April 26, 2009


So as many of you know...softball pretty much runs our life. We have Co-Ed on Friday nights, Mens league on Saturday and then the various tournaments we play in. We pretty much love it. So does Lucas. This last weekend we had the opportunity to go up to Nellis Air Force base to play in a benefit tournament. We were the only civilian team to be invited. It was a lot of fun but a LONG day. We left our house at 6:30 am and returned home at 10pm. Luckily it was only like 85 degrees that day instead of like 95 (which it has been this week). The Varian team played very well. They ended up taking 3rd place after 7 long games. They had to play so many games because they had to work themselves up the loser's bracket due to a loss their second game.

Here is a picture of the team. The two guys in orange shirts were from the sponsering teams. We were a couple of players short so they filled in. The team even won another trophy. It was really cool.

I think Lucas liked being there for another reason. He LOVED playing in the dirt. Basically he played in the dirt for 12 hours. We went through a whole package of wipes trying to keep him at least presentable....it didn't help. If you look at the picture above at his socks or his little but....you can see dirt...EVERYWHERE.

Here is another one---this is how Lucas watched the game when he wasn't playing in the dirt.

This is a little picture I snapped while Lukey and Daddy were playing in the grass between games. I just love these boys!

April 17, 2009

Happy Easter...plus some.

Happy Easter to everyone. Easter this year took on a whole new meaning for our family. With Garrett's cancer diagnosis the reality of the Savior's love has never been more apparent in our lives. As John and I celebrated Easter here in Vegas while G-baby was still in the hospital we took some time to reflect on what Easter really means. It means that we will live again. It means that because the Savior loved us so much he broke the bands of death so that we can be together forever. At this time in our lives that knowledge has brought so much comfort and peace. I am grateful for the knowledge we have of the gospel and the knowledge that Families are Together Forever!

Here is a picture of our little family on Easter morning before church. We missed everyone up home but we had a really great Easter with some friends and some family. We had Emily and Jeremy Monroe with their two cute little girls and some friends from our ward, Jared and Valerie Christensen with their two kids over for dinner. We definately had a full house but it was so much fun.

I wanted to post this picture because it makes me laugh. Every day when John gets home from work Lucas yells, "Dadda....dadda!!! yaaaaaaaa Dadda!" and then he runs to the door so we can meet him. Personally I think he just gets so excited cause daddy lets Lukey "dive" the truck. He holds out his hands like he is holding on the wheel and says, "dive...dadda...dive" and John puts him on his lap and lets him pretend like he is driving. I think it is the highlight of his day.

April 9, 2009

My little brother...

As some of you already know my baby brother was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer on monday. It was a really tough thing to swallow because I think of my baby bro as invinceable. He is one of my hero's. The kid's got a heart of gold and a spirit to match. This week has been a very long one but we have truely been blessed by the power of our Heavenly Father's love. Despite the diagnosis our family has banded together to support Garrett in his battle. We have truely felt the power of prayer influencing our lives this week.

Thank you to all of our family and friends for the words of concern and hope. While I have been able to be here this week while we are learning what will be happening as we progress through this battle...I won't be able to stay here in Utah/Idaho. I will be back in Vegas on Saturday. In order to keep connected and to keep everyone else connected we have created a blog. Please feel free to follow Garrett through this long and arduous journey he is on. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions. The blog is: gbabybattleback.blogspot.com

April 5, 2009

The goings on for the last...oh Month!

I know, I know...it's been a LONG time since I updated my blog. Well, now this one is going to be LONG!!! I will give a brief update on what our little family has been up to for the last two months.

Melissa got married...in Idaho. So we made the 10 hour trek up for the wedding. We wouldn't have missed it for the world. Melissa looked gorgeous, as always. The wedding was so nice. The temple sealer gave such great advice to them...and to all those who were present. It was really nice to see everyone. We went snowboarding while were there....and I went on all of 4 runs before I started puking right in front of the lodge at Pomerelle. Yep....right there in the front (well, sort of the side by where you buy your tickets) I sat down and lost it...it was super embarrasing. This kid standing there talking to his friends says, "oh yuck!" Yep, that is me...I have to get the flu the day we all decide to go snowboading for the last time of the season. Luckily it was only a 24 hour bug...the bad thing is that I gave it to Jacob, Garrett, and I think Travis. Sorry boys :)

Well as you can imagine a 10 hour drive with a toddler can be an interesting thing....Luckily we went prepared....with the Wiggles. Lucas totally loves the Wiggles. They are this group of 4 guys who have a show on the Disney Channel and it is all fun and music. Well, John stopped at Wal-Mart on his way home from work and purchased a Wiggles DVD. This is a picture of Lucas sitting in his car seat, eating a snack, totally entertained by the Wiggles. We got a good HOUR with nothing but Lucas watching the "Wiggies" as he calles them every time we popped in the DVD.

Also this past couple of months we were able to go to a Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox game out at Cashmen field. It was so much fun. They have Major League week here in Vegas towards the end of Spring Training. This year was so much fun. We were surrounded by all these people who's Chicago accents starting getting thicker and thicker the more beer they drank. Lucas absolutely loved it. He sat on my lap the first 4 innings clapping and cheering, so excited to be watching "ball". This kid loves baseball. Which shouldn't suprise me considering we play 4 games a week of softball and watch baseball on TV several times a week, when the Red Sox play. I have never seen him so happy. All the people around us started watching Lucas more than the game because he was so into the game. If the person made a hit...he'd throw his arms in the air and scream 'Yaaaaay". If the batter struck out he go, "ooohhh man". I wish I had the video for it. If I find it I'll upload it for you all to see. It was hilarious.

We have been trying to get Lucas weened off of his "mi-mi". I think we are getting close. He went to bed last night with out asking for it and went right down. He didn't have it all day for the last week except for bedtime. Hopefully...we can get him off of it. I got to say though, it will be weird not to see it in his mouth when he is sleeping. He always looks so cute.

Early in March John and I went up to Brian Head Ski Resort in Utah to do some Spring Snowboarding. We had so much fun. We went with the Dayhoff's and Brian and Amy. (Some friends of ours from Softball). We went up on a Thursday after work to stay in the Dayhoff's time share. We watched Ruby and Levi on Friday so that Steve and Diana could ski and then they watched Lucas on Saturday so we could snowboard. One downside to the whole trip...THE SUN is really bright in the spring. SUNSCREEN!!! Yep, makes sense right....nope, the thought of sunscreen totally eluded me and this is what we looked like the next day. My face felt like it was on FIRE!! It peeled and I looked like a snake trading skin. Let's just say that next time I will definately take sunscreen. We got teased soooo much at church. Even the stake president was in our ward for something and he even came up and shook our hands and said, "At least you were together." It was totally worth it though. Brian Head will now become an annual trip for the Turner's We had so much fun!