Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
...maybe my Mom will let me sneak in a post or two while I'm visiting my family:)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Success! We both felt very full of very good cheesecake that night. I was on the verge of sick actually. Lets just say I have a hard time putting my fork down when I'm full:) Laura tried the Macadamia Nut and I had the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. Divine!
More Adventures of Laura & Holly posts coming soon! :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Yesterday I was totally surprised! I was at home and Joey called me telling me he would be getting off work early that day because his boss was going to come over to borrow some tools to work on a project. Joey also said he would be coming inside to look at our tile(I figured he was installing tile in his house). So, I swept the floors and was straightening up the house. Joey arrived home and I was still busy cleaning. Then the phone rang and I saw on the caller id that is was my best friend Laura, who lives in Utah. I told Joey not to answer it and that I would just call her back after his boss left since I was still trying to clean up a few last minute things. Well, Joey picked it up anyways, and man oh man, that made me really irritated with him!(Not that I didn't want to talk to my pal, but you know what I mean). I was mouthing to him, "I just told you not to answer it!" So, he hands the phone to me and I am seriously ticked at him. Then I start talking to her and there is a knock on the door, which I assumed was his boss. Then Joey has the nerve to ask me to answer the door and I refuse and tell him to answer it because I'm holding Cali and talking to Laura on the phone. I said something like, "Its your boss, you answer it!" I was being a major terd! :) Then I tell Laura I need to call her back in a few, come out of the kitchen to see that Joey has answered the door and I see this girl in my house(this girl was Laura!). For the first couple of seconds, I didn't know it was her! She had her sunglasses on and her hair was really short and I wasn't expecting Laura so the thought didn't even occur to me that it was her. I just thought, why did Joey let this chick in our house and who is she? Then she took her sunglasses off and I my eyes just about popped out of my head:) I was so happy! (and felt pretty dumb at the same time) I still can't believe she is here visiting! Its just awesome. This was a great surprise-they totally got me! Laura's birthday is this weekend and this is what she asked her husband for for a gift-a trip to Texas to visit me. Its a great gift for me too, so thanks Peter! And thanks Joey for picking her up from the airport and keeping the secret so well. Joey even had cleaned a few things in our house this weekend and I thought, wow, thanks Joey! Now I know he was doing it for me for other reasons-he knew I wouldn't want the house to be messy when Laura came to our house for the first time! Anyways, here is the video Joey captured of me being a jerk and my surprise when I saw Laura. Its pretty funny. And a little embarassing:)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
They were just so cute last night and all of today. Aubrey woke me up this morning and said she had been reading the Book of Mormon that morning. She said, "Mom, I've already read 5 pages!" I was pretty wowed that my daughter read five pages before I was even out of bed(kids have so much to teach us, don't they?) And then Ella had her scriptures in her bag and by the stairs to make sure she didn't forget to take them to church this morning. During sacrament, you could just see them turning the pages and looking through their scriptures the whole time! I just loved seeing how excited they were to have their own scriptures. We have talked to them about taking good care of them and treating them with reverence and they have taken that very seriously. They love their scriptures so much and are treating them as their most prized possession! Isn't that how we should value them? These girls have taught me a lot this weekend. They have reminded me of how special the scriptures are and how blessed we are to have them. They should be one of our most valuable possessions.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The school had the entries displayed during school Wednesday afternoon and all the kids that entered got to come to a popcorn party. The parents/families were invited too. It was lots of fun and we were able to see all of the other kids awesome artwork along with our Aubrey's(whose was the best in our opinion:).
Last night the awards were announced at the PTA meeting. We already had been informed Aubrey was a winner(but we didn't know what place she received until they announced it). We decided to keep it a secret and not tell her. She was really surprised and happy when they called her name. We were all smiling and taking pictures:) She is most excited that her picture will now go to the regional level and compete with other schools in the area. GO Aubrey GO!
She is following in the footsteps of her Daddy. Now we have 2 award winning photographers in the family!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This girl always makes me laugh :) Joey took this picture a couple of weeks ago and it captures her personality perfectly. She is a spunky one thats for sure! She says the most "hirelious" things and makes the cutest facial expressions. She has a style all her own and loves to dress herself-I love to see the clothes and accesories she picks out:) She is also quite the dancer and has taught me a few moves:) She is doing great in preschool with learning her letter sounds and even reading some words. She is very friendly and gets along great with other kids. She loves to make her own lunch and help me with the laundry and dishes. She has also taken on the role of big sis so well and is so so sweet to our little Cali. I will be sad when she isn't with me everyday next year:( So, I'm treasuring every minute right now! She is just a great little gal with a special little spirit. We don't know what we'd do without our Ella! Love you Ella bean!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I like that. Cuz a shoe is just way more cool.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Ella has been our faithful scripture-getter:) When we would sit down, she would always be the one to go and get the scriptures and make sure we read them. I remember a couple of times hearing her say, "Don't forget to read scriptures!" She was a good little reminder many evenings! It quickly became part of our routine and I hope it will always remain that way since we have started it when they are still so young. And Cali, well, she has only been with us for half the journey, but she was definitely great for some comic relief:) (burps, sneezes, toots, yawns, beeping noses, sitting on people, playing with noisy toys, etc:)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Look Mom, I'm even petting a goat!
Aubrey concentrating very hard on the cake walk
Ella doing her usual stomach slide. Facing forward still worries her:)
Ella showing off her sparkly dolphin face painting.
It was a fun evening! Hopefully next year Joey and Cali will be there with us. I hate that the holidays are not only a time for fun memories and togetherness, they are also a time of sickness, viruses and the flu. Bummer. They are both on the mend though, so thats good. We missed you guys!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
This past weekend we were so happy to have Joey's parents visit! They came to spend Halloween with us and also to attend a good friend of ours wedding. It was lots of fun hanging out with them, trick or treating together and playing games. Oh, and of course eating Joe's famous breakfast and some Chamorro bbq ribs:) Joey posted a fun post with pics on his blog from when we had game night. I'll post some others. . .