Thursday, October 22, 2009

Australia Anyone?

I just had a really fun weekend! My friends Maggie, Kim, and I had been looking forward to this weekend for a LONG time. We were so excited to go down to Las Vegas and let it loose! Saturday morning though, Maggies awesome hubby Eric had to go to the ER and was admitted for some health problems that he has. We were ready to call the whole trip off because Maggie is so much fun to be around and we felt bad leaving her and felt bad having fun while her poor hubby suffered. But she insisted that we go anyway and so we did. We had a really good time but missed her terribly. But that means we will just have to go back!
Kim and I loaded up the car and headed to Vegas. First stop was FOOD! I must say we pretty much ate ourselves through the day. We started out at In n Out Burger. Which I must say the one in Vegas is sooo much better than the one in St. George (go figure). I was introduced to "animal style" which is grilled onions on the burger. TASTY!!! After that we headed to the outlet mall and found way fun stuff -hence the feathers in our hair. I am now in love with feather accessories. We fell in love with some boots but left them on the shelf....sad day..... I still dream about them. After which we saw a DUNKIN DONUTS and I HAD TO STOP!!!! We ate a donut and a beverage of choice. Yummy yummy. We then spent the next hour laughing so hard we couldn't breathe. It was so much fun. After that we went and just wandered the strip. I must say the strip is getting pretty bad these days. Just don't look down as you walk the street. You will see that you are not built the way certain others are built. I will just leave it at that. :)
We then went and had dinner at Rainforest Cafe and had yummy dinner. We had a waitress slip and fall and hit her head on the ground thus throwing her into a seizure. Kim and I were wondering if things could possibly get anymore exciting. WELL, IT DID!!! THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER was an amazing show. I think it has a way bad rap. It wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. We saw more on the strip and in the casinos then in there. Wowzers, those men have such great talent. Their dancing was incredible and I am not going to lie, they were H-O-T!!!! It felt so good to be silly and to laugh and to know that I have a great husband that supports me and understands me and lets ME be ME. It has been really hard to fit in here in Utah. I just have my own agenda and with the pressure to be this or that drives me nutso and I forget who I am. I feel like I need to form myself into someone I just cannot form into. Does that make any sense? I think I just need to remind myself from time to time that it is OK to have fun and it is OK to laugh and act crazy. I came home such a nicer and patient mom and wife. I needed a breather and it is OK to breathe it is OK to leave my kiddos behind and have adult fun. In fact.....we are planning another get away next year....HOLLYWOOD HERE WE COME!!!!!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

No Time Like Cuddle Time

I need to cherish moments like these. She is our last baby and it is so sad to see the time flying by. I can't believe she will be two in a couple of months. Where has the time gone?

A Girl After My Own Heart

Can I just tell you how much I love this little girl? She is such an example to me. She always TRIES to be nice to everyone and tries to make everyone feel included. Granted there are times she has an "emotional moment" but I will totally accept that and love her for that. BayLee just goes with the flow and loves to express herself through her clothes and her random hairstyles. She is getting to that age where she knows what she wants and will ask me to do her hair in that way. This particular morning she wanted two buns on top and one in the middle. I asked her several times if she was sure (because I knew it would be kinda silly) but she was sure. I tell you what, she walked up to that school so full of confidence it really made me think and it made me realize what a great kid she is. I could have convinced her to do her hair otherwise, I could have convinced her to wear matching socks (she is in a multi sock color phase), I could have convinced her to do just about anything. But I let her be who she is and she was so sure of her self and I think that is what really matters.
**As she was headed to the door, she asked me to take a picture for the blog and she came up with the title of this post. **

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods

We took advantage of Conference Sunday and took a ride through Zion, Kolob, and down Cedar Mountain to visit with my parents. My dad fell at Bryce Canyon yesterday and ended up breaking his arm. Poor guy.
The ride was beautiful and the kids had a great time on the drive. We were a week to late for the bright vibrant colors. The colors were pretty though.
It brought back great memories of Sunday drives I had as a kid and made me realize we need to do it more often. Sure there is bickering and potty breaks, drink breaks, and photo opts, but it was all worth it.
After we visited with my parents we headed the back way home through Enterprise. We are so blessed to live in a place that people travel all over from to see. I need to stop and smell the roses a little more often.

Some nice ladies saw us at the side of the road taking pictures so they stopped
and offered to take a family picture.
My sweet kids.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

BayLee is my little social butterfly. She will talk to anyone and everyone and by the end of the conversation they become her "new bestfriend". I love that about BayLee. She is so thoughtful of others and tries to make everyone feel included. I know that she has a special heart and loves to have friends around her all of the time.
Yesterday she had a friend over for 7 hours so we decided to make homemade pretzels. What good kids these two are. They were bummed we had to run a few errands so I pretended I was their chauffer, then at the drive through car wash I told them that we were then in a submarine. They loved it and jumped right on board with it. I love it when kids use their imagination!!! I am grateful that we can have video games and tv around and still balance "good ole play" right along with it. Most of all I am thankful for my cheerful daughters that make life worth it all.