Monday, December 31, 2007

So Much Fun In Az

While we were down in Az for X-Mas break we were able to do so many things and see so many people. I want to document as much as I can, so I can look back and remember these memories. We met Papa greg ad Grandma GG at the Mesa Temple to see the gorgeous display of lights. They add 1,000 lights a year, it is always fun to see if you notice where they put them.

We made a trip to the Yetter cabin as well while we were there. We had fun playing games and were able to go snow boarding! Marcus' little brother got a wii for X-Mas so you know that everyone played guitar hero until their fingers hurt! Lyza and I built a snowman. It was fun, because she was trying to help.. As soon as we were done all she wanted to do was sit on his lap... She is such a funny little girl! We had such a good time up there.

I have forgotton how beautiful and diverse AZ is. As we drove we went through the desert, mountains, then the pine trees covered in snow. I always thought Az was ugly and so hot, but being away I have realized how beautiful it is.

Christmas Joys

I am so late posting about December! But I wanted to before I forgot too much. We woke up Christmas morning at Marcus parents. Lyza had a great time opening presents. She was so excited to rip the paper! (without getting in trouble) The first couple of times she looked up at us like " Is this okay?" We received lots of great gifts and gave his parents a web cam so we can see them whenever we want. We then went to Marcus grandparents, The Whites, to enjoy the yearly tradition of waffles for breakfast. It was nice to see the whole family on X-mas Day. We had a pretty busy day because its only about half way over... We then went to my moms house, opened gifts and spent time with the family. Guess what we gave my parents... A web cam as well! After, we then went to my grandmas house and gave them my favorite gift to give this X-mas... A composite dvd of their lives and their posterity. I spent so much time making it, I was so excited to give it. They enjoyed it, my grandpa cried with joy and joked saying,"Its time to turn it off, I am getting old." My grandma didnt say much although I know she really enjoyed it. I caught her several times telling someone about it. We then went to have a shower. No we didn't get one yet! More than half the day gone and no shower... Thats what its all about, right? Pj's, family, relaxing, enjoying, and remembering the real reason we were all brought together in the first place. We then went to my dads house and had a terrific dinner, spent more time with more family, and opened gifts. I bet you cant guess this time what we bought this set of parents... You guessed right! A web cam. I am really excited about this, because we have already used them. Its not often you can buy something for parents they actually use. We had a really great Christmas spending time with all of our family. A special thanks to Rich and Teresa for getting us there to let these memories happen.

This is a childrens nativity The Yetter family does every year during their X-mas Party. Lyza was an angel.

Us on X-mas morning.

One of the many toys Lyza liked.

An amazing pic a friend of mine, Laura Ellingson took of Lyza with the real Santa!

Lyza after her bath on X-mas day.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Polar express

We arrived to Az on the 18 and we had the Polar express train ride on the 20th. We all gathered at my moms house and took off to Williams Grand Canyon Railway from there. Before we left, Lyza enjoyed playing with all of the animals at grandmas house.. Her favorite of course was Lewie. She didn't want to get off and wanted to keep hugging and kissing him. It was really cute!
On the way we stopped at a burger and pie joint, that we stopped at last year and had lunch. When we arrived at our hotel we had Lyza open her new pj's and got ready for the North Pole.

We were able to visit Mrs. Clause and write Santa a letter before we boarded the train.

We had cookies and hot chocolate on the train and made the quick trip to the North Pole! Thank goodness for all those warp tunnels on the way.... =)

 Santa then came on the train and handed out bells from his sleigh!

Lyza decided they were fun to bite onto and shake around by moving her head back and forth! She had a blast!

We sung Christmas songs all the way back.. It was so neat watching all the kids faces light up. The magic in their eyes is something I wont forget. We had a great time and hope it stays a tradition to go back next year.

Thank you so much to Papa Jeff and Grandma Wendy for the wonderful trip!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Note To Self....

Don't piss off the pizza man!!! I was craving mushroom and tomato pizza from Papa Johns. Marcus had found an online discount, but it wouldn't let us place an order! So it told us to contact the store. Well to make a long story short, they didn't believe us of the online deal, they got their panties in a wad, and accused us of trying to get free pizza. So they then requested us to print the deal to show them... Well we did and they gave us their promotion. When I opened my pizza (marcus ordered a separate peperoni pizza) it smelt funny.... Kinda like sardines or something. Marcus told me my sniffer was hallucinating, so Lyza and I ate it. BAD IDEA!!!! Lyza and I got food poisoning!!! Dang you Papa Johns for ruining my favorite pizza! I wont be able to eat it EVER again!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving Feast to Remember!

We have made some amazing friends out here! Our Thanksgiving dinner was filled with some of our good friends and lots and lots of food! I had such a great time cooking things for the first time, stuffing myself so full I wondered if it would stay down, then lounging around while listening to the boys holler at the football game. It wasn't home but it sure substiuted very well! This year we had the feast at our house and I cooked the following; Turkey (Marcus did most of it or from the expiriance it realistically would be a another meat I couldnt bear to eat), yams (of course with the marshmallows), Grandma White's apple pie (it was beautiful!), Gravy (it separated?? I am still confused!), and the rolls! We had 3 other families over that brought everything else you could think of! Great day, great company, and great food!

Isn't it pretty?

This is the huge bird! Good job to Marcus, he soaked it in a bryne and baked it!

Lyza ate so much! She loved it!

I have been tagged!

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Rocking the poodle haircut! Gag!
2. Attending Franklin Charter School..."THE OFFICIAL BUBBLE"
3. Had my first make-out party... Spin the bottle... Who didnt play? Swaping spit with all of your friends is fun! SICK!
4. Meeting Linds at "the corner" to hang out we are still bff!
5. Fighting with my sister about borrowing my shoes - her feet stretched my shoes out and I could always tell when she was lying. Thanks for this one Jack! Memories :)

5 things on my to-do list today:
1. Clean; I really hate that!
2. Have fun with Lyza
3. pick up sheet protectors for my cookbook
4.cook dinner
5. Think of Christmas gift ideas

5 snacks I enjoy:
If you know me at all you would know Hot Cheetos are my fav snack!
1. string cheese
2. edamame
3. teddy grahams
4. red vines
5. sun valley granola bars

5 songs I know the lyrics to:
1. Love me tender-Elvis
2. Ataris- Boys of Summer
3. Better Together-Jack Johnson
4. Meet Virginia- Train
5. Counting Crows Mr. Jones

5 things I will never wear again:
1. The poodle haircut... Not just the haircut but an awesome frizzy perm to go along with it! I have tried many times to erase this memory... And it still haunts me....
2. scrunch socks; but it was only cool to alternate the colors, and they must go with the nike pump ups!
3. Blue & purple mascara I always stole this from my sister...Of course it was hard to lie about it!
4. I have to agree with Lindsay ... the fanny pack still grosses me out, but they were hands free..... Just kidding I would never!
5. Peacock bangs! So not cute...

5 of my favorite toys:
1. i pod.. Very nifty!
2. Wii... Jacquelyn got me addicted!
3. I played jestures for the first time and loved it! Is that a toy?
4. I wish I used the video camera more.. When I do I love it! Ours is just a lunker... Maybe a new smaller one with hookups to the computer will make it on our x-mas list. Just maybe!
5. Computer! I am so thankful that I am in this generation... I couldnt live without google. But maybe it fuels my crazy! Who knows?

I AM TAGGING: Amy & Angela Yetter, Michelle Mcclure and all of my Ohio pals!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


We wanted to wait to show Lyza the puppy in fear that she would accidently hurt it. It wasnt long before she figured out where the whimpering was coming from. She found the puppy and the rest is history...Every time I dont hear Lyza I know where she is... Off to get the puppy. She has been found rocking and cuddling the puppy, she even gives it kisses and pats on the back. She is so funny because she insists on him having his blankie, and she gets mad at tilly for checking on him. She has been so good with him, and I am glad because he will be good with kids!

Changing Seasons

I am so sad. It feels like fall has just come with all the breath taking colors, and now winter is just taking them all away! I have really enjoyed every second this Fall, living in Arizona all my life I haven't really experienced a real Fall! I don’t think I could have imagined how beautiful it really is! The leaves are almost every shade of red, pink, orange, yellow, gold, green and brown! It’s truly amazing! I will be looking forward to it again next year...
This morning was the first official day of snow. It was more like flurries, but still I know Jack Frost is coming! He is already blowing his mighty winds! They were at 25 mph last night! Yep! That’s right! 25 mph! It was crazy it sounded like howling wolves! I know that it will be blistering cold (it is already in the low 40's) but it will be so fun to have a white December for the first time ever! I am just loving all of our new experiences here as a family!

Bath Time Fun!

Lyza just loves to take baths! The other day I decided we would have a bubble hair-a-thon! We had so much fun!

We call this the tribute to Alfalfa....

We call this the almighty Scorpion....

This is the cupie doll look....

ROCK ON!! You little rock-star!

And my favorite... Tazmanian Lyza!

And this was our attempt at Ace Ventura.. But Marcus says it looks more like Johnny Bravo..

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Marcus and I had the best Halloween we could remember for a while! This was Lyza's second Halloween but this time was so much more fun! I was suprised she caught on so quickly, after the first two houses she knew what to do! She didnt even want to hold our hands anymore, she just darted to the next house and opened her bag! It was such a great night, I had a great time watching her. I had a smile almost the whole time. As you can see Marcus and I were candy corns and Lyza was a ladybug!

Lyza Had Another Treat!

Lyza received another Halloween treat in the mail! This time from Grandma Wendy!

Lyza thought this card was REALLY neat... It talked when you opened it, so of course she sat and opened and closed it over and over... I was suprised it didnt run out of batteries!

This is the not so nice troll monster. She was a little skeptical at first then its eyes light up and let out a scream... She wouldn't go near it! Her face was hilarious!

She did love the mermaid though.

Thanks G-ma Wendy!