Saturday, August 30, 2008

Busy, busy.....

I'm sure that you have all stopped even looking at my blog, as it has been so long since I have updated! :) We are still here, but have been completely enjoying our summer. We have had a lot of fun so this well be a LONG post! We went to Vegas to visit Joe's dad and see him get married. We took Maeson with us and I seriously couldn't have asked for better behaved children. They were troopers through the airport and angels on the plane. Every once and a while the plane would dip and make your stomach drop. It wasn't bad, but scared Maeson a little. She asked if we could ride a bus on our way home. So funny! She mostly just watched Dora on the Ipod, while Joe and I entertained Den'ja. He, of course, fell asleep about 5 minutes before we landed. Oh well! There was a aquarium at the hotel that was full of huge fish and stingrays. Every night they would have a mermaid go down into the water with the fish. Maeson was in awe. She said to me, "Look JJ a mermaid! They are REAL not pretend!" I think she could have sat and watched for hours. Den'ja was afraid of the fish. We must need to get out more. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures. I loaded them onto my mom's computer to print some and it deleted them off of my memory card. The wedding was in a itsy bitsy little chapel and it was soooo hot! But it was very nice. They wrote their own vows and it was probably the fastest wedding I have ever attended! Congratulations Bryan and Jill!!

A week after getting home, Den'ja and I went back to Vegas with my mom, grandma, and sister for our annual shopping trip. It has always been a school clothes shopping trip, but since my sister is a senior this year we decided to continue in the future and just call it our girls shopping trip. We drove this time and Den'ja did great in the car. He became obsessed with the movie "Harry and the Hendersons" because it was one of the only dvd's to watch in my moms car. He would pick up the dvd case and hold it up to the screen and when it was on he was glued to it! Can you believe it! I have so much fun with my mom, grandma, and sister. They are totally a blast and we laugh the whole time!

Den'ja playing in my makeup bag in the hotel room.

My sister practicing her "Kim Kardashian Pose" (Yep she has a tissue up her nose, I'm so dead)

We've also had a couple of fun trips up the the Bear Lake condo, and visited Hogle Zoo.

Den'ja helping Kyle get the cooler ready for the trip to the lake.

Joe began his first year of teaching. He has three different classes so it is a lot of work preparing three different lesson plans each night. The football team is hangin in there and they are 1-1 so far. Joe is really liking working with the boys and I think he is teaching them a lot. He is such a great coach and teacher for them.

Den'ja couldn't be more thrilled that football has started. He loves to watch them throw that ball around. Anytime we are near a football game we have to make sure we take Den'ja his own football, otherwise he is trying to steal someone elses. He just watches, grins, and yells "football, football, yaaaayyyyyy! "

Friday, I was up in Cache Valley to help with the Charity Golf Tournament. Every August my Dad's company does a golf tourney benefiting Special Olympics. It's a lot of fun for everyone and Friday was such a beautiful day! We were able to raise a record $11,000 this year which is fabulous. USU has one of the largest special olympic teams with around 80 athletes and we are so excited that we are able to help. As I drove home through Sardine Canyon I noticed that the trees are already starting to change colors. Fall is my favorite time of year so I am excited! I hope that you all have had a great summer as well!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Forgive me, but I feel the need to brag

Last Saturday Joe calls me on the phone and asks what my plans are for the night. I tell him that I don't really have any and he asks if I want to go to a Bees game. I say okay and then he hits me with the big news. He couldn't contain it any longer and blurts out, "I'm working the Bees game!" Now this is big news. Joe has been dreaming of umpiring a triple A game for such a long time. He began umpiring to make extra money and fell in love with it. He is so good at it and has moved up the ranks at an incredible pace. Many umpires will NEVER get the chance to umpire at this level. We of course had to get tickets that night and we watched him much more then we watched the game. He was awesome and says that the experience was "Incredible". He is still on cloud nine about the whole thing. Here are some pictures!!