Monday, November 7, 2011

October Fun

I'm so behind I'm adding another post this week. We had so much fun in October!! Check out the pictures and I will comment about each one as I go.....

Addy had a little get-together with some of her friends. I am so impressed with all the young men and women in this picture. They have fun spending time together and being themselves in a positive, upbeat, and completely friendly way. Check out their carved pineapples. We love you Psyche!!!!

Hurray for the Exby family!!! Dan, Cortney, Owen (O-Dog), and Evan (Easy-E) came down to TX and stayed with us for the Halloween weekend. We love this family so much and we're so grateful for the time we got to spend with them. Dan and Cortney are so fun to hang out with and we loved seeing the boys and how they are growing. Where are we going, Cort????? Plan! Plan! Plan!!

Love these Halloweeners!!!

The next 2 collages are mostly Halloween fun. Aidyn had some of his buds over to trick or treat with and Addy went to a party with Bailee as "Zombugs". The Moffits came over and joined us for some Halloween festivities. Look at those three adorable Littlies, Avery, Brooklynn, and Sydnee!!!


Fun with O-Dog.......Aidyn and his cute friends did such a good job of entertaining Owen. They played baseball with him and even offered to be the balls themselves!!

Hurray for Truplups!!! These three and their new baby sis, Bailey, get cuter every time I see them. NOM NOM NOM!

Avery, Katherine, and Sydney enjoyed a pumpkin patch outing a couple of weeks before Halloween. When the weather proved to be ridiculously hot for fall, we headed to the snow cone shack to cool off. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful families around us. All of my kids have amazing friends who have been raised by parents with good values.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lake Powell 2011

Wow!! I am sadly behind!!! Fall is my favorite time of year in Texas but it's also the busiest with sports, school, activities, and all that jazz. We had the most amazing opportunity in September and I don't want to neglect blogging about it
!!! Our friends, Sam and Jaimee Moffit, invited us on the trip of a lifetime. Every year they go on a couples trip to Lake Powell Utah with a group of their closest friends. They have a HUGE, GORGEOUS, ENORMOUS, BIG, REALLY LARGE houseboat that up to ten couples take out for about 5 days to enjoy all manner of water sport fantasticness. It's GIGANTIC!! Seriously, I didn't know houseboats were that big. John and I were priviliged to meet some of Sam and Jaimee's closest friends. Namely, Heather and Brian Hotchkiss, Samantha and Joe Cheeney, Celene and Brandon Allen, Sara and Buddy Haws, Katie and Chris Lindley, and Mandy and Ryan Shaw. These people are some of the neatest and most hospitable we have ever met. They were kind enough to let us party with them and to take part in the joy that is Lake Powell. I never knew you could do so many things behind a boat!!! I waterskiied a little growing up. I've knee boarded once or twice. I've been tubing. But to see some of the coolness these men and women could do behind a boat took my breath away!!! Wakeboarding with a giant sail???? Flying through the air on a chair!!! Surfing behind a boat!!!! Yep, it's all true. These activities and more were part of this fantastic experience. Wow. Sam and Jaimee have some amazing water sport talents. Seriously, these people could be pros. This was an experience I will treasure forever and never forget!!! Thank you to everyone who made it possible!!

Seriously. 6 guys behind a boat???? I have never seen that many different style of behind-boat-coolness happening at one time. Real men of genius!!!

This is what I'm talking about!! I mean, all of these guys could do circus like stunts that i would expect to see in some kind of water show at Sea World. Crazy!!!

Random awesomeness in this picture collage.

Lake Powell Ladies lookin' mighty fine!

We were boating one day and stumbled across this group of people cliff jumping. Highly illegal at Lake Powell above 15 feet!!! As you can see, the jumps these crazies made were well above that. As law abiding citizens, we watched from our boats in awe at their bravery/stupidity/fun-having.

These last two collages are pix from our visit to the Anasazi ruins. Lake Powell has done a really nice job preserving this Lamanite dwelling area. Walking where they walked was very cool. I highly recommend visiting this site if you ever get to go to this heaven on earth destination.