July 22, 2008

An Update

I guess I should update whats been going on...specially for my sake.

My mom had meetings down in the valley and Jimbo came down the next day...after escaping death once again on the farm. And I say once again because one time he broke his tail bone because him and Ryan had a miscommunication and he slipped on a big slimy rock. To be honest, its a hilarious story. And another time when he was driving like a bad out of hell (I wonder where we get it?) and he looked over and his tire was next to the driver door instead of on the rim. But this time it was only minor compared to those stories-he was almost bitten by a Side Winder Rattlesnake. Yikes. He even cut the rattler off of it to prove it. True story. Back to MY story. My mom "got" to sit through her meeting all day Thursday and Friday so me and dad hit the stores...after all we didn't have anyone telling us "No" or "maybe later"...which who doesn't hate hearing that? I do. So dad went hog wild on buying things for me and Cody and I probably shouldn't be admitting that so I don't make the other kiddies jealous. Although, when we weren't shopping, we were at the bank working out a car loan to get our new Saturn Ion. After 3 days, many headaches and much stress, the car finally became ours and I totally appreciate mom and dad and the time they sacrificed to help us out.
At night time we would go stay at my mom's hotel until her roommate...aka female boss...showed up. I can't believe they have to share a room ESPECIALLY since my mom works so dog gone hard. Its absurd. She was staying at The Buttes in Tempe which is a pretty nice resort and everyone is treated very nicely. We decided to go swimming the night before my dad showed up for some entertainment.
P.S. Where Tamra is, there is laughter...kinda like the home is where the heart is.
We decided to play some water volleyball...or should I call it...net ball because we hit it in the net constantly. Well after a while, mom had a BRILLIANT idea to play keep away...from ME. That sounds fun. Ok so I totally got whooped by my mother! We were laughin and stuff and she just had to hand me the ball. Then she was in the middle and me and Cody were throwing it back and forth. Well mom just kept staring at me and it was very distracting. I began to laugh because she was starting to look autistic or something...just a blank stare. I threw the ball to Cody and instead of me watching the ball and Cody I was watching Tammy. Cody chucks the ball...NOT LOB...without me watching. He finally yells, "DANICA!" I look up and WHACK and next thing I know I'm under water. The ball hit me smack dab in the forehead and knocked me back. When I came up we were instantly laughing. It was probably one of the funniest things that has ever happened to me. Cody was laughing so hard he was wiping tears and I had the complete silent laugh after a while because I was laughin so hard...and you can just imagine Mom. That girl's got some lungs! We all tried to sit on the steps in the pool but would just slide off of them because we had no control over ourselves. Poor mom had been sick that week so then she just started coughing and laughing. It was quite the sight.

I am so glad my parents came down. We've only lived here 2 weeks and have already had them stay. When we lived in Thatcher I had to beg them to come visit...granted it is Thatcher and there are Negative 20 things to do. They ended up staying the night at our house on Friday. We watched the Italian Job and Batman Begins and had ourselves a little sleepover. It was quite an enjoyable weekend.

P.S. We got our car. Pictures to come. Its so cute. Now I have a car so I can get my lazy self out to find a job.

July 14, 2008

Ryan's Birthday!

I have always loved my brother Ryan even when he picked on me...I couldn't quite beat him up like Taralee could. She's the fisty one. Ryan is the one in the center of this picture and the fisty sister is the one with the goofy look on her face. Oh family...whats not to love?

I think of my first memories of Ryan was when we lived in Vernon, my parents went out of town and left Ryan in charge and I'm just sure they let neighbors know to check in on us but I never recall anyone doing that! Anyways it was pretty cold outside but we wanted to go swimming but we knew the faucet water would be too cold. Well Ryan set up our pool on our deck outback and got the water house and attached it to the sink inside the house and before you know we had a heated pool. I always thought he was so clever for that.

I'm pretty sure he is the one who taught me when I was about 6 and he was 12 how to start the old beater 4 wheeler that we had...ya know the kind where you have to kick start it. I had to put all my weight on the kick stand to even get it to go down. He always drove us around Vernon on that little four wheeler and he would go on back roads and make trails. I loved it!

I remember when we moved to Show Low and he worked at KFC and he came home smelling like chicken every night and you would walk in his room and it seriously smelt like KFC all the time.

When I moved to college, my car was having problems. I would call him and ask him what to do. The battery had acid stuff all over it so he told me to wash it off. Well that would work for a little bit but then my neighbors told me it was the alternator that had the problem. I called Ryan and before I knew it he was on his way to help me out. He drove all the way to Thatcher and just had to replace my battery (he even bought it). Then he left but he acted like that 6 hour drive was nothing to him. Oh and when we went to Wal Mart to get the battery I saw this girl, who annoys me, on her mo-ped and I told Ryan and he got in front of her and just laid thick black smoke for about a mile. You couldn't even see the girl's head light cuz the smoke was so thick. It was hilarious and so worth it!

His room used to get real dirty so he told me several times that if I cleaned it I could have all the change on his dresser...I think I came out ahead on those deals.

He can eat quicker, burp louder, hit harder, drive faster and harder than anyone I know but he has always been such a good brother. I love you Ryan and hope you have a good birthday!

July 12, 2008


I found this the other day while I was going through a pile of books.

Whose Job Is It?
This is a story about four people named EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY AND NOBODY. (Sound familiar to the Reidhead's...yes.) There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was asked to do it. EVERYBODYwas sure SOMEBODY will do it. ANYBODY could have done it but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODY'S job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done...

so thats the world's view...

Here's the Reidhead's view (extended version sorry)
This is a story about three people...we like to keep it simple...EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY AND NOBODY. It was a nice fall afternoon. The leaves were turning colors and the air was cool and crisp. EVERYBODY wanted to take family pictures because it had been soooo long since they had a nice picture. NOBODY agreed and he drug along SOMEBODY and said that it was a good idea to drive about oh 10 miles to this nice little place in the woods. They arrived and started walking. There were trails and cliffs and all sights to see. SOMEBODY was thrilled and also SOMEBODY had a couple of exams the next day and what SOMEBODY doesn't love spending time with NOBODY while taking lovely pictures...and not really wanting to? Well things took a dramatic turn when the clouds joined together and decided to rain but EVERYBODY wanted to keep being photographed by the self timing camera. SOMEBODY was done taking pictures-they had had it up to their eye balls and then NOBODY suggested going to Hawley Lake...about an extra hour drive in one direction...and they were off. There goes SOMEBODY'S test and who knows what other plans. SOMEBODY was furious and grumbled under their breath...the whole way. Soon the "misery" spread to EVERYBODY and NOBODY was still persistent on going to Hawley Lake. After the drive, where the tension increased immensly, all arrived at Hawley Lake...miraculously alive. A few spots were picked out by EVERYBODY and soon the camera was set for 30 seconds. SOMEBODY painted their smile on to appease NOBODY. The rain drops were starting to fall and SOMEBODY'S hair didn't do well in humidity...at all. Soon the last picture was taken after EVERYBODY had to check the camera multiple times when the timer wasn't going off. NOBODY grew impatient with SOMEBODY'S attitude and SOMEBODY had about enough of EVERYBODY saying, "well what about that spot over there, its pretty." SOMEBODY always said, "NO". And they all made their merry way home in the suburban to Show Low and upon arriving, SOMEBODY didn't miss a beat in packing her bags and leaving for the valley as soon as she could. Turns out one of the best pictures that EVERYBODY took, SOMEBODY was making a retarded face so we had to use the second best where SOMEBODY's stomach was showing and NOBODY was still thrilled to smile.

If you readers didn't catch on- EVERYBODY is my mom. NOBODY is my dad. SOMEBODY is us kids. Its rung true in so many instances in our life.
Mom: "Jim lets go to dinner, EVERYBODY wants to."
Dad: "No Tamra, NOBODY does."
Mom: "Well surely SOMEBODY is hungry."

And that is how we roll.

July 11, 2008



The part about the emergency brake rings true to me! :D Oops.

If My Nose Was Running Money

I found this video on Cody's email from our brother in law Lamar. I cracked up when I watched it and just had to share. Please watch.

July 7, 2008

Cody's New Job

Cody is a little more concerned about money than I am I guess because he is a go getter and already has a job. He works at IPower (Yes I drew that myself but with a magic marker then I took a picture of it with my phone and wa la and no its not Paint...my name isn't Taralee. If you want to see her awesome drawings go to her blog.) Anyways today was Cody's first day at work and he called me at lunch and said, "it is going to be challenging." I know you can do it babe! And if not-we can rely on my art talent to get us through the tough times. He is technical support for Outlook Express from 5 am to 1:30 pm Tuesday thru Saturday. I'm sure he'll gladly take your calls...specially at 5! We all love morning people.

P.S. Cody please stick with it cuz I'm sure we would have to go live with the homeless or in the dumpster out back if we did rely on my sweet skills.

This is the real logo...I was close

P.P.S. I have the house a little more decorated but I'm still not 100% satisfied so until that happens...no pictures. Mom-Its just not balancing out right.