Monday, September 22, 2008

Last Official Day of Summer

  Today is officially the first day of fall - well actually at 10:45 a.m. or something like that. We decided to end out the summer with a bbq at the lake. Hillsdale Lake is about 30 miles from our home. It has camping, picnicing, fishing, and boating. They also have jetski's for rent which we haven't tried yet but are anxious to do next summer. We bbq'd hamburgers and did our favorite - s'mores!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Orlando

Move over Hanna and Ike. We forged ahead with our plans to Orlando in between two hurricanes. My mom joined us this time as she had never done the disney trip with us before. We had a lot of fun. We thought for sure going in Sept that the weather would be cooler but we suffered through temperatures of 92 and humidity worse than Kansas! There weren't too many people so we were able to walk right onto rides. I think the longest wait we had was on a Saturday and waited 30 minutes for something. I can't believe people actually go in the middle of summer with hoards of people and higher temperatures!
We did the whole thing. The Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios (formerly known as MGM), Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Epcot, and Sea World.
I do have to admit that I much prefer Disneyland over Walt Disney World. Sorry FL!

Camping

Finally got to our camping trip for the year. Didn't take any pictures worth posting though. Most of the time we try to go more than once but this year we plugged into Labor Day weekend. Our favorite place is Watkins Mill in MO. Mike and the girls went fishing and we took Marvin with us. He had a blast. But he was definately due for a bath when we got home.

Family

Mike's cousin Jonas and his wife Rachel have moved to Lawrence for a year. We are so excited to have them close! Baby Anderson is due anytime now. Uncle Joe and Aunt Darlene were out here to help them move into their apt and we helped with what we could. We took this before they flew back out to UT.

St Louis Temple Trip

Finally were able to get to the temple in August. I don't think we had been all summer! St Louis has this funky place called The City Museum. It was totally awesome. It had slides, lots of stuff to climb, caves (behind the walls and even under the floor), and tunnels. 

Belton Train Ride

Went on the Belton Train with our friends Brad & Shannon. It was a fun activity that we had never done before. We were served hot dogs, chips and a drink but decided to get a "real" dinner and hit the local Applebee's on the way home. 

20 Tagged

I was reading my friend Shannon's blog and she had been tagged by one of her friends. I thought it was a great tag idea and Shannon if you don't mind I'm going to post mine.

20 Years Ago: I was 21 and living in Logan, UT going to Utah State University. GO AGGIES! Having fun with my roomies and working at Skippers.
10 Years Ago: Mike and I got married in the Salt Lake Temple. We had bought our first home in West Valley City. I was working for GE Capital Financial and if I remember right Mike was just finishing up nursing school and working for Discover Card before going to LDS Hospital.
5 Years Ago: We moved to Lenexa, KS so Mike could go to KUMC for graduate school. Savannah was 4 and Haylie was 1. We found a little 2 bedroom apartment. I just totally loved this area and did not want to ever go back to UT.
3 Years Ago: Mike graduated with his Masters Degree this year. He signed on with Overland Park Medical Center which was just down the street from our apartment. I was still the stay-home-mom and Savannah was in 1st grade. I was babysitting a little girl for xtra "fun money".
1 Year Ago: We had been in our new home for a full year. We had it built in 2006. We are still residents of Lenexa and love it all. I was one of the Achievement Day leaders for the 8&9 year old girls in our ward. 
1 Month Ago: We were getting ready for school to start. Savannah is in the 4th grade and Haylie is in 1st grade. 
1 Week Ago: Just left for a fabulous week in Orlando, FL. My mom came with us. We went to Sea World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM), The Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. I was actually ready to come home by Friday. :-)
Now I tag all my blogger friends. Tara, Rachel, Daisie, this means you.