Monday, July 30, 2007

Courtney's new name is "Launch Pad"



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Always something exciting going on.........

We went camping up to the lake this weekend where my brother has a cabin. We have been looking forward to going for weeks. It is nice and cool up there and 2 of my brothers have boats. The kids were excited to spend a weekend with their Uncles fishing, riding 4 wheelers and water skiing. I was looking forward to relaxing in the cool mountain air a good book and some peace and quite while the guys took all of the kids boating.
It is a 2 hour drive to the cabin from our home which ended up taking us 4 hours with the road construction that was going on at the mouth of the canyon we were going up. That was really fun with 4 kids and Chase kicking the back of my seat the whole way up there and Dusty veins in his neck standing out 2 inches because of the traffic, then there was the slow drivers who have never drove on a canyon highway EVER......that is a story for the redneck file......
We get to my brothers and set up camp next to his cabin, at this time it is 10:00 pm. I make all of the kids up a bed and turn on a move for them (we really ruff it) and go inside to visit with my family. About 2:30am we go to bed. The next morning we are all suppose to go boating when one of my brothers "friends" shows up with his boat and 4 kids. I love kids and pride myself on mine being very well behaved but these kids were WILD!!! They had a son who was 8 right around Cody's age and the 2 of them hit it right off and Cody was thrilled to have someone his age to play with who could also stand to pee. He is always out numbered by girls and all they want to do is chase him and try to kiss him. (I am sure in a few years he will have a change of heart towards girls chasing him) THEN 3 little 6 years old triplets come running in the house screaming..... I am so glad I was blessed with just single births... There boat won't start so Dusty being the only real mechanic in the herd of redneck-men folk ends up pulling the whole thing apart and on the phone trying to find a starter for it. Day was a bust so off to the trailer I go to start the fixing for our big dutch over dinner my husband decided at the last min. I would love to cook. I am good at it but what happened to reading a good book and relaxing......
Here is where the fun begins.....
We have a 4 wheeler, it took a lot of begging on my sons and husbands part for me to agree to Austin buying this thing. He even bought the helmet before the 4 wheeler. All of them have had a ball on this thing and yes I have even been known to giggle when they were TRYING to teach me how to drive it. As everyone knows we have 6 boys and 3 girls... our 3 girls are as tough and fearless as any of our boys. But we have one who really has a hard time being a girl and always wants to do EVERYTHING the boys are doing. This daughters name is Courtney, she is 12 almost 13. She has been getting riding lessons from her dad and brother. They have went over all of the safety things with her ect....... The boys went down from the cabin where there are some small jumps to ride and Courtney begged to go with them so her dad caved and let her go. They all came back a hour later and said how well she did and she just beamed with pride that the boys all thought she was so good on the thing. Courtney rode all day and was having a great time until............
I had just put all of the dutch ovens together and Dusty (Chief Boy-r-dee) put the coles over the overs to cook so I went in the cabin to see what help was needed there for dinner. My brother John says " where is Dusty and Jeff running to" my heart went to my toes thinking oh god where is Chase!!! We all go running out of the cabin and see Chase is with my 17 year old Austin....I look down the road and see Courtney walking and she is wet from head to toes. She had missed the turn and drove the 4 wheeler over the edge of and bank of the creek (10feet straight down) The only thing she was worried about was that she might have broke her brothers 4 wheeler. I am looking at her arm as I am running to her I notice her arm looked funny and not in a good way. So after some dry clothes and some ice pack were filled and Dusty in dry clothes off to the nearest hospital we go. She is now sporting a cast and is waiting for surgery in a week or so to put pins in her arm........When we got back to camp everyone asked her if she was ready to go riding she smiled and said " if one of you will cut the cast away from my elbow I will be"..................I hope one day she finds out she is a girl ......but then she will be like her mom and just find a man to marry that love the fact she will do the same thing he likes to do...............The rest of the trip was fun, the boys went boating and caught lots of fish..Chase loved it when they put the fish in the cooler and he would open it the fish would splash water on him and Sunday while the boys went fishing I did get a long hot bath and a nap.... with Courtney begging to stay just 1 more day!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Wordless Wednesday


The boy can fly.....




As you can see we love to swim. But none more than Cody, Courtney and Chase....

It is all fun and games until the DAD gets involved. Dusty is such a big kid...He does the things he tells the kids not to do, make trouble, kids are flying in the air ect. Cody who is 7 has even told his dad to stop acting like a kid in public because Dusty is embarrassing him. Yep, That is the man I married....ONE BIG KID, I am thankful he is........
















Monday, July 16, 2007

Birthdays and Anniversaries



This is by far my favorite picture. It is My brother Don, me and my sister Tina when we were YOUNG! Don is 2, I am 4 and Tina is 3. We are all 15 mths apart, the youngest 3 of 9 children.

Today is my little brothers birthday, he is turning 41!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON!!

My brother and I have always been very close and Chase is named after him.

Today is also the anniversary of my 3 oldest children's dads death. There is not a day that goes by that they don't miss their dad and think of him.

To memories.................

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mike........




So much more than a fire chief........

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Saying goodbye............

Penovich, Michael James

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Michael James PenovichMarch 5 1969- July 5 2007Much loved husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, and co-worker passed away on July 5, 2007, from an automobile accident. He was born March 5, 1969, in Van Nuys, CA. Mike is survived by his wife and sweetheart, Shelly (Barnes), and the "joys of his life" son Colton, and daughter, Chyann all of Cedar Valley, Utah. His loving parents, Judy Austin and Carmen Penovich, brother, Charlie, (Christina) Penovich, Chandler, AZ, father and mother-in-law, Ronald and Laura Barnes, Highland, UT, brothers and sister-in-law, Blaine and Jessica Barnes, West Jordan, UT, Roger and Tina Morgan, Lehi, UT, Jeff and Lori Barnes, Alpine, UT, 4 nieces, and 10 nephews.Mike was an active member of the High School Rodeo Association, PRCA, and Western States Rodeo Association. Mike placed in many events in the high school rodeos. Mike graduated from Lehi High School.Mike married Shelly Barnes on February 21, 1992 in Lehi Utah.Mike was very adventurous and young at heart, enjoying everything from fishing with his family, to watching his children in activities like baseball and gymnastics.Mike finally found his nitch in life helping people through the Fire Department. Mike started out as a volunteer fire fighter in Cedar Valley and moved into the Fire Chief position. Mike continued there for approximately 7 years. He worked for the Public Works Department in Saratoga Springs and made such a great impression on them that they offered him the position of Fire Chief where he was currently serving.Mike always found a way to bless the lives of those around him, whether it was stopping to help someone on the side of the road or just lending a big shoulder.Mike had the ability to spread joy with his contagious laughter, smile, and spontaneous wit. He was loved and respected by his family, many friends, and neighbors, and the many co-workers. Mike will be dearly missed. The funeral and viewing will be held at separate locations. The viewing will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 6:00Ð8:00 p.m. and July 13 from 9:00Ð11:00 a.m. located at 587 South Saratoga Drive, Saratoga Springs, UT. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 13, 2007 at the American Fork Tabernacle located at 110 East Main Street, American Fork at 12 noon. Interment will be at the Lehi City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers we ask that contributions be made at Bank of American Fork in the Michael Penovich Memorial Fund. On-line condolences can be made at http://www.wingmortuary.com/.

Tommrow we will say good bye to a close friend. One who has touch so many lives with his larger than life laugh, kind heart and love for family and friends.

Dustys birthday surprise.........

















On July 9th Dustys turned 41 and that morning I asked him as he was leaving for work what he would like. He said a new truck.........That is just what he got ......a new truck......hehehehe

We had just a small family party with the kids.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Camping 2007



This slide show is our first camping trip this year. We went up on skyline drive in the High Unitas. It is or what feels like the top of the world.
This gives us a chance to be with our kids and have no TV ect. We played horse shoes, games, told stories of how it was when we were kids, went for walks. It was also a chance for Dusty and I to spend quite time together with no phones.
With the passing of yet another friend it really makes you step back and really ollk at what is inportant in this life, FAMILY......That is what life is really all about. The love you feel for a grown man playing a childs game just because. The love between 2 brothers as the older one teaches his little brother how to handle a gun safely. The joy of finding your first pile of dirt to play in and noone stops you from getting dirty. The way my small hand feels in my husbands very large hand. And the look of love in his deep brown eyes as he tells me " I Love You Baby " This is all I ever wanted for my life.....to be loved..... Thank You Dusty You make my dream come every day.......

Friday, July 06, 2007

We will miss you Mike...........

Yesterday morning one of our good friends died in a accident. I am posting the link to the story below as it is just to hard to write about it.
Instead I want to remember Mike in my own way.
I met Mike when I was dating Dusty, Dusty has been friends with Mike all of his life, he was this big mountain of a man with a big laugh and a sense of humor that is undecidable. Kindness was his middle name and had the biggest heart. I ran into Mike and his wife just after Chase was born and told him about Chase, he simply hugged me and said that baby came to the right mom. I loved him for that.
All of the kids just loved to have mike around as he was nothing more than a big kid himself.
He leaves his wife Shelly and their 2 kids whom he loved more than life itself. We will miss you Mike...........
If you pray please pray Shelly will find peace in the days to come.....

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

New hair do........


Most of the time I cut all of the boys hair. But Chase is so wild when it comes to getting his hair cut that I decided to go some where and let them play all star wrestling with wild man.
So, I load him into the car along with my daughters for reinforcement. We get to the hair dresses and Chase runs to get into the chair. HE NEVER MOVED!!! He just sat there as nice and still as could be and smiled at the young girl who cut his hair. And when it was all done, he gave her a kiss and a hug and even said thank you. I could not believe my eyes, my daughters and I were in shock.......... Courtney still thinks the water they put on his hair was drugged....Anyway this is the first hair cut that doesn't look like it was cut with a butter knife in the dark by a 5 year old.

First night away from mom and dad........


Last night was the first time my son and wife have left the baby with anyone. We had a ball tending Ky while they went out to dinner and to the local Rodeo. And boy does the baby like his Uncle Chase.
Chase has a few issues with the baby coming over but it is getting tons better.
There is something I left out about this date night, we had to give them the money to go out just so we could have the baby to ourselves. It was well worth it............

This is the way we wash the car.........


Chelsey and her bug.