Thursday, March 19, 2009

Daniel posts again

Okay I have added another link. On the right is a link to Ashley's blog. It is the blog that we will show people who are interested in placing their child with us. Also she actually updates this one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Allen Family Calender Update

So I forgot when Dad's birthday was. So to make sure that this doesn't happen again I used the family calendar. Please check and make sure I didn't miss any. Also if you want a present from me make sure I'm set up to get an email reminder.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's A New Link

So if you will notice off to the right there is a new link. Yup that right Daniel's Weight Loss tracker is out there for the whole world to see. To participate fill out the first couple of columns on a new row with your name current weight and goal weight. It then will figure out what you need to lose this week to meet you goal in twelve weeks. And the best part is everyone sees how everyone else is doing. I think peer pressure is a great way to help. :) I recomend using a standard monday morning pre-shower weight.

If it doesn't work let me know...

On a different note, Ashley and I watched a new drama tonight that I recommend which is big cause we don't like dramas. It is Kings on NBC.The first episode is two hours but it was really good. Hopefully they don't "Jump the Shark" like I feel Heroes.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Awesome read....

It may be my love of the movie "The Italian Job" getting to me, but I found this wired article about the world's biggest diamond heist to be beyond fascinating... I highly recommend reading it.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Let's All Join Daniel

So the Doctor's office called today and said that I have three options: 1. Take more drugs, 2. Lose at least 15 pounds in the next 6 months by changing your diet including lowering you LDL by 30 points or so and "we can set you an appoint with a dietitian if you need help", or 3. die ten to fifteen years sooner.

As you may have guess I have chosen option 2 as I currently take more than enough pills. So there is the challenge lose 15 pounds by changing your lifestyle so it stays off.

April, can you give me admin rights? I think I will post something to track people's weight lose...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Calling all Daniels!!

This one is asking a lot. Maybe. We are trying to put together pictures for our profile now. Do you know how hard it is to find a picture of Daniel in his collection of pictures? Impossible because he doesn't like his picture taken. So I am calling in reinforcements. Do any of you have pictures of Daniel from the last 2 or 3 years? Graduation? Pictures you took at our wedding? Sneaky pictures when he wasn't looking? I would be grateful for any. Oh, and Eric - can we get copies of the pictures you took with Daniel's camera at our wedding? Thanks all.

Ashley said I choose this shirt but I doubt it

So Ashley and I were shopping at Old Navy and somehow I ended up wearing this to Matt and Heather's open house.

Best Idea


Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like
NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsor

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Holy long post Batman!!

Before I lose everybody in the long, boring bits; we have an invitation to extend. This Saturday (March 7), we are having an open house at our new house from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. It isn't going to be super formal. Just hang out, play games, chat, whatever. We will have a few treats to snack on too. We would love to see you there. If you can make it and/or need the address, get a hold of Heather or me. If you can't make it, that is fine too. You are all welcome to visit any time you want (whether or not you make it to the open house).

Back to the post....

I have been doing a bad job updating the blog again. That probably shouldn't surprise anybody. :) Things at hour house have been crazy lately. I have started a post for the blog about 5 times, but never finished it. I'll try to do a quick sum-up as to what has been happening at our house.

We moved into our new house in Smithfield. The move went off pretty well. Shockingly, the only thing that broke was a cookie jar. I kind of expected more stuff to get busted in the move. Heather did 98% of the packing and 99% of the unpacking. I feel pretty bad about that, but she did an awesome job. She also coped with the kids while she was at it. I took the easy route and went to work.

We love the new house. It is much bigger than our old house. We love having all of the space, and finally being able to put everything in it's space (although, the truck hasn't made it into it's place in the garage yet, I still need to finish cleaning out the garage...) As it warms up, we all get excited about the yard. The people who owned the house before us did a pretty good job at landscaping, and loved their patios. We have 3 large patios, and lots of trees. The kids can't wait to put their swingset together and play more in the backyard. Heather and I are getting excited for the garden.

The university is not immune to the economy. IT at USU recently let 20% of their employees go via either reduction in force, or a voluntary termination. Thankfully, I still have a job. I also have some free time coming up next week. Whether I like it or not. We are going to make the best of it by finishing getting settled into our house.

Heather has wanted to go to the beach for a while. I thought: Hey, my brother lives a couple hours away from a beach. Why don't we go to Texas to go to the beach? We are hoping to make it work out for us to go down there. It will be a LOOOOOONG trip. We will see how that pans out.

I am sure I am forgetting several things, but this post is plenty long enough already. I'll leave off with some pictures for everyone to enjoy.