Aug 14, 2009
Dom started his SOPHMORE year on Monday! I can't believe it, but it's happened. He's taking a sports therapy class and weight training as his heavy hitters this year. Ha! I don't recall sports therapy class when I was in school. But, as Dom is so ready to tell me - I'm very old you know. He says he has learned his lesson from his stint in summer school, so we're hoping to see some A's on his report card for his History and Geometry classes.
He is playing football again this year so we'll see how that goes. They only have about 15-20 kids on the entire JV team so.....well, let's just say that it's probably a good thing that his school rating dropped from a 4A school to a 3A school (our enrollment dropped when the new HS opened). At least they don't have to play the top ranked schools with only 20 players! He's only had what I would consider one #3 injury (on a scale of 1-5 you know...you have to rank them. 1=bandaid and 5= emergency room!). His favorite thing so far? He's really enjoying "lighting people up"......I'm not sure what to say about that!
Let's see...we got a new dog. Diego has joined our family. He was owned by a friend at work who had been looking for a new home. We gave him a test drive and we love him. He's a giant, slobbering love bug. :)
Jun 20, 2009
It's hard being born!
Chillin' in his new home!
May 21, 2009
Zane givin' it a try
Zane ridin' a big boy bike
Monkey Boy Zane - loves the pool and the bathtub but HATES the squirty things!!!
May 9, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
Then, walked in Julie and Chris. Newlyweds from Virginia. Our age, our interests, our kind of people! They had just been married two days before and were absolutely adorable. They had a really great love story, one that every girl just loves to hear. You know, the one where they look across the room and BAM! Kind of like that. In any case, Jason and I were excited to see that there were some people our age. We chatted until late into the night - easy to do when dinner is at 8:30!
Cruises are all about one thing - food. And a lot of it. For those of us - like myself - who love to eat and have a hard time turning away food it is a miserable place to be :) There is always a buffet open somewhere and you always have access to just about anything you want. I was worried about this. As I mentioned, I really like food. But, amazingly enough it was not nearly tempting as I thought it would be. But, dinner was a new experience. It is nothing less than gluttony. All you do is eat. And eat. And eat. Want 2 lobsters? No problem! How about 4? Sure thing, coming right up. And, that's how every dinner we had went once we met Chris and Julie Matthews. I've never seen such skinny people devour that much! Chris and Jason routinely had 4 servings of shrimp cocktails every night...so much so that the wait staff had them waiting for us when we got to the table. There were usually at least two entrees eaten at every meal and no less than 6 desserts at any one time. After the first night's dinner we decided to make a pact that we would take the stairs everywhere we went or we were going to gain 100 pounds before we got home!
Mar 18, 2009
By the time we settled in I had figured out that we were on our way to Ft. Lauderdale. By then Jason had told me we were going on a cruise, but I still didn't know where the cruise was headed to. We had a nice flight from Phoenix to Atlanta, and then from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale. We got in around 7 p.m. that night and headed down the the arts and shopping district a mile or so from our hotel. We walked around for a couple of hours and poked through the art galleries and other shops. We were both so excited for the cruise the next day that neither one of us slept very well that night. We took a shuttle to the cruise liner in Miami the following day. Jason finally told me that morning that we were heading to the eastern Carribean with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten!
Pulling into the port is so amazing.....there were at least 5 cruise liners parked within about 20 feet of each other and these ships are just so massive it's hard to describe. We made our way through customs - after of course checking to make sure Jason had his ID with him - in about a half hour and from that moment on I did not have to worry about a thing! There is nothing like getting on this giant ship and having to do nothing but decide what swim suit I'm going to wear and what day I'll get a massage :) It was so amazing! We walked around the ship for an hour or so just to get acquainted with where everything was located before our luggage showed up at our room. Once our luggage arrived we started to watch the Cardinals in the playoff game while we got settled. Then it was off to the boat drill and then off we went! The pics below were taken from the balcony in our suite as we left the port of Miami.
After we left port Jason and I settled in some deck chairs to finish watching the Arizona Cardinals playoff game on the giant 50 ft. big screen! The entire city of Phoenix was going nuts for the game before we left and it was really interesting to see the dynamics of everyone on the ship. There were people everywhere with Steelers and Eagles gear on but only a few of us with Cardinals gear. We sat with a couple of Eagles fans and had a great time harassing each other about the game. Never in a million years did any of us predict our Cards would win the game and go on to play in the Super Bowl! I must admit, it was pretty nice hangin' out on the deck with drinks with little umbrellas watching the game....
Well, this only completes days 1 and 2. I'll post more later.
Mar 9, 2009
Since Christmas Jason and I went to the Carribean, Dom started track, we went to Jack's birthday party, Jason and I went to the PCH BeachBall fundraising event and I helped give away a million bucks.....all in two months. I'll start posting the best pics from the cruise this afternoon. Stay tuned!
Jan 6, 2009
There were so many great moments from Christmas morning that I couldn't choose. The boys were overwhelmed with their new train table and weren't quite sure where to start. Dominic has Christmas down, and had NO problem discovering his stocking. We got a "holy crap, are you serious??" out of him with a renewed subscription to XBox Live. For those of you with teenagers, you know just how big that was :) Noah and Zane received lots of cars and trucks from Santa this year. Zane is still in his Disney Cars obsession phase and Noah just wants to play anything with wheels. The unwrapping of gifts took almost two hours. Although Dom understands the "rip and go" technique, the little ones would much rather play with every toy first. This takes a lot of time. Alot.... After the toys were assembled and we had our first fight over whose truck was whose, we dressed and went to the Pape's house for a yummy Christmas breakfast. Thanks to the Pape's again for inviting us and treating us as family. We all enjoyed some naptime later, and then over to the Budoff's for the First Annual Christmas Breakfast for Dinner. Keith made some fantastic crepes with all the great trimmings. He added waffles, pancakes, sausage...the whole deal. We had such a great time and our kids were passed out cold by 8:30. Thanks to the Budoffs for making us part of their family. We're looking forward to next year!
I know there's a lot of pictures here, but we hope you enjoy them. More to come soon! Love you all, and we hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
Jan 3, 2009
Christmas Eve was spent with the Pape family (thanks Mike, Julie and the boys for inviting us in on your tradition!) at Uncle Sam's pizza. We had 20 people there to celebrate with one another. We adjourned to the Pape's house to open white elephant gifts and sing Christmas carols. Julie plays piano and sings - this is the first time she's sung for us and it was so pretty! The missionaries (one was from Tonga...I can't remember where the other guy was from) sang us a traditional Tongan song about following the ways of Christ. I didn't understand a word, but it was beautiful. We adjourned to our house after the carols and opened our own Christmas Eve gifts.
Unwrap me Daddy!