4/17/18

March

 Ava's been a roller coaster of emotions (seriously, I hope I survive this girl and her fluctuating hormones - at least that's what I'm blaming the hi's and low's on) lately and has been a little down, so we decided she needed some one on one time.  Here daddy happen to be available that night and took her out on the town.  I was thinking an ice cream date or something, but he really spoiled her and took her to the mall (which she claims she's never been to) and let her ride the ferris wheel, get ice cream and went to build-a-bear and made a bunny.   She was so happy!!
 We've started baseball so our nights and weekends are CONSUMED by the sport.  I hate how busy it makes us, but I do love watching them play.   Almost all of our preseason games and many practices have been cancelled though due to the rain. 
 First hike with my hiking friends since my sprained ankle.  4 months later and it's still giving me fits sometimes. Man, getting old is for the birds!!
 We NEEDED to replaster our pool this year (it's been in need for years now), so we took the plunge and started the backyard re-haul.  We realized we're probably not going anywhere for a few years, so we might as well do what we want with it.  It been a month since we started and it already looks SOOO different. I'll post after pictures when it's closer to getting done. 
 Doing my annual house dump (going room by room and getting rid of all the excess) and found Adam's old clogging outfit (we kept this for posterity sake). 
 Pioneer ninja turtle with a side of clogging. :)
 Awful picture, but he kept moving.  Grant's first pinewood derby.  He designed and helped build his car.  He won a few races, but didn't place.  He was a good sport about it and had fun racing. 

 Uncovering snakes during demo of the backyard.  
 We hired this project out, which has been so nice, but hard for me to stay away.  I sometimes just watch out the window and want to go help (mainly make sure they're doing it right). :)  Luckily the guy we hired has been really good (finally a decent contractor).  
 Adam took his CFP exam and PASSED!!  He's been taking classes for over a year and has been studying like crazy.  We're ALL so happy it's over and so proud of him. 
 Grant helping me make jam. 
 Day trip to the beach for Spring break. 




 The kids played for about 7 hours non stop and loved every second.  Not a single fight or complaint.  Amazing how the beach can do that.  Saw female and male nudity (ugh), played in the freezing cold water (not me, just the kids), collected 'treasures' and had a blast. 
Day after the beach we headed to Shasta for conference weekend. 

3/12/18

February

 One of Noah's school classmates got baptized last month and Noah gave the baptism talk.  He did a great job. 
 Grant helping with the flag ceremony for a Quilts of Valor presentation.  Adam nominated one of his clients, so he was there getting his quilt.  Such a cool presentation and amazing quilts. 
 Baseball started......end of my life as we know it until June. Good thing they enjoy it and I enjoy it most of the time. 
 Horrible screen shot picture of everyone involved, but such a awesome doctors visit!  Grant gets strep a few times a year, so I decided to order my own strep tests and just test him at home.  If it's positive I know I need a Rx, so I usually just call grandpa Mel, but sometimes I can't reach him.  Anyway, i used one of those apps where you can 'see' a doctor over your phone.  It was great.  She looked down his throat thru my phone and I showed her the test results of the strep test and she called in our Rx.  5 minute appointment and I didn't have to leave the house.  Sometimes technology is amazing. 
 These kids have the best life.  What's better than a day of sledding with friends, hot cup of noodles, hot chocolate and treats? 


 Went with Noah to his Mars simulation field trip.  The kids got to do a flight simulation to Mars and it was so cool.  Noah was the data guy and was responsible for all the emails that came in from the Mars shuttle.  


 Our Valentines cards




 Hiking with some friends with ice cream at the end. 
 The kids have been creating in the kitchen more and learning to cook by themselves.  
 Grant had his first Blue and Gold pack meeting and made these cupcakes (theme was magic) all by himself. They were really good. 
We took all our Legos to the cabin, so when I bought a big tub of them from a ward member, the kids said it was the best day ever.  Noah told me it was way better than getting a Xbox. :)  YES!!!  It took me 3 hours to clean them, but it's been hours of fun (and a few fights) so it's well worth it (minus the fighting).  

2/16/18

January


Oh January - you were a fun filled, busy month.  The primary president was telling the kids how they do a polar bear plunge every January 1st, so I convinced the kids it was a good tradition to start.  They fall for it every year. :)  
They have the roughest life, I tell you!! After getting back from the cabin after Chritmas, the kids spent a good portion of their time becoming best friends with Noah's 'echo dot' (amazons little radios you can boss around to say or play things).  They tell her to read them stories and play them music all day.  Here they were listening to about stories with Ava's disco ball in the back ground.  Rough life!!
My lemon tree only produced a handful of lemons this year, but luckily our friends produced 100's.  I cut them up, zest them, juice them and then freeze it all.  The best lemonade ever!!
Fresh OJ.  The benefits of living in California. 
Grandma Connie's walker has come in handy many times.  I used it when I sprained my ankle and the kids use it as roller skating aides. 
Another bishop's youth fireside at our house. Adam sang the new youth theme song at this and did a fantastic job, as usual. 
Been practicing my bread making.  Making a lot of french, ciabatta and baguettes this month. 
A bat hit the windshield while driving at the cabin and when we stopped to get gas we found him in the bed of the truck.  Weird little creatures. 
Adam and I went on a cruise with 2 other couples from our ward.  It was a lot of fun.  The ship was HUGE and had some really fun water slides.  They also had a fun ropes course (you could walk out onto a plank over the water, 15 stories up). It was a little freaky because it was so windy up there. 
The boys.  Believe it or not, I didn't take very many pictures.  Blasphemy!  
We loved playing shuffleboard.  We ate A TON of food (the food was good, but not great), played lots of games, went to shows, laughed a lot, ate some more....
Our first port was in Roatan, Honduras.   I found a scuba company that came and picked us up and took us to their shop and then took us on 2 dives.  It was awesome.  We were the only ones on the boat and the dive sites were only 5 minutes from shore.  The water was pristine (still not as good as Guam, but I'm realizing that nothing will compare to there, the best diving in the world is hard to beat) and our dive master was great.  
Adam and I with a school of Jacks behind us.  My camera isn't the best.  The other 2 couples had gopros so I'm anxious to see what they got on our trip. 

We did see some cool things (lion fish, spotted sea ray, puffer fish....)  1 couple just went snorkeling because they aren't scuba certified and they even saw awesome things (giant lobster, barracuda, shrimp..) 
We came back to the shop and had lunch at a little street taco place.  One of our friends got tricked into a massage while we waited (you can see her in the blue hat). Ha!!
Went back out for another dive.
Puffer fish.
On our way back the ship our driver took us to this little place where we got to hold all sort of animals.  The monkeys were all over us, jumping from one person to the next, so it was hard to get a good picture. 
Got to hold a sloth.  I've always wanted to see a sloth, so getting to hold one was even better.  Adam, the animal hater, didn't even want to touch them. :/
This was Alex, and they really are as slow and you think.  
Baby monkey.  
Our next stop was Belize. It was a little island off of Belize, so basically a resort for Norwegian, so technically we didn't really see real Belize.  Cruising is great when you have lots of people and you don't want to worry about logistics, but I think I prefer to go somewhere and see how the locals live and experience their culture.  Cruising definitely has it's perks too though.  In Belize we pretty much just hung out at the port.  They had shops and a giant swimming pool and the beach.  We went paddle boarding and did some snorkeling. 

View from our room - pretty rainbow as we were leaving the port. 
This ship was by far the largest we've ever gone on.  It holds 4k guests and 1600 crew members.  It was seriously like a small town floating on the water. 
Next stop was Costa Maya, Mexico. 4 of us went to this water/zip line park for most of the day.  The other 2 went on a mayan ruin tour (we've done those many times, so we didn't want to do it again).  It was surprisingly really fun.  The water slides were really fast.  Some of them hurt a little (not American standards at all), but worth it.  The zip lines were really cool.  I think we did 12+ zip lines over the trees.  There was also a zip coaster (like a mini roller coaster but on a zip line) that was really fun.  
The last port was to Cozumel, Mexico.  Here 4 of us went on a 4-wheeling excursion thru Cozumel and to the beach.  This is an old Mayan ruin that had some sort of significance, but I can't remember. :)
All the while were were off having fun, my kids were getting utterly spoiled by grandma.  
My brother and his 9 month pregnant wife spoiled them rotten too.  They went hunting, sand boarding, basketball games, more hunting, coyote calling, arts and crafts, playing with cousins.......Oh man, they love it. 
Of course Ava played with the cats as much as she could. 
They got to play with the Wilson cousins a little bit too.  


We got to play for 1 day before flying back to California, so we got to see them sand sledding.  Noah is pretty coordinated and went down standing up first try.  We said it was because he knows how to slalom.  :)