Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Here is a recap of our trip:

Saturday after a big breakfast we loaded up and was on our way! The new trailblazer is perfect! Kids had their own seats, I didn't have to hear "Don't touch me, your on my side"! Love my kids but wow can traveling sometimes be a pain! I am so glad that Ryan enjoys driving!!! I laid back and relax! Made to Las Vegas around 6pm. The kids got to see everything in the light and then see the strip come to life all light up!! Colby didn't like all the people, KarLee love the water so at the Bellagio! They both loved the M & M & Coca Cola Store! We stayed 5 miles away from the strip in a newer hotel, really nice... 1 problem~ Paper thin walls!! Ryan was not happy! We went to bed and then in the middle of the night we woke up to hear people in the hall and in the room next to us :(
The next morning (Sunday) we were off to LA!
First stop, Hollywood BLVD!!! So many people. It was cool to see the stars in the side walk. The Chinese Garden Theater & The Kodak Theater- that is where the Academy Awards are held. It was all very interesting! We didn't take the movie star house tour, I think I wish we would have now.
Then we decide to drive to Beverly Hills and see what we could see! Colby was happy to see they had a street called "RODEO" Drive, just was a good laugh!!! We cruised up and down the street!! It was so green there!! Then we were off to Long Beach, to stay the night before our cruise!!
We like Long Beach too! Eat at Bubba Gumps' Restaurant, pretty fun place! To get your food you had to answer questions from the movie!! Colby & KarLee hadn't seen the movie, but the had it playing, so they got to watch some of it!

MONDAY morning we had some time so we went to check out the beach. It was nice, warm warm weather, nothing like IDAHO!! Went out on a pier and talked with a local man that was fishing! He was nice, told us some info! Then about noon we were off to our CRUISE Boat!! 2600 people, and it was on of the smaller carnival ships.
Due to the weekend weather our schedule was changed around, which I like better! Monday and Tuesday we were at sea! SO much to eat!! All day and all night! WOW!
2 swimming pools, a total of 6 hot tubs, some for kids only some for adults only. We think maybe Colby had the funniest time, there was a teens club and nightly dances & Texas Hold'em, and lots of fun things! KarLee's group didn't have alot of kids and the not alot of activities. But she just wanted to swim all day anyway! The night show weren't as good as when we went to Mexico on our honeymoon! And late... which when you eat way too much each and every night, and just felt like going right to bed! Oh and the beds were great! Kids had bunk beds and loved them! Room wasn't to bad at all. No one got sea sick at all.
Wednesday we went to Catalina Island, way cool island! Avalon is the only city on Catalina Island, it is located just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California.
Spent the day and walked all around the town. The beach was rockie, but of course little miss KarLee had to swim, cause it was the ocean, which I thought was cold!
The next day(THURSDAY) off to Ensenada Mexico!
It is known as the "Cinderella of the Pacific", Ensenada is located 70 miles south of the international border, a 90-minute drive from San Diego.
We went on a tour to La Bufadora, which is a blowhole that sprays up to 80 ft in the air. There are only 3, one in Mexico, and another in Hawaii and in Africa. There was an open market, so you could shop, and bargains. Colby want a FOX mirror and he himself got the guy to come way down on the price! We all had a great time, and it was a good experience for the kids. In Ensenada we seen there farming community. They grow tons of grapes for wines. Baby carrots, peas and broccoli. They had a Walmart & Home Depot. Our tour guide told us alot about the town and the area, and about the different housing. We were glad we went on this tour!
Then it was Friday, just like that! Friday morning we got up and of course had to eat one more time! Then it was time to leave our cruise!
Back in Long Beach. We all wanted to go see the John Force shop in Yorba Linda. This is where Ryan would go during the off season to work on the cars. We had a good time seeing this! We drove around to the different beaches along the way. Seen surfers! It was a nice day to site see!
Then back to Las Vegas. Grabbed a bit to eat at IN & OUT Burger! One Ryan's favorite places! The took the kids to Fremont Street is pretty cool! Didn't stay long since KarLee wasn't feeling good. We had already booked the same hotel, and yes not any better. Alot of kids due to some soccer tournament going on. UP way to early. We were up alot during the night with KarLee so we hoping to sleep in, NOT. So we headed home.
Saturday, KarLee was sick all day in the car, real high fever. Got home later than we hope, all really tired.
Sunday we had lots of laundry, I love the fact that Ryan and the kids help do all the laundry with me! Got it all pretty much done by that evening.

So it was back to work and school~ that thing we call real life!
Not for KarLee, the Doc said not till she had no fever. I think she will finally made it back to school tomorrow, (Wednesday).
KarLee hates missing school! Hates being sick and isn't a very happy person.
We had a great trip and got to see so much since we drove. The only thing we didn't get to do that we really wanted to do was stop in Utah and see Ryan's brothers' family.
I am always so glad to be home!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Break 2009

We are back! So much fun!! Our trip started out Saturday morning, leaving about 10am. Headed to Vegas baby!
Took all the sites on the strip!!

Kids loved the M & M store & Coca Cola store!!!

And all the different stores!

Then off to LA, Hollywood & Beverly Hills the next morning, Sunday!!

It was so cool!! We seen the stars in the Hollywood Boardwalk.

There was people dressed up like the stars

We seen the stars hand prints at the Chinese Garden

We had a blast looking at everything!

It was so much fun just site seeing! Then off to Long Beach for the night!!

We enjoyed Long Beach! It was warm and we ate at Bubba Gumps Shrimp CO, (Forest Grump Movie!) It was yummy and fun!!

Monday we got on our cruise boat, Carnival Paradise!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Its late... really fast post of pictures from tonight concert!

The girls chowing down in a real big hurry!!

In line, wow it was long! Before we got there and so much longer after!!

All the girls showing off their tickets!! They were all so excited and really good for the 2 hours in line!!!

Kathy and the girls!!!

So much screaming going on! 99% girls 1% boys!!! So funny to be a part of!!!!

Ok so it ended up being 4 girls and Kathy and I going the concert.... It was fun, loud and exciting(for me just to see how excited my daughter was!)
Got there at 5pm stood in line till 7pm concert started at 8pm with Leslie Roy, the alittle after 9pm David finally came out to sing! 10:30pm on our way home, after dropping off all 3 girls and KarLee and me made it home at just before 11:30pm!! I'm going to bed!! Thanks Kathy for going with us!! Had a blast!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

David Archuleta Friday night!!

So here's whats up with are family!!
Ryan's mom and I AND 3 love sick David Archuleta fans are sending to the concert Friday, right after school just so we can get in line!! I am so glad Kathy is going, (she didn't know that KarLee was going to end up bringing 2 friends along, till after the fact!) I know we are going to have way to much fun!! This is KarLee's first ever concert! So excited myself! Kinda nervious taking 3 girls but they are good girls! Her best friends!!

Then first thing Saturday morning we (ALL $ OF US!) are off to warm weather, Vegas, baby!! For a night of seeing sites!! Then Sunday, after sleeping in, best part of vaction:), we are headed to Hollywood to see the stars!! Then Monday we will be cruisin, 5 days!! Then Friday when we get back to LA we get to go see were Ryan worked, John Forces' shop! I am excited to see this! Then back to Vegas for for sites to see. We hope to take the kids through all the hotels and Freemont Street!! Then HOME SWEET HOME, Saturday!!! By then I'm sure we will all be o.k. coming home? Hopefully by then we can go see the new addition Derrick & Ranays' family!!! And tell Nathan Happy B-day!! :)
Monday back to real life! Hopefully I will have tons and tons of pictures! Loving my new camera!! KarLee loves her new camera, and Colby is glad to have his to himself!! Ryan will get the video camera!! ALL of our love!! XO XO

Monday, March 16, 2009

Busy! busy! So KarLee had her first Volleyball tournament at Snake River Junior High School! (had to be there at 7:45 AM) She had a blast, lost every game, it was all of the girls' first volleyball games. Then I was off to give my friend Shani (we have been friends since FOREVER!, she us to always get me in trouble at Church!!!) a baby shower!!!! Jhett is so very cute!! Way good turn out!! Saw so many friends from high school that we haven't for so long!! So it was so much fun!:)!

So short story:) This is a blanket that Shani made in school. She gave this to Amber when she had her 1st son, 17 yrs ago! And Amber gave it back to Shani for Jhett!! We all cried!!!
How cool was that!

Here we are: Alicia, Shani, Leslie, Amber and I!!! We all went to junior high together, Amber moved away before High School.
Shani's dad and my dad's went to high school together, OK maybe they didn't attend alot of school together more just like cause some trouble together, and still hang out atleast every Saturday morning at my dads store!
Leslie and I played basketball together for a couple years.
Then we all grew up and moved away, not to far to come visit! Hopefully we can more often!!

Will have to post pic of KarLee's game!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mackay Miners 1A State Champs!

My cousin Kole (#25)

Congratulations to The Mackay Miners!

KarLee went with my family to Boise and got to watch the winning game!! She loves going with grandma and her aunt!! Besides hanging out with all the family, she got to do some swimming, and her favorite shopping!! Thanks to my family for being a great family!

NAMPA—The Mackay Miners nearly blew a big lead but held on to beat Garden Valley for the 1A Division II title at the Idaho Center.
The title came in coach Josh Pehrson’s second season as a varsity coach and in his first state appearance.
“I knew we had a good team, but I didn’t know maybe that this was possible,” Pehrson said. “There were a lot of tough teams we had to go through. We are a little overwhelmed right now.”
Mackay (16-8) won its sixth boys basketball title and its first in eight years. The Miners won championships in 1981, 1988, and won three straight from 1999-2001.
Junior guard Kole Krosch said he was proud to add to the Mackay legacy.
“This is unbelievable,” said Krosch, who scored a game-high 21 points. “Mackay has been known for winning titles. If feels good to hang a banner on the wall.”
The Miners almost let a blowout win slip through their fingers. The Miners dominated the first three quarters, taking a 22-point lead early in the third and carrying a 16-point lead into the fourth. Miner went on a 12-0 run at one point featuring nine straight by Krosch. The Miners shot a blistering 51 from the floor.But Mackay played lackadaisically in the fourth quarter, opening the door for a 19-5 Garden Valley run. Mackay’s big lead shrunk to two when Garden Valley’s Matt Sipple scored off an offensive rebound with 13 seconds left.
That’s when Mackay point guard Scott Smyer, who had already hit an assortment of tough jumpers and driving lay-ins, bailed out the Miners.
With seven seconds left, Smyer took the inbound and was fouled. With his father watching at home on an internet broadcast as he recovered from back surgery, the senior nailed two free throws to push the lead to four and put the championship on ice.
Smyer finished with 19 points.
“Kole Krosch and Scott Smyer have carried us all season,” Pehrson said. “Kole is the kid you want to have the all at the end of the game or when you need a basket. As for Scott, you want a senior on the line in that situation at the end of the game.”
Mackay made for an entertaining tournament. The Miners beat Summit Academy by one point in the opener. Mackay needed a steal by Krosch and free throw with three seconds left to escape Richfield in the semis.
Mackay also played the role of giant-slayers. Richfield entered the tournament with a 19-3 record and a No. 1 ranking in the media poll. Garden Valley entered the tourney at 19-3 and a No. 2 ranking.
However, like a lot of folks, the Miners never paid much credence to the opinions of sportswriters.“Heck yeah, that makes this better,” Krosch said. “Throughout this season, we’ve been the underdogs. Media rankings don’t mean anything to us. We believe we can take down any team.”
Mackay 54, Garden Valley 50Garden Valley 3 10 18 19 - 50Mackay 11 14 22 7 - 54GARDEN VALLEY (50) Casey Hileman 4, Dylan Bass 3, JC Tucker 19, Justin Pedersen 14, Marshall Breish 2, Matt Sipple 8. FG: 18-60. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 6-34 (Tucker 3, Pedersen 2, Bass 1.) Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: Pedersen.MACKAY (54) Dylen Hoagland 10, Scott Smyer 19, Zach Donnot 4, Kole Krosch 21. FG: 23-45. FT: 6-13. 3-pointers: 2-6 (Smyer 1, Krosch 1.) Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: Donnot.