Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chuck E Cheese

So last weekend we babysat my aunt's kids for a couple nights and seriously had such a blast. We decided to take them to Chuck E Cheese's. I haven't been there in probably 10 years (well actually it was 7 years to be exact because that's where I had to go for my Senior Prom-uh!) Anyway I forgot how fun it is for little kids. It's such an exciting atmosphere with the music, games, pizza, parties, and prizes. I actually think Brandon had as much fun as the kiddos did. He'll be such a good dad:)
Oh my gosh, Markelle was so excited about her new rings. It was so cute. The girls got jewelry, the boys got blow up hammers. It's all the cooler when you get the prizes with your hard earned tickets of course.
On the way home we stopped by 7 different red boxes because we all wanted to see Toy Story so bad but none of them had it so we resorted to this little echo dome. I think we were in Sandy or Draper someplace? Anyway, when you stand in the middle it echo's. But the funniest part was that the kids were way more excited about catching all the moths fluttering by. We were there for like an hour catching moths...or butterflies as Markelle called them.
The boys actually thought it was funner to smash them with the new hammers. I love how boys are just boys and girls are girls. I think it's so fun.
I love that Brandon and I are both out of school right now to be able to actually live life. It's so awesome to not have to always say "oh sorry I have to study." We're excited for the holidays too because this year neither of us have to work Christmas Eve or Christmas day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

I love my gampa and my gampa loves me

Last week my dear, sweet grampa passed away. I've always hated the cancer word but it's a whole new story when it hits you personally. My grampa has been fighting this cancer for months now. He battled it well and has left a great legacy behind. We're blessed to know that he is free of any pain or suffering. We knew it was getting close when he was put on hospice so we were lucky enough to be able to spend some of his last moments with him. This particular day was extra special because he was awake, alert and interacting so much. I'll always remember it. We got to hear a few of his favorite jokes/phrases again and exchange endearing words. It was a tender mercy for our family.
Since my grandpa is a veteran he got to be burried at the veteran's memorial in Bluffdale. I was so proud of him. He got the gun salute and everything. It was such an honor.

After the graveside memorial my grandma requested that each of the grandkids pick a flower from his bouquet to remember him by. The whole thing was just so beautiful. The funeral was perfectly done. I can't even really remember being at any funerals before but I really think they are so beautiful, and peaceful. For the most part it was a happy day. Reminiscing and sharing memories of him and the great life he led.

Here's some of the grandkids with my grandma. I feel so lucky to have been the oldest grandchild having known my grandpa for 25 years. I got to learn from his example and enjoy his personality and gain a relationship with him. I'll always love my gampa!
I'm grateful for the knowledge that the gospel brings us about the plan of salvation. And I'm grateful for a family that loves and supports eachother especially throught hard times. I hope I can have a family just the same one day.


For Halloween we decided to go to Frightmares since we had a couple free passes. It actually turned out really fun...and scary too. But it was FREEZING. We got soaked from the rain but we hardly noticed, just kept treckin on cuz it was such a blast. I must say however that Lagoon isn't quite what it used to be. I remember as a kid being able to spend ALL day there loving it and the rides seemed so huge and awesome. And it was always the number one goal to meet a cute boy. Now it almost seems a little ghetto and there's probly only 5 rides that I actually enjoyed riding. One of them was surprisingly the bumber cars...Don't you love how Brandon always makes this same face in all the pics?? What a cute face it is.
We discovered these awesomely carved pumpkins were fake so that made us feel better about ours from last week.

We got chased around by these scary fellas with chain saws. And now I'm the one making the creepy face. Just trying to match the scary monsters I guess.

Here's our costumes for the night....we've decided that Halloween is like 100 times funner with little kids you can dress up with and enjoy it with. Maybe next year we'll have a costume party so we can dress up for real.

Here we are in one of the Haunted houses, it was obviously not that scary, just a bunch of "fog" that left us in coughing fits, if I get lung cancer one day it's cuz of this fog I'm sure.

Skeleton Brandon....he always gets so ticked (as you can see here) that I wanna take so many pics. But now I have a good excuse that "it's for the blog." I wonder how long it will last?

It was sure a fun little day. Sometimes it's nice just to get to be together since we're both always working so much with the crazy shifts and all. Just a little side note that we actually got a free cruise today too! It was one of those "listen to our 90 min presentation and we'll give you a free trip" type of things. So we went. But good thing Brandon came cuz I just about gave in and bought the package. I had to make Brandon be the one to say no. He's tougher than me. I just always start feelin so bad for the poor guy trying to make some commision and then I feel guilty for all his time we're taking and I start justifying why I can buy it. But once I get out of there and back to reality I'm sooo glad we didn't get suckered in. We can either go to the Mexican Riviera or the Caribean. Any recommendations?