Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Past Year... 6/16-7/17

Please forgive me for taking the year off.  It may appear that I only blog when I have something amazing to blog about but, the truth is, I really just didn't have a lot of happy feelings towards this past year.  I can look back on it now and see that there were happy moments but, it was a super hard year for me.  I had lots of responsibilities, which is not my strong suit...  After leaving Moscow, we came home to a house that we had built while we were in Russia.  We frantically painted the entire house, put in a sprinkling system and landscaped the yard before Chris left for Baghdad.  After Chris left, the boys all started school and I started working.  On the first day of school, a sprinkler part broke and flooded our entire basement.  We had to rip up flooring and replace sheet rock. Due to crazy weather, our house flooded 4 more times in the next 3 months.  Only once more did we have to rip up flooring etc...  The other 3 times the boys and I were able to keep the water from ruining our flooring.  They were amazing through it all!  Ethan even had to move his bedroom to the garage for a few weeks.  I'm sure I have pictures of it all somewhere but, I don't care to find them.  

Ethan
Ethan finished his high school career at Mtn. Crest in Hyrum, Ut.  He was able to graduate with all his friends that he had grown up with.  It was pretty cool.  He participated in the school plays, Improv group, worked part time and played a lot of guitar and drums.   



Toledo Surprise in The Drowsy Chaperone.  

"What is it about Caucasians that fascinates the Asians?"  Also Toledo Surprise

Improv

The Banana Men at The Battle of the Bands.
Ethan and Emma at Senior Ball.  One and only dance Ethan ever went to in high school.


Ethan got his wisdom teeth out.  We got a kick out of it.  the only time I have ever seen Ethan dab!


Dalton 

Dalton joined the track team this year.
Got his driver's license!
Dalton had the opportunity to go on a humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic.  It was through our church youth program.  He raised $2000.00 by working his guts out and got to go with a group of 15 kids to help build a school for 2 weeks.  He loved every minute of it and was heartbroken to come home.  

Dalton also earned his Eagle Scout Award this year.  He collected money and donations to make homeless kits.  He was able to make 100 kits and donated lots of extras to the homeless shelter.  

                                                                           Seth
Seth took guitar at school and had to perform in a couple of concerts.
Thanks to his dad, Seth has realized he loves to ride on the roof of cars.  I see a career path
in the making.
We went to Bear Lake for a couple of days with our friend Sam Morgan

Dalton and Seth got a job working in a haunted corn maze.  

we got to go pick our own pumpkins at a pumpkin patch in Preston, ID with your friends the Jeppsens.


We had a beautiful BIG dog for about 6 months before I
couldn't take it anymore and I sold her.  This was a sad
day for the boys.  This is when we found that Maggie
had eaten all the cheese balls.  No denying it.  She was
caught AND trapped.

We celebrated Christmas in November because that was when
Chris was home on leave.

Grandma Sybil passed away this year.  So glad we were home for this.




These girls saved me this year!  SO grateful for good friends who have your back even when you are a crazy lady!











We spent a weekend in St. George for Bracken
and Kristen's wedding and got to spend some
time just goofing off.  It was much needed
family time!



We were also able to go see Neal and Lori before leaving again.  We sure love these guys!  






Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spring Break 2016

Nice, France


We saw this guy waiting at the airport!  Hahahahahaha.  He was not amused that Chris took his picture.











 










The darling little lady on the right was juggling 2 little balls and had her little black cup out there hoping for some tips.  









The French Riviera is amazing as it sounds
Costa Pacifica









There were lots of activities for the kids.  One day they had a "Captain for the Day" activity.  It was super cute!


The sunsets and sunrises were spectacular!


























Marseille, France




















We tried to go do a zip line adventure park but, it was closed.  Even though we called and they said they were open.  Haha.  So, Chris and Ethan went swimming while Dalton, Seth, and I ate lunch and collected sea glass.


We went on a Segway tour of the city with Jean Pierre.  He was super awesome and we talked about him for the rest of the trip.  It was my first time on Segways and I may have a had a couple of mishaps...  Jean Pierre stayed close by me after that.







Corsica, France
Corsica is a French island that is about thigh high on the Italy boot.  



Leaving the boat
Renting bikes

Farmer's Market

We made it to our destination.  We mostly chose this spot cause I was swearing and crying about it being too hard.  Turns out I had a stupid bike.  I liked the ride back much better.


I added this picture because of Seth.  Nice photo bomb!

Dalton using the reflection to get a picture of Ethan












This is what happens when you fall asleep when Ethan is around.  Hee hee!



Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is an Italian island that is located about shin high on  the "boot" .  You know how Italy looks like a boot, and the boot is kicking a ball (Sicily)?  This island is located above Sicily about shin high.  We found an AMAZING cheese store!  We bought so much cheese and ate it until we were sick!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!






More Segways.  















I made Ethan pose here.  He's not happy about it but I thought it looked cool with the graffiti 

My 3 stooges.















Valletta, Malta
Malta is a little island that is its very own country.  It is located South of the Italy boot, Sicily.  It use to be part of the British Empire but is now its own country.  Their language is a mixture of Italian and Arabic.  










  





You can't really tell but this guy had 5 dogs he was walking!
Golden Beach













Rome, Italy
We were only in Rome for one day which is NOT enough time at all!  Rome left me speechless.  

We started our day out at the Vatican.  I did not realize that it is considered its own country.  

St. Peter's Cathedral



View looking out of St. Peter's Cathedral



The window in the top middle is the window that the Pope comes out to address the people on Easter and Christmas



At one point the Swiss army was considered one of the best in the world.  The church hired them to protect the Vatican.  They still stand guard today.




Dalton captured the reflection of the Cathedral in the window.

Inside St. Peter's Cathedral
You are not allowed to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel but it was pretty amazing.  It was not at all what I thought it was going to look like.  But, still cool.

Under this black pedestal is where Peter the Apostle is buried.

Best part of the ENTIRE trip!  Breath taking!



 Out in the city

City Hall





Our tour guide, Paula (pronounced Powla). She was SO crazy!  







Faces of Rome


Hahahaha




It was an amazing trip that I am so grateful that we got to do together!