Friday, April 30, 2010

Joe has gone "Mad" or just turned 60

We love the Folkman's! The Folkman's know how to throw a party. They have infinite amounts of costumes in their basement and my kids play dress ups for hours. This picture at Joe's 60th birthday party is a classic!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kindergarten Field Trip

I was able to go with Maddux on her field trip to Thanksgiving Point. Her best friend Taylor was in our group, and those girls are so darn cute!

Ketchup and Mustard dress

While we were in St. George, I took my girls shopping at the Children's Place. I told them they could pick out an outfit, and Maddux found this dress and carried it around the store the entire time we were there. Now I am not a fan of this dress, I think it is a tad bit on the ugly side, and I tried and tried to convince her to pick some of the other adorable dresses that they had there, but she would not budge. She LOVED this dress. I finally caved and said fine, it's only $6. When we got back to my mom's she was so excited to put it on, and she came out to model it and told us all that this was her new ketchup and mustard dress! LOL! She is hilarious. And that is what we have called this dress ever since.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring Break in St. George

After Easter, the kids and I headed down to St. George to spend the week. Kenice, Mitsy, and I went down with our kids and had a blast hanging out with the family. We were able to get 3 day passes for free to the Rec Center Kaysha works at. We went swimming almost everyday. We played basketball, went rock climbing, watched Jarom & Z's baseball games, went to the park, went shopping at the outlets, sewed pajamas with grandma, made a fort on the banks of the river mom lives by, and went to Zion's National Park. In Zion's we took the kids on a small hike. We rode the shuttle all the way to the top (which was a good 45 minute ride with all the stops). We made it up there with no problems, but within a few minutes of getting off the shuttle, Hadlie ran her hand across a wood fence and ended up with slivers all over her hand, and Cy took the spray sunscreen and sprayed it right into his eyes! Poor little guy! After some work, and food, and potty breaks, we finally started the hike. The hike was gorgeous and the kids did great, but the shuttle back down was long and kids were tired and annoying and fun and lovable Aunt Hollie turned into a grumpy witch. :) Fortunately the self-acclaimed favorite Aunt Waynsh (aka Kaysha) was there and she gave me a chill pill. Aside from the shuttle ride, the trip to Zion was fun and memorable and I would totally do it again.
The other thing I wanted to mention about this spring break was how wonderful my mom and dad were all week. They had a houseful to say the least and they were kind and patient the entire week. Also, my mom spent time teaching my girls how to sew, and helping them make pajamas which my girls absolutely love and wear all the time. I am planning to take pictures of them in their pajamas so I will post them later. Thanks to the St.George crew for having us! We love you all and had so much fun, just wish you lived closer. PS Kaysha, what are you guys talking about?

Easter and Cuckoo's Crazy Egg Hunt

Easter fell on General Conference weekend this year. We loved laying around in our jammies and listening to the leaders of the church inspire us! What a wonderful way to spend Easter! As tradition, we headed over to Cuckoo's for the annual Easter egg hunt and dinner. This hunt just seems to get crazier every year. We keep accumulating more and more eggs. There were probably close to 500 eggs stuffed with candy, and only 10 children there to find them. Needless to say, they each had a huge basket full of candy that I enjoyed for the next month. :) hee hee. Cuckoo also spoiled them with a cute Easter gift and a webkinz. My kids are SPOILED!

Any Computer Wizards out there?

Wondering if anyone in the neighborhood is super good at computers and is willing to help me out. Recently my Norton Security is saying that I have koobface (whatever that is). I followed it's directions on how to remove it, and is saying I still have it on my computer. Help?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Avery's birthday at Classic skating

Cute little Veevee turned 5! I don't get to see Crysta's family often since she works so much and they live so far, so we had fun going to Classic rollerskating with them. Here are a few pictures of her gorgeous kids, and I had to throw in a picture of Hadlie on a scooter just cause she is so darn cute. :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Legally Blonde

This broadway musical was hilarious! I didn't stop laughing the entire show. Thanks Laura for reserving the tickets for us. You know I love doing anything with the Folkman fam. Thanks for the fun times!

Rockshow with Grandpa Kenn!

Thanks dad for taking us to the rock and fossil show again. My kids think this is so cool, and they especially love getting their rock suckers. I really enjoy going to this show too, it is really neat!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dirt for Sale!

Casey and I bought a bunch of really good dirt, and we have used all we need and still have a ton left. If anyone wants some, just name your price and come get some!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Behind on blogging!

I have been trying to get caught up, but am still a month behind! I will do my best this week to catch up with all we have been up to. It seems that uploading the pictures is taking longer than usual and it is getting just a tad irritating! Anyone else noticed this?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

10 year anniversary cruise!

Casey and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary (March 7, 2000) on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship! This was our first time cruising and can I just say, "I love, love, love, loved it!" To start the trip we drove to Vegas and stayed at the Renaissance hotel. We met up with old high school friend Amber and her husband who live in Vegas and had a blast going to dinner at Casey's favorite steakhouse called "The Steakhouse". This restaurant is in the middle of Circus Circus (which is such a dump), and it is super nice and has been voted best steakhouse 30 years in a row. It is hilarious that it is located inside Circus Circus, but while we were there we went up to play some of the circus games Casey loves to play. I started telling our friends how he plays this game that is impossible to win and how he has wasted so much money playing it, and "bam" he won it! In my face for sure! He had some cool prizes to choose from and he insists on this oversized monkey the size of me! On Sunday, we finished our drive to Cali and boarded the ship. The ship was massive! I mean, I had heard these ships are huge, but I really had no idea! It had an auditorium bigger than my highschool's, it had an ice skating rink, pools, basketball courts, miniature golf courts, a casino, a strip mall, rock climbing walls, movie room, spa, not to mention the enormous dining room and buffets! Our first stop was Cabo, which was beautiful and as I enjoyed filming all the beautiful scenery and Casey swimming in the ocean, and then we went to a little restaurant and I went to get my camcorder out of my bag to film the cute servers who were serenading us, and my camcorder was gone! My brand new $500 camcorder I just got for Christmas a year ago was gone! I still don't know what happened, but I pretty much freaked out. Casey kept saying that it was just a camcorder and not to stress, but I had a bunch of footage I hadn't downloaded and I was so devastated! Needless to say, I tried to enjoy the rest of the day, but I finally had to just go back to my cabin and have a good cry about it. By dinnertime, I was okay, kindof. The next day we ported in Mazatlan, which we personally wonder why they port there. It was pretty run down and dirty, at least what we saw of it. We walked around the empty beach front for probably 7 miles and then we were done, we jumped in a cab and drove back to the ship and enjoyed the rest of the day snoozing by the pool. The next day was our favorite. We ported in Puerto Vallarta and had the best day. It is beautiful there and my good friend Sara told us about Pipi's, an amazing restaurant. It was the best mexican food ever. After we ate there we both went to a massage place and got a couples massage for 90 minutes for only $35 each! We strolled along the boardwalk and looked for souvenirs to bring the kids. Casey bought them new ponchos (the ones that remind me of what was popular in the 80's). He also found Cy and Hadlie t-shirts that have sharks whose mouths flip open and have fish inside the mouths, they are pretty funny and Cy LOVES his! We watched some fishermen fish on a small pier and saw puffer fish for the first time. On the ship, we enjoyed lots of amazing entertainment, and we met lots of new friends. At dinner, they place you with other guests, and we were fortunate to be placed with Bruce and Elizabeth. Bruce was celebrating his 50th birthday, and the two of them were so much fun. We were also seated with a nice couple from Korea (although they live in Canada now). The language barrier made it difficult, but they were very nice. Craziest thing, I ran into my friend Beth from highschool. She and her husband were cruising with all her siblings and parents. Small world sometimes! The dinners were amazing, and you could eat all that you wanted. I think we tried about every entree and every dessert availabe on that ship. :) We loved the trip, and I can't wait to cruise again. The only thing I would want to do next time, is have some friends come with us. When we got back to California, our friend Amy got us into Disneyland. We walked around for a couple of hours and realized we still felt like we were on the boat so the motion rides were not sounding fun. We also realized that Disneyland is way more fun with the kids. :) We drove back to Vegas and stayed in the new tower at the Palms. That was a NICE room! Especially after spending the week in the small cabins on the ship. We drove back home on Monday, and were anxious and excited to see the kids. Thanks Cuckoo for watching them, and for all my family and friends who pitched in to watch them and help out! We had a blast, and I am grateful for the 10 years I have had with this incredibly hot and funny man! Never a dull moment when Casey's around and I sure love him!
Casey and his giant monkey.

This is the day I lost my camcorder, you can still tell I had been crying. So sad!

Picture of the pool area from one of the rooms in an upper deck.

Thanks Amy for driving us and getting us into Disneyland!

Looking good in Puerto Vallarta!

Beautiful Cabo

These sea lions are not afraid of people. I had some great footage of them on my camera.... doh!

Our ship

Casey's favorite part of the ship, at the very front, with the wind going 90mph! He's the king of the world!

Puerto Vallarta