Sunday, January 9, 2011

Time to Catch Up - Goodbye 2010

Summer time of 2010
We had a wonderful time this summer spending time with family and enjoying each other. Ratha tried to teach my how to golf, and I did a pretty good job. We saw the Blue Angels in Idaho Falls, and have had new additions to extended family.
Jessica and Branden had a baby boy on July 21, and named him Aiden Gary Keck. He was born with a full head of dark hair which is unheard of in our family. Until now everyone has been born bald. He is very cute and lots of fun.
We went to the Cook family Reunion in Heber Valley, which we thought would be laid back and relaxing but it turned into quite the adventure. Ratha and I met up with my Mom and the Barber Clan at Wendy's in Layton. Dinner was fun and then it was back on the road.....or not, the suburban would not start. Then it did yeah we were on the road. Then it died on I-15 a few miles down the road, lets not forget it was 104 degrees this day. Then it started and then it died on right at the exit. We finally got it to a mechanic, my aunt came up from Provo and rescued us and 10 hours later we made it to Heber Valley. Once there we had lots of fun as we hiked, did the ropes course, and had lots of fun together.

My grandfather was the oldest of 12 children so there was a lot of family members there that we got to meet. We had a great time!

In August my mom came and helped me repaint my music room. I was in the mood for a change, but the task seemed to big to tackle. I was glad she was up for the challenge and we got a lot done in one weekend. It is a big change but I have enjoyed the results.
Before: After:
I worked with my neighbor Rosemarie and attempted my first(and last) garage sell. It was fun, but not worth it. I think I will continue to just take my stuff to the DI in the future. It was however a great motivation to clean out all our stuff.
Fall 2010
In September we celebrated our 1 year anniversary.
Ratha gave me a set of my very own golf clubs, and I thought it would be fun to spend a weekend in Boise, so that is what I gave him. I got tickets to a BSU Football game, and made sure we looked like true fans and got two BSU sweatshirts. We headed to Boise to see the blue turf for ourselves.

Ratha had seen Big Judd's on Man vs Food and so we went there for lunch and split a big Judd. It was delicious and VERY filling.
We also got a chance to go golfing. This was one of our most exciting golfing expiditions to date. I beat Ratha by 1 stroke on hole number 4, Whaahoo!

Then right before hole 8 there was this marshmellow competition: Who can hit a marshmellow the farthest. Ratha hit it further then anyone else! He is truely amazing!
(sorry the picture is so blurry it is all I got)
We also celebrated our birthdays. September is a great month for us.
In school news the orchestra had its annual all night party. We stayed up all night practicing for the Cowboy Dinner, playing games, and having a lot of fun. This year we did have a little extra excitement as someone tried to break into the school and we had to call the cops. We ended the party with some yogo and a great breakfast. I was exhausted but it was great to see how well the students worked together and enjoyed being together. I truely have an amazing group this year and it has been so fun to work with them.

(I will have to post these pictures next week...)

In November we had the Cowboy dinner. This year we tried something new and moved the dinner to an outside venue. We had it at the Straw Maze and it was perfect. I had lots of great parent help and was happy that some of my family was able to attend as well. When I was cleaning up my niece told me this was her favorite one, I should have it here every year. They loved being able to play in the mazes.

We got to spend Thanksgiving in Logan. I gained a whole new respect for my sister in law as she prepared dinner, cleaned up and also went shopping on Black friday after having surgery on her foot. She is a driven lady! The food was great...and so was the shopping. People are always on their best behavior at 2:00 in the morning when it is freezing outside. I got some great deals and most of my Christmas shopping done and this is why I get up so early to go shopping in the frigid cold. We also added a new puppy to our family. Her name is Willow and she and Chloe get a long very well.
December deserves a blog post all to itself to I will end this blog here with the promise to finish catching up next Sunday.


Erin Barber said...

It is about time you posted. I can't wait to see your christmas post.

Rachel said...

Yeah no kidding! I will be anxiously awaiting next Sunday! :)

Keck Family said...

me niether!! and HOLY SMOKES!!! lood how little Aiden was! If forgot about my giant bug used to be such a little mexican baby! can't wait for the Christmas post (I'm betting you get yours up before Erin but we'll see)

Erin Barber said...

Um... you said you promised to update next Sunday and it has been three weeks. I can't handle the suspense!