Wednesday, December 31, 2008


As I am writing this I am not wearing my glasses!!! My prescription is way to strong now!!! I am now legal to drive without the aid of glasses. I think I will still need to have glasses but they won't be near as strong. My old glasses are so blurry now, I can't believe the difference! I am so excited for this new change! You all have been so supportive, thank you so much!
I hope everyone of you has a wonderful and exciting New Year. I hope that it brings joy and much happiness to you and your families. Love ya all!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Tomorrow is our 21st anniversary and I just want everyone to know how much I LOVE this AWESOME guy!!!!! Here are my 21 tributes to Dave:

1. Who else could put up with the "Queen of Blondes"?!
2. He is an AWESOME dad and husband!
3. He is so spiritual and holds his priesthood responsibilities sacred!
4. He treats me like a Queen and shows me that everyday!
5. He is a good provider for our family!
6. He is the biggest 46 year old kid I know!
7. He is so DANG handsome!!!!!!!
8. He is my safe haven and protector!
9. He is my best friend that I can tell things to no matter what it is!
10. He makes my heart jump a beat whenever I see him!
11. He cooks dinner often, and makes incredible meals!
12. He encourages me to be the best I can be!
13. He gives me massages and foot rubs!
14. He helps with the housework whenever he can!
15. He is the most kind hearted and sensitive person!
16. He really listens to me when I talk to him!
17. He gave me 5 awesome kids!
18. He is the funniest person and does great imitations of people!
19. He takes me out on date nights!
20. He is so Freakin handsome--did I already mention that?!
And last but not least
21. I LOVE YOU DAVID SKOUSEN, you are my world!! I am so blessed to have you in
my life!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

No Surgery Tomorrow, BUMMER

I was just informed today that my surgery had to be postponed because of the bad weather in Flagstaff. The doctor can't make it to Show Low so I did reschedule for December 30. I will have to go to Flagstaff again. Hopefully the weather will be good for me to travel in. I will update later!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I will be having cataract surgery on my left eye this coming Thursday. I am so excited to see if it will do the same thing the right eye did! It is so amazing to me to be able to see the clock from my bed or to see tv ads without glasses. I have really taken for granted my sight I guess.
Some bumming news for our Skyler. He tried out for the 8th grade basketball team this past week. He had gone to all of the open gyms they had and really worked hard. He got passed the first cuts and then got cut on the last one. I am really disappointed in the selection process. I know he is still trying to grow into his 6 foot 2 inch body and is still a little awkward but the boy is going to be at least 6 7" when he's through growing. He just needed the chance to be on the team to learn. He didn't need to be the starting player, he just wanted a chance. I had talked to one of the coaches last year when he didn't make it and he told me that if he made every open gym and tryout he would be on the team this year. I guess its who you are, which is really sad, especially for the kids like Skyler. He has been a real trooper about it, so I give him big kudos for that.
We finally got our Christmas tree up! The kids were a little miffed at me for not having it up on Thanksgiving day. Dave put some lights up outside so we that we won't be exiled by our neighborhood!
Hope your week goes well.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Another Eye Update

Well I had cataract surgery this past Tuesday in Flagstaff. It went way better than the last 2 surgeries I have had! I went to Dr. Blair and he said that my vision is now 20/30 in my right eye!!!!!!! I had been 20/200, and still am that way in my left eye. I have decided to have my left eye done now. There is a very high risk that it could detach also, but he thinks if we go in and tack everything down in my eye before the cataract surgery that it will have a better chance of not detaching. I can't tell you how exciting this is. I have worn glasses since I was in first grade and I have never been this low before. I can actually see the clock without my glasses on for the first time! I will let you all know more when I go in next week for my appointment.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Castle Profile

The Castle Personality Test

You have no problem diving into new experiences. You're so brave that you don't even notice how courageous you are.

You like to think that people see you as dramatic and fascinating. You do your best to seem mysterious.

You are a very romantic person. You can't help but see the world as it should be.

Right now, stress occasionally makes you feel trapped in your life. You usually have a clear perspective on things though!

Overall, your life is calm and steady. Not much stirs you, and each day is full of joy.

You feel like the fate of the future partially rests in your hands. You believe you need to help make the world a better place.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Howard Stern Show

I know I keep going on about this candidate, but listen to this----Subject: From the Howard Stern Show.

People have been blinded by the MEDIA

I got this in my e-mail the other day. I can't believe people listen to this schmuck! These are quotes from Barak Hussein Obama's books.

How did he ever even get in the running>>!!??? HMMMMMM?!

Date: Monday, October 13, 2008, 1:42 PM
Amazing, a democrat set this to me.

Why is all of this going unnoticed by the media???? They send 1000 reporters to Alaska to dig up something on Sarah Palin and they have this right in front of their eyes!

From Dreams of my Father:'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'
From Dreams of My Father : 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father:'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father:'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'

And FINALLY the Most Damning one of ALL of them!!!
From Audacity of Hope:'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
* If you have never forwarded an e-mail, now is the time to Do so!!! We CANNOT have someone with this type of mentality running our GREAT nation!! I don't care whether you a Democrat or a Conservative. We CANNOT turn ourselves over to this type of character in a President. PLEASE help spread the word

Monday, November 3, 2008


Just a reminder to everyone to get out and vote. This election is more important than the last few we have had. We have so much at stake. If the "Democraps" win and get Barak Hussein Obama, Pelosi, and Reed, we are going to see some scary times ahead of us. To me Barak Hussein Obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He will do and say anything to get elected. Here is a man who won't respect the flag, even took it off his campaign jet. His wife has never been proud to be an American. So if Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan are all pulling for him, shouldn't that tell us something? Joe Biden has already said that Barak Hussein Obama will face an attack within the first 6 months of office.
We had Stake Conference yesterday and it was broad casted from Salt Lake. It was so awesome to hear the talks, it seems that all of the topics were about not being afraid and be prepared for the difficult times that are to come. I take strength in knowing that my family belongs to the only true church on the earth and that Heavenly Father knows us and loves us. There is to be hard times, but knowing that all things are in an eternal perspective helps me to know that all will not be lost.
Also we as Arizonans have another very important vote to get passed, Prop. 102. This has to pass or we will face what the people back East and California are dealing with. I for one do not want my children having to read and discuss homosexuality in school! My family participated in passing out door hangers in our neighborhood last Saturday. We were able to hang 91 hangers!!! What a neat experience to go out as a family unit and have people come out and say that they will vote yes. Please go to this site if you have any questions on this proposition.
I hope I don't offend too many of you that read this but this is Wendy's opinion and I'm sticking to it!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Boy will be Boys---UGH

Well this certainly has been an eventful week for 2 of my boys! Monday, Dave and I were preparing to have FHE before he left for work at 5:30. We had told the boys that they needed to be home by 4:30, so instead of leaving our house they had about 8 boys from the neighborhood come over to have their daily tackle football game. Everything was going well until Skyler tackled Hunter into the only dead bush I have in the front yard. Not only did he hit it, but he slammed into the only branch that was sticking out! All of a sudden we heard crying and screaming in the front room. I went in and saw Hunter's leg, under the kneecap he had a pretty deep gash. We gathered all of our kids up and headed for the walk in clinic. He received 7 stitches that will stay in for 2 weeks. It took so long that we were only able to get ice cream for FHE.
On Friday, Dave and I went to the Snowflake/Blue Ridge game. Coming home I got a call from Clay, screaming and all I could hear in the background was screaming. When I finally could halfway understand him, he said that Skyler had been shot by the b-b gun. I thought he had been shot in the face or something, so I told him to give the phone to Skyler. He was crying so hard that I told him to give the phone to Hunter. He told me that his friend Neil, who was spending the night, accidentally shot him. They were watching the movie Halloween on t.v. and got scared so they got the b-b gun for protection. Neil had put the safety on and had it nose down. Skyler was next to him on the couch and some how when Neil bent down to get the t.v. clicker the gun went off. It hit Skyler about 4 inches above the knee. The b-b went in and traveled about 4 inches across his leg. At 10:00 p.m. we ended up in the E.R. They took x-rays and thank goodness we have the b-b's that don't fragment. So with a little surgery in the E.R., they took it out and put in 3 stitches, which will come out in a week. The doctor gave Skyler the b-b in a cup for a souvenir. He also had to get a Tetnus shot and will be on an antibiotic for a week. As for now, the gun is put up for a very long time!!! On the way home Skyler said that he wanted to sell the b-b gun and get a real gun so that he and Dave could go hunting together! Are you kidding me! That idea was "shot" down real fast!!!!!!
So as you see we have had an eventful week, hopefully Clay won't feel left out and do something to get stitches too. Hope your week was not as eventful as mine.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Summer's 20!!!!!!!!!

My oldest child and daughter has graduated from the teens to the twenties! We love you Summer, and hope that this year will bring more strength, wisdom and lots of fun! You are such a beautiful young woman,(course look who your mom is), and I know that you will succeed in your plans to be a Phlebotomist. Be strong and know that we will always be here for you. Stay close to your Heavenly Father, he knows you and LOVES you. Happy 20 Birthday

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More Sagas!?!?!?

Well, I guess its been quite awhile since I've last wrote. We have been dealing with some sickness in our family, so I have been concentrating on that. Hunter had been having headaches that lasted 3 days. Took him to the dr. and got a stronger medication than just Excedrin. He ordered a MRI but I am cancelling that because the headaches went away.
My sister Kandra, Kristal and my brother Lance and their families came home over General Conference weekend so that we could see Kandra's new baby, Gavin, get blessed. It was so beautiful in my mom's yard, then we had a nice dinner with Jared's family and some close friends.My mom and dad put the kids and I up at the Bison Ranch. It was so nice to be close to everyone. Thanks mom and dad!!!!!
Dave was supposed to meet us in Heber because he was filling in for some co-workers.(He had to work 10 night shifts in a row)! He called me on Saturday morning thinking he had the flu, so on Sunday he was going to try again, still sick. Monday morning I ended up taking him to the E.R. because he couldn't stop throwing up. We knew exactly what he had, but they couldn't run the test that would prove it. So they sent us home. Next day we were back, this time they admitted him. Wednesday they did a stomach scope. He has HPYLORI, which is an ulcer. He had this about 8 years ago and it is not fun! They released him on Thursday with 6 different medications. He did well on Friday, even attended the Blue Ridge/Show Low game. He felt really well to go to work on Saturday morning. I got a call about 9:30 am from him, he relapsed, so I took him in again. They gave him enough Fenigrin that they sent us home and he slept for 16 hours. He is on a clear liquid diet for now, he will see our regular family doctor tomorrow. He is feeling much better and for those who knew about it and said prayers in his behalf, thank you!
I guess we really can't survive without some stress involved!LOL
School is out for 2 days, hope to survive that also. Hope everyone is doing well.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kisses for Callie

I had a request to put this blog site up so I went to Lisa's blog and copied the details, so I hope she doesn't mind. Its a great cause for a beautiful little girl. If anyone can help please do so. The blog is www.
Also if you go to Arbys in Show Low tonight from 5-8 they are donating 20% of their profits to the cause!!

Kisses for Callie,
Hello Family, Friends ! Just wanted to let everyone know if they haven't heard already that we have set up a blog in honor of our little cousin Callie who was run over by a vehicle a few weeks back. It is called "Kisses For Callie", in an effort to raise a TON of money for little Callie Jane Butler and her road to recovery.

Callie's cousin Brittany McNeil has an upcoming Evening of Excellence program with her church youth organization. As her value project she has chosen to organize and carry out a benefit yard sale with all proceeds benefiting Callie. This blog was designed to get the word out and "call all angels" in an effort to encourage them to clean out those closets and give to a worthy cause! The exact date, location and details are still being hammered out, however we will keep you posted.

For now, please gather up your items and contact Brittany or Lisa McNeil at We will make arrangements to pick up your items, or if you can drop them off that is also terrific! Monetary donations are also gladly excepted. While many of you may live in the White Mountains, please remember that this sale will be held sometime in late October, so if you are anyone that you know will be traveling down to the valley before them, please send your items with them!!!

If anyone has any new items that they would like to donate for an online auction, please let us know as well!

Please post this link on your blogs and send out emails to everyone that you know. We want this to spread like wildfire! The more donations we receive, the more we can help relieve the financial burden being felt by her family at this time, which is the last thing that we want them to worry about.

There is also a link that is set up by Callie's sister Ashley which allows you to make an online donation via Paypal.

Thank you for your love and support. More information will follow soon!

Lisa and Brittany


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kristal's Products!!!

My sister's new site has some new pendants that she is selling, they are really unique and cute!! Stop by her site and take a look.
I had surgery on September 19 to take the oil bubble out. The surgery went really well. I have a little discomfort but that should be relieved in about another week. My eye sight is actually a little worse than when the bubble was in. Its pretty cloudy and blurry, the doctor said that it should get better with time. I also have to have cataract surgery on both eyes. So hopefully by the time this all is done I will have near perfect vision??!!!!
Autumn got glasses for the first time about a week ago. She is so dang cute in them! I will try to get her picture and post it soon. She loves them and loves being able to see the chalkboards. She has received so many comments on how good she looks. I think it has really helped her self-esteem. She was also made the Laurel class president. She is so excited to be a leader.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Can't believe you are 12 years old. You have been such a joy to our family! We love you lots.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Awesome Day!!!!!!

First off, my sister, Kandra had her baby boy today! He is so cute and precious. His name is Gavin Reid Owens. Kandra says he has my feet(poor boy), which may be a good sign that he will be tall. I am so proud of her, she had an epidural but was still in a lot of pain. He was almost 8 pounds and he is 20in. long. Look at her blog and I'm sure you'll agree!
I went to see Dr. Alam today and he said everything looks great, so great that I will be having surgery on Sept. 19 to remove the oil bubble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He said that it looks like a cataract is forming in my eye too, but we will cross that bridge later. I am so blessed that I still have my sight and I am healing well. Thanks again for all your prayers and concern.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Another Plug!!!!!!

Here is another shameless plug this time for my sister-in-law, Becky and her friend Felicia. They have just started a business, Get-Away-Groceries, for people who come to the White Mountains and are staying at a resort. When you are getting ready to go to the resort, you can go to their site, they have a grocery list and you can order what you want, pay for it, and they will go to the store and pick up everything on the order.Then they will take it to your room and put the groceries away for you. It is really nice because you don't have to worry about going to the store after along drive. Take a look at the site to the right and please tell any of your friends. They have a LLC so it is a trusted business!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Wonderful World of Wendy

I am doing about the same with my eye. I go to Phoenix on Sept. 4, to see Dr. Alam. He was supposed to come to Show Low on the 3, but couldn't and me being extremely inpatient, got an appointment down there instead. I'm hoping we will be able to set a date on getting the oil bubble out! I'll let you all know what happens.
Summer just got a JOB!!!! She and one of her roommates found a help wanted at the Dixie College. She will be helping a paraplegic at nights. She will be working 2-3 nights a week for $50 a night. She is super excited and so is the Skousen Bank!!!!! This is such a great opportunity for her, she is so good at caregiving.
I just want to put a shameless plug in for my sister, Kristal. She has just moved to Salt Lake City, (sob,sob,sob), but she has just started her own little business on the Internet doing scrapbook pages, announcements for all occasions, and other things. I want this to be successful for her so if any of you wouldn't mind putting her link on your blogs, I would really appreciate it. The best way I could think of is by word of fellow bloggers. Take a look at the link to the right and see how creative this girl is. I'm not being biased, she is terrific!!!!!! Love ya, Kris.
Also a big good luck to my other sister, Kandra, who will be giving birth to a baby boy anytime now!!!! You and Jared will be Freakin Awesome parents!!!! Just be prepared for Aunt Wendy to spoil him rotten,(you know that's my job now). Love you too, Kandrella. P.S. Remember I get to babysit when you come home in October!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


You Are a Brownie

Decadent and intense, you aren't for the weakhearted.

Those who can deal with your strong flavor find out how sweet you really are.

I think its me!?!?

You Are An ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.

A good listener, you excel at helping others in practical ways.

In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.

You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

In love, you express your emotions through actions.

Taking care of someone is how you love them. And you do it well!

At work, you do well in a structured environment. You complete tasks well and on time.

You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

How you see yourself: Competent, dependable, and detail oriented

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, dominant, and stuck in a rut

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Finally some Cancun pictures!!!!

All of us as we arrived at Tulum
Our Awesome kids at Tulum
Grand Sunset Princess
Hunter and Skyler going snorkling
Our room was the 3rd floor on the corner

Friday, August 8, 2008

We're Baaaack!!!!

Hey to all my fellow bloggers,
Its been awhile since I last wrote, we went to Mexico on vacation. Dave found an all inclusive resort that had just opened up in December. What an awesome place! It was absolutely gorgeous. We also went with some of Dave's family. The kids had so much fun swimming in the ocean, all though it was extremely rocky, and drank so many pina-coladas and strawberry daquiries! We ate at the buffet restaurants that were there, they were pretty good. They serve alot of the same things everyday,but tried to put in a few new things also. The pasteries were so good, it was hard picking one thing so I would get a small piece from all of them!
We went to Tulum and Xel-ha. Tulum was so pretty, that's where my blog family picture is at. This place has ancient pyramids that overlook the ocean. They had a wall all around it and when the Spaniards came by boat to try to over take it, they saw the wall and kept on sailing. There is one pyramid that is to believed to have the 3 Godheads and one that has Christ decending.
Clay celebrated his 9th b-day while we were there, so we went to Xel-ha, this is the place where the movie Blue Lagoon with Brooke Shields was filmed, he had so much fun snorkling and swimming in the lagoon. Dave took him, Summer, and Hunter on a tube ride, which takes about an hour to do the full ride. They were pretty tired after that.
I tried to put up pictures on the other computer but it kept booting me out, so if I can figure out how to get some pictures up I will ASAP!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Can you believe it??!!!

You Belong in 1987

Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The on going saga of the eye!!

I had an eye appointment yesterday and found out that my eye is doing really well! I am now 20/100, I have never been this high before. I am so excited to see if it will stay that way when the oil bubble comes out. My doctor is hoping that I will be able to see a few lines lower on the eye chart. I have another appointment next Monday and in September I will see my surgeon, hopefully I can get the bubble out!!!
I feel that this whole experience has been a blessing, my sight is improving and it probably would have never done this if it hadn't happened. The priesthood blessing I received was everything I needed to hear, I know Heavenly Father knows and loves me. My family and friends have been such an awesome support to me. I still have limitations, I can't drive at night because all the cars become blurry and I don't think the other drivers would appreciate someone ramming into them! I am not supposed to carry more than a gallon of milk (in weight) for another week and a half. All in all, I am doing great!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My awesome sis!

A huge thank you to Kristal for getting me out of the 70's retro and into the 21st century!! You are awesome and so flippin talented. Love ya lots!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Eye Update

I hope I can see straight long enough to update you all on my wonderful world of looking through a bubble!! Seriously, I am actually doing very well. I had the surgery which was pretty scary, only because if you are claustrophobic, like I am, you will totally understand. They put a paper covering over my face and had a hole opened over my right eye. I was awake during the procedure and all I could think of was that if they moved one inch over I could be suffocated! The doctors and nurses were really good and careful though. They put an oil bubble in my eye and that will have to be removed in 8 weeks. My eye has been black and blue for a week now, I can't even blame it on Dave because he was in Mexico this whole time. It's pretty much red from irritation all the time, and it is like I'm looking through a bubble. The most exciting thing I've learned is that I can see so much better out of this eye without my glasses!!!! So I'm hoping that with time it will improve even more! Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers in my behalf. I truly felt them and appreciated it so much.
Dave finally made it home from Mexico, he had an awesome time and the Adams' Family loved everything they did. They were able to see pyramids they haven't seen yet and went to Belize City, Belize. The only real trouble they had was that one of the boys decide he wanted to lift up an iguana. When he picked it up it chomped on his arm, putting a huge gash across the width of his forearm. Pretty scary, he is doing well but he will have to be checked for rabies. Hopefully the Adams' will spread the word about the trip and we will get some more going.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Blue Ridge All Stars

Well our boys lost the good fight. They played Mt. Eldon from Flagstaff. The score ended up 21-1. I was told that Hunter did an awesome job catching the whole game. I am so proud of our boys, the tournament directors were very impressed with our team and their great sportsmanship on the field and in the stands. We actually beat out Snowflake, Payson, and Winslow to take 4th place!!!! Hunter said they received 2 pins to place on their hats. The remaining 3 teams are all from the Flagstaff area. I have to admit I am a little glad we don't have to go to Bullhead City .
A big thank you to Greg, Grant, David H., and Cody for coaching , we really appreciate your service and commitment to these young boys. Can't wait for next year.

My bad luck!!

Last Friday I started seeing floaters in my right eye, by Sunday I couldn't see out of it at all! I called my eye doctor and he told me to come in first thing Monday morning. I thought it wasn't anything to worry about. Just go in, get a few drops and head off to Hunter's game in Flagstaff. WRONG- I have a detached retina. They hurried me off to Phoenix to Dr. Alam for surgery. I get there thanks to my sister-in-law, Becky, did a bunch of tests and they tell me that since it was completely detached and the macula, it didn't require emergency surgery.This prognosis is not really good. I will have surgery on Thursday, but having the vision I had before will probably not return as good. They will be putting in an oil bubble that will have to be there for about 8 weeks, I will have blurred vision for awhile, then go in for a second surgery to remove the bubble. Hopefully I will be able to see alot better than I do now. If any of you are nearsighted please look for the symptoms. Floaters, blobs that look like lava lamp bubbles, or any loss of vision in the eye. Get to a doctor immediately!!!!!! I am totally bumbed, but what do you do? I will be going to Cancun with blurred vision, but at least I'll have some sight.
On to happier news, Hunter's team beat Payson last night!! I kept in touch with my friend Denise and she said that Hunter was the closing pitcher and struck the boys out to win the game! He also got two really good hits that brought in 2 runs.They won 8-2. They play tonight at 7:30, I don't get to go to this game either, which really ticks me off! He doesn't have any family there to cheer him on, Dave left for Mexico yesterday and I can't drive. He does understand this, thank goodness. I am so grateful for the team parents that have taken him in. GO BLUERIDGE ALLSTARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Skyler's Hike

Skyler went on a hike to Mt. Humphrey's on Friday with his scout troupe. They spent the night at the base of the mountain, he only called us once because he was cold and we just told him to put on more clothes. He made it throughout the night, and this morning they started up the mountain. It is about a 4.8 mile hike both ways. However, it has switchbacks and is fairly steep clear to the top. He was doing really well until they were about 3 miles up and he fell and had 2 asthma attacks. Thank goodness he had an inhaler in his backpack! His heart rate was really high and so his scout leader, who is also a doctor, made him stay where he was until they came back down from the top. Sky was pretty disappointed because he had made it so far, but knew his limitations. He stayed there for about 2 hours by himself. He said it was really hot and there were flies all around him. Not a whole lot of fun for him, but I'm just so proud of him for what he accomplished because he didn't think he could do it. He has 2 more hikes this summer that are supposed to be pretty easy.
Love ya Skyler, glad you stuck with it!!!

Hunter's All Star Team

I'm sorry that my posts are so far in between, but life sure gets busy in the Summer's here. We just returned from Hunter's All Star game in Flagstaff. He is in the 10-11 year old league. We played Winslow first and beat them 11-9. It was a very exciting game. Hunter played center field. He can play any position, which is very helpful. We then played Flagstaff, who 10 run ruled the team they played the night before, and were doing really well. It was a back and forth game until the fourth inning, Flagstaff scored 5 runs and went ahead. They beat us 11-6. Hunter pitched the last batter and was able to strike him out. We play the loser's of the Payson-Snowflake game on Monday. If we win that, we will play on Tuesday.
I'm sorry I don't have pictures this time, I forgot to take my digital and then forgot to buy a disposable. Leave it to me, course I'm constantly up and down in the stands, that all of the pictures would have been really blurry anyways. I will take the camera on Monday and hopefully get some awesome pictures!!! Let you all know how it goes then.

Monday, June 16, 2008

What do you all think?

You Are Aurora! (A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty.)
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Thoughtful and loving. Authority figures probably have been sheltering you all of your life. Thankfully you're a very tranquil person who is content with what life has given you, but secretly you want to know how the outside world works.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

My Awesome Hubby

Just a little note to let Dave know how much I love and appreciate him! I am so gratetul I went to the Taylor young adult dance 21 years ago.(Wow) Dave has been such a blessing to me. He is such a good dad and husband,always so thoughful and loving to us. I am so honored to be his wife. I am grateful to him for being such a great priesthood holder and living the gospel. I love that we are an eternal family and will have each other for eternity! Thanks for putting up with my blondness, and having the patience it takes to live with me. Thanks for showing me how much you love me and making me feel beautiful everyday. Wishing a wonderful father's day! Love you tons and tons!!!XOXOXOXOXOXOX

My Awesome Girls Day Out with Sandi

I tried to post some pictures but they won't download so you can go to Sandi's blog and see some of the pictures we took. I had such an awesome time! When we started out, we came up on a head on collision. It killed at least one person and critically hurt several others. We were half way to Holbrook and they said it would be about 4 hrs. to clean it up. So we decided to go back through Snowflake and around to Holbrook. When we got to Flagstaff, we checked into our nice room at the Embassy Suites. On Tuesday we went to the spa for some much needed pampering!!!! We actually did the massages. I was pretty nervous to say the least, but the ma sues was reassuring and calmed me down a little. I relaxed enough to enjoy it. I have to say that the facial was my favorite part of the day. It felt so nice with all of the cleansers and lotions they used. My face has never felt so good!!! I had a pedicure for the first time also. It was really good too(I do feel that I give better ones though)!!!
We did tons of shopping, which was really awesome because we didn't have any kids with us and we could take all the time we wanted to. I got three new outfits and a couple pairs of shoes! I usually don't buy that much but we found some really good sales!
Just want to say a big thank you to my wonderful, thoughtful, awesome, hunky husband for giving me this outing. I love you with all my heart!!!! Also a big thank you to my best friend Sandi. I had the best time and was glad that I could share it with you! It was so fun to be crazy and non-mommy for a few days with you! You are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian, thanks for taking the kids and letting Sandi go with me, I would never have done this without her.
We have decided that this will be a yearly outing for us, I think every mom should take time out for herself and just be crazy and have fun. I know I came back rejuvenated and ready to face the world.

My Dad!!!!

I want to pay a little tribute to my dad. I have the best dad in the world!! I have so many awesome memories growing up in my family. Dad took us on many camping trips, even though I wasn't the best camper, I loved being out with my parents. My dad took me fishing in a boat one time and baited the hook for me. I caught so many fish that he finally told me to just watch him because he was tired of baiting the hooks!! That was such a fun time for me.
We went many times to get fire wood. Dad was so patient with me because I am NOT a woodsy person, but he taught me how to work! I actually enjoyed most of those outings because we would have a picnic that mom prepared and we would get to talk about anything with him.
I know how much of an impact he and mom made in Lakeside. When people find out who I am they always have the most awesome stories of service they provided or the fun parties they had. I love listening to their memories and know that they truly loved my dad.
I am so honored to be your daughter!! Thank you dad for everything you have done and given to me. Thank you for being a righteous priesthood holder. I know when I was looking for a husband, I wanted him to have the qualities that you have. Thank you for teaching me the gospel, and going to all of the daddy-daughter dates with me!
I am so grateful Heavenly Father sent me to you. I hope you have an AWESOME father's day! Love you lots!!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Just Updating

Not much has been going on in the Skousen household. Summer is doing so well in St. George. Making lots of friends and is trying to find a job. She was layed off of the flower shop. She is really missing her car, its in Flagstaff getting worked on. Our good deal on the Jetta has become a not so great deal, but once its fixed it will be a great car for her.
Dave is sending my best friend, Sandi, and I to Flagstaff next week for a much needed girl time! I can't wait, I am so flippin excited! He got us into a really nice hotel and set us up with a spa treatment, including a massage, which I am so nervous about. I have always wanted one, but when it comes right down to it, I don't know if I can have someone touch me like that without it being Dave. So we will see if I can go through with it when we get there. I LOVE MY MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just started walking with Sandi, we walked about 20 miles last week!! I'm so proud of myself. I actually really enjoy it, my toes don't though. My big toe on my right foot rubbed against my shoes and got a blister under the nail. It was so sore, until I was able to pop it. (Sorry that was gross) It feels better but it is about to fall off. I guess thats what I get for having bad shoes. Dave got on and ordered me a pair of New Balance shoes. They should be here this week. I can't wait.
Hunter's baseball team has really done poorly for the last season and a half. They have only won one game up until last Friday. They were up against the number one team in the league. His coaches had two boys catch and pitch this game that have never played these positions in their lives! I was so worried, but they came out like they have been doing it for years! We ended up WINNING!! The score was 9-5. We are so proud of them.
Hunter and Skyler are going to a basketball camp at the school this Tuesday-Thursday. Skyler is now 1/2 inch taller than me! He is pretty proud of that accomplishment.
Clay is doing really well on his coach pitch baseball team. He got 2 homeruns last week!
Autumn is doing well also. She has been doing some babysitting for a friend of ours who has a 3 month old baby boy. He is so cute. Very easy to babysit, he hardly ever cries.
Dave is getting ready for a trip on June 16-21 to Missouri, it is for his job. He will be getting certified for dispatching. By having this certification he would be able to get a job anywhere, not that we are thinking of moving, it will just be a good thing to have. Then he is taking off on June 30-July 11 to Mexico to do a tour with Stan. They are taking a group of 37 people!!
Well I guess there is more going on then I thought. Hope it didn't bore any of you too much. Until next blog, enjoy the warm weather!!! I sure am.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

One out of the house

We took Summer to St. George last week so that she could get some experiences on her own. We were able to get her into the Raintree Apartments, which is a 1/2 a block from Dixie State College. She has the neatest roommates! They are both from Utah and are in their second year of college. The girl she rooms with is a returned missionary, her name is Emily. They have so much in common, Summer is so excited to be in this apartment. She has a swimming pool right outside her door, and they have a washer and dryer in the apt. The door is a keyless entry, so no lost keys to worry about. They are very strict in their policies. No smoking, drinking, inappropriate books or magazines and no boys overnight for any reason. The landlords are really nice and have really helped Summer in this transition. My brother and sister's families have really helped her out too. Thanks guys for all that you have helped her with, you are the best!!!!
We went to the LDS employement center and got a few places to apply for a job. The first one we went to was a floral store. She told them she has no experience in this field, but they had her put a bouquet together and after doing that they gave her the job!! She started that day, part-time for now. She is going to look for another part-time job this week. She is hoping to get into the Phlebotomy course in August. I will keep you updated on this new adventure for her and for us. Dave has had a hard time letting her go, but knows this is such a great opportunity for her.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

I want to wish all the mother's a beautiful Mother's Day! Especially my mom, who right now is on a cruise ship sailing away to Alaska. I didn't appreciate my mom growing up, but after having my own children I am so grateful for everything she taught me. I am so grateful to her for all the patience she showed to me. I know there were many times she probably would have liked to have strangled me, but always kept her cool. She showed me how to be a good house keeper,(I know you couldn't tell it now), taught me how to make bread and even if I failed at something she was there to give an encouraging word. I still haven't grasped her "green thumb", but I admire her for always having the most beautiful yard in Heber. I LOVE you mom!! Also a big thank you to my mother-in-law. Thank you for raising a great son!!!! He gives you all the credit for teaching him the things he needed to know growing up. He loves and admires you so much. I LOVE you also, you are a great mom to me too!

Thursday, May 1, 2008


We love you and are proud of you!! Can't believe you are already 17, I am so OLD!!????

Another Tag!!!

4 Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Worked in a beauty salon in Heber while going to Cosmetology school.
2. Babysat for alot of people in Heber
3. Worked for another friend that owned a salon in Lakeside, doing pedicures.
4. Mother--Still trying to conquer that one!!!

4 Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:
1. Mrs. DoubtFire
2. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original)
3. Cars
4. RV

4 Places I’ve Lived:
1. Heaven
2. Lakeside
3. Heber
4. Lakeside

4 TV Shows I Watch/Watched:
1. Ghost Whisperer
2. Medium
3. Crossing Jordan
4. The Today Show

4 Places I have Been:
1. Branson
2. Disney land CA
3. San Diego
4. Mexico

4 People who email me regularly:
1. Mom
2. Jimmy
3. Lynnette
4. Sandi

4 of my favorite food

1. Chocolate
2 Mexican
3. Chinese
4. Salads

4 Places I Would Like to Visit:
1. Austria
2. Sweden
3. New Zealand
4. Hawaii

4 Things I am Looking Forward to in the Coming Year:
1. Getting my food storage
2. Autumn Graduating in 2009
3. Hunter becoming a Deacon in September
4. Going to Cancun in July

4 Friends who I’m Tagging:
1. Anyone
2. who isn't
3. sick of
4. being tagged!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Color

You Are A Blue Girl
Relationships and feelings are the most important things to you.
You are empathetic and accepting - and good at avoiding conflict.
If someone close to you is in pain, it makes you hurt as well.
You try to heal the ones you love with your kind and open heart.">What Color Girl Are You?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Recipe Tag--Thanks Kristal!!!!!

I have to give credit to Pampered Chef for this recipe.
Ham and Cheese Brunch Squares
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 cups grated Colby and Monterey Cheese blend/divided
1 package frozen toaster hash brown patties, thawed
(about 10 patties)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
12 eggs
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
8 ounces thickly sliced deli ham
4-5 green onions with tops, divided
(1 cup sliced)
3 plum tomatoes
additional pepper if needed
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly brush a jelly roll pan with the oil. Crumble hash browns over pan, press gently to even layer. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over the hash browns. Bake 13-15 minutes or until crust starts to brown and cheese is melted.
2. Meanwhile, whisk cream cheese until smooth . Gradually add eggs and black pepper, whisk until smooth. Coarsely chop ham( I like to substitute 1 pound of sausage instead of the ham). Slice onions, reserving 1/4 cup of the tops for garnish. Place ham and onions in a pan, cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until hot. Stir ham mixture into egg mixture.
3. Remove the pan from the oven. Pour egg mixture over crust. Return the pan to the oven, and bake for 6-8 minutes or until the middle is set. Slice tomatoes in half lengthwise , scrape out seeds and dice. Remove the pan from the oven, top with remaining cheese, tomatoes, and reserved onions. Sprinkle with more black pepper if needed. Yield 12 servings.
Sorry this was so long, but it is so worth the time, which really isn't that long. If my family loves it, I know yours will!! I tag Sandi, Kimberly, Kimberly ,Leanna, Tammy and Aubrey. This will be good to do, I am needing new recipes.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My Wrestling Maniac

So Clay wanted to be in the K-5 wrestling clinic for 3 days then they had a tournament on the 4th day. I thought that this would cure him of wanting to ever do this again, boy was I wrong! He has the wrestling bug. He came home the first day and was bent over for about 3 hrs. because one of his friends had nailed him in the chest. I asked him if he was through, and he said he was to tough to be through. The second and third days were rough but he is one tough maniac on the mat! His tournament was tonight and he lost the first, one the second and immediatly had to wrestle again. He did lose that one, but he wrestled a really good Indian boy. So he ended up with 3rd place!!! He is already talking of doing this next year.