Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Our FUN weekend!

It started out Friday, by Washington and I getting a calling.  Joseph's primary teacher.  We have the Valiant 10 & 11s.  (They are combined here).
 As soon as the Bishop walked out we had some visitors...
The Mendoza's...
Friends from Spanish fArk.

The 3 of us (adults) talked and the 5 kids played...

Then we went to dinner, we tried to go to Ponco and Lefty, but after a fully-full parking lot we ended up here...

Home, sleep, work for me, then since I miss this...
we went to the Cal-Poly vs. SUU game (thanks Saga)

Since the kids did not whine the whole time like last year, after the game and dinner we went here...
Washington: Berry something alone
Nicole: Oreo cream with Oreos
Joseph: Vanilla Bean with Kit-Kat and Twix
Ariel: Cotton Candy with Resee's Peanut Butter Cups (she loves that Yuck!)

Then church on Sunday.  They called us to our calling, after Joseph realized what happened, when we explained to him we were his teachers, he said "Man, I should have opposed".  No worries, we will only be his teacher for 4-5 Sundays.  (The ward is so big all teacher callings have 2 couples  teaching.)

That was our weekend
This weekend, the parents come.

The MAGIC of girls jeans...

Ok, maybe they were in the boys department, but to me skinny jeans are girls jeans! ...

So last Thursday Joseph left school with no friends, not one!  Friday and Monday was Fall Break.  Well Saturday we went to a football game, then out for ice cream then to Old Navy.  I have told Joseph may times I would not buy him girls jeans.  He bamboozled his dad into getting them.  Today he comes home from school;  he is now the most popular kid at school, 75 "women" asked for his phone number, his teachers told him not to worry about his grades the rest of the year, as they will ALL give him A's, etc.

If I knew girls jeans would make him the "cool kid on campus" I...  well...   ummm....  Maybe I will send him in a pink dress tomorrow?

(When I googled skinny jeans only women showed up... i rest my case.  I had to google men's skinny jeans to get this picture)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

2 down, 2 to go, and life-in-general

This semester is already 1/2 over.  :)  I don't know how. I feel like it just started a week or two ago.  So that's good!  Mid-term's wise I have already taken two, they were the easy two though.  So 2 more, math and history.  Math, I'm a little worried about the test, but we have sooooo much homework in that class (which is do it and get the points type of work) and extra credit all the time, that I have 105% in that class.  :)  History, 40% is multiple choice, he has given us all the the questions on our notes, but 60% is essay.  We have the 3 questions we can choose from  but I can't decipher what language the big words are in. 
The kids have decided lately, they like to be in trouble.  Joseph with acts and Ariel with her sassy mouth.  I think they are loving their rooms.  Ariel said she is tired of sitting on her bed.  I told her she could get a bucket and scrub her walls. (I don't know what she would be washing off since they were painted 4 months ago, but that is something to do, right?)  The TV on the other hand is getting lonely and mighty dusty.  Washington thought they needed some time out of the house yesterday and took them on a bike ride, they made it 1/4 mile before they complained it was "too hot" (it was 75*), and they were thirsty, and their legs hurt.  Ten minutes later they were back in their rooms.
In September we had some friends come stay with us from Friday to Sunday.  Ten people and a puppy in our tiny little home.  That Friday night we bar-b-qued, went swimming and watched a movie.  Saturday I went to work and they went up to Zion National Park.  It was free park weekend, so the place was crowded.  Then we had Ecuadorian and Peruvian Ceviche.  MMMMM!!!!!!  Sunday had to be my favorite though, I didn't have to make pancakes, waffles, or french toast, since our guest took over the kitchen.  :)       Then this last week my sisters-ex-sister-in-law and her two kids stayed over at our house on their way to California.  For anyone who reads this, that is making that SLC to CA trip, remember we are now the 1/2 point and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when people come visit.  In the four months we have been here I think we have had 5-6 over night guests/families, most making the trip home.  So let me know, it's always good to see old friends and family.
After trying to submit second sealing approval for 6 months in our old ward, we got everything turned in today in our new ward.  It took us an hour to fill everything out and write the letter.  It makes me wonder what the hold up was before...  Before we started asking for the paperwork in January or February, never got it.  We asked the bishop here 2 Sundays ago, he dropped it off that Thursday.
We enjoyed conference last weekend.  The boys enjoyed Priesthood while Ariel and I went shopping.  (her allowance was  burning a hole in her pocket).  But as always, we enjoyed the (second) best thing about conference weekend, conference potatoes.  Basically just cheesy breakfast potatoes (not hash-browns) with sausage in them.  We always had them growing up, I made them once 2 years ago and haven't been allowed not to make them since.

Our ward, still amazing.  Today 3 people (who know the kids somehow, 2 of Ariel's bus friends and 1 of Josephs friend's) introduced themselves to me, I met one of my visiting teachers (from the 3 of us all working and going to school we have never met, just phone calls and cookies), and two other people.  I can't keep any of them straight, but the welcome feeling is there every Sunday.  Ariel gave a talk today in Primary.  I was called yesterday afternoon, the original child had to go out of town.  I am thankful for primary talks being on the internet.  I don't know where the time would have come from to think of something for her.
Other then all that nothingness, not much is going on here. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Dear Cold,

I do not have time for you right now. Remember how yesterday morning we were friends, you were still following me around but not bothering me, what happened to that relationship? Remember how 2 weeks ago when Ariel had you I told you then I didn't want you? Then last week when Washington had you I reminded you to stay away, remember? I don't mind tending you if you will work for me or do homework for me. While you are at it could you go grocery shopping, clean the house and the cars both need oil changes and safety inspections, could you get that done?


So yes, sick has set in. School was missed on Thursday so that just means more make-up. Washington is good at taking care of things at the house though. I know when I get home today the house will be clean and dinner will be ready. :) Love that church is at 11:30 so I can sleep in tomorrow. But my head is not thinking clearly enough to make the addition/subtraction board, read about 75 pages for history and write 4 - 1 page papers, to write a 4 page paper about the word "reckless", and to make a postcard in a program (pages - mac) that will not convert to the program I need it in (presentation or something - word) (unless I trick it into converting, it doesn't like that though). And Joseph is gone at a scout 100 celebration thing, so Ariel will want to be entertained and Washington will want to wait until I'm home.

Not complaining, just overwhelmed by the mountain right now.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Long time no NOTHING...

So it's only been about a year and a half sine I have written anything in here. I just kept forgetting or not wanting to. ;) A lot has happened in that year and a half. Washington and I got married June 09, we went to CA in Aug, Then again in December for my grandmas funeral. Had some skin cancer on my nose, so had that removed. We moved to St. George!!! (we are NOT snow people and when it snow September to May, that's beyond too much white crap!)

We LOVE it here! Washington's (graveyard) shift at work was cut, school was out, and the people we rented from wanted to sell. It was the perfect time to just go. We are in an apartment that is about 1000 sq feet smaller then the house we were renting, no garage (we are renting one though) and no crawl space. It was hard to fit everything into the small space, but we did. The kids have loved that there are 2 pools, the big pool (it has a spa and its 5' deep) and the kids pool (beach walk-in, splash pad and only 3'5" deep). The ward is AMAZING!!!!! and HUGE!!! The kids went to visit their mom for two weeks in CA (her dad, aunts uncles, cousins, etc live there). Then my parents went to pick them up and they stayed there for 2 weeks. School shopping and Disneyland were the highlights. (Crazy kids don't like D-land though). They came home and school started the next Wednesday.

I started school for the 100th time 3 weeks ago. So I work 35 hours a week and have 12 credits. Somehow that has all made me less stressed. Go figure! Other then that not too much. (no callings in the ward yet - knock on wood) We are just enjoying life! :D