December 18, 2010

Some Highlights

I know you are all sick of seeing the big fat title Grandma's 80th so here is a quick update. I haven't posted since early October so I will just go over the highlights in a nutshell.

McRib came back and Mr. Incredible introduced his kids to his long lost love.

Halloween Happened.

Jack Jack turned 2!

We celebrated Thanksgiving, but didn't take a picture to prove it.

My sister-in-law and I got crazy, I mean crafty, and signed up for the school craft fair.

The kids made it through the first quarter of school. Violet got the Principal's Award and the Top AR Reader Award. Dash got an award and joined the 100 club. We are so proud of both of them. They love school and they are both so smart.

Jack Jack

I know that you hear this everyday so it loses its meaning but I'm going to say it anyway...
My baby is growing up.
and it feels like I had him just yesterday

He is already living up to the notorious terrible twos. There are days where all of us want to pull our hair out because of him, including Violet. But at the same time we can't get enough of him. He is our little comedian. He is smarter than he lets on and he loves getting the whole room laughing.
At this point in his life when he finds something he likes, he obsesses over it. Here are a few things that make up little Jack Jack.
I think his number one obsession has to be BALLS! Any ball. Any where. Any time. He can't get enough. In fact he literally sleeps with his "booka". (that would mean football)

His latest obsession is turning household items into sports equipment.

Then there's The Backyardigans. I don't know where we would be without this wonderful show. He won't watch anything else, but when this is on he is glued to the TV.

He has also found his very own favorite book. It was a library book with a monkey in it that is looking for his mom. When you turn the page and it is not the mom, he goes, "No No No"

After I had returned it to the library I found him wondering around the house looking for the "wonkey." Needless to say he got a copy of his own.

Last but not least, in fact it is right up there with the balls, is his trusty ole sippy cup. It is one of those words he says LOUD and CLEAR and OFTEN. "Iuna CUP" He doesn't want water, or juice, or anything else in it. It has to be milk. aka "hulk"

Mr. Incredible has cloned himself with this one, and unfortunately the clone has taken over as boss of the house.

October 05, 2010

Happy 80th Birthday!

My Grandma is turning 80 this month and we had a big birthday party for her at my mom's house this last weekend. There were close to 50 people there. She has 7 kids and 6 of them were able to make it and brought some of their kids and grandkids. She also has a few living siblings and although my grandpa has passed away his living siblings came too. When it was over I asked her if she was happy to see everyone and she said, "Well I guess, but I don't know who half those people are." None the less we love her and 80 years is a lot to celebrate!
Here is the birthday girl.
I was in charge of the table set up so I thought I would show that off.

Violet was a big help! She could be a little party planner some day.

Yes, we actually lit 80 candles! It was really warm and a little scary.

Way to blow Grandma! She ended up getting a little help from my kids that were watching over.

Here is my mom. She is a little stessed, but I might be too if I was hosting this big of a party.

Jack Jack and Violet found some friends to play with. These are some of my cousins' kids. So I guess that makes them 2nd cousins? or cousins once removed? Who really knows. But they had fun anyway. Dash was no where to be found during most of it. Crowds are just not his thing.

These are just a few pictures of some of my cousins that were there. I use to babysit most of them so its crazy that they are all grown up, but it was nice to see all those that I haven't seen in years.

September 28, 2010

Does anyone else ever feel like this?

August 24, 2010

On the road again...

8:15pm Friday the 20th - We stumbled in the door and crashed on the couch with suitcases and garbage all over the floor.

11:45pm Thursday the 19th - I convinced Mr. Incredible that we needed to stop driving and stay the night at my parents house. He reluctantly stopped because the kids were all peacefully sleeping. The next morning bright and early my dad took advantage of a golfing partner and they hit the course. When they got back we picked my mom up from the airport and had lunch. From there we hit the road again and drove the last 7 1/2 hours home.

5:30pm Thursday the 19th - We reached Bountiful Utah and stopped at Sheila's house, after driving 6 hours from Las Vegas. She of course showered the kids with gifts and then took us out to Texas Roadhouse. We met up with all of Mr. Incredible's siblings except for Jenny (we missed ya). It was good to see them and good to be out of the car for a moment in time.

9:30 pm Sunday the 15th - Drove right into the lights of Las Vegas. We had the privilege of staying the night at my sisters house. Her kids absolutely adore Mr. Incredible, of course. So they were thrilled to see him and I was thrilled to see my sis. We spent the day hanging out by her pool and, well, taking care of kids of course. Between the two of us we have 8! That evening we headed over to Grandpa Jewkes and Grandma Liz' house. They also have a beautiful pool in the backyard so the kids took another dip. Mr. Incredible spent Monday and Tuesday at a PGA convention where he got to meet Paul Azinger and he also saw Shae from the biggest loser. I spent it with my sister we got ourselves a pedicure and chatted a lot. She watched my kids Tuesday night while we went to a wonderful steak dinner with David and Liz! That night she also got called to be the new early morning seminary teacher in her stake. Talk about a calling! She will be great at it. Then on Wednesday we took advantage of her one more time and we went golfing with David. It was a beautiful course, really hot out, but a lot of fun.

12:30 pm Sunday the 15th - After driving a measly three hours Mr. Incredible was able to reunite with his all time favorite restaurant Lorena's. Then we spent some time visiting at Grandma Jewkes' house. We were able to visit with everyone there except for Jill (we missed seeing your kids.) Then we finished the drive 6 more hours to Las Vegas.

8:20 pm Saturday the 14th - The kids were starting to get a bit too restless after about 8 hours, so we stopped to break up the drive in Idaho Falls and we stayed the night at my parents house. We ate some dinner and hit the sack to prepare for another big day of driving.

11:00 am Saturday the 14th - Excitedly we set off for a journey down to Las Vegas, Nevada.

All in all we drove about 36 hours and the total trip was only 6 days. The kids were actually really good believe it or not, but I don't think we will be doing that again any time soon. Sorry there aren't any good pictures to share, I wasn't feeling my best.

11,680 days old!

Happy Birthday Mr. Incredible!

We love you.

August 14, 2010

Check This Out

The headline in the newspaper says, "The Future of Great Golf." And pictured there is Mr. Incredible, Violet, and Dash. Pretty cool don't ya think.

August 11, 2010

Better safe than sorry

A good friend of mine had an unfortunate incident happen to her that might have been the result of giving out too much information on her blog or on the internet in general. The sad thing is she is much more careful than most about her identity. Nonetheless there are jerks out there and these types of things can happen to anyone. So just to be a bit more careful I have changed the name on my profile to just say Elasta-Girl that is what it will say when I comment on your blogs. Also, when commenting about us if you would please try not to use our real names I would greatly appreciate it. I know it seems silly but I enjoy blogging since so much of our family lives so far away, but I don't want to be too careless and then regret it either.

July 30, 2010

Summer Fun

Here are just a few pictures of things we have done this summer. There is a nice little bay area near us that the kids have enjoyed going to a few times. The beach is a little rocky but they don't care. It is just fun to dig and swim.

They have also enjoyed finding ways to make some money.

They did pretty well too, but who wouldn't want to buy lemonade from these cuties.

July 28, 2010

Finally the Fourth

On Fourth of July weekend my mom and dad came up for a visit! It was really exciting to see them. They drove here and spent just a few days with us. They helped us in the yard and then joined in on our fourth festivities. We missed the little parade that they do with the golf carts in the morning because we were at church but we here it was really fun. We made these firecrackers and took them to the neighborhood BBQ.

While we were there they had a chipping contest and sure enough my lucky brother won the whole thing.

The kids played and played while we ate and ate. (why do we do that?)

Then it was off to the firework show.

It was no where near a Mellaluca Production (Idaho Falls' show)

But it was really pretty good for such a small community pooling together. We all had a really great time.

July 16, 2010

I finally gave in

Mr. Incredible is all alone.
I am at my parents house.
The kids are having fun.
I am not.
I got my wisdom teeth out.
I have seen funner days.
My sister traveled 10 hours to take care of me.
She is an angel.
Mom and Dad are too.
I am still behind on things to post, namely the 4th.
I am missing some great deals at Safeway this week.
Jack Jack is missing his dada.

July 11, 2010

A day at the Salon

I am way behind on all of my blog posts, but eventually I will get caught up. Violet's birthday was on June 23rd and she chose to have a salon birthday party. She only invited her best girl friends and they were pampered on all day. It all started with a light lunch and Italian Sodas.

Then she had her cake because...

"Mom, we don't want to mess up our lipstick with cake later."

So the treatments began with a homemade green mask. It was cold and it didn't smell great, but the girls couldn't stop giggling.

Then they soaked their feet and enjoyed a relaxing pedicure with a manicure to follow.

Poor Kaysha was a little too small to soak.

Look at those beautiful feet.

After that they put on their favorite dress and got their hair and make up done.

It took about 3 hours to get to this point and they were loving every minute of it. When they were all dressed to the nines they strutted their best runway walk down the red carpet (those pictures didn't turn out) Then we did a photo shoot. Here are just a few.

She finished it all by opening her presents!!

So now she is finally 7,
but will someone please remind here that there is not a 1 in front of that 7!