Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!! We hope that all of our friends & family have a wonderful day.

We recently went to Viejas to go ice skating. We had a great time with our family & good friends... we all did much better than I thought we would. No one got hurt!

May we all enjoy the true meaning of Christmas, for if it weren't for Christ we would not have anything to celebrate! Remember that it is better to give than to receive!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Remembering

Today is my dad's birthday. He would be 90 years old if he were still living. That seems so crazy to think of him that old. He was always so youthful and full of life. It's weird to think, but I was born when my dad was my age now. I couldn't imagine starting over and having a baby at my age. I'm tired and worn out already!

I loved my daddy!! (You can soooooo tell which decade this was from)

By the time he met my mom, he had already served in the war, married, and had 3 boys. They married and got a HUGE surprise!! ME:)


We always were traveling and camping, and visiting relatives. My parents loved taking off in their motorhome for months at a time after all their kids left home.


This is one of my favorite pictures. It's my sister-in-law, my dad, and me. My dad was so much fun and always spending time with his grandkids. He taught the boys how to shoot a bb gun, even making a homemade target where it would catch the bb's so they could reuse them (he was very thrifty). He played marbles in the dirt using a garden hose as the circle, played horseshoes, baseball, and even made a homemade kite one time and tried to fly it at the park with them. That didn't go so well. But it was a sweet gesture.

With the vast age difference, I knew it was important for my kids to know their grandparents from early on and have wonderful memories like I did with my mine. Its so great that my parents always had time for the boys and made fun memories.

It was so hard to lose him, but I am thankful for the soldier, father & grandfather he was. He was an honorable man. Happy Birthday, Dad.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Our Last Water Polo Banquet

Monte Vista Monarchs 2010 CIF Quarter-Finalists Jason got another letter and CIF patch for his hard work this year.
He also got Grossmont Conference All League Selection honoring him for outstanding achievement in water polo - 2nd Team All League. (I've never even heard of this award before:) Way to go, Jason!!

My favorite is that he got the Coach's Award. Coach Newman started at the same time Jason did 4 years ago, and they've been thru it all together. The team wasn't much 4 years ago, but it has really grown in numbers and their ability. It was really nice of Coach to recognize all of Jason's hard work and determination. Good job, Jason. I'm really proud of you!!!
It's been a fun time helping out with water polo. I really enjoy it and most of all, I enjoy the players and their parents. I will definitely miss visiting with the moms!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thankful

Today has been quite the day. First of all, it is my wonderful husband's birthday. He is a great husband and father, and I am so thankful to him for all he does. He has been sick for awhile and just can't shake it, but still tries to make all his marks. We are just going to have to put off celebrating until he gets better. Hopefully that will be soon.

I have been trying to get Jason to work on his college apps for a month. Time is ticking and the deadline is approaching. When Jason gets stressed, he just freezes and can't go any further. Plus, he's been sick for weeks! Yesterday he started looking at the apps and I knew we may get somewhere. To apply to the BYU colleges, he needs interviews from his Bishop and Stake President, and a paper filled out from his seminary teacher. After church, Jason found the Bishop and asked for an interview. He was just interviewed for something else, so we didn't think it would take but a few minutes. Guess we were wrong, and sorry to Bishop's family for keeping him out so long!! And thanks to Bishop for understanding a stressed out teenager with a deadline.
Jason's still not sure where he wants to go to school, but this is a start.

And the topper today was that David was able to ordain Troy an elder. This is just another step in getting Troy prepared to serve his mission. It was so cool sitting in the single's ward Elders Quorum hearing all those men singing Called to Serve, and then hearing the special blessing that Troy received. Later tonight Troy was able to help Max give David & Jason blessings. I am so thankful that he really has a desire to serve. It's so awesome sitting back and watching him grow into a man.

It is a lot of work, and a lot of things that I have no idea how to do to get these two young men ready to leave the nest. I am so torn between getting them ready to leave and wanting to pull back those apron strings and keep them safe in our home where I feel like I can help keep them safe from the world. In 4 months Troy will be leaving, and if all goes according to plan, Jason will leave in 5 more months. I know it's the best thing for each of them to follow the plan we are working on, but it doesn't make it easy.
I really am thankful for the men that live in my home. All 4 of them are unique in so many ways and I am so blessed to have them be part of my family.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Per Dee Dee's Request - can't deny the birthday girl....

This past weekend, my girlfriends & I participated in the Silver Strand Half Marathon. Angie, Laura & I skated... Actually Angie wore in-line skates, Laura & I wore roller-skates. Emily ran it!
As we were getting ready to start we looked around & wondered why no one else there was doing this on roller skates. Well when Laura & I were the last of the skaters (no others in sight) we understood why! Next time (if there is a next time) we will be rocking some good in-line skates!
It was amazing the different size wheels some of those suckers had! No wonder some skaters were done in 30 minutes!!
This was our before photo - you can't tell but it was pretty darn cold.

Although it was painful & I occasionally thought I couldn't make it, I'm glad that I did. It feels good to know at my age, with very little training I set a goal & actually accomplished it. I couldn't ask for better friends to share it with!! (thanks for the encouragement too!)

Enjoying a beautiful day (actually it was one of the rare down hill spots!)....














This picture is of us after we were all done & on our way home!












Here we are (Laura & I) almost to the FINISH line... TOO bad the road was awful & full of rocks. They sabotaged us skaters. I'm sure if it hadn't been for that we would have gotten a much better time! Ha ha

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Dee Dee!




Today is Dee Dee's birthday! Dee Dee is one of my favorite sister in laws... we've been around a long long time! (Just ask our husbands). We've had some fun times over the years, but as you can see I don't have many pictures of her!! I could not find any of us together either! For shame.
Dee Dee is my blogging partner, family member & friend. I am so thankful for all the wonderful memories that we've shared together. If anyone deserves a wonderful birthday, it's her! Since she is just a tad bit older than me, I'm guessing she's turning 30 today... YAY! Happy Birthday Dee Dee!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Water Polo Senior Game

Thursday night was the senior game for water polo. It's my favorite game of the year. They call all the seniors out by name. This year each one had a flower for their mother. It was so cute! Jason came and gave me the flower and a hug in the stands. They played Helix High school, and won by one point. It was an excellent game. They won 10-9, Jason scored 5 of the 10 points, shooting 5 for 5. It was his best game ever!
They are on their way to CIF now. During the pauses at the game, the announcer says funny things mixed with truth about the senior players. Jason's was that it was his fourth year playing water polo. His goal was to go 3 games in a row without being majored*, during his spare time he counsels for anger management, and in a movie about his life, he would like Oscar the Grouch to play him.

*Majored means ejected from the game for 3 flagrant fouls. In water polo, what happens under the water stays under the water, what happens above the water can be a flagrant foul. Since Jason has a knack for collecting flagrant fouls, it was funny. The players were cracking up at the comments, like they are in the underwater basketweaving club, and Justin Beiber would play our biggest player in the movie about his life. It's been a fun year. I guess since they are going to CIF, we're not done yet. Way to go, MV!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Part II

This year Halloween was pretty mellow. The boys started out in our good friends neighborhood & went out with all the smaller kids for a while. Then the older boys broke off & went to look for treats with their friends. I think they had a good time but weren't out too long.... just enough time to get some loot.
Here is a picture of all the kids here.






I thought I would post some pictures of Halloweens past. This one is from 2008: Nate looks like a jungle guy, maybe Tarza on a bad hair day? Zak was some crazy clown zombie with Fred Flinstone's Water Buffalo hat. Simon was his favorite - a bum (didn't take much effort, maybe just added the fake cigarette). Ha ha ha









These two photos are from last year (2009). Nate was Asian & Zak as Peter Pan & Merissa was a pirate.

Good times... long gone are the days when I get to pick out their costumes for them. Sometimes I wish I still could.

Hope everyone had a happy, safe Halloween!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween

For Halloween Troy dressed up as a patient. (I could've worn my scrubs and then we would've been a cute pair.) He has been sick since Friday. He called me Friday night from the ward Halloween party to come home. It's so cute when your kids who never need you all of a sudden want you when they're not well. Not sure what he wanted me to do, but he needed his mommy. Ah, how sweet. I went to the store and got him lots of gatorade and sprite. The treats didn't help, and Sunday we went to Urgent Care. They took him over to the ER, and that's where we spent most of our day.

He was not happy I took pictures of him. I tried lots more with the IV in, but they were too blurry from me dodging his arm. Good thing he never looks at the blog. He'll never know!!

He had TONS of blood work done, two urinalysises (????), a CT scan, and a blood sugar test. And guess what....NOTHING IS WRONG WITH HIM! It's a stinkin' miracle. Maybe when he starts eating and gains some of his weight back, I may believe it. Until then, he's very quiet and just lays around alot...not that I'm enjoying it or anything.

Hopefully he'll be back to his old self again. He needs to get a lot done in the next 5 months!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Time Out For Women

Last weekend some friends and I went to Las Vegas for Time Out for Women. We had such a fun time Friday night after the first event. We went to Caesar's Palace and walked around the shops, then down to a yummy ice cream place called Serendipity 3. We had no idea how huge the ice cream was going to be. Sandra and I ordered one to share, and Katie ordered one. We could have all shared one and still not finished it. That was dinner. I had a huge sugar rush after that!! Saturday night we went to Benihana's for dinner with one of Sandra's friends. We met people there that made it an interesting night. Have you ever played the 6 degrees game? Well, we all had connections on so many levels it was crazy. Sandra and her friend Krissy knew the same people as the chef and the lady in the picture below. Her husband was raised Mormon, his aunt works at the MTC, she grew up in SV and went to MV, and her husbands' parents live a mile away from Katie's parents in a po-dunk town in Arkansas. The guy sitting next to them had met Sandra at her previous job. How random can you get???? It made for interesting conversation, to say the least.My favorite speakers were Ardath Kapp, Mariama Kallon, John Bytheway and Kris Belcher. Their stories were amazing and it made me so appreciative of the life I've lead and made my problems all seem so insignificant. Mariama's story, especially. My favorite quote that she said about wondering why she never married or had children was that "we all can't have everything". I guess you can have a different perspective when you have seen your family tortured and just be glad you escaped and live a wonderful life in this country. So many of us take that for granted daily.
I will always treasure the time I had on my "time out" and am thankful that Katie invited me to tag along.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

23 years....

Wow, 23 years ago today I married my best friend. I can hardly believe it that it's been that long. I think I love Jamey more today than the day I married him... hard to believe but it is true.
23 things I love about him (in no particular order)....

1. He treats me like his queen.
2. He is the most generous person I know.
3. He never thinks of himself first.
4. He is the best father.
5. He loves his kids unconditionally.
6. He is a hard worker.
7. He is fun to be around.
8. He bears an awesome testimony.
9. He makes me feel safe.
10. He takes good care of me & our boys
11. He will watch TV with me & let me watch whatever I want & never complain.
12. He likes to take me shopping.
13. He enjoys making me happy.
14. He takes our boys with him on work tours (all summer long).
15. He encourages our boys to do good, in all things.
16. He gives me time with my girlfriends.
17. He loves to spend time with me.
18. He works on becoming a better person everyday.
19. He is stuck with me for eternity!
20. He puts up with my selfishness (I am working on this- see #21).
21. He encourages me to be a better person, wife, mom...
22. He compliments me daily.
23. He makes me feel beautiful.

I could go on & on but I promised only 23 this year :) I'm thankful that we didn't listen to "some people" who thought we wouldn't last 6 months.... Happy Anniversary my love! XOXOXO

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Haunted House

The person in charge of activities in the single's ward has fond memories of David's haunted houses from the past. She asked if David would put on another one for their ward party. Yesterday we spent the day preparing for the event. Here is some of the outcome. The first room was Eric laying on the table with Thavee chopping off his leg and Don shooting them with the nail gun (no nails, of course, only air). Then they crawled through a maze. Jessica hid around a corner with a rat that rolls and flashes its red eyes. She would scream as the victims came by and set the rat off. Then in the next room Robert and Mark would scare them out the door to Jason who chased them with the chainsaw (again, no chain).

video

I really like this guy!! Mark sat in the empty chair holding still to look like he was fake too, until they walked by.

Hopefully the singles enjoyed the fright.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Called to Serve

Troy received his call letter yesterday to serve his mission. He is going to the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission, Tongan speaking. He will report at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on March 30. He will serve for 2 years. At the MTC, he will learn lessons and practice speaking to people, as well as start learning the Tongan language. Here is a link to the website where there is more information about the MTC... http://www.mtc.byu.edu/. Several people have asked "Where is Tonga?" Here's a map. Hopefully you can zoom in. It doesn't appear to look very large here. It is near Samoa & Fiji, between Tahiti and New Zealand near the international date line.We are so excited for Troy to have this opportunity to learn more about the gospel, share it with others, and grow his own testimony. I can't imagine a more exciting place to him to go. Of course, I automatically think of the movie, "The Other Side of Heaven", which is based on a true story of one of the first missionaries sent to Tonga. It was quite the experience. I am a little afraid for Troy, but I know that was many years ago and I'm sure they have updated things a little bit more there, and hopefully rats won't eat at his feet!!

This is the LDS Temple in Tonga. I was a little surprised to find there was even a temple there. That's so exciting! Mormonism is the 2nd largest religion in Tonga, with chapels in almost every village. Troy was so excited and asked an elder in our ward who is from Samoa if there is lumpia there. The elder said that lumpia is "this big" and held up his little finger, and that they will feed him "the whole pig", and said that Troy will be fed 2 meals every day by the members. It looks like we will need to get elastic church pants for that boy!

It seems like March is so far away, especially since we got his paperwork in almost as early as we could thinking he would go right near his birthday in January. We will need to get him a passport and visa, I think, and finish preparing our first child to pack his bags and head to a foreign land where the people are humble and embrace the church. I really do believe that Troy is meant to go there, that our Heavenly Father has lessons to teach him, and in turn, lessons for him to teach others to help him become the man, husband and father that he is meant to be. I am so thankful for the friends and mentors that he has had in his life to help him get to this point. It takes a village to raise a child, and now our child will be going to a village to help others. So thanks to everybody that has helped us get him this far. We are truly blessed to have so many loved ones in our lives.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Good-bye and a Do Over

Yesterday I was released as Young Women President. I truly believe that YW is the BEST calling ever! It keeps you busy, but then there's these faces to see every week... (some are missing) I will really miss the girls. I was asked, "now who will act like my 2nd mom and get after me"? I'm only a phone call or a text away!! Always willing to do my share of nagging - ask my kids:)
I have been trying to remember all of my callings of the past and how long I was in them. I always thought I should write it down, but I didn't. I must have spent about 10 years in YW, 8 in Primary, and 4 in RS.
My new calling is Enrichment Leader. I've been Assistant Enrichment Leader, Enrich Leader, and RS Counselor over Enrichment. I guess I haven't gotten it quite right yet, so I get another shot at it. It's not something I am comfortable with, and haven't learned to love that position yet. Maybe that's the problem. They say you get released when you get good at it or you love it. Hopefully both of those things will happen. I am definitely relieved that I will have more time on my hands, and can't wait until I have a Wednesday night home alone...but I will miss my girls. They are in really good hands, so that helps!! I am just reassured by the treasured relationships I have with some of my previous young women and I know it's not really good-bye.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Crazy Fall Dinner

Wed night we had a combined youth activity. They got several choices of items to choose from. All of the items had different names listed, so they had no idea what they were ordering. Some were served water in a bowl, apple juice in a sippy cup, etc. Jason didn't order a plate, so here he is being served waldorf salad and olives directly on the tablecloth. Others ordered salad dressing and olives, but no salad. Thanks to everyone that helped! It was a really fun activity.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Water Polo Has Begun

It's that time of year again...water polo season. Jason's #2 red, right in the center. They get really physical. I get tired watching them.
Jason's in the center here, getting the ball from his opponent. (above) Do you see his opponent? That's that thing under Jason's face. Zoom in and you can see there's somebody there.

Eric is playing this year, too. He's the red cap on top of the little boy drowning. Anything to get the ball, but that's the better end to be on!! He plays novice and JV.

Here's Eric again. He's doing pretty well playing, but doesn't enjoy it as much as swim. He also is totally wiped out at the end of the day...not always such a bad thing. Last night he came home at 7:30 (after leaving before 6am) and still hadn't had dinner or done his homework. Hopefully he will be able to keep up this schedule and hang tough.
There are 33 scrimmages, games and tournaments until season end on Nov 5. The fun thing is we have kids in novice, jv and varsity now, so we get to go to ALL the games! And nobody volunteered to do the snack bar, so guess who's doing it?!! Although from the looks of our game last night, I will have tons of parental support.
Tonight started a varsity tournament. They played Torrey Pines. They got creamed! Those Torrey kids sure can swim hard, and drown others really well, too. Jason got evicted the 2nd quarter. Of course they were bad calls:) Now we're off to our 2nd game. Hopefully they'll do better this next game.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another School Year

Today Jason has his first day of school as a senior. He looks super excited, doesn't he? If you can't see the clock in the background, it's 5:50 am. Eric is a little more happy to be a freshman. I tried to take his picture outside by the pool like I normally do, but it was so dark it turned out pure black even with the flash.
I asked them how school was when they got home. Their response: "gay".
Although they did laugh a lot about how Stacey is trying to set up Eric with someone already, and how the teachers saw their last name and had comments. Troy sure gave a name for himself - and his brothers:) Eric's biggest complaint was coming home and having to be back at water polo practice in 35 minutes. The enthusiasm has worn off already!
Good luck this year, boys. I hope it's a fun one!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

90210 Day!

This morning this is the text that I got from my
hubby, I couldn't figure out what he was telling me - especially since we never really got into the TV show 90210 (too old I guess ha ha ha). I texted him back to see if he had lost his mind & this was his text back "it's the date". Ha ha ha
I got a good chuckle & felt kind of dumb.

I don't have much to post but I was sitting here missing my missionary son & thought I would post the most recent picture of him here. He is such an awesome missionary & he makes me more & more proud every day. I wish I could fly to Michigan to give him a big hug but I know it would only make me miss him more. Until the time he has completed his service (only 15 more months!) I will just look forward to that special day... just you bet I will be the first (maybe second to his dad) to give him a huge hug!

I love you Elder Prescott!!







Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ski Beach

Yesterday we rented waverunners and went to Ski Beach. It was so fun!! The weather started out a little yucky, but turned out really nice. While I was sitting there I thought of a friend who likes to jet ski and didn't know about anywhere to go in San Diego. It's not even crowded in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, and here's the proof.
There were a lot of jet skis parked, but nobody was using them. What a shame!!

The boys all had a good time. They took turns driving and had a blast! Meet our adopted son, Mark:)


I went out by myself for a few minutes. It was kinda scary. I think I prefer being in a boat or else on dry ground on my quad, but it was still a lot of fun.

Jason, Mark & Troy
Here's Eric driving his dad. It was such a fun day. We had never ridden jet skis before (is that even a proper sentence????). It was a fun new experience. And yes, David still wants a boat. I think I only heard "Can we go buy a boat now?" only 5 times yesterday:)