Friday, November 30, 2007

It's Raining, It's Pouring!!!

Yah, it's raining. It smells so good. I went out for a jog this morning and it looked a bit cloudy, but didn't think the rain would come for a bit... I was about a mile into my run and it started raining. It actually made me really happy. The air was fresh and clean and it smelled so good. I miss the rainy days. I know it sounds crazy, but true. It makes me a little homesick for Seattle! The only bad thing about rain in Vegas, is that people don't know how to drive in it! You would think there was 6 inches of snow on the ground. The roads become very slick because of the oil build up on them and people don't understand that they have to slow down.

We are off to get Mitchell a hair cut! YAH... he looks like an orphan. He finally agreed to it and I didn't have to bribe him with money this time...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas!

We spent thanksgivving weekend getting the house all decorated! It was a lot of work... but fun. The kids enjoy helping with the tree... and I am one of those mothers that likes to rearrange the tree after they decorate it... you know, they put 5 red balls right next to eachother and clump everything together, so things just need to be moved around a bit.... well, while we were decorating this weekend, Ashley said "Mom, remember when you used to rearrange the tree when we went to bed." I said, "What do you mean I used too?" She got pretty mad at me. Then she was putting some of, shall we say my "not so pretty" ornaments on and I said, "Put the ugly ones down low or in the back." and she said, "Mom, I made this in 2nd grade!" oops. Needless to say, I didn't get much help after that! I felt pretty bad. I'm not always the smartest or best mom, but I try.

I can't believe it is Christmas time! Time sure flies. I am going to do my best to enjoy the season and remember what it's all about!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We have so much to be thankful for! All week I have been feeling so lucky for our good health, great husband, great kids and so much more! We have a lot of people in our ward that are struggeling with health problems and such and I have had the opportunity to provide some service and as I have talked to these sweet sisters I have helped I have felt so greatful for the ability to serve and help them. It's much easier to give then to recieve! I feel so blessed today!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner over at Joanna Jones' home. She is my brother Scott's mother in law. It was fun to get to know Jenn's family better. They made us feel very welcome and everything was so good! We were in charge of bringing some turkey, green bean caserole and yams. Last night I was in the mood to bake, so I made an apple pie too. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day! We missed being with more family... I hope you all had a good day.

Here are some pictures from the day...
John and I getting the turkey ready to take to Joanna's.

Scott and Jenn

Chris, James & Stephanie

Tanner hanging out after dinner...

John and the kids letting their stomach's settle.

Time for dessert... yum!

Ashley fell in love with the little babies! This is Jenn's cousin little Noah! I think he thought Ashley was cute! He sat with her for a long time.

Happy Thanksgiving! We are greatful for all of you!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Ashley and I LOVE watching Ellen everyday. It's a pretty funny show. 2 years ago I was able to get some tickets to a taping of Ellen and I gave them to Ashley for Christmas, but the show date ended up being during finals, so she wasn't able to go. I went with my good friends Keri and Susan. We had a blast, but I felt guilty the whole time that we were using Ashley's present. So I was so excited that I was able to get tickets again. This time I made sure the date was a day there wasn't school. So, Ashley invited her good friend Kami to come with us and we drove down Monday morning to Burbank, CA.

We found our way to NBC studios and got our passes and then stood in line for 2 hours. While we were in line they asked us to fill out a survey and then came around and asked us questions. they were looking for people who would play an audience game. They called my name 2 times and asked me lots of questions. We really thought that I might get called up to play a game, but I didn't. Bummer! I was actually relieved, the game (celebrity couples) wasn't one of my specialties, so I would have made a fool of myself!

One bummer about the show was that there is a writers strike going on down in Hollywood, so a lot of actors won't cross the picket lines.... so when we got there we aked who was going to be on the show and they didn't know??? That surprised us! So, they played an audience game and a few other things. The main guest that will be shown on the show is Celine Dion, but they filmed her last week!! Big bummer. We were sad that we didn't get to see a big celebrity and no audience prizes... but the main reason we went was to see Ellen and she was great. We sat right behind "Striker" the DJ. Ashley and Kami talked to him during the break and he gave them a hug after the show!! They were so excited. When you see Ellen come in at the very beginning of the show, she pauses and makes a funny face, that is because she was laughing at Ashley. Ashley was screaming and jumping up and down when she walked in and she saw Ashley and paused for a second and gave her a funny look! they totally made eye contact, it was cool! So, look for us in the audience. We are on the far right hand side. We were in this little section that only had 4 chairs. I have no idea if you will be able to see us... but it's worth watching.

After the show we drove up to Hisperia and stayed the night with Edie and Luke and cute little Carter (John's sister). We played a fun game of Phase 10 and stayed up way too late! I still can't believe Edie came from behind and won! She wasn't even cheating like the girls were! Thanks for having us! We got up and left this morning. We stopped in Primm to shop at the outlets for a little while and Ashley is exstatic that there is a new Hollister outlet there. They had some amazing prices.... Just in time for Christmas shopping!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

saturday sports

oops, we forgot our camera! Tanner wants me to write about his football game yesterday. I think it was probably the most exciting flag footbal game in history! It is playoffs and the winner of the game plays next week in the "Superbowl". We were playing the only team that beat us and we wern't expecting to win. We had lost 30 to 6 last time. But the boys played hard! The score went back and forth, we missed one extra point and so we were down by one, then we got an interception and got ahead and made a 2 point conversion. Then they scored again and it ended in a tie game! They ref's didn't know what to do, they knew there needed to be a winner, but they usually let the games end in a tie so they didn't know what rules to do for a tie playoff game. So they made some calls and then decided it would be like college. Each team got a chance to score. We went first and scored and made the extra piont. Then the other team scored. Then the center hiked the ball for the extra point and he messed it up and it hit the ground! It was so exciting and yet so sad for that center! If they had made the extra point, they would have called them the winner, because they beat us earlier in the season. So we are off to the Superbowl next week! That means one more week of practices... I was kindof looking forward to being done! Oh well.

Then we ran straight over to Mitchell's soccer game and they were loosing 2-0 at halftime and then Mitchell scored and it change the dynamics of the game. We scored again and played really tough. It ended a tie, but felt like a win because they played so good!

Oh My Gosh...Tanner is so funny. Last week Ashley lost her camera and she told everyone she would pay whoever found it. So Tanner found it for her and everyone was happy! Just now, Ashley came in with another offer because she spent the last half hour looking for the camera, with no luck finding it. Tanner got all excited and ran to a drawer and pulled out the camera, he had hid it from her! She asked why he did that and he said, "I really need some money". It was so funny! maybe you had to be here.

Ashley and I are off to CA in the morning to go see a taping of the Ellen Degeneress show! We will write all about it on Tuesday! I am not sure if it will be aired on Tuesday or Wednesday. So be sure to watch!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Happy Birthday Mitchell!

How could my little boy be 14? I remember the day he was born and it doesn't seem that long ago.... man I'm getting old! He has grown several inches in the last few months and his voice is getting deep and the girls are calling! We got majorly TP'd on Friday night. They used the normal Tp and then put post-it notes with little notes on them all over the house! I didn't get to see it, but they say it was pretty bad. A little old man at church today said his neighbor asked him if he saw the house down the street that got TP'd so bad and he told him he new us and the neighbor was worried that someone hated us. Then he came over to look at it closer and read the post it notes and soon figured we must have a teenage son and there were girls after him!

Mitchell is still very mellow and people don't think he talks much, but we let them know that he does at home! He's a very good boy and we are so happy to have him! He got ordained a Teacher today and that was very neat. He also finished his Deacon's Duty to God. Good Job! Happy Birthday Mitchell! We love you!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Crazy Halloween week

Wow...what a week! The kids had all sorts of school activities and projects, John was very busy at work and I had a busy week with my calling.

Do you know how hard it is to find a plastic skeleton 2 days before Halloween?? Mitchell had to label all the parts of a skeleton in Spanish for his spanish class and then decorate it in a halloween costume. He told me about it last week, but we forgot to get a skeleton over the weekend so I had to go searching on Monday.... I seriously went to Target, Linens and Things, The Great Outdoors, Joanne's, Michaels, K-mart, Wal Mart, Lowes, Vons and then finally Kohls and they had one! It cost a fortune... but I was desperate. I wonder if teachers know how hard the parents have to work for kids projects.... So here it is - a Hula Skeleton!

John was in North Carolina on Sunday and got home Monday night around 8:00 just in time to decorate pumpkins. It was a fun FHE. Here are some pics from the night....

Tuesday I was busy with volunteering at the High School for a few hours, Birthday shopping for Mitchell, Tanner had cub scouts, Mitchell had soccer practice, Mutual for John and big kids and YW meetings for me. Wednesday I went with Tanners class on a filed trip to a Silver Mine way out in the middle of the dessert. It was pretty amazing. They had miles and miles of tunnels that were dug out by hand. You could see the gold! A couple owns the mine and does tours and plays some fun games with the kids. they got to launch balloons across the road and play horse shoes. It was fun to spend the day with Tanner and get to know his teacher and the kids in his class. Tanner has a very interesting class.... I think that is all I will say about that, so I don't say anything mean.

Halloween night we took Tanner to the "trunk or treat" at the church. It was fun. He was Nacho Libre and Mitchell was a hula girl?? and Ashley was a pirate. Halloween is great in Vegas, no jackets needed! It was a beautiful evening and it was fun to see all the kids dressed up! Ashley appreared with her friends and begged to stay out past 10:00... no luck. She is sure she has the meanest parents! Mitchell met up with John and Tanner "Trick or Treating" in the neighborhood and got some candy. He had a bit of a bad night, his friends couldn't decide where to go and what to do, so they ended up doing nothing! So he was bummed that he didn't get much candy. It was still plenty though.

Friday was our Stake Youth Leadership retreat. We took all the class presidents and YM/YW presidents up to a retreat facility up in the mountains and did some leadership training activities with them last night and then this morning all the bishoprics arrived and we did more training for them and the youth. It went great and I learned a lot. It always amazes me how strong the youth are! They honestly blow me away. They know the scriptures so well and have amazing testimonies. I didn't know half of what they know when I was their age. I feel so lucky to work with such great kids.

I am so glad this week is over! I am ready to slow down a bit. Hopefully we will have a nice quiet Sunday. It is Mitchell's 14th birthday tomorrow! Can't believe he is so old!