Monday, June 29, 2009


This was a game that Baxter learned! It is called Ninja. It is a big hit in our household!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Please Help!
We were asked by a friend to post the following to our blogs. Please take a few minutes and read through this. You may also know someone who can help. You just never know when the table will turn, and your going to need some kind of love, and support. Please keep this dear family in mind. They could really use your help! Also please keep them in mind when offering your prayers. Thanks so much!

The Hess Family

My name is Margie Hess, my husband Ryan was diagnosed on June 12, 2009 with a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Since this is an aggressive form of T-Cell Lymphoma, his doctor has put him on an aggressive chemo regimen that will result in him being unable to work for the next 4-6 months and possibly longer. At the time of diagnosis he was finishing up his 1st year as a Podiatry Resident at the V.A. in Tucson, AZ. Ryan is a devoted husband and father of two children, Hallie (5) and Max (2). By the end of this month (June 2009), Ryan will use up the last of his vacation and sick leave and will have to go on unpaid leave. Ryan is the sole provider for our family; I stay at home with both the kids. Without him working we have no income. I need to stay home to help care for him, so I cannot get a job right now, either. As difficult as it is for our family to have to ask for help, we have realized that we must do so at this time. We were told that any federal employee (ie: military, Border Patrol, DEA, FB I, Dept of Justice, EPA etc. EXCEPT Post Office employees) can donate vacation time to be used as sick leave for another Federal employee. We would be so thankful for any number of extra paid days we can accumulate. Thank you so much.
How can you help if you ARE a Federal Employee?
Go to your HR department and request to donate leave to Ryan Hess who works for the VA. (Your HR person will know the form that needs to be filled out- each Federal agency has their own form to donate leave)
Once filled out and signed, the HR person will then need to fax or e-mail the form to:
OLIVIA McCLURE - Benefits Specialist (TUCSON V.A.)
Phone #: (520) 792-1450 x 6076
Fax # : (520) 629-1849
E-Mail :

ALSO, for those who are federal employees, please print out this message and post it in break/lunch rooms to help get the word out as well as emailing it to co-workers!

How to help if you are NOT a Federal Employee:
PASS this along to ANYONE and EVERYONE that you know and then ask them to pass the message along. Post it on blogs, Facebook...whatever you can think of.
Thanks again everyone- this will help SO much!

I have not posted for the last few days for a couple of reasons. 
First Brian has lost his camera and Baxter has his with him at EFY.
Second I have been sick as a dog since getting back from the treck.
Third and probably the most likely reason is Roller Coaster Tycoon.
Yes I have to admit I have become addicted. Ben got it for his birthday and we are constantly trying to see who can stay ahead of the other. As of right now I have 57% to his 50%.  Oh well the things we find to spend time on!! Maybe if I wasn't playing my basement would be cleaned and ready to be finished. Buy hey what's the fun in that!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Youth Conference!

Thursday thru Saturday of last week was Youth Conference. They asked Brian and I to go as a Ma and Pa. Of course we said yes because we just can't say no the Youth. Thursday was 3 miles up and down hills. Friday was 4 miles through the prairie. Then 2 miles on a road back to the house. I can say that I don't think I have ever been so tired in my life. I also have to mention that Thursday night our tent was floating in water. It was tornado weather. Would I do it agian??? ABSOLUTELY!!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


What is better than Chocolate covered Cinnamon Bears??
I participated in a swap a while ago and my partner was from Utah. She sent me out these cinnamon bears. My hubby who loves all things cinnamon went a little crazy over these things. I have looked for them out here and the only place I found them was in the bookstore by the temple. Which leads me to believe they must be a Utah thing. So all of you Utahn's who have never tried these run to the store right now and buy some. Oh and if you feel so inclined send some our way!!! ;)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Band Concert!!

This was Baxter's last band concert!!!!
These are two of Baxter's friends Courtney and Curtesia.
Not only did Baxter play clarinet he also played piano for the Jazz Band.

Monday, June 8, 2009

American Girl Doll Lunch!

At School they had a raffle. All of the teachers offered to do things. Mari won an American Girl Doll Lunch!

This is Mrs. Gorr. She is Mari's 4th grade teacher.
This is Jillian and her doll Emily with Mari and Kit!
These are all of the girls that won.
Mari and Kit. She had a total blast!!!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009


Check out this New SWAP!!!!
What a great Idea for a swap!!! She has awesome swaps and does a great job!!!
This is swap #2 and I just can't wait!!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009


I have always hating walking for exercise! I go to the gym almost everyday and ride the bike. I like to do that for a few reasons. First I can read and that is a good thing because I like to read every chance I get and that is strike #1 against walking! Second it does not make my legs hurt like walking does. Everybody keeps telling me that I should walk. So today I gave in and walked around the outside track at the "Y".

I have to admit defeat!! It really wasn't that bad. I have decided that every time that I have tried walking it has been with someone. I really believe that everybody that I know must have longer legs than I do. I always hated walking because I would get horrible cramps in my legs because I was always trying to keep up with who I was walking with. Today I was by myself and it was not as painful.

So I guess my conclusion is that if there is anyone out there who has legs shorter than mine is welcome to walk with me. Otherwise I guess I am on my own!!!