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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Fun!

Easter Sunday was really fun for our family. We had dinner at Tiff and Gary's house because Marisa had just turned 4 and so we celebrated her birthday as well as Easter. Grandma and Grandpa Moss, John's dad and stepmom came down and we had a nice ham dinner. The girls were so cute in their matching Easter dresses!



The girls in their cute Easter dresses....

Our choir did the Easter music on Sunday morning at church and it was beautiful. I loved sitting by my home girls Linda Burton and Pat Brown. We love sitting together and talking and giggling through choir rehearsals. Poor Lorraine Jensen having to put up with us for like the last 12 years now? She is an absolute SAINT! And an awesome choir director. She does it every time with excellent song choices and her conducting talent. Debbie Huggins and Camille Brady traded off doing the hard piano pieces. They sounded great too. I loved the ending song called "When I survey the Wondrous Cross". It is very powerful especially the ending high notes. Sopranos get lots of solos too, which we all love. hehe.
Cute Marisa Belle....Age 4


I love this picture wall Tiff has on her landing... SO CUTE!

Cute Easter decorations on her entryway table....


Marisa, Jeff with baby Josie, and Grandpa John...



I had to take some pictures of some of the things we had for dinner. I thought it was funny that my son  Devin, who is only 24 years old, likes to cook and bake. Every one of our last dinners he baked something really good. Maybe we have another iron chef in the making?  Here are his little rice crispy treats bird nests. Aren't they just the cutest?



Devin's rice crispy bird nests with Starburst and Jolly Rancher jelly beans....Guy Food...




My chocolate dipped strawberries.....double yum!


Tiff's table decor....We had an Easter Egg Hunt with all the eggs...


Caitlin's home-made rolls....yup...yum again!

My cheesy potatoes....mmmm

Tiff's ham...super yummo!

I made Easter baskets for my 3 granddaughters with a few toys and a matching outfit for all 3. Tiffany made hair bows to match them. Isn't she a great daughter?




Tiff made hair bows to match my coral outfits for the grand babies....



I actually found all 3 of the correct sizes! Yipee score 1!

Easter baskets and toys too....


 And she hosted the yummy ham dinner. I only had to bring cheesy potatoes. And I brought some HUGE strawberries I got from Costco that I dipped in chocolate chips. They are really sweet and yummy.
Everybody was watching the baseball games!


Cute ceramic bunny baskets for the my daughter and daughters in law....

Then I got these cute little ceramic bunny candy dishes for all the girls and filled them with candy. The boys can share. hehe.


3 generations here...love this picture!



Caitlin and Tiff....

Wendy, Josie and Jeff...


Marisa's birthday was a few days ago so Tiff made birthday cakes and we had a party for her too. She got lots of cute gifts. But we think her favorite was just the glow stick and pinwheel used for wrapping up the presents. It is so funny that kids will play with wrapping more than the toys. But she DID like the toys.
Tiff made such cute cakes for the birthday girl!

I think Marisa liked her cakes.....A LOT!!!

Megan liked them too!


I got Marisa and Megan matching Dora the Explorer umbrellas. And guess what? It started to rain like 5 minutes later. So they went outside and tried them out. Too cute! I got Josie a little board book that has a chick peeping when you push the button. It was cute too.
Josie liked her board book....cheep cheep!
Josie and my son Jeffrey
All the kids with their Easter "loot" Devin's right in there too....hehe...

Grandma Merlene and Grandpa Don Moss...it was fun having them come too!

Our family Easter 2011


Here's the family all together. Good thing Gary has a tripod. We set it up, counted down and waited. It was fun to watch it bleep bleep flash!  I hope everybody had as much fun as we did watching the baseball game on Gary's 65 inch big screen in the basement.  I told John we need one of those too. Do you think he'll get me one for Mother's Day?  Keep your fingers crossed on that/!  but don't hold your breath. hehe.  Happy Spring!

Marisa & her umbrella...and it started to rain right on cue!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring Break Woo Hoo!

This past week was my Spring Break from school. We are so lucky as teachers, to have this week off to veg out, get rejuvenated and play with our families and get some good reading in.
Josie and Grandma at Easter time....


Marisa turned 4 on the 20th so we went up to Discovery Children's Museum at Gateway Mall. It was fun to follow the girls all around taking pics of them playing in the construction zone, the supermarket and the water and magnet centers. They even climbed up into the helicopter. So cute! We saw a lot of my students present and former there too. It's a great day for a day off!


In the construction zone... they loved shoving fake bricks down the slide...




Megan engrossed in the playhouse furniture...

Marisa and Tiff in building blocks...



What's more fun than splashing in the water wheels?


Marisa loved the post office....



Megan loved the little cars...


And the magnetic gear wall...




I'm making a yummy concoction guys....wanna sip of it? mmm nope.

Look what I can do!
 I got to read a lot too. I am working my way through the Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" and also Cristine Northrop's book on The Wisdom of Menopause. Don't laugh. It could happen to YOU too! It's a great book recommended to me by my friend and college roommate. Yeah. now we are both old. It sucks.

Johnny and I on Easter....
So John and I heard it was FREE week for all the National Parks. And I had told him months ago we should go back and see Old Faithful the geyser at Yellowstone. It's probably been 30 years since I've seen it...(I went there with an old boyfriend hehe). So we decided to go up to our cabin at Bear Lake and stay the night and then get up (after making John's famous waffles) and drive to Jackson Hole.
We had to stop and snap this gorgeous scene on the way to Yellowstone last week....


We saw water fowl...and beautiful scenery...

It is a fun touristy place with lots of beautiful (and very expensive) shops and museums. I guess a lot of celebrities have places near Yellowstone. John kept telling me Harrison Ford has a place nearby. (I'd like to go see Harrison....yeah...love him....didn't he marry Ally McBeal?)  Anyway, we had lunch there at the Great Harvest Bread Company. We live high off the hog you know.  Then we took some fun pictures around town. They have lots of artsy sculptural designs in bronze. I'd love a bronze in my front yard...yeah...in another life. Those things are thousands of dollars!



Jackson Hole had neat bronze statues...
Don't ya love it...Bruce just does his own thing...when we're trying to take pictures!
Antler arches....some nice tourists took our picture for us!


I felt very confident in going to Yellowstone because I had made maps and gone on the Internet to be sure the gates were open and stuff like that.  I handed all that stuff over to my navigator husband....who left them on his desk at home. Um hum.....I shoulda left them in my purse.

Yummy lunch at Great Harvest....




Mark Twain is behind me....
 I distinctly recall seeing that the gates open on April 15th when I checked Yellowstone's website. So why didn't they tell us ONLY the west entrance was open. We drove to the South entrance of course. And all these cars were turning around in front of us. What the heck?

We saw a couple of Moose!


Johnny was so much fun to be with....he makes me laugh....

I shot a rainbow as it started sprinkling...you can barely see it tho....


Pretty lake in Teton forest just outside of Yellowstone Park....

Well, we decided to go take some pretty pictures around the Teton forest and around this lake, I can't remember what it is called. We saw 2 moose, some water fowl, and a few rainbows as it started to lightly rain. We listened to that new country/crossover brother-sister band called The Band Perry. I decided that I LOVE all their music! We are going to go get tickets this Friday when tickets go on sale for Tim McGraw because they are his lead in band. And they are coming to the new West Jordan concert place. We had a great time hanging out together with Brucie our doggie.


Bruce is bored...but he doesn't want to miss a thing we are talking about....he leaned on my headrest most of the ride!

It was a really fun day hanging out with my 2 men. I LOVE time off. It makes life worth LIVIN!  Mmmhmmm.... Happy Spring!

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