Tag Archives: Mom

We are a WCA family

29 Feb

Last summer Joe, Joseph, Bidbit and Bees participated in a fundraiser golf tournament for WCA. This winter they wanted to have our family photo taken for the WCA magazine. We all dressed in school colors. I am so thankful for this photo of both sides of our family, with all of our children!

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Celebrating a DECADE!

21 Jan

I met the man I would marry 11 years ago. I married him the next year. We are celebrating TEN YEARS! of marriage this month.

Joe’s work schedule has been crazy. We only had a 4 day weekend to celebrate, thinking we might go somewhere more special later in the year. Our friends overheard us talking about this 4 days free, and where we might go. They decided to plan a weekend with us, and before I ever knew it, we were suddenly planning a trip to VEGAS  – with 6 of our “closest friends”! This was definitely not the trip I had in mind for my tenth wedding anniversary, but I have to admit it was the most fun trip I have ever been on.

The group had a blast. We partied – hard – like we were 20. But this time we had more money, so we also had more fun. We purchased a table at a super top secret bar, and we went to fancy shows and restaurants. We rode in a limo on the strip, stopping at In-and-out burger and Pawn Stars. We saw the fountains at Bellagio and ate at the restaurant at the top of the building. We shopped at high end boutiques and I even brought home Louis Vuitton sunglasses. We gambled – black jack and craps – and we all brought home extra money in our pockets.

The day and night of our anniversary was ours alone. The group went to zipline on the red rocks. Joe and I took a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, which neither of us had ever seen. It was a whole day trip and it was AMAZING. Here we are in the little area where we landed in the canyon.

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Hoover Dam

That night we had special reservations at a secret restaurant. It was by chef Jose Andres and only allowed 8 people per evening!  We had to order tickets for dinner weeks and weeks before we left. The golden ticket arrive in the mail and was our pass to get inside.

Once we were seated at the 8 person table, the chefs prepared a very extensive menu for us, bordering on art and chemistry combined.

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They worked so hard on every little detail. Each course was tiny, just a few bites at most, but there were probably 23 courses in all!  Each was presented in an amazing artful fashion. These flowers were edible:

Part of our dinner!

These little bites were bubbles with food inside. They were prepared right in front of our eyes.

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This is us, back at Aria, dressed for dinner.

Our date night at Aria

 

Vegas will always bring me memories of fun and friends. Happy ten years!  Here is to many more!

 

It really was the perfect Christmas

25 Dec

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Glory to God in the highest.

And to earth, peace, goodwill toward men.

 

Our nation’s capital

25 Mar

Spring Break was spent seeing some of the most famous monuments at our nation’s capital.

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Some of these moments were very serious.

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Others…not so much.

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We also got to meet cousins some of us hadn’t ever seen before.

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Just kidding.

That’s George Washington and HIS family. We went to his house too.

Here is OUR family:

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Thanks for hosting us! We’ll be back!

Our most special friend

7 Jan

Miss J is Boo’s godmother. She is, without a doubt, our most special family friend. She was in Bible Study with J2 and me when we first met, and later read in our wedding. Now, as Boo’s godmother, she is with our family for most special occasions, especially the ones involving Boo. Like….birthdays…she has never missed one yet! And she lives two hours away!

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The tradition is that we go to the Build a Bear Workshop and eat cupcakes!

THIS year, Boo turned Five. When J3 turned Five, he got to go to New York City. (Nevermind this was to tag along with us for a conference, nonetheless, he got a fantastic birthday trip out of the deal.) Like any smart-minded girl, Boo seized the opportunity of having a brand-new American Girl from Santa to decide that for her birthday she needed to take her doll to the American Girl Store…in New York City!

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Of course Miss J came along!

(Note the snow! It had just left NYC – little did we know it was headed to our house!)

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We did all the usual sights.

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Which were especially beautiful at Christmastime.

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And her doll came along to all activites, of course!

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A memorable time was had by all! But made most special by Miss J!

We’re Thankful For…

20 Nov

Leaves in the fall…

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Grandparents who come to see it all…

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And turkeys too…

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And moms who don’t miss a thing we do…

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Pilgrims and Indians who introduced the day…

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And our most wonderful teacher who made the Thanksgiving play…

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Magic at the Magic Kingdom

30 Oct

I don’t know what kind of Magic it really is at the Kingdom….

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But everyone stays happy, big and small…

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Getting into the spirit of it all

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Truly feeling the magic of one princess meeting another

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And then dressing like the real thing themselves

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Dressing up in Halloween Costumes…at DISNEY WORLD! What could be more fun?!

 

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We really can’t get enough of this place!

 

 

 

 

 

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And it is even still fun when they look back on it all.

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