Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

So we've been married for 6 whole years! In some ways it seems like it hasn't been anywhere near that long and in some ways it seems like we've been together for much longer than that (and I mean that in a good way)! In the last 6 years we have moved about a dozen times (and in 6 different states), have purchased 2 homes, had two children, and between the two of us we have worked for six different companies during the time that we have been married. We have been on three cruises, a trip to Paris together, and many other smaller trips as well! It has been a busy 6 years but overall our adventures together have been wonderful and I feel like we have accomplished quite a bit together. I have learned so much about myself in the last 6 years and am grateful that Bubba is as patient as he is with me-he is a wonderful husband and father and is truly my best friend. He is so good for me and I love him so much...I'm looking forward to many new adventures and many more years together!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Polar Express!

Last night we took the kids on the Polar Express, a 90 minute train ride up in Heber where you get cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa! It was our first time and while it was fun, I'm not sure that it will become an annual tradition-it'd probably be better if the train went faster than 10 mph (and no, that is not an exaggeration-it really does go 10 mph the whole time). Savannah was so excited to see Santa and has been talking about seeing Santa on the train for weeks now-of course as soon as he got close, she got really shy, but she didn't scream and she got really excited when he gave her a bell. Paris was also pretty shy with Santa, but just buried her face in Daddy's shoulder and peeked out every now and then. Considering that last year when we got close to Santa, both kids had screaming meltdowns, I think we're making progress!

The only picture we got of all 4 of us-not the greatest, but we're all there!

Bubba and Savannah being silly with fishy crackers

Savannah opening her mouth wide for a cracker....I told Bubba we needed a picture of it so we could pretend like she made this face when she Santa!

Mommy and Paris looking at Christmas lights out the window

Savannah seeing Santa (from a distance!)

Seeing Santa up close

Getting her bell from Santa

Paris hiding from Santa

Just a cute pic of Paris!

Platinum Cruise

Sorry I've been so lazy and behind with our blog lately but things have been crazy busy and I haven't had much time! The day after Thanksgiving Bubba and I left on an 8day Mexican cruise with the company he works for. We had a wonderful time even though it's always hard to leave the kids behind, especially for that long! They stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Boyce for the first few days and then spent the rest of the time with my parents-I felt bad because they got sick right before we left, but they all survived and the kids kept telling me about all the fun things they did with their grandparents. It is so nice to have so much family living so close to us!

Our cruise left out of San Diego, and we stopped in Acapulco, Zihautanejo/Ixtapa, and Manzanillo. We spent most of our time on land just hanging out on the beach and snorkeling which was so nice and relaxing. We did go jet skiing once and we also got to go see the famous cliff divers in Acapulco which was crazy-these guys climb up this huge cliff (over 100 feet) and then jump straight into the ocean below-it was nuts! And some of the guys that do it are really young-we asked one of them how old he was and he told us he was 14! We didn't take very many pictures (so if anyone has any of us, please email them!), but we had a great time and it was a very nice break for both of us! Thanks Platinum!

So this is not the greatest picture ever, but you can kind of see the divers getting ready to dive off the cliff. Those little house/statue thingies are of the Virgin Mary so that the divers can pray before they dive!

Me getting ready to watch the cliff divers

On the beach in Acapulco

Bubba in the hot tub (not sure what he's doing?)

The beautiful view from the balcony in our room (and Bubba with his Mexican tattoo!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Paris is 2!!!

I can't believe that my little baby girl is already 2 years old...although the tantrums and stubborness are definitely helping that fact sink in! At her 2 year check-up, she weighed in at 28 pounds and is 33 inches tall. It's a little bit sad that she's losing her chubbiness...she is now in the 65th percentile for weight, but just a year ago was in the 98th! Paris has been such a fun addition to our family and does so many cute things these days. She loves to sing songs and knows all the words to the "ABCs," "Twinkle, Twinkle," "I Am A Child of God," and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." She can count to ten, knows all of her colors, knows her whole name and speaks in full sentences! She has no fear of anything and usually has at least one good fall every few days! She loves to jump and dance and run "super fast!" She is very intense, especially when frustrated so I've been trying to find ways to discourage her from slamming her head into the wall or the floor when she is mad....silly girl! Although she scares me on a daily basis, she also makes me laugh and has been such a fun little girl to have in our home for the last couple of years...Happy Birthday Paris!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Out of the archives....

In honor of Halloween, I just had to post this picture from Halloween 2 years ago....

Halloween in Arizona!

This past weekend, we made a quick trip down to Tucson to visit my brother Landon, his wife Melissa and their new baby Austin. It was definitely warm down there which was perfect for Halloween, especially since both of my girls wanted to be Tinkerbell. It was nice to not have to bundle the kids up over their costumes! Originally Savannah said she wanted Paris to be Tinkerbell and she wanted to be something else, but when she saw Paris' costume, she wanted to be Tinkerbell too...these days everything must be exactly the same or we have major meltdowns! Anyways, both girls were so cute and had so much fun trick-or-treating. Savannah is usually pretty shy but she marched right up to doors and yelled "Trick or Treat" and even after they gave her some candy, she would hold her bucket back up until they gave her more!

It was so fun to meet my newest nephew...he is definitely not little (over 15 pounds at 7 weeks!) but he is so cute and the girls loved him, especially Savannah! We were able to be there for his blessing on Sunday which was really neat too. The drive wasn't super fun, but the girls actually did really well, thanks to Little Einsteins and the DVD player in our car!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Chili, Doughnuts, Horses and Bubble Gum!

Last Friday night, we went with my parents and sister to their ward party which was held at a big barn/indoor horse arena type place that is just a few minutes away from us. They had about 20 different kinds of chili there and then they had doughnuts for dessert which my kids obviously loved! We went on a little wagon ride in a covered wagon and then Paris got to ride a horse with Daddy (we tried to give Savannah a turn but she didn't want anything to do with it). There was a bubble blowing contest for the adults, and no, we didn't win but we did get some pretty big bubbles going and the kids thought it was funny.

Monday, October 13, 2008

We love fall!

Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons...summer is fun, but I just love it when the weather cools down and I can start wearing sweaters and jeans! It also helps that the beginning of fall means that Bubba's crazy summer traveling schedule is over, and although he is still busy, he is home a lot more and it's great to have him home every night!

We've been able to drive up Payson Canyon and Hobble Creek Canyon and enjoy all of the colors which has been fun. Last week for playgroup, we went to a pumpkin patch and the girls had a great time! It is so fun as the kids get older and they actually get excited about the holidays...Savannah is so excited to go trick-or-treating this year and I'm sure Paris will love it too once she sees what its all about!

First Haircuts!

Last week, I decided that I needed to trim Savannah and Paris' hair since I never once have! Savannah's hair was almost to her waist and just starting to get a little scraggly at the bottom-she was so good and held perfectly still while I trimmed at least 2 inches off the bottom! I didn't trust myself to trim Paris' (she kinda had a little bit of a mullet), so I took her to a salon where she sat very still on my lap and allowed the nice lady to cut about 3 inches was a little bit hard for me to watch, but it turned out so cute and looks much better!


SAVANNAH'S AFTER (I couldn't find any good ones of before)