Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Is BUSY!!!! Love you all!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It is now Friday morning! My parents, sisters and their husbands wanted to go to the Zoo, Jared and I on the other hand did not. So my parents willingly took the girls with them to the zoo. The girls had a fun time, while Jared and I went shopping to get food for the trip home and we ran a couple of more errands. It was actually a nice quiet time for us. We sent the girls to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with the camera so that they could take pictures of their trip.

The Moose that they saw!

A Bear that they saw!

The girls cousin Brody! My sister Elena's son!

Needless to say, the girls had a fun time at the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa, but they didn't take very many pictures.

That night Jared and I went and met up with some friends of ours, and had a wonderful time catching up.

On Saturday we headed over to Widefield High School, where Jared and I both attended HS, one of the reasons we went to CO this summer was for Jared's 20 year reunion. OMGoodness, am I really that old? Of course the other was to spend time with all of our family. So, back to the reunion, they planned a picnic lunch at the HS, we had alot of fun showing the girls around the halls, and showing them were some of our classes were. The funny thing for us was that some of the areas were closed for asbestos removal. They were removing asbestos while we were in HS and after 20 years they are still working on it. The HS isn't that big. Oh, Well! One of our memories of HS is the big gladiator that is the HS mascot, and is huge, and stands in front of the school, so we took the girls over to him to get their pictures taken.

Jared and I!

Jared and his girls!

That night we went to a restaurant for the official part of Jared's HS Reunion. We had a nice time catching up even more. Jared is glad that he decided to go to his reunion. I am still debating whether or not to go next year to mine.

We truly had a wonderful trip, and enjoyed spending time with our family. One of my favorite parts of the trip is when we got to meet Brody for the first time, I thought that he would be shy and cling to his parents, but boy was I wrong, he is a big flirt, I put out my arms and he walked right up to me. One of the funniest parts of the trip was when the girls were trying to teach their Uncle Mike how to "Skin a Cat". When Sunday rolled around we were glad to be heading home. Our drive home was real quiet, because we were minus 2 girls, Breanna and Amber had the opportunity to stay and extra week and Uncle Justin brought them home August 2nd. They had a fun time, but they were ready to come home. Hope you enjoyed our many post about our fun vacation to CO!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Colorado Trip Part Five!

Well, it is Wednesday night and we are at my parents home now. We truly had a fun time visiting with everyone, but we have decided that we will do things differently the next time we come to CO. When we left John's home it was right at the beginning of rush hour traffic. What were we thinking? Jared was really tired, the girls were really tired, I was really tired. It took us 1 hour to drive through Denver, this had to have been the longest ride from Denver to Colorado Springs I have ever taken. Needless to say we just rested when we got to my parents home.

On Thursday morning we went to Rock Ledge Ranch, when I was growing up it used to be called White House Ranch. The girls had a fun time learning about the family that lived there, and looking at the first home that they had, then the second, then the third and how they gained more amenities every time they built a home.

Candace helping cut wood the old fashioned way!

Breanna with her cousin Mallory!

Jodi with her cousin Tayloranne!


For dinner my parents made reservations at one of the coolest places I have ever been. If you are a cowboy or a cowboy at heart you have to check this place out. We went to The Flying W Ranch. This is a working cattle ranch, and they have a small part of their ranch set up as a small western town. You can go and tour the town, they have places like a school, a library, a drug store where you can get old fashioned candy, you can watch them shoe horses, but the best part is they feed you a real chuck wagon dinner, and then after dinner you get a show, the Flying W Wranglers sing for us.

Jared with his girls and Tayloranne and Mallory(cousins)! He bought himself a cowboy had, and all the girls a cowgirl hat. I can't wait until October when it is cooler to get our family pictures done...I have got such a cute idea for matching clothes to go along with all of the hats.

This is all I have time for today! I will finish our trip in the next post!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Colorado Trip Part Four!

After we got home from the Butterfly Pavilion, we decided to hang out and rest at John's home. Now, I am sure you are asking yourselves, "Did they really rest?", I can totally understand this question...because we haven't rested at all since our vacation started. Well, the answer is no, we did not rest. Jared came across a dart gun and decided that all of the children needed one. So off to the store he and John went and came home with some wicked dart guns. The men and the children played non-stop for almost 3 hours. We didn't get very many pictures of this, because it was hard, they kept running around for some reason.

Jodi with a semi-auto dart gun!

Cousin Jacob reloading!

Amber with her sniper riffle dart gun!

That night after we got the children into bed the adults played "Hand and Foot" until about 1 in the morning. Boy were we tired the next day. While the parents were tired, the children wanted to play some more so we took them to a really nice park. In the afternoon we let the kids play in the water, until it was time for us to head down to my parents home.

Breanna and Jodi racing down the slip n slides.

I think this was tied!

Candace and Morgan hanging out in the Kiddie pool!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Colorado Trip Part Three!

After our fun trip to Graffiti Falls, we headed back to Justin's home, there we ate dinner and washed all of our wet clothes. We then headed up to visit Jared's brother John and his family who live in Thornton, CO (north of Denver).

The first day that we were there we went to the Butterfly Pavilion. If you are ever in the Denver area you should go here. I learned more about bugs and butterflies than I ever thought that I would. We, oh wait let me rephrase this, some of us were very lucky to be able to hold their pet tarantula Rosie. I was one of the fortunate ones who did not get to hold Rosie (let me add that I was glad). Our daughter Amber after having held Rosie, was grossing out quite a bit. She would not do anything with her hand and arm that touched the beautiful big spider, she actually held her arm away from her body. I finally asked her if she was ok, she then proceeded to tell me that she needed to wash the spider off of her hand, I was secretly laughing. Here are some pictures of the girls and their cousins. When I am finally done posting about our whole trip I will make a collage of some sort with all of the pictures from our wonderful trip.

Breanna holding Rosie!

Amber holding Rosie!

Candace holding Rosie!

A Butterfly had landed on Jared's back!

A Butterfly had landed on Amber's shoulder!

While at the Butterfly Pavilion they had an exhibit there where the children could feel like they were the size of bugs. Yea! So here are some pictures of that exhibit.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Colorado Trip Part Two

After we played at the Garden of the Gods, we headed to one of our favorite places to eat in Colorado Springs, Fargo's Pizza. They have really good pizza, and it is just a very fun atmosphere.

After we enjoyed our meal at Fargo's we headed to Cascade Falls (aka Graffiti Falls). I can remember coming here back when I was in JR High with my science teacher Mrs. Overland. It still looks the same except for the fact that there is a ton of Graffiti now. Back behind the falls there is a cave. It is a nice little hike and really beautiful to listen to, and look at, if you put the graffiti aside.

Amber, Candace and their cousin Lenika posing by the stream and of course in front of one of the walls of graffiti.

Candace posing on a ledge!

Uncle Justin (red shirt) taking some of the kids to behind the waterfall to see the cave.

Jared (grey shirt) debating if he wants to go behind the waterfall to see the cave. To go behind the waterfall you had to stay to the right and practically hug the rocks or else you wouldn't be able to touch the bottom.

He did it!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

We left Saturday the 18th of July for Colorado, we arrived at Jared's brother Justin's home that evening! On Sunday we of course went to Church with Justin and his family. It truly is a small world! While at church we saw a brother of a friend of ours and my Sister-in-Laws parents. It was really nice to catch up. After church we went to Widefield (our old stomping grounds) because a friend of Justin's was in town for the weekend and his parents were throwing a BBQ for him. It was nice chatting with friends we haven't seen for ages.

On Monday we were able to take the girls to Garden of the Gods. I loved the beauty of this place when I was little, and I still do! We hiked around on some of the rocks, we and the girls had a blast.

The girls with their cousin Lenika at the Garden of the Gods visitors center.

The next two are the view of the park from the visitors center.

The girls with their cousins Mason and Lenika looking like they are trying to hold up Balancing Rock!

Mason on top of a rock!

I will make a collage of all of our pictures from our trip. We literally went nonstop from the time we left for Colorado till the time we got back home, so I am sure that there will be quite a few post to come! Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

My Creed

I found this quote while we were at the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs and loved it. Thought that I would share it with you. I will post about our wonderful trip when we get back home.

by Dean Alfange

"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me--not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficience nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say--'This, with God's help, I have done.' All this is what it means to be an American."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Amber's Slumber Party!

On July 9th Amber turned 10! She wanted to have a Slumber Party, so I told her that she could invite 2 friends over. She invited her friend Jonnalee and her friend Jade. The girls had alot of fun...We ate chicken nuggets and french fries, had cake and ice cream, opened presents, painted nails, watched a movie and stayed up late. Thanks Jade and Jonnalee for making my day special!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Girls Camp Rocks!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This is awesome!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Candace's Cruise!

The last 3 weeks of school Candace went on a cruise with her class. (I love her teacher Mrs. Maldonado) This is how they learned geography, and different things about each of the places they went. She was able to visit Mexico, Costa Rico, France, Japan, Italy, Kenya, China, Australia and Hawaii. At each of the stops they learned about each of these places (Mrs. Maldonado asked that parents to help out also), they got to sample food from each of these places, make a souvenir, and then learn about that place. Candace got to pack a suit case for her trip, she even got to pack a towel so they could lay out on the deck of the cruise ship. She came home with many souvenirs, and a passport full of stamps from the different places she visited.Candace with her teacher Mrs. Maldonado!

Jodi and Danica welcoming home Candace from her cruise!

Here we are almost to July and I haven't even posted about Jodi's Kindergarten Celeration. Back before school got out they had a program for the Kindergarteners, it was really cute. They sang songs about what they learned in class, and then each of the children walked up to a platform there name was read and then we were told what they want to be when they grow up. I was really cute to hear all of the childrens ideas on what they wanted to be. I was really emotional, to think that this is our last child and she will be in the 1st grade. I just pray that our girls will listen to what we are teaching them and Choose the Right by making good decisions.Here is Jodi with her teacher Mrs. Shores!

Well, just to follow up on the previous post...(mainly for those who do not have the privledge of living close to us)...for the past 2 years Jared has been without his top, front, left, tooth. It has been a long process in getting this fixed (and a TON of money) he injured it when he was younger...way younger...and got a temporary fix...and then one time when we went to the dunes he busted it loose...it has been a long 2 years with my "toothless wonder" but now it is fixed. I am sooooo HAPPY! Since his tooth has been missing I did discover that my husband has a little more red neck in him, more so than I had originally thought. While we were up at girls camp (picks and stories for another post)(his tooth was back in) he went total Hillbilly, redneck speak on us. He was driving me crazy and cracking all the young girls up. I do LOVE my man!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A new challenge!

As my children grow older I feel as if my life is busier now more than ever, and I know that it has only begun. I was on my cousin's blog and saw this challenge and have accepted it and wanted to share this with my friends also. Shelly saw this video by President Eyring and was touched, and so am I. I am striving to better my life by reading my scriptures, saying my prayers, attending the temple and trying to get our food storage together. I know that we have been asked to keep a journal, but that has always been hard for me, hence the reason why I started a blog, not just to let my family and friends know what is going on in our lives, but to help me start to journal. I am going to start tonight June 2 and strive to do this every night for the rest of the year, and pray that this becomes a habit. Thank you Shelly for the challenge!

Who's in?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

On May 8th I was able to go to the Spa. I went to the Copperwood Elementary Kindergarten Day Spa. I had such a wonderful time with Jodi. Jodi's teacher Mrs. Shores set up a spa in her classroom, in one corner she had cookies and juice, at another station we got a warm cloth to put on our necks and cucumbers for our eyes, at another station we got our toenails painted, then our finger nails painted, and then the last station was the hair and massage (this was my favorite). I had such an enjoyable time watching all of these Kindergartners pamper their Moms or Grandmas. The children really enjoyed taking care of their Moms, and yes even the boys. Jodi was really cute, because when we were leaving school she asked me if I was going home and take the polish off of my nails, I of course told her no and that I loved my nails, even though I had paint up my toes and fingers and that I had 6 clippies in my hair. If any of you are wondering I did go shopping looking the way I did. I know that I got some pretty funny looks, I really think that I helped my daughters self esteem, she came to the store with me and told several people that she helped her teacher set up a spa at school and that she made me look beautiful. Jodi felt so good about herself, she even woke up the next morning to check and see if the little jewels that she had put on my big toes had fallen off or not. What a fun idea, Thanks Mrs. Shores!