Thursday, October 29, 2009


Oh how we love SNOW DAYS!!
Yep that's right--it's not even Halloween yet and we've had one of the biggest snow storms we've had in a long time. There has to be at least 2 feet out there, but I'm no judge. You would not believe how much snow has fallen and is still falling. We've had snow for 2 1/2 days straight--without stopping. You would think it's Christmas time--it is just beautiful! And the best part about it is they've cancelled the last 2 days of school!!!! It worked out perfect to hang out with our cousins here from UT. The last few days have been endless playing, sleepovers, hot chocolate, out to dinner, movies, potluck breakfasts and lunches--you name it we've done it. The kids have been out in the snow everyday loving every minute of it. There's just something great about

Just look at that---you wouldn't even know that that is my car! CRAZY!!

Oh boy was it fun to dig it out!

Check out the roof---the wind has been blowing too, making some interesting sculptures.
most of the cousins trying to stay warm...

Pumpkin Party!

We had Aunt Melinda here with us to carve pumpkins. She was a great help especially with Charly's kitty pumpkin. I forget how cool it is to see the pumpkin all finished. I forgot that I was actually pretty good at it--especially with Wesley's help--he picked out a pretty cool dragon. Drake picked a scary spider with Dad's help and Charly picked the kitty in the tree. They didn't even seem to care about how gross the insides were, Charly was even getting in there with her bare hands.

After we were all done Charly shouts "this is going to look so cute and awesome!"

Bring on the trick or treaters!!

Halloween Party

Well Grandma does it again. She pulled it off for the 6th year in a row. The kids look forward to Grandma's annual Halloween bash with tons of festivities. All from pizza, bobbing for apples, decorating cookies, dancing to monster mash, and watching movies. We sure love our Grandma Jones--especially when she suprises us with her clever costumes! We even got to have our special cousin's from Utah here this year--Tyler, Halle, and little Luke!!!

Oh we love little Lukie!!!
Grandma and the favorite witch!

Taylor and Drake
Tessa, Luke, and Elena(the cutest 2 year olds around)

winding down....

Weekend Getaway!!

Mike and I enjoyed one of the greatest weekends we've had in a long time. As most of you football fans know, the Broncos are suprising us all this year. They are undefeated! A couple weeks ago, they had won their 5th straight game and right after the announcement came on that the next game would be on a Monday night in San Diego. So kind of for a joke, but kind of serious too, I said to Mike, " We should totally go, it's Monday night and it's in San Diego." Suprisingly he didn't turn me down right then. He was actually really thinking about it. So he kept thinking about it and tried to arrange some things at work to see if it might even be possible. We figured we could get somebody to have our kids since it would be so quick of a trip, so we were getting serious about it. The plan was to leave Mon. morning--go to the game that night --and fly back early Tues. morning--easy enough--right? Well of course while Mike is looking into everything, realizes that BYU just happens to be playing San Diego the Sat. before in San Diego. And to make things even more interesting, my sister, Carrie was there that weekend on a vacation with her little family. So really why wouldn't we go- right? Well those other 2 incentives definitely helped our decision. Next thing we knew we were headed to California! We had such a great time. Saturday we walked around Old Town, went to the BYU game(which you would have felt like you were in Provo--there were so many BYU fans--it was great! The San Diego fans were so mad they lost), went to dinner with Carrie and family. Sunday we went to church, drove by the most beautiful Temple I've ever seen, and then met up with Mike's old missionary companion, Justin Schmidt and his wife, and went to one of the best pizza joints down in Laguna Beach. Monday, we picked up our good friend, Rich, and did a little shopping--ate lunch at the Hash House(highly recommended if you're really hungry--but don't go if your not)-toured some of San Diego's Harbor with all there aircraft carriers(Mike couldn't resist)-then made our way to the big game!!! Let's just say it wasn't a good weekend for San Diego and football. And the Broncos are now 6-0!!!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mostly for my Mother.....Here you go Mom!!!

A work in progress...........


Our remodeled deck is finally done, just in time for the winter. After some long days this summer, The covered living space is finished. We are so excited to enjoy more of our backyard now. Thanks to Garrett and Stacey who put tons of input to make it come about. So much fun!!!