Monday, November 27, 2006

Our Vegas Trip

The drive there was long, but went well with little traffic. Our welcome was good, and we enjoyed hanging out with mom and dad. Monday we visited with Shonna and our niece and nephew for a while. The kids had a blast hanging out with each other. Can't remember if we saw Happy Feet that night, or some other night, but we saw it just the same. Kaleb danced all the way out of the theatre and to the car. It was hilarious!

On Tuesday morning, we woke up to find out that a family friend had lost her husband in a car accident over night. Very sad and very shocking.
We also went to visit with the Carder family and got to hang out a bit. It was great to catch up. Amy and I made pancakes and the kids ran around having fun chasing chickens and meeting Jessie's new horse. After our visit, we took the kids bowling and had a great time. We saw the Reed's and Hailey and Cassia were able to catch up on what's been going on in their lives. It's crazy how things change over time.

Wednesday we went to the movies and saw the Santa Clause movie. It was really good and the kids loved it. Later, we went to visit with my brother and his new wife to be, Cheri. He let me sit on his new Harley and listen to the engine a while which was very nice. I would have taken it for a ride but couldn't lift it an inch! It was a nice visit, but way too short.

Thanksgiving day was spent at Shannon's with family and friends. The day was great, with great food and plenty of football, although there was drama which made a small damper in the mood. Yet, in the end we all had a great visit with our family.

Friday the girls and I went to visit with my best friend Amy for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. We exchanged Christmas gifts because we won't see each other for Christmas, and were able to catch up a bit about the things going on in our lives. I miss her a lot. Later we visited cousins, then drove to the other side of town to have dinner with more family, then Shad and I went to have dinner with his parents that night.

There are more things that happened and more things that we did, but for some reason I can't remember the days we did them, or the exact details. The trip was long, stressful, and yet wonderful too. I really didn't feel that we had enough time to do all we wanted to do, or see everyone we wanted to see. I guess that is always how it goes. Our drive home which should have taken eight hours ended up taking eleven hours which totally sucked because we were all tired and emotionally spent. But we made it home safe, and the best part is, we get to do it all again in four short weeks! And I know now that I will need to make some definite plans in order to see those who I didn't see this time.

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with good food, and little drama.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Step Back In Time

So I started writing a book, and well, I had to do some research so I went to the old cedar chest and pulled out a few of my old journals. I was a little afraid of what I might find in them being that these particular ones start in a not so great time of my life, but to my relief it was actually kind of fun reading them. Some of the things I was going through seem funny now and other things are just crazy. But there was also a lot of great memories that I totally forgot about. Like the time we decided to have a house church sleep over or when we went on the first (I think) trip to Zion. There were also some fun little pictures that the girls drew all over some of the pages when they were very little, and thoughts that I wrote about Shad that were fun.

Lots of memories, thoughts, fears, feelings and even joy and happiness were found withing the pages of those books. And in the end, I never did find the information I was looking for. But I am sure glad I took a step back in time.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

What the..........

Just how long have we been here? I mean, I see pics of all of the kids and friends we left behind and I am freaking out at how much everyone has changed! It makes me sad that we are missing it all. :( Oh, but I am working on a plan. Oh yes, a plan! One that will get us back to our home! It's top secret too!!! Well, um, that's because I really haven't figured out what the plan is yet. But I will! And when I do, well, you know! Yep.

So it's raining today, so the candles are lit, the fireplace is going, and the music is on. A perfect day for hanging out and cleaning house. Of course, the girls don't agree with that last part but they will. Yep, I'm pretty much living in denial about that. Once we are done cleaning, we are going out on a little "I saved my allowance so I am shopping for clothes" shopping trip. It will be fun!

A little advice: Watch out for attack squirrels. They will kick your a@#!

Friday, November 10, 2006

NO MORE MATH!!!!!!!!!!!!

DONE!!!!!! I am finished with my ten weeks of math! Finished!!!!!!!!


Monday, November 06, 2006

This family had the greatest costumes. Thier sons were Thing 1 and Thing 2. Mom was the fish of course. And you know who really gets all of the candy right? I wonder if they eat green eggs and ham? Too cute!!!

Friday, November 03, 2006


We had a lot of fun on Halloween. We made decorations, carved pumpkins and spent time dressing up so the kids could run around the neighborhood and trick-or-treat. We also spent the morning learning about the history of Halloween which we found very interesting, as well as the story behind the Jack-o-lantern. That one was interesting as well.

We had a ton of trick-or-treaters, way more than we ever had in Vegas. It reminded me of when I was growing up and how our neighborhood would be packed with tons of kids running around having fun. We would always run out of candy, and that is just what happened to us this year. I actually had to put a sign on the front door explaining that we were out of candy so the trick-or-treaters would stop ringing the door bell. It was funny really.

Missing the King's Fair sucked, but it caused us to get creative. Now we get to look forward to Thanksgiving with friends and family, a trip I am super excited about. Wooohoooo!!!!!!!!
Hope your day was fun too!