Monday, September 1, 2008

Apologies and More Catch-Up

I'm sorry I've been absent for over a month. Things have been crazy around here. I know it's been too long when people are starting to discuss why I haven't blogged lately. There was even talk of me being pregnant (what?!?). Well, for the record, being pregnant wouldn't keep me from blogging. But here is what would (and did): vacation, returning from vacation and trying to catch up with life, another vacation, returning again and trying to catch up again, sick kids, well kids, and, last but not least, Relief Society. Especially Super Saturday. Joy. So hang on, friends ... here comes our life in the past month+ ...

At the end of July/beginning of August, we went on a cruise with our good friends Tim and Ashley. It was such a blast! I just want to thank them again for such a great time. Let's start planning our next one. Here are just a few photos ...

At the show ...

Casey and Ashley reenacting a Titanic moment ...

Ashley gambling ...

Casey contemplating gambling ...

Too much cherry Coke, I think ...


I also have to thank mom and Kate for staying with the kids while we were gone for a week. I hope it wasn't too bad because we're already planning our next vacation. Sadly, I did not feel the need to return to the kids one bit. But we did return eventually and celebrated Owen's and mom's birthdays. Owen seemed thrilled.


A week and a half after returning from the cruise, I took the kids and drove Kate and mom back to Wyoming. We spent a week+ up there at the parents' new house on the ranch.

Here's Evan with Alana and Frodo ...


Evan playing with Pata Jones' Army guys.

Evan got a couple mosquito bites above his left eye one night. This is what it looked like a day later.

And a little while after that.

And a while after that. Does anyone remember Sloth from The Goonies? "Hey, you guuuuyyyyys ...!" ........... Enough said.

Owen, looking like a doll.

A baby snake like the one Mama Jones (yes, Mama Jones) caught for Evan.

Fireworks with Pata Jones and Auntie Kake. On the outskirts of town in Wyoming, anything goes. We saw some pretty good ones that night. (These are not the good fireworks.)

Owen riding Spanky with Pata Jones.

Evan riding Spanky with Pata Jones.
Thanks to Mama and Pata Jones and Auntie Kake for such a great time in Wyoming!


This is random, but here is what happens when I turn my back on Owen for 2 minutes and it gets really quiet. (What is it with kids and wipes?)

But I can't get too mad because he does cute stuff like this ...

And this ...

And this ... (kicking back on the couch)


While we were in Wyoming, we missed Evan's official first 2 days of preschool. But here he is on his first day. He LOVES preschool! I do, too.


This is my new favorite playpen for Owen--the sandbox. He loves it. He used to eat it, but now he just sits in there and plays for a long time.

Well, that's it for catch-up for now. I'll try not to leave everyone hanging for so long next time. I wonder what other rumors might start up about me.



8 comments:

Lisa said...

apology accepted! I'm jealous of all your vacations! the cruise looks like so much fun and Wyomming looks beautiful!

Becky's Place said...

I missed you!!!! I love your family and keeping up to date with them. I must admit I was the one who thought you might be pregnant and too sick to blog. I'm sorry!!! Keep those blogs coming.

Margaret said...

Nice catch up! Looks like fun all the way around. We need to do lunch sometime.

Pead Family said...

Thank you guys for the great time too! We are ready to go again next week! I must say though, that was misleading showing that I was gabling and Casey was "contemplating", when in reality, he was the one really wanting to do it! Those couple pulls were fun though. You guys are so fun, thanks for your friendship. We love you and are so happy you decided to move by us!!

katealyson said...

Love all the pictures! Ok, now go look at the one with Evan and I doing sparklers...doesn't it look like dad has a cigar in his mouth? Just an observation... :) I'm glad you got to come and stay awhile. I wish you were here to make more delicious gf foods with/for me!

6 P's in a Pod said...

Did you way where you went on your cruise? I'll look a little closer. If not, where'd you go?

amanda said...

becky--No worries! I thought it was kinda funny that someone would think that I wasn't blogging for that reason. :)

ashley--You know I have to give you a hard time about the gambling. Yes, Casey did get in his fair share, didn't he. And you didn't really gamble ... because it was free! :)

kate--I'll make more gf foods for you if you'll come babysit for me! :)

Nikki--I don't think I did. We went on a little 4-nighter from L.A. to San Diego, Catalina, and Ensenada. Fun stuff!

MEJ said...

When Scott and I went on our first vacation without the kids, I didn't really miss them either. :) I'm soo glad that you guys had a great time.