Shaun and I have been having a lot of fun this Christmas season! At the beginning of the month went to Hale Center and saw a Christmas Choir. Then last week we went to The Forgotten Carols at Cottonwood High School with Shaun's parents. It was everyone's first time going, except mine. It was fun to be able to share something new with them. It was really good! I love how it changes slightly every time I see it, but it is still the same story!
Another fun thing that Shaun and I have done, is we went to see the light downtown at Temple Square with some of our friends.There was 9 of us, Megan, Kyle, Jackson, Stacie, Andy, Betsy, Aaron, Shaun, and me. It was a lot of fun to go with them! Thanks again Megan for the invite! Here are some picture from the outing.
The Girls & Jackson! (Stacie, Betsy, Megan , Jackson & Me)
The year is almost over and so is our time being Sunbeam teachers (at least that is what we have been told... We will see...). Each week is a new adventure and some Sundays it's an adventure I'd rather not be on. Logan has very few good days, but those days we love! This last Sunday I wasn't feeling 100% and luckily it was a semi good day for Logan. Unlike 2 weeks before hand when we had to go get his dad because he won't listen and while Shaun was going to get his dad he picked up his chair like he was going to through it at me... Scary.
It amazes me the different levels our kids in the class are. We have Anna, who can draw picture that you can tell what they are, she can write her own name and she can say prayers all by herself. Then there is Logan who can't do any of that. The other kids are somewhere in between.
I really do like being a primary teacher. The kids are just a challenge, but one that is getting us ready for kids, right?
This year for Thanksgiving, Shaun and I traveled to Port Orchard, Washington to spend time with his brother and sister in law, Tom and Chelsea. It was a lot of fun to be able to get out of town for a few days and to get to spend some time with them. It is about a fifteen hour drive to get up there and Shaun and I decided to just do it in one day. This won't be happening again.. It is definitely a two day drive for me. Driving was all we did on Wednesday.
Thursday was turkey day! We spent the morning getting ready to for dinner. It was fun to be able to bring a little bit of everyone traditions to one meal. There was a total of 10 of us for dinner. Tom, Chelsea, Kim (Dad), Michelle (Mom), Tamara (Aunt), Wally (Uncle), Christine (cousin), Daniel (cousin) and then Shaun and I (Everyone is in the picture to the left, except Tom, who took the picture-Thanks for the picture!). Shaun's parents had traveled up to Port Orchard the weekend before and had spent sometime with Tom and Chelsea earlier in the week. The rest of the gang already lives up in the Seattle area. Anyhow... It was a really nice dinner. We had tons of food and it was just fun to get to spend some time with Shaun's family, especially the members that live so far away.
Friday Shaun and I decide to venture to the other side of the of Puget Sound (aka Downtown Seattle). We took a ferry from Bremerton to Seattle and spent a few hours wondering around. It was a lot of fun. We went to Pioneer Square, Pike's Market and we walked along the pier. We had SUPER yummy calm chowder in a sour dough bread bowl for lunch from Pike's Place Chowder at Pike's Market! It was seriously so good. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
I have a thing with hoodies. Pretty much everywhere I go I have to get a new hoodie. It is just what I do and this trip I was going to get one since I didn't have a chance the last time we were in Seattle for his cousin's wedding. The one I ended up getting has a skull on the front of it and says "To error is human. To Arrrrrr is pirate." and then of course it said Seattle on it under the saying I thought it was way cute.
That night when we got back to the other side Shaun and I met Tom and Chelsea and we went to The Boat Shed for dinner. They have some REALLY yummy food and a great view of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (which is where Tom works). Then we headed home to play some Rock Band and watch some movies. It was a fun day.
Saturday we spent the day with Tom and Chelsea. We went to Poulsbo, which is a REALLY cute little town that has a bunch of little shop to explore and they also Central Market, which is a VERY large grocery store with all types of cool food. After we were down there, we headed to Silverdale to do some shopping at the mall and then head home for some more Rockband.
Sunday was our long trip home. The best part of the trip home was when we stopped in Pendleton, Oregon on the Indian Reservation and got to pump our own gas! Oh and getting to see all of the pretty scenery in Washington and Oregon was nice too =)
Here are a few more picture from our trip.
The Jake Monster
Playing some Rockband
Seattle's Art Museum (I'd love to go back and see the finished product)
Shaun and I on the Pier
Shaun and I on the ferry ride back to Bremerton. It was COLD!!!
This year Shaun and I decided to have a pumpkin carving Halloween party. It was a lot of fun! We ate super in bread bowls, roasted marshmellows and carved pumpkins. Here are some pictures from the party.
Tua carving his pumpkin
Christie & I carving our pumpkins
Amber & Daniel carving their pumpkins
One of Christie's finished pumpkins
Daniel & his finished pumpkin. He is very proud of it!
Tua's first every carved pumpkin! Awesome job!!
Amber's finished pumpkin. Amber & I actually did the same design....
I decided that I wanted some updated pictures of Shaun and I. I had my friend Amy do them and I think they turned out great. (You can visit her photo blog here). Here are a few of them that I really like.
Shaun and I went on to the circus with my parents! It was pretty fun. It's amazing that they come up with some many different acts. They had dogs, tiger, elephants, horse, and zebras that all did different acts. There was also tight rope walkers, human cannon balls, walking and the ceiling and a few more. It was fun to feel like a kid again. After the circus we walked around The Gateway and enjoyed the nice weather!
Us at the circus
Shaun received a email from his brother, Byron, tonight. Inside the email was this picture and caption:
James said: This is not a kid, this is a Shaun . He lives in Utah.
For those of you who don't know, James is one of our nephew that lives in Indiana. I thought it was cute so I decided I needed to share with you!
Well it's been over a month again since I have updated this thing. I keep telling myself that I am going to get on here and post about things that we have done, but it doesn't happen because we just stay so busy. But at least I am here now updating you!
Since I last updated here are the major things we have done or have happened in our lives.
+ I went part time at work. It has been really nice! The paychecks scary me, but I know that we will be okay. The reason I went part time is I am back in school. There is so much to remember, but hopefully I will get it all.
+ Our ward this year, instead of having a ward camp out, had I ward carnival. For this Shaun and I made two cakes. One for the dinner we had Friday night and one for the cake walk the next day. Here's how they turned out.
This is the cake we made for the dinner. Nothing too fancy, but still cute
This is the cake I made for the Cake Walk.
+ The Saturday of Labor day weekend Shaun and I went up to Swiss Days. It was sprinkling on our way up there, but by the time we parked it has stopped. While there we ate their yummy BBQ dinner and just walked around. There was a lot of cute stuff (including fun baby stuff!!), but I didn't have the need to buy any of it. We had taken Provo Canyon up there and so on the way back down we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls. It was really pretty.
+ It was my Grandma Nina's 85th birthday this year. So on Labor Day we had a little family get together for her birthday. It was fun to get to see family, especially those we don't get to see very often. I decided that I wanted to make my Grandma her very own giant cup cake! I needed to have spent more time on it, but I still think it turned out okay.
We were trying to hide it from my Grandma so she wouldn't see it... That's why there is such a great background.
+We went to the State Fair opening night with Shaun's parents, Kim and Michelle. It was fun. We walked around and looked at all the different things the fair has to offer. It was a lot of fun. When Kim and Michelle decide it was time for them to go, Shaun and I decided to catch the last of the rodeo! We didn't see much of it, but when we did see was fun!
The sheep were trying to chew their way out of the pens
The cute baby pigs
+ I love Greek food and every year I go to the Greek Festival. This year Shaun and I went. The food was REALLY tasty! It was also a nice little getaway for the two of us.
+ We have season tickets to Hale Centre Theatre. It has been a lot of fun for us. They latest musical we have seen is Scarlett Pimpernel. It is SO funny! This was Shaun first time seeing it and I think my fourth time. So very enjoyable! I would definitely recommend you see it.
+ This last weekend I had I little time away with my Mom, my mother in law and two of my aunts. We went to Logan for Time Out for Women. It was a REALLY enjoyable experience. We stay at the Sherwood Hills Resort for the night! It was so pretty there!
This is the view outside our room!
+ Saturday after TOFW was done we headed home so that Shaun and I could go to the Brad Paisley concert. That was a lot of fun! It started to sprinkle though, so we decided it was time to head home early! What we did see was great!
+ It was our ward's Primary program on Sunday. I was amazed at how well our little Sunbeams did! Even Logan!! (Well mostly because he was hiding most of it...)
+ Last night we went spent some time with my friend Nan and her husband Gene. We had sat around a fire making smores and talking. It was great to spend time with them!
Well I think that about updates you on our lives! I hope everything is going great for all of you out there!