Monday, February 23, 2009

Farewell to Grandma and Grandpa J

Grandma and Grandpa had their farewell this weekend. They reported to the MTC this morning in preparation for their mission to Russia Rostov-na-Donu.

The talks they gave in sacrament meeting were incredible. I could feel the spirit and I cried like a baby. Partly because I was going to miss them and partly because the talks were so uplifting and full of profound teachings.

It was a big party after sacrament meeting. Aunt Marilyn was so nice to entertain Zander for us. That sure is a big job!!!

Garrett and Steve were little and big helpers in the kitchen getting ready for dinner.

And Stockton... well, Stockton entertained us all!

One of my favorite things is having Sunday dinner with Grandma and Grandpa J. Joyce is an excellent cook and John is fun to chat with!!! It was nice to have most of the family together for a delicious dinner on such a delightful day.

This was the rest of our weekend.....

Stockton and Conner played basketball.

Friday I got to go to my first hockey game! The Grizzlies won. I even got to see a penalty shot. It was a lot of fun!

Zander, Stockton, and Gar came with us. It was their first hockey game too. I think they had a good time! Conner was at his first scout camp-out. Megan was working on a science fair project. We missed them!

It was nice weekend!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

I honestly have the best dad in the entire world!!! Anyone who knows my dad would agree with me!! For his birthday, we went over to their house, at pizza, cake, and sang some karaoke. We all had a GREAT time!!!! Spending any time with my dad makes for a GREAT time!

Love you Dad! Happy Birthday!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine's 2009

We celebrated another great Valentine's Day!! The boys and I ate as much candy as we could possibly lay our hands on! We LOVE suckers!

Every Valentines Day we make cupcakes with HEAPS of frosting and LOTS of sprinkles!!

Beautiful and Delicious!

The cupcakes are a big hit! We have so much fun together decorating! I love the time we are able to spend together. I had a horrible headache this year, but it was still a lot fun!

Valentine's Day breakfast is a favorite of mine. I make buttermilk pancakes from scratch. The delicious pancakes are topped with mounds of strawberry syrup. Niel made the bacon and eggs. Oh... and the strawberry milk tastes so sweet! YUM!!

This year one of my good friends got married! I spend most of the day in Salt Lake City. The temple was beautiful inside. This was my first time ever going inside the Salt Lake Temple. Amy and Dave looked so happy!! It is my parents wedding anniversary on Valentines Day too. Happy 34th wedding anniversary Mom and Dad!

February is a busy birthday month for our family! We celebrated John's birthday up at Lisa's house in Ogden on Sunday. John and Joyce leave on their mission in a week. CRAZY! We are going to miss them greatly!

Here is Grandma J giving it her best on the drums. Way to go Grandma!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentines Day

I was having a conversation about Valentines Day. We were trying to decide what is the best thing to do or get for Valentines Day. What do you think?

Take my poll above and give me some ideas. Leave a comment or send me an email. I always like to have good ideas on hand.... you know.... just in case! :)


Monday, February 9, 2009

Photo Shoot

It has been a really long time since I have taken pictures! I was over joyed when Kristy asked me if I would take her engagement pictures..... over joyed and nervous! But I have to say.... I had a great time!!! It was so much fun to hang out with Kristy, Nate and their family for a morning. I think the pictures turned out good! The credit will have to go to the good looking couple and the happy family! I am so very happy for the both of them!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

February Goal

Ok, so I realize making resolutions for the new year is WAY over due. But this year I have decided to do something a little different.... a slight twist of goal setting.

My amazing cousin Rachel posted some insightful information on goals. I spent the month of January trying to decide what goals I wanted to make for the new year. I wanted to keep my goal attainable, but also something slightly difficult to make a change in my life. So... this is what I came up with...

Every month I am going to set a goal for myself. The goal will be something that is difficult for me... but to make it attainable, I am going to make the goal only last for a month. I am also going to be very specific. I am going to post my new goal every month so you can ask me how it is going.... I want to have good things to report and be accountable for my actions.

I thought I would start off with a really difficult goal. My goal for February is:

NO SODA POP (especially Dr. Pepper)!

I have come to realize I am addicted to that delicious, high sugar, caffeinated, thirst quenching drink! This month will be very difficult as I don't have my tasty caffeine to help me through the day. Wish me luck!!