Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Waiting for the train to come.
Frontrunner finally arrives.
Sitting on the train, the only seat we could find.
Look how crowded it was!

We decided a fun thing to do for Family Home Evening would be to ride the Frontrunner, the new commuter train, down to Salt Lake for dinner. They are letting anyone ride it for free until Wednesday to try it out. Well, we got to the station and talked to a friend that had just taken a long hour and a half ride home from Salt Lake and decided that we would just ride it the five or so miles to Ogden and back instead. We got to the train stop at 4:30, rode it to Ogden, ate at Subway in the train station, and got back to the Roy station at 6:45. It was crazy! The kids had a really fun time but we were so glad we decided not to go to Salt Lake after all. We would probably STILL be on the train if we had. :)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Jason and Allison in front of a fountain on the "Strip".

The hotel we stayed at, the Stratosphere.

Allison and Nicholas Cage, a wax one anyways.

Allison and Jason getting Henna Tattoos.

Kaydence and Cassidy at Fiesta Fun Center.

Zack on the tube slide.

Allison and her lil' sister Kim.

Jason and Kim playing the air hockey game of the century.

Scott and David Grygla at the reunion.

Jolley Pierce and Bethany Bracken.

Jason and his friend Blair (they went on their mission to Pennslyvannia togther and Blair is married to my friend Bethany from Page).

The kids going CRAZY!

My cousin Tony and Brad Ross.

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas, isn't that what they say. Well, I'll tell you what we did in Vegas to keep your dirty minds out of the gutter. :)

We left on Wednesday morning and met my parents in Cedar City, which was weird because we haven't been there since we moved nine years ago. After lunch at Sizzler, yes Ronna Sizzler, we left for the "City of Sin" and the kids headed to Page with my folks. We got to Vegas at about 4:00 their time and the fun immediately began.

After checking into our hotel we decided to walk up to Freemont Street, the street that they covered a few years back and they have light shows on the ceiling. Anyways, our map definately wasn't to scale so it ended up being at least a two mile walk with not much to see but tattoo shops and wedding chapels, not the interesting part of Las Vegas Blvd. that is for sure. When we finally got up there we had dinner and came out of the casino just in time for a Queen tribute light show, very cool. We decided to buy bus passes, $5.00 for 24 hours, so we wouldn't have to walk back. After we boarded the bus, we decided we would ride it all the way down the strip so Jason could see it at night and we could plan what we wanted to see the next day. Bad idea! I guess there are like 46 stops on the strip and we made all of them, twice. It took us two hours to get up and back, by the time we got back to our hotel it was 11:00, 12:00 at home, so we were beat.

The next day we got up and put our walking shoes back on. We rode the bus to our first stop then walked a bit as well. We were able to see plenty of sights. The mall, Planet Hollywood (delicious lunch there), Ceasar's Palace, a comedian/magic show (Mac King, he is supposed to be on Letterman on May 6th), M&M and Coke World, and various other things as we wandered around, they still hand out various pictures of naked women as you walk by so that is always nice, GROSS! We ate dinner at a huge buffet then headed back to the hotel a bit earlier than the night before. Neither of us being a fan of cigarette smoke we both took a shower each night and tied all of our dirty clothes in a trash bag before we left town.

We headed to the factory stores on our way out of town then it was to St. Gerorge to meet up with my parents, our kids and my sister there. We were able to hang out with them Friday afternoon, went to lunch, swam in the pool, played at Fiesta Fun Center, then went to dinner. They left for Page first thing saturday morning and we headed home after that, with my mom's old Yukon to try to sell it for her up here. On the way home we stopped in Provo for a mini high school reunion for me. A good friend of mine, Shanna Grygla, organized a get together at her home so I was able to see a bunch of my old friends, the kids ran around and had a great time and Jason got a free meal (seriously though, Jason knew a few people even one guy from his mission). It was so great to walk down memory lane. Hopefully we can make it an annual thing.

It is back to the old grind. Loads and loads of laundry, back to school and work, a house to clean and meals to cook, etc. It sure was fun while it lasted though!
Some more candid shots in Vegas:
Here is a picture of the famous Vegas cowboy on Freemont Street.

Jason at a statue of show girls in front of Harrah's hotel.

The comedian we saw, Mac King, after his show.

Jason's dream car, a Ferrari, was everywhere.

We actually saw ONE celebrity, here is Pete Rose.

A close-up of us on the bus.

This the the new double decker bus system in Vegas, the Deuce. I would have saved a fortune on cab fare in college if Vegas would have started this like thirteen years ago.

Jason by the M&M's Nascar car in M&M World (four floors of M&M goodness and stuff).

A picture of New York New York.

Friday, April 18, 2008

I wanted to include this picture in my blog because these guys are so hansome. This is Ty, Jeff, and Jason all dressed up and ready to go to the general priesthood meeting. The men go to priesthood and the woman and kids stay behind at Uncle Dale and Aunt Jill's place. When the men come back we all have banana splits. It is great time.

These are the six kids I was in charge of at the zoo, I counted them about 100 times during the day. That is the reason I only take my students on indoor fieldtrips.

Our zoo is one of the only ones that has a white croc, pretty cool.

This gorilla made us laugh because he looked like he ws in time out.

I went on a field trip with Cassidy's class to the zoo in Salt Lake last Friday and had a great time, aside from the fact that we froze our butts off. We walked around for over two hours looking at the animals and trying to find a patch of sunlighht to stand in. It was a lot of fun and I was so glad that Cassidy wanted me to come and that it was on one of my days off so I could.

Here are a couple of pictures of Cassidy's second soccer game of the spring season. She scored a goal at her first game but my fingers were too cold to work my camera so I waited until a 68 degree game to pull it out. In the second picture she is the goalie getting ready to stop a goal.

If you don't like the weather wait ten minutes has been the phrase to live by for the last few weeks here. One day it is 76 then the very next day it is 35 and snowing, it is crazy. Today is supposed to be one of the nicer days but the wind is blowing so hard I don't know if we will enjoy it or not. We have had a lot of stuff going on at our house the last little while. From sick kids to a broken fridge that was luckily fixable; from a car that needs new tires to a babysitter that needed time off to deal with her kid with croup. I have been scrambling to find someone different to watch Zack everyday and get him to and from preschool or just plain taking a sick day. Hopefully we are at the end of it and life calms down soon.