Friday, April 28, 2017

A Visit From the Great White North

So my Mom & Dad were back into travel mode after taking about a year and a half off for health problems. It seems like just yesterday they were hanging out on our couch but it really had been awhile. They were on the way down to California to see Emily when she came home from her mission. Of course that happened to be the very same day as Hayden & Megan's graduation. 
Never fails!
SO they spent a couple of days with us before they went down and a couple of days on the way back too. I wanted to do something fun with them for Mother's and Father's Day so I had them choose between massages or the Wynn Buffet. I guess it really shouldn't have come as any kind of surprise they chose the Wynn. Worked for us! We were actually there for two hours. It flew by and we all really enjoyed ourselves. What's not to enjoy I guess. That was our big treat while they were here.
We had Ashley's family over for dinner one night and we stuck close to home the rest of the time pretty much. It was a good visit even though I think they were disappointed we didn't play games at all. Mendis just didn't have the time and when he does that's not his favorite any more.
Maybe next time.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


The weekend we look forward to all year long was finally here! I'm not even sure how many years we've been doing this now but it's alot.
 Jolynn's turn to drive.
 We loaded up her vehicle for sure.
 Got in some Downton Abbey while we were scrapping away!
 So with Downton Abbey we were inspired to have English Tea with herbal tea of course.
What a great way to get some work done and play with dear friends all at the same time. I already can't wait for next year!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Out with the Old

About two years ago our lovely tree died. Just croaked in about a month. There was nothing we could do to stop it either because believe me we tried. I was so discouraged as we just looked at the dead thing there for 2 years.
 Mendis rented a backhoe so he could dig it out and we could finally replace it.  He decided it would be a great thing for Dane to come help since the other boys were at school and he hadn't been able to do some other things.
 I had to go to work for most of it but I did get to snap a couple of pictures during lunch.
 Pretty sure Dane was in heaven.
So here's our replacement tree.  Looks pitiful at the moment but we're crossing our fingers it grows quickly and is with us for many year to come. 
I wish the story had a happier ending because now we see our chinese pistachio is dying. I don't know what is going on back there but I'm devastated.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


This year we stayed home for Easter and had the family over.
The anticipation of the egg hunt was brutal. Everyone was ready to burst but Grandpa made them keep it under control just to torture them a little more.

 Dane was basically set free! Finally.
 Cooper found about a million eggs.
 Shayla has the hang of this..sorta.
 Rees out there tearing it up.

I should have really gotten a picture of the end results. Seriously those kids made a haul. We had eggs, Ashley brought eggs and so did Charlie and Alisha. 
 It was egg heaven. But we were hungry so we busted up the egg hunt party and went in and had a fabulous Easter meal together. 

Side note: how pretty are my deviled eggs on my new platter?
Love holidays with my family.