown

Friday, July 22, 2011

photo of the day

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this is what happened after two seconds alone in the office
on the desk, causing a ruckus
~
fyi - i didn't really mean to venture on a photo of the day campaign this week
instead it just sort of evolved from my general overall exhaustion
blogging has kind of been put on the back burner for now
but i still want these moments to be remembered
~
thanks for checking in
.ta.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

photo of the day

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this is where beck chose to sit down and enjoy his morning juice

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

photo of the day

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the garage clean out resulted in the snowboard boot discovery by this kid

Monday, July 18, 2011

yesterday was a melty popsicle kind of day

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yesterday morning we bid farewell to our final visitors we've had for the last three weeks
and took a recovery day, just hanging around the house. half the time it was really pleasant as the boys
played nicely together. the other half of the time was less pleasant as i was yelling at the boys
to play nicely together. i've noticed that the incidence of time outs greatly increases with the more
time we spend at home, instead of going on an outing. we'll for sure be planning an outing today!
as soon as beck gets up at ten!

darek's parents were the last of our house guests and were here for the last week.
wednesday we had brandon and cori's family over to hang out and have dinner. after dinner we took
a little walk around the block and the weather was beautiful!
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the shirtless atticus rode his little scooter and was very proud
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and the clothingless beck rode his little bike and was also very proud
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with brinkley's help of course since his chubby little legs can't reach the peddles
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she eventually had to ride the bike herself since it got a little tiring pushing beck around
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speedy atticus
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waiting for us to catch up
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our little dinner party
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where the boys ate on their very own private island
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we had dinner at B and C's the next night along with a bingo tournament and a thrilling game of Pit that i was sure would put me into premature labor. i won the coveted milk duds however so the evening was a complete success in my eyes. we spent most of the rest of the week just hanging out and chillin. except for the day that mom and dad mccoy spent completely cleaning out and organizing our entire garage with darek. it's so nice now that i'm thinking of moving my bed out there. i forgot to take before and after pictures so you'll either have to take my word for it or come sleep in our garage yourself. you can have my bed.

they also babysat for us friday night so we could go out for our anniversary
and took us to dinner saturday night. it was the most exciting weekend we've had in years!

for our anniversary we were really creative and went to dinner and a movie (harry potter, pretty good). perhaps the most creative part of the evening was when we were waiting for our movie to start, we stopped in at savers to splurge five dollars on each other buying really classy anniversary gifts. i got darek a really fashionable tie and an extra rad dolphin soap dispenser since his is broken. the next morning we were both grossing out over how ghetto and nasty it is when atticus suddenly declared it his new love and wisked it away to his bathroom. darek got me a sweet little girl onsie, a cute book where kids say sweet things about their mothers and a real sparkly ring, also very fashionable. we realized after that we should have bought harry potter type costume items to make each other wear to the movie and be real funny,
but as it turns out we're just not that funny.
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dinner out with mom and dad mccoy was also really fun. we went to holsteins at the cosmopolitan and showed them around so they could see the venue wherein darek does his glamorous job of elvis impersonating (remember how that's code for IT auditing?) they were bedazzled by the cosmopolitan and all its dazzlingness. we also watched the fountains at the bellagio which further bedazzled them so the evening was a success!

and despite the males' expressions in the photo below (i knew i should have taken a second) we all had lots of fun together. thanks for coming mom and dad mccoy! and thanks for all the cleaning and babysitting and game playing and kid wrestling and general mccoy love!
we love you!
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still stealing pictures...

so before i move on to posting pictures of our most recent visitors i wanted to get up
the rest of them that i stole from amanda from their weekend in town. we are so lucky
to live right in the middle of so much family and get visitors so often!
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isn't this picture darling?
apparently beckett snuck into the guest room sunday morning
and snuggled with garlan for a while before he got out of bed.
i hope beckett never loses his snuggliness!
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swimming, swimming
since it was a million degrees we swam both saturday and monday while
garlan and amanda were in town. it rained a little off and on monday while we were
at the pool but it was still warm and nice to be outside so we just pretended that we got
caught in a rainstorm at the beach in hawaii!
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i always spray sunblock into this little dude's hair
to prevent his little noggin from burning, so he always ends up with the best hair styles
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contemplating jumping in
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we went to dinner at red robin one night
where atticus ate more sugar packets then food
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and beck rocked the mohawk!
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ok, so that's it for stolen pictures. thank you to amanda for sharing
and thank you to both the newlyweds (i can still call you that since i have 8 years on you)
for visiting! it is always so so great to hang out with you and i'm thinking that one of these
days you need to just move into the west wing permanently!!
more from the rainstorm

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so i stole some pictures that amanda took during the rainstorm
a couple weeks ago when they were in town.
thanks for sharing, amanda!

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this picture is pretty funny!
good thing rainstorms are warm around these parts!

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atticus and garlan are hiding out under the canopy that covered our patio in this picture.
sadly, this sucker straight up blew away in the next storm and got completely trashed.
no more canopy for us!
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beck was a little overwhelmed watching the storm and decided to stay inside
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he may also have been a little overwhelmed by uncle garlan's face right here
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.ta.