Sunday, January 13, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
For New Years Eve this year we went to dinner and the then hit the comedy club for a few laughs. Comedy Sportz is becoming one of our favorite places to go as a family.
It was so fun to have everyone together . . . just our family. We laughed and talked about things we're hoping will happen in 2013. We even joked about how Jenny might be on a date next year for New Years since she'll be 16 by then. That was a little hard for me to think about but made me appreciate even more the time we had together this year.
I'm so grateful for Bret and each one of my kids. We always have so much fun together. I'm excited for a new year to make new goals and to look forward to more adventures and changes as life moves on.
Happy New Year to All!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Grandma Clark told the kids they could each bring a friend up to go sledding sometime, so we made a day of it and all had so much fun! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for letting us come!
This cute man did all the driving! He was frozen by the time he was done . . .
Jenny brought 2 friends, Kylee and Bailey and they laughed and laughed the whole time
All of Tyler's friends were out of town, so he was a good sport and hung out with all of us
Katy and Julia did a little 4-wheeling while they were waiting for their next turn on the tubes
Shawn made snow angels and had snowball fights with his friend Milo
I think they were the most fun to watch . . . cutest faces!
Then back to the house for hot chocolate, movies, coloring, electric blankets, building blocks and naps
Kate's hands were so cold!
Thank you again Grandma and Grandpa for the fun day. We had so much fun! Thank you for having us!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This little lady has loved playing soccer this year. She told me the other day that her dream is to someday "head" the ball into the goal. She's been practicing hitting it with her head at practice and even had me throw a few to her for extra practice.
A couple days ago she came home from school and told me that her dream came true. She made a goal with her head while playing in P.E. at school. I guess she's got to come up with a new dream. I don't know what I'm going to do with this girl.
And this guy couldn't be having more fun playing on his little team. He has been so lucky to have his Primary teacher for his soccer coach this season. He loves being with all the kids his age and still sneaks in some serious skips and jumps while playing. He is finally catching on and starting to kick the ball really hard. Too bad he only has one game left in the season.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The weather got cold so we decided day 3 would be the best for going to the temple. Jenny and Tyler brought their recommends from home so we headed off to do Baptisms for the Dead. We were the only ones there. They had to find people to come down to the baptistry to help us which was really different from our experiences in the Provo Temple. It was neat to be in the Las Vegas temple together. We only wish Katy and Shawn could have done some with us.
Bret took Katy and Shawn to the Nellis Air Force base to watch the F16 jets take off while we were at the temple. One of the sisters in the temple told me I could bring Katy and Shawn in and through the lobby and out to the small garden/courtyard area in the middle of the temple. Katy was especially excited to actually walk into the temple. She had just said that morning that she couldn't wait until she turned 12 and could go with us. This is a picture of the kids in the courtyard together. This might be one of my favorites. I love that we were all together "in" the temple.
The wind was still blowing like crazy after the temple, so we headed down to show the kids the Hoover Dam. The whole time we were driving down there (and while we were there) the kids had a blast cracking Dam jokes. "I need to use the Dam bathroom" , "I would like a Dam picture" "Let's find the Dam Escalator, Dam stairs", "I see the Dam road", "Dam tourists, Dam sign, etc" I think Tyler was the most creative and got the biggest kick out of it. But they all thought they were so funny. Nothing like a little rebellion.
Looking over the edge made me crazy. I had to hold on to Shawn because I felt safer that way. When I think of it now I still get the "willie's". This is a picture of us standing on the dam with the new overpass bridge behind.
Afterward we headed to dinner and then back to the room for an American Idol party. We painted finger and toe nails and guessed who would be the next American Idol to be eliminated.
Stay tuned for our last day. . . It may have been the highlight of the trip.
Monday, April 16, 2012
At the end of the first day we decided to try something new we haven't ever done before. We headed down to Fremont Street in the old downtown area of Las Vegas. Bret remembered when he was younger seeing a cool laser show at night when it got dark so we decided to go try it out. They've changed it a little since Bret saw it . . . now it's like a huge rounded "TV" screen above you that stretches over about 3-4 blocks, and every hour they play a classic/well-known song and have images to look at while it plays. They music was loud and fun. Here are a couple pictures that show what it was like.
We walked back and forth on the road looking at all the strange people. We were a little surprised to see that Alvin had to stop for a smoke break. Kind of funny to see who's under the costume. My kids were a little disappointed in that . . . Jenny says she will never give a "mascot" a hug again because she doesn't trust who might be inside.
The next day we headed for the pool again to hang out it the sun but it turned out to be really windy. The kids only lasted for about an hour and then headed up to the room. It was a little too cold.
That night we headed to Caesars Palace to eat at one of our favorite places
- The Cheesecake Factory! -
We tried to check out the Volcano at the Mirage since we haven't seen it since they re-did it. But they cancelled it because of the strong winds so we headed inside . . . Bret had a little surprise for us.