"Nothing is More Honorable than a Greatful Heart"
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


So I have been a little slow about blogging lately. I have been busy. So here is a little re-cap of the holidays.
It seemed like every weekend we had a christmas party or something to do.
Skylee for x-mas was spoiled like every year. All she wanted from Santa was watercolors and was so excited that she got them. She also got a cute little horse from my parents and a dump truck from her other grandparents.
Josh and I have been busy playing the Wii. I got the Wii Fit and it has alot of fun games to play on.
So for mine and Skylee's new year resolution is to get her potty trained. So wish us luck we might be home for a couple of days!!
Anyways wishing everyone a great and prosperous 2010!!

Sky checking out her new horse
Grandma Jody, Sky and Great Grandpa Van

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Thanksgiving was way fun this year!! Started off with going to the gym and working out for awhile!! Then we went over to Lisa and Rod's for turkey dinner and it was delicious!! And after that we roped for the rest of the night. You can't get any better then that!! I told Josh it was kinda of funny taking the horses with us for Thanksgiving dinner!!! Anyways we are decorated and ready for Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

So I found this cute little tree today and Sky was so excited to put in her room. She picked the color out all by herself and decorated by herself.And as you can tell she put all the ornaments on one branch. She loved it and was so excited to show her dad when he got home from work. She is funny kid!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


So this year Sky was a little devil!! She was so stinkin cute this year, she loved going door to door getting candy. She made out pretty damn good on the candy deal. As usual going to her grandma's they spoil her like crazy. Anyways it was a fun Halloween Josh wasnt hunting this year so he got to help me hand out candy.
Now bring on the holidays!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


So I did it!! I ran my 10k saturday and luckily the weather was perfect to run. I took 7th in my age division. And I ran it under 1hour. And that was my goal.
So now I'm thinking maybe a half marathon. I just need to add 6 more miles to what I'm running now.
Anyways it was a great weekend. Josh and I rode the horses up in the mountains and the weather was perfect. You couldn't ask for a better day!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


This weekend we decided to take Sky over to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point. Well I have to say that was a kinda a waste of money. The only thing Sky really liked and wanted to do was ride the mechanical bull!! (Is she a mini version of her dad or what!). Since she wasnt big enough we took over to the fun house, and that really freaked her out. So we decided to go over to the farm side and of course she was happy!
Then the sunday we took the 4wheeler up Mercur Canyon and Sky loved that she kept telling her dad "Fast, Fast". We saw about 12 does up close so Skylee had to say "Hi deer" and off they would run away.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


So this weekend was pretty fun. I ran another 5k and ran it in 26.49 and placed 6th in my age division. I knocked a minute off of my time! So hopefully I'm ready for the 10k in October!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


So I havn't posted for awhile. So I thought I better get to it. So since my last post lets see...turned the big 30!! My birthday was nice,Josh said I celebrated all week. Which is okay that's usually how it goes anyway.

I'm running 5.5 miles now. Less then a month to my 10k. Which I'm pretty excited about. But with all this running I havent been riding for awhile. So last week Josh and I went up to Mercur Canyon it was sooo nice!! The weather was PERFECT!!!. I just love these fall days. Too bad they dont last that long.

So anyways here are some pics of Skylee being her goofy self!! She was putting lipstick on the dogs! And eating popsicles

This awesome view is 5 minutes from my mom and dads' house

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


One of the sadest days came upon me on August 31st, 2009. My sweet Rooster passed away at the beautiful age of 21.
He was given to me on my birthday 2003 from my father-in-law. He was reiner, working cow-horse, rope horse, trail horse and very amazing babysitter.
Everyone new Rooster and loved him immediately. He had personality that was all his own.
The first time I ever saw Rooster I thought he was beautiful, he had mane that went way past his neck and it was always in braids and his bay coat was so shiny.
One day Rod thought I should ride him since I had never rode a reiner. I thought this is going to be easy I've rode cutting horses and a reiner no prob. Rod showed me how to cue him to spin and when he started to spin, he spun so hard I couldn't get him to stop and I ended up on his neck.

He was the best babysitter you could ask for. I could put Skylee on him and know that she was in good hands. He taught Skylee confidence in riding horses.
And I know that Skylee and I will have more horses over our lifetime but we will never forget him.

Rest in Peace Rooster, you will never be forgotten.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

This and That

This weekend for our 10 year anniversary we went up to Park City for the night. It was a lot of fun. We ate at a wonderful place and strolled up and down main street into different stores. And after that we went to bar to have some drinks.
Josh was cute and bought stuff for me and Skylee. After the weekend he said "Having two girls in the family is going break me!!"
Anyway here are some cute pics of Skylee playing around outside.

As you can tell she is thinking of something to get into!!

Dragging her stick horse around the yard.
Skylee feeding walnuts to the dogs
" This is where the cowgirl rides away"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

10 Year Anniversary

Well I can't believe its been 10 years that Josh and I have been married. I guess time flies when your having fun!!
I just wanted to tell ya I love ya so much and can't wait for another ten years!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Grandma Lisa found this Cat dozer and I think it's one of Skylee's favorite toys. It came with a hard hat and wears it everywhere. She is such a little tom boy!! She has a playroom full of dolls and barbies and she would rather play with her cars and tractors.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


So last week was my first week training for a 10k. Its been pretty fun so far. last week I ran a total of 13.5 miles. Saturday I did a group run with a bunch of girls and it was a a lot of fun. I was fortunate to be in lead most of the time.
Then Saturday night Josh and my dad had a jackpot roping in Tooele. So loaded everything up and headed out. I was pretty happy with both of them. They both got call backs.
Skylee was a trooper and was up past midnight with no nap. Cute Blake, Angie and my mom helped entertain little Sky.
Oh and friday night we had a farewell party for Blake and Angie they are moving to South Carolina. It was nice but were sad that they left.
So anyways here of some pics from the weekend enjoy!!

Grandpa Van and Skylee Van coloring
Josh on Flicka

Dad on Pepper

Mom, Angie, me and Skylee

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Yesterday I bought 10 goldfish to put in the horse trough. And their names are........ "Roo", yes everything that needs a name around our place is called "Roo" after her horse. So we have 10 Roo's, well actually 8 and maybe 7 because while I was giving supplements to the horses she decided to catch one. And much to my surprise she actually caught one.

Anyways here some recent pics of Sky she was helping me sweep the barn.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


So heres a update since my last post... I have been attempting to pottytrain Skylee and I think this is so much harder then giving birth!!! She went a whole day without going potty! Yikes.. I was worried so I put a diaper on her and she was so happy. So then I thought I would bribe her with a treat or toy. No such luck. So Skylee-1 Mom-0. Oh well I will give it a try later in the week.
I ran another 5k this weekend with one of my friends. I wasnt to thrilled about my time a 28.30 yuck!! I'm thinking I'm going to start training for a 10k. So here I go!!
Josh was in the Rush Valley Rodeo team roping but his headers missed. So no money! But I have to say that is one of the best rodeos around!! I think next year Sky will be in the mutton riding and maybe barrels. We will have to see!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

4th of July

This 4th of July we decided to take Skylee to the zoo. The weather was nice and cool and all the animals were out and running around. She had a really good time. And after the zoo we went over to the Gateway and let her play in the fountains while mom shopped. How perfect is that!!!

She loved the fountains until she got wet. Then she was mad.

Sunday the three of us when fishing out on Vernon reservoir it was nice, hardly anybody was out on the water. So all in all it was a pretty nice 4th.

Skylee has been riding "Roo" and doing really well. She loves it when we lope and look at the buffalo. And she gets mad if we leave to go for a ride without her.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


So here is a little re-cap of last week... Thursday we took Skylee over to the Lehi horse parade and she loved it.. She thought all the little pony's and mini's were babies. It was really cute. Skylee has started to ride Rooster by herself now and she thinks she is pretty hot stuff. Rooster is such an amazing horse and never gets excited and he seems to know when she is on him and he is so patient. So next year Sky will probably be in the parade.

Then Saturday was Josh's 30th birthday we had a little family get together. It was really nice. And then Sunday we rode horses behind my parent house and Skylee went with us. She did really well.
So anyways theres are re-cap of the weekend. Hope everyone has a same and happy 4th of July!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Growing Up

Skylee sleeping in her "Big bed"

This weekend we decided that Skylee's crib should turn into a toddler bed. She was so excited to sleep in her big bed with her Dora pillow.
The first night she decided to get out of bed and take all the blankets out of her dresser and then when she was bored with that she decided she needed to scoot around her room on her lion scooter.
Well my little baby is growing up everyday.

I thought this pic was so cute!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Gator

Happy Birthday Gator!! Today he is 12 years!! I have had him longer then I have been with Josh. I got him when I was junior in high school and since then we have been together. Happy Birthday Gator!!

Gator babysitting Skylee in the horse trailer while mom & dad rode.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Weekend

Since saturday it rained most of the time we decided to take Skylee to the The Living Planet Aquarium. I thought it was pretty cool and Skylee liked all the purple fish. The aquarium isn't the biggest but it was still pretty cool.

Then Monday we took her over to the Legacy Center to swim and she loved that. Josh taught her how to plug her nose when she goes under water and she loves to jump in the pool. (Don't worry mom she had her life jacket!).

Other then it being a rainy weekend we had great time together as a family!