Dave, Steph, Cade, Ashley, Mikayla, Hailey, Valerie, & Ty

We may not have it all together, but togeth
er we have it all.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


What a fun time a year it is. We got our first snowstorm of the season. We ended up with an extra long Thanksgiving break due to 3 total snow days. The snow didn't stop us from loading up and heading to Meridian for Thanksgiving. We packed up the Tahoe like we were the Grizwalds. On the very top was our bags, hanging off the back was the dog kennel, and inside were all 8 of us and the dog in the back. CRAZY! We had a great time with family and meeting our new cousin Kadence. My mom, Ashley and I got up at 4:15 and headed to Walmart for black friday shopping. I was glad my mom came along since we were in line for 2 1/2 hours and we couldn't leave to shop so we made a good tag team. The three of us had a good time together and stayed out until 1230 shopping.
Packed in! The ride home wasn't as fun as our team BYU
just lost to Utah from a missed field goal.

We got to celebrate Justin's birthday after Thanksgiving. The cousins all loved watching him open his 30 presents.

Kayla was a troll in her ballet performance of Hansel and Gretel. It was an amazing performance with the cutest costumes ever.

Her dad gave her 3 roses after her final performance

Mikayla and Abby

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Girls Get Away

We so enjoyed shopping, eating, going to a movie, and visiting!

Teresa, Tamie, Chris, Tasha, Me, Janae

Moncia & Tasha

Lots of damage done!

A little Pecid AC to go around the table and everyone was great!

These last few weeks our family has been plagued with illness which nearly stopped me from heading out to Utah to party with friends. I left it all behind and had a fun weekend with my adopted sisters and 2nd mom, the Leishmans. Thanks to Dave for watching kids and hauling them all around to their many activities.

Cade has gotten braces for the second time and also his first fillings from the Dentist. Mikayla has had teeth pulled and fillings. Valerie has had the throw ups. Ty has been sick since his last surgery with double ear infection, cold, throw ups, diarrhea, and teething! (Hooray his top two teeth just came in yesterday!) We are now down to 3 to 4 dirty diaper changes a day rather than 13. Hopefully everyone is on the mend including me gaining back my sanity after a fun relaxing weekend.


So I am posting Halloween a little late but at least we celebrated it! Once again we were hit with many tricker treaters and eventually ran out of candy. We put up our sign saying we had no candy, turned off the lights and closed the door about 8pm. It was kind of a rainy night but the kids had a blast and came away with way too much candy and a much anticipated upcoming trip to the dentist.

Katie, Maycee, Mikayla

Ty and his buddy Joe


Kierra & Ashley



Valerie, Jemma, Conner, Hailey

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Surprise Cade!

Cade turned 14 on Monday, November 1st. On Friday (the day before Halloween) I decided to throw him a surprise Halloween Birthday party. I had been planning it for a week with the help of a few of his friends. I even decided to invite GIRLS! I called them myself and pretty sure I scared them to death. I think he knew something was going to happen but did not know when. He forcefully went to a campout that night at 5:00. At 7:00 Dave went to pick him up by telling him he needed to help clean the church. More grumbles.... He stopped by the house to pick up Ashley and when he opened the door all of his friends yelled surprise!

Will, Jenna, Cade, Tehia, Libby, McKinnley, Brennan, Kai, Nikella, Adam, Cole, Kole, Skylar, NiCole, Braeden, Makaylee ?

His friends brought him a lot of CANDY including this poster made by Nikella Greener.

I had soooo much food in addition to pizza that I thought would be scarfed down by hungry teenagers but surprisingly I had a lot left.

We went on a scavenger hunt in 3 different teams. I recruited a few friends to help drive and record. It was a blast. They all enjoyed watching themselves after the hunt. All 3 teams got everything on the list even if it meant calling policemen off the road!

Video Scavenger Hunt

10 points:
Find a stranger to spell "FRANKENSTEIN" forward and backwards. (10)

A team member hugging a stranger (10)

Find a stranger who will act like Dracula and say, "I want to suck your blood" (10)

Video team trick or treating at one house (10)

Team member hugging a stranger (10)

Ask a little kid to sing Mary had a little Lamb (10)

Two group members hanging upside down on monkey bars making monkey sounds (10)

15 points:
Your group in grocery store holding a pack of hotdogs singing "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Weiner" (15)

3 team members being pushed in a shopping cart (15)

Get 2 total strangers to sing and do the motions to YMCA with your entire group. (15)

Someone in group chugging a whole can soda and belching (15)

20 points:
Going to store and making a human pyramid (20)

Find a stranger who will let you wrap them up in toilet paper like a mummy. (20)

Go to a grave yard and find a tomb stone that has J somewhere in the name. (20)

Group walking through Kentucky Fried Chicken flapping their wings and making chicken noises (20)

Everyone in your group standing outside Wal-mart entrance singing a Christmas Carol and welcoming people to Wal-mart (20)

25 points:
Get a policeman to sing the theme to COPS, "Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do" (25)