Friday, November 22, 2013

South Weber Safety Issues

On Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6 pm, the South Weber City council will decide on amendments to the Easton Village subdivision phase 1 and 2. Allowing the subdivision to continue without a second ingress/egress.  This decision will affect some safety concerns for neighborhoods and children.

A.   Since the only ingress/egress is shared with South Weber Elementary School, there are some safety issues we should consider as residents of South Weber, especially those with children and grandchildren attending South Weber Elementary School.

1.    Approving the amendment allows for only 1 ingress/egress out of Easton Village with 30 new or existing homes.  According to government research the average number of trips/day/household with two cars is 6.  6x 30 (homes) is an additional 180 cars on the one ingress/egress daily.

2.    Add to that 6 school buses per morning and 6 per afternoon, 715 students, some of which walk and additional cars dropping and picking up their children, and all the teachers and support staff who drive.

3.    Add to that the additional traffic generated by the community center that shares the parking lot with the school.

This new ordinance may work for another subdivision, but it is not acceptable when the only ingress/egress is shared with an elementary school and community center.  This is clearly a liability to the city of South Weber and poses a dangerous situation for our children.

B.   There is another safety issue that has recently arisen due to this ingress/egress decision.

Lester St. abruptly ends on the west end at the Jorgensen property approximately four feet off the ground.  To allow school children to walk to the school on safe surface neighborhood roads a ramp was built so they could access Lester St.

With the new 6’ fence that needs to surround Easton Village, the ramp has been removed and now the entire end of Lester St. will be fenced.  This now forces the children walking to school off of safer neighborhood surface roads and onto a busy highway.
Is this something we are comfortable with as a city?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sweet Sweet William

I just loved this note and thought you all might enjoy reading it.  He has transposed his "p" a few times and misspelled other things, but it is sweet.  I love that boy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sisters Trip Budget Info

Hi Girls!


I have come up with a rough budget for the Sister's Trip. This was a complicated task though because I haven't gotten a whole lot of feedback from anyone (other than Jen) on I am not really sure who is coming. Well, I know some of who is coming. So I just went ahead and figured everyone is coming, except Renee (and even she may be able to work something out to join us for a day, but I didn't count her when I was putting this budget together). So, my definition of everybody is: Me, Lisa, Jen, Michelle, Melissa, and Mom. I need to know by the 21st if you are or are not coming and here is why. We are planning on going to a show on Thursday night and then tickets are selling quickly...especially in the price range that I am looking to buy in.

The other tricky thing, budget-wise is that we aren't sure if we are going to be staying in the condo of Roy's associate. So I have decided to just add in condo rental costs into this to be on the safe side. If so get to stay there then that will save each person about $100.

Ok, so for the budget...for the show, pedicures, meals out and in, and the condo it should be about $220 per person. I went on the high end of everything, so this should be more than enough. I wasn't sure if we should try to pay for everyone's gas to get there. What do you all think?

Please please let me know what you are planning. Soon! It will be lots of fun and I am super excited!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tonight at the Hammonds we were watching Finding Bigfoot. Funny show! One of the "researchers" says to a guy that thinks he "ran into" bigfoot;

"since you didn't see it, it's probably a sasquatch"

Seriously. Then they say, when they hear coyotes "sasquatch and coyotes usually live in the same area, so this is a very squatchy area."

Do these people actually believe what they are saying! Our question was, as they were telling us what sasquatch eat, is how do they know what they eat or where they live, since nobody has actually EVER seen or captured one. Fools.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sister Trip Info and Plan...thus far...

Hi there girlies!

I am excited to announce that St. George is the chosen destination for our sisters' trip this year! Won't that be fun! Here is the plan...

Date: Wednesday July 18th to Saturday July 21st
Proposed schedule --
Wed: everyone arrive, really whenever you want/can. Chill by the pool, go out to eat at some fun restaurant, play games

Thurs: Early morning hike, sight-seeing (here are some possibilities) --
Brigham Young Winter Home
Jacob Hamblin home
St. George Tabernacle

Tuacahn on Thursday evening to see "Hairspray" (such a fun show with such great music)

Fri: pedicures in the morning, temple session in the afternoon, calzones for dinner, evening hike if we are up for it.

Sat: Big breakfast, go home whenever you want.

Really my plan is to just spend time together. We don't have to do all the things mentioned above; those are just suggestions/ideas (although Tuacahn is kind of important to me). As it gets closer we can talk more about it. The one thing I need to know soon about is Tuacahn so that I can get tickets bought. We can talk about it when we go out to eat in a few weeks. So be prepared to talk...

Now that you all have the dates please start to plan accordingly. I am going to start planning the budget and let you know as soon as I can how much you can plan on spending.

This should be lots and lots of fun!!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Time for an update...

Here's our recent life.
Hope you are all well.
We LOVE you.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Women's Conference and other fun things...

Hello Sisters O'Mine...

I missed BYU Women's Conference last year and I was sad. I don't want to miss it again. So I am registering for it soon. I am planning on staying on campus in dorms like I have done in the past. It is fun! I would love for someone to join me. The dates are April 26th and 27th. I realize that Jen, Lisa, and Mom will just be getting back from a trip down south of the Equator and Renee will have 2 month old twins (not fair), and Michelle works and hates WC...but maybe someone will want to come despite this; Melissa...or Angie even, since you are basically another sister! If none of you want to come, I understand. I will still go; after all I have gone alone a few times and I really don't mind. Just think about it and let me know...

Another thing. While up at Jen's for the Christmas Party (which was lots of fun, BTW, thanks for hosting it Jen) we decided that a sisters' trip to St. George would be awesome. I have always wanted to see a show at Tuachan. So I think that is going to be the plan. Michelle and Lisa, you two need to talk about what week would work for you two and then I can start getting the ball rolling. I think this will be super fun!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A couple of years ago, as some of you read about last year, we started what has become a tradition in our family. My mom hosts a gingerbread house party. All moms and their daughters that are 8 or older can come. We all bring our own gingerbread houses, which we all make from scratch, and then decorate them at Mom's house. Each year we get better and better and each year we learn more and more. Dad insists that this year they are the best ever! They turned out pretty amazing!
This is Elisabeths (Sam and Melissa's daughter)
This one is Renee's
The above house is Emily's and her daughter Lily's (her first year attending)
The house above is Rebecca's (Jen and Roy's daughter)
We loved how Mom's house (above) turned out this year! So cute!!!
The above house is Katy's (Michelle's 14 year old)
This is Jen's house. The thatched roof is amazing!
This is Michelle's house.
And the last one shown is Jane's (Michelle's 11 year old)

This is really fun tradition. We all bring a snack and just eat, laugh, and make huge messes. At the end of it all, we all just stand back and admire our work.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I have wanted to go to the Redwood Forest all my life. Visiting Muir Woods a few years ago confirmed that that is a dream I have and will not die without seeing them and loving every second of it. So, I'm going, with the kids of course. I'm going to start planning a trip right now for next summer and would love to have anyone join me that would like to for some or all of the trip. I know that you are all lucky enough to have husbands that work, and they can't take a lot of time off, but you are able to do things without your husband, and it's still fun. I'm planning on beign gone for at least two weeks. If you can join me for just a few days or a whole week, or the entire time, I would love it. I found a map called "the best of the Redwood Coast", 25 great things to see and do in Humboldt county and I'm doing them; ALL of them. Ok, most of them. Believe me, it's a long drive to get there and an even longer drive home. I hate driving and road trips, but seeing as this is one of my life long dreams, I'm doing it and going to suck it up and make the drive! So I'm going to start saving right now (maybe next month) so that I have a good chunk of change to spend and not have to eat off the 99 cent menu every meal of every day; blah. I am going to camp, at campgrounds with showers, but I'm planning on camping in the redwood forest, so it's a camping trip. If you are interseted in seeing what types of daily activities I'm going to do, here is a link to the map and list of things to do that I"m planning on doing: It's going to be awsome. I don't know exactly when I am going to go. Probably in July. Let me know if you are interested in joining me for some or all of this adventure. And I would love to have anyone, even if you aren't family, technically speaking :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

I know who my best friends are :)

As most of you know, I took the kids and we headed down to Moab this last weekend for fall break. I wanted one last vacation in the trailer with the kids, and there were some families in our ward that go every year and I was invited. I figured I would try to be more social and get out of my comfort zone, and I knew the kids would have fun. I was right, the kids did have fun, and I definetly got out of my comfort zone; way out. I learned a few thing on this trip; I love my trailer (which I already knew), I love camping (also already knew), and that I enjoy camping with my kids alone better than with a huge group of non family members. The girls were non-existant and I didn't like that. I like having them around. we play games and just have fun. Sammy hung on my like a little monkey, which drove me nuts. It was fun, but not somethign I will do again. I write this post however with a purpose in mind; I want to do more campign with all of you. The trip we had at fallen leaf was amazing and I loved it and so did my kids. I enjoy being with my family more than anyone else, and I want to do more campign trips with all of you when spring rolls around again. I plan on doign a lot of camping this next spring and summer and want you all to consider it more. So next time you plan a camping trip, please let me know so we can join you :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fun evening!

We had a craft night at Emily's the other night. Melissa took some pictures of our crafts, so maybe I can get her to post them. Mine are shown on my blog. But I thought since I was the one railing on everyone to post on our family blog that rarely gets posted on, I should be doing that. We haven't gotten together and done a craft night before that I can remember, and it was so much fun to just sit around the table, visit, eat fattening food, and make things. I really enjoyed myself and so enjoyed the time with my sisters, and I don't even like crafts actually. Anyway, it was fun and I wanted to let everyone know how much I enjoyed it and hope that we can do things like that more often.

Just as a reminder, Gingerbread house making day needs to be set and you need to start thinking about it. I was hoping, that like last year, we could do it Thanksgiving weekend, like Saturday of that weekend. Let me know if that will work. We are still planning on doing it at Mom's house (although I haven't asked her about that). It's one of my favorite times of year. Remember, it's for mom's and daughters that are 8 or older (I have found that 10 works the best for attention span), so please leave your little ones at home if at all possible.

Monday, October 3, 2011

never such devoted sisters....

Hi Sisters....

According to the schedule there is to be another Sisters' Trip next year and I get to plan it (this is Emily). I have to be honest with you; I don't just want to use Jen's beautiful vacation home as our default trip every time. Jen (and everyone), I love going up there and I know it saves us a lot of money, but I also think it would be fun to do another "trip" like our Tahoe one. It has been seven years (eight by the time of our next get together) since Tahoe and since then we have basically just gotten together for a glorified mate at Jen's house or Michelle's house (the West Jordan one). Although they were great times, I am ready for another trip. Do you follow? Agree?

So I have been putting a brainstorming list together. Let me run my ideas by you  and then maybe get some feedback. Oh but before I run my ideas by you I wanted to also share my expectations for this and basically all Sisters' Trips. I expect that we spend time together first of all. I like to relax a little but I also like to use my body a little (more), so it would be great to have places to get out and walk, hike, bike, swim, canoe, kayak, or really anything. I would like to be somewhere pretty. If I am going to spend the money to go on vacation without my family then it needs to be a vacation worth going on. I think you all agree with me on that. Okay so here is my list of suggestions:

1. Camping in Tahoe: That was such a blast and I think it would be super fun to do it as sisters. We could have some awesome food. Plus it is really easy to find cheap airfare to Tahoe, so we could totally fly. I think it would be a lot of fun!

2. Sonoma/Napa: I have always wanted to visit this area. It seems like it would be a beautiful place and judging from the information I found online there would be plenty to do. Maybe we could use someone's timeshare, if available (and offered, of course), so that might help offset some costs in getting there.

3. Carmel: Look on this website place looks like it would be wonderful (if not a bit expensive). I would love to vacation there. There are two downsides though; first it would be very expensive and second it is about a two hour drive from San Francisco. But if this looks like a place that we want to go then I might be able to find some deals that would help with the cost...I can't change the distance from San Fran though...

4. BYU Women's Conference: As you all know, this is one of my favorite events of the year. I think this would be fun, cheap, and uplifting. The biggest downside to this is that I know that it causes stress in some of you, and we may not be together the whole time because of different interests. (P.S. I am going regardless, so anyone that wants to come with me is welcome)

5. Time Out For Women in Toronto, Canada: This is a long shot, I know, but doesn't it sound like it would be fun to go somewhere we haven't all been before. And unlike Women's Conference we would all be together and there is no stress in not getting the class that you want. But there would be a major expense in getting there.

So those are my suggestions. I think any of them would be a blast. I think if I start planning now then I can get an idea of what this will cost and we can start saving now. Let me know what you all think.

P.S. I was going to try and put Michelle or Jen or Lisa's face over Angie's in that picture, but it was just going to be too much effort...