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Our Family

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Disney World 2009

We spent 10 days on our Disney World Adventure. We had a great time because we were there long enough to experience everything without running ourselves ragged. This is the first Disney vacation where we haven't gotten up early and stayed til closing every night.
Kaden, Makaela, Deedee, Saige, Ashley, Tanner, Jeena, and Carson at the Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom celebrating Kaden's 9th Birthday.
Lots of fun Halloween Decorations to celebrate the season. So fun.
Kaden is getting ready to snorkle for his first time ever at Typhoon Lagoon. "It kind of freaked me out," he commented.
The Jedi's of course could not resist the light up swords at EPCOT and turned them into light sabers.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was playing "Stage Mom" for my niece Ashley who tried out for the American Idol Experience at Disney Studios. She made the auditions for the show. It was a blast.
Carson and Tyler waiting in line for the chair lift at Blizzard Beach Water Park.
Not even the rain stopped this crew. They grabbed their ponchos, took off their shoes, ran through inches of water to get in some good rides. Flooding = no lines at the Magic Kingdom. Deedee, Steve, and I got stuck in the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop for an hour because we didn't want to get soaked.
Typhoon Lagoon was probably one of our favorite parks. We went there twice and enjoyed all the slides and sand, but we LOVED the huge wave pool. The Thunder would crash and you knew the typhoon was coming. The ocean would swell and we all spent hours trying to body surf.

Saige and Carson loved the kid size section of the water park because they could carry their own tubes and do all the rides themselves.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Moon Party!

The Birthday Girls--Susan, Emilee, and Sandra blow out the candles on the "Black Forest" cake.
Jenni and I planned a fun New Moon and Birthday Party! I think over 35 came. So fun!
Monica, Heidi, Dixie, Leia, and Susie---hmmm. Jacob or Edward? We had mixed teams before the movie, but by the end Team Jacob was definitely in the lead. The new beefed up Jacob was a hit for the ladies.

Kellene, Gina, Lana, Celeste, Susie, and Heidi enjoying an Italian inspired dinner with Italian Creme Soda. The food was amazing.

Enjoying a quick "bite" before the movie.
We all wore paper plate necklaces with a pictures of Jacob or Edward on it to the show.

Kaden is Legal

Kaden goes duck hunting with his dad. He was a little disappointed that it wasn't a successful day. They didn't see much or shoot anything.
Kaden gets his first license--He is legal at age 9.

Kaden was so nervous to take his Hunter's Safety Exam! Congrats, Kaden!
Not only did he pass, but he only missed three.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Philly Girl's Trip to NYC

Okay, so Andrea and I spent weeks planning our Philly Girl's Trip to NYC. We were so worried about the apartment we rented but it was the perfect location (one block from Times Square) and it had two bathrooms and three bedrooms. We scored! Had this same apartment been anywhere besides NYC we would have been a little grossed out.

Andrea, Erin, Kim, and Angie with the (Soon to be famous) opera friend at the Piano Bar. I was amazed by the talent in that room. This was not a typical karaoke piano bar. This was like sitting through a Broadway Review with amazing musicians and actors.
Jeena, Andrea, and Erin doing the "Conrad Birdie" scream after the show. It was a delightful production with John Stamos--though I must say Broadway musical scripts have gotten a lot better since the Bye Bye Birdie days.
We all did a session at the Manhattan Temple. It was beautiful and a refreshing--especially in contrast to the noise and fast paced life of the city.
Jeena, Angie, Chelise, Erin, Kim, and Michelle outside of our apartment. The location was great, but it was a little noisy at night and our scarier radiator friend in the front bedroom made for a few sleepless nights. Or maybe it was the fact that we stayed up til 3:30 everyone morning to talk and catch up. It was a fun getaway with great friends, amazing food, and splendid shows. I saw Lion King (2 1/2 hours of stunning eye candy)--fantastic; Billy Elliott (life changing and brilliant. Loved the dancing and story). I had to beg Angie to come since the scalper would only sell me two tickets and I was dying to see the show. She was bawling her eyes out by intermission so I think she was glad she came. I also saw Rock of Ages with Constantine from American Idol. (great 80's rock and roll--but super raunchy so I left at intermission) And Bye Bye Birdie--which was fun and cute, but pretty shallow. Still an entertaining production. I HEART BROADWAY!! Thanks to my friends who were patient with me as I spent most of the day trying to secure tickets to the show I wanted to see next. Too many shows--not enough time.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Preschool Trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Clara, Carson, & Carter.
Kaden as a marine/army guy for Halloween.
He loved the army surplus store--even the grenades are real, but empty.
Tanner in the costume parade at school as Wolverine.
He has been wearing this everyday since we bought it.
Carson was Indiana Jones again. I love repeat performances.
He is wearing Tanner's old jacket and Uncle Ben's hat from when he was a kid.
Kaden, Tyler (as Shawn White), Tanner, and Carson at the Ward Halloween Party.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My oldest nephew, Spenser, leaves for Guatemala

Publish Post
The family outside the Oquirrh Mountain Temple for Spenser's Endowment.
Steve, Spenser, and Stephanie. I can't believe Spenser is old
enough to go on a mission. We will miss you.
Grandma Nelson, Spenser, and Mom at the Temple.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Rock Jam 2009

Deedee and Steve come to Rock Jam every year to hang out with us and to rock out!
Deedee, Jill, and Jeena enjoying all the free drink and food.
Tyler and I enjoying Rock Jam 2009. Huey Lewis and the News, Puddle of Mud, Chickenfoot, 38 Special, and more. Great time once again.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Devil's Kitchen with the Adamson's

Tanner hiking at Devil's Kitchen.
Ashley had a great time even though she "hates" hiking :)
Resting in the Indian Bathtub.
Deedee was afraid of heights, but she climbed up everything anyway.
It was a little hot, but the kids had a great hike.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Weekend at Flaming Gorge

We spent Labor Day weekend at the Flaming Gorge cabin with the Harmon's, Cook's, Frigetto's, Clifford's, Kohl's, and Ross'. We watched movies, played games, paintball, fishing, rafting, and hiking. It was a relaxing a fun weekend.
Tyler hanging out at the cabin--
Nothing, I mean nothing, has changed since his childhood visits there.
Gina and Jill
We always eat one meal at the lodge.
We call to let them know we are coming so we usually get our own room.
The kids lie on the pavement to get warmed up.
We love to raft the Green River.
The boys were waging all out war while the Dad's oblivious to all still tried to catch a fish.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mountain Man Rendezvous at Ft. Bridger, WY

The boys loved the homemade rootbeer and creme soda.
Tyler was excited to take them to the rendezvous he used to go to when he was a kid.
The boys met real mountain men and loved looking at all the handmade goods and wares.
The boys were excited to meet their "1st leprechaun," He gave them antique beads.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Best Birthday Present Ever!!

My girlfriends decided to throw me a garage cleaning birthday party since they were tired of my complaining about it. They know me so well. Nothing makes me happier than lots of bins, a label maker, good friends, and organizing. Thanks girls!
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AFTER
Tyler was thrilled that we cleaned the garage for his car.