Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wait...is that Dancing with the Stars???

Nope - it is Clayton and Jada, practicing in the Hunsakers kitchen. The kids were hanging out this afternoon...they've had withdrawls since they haven't seen each other in 2 weeks...and were listening to music I guess when Clayton suggested they dance. Michelle caught this, took a photo and emailed it to me....how cute is this???

He's Baaaaack

Our sweet Clayton is back from his travels to CA. Thanks to Grandma & Grandpa, Clayton caught a ride and hung out with his cousins, and gandparents and Maw Maw & PaPa. All our kids were chomping at the bit, waiting patiently for the little one to return...then we quizzed the heck out of him, asking him what he did and how much fun he had. He enjoyed playing with his cousins - all of them - but especially the "crew" aka Kaydence, Connor & Emma...it is sad that these 4 don't live close to each other..well the other 3 are, but Clayton misses them when he is here. According to him, they had the best time. He also got to see his newest cousin Chloe who is really cute and looks just like Connor. He enjoyed hanging with his older cousin Ethan and I am sure made him nuts :) Clayton visited Maw Maw & PaPa and got to go to the park and feed the ducks with them...always a treat. Maw Maw spoiled him as usual and made him a special lunch. He got to hang out with the Farrers and loved that he got to go in the car with Danica. He said she took him to 7-11 and got him slurpees. I asked him why his hair didn't get cut...he told me he told big T that he didn't want his hair cut so she listened to him, not me. Apparently Tristen loves him that much!!!! He loved hanging with her and Scotty - he said she took him to get donuts and chocolate milk, and that Scotty isn't cute anymore because Tristen cut his hair to look like a soccer ball?!? I need a pic of that. He said Debby made him cookies and did whatever he wanted !!!! Are we surprised???? NOPE. He loved going to the Father Son outing with Robbie - they didn't have to sleep in a tent - they got to sleep in the van on the bed and made smores that were really good - that was his favorite part. He also managed to get a present out of Lexie's boyfriend - an iron man wrist shooter thing...and then pulled out 2 baseball trophies from his suitcase and proudly showed them to us. He had a great time and was glad to be home...we were glad to have him home :) He already asked me today when he was going back to Cali.........

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

This morning I was woken up with breakfast in bed :) Then coupons valid for clean rooms / clean house / anything I wanted :) When I finally rolled out of bed, I noticed that my bedroom doors had been heart-attacked by the kids. Stevan then made fresh bread with his own two hands ( he is talented) because I asked for Grilled Cheese for dinner...we are havng gourmet grilled cheese on fresh homemade bread :) What a lucky gal I am - I am thankful for my kids and my wonderful husband who have made this an amazing day - I haven't lifted a finger - the kids are getting me drinks, and food, my feet are up and I have my favorite blanket on me :) I hope you all have an amazing Mothers Day also.

Tristen cheers

Tristen has a fellow student in her class who is in a wheelchair due to a car accident in which he was hit by a red light runner and caused paralysis from the chest down. Shaun and his family are raising money in hopes of getting to Costa Rica where doctors who are doing Stem Cell Research believe that he is the perfect candidate to receive stem cells and have full mobility back in his legs. Just this past week, the K-2nd graders at the small campus at Walker Butte had a "cheer" fundraiser. Participants could each pay a small registration fee, and then they had 3 after school practices led by some of the teachers, and got to cheer at the Coyote Girls Basketball game during halftime with the 7th & 8th grade Cheerleaders. Tristen was super excited and we went to the game just this past Wednesday afternoon. The lady Coyotes did an amazing job and were up at the half :) Our little cheerleaders then got up at halftime and performed their cheers. There were so many little cheerleaders - they had quite the turnout which was great, because all the funds went to help Shaun. Tristen was in her element :) Sadly only this one picture turned out - the others were all dark :( You can see she enjoyed herself and Ms. Madrid commented on our "future cheerleader" - she said that Tristen displayed leadership and even led practices during recess :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Gila Valley Temple

The Gila Valley Temple Open House is happening right now. We decided it would be a wonderful experience taking the kids - it isn't often that there are open houses and we have been lucky to take the kids to the Newport Beach Temple and now the Gila Valley Temple. We are super excited for the Gilbert & Phoenix Temples to be built can't wait for those open houses. How wonderful is it that our kids will have experienced living in 2 different Temple districts and be able to participate in the Celebrations that go with getting a new Temple. Due to mass work, I ended up going without Stevan :( and Clayton will have to go with Grandma & Grandpa when they get back in town (he REALLY wants to go insdie a Temple - I think he's still committed to finding Jesus' bedroom and hoping he can have a chat with him). We left early - Google Map said it would take 3 hours, so with our reservation being 12:45, we left at 8:30am, to allow for a stop or two and lunch before getting to the Temple. On our way, there was a report that there had been an accident between Superior and Globe, and that the 60 had been closed down, but that it should re-open by 10am...so as we get closer - and its almost 10am, I notice traffic slowing down...great...I take a back-road through Superior and get past where the cars are lined up, but they still wouldn't let us on the 60...so listening to the radio we hear that they extended the closure until 11am. We decided take an alternate route rather than sit there for an hour - roughly an 80 mile out of the way detour to get around the closure and back to Globe so we can then get to Pima...We got to drive south through Kearney to Winkleman ( no need to go see those places people - boring) and then back north to the main highway at Globe...then back on track. Luckily we took this route instead of waiting it out, cause no sooner had we gotten back on track, we heard on the news that the closure was extended again until noon :( So we made it to the Temple just a little before our appointment time :) From the outside the Temple actually looks smaller than Newport Beach...It is beautiful inside as it should be and the kids really enjoyed the tour. They loved seeing the baptismal font, to which they noted that in the Newport Beach Temple they still had their scripture stones under the oxen...they hope they will be able to do this also for the Gilbert Temple. The girls LOVED the brides room with its beautiful chandalier and mirrors. The mural in the ordinance room was amazing...a beautiful desert scene, quite a change from the beach scene in Newport, and the last ordinance room was beautiful with slight blue accents in the filigree on the ceilings and in the lighting. The Celestial Room was also amazing as it should be, the girls were especially inpressed, as was I, of the huge chandalier in the middle - it was so bright and amazing to look at. The tour ended in 1 of the 2 sealing rooms which were also beautiful - the kids really enjoyed being at the altar looking at the mirrors. Mason talked with Ashlen about the sealing room we were sealed in and asked her if she remembered sitting on the altar as we were being sealed...what a memory - I don't even remember that!!!! He also thinks that the mirrors were full length in that room...anyone anyone....are there any full length mirrors in the largest sealing room off the Celestial Room in the LA Temple??? I guess Stevan and I need to go back and look...its been forever since we've been there...sorry for the digression...so the kids loved it - we then went to the building next door and enjoyed the cookies and displays, grabbed our cameras and headed back to take some photos outside the Temple. We ended up leaving after spending about an hour at the Temple and started on our trip back home. We stopped at this awesome little place for lunch on our way out of town...Taylors Freeze - we highly recommend it - good burgers and onion rings - and got back with no detour in 2 1/2 hours...the ride between Globe ad Superior is only 17 miles!!!! aaarrrggghhhh...well we made it and that was the point - detour or no detour. What a great day :)

Messing around

So we got new phones...which is a good thing I guess....my poor old phone has to be plugged in constantly in order for it to be charged and then it would get really hot and so it burned my ear when I used it...and then when we unplugged it it had a charge for maybe an hour if I was lucky :( ...so needless to say I needed one - I'd been putting it off waiting for the "upgrade" time..but when it came I only qualifid for $75.00!!! really??? what can you get for that these days...a whole lot of nothing!!! So I played the game and came out with 2 new phones, changed the plan, canceled an old line and got a new line :) I got a Blackberry and Mason got a samsung something or rather to which he was playing around with today on our trip to the temple and found out it had cool photo features and took this pic of Tristen!!! There are a ton of fun things it can do!!! So - bottom line - we got cool new phones :)

Missing Clayton

I was missing Clayton this morning and someone must have known....thanks for sending me this Big T!!!!! I sure hope you guys are enjoying him!!!!!!