Saturday, March 05, 2016

Emilys Christmas Choir Concert

Emily's school choir was asked to sing at Hurricane's Town Christmas Festival. We got there in time to see Santa who Kylie had no desire to sit on his lap, look at or even speak too!

As always, Emily sang her little heart out. 

They sang songs with actions, props, whistling parts and a few little dance moves. 

She loved it!

Merry Christmas!

Braydens Oral Report

 Everyone in Brayden's first grade class had the chance to pick a US symbol. They needed to learn about their symbol and then give an oral report in front of their class.  Brayden chose the American Bald Eagle.  

We took butcher block paper and drew an adult Eagle to show how long the Eagle is when it spreads it wings wide. 

We went through 7 brown crayons!

Brayden did an awesome job on his report! 
I even remembered to bring the camera so I could record it. 
He was quite the happy little boy!


This year we spent Thanksgiving in Hurricane at my parents home. All of my siblings were able to make it and be together for at least one day. It's been hard these past few years working around  a fireman and a police officer schedule where they are both new to their profession and are the low man on the todem pole. 

The 7 girls spent the night at our house while the 4 boys stayed at Grandma's. 

The next day Grandma taught the grand kids how to play the flour game! 

Aunt Sheri had a tub full of candy. She offered her stash to the kids and so we made gingerbread houses. 

Lots and lots of sugar!


A week after Kory and I had gotten back from our summer cruise a friend called asking if we wanted to go on another one. Supposedly she had found an awesome deal she wasn't going to pass up. Both Kory and I went to their home to hear the awesome price. Both of us went saying it didn't matter how awesome it was we just couldn't afford another week long vacation. Once we heard and saw those amazing deals we both caved! 

Airfare from Vegas to Miami, Florida cost each of us $49 one way. Total cost was $196 plus a $25 luggage fee. 
Our first stop on our way from Miami to the Florida Keys was a little spot on the side of the road to feed the Tarpon. 

These fish reminded me of huge catfish. For $5 we bought an ice cream bucket full of little dead fish to feed the Tarpon.

So much fun! These fish were huge. I thought they'd swallow our hands whole!

The Pelicans were hoping we'd drop the little fish for them. 

The best group shop we got all week. 

 The Florida Keys were awesome. I would love to go back. It was my favorite part of the trip. One night we ate at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.  

We stayed in a condo for our first 3 nights. We went swimming, played sand volleyball, and just played tourists. One day we rented jet skis and took a tour around the islands. One of the couples brought a water camera and I can't wait to exchange our photos. 

Too soon drove back into Miami to board our cruise with the destination of the Bahama's. 
The cruise was a 3 day so kind of short but at the same time it cost us under $600. Pretty cheap!

For the first time ever we went snorkeling. So much fun. Loved the water, loved all the different kinds of fish and turtles and wild life I've never seen out in the "wild".  Being we spent our one and only day in the Bahamas in the water I didn't bring my camera. Our friends brought there water camera so I know we've got pictures coming.  

After our cruise we stayed a night in Miami. We went to the Everglades Park to see live alligators. 

On our little boat ride excursion we saw 5 different alligators swimming alongside us. 

In the end we stayed to watch the alligator show. These alligators are  rescued alligators and deemed "trouble". They have left their homes and have caused havoc in peoples back yards. They have been captured and returned back to the wild 3 times. 3 strikes and they are out. Instead of being killed they are put behind a fence so as not to be a pest to anyone. 

Pretty cool creatures!

Our last day we took a water tour around Miami. 

There are several subdivisions that all the streets are water! Everyone has a boat and they drive it to a special dock to get to "town". Amazing to see all the different kinds of boats and homes in the area. All docks had these massive lizard like looking animals basking in the sunshine.  

Our week long away from home was so worth it. So much fun! I'm so glad we were able to go and see the things that we saw.