Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandma!!

We didn't get to spend the day with Chad's mom on her birthday so we surprised her today with a little surprise party!! Casey even baked her a german chocolate cake...and I will admit it, it was really yummy!! (oops we got the candles should say 25 not 52)

Happy Birthday!!...we love you!! and we will be over when you give us the word to weed your backyard!!

Oh and thank you for the window clings the kids love them!!! see for yourself!

St. George Withdrawls

We just got back from our family vacation to St George. We had so much fun!! We really did. I already miss not being able to see everyone everyday! Chad's Aunt Kathy and Uncle Evan have a beautiful home in St George. They invited us all over for a barbecue and swimming (very brave, there were 18 of us) we all had so much fun!! Chad and I were so surprised to find that our little children are such natural swimmers. We thought we were going to be in the pool with Austin and Alyssa with their fingers dug into our shoulders refusing to enjoy the pool. But it was just the opposite. They were both kicking us away, saying they can do it by themselves. So we were very pleasantly surprised!! Well I could probably make this post a small novel but I will just sum it up. We had lots of fun time in the pool at our condo, Alyssa is quite the daredevil and loves to jump off the side of the pool to anyone or no one at all for that matter. She likes to try and swim across the pool and if you try to help her she says "don't! can do it mysef!" Austin didn't like jumping off the side of the pool but he loved swimming all over and looking under water with his goggles and jumping off the steps into the pool. They are complete naturals! We also did some shopping at the outlets...I got some fabulous deals at The Children's Place I just wish I had more money to spend....(isn't that always the problem) All the girls went to the Nail Salon and got either a manicure or pedicure or both... very relaxing! The boys did some golfing! We all had some really good food!! We took turns having each family make dinner for everyone, and luckily everyone in our family is a very good cook! Chad and I got Little Caesar's Pizza :) We went bowling and played volleyball a couple times I love doing both!! I want to set up a net in our backyard. I like to pretend I am really good. Chad and his brother Casey are amazing!! and I give them a run for their money ;) We would go get ice cream shakes, the kids thought that was great!! Chad and I had planned to go to a session at the St George Temple but instead we just visited the temple grounds as a family, which was really cool! At night Chad would watch the kids while I went on a walk....more like a hike at night up this really steep hill straight up to this mansion where the street and the sidewalk ends(I loved it when Asenath and Kim came with me) and I would watch the kids while he went up to the hot tub with his brothers. It worked out great!!! We had lots of cannon balls, whirl pools, sunblock, playground fun, bubbles and run-ins with reptiles. We saw lizards everywhere. Asenath and Tori caught the tiniest one I have ever seen and Austin and Alyssa got to hold it for a minute, then they let it go, just in time, Alyssa was about to squish it!! We also saw a lot of frogs. We had a small family reunion with our cousin Karli, who has been going through some rough times but she is doing awesome now and she showed us how she can make FIRE We love you Karli! The kids got to stay up way to late, eat way too much sugar, and play non-stop. We had so much fun!!!

Evan and Kathy's House

Pool Time

Nail Salon, more pool, bowling

Temple, and going home

believe it or not there are more photos that I didn't post!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

St George Here We Come....

As you can see I overloaded our blog with posts this week to leave you with plenty of reading material. We leave Saturday morning and will be spending the week relaxing and having fun in the sun! We will be back next Saturday with plenty of posts to come!!!

"Training wheels are for babies"

Look what Austin can do...

Our Gold Medal Winner...

is Austin!!

Austin had his gymnastic performance tonight, with his cousin Abby. He was so excited and was talking about it all day. We went out to eat with Chad's mom, Rich, Casey, D, and Preston. He seemed excited and was eager to show us what he had learned. The performance was a different story. Austin has never been one to show off, even since he was an infant. I would be like "Hey everyone look what Austin could do!" Whether it was sitting up, smiling, saying a word, no matter what it was he made a liar out of me. Why should tonight be any different? It took him a while to warm up, he was used to going to his class and just being with his teacher and the 4 other students, and tonight our family alone filled up the room, not to mention the other childrens families that came. At first he wouldn't participate and then we bribed him with a sucker and pool toy for our trip to St. George. He is so strong and does a great job!! At the end of the performance, they had a medal ceremony, where they received their gold medals, it was soooo cute!!! Thanks everyone who came and supported Austin and our family, I know he loved having all of you there!!

Happy Anniversary!!!

6 down Eternity to go...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quack, Quack!

My mom had the day off today and since I had 7 of the 9 kids today we decided to take them over to the lake in Daybreak to feed the ducks! They had so much fun. It's nice that we have a lake that is only 5 minutes away...they have rafts and canoes that you can rent so I think we will try that sometime this summer :) The kids loved the ducks. and apparently the ducks were very used to people they came right up to us before we started feeding them, which the kids loved!!

Random Photos

Alyssa saying a prayer in Austin's laundry basket

Alyssa eating pizza in Austin's laundry basket

Austin wanted some attention too!

check out Austin's dance moves

What were they thinking?

Whats all over his hands?

Peanut butter, of course!

they were so happy with themselves :)

we were trying to unpack from camping

and they decided it was time for dress up

they are lucky they are so stinkin' cute or we would have flushed them down the toilet after all their mischief