Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Snow Fun!!

Just a whole lot of fun pictures from before the kids had to go back to school.  It was not to cold and we took advantage of it.  Emily had a hooding party.  Everyone loved it.  They stayed out until it was dark. Then had hot dogs and watched a movie.

We finally got a ski day in.  We had several planned but weather conditions were not good.  I am sure we drove Nicole crazy.  Levi was meeting us at the hill to ski with us and we kept changing our plans.  The day we did go was perfect.

Then is warmed up enough for Blake to build his snowman.

It is getting colder and snowy again so this snowman may actually last a while. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Christmas Break and New Year's Eve

We have had a really nice relaxing week.  We have slept in and stayed up late.  Played lots of games, watched a few movies, worked on puzzles, Blake did some drawing, and we have done lots of reading.  It has been wonderful.  Christmas Day we got all the laundry done and nothing else really.

I did a four course dinner that night.  We had fruit, salad, steak and roasted vegetables, and dessert.  It was fun to do that again.  It has been awhile.

Boxing Day we had the Smith get together.  Fabulous food and games.  Another great day.

On the 29th we got the house cleaned all up and ready for Leah's get together with her friends.  But the roads were so bad we had to cancel.  But she did an awesome job of cleaning the bathroom in preparation for all the girls that were supposed to be coming. Now I know what she is capable of.  (Evil laugh) We had also planned to go skiing at least once, but again weather was really not nice.  So we stayed home.  On the 30th we got together with the Puzey side. Myrna out did herself with food again. It was all fun.  Leah sang in church on the 31st  and Rachel played for her.  They did a great job.  Then back to Myrna's for more great food.  Rachel had set up a balloon count down to New Years for the kids.  It was really fun with activities and snacks along the way.  She set the clock ahead and we started at '7' which was really 4 :)

At our midnight we cheered in the New Year and then came home to bed.  Cora had a party she went to where they played games, ate snacks,  and had fireworks at real midnight.  She said it was quite fun. 2017 was great to us.  We had so many wonderful things we got to do and be apart of. We are feeling very blessed and happy.  Happy New Year, wishing for a great 2018!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Mexico 4 and final

A few pictures from the Steakhouse our last night.  I never take pictures of myself because I hate them.  So Dave took the one of Natalie and I. Said we need to have one since it was because of the two of us that we were on the trip.  Then Natalie took the one of Blake and I as we were waiting to get in and sent it to me later.

Our last day in Mexico.  Our shuttle to the airport was arriving at 11. We packed, ate breakfast and then walked around getting a few last pictures.

Blake and Leah in the iguana hut.

Waiting at the airport.

Natalie makes everything fun for everyone.

We got the Disney plane!  Our steward was my favorite ever.  We got all the safety info but it was hilarious.  "just in case our flight turns into a cruise' 'when the air mask drops put on your own then pick your favorite kid'

It was a longer flight then planned.  We were 45 mins late and starving.  Of course nothing was open Christmas Eve.  But we had a really fantastic trip with wonderful friends.  I would totally go again.  Which surprised me.  Also it had snowed while we were away and we did a 50 degree drop in temperature.  Wow!  We came home to beautiful winter wonderland.

Thank you Toone's for the memories.

Mexico 3

Friday Dave and I took Blake and Leah on an excursion.  Dave thought since we were that close and it was 1/2 price we should go see Chichen Itza.  Or as the bellboy teased me Chicken Pizza. I was  sad to go on this one with out Cora.  She loves history and would have just eaten this all up.  The excursion started early in the morning.  Because we were up before the restaurants opened we were given breakfast on the bus.  We learned the history and process of making a Mexican Tamale and then was given one to try.  They are very good.
We had a short stop to use bathrooms and buy things then continued on our way.  We arrived at Chichen Itza about 11.  Very cool place. Our tour guide was excellent and we got a ton of info in an hour.  We were then given another hour to walk around and take pictures.

We had been told that it was illegal for vendors to come onto government land and sell their wares, but they bride the workers and get in anyways.  When we arrived, because it was illegal, I was amazed at the amount of vendors that were in.  They lined both sides of every path.  Had to have been hundreds.  After walking around we reloaded the bus and were driven to a little place where we were given and authentic Mayan lunch.  Some interesting things, some good, some not so much.  But all fun to try.  Next we swam in another Cenote.  This one had a 85 foot drop just to get down into the water.  They are a sink hole/natural well that most of them they don't know how deep it goes.  Cool fresh water.  It was wonderful to swim in.

Lastly we stopped in Valladolid  It was very interesting to see how the people of Mexico live.  Made us thankful for what we have.  We stopped at the town square and got ice cream.

Saturday was our last day at the beach.  We got up a little earlier so we could spend lots of time there.

The kids ordered drinks at the pool bar.  Said it was cool to sit on a stool in the swimming pool and have drinks.

Last little bit spent at the water slides.

We wanted to go to the Steakhouse one last time since it was our favorite.  The first night we went we had to wait and hour to get in.  So this time we showed up before it opened and Dave and Joe waited first in line to get us in.  We had split up kids and adults all week and wanted to have our last meal together.

After another excellent dinner, we went to Part three of the Mayan show.  It was a truly weird show.  But we watched it for the experience.