Monday, December 21, 2009

Muppet Christmas

Nobody says 'Merry Christmas' like The Muppets!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We have been super busy this Christmas season, but it's been fun. We decked out our house a couple of days after Thanksgiving and have been loving coming home to it ever since. We haven't really had a Christmas with just the two of us for awhile, so we're pretty excited to start up some traditions.

We capped the tree with our "R"

And then we trained Bode to stand in front of the tree. He hasn't move since Thanksgiving.

Megan's awesome mantle decoration.

Merry Christmas from The Ramptons!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is definitely one of our favorite holidays of the year. Thanksgiving brings family together, provides a bunch of good food, kicks off the Christmas season, and gives us the chance to all reflect on all of the blessings we have. Here is our top 25 things that we are thankful for in no particular order.

1. An amazing family on both sides of the Simmons-Rampton household that cares for us and helps us realize how blessed we are
2. A house in which to live that President and Sister Simmons have trusted us to care for while the are in Australia
3. Food to eat, and food allergies that we are aware of so that we get the most out of what we eat
4. Health insurance and good health care professionals, who have literally saved our lives this year and many, many ways
5. Music to play and listen to
6. Crafts to create and further develop our creativity and love for our beautiful creations
7. Sunshine. There is nothing better than a sunny day ending with a beautiful sunset
8. The mountains and the beauty that they provide our home. We always look at them and realize that we would struggle to live without them
9. Skiing in those mountains
10. The Beach
11. Humor. We can't imagine a day without laughter
12. Good books
13. Bed
14. Athletics, exercise, and the outdoors. Activity in the fresh air is a sweet natural mood booster
15. Golf
16. Sleeping in
17. Cars that make travel much easier
18. Sufficient monetary means
19. Bode - the dog that makes us laugh
20. Freedoms, opportunities, and liberties that America provides
21. Those who fight to protect those freedoms
22. Friends that lift us up and inspire
23. Each other
24. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and all that it provides
25. Our Heavenly Father

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Alec? Really?

After going through some past emails the other day, I came across quite a few that had made sure that we got this story from last July. All of those that sent us the story agreed that it spoke the truth. Who knew?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Start Spreadin' The News

World Champs

Yanks beat the Phillies
Took them down 4 games to 2
So, who's yer daddy?

I thought it would be appropriate to write a little Yankee Haiku to honor our Japanese slugger Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui who drove in six runs with a home run, a single and a double as he and the Yankees won their 27th World Series title tonight against the Phillies. "Matsu-eet" also won the World Series MVP.

It's been awhile since the Yanks have won the championship, so it feels awesome as a fan to see them win it again, especially against the defending champs. The last line in the Haiku is dedicated to Pedro Martinez who started the game pitching for the Phillies and has a rough history against the Yankees.

So hip-hip, Jorge, and much thanks to Pettitte, A.J., C.C., Joba, Cano, A-Rod, Teixeira, Damon, and of course Godzilla, Jeter, Mo and the rest of the Bronx Bombers for an awesome year. Ima sleep easy tonight.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Halloween

So, call me crazy, but I really don't like Halloween. I think when you are little, it is really fun. In elementary school you get to design your own pumpkin sugar cookie, drink red punch, play Halloween bingo and walk from class to class showing off your costume. Those were the days!
I have had a couple really awesome Halloween memories though. When my brother Ryan was little, he dressed up as a cute little pirate. He wore the striped leggings, the pirate hat and of course the eye patch. When Ry wore his pirate eye patch he seemed to be really clumsy. . .falling down, running into anything and everything. . .doors, walls, etc. It was that Halloween that my parents found out that Ryan had vision problems in one eye (and of course the eye patch was worn on the one good eye) It was pretty funny.
I dislike the monster/blood/goblin part of Halloween. There is nothing worse than changing the T.V. channels and getting an eye full of some nasty alien thing. I really don't like scary movies. I am 25 years old, and I still get nightmares from Goosebumps on the cartoon network. Pathetic!
So, Alec and I have learned to enjoy the holiday in a completely different fashion. We have some neighbors who are die hard Red Sox fans, and both Alec and I have been Yankee fans since we were young. For quite some time, even before I married Alec, my family and my neighbors had a friendly rivalry going on. The last couple of years Alec and I have carved these detailed Yankee-themed pumpkins and leave them on our Red Sox Lover's porch through out the night. Last year, we put a sign on their door on Halloween night for the kids to read when they rang the doorbell. It read, "Instead of saying 'trick or treat', say 'Yankees rule' and we will give you more candy!" We were hiding in the bushes just dying when the kids yelled, "Yankees Rule!" Then of course our friend would yell out into the night, "Ramptons!..." It was awesome. Each time they took a sign down we had at least 30 or more to put up. Early into the trick or treating process they ran out of candy and drove down to the store to get more. We watched them leave, it was the best!

Both Alec and I are in the Young Women and Young Men's programs in our ward, and this last week we had an awesome activity called the "Mall Brawl" that Alec used to do with his ward when he was younger. We had some of the leaders from our group (Alec and I included) dress in disguise and go to Fashion Place Mall, while the the other leaders took the youth in groups to to find as many of the disguised leaders as they could within half an hour.

Alec was in a wheel chair and I dressed like a guy with a goatee and dreds and everything! Alec stayed in the food court and kept his head down in a book, and I walked around the mall. People kept passing by us without recognizing us! It was so fun! Hopefully we will do it again next year!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"When it Rains, It pours!"

So don't call me an ingrate, (because Alec & I are squatting in my parents lovely home while they are on their mission in Australia for the next three years), BUT. . .does everything have to fall apart at once?
First, it was us getting robbed while my parents were still here, and we had to put a security system in AND build a garage.
Then when my parents had left on their mission, we got a leak in the roof. I am a new home owner (well, sort of. . if you can call what Alec and I are doing as "home ownership", which you can't) but I do know that the elements of the outside are supposed to stay outside!
Next, I get home from work only to step into a puddle of water from our flooding pipes on the basement floor. It was dark when I entered, so I couldn't see the water. You know when you see a stranger who's about to cross the street and is about to step into the deepest sink hole of water ever? And they don't know it! That is the best! (Well, maybe you don't think it's funny either because YOU are the person I am talking about, OR it is because you are a nice, decent human being). I am neither! haha! Anyway, initially we thought we would have to replace the water heater, but it turns out we just needed a new part. Thank Goodness!
Well, this week our furnace had to be shut off after a safety inspection that we failed. . .badly. The carbon monoxide our furnace was producing was extremely high and dangerous. So here I am, in slippers, sweats, and a sweatshirt struggling to type due to my frozen fingers.

So, that's life up here in our home. Can't wait to see what will happen next week!

Life is Precious

This past weekend Alec and I were touched by a funeral service for a very dear and beautiful person. All through out the meeting, she was often referred to by family members and friends as a "beautiful person inside and out," and she truly was. I can't think of a better word to describe one's self or one's life. She brought sunshine and light to all she met, and I feel very privileged to have known her. How saddened I am to think how young she was when she passed, but how impressed I am by the way she lived her life. Adventurous Lisa, delightful Lisa, and Beautiful Lisa-we love you.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Crazy Bode

I was just going through our photos and videos and found this. Bode is crazy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

4 Years and Still Rockin'

We've had good times

We've had rough times

And pets.

But even when life has been scary

We've found the light in life

And we've been able to smile


And enjoy the sunsets

Much love

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer time, and the livin's easy

This summer has been kind to us. Here's some of the stuff we've been doing.

Slip and slide at Shriner's Hospital with the youth
Mandarin birthday dinner

Boating at Jordanelle
Fun with the camera late at night
Fun with the cousins

Nothing like a game of golf

We have had to make up for a rough first part of the year by playing hard. Here's to good times.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Peg Leg Bode

So we were hanging out with Megan's grandparents in Alpine the other day and our dog Bode got a little carried away playing out in the yard.  Bode was chasing Megan and twisted his body in mid-air while jumping at her and landed on his right hind leg on the concrete of the back patio, the poor sucker.  At first Bode seemed fine, and he would only whine a little bit when you would touch his leg, but other than that he didn't make a sound.  I thought it was just a sprain, and Megan thought it was worse, but we decided to let it sit overnight.  When Bode was still favoring that leg the next day, we took him to the vet, and the vet called me back later that day to tell me that Bode had busted his fibula!  Megan was right!  So they put this funny-looking cast on him and he's been humiliated ever since.  

The good news is that we have been trying to train Bode not to jump up on us all of the time, so hopefully this time with a cast and a busted leg will learn him.  He also always used to be so quiet and sneak up behind you, and we would always trip on him, but not anymore thanks to his new peg leg!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The 4th of Joo-Ly

We spent the 4th of July weekend with family and loved every minute of it.  We started the weekend up in Park City with our cousins and ended it at the Rampton 4th of July Barbeque Spectacular featuring the Sugarhouse Park fireworks.  Here are some of the photos of our patriotic weekend which included nothing patriotic other than the fireworks now that I think of it... but it was all done in America.

We hit a few buckets at the range up in Park City.  Those range mats were hot on my bare feet, and the driver shaft didn't taste as good as I had hoped.

We put those buckets on our heads for a photo.  I actually hit the ball better with the bucket on.

Megan posing with her bike and matching jacket.  Don't let her smile deceive you, on the bike she's all business.

Killer Spoons

We played a bunch of games with our cousins.  This video shows a round of us playing Spoons, but instead of leaving the spoons in the middle of the table to grab, we put them about fifty yards away from the table and had to hurdle the deck fence and run and grab them.  It was awesome!  Enjoy the video - especially the part where Megan eats it! 

Good times.