Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Day 2010

Unfortunately I did not get a lot of pictures in this year. After going to bed at 2am and being woke up at 5am I was just too dang tired. The girls had a great haul and are busily playing with their new things today. My dad drove out from Utah to join us and we had our traditional Honeybaked Ham for dinner. Quite the mess to clean up. Our decorations have been up since before our Disneyland trip at Thanksgiving so I am anxious to take them down New Years Day and get back to normal.

 
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Kansas Fall

Though I think all huge fully grown trees in Kansas are really neat and offer a lot of shade. I am sure glad that this is all the leaves our two little trees in the front yard shed that need to be raked up.

 
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Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 1

I have wanted to see Disneyland all dolled up for the holidays. So we decided to use Thanksgiving week to do that so the girls would only miss 2 days of school instead of 4 during Labor Day when we usually go. We picked up the rental car and headed down to San Diego. I could live out the rest of my life in that city. We of course had to drive by the San Diego temple. I think it is the prettiest the church has ever built. Then it was on to Coronado Island. Man I love that place. This place is my favorite to roam around. A bit rainy today so it was pretty quiet and not a lot going on. Our hotel was cute. It was a resort type place with a couple of pools, fitness area, and a really good restaurant. Rooms weren't that luxurious but it was a fun place all the same. And oh all the palm trees! Wish they would grow in Kansas. Ate downtown at Old Spaghetti Factory and it did not disappoint. Looking forward to a fun week.

 
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Day 2

Sea World. It was rainy and cold! I'm certainly glad we didn't bring shorts on this trip. I've been in California (high desert) in the fall/winter and that gets cold, but I didn't think San Diego would be this way. Needless to say there were not a lot of people there that day. I made the mistake of going on Atlantis and just couldn't get warm after that.

 
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Day 3

First day at Disneyland! It was busy. Come to find out that all of California schools are out for the entire week. Guess we should have checked on this before planning the trip. The park was decorated to the nines. It was spectacular. Our family block had been cleaned up and looked better than it did last year. The parade was really neat and the castle lights at night were amazing.

 
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Day 4

Knotts Berry Farm. Since we didn't want to hassle with a car we used the awesome OCTA transportation system. Just one bus change and we were there. Pretty slick. Even took the bus up to Fullerton to eat at Old Spaghetti Factory. Today was pretty crowded too. It was a bit chilly so we didn't even attempt the water rides. Had a great dinner at Mrs Knotts Chicken then went back to our hotel.

 
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Day 6

Today we spent most of the day in California Adventure. I thought Worlds of Color was pretty cool but it would be nice if they had everyone sit down. Us shorter adults couldn't even see the whole thing so I can't imagine was a kick in the pants it is for the kids.

 
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Day 7

Today we finished up what we wanted to do again. It is also the day after Thanksgiving. The freaking place was PACKED! We will never go to Disneyland on a holiday again. By this time I was pretty much pictured out so we got some of the Christmas Parade in the evening.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hollywood Hillbillies

The middle school did their first ever theatre production of this play. Cute Savannah is Marcello the dog. Her costume was darling and she did a fabulous job. They have another showing Thursday night. She was a little disappointed that she did not get a speaking part, but I just encouraged her to be the best dog that you could possible be. Everyone has to start somewhere. Good job Savannah!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

Ward Trunk-or-Treat. We had a Corpse Bride and Cutie Kitty. Weather was spectacular!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

2010 Jack-O-Lanterns

  1. Mike: Mean Guy and Mickey Mouse
  2. Ann: Holy Design
  3. Savannah: Girl w/ Braces & Freckles
  4. Haylie: Minion
  5. Lacie: L

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Spaced Out

The elementary 3rd Grade performed their first program Spaced Out. Little Haylie bug was so cute. She really likes to sing. Afterwards we went with friends to this place. It is one of our favorite joints in the area. We much prefer New York style over Chicago style. But last night it was strictly for this ice cream that they sell. Yum!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Louisburg Cider Mill

This last week we went here. This is one of our favorite places to go in the fall. We picked up some apple cider and apple donuts. Then we headed for this place trick-or-treating and crafts. Ended up with dinner here which is THE best steakhouse in the metro.

Bwah Ha Ha

Just a few cute pics of our front home decor. I could spend a small fortune on halloween decor, but we're starting small.

Violinist

Having a heck of a time posting my collages from Picasa. I am hoping this will work in the meantime. Savannah participated in the Fall Orchestra Concert at the middle school. She is pretty serious about this so she is now getting started in formal lessons. She looked so cute!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Haunted Halloween at Worlds of Fun

Boy do we love halloween at Worlds of Fun. ! The weather is always gorgeous and its not as crowded as the summer time. It is a Cedar Fair park so the decorations are similar to Knotts Berry Farm which I totally adore. They do an awesome scare-free afternoon for the kids during the day and then at 7:00 the real scary stuff begins, starting with a parade of all the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls down the main avenue. Because we had the girls we left, but Mike and I were able to get to the extreme haunts last year and they are scary!

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Kansas City Fall

Took an afternoon to our favorite pumpkin patch. Such a fun farm to visit! However, we do stop and get our pumpkins at WalMart because I refuse to pay double for them at the farm. The girls fed the animals, dug for dinosaur "bones", played on the slides and strolled through the country store. Gotta love fall in Kansas!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Great Midwest Balloon Fest

Had an awesome time Friday night at the balloon fest in Overland Park. There were 36 balloonists that participated. We arrived around 4:30 for the festivities and food. About 6:00 half of the hot air balloons lifted off. Then more food, fun, and music. When it got dark the other half stuck around for what they call the Night Glow. This is where the balloons are fully expanded but they run the propane fire to light them up. What a spectacular view. Can't wait until they do it again next year!

 
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Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs

Once again we have a 3rd grader that had to do an insect display. Needless to say I left this up to Daddy. I can handle the monarch butterfly but everything else was just too gross. However she did get an A!!!

 
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Colorado Springs

We bought tickets back in April for the BYU/Air Force game this past weekend. It is only a 9 hour drive from here so it was doable. Mike didn't get out of the hospital until late so we drove as far as Salina KS on Thursday. Up on Friday to go the rest of the way. We wanted to stay in Manitou Springs and had this fun little motel called the Rainbow Inn. It was on the main drag into Manitou Springs and allowed pets. Since Lacie will have to stay in the kennel when we go to Disneyland we decided to take her with us on this trip. She loves roadtrips. First day we went to explore the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Let me tell you, I am so glad for modern conveniences, though they were pretty cool. Went to this place called The Mason Jar which claims to have the best country fried steak in the nation. It was pretty good.

 
After dinner we wanted to check out all the shops. However we found it was similar to Keystone SD where they all closed up around 6p except for the dining establishments. So we were just able to walk up and down looking through the windows.
 
Saturday morning we dropped Lacie off at doggie day care and went horseback riding through Garden of the Gods. It was real pretty. About an hour on a horse is about all I can stand. Wasn't planning on getting as dusty as I did with all the red rock dust. The girls had an absolute blast though.
 
Saturday afternoon was the BYU/AF game. Unfortunately we were sitting on the side facing the sun and it was hot. Didn't matter that we were at an elevation of 6000 feet and the wind was blowing....it was still hot. Seeing the jets fly over was pretty cool but we ended up leaving during the 4th quarter because the cougars were loosing. I did run into an old high school friend though. We wanted to get some miles behind us that night so we made it as far as Hays KS before stopping for the night.
 
The game was a bust, but the weekend in and of itself was a lot of fun.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day Fun

It seems weird to spend Labor Day at home this year. This is normally the time we are doing our annual Disneyland trip. However, we are doing that later this year so we spent the holiday at home. Our ward had a breakfast at the lake at Shawnee Mission Park. We had pancakes, breakfast cassarole, fruits, muffins, donuts and juice. We however cooked up some of our own bacon and brought it with us. We had an inflatable jumer for the kids, volleyball, and the guys played touch football. It was an absolute beautiful morning!

 
The weather was perfect and the lake looked absolutely divine so we decided to go back that afternoon for a little boating. You can only have non-motorized watercraft so we hauled our inflatable raft over for a little fun. We even took little Lacie for a cruise. Not so sure she liked the water but this was her first time in a lake. We then took her over to the off-leash dog area and walked down to their "swimming beach". I think she was the smallest one there.
 
After an exhausting day outdoors we came home, showered, got KFC and watched Boise State win their football game. All in all a great holiday!
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Haylie First Day 3rd Grade

Haylie is starting school today at Cedar Creek Elementary. She is now officially a 3rd grader. She has Mrs Harris for her teacher which I am totally stoked about. Savannah had Mrs Harris when she was in 4th grade and I'd go to the school one day a week to help out with both teachers for an entire day. Had a blast. Looking forward to doing it again this year.

 
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Our Middle Schooler

Today starts the first day of school for Savannah. Mission Trail Middle School Timberwolves. She is so excited. They had a pancake breakfast for the 6th graders done by our local Chris Cakes. We got to meet the wolf mascot and our local Fox 4 news station was there for the story of this brand new school. Its going to be an awesome year!

 
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Today Was the Day

Our sweet 11 year old got her braces today. She was so excited. She chose BYU blue, pink and lilac for her band colors. Here's looking toward the next 24 months!

 
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Western Caribbean Cruise

We were able to spend a week with 21 of our 23 extended family members (including my 94 year old grandmother), cruising the caribbean. This was #10 for me but the first time on Carnival Cruise Lines. Our ship was the Carnival Legend. Our family got into Tampa FL early on Saturday morning so we spent the day at Busch Gardens. But for the life of me I can't find what I did with the collage! Needless to say it was hot, humid, and crowded. At one point we were actually ready to leave. However, we got in on a really good deal. With each ticket we also got an all day, all-you-can-eat/drink wristband for no extra charge so that was pretty nice. Once we got on the ship we went around to take pictures before it got too crowded.

 
We grabbed some lunch on the Lido deck and at 4p watched the city of Tampa go by. VERY expensive homes down that road. I thought the little lighthouse at the end was a nice touch. Not sure if it actually does any good but just there for looks. The kids had to take advantage of the pool right away.
 
Read on for the week in pictures. Everyone had an uber-fabulous time and we are so grateful for the generousity of my grandmother in allowing all of us to do this. Thanks Grammy!
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