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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Our first family 5k

Somehow we got roped into doing a  5k as a family. Yes I was surprised too! But we did it! We all crossed the finish line together and under an hour and we were not the last across!

Ashley's Activity Day leader is a runner so she wanted all the girls to do this free run with her and encouraged the families to join. We decided to give it a go knowing there would be no "running" involved for us. It was a very low key run and a lot of fun.

And as we walked we counted how many houses we passed by that I had done Pampered Chef Shows at. We passed or walked within 2 blocks of 12 houses. Pretty good for a 3 mile walk!

We won 2 drawings at the end. We got a free breakfast at Village Inn and a $25 gift card to Golden Corral.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Little Fishes

One hour a day, Monday through Friday, eight weeks, 4 Swim Meets = Summer Swim Team

This year was the first time all three kids participated. (insert me doing a happy dance!)

And John received Heat Winner for boys his age in his heat for freestyle!

 Way to go buddy!


Ashley did great starting off the block this year!

And Jessica tackled 100 meters (4 laps) in breaststroke and freestyle.

We are so proud of our little fishes!

Summer Fun

It is the end of July. We have 3 weeks until school starts again. So I thought I'd share a few of our highlights from the summer.

John and I both got to experience Cub Scout Day Camp for the first time.

 He loved every minute of it! I survived!

I got to throw a baby shower for my friend Christy. It has been a long time since I've thrown a baby shower. It was so much fun getting our friends together.

Isn't Christy cute! She was just about ready to POP!



Mark and I got to spend one evening at Girls Camp for Bishopric night. It made the week with Jessica gone seem not as long knowing we got to see her a little sooner. Their theme was Defend Your Destiny.


The kids convinced us we needed to get up way to early on a Holiday to go to the Balloon Festival.

We got to see a few balloons fill up before they announced it was too windy and none of them would take off.


I made my annual trip to Chicago in July for the Pampered Chef National Conference. It was a wonderful trip and got to end all the fabulous training by going to see Beauty and The Beast with my beautiful friends.

 (Cynthia not pictured because she was taking the picture)

And the kids and I have had a lot of trips to Seven Peaks Water Park and Trafalga Fun Centers thanks to our Pass of All Passes. Sorry, no pictures!

We are having fun and looking forward to a few more weeks of fun!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Baptism Day!

The highlight of summer 2011 has been John's Baptism. We are so proud of the good choices he has made in his life. My handsome boys getting ready for the big event.



He was so excited!


And we were glad the whole family could be there. Jessica got home just in time that morning from Girls Camp!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Birthday Boy

June 16 marked John's 8th Birthday. How can my baby be 8 years old?????
Somehow his cake standards have gotten a little out of hand.


And somehow I was crazy enough to give in to his standards.


John and his buddies had a great time at his birthday party.


Poke Balls were found.

Tails were pinned


And mummies were created.

I think it was a success!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tulip Festival 2011

Have I ever mentioned Tulip Festival is one of my favorite times of year at Thanksgiving Point Gardens?


How beautiful is that? The colors, the variety, the beauty. It is amazing. But we have gotten a little lazy over the years. I think it had something to do with the fact Mark had already been at work and on his feet for a few hours that day.


The kids love driving through the gardens. SPOILED!


This year the weather was a bit cold. I can't believe I was wearing gloves and a winter coat at the end of April! But the flowers were still amazing. If you have never been you really must make a point of going. Of course some day maybe I'll be able to see the real amazing tulips in Holland!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Spring Break - Vegas Baby

April 2011 brought Spring Break. But you would never know it in Utah. It has been a crazy winter and Spring is fighting to get through. So our goal for Spring Break was to get out of town and be somewhere it was warm. Thankfully we have family in Las Vegas so we packed our bags and headed out.


Love having the Mini Van so the kids can have some leg room. After dealing with snow all the way down we were excited to hit St. George where it finally let up. At the Costco stop we got ice cream that I think the kids liked. John said we needed to go to St. George more often to get the ice cream. Hopefully on our next Costco trip he will not remember the goodness!

On our first full day in Vegas, Mark's sister, Kris, took the kids hiking. Mark and I immediately hit the Outlet Mall child free. That is until we arranged to meet my brother, Brent, and his daughter Lilly.


Kris is so kind and generous. She spoiled us on the whole trip. She even got us free tickets for Mark and I to go see Barry Manilow at the Paris Hotel!!!


I grew up listening to Barry because my Mom loved him. So I was so excited to go. He does an amazing show and we had so much fun.

Day 2 was Sunday. After going to church with Brent and his family (we were hoping Gladys Knight would be there, but sadly we missed her. But we did get to meet her daughter) We all got together to drive out to Hoover Dam


Have you seen the big new bridge they have?


It is pretty impressive! We walked across the bridge and got to cross over the Arizona/Nevada border in the middle

The Arizona side is not so exciting!


Sunday night continued the tradition of Kris and the kids playing cards before going to bed. They loved it!


Monday was our crazy busy day! We began at M & M World!






And headed over to the Coca Cola Store

Where we tasted 16 different flavors of soda from around the World. Very fun and glad we don't have some of those flavors here!

Next stop was The Mirage

Where we went to the Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden






Then we headed over to Circus Circus for a little Carnival Fun!

Where everyone returned home with a couple of new stuffed animals!

For the afternoon snack we headed over to Caesar's Palace where the new Serendipity 3 had recently opened.

Can you say Frrrozen Hot Chocoalte anyone???


Mark thought this should be my new Facebook photo! Who knew they had multiple flavors?!? So we had to try the original along with a Peanut Butter version. All we can say is YUMMMMM!

We got ours To-Go so we could head over to The Bellagio to catch the water show.


Took a few pictures with The Paris Hotel that is across the street. Do you think Jessica can get extra credit for her French class??



And then headed inside The Bellagio to see the gardens -- Breathtaking!





And a stop to see the Chocolate fountain! But we had our fill of chocolate by this point.



And just when you thought we could not fit anything more in the day -- we headed back to The Mirage to catch the Volcano!



The kids were just a little tired at that point. So they really enjoyed when we got lost in Caesar's Palace trying to get back to the car!

But we got in all the sites we wanted to see that day.

Tuesday we slept in and did a little recovery. But I did have enough strength to head to my favorite store and get a few new pieces of clothes for my Spring wardrobe!

The one thing the kids really wanted to do was go swimming. It was warm in Vegas compared to Utah, but not that warm. But the kids really wanted to swim, so we went over to Brent & Kyleen's and hit the swimming pool with the cousin's.


They lasted about an hour, which is about 59 minutes longer than I would have lasted! The water was freezing. It felt like snow run off water.

Wednesday we packed up and headed back to Utah. The rest of the week was spent recovering. But it was a great Spring Break 2011 for our family!