Tuesday, July 15, 2008

CAN'T STOP READING...





Here are the three books I've finished reading during the past few weeks.

I actually picked up The Glass Castle at 8.00pm yesterday and read straight through and finished just a few hours ago. I enjoyed the overall story of the author's life, but I was very frustrated as well with her parents and why the children enabled the parents so much and why the parents neglected their duties as parents. I think anyone who reads the book would find themselves myself questioning their own parenting skills. You wonder what you could be doing or not doing in raising your kids that could really mess them up or really encourage them not to be like you. It was an interesting true story because you really can't believe they actually happened to real people. You would have to read it to know what I mean.


I was also frustrated with a woman's role in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Not being able to chose your future or your destiny, your spouse, your role in life would be so suffocating! To have your life already set before you the minute you were born would be unbearable to me!


Okay, two very dramatic books.


Now for some hilarious laughs! You gotta read Diary of a Wimpy Kid (and the sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules!) It only took a day to read, but what a great. laugh-outloud, fun book. There is really not much to it, other than pure silliness.


So, what's next on the book list? Well, to get my friend to read Twilight, I offered to read a favorite book of hers. And though Brian found the book ridiculou (which it's not suppose to be), I will be reading The Secret. I have to get it read before August 1st when BREAKING DAWN comes out!!!!!! Can't wait.


THE CANADIANS CAME--THE CANADIANS LEFT


My good friend, Marina and her two kids, returned "home" to Utah at the end of June. They made our home their "home base" and spent the next few weeks visiting old friends not available in Canada; eating at favorite places not available in Canada; stocking up on necessities not available in Canada (such as Krusteaz coffee cake mix, Bush's beans and AppleJack cereal; and swimming, which I guess is not available in Canada either. Because as we all know it's 2 to 3 times as expensive up north.

We had a great time having them around (which didn't seem all that often...maybe, that is why it was so great?!? J/K, Marina!). For our final farewell outing, we took them to Red Robin and discovered taht Kiana actually inhales her food. She slammed down her burger before any of us stuck a fry in our mouths! We then followed dinner up with the fastest mini-golf game ever played---8 minutes flat! Which was partially due to losing 3 of our 5 balls. At least we knew we could get "100 experienced balls" if we needed to. Now that's reassuring!

Goodbye, our Canadian cohorts. I'll see you in September.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

4TH OF JULY


This is what it's all about.........




FREEDOM to have FUN,




FREEDOM to spend quality time
as a FAMILY,




and FREEDOM to rock
the holiday
with FIREWORKS!!!

ROUNDY ANNUAL 3RD OF JULY BBQ


What's more American that an original Roundy Family BBQ? .......... Not much!


We all gathered at Mike and Mad's around 7.00pm.


With hamburgers and hotdogs, an assortment of salads, chips, chessy bean dip, soda pop,
and tableful of desserts, we were good to go into the wee hours.

With lively conversation, ping-pong games, wagon rides behind the riding mower, swings, there was plenty to keep us busy.


Of course, we had our nightly walk to the local 7-11 for more sugar, just in case.


WE'RE BACK

Some of you have been wondering where we've been
(and so have we).


Well, we got lost at the Ogden Nature Center,
but we've finally got the heck out of there!




So, here is a sampling of what we got done during our first month of summer vacation.


Don't worry...not much reading, just pics.

KIDS AT PLAY

FATHER'S DAY


KSL CHALK ART FESTIVAL

JAKE AND THE BLUEJAYS

This was Jake's first year playing baseball. Jake was a bit behind most of his teammates who've played for the past few years, but you got to start somewhere. He had two good coaches who were all about having fun--not a very stressful bunch of guys. Jake played outfield and sometimes 3rd base. He was on the best team in the minor league, having won all their games, except one and tying another. Go Bluejays!





ANGEL STREET PARK

ROY AQUATIC POOL

OGDEN TREEHOUSE MUSEUM

LAYTON BIRD RESERVE



IAN CAN RIDE


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