Monday, December 29, 2008


Today we had a party with my family because on Christmas not everyone could come because of the snow. We had a blast!!! We went sledding and here are the pictures. You just have to love these kids!!! This is my favorite picture. There is a slide show on the side of the rest of the pictures.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day

This Christmas was great. Mark and I really felt the true meaning of Christmas. We were able to help a family in need and it was fun to see them happy on Christmas. Mark and I have been trying to start some of our own traditions, so on Christmas Eve I got the Cragun stockings put together there is a picture of them. I don't know of any other family that does stockings like this but they sure are fun. We latter took gifts around to some neighbors. We stopped at one of our friends house in the ward and ended up staying there and helping them with Christmas for their kids. It sounds weird but we had a blast. We latter went home and went to bed. I woke up early and put our presents out. We didn't get much but that was okay. I cleaned the house and we got ready for the day. We opened presents and then had hot chocolate together. We then went to Marks Moms house for breakfast. It was kind of funny because when I had talked to her at the family party earlier that week we were to only ones coming and she had said that it will be nice to just make breakfast for just four. Then when I showed up there were tables up and there were about 18 people there for breakfast. Everyone Loves Genies Christmas morning breakfast. Then latter that day we went to my parents and just hung out all day. It was wonderful. Jessica's kids played in the snow, so they were in and out all day. Everyone just seemed to be having a lot of fun. We really had a great day. Here are some pictures of the day. Oh, Mark surprised me with an Ipod. Yea, just what I wanted. I even got Sam some Christmas presents.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

6 lbs yea!!!!!

Well, the weight is starting to come off. Yea for me. I have lost 6 lbs since I have started working out and I feel better already. I love going to the gym. I have to admit some days it is hard getting up at 4:30 in the morning but I always feel better when I do. Some of the things that I have been doing that I think is really working is: I have been making better choices in my food. I have been trying to eat more protein then carbs (this is hard for me I love those carbs) and eating smaller portions more often. I can't say that I really have been dieting because I still will eat my favorite things just less of them. I truly think that is the key. If you diet and don't let yourself eat what you love then you truly will fail. I am not in a smaller size pants yet but my pants sure do fit a lot better.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's funny how life works.

It's funny how life works. You can pray and pray and keep praying for something and be told no over and over again, and then one day it seems right. I love the power of prayer and how it can strengthen our lives. I have to admit I hate it when the answer is no, but God seems to know just what he is doing. We just always need to remember that he does things on his time not ours. This is a hard lesson that I am still trying to learn. I have to trust in our Heavenly Father. I have been really trying to put my life into his hands. It's really hard for me to have someone else lead the way. I like to know exactly where I am going. So my thought for today is to let life take us by the hand and lead us. Trust in our Heavenly Father, he really does know the bigger picture.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

It came and now it is gone and Christmas is here.

Well black Friday came and went and oh how much fun it was. I went with my sister-in-law Tammy and her daughter Karly. While through phone calls we were communicating with my mom and Jessica. Okay so it was a little crazy, Jessica was at the first of the line for the leapsters and when they opened the pallet she was trampled. They pushed her down so she grabbed some at the very bottom and huddled over them like they were a football. She came up with her hat off and a scrape across the face. The excitement it so great. Tammy ended up with two big screen TVs just cause it was such a great deal. We shopped till about 2 or 3pm and then I called Tammy later and she was still shopping at 6pm. CRAZY but oh so much fun. I have some pictures they will come later. I have to figure out how to get them off my phone. So you are probably wondering how much money I spent, well I did pretty good I only spent about $200, (okay so $150 just on movies but they were a great deal). Tammy on the other hand I am sworn to secrecy. FUN FUN FUN!!!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Black Friday

Okay so the Day after Thanksgiving sale is just around the corner. I am so excited. I don't even have anything that I need to buy but here I am looking at the adds and counting down. 4:00am here we come. I can't wait!!! LOVE IT!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Loosing Weight

Okay it is official. I am going to loose weight. I have finally decided this is enough. I am going to loose 20lbs. This is my goal. I have joined the gym and have been working out every morning at 5:00am. Okay so it has only been twice so far but man am I feeling it. Yesterday I finished and was driving home and my arms were just like jello, I could hardly turn the steering wheel. I am working out with tow of my sister-in-laws and am having a lot of fun. I defiantly think that this is what will make the difference it seems to be more fun with them then work. We laugh a lot but seem to be sweating like crazy. So wish me luck in this new adventure and I will keep you updated on my successes and failures ( I know I will probably have both). I am 160 lbs now and want to be 140lbs for now. I may want to loose more when I reach that goal but that is what I am reaching for now. I know I am crazy posting my weight but I want to encourage others to get healthier. If I can do it anyone can.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two down two to go!

Okay so I know that I am a little crazy, but Christmas is just around the corner and I love it. I have 4 Christmas trees and I have finished 2. I love to decorate for Christmas and it takes so long that I can't see why I should only have it up for a few short weeks, so I have already started. Merry Christmas to everyone. (my outside lights will be up this week).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My thoughts

Well I got in trouble, so I need to update my blog. We haven't really had anything real exciting happen in our lives the last few weeks so I have been trying to think of something to put on my blog. I thought I would just share some thoughts that I have had. As you all know Mark has been a leader in the young men's program for several years now. He loves his calling and many times his calling will come first. I have had a problem with this and at times it gets very frustrating. But on Halloween my eyes were finally opened to his view on this. We had two of his young men over at our house ( this happens almost nightly) and they were talking with me about some of their struggles and struggles of the other boys in our ward. I realized that night that I want my home to be somewhere they can come and enjoy themselves. I thought that if they are at my house that is one more night that they are not tempted with the way of the world. I also realized that the weekends that they are camping with my husband is one weekend that they aren't being offered drugs. This may sound silly that I am just now realizing this but for me it took listening to the boys themselves for me to realize how important Marks calling is in these boys lives. I am proud of Mark and the example that he is to me. So here is my idea, I want to knock down the wall in between the two bedrooms down stairs and make a big game room that they can come and enjoy. What do you think? It may decrease the value in our home but it could really make our home more enjoyable.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Man Tag

What is your husband's name? Mark Earl Cragun
How long have you been married? 6 years and 11 months
How long did you date? A long time between 5 and 6 years I had finally quite counting
How old is he? 34
Who eats more sweets? It depends on the day and what you call sweets. Mark loves candy, but I love my Pepsi ( although I am quiting )
Who said I love you first? I think he did but I don't really remember.
Who is taller? Mark
Who can sing best? Well nether one of us can sing I think I sing better and he thinks he sings better.
Who is smarter? Mark for sure!
Who does the laundry? Me, but for some reason the one load a week that Mark does and taking the cloths out of the drier and putting them on the bed makes him think that he does it. hmmm I wonder how the rest of the laundry gets done.
Who pays the bills? We both do it just depends on who gets to them first, but Mark is definitely in charge of the money. (SO I LIKE TO MAKE HIM THINK).
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Mark
Who mows the lawn? I Mow and Mark does the edging.
Who cooks dinner? umm whats dinner. J/K I really do try but I just don't really like to cook actually cooking isn't the problem its grocery shopping. So if someone wants to start a new business and do my grocery shopping I will pay them. Mark is a better cook though.
Who drives? Mark unless we are driving a long distance them I usually end up driving.
Who kissed who first? It was a joint effort.
Who asked who out first? Mark asked me out
Who wears the pants? Mark Does.

I tag Nichole Compton, and Wendy Chard

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Mark

Mark turned 34 on Wednesday. Here are 34 things I love about Mark

1. He is always thinking of how to help someone else.
2. He is a great cook
3. He is very clean
4. His blue eyes
5. His love for the Gospel
6. His love for his calling as young men's President
7. His love for adventure
8. He loves to make any outing fun
9. He likes to get things done and not wait
10. His love for the outdoors
11. His willingness to try anything
12. His help in making me a better person
13. He never gives up on us
14. His love for motorcycles
15. His love to work
16. His love for working in the yard
17. His love for books
18. He knows what to say to make me happy
19. He knows when to let me be
20. He knows when to give me attention
21. He makes me laugh
22. He knows how to make me feel good when I am trying to do things for him
23. His messages in a bottle
24. His love for his nieces and nephews
25. His family can count on him
26. His neighbors can count on him
27. His ability to do everything he commits to at 110%
28. He love to look nice
29. His love for the youth in our ward
30. His love for his brothers it is greater then I think they will ever know
31. His patience for me
32. His love for Sam
33. He can hold a conversation with anyone
34. Most of all I love the way that he loves me.

Believe it or not I could go on. This was easier then I thought. I do love Mark and don't know what my life would be like with out him. We have definitely had are struggles but we have also had are good times. He is the love of my life and I can only hope that I am lucky enough to be able to spend the next 34 years with him.

I Love you Mark

Sunday, October 12, 2008

snow before Halloween

There's a mean old witch with a hat, she rides on her snow shovel with her cat!!

Who would have thought we would have snow before Halloween. Mark was suppose to go ski diving yesterday and it was canceled due to a storm. Well we woke up this morning to about 5 inches of snow on our front lawn. It was snowing at my moms yesterday but I really didn't believe that we would get snow. When i called my mom to tell her it had snowed she said that she only had a few inches. I thought for shore she would have more then we did but she didn't. So today I sit next to the fire eating my tomatoes picked out of the garden on Thursday. CRAZY!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October Yea!

October has to be one of my favorite months.
Why I love October:
General Conference
I love the fall. The mountains are so pretty, especially the ones by my moms house. I also love the drive up Ogden canyon. I am looking forward to General Conference. I love to just sit and listen to the speakers, to know that there is nothing else I have to do this weekend is great. Well, life has been pretty boring with Mark and I, there just isn't much going on. We are both going to school and working so we don't see much of each other but we have been enjoying our time together. We have started what is called a fourteen day walk with Christ. We have challenges to do each day and scriptures and quotes to read and ponder. It has really helped the spirit in our home. I love the way that I feel when I am really striving to better myself as a person, and I find the one way to do this is not so much to focus on my self but to focus on helping others. Last but not least Halloween. Halloween has to be one of the most fun holidays to decorate for. I love it. and just think after Halloween is over I can start decorating for Christmas!!!!! I hope all is well with all of you.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Look at me being a homemaker!

I quite my job with the Hampton Inn in September and started as a teachers aid at Evergreen Montessori Academy. I really enjoy my job however I make about half of what I was making and have a lot more time on my hands. So I have been able to do a lot of things that I have been wanting to do. I feel like I am busier now then I was before. I have doubled up on my classes at school and finished projects around the house that I have been needing to finish. I also have found new loves. I have really enjoyed cooking, yes I said it I have enjoyed cooking. Although I still hate with a passion grocery shopping. I would literally pay someone to do that for me. I also have been bottling things. I did salsa a few weeks ago with my Mom and sister Jessica and this week I bottled peaches and did it all by myself and they are really good. I have to say it was pretty easy. we will be doing apple sauce shortly. I have really enjoyed being home more and doing things around the house.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday MOM!!!

Mom, your 53 today. I just wanted to know what a great mom you are. You were first my mom but you became my Best Friend. I couldn't have asked for anything better. Thanks for always listening and not always giving your opinion even though I know you wanted to. We are so lucky to have you as a mother. I hope you had a great Birthday.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Marks Adventure to the top of Kings Peak!

My neighbor Mike Bouy has hiked King's Peak the last 2 years and invited me along to conquer the peak again this year. Anyway, Mike is 6'2" and 250 pounds which is 50 pounds more than he was last year. We left Friday morning and arrived to a 40 degree, cloud covered, snow and muddy trail in the Uintah mountain range at 10 AM. And I do not enjoy the cold but I could just feel Mike's child like enthuisasm for the 3 day 2 night excursion. With our 40 pound back packs we headed to base camp which some maps say is in 7.5 miles and others say that it is in 10 miles from the trail head (I will decidely say it was atleast 10 miles in.)

We arrived to base camp in about 4 hours and set up camp, hung our food packs in the trees away from the bears and took our 20 minute power naps before dinner. This was truly a new experience,camping with only what you can carry on your back, I had not camped in this fashion since my dad would take us to high adventure camps when I was a young man (My camps I do for the high adventures are pretty lush and we eat well and play hard.) Anyhow, the sun set at 7 pm so we entered the tent when the tempatures dropped to 20 degrees, played cards for 45 minutes (Which I won both nights) We slept very little that night, not that we were cold but our pads were only an inch thick and very unconfrontable.

The next morning we waited until 8 am so that the sun would come over the mountain so it could start de-icing our tent. Then we started the hike to heaven, the terrain was ok at 1st, then tough, then tougher (Boulder Hopping for 2 miles), then tougher than tough hiking up the shark tooth in 1 foot to 1.5 feet of snow to the summit up 8/12 to 10/12 grade.

Mike led at a fast pace for the 1st half of the hike until we reached the boulders and my slighter build gave me a huge edge as I skipped from rock to rock. Having to pack around 250 pounds to my 140 pounds Mike slowly made his way from rock to rock. Then we arrived to the last climb (the hardest and steepest). At this point I was just hitting my second wind and was excited and energized to summit the peak, meanwhile, Mike was exausted from his long trek over the boulder field and had little energy to push onward. He'd been suffering from a stomach bug and it caught up to him during the 1st 200 yards of the final climb, with determition and a stalwart effort he climbed on until he was within 200 yards of the summit.

I had been waiting for him for about a half an hour to climb the 50 yards to meet me for the final push. As soon as he arrived he said, "I can't do it." I've never seen Mike exhausted to the point of quitting (2 weeks ago we did a 50 mile bike ride and he pushed the pace the whole entire time we went around Bear Lake.) he looked like someone that had no more to give. He then told me to summit and return to him, I asked if he wanted me to forego the summit and help him down the mountain. He said, "You do it, I will wait for you here, you are here and you see King's Peak its only 200 yards."

So with my excitement at a high, I scrambled with a pure flush of adrenaline passing another hiker who also could not finish the summit. He explained that what had happened to Mike and himself was they had hit an altitude at which their bodies would not allow them to go higher and it would be extremely dangerous and maybe even life threatening if the countinued onward. I finished the climb and with a feeling of being on the top of the world. I then asked two young men to take my picture, I then proceeded to take a small video of the surrounding terrain to show those back home the beauty of the sights. Then not taking the time most take to eat a light meal and enjoy the sights I started back down the trail at a jogging pace skipping from rock ledge to ledge to again be with Mike to help him with his descent. When I arrived he had cried out his frustrations and humiliations for not finishing a climb he had accomplished the previous 2 years, he looked like death warmed over with tears in his eyes. I grabbed his day pack and as we descended at a slow pace he began to shiver and shake (he never gets cold, he loves it.) I was very concerned for his health, yet, when we had gone no more than a half mile color returned to his face and his pace quickened and his voice was stronger.

He had picked out an easier return route that skipping across the bolder field, it was a little longer but much better for him at this time. I could not help but wonder how I would feel if the roles were reversed and I had not been able to finish the climb due to the altitude sickness. I don't think I would want anyone to know and would be very disappointed in myself for not fulfilling a goal that I want to mark off my bucket list.

Well we made it back safely to camp and we were spent. Mike was still to ill to eat his dinner and he never goes without food. So we used the cooking pot to try and catch squirrels in our home made trap, if the pan was any heavier we could've added squirrel to add to our dinner menu. After I had dinner we climbed into the tent and began to play that night's game of GOLF (I won). Mike was very sensitive to smell being sick and I had the acidy burps I get due to the stomach surgery's I've had, this did happen to play to my advantage as throughout the night I had a bad case the Monte zuma revenge. Mike snores like my dad and it's awfully loud and I could not sleep. I remember feeling bad that he probably doesn't recieve much oxygen so he probably gets little sleep. However, I wasn't getting any sleep and the only way out've the tent was over Mike and the only way to wake Mike up was to breath my nasty burps into his sleeping bags 2 inch hole he used for his fresh air. I would then get the biggest kick watching him sputter awake with a choke and yelling: "I'd kick you out've this tent if you didn't need to get out every hour." Then he would laugh and be a good sport. About 2:30 AM still could not sleep, I layed curled up in the fetal position when Mike shifted and cuddled to my back as if I where his wife. Well, I didn't waste any time in turning around and blowing into his fresh air intake to wake him the heck up. He sputtered and shouted but I told him what had happened and he gave me the old adenum that: 'What happens in the tent stays in the Tent!

The next morning we broke camp and walked withing 30 feet of a bull moose, a spike, and a cow. Wow it was an epic sight and it finaly put a smile back on Mike's down trodden face. We then ran into a 77 year old Morgan man that had finally drawn a bull moose tag and with his 2 sons and 2 friends we pointed the way to the 1 we had seen off the path 1.5 miles up the trail. He was happy and promised us a dinner when he got back home for he knew both my parents and Hillari's.

It was a beautiful day in the mid 50's that we returned to my wonderful Truck at the trail head to take us home to a hot shower and a warm bed.

I would love to make this hike again for the pure fact that it will always be a memory held close to my heart. Mike planned this trip and I was lucky enough to be invited to watch the high's and the low's of an adventure of a life time.