Friday, November 28, 2008
We started off on Oahu, and took a 12-hour tour of the island. We saw everything, including Pearl Harbor, macadamia and pineapple plantations, and a blue stop sign! (I don't know why it was blue, it just was!) We walked the streets and played on the beach of Waikiki. We were there for 3 days. It was a great time.
We flew to the Big Island (Hawaii) next. We stayed there for 6 days. We saw everything from an active erupting volcano to the most beautiful tropical scenery on earth! It actually brought tears to my eyes to see the beauty of the creation. Usually after 9 days anywhere, I'm ready to go home...not this time. I could have stayed for a month!
I've decided to post an album of our pictures, since I can't really post 400 photos on my blog!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We missed Cyd and Rich. They didn't come because Cyd was ready to pop anyday. We missed Johnny and Nicole because they were on a much bigger boat...called the Carnival Cruise. LUCKY! But we still had lots of good laughs!
Here are some pictures to show you how much fun we had!
Go, Ally, Go!!!
Look at these cute little faces! I can't believe Chaquita (the dog) lived through the week. Khloe carried her around by her neck for 4 days straight! You can see the pain in the little dog's eyes in this photo. Poor thing!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
She had stuffed her "my little pony" baby up her shirt. I guess she realized how tiring it is to be pregnant, so she made herself a little bed, laid down on it and fell asleep. She's our sweet little mommy who let's us know every day that she is "in charge."
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
We went to an Arizona D'Backs game. For those of you who don't follow baseball, they are a professional baseball team in Phoenix. They have a huge indoor air-conditioned stadium. (I guess in Phoenix you would have to have air-conditioning!) It was amazing! Steve, being a CFO and a big Finance guy with $$$ signs always going through his head wanted to see the power bill for that place. We had hot dogs and tons of cotton candy and left with lots of souvenirs and tummy aches. What more could you ask for?
Here are some of the memories we made. We can't wait to go back.
We also went to the Mesa Temple. It was beautiful. I had never been to Phoenix or Mesa, so I was surprised to see orange trees growing on the grounds of the temple! It was beautiful. Much greener and prettier than Vegas, I must say. There is nothing like grass. I wish we had more of it here. Here are more photos of the family, with Khloe doing her famous poses. We're not sure if she is going for "America's Next Top Model" or what. She practices daily in the mirror.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
"Self, you're new at this parenting thing. What do you expect? Just be patient and someday you'll get it." Unfortunately, I've been kidding myself. It's been 11 1/2 years and I really should know what I'm doing. I guess I'm just a slow learner. :)
Anyhoo, back to the topic at hand. I never thought the day would come. But it did. My little baby Kortnee, the one that I just barely gave birth to a few short years ago, started MIDDLE SCHOOL! It just blows my mind. Fortunately, at the end of the day, she LOVED it. She finally admitted she was a little nervous. It was really cute because she was acting cool and seemed to be handling things very well, but as I dropped her off at the school, she turned to me and said, "Ok, Mom. I'm scared to death!" I pulled myself together and said, "Kortnee, you are going to do great! You know where all of your classes are and you have your map. Just go in there and do your very best! And don't be afraid to ask questions!" Then she got out of the car, and walked in and... I lost it! I cried and cried. It was like the first day of Kindergarten all over again. Why is it that the kids are always braver than the parents?
Kade started 3rd grade. He did wonderful. Kade has a way of adapting so easily to any situation. He has no fear of anything! He loves his new teacher, Mrs. Martin and his classmates. He starts GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) in a couple of weeks. He goes three times a week to an accelerated class where they learn more challenging ideas and subjects. Hopefully he will enjoy it. He is a good kid and we never have to worry about him in school. I did shed a tear for him too. I just can't believe how big they are getting and how fast they grow. Just yesterday he was my little guy who would say "Mom, maybe I should stay home from school today because you'll just miss me too much." Sadly, he doesn't say that anymore.
Khloe, well, she doesn't start school for another couple of weeks. I was tempted to ask Mrs. Martin if she would take a three-year-old this year. Then I thought maybe she could pass as a 1st grader. Not so. Guess I'll just have to wait. She'll start ABC Etc. and go MWF from 12:15-2:30. Hmmmmm.........whatever will I do with all that time?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Good job, Kortnee and Kade and good luck in 6th grade and 3rd grade!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
So, the moral of this story is...the Lord knows what we need. And sometimes He works through strangers, like people we've never met who saw us speak in church 9 months previous and get our phone number from I-don't-even-know-who and call us out of the blue. And through them He gives us a sweet little blessing to remind us of all we've been given!
Here is the poem:
Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes;
We have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry;
We have plenty of nice clothes to wear.
And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds;
They were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.
My thanks to thee, Lord, for this bathroom,
Complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory;
They are so convenient.
Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning so badly;
It has served us faithfully.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.
Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be scrubbed today.
It has baked so many things over the years.
The lawn that needs raking;
For each one of us enjoys the yard.
Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming sliding door.
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.
Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says
You have richly blessed my family.