Monday, August 25, 2008

BACK TO SCHOOL....The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Well, here we are....the first day of school! What an exciting day for all!!! Rachel's excited because she's in fourth grade and she finally gets to have the same class with her best friend! She also got the teacher she wanted. Yeah!!!Daniel's excited to be in second grade and to be eating in the cafeteria again!!!! He's also been counting the days since the last day of school in June! Sue's excited because she gets a little more free time, and to be helping her family get back on a better schedule. Brian's excited because everyone else is excited!!!

The Last Splash!

Here we are at our last swim party of the summer! Since I have forgotten my camera at every swimming event so far, I had to make sure I got some wet pictures! I love seeing my children in the water, swimming and playing with their friends. There is always so much joy on their faces when they are swimming!

It's also fun to watch them jump off the diving board. I love to try and capture the moment on the camera!

We are lucky (or should I say blessed) to have so many good friends to share our lives with. Rachel and Daniel always have someone to play with and have fun together.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Entering the Blog World

Ok, we caved!!! We have entered the blogging world! I'm not sure I know what I'm doing, but here goes!

We have just returned from our family vacation to Utah. We were there from July 11-26, and we had a great time. For the first week, we stayed with my (Sue's) parents, and the next week with Brian's parents. We were there for Sue's mother's 81st birthday party at Red Lobster. We got to have dinner at Marilyn and Dennis' home with Diane and Reed, and Richard and Denise. That lasagne was fabulous! We worked in the garden for my Dad, and went swimming. We drove to Provo to see Nick and Carissa's new beautiful baby girl, and then to lunch at Fudrucker's. YUM! Brian and I went to Migun Massage a few times which felt fabulous!!!

We then had a wonderful two day family reunion with Brian's family. We had a potluck dinner and talent show the first day. The second day we spent at the Farley cabin up Lamb's canyon. Then we all met at the Jordan River Temple for dinner and a session. This was the first time to have the entire family together at the temple. It was the highlight of our reunion!

The next day, July 20th, we celebrated Daniel's 7th birthday!!! Wow! He is so excited to finally be 7!

We were able to have a tour of the church's Humanitarian Center which was amazing! We then drove around the valley with Mom and Dad Anderson looking at the construction of the two new temples in the valley. We spent an afternoon with Ramona and Paul and their family and enjoyed pizza and games. We also slept overnight at the cabin which was so beautiful!!! We love it up there! We celebrated Pioneer Day up at the cabin with Sue's family with Mom and Dad, Carolyn, Steve and Terri and their family. That night we went to the Salt Lake Bees baseball game with Ken and Cheri and their family. We enjoyed a great dinner at the ball park, watched the entire game which we won, and then saw the fireworks at the end! What fun!!!

We loved seeing all our family and spending time together in Utah! It was very sad to leave and come home to California. But as always, there's no place like home, and it did feel good to sleep in our own beds again!!!