Sunday, November 11, 2012

Winter is Here!!!

 

Yep, our first good snow storm. The kids had thier cousins spending the night and needless to say they had a day filled with snowball fights and hot coca. Dad on the other hand had a day of shoveling. Oh well it was a storm that was much needed.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

Yes Halloween… Jon contemplated whether or not he was going to do a spook alley this year, but after family friends and neighbors encouraged him to not end the tradition, he gave in. So by October 1st, the yard began popping up with items like Fencing, Tombstones and coffins. A few days later, Grim Reapers, Skeletons, and Freaks. Then the caged Werewolf and Freddy Kruger, and as the month went on, the carport, the fencing and the back yard. Yes even with Jon’s procedure that was scheduled so conveniently by his wife in the middle of October (how rude.), he managed to get everything in place and working for Halloween night. This being Laurissa’s first year not “trick or treating” she was eager to help with the haunting. And with the help of Sarah’s brother David, Laurissa’s friends Faith and Cindy Parry a neighbors and local church members, we successfully scared a lot of kids and adults. Even Alison and Kason joined in the fun. We had over 140 kids alone not including parents, aunts or uncles. We were able to collect a good amount of food for the Utah Food Bank as well. Thanks to all those who helped us out this year, supporting, helping, and donating. It makes it worth it and always make for a fun memories.



Now time to clean it all up…



 


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Roller Boogie






Midvalley elementary had their “Family Skate Night” and boy did the kids have fun Laurissa and Alison like to skate and have fun at Classic Skate Center, but when Kason is not beating up kids at school, he can tear it up on the dance floor. Watch this video of Kason, dad admits, he would have fallen attempting such a feat.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School.

Yeah!!! Or should we say Aww??? Yes another year has begun for the kids, Laurissa’s last year before hitting the high school, Alison’s last year before she heads to middle school. But Kason gets to start his first year of kindergarten and boy is he excited. And can you imagine mom’s excitement to have a whole 3hrs to her self each day to do hair or nap… Ahhhhh.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Picnic in the Mountains



So with the seasons changing, we decided to take a family night to the mountains. Nothing like the crisp clean mountain air, being surrounded by trees, and pizza…(or subs, whatever you decide to bring)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Harvest Days and Summer BBQ's


Well August is here and that means, Midvale Harvest Days… Time for Block parties and BBQ’s. Yes our neighborhood informed us upon moving into the property that we would host the block party on our front lawn. This is not a big deal, Jon just has to make sure the lawn is clean cut and the tables are out by the time people start to arrive with the food. It is pretty much a potluck and Jon got to make homemade Root Beer this year, Yummy!!! A wide variety of food, bingo, and music made it a good afternoon with the neighbors and the local city officers.

And of course I have to have our family BBQ on that Saturday. Between catching the city parade and preparing to cook up Jon’s traditional ribs and smoked chicken and salmon. The rest of the day was a blur. But we had a great time and the food… Well need I say more…
 






Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ON VACATION....

Ahhh, time to get away and relax… Really? Do we as parents really ever get to truly relax when taking the entire family on vacation? Nevertheless, we tend to make the best memories during those trips whether or not we get to relax. This year we ventured to sunny southern California. Although it was meant to be just the 5 of us it worked out that we had a lot of family making the visit to California at the same time. We ended up in beautiful San Diego and stayed at a “Hostile”, something that I was never aware existed. If you ever get the chance I encourage you to try it some time, you have the opportunity to meet very interesting and friendly people. I think the kids enjoyed the experience. While in San Diego Jon’s brother Christian rented a house on the beach for his 40th birthday and was constantly surrounded by family and friends for the week. Between all the amazing meals that were prepared for breakfasts and dinners, we partied it up for the weekend. The rest of our San Diego visit was spent on the beach and Jon almost got his fill of the beaching experience. Another highlight was taking the kids to Knott’s Berry Farm, and believe us we worked that place like it was nobodies business. And what would a vacation be without visiting family. Between all the fun, being able to visit aunts, uncles, and grandparents make the trip that much more special. Which lead us to our final destination of our trip, Lake Havasu City  Arizona. The kids have always enjoyed visiting grandpa and grandma Seamans. 4 days filled with swimming and sunshine guaranteed to wear out any child. Sadly all vacations have to come to an end, but at least we made a special trip by the Hoover Dam for our eldest daughter who was eager to see where “it all began” (that being of course the Transformer Legacy). Although an Historical National landmark, Sarah swears that she will never visit the damn Dam again. Saddened that we were arriving home sun baked, tired, we couldn’t wait to get back to school and work… NOT!!!

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Happy Birthday America

Hope you all enjoyed your Independence Day festivities. We kept ourselves pretty busy even for a holiday. Our Ward held a 4th of July Pancake breakfast and Flag ceremony. Of course Jon was asked to do the sound for the Flag ceremony and program then the music for the breakfast. So even for a day off of work, he got an early start to be fully set up for sunrise. After the breakfast we cleaned up and rushed to the local 4th of July parade. Then back home to prepare food for a BBQ later that afternoon at Brenda’s house (One of Sarah’s good friends from cosmetology school). The remainder of our day included Swimming, good food, and watching fireworks from the rooftop.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Birthdays At The Drive Inn…


So Alison turns 11yrs today, yep fathers day. Which we think it is pretty cool because on the year she was born, it fell on fathers’ day too.
Alison decided to go with the Drive Inn movie night and slumber party this year. We started off on Friday evening with a pizza dinner, then cake, then off to the Drive Inn. She opted to indulge in another viewing of The Avengers (of course, she’s cool like that!) accompanied by all the junk food and soda they could ask for. Of course the movie she wanted to see happened to be the second show of the evening, just our luck. So we watched MIB-3 and then the Avengers which started at 11:20pm. Surprisingly enough Kason was the only one who didn't make it though the movie. Got the kids home and in bed around 2:30am after the movie.
 Waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed (not) the next morning for a pancake breakfast. We kicked the kids out and were off to another birthday party by 10:30am.

Sunday Alison wanted Eggs Benedict so mom and dad tag teamed the breakfast and are now planning a relaxing Sunday for Fathers Day,


Well at least dad is...






Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hello Summer!!!

Well now that the kids are out of school, dad has never been happier to have a job during the day so he doesn’t have to find crap for the kids to do for the next 2.5 months. Well Sarah has also been called, Super Mom by Jon but that is for personal reasons. But seriously, she has already been planning fun days to get out to the water parks, fun attractions, and good old house cleaning. Jon finally has the majority of his garden in the ground and is beating the neighbor kids with a stick whenever they try to pick at or walk through his garden. (Correction: uglier stick). We are hopeful the garden will survive, or we will simply have to move. (Jon needs his garden). A lot is going on right now and we will defiantly be keeping you up to date throughout our summer.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Avengers Assemble!!!


So Kason turned 5 this weekend and first of all, he’s a boy, second, the Avengers Rule! So why not have an Avengers birthday party that would be so cool right? Since he saw the actual movie, he talked about nothing else except being the HULK for his party. Mom and Dad were ready to fulfill his needs to become the HULK for his party when 2 days before he decided he wanted to be Hawkeye. Curse you simple minded children!!! Dad scrambled to make him a Hawkeye costume out of duct tape (hey it fixes everything), and mom took her craftiness to an all new level making a piñata on her own.
We dressed it up and painted it like a meteorite for our Avenger heroes to smash with their bare hands as it traveled down a zip line that dad engineered.

We had games like the Thor Jousting competition, the Hulk Smash balloon pop, killing the party villain monster, and pin the shield on Captain America. Don’t forget the highlight of the party, no not the cake, the ice cream, the piñata or the presents. The “GAMA DOGS”, that’s right, the hulk creating Gama radiation leaked into our kitchen and turned our hotdogs into “Gama Dogs”, a green cru station of hotdog goodness with a chard outer layer, (although if you could get past the look, they were pretty good). And what party wouldn’t be a party if the birthday boy didn’t cry because he failed to get all the candy he wanted from the piñata. Too bad, so sad… Happy birthday Kason!!!