Monday, October 5, 2009

St. George Marathon 2009

This is Cory on the morning of the St. George Marathon with friends that he has trained with all year long. I am so proud of Cory for accomplishing his goal of finishing a marathon. I also think he is crazy that he is going to do it again. Why not just stick with 13.1? It's not so hard on your body. Props to everyone who ran. You guys are my inspiration!

Cory's Mom & sister came down from Salt Lake to support him. They came prepared with some funny signs. We were all so glad they were able to make it. Cory's grandparents also cheered him on at about mile 18. All of the support was greatly appreciated.

I made these shirts for the kids to wear that said "My Dad ran 26.2". Nobody else had shirts like these. If you are wondering where Kylee is, she was asleep in the stroller.

The Golden Ticket or Medal if you will. Cory did awesome finishing in 4 hours 25 min. He is already planning for next year to beat his time. Anyone want to join him?

Read his whole marathon story at

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Piano CD - Road of Hope

Drum roll please......introducing the cover of the new piano CD "Road of Hope" available October 3rd 2009! I've been listening to the music from this album over and over again. The songs here are simply amazing.

Check out this track list:
1. Our Love - Paul Cardall
2. Autumn Road - David Tolk
3. My Little Girl - Jon Schmidt
4. You Will Soar - Cory Reese
5. Heavenly Hands - Marshall McDonald
6. Muir Woods - Michael R. Hicks
7. Return To Eden - Paul Cardall
8. Cherished Moments - Jon Schmidt
9. Believe - Cory Reese
10. Last Jerusalem Sunset - Michael R. Hicks
11. For Lisa - David Tolk
12. Morning Light - Marshall McDonald
13. The Release - Paul Cardall

You'd be hard-pressed to find a finer collection of piano music. The best part is that you can receive one of these CDs by donating to a cool charity! Click HERE to order.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Donate Life!!!

My friend Paul Cardall is sick. This excellent husband, father, and musician is in desperate need of a heart transplant. Paul has been my biggest mentor since becoming a musician and I had to do something to help him and others like him.

I wanted to let you know about a charity team I’ve set up for the St. George Marathon with a fantastic group of people at Intermountain Donor Services. They coordinate all the organ transplants in the state and provide education at schools and fairs about the importance of organ donation. This is definitely a life-changing organization.

I’d like to challenge you to run a “virtual race” with me called the DOME (Dixie Organ Marathon Event). Your race fee (charity donation) could be:

$10 ~ Shadow Runner: I don’t want to run but would like to contribute.
$26.20 or more ~ DOME Virtual Runner

For contributions of $26.20 or more you receive an EXCLUSIVE PIANO CD featuring Paul Cardall, Jon Schmidt, David Tolk, me, Marshall McDonald, and Michael R. Hicks. This will be sweet!

For more info and to donate, visit or email me at .

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pioneer Trek - Walk As A Witness

So a few months ago Cory & I were called as the Youth Conference leaders, which was to be a pioneer trek. This past weekend the trek took place. It was such an awesome experience. I am so amazed by the strength of the Hurricane 8th ward youth. I want to thank all of the leaders & Ma's & Pa's that helped make the trek possible. We couldn't have done it without you. Also, I want to thank Cory for all the time he put into coordinating everything & doing all the speaking (public speaking is not one of my strong attributes). I'm so glad Cory was there with me to share a great experience.

This is another picture from the women's pull. They were so strong!!!

We did lots of fun activities like making butter, pioneer stories, a blind walk, stick pulls, etc... This is me getting creamed by Liz Dansie. She is one tough cookie!

The women's pull was by far one of the most spiritual experiences I have had. It was so hard to watch those girls push & pull the handcarts up the steep rocky hill. The boys were not able to touch the handcarts & we were all put on a "silence". The boys figured out that they could help by picking up the rocks & throwing them to the sides so it was easier to move the handcarts. I related this experience to my own kids. As parents we can't go fight our children's battles, but there will be angels to help them along the way. And the sense of accomplishment that you have when you have overcome a trial is amazing! You girls ROCK!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Why Mel Is Awesome

Since Mel is a Blacker (blogging + slacker, ©2009, Cory Reese), I thought I'd make a post about how awesome she is.

Of the many reasons she is awesome, one particular reason is that she is running the BRYCE CANYON HALF MARATHON in two weeks!

I'm impressed with the time and effort that she has dedicated. She wakes up at an inhumane hour to go running with me, and even goes out in the evenings which are miserably hot. I'm proud of her.

Currently I'm trying to talk her into wearing this outfit for the half marathon:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Win Cory's Music!!

Cory is having a contest that lasts one week until May 30th to win a signed copy of each of his 7 CDs. Click the picture for more info. Good luck!

Monday, April 27, 2009

It's Time To Relay For Life!!!!

I have put together "Team Scentsy" for the Hurricane Relay for Life, which will take place May 8th & 9th at the Hurricane High School track. Any one interested in donating can go to this link Also, we still have about 10 slots open on our team if you are interested in joining. As a Scentsy Consultant I will be donating my FULL commission on products purchased in the next 2 weeks to the American Cancer Society. I will also have a Scentsy booth set up at the relay so you can purchase items. Remeber Mother's day is in less than 2 weeks!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Concert for Paul Cardall

If you're in the Salt Lake area, check out this amazing concert coming up April 6th to benefit Paul Cardall who is preparing for a heart transplant. This promises to be an inspiring evening. Visit for more info.

Living for Eden

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pinching Pennies

This is before his haircut. I know, he is way cuter with hair, but he was so matted we had to shave him down to nothing.

So the other day I went & bought a do-it-yourself grooming kit for our dogs Rupert & Dwight to save some money. For those of you who don't know, Rupert is named after Rupert on Letterman (Rupert G's Deli), & Dwight is named after Dwight K Shrute from The Office. Dwighty boy was so excited after his hair cut he ran upstairs & jumped in the bath with Jackson & Kylee. This was awkward in two ways. First Dwight has never jumped in the bath before, & second, Jackson doesn't take baths with the girls anymore(or at least we thought).

Fiesta Fun Center

Mel & Cory having a grand time at Fiesta!

Mom, kicking Jackson's trash at air hockey

Cory striking a pose at mini golf

Dani & Ky playing in the soft play area

Happy Valentine's Day!

This morning Dad & the kids had made a scavenger hunt for me for Valentine's Day. I was showered with gifts from the Dollar Store. Here is a list of the items-nail files, a callus scrubber, scissors, a cutting board & knife, a bread knife, chip clips, & pot scrubbers. It was a lot of fun! I love Cory and all of his sweet ideas. He is a wonderful husband & Father! I couldn't have asked for any better person to share my life with. I love you Cor.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!!!!

Today is My Dad's 56th. I wanted to let him know how much I love him. He has gone through a lot the last couple of years with severe medical problems. We almost lost him twice in one year. And believe it or not his arteries and heart are in perfect working condition. Dad, I am so glad that you are still with us on earth. We all know your trial on earth is not over. You still have much work to do. We love you so much!!!

Jackson loves his Papa Linge!

Dani, Kylee & Jackson with Grandpa Linge. Summer 2008

Friday, January 30, 2009

Moument Valley & Grand Canyon

Cory took Jackson to Monument Valley & the Grand Canyon a couple weekends ago. My sister Renee & brother-in-law Matt & his brother Treavor also went on the trip. They had a great time, although they said it was cold! I know Treavor looks like a hippie, but he does have a job & is attending SUU. If anyone is interested, he is available.

Cory & Jackson

Another Great Photo!

Jackson & Uncle Matt playing in the pool.

Renee said this took the boys about 10 takes to get this picture right. It is pretty cool eh?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy New Year! (13 Days Late)

Okay, so it's been a while since I last posted any type of journaling. My goal this year is to post a little more often than I did last year. I've been thinking of what other things I do with my time than post on my blog. Here are a few of my answers:

1. Take care of my children's many needs/wants, which may include but not limited to,
*Hunger-This is an all day battle. I kid you not, 20 minutes after eating breakfast the baby birds are saying "I'm hungry". "Can I have some chocolate milk?" "I want some lenomade". Do children have endless intestines? A couple days ago Dani had 2 Eggo waffles at 7:30AM and two hours later ate 2 more waffles. Should I be concerned?

*Playtime-This includes playing with Pet Shop Pets, babies, putting pony tails in the dolls hair, battleship battles with Jackson, playing Cranium's Hullabaloo (Great game if you don't have it), Game Cube tournaments (Jackson likes to watch Cory & I play. Actually he likes to see Dad cream Mom & then giggle about it), going to the park or on a hike, and lots of walks.

*Homework-This includes making sure Jackson & Dani read their take home library book each night, which is never a problem because they love to read. Reminding Jackson to do his daily homework, and actually getting it back in his backback. Kylee actually brings homework home from preschool. The homework has been really good for her & she loves doing it.

*Hygiene-Of course as parents we are responsible for our children's cleanliness. I just wish it wasn't such a huge ordeal. The girls can't get in the bath without making the bathroom look like it was hit by a tidal wave. Jackson is great at obeying my wish when I ask him to get in the shower, but washing with soap, forget about it. The other night his Aunt Rach asked if he washed his hair. He said, "No, but I rinsed it out really good".

2. Mounds & I mean mounds of laundry. I absolutely HATE laundry. If I had it my way I would just buy new. No, I wouldn't because I am fruggle or what my family likes to call me, cheap.

3. Cooking/Cleaning. I think that's all I need to say about that.

4. Volunteering at the school. Cory & I try for one of us to volunteer at the school once a week in either Dani or Jackson's class. It is very rewarding to see the results in the kids after spending so little time with them.

5. Selling Scentsy- Busy season is over. I do have a lot of fun selling this product. I love it!

6. Keeping up with Activity Days-Okay so I will admit, I have been a slacker. I am so busy during the day it is hard to find time for our twice monthly activities. Another goal is to be a better leader for my girls.

7. Work-I still work one night a week at Dixie Regional, which really takes out 2 days. The night I work I try to lay down for a nap about 1:00PM and if I'm lucky sleep till 3:00PM. Then I am off to work at 5:00PM. I get home from work about 7:30AM and go to sleep. I wake up between noon & 2PM. I love working at the hospital. The team I work with is awesome!

8. Family-We do a lot of activities with our families. A lot of times we just hang out or have dinner together. We like to go on hikes, drives, movie night outside on the projector, playing pranks on one another. Here's a few ideas: Place a person in a huge box & then set in on the doorstep, then when the door gets answered you jump out and scare them to death. Drive to Kolob and fill your truck with snow, go to your sister's house and make cubes of snow to block your front door. Yes, this one happened to us. Buy your mom chicks for Easter. Rach & Cody did this to see what Mom's reaction would be. We have plotted to buy her a baby goat, or pig. None of us have had the guts to do it yet. If you are curious as to what happened to the chicks, my mom raised them for a couple years until a rabid dog got them.

Okay, so the list could go on & on. Needless to say the last thing on my mind is keeping my blog updated, yet I still love to do it. There is some sort of emotional release by writing your feelings down. Already, I know I will have a better day.

Okay, so I can't find the picture of when Cory & I got snowed in, but my sister just did some scrapbook pages of when they snowed in my Aunt Kaye, so I will post that.