Wednesday, April 30, 2008

This is for you Teri

For anyone that doesn't get this picture, check out my sister-in-laws (Teri Esplin) blog. The post dated April 15th, 2008 will explain these pictures. Let's just say that it happens in Ogden, Utah too.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Mother Goose Live

Over the last couple of months, Quincy has loved to listen to nursery rhymes as she's getting ready to go to bed. She totally took me by surprise a few weeks ago when she started reciting them to me. I finally got her to say a couple of them for me on the camera. She was watching Alvin and the Chipmunks at the same time, so she was a little distracted and wouldn't look at me, but at least I got a few of them recorded. Too stinkin' cute. (Turn off the music at the bottom by clicking on the pause button.)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Yeah for the Marriotts!

I just had to give a little shout out and a huge congrats to my sister, Alayna, and her husband, Tim. They found out yesterday that they're having a baby GIRL! I am so absolutely thrilled for them. They've had a rough year trying to get this baby here. Two miscarriages later, they're getting their wish. She's due the first part of October, so there's still plenty of time to go buy dresses, shoes, bracelets, and headbands that mothers of girls just can't refuse.

Alayna's the best mom ever. She's such an example to me of how to be a good mom. She's constantly playing with Dawson. I honestly don't know how she get's all of her other stuff done. Dawson's a smart little thing, and I know a lot of it is because she spends so much time with him teaching and playing with him. She's one of the most talented people I know! Check out her blog (link on the right is 'Marriott Family').

We're so excited for you, Alayna and Tim. We can't wait to meet this bundle of pink!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Back to the grind

Well, we're home and back to real life of fighting kids, laundry, and chauffeuring. We had such a great time in Hilton Head, South Carolina. There was good friends, good food, good relaxation, and good scenery. Max travelled amazingly well, which made the trip that much better. For those of you that don't know about Hilton Head, it's a golfer's paradise. There are around 40 golf courses in the near vicinity. The reason we travelled out there was because the guys scored some Master's (major golf tournament) tickets on e-bay. The Master's is played in Augusta, Georgia, but because it's so crazy right there during the tournament, we stayed in H.H., and the guys made the drive down. We were able to tour the area of Hilton Head, as well as drive to Savannah, Georgia, and Beaufort, South Carolina. In Beaufort, we took a carriage ride through the town and heard the history of the pre-civil war homes and community. What an amazing history these towns have!
The beach home we rented was incredible. It had five bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, plus a kitchen, living room, ect. We had a private pool and jacuzzi, and the best part: we were about 100 yards from the beach! The water was still cool (plus the weather wasn't super cooperative), but we were able to walk or ride our bikes down there every day.
The guys had a blast at the Master's. They were able to watch Tiger at a few holes, as well as Phil Mickelson and Trevor Immelman (the guy that ended up winning the tourney)and about everyone else. They said the course was absolutely amazing. Nate had left the camera with me that day, so I'll post pictures of the course as soon as we get copies from the others.
The only mishap we had during the trip was our cancelled flight on the way there. We were on the plane in Atlanta to fly into H.H., when the pilot decided it was too foggy to land in H.H. (we think he was just too tired). We ended up renting a car and making the five hour drive, arriving in H.H. at 3:00 a.m.. Because of the cancelled flight, our luggage didn't get to us until early evening the next day (well, except for our friend Brad's. His didn't come for three days, but that's a whole other story!).
We're so grateful for our parents' help with the kids while we were gone. We're so glad that the kids adore both sets of grandparents. We were starting to wonder if the kids even wanted us to come home because no one would ever talk to us when we'd call. We finally had to tell them that they wouldn't get a surprise unless they got on the phone.
As I said at the first of the post, now we're back to real life. The relaxing week geared me up to be a mom again. That doesn't mean I'm not counting down until the next vacation.

I know we're kind of crazy, but we saw an alligator on the side of a golf course, so we made Nate stop driving so that we could get a picture. We got about 20 feet from it. We later found out how fast they can run! Not too bright of us.

This is the crew on the right. Nate, me and Max, Katherine and Todd Seamons, Brad and Tressa Seamons, and Amy and Mike Barrick.

On the beach the first day. Notice our lovely Delta shirts provided for us by the airline since we didn't have any luggage.