Thursday, November 27, 2008


This year our family wasn't able to go down south for Thanksgiving so we decided to take the kids to Salt Lake and rent a Hotel room. Our friends, Darren, Amber and their kids were also alone for the holiday so they joined us for the two days of activities. We went to Olive Garden for dinner and then took the kids swimming all night. They all had sooo much fun. Braeden said that staying at a hotel is the coolest thing ever. Then on Thanksgiving day we met up at Golden Corral for a great lunch. The food was really good but not as good as my mothers. After we ate we all went to the Gateway and saw the movie "Bolt" the kids and the adults loved it, it was so funny and well worth it. I think that every year that we can't spent Thanksgiving down south with our extended family, we will always do this.


Darren being a goof ball!
Swimming at the Hotel
Darren, Amber, Marley, Ryan
Maddison and Denni


Our friends at the Gateway
Marley, Maddison and Denni
Braeden and Denni at the Gateway
Our family, freezing by the fountain
Us in front of the Gateway

Friday, November 21, 2008


Tonight I got the chance to go to a Farm Bureau Banquet with my neighbors Justin and Jana. Ryan being the party pooper stayed home with the kids, so I got to 3rd wheel it. The food was great but the entertainment was Awesome. Due West (Tim Gates, Brad Hull, Matt Lopez) came all the way from Nashville to play at the Banquet. I'm sure I've rambled on and on before about them but they happen to be good friends of our family, (so I like to brag a little.) I never get sick of listening to their music and these guys crack me up. I had such a great time.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I had such a mother moment today. After Braeden got home from school he threw his backpack on the kitchen table and demanded that I help him with his homework. So after we all had lunch I pulled out his homework and there were two books for him to read. Until now I (by I, I mean Ryan) have always read the books to him, but today he read the whole book to me. I didn't even have to help him. I was so proud. Braeden you are growing up so fast.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


A few weeks ago Ryan was able to get some tickets to Disney on Ice in the Wells Fargo suite. We decided to get the kids really excited and told them we had a big surprise. After a week of anticipation Brady could take it no longer. He constantly pestered me and Ryan about what we were going to do. Finally I told him we were going to see Mickey Mouse. His response was "Yes, we're going to Disney Land!" I explained it was Disney on Ice, not Disney Land. He was a little disappointed, but was still really excited. The big day finally came and that morning I woke up with horrible pain. It was another kidney stone. I called Ryan home from work, and couldn't even get out of bed. He ended up going solo to Disney on Ice with the kids, so I told him to take lots of pictures. He took 5. Thanks Ryan. In his defense the batteries died in the camera so he had no choice. The kids had a wonderful time, and I wish I could have been there.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Braeden has been begging for a hamster for his birthday for a few months now so finally I gave in. We took him to the Pet store and let him pick it out all by himself. The cashier at the store told us that the one we picked out was sooo nice and sooo mellow, so we were really excited to take it home and play with it. WHAT A NIGHTMARE! I think that our hamster has ADHD and it is really mean! The other day the kids wanted to get it out to hold it so I went to grab it softly and it BIT ME! HARD! It broke through the skin and I bled all day. A few hours later Braeden was petting it and I walked in the room and it started to spit it's own poop at me, after it ran out of poop ammo it started to spit its food at me. It doesn't do that to the kids, just me. So I've come to the conclusion that the birthday hamster named Brown Sugar hates me. I know that Braeden will love and take care of it. Happy Birthday Braeden, you have grown up into such a handsome boy!


I can't believe that my baby boy has turned six years old. Braeden has grown up so fast and has been so much joy in our lives. We had a great but small birthday party for him at our house on Sunday. We invited Bill and Michelle's family over for dinner and cake and ice cream. Breaden was so excited about his present that Hazon and Cayden gave him, a Webkin. He named it frogger. He also got a few spider man toys and most of all a Hamster. "mom's not happy" We Love You Braeden!


Monday, November 10, 2008


During our visit to Enterprise we went to St.George to visit my Grandma Jones. She has been in a rest home for 5 years now. We stopped at Pizza Factory to pick up her favorite kind of pizza "canadian bacon and pineapple" and all ate lunch together. Then we all played Rook, her favorite card game. Of course grandma won, and giggled about it the whole time. She loves it when we all come to visit. She loves to see the kids and share stories about uncle Dutch coming to visit.


This past week Ryan picked up 40 hours of overtime, so I packed up the kids and we headed to Enterprise for the week. We had a great time with the family playing cards and Settlers of Catan until 3:00a.m. The kids had a great time playing with their cousins and having sleepovers. Oh, I forgot to mention that Braeden called 911 at my moms house and the cops showed up to make sure that everything was okay. It scared him to death. The cop was really nice about it, he just talked to Braeden about calling 911 when it is an emergency. I bet he will never do that again.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Last night we went to a murder mystery at the Who Hung Wu palace (Bill and Michelle's house). There were a lot of great costumes and bad accents. We made new friends with General Shang and Joyous Flower (Breck and Rob). We also dined with Hao De Doo and Willow Blossom (Dan and Camille). The party was hosted by Jade Flower and Pen Ta Gon (Michelle and Bill). Of course the life of the party was Silver Bell and Hoo Li Gan (Me and Ryan). I especially liked Dan and Bill's sweet facial hair. It was a total blast with great food and even better company.