Monday, May 12, 2008

Howdy, we haven't written for awhile so here's what's new and interesting in our life. Jenn is busy being a mom which includes professions such as nursing, teaching, pyschology, house cleaning, babysitting or you name it. She enjoys being a mom very much and she does a great job. She had a really nice mother's day. Spencer and I made her french toast for breakfast and we had a real good time at both our parents homes with family members. Jenn also still does some storytime felt parties and sells the material now and then. She hasn't subbed as much this year because two children of five and under keeps you on your toes. Jenn is in good shape and walks and jogs at least three times per week either on our treadmill or outside with Kaden in the stroller. She is also busy as an activities committee leader in our church. She helps plan and coordinate fun activities for the young women and it takes up some of her time during the day each week. Jenn's favorite time is when we all sit down for dinner together (and she is a creative good cook) or when we all sit down to watch a movie together. She and I (Chad) went to a Jazz-Rockets playoff game in April at Energy Solutions Arena and had a blast. We also will be traveling to Arizona in September to hopefully watch John Beck lead the Dolphins to a win over the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. We also are excited to attend a Police concert in July. Jenn had to get tickets because she's always had a thing for Sting. I'm still delivering mail and we just finished another year of the food drive on Saturday May 10th. I enjoy delivering mail outside with my satellite radio keeping me company during the day. I'm still writing sports stories for the SF News and Salem Hills Courier. It's a great hobby/side job for me even though it takes up a good chunk of time sometimes but I love doing it. I'd love to make it big time someday and write for a magazine or something but if not, I'd be content to write for businesses that need someone to outline their material in print or on the web. I plan on returning to UVU to finish a bachelor's degree in Communications. My home life with family is great. They are good to support me in this writing ambition. We love playing together inside and outside. Spencer is learning to love baseball more and more. He has a good swing and a pretty good arm for his size. He played his first Tee-ball game Saturday and hit two good hits. His first hit went up the middle to center field and he later smoked one to left field. He also dove after a couple of balls and got some grass stains on his baseball pants. He plays for the Pirates and we're so excited to coach and watch him and his teammates. It's a great age and the kids are having fun. They even had a Mapleton city parade for all of the baseball and softball players on Saturday. Our players rode in the back of Grandpa Francis truck with two huge yellow signs taped on each side of the truck with their names and team logo. There was over a thousand people in attendance in little the smaller community. He also had fun playing soccer this year at the SF sports park. He is a good goalie with good hands and he hustled back and forth and made some good kicks. Next year he will be in kindergarten and he's had a good experience in preschool. Spencer loves playing with his neighbor friends either, playing toys, baseball, watching movies or whatever. His favorite TV show is Zac and Cody and he likes all of the Disney channels. Spence is a good helper for his mom and he loves playing with Kaden everyday. Kaden teases everyone in the family. He makes us laugh a lot when he does this because he opens his mouth to laugh and his full set of teeth with his two upper front teeth which are a little long with his smile and laugh just makes us laugh and want to squeeze him. When we run after him, he quickly turns and takes off in a mischeivous way. I don't know where he got his teasing from. Both boys enjoy listening to dad's ipod and each puts a earphone in one ear to share. Kaden also practices baseball outside with Spencer and hits the ball off the tee a little bit. He wore a batting helmet at Spencer's first game and wanted to go hit. Last week Jenn accepted some kittens from a lady and it's hilarious to see Kaden with them both. He meows a lot and just adores those two pets and is genuinely concerned for them. Kaden's most famous words today are mama and dada. He also says baseball and football and grandma and papa. He has a sweet tooth for cookies and anything else just like his dad. When we sing to him at night he tries to sing along too. He plays real well with Spencer and they love playing with toys together. He has learned to say hello and he loves to nod his head to music. He is real busy body and can get into almost anything with the pull of a chair. He follows Spencer and dad and mimics them during the day. Right now he is into my electric shaver and he's shaving his face. He is into everything. We love being parents with all the fun times and challenges. We hope the Jazz can win game five and finish it out in game six but I wouldn't bet on it. Kobe would play with a broken leg if he had to. I hope they beat him and Phil Jackson because I don't really like either of them but I'm amazed to how Kobe can do almost anything at will. But D-Will will step up and take us to the promised land. We're banking on BYU to bust the BCS but Max Hall has to remain at the helm of the offense to get it done. He can't go down with a serious injury because the quarterback depth drops after him. Sports Illustrated said that BYU may have the best shot of all the mid-major conferences of busting the BCS this year. I think they will if they get past their early games against Washington (on the road) and UCLA at home. Hope all is well. Chad, Jenn, Spencer and Kaden Vest