Sunday, August 30, 2009

Harry Potter

Yesterday I was really sad that this baby STILL has not come. I can't even begin to tell you how frustrated, uncomfortable, and impatient I am. It seriously has me a little depressed. Anyway, Dave and I decided to get out and go do something fun together. We went to see Harry Potter 6 which I loved! The only thing about it that bothers me, is that it never tells you what other Horcruxes Harry needs to look for. If you haven't read the books you have no idea either! So, that's a little annoying, but I thought it was great! What did you think of this movie?
After the movie, we went to Cafe Rio for dinner. Their salad is so delicious! I have leftovers waiting for me in the fridge.
So, that fun date got me through another day of waiting! Any more ideas of how to make it through?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Day of Kindergarten!

I can't believe that my kids are in kindergarten! I just dropped them off and they were so excited! I miss them already though. I've shed a couple of tears. Not nearly as many as I thought though. I have a very quiet house right now and it's not usually that way. What am I going to do today? Probably organize and clean more, think about the triplets, do jumping jacks, worry about Aspen talking, walk around the block, worry about Connor's cough, go up and down the stairs a few times, think about Brooke raising her hand with all the answers, try and get this baby out, and miss my kids terribly. I don't know how I will do it next year when they are gone all day! Here are pics of the cute kids on their first day of school!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Please Tell Me!

Someone please tell me how to get this baby out! I'm going on 39 weeks and I'm ready to have this kid! I tried everything I know of! So, if you've had something that worked wonders for you, let me in on the secret! (Aspen took the picture. Isn't she a great photographer? :) )

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Backpacking to Naturalist Basin

This year's backpacking trip was to Naturalist Basin in the Uintas. What an awesome trip this was. Sometimes you have to brave the crowds to go see beautiful places like this. My original plan was to do a 4 day 20+ mile loop starting at the Highline Trailhead going to Naturalist Basin, Four Lakes Basin, the north end of Granddaddy Basin, and back to Highline, but nobody could go for that long. Fortunately my neighbor was able to do 3 days, so we decided to do just Naturalist Basin from the Highline on Thurs Jul 30 - Sat Aug 1. It turned out perfect because we were able to do the grand tour of the basin, whereas if we'd done that 4 day loop we wouldn't have been able to. We hiked the 6.5 miles in on Thursday and camped at Jordan Lake. It was a bit busy, but it had the most campsites below treeline. The next day we did the grand tour going up to Shaler first, then to LeConte and on over to Blue Lake, then down to the Morat Lakes and on down and back over to Jordan. We saw and fished 10 lakes, saw some beautiful country and scenery, and had most of it to ourselves. Blue Lake was also quite busy, but the rest we had to ourselves. I'm glad we went that way instead of up to the Morats and Blue Lake first because the trail up to those is steep and looked like a bear to hike up. Much better going down. The alpine terrain above tree line is beautiful with the soft grass and low vegetation, all the views all around are awesome, and the brook trout are vibrant, colorful fighters. We caught around 20 brooks and cutts on spinners and flies. LeConte Lake was my favorite due to the beauty of the lake and surrounding alpine terrain and the fish we caught out of it. All together it was about 17.5 miles, 6.5 in and out, and 4.5 on the grand tour. No fatigue or blisters (like last year), beautiful weather, saw 2 deer, got a checkmark on my list of places to go, and can't wait to go backpacking again.
Wes and I at Shaler Lake, the first on the grand tour
The alpine terrain above Shaler Lake
The approach to LeConte Lake, my favorite lake
View of the Morat Lakes and the valley from Blue Lake
One of the brookies caught on a fly and bubble. I love the colors.
There's beautiful sights like this all over up there. This is a stream coming down into Jordan Lake, near where we camped.

Bye Bye Rodeo, Hello Sienna

It's official! We are now minivan owners. It's nice to have a big car, but it is weird that it's a minivan. I'm only 30! But with 4 kids, what can you do? We really love the Toyota Sienna though. It's a good, reliable, car.

Yep, Triplet Bath Time is Over!

I knew today that the triplets should no longer bathe together when Aspen says to me, "Mommy, Connor's pee pee is long!"

Friday, August 7, 2009

What We've Been Up To

It's been a while, but we've been busy! Here's what we've been up to.

In July, Dave, the kids, and his family went camping up in the Uintahs. I obviously opted out this year due to being 8 months pregnant. When they left on the 21st, Dave and Brooke were still sporting colds, but went anyway. So, when I get a call the next day from Dave, I assumed they were coming home. Turns out, they were in Evanston leaving the ER. Aspen was fishing and ended up with a fish hook in her eyelid! It went in through the inside of her eyelid. She rode all the way to Evanston (1 hour) with a hook in her eye. And she fell asleep! I am so glad I wasn't there. I would have been freaking out. She is fine now and you can hardly tell there was a hook there. It was a miracle that her eye was not damaged in any way. Other than that experience they had a good time fishing, canoeing, and being in the mountains.

While they were away, my neighbor and painting buddy Merri came over and we painted the baby's room a cute green. I am so excited and ready for this baby to come.

On the 25th, we had the annual Chapple family swimming party. The kids loved it! They are really learning to swim, thanks to their awesome swim teacher Tynelle. Unfortunately, it was cloudy which made for some chilly kids. And I didn't go down the slide! Next year!

The next weekend in July, Dave and our neigbhor Wes headed back to the Uintahs for a backpacking trip. They hiked and did lots of fishing. Dave absolutely loved it. He'll have to write more details himself later.

I have also finally finished my Pooh cross stitch to go in the baby's room! It only took 6 years! But I love it!

The other exciting news is that we bought a recliner for me! I am so excited to have it! I think it will make taking care of a baby in the middle of the night much easier. I wish that I would have had it with the triplets!