Monday, April 28, 2008

All Gradiated

We're back!!! To celebrate Sara's graduation from BYU Provo we decided to go to Utah and hang with the family. We had a little debate about how we should get there so we finally decided that we should take an RV. So dad rented an RV from his friend Chips (dads biker group gave him the nickname) and thats how we all traveled. We thought it would be nice to have a space that the boys could run around in and they really liked it.

We didnt leave until after 7:00 pm on Tuesday so it was a late night drive to St. George. I got Patrick to sleep next to me on the couch bed and he went down pretty quickly, but Caleb has a little trouble getting to sleep in strange conditions so Mom finally got him to sleep while holding him in the co-pilot chair as he watched the road. Cory and Stephanie slept in the back on the bed. At one point we all kind of woke up because we thought maybe Dad had fallen asleep and gone off the road because it felt like we were driving across the desert. It turns out the road was bad at that particular stretch of road. We all were awake by then and we decided to stay up and help keep dad awake. By the time we got to St. George it was 3:30 am. We were all pretty tired and didnt get to bed until 4:30. We stayed in my uncle Doug's house so that we could divide up the trip for the sake of all of us.Here are the boys watching Baby Einstein and not crying or fighting

Thursday I dropped Patrick off at his Grandma Shelly's and Grandpa Jesus's house. The last time he saw them was last year when we went to visit them. We were late so I just had to drop him off and say goodbye. He was crying when I left but by the time we got to the graduation I got a text message from Shelly telling me he was fine. I felt so good knowing he was in good hands and happy. On the way to the graduation it was snowing, and anyone who knows me well knows I am terrified of driving in snow and rain. I did pretty well and I dont think I got an ulcer or anything. Thursday's graduation ceremony consisted of listened to speakers and the last speaker was Elder Bednar. His talk was awesome and it felt so good to be there. Friday I dropped off Patrick again and he couldnt have been happier to be there and to spend more time with Grandma and Grandpa.
Friday's ceremony was watching the graduates walk and receive their diplomas. We cheered as loud as we could for Sara. Afterwards I got some great pictures of Sara. We picked up Patrick and met the rest of the family for Pizza in Linden. It was a lot of fun and we decided to do a little shopping afterwards.
Saturday we planned for a brunch with as many of the family as we could get together. Dad made his famous biscuits and gravy. While we were waiting for them to bake, Cory, Stephanie and I went the the distribution center to get some maternity garments for me and I ended up buying my first temple dress. I was so happy I cried in the store. Im a sap I know. Well we went back to Grandma Joys and Grandpa Genes house where we found a lot of family chowing down on Dads great breakfast. We packed up the RV, said goodbye and we left for St. George around 2:00. We got to St. George around 7:00 and had a great dinner at Cafe Rio which has to be my new favorite place to eat. Too bad we dont have any of them in Bakersfield. Well we headed to uncle Doug and aunt Helens house and we went to bed.Here is Patrick wearing Uncle Doug's hat and riding his very own "Motor choo choo", his two favorite things. This was at Uncle Doug and Aunt Helens house on the way home.

Sunday we made our way home, but we stopped in Primm for some buffet for lunch. It wasnt the best buffet but it did its job and filled us up. I got some pictures of the boys on the way home. I didnt really take a lot of pictures on this trip, I dont know why but hopefully Mom and Stephanie will let me have some of their pictures. Its good to be home and I am excited about going back in a few months to stay with the Morenos. Hopefully I take more pictures then.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Happiest Place on Earth

Well, I figured that I should post something about our trip to Disneyland before we leave tomorrow for Utah. Well last year we went when Patrick was 7 months old when couldnt walk or crawl and he didnt really know what was going on. We also happened to go on a day that it was pouring rain. We didnt get into the park until 2:oo so we didnt really get a chance to enjoy anything. I dont think we even saw the parade. They boys were both tired and we ended up going back to the hotel and Mom and Cory watched the boys while Jesus, Stephanie and I went back to watch the fireworks and to ride as many rides as possible. This year was better but it was a little more difficult as Patrick wanted to run wherever he wanted to. So here are some pictures of our fun trip.This is a picture of Patrick and Daddy in line for Mr. Toads wild ride. I was kind of wondering how he would take these little kiddy rides and I didnt even think they would be scary. Well Patrick was ok for the first few minutes but then the ride got to the scary part and he just got this terrible scared face and started yelling "Daddy daddy daddy" I felt so bad and told Jesus to hold him tight. Well after this ride we rode on the Pinocchio ride and he was very nervous as we waited in line. He was saying no and that he wanted out but I assured him that I would hold him and nothing would happen to him. He ended up laying on my shoulder the entire time not even watching what was happening. I felt really bad so we decided to go to Mad Hatters and get him a hat. I think it was worth the 20 dollars.
Next we decided to go on the Tea Cups and doesnt he look excited??!! I think the first two rides made him very nervous, but I figured this one would be ok since he could see everything that was going on even though its spinning around him. He enjoyed it at first and said "Weeeeee" but slowly it looked like he was getting dizzy or sick. I have this video of him slowly losing it.

Isnt that hilarious? Fortunately he didnt throw up. No he saved that for later when Grandma was holding him. After the Tea Cups, we met up with Grandma who had been waiting for Cory Stephanie and Caleb on Main Street. They had decided to stop for lunch outside the park and had lost their phone so we figured we would meet them at the CBIZ luncheon at Big Thunder Ranch. It was great. They had an area roped off for all the CBIZ people (CBIZ is the company I used to work for with Cory and Dad which is where we got the tickets). The food was great and we got to visit with all our friends from the office. We met up with Cory and Stephanie at lunch and from then on we spent the rest of our time together. We rode Pirates of the Caribbean after lunch and I hoped Patrick would be ok on this one. He did get pretty nervous and ended up laying on Jesus and since it was dark he fell asleep for a few minutes. After Pirates we went on the Jungle cruise and the boys loved it. All the animals and water were very interesting. After that we made our way over to the Buzz light year ride. Patrick rode with Daddy and I rode with Grandma. Jesus said that Patrick did get kinda scared, maybe from the noise but he was excited because he got a toy gun at the beginning.Thats the face I was looking for the whole day. Afterwards we had a little snack and let the boys run around. Next was the Dumbo ride. I didnt really want to ride it so Jesus took Patrick. It was a long annoying line and Jesus had had about enough of Patrick trying to get away from him. When they actually got on the ride Patrick cried the whole time. He was terrified and had this horrible scared look on his face every time they came around.I felt bad we made him ride it but now we have all of these fun pictures. I asked him after the ride and if he had fun and he just shook his head. Well we figured that the boys had enjoyed enough rides and we made our way to Main Street to watch the parade. Patrick sat still the whole time and thought all the characters were amazing. I really enjoyed the parade and was glad the boys got to watch it. I got this video of Patrick just waving, unfortunately I took the video sideways. Hey I was tired, but its still pretty funny.

Here are some other pictures we took during the parade.

After the Parade we made our way out of the park and got this picture of me and Patrick. Doesnt he look tired?
We went to the hotel and checked in and while we were unloading mom went to go get pizza for all of us. She was a life saver all day long. Ben and Janae came and met us at the hotel for a few minutes while we ate dinner. The boys went to bed because they were so dang tired. Patrick actually fell asleep while we were all talking and eating. We decided that we wanted to go back to the park and ride as many rides as we could and Mom said she would watch the boys. So Cory, Stephanie, Jesus and I all went back to the park in the cold night air and rode a few rides. We got onto the Haunted mansion pretty quickly and the guy working on the ride scared the crap out of me. I swear I was going to go into labor. He kept coming up behind me and saying creepy things in my ear. We then made our way to Splash Mountain but Stephanie and I read the warning sign that said expectant mothers should not ride. So we sat outside and waited while the boys got wet. We got this very sad picture.
Do you like my nice sunburned chest?? We decided that we should ride the finding nemo ride since it was new and it might be worth it. We waited for about 30 minutes but this couple in front of us kept letting people in with them. There were originally only 4 of them and there ended up being 10 of them. We were really mad because we had to wait the whole time and they only waited maybe 10 minutes. Boo. Stupid crowders. Well by then we were exhausted and decided to head back. We got home around midnight and went to bed immediately. We met up with Ben and Janae in the morning and had breakfast. After that we said goodbye and headed home. Patrick was actually pretty good in the car and fell asleep twice. It made things easier since we hit a lot of traffic on the way home. Well now we are back home and getting ready to leave again. This trip should be interesting since Dad is renting his friends motor home and we are all driving together. Little boys and all. But it will be worth it when we see Sara and she walks across that stage. Well this post has ended up a lot longer than I expected but I hope it depicts how much fun we had.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Results are in!!!!!

Its a GIRL!!!!!!!! Sorry for the anticipation. I was going across town and figured I would get an oil change and get my tires fixed at the dealer so I dont have to drive back over there. Sorry I dont have any pictures, Jesus usually uses the scanner at work to scan the ultra sounds in and he is in class until 3. The lady started the ultra sound and said well it looks like a little girl but we will have a better look when I am done measuring. She had her legs closed and her ankles crossed so it took awhile for the lady to dig around to get her legs open but when she did the lady said "Yep thats a girl". She is a modest young lady already. Patrick didnt care, he was like "Here, look at my boy equipment!!" I was so excited I cried a little. My Mom got to be there and Patrick even though he didnt even really care. I will be sure to get the pictures up as soon as possible!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Boy or Girl????

Well the count down begins today. One week from today I will have my first ultra-sound to find out the sex of baby #2. So the big question is, will it be a GIRL or BOY so I will be having a little contest to see what you all think I am having. There wont be a prize because Im cheap but you will have the satisfaction of being right. My appointment is set for Wednesday the 16th at 8:00. So hold on to your seats, it should be exciting. Happy guessing!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Busy Month of April

Well this is going to be one heck of a month. To start off, we should be getting our furniture sometime this week. I am really excited to stretch out on a full length couch. Then, Mom and Dad are taking a motorcycle trip to death valley with a few friends and when they get back they are going to pack up again and head to Hawaii for the second time this year. Their first trip was for the career fair at BYU Hawaii and this trip is because Dad was asked to speak at something. Jesus will also be gone all next week for business conferences all along the coast. I would go but I dont have the energy for a week long vacation in hotel rooms.

On the 12th I am going to be walking in the Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis with Shannon. Then a few days later, on the 16th, we go in for our first ultra sound to find out the sex of baby #2. Two days later our plan is to go to Disneyland to celebrate the end of tax season with the family.

And last but not least, the next week we are renting an RV from one of Dads buddies and driving to Utah for Sara's graduation. Jesus wont be joining us for this trip because of school. His goal is to be able to pass all of his classes so that he can graduate after the fall quarter.
This will certainly be a crazy month but at least it will be fun.
I also have this video of Patrick walking around in my shoes which is his new favorite thing. I also have some pictures that I should have posted a month ago. They are from when Stephanie and I took the boys to CALM.

Caleb was a little scared of the goats at first, but Patrick wanted a closer look.
The next time we went with Katy and Lucy, Caleb was over his fear and touch all the animals.