Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cookies for Santa

Dear Santa,
Here are some cookies we made for you. I hope you like sprinkles. You might not want to eat the green circle one with the red hots, Carson licked his knife a few times in between spreading the frosting. Plus I think he sucked on one of the red hots and spit it back out on the cookie.
Then again when I told Carson not to give you his germs, Sadie said you're magic so you can't get sick.
Hope you enjoy the cookies as much as the kids enjoyed making them with their friends.
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sadie's ballet sneak-peak

Friday we got to go to Sadie's dance class to watch her perform a couple of the dances they've been working on. At this age it's just cute to see them all dancing around, trying to follow the teacher. Sadie actually takes it very seriously, a little too seriously because we kept having to remind her to smile!
Nate's mom came to watch and I just had to take a picture of how cute Sadie looked with her ballet outfit on with her boots and coat (it was a major storm outside that day.)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Back from the cruise, back to the snow!

We had such a great time on our cruise with Nate's family. First we flew to WA for Thanksgiving & to leave the kids with my parents. Then we flew to Tampa, FL where we left for our cruise. I could go on and on about the fun we had, but here are a few highlights of our trip.

**COZUMEL: Definitely the funnest day of the week. We rented 2 scooters and 2 VW bug convertibles and drove around the island beach-hopping. We spent most of the time at a park where we snorkeled and a few people (not us) swam with dolphins.

**ROATAN: Wow! This island is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and by far the saddest, most poverty-stricken places I have ever been. School was out for vacation so we had a group of kids following us around town trying to get money. They were cute, but so dirty. We found a great guy to drive us all around the island and see the beach, the LDS church, and the views. He also drove us through the ghetto. I have never experienced anything like this before, it's hard to even explain how I felt. I felt grateful for what I have, but sad that poverty like this exists in the world.

**LATE NIGHT TRICKS with Chantell & Jarem. We stayed up together most nights and one night had the idea to take napkins from the dining deck and tie them together to make a rope to tie shut Tiff & Blake's room. It was hilarious!! We even got the room-service guy to knock and say "room service" to get them to try and open it. We had so much fun that we did the same thing to Christal & Chelsie's room the next morning. **THE FOOD. I should have taken a before and after shot of the belly, but I am positive my belly grew exponentially within the 7 days we were there. Some food memories to cherish: filet mignon steak, salmon, and crab cakes. Not to mention the chocolate melting cake we ate every night! I am trying not to think about the weight gain, it's all for the baby right? :)

** KARAOKE night. Boys sang Boys to Men and the girls sang Shania Twain. We weren't drunk (obviously) but it didn't hurt that 90% of the audience was.

**BELIZE. I didn't get any good pictures because we were too busy snorkeling on the reef. Amazing fish!