Emma really didn’t like the idea of being called Brace Face, but she thought TinGrin wasn’t too bad. Today was the day ~ she is now in braces for a couple years.
Her last metal-less smile:
The process didn’t take near as long as Jess and I thought it would. He showed up today and surprised her.
And now, the new and beautiful Tin~Grin:
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has some of the most beautiful sunrises.
Getting up in the morning sucks, but at least I get to look at this every morning on my way to work. Makes it all worth while.
exhausted, stoked, thrilled, weary, wired, rummy, and every other feeling you can imagine!
Tonight was the IHS Knights Pride Booster Club Prime Rib Dinner and Auction. It was AWESOME! We raised a large amount of money for the Booster Club so we can help support the students of IHS better. Nine months of careful planning and plotting came to a head tonight, and it was thrilling to see everything just fall right into place. We had a few minor mishaps or stumbles, but we know what not to do next year now.
We managed to get a large amount of the kids to help serve dinnner and be auction runners. Some of the IHS football players:
So here’s to a WONDERFUL committee, SUPPORTIVE community, AWESOME students and staff, and to MAKING IT GREAT! Go Knights!
The youngest IHS supporter was there, as well ~ Young Mr. Byers with Kayly Abercrombie.
The Booster Club Officers presente me with a gift for working so hard on this event (which embarassed the tar out of me and I was totally not expecting it). What a lovely thing to do ~ I got a very nice card, basket of flowers and Olive Garden gift certificate.
Finally, the end of the night. don’t I look completely exhausted?
Hands off La Grande Girls, Garret’s taken!
Just a sweet picture of Reagan and her friend, Garret. She insists that he is her boyfriend, and he’s the one she’s going to marry! What a girl! Good Luck Jeremy & Jennifer, if her predictions are true, you’re in for one hell of a daughter-in-law!
For right now, though, they are sweet, kicking back, having a grand time in the mountains!
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My parents, Donna & Burr, with their baby girl, Luna:
I found this quote today and thought instantly of my parents:
Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse,
seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel,
and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar,
and friend. No servants to come between. These are the
boys who are born to the best fortune.
Okay, so the quote is about a “boy”, but who cares. I had the nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, AND the guide, exemplar, and friend PLUS so much more that I couldn’t even begin to think of them all.
I grew up with the best fortune ~ two parents who loved me and taught me to be the person I am today (though I didn’t always like the lessons).
Thanks, Mom & Dad, I love you.
Hunting Season has ended for me . . .
Its sad, but not sad. I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to get anything, but I had such a great time trying! The season doesn’t actually end until Sunday, but I will be busy all week and weekend so I am done hunting until next year. Here’s some highlights from the last weekend ALL of us were hunting (I mean all of us who archery hunt). Aaron & I headed to the mountains Thursday evening, Jason & Rob made it up Friday afternoon, and Shelby showed up Saturday.
Friday morning, Aaron & I woke up to this:
Pretty amazing turnaround when the weekend before it was in the mid-eighties during the day.
Friday while we were waiting for Jason & Rob to show up, we went looking for some wood for our campfire. The look on his face is what you get when he’s loading a piece of wood in the back of the Expedition and accidentally sprays gravel everywhere! Pretty cute, if you ask me!
Friday night, Rob & I hunted for deer while Jason & Aaron looked for elk. None of us were successful, but we had a great time!
I wish I would have gotten a picture of Shelby. I have the BEST hunting partners in the world! They all work so hard to make sure I don’t have any questions, that I am always in “the know”, and that I feel like I’m part of the group. We all have nicknames we go by, and I think I have finally been dubbed “No~Name” because they couldn’t figure one out for me. I truly enjoy being with them! Here they are (minus Shelby aka PACKER).
Jason (Captain Backstrap)
Aaron (Sure Shot)
and Me ~ Amy ~ (No Name)
This red-tail decided to pay us a visit Saturday afternoon. He sure was pretty!
Just because I can . . . one more picture of my honey.
The tradition in our camp is that each person shoots an arrow into our “Camp Tree” on the last day they hunt. Since today was my last day at camp, I left my sacrificial arrow for the 2006 season. It is the signal that the end is here.So, for the story of “The 2006 Hunting Season“, I say to you,
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So here we go down the long path of paying out the nose so our girlies have nice mouths. Emma has been seeing the Orthodontist for about 4 years now, getting regular check-ups, just waiting for the perfect time to put her braces on. Today was the day (FINALLY) to get the process started, and Dr. Irwin told us today that he expects them to be off within 18-24 months. Not bad.
She had her spacers put in between her molars to make room for the bands that will be put there in two weeks when she gets her braces actually put on. At first, she didn’t want me to take pictures of the whole process and was rather relieved to find out my camera battery was on the charger at home. Once we got home, though, she changed her mind and decided taking pictures of the process for a scrapbook might be kind of cool.
So here’s the first step in a long process, the spacers:
And here’s one of our last metal-less smiles:
So . . . hopefully they don’t cause her too much pain (which, in turn would cause me pain), and we breeze through this process easily!
One of the best friends I’ve ever had or ever will have sent this to me. They didn’t know what kind of day I was having or anything. It made me smile.
I’m still smiling.
These are the kinds of friends everyone needs ~ the kind who can make you giggle uncontrollably for no reason, call just to tell you something silly they did, or send you something like this that is unexpected, but perfect.
This was perfect.
Not a soul in this country, and many across the world, will forget that day. Every one of us who is still here today remembers EXACTLY where they were that fateful morning. I was exactly three months pregnant with Reagan. Scott was across the world working overseas (due back in a few short weeks). I was getting ready for work and saw the news ~ at first I thought it was an advertisement for a new movie, but then I realized I was watching real-time events. I was in shock ~ as many, believing it was an accident at first. For the first time ever, we were allowed to watch TV at work, my shock turned to disbelief, dismay, sadness, and grief as the events of the day unfolded and the truth was discovered.
I am forever thankful that I was at home with my children, getting ready for work. I am forever thankful that there are so many selfless heroes amongst us. I am forever thankful I live in a country where I can speak my mind, and I have so many freedoms.
I am forever thankful I am alive.
Love your country. Your country is the land where your
parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him.
Aaron & I were elk hunting again this weekend, though this time we were childless. We had a great weekend, wandering the woods, NOT FINDING ANY ELK. That part of the weekend was frustrating, but we did have a great weekend. Shelby’s kids, Josh & Bryce, and I completely dug out our old fire-ring and re-arranged all the rocks on the outside of it ~ at it’s widest point, it’s about 10′. It looks great now! I managed to get quite a few pictures of just “stuff” this weekend. Just stuff that makes me happy, it was great!
This little guy let me get SO close, it was amazing!
Scroungy after a weekend without showers!
So now, we only have two full weeks of archery season left ~ cross your fingers we get something. For me, I only have next weekend because I have to be in town the last weekend for the IJSHS Booster Club Auction & Steak Feed.