Today we went bowling with Kathy, Jason's cousin, her husband Ty, and their three boys. It was so much fun to have somewhere to be during the Christmas Break. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the time off of work but it is so nice to have something planned each day to break things up a bit. We met at Sparetime Family Fun Center, a renovated bowling alley in Roy, at about noon and bowled a few games. The kids lost interest after one game but the adults kept trying to outdo each other with our skills. These are a few pictures of Ty and Kathy with their kids (Dominic, Carter, and Brice) as well as one candid of Jason with his pink ball that everyone was giving him a hard time for using. Tomorrow we are planning on heading down to Salt Lake City to shop a bit and return a few gifts that were the incorrect size. Then on Friday we are meeting up with Ty and Kathy again to go and see the new National Treasure movie with our families. It is so nice to have people to hang out with that live close by and have kids about the same age as ours and it is a bonus that we are actually related to them. We really dig hanging out with the Emerson's and it is never a dull moment when we do.
This is what I look like the entire time I ski, funny huh! Seriously though, Jason and I had a great time at the Canyons skiing and boarding. We both played hookie a Tuesday, I think it was the 11th, and headed up to Park City to use our Warren Miller passes for a day on the slopes. It was a beautiful day, though I prefer spring skiing because it is a bit warmer, and we had a wonderful time.
What a fun weekend! I didn't have to cook dinner once, that always makes a weekend a great one! Jason and I went on a date on Friday night to a place called Tepenyaki. It is a Japanese Steakhouse where they cook your dinner on a grill in front of you and entertain you all the while. After dinner we did a bit of shopping then went to see a movie, Dan in Real Life. We were worried it would be too dramatic but it was really funny. With Dane Cook and Steve Carroll I guess it is supposed to be funny though. The kids did pretty well with the sitter and that is always nice. It was so great to spend time alone together, that just doens't happen enough lately. On Saturday, after a day and a half of snowing, the kids went out to build a snowman ( he looks just like Jason with his spiky stick hair, too cool). I went shopping with my friend Erica and had a wonderful time, we even found some awesome deals. It wasn't as busy with shoppers as we had thought it would be, I guess the weather kept people home. Cassidy had two birthday parties, so she was gone from 1-8:30 at parties and playing with friends. Jason hung out with Zack for the afternoon then the three of us went to our favorite place for dinner, Cafe Rio. I think we should get a free meal whenever we go to that place because we go there so much the manager recognizes us and calls us by name when we come in. Hope everyone else had as good of a weekend as we did. I sent out Christmas cards, look at me go, so you should be getting them soon.
Well, I think I put on the "Thankgiving Five" for sure. Can my mother-in-law cook or what! I don't think I felt a hunger pain at all for five days straight. Ronna made turkey dinner, shrimp scampi, and a ham dinner that were all CRAZY good. Linda also cooked an INCREDIBLE dinner of pulled pork and potatoes, mmmmm! And Amy's bisquits and gravy, to die for. I was full all the way to Idaho Falls after her delicious breakfast! We stayed at Jason's brother's place and it was wonderful. They have such a beautiful home and Zack and Kaleb were like peas and carrots the entire time, and Kaden was always close behind. The only time they weren't together is when they were sleeping. Zack insisted on wearing his Spiderman Halloween costume about 75% of the trip, he even traveled in it, too funny! I guess I am getting my money's worth outta that costume. Cassidy felt a bit left out with all of the boy play going on so Grandma Ronna kept buying her surprises and we had a girl's afternoon and went to see Enchanted, so funny. Cassidy was in the middle of a candy bar sale for school while we were in Montana so she was quite into having everyone buy chocolate from her. I am sure if aunt Jill would have been there she would ahve sold out! ;) I actually did the after Thanksgiving sale thing this year with my Pfister Sister, Amy. We had a great time even though I did have to get up at 4:15 and freeze my butt off. She sure knows how to shop! What a great trip, it sure was hard to come back and go to work today but here I am. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and had time to reflect on what you are thankful for.
"Look, no cavaties!" I had to take pictures of Zack at the dentist last Wednesday because he was too funny. He has on sunglasses because he hates the bright light in his eyes and he has on earphones because he was watching/listening to The Little Mermaid (his choice) while he was getting his teeth "tickled". No cavaties between Cassidy, Zack, and I though. We'll have to see if Jason does as well when he goes to the dentist next month.
We went bowling last Friday at a place called Fat Cats in the same building as the Flowrider Jason and I did a few weeks ago, we had free coupons that I got at my work for bowling. After we bowled we got some delicious pizza and twisting breadsticks at the Pizza Factory, Cassidy is devouring one in this picture. Cassidy creamed Zack and in a game of bowling but Jason had to show off and beat us all. It was a great time for all.
I blogged a ton of pictures today so scroll down and enjoy. We are headed to Jason's aunt and uncle's house for dinner and Family Home Evening tonight. I am going to have to be careful after how much food I ate yesterday, luncheon at Jeff and Dalyce's and then Jason's favorite (chicken and dumplins' and birthday cake) for dinner. Actually my friend Camille and I made a pact, inspired by the gym we go to, we are not going to eat any sugar for two weeks. We are hoping after two weeks we just won't want it anymore. I am just thinking in two weeks it will be Thanksgiving and I will be in Montana so I am glad we only made it for two weeks. We are watching each others backs here at school, she gave me two peices of gum to help me out, but I don't know how I will do when I am home without her watchful eye. It will be hard at Jill's tonight because she makes the best food ever, I will just have to have seconds on dinner. I love the beautiful weather we are having, in fact I think I will run to Jason's aunt and uncle's house after work then the calories from my seconds won't even count. YEA! :) I hope everyone is doing well and happy. We get to see Jason's family for Thanksgiving and I am so looking forward to that. Talk to you all soon.
Happy 34th Birthday to Jason! We had a pretty quiet Sunday at home for Jason's special day. We did go to our friends' (Dalyce and Jeff) baby blessing for their little Niyah Jadah Harrop. It was a beautiful blessing and testimony meeting, it is always fun to see friends that we haven't see in a while and eat until you feel sick. I think I ate like 2,000 calories worth at the luncheon after the blessing, it was so good. We went home to take an awesome Sunday nap but Zack only slept about 45 minutes then woke us all up. We just laid around in our pj's all day while Jason played with his favorite birthday present ever, an IPOD Classic 160. He has synced it to our home computer so all of our music and pictures are on it. If our home computer ever crashes we won't loose any important info. Thank goodness, I was so worried about that, can you tell?
These aren't the best pictures ever but these are pics of what Jason wanted to do for his birthday, the Flowrider. There is a new building in Ogden called the Solomon Center that houses a pizza place, an arcade, bowling alley, gym, climbing wall, restaurant, and flowrider. It is an indoor surfing pool that is actually VERY difficult. We had a great time falling on our butts though! Jason surfed and I boogie boarded, I tried surfing twice but I didn't like having further to fall. After you fall you get washed up a hill by the rushing water, crazy but I am sure we will be trying it again to see if we can get any better at it, you'd think after all of the wakeboarding we did this summer we would be PROS!
This is how our jack-o-lanterns turned out this year. Jason wanted to just paint them so I guess we will do that next year because I didn't have time to run out and buy any this year, so it goes. We went to the carnival at church and Cassidy and Zack played pin the stem on the pumpkin (obviously not very well), pumpkin plinko, fishing pond, and a cake walk. Cassidy even won me a dozen doughnuts at the cake walk! YEA!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Here is the orange and black witch and Spiderman all set to head out trick-or-treating. You can barely tell it is Zack and with all of the Spidermen out I am surprised I made it home with the right one. Zack got a little worn out after a while but Cassidy and her friend Emmmalee that we brought with us could have trick-or-treated all night long. I think my kids enjoyed handing out candy more than getting it. They kept fighting over who got to answer the door and hand out candy. I dressed up as a Pink Lady, luckily I had the costume from the play I did last year, but there is no photgraphic proof thank goodness. It was too funny because all of my students kept asking who I was supposed to be. I guess they are in the wrong generation to get it, I dressed for the adults this year.
These pics are of my sister and mom's visit to my house a few weeks ago. Aren't Kaydence and Zack cute playing the fishin' game? Kim, my mom, Jason and I had a great time shopping at the mall and various stores. We also went out to dinner at Cafe Rio, lunch at Olive Gaden, and Kim, Jason and I were able to make it to a movie while my mom watched the kiddos for us. It was so fun to see them and play for the weekend. By the way, my dad got left at home because he was being grumpy but Zack says, "Grandpa is always grumpy.", too funny!
Here are some pictures of Cassidy and I at the Hannah Montana concert. The stage was FOREVER away so the little people you see are the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana. We had a GREAT time. We were singing and dancing the whole concert. Personally, I loved Miley Cyrus the best and now have her CD in my car all of time. GNO ROCKS! (Girl's Night Out for those that don't know the Hannah lingo).
My sister-in-law, Jill, "tagged" me to do this so I guess I will try, though I can't think of anyone I can "tag" when I am done.
The 5 Things Tag
FIVE THINGS I WAS DOING TEN YEARS AGO:
-I had only been married just over a month so I was marital BLISS with my new husband.
-Going to college at SUU. I was just starting my junior year in Cedar City studying Elementary Education.
-Working at Cedar Woods Financial as a telemarketer. I would call people and try to talk them into refinancing their home with the company I worked for. I have never telemarketed again in my life. It was so hard knowing that Jason and I wouldn't have enough money to live on if I didn't make sells. We had NO money and were "living on love".
-My mom and dad were the best at this time in our lives. They only lived about 2 1/2 hours away and would show up to take us to dinner and buy us groceries at least once a month.
-Taking trips to St. George was one of our favorite pastimes. Not only was it way warmer there, they also had a Cafe Rio (our favorite place to eat).
FIVE THINGS ON THE TO-DO LIST TODAY:
-Go to work, I have a list of at least ten things to do there.
-Take Cassidy to dance lessons.
-Buy a bag of candy corn for school tomorrow, I am doing "Candy Corn Math".
-Make dinner, spaghetti and meatballs are on the menu tonight.
-Go to the gym, my favorite class is today (Abs and Buns).
FIVE THINGS I WOULD DO IF I WERE A MILLIONAIRE:
-Pay off all of the debt we have.
-Invest a bunch of money so my kids will be millionaires too.
-Go on vacations, lots of vacations, and invite the entire family to come along.
-Quit my job and go back to school so I can get a degree in what I would rather be doing.
-Buy everyone gifts, I always see things I would love to get for Jason, my kids, friends, family, etc. and can never afford them.
FIVE THINGS I WOULD NEVER WEAR AGAIN:
-Doc Martins, man those shoes are HEAVY!
-A tube top, my post nursing boobs would NEVER hold it up.
-Anything sleeveless, even over another shirt.
MY FIVE FAVORITE TOYS:
-Ipod Shuffle, I can't run without it.
-Tivo, praise the Lord for recorded TV.
-Microwave, the best way to cook almost anything.
-My camera, I loked at Jason weird when he gave it to me for Christmas but I love it and carry it with me always.
FIVE PEOPLE TO TAG:
-Jill, but she has already done it.
-No one else I know blogs but the following could email me answers:
We went to a place called "Punkinaze" yesterday after school/work with our friend Rachelle (her husband, Mike, is TDY in Pennslyvania) and her kids Jerek and Chanse. The kids had a great time going down the hay slide and getting lost, literally, in the corn maze. They also got to dig in a huge tub of corn for candy. Who would have thought that corn could be so much fun!
My family lives in Northern Utah and keep very busy. My husband works as a Computer Specialist and I am a fifth grade teacher. We have two children, Cassidy and Zack. Cassidy is eleven years old and in the sixth grade. She loves the Disney Channel, playing soccer, drawing pictures, and designing clothes. Zack is eight years old and in third grade. He enjoys superhereos, playing with friends, and riding his bike. We love living in Utah because of the beautiful weather and all there is to do both inside and out.