Sunday, November 23, 2008


The engine is in! I don't think Rex could stand to be at work on Friday, by the time I got home from work, he had already dropped the engine in the truck. He worked on it for a while Friday night, and again part of the day on Saturday. He has the transmission and the transfer case done too. I snapped a couple of pics of him working on Saturday.

The engine is in....
Puttin' a little shine on it.
I took this video after I thought we were having an earthquake. Turns out Rex had just started the truck. It rumbled the whole house! I told him I felt like I was in the pits at the drag races.
Make sure you have your sound up, so you know what I mean.
(he looks so intense)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tales of the Truck...part II


I don't even know where to start. Since part one, Rex has been back and forth with the paint shop I don't know how many times. The truck is ready, no it's not, yes it is, well maybe tomorrow, OK for sure the next day..... you get the idea. Well, yesterday when I got home from work, he was outside spraying off the driveway. I went out and talked to him and finally noticed the truck was here. Now I guess the fun begins for him. I tried to get him to write part 2 so you could get the whole story, but I will try to sum things up for you.

*Rex needs to put the engine in and do the transmission. Then it is back to the paint shop (yes, I know, again), for finishing touches and then on to upholstery. Wheels and tires are next, then who knows??? I said it is time to give me the keys, but he said time for a for sale sign. We will see...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Weekend Escape

This past weekend Rex and I took off on a spur-of-the-moment trip to California. We did not decide what we were doing until Saturday morning, and then we took off for SoCal. We went to Huntington Beach when we got there Saturday. We stayed at the Hilton Waterfront Resort for 2 nights. It was beautiful. Saturday night we strolled along the beach and enjoyed the sunset. Sunday was a bit windy and cold so we spent the day driving along the PCH. We went south first to Laguna Beach, got out there and walked around the beach and strolled the sidewalk a little bit. Then we went north. We drove around Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, then we went to Malibu and stopped at the beach to watch the surfers and the sunset. It was beautiful. On our way back to our hotel, we stopped at the Santa Monica Pier and checked it out. They had a really neat memorial there called the Arlington West. All the crosses represented the soldiers that had lost their lives in the war. It was amazing. Monday we went to Disneyland and California Adventure. We felt like kids again. We spent the night in Anaheim, then home Tuesday. It was a nice get away. We usually go North to Utah, so it was nice for a change. You know me, I LOVE the beach.

The sunset at Malibu

Playing in the sand.....

Rex, taking in the view, Laguna Beach

Two, old, kids at California Adventure

The memorial at Santa Monica Pier-"Arlington West"

Monday, November 3, 2008

Harmony Hilton

First let me say a few things about my previous blog about living in Harmony...
I am afraid the story I wrote in high school sounded like I resented my dad for ever moving us to Southern Utah. That could not be farther from the truth. I think at the time, all of my ranting about not having a warm, carpeted room was a selfish teenager talking. Truth is, I would not trade the memories of living at the Harmony Hilton, or living next door to my grandparents for anything. I am sure my siblings feel the same.
Some of you commented about some of your memories and things you remembered about our time at the Hilton. I had forgotten about some of them. Brent mentioned having to come over with Grandma to save us form the bats, that's a classic. When we first moved in, we ALL slept in the one large bedroom together. We were too afraid to venture out, then eventually Kim and I moved to the other bedroom on the main floor, then UPSTAIRS! I loved that room. The view out that hugh picture window was amazing, AND I could see Rex riding around the block on his motorcycle. I think he know I was watching and he was "showing off".
Christmas' were another story, we actually nailed our tree to the floor once, (maybe twice). Nicole mentioned in her comment about our Christmas parties. I had forgotten about Grandma Maxine doing her football imitation. I am laughing just thinking about that.
Occasionally I would have friends from Cedar come stay the night. What they must have thought? Once, my best friend Jana Hyer came down and spent the night, we were sleeping upstairs and a bat came out of a crack in the wall. It is a good thing she was such a good friend, she actually came back after that.
We had some fun times out on the deck that Uncle Brent built on the west side of the house. Brent was really into landscaping and he had really made that side of the house look nice. The deck was a spot to lay out and get a tan, visit late into the night with friends or just hangout.
One night, Brent was out on the deck with some of his friends and we thought it would be funny to scare them. Rex was actually the one to go upstairs and throw some kind of dummy out the window on to the top of the greenhouse. I don't think Brent saw the humor in that.
Shon thought he was a rodeo cowboy so he would shimmy back between the wood burning stove and a chair in the living room and wait for somebody to say: "COMING OUT OF SHOOT # 1, SHON SPEVAK." That was so cute.
We would go out back and pick corn form the garden. We would eat so many ears, we were sick to our stomach. It was worth it though.
I am greatful for the opportunity I had to live in a small community, near family and friends who were just like family. The Harmony Hilton has a special place in my heart.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Freaky Fingers

We are spendig the weekend in Utah and on Halloween Jessika and I decided to make some cookies. I learned about these cookies at a fun cooking class I went to with my good friend Michelle. The cookies look like fingers with a bloody fingernail. It was a fun time, kinda felt like I was making cookies with my little girl again.

After we made cookies, we ate pizza and visited with Mom and Dad. Shon and Trisha came over with Quinn and Grady. The were all dressed up. Quinn was a Zombie and Grady was a chicken.They looked so cute. I miss having little ones around on holidays.

Quinn the "Zombie"

Grady the cutest little chicken