Friday, August 29, 2008

Man Rules

These are our rules! Please note...these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, please say WHATEVER you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine...really .

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as motorcycle racing or physics.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight. But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Yes, I got this list off the internet. And partly it's a response to this post on Jodi's blog:

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

GMC Canyon Rental

Laura and I had to do some driving around in the West Jordan area a couple of days ago, so we rented a pickup truck, a GMC Canyon, with a crew cab.

It has a 5 cylinder engine, something new.

It was very comfortable, with A/C.

We decided it made sense to put the miles on a rental and be comfortable rather than put the miles on our own cars. The A/C isn't working in the Cherokee, or rather, it works when it wants to, for about 15 minutes.

The rental place, Enterprise, only had two vehicles available: this pickup and a Toyota Tundra. This was a good choice.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lunch at Red Robin

Yesterday Laura and I drove up to Red Robin and met Laura's sister Wendy and her girls for lunch.

Laura and Wendy

Jack and Laura

Wendy's daughter Amy and her two boys, Owen and Luke.

Here's Wendy's daughter Carly with Andy and Audrey.

Here's Carly's baby daughter Julia, age 2 months.

Audrey decides what to color while Owen chows down.

Andy, Audrey and Owen.

After lunch, the kids played in the fountain nearby.

Andy and Owen

Andy, Owen and Audrey.

After a few minutes ( long enough for everyone to get good and wet) the kids were gathered up and we all trooped back to the cars.

Bye bye!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Family Pictures at the Park

Yesterday we went to Brad and Jodi's and had dinner. Yummy. That's right, Brad cooked and it was great.
After dinner the boys mounted their bikes and showed that, yes, they can too ride their bikes.
Daddy Brad coaxed a tiny little smile out of Anson.

Then we went to the park and took some family pictures.

Here are Jacob and Izac monkeying and mugging on the monkey bars.

We told them to not be quite so cheesey with their smiles, so this is what we got.

Isac on top of the covered slide.

Brad with his boys. Don't ask me how we got that smile out of Anson. It was rare.

Jakie hanging out on the monkey bars.

Brad & Jodi.