Sunday, November 30, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We had a quite weekend at home. Our plan was to clean out the garage and the office, but only the garage got done. Since it was only our family of 6 we cooked a turkey breast and had plenty of food. We also had all the other good stuff that goes with Thanksgiving dinner.

Friday we went to see Bolt in 3D. That was a cute movie. Saturday we went bowling at the Coconut Bowl. Today was church and I am glad everyone will be going back to school tomorrow.

We are now looking forward to going to Utah for Christmas. We are hoping for good weather on the 23rd. Jason wants to leave after work and drive in the night so our kidlets will be asleep.


We have had a busy few weeks. We made a last minute trip to Disneyland before out passes expired two weeks before Thanksgiving. We had a great time except for there was a lot of smoke Saturday morning. Then the winds picked up and kept it above our heads.

We also took Kelsey on the Matterhorn because she was finally tall enough. She stood in line very nicely and climbed right into the ride. Once the ride started moving, she grabbed me with all her might and held on for life. She didn't make one sound throughout the entire ride. As soon as we came to a stop just before the unload platform, she started yelling "GET ME OFF!!!!!" She was not willing to wait any longer. Once she was off the ride, the other kids started asking her if she liked it. She said the ride was fun. Allynn asked Kesley if she wanted to ride it again. The answer was "No - it's too scary". I thought for sure she would not stand in line with us again for fear of what was at the end of the line, but she did great. It may have helped that we had already been on the Nemo Submarines first, so she knew that not all lines were bad.

Most lines were less than 10 minutes. Some lines were 25 minutes. The longest line was the wait to see Tinkerbell in Pixie Hollow. But it was worth it, Kelsey was in heaven and got to talk to Tinkerbell.

We will start saving now for the next time we are able to get passes. It was well worth the family time we spent together and the time I spent with each child for their birthdays and with Jason for our anniversary. And the next time, Kelsey will be older and asking to ride the Mountain again and again.

What have you done?

I tag you if you are reading this!To participate, just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done. I also added one of my own that I thought should be there.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea -Does Bear Lake count as at sea?
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie - Could a commercial count?
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class - From Austin
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury -Called to jury duty once but was dismissed because I was pregnant with Allynn. Thanks Allynn
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument
102. Been to the Opera house in Sydney

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I know it is time for a new update, but I can't seem to get my act together. After coming home from Allynn's trip, my next two classes started. History since 1945 and Teaching as a Profession. In the first week I felt like I had more writing to do than I had in the previous classes. Last week I also rushed to get assignments done early so I would not have to worry about them while we stole a very quick weekend away. This week is jammed pack too. Right now I am supposed to be at enrichment, but I couldn't get myself together to make it there. Tomorrow night I am supposed to go to a lotion party, Thursday is stamp group, and Friday I have been invited to go to the movies to see Twilight on opening night. I also have homework and discussion questions and a power point presentation on the Cold War due Sunday. And there is Kelsey and Baby S and the two new babies I will begin watching tomorrow. (M-W-F for 1 1/2 hours a day. I certainly can't complain). Now that I have written this all down, I think I am tired and should go to bed even though it is only 7:45 pm. I just wish I could get my kids to go to bed that early. I guess we will not be wearing clean clothes this week or getting the bathrooms thoroughly scrubbed. At least the dishes will be done (Allynn, Sydney, and Austin are great at keeping those taken care of!) This may not have been the update you were looking for, so I will try to make time for more.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Allynn's birthday trip

I have some fun pictures to share, I just have to get them off my phone. I will work on that today. Thursday night, Disneyland closed at 8 pm so we weren't sure if we would make it from the airport in time to go on any rides. WE DID!! First thing we rode was Pirates of the Caribbean. We walked right on - no line. Then we decided that we didn't have a whole lot of time left in the park for that night so we would ride Splash Mountain. This way if we were totally wet, we would just be going back to the motel. We walked right on again. Through the ride, there were a few moments when the ride would stop and the voice would tell us to stay in our seats and we would be along shortly. We got the end of the road so to speak. The last long climb to the top of the mountain before we are dropped into the brier patch, the ride stopped, and this time we were told to stay in our seats and someone would be along to help us out. Right at the top, we had to climb out and walk out of the ride through a small part of backstage. I thought that was really cool!! How often do you get to go backstage. After we got out to the ride, we were given readmission tickets to any ride. This is basically a fast pass ticket for any ride except Toy Story Midway Mania. Allynn admitted later that she had been praying that she would not get too wet. I had that same prayer.

The highlight of the trip happened on Friday morning. We got Disneyland at opening (9am) and went straight to Space Mountain before the line got too long. Then we went to Autopia to drive the cars. As we were coming off the ride we were handed DREAM FAST PASSES. We have waited all year to get one of those. We didn't really need them since most lines were less than 25 minute wait, but we used them anyway and had ridden ever ride in both Disneyland and California Adventure by 5 pm. That was a lot of walking. We just kept moving from one ride to the next, using our fast passes to go through the short line. It was so much fun. We stayed until about 10 pm and we were tired. So we went to Albertson's and rented Kit Kitridge - An American Girl from the Red Box for the next morning.

Saturday we slept in. I woke up about 8 and Allynn finally rolled out of bed around 10. We had breakfast in our room and watched the movie we had rented. Then we got ready for the day and headed back to the park. What a fun time we had. Again the lines were pretty short. The longest we waited for anything was 30 minutes and that was for Toy Story Midway Mania which is a new 3D ride in California Adventure. Everything else was 20 minutes or less.

Allynn and I had such a great time on our trip to Disneyland. So much fun that I am trying to work it out that our family can go one more time before out passes run out on November 22nd.