Thursday, August 25, 2011

BYU football camp

Drake and Wesley experienced BYU for the first time!! They attended their football camp and this year they were lucky enough to have it inside LaVell Edwards stadium. I think they got their first real taste of what football is all about--at least Mike seems to hope so! He was feeling young again as if he was back playing in the good ol' days!! So he wishes! The whole family went and watched for a couple days of it, even amidst all the 90-100 degree days. Brigg was hopefully taking notes.
Trying to find some shade--even if it is under the bleachers.

Drake in action

Even though Wesley's true love is Soccer, he still gave it his all and was probably the only one there in soccer cleats. BYU doesn't offer soccer scholarships, so we'll try and keep him very well rounded with many options to get there!!

And how can we forget the 2 cheerleaders. These poor 2 girls are dragged everywhere there 2 brothers go. They are such good sports and at least they have each other! They made sure the table was full of water cups for all the boys and Elizabeth even got to lead them all in jumping jacks. Hard to imagine that they are only 10 months apart.( and Charly is not short for her age)

This was the best part of the whole camp...the guy heading up the camp knew Todd and Mike, so I think one day he told all the boys that Mike used to play at BYU., so at the end of the camp a few boys came up to him and asked him for his autograph--it was hilarious--he was just taking it all in. He never imagined he'd be a celebrity, he even had photos taken with him. These boys were so cute--little did they know how big of a star he was!

Gotta love that Cougar stadium!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Planes, TRAINS, and automobiles

My Dad LOVES trains!! He even built his own track in our backyard growing up. He loves them so much he will ride them places even when it takes more than 14 hours to get to where he wants to go. This last June, my Dad picked up my 2 nephews Evan and Eli, boarded the amtrak in UT and headed to CO! They all visited with us here for 3 days before they finished their journey back to UT---but this time they picked up 2 more passengers--Drake and Wesley!! Oh boy, were Drake and Wesley excited! Of course they never have been on a train like this, who does that-right? Well if it wasn't for Grandpa Paul, I don't think they ever would have!!!
We had fun showing Grandpa, Evan and Eli one of the fun things to do here in CO.
We took them to a small water park--Pirate's Cove!!
Brigg likes the water, but mostly enjoys all the snacks around
Charly with Grandpa Paul!

here we are in the lazy river--one of our favorite spots

And now it was time to depart from the boys! This is them waiting for the train to come in the station in downtown Denver. As you can see by some snazzy hairdo's(well I guess just 1) it was quite early. They ended up waiting there for a while due to some delays with flooding that they didn't know about.

Finally!!! The train arrives

I guess this was the hall way that took them to their bunks--pretty fun!
This was their very sweet waitress I here!
And they finally arrived after a long 14 hours with a few delays. They said they had a great time and it wasn't really that bad. They had plenty of things to do--movies, books, treats, etc.. needless to say this might be the one time they will have taken the train, but all in all that had a fabulous time and learned a lot a long the way from their Grandpa Paul! Mike and I and the other kids met them in UT, where we drove in our nice and quiet automobile and made it there in 8 hours! Much better!! Thanks to Grandpa Paul for an unforgettable experience!! He even made each boy their own scrapbook from shutterfly of the whole trip!!

Hello to SUMMER!!!

Good-bye to school
Drake with his 3rd grade teacher--Miss Gummelt

Drake's class

Wesley and Mrs. Chase
Brigg was quite the center of attention, I went to go grab Wesley and came back and they were all surrounding him, he must have been putting on a show.
2nd --4th--and we come!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Little man

One day Brigg found Mike's boots. He didn't want to get out of them. Sad thing is---he'll be fitting in these before I know it!! I just want to freeze this little guy right now!! He is full of smiles all the time!! I couldn't be more blessed to have him in my life!!
just stay little....



Cancun in May--spur of the moment trip with Garrett and Stace, and our great friends, Lauren and Leighton Cartwright!! We literally talked them into coming the weekend before we left! We had a great time and had some of the best food we've ever had!! Here we are at fish fritanga--just looking at this place-you wouldn't think much of it--but boy is it deceiving! This little shack turns into a beautiful outdoor restaurant just behind it with the most amazing chicken and fish tacos you'd ever taste!!

You would think this little guy works for this restaurant by all the wheeling and dealing and luring he did to get us to come there! We even got free drinks he liked us so much. Turns out he was only in charge of the little parking lot right next to it. So nice!!
Just a sample of what there food was all about! Crazy amounts! Good thing they were sharing although I'm sure Mike wouldn't have a problem by himself!

Leighton and Lauren Cartwright!!

Getting ready to head to the ocean!
What a good lookin bunch with some beautiful scenery!!

PRICELESS.....(that would be mike--taking it all in...)
On Ze BUS--

Stace and Garrett
The last big hurrah!! This restaurant was unbelievable!! Some of the best presentation and food I've ever had!! They had this KOBE(some special beef) beef that was over 100.00 for one serving!! Crazy! Good thing the filet was just as good-I'm sure!
Strollin' through the outdoor mall
waiting for the bus to head home--we are all stuffed!!
Especially Garrett(he had some issues :))