Thursday, November 30, 2006

Our Cruise Ship...The Sovereign of the Seas

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oh sure, now it works...

After I post my ramblings the blog decides to fix itself. AAAHHHHHH! Oh well, so much for complaining. Anyway, to expain just one of the pictures...Darrel is standing on Cocoa Cay (the private island) and you can just see the ship behind him. I'm going to try and post a better picture of the ship we sailed on but there it is.

fixing the blog

I tried, unsuccessfully, to fix our blog this morning after I posted the pictures for our cruise. I tried to move them up to be in between some of the writing but to no avail. I couldn't figure out how to move the text and rearrange the pictures without an error message. Someday I'll figure out how to move around the text and pictures so it makes more sense...until then you'll just have to bear with me. Have fun!

Cruise fun!

Well, we're back, safe and sound. We had a great time and so did the boys. I have to admit I was a little skeptical about how Zachary would do away from me when we dropped him off. I moved him from my car to Darrel's sister Della's car and he had a death grip on my shirt saying "I stay with you mom, I stay with you mom" the whole time. Talk about a guilt trip. I cried half way home. Della was kind enough to call me about ten minutes after we made the exchange to let me know that Zachary had stopped crying about 45 seconds after they left the parking lot and was doing just fine. I appreciated that more than she will ever know.

After months of preparation and a lot of prayers on my behalf that all the travel would go smoothly, it did. We all arrived in Florida safe and sound, we all boarded the ship without problems and we all made if home without incident. We went snorkeling in Nassau and again in Cocoa Cay (a private island owned by the Royal Carribean Cruise Line). It was only a three day cruise and over way too soon but we had a blast while we were all together. I just love my family and I love spending time with them. We ate the most incredible food until we were so stuffed we could barely move and then we had dessert. Our waiters were Anthony and Ryan and they were so cool. The water in the Bahamas is such a beautiful shade of blue it is almost unreal. I was the only one taking pictures on the trip and I didn't have my nice camera but I think I still got some good ones.

The boys had a great time at Rusty and Della's house. They took them four wheeling on Saturday to pick out a Christmas tree up in the mountains and the boys loved it. I wish I could have gotten some pictures of their trip but I took Alex's camera on the cruise and so I'll just have to use my imagination and their accounts of how cool it was. We're back and back to reality. I had preschool yesterday and I have it again today. I'll just tell you that I'm ready for Christmas vacation. I really do enjoy preschool and the kids are wonderful, but I am ready to have a couple of weeks off from the preparation of it all. The Armstrong family is coming this weekend and we can hardly wait. The whole family is excited to see their family. We have always enjoyed a special bond as families and I'm so glad that we can continue this friendship even though we don't live as close anymore. We were supposed to go to see Celine Dion in concert but she cancelled all her shows this week and weekend because of a viral infection. We all are SO BUMMED!! We decided to go to the Tournament of Kings instead and take all the kids. I think that the boys are going to think that is the coolest thing ever! I am sad about the Celine concert but I am actually excited to go see the Tournament of Kings. I am mostly excited just to see the Armstrongs. We'll have a good time no matter what we decide to do.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Happy Birthday Alex!

I have a million things to do today to get ready for this weekend but I just couldn't let this day go by without wishing my oldest son, Alex, a happy birthday. He is 10 years old today and I couldn't be prouder of him if I tried. He is such a wonderful son and I am so blessed to be his mother. He is spending some time with his Grammie and Grandaddy Fellingham in Utah and I miss him so much. I can't wait to see him again. I talked to him this morning and he said that Grammie and Grandaddy are taking him to Red Robin for his birthday dinner. Red Robin is his favorite place to eat out. He loves their mac and cheese. I know that he is excited to go and excited to be in Utah but I will miss being able to take him out on his birthday. Anyway, much to do for me, but Happy Birthday Alex, I'm so glad I get to be your mom!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Our Week

I just looked at my last post and realized that it's been almost a week since I've updated. It's been a prettty normal week for us. On Tuesday I helped the Bear cub scout with their "scouting for food" drive. I took Alex and one other scout and we put yellow plastic bags on all the doors, or under the mats of a subdivision in our ward. In truth, Alex and the other scout did all the running and Zachary and I drove slowly by them watching them the whole time. They did great but I forgot water so by the time we were done they were pretty thirsty.

Tuesday night was also Alex's choir concert. He did a wonderful job and it was so fun to go and see him sing with his fellow choir members. He says that choir is his favorite part of school. Here is a picture of him with his choir...

He's the cute one in the center (right underneath glowing hair boy), although I have to admit, the little boy directly under him and to the right has the cutest dimples ever!

Yesterday was fairly ho hum, Alex had gymnastics and it was nice that he wasn't late. Usually he's at scouts and we're late to gymnastics on Wednesdays.

Tonight I'm going visiting teaching and since I promised my sisters homemade bread I'll be baking that soon. I thought it would be nice to take it to them warm which is why I haven't started it yet. I also had preschool today, we talked about Turkeys. We played with beanbags and that for sure was a hit. We'll be using those again soon.

Tomorrow starts my weekend and that well be so nice. Saturday Alex has a birthday party and then Darrel and I are taking him out special for his birthday. It will be nice to spend some one on one time with him.

Well, I'm off to do other things...

Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Thanksgiving Family Picture Day!

We had a big day today. We took family pictures and had Thanksgiving. I was good, I stayed patient and I think that all my children still love me. We took family pictures because we need to get our Holiday cards in the mail soon and we did Thanksgiving because Darrel and I are going to be traveling to Orlando on Thanksgiving day to leave on a cruise with my family the following day. We are very excited for the cruise and are very appreciative of Della and Rusty who are going to watch our children for us on Thanksgiving Day and the following weekend.

We had a great pre-Thanksgiving. Joy and Steve cooked the bulk of the food including the turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls, and pumpkin pie. Darrel cooked us an apple pie and I managed to purree the potatos (not on purpose). We also had pecan pie (store bought), ice cream and olives. We had a feast. I ate way too much but it was sooooo good. Joy said that lunch and dinner for the next three days are at her house. It will be nice not to have to cook for a few days.

Pictures went well, my boys were great with the exception of Zachary who was a pill for the first part but got better by the end. I was going to have everyone take off their shoes so we could have a t-shirt, jeans and bare feet picture, but the pavement was way cold and I was having a hard time convincing the boys so we left our shoes on and stayed warm. Joy took a lot of amazing pictures for us with my camera. I have lots of pictures to put on my wall now and to update all the families. I came home from pictures and e-mailed my selections to Sam's Club. I get to pick them up in a few days. I am so excited.

We had kind of a big day on Saturday too. We went to Kenneth's (my nephew) soccer game and then to watch some of the air show at Nellis Air Force Base. We then went to Gymcats to watch a demonstration by Johnathan's karate teacher and class. He did a great job and we were very proud of him. It was fun to see and he even got a medal! He was very happy.

Our family is so blessed and we appreciate all the blessings that we have been blessed with. Darrel and I have been married over 11 years now and I am ever so grateful for him and the beautiful boys that have come to our family. I'm living a dream and loving every minute.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

A little bit of everything update

I'm posting pictures of a little bit of everything this week. The first one shows off my handsome son and my hair highlights. The girl who did them did a really good job and I'm very excited about them. The second picture is Zachary having fun on the swings at the park. The third picture is my new bedroom/comforter set. Just look at all the pillows!! I love the color and how it makes the room so inviting. The last picture was taken at the park last night. We went with some friends. The other boys are Brahnson (friend from church), Kenneth (Joy's oldest son), and James (a new friend). The boys had a great time at the park and we are looking forward to a fun day today. The boys are off school and although Alex has gymnastics from 11:30 - 3:30 we're still going to have a fun day doing fun things (after we clean the house).

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Pictures at the park

Today we went to the park to take some pictures of Daniel because he turned 4 years old. We let the kids play after we were done with "posed" pictures and took some cute snapshots of them all relaxed and having fun. It is a beautiful day today. Right now it's 80 degrees outside and sunny as can be. You know, when we first moved to Las Vegas I was pretty bummed with how hot it was but this is nice. I guess I can endure a few very hot months for some year round park time. I really like going to the park on a regular basis. Zachary absolutely LOVES it!! I can't wait until my boys are off track in a few weeks. We are going to live at the park. We have no usable backyard but there are plenty of parks to go around.

Today was a lazy day. I should have been cleaning and doing laundry but I sat around and pretty much did nothing. I did get my room cleaned, however, with some major help from Darrel this morning. I got a new bedspread yesterday at Sam's Club and so my room needed to be clean for the full effect. I'll have to take a picture while it is still clean.

Tonight Alex has scouts gymnastics and Darrel has young men. Darrel has been very busy at work lately and Johnathan was complaining that we never see dad anymore. It made me sad but it's true. I told him this and he said that he never sees himself anymore either. I feel bad for him and my children. Hopefully work won't always be this demanding and we'll be able to spend some quality family time together soon.

Tomorrow I have a haircut (trim really) and the girl who cuts my hair is going to give me some highlights. It should be fun! I've never had highlights before. I'm excited. We're going to take some family pictures on Sunday for our Christmas cards and it will be nice to have fancy hair. I'll post some of our family pictures when we get them done.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

The many faces of Zachary

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A dog, a boy, and a fence

This is one of my all time favorite pictures. I took it in May of 2005. It shows Shelby and Zachary looking out through the crack in our fence where the gate is. The view from this crack was our cul-de-sac and all the wonderous things that can be found outside the fence. They both would have loved to squeeze through that crack and go exploring. Anyway - I decided that I would share some older pictures periodically. I was looking through some old pictures yesterday and this one happened to pop out at me. Enjoy! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Candy and Costumes

Look at all the loot!! We went to a subdivision in our ward that is a little nicer than ours and we raked in the loot. We had so much candy it was unbelievable. The boys were so excited. Zachary only wants to eat candy now for every meal...we're working on that one. In the picture below you can see that we finally convinced Zachary to put on his pumpkin costume. That hat that he's wearing has a green stem on the top. I thought he looked so cute. Anyway, more updates soon.
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