Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer of 2009

Summer of 2009 went by so fast. I guess it was because we were so busy. The boys started the summer with Scout Camp and then Cameron went to an 11 Day "Camp of Camps" Camp for wrestling. This was really hard for me to let him go for this amount of time. He went to Rocklin, CA which is near Sacramento. They couldn't call home for the first 4 days. That was torture. Not that Cameron is a big talker but it was hard not to hear his voice for 4 days. The house seemed really weird with him missing. I guess I kind of got a taste of when he goes on a mission. He got home from Camp and was really quiet (even more quiet than he usually is) for the first couple days. He was just plain worn out. They worked them so hard. I know he learned alot though. He got in the best shape of his life. He was home for 10 days and then left again to go to EFY in Provo.

In July, Ty and I had celebrated our 26th Wedding Anniversary but we just did the small gift exchange and then the out to dinner thing. We really celebrated our Anniversary in August. Ty and I love Country Music. I never thought I would say that. Ty got hooked first and now has gotten me hooked. We even just got the CMT
Channel. Well we purchased great tickets forthe Toby Keith/Trace Adkins Concert that was going to be in in Chula Vista. We went down for the concert on Thursday by ourselves and checked in to the great beach house that the Thatchers were so kind to left us rent for two nights.

The next day we got up and went to a nice little Cafe for crepes for breakfast. After breakfast Ty left to drive back to get the kids. In the meantime Kirk, Cameron and Jessica came down in the early afternoon. We walked around Del Mar and then went to California Pizza Kitchen for Dinner. Ty and the other boys didn't arrive until about midnight. The next day we left for Mission Beach where we had rented a Beach House for a week. I just love the Beach. I could just be down there for the whole summer. This year I found a house that was right between the Beach and the Bay. It was a nice little quaint place. It had the feel of a real beach house.
I would recommend this to anyone who had never stayed at the beach for a week. Each morning we would wake up and set our stuff out on the beach and then come back for breakfast. We really relaxed. One day while we were there we went to Sea World. I just love Sea World. The day was perfect not too hot and not too cold.

We also ran into our good friends the Gonzalez family down at the beach. They just happen to be stayihng about 2 streets over from us. It is been a tradition for the past about 8 years or longer that a bunch of us from the Desert meet at the McRae's beach house for the day and spend the day together. Well this year our numbers were small but we still had a great time. Bettye even made sure that we took our annual group picture. I will have to get a copy from Amy. We were definitely fewer in number this year. It was just the Gonzales Family, Our Family, Bettye and Lorenzo Anderson (we won't forge those shorts Lorenzo - inside joke - You had to be there), Bret, Connor and Reed McRae. Then on Thursday afternnon and Friday the Dean's came to spend time with us. We spent the afternoon on the beach and then back to the beach house for a barbeque and smores. What is a beach trip without having a fire for smores. Then on Friday the weather was cloudy and we even got rained on. We didn't care though because it was not hot. We then all walked up to the Boardwalk and watch the amatuer wakeboarders. They were having a contest. This was fun to watch. The week went by way too fast. Like I said before I could spend my whole summer there just sitting on the beach. We made lots of memories.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My First Baby Turns "21"


A tribute to Kirk. A long awaited day. Ty and I had been married 5 years when Kirk was born. Ty had just graduated College the year before and been at his first job for a year. I couldn't wait to have kids. If anyone knows me well they know I still love babies. I can't belive I have a 21 year old. It makes me feel old. Kirk you are a great son. We love you and are so proud of the things you have accomplished so far in your life. You have brought so much joy to our life.

For Kirk's Birthday he wanted to go to Babe's. It was just Kirk, Jessica, Cameron and I since the other boys had football.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to Blogging!

My computer was down for awile and then my keyboard went out so I haven't gotten to blog about what been going on. First I would like to tell you about a great guy that can repair computers. He is located at Video Depot. I happen to ask a guy at Costco if he new anyone that was resonable for repairing computers because I contacted HP and they wanted me to pack up my computer and send $370 to figure out what was wrong with mine. I said no way. I can buy a new one for that price. So he mentioned he had his computer fixed at Video Depot. I said I didn't know they repaired computers there. He said because most of their stores had now gone to the automated stores that they needed an in-house guy to do repairs when needed. So I called and talked to the guy and he said he would charge me $30 to exam the computer and try to find out what the problem was and then he would call me first to let me know how much it would cost to repair it. I thought great. So for a total of $60 bucks my computer was fixed. He was a really nice, honest guy. So if anyone needs his name and number let me know.

Monday, August 10, 2009

EFY 2009


Cameron, Connor and Hilary off to EFY at BYU. This is the only picture I could get. They wouldn't let me take their picture when leaving the airport. Hilary was cooperative but the boys we like no way. Myra, Laurie and I dropped off the kids last Monday morning at 6:15 a.m at the San Diego Airport. They were off to a week at BYU EFY(Especially for Youth). I was excited for them to go. I know that they learn so much and that their testimonies grow. Just the experience to be away from Mom and Dad and be on that great campus is an awesome experience. Cameron called when they arrived and then we didn't hear from him that much. I think they kept them on a busy schedule so he didn't have time to call. (He is not a talker on the phone anyways). I just figured he was having great time. Laurie and Myra picked up the kids on Saturday afternoon and treated them to lunch on the way home(Thanks Laurie). They arrived home about 4:00 p.m. Cameron was very talkative and excited about EFY. There was just a glow about him. He really liked his counselor and all the classes. They just seem to come back on such a spiritual high. I wish it would stay with them always. We are so blessed to be able to send our kids.
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Saturday, August 1, 2009





Well Nick and Jared couldn't be happier that last week is over and it is Saturday. They survived HELL week for football. I am so proud of them. Neither one of them ever quit and they realy can't wait to actually play. As you know it has been really, really hot especially at 6:00 p.m. and I went with them to practice last night and I think I was perspiring probably as much as they were and I was just sitting there watching. What boys do to have fun! Next week they get to practice in pads. Oh boy! You talk about hot. My pictures are kinda far away because I had to sneak taking them. The boys don't like their picture taken.
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