Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Jessica enjoying the top bed all to herself
Lauren sound asleep
Austin playing football on the Xbox
Ashlyn happy in her car seat
My hunky hubby driving
Me trying to studyOkay, so the pictures are from the first part of the trip. About half way there, Ashlyn was done with her car seat and let everyone know about it! I tried to give her snacks, play on the back bed, watch a movie, and read her stories, but all she really wanted to do was walk around. I finally pulled the cushions off the table and lined the hallway so she couldn't get hurt! She was so happy just walking back and forth!
I was so glad when we finally got there and the "how much longer"s finally came to an end! Thank you Rachel for getting us this amazing time share for such a great price!!!!
Lauren and Maddie on the Rockets
Austin and Jessica
Tara and Maddie on the Teacups
Grandma and Grandpa Huntington
Jason and Ashlyn
Austin and Jessica
Ashlyn and Jason
We really had a great time! Lauren (She's 6) loved going on all of the "big" rides! She was fearless! She came out of Space Mountain grinning ear to ear! "That was awesome! That was the best ride ever!" She wanted to go on everything that anyone went on. We headed over to the Indiana Jones ride and she said she wanted to come too. It was closed the last time we were there and I couldn't really remember it. I knew it wasn't faster than any anything else she had been on, so I agreed. She sat between me and Jason. I couldn't help but laugh when she let out her first scream! She grabbed my arm and buried her head. I forgot about all the scary props! Snakes, spiders on the walls, skeletons... I felt terrible! Jessica was sitting right in front of us with a few of the other cousins. They both got off of the ride very upset. Lauren was crying and Jessica crossed her arms and stopped her foot saying, "Mom! That was stupidest ride in the whole world! Why would they let kids on it that are this big?! Duh! Don't they know it would scare us? I can't believe it!" I should have been more understanding, but it was such a great example of their different personalities that I pulled out the video camera to record it. They are both so funny!
Austin on the other hand, is my cautious one. He really didn't want to go on any of the roller coasters. When I asked him about it, he said that he didn't like anything that he couldn't control the speed and that he didn't know where he was going. I have always loved roller coasters so it was hard for me to not push him. I didn't want him to miss out. I had to remind myself that not everyone thinks the same things are fun and it is definitely not fun to be scared. I almost had him convinced to go on Thunder Mountain Rail Road even after Peter didn't realize he was standing there and reminded Jason that is was the only roller coaster that had derailed!
He could see most of it and watched it a few times. I went on it with my hands in the air the whole time to show him how much fun it was. He finally agreed and out of nowhere there was a HUGE line! We hadn't had any lines all day! We basically walked on to most rides. I few had a five minute wait. We decided to come back later, but never made it. Maybe next time!
Jason, Austin and Tara
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It was great to see the rest of the family and hear Sam give his talk. He has grown so much and we are so proud of him.
We spent some time visiting after Sacrament meeting and then headed home.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Linda, Grandma Bates and Ashlyn
I even got to meet Heidi! I met her once before at Ronna's funeral, but I'm not sure if that counts. The day was sort of fuzzy. We have been blogging friends for a few months and it was so fun to see her in real life! Heidi
Grandma, Ashlyn and Jason
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Here is what the schedule looked like for the day:
8:10am- Lauren's Parent Teacher Conference. We are so proud of Lauren for doing so well in school! She received straight A's for the first quarter!
8:40am- School Awards Assembly for Lauren.
Lauren accepting her Academic All Star Award
9:30am- School Awards Assembly for Jessica
Jessica Accepting her Academic All Star Award for Reading. She was also awarded a certificate for High Honor Roll (all A's and one B)
2:15pm- School Awards Assembly for Austin- My camera stopped working!!! Luckily my sister, Jen, was there and took the picture for me. I'll post it once she emails it to me. Austin also received a certificate for High Honor Roll.
3:15pm- Pick up the kids from school
4:15pm-5:30pm Lauren's soccer practice
6:15 to 7:30 Jessica's soccer practice
It was SO busy! My assistant had the day off, but I was so lucky Jason had taken half the day off work so he could hang out with Sam. I was making lasagna and realized I didn't have an onion and there was no time to load everyone up to run to the store. I called Jason who was out running around with Sam and they brought one home for me! Yeah! Later, Ashlyn was taking a nap when it was time for Lauren's soccer practice. Once again, it was Jason and Sam to the rescue! They were happy to go, but I felt bad having them run around for me. Sam said it was nice to feel like he had a purpose for the day. Sigh. I love him! Thanks Sam!
Ashlyn wasn't sure what to think of Sam at first. I think she was nervous because he is so big!! He's like 6'5" or something! Seriously, how tall is he? He was really cute with her though. I got this cute picture of him trying to win her over by reading a book to her. (She loves books!)
Jason, Ashlyn, and Sam
We were glad she got to spend some time getting to know her uncle Sam! We are so glad to have Sam back home. Jason missed him so much while he was gone.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Going for the tackle
Tara and Ashlyn
Austin all tired out after the game
It was a great season! We are looking forward to next year!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Ashlyn trying to get into her candy
Garrett, Jessica and Lauren with their loot of candy
Haley, Peyton and Aaron McCauleyOur favorite rock star for the night, Jason Smith
Jason with costume envy!