Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Stir Crazy

Lately my little boy has kind of been going stir crazy.
We let him play outside and play in the hose and with his friends.
Yet, it seems like he can never be running around enough.

It is unbelievably dry here in Utah and wildfires have been burning rampantly in our state, which makes me very sad for those who have been hurt; or otherwise lost belongings from these tragedies.
It smells like smoke outside today.
I shouldn't complain, but our grass seems to be dying and frankly; our flower beds are scorched.
We have weeds in our flowerbeds that have not been picked, because my husband and I are both
extremely allergic to grass and whatever else is blowing around outside this time of year.

When my husband mows the lawn, he comes inside and has red rashes all over his body.
He has to take Benadryl to lessen his symptoms before he goes outside to do yard work.

I can imagine that the temperatures are much higher in St. George and Arizona.
Because of this I am praying and fasting for rain and for moisture in Utah and in Arizona this week.
Of course, I always pray for my dear friends who I love every day and the many people I love who are ill, with Cancer, Leukemia, or any other type of physical or emotional challenge in life.

We all love the sunshine and going to Water Parks; or running in the sprinklers.
But, when my yard is dying because of the heat, it's clear we need rain.

I am also looking forward to going to tour some preschools for my son to attend this coming fall.
He loves being around other kids and learning, I know he behaves so much better when he has friends to play with and a more set schedule every day. I am excited to see what this fall brings!

Chels

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ethan's Pool Party

Christopher's cute friend Ethan turned 3 last week.
So we got together for a fun Pool Party!













                                                     I love my little boy and his happy face!

                                                     Look what I did Mom! After he was dunked.
                                                     Swim Lesson with Mommy










His new Batman car like Ethan got.

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Ethan enjoying his new toys

                                                               Our Cute Kids
                                                       Friends: Ethan & Christopher

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Playing with Daddy
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Playing games with Daddy

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SVU Awarded Regional Accreditation!!!!!!!!

As a devout Alumni of SVU(2006 Music:Vocal Performance);
 I am so pleased to have read this announcement and so thankful for all my dear friends and family that have put so many years of work into this fantastic news! It's been a long time coming and we've all waited and worked 16 years for such a momentous occasion!


Southern Virginia University received word today that it is now a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 
It now has regional accreditation!!!!
This, is in addition to the National Accreditation it has had since 2003 (full accreditation).

Thank you to the many who helped along the way, including but not limited to Rodney Smith, Paul Edwards, Associate Provost John Armstrong, Doug Himes, Tina Himes, Anneka Himes Olson,Tamsin HimesScott DransfieldJan-Erik JonesKaren R. Hufford, Larae Carter, Professor Cluff, Brayden Cluff, Amaree Cluff, Nate Pence, Bekah Pence, Richard Stuart, President Whitehead, Launa Whitehead, David Dwyer, The Pence Family, Jeff Robison, President 
President Paul K. Sybrowsky, Provost Madison Sowell, Whitney Larsen,  and many others: students, families, friends, Alumni and Faculty members who've worked tirelessly to show the fantastic skills of SVU as an unmatched Academically Oriented University. 


I thank our Heavenly Father for this wonderful day and how many careers this news will effect for the better.

Spread the news!
This is an important milestone in Southern Virginia's history.



Read the Article which announces Regional Accreditation!
http://svu.edu/news/archives/2012/southern-virginia-receives-regional-accreditation

Learn more about SVU in the beautiful Shenandoah Valleys of Virginia.
http://svu.edu/

Apply to SVU: http://info.svu.edu/?source_code=DTMKSR&source_campaign_id=636&search_keyword=southern+virginia+university&dart_code=p395518656&skip=%22yes%22


Chelsea Merkley

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rocky Shores

                                                      In the Eagle's Nest



                                                          Riding the Carousel



                                                        That's my boy!
                                                     Saying "I love you Mommy!"

                                                          I love this picture!




                                                               Harbor Seal
                                                         Grizzlies being tender and sweet
                                                                 Polar Bear!

                                                              Out for a Swim
                                                                Playful Grizzlies

                                                             A beautiful Tiger!
                                                             My sweet boy!

                                                 Bubs taking pics of Mommy
                                                            Mommy being silly.

Mommy Being funny.

                                                       Bubs eating Curry and San Pelligrino- Limonata
                                                      "Mommy can I use your camera"
                                                                    "Please?"




                                                             " Look Mom it's a Pistachio!"
                                                       The inquisitive almost whining face.
Hope you all had a fantastic day! It's been an adventurous one for us!
Chelsea