Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
My family loves watching the Arizona Diamondbacks...we're huge fans! Yep, even me. I first started to really watch them when I was pregnant with Joseph 6 years ago - it was summer... hot, boring, miserable, so I would lay on the couch - under the a/c vent - and watch the games with Steve. I've been hooked ever since. We watch most of the games on TV during the season, and are fortunate enough to go to several home games at Chase Field in Phoenix. Last month, Steve's work reserved a large group of seats for their employees and families for last nights game against the Giants. My family has been looking forward to going to OUR OWN first game of the season since we got tickets, however, our 2 biggest fans are STILL sick. And let me tell you, Jeff and Steve must have really been sick to miss out on this. At the last minute, we grabbed Starr's BF Janae and my niece, Jessica to come with us. Except for Joseph, it would have been a girls night out! We had a good time -- we ended up sitting right behind Steve's boss and his family, so I tried to keep my kids on their best behavior... however, they ended up leaving around the 6th inning and let me tell you --- that's when the peanuts started flying! From the 6th inning until we left (after the 8th), we could contain ourselves no longer and got in a "food fight" (mainly with peanuts) with our group of R & K Employees. Hopefully, Steve won't get in too much trouble for his families behavior when he gets back to work from STILL being sick. (Yep, he's home again today, poor guy.)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
It was just a normal working day for Steve - the girls had a softball game he was coaching at 6pm so immediately after the game ended, Steve's sister, Terri, his 2 neices and I brought down a large cake and some balloons and we all sang happy birthday to him along with his team and families. It was fun to surprise him, although it was beginning to get dark, cool, and the wind was really picking up - which caused us to move through the party quickly.
Doesn't he look cute in "pink"...actually, it's called "coral". And he wasn't thrilled when he first saw it, but I think he was very grateful for the "coral" color after a couple of weeks when he saw some teams and their coaches in baby pink and pretty lavendar.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
As for Starr turning 10, she's been such the drama queen lately that I was worried I wouldn't have anything nice to say about her....just kidding. She really is a sweetie, always thinking of others and so good with Joseph and Josh. Of course, still is and always will be a "daddy's girl". I love that -- and of course, her dad does too! On Friday night, to start out her birthday, we went to dinner at her Favorite restaurant -- HOME TOWN BUFFET -- yep, she loves it. We did this while the guys went to the Bon Jovi concert -- So me with 5 kids .... need I say more. Actually, while at the buffet, after chowing down, I asked Joseph if he wanted some dessert and he said, "You want me to eat CRAP?" (meaning junk food -- we call it crap in my house). Boy, do we train em' right, or what? After dinner, Starr had a sleepover (which is a rare thing and reserved only for special occasions) at her best friends house next door.
Starr and Janae heading to her sleepover.....
On Saturday, Steve and I split up -- he and his BFF, Mark Brown (here from Seattle for the Bon Jovi Concert) took the little boys to Jeff's game and I took the girls ice skating. I actually told Steve I was only going to watch them until he piped in, "That's too bad, it would really be a good work-out for you." So of course, the guilt set in and I reluctantly agreed. I would have burned off some good calories, but Emi and I were tired half way through skating and decided to split a chocolate bar - so much for the calorie thing. I also decided while skating.... and I've only done it twice -- I REALLY DISLIKE ICE SKATING. Holy cow, there are little 5 and 6 year olds skating circles around me and though my legs and chasing each other -- I thought I was going to die a few times. I'm really sad to say I didn't have a good time. Don't get me wrong, I didn't fall one time, but I was close to hugging the wall a good portion of the time. And Starr and her BFF, Janae are troopers -- twice they would stop to rest, take off their ice skates, examine and whine about their blisters and chewed up feet from the rented skates, and then 3 minutes later put their skates back on and go back out on the ice....kids! Well next year, lets hope she picks something else. Either that, or I'm watching from the window with the other SANE mothers.
On Sunday, we had a great family day with Mark Brown still visiting and then family and friends coming over for presents and cake in the evening. We loved meeting Bryce's girlfriend, Heidi -- LOVE HER! Even my kids thought she was pretty terrific. Katie stopped by with her friend from Utah, Dave, for a few minutes -- so it was fun to finally meet him also. And of course Starr's BFF, Janae and Uries were all here to celebrate with us. By the end of the night, Starr decided her birthday, which in the morning was pretty lame (didn't help it was our fast Sunday) was pretty cool.
Starr did a beautiful job decorating her cake.
As a side note, Steve, Jeff and Mark had a blast at the Bon Jovi Concert Friday night -- for those that don't know, it's Steve and Mark's tradition to get together and go whenever Bon Jovi has a new tour (which has been every 2 years) -- so this is the 3rd time they've done this. ROCK ON!
These last pictures are for Mark. Erica, thanks for sharing Mark with us this weekend -- we wish you and your whole family could have come down! We love you guys!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
**His smile (or giant grin) - not only his he always smiling, he has a great smile with these perfect teeth!
**With Joshua's wonderful disposition, I don't think the "terrible twos" have caught up with him yet. He still likes to hold my hand when we walk instead of trying to run around everywhere. Just a pretty mellow kid.
**He is so loving and cuddly -- last child we had like that had to be Starr.
**Not only is he a "mommy's boy", he's just as much a "daddy's boy" -- he just lights up when he sees either one of us and doesn't seem to prefer one over the other.
We celebrated his birthday today at the park. I finished decorating his cake during the morning session of General Conference and soon there after went to Tumbleweed Park in Chander for the informal festivities. This was a new park for us -- but we had heard great reviews about it. It was so windy when we arrived, but Josh didn't seem to mind. He loved his presents, the cake, and playing on all the fun stuff.
Aunt Katie brought bubbles for the kids to play with... and it was a little easier to eat our cake sitting on the sidewalk verses in the wind at the table.
Josh received this water/sand table his from his mom and dad -- he LOVES it (and so does the others).