Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 Started... around January I think

January in Pictures

Asher hanging out with the Coca Cola Bear.  We love our mystery shops there.

 We went out to Thai food one night while babysitting Sydnee Rosenlof.  It was a new restaurant I got a groupon for.  The food was good but we were right next to a TV that played two K pop videos on loop and both were pretty inappropriate.  Add that to the Christian Rock music playing... it was an odd combo.  But... good food.
 Sometimes I think my kids are cute enough that we should take selfies too like everyone else.  They usually turn out looking like this.

One of Jon's construction clients is a gelato store.  They make beautiful gelato flower cones.  They have treated our family to dessert more than once and it is always amazing.  p.s.  Asher has a bandaid in the middle of his forehead because of a scab right between his eyes that he couldn't stop scratching.  It was about three months old before we finally resorted to the band aid.

 Jude's face looking ridiculously messy.  He probably enjoyed something extra delicious.

We had a house cleansing and sold all of my fabric collection in a big garage sale.  We earned enough money from the sale to buy our Cowabunga Bay summer water park passes.  And hopefully the supplies went to happy homes where people will actually use it!

Scarlet's school hosted a daddy daughter dance.  Jon and Scarlet had a great time.  Scarlet remembers "they had a huge party favor table that went all the way across the gym.  And they had a DJ and there were disco lights at the top.  And they also had a station where you would take funny things and you could take funny pictures with your dad.  All my friends from school were there.  They had a 'dad break' and all the girls were dancing in a circle.


But dad was double booked that night, so after Scarlet got home, Jon took me out to a night at La Reve.  His clients had given him tickets, one of our first ever Las Vegas hook ups.  Afterward their friend, who performed in the show, met us and took us around backstage.  It was a fantastic evening.

Oh Jude, so cute.

Scarlet has been a lot braver in her hair styles this year.  She has also made a stronger effort to keep it regularly brushed so it doesn't get as tangly.  One day she asked if I could do the same hairstyle as the girl on her shirt.  It turned out super cute.

So we did it one other time.  Hard to resist that much cuteness.

I had a mystery shop at a breakfast buffet and invited Rhode as my date.  He was the perfect gentleman and a great dining buddy.  We ate very well.

I also got to hop along at one of Rhode's field trips this year.  We went to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.  It is... not the best Natural History Museum in the world but the kids had a great time.  I am pretty sure there were as many adults as kids there so there wasn't much for me to do but enjoy.

And more Jude... love that kid.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Palm Springs

One of my main excuses for this blog lapse is all of the time I wait for people to send me picture that they take of me.  Yes, this is how selfish I am. I never bring a camera, I expect people to take pictures of my children, and then I gripe when they don't ever get them to me.  So many reasons to not be my friend.  Sorry family, you're stuck with me.

We had a great family trip to Palm Springs for New Years.  It was the first family trip where my kids weren't the only kids!  That part was grand.  Add that to getting to cuddle and kiss my two new nephews?  Heaven.

Kylie got endowed in the Redlands temple while we were there.  Then we got tacos.  No pics of the temple... just tacos.

Jon hung out with the kids while I headed for the temple.  They could have just hung around the resort... but dad was in charge.  So instead they found a hole under a chain link fence, climbed under it, hiked up a hill, and found a cave.  They had a blast.  Dad is the king of adventure.

The kids swam and swam to their hearts content.  It was an unseasonably cool week in Palm Springs so kids had a hard time talking adults into joining them by the pool area.  But we gave in and braved the 60 degree weather frequently.

And Grandpa was always around to warm up a grand kid when they realized, yes it is too cold to swim.

There was golfing.  And golfing stories I intentionally blocked from my mind.  My brain does not have sufficient storage space for boring stuff like that.  Gotta conserve.

My mom gave each group of two a small wooden airplane and we launched them off the balcony to see whose would fly the longest.  It was even more fun than I thought it would be.

Our Knudson family showed up and we got to chat with them and catch up.  We also got to take some family photos.

Scarlet got some new clothes from grandma and had a fashion show for all of us.  She looked beyond adorable.

We played a lot of tennis this trip.  Jon and I started out really strong but then suddenly Curtis figured out how tall and coordinated he is and swept the floor with us.  I couldn't get a ball past him to save my life.

And these are my kissable new babies

And this is my baby holding a new kissable baby

And this is my baby whom I love dearly.  Even though he's crazy.