Monday, December 22, 2008

Las Vega$$$$!

Okay, the title is misleading. We won absolutely no money in Vegas! :-( But we still had a great time! Here are some photos of the trip.

At Ceasar's palace in the shopping area

At the Cirque du Soliel Love show. We loved it! It was truly amazing. We reccommend it strongly to anyone! Probably the most kid-friendly show in Vegas!

From the Bellagio looking at the Paris Hotel and Casino.

At the Bellagio atrium.

Ty loved the fake plastic snow in the Atrium!

Sunday Brunch at the Bellagio. Stuffed ourselves yet again!

"Volcanic" activity at the Mirage.
At the Luxor where we stayed.

Bethany, Amanda and Sarah. We all agree that the Bellagio had the best Christmas decorations of any of the hotels!Again at the Bellagio. . .
The fountains are magnificent any time of the year!

Ryan gambling away. . .

The bridge being constructed over the Hoover Dam. We can't wait until it is completed! We were held up for 2 hours on our return to Arizona because of the slow-moving traffic.
All in all a good trip but I can't believe Christmas is this week!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Little Joys

November was a wonderful month to spend with family and friends. Here are a few photos to share just a little of our fun:

First we have little Lily. She spent the day with Grandma and Aunt Bethany. We love her because she is a girly-girl through and through! We've never seen a little girl so interested in her pretty clothes (it's a struggle to get her to wear pants!) She insisted on a fashion show with the dress-up clothes.
Her full-pantaloon outfit.

Her white slip ballgown. What an angel!

And her patriotic pose.

Next comes our little nephew Jonathan. . . .

Jonathan and Ryan doing some bonding at Amy's wedding. Jonathan is taking a very thorough study of his Uncle Ryan.

Jonathan decided he liked the taste of his Uncle Ryan too!

We were horrible about getting some Thanksgiving phtotos, so we were determined to take some of us decorating our little place for Christmas!

We love our little tree!
And now for the progress on little Ruby and her growth! Check out those paws! She is going to be quite the dog as she gets older.

Ryan and I celebrated our 9 months of marriage on Dec. 1st! It's gone by so quickly!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Butterflies, Halloween and Fun!

Why does it always seem to get so much busier around the middle of October? Well, at least we have things to blog about now! I had a good time going to the Butterfly Exhibit with Ty, Jonathan, Amanda, and Mom at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Ty was somewhat interested by the fluttering insects, but I am pretty sure he would have been fascinated if they were scarier and sucked your blood. Jonathan was as cute as ever. And it was blasted hot outside! It's October for Pete's sake!

I had to laugh at Amanda's giant stroller! Big enough for two!
I absolutely love Jonathan's face here! What a crack-up! He totally reminds me of his Grandpa Brown with that expression. For such a smiley guy, you'd think I would be able to get just one smile for the camera. He wasn't up to it that day though, and with such heat, I don't blame him a bit!

My husband was a good sport and agreed to dress up for Halloween. We'll probably recycle these costumes for years. Or at least for the Renaissance Festival! It was hard to find matching outfits that wasn't a slutty pirate for me or something completely ridiculous for Ryan. But we had fun being Lancelot and Guinevere. We got to wear them twice this year: once, to our ward trunk-or-treat party (We had to dress up--We're the activities committee leaders!) and then on Halloween night. We went trick-or-treating with Ty (a scary fireman--but no bloody ax!) and Jonathan (the most adorable spider ever!). A few people asked if we wanted candy too. I was tempted, but didn't take them up on it. Then we went to watch scary movies with friends. A good Halloween!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Marilyn's Birthday

We invited a few friends over to celebrate Marilyn's birthday.

Of course the Grandkids stole the show.

The grandkids sure do love their Aunt Bethany.

Merrilyn is hanging on to Bethany.

Of course the seasoned veteran's are talking shop.

Angela gives Hayden a finger (not THE finger)

I must say that all of the siblings made some great food. I am surrounded by great cooks.

Ty and Lily are playing in the sandbox.

Hayden and Heartlee took a moment off from texting to pose for a photo.

Friends sit and talk about how things used to be...........

Dessie and Kathe enjoying the fall decorations.

Of course, Bob and Fei Fei had a great time.

What we love about Arizona is the beautiful sunsets. It made the evening just perfect.

Happy Birthday Marilyn!

There was another addition to Marilyn's family, here is little Ruby. Of course Marilyn calls it Ruby Star....but rest assured it will answer to Ruby. The puppy came from Angela's dog Sadie's litter. Ruby's father is Morgan and Shawna's dog Cola, so this dog really is family. What a cute little pup!