Saturday, November 28, 2009


We had a lovely Thanksgiving. It was so nice to have my mom and dad here. Jon's mom and aunt also made it up. His brother Brad and his family came over, and I had my sweet neighbor and her husband come as well.

Jon, his mom Patty, and his brother Brad

Sweet Ashley.
Sorry about the fuzzy shot.

Grandma Patty did Haley's hair. looks pretty cute to me.
She didn't keep it in for long though.
Aunt Linda is the redhead in the background on the right.
Next to her is Laura, Brad's wife, then Brad and Patty (Jon's mom).

My mom and dad.

Get the food on!

Waiting patiently.....

Julia (niece), Haley, Alicia (niece), Patty, my dad, and Laura(sister in law)

Two grandma's and my boys!

My nieces again; Linda; my neighbor, Barbara and her husband Gordon; my dad and Haley.
Jon did a great job on the turkey. It was SO good.
We need a new rotisserie though.
I think this was the last year for our current model.
Everything else was so good too. It was a great community effort.
Yes, I did hit the stores the day after. I wasn't up and out early though. No Way!! Of course, I didn't get everything I wanted too, but I scored a few good deals. I got home in plenty of time to get the tree up and haul out all the decorations. I am well on my way to going completely over the top on my decorations. I'll post pics of that soon!
Hope you all are having a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What I'm grateful for (PART 4)

  • YOU!!! All my blog buddies. I'm so thankful for the friendships created here in the blogosphere. I'm so thankful for your warmth, support and the many wonderful ways you've enriched my life over the past year and a half.

I hope you have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving surrounded with the warmth and companionship of your loved ones!!

Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What I'm grateful for (PART 3)

  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • second chances
  • and third chances....
  • that I'll have a houseful of people tomorrow for Thanksgiving.
  • a terrific mother-in-law
  • that my hubby goes to bed first and gets it all nice and warm for me :)
  • that he also lets me sleep in on the weekends (never mind the fact that he never gets to sleep in!)
  • rainbows
  • swimming pools
  • creativity
  • the Temple
  • the garbage man
  • the mail man
  • onion dip
  • a closet full of clothes (even if they don't fit too well anymore)
  • potato chips
  • bowling
  • naps
  • re-connecting with old friends and family on Facebook
  • a lock on the bathroom door :)
  • little boy smiles that melt my heart
  • Christmas music
  • Christmas movies

What are YOU thankful for?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What I'm grateful for (PART 2)

  • the movies
  • good books
  • not so good books
  • cookies
  • brownies
  • fresh cut grass
  • my senses
  • kisses from my kids
  • childrens laughter
  • knock knock jokes
  • hot, hot baths
  • lotion
  • Chanel no. 5
  • music
  • pumpkin pie with whipped cream
  • Target
  • HGTV
  • my car
  • my freedom
  • massages
  • little girls
  • little boys
  • playful kitties
  • memories of loved ones
  • pictures

What are YOU thankful for?

Monday, November 23, 2009

What I'm grateful for (PART 1)

Well, first I have to give a shoutout to Gigi.
Thank YOU girl, for reminding me what I needed and wanted to post about this week. (please check that link, it's a great little clip).

So here's my list(in no particular order):
  • my hubby
  • my kids
  • that my mom and dad will be here tomorrow for a whole week. Yippee!!
  • my family
  • sunshine
  • clouds
  • flowers
  • my computer
  • my friends
  • the gospel
  • my Savior
  • my home (even though it's not big enough)
  • my job (even though I wish I were a stay at home mommy)
  • my bed
  • shopping
  • pizza
  • chocolate
  • Pepsi
  • peppermint (even though it's added ten pounds to my waistline in the last two months!)
  • my stretch marks
  • warm fuzzy socks
  • modern conveniences
  • In-n-Out cheeseburgers

What are YOU thankful for?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Air show

Today we went to Nellis Air Force base here in Vegas to attend their annual airshow. It was cool. The plane's are just amazing. I love going, and checking them out.
Most exciting though, is watching them in action. I love the sound they make. I love the spectacular displays and amazing feats they're capable of.

The kids got to walk through, sit in and otherwise check out some of this incredible machinery.

This is one wierd looking plane. I think the sign said it's used for reconaissance missions.
I think it looks like a Beluga whale.

These were amazing. The pilots were retired and civilian pilots. They really put on a spectacular show. They would get so close to each other at points. Talk about exciting. It's incredible they can fly within like, 30 feet of each other. At those speeds, I would be SO out of control.

We wore the little guys out pretty quick.

This thing was amazing! (picture above and below) Don't ask me what it's called, I don't have a clue. It's ginormous!!! Look how heavy it looks. I think the announcer said it was 285,000 pounds or tons, or 185,000---anyway, it's massive! I was amazed it could even get off the ground. But the really cool thing about it is it's maneuverability. It can almost stop on a dime. This thing can do things other planes can't do. You'd think something that huge would need a lo-o-o-ng runway, but it doesn't. The announcer said it could parallel park! LOL. It was cool.

Justin was either not a fan of napping in the stroller, or the very loud jet engines.

This last shot on our way out. The winds really picked up in the afternoon and it got cold, so we called it a day.
I really enjoyed going and being able to interract with some of the wonderful men and women who serve our country. It was a nice way to wrap up a week that included Veterans Day.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Random Thursday anybody?

I'm so lax in my posting lately. I think of things I'd like to post about and then either forget them, or just never get around to it. So, I thought I'd throw in a quick random post of things I've been thinking about lately.
I really am not too crazy about my new work schedule. I'm all screwed up. I feel like I'm home less than I was before. My laundry is just piling up. How do women who work a 9-5 shift all the time do it? When do they get the housework done? I don't relish the thought of getting home at 6:00 and starting those things. bleh!
I feel so bad about our poor kitty, Shrek. We leave our garage door cracked a little, and our kitties really enjoy being outside. We have a doggie door at the garage entrance so they can pretty much come and go as they like. But if we didn't leave that dang garage door cracked, he wouldn't have gotten out and gotten himself hit by a car. I just feel so sad when I think about his last moments, all alone and suffering. Poor sweet innocent boy.
I loved this--at work today this cute little girl was holding a stuffed toy and asked her daddy if she could please have it. His response was a very kind "no honey." To which she responded. "What else can I have instead?" Dad's response? "You can have a kiss!" Mom came along right after and reinforced it. She said, "I'll give you a kiss." ---How awesome!! I'm going to have to try that sometime. Obviously they use this maneuver frequently. The little girl didn't throw a fit or anything, just moved on. What great parenting. I was really impressed.
We had a really great Stake conference last Sunday. I love Stake conference, because I always leave my kids at home. Jon doesn't go, and it is such a pain to get the kids to sit through two hours of speakers. So I just leave them with Jon, and I actually get to get my cup filled. I know, I really do need to have the kids go with me. I usually have some guilt about it. How are they ever gonna' learn if they don't go? I'm just selfish I guess.
Anyway, our Patriarch was relegated(?) to non-functioning status. Patriarch May is the one who gave me my blessing, and then he came to the Temple when I received my endowment . He's been called to serve in the Temple, I didn't catch in what capacity. But I was so happy to be able to be there Sunday and hear him say a few words. There's a special place in my heart for him.
The rest of the meeting was also very wonderful. Just a lot of really great messages, and the choir did a gorgeous rendition of "Come thou Fount of Every Blessing"--I think I was weeping through most of the meeting.
Overheard at Stake Conference:
Husband: "Why didn't you follow me?"
Wife: "Because I didn't know where you were going!"
They were right behind me. I had to giggle at the exchange, but as I sat there and thought about it, I realized that it's so important to exercise a little faith in this life. Even when we don't know where the Lord is directing us, we still need to follow.
I was hoping to post everyday this month with something I'm grateful for. I just keep forgetting to do it. I'll have to do a make-up post soon. Maybe Thanksgiving day.
I've been spending WAY too much time on Facebook lately. I didn't think I'd ever hear myself say that!! But I've been playing those darned Farm games, oh and Fashionista!! Like I have time to spend playing Facebook games.
I'm grateful for my wonderful neighbor, who babysits for me. She's a sweet grandmotherly type and my kids adore her. How did I get so lucky?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rest in Peace sweet Shrekker

Such a cute little naughty kitty. We lost our sweet Shrek last night.
He was hit by a car.
We didn't have him for very long, but long enough for him to worm his way into our hearts.
We'll miss your funny antics sweet boy, and the way you got all lovey in the mornings.
Fiona misses you.

Monday, November 9, 2009

on becoming a slave driver...

Well, the girls are on track break again. They get pretty much the whole month of November off.
Lucky turds.
My house is in serious need of a major overhaul. What better time to tackle it right? Huge mess, extra helpers around for a whole month. Who could ask for more?

So what project did we tackle today?
Is their room now sparkling clean?
Can you eat off my kitchen floor?
Is the mountain of laundry finally tamed?
I took them to the Springs Preserve . I have to say it was really cool. I've been wanting to check it out for a while, and it was the perfect day to go. Temps were in the upper 60's to low 70's. It was gorgeous out!
There is SO much to check out there. I think we're going to have to buy a season pass, because really you could spend hours in just one section of the place. There are trails to walk, gardens to look at, exhibits and tons of hands on stuff for the kids to do.

Checking out some desert wildlife....

Hello Mr. Lizard!

Looking at a bunny...can you see him? How about this one?

This room was pretty cool. It depicts a flash flood, which can happen pretty quickly around here in the summertime.

The rushing water scared the boys, but it was pretty awesome.

An awesome playground for the kiddies....

Down at the end of the snake's tail, there's a hidden speaker and a sensor. Jason walked past it, and set it off. Sounded like a gigantic ratttlesnake and scared the you know what out of him. It was pretty funny.

Same thing with the birds. We were trying to find the sensor but couldn't. Finally as we were leaving, Justin somehow managed to be the one to set it off. Poor little guy about had a stroke!
We laughed so hard.

Once he saw this, it became nearly impossible to get Justin away from it.

Pretty cool, wish we had one for the back yard.

A train is definitely on the Christmas wish list!

And tomorrow? Tomorrow we're tackling that mountain of laundry!