Friday, December 15, 2017

Work and Play in December

Helping Grandma Ben with her lights
Welding the fence at Zac's
Chores !!  - They can work !?!?!
Playing while watching brother
We brought a tagalong to support..........
Payson !!   Basketball time 
Brightyn, Grandpa,  Landon
Go Payson !!
A medal from gymnastics
He said, "Grandma, I got this, and I didn't even have to do anything !"  haha
Get together with my Mom and Dad, and my sister and brother and our spouses.  It was a great evening with good food, visiting, laughing and just being together at Francisco's in Farmington.  A little hole in the wall joint with excellent food, reasonably priced, and not too noisy or busy.  
Christmas Sugar Cookies 
Payson and Brightyn picked up Kellen (and Jordyn) at the airport
So happy to have him back from the Philippines for Christmas.  Oh, I remember those days !
Dinner at ChuckaRama (in Bountiful).............on the way to (or from?) seeing...........
the lights at Temple Square.
All who went were Nana Daw, Blakeley, CJ, Treyson and Tagg
(Tagg had to stay home to go to basketball practice) 
It sure was cold !!!

And last but not least - Camryn had a performance at the Improv last Sunday.  She ROCKED it !!  You should have see her fingers on that bass guitar.  They were flying !! 

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Favorite !

Every night, right on schedule.
Almond Milk, Shakeology, Spinach, frozen blueberries, and almonds

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Poor Brightyn had HAND FOOT & MOUTH disease, and was pretty miserable.  Payson was sick too, but I'm not sure if he had exactly what she did.  It was a pretty miserable few days at their house :(
And the flu didn't skip Zac and CJ's boys either !  I guess the schools in Morgan have been hit REALLY hard with all of the sickness, and the boys were no exception either.  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Forgotten Carols

Last Monday evening we went to The Forgotten Carols at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.
I had won 4 tickets, just by commenting on @smallyspice's Instagram account.

Landon and Kacey, and Grandma Ben went with me.

If you can believe it, our seats were RIGHT NEXT TO Megan, and Debi, and Tara, and Dani.  What are the chances of that?    It was a long 2 hours and 45 minutes (7:30 pm to 10:15 pm), but it was great, and I LOVE the songs.

I'm so grateful that my friend Theresa Hyde introduced me to The Forgotten Carols a few years ago.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Our Arizona Girl

We are so excited, and looking forward to Cam's visit at the end of December. 
Here's a little bit about her.

She's in the 8th grade (oldest in Apprende Middle School)
Next year she'll attend Corona High School

She LOVES LOVES LOVES playing the bass guitar.
She goes to School of Rock twice a week, for group and individual lessons.

She is currently practicing for an upcoming concert on Sunday, and then in January we'll fly down to see her perform over Martin Luther King's holiday.  They concentrate on different styles of Rock, and this time it is Led Zeppelin. 

She has been working so hard, and practices for hours a day.
She hopes to go to a University which specializes in a great music program after high school.

Camryn is also a great student.  She gets good grades, and is a good friend/

She is extremely responsible, and works around the house, earning an allowance, that transfers to her own personal debit card.  She and Amanda are great friends, and are able to talk about anything.

Amanda has done SUCH an exceptional job as a mother, and when she talks about Camryn, you can just hear the love and respect, admiration for her daughter in her voiuce. 

Cam is assertive, and stands up for herself and others.

She is kind to others, and we love her dearly.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Disney Vacation

A couple of days after Thanksgiving, Zac and CJ told the boys they were going to St. George for the weekend.  When they got to St. George, they kept driving..............THEN they popped out these stuffed animals, and told them PLANS HAVE CHANGED !!! WE'RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND !!!!
These pics are in no particular order.
I think this is Disneyland with Santa
At the Silverton Casino and Hotel 
Goofy's kitchen
Everything was all decorated for Christmas 
Fun times
Captain Jack Sparrow was talking with such an accent that the boys couldn't even understand him !
Nemo's adventure was magical for Thatch, and CJ may have shed a tear or two. 
They all shared a big TURKEY leg
Captain Hook
All smiles
Bracelets to remember Tenzin
Hugs for Mickey
And a GREAT time was had BY ALL !!!!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving (and the day after) 2017

Zac smooshing up the SLUSH - Brightyn is always interested in what Zac is doing, and he is so cute with her.
Sitting down to eat............
Loading up the plates.............
Brightyn and Payson were SO SO excited to sleep over at Grandmas.  I swear they changed into their jammies right after they got in the house.  This pic was taken while we were eating pie.  They had fun talking with Kuk.
Brian was explaining the finer points of MATH to Tagg, over a piece of  Grandma D's yummy pumpkin pie.
Perusing the adds, in preparation for BLACK FRIDAY shopping !
Making turkey treats
This girl likes to munch on the candy corn :)
Puzzles !
There's a turkey treat !
Later we made sugar cookie dough
(didn't cook any though)
Grandma Ben came over, and was showing Brightyn some pics she took on her phone.  She ate at Joni's this year.
The next day (after the sleepover), the Littles also made these cute crafty turkeys from sticky foam. 
Payson wrote this note.
He was pretending to be Santa (his favorite thing), and as "Santa" he wrote this note to Thatcher.
"Thatcher Rich is being good, I will give Thatcher presents"
It was so nice, we were outside for a bit.
They wanted the Trampoline back up, but sorry.........
It's almost winter !!
Back in the house to make sugar cookies !
Fun times !
Thanks to Amanda, I have 101 different cookie cutters
Boy they had fun choosing from trucks, ducks, snowmen, people, etc.
Later in the afternoon, we went over to the Property
Sure love these kiddos
We weren't able to burn on Thanksgiving because of the burn index numbers, but the stars aligned on Friday, and we were able to start the pile on file.  Tagg and Treyson got into the "starting" action this year. 
These two were flying monkeys on the swings
Brightyn keeping warm
This is our Arizona Gang's Thanksgiving !
I guess they had a wonderful time, and a great dinner, and a houseful of guests.
Elle and Cam
We love you guys !!
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