Thursday, January 29, 2009

Making Peace Before I Get There

I know, I know, it's been forever.
Well, we're going to visit the Passeys tomorrow and since Krista's the one that forced me to have this blog [:)], I figured I'd better try to update it before we get there. That way I won't have to experience her wrath and we can just get to the having fun part.

The next few posts are updates on what went on around here since my last post back in Nov.
"Hello!" to new friends that have found me. Sorry I've been such a slacker, I'll try to do better. :)

(November- check, December- check, Christmas- working on it, January- thinking about it)

December in a Flurry

We kicked off December with our annual trip to see the National Rodeo Finals in Vegas with our friends. Every year I get stressed as we smush it into an already too busy December and swear that it's our last year. Then we get there and have so much fun that I can't wait until next year.
Here we are on the strip, sticking our heads out the sunroof stopped at a red light.
With our friends, Douger and Terina Eaves, inside the arena.
Outside the arena, before the event, they had a mechanical bull in the parking lot. Of course Douger and I were the only ones brave enought to ride. ;)

In September, Michelle started a musical singing group that she just loves. We got home from Vegas just in time to see her first recital.Here she is with her teacher Miss Jenee.
We went with some friends to a charity dinner at the Christmas Idea House. They decorate an enormus house with a bazzilion decorations that are all for sale.
Conveniently, Rick left his wallet in the car.
I got to go with Michelle's class on their field trip to a flight center.
Here we are in a helicopter simulator. It was really cool. All of the controls actually did the functions they do in a real helicopter.
Here's Michelle in the airplane simulator.
After two years and two months Rick finally got his braces off!!
The crazy thing is, no one noticed! He went to work the next day and finally had to tell everyone (at 3:00) that he got them off. Our friend Katherine Cook (the one in the red at the charity dinner) is the only person who ever noticed and asked him about it. Yes, yes, I know they were clear but still...
Man, he's hot!! :)

Our Birthday Girl

Michelle turned 11 on the 17th. :(
At her party, she wanted doughnuts instead of a cake. You can read more about her party on her blog. :)
In the morning she opened presents (which I obviously didn't get any good pictures of), and that night, she and I went to a cooking class at Shar's and learned how to make lots of yummy Christmas cookies.
My friend Lisa put this bow in her hair and she wore it all night. :)
Christmas with the Hansens
Every year we go to Utah for Christmas, so Rick's family always has a party before we leave.
Here are all the cousins, waiting to open presents (except for Rick's older brother's 6 kids. Their family didn't come).
After presents we had a talent show this year.
Brandon and Michelle did their infamous "Cecilia" routine
Brandon played a couple of songs for us on Jenny's new piano.
We decided to take a picture with all of the girls wearing the headbands Rick's mom had given us for Christmas. The problem was, there wasn't one for Rick's mom.
So we made one for her.
John's wife Tasha, Randy's wife Danae
Rick's sister Jenny, his mom Chris and me.
This is us being "sexy"
When we shouted out "Charlie's Angels," Rick's mom didn't know what we meant.
She figured it out but then shot herself in the head with her "gun."
Hahahahahaha! We were all laughing hysterically :)
By the end of the night, all the kids were pooped.
We all missed Rick's youngest brother Jake who is on a mission. Hopefully next Christmas we'll be in Chile picking him up and seeing the beautiful places he talks about in his letters.

November in Pictures

Have you ever had one of those experiences when you show up wearing the same thing as someone else? Well in early November, Rick came out to breakfast first. Then Brandon came out. They looked at each other and laughed. Then came Michelle. They all laughed. They came to get me (I was still in my PJ's of course) to show me how funny it all was...

Because I wasn't dressed yet, Michelle asked if she could pick out my shirt. Here's what she got for me.

It was the closest thing I had. :)

So then a couple of weeks later, we went out with a bunch of friends. We met Blaine and Lisa Aurich at Tia Rosa's and Rick and Blaine laughed because they were both wearing black striped shirts (Rick's was black on black, Blaine's was black with skinny white stripes). Then came Kristian, Robin and David who were all wearing either black on black or black with white. Last to show up was Sean. Of course we were all gawking out the window to see what he was wearing...

White with black. I guess he didn't get the memo.

My mom came to stay with us while she went to her High School reunion for Arcadia High in Scottsdale.

My baby turned 18 months old. :( He's almost as big as his momma now.

Penny went into heat the same week it got really cold outside. I didn't want to leave her out so I found some diapers, cut a hole in the back for her tail and strapped it on with duct tape. She was SO funny when she first started walking around, she didn't know what to think. :)

Yes it's true, our party is now down to 12.
Back in October Michelle's little mouse Peanut's back legs stopped working. She stayed quite healthy for several weeks but Nov 24th, Michelle went into her room after school and came out crying. We had a little service for her and buried her beneath Michelle's window. At first, little Pepper seemed to be doing fine without her friend. But after two weeks, her legs too stopped working. Unlike Peanut who still exercised her front legs in the wheel and pulled herself around for food and water, Pepper just gave up. A few days later, she was gone.

Michelle with Pepper

We buried her next to Peanut.
We're just waiting for the little red fern to begin to grow.

The weather is beautiful and I've been able to do a lot of riding. This is a picture of our shadow as we loped through the desert.

I joined a drill team mid-Nov and have had a lot of fun. It's good for my mare to have to do something structured and not just have fun all the time. :)
(I'm in the foreground in red)

Michelle and I did the Turkey Trot at her school.

Thanksgiving Day, Michelle got up early to make a sign and taped it to the front door. We took it with us to Grandma's house.
We spent the morning playing games and cooking. Michelley helped me make 6 pies and cheesecakes, Orange Rolls and candied yams. Yum.Rick's family.
The day after Thanksgiving, My sister came to visit me. We went to see the animals and went to one of my favorite Mexican places for dinner.
Yay! One month down, two more to go!!