Thursday, August 30, 2012

Visiting the Burtenshaws

I did not have to split my time between sisters while in Provo. I stayed with Kristy and Karolyn came over to visit as often as she could. It was so fun to catch up with Kristy and her family and to see all of the things that they are doing. They took great care of us and we had lots of fun.

One of the highlights was seeing the new puppies. The puppies were about five weeks old and Abigail was in heaven. Luckily, her allergic reaction to them was not severe. I purchased some Claritin and tried to wash her hands often. Kristy, a licensed massage therapist, also did some massage to help the body release the allergy. She was always trying to hold one of the puppies, even when they were supposed to be sleeping. I'll have to admit that I fell in love with them too. I was holding puppies a lot during my visit as well. I was very impressed with Kristy's strict training of the puppies in preparation for when they would be sold. She carefully trained them to be potty trained to grass by keeping sod in their sleeping area. She took them outside multiple times a day as well. She made sure that each puppy got lots of attention and eye contact. She would personally hold each puppy in lots of weird positions to help them get used to the kind of treatment they might get from children. Her children helped with this, as did mine. I hope they all sell and think she did a great job preparing them.

These puppies were SO stinking cute and lovable. They are for sale, for more information see her website:

These puppies slept in the funniest positions.

We also tried to get the kids to play in the sprinkler, it was not a total success.

I bought this hat for a $1 at the dollar store and hoped that it would protect my scalp from the sun.

Abigail learned to play with blocks by playing with her cousins. She had always played with them before, but now she is a better builder and she is more interested in blocks.
 We went to Seven Peaks water resort that evening and had a fun time. Abigail, my poor sheltered child, was enthralled with the park and seems to think that things like that do not exist where she lives. She loved it. Kristy's family had a year pass and my ticket was fairly cheap since we went after six p.m.

My sister is also a talented seamstress. She makes her own patterns. She has sewn wedding dresses, ballroom dance dresses, and many other complicated things. She is very talented. She made these purple, modest, swimsuits for her and her daughters. I love Katelyn in hers and need to commission Kristy to make one for Abigail.

She also cuts hair, has a garden, and raises chickens and bees.

Abigail was very accommodating during her massage and sat quietly on the table in the massage room. Kristy said that Abigail was the calmest child she has ever massaged.
We loved visiting with them and think that they are so talented, see their website:

I had fun playing with the children while Kristy and Brian gave massages and dance core training, went on an impromptu date one night, and then to a Relief Society activity the next night. They watched Abigail for me one afternoon, they even took her to Seven Peaks with them, while Karolyn and I went to the Provo temple.  They also watched her for me every morning while I jogged around the neighborhood. It was a good three days, except for their crazy shower situation. They rent a nice home, but the shower was really just a bath tub with a short pressureless hose. I guess the landlords thought that was acceptable. I am impressed by Kristy and Brian's willingness to sacrifice some things that I think are necessitites. They are hard workers and are always doing their best. I wish the best for them.

Another highlight, which I am still mad I forgot to take any pictures of, was seeing our neighbors, the Stiles, from when I was growing up in Salem. They are the best neighbors and I never get to see or talk to them any more. When we moved to Salem their little girl was 18 months old. I rembmer babysitting her for years. I remember us pretending to be cats and hiding in laundry baskets. Now the Stiles have five almost grown up children and that eighteen month old is grown up, married, and has a new baby boy. She had her baby two days after we saw her for lunch.

They met me at a restaurant in Orem and we had a fun lunch catching up. The kids seemed pretty entertained by Abigail as she tends to show off when in public.


Janene said...

As for your poor, sheltered child, I too grew up thinking that water parks only existed in Utah, and that there were no places to camp where we lived.

K-Krew said...

Those puppies are so cute! Sounds like a fun time visiting family.