Monday, July 28, 2008

Vacation Pics

Cabin Fever

We are back from Pinetop. We spent a week in the mountains and I was feeling very "Rural." We attended a Rodeo with Calf Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. I was enjoying it until I got dirt behind my contact and had to be lead to the truck by Mike. We also went fishing, which was like the second time in my life that I went fishing. When we got on the boat, I had my purse with me and Mike looks at me and says, "Who takes a purse fishing?" Well, where am I supposed to leave it, in the car where a bear can get it??

I also went on a walk/jog every morning (outside). That is nearly impossible to do in Phoenix this time of year. I loved smelling the pine trees and watching the rain clouds gather on my walks, it was so relaxing even though I arrived home with a couple new mosquito bites.

The kids loved gathering bugs, rocks and flowers and playing with their cousins. Brett spent the night at his cousins house one night and slept outside on the trampoline. Since they live in a small town, the house doesn't have a fence or gate, but nobody else seemed to be worried that they would be abducted, so I went with it.

It was hard to leave the 70 degree weather and come back home. Next year we are going to try to stay for a couple weeks. We will try fishing again, and I will know to leave my purse behind like a real fisher woman!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Brandon Pics

I have to post pics of my nephew. Cynthia lives in Utah, so we don't get to see him often. For everyone that knows her, I will post for you. He definately has Cynthia's lips!! He is too cute! He is almost 4 months old.


Brett was baptized last weekend. He was super excited, (I was more nervous for him), he looked at it more like a party. Leading up to the day of the baptism, he was wanting an update on the guest list. He was wanting to know who had confirmed and what excuse other people had for not being there. Let's just say, the kid likes an audience... This is so different from me, it is hard to understand. When I was a kid, I didn't want anyone paying attention to me, I wanted to blend in. I am sure this quality will take him far in his life.

I was proud of Brett, he did awesome and Mike did great too. I was a little crazy. I had to run back home as soon as we got to the church, because Mike forgot a towel and a change of clothes. I got back just in time and tried to keep Josh occupied. But, we made it!

After the baptism, we all met at our house for dinner. I didn't get any pictures, because I was too busy. Next time we have a party, I need to put someone else in charge of taking pictures!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Nicole Needs...

I saw this and thought it was funny. You type in your name in to Google plus the word "Needs" after it. These are the top 5 phrases that came up for "Nicole needs.."

1. Nicole needs a stylist.
2. Nicole needs her sleep.
3. Nicole needs a reality show.
4. Nicole needs No Food when she can Shop Till She Drops.
5. Nicole needs pants.

Hey, these are all true! Except the No Food part, I definately need A Diet Coke and a Pretzel when I shop. :)

Too funny..I want to see your needs too!!

Musturd, My Favorite

We went to the D-back game with the boys and decided to go early to watch batting practice. When we got there, they asked Josh and Brett to be the Hot Dogs for the 3rd inning, Hot Dog race. Brett wanted to be Mustard and Brett picked Relish for Josh. So at the beginning of the 2nd inning, we met at Guest Services and they told us that only one parent could go with the boys. We were going to be right next to the dug out to put on the costumes and it was a small space. As we left Dad behind, Josh started crying for Dad of course.

I tried to talk up how lucky he was and fun it was going to be standing on the baseball field, but he insisted on his Dad. By the time we got down by the dug out, I had calmed him down. The people in charge of the event, gave Brett and Josh t-shirts that read, "I was Mustard at the D-back Game" and one that read "I was Relish...." Josh thought the shirt was pretty cool. When it was time to put on the Hot Dog uniform, Josh was amused, then quickly turned to scared. He did not want any part of that uniform. Josh did not get any time to decide and they quickly found a replacement for him.

Brett was super excited and we practiced his running in place before the big event. As the time came for Brett to go on the field, Josh was clinging to my leg saying, "Come back, Brett!" I tried to snap a few pictures and managed to get a video clip of the Hot Dog race. Unfortunately, Mustard didn't win, but Brett didn't care, he loved it!

When Brett came back off the field, Josh of course started crying to be a Hot Dog and he wanted to go out on the field, now that he had seen Brett do it without any harm done.

I had to carry Josh back up the stairs kicking and screaming. Every time, I put him down, he laid down on the ground. I was so happy to finally make it back up the stairs with my kids and luckily Daddy was waiting for us. I handed Josh to him and said, "Make him Happy, I'm out of here!"

Later on in the game, Josh was down by the dug out, holding out his glove. He looked so cute with his glove in the air waiting for someone to throw him a ball. Some fan came out of the stands, and walked down next to Josh and yelled at Bob Melvin, (the coach) and said, "Hey, Melvin, Give the kid a ball!!" Bob Melvin turned around and tossed a game ball to Josh. The crowd cheered. He was pretty pleased with himself and thankfully "Happy" again.

Here is Brett as a "Mustard" Hot Dog (In the middle)

Josh and his Game Ball