Justin and I went to see Shinedown's concert at the Sunbowl. It was a lot of fun. I've never been to a concert, at least not a concert like this. The only down side was the dumb chick that getting up on to guys' shoulders. Seriously, she had two guys that would lift her, in fact, I think you can kinda see her in the picture below. I did get my revenge. Eventually, I ended up behind her and I chucked a penny at her head... hard...

Not actually Shinedown on stage. It was a band from Vegas called Adalitas Way. They were really good. I highly recommend them.

Sorry for the quality of the photos. I didn't realize I could take my camara so the pictures were taken with my 2 megapixel phone..

Oh! And after watching a bunch of YouTube videos of Shinedown live, we were going prepared to be dissappointed. But they were really good! We were really pleased.

Stupid Mouse...

As of yesterday morning, we have caught 18 mice in our house... I know... that's a lot of mice, but in our defense, we live next to two pastures and above a garage, so it is only to be expected. At least we don't have many bugs...

A few days ago, an incident happened that has been referred to since as "The Flyswatter Incident."

I had just got home from work and had stepped over the line of glue boards we have across the entrance to the kitchen to get a drink of water when the line of glue boards shuddered. I looked down and there was a mouse. But the dumb thing was barely on the board and would most likely be coming off before Justin could get home to take care of it. Muttering threats under my breath, I put on my big girl pants and brave face and grabbed the flyswatter. I'm sure you can see where this is going... I didn't at the time...

When a person uses a flyswatter, they hit quickly and then the reflex pulls their arm back... Well, I hit the mouse as hard as I could with the flyswatter and then proceeded to pull not only the glue board, but the now unconscious mouse attached to it back in the general direction of my face.

I admit here that I may have screamed a little... Not that it roused the mouse...

Anyway, of course the flyswatter is stuck to the board so to get it off, I step on the board... and get my shoes stuck to the board... WITH THE MOUSE ON IT!!!!

After prying myself off the board, I flipped on of the other boards on top of the mouse... just to make sure he's good and stuck before whacking it repeatedly in my irritation with the flyswatter. I grab a plastic grocery sack to put the mouse and the used boards in to take them down to the trash... it falls on the floor... on to the other glue boards...

So now my bag is stuck and my phone is ringing. It's Justin. He keeps apologizing for not being there to take care of it. I pry the bag off, carefully, but still manage to rip it a little. I'm still talking to Justin as I carry the bugger outside. As I'm walking down the stairs to the garbage can, Kevin and Sara's dog, Kyler, comes bounding up and smells the bag. I scold him in jest that "this is your job!" There is silence on the other end of the phone before I hear a softly muttered "sorry". Oh no! "I wasn't talking to you, Justin! I was talking to the dog!"

Hey... I can see my house from here...

On the 29th of August, I threw a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law, Shae in Fernley. Originally, I thought we'd have just a really cool Girls' road trip... Then, we decided that her dad would just fly to and from Fernley on that Saturday. I have never been on a plane that small so I was very, very nervous. The night before, we had guests over and they were there until midnight. I had to be up at 4:00am so Sara (did I mention she came too?) and I could be to the airport at 5:30am (or so I thought).

This was the view of the sunrise out my window.

Sara and I catching Shae asleep behind us.

This is a view of my old high school from the air. GO VAQUEROS!

Windy (Shae's mom) was a good sport and was a contestant in one of the most ridiculous games. She was up against another lady and they had to race from one end of the room to the other, put on oven mitts and then put on knee highs. She opted to put them on over her shoes...

This was an interesting game. It was a mix between Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Jepordy. I do think that she did end up winning... and we fudged the lines a little bit to give her more life lines...

What Bridal Shower would be complete with out presents?

(on a side note... Windy was texting to try and get her sons to take care of a dead horse for a lady. Apparently, they are rather large and heavy and diffficult to bury... I know, kinda depressing...)Look whose awake... This really is a picture of our house! I zoomed in and everything.

We're back in St. George!

The flight home was super bumpy and Sara and I nearly puked! Luckily, she had mint gum and that helped a lot. All in all it was fun, but the hour of laying on the floor afterwards to get my stomach to stop rolling wasn't so much...

Loren's Wedding

When Justin and I lived in Fernley, he was called to be the ward mission leader. I can't express just how much he disliked that position. Not because he worked with the missionaries or had to take missionaries out to remote parts of Nevada when they ran out of miles on their car, but because he had to go to PEC. He hated hearing about the people in the ward who were having disciplinary action taken against them...

Anyway, one of the elders that served there was Loren Noel. He's about a month younger than me and we hit it off like we were brother and sister. After he went home, he moved back to Las Vegas to go to school. We moved back to St. George and every so often, we still hang out with Loren.

He and his fiance, Danielle, were married in the Las Vegas temple in early August. It was the first time Justin and I had been to the Las Vegas temple. It is so pretty inside! I love the little atrium garden in the middle.

Justin and I outside the temple.



I just realized that I have absolutely nothing posted for September. That's a real shame because we did a lot, so I will try to summarize in the next few posts.


My Birthday... so far...

Today is my 25th birthday! I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about it yet; I'll post tomorrow and let you know all the details, but I had to share these cakes with you. The first one is the pineapple upside-down cake my mother-in-law made. It was soooooooo good! The other two pictures are of the cakes that Sara and Kevin and their kids made me last night. That's right. They're Campbell Soup can cakes! Aren't they the cutest things ever?! Kevin got a recipe from work for mug cakes and the idea formed from there. I need to mention here that the idea was Kevin's and that he made the actual cakes and Sara decorated them. I have such an awesome family!

On the Way Home

On the way home from Fernley the weekend of the 24th of July, there was a massive lightning storm over the mountains just south? east? of Beryl. So, being adventurous, I turned the setting on my camera to long exposure and, voila, I got a couple of lightning shots. They're kinda blurry if you blow them up, but, still, I think they're cool.

Alex's Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Here's some pictures of Alex's Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Justin awarded Alex his Eagle since Chris had to be to a rehearsal dinner for Brendan. It was good and short and well done. Congrats Alex!

Mom, Alex, Justin, and Dad

The table mom set up.

Are they heroes.... or are they goof balls? These are the scouts and leaders that helped out in the Court of Honor program.

The Eagle in the Sunset.

So... I kinda didn't get a picture before the cake was cut... whoops...

The set up.

Reunion at the Farm

Fun with Fancy Nancy... I thought KayDee was so cute!

Whadya mean I'm too heavy for this ride? (they had just barely finished pumping up the tires they flattened before I took this picture.)

All the girls dressed up in their fancy Nancy dresses.

Deal?.... or No Deal?....

Reading Fancy Nancy. Apparently, the boys were really into the story as well. Or maybe they were just mesmerized by Megan's shiny dress...

Fourth of July and the Gunlock Rodeo

We didn't get to do our annual BBQ on the 4th due to Justin's Grandma's annual reunion at the farm. That will get its own post, but here are some pictures of the rodeo and sparklers afterward.

The kids trying to find their shoes and race back to the announcer. If they were there first, they won a new pair of boots.

Kevin, I know you wrestled in high school, but don't you think this is a little extreme? Kevin and Sara doing the donkey watermelon race.

The sparklers!

My Unofficial Niece...

This is Lilly Shae Sullivan, Jaime and Denton's daughter. Because Justin and I are so close to Jaime and Denton, we are, once again, Uncle Justin and Aunt Rachel.

I should also mention that three months ago, I did get a real niece. Jody and Jim had a little girl they named Janalynn. If you want to see her, click the link to the right of this post. She's cute too. I should have some pics of her to post after the 21st of August.


I really need to get on the ball...

I haven't posted in so long and I have a MILLION pictures I need to put up. We're so busy this summer that it is insane. I have never been so busy in my entire life and I really think that I may come apart at the seams by the end of the summer. I promise I will get around to posting. Really I will. And I promise to take my camera more often so you all can see what kind of mischief we get into. Like blowing up the water heater... yeah... that was fun...


The Photos

As I said in the post below, the rain on Saturday made for awesome lighting.


Paice Family Reunion '09

Yeah... I know... I should have posted this two weeks ago... but I have been super busy. Between trying to put together a fundraiser for the Fire Dept. and various other trips and jobs, I've had little time to get stuff up.

So, in June, we had the Paice Family Reunion up in Ely. It was a lot of fun, even if it did rain for most of the day on Saturday... made for awesome photos...The Family Picture
Uncle George's Family
Aunt Gayle's Family
Uncle Wayne's family
Uncle Keith's family (for those of you that are curious, this is my mother's twin brother)
And, of course, my mother's family.

Unfortunately, Uncle Frank and his family were unable to be there. We missed them terribly, but they said that they will be at Chris' wedding later in the year.


Alex Graduates

I feel old.

My youngest brother graduated on the 5th of June. I can remember the day he was brought home from the hospital and changing his diapers. There is no way that my baby brother is old enough to graduate from high school.

But *sigh* it has happened.
One of the many Senior Pictures we took before graduation.

Actually walking across the stage getting his diploma.
His class throwing their caps... obviously...


I'm fine, really.

Okay. For those of you that don't know, I was admitted into the ER on Thursday morning (the 16th). I'm fine, there wasn't anything wrong with me.
I had woken up that morning with a headache and took some Tension headache medicine on an empty stomach and it had a weird effect on me. I should mention here that I have taken Tension headache in the exact same circumstances and NEVER had this happen. That is partly why I was worried. My heart was racing and my fingers were numb and I didn't want anything bad to happen when we live so far away from the hospital, so I told Justin to take me to the Insta-care. Well, apparently Insta-care doesn't open before 8:00 am. On to the ER we went. I was admitted and they took my blood pressure about a million times, did an EKG and a head scan and found everything fine.
The only drama was when they started taking my blood. They had an intern in there doing it. Poor girl. Anyway, I am very frightened of needles, to the point that I pass out. I told the nurse that was advising the intern that I tend to pass out where needles are concerned and that if she didn't want me to, I should probably be lying down flat. Obviously, she thought that I wasn't serious. So she starts telling the intern all kinds of things: "The band isn't tight enough" "This is a good vein, that is a bad vein, this vein will probably roll" "That's what it looks like when you go clear through the vein." Yeah. I lost it there. I told Justin that I was going to pass out. He tried to distract me. I didn't work. I told the nurse, "I'm going to pass out." "Sure you are, dear." The next thing I remember was a ringing in my ear and opening my eyes. Apparently, I tried to curl into a ball when I passed out, so Justin was trying to lie me flat.
It was concluded that a combination of the adverse reaction to the medicine and the stress I have been under lately is what caused the whole episode. So, learn from my expensive reminder: Don't get too stressed!


Lizzie's Birthday

In all fairness, I usually take my camera to all of my nieces' and nephews' (that live around me) birthday parties. For some reason, I can never find the pictures I took of anyone's but Lizzie's. I don't know what it is. Anyway, Justin and I can always keep track of how old Lizzie is by the number of years we've been married; she was born one month earlier. The day... well, that gets a little fuzzy, but we are always informed. Happy Birthday Lizzie!