As I promised here are our favortie pictures from our family photo session that my sister Jodi took. Aren't they amazing!! Our favorite family picture is the black and white on the rocks which will be proudly displayed in our living room in a 20x20 print. We could not have asked for any better pictures especially of the kids. They all turned out so beautiful. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and I will get around to posting Christmas pics soon. I wanted to get this out first. Happy New Year to you all!!
Just a little sneak peak at some of our photos that my amazing sister took for our Christmas gift from her. We were at this huge man made lake outside of Dallas where we were at for T-giving that made an absolutely georgous backdrop for these pictures and with the early morning fog it was perfect. She is saving the best for last but in my opinion these are amazing and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us on Christmas! Thank you again Jo! http://www.sweetlifephotogallery.com/
So this is how we spent our Thanksgiving Day...in the ER! This is why you do not play dodgeball with a basketball...Uncle Jason. You are never gonna live this one down. With all visits set aside and all money paid it is pretty funny that we spent our evening in the ER. Melinda and I sure did have a lot of fun people watching...I have to admit ER's are far more better than Malls for people watching! :0) Ethan is doing fine just a bright red cast and we called it good. No worries Jason this will only haunt you for the rest of your life...along with my broken arm and Jodi's broken arm!!
Mom and Dad thought we were only having a party for the kids so uh children managed to surprise them both with an "Older than Dirt" party since they both turned 50 this year. Happy Birthday Mom and Dad hope you had and will have a wonderful birthday. Love all your Children!
Halloween is a holiday that I do not care for but the kids sure did turn out cute! And of course they received a ton of candy, which will be distrubuted daily throughout the next year!! :0) Ethan was a Power Ranger, Megan a 50's Girl and Beckett our little Lion. All that matters is that they had a great Halloween despite what their mother thinks!
After months and months of Megan asking when she will be 5 the day has finally arrived...yea! Megan has not made too many friends since we moved here so we had cake and ice cream at home and then over the weekdend Megan, Great-Grandma Pool and myself went to lunch and shopping. She enjoyed it more than I thought she would so it turned out to be a great day for all of us.
Good thing I knew exactly where the camera was and I caught Ethan when I did 'cause as soon as he saw me he quickly three the shoes off and sat down on the coffee table. Lucky for him...and me...I am quicker than he thinks I am with a camera. He was so embarssed but I just had to take this one for future blackmale purposes! We love you Ethan...no really we do!
Ethan had an awards assembly at his school last week and was presented with an award for Academic Achievement. We are so proud of him as we did not know how he would take the change from the Arizona school system to the highly achieving Colorado school system. He is doing great and we could not ask for anything more from him. He is loving every minute of being a 1st grader so let's hope this continues on through the rest of his school years. We are so proud of you Ethan...Great Job!
Denver had their free day at the zoo a couple of weeks ago so we figured it was the best time if any to take the kids. Megan was obsessed with seeing zebras, which we saw, and pigs which we did not see since it was not at a farm. Silly girl! Ethan wanted to see anything with four legs or even two as he was quite fascinated by the ducks...I have no idea! :0) It was definiltey a very crowded and stressful day but we all had fun and loved the fact that all the animals were out on display...all except the Lion...which was missing in action. We will definitely do it again 'cause you can't ever beat a free day at the zoo!
We made a trip to Home Depot to get locks on Saturday and found out there was an event going on in the parking lot that included fire trucks, cop cars, bomb squad units with bomb robot and the SWAT truck. We went over to check it out since Ethan love fire trucks and cops and it turned out to be really fun. They had a race track set up with John Deere tricycles and then pumpkin painting and you could also build a fire truck from wood. That we ended up taking home and doing because there was such a long line for that craft. Anyhow we ended up making a 30 minute trip to Home Depot into a two hour excursion through the parking lot. We had fun and so did the kids and when we got home they were so worn out they all took really long naps...yeah for peaceful moment for mom!
On Labor Day we spent the day with the Monson Family at A Taste of Denver. A day of lots of food, fun and rides for the kids and the kids at heart! The kids loved riding the rides at the little carnival but poor Beckett didn't get to ride anything 'cause he was not big enough (can you believe Beckett not being big enough!) so he sat in his stroller and watched or slept...what an eventful day for him. The rest of us had tastings of just about every food you could possibly crave and then some. It was a scorcher that day and so by the end of four hours we were all exhausted, but we had a blast. Thanks to Travis and Ali for inviting us to come along. And thanks to me for getting free bracelets for all the rides :0)...too bad I didn't buy a lottery ticket that day! LOL We will definitely do this again next year and the year after that and the year after that and well you get the picture.
Tiff and James had the blessing of their new son Steven over the Labor Day weekend. We spent Sunday at Rich and Sandy's enjoying the company of seven of the nine grandchildren. Cory and Katie surprised everyone and flew into town for the blessing...we had a blast!
We ventured out to Salt Lake this summer for Kelly and Isaac's wedding and boy did we have fun. We visited the Gardner Village, which was establish by Scott's great great great grandfather (I think I have enough greats in there). The kids had a blast playing at the park and running amuck on the temple grounds. All in all they were really well behaved and we had so much fun but were ready to come back home. We just had to stop to get a picture of us coming back into Colorado since we had never done that anytime we had traveled.