Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Anyway, as I was strolling down the beach last week, I happened across this little baby.
I KNOW!!! It's like it was made for me!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
We flew into Miami the night before the cruise left. It was so great to get out of the cold and enjoy the city together:
Fifteen years ago Diamond took me on a cruise for our Honeymoon. Just as we did 15 years ago, we again left out of Miami. We had to recreate the moment.
Leaving on our honeymoon in 1994:
Leaving on our 15 anniversary cruise 2009: (Seriously, this was SO much fun to do!)
We also enjoyed watching the sunset during the formal dinner:
We stopped in Freeport, Bahamas only to find rainy, cloudy and windy conditions. We were hoping for some great snorkeling, but settled for mostly sitting by the beach:
The snorkeling was amazing! We saw all kinds of cool fish like parrot fish, neons,yellowtail snappers, angel fish - Diamond even saw a Sting Ray. (This picture is us taking the tender back to the ship)
Not a bad way to use two free plane tickets:
Friday, April 17, 2009
Red Window III comes from a long line of red Beta fish. Red Window senior was poisoned when Big Boy #1 decided to give him a "bath" by adding dish soap to his bowl. Red Window Jr. died while being watched by a neighbor.
It appears Red Window III died of natural causes - he was several years old. It's either that or starvation.
While three little boys rarely noticed him and never, ever fed him, they did enjoy listing "fish" as their pet on various school papers.
Red Window III is survived by his life companion Blue, another Beta fish. Interment will be in the powder room toilet. Please send money in lieu of flowers.
(Nana, if you are reading this: please don't buy them another one, we still have one good fish and I am kinda curious as to how many days it will take for them to even notice he's gone. To be honest, I'm not sure how long he's even been dead.)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Diamond grew up with a "jelly bean trail" - so we have tried to work that in:
Diamond's family had put together baskets, so we have baskets too:
My family always had to find hidden "nests" - with each kid having a different color to find. We tried to incorporate that as well by having the kids find plastic eggs:
Somehow they each ended up with TWO baskets!?! One basket they had to find and one basket to collect the plastic eggs.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
With Grandma's funeral, BB#1 didn't have a chance to finish his car before we left - and the Derby was going to start at 6:30pm on the day we drove home. We got into Colorado about 4:00pm, headed to Grandpa Green's house at 4:15, finished up a bit before 6:00 and got to the Derby by 6:15.
We weren't going for a win - I just wanted a boy who wouldn't be crying at the end of the night.
Early on I could tell that The Patriot was performing well, but I had no idea how it was ranking until they announced they winner.
Despite the harrowing drive, we had a great time in Utah. The big boys had a couple sleepovers with their cousins leaving the Caboose to be spoiled by his grandparents.
Ann cooked with him, took him on a walk to feed the birds, played the piano, etc.
The big boys spent just about every waking moment (and quite a few sleeping ones) with their cousins. The Smith clan has five boys between almost 8 and 11 years old. They went swimming, played video games, played baseball in the backyard, went to a bounce house, etc. It was boy heaven!
We were also able to fit in a BYU Men's Volleyball game. Diamond used to take me to their games all the time when we were dating. Back then the spectators could barely fill the first few rows. Last week there were well over 3,000 cheering them on. I guess more co-eds figured out how much fun is it to watch gorgeous, broad-shouldered, tall men jumping while wearing shorts. (Diamond, I promise that when you took me here on dates I was (pretty much) TOTALLY focused on YOU.)
The Caboose adored his older girl cousins and managed to get them in some kind of competition over who could hold his attention the longest. Two very cute teenage girls doting on him? Yeah, the Caboose was in heaven too.
Of course the reason we came out was to honor Grandma Smith. The funeral was lovely. (And yes, the casket was pink - apparently Grandma's favorite color. I wonder if caskets come in aquamarine...)
It was amazing to see all her posterity. She had 5 children (4 who lived to adulthood) 19 grandchildren, 89 great grandchildren and 8 great-grand children. It was quite a crowd. We had a great time reuniting with so many cousins - many of whom we hung out with during our days at BYU but who now have five, six, even seven kids. Makes me think I'm a wimp for settling on just three kids!
All of Diamond's siblings were able to make it. It was a great celebration of family and Grandma's life. 'Till We Meet Again...
We also took the boys swimming. It was a great way to burn off some energy!
Why do they call it SPRING Break in Colorado??? We had a big blizzard move in and were stuck at home for a full day. A day at home with nothing to do WOULD have been fun, had the alternative been school, but when we had a full day of fun planned, I was suffering from cabin fever about three hours in! But once the sun came back out the boys had a ball making a snow tunnel/fort.
I think by the end of the week we were all ready to return to our regular schedule.