Friday, November 25, 2011


What a great Halloween this year! It was a lot of fun. For starters, my talented neighbor let me raid her closet of Halloween costumes that she has made over the years. She does a great job. Jenna was a witch. She didn't want to be an ugly which, just a witch. Zac was Zac-ula, full with face paint on trick or treat night. Trev was the cutest pirate ever. Gage was the cutest pumpkin ever.

 We went with Lissa's and Christian's crew to their neighborhood to start, then we hit our neighborhood. By about 6:30 more lights were turning on, and it was hopping. After our neighborhood, we went to see Grandma. We hit Taco Bell on the way home, and ate in front of the TV and watched a spooky Scooby Doo and handed out candy to a few straggler trick-or-treaters. It was a great night. The weather was perfect. The next day, it was so cold and ugly. I am glad that the kids could have a fun night! I had a good time with my family. I love this time of year.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Halloween Party

The Saturday before Halloween, we had a party at Lissa's. I love her house for parties. It is always fun and comfortable. The kids had a great time, and we adults played Ticket to ride and visited after feasting on creepy food. The food was festive: mummy hot dogs, worms and eye balls, bones, and best of all witch's brew. (Julene did a Halloween party with the kids a few years ago like this and they still remember it.)  The witch's brew is awesome. The dry ice and apple juice in a cauldron is a real hit for the adults and the kids. Thanks Liss for the pictures and being a gracious hostess. We love the Diaz family, and it was great that Jeff and Kevin and his family could be there too. Happy Halloween! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Marvelous Wonderettes

For my Birthday, Dad and Regina sent out a gift certificate to the Hale Center Theater in Orem.
I used a portion of the gift to buy tickets to see The Marvelous Wonderettes last week. We made it a girls' night. I went with my friend, Erica. We had Mexican first, then on to the play. Can it get better than Chips and Salsa and good company and terrific entertainment!?
 It was so good. The actresses were so talented. I laughed a lot and was very impressed. I remembered just how much I love the theater. This theater is very small and intimate. The audience sits on 3 sides of the small, centered stage. After the musical, the actresses were outside for us to meet. They were famous to me!
 Thank you to Dad and Regina for a great night out!

 I am excited for the next play. I think that the big kids, and Steve and I will go to the Christmas Carol next month!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2 wheelers

At the end of October, Jenna got on her bike and took off on 2 wheels. This is a big deal because she had tried this summer, and it seemed like it was going to be next year that she learned. She had me come outside and watch her, and to my delight she was cruising, confident and pleased with her self! Yeah Jenna. Zac then insisted that his training wheels come off, 2 days later and tad-ah- he is riding too! He got it! I am proud of both of them. It is another incident that proves to me that with the right tools and encouragement, and a little instruction that the kids will get it in their own time, some things I just cannot make them do. You can either ride the bike or fall. I am glad they are riding and smiling!
Go Jenna!

Trev was surprised to see these off the bike!
Zac, happy to ride!

So at 6 and 8 they are finally riding a 2 wheel bike and loving the freedom and accomplishment of it. Good job for some determination.