Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Doll!

Gillian at the Mother's Day Tea!

More Prom Pics!

The Favorite Picture!
Being seated at dinner.

The Place Setting

The dinner table
The Resturant

We got a few more Prom pictures back that my girlfriend took who owns "A Natural Image" They turned out soooo cool! We luv you Jacque! The others are some pics that Ben's sister took of the Italian Resturant that I set up in our backyard that night. Fun, fun times! The kids are still talking about it!

Teenagers and More Teenagers!

How Many kids can fit in the spa?
We hosted our annual Mutual Night Swim party last week for all the teenagers in our Ward. As always, it was a lot of fun, very loud, kind of crazy and really, really wet! No one left without getting in the pool on their own or being tossed in! Ouch! As always, it is a blast having the kids over! Luv you all!

Shaver Lake 2009

The Marina
Caleb's photo
Daddy and his girl!
Docking the boat
Cam Knee boarding
One of the many silly pictures I plan to use of Garrett on his Wedding Reception Video!
My kids

For the past 15 years or so we have gone to the coast for Memorial Weekend. As we prepared to leave on Friday for the beach, I called our rental company to find out how much money I needed to bring with me and found out that our reservation had been made for the following weekend and pretty much there was nothing we could do about it. :( So we set about scrambling to salvage our long weekend. After many calls and potential plans we ended up at Shaver Lake staying in a cabin that belongs to Gary's Resource Teacher's Family.

Changing plans at the last minute was a bit challenging but we were all determined to "make the most of it". The boys got the boat ready and we changed a few things in our suitcases, took out our boogie boards and headed up the mountain on a new adventure. After some touchy moments (the car had a hard time getting the boat up the mountain during the 2 miles that we ascended 2000 ft or so very quickly) we finally got to the cabin around 9:30 that night. All I can say is "Wow!" we felt like we were in Heaven! The Cabin was beautiful! As big as my house something like 3400 sq. feet with 5 bedrooms and bathrooms. The views were amazing and it was decorated beautifully with a big family kitchen. We love to cook together when we stay at the coast so we were looking forward to hanging out in the great kitchen.

We stayed up that night until way past 1:00 am. We sat in the hot tub, star gazed (what a beautiful sky), played games and talked. Saturday was full of lake fun. It was a little cold. The boys brought their wetsuits which they used. (Check out Garrett posing as Aquaman. What a crack up!) It was a little crowded and somewhat small so we beached the boat, set up a camp on shore and explored, relaxed and played in the water. We were able to dock the boat at the Marina for the weekend so it was fun not having to take it back and forth each day.

We hiked on Sunday, read, watched a few movies (made a few movies. Lol) and cooked a lot! Monday was back to the Lake but to our surprise it wasn't so crowded so the boys got to do more of the water sports that they love. We still set up camp on the beach and I played in the sand with the little ones.

Coming down the hill late Monday night we all agreed that this was one of our "Great Vacations!"

The Ballerina!

So believe it or not, I caught gillian dressing up in her little tutu and I even got her to pose for me. Sometimes she is such a ham!

Caleb Teaches from the Scriptures!

Every morning our family tries to read the Book of Mormon together after garrett gets home from seminary. Many times the little kids are still asleep so we try to have a scripture night on Sunday that includes them. Caleb always remembers when it is Sunday and that he needs to read the scriptures to us. So while we all prepare dinner before the boys are leaving for a fireside, our spiritual buckets are filled. (Note the sarcasm in my writing) LoL! In this video I have captured the "essence" of Caleb as he takes his turn reading and teaching us. Of course it turns into a comedy show and not at all spiritual but I can't pretend that this isn't exactly how my crazy family is. Gotta love it! I know I do!

Miss Gillian's Ever Growing Word and Sentence List

  • "growl"
  • Baby
  • Ball
  • Book
  • cowboy
  • Dada
  • Dog dog
  • Hi there.
  • I want out
  • I want that on.
  • I want that.
  • Mama
  • me me
  • My car.
  • No, no, no, no
  • Out
  • Pants
  • pretty
  • princess
  • Rett (Garrett)
  • Rrarlee (Carlee the dog)
  • Shoes
  • Thank you
  • That
  • tiger
  • Up
  • What's that?