Tuesday, November 22, 2011


On September 26th, we celebrated the life of one of Rick's well loved family dogs, Beethoven. Beethoven joined the Wirsch family in 1997 and was a very loyal dog. He knew tricks and enjoyed playing the dog when singing "old mcdonalds farm". When Rick was younger, Beethoven strengthened his families faith in prayer when he ran away when the family was visiting crystal hot springs and they couldn't find him anywhere and ended up having to leave without him but posted "lost dog" signs everywhere. The family prayed and prayed and Beethoven found his way home. A miracle!
Although Owen, Sadie and I weren't able to spend most of his life with him, we were there for his last few and most difficult years of his life. I think it was about 5 or so years ago they found out he had a tumor that was too big to remove and it made life hard for him. He eventually lost his hearing and couldn't control his bowel movements anymore and it was decided by the family that it would be best for him to put him down. It was a very hard decision to make but we all know it was the best and now he's in a better place.

After the doctor put him down, we brought him back to the house and buried him and planted a rose bush above him in his memory. Beethoven was a great dog and will be remembered forever in our hearts.


The big yard was one of the selling points for us to buy this house. Rick was really excited to have a garden this year. The kids, especially Owen, loved to help dad out in the yard. Above is a picture with the very first carrot, we picked. Owen was excited about it. Below is one of the two pumpkins we grew without even knowing we had planted them!

The whole garden consisted of beets, chard, onions, carrots, lettuce, peas, beans, butternut squash, hubbard squash, another orange colored squash, pumpkins, green beans, purple beans, yellow peppers, green peppers, hot peppers, popcorn, Indian corn, and tons of tomatoes! Our neighbors have a pear tree that hangs over our yard so we got pears too, which we all love so it works out great!
I am so thankful for Rick and the effort he put into this garden for our family. We were able to enjoy fresh produce all summer and are now enjoying very flavorful popcorn, the best I've ever tasted, have great fall decorations and I was able to use the peppers, onions and tomatoes to make and can a ton of delicious spaghetti sauce. I can't wait to see what he plants next year!

Owen and Sadie's birthday parties (July 30, 2011)

I spent a lot (and I mean a lot) of time putting this party together. The pinata took me about a week and the cakes took me a night and all morning before the party and then Owen's Magic School Bus cake started falling apart because the heat was melting the frosting which caused the top layer to start sliding off. I guess I'm not an expert cake maker.
I wanted to get pictures with the kids and their cakes before we ate them. Sadie's (above) was just cupcakes put together to form flowers. She doesn't really show preference to things, so I had a hard time deciding what to make for her cake. This was easy and made up for Owen's difficult cake.
To explain Owen's cake, he absolutely loves the Magic School Bus show! All summer, he would watch it right before he'd go to bed and he always wanted to check out the MSB movies at the library. I printed off a picture and tried my best to make a cake that looked similar to the bus. Even though it wasn't perfect and had way to much frosting to eat, he loved it!

Owen blowing out his candles.

Sadie blowing out her candle.

Owen got Toy Story (which he also loves) sheets and later, a twin bed to fit the sheets but he still prefers to sleep on the big siesta sac in his room.

Sadie with her shovel and bucket from grandma Wirsch

Owen and the cart Sadie got him.

Kaden, Sadie and Owen admiring the doll grandma Allphin got for Sadie.

All together, the kids got a Sandbox with shovels and buckets from Grandma Wirsch and Uncle Willie, stuffed animals from Uncle Isaac, an umbrella stroller from uncle Jason, aunt Katie and cousin Callie, and Reeses Pieces from uncle Kaden.
Owen got a Cars fold out bed/couch from grandma and grandpa Allphin, a cart from Sadie, and sheets and a coloring game that hooks up to the t.v. from us.
Sadie got a doll from grandma/grandpa Allphin, a doll from Owen, and lego blocks and pajamas from us. There might be a couple things I left out but it was so long ago I can't think of anything else and I didn't get the best pictures.

Here's Owen taking a shot at the Magic School Bus Pinata I made.

Kaden taking his turn at it.

Left to right: Katie, Kaden, Callie, Owen, Sadie
I think it took Halie a couple whacks at it to finally break it open and everyone grabbed as much candy as they could.

And here's Sadie playing in the sandbox from grandma and Willie.
The party was a success and I think the kids had a lot of fun. Now to plan next years parties...

Feeding the ducks

We went to the bread store and got home to find that one of the loaves had mold so off we went to the duck pond, which the kids were so excited about!
Owen has so much fun feeding the ducks. If it were his choice we'd go every day!

When we run out of bread, it's off to the play ground!

Sadie loves to go up and down the slide. Before she gets to the bottom, where I'm waiting for her, she stops herself and runs back up to the top to do it over again. She loves to run away from us now days. She thinks it's so funny.

Lovin' the swing

Our kids love playing outside so much. I don't know what we're going to do all winter. Owen doesn't like the cold and Sadie wants to go out but won't dress warm for the bitter cold weather. It's going to be a long winter season for us...

Birthdays and Swimming

The next few days after we got back to Grandpa's, were spent swimming and playing with cousins. We also celebrated Owen and Sadie's birthday's on Saturday, which was Sadie's birthday. Owen was so attached to me this whole trip, which explains him in the picture that I set him down for two seconds, in.

The water was cold, and so was the weather outside, so neither of the kids really wanted to get in. Owen refused but Sadie would get in every once in a while. She really enjoyed playing with the pool toys OUT of the water.

Playing on the slide with Grandma.

She loved this thing.
This trip was filled with good and bad experiences but I was very glad we were able to go. It's sad to think we may not have much longer with my Grandpa in this life and I will jump at every opportunity we have to see him!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Another day at the beach

The next morning we thought we got up early enough to find shells but I guess it wasn't early enough so we just played in the sand and water.

Sadie loves the water so much.

Buried in the sand, eating the sand, again.
The water that would stay in these dips in the sand was nice and warm.

Rick and Sadie out with Shaina.

Those are Owen's cute little footprints and that is Owen way out there. This is his way of telling me he's cold and tired of the beach and wants to go back to camp. I thought the picture turned out really cool

Rick and Shaina out on the boards.
Owen's birthday was the second day we were on the coast and it was rough for Owen. He spent most the day (and the whole trip) getting hurt and crying. It was sad to see and we tried really hard to make it enjoyable for him. I guess he's more of a warm/dry climate guy; I guess it's good we live in a desert. The over all trip was ok and made Rick never want to do it again, but maybe in 3 or 4 years we'll be ready to do it again.

July trip to Oregon

The week of the kids' birthdays, we went up to Oregon to visit my grandpa and also go to the Oregon coast. This was Owen's third trip to great-grandpa's and Sadie's first but neither of them have been in the summer or to the beach. It was really cold and overcast the whole time we were there but Sadie had a lot of fun!

She loved to eat the sand! We couldn't keep it out of her mouth for 2 seconds.

Out of order, but in the car on the way to the beach.

Owen liked to run out to the water and run back up with the tide.

The kids going out in the water with dad. I didn't get in the whole time. It was way too cold.

My wonderful parents.

Sadie, loving being buried in the sand.

And of course, as soon as he found out people don't like having sand thrown at them, that's all he would do.
Rather than trying to figure out how to get the pictures all posted in order, I think I'm going to try to break it down in days, so there might be a bunch of posts. It's been too long since I've blogged. I have to learn it all over again.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

My mom, Halie, Kaden, Owen, Sadie and I went to the Easter Egg Hunt at UVU on 4/16/11.
It was pretty much a complete waste of time. First off, I was in a rush to get out the door because online it said it would start promptly at 8 am, so we hurried there and then no one was there and someone told us it started at 9! My mom was coming from work, so she was exhausted from being up all night and I'm not a morning person, so that made us a little irritated that they would false advertise like that but somehow everyone got the memo but us. When it finally started, there were long lines and Owen doesn't understand lines, so he didn't know why we couldn't just to play instead of waiting our turn, so he wasn't having much fun. The hunt started at 10:45, I believe, and it was just utter chaos. The hunt is for kids, NOT the kids PARENTS! There is a reason they separated it into kids UNDER 5! I'm surprised no one was trampled and killed.

Coloring a bow-tie to stick on the Easter bunny
After probably 30 min in line, he finally got to run up and stick it on.

Owen's tie is the lower one. Kaden chose not to be blind folded so his is of course placed right in the correct place.
In the end, Halie ended up with 3 eggs and Owen and Kaden each had one egg which someone shared because they were lucky enough to get some. This is the first and last public Easter Egg Hunt we will be attending.
Owen went over to Grandma's after to have a real Easter egg hunt with Halie and Kaden while Sadie and I went grocery shopping. They had much fun and much more success.