Friday, April 25, 2008

To Utah and Back

We made it home! After a week of travel we finally arrived home yesterday at 7:00am. It was a wonderful vacation and Allen's and Megan's wedding was beautiful! The kiddos did pretty good on the loooong drive out and back, with no major catastrophes to speak of. They all loved playing with their cousins, Abbi and Jake as well as their newly discovered Simpson cousins. The hotel we stayed at was very nice and even had a pool! We however forgot swimsuits, but a quick trip to Deseret Industries (a church owned thrift store) rectified that problem. We managed to swim twice and had lots of fun splashing and playing. Emmy liked the hot tub best of all! The breakfast was good too. There were waffles, bagels, cereal, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and best of all, you could make your own egg McMuffins! There were a couple of days that they didn't have sausage patties, but we survived somehow! JoJo and Cori opted for waffles everyday as well as cereal if they were still hungry. Emmy mostly had cereal and Sterling had a waffle and an egg sandwich. He was very independent and made his own breakfast each morning. We also would take food upstairs each day for later since we had a little fridge. It was definitely a busy week with a lot of running around. But it was all worth it!
Megan and Allen looked so happy together and so in love! I loved to watch them together. John was as generous as ever, taking care of all the little things that people forgot, like tablecloths or meals. I am so impressed with my family. They are incredible people. I am so grateful that I have been blessed to be born into such and incredible family. It's so wonderful to see my Aunts and Uncles and cousins. Even though we don't see each other often, we still love each other and when we get together it's like no time has passed, except you don't recognize anyone cause they're all grown up ;-)
Everyone did whatever they could to help us get the reception and wedding accomplished. From borrowing cake stuff from Chantelle to Camille babysitting all day so I could bake! Bob and Kathy hosted sunday dinner with all 20 billion of us crammed in their house (no broken windows!!!) Susie and Mark hosted the wedding shower at their home and Matt and Amy got us a really good deal on our hotel rooms! Jenni managed to save Cori from a horrible fate by carrying him upstairs when he was abandoned in the basement at Bob and Kathy's. As long as I live I will never forget the image of Jenni in her dress and apron and Cori cuddled up to her as she brought him upstairs. Awwww! So Sweet!
Thanks so much to everyone! You made our week easier and better just by being there. I am so thankful for my family and I love them all dearly. We may not be organized or efficient, but we sure know how to have a good time!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Congratulations Sterling!

Sterling receives Award for Book

Last night our family attended the KTWU Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest award ceremony. Also in attendance were Grandma, Nana and Sterling's teacher, Mrs. Keller. As I explained earlier this contest was for K-3rd grades and each entrant wrote and illustrated their own story. It was then judged by a panel who awarded 1st-3rd place in each grade level. There were also awards for Best Story and Best Illustrations. We are pleased to announce that Sterling was awarded a medal for...Best Story!! He was so cute up there, although he didn't crack a smile once! Fame is a serious responsibility after all. All entrants were given a blue ribbon and a book as part of the ceremony. They also had the opportunity to meet and get their picture taken with Curious George! As soon as George walked on stage Cori started yelling "wanna see George!" Jo and Cori were so excited to meet Curious George. An informal reception was held at our home following the ceremony to celebrate the up and coming author/illustrator. Cake and ice cream was served and the kiddos had fun showing off for Mrs. Keller. We are very proud of our little boy! He did a good job!!

Robert Allen