Kind of a Bummer.....

>> Sunday, October 25, 2015

Here's another throwback to two years ago....Alayna was 6 and Eli was 10.

Eli: I'm sad you and dad can't come on my field-trip today.

Me: We are too.

Alayna: You know..sometimes I don't get sad when mom & dad can't come with me to stuff cuz I think about how grateful I am that God has loving angels all around us.....But ya...It is kind of a bummer!!!!

Hahahaha!!! Gotta love kids! :P


Trunk or Treat- Chili Cook-Off!!!!

>> Saturday, October 24, 2015

We had our Ward Trunk or Treat and Annual Chili Cook-Off last night!

Alayna was a Feline Fairy, Eli was Batman, and Walker was Spiderman! LOL! I used to go all out and buy the kids the expensive costumes. But the past few years we've been using our imaginations a bit. We typically hit up the .99 Store and come up with something from whatever they've got. I think they did great! :D

 Close up of!!

So this year these two guys decided to enter the Ward's Chili Cook-Off. They didn't however really run it by their Moms...LOL! Derek came over the day before and I gave the boys 3 recipes to choose from. They picked a Spicy, Smokey, Sweet Chili. I supervised so there weren't any fingers in the chili and the measurements were accurate but, they pretty much did it themselves. :P

The judges tasted all of the entries. I believe there were 14 contestants. And wouldn't you know it....these two ended up winning 1st Place!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it when I found out! I was SO PROUD of them!!!! They were SO stoked! They couldn't believe it either!!! Hahaha! This is them posing with their prizes and the Hulk is bulking up in the background on their winning recipe!!! LOL!!! 

Last night was Campo's Homecoming game and so Walker did't stay with us long. He went with his buddies to watch the game. But I wanted to get a better pic of his costume all lit up. :P

It was a fun night! We still are over the moon about the boys victory! :D


Good-bye Primary....

>> Monday, October 19, 2015

I've served in Primary in some shape or form for about 12 years. Sunday I was just sustained and set apart to serve in the Young Women's Program as a Mia Maid Adviser.

When I got the call last week I was really hesitant. YW has always felt like a scary place to serve. So many personalities....Young adult minds that test you.... A lot of pressure in my book. I told our bishopric member I needed time to pray, go to the temple and think it over.

Jared and I went to do sealings for some of my family names and while there I felt like accepting the calling was the right thing to do. Even though I still felt nervous and perhaps terrified. ;)

I'm quickly being immersed in what's to come as I pass the baton for my calling to the next Second Counselor in Primary. I will miss the kids a lot. I can't say I wasn't ready for a change from Primary and Cubs, but I just didn't think it would be "this" particular change. :P

I hope I have something of worth to offer the girls. I hope the Lord will qualify me for all that I need to do. It's a big move!!!!


Kartchner Caverns, St. David, Tombstone, & Bisbee AZ

 We didn't really make plans for Fall Break this year. However we took a day trip down south to see the Kartchner Caverns. We've talked about it for years but never made the trip. We felt it was a good time to go on Saturday. 

The weather was pretty stormy and we worried our plans would be washed out..but our prayers were answered the the weather couldn't have been more perfect or beautiful that day. We only got rain when we were driving down and driving back home! It was wonderful! :)

Jared photoshopped himself in the pic...He's hilarious! :P

They had a garden and the hummingbirds were everywhere. Alayna was fascinated. :) 

This cartoon was on a butterfly tank inside the facility. Jared thought is was really funny. 

That's a big sloth! 

Walker couldn't get over this statistic!!!! It is pretty crazy! :P

Can you hear me now???!! LOL! They had some fun interactive things for the kids to do while we waited for our tour.

 Soda straws are the coolest formations. This was just a model of one. You are not allowed to take anything but your person inside the cave. They stress over and over that this is a living cave and they are working very hard to preserve it. You can't take cameras, purses, backpacks, nothing!

These pics are from the internet. We toured The Round and Rotund Room. 

This stuff was soooo cool it was called a drape. It looked like art!


This is the huge Kubla Kahn. It's quite impressive. They say these formations grow 1 inch every 100 years. That has been forming a REALLY long time!!!! You just have to see it in person!

This formation was my favorite. They call it bacon. It looks exactly like bacon!!! It blew my mind! Hahaha! 

Of course we had to stop in the gift shop. Alayna loved this cute hat. 

The cave is 72 degrees and 99% humidity...this is what humidity does to our hair!!! LOL!!! :D

We headed further south after our tour to show the kids where some of the heritage is in Benson/St.David. 

This store was my 3 times Great Grandmother Margaret Ann Taylor Goodman's. If you want to read more about her life you can click here. :)

We stopped at the St. David Cemetery. There used to be a beautiful wrought iron sign above the entrance. I was heartbroken to see it's no longer there. :( 

We showed the kids their Great Grandmother Donher Smith Bernal's plot. We then told them the other family names to look for. Goodman, McRae, Merrill, etc. They liked finding names they recognized. :) It made me feel good to share some family stories with them and that they could put an image with where their ancestors put their roots down as they were asked, "To settle the waste places of southern AZ". :) 

A little further south we stopped in a little town you might recognize called Tombstone. 

 We thought we'd grab a bite to eat real quick....turns was a 2 hour ordeal. It was PACKED that day!!!!

While we waited for our table this guy across the street kept us entertained. :P He was a riot! 

The kids each got a sarsaparilla. :P

After we ate we had to get our picture taken. :P 

I love it! :D

Then we caught a little gun fight in the streets and headed to take a coach tour of the town to get some more history in. Eli wasn't a fan of  "learning" on Fall Break. hehehe!

Alayna adores horses. She loved every min. of this tour! 

It was getting pretty late in the afternoon and I had mentioned to the family that there was a mine tour in Bisbee. We headed down south a bit more to see if we could catch the last tour. 

 Unfortunately, we missed it by an hour! We were all really bummed. But Eli was certainly the MOST bummed!!! 

We told him we'd come back before his bday in April. We think we might try to do the Biosphere and Old Tucson on that trip too. 

Since we missed the tour we just looked around the visitor center. 

I thought these dioramas were AWESOME! :D

All of the houses and buildings are built into the side of the mountain. It really is a cool little town!

 It was a fun day trip and we are looking forward to our next one! 


Eli's Shadow a Student Day!

>> Friday, October 9, 2015

Eli invited me to his school for shadow a student day. Honestly I was a bit surprised he asked me to go. He's at that age where he doesn't always think mom is so cool to have around. LOL! 

I was tickled he asked though and I did torture him a tiny bit by asking to take a picture with me. :P He wouldn't look at the camera and by the time I got this last pic we were busting up laughing. I love it! :D

Eli is SMART! I mean really smart! He's the 1st one done in all of his classes. He knows all the answers to the questions his teachers ask...but he never raises his hand. He just leans over to me and tells me the answer. I think that's funny. :P We played a spelling and definition game in his Honors English class and we fared pretty well. We were in the final round. We both got out on the same word. We didn't know what affront meant. LOL! That word took out 1/2 the last  people standing so we didn't feel too bad. :P

The kids have Chromebooks this year. It's the 1st year they've had them at the Jr. High. This is what my son does when he's whizzed through his work. Yup...he's watching America's Got Talent! Oy vey! Kinda mixed feelings on having computers at the school. LOL!!!

We had a fun day together. It was neat to see how he interacts with his friends and in his classes. He's an awesome kid even if he did leave me in his dust trail walking from class to class. I finally had to hold on to his backpack so I wouldn't lose him!!! LOL! Love him to pieces!!! :D


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