OK, This might be long, but there is just so much to share!! Thursday night as we were packing and getting ready for our Big Weekend I took these fun pictures. Just looking at them makes me laugh. Oh, I love my family. Life is always full of laughter and fun memories. I might add that we don't have very many dull moments in our home. Life is wonderful. I feel so blessed in my life, even though life is crazy and busy it is oh soooo good!!! OK so we tried to get all packed up Thursday and Friday, get Sophie's Birthday stuff all ready, get the house clean(which didn't really happen but that's OK.)
Friday: Anyway we picked Brayden up after school on Friday...Vegas here we come. It felt good to go to Vegas, this has been the longest time in our marriage between trips to Vegas. The last time we went there was in August when Ammon and Kirsten were here. I guess between being pregnant and incredibly busy we just haven't been able to go. It's been nice that my family has come up to visit us here regularly though!! I could tell it had been a while since we've made that drive, especially when the kiddos, especially Adelyn, would ask if we were there yet, or how much longer...this happened about ever 8 minutes...it was cute, but got old after the 1st 50 times she asked. Ammon and Kirsten, I don't know how you guys do it!!!!
Oh it felt sooo good to finally get there. The kids were soo excited. When we got there, we ate, and then we all went to the famous "Dumpster". For those of you that haven't experienced this incredible "Vegas Wonder" the dumpster is actually located in a parking lot by the Las Vegas airport. You park and sit on the hill and the planes that are landing fly directly over your head right before they hit the runway. It's incredible!!! If your ever in Vegas you've got to check it out!! We hadn't been in quite a while, the kids didn't even remember it... We had a blast!! The kids wanted to stay there for along time. When we finally went home the kids started playing "The Dumpster". Adelyn and Sophie were sitting down on the air mattress while Brayden had a toy airplane and kept flying over them. It was the cutest thing ever.
Saturday: Saturday was Sophie's 3rd Birthday. She was thrilled to be able to be at Grandma and Grandpa's house for her Birthday. The kids played all morning and watched me make her b-day cake, Dad and LeGrand played some mean games of tennis. When they got home, LeGrand took off his shoes and one of them was filled with blood. I guess his shoe was rubbing his heel funny and he just kept playing and playing he didn't want to stop....that's my husband for you!!! After spending hours on her cake it was finally done and she LOVED it!! I was so glad because after spending that much time doing it, it wondered if she even cared, it was tempting to just frost it and put sprinkles and call it good. She couldn't get enough of it. She actually sat on the counter for 45 minutes just staring at it. She even became quite possesive over it. Once it was getting close to the edge of the counter and so I moved it cause I didn't want it to fall off and she said to me in a very sweet and serious tone, "Mommy, don't touch it!!". I'm glad she loved it!!! She had so much fun opening her presents...if you can't tell she LOVES Cinderella!! She is definatly our little Princess, well one of our little princesses. Sophie I can't believe you are already 3!!! You are such a blessing to our family.
After we opened presents we all went to the park for a picnic!! It was gorgeous weather. We were all in shorts, and sandals. It felt so good to run around bare foot through the warm sand. Oh it was incredible!! Spring just lifts my spirits!!! Great Grandma and Grandpa Ras, Uncle Lind & Aunt Meridee, Megan & Dan, Joel & Beth and Cam all got there on Saturday afternoon. We had fun at the park with everyone!!! It seems like it's been forever since we've played at the park.
Liz did a concert for all of us and it was incredible!!! Oh she is so talented and I'm grateful that she shares her talents with us!! I wish I got some pictures of it!! Liz sang her Birthday song to Sophie and Sophie loved it!! Afterwards she ran up and gave Liz a huge hug. It was sooooo cute!!
After our concert Sophie blew out her candles and all the kids dove into the cake. It was fun.
Paul, Whitney and Cam then watched the kids so that the adults could go to the Gold and Green Ball. Adelyn was soooo excited for Mom and Dad to actually go to a BALL!!! It was sweet. It was fun to get all dressed up and go out. We had so much fun! I wish we got a big group picture, and more pictures for that matter. I didn't bring my camera which I'm pretty bumbed about now!!! But thanks to Megan here are some pictures of when we were at the Ball!!! Thanks a ton Megs!! I love you!!! Anyway, LeGrand & I, Liz & Chris, Megan & Dan, Joel & Beth, Mom & Dad and Meridee & Lind went to the ball. We had fun with Bro & Sis Noorda(Chris's Parents) there too! It was fun, you should have seen Megs, Dan, Joel and Beth going crazy!! They were the life of the party(like always;)) It was so fun dancing with LeGrand. He's incredible, I'm sooo in love with him!!!
Sunday :Sunday was Liz's Mission farewell. Stewart flew in from Reno and it was sooo fun to see him!!
Seth, Brandi and Nicci were there too. It was so fun to be together with so many of our family members. We missed you Ammon and Kirsten and Emily and your cute kids!!! We all went to Liz's student ward. Dad spoke, it's always incredible to hear my dad speak or teach!! Then Liz sang..that's always incredible too!! After that she spoke. She has such a sweet and strong testimony. She has grown into a woman who will do many great things in her life!! Liz is going to make an amazing missionary!! She is such a good person and I'm grateful that our kids have such a good example to look up to!!! After her Sacrament meeting we all went back home and had feast then we all had to hit the road . We had an incredible weekend!! Thanks Mom and Dad for putting up with ALL of us!! Fun times!!!