Washington DC

We had the opportunity to go with 30 pretty amazing high school students to DC the week after Thanksgiving. This is a trip that Scott has organized for the past 4 years for high school students throughout Northern Utah. We were supposed to be the chaperons, but we end up having just as much fun as the kids. This presented some challenges navigating the metro with 35 bodies, going through security check points ad nauseum and counting to 35 over and over. It was almost as much fun as herding cats...but not quite.

One of the perks of helping organize this trip through the Close Up Foundation and Congressman Bishop is the opportunity to go places that most people just aren't able to go in the Capitol. We spent about 2 1/2 hours just roaming around the Capitol building including going on the house floor and discussing the history of the House, the Capitol building and what it is like for Rob to be a Member of Congress. The best part about this tour was that it was at night. Which means that nobody else was at the Capitol. We had the place to ourselves and could go just about anywhere (as long as we stayed with Rob) and ask questions and listen to stories. Rob has quite a few 'tall tales' and 'embellished truths', but there are a few factual ones as well.

The other place that we were able to go was the new Lincoln Cottage. It is located at the Soldiers Retirement Home on a hill about 3 miles north of the Capitol. In the 1860's when Lincoln was President, the White House was unbearably muggy and infested with mosquitoes since they chose a swamp for the heart of DC. In the summers, Lincoln and his family would stay in the Cottage where he ended up spending about 25% of his presidency. It was there that he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and watched as Union Soldiers were burried all around him on the Retirement Home grounds throughout the Civil War. This was a unique place because they didn't talk as much about the location or just the history of the Lincoln Presidency, they discussed the difficult decisions that he had to make and their effect on the future of the nation.
Despite the cold weather in the first week of December, we had a great time visiting all of the historical and political sights in the Washington DC area. We were able to attend some pretty neat and historical events. We were there for the lighting of the Congressional Christmas Tree in front of the Capitol which was a first. They need to pick a better state than Montana to provide the tree, but it was pretty cool regardless.

We were also there on the opening day of the brand new (and way over budget) Capitol Visitors Center. This is the new entrance into the Capitol Building for visitors and has some pretty cool computer animations and historical models describing how the Capitol complex has grown over our history. One of the unique things about the new CVC is that it is entirely underground and doesn't change the view of the Capitol from the street.

One of the highlights of our trip this time didn't have anything to do with the sights in DC or high school kids (Karen was ready for the break). Our wonderful across the fence neighbors from home, Dave and Jenny Hickman, had been working for a couple of years to get into a Nurse Anesthetist program. Dave was finally accepted to a school in Pennsylvania and they were off. It just so happened that they flew into DC on their way to Philly and we were able to go out to eat with them to reminisce and say our good byes. I'm sure glad that we have free long distance because Karen and Jenny have been burning the midnight oil talking on the phone. We will miss having the Hickmans close (they were really the best neighbors you could ask for), but are excited for them and the opportunities that they'll have in Philly.
Even though we have been numerous times, the stories and the history of DC are still amazing and make us so grateful to live in America. We have become pretty good tour guides (even if we do say so ourselves) through this Close Up trip that Scott leads every year and the other opportunities that he has had to go back to the DC area, so if you are looking for someone to go with, we're game...most likely.

No more turkeys

Alright kids so the turkeys are finally gone. Aren't you so excited, I am!! Thanks to our good friend Dave he changed the background for us. I will be back soon to post some pics of our trip to Washington DC


Big fans of Thanksgiving?

We love Thanksgiving and all, but this is starting to get a little bit ridiculous. Its been 3 weeks since the turkey was finished and the leftovers were thrown away. We have tried and tried (and failed miserably) to change the layout of our blog from these wonderful turkeys to something a little bit more festive for the Christmas season. Even after reading the directions (and following them rather intently) we have been unable to successfully modify our background. You could almost say that we are at our wits end.

If anyone is html literate or can provide any assitance for novice bloggers we would greatly appreciate the help.

Otherwise, we will continue to celebrate Thanksgiving and have constant reminders of our Snow College days in Ephraim with all of the turkeys.


I've been tagged once again.

Post these rules on your blog. List 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 facts about yourself. Tag people at the end of your post by leaving their names.

1. Scott, Kadee and Bella (most of the time)
2. Going out to eat
3. Traveling
1. I'm scared of the dark. I know you would think I would be over that by now but I'm not
2. Spiders (it doesn't matter how big or small)
3. Driving next to semi trucks and I really have no idea why.
1. Catch up on the scrapbooks. (That will take forever)
2. Finish my schooling
3. Making dinner everyday for a week. You know like a good home cooked meal.
Current obsessions/collections
1. blogging
2. having clean carpet
3. shopping and finding a great deal (whether its needed or not)
1. I would pick a greasy cheeseburger and fries over a fancy steak dinner anyday
2. I am almost six months pregnant with my first boy, yea!!
3. December is my favorite time of year even though I hate the cold. It's almost here!
Alright so that was exciting now I tag Ambers, Jordan, Mckell, Kath, Sarah, Mary, Taelor, Ashley, Lisa, Jessica, Ang and whoever else is reading this


A Pirate and a Chick

Halloween was 'so great and very fun' according to Kadee. We had a great time with our cousins and Aunts and Uncles trick or treating in our ward. It was just enough to keep the girls happy. A few years ago we started a tradition with Aunt Jeri and Uncle Rob to go to their house after trick or treating for pizza. We love those kinds of traditions. I also have to add that this year was much more plesant than past years. The weather was nice and we didn't need jackets. OK, it was nice becasue Dad didn't have to carry a kid the whole time this year either.


Kadee got tagged

I am-Kadee
I know-I am Kadee
I want-to be a mom
I have-a family
I dislike-throwing things in the big garbage outside(usually diapers)
I miss-my cousins
I feel-loved
I hear-Heavenly Father
I smell-food
I crave-chips and pizza
I cry-when I get hurt
I search-for my blanket
I wonder-what will happen tomorrow
I regret-hurting my sister
I love-my sister
I care-about my room
I worry-about my friends
I remember-my Grandpa Woody
I believe-that Heavenly Father is true
I dance-ballet
I don't-do bad things
I argue-about doing chores
I write-in my journal(with mommys help)
I win-games
I lose-games sometimes
I wish-I was a princess
I listen-for Heavenly Father
I can usually be found watching-my mom and dad
I am scared-of the dark
I need-my family
I forget-about when a friend might call to play
I am happy-about my mom having a baby
Okay now I tag Maddie!


I've been tagged

I am- a pretty happy person
I know-I am loved
I want-to be a good mom (that is hard work, its going to take me forever)
I have- a wonderful family and great friends
I dislike-people who have a complaint about everything (not the person just all the complaining)
I miss- my brother Aaron and his fam in Texas
I feel- like going shopping
I hear- the movie Cars playing. Its Bella's new favorite. I don't mind because it is so funny!
I smell-um nothing. I wish I could smell something great cooking but not so much
I crave- food anything really I'm hungry
I cry-when I think of memories with my dad
I search- for shoes all the time. We don't know how to put our shoes away
I wonder-what new story Kadee is going to tell me when she gets home from school
I regret-regretting (copied yours Cherst I like that)
I love- Scott and my girls so so much!
I care-about people. I just want everyone to be happy. I know it sounds cheesy but true
I worry-about my mom and dad
I remember-a familiar face but I can not remember names
I believe-that my family will be together forever
I dance-well I try not to
I don't -like to be told what to do
I argue-when I have very strong feelings about something and my "tude" comes out
I write- a grocery list otherwise I forget and just buy food that looks good and spend way too much
I win- my arugements sometimes
I lose- when Scotts right (doesn't happen very often ha ha)
I wish- my good friend Jenny and her family weren't moving so far away
I listen-to Bella crying, laughing, screaming whatever the mood
I can usually be found watching-a good movie with Scott from the redbox
I am scared-of the dark
I need-to eat quite often
I forget-pretty much everything unless I write it down
I am happy-when I am with my cute girls and Scott
Alright now I tag Jess, Ambers, Stephanie, Jordan, Mckell, Sarah and Scott


Kadee's new friend

Last week Kadee decided to invite her new friend Karlee over with Maddie. They had a great time together. Notice their makeup!! Kadee told me that she is Karlee's best friend because she pushes the drinking fountain button for her when she needs a drink. ( If you'll notice in the picture Karlee broke her arm). What a great friend!!


Saying Goodbye to Spencer

Spencer is now at the Brazilian MTC. He left for Brazil last Tuesday. We were able to go see him off at the airport. SO weird little Spence is now on a mission. He will be a great missionary! He was so ready to go. It was a very bittersweet moment for all of us. Kadee said she tried so hard to not cry but she did because she was sad to see him leave. She has seen quite a few uncles leave on missions and we have to remind her that they always come home. She loves to know how old she will be when they return.


Grandpa comes to visit

Grandpa E. has been visiting us alot this month. He is working on a house up here in Brigham and we love that we have been able to see him so much. The girls get so excited and they love to go over to his house. They think its pretty cool.

Finally an update

Bella enjoying the Parade

I have finally decided to update our blog. Here are some pics of Peach Days a couple of weeks ago. We had so much fun spending time with our family. Kadee and her cousin Taelor were in the kids parade on Friday for Bunderson Elementary. Taelor was so nice to stick with Kadee the whole way so she could ride her scooter. I watched the parade with my good friend Jenny who is going to be moving way to soon and my sister in law Chersten who I am lucky enough to have live right across the street/field from me.


First day of Kindergarten

Kadee started Kindergarten this week. She loves it and would go all day if she could. She loves walking to school with her best friend Maddie. They aren't in the same class but they seem to be doing just fine. Mom and Dad are feeling pretty old.


What's a blog without something to read?

You can't have a blog with just pictures, a real blog requires something to read as well. So...here it goes. Don't I have the cutest girls? All 3 of them are gorgeous.