Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fun weekend...

Friday Mark took the day off and we went to the home and garden show with my sister Coleen and her husband Eric. We started out at Bill Johnson's for breakfast to fuel us up for the long day of walking. Yes, I realize Mark's eyes are crossed in the picture. One day maybe he'll wish that he didn't look like a goofball in the majority of our pictures together, but I doubt it.
Every year we sit in these swing things and have yet to buy one even though they are really comfortable. To be honest we are so busy all the time, who has time to sit outside and relax in a swing. One day I hope to do that...but I hope when that day comes my backyard will be beautiful so I can enjoy it instead of looking around thinking those boys really need to get out here and clean up this mess...or it sure would be nice to have grass and flowers and perhaps even a tree with leaves and everything. ahhhhhh...one day.
Now this my friend is THE reason to go to the home and garden show. Seriously! I go for the Indian fry bread and we earned it from the many miles we walked. This pretty one is Mark's. Mine was just bean and cheese. Less pretty, but very tasty.After the show I met up with my girlfriends from the star group for scrapbook night. I didn't get to work on scrapbooks though because I had to make 4 posters for a sweetheart dance. Miss Mindy let me use her Cricut machine to cut out the letters. Very fun tool indeed!Saturday night was our good friend Hal's birthday party. We ate and played fun games. Hal got a little pie to the face at the end of the night. LOL! In total there was at least 7 or 8 couple. A few left before Missie took the group picture. I forgot my camera so these are from Missie's.
Me and my bestest buddy Missie
I swear his face is gonna stick like that. Dork!

Hal is a lot like me in the way his birthday is a big deal to him and mine is to me. I consider all of March to be my birthday month. Hal would count down the shopping days till his birthday, so we decided to play along with him and do a birthday rendition of the 12 days of Christmas for him. So every night he would get a delivery on his doorstep with a note and a gift. Here are what the notes said. I really wish I would have taken pictures of them. It was really fun to do.
On the first day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...a partridge in a pear tree...Sorry, but I couldn't find the partridge so we're giving you some pears from the tree the partridge flew away from.(Although your friends are true, they are late to start your days)
On the second day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...two turtle doves....unfortunately, I don't have any. Will candy turtles and a bar of Dove soap do?
On the third day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...three french hens....The french hens were not available, so we're giving you some chicken noodle soup, compliments of the three french hens.
On the fourth day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...four calling birds....I can't find those calling birds, so here are those 4 messages they left for you before they flew away.
  • You are the funniest person we've ever known. Humor comes so natural and genuine for you. It makes you so fun to be around.
  • You are the coolest darn Maricopa cop. So cool in fact, you got us out of a ticket. Not to mention all the people you help with real problems.
  • You are an awesome friend to us and so many others. You give of your self so freely. We are happy to count you as one of our dearest friends.
  • You're a great husband, father, seminary teacher and Priesthood leader.You lead by example and you're loved and respected. I think that is enough gushing. We can't have your head getting all big and huge.
On the fifth day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...5 golden rings....what, do you think we're made of money? We thought to give you pineapple rings but remembered your tongue swells up if you eat it, so ring pops were the way to go! (He did in fact wear one of his ring pops)
On the sixth day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...Six geese a laying...you don't really want those messy geese running all over the house do you? How about some of the eggs they left behind? (We gave him cage free brown chicken eggs. That was as close to geese eggs as we were gonna get)
On the seventh day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...Seven swans a swimming...All of the swans have flown south for the winter.You know...Mexico! Here are the bubbles they used while they were swimming. (bubble bath)
On the eighth day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you....Eight maids a milking.....Here is some of the milk we got from the maids. We're thinking they must have been milking some brown cows. Perhaps we should call Jimmy and ask him. (we gave him a gallon of chocolate milk)
On the ninth day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you....Nine ladies dancing....those ladies danced the night away, but told us they keep up their energy by drinking this emergen C junk. Thought you'd give it a try.
On the tenth day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...Ten Lords a leeping....Those Lords were a bit too ambitious and pulled some muscles doing all that leaping around. A little Bengay will fix them right up.
On the eleventh day till Hal's birthday, your true friends gave to you...Eleven pipers piping....We know how you like to get all involved and be in the spotlight, so here's a pipe of your own. I'm sure you'll impress us with your skills. (We gave him a flute/pipe. Poor Missie had to listen to him practice on that thing. She's such a good sport.)
On the twelfth day till Hal's birthday your true friends gave to you...Twelve drummers drumming....sorry, no drummers. We thought you could use some quiet time, so here's a special treat we drummed up for you, so relax and enjoy! We hope you had fun with this and also hope you know how much we love you! (We baked him cookies, gave him a gift card to Chili's and an IOU on a Koozer family name board. I have it painted up, but my good friend Kim who does my vinyl had her sister pass away unexpectedly, so it's not the right time to ask her.)
Hal and Missie and even their boys had a good time during the 12 day of Hal. We really had fun doing it and we sure do love their sweet family. Our family had fun improving their stealth stills each night as we took turns dropping at their doorstep and running.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

So much stuff....

We took down the frame and stuff when we painted the walls and it never got hung back up since it was full of old pictures. I finally printed the most recent family pictures and put them in the frame. Boy is that thing a bear to hang. It's so heavy! The wall sure does look good now. I was so sick of looking at a naked wall. Anyone who knows me knows I have NO naked walls in my house. They are all FULL!...Just the way I like it!

Look what I baked today!!! It was SUPPOSE to be a mondo huge 6 layer cake. It's the Chocolate Motherload cake recipe from the Claim Jumper Restaurant and it lives up to it's name. Problem is the frosting only made enough to cover 4 of the layers and I frosted it very thin in between each layer. The boys have been picking at the two left over naked layers of cake. Let me just say that boxed cakes are so much easier and TONS cheaper, but I'm excited to have me a big ol' piece of this cake tonight. I made it for a visiting teaching conference at the church. I hope the ladies love it!Cole had his first game of the season on Saturday. He ended up with two friends on his team, Preston and Dane. They won 13 to 12. It was a VERY intense game. I'm pleased to report that Cole grew tired of his bleached out hair and ended up letting Chad dye it back to brown the other day. It looks lots better, but has a slight silver highlight to it. I think it's from too many chemicals in his hair. It's still better than the blond. These 3 boys are the only tall boys on the team. When I take pictures at the next game, I'll get the rest of the team. They are all so little.
Mark and Hal giving Emmett some some basketball pointers.

Oh my crud! It's almost time for me to leave and I'm so not ready. We have another way fun weekend ahead of us so I plan to bring the camera along.
Typos are a given in this post. No time to edit!
Ta-Ta for now.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

belated update...

Chirp...Chirp...Chirp! Is that crickets I hear from a severe lack of posting to my blog? Is anybody still out there in blog land?
WOW! Christmas and New Years came and went so quickly. It felt so abnormal to me. I didn't take many pictures at our annual family Christmas eve party and the ones I did take were not great. We still had a really fun time with my parents and my sisters families. We ate tons of food, played the white elephant game and exchanged gifts. Mark was almost late to the party and had to be brought home by the police. :o) Just kidding! Well actually it's partially true. Hal did bring him home in his police car because Mark left the work van at their house so their son could steam clean out their suburban before their trip to Mexico. We bought the grand babies noisy toys to take home. (hee...hee) Brek said he would not be replacing the batteries when they died.
Christmas morning the boys got us up at O dark thirty. I was so tired! They opened their presents (which they loved) They all got clothes, scriptures, and stuff to make them smell good. We splurged and got them the Wii this year. I decided it was okay since it's an active game system. I have yet found time to play it, but I'm looking forward to kicking butt in wii bowling. I got Mark all kinds of good stuff, like a new set of scriptures, clothes, a GPS system and lights for the motorcycle. He got me some beautiful jewelry and tons of new watches to match different outfits.
Later that morning we had the Koozer family over for a big breakfast. We so love their company! While the boys played games and watched movies Mark and I drove to Casa Grande to visit his mom. His dad was working but we still had a great visit with his mom.

New Years Eve we hosted a party because we don't like to be out on the roads when the amount of drunk drivers is higher. It was us, the Koozers, The Munns and the Mixes. The Mixes left before the picture was taken. Most of all our combined kids were home with the exception of a few that wanted to go to a youth dance. We had tons of finger foods and a chocolate fountain going so we could graze all night long (and we did) Hal had to work, so he kept coming and going all night in between police calls. The neighbors probably thought we were having one crazy party or something. LOL!

She loved the chocolate fountain!

We played games all night. Some were games at home, but the funnest was office chair hockey at the church. Since I have a key to the building and nobody was using it, we decided to jump on it. We loaded up all the kids, 2 office chairs, brooms, and a ball. We lined up on opposite sides of the gym in even team, then paired up with a partner. Missy and I were partners. Two teams face off in the middle with broom in hand. One person pushing the other around in an attempt to score a goal. After each round they would call out team numbers for the next round and you have to run to your chair fast so you could get first whack at the ball. We did pretty darn good and it was dang good exercise to boot, so I have no guilt for all the junk I ate. This really was the funnest game. We all laughed so hard. My good broom ended up broken. Next time I'll have to bring cruddy brooms. At midnight we celebrated with sparkling cider. I smooched my husband and hugged my friends. We visited for another hour or so, then headed to bed around 1:30 only to get a 5:00a.m. wake up call for the New Years Day charity ride...sleep is not something I've been getting much of.

Oh, guess what? TODAY I finally went to the gynecologist. I haven't been since my last baby was born, so my feet haven't been in those awful stirrups in over 12 years. So not fun but long overdue. Won't have test results back for 2 weeks. I have to get an ultrasound of my uterus on Thursday. Yay me!
Okay...gotta run. I started typing this blog this afternoon. I managed to squeeze in a doctors visit, the pharmacy and grocery shopping in between. Now I'm going to go make breakfast for dinner at almost 8:00 at night
Let me tell you that when you dont have time for the computer you totally lose your typing skills...seriously!