Sunday, November 9, 2008

HALLOWEEN!!

Halloween was so much fun this year.  We did so many fun things with our friends.  Elle had a blast trick or treating and playing with her cousins.

 A couple of days before Halloween, Hayley threw a great costume party.  We had so much fun.  We ate great food, and they gave out awards for the costumes.  I won the most original, and Nate got the scary award (yahoo!)

As you can see everyone looked great.

Then we had a pumpkin craving contest.  We did a classic jack-O-lantern.  If you look really closely at the reflection on the floor it kind of looks like the batman symbol, ya, we did that on purpose.

Nate and I, and Brooklynn won first place!  We got a batch of the best pumpkin cookies I have ever had (way to go Hayley).


Then at the Strongs house we had a fun filled night of pumpkin craving.  Elle got to carve her pumpkin with Daddy.  She choose a kitty.

It turned out super cute, and she loved it.



The week of Halloween, at dance, she got to wear her costume.  They even did a little halloween performance for the Moms.  It was super cute.  They are learning a dance for a little recital in December.

This is Elle with her best buddy, Lauren.  Have you ever seen a cuter cow girl?


On Halloween we had so much fun with every one.

Our little family with my Mom and Beth!

All the Thomas cousins together.

Elle and Chloe heading out to the trunk or treat.
 (isn't she the cutest Costco manager ever!) 

This was by far the coolest car at the trunk or treat we went to.  I wish you could see it better.  It had a fog machine and blow up halloween decorations, it was great.

We finished up the night with Sasha and Jason at the Hansen's.
It wouldn't be Halloween without the Hansen's yummy chilli.  

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Halloween Carnivals

So many things to do so little time

My little pirates, sword fighting.

Rock climbing!  She is a pro.

This was the coolest thing ever.  Nate said he wanted to buy one of these instead of a trampoline.  It is like a gaint balloon.

This was a smaller version.

Elle and I went on a train ride.  We are waving to Daddy.


Playing in a playhouse

Elle, catching some major air in a bounce house.  
Out of everything there was to do, this was by far her favorite.  We came back and did it two more times before we left.

This was at another carnival.  During the entire corn maze Elle was singing "Following the Leader" from Peter Pan.

Nice cannons babe!

There was a little petting zoo.  Elle loved being able to be in the pen with the animals.

A real hay ride!

This slide was awesome.  It was so fast.  Elle loved it because you got to climb up hay bales to get to the top of the slide.

Cutest sheep I have ever seen!

Fall Fun

We just love fall!
We got to spend another week in Vernal with Lisa and Kimball.  We had a great time.  The whole family came down for Ruby's blessing, at the beginning of the week, so the boys took advantage of it and got a little football game going.  


Meanwhile, 


the girls had a great time jumping on the trampoline. 



While Nate was busy working with Kimball, us girls had so much fun playing together.  Elle and Ashley coundn't get enough of eachother.  I love seeing her having so much fun with her cousins.  They loved jumping on the tramp, going to story time at the library, and decorating halloween sugar cookies.  
I had a blast holding and playing with little Ruby.  She is such a cutie.  Lisa and I also had fun exploring Vernal and working out.  It was a great week.

You can see Elle and I were all tuckered out after all the fun.


At FHE with my Dad and Diane, all the kids got to pick mini pumpkins from the garden with Grandpa. 

So proud of her pumpkin.

Then we all got our make shift aprons on, so we could paint the pumpkins.

It was such a fun night.  The pumpkins turned out great, and with how much paint Elle put on hers it only took 3 days to dry!


DINASOURS!!!

We went to the Dinasour Museum! 
 Nate and I had so much fun.  Elle wasn't as interested in the fossils but when she got to dig for dinasour bones she didn't want to leave.  We were suprised at how big it was.  We would definelty recommend it to anyone.


Isn't she the cutest paleontologist!

Oh no, a SHARK!


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Okay, I have decided that I need to post more often.  Whenever I sit down to blog there is always so much to talk about.  We are having too much fun. 

So most recently I ran my first 5k with my brother Chris!  We had a blast.  It was for a festival in Pleasant Grove.  I have been running with my friend Sasha almost everyday since we moved back, so I decided it was time to run a race.  

So that means in the next 5k we run, Sasha you better run with 
us!


My brother and I before the race.

This is the fastest I have ever ran 3 miles before, 27 minutes!  I was proud of myself.  Chris did amazing, he finished in 24 minutes!

I had an awesome cheering section!  Nate, Elle, Sasha, my Mom, Rob, Beth, and Dixie all came out to support us.  Sasha even made me a sign!  Thanks guys.


The next newest thing. . . 
Elle started dance class!  She is taking a jazz, ballet, tumbling, and singing class at Center Stage.  She absolutely loves her teacher, Brittany.  She is so much fun to watch.  SO CUTE!



This is her dance
 outfit!



A cute little video of her on the balance beam.  


We went and had a BBQ in the canyon with the family, and Elle got to roast her first marshmallow.  She didn't like the smoke very much, but she sure loved the marshmallow after!


Helping Daddy!

I loved this picture of Elle, Kaitlynn, and Jaxon!  Having so much fun in the mountains.



We were lucky enough to have my friends from California come and visit.  We had such a good time having Vikki, Hannah, and Leah stay with us for a short visit.  We loved seeing Cassandra, Maurina, Aubrey, and Cody too.  We went to the Thanksgiving Point farm country with everybody.. 


I love this picture of the kids on the scale at the petting zoo.


Nate's sister, Brenda and her family came from Chicago for a long visit before they move to Thailand for a year!  This was the first time we got to see her new little guy, Thomas!   He was such a little stud.  He pretty much smiles all day long and you can't help but smile at him.  We are so glad we got to see them before they moved.  We can't wait to come and visit you in Thailand! (We wish!)

This is Elle holding Thomas for the first time.  She loved playing with him and all his toys.  He looks huge compared to her.  
She was always so excited to see Brenda and Jacob when we came to Grandma's house.  We miss you guys already!


Friday, August 22, 2008

Cabin Fever!

We got to go on a little vacation with our friends, Jason and Sasha, to Flaming Gorge!  We had such a great time.  Lisa and Kimball were so nice, and let us use their cabin.  We did so many things, it couldn't have been more fun.  Thank you guys so much. 


Okay, so Nate and Jason went fishing quite a bit.  Sasha and Elle and I decided to stay home and sleep, instead of getting up at 4am!  But if we would have known how beautiful it was where they went we would have totally tagged along.
  
One of Nate's catches.

See what happens when you get up at 4am to go fishing!

So while the boys were sleeping I was making Magleby's french toast. (So yummy!!)  As you can tell in the picture I got into a fight with the cinnamon, and lost.  Good times!

Elle had so much fun playing outside with bubbles and hiking around the cabin. 

There isn't two more beautiful people in the whole world.  I just love this picture!

There were deer everywhere!  Elle would yell "Bambi" every time we saw some. It is so beautiful being up in the mountains and seeing all the wild life. 

So we happened to go up on the weekend that Breaking Dawn came out.  So Sasha and I  drove down to the Vernal Walmart at 12am to get our copy.  We read it until like five in the morning, and finished the whole book in two days.  I don't think I need to tell you, we both loved it!

On the last day we took Jason and Sasha all around Flaming Gorge.  It was so beautiful.

Elle was in the silliest mood.  She was being such a cutie.  So this is her little photo shoot!

"Check it out"

Pretty darn cute!

The girls having a group shot!

The boys having a group shot.  This picture just reminds me of the song. . . .
"London Bridges Falling Down"
or
"Everybody feels so happy and GAY!"
They were very silly, it was a blast.

One big happy family!