Sunday, December 30, 2007

Remember classic skating rink? Oh, and Alicia breaks her radial head!!!

So, Summer, Alicia, Val, Tonya, Micah and their boys and myself and a couple of Summer and Alicia's other friends went to Classic skating on Saturday. We got there and didn't realize HOW many teeny-boppers were actually there. We also didn't realize that they close to 16 and under at 10 pm. So, we were there too early. We skated and had a lot of fun. We were all relishing in the memories of classic skating all through middle school years. I didn't go as often as the others but, I still have memories. I think the rink is the same rink from "back in the day." I have to say that back in the '80s, I rocked on roller skates. I had a red and white pair that I used in the cauldesac all the time. I also remembered Classic's "snowball" skating. Where the boys ask girls or vice-versa and you skate around the rink to music holding hands. Can you believe they still do it!!! So, they start the snowball skating and everyone clears the rink and stands on the side waiting to be asked. How humiliating for all those kids. Back in my day, I remember watching so many people hand-hold skating but never actually doing it myself. No one wanted to hold my hand and I was too scared to ask a boy! So sad. :-( Anyway, we skated till 10 and then the funny stuff and not so funny stuff happened. Alicia comes over to tell us that the MAC makeup guy that sells them their makeup was sitting across the rink. We had been to see him two times in the past and just happened to see him that morning as Summer needed to buy some makeup. It was so funny that he was there that same day. He told Alicia over and over that he was not gay. Just because he sells makeup and he's a good skater doesn't mean he is gay. He also had some converse sneakers that he had made into skates in Paris. So, he starts skating and he is awesome. We are talking toe touches and everything. He fell a lot too. Then people showed up in costume because it was disco night. But, one guy shows up dressed in a full-on Bat Man costume with a mask and everything. He's skating around and he's pretty good too. Actually most people that show up after 10 are good skaters. There was even the creepy old guy that showed up to skate by himself. A group of people are making a skating train and Alicia tags on the end after Bat Man. He boogies a little and she lets go laughing. Around 11:30, "Can't touch this" comes on and Alicia goes out with Summer. She's on the rink for like 50 seconds. Summer does the running man on skates so Alicia does the running man and BAM falls on her tailbone. Of course, she caught herself with her hands so she ends up with extreme pain in her left arm and wrist. She scoots herself off the rink and after much nausea and light headedness and panicked breathing and crying, we whisk her off to the ER. The films come back and she has broken her elbow. The impact from the weight on her wrist jammed the elbow. So, she is in a a lot of pain and we all have a story to tell. But, it doesn't end there... The next day Summer and Alicia go to church. Everyone is asking about her arm and she is telling her awesome story. Then this guy leans over and says "Did you say you broke your arm skating at Classic last night?" She says "Yes, how did you know?" He says in a deep, firm voice "I'M BAT MAN!" Summer and Alicia start laughing and he never says another word. It's as if he really IS bat man. Or, at least he thinks he is. This whole time bat man was in their ward and they didn't know it was him. His sister is in the ward too and she was skating with them and broke her wrist. Probably the only two people that broke bones that night are in the same ward. So, the moral of the story's an extremely small world and you never know who is watching you or who knows you. So, be on your best behavior people.

Alicia, Val, Summer, Me and Ton
Chad and Russ
(Not pictured: Micah and their boys.
They were busy having "safe" fun in the jungle land)

Getting the splint.

Three gorgeous and very supportive friends.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Stuck in an elevator!!! Plan on 40 minutes!!!

Okay, how many of you have ever been stuck in an elevator? It really doesn't happen that often. I ran an errand downtown and on my way out, I get back on the elevator. I notice a man and a lady with coats on, but they look like they aren't ready to get on the elevator so I let the door close. I notice that it has a strong smell of cigarette smoke. I figure some chain smoker had just ridden it. I sit there for a bit (like seconds really) and then I hear a ding and the elevator opens to the same floor and the man and the lady with the coats get on with me. She says "didn't you push any buttons?" I say half embarassed "no...I hardly slept last night so I am just in la la land." So, we both push our buttons and it goes from our floor (4th) down to 3rd then to 2nd and everything goes black. Emergency lighting goes on and the elevator has definitely stopped! I say to both of them, "does this happen very often?" She says "it has never happened to me." So, I look at the number and remember that it is only the 2nd floor and try not to panic. They start calling everyone to try and get a repair man out there. I just keep saying let's use the call button but they ignore me. After all the calls are made, we just stand there. I decide to make small talk with these people so I don't panic. Come to find out that one is an attorney and one is a secretary. I bring up my old boss who he knows (she has quite a reputation!) We chat about all kinds of things. It's rather boring but he's a lawyer so there ya go. It started getting hot in there so we took off our coats. We sit down on the floor and get comfy. We joked about having some Christmas gifts to eat and drink so we are okay that way. We end up there for 40 minutes and then they pry open the doors and ask if we would like to get out? The elevator is actually stuck between the floors so they have to lift us out of it.
The really interesting part about the entire thing is that about a week and a half prior to this incident, Suzanne calls me and tells me she is stuck in an elevator alone! I can tell she is going to panic so I have to talk to her and keep her mind off it. She tells me how they had just watched a show on tv about elevator deaths. You can survive the 5th floor and down but nothing more. She is stuck on the 9th floor! She tells me to tell everyone she loves them. I have to keep her totally calm. I even make her call the service button again to find out an ETA. I try to tell her that at least she is not having a baby in there or having heart surgery or stuck with a stinky person. She agrees but I don't think it helps. After all is said and done, they get her out of there after 40 minutes. So, I am figuring that it takes 40 minutes to get a service team out to your location to do an emergency open of an elevator. Keep that in mind, you never know when you might need that information!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

Here are the pictures of Thanksgiving. They look oddly like the pictures from last Thanksgiving. But, rest assured, they are not. We had Suzanne's boyfriend Nick and his daughter Macey this year. It was good food and fun. The pictures are so dark. I think we live in a cave.

The gang!
L t0 R: Derrek, mom, Nick, Suzanne, Alicia, Summer, Dad, Cham, Billy, Kim

L to R: Mikaela, Ari, Hudson, Dalton, Loren and Macey
Dalton is giving a look like...take the picture and give us some food already!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mikaela and Summer donate their hair to Locks of love!!!

Summer needed a haircut so Danielle talked her into cutting 10-11 inches off and donating it to Locks of love. Then, Mikaela decided to do it too. It was a little traumatic for her but made her hair so much healthier.

Mikaela and Summer's donations!

Am I okay with this?

Mikaela's designs!!!

Mikaela had taken old material her grandma gave her and designed outfits for grandma's old manequins. She cut them and sewed them by hand. We all thought they were pretty creative so I had to take a picture. Maybe someday she will have her own collection. You never know.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sorry this blog is pathetic!

I am so sorry but I can't seem to get any computer to work with me on my blog. I keep trying to download pictures and it just isn't working. I will keep trying though. Be patient with me and hopefully I will catch up. I still check your blogs so keep up the good work. I love being up to date with your families.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Kids and Halloween '07

Here are the kids from Halloween. Mikaela was an aqua fairy, Hudson was a ninja and Dalton was, as he calls it, "skelebones" or a skeleton. The kids decorated the front door.

Hudson countin' and sortin' his candy
Dalton dumpin' his candy


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween 07

Summer had a Halloween party for the adults on the 26th of October. Everyone was very good to dress up. The food was pretty good but, the location was a pain. We couldn't really decorate and we had to be quiet and out by 10 pm. The music definately needs to be re-vamped for next year. Other than that, the party was fun. We also tried limbo and dancing. We know what to do better for next year. So, everyone plan now for next year because it's going to be awesome!
God's gift to women (Billy) and Ariel (Cham)
Don, Larissa, Tamra and Kyle
Kim (greek goddess) and Derrek (troll doll)
Pimp daddy (Nick) and Raggedy Ann (Suzanne)
Some of the yummy treats. Summer made brain cupcakes, witches hats, veggie tray and wassail. She was super crafty. I couldn't believe she wanted it so cutsey putsey. We even made cute cards to label the food trays. Ton brought carmel popcorn and brownies. Kim brought candy.

Summer's friends
Kevin (dressed as Kyle), Shawn (guy from clockwork orange), TJ (Plug), Kim (Socket), Kyle, Micah, (don't know this guy?),
Tonya, Val and Summer (Mr. Slim Goodbody)

The Golden Girls
Jon, Melissa, Laura and Spew

Kim's friends

Slash (Lorna), Raggedy Ann and Pimp daddy
Pirate couple - Ton and Micah

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Hudson's Soccer Fall '07

Hudson's playing soccer again. He is getting more aggressive as you can see from one of the pictures of him playing offense. Apparently soccer is a contact sport. I didn't know that. Check out the girl using her arms to keep him away and he looks like he could take her down! Obviously, there isn't much refereeing going on. At this level, they don't provide refs. Coaches provide their own. So, you know how that goes.

He played goalie a lot the first half of the season and then he started turning it down. I talked to him about it and found out that he had hit his head on the soccer goal posts during a game and didn't want to go back. I had no idea. So, hopefully he is over that now and will resume some goalie time next season. He could become an awesome goalie someday. It's getting so fun to watch the more serious games.

Check out the aggressive chick!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Long time no posts!!!

Well, my computer crashed and since school has been out for the summer I have had no time to get to another computer and work on my blog. I plan to put a ton of pictures on here and catch up but to the entire 3 people that check my blog, I apologize. I tried using the computer at the library but it won't work. I keep checking all of your blogs so keep up the good work. Love ya all. Larissa

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Derrek got us tickets to see the NASCAR races. Now, I am normally NOT big on car races but, this was my one and only chance to catch a glimpse of McDreamy. So, we took the kids and we went. It was pretty fun.

Ian Ziering, Frankie Muniz and Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey
FYI: (90210, Malcolm in the Middle, Grey's Anatomy, respectively)

The kids next to a Ford GT


Look at this hot little number...the GT is nice too!

This car wrecked right before we got there.

McDreamy driving the green Sobe car

Friday, June 15, 2007

True Colors Concert

Summer, Alicia, Tonya and I went to the true colors concert. The radio station 101.9 had tickets for $10.19 so we went. It was Debbie Harry, Erasure, Cindy Lauper, the Dresden dolls and the Cliks playing together. We thought it might be fun. It was okay, but nothing too great. It was worth $10.19 but no more. At the end, we were on our way out and started dancing to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or something like that. We were having fun and Alicia is taping us with her new camera. This huge guy comes up and just starts dancing with us for like a minute. No talking or anything. It was so funny.

Me, Summer, Ton, and Alicia
Summer and Ton
Summer and Alicia
Ton and Alicia

Friday, June 1, 2007

Two sick at a time!!!

It is exhausting having one child sick but, to have two sick at a time is a nightmare. I have never (knock on wood) had all three sick at once! The constant vomiting and clean up and checking temperatures and keeping track of which one had medicine at which time and pushing fluids, etc. It's too much!!! Aaaaaahhhhhh!!! Anyway, this time I had to take a photo. It's a good thing too, because now I can always remember it. I mean you can't just always remember the fun times, you have to remember the hard times that you made it through.

Dalton and Hudson

(poor sick poopsies)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Hudson's Baptism

This year Hudson was baptized on his birthday which also happens to be Cinco de Mayo. It was a great day. He played a quick, but cold soccer game and then rushed home to get ready in his new suit. Fortunately, the suits were on sale during Easter so I got both Hudson and Dalton one. They are so handsome in them. We had a nice program. In our stake, we do baptisms by wards. Since our ward is small, Hudson was the only one to be baptized. So, we were in charge of the whole program. There is something special about having a baptism all to ourselves. We had Hudson's grandma speak on baptism and Derrek spoke on confirmation. Hudson and Mikaela sung the opening song and Mikaela sang a solo. After the baptism, we went to our church and had a nice luncheon to celebrate Hudson's birthday and baptism. Since it was Cinco de Mayo, we had a mexican theme with homemade Cafe Rio. It was delicious! We had beef, pork and chicken. Everyone went above and beyond the call of duty. A big thank you to all who helped me pull it off. I couldn't have done it without you. We had a nice video that my mom's cousin Danny did for us. It was awesome. Maybe I can get it on my blog for you all to enjoy.

Don, Sheila, Don Jr., Larissa, Kathy, Bill
Dalton, Mikaela and Hudson

Hudson and his chocolate cake!

Hola. Me Llamo Pedro.

Me and my baby!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Salt Lake Marathon '07

The Salt Lake Marathon was April 21st. Don ran the half along with our friend Kyle. I ran the 5K (you can all stop laughing now) with my friend Tamra, who happens to be Kyle's wife. Normally, she would run the half but she was injured. Fortunately for me, it didn't keep her from running with me and pumping me up. Those of you who know me, know that I need a lot of encouragement. Those of you who know me also know that I am NOT a runner! For some reason, I think it dates back to 5th grade when my short, extra heavy elementary school homeroom teacher Mrs. Moore yelled at me during laps "Run faster Larissa, you should be able to run faster with those long legs." So, what worked for Forest Gump, worked the reverse for me and I never ran again. Well, until I switched to "the dark side" and started in June of 06. Thanks for nothing, Mrs. Moore (I'm not really sure that's her name.) That IS a true story. I did not make it up. Anyway, the race was awesome. Now, I don't believe I will EVER run anything more because I have this nervousness about running with friends and being the last one to come in. You know how everybody decides they can't wait any longer so they all go home and leave you. I would much rather run a 5K and WATCH AND WAIT for them!!!

We got ripped. Ugly shirt colors AND no medals.
Hey, 5K-ers are important too!!!
(FYI, I am not wearing the ugly shirt)

Don with his medal.
(He isn't wearing his shirt either)