Snow Much Fun!

We headed up to the Rim for a quick weekend get away.

Drove further north to get some pictures of the amazingly thick and fluffy snow

and then came back down into Payson and found a nice little hill at Rumsey Park to sled on and build a Frosty

 

 

Had a cozy little hotel room with a fire, played board games

 

 

It was a Great little get away for Family time.

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Cali bound!

All four of us headed to California to visit Mickey and friends- but we rarely hung out together at all.

Jess and Connor went with Sun Valley Community Church junior high winter camp and Jas and Ty headed over on their own to just have some father son time.

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All in all it was a great trip- my memories consist of the time I spent with my amazing cabin of girls.  Man was it a blessing to spend time with each of them.

On Sunday Sun Valley headed out to Santa Monica Pier and did a cool version of the Amazing Race which was absolutely exhausting.  Here are some fun snippets of that

STEM Science club trip

I got to chaperon Connor to the STEM Science club trip to California —30 5th and 6th graders on a bus for 7 hours…WOOT

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We went to Disneyland to learn about physics

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and to the California Science center to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

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It was a pretty fantastic trip with lots of amazing memories for me and my boy.

Cruisin’ for our 14th Anniversary

I don’t know what happened to me since my last post on January 11th either folks!

Oh wait–yeah I do.  The hubs was super sweet and booked us on a fun get away for our 14th wedding anniversary.  Thanks to mom and dad who stayed put with the kiddos and dogs we jetted off to Cali and had a blast staying at the Queen Mary

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The next morning we boarded the Carnival Imagination and jetted off for a 4 day Baja Mexico cruise.  We really had a blast and would do this same itinerary again and again.

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Catalina Island we rented a golf cart and putzed around- then made it back to the ship just before a downpour of rain- perfect nap time!

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In Ensenada we chilled out on the deck of the ship and then wander into town for a a fabulous 90 minute couples massage- then we had some of the very best tacos we have ever had and did some shopping.

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We made some great friends on our table at dinner and we all got a group shot to remember everyone by:

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The last day was a sea day and we took advantage of the relaxation

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After we disembarked we headed to Hollywood to be tourists for a bit (don;t even need to do that again- pretty lame) then we flew home

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Disney at Halloween

With a year of blessings under our belt we really were not totally sure if we would have a “big vacation” this year- With our New House and new budget we really wanted to be sure that we were being good stewards of the monetary compensation that has been graced upon us thanks to Jason’s really hard work with Spectrum Group.  While he has blown it out of the water in the leap of faith to going to full time real estate last year, we utterly credit our multitudes of blessings to being obedient with our tithes.  We haven’t fully jumped on board with Financial Peace teachings but we did commit to not buying things unless we can pay cash- that included a vacation.  So when I started to get the Disney bug over the summer (that was easily being egged on by good friends that hinted to also going to Disney) we took a hard look at if we could put a Disney line in the budget and make a trip over fall break.

In all of our dozens of trips to Disneyland we had yet to ever go in the fall when it was Halloween time.

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One thing about the boys and Halloween is that they “don’t do scary”- which for this momma that grew up loving everything about Halloween- the gorier the better- has always been bitter sweet.  So I figured Halloween Disney style would be just the right compromise.

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Tyler as Ferb and Connor as Phineas at Mickeys Halloween party

We worked hard and stashed enough to take a 5 day get away to California over the boys fall break and even add a bonus special treat of attending the 2013 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.  Mom and Dad Geroux were able to join us for several of the days and we also got to spend most of our time with our good friends the Parkers.

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Esmeralda and Quasimodo

This trip I also splurged for my souvenir and purchased the Disney photo pass+ (I will do that EVERY trip from now on)- we got copies of every ride we rode and of every professional photog that anyone in our party stopped at

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Some highlights from the Trip for Tyler:

Telling silly jokes to the characters
Telling silly jokes to the characters
filming scenes for his movies
filming scenes for his movies
playng the actual real Fix it Felix arcade game at the Starcade
playing the actual real Fix it Felix arcade game at the Starcade
first time on Splash Moutnain
first time on Splash Mountain

 

 

dancing with "fearleaders" at the Monster Scream Off
dancing with “fearleaders” at the Monster Scream Off
and of course his favorite ride Small world
and of course his favorite ride Small world

Highlights from this trip for Connor:

getting stuck on radiator springs racers for 10 minutes-light came up and everything- "ruining the magic" but giving him the "behind the scenes" 411 on it all
getting stuck on radiator springs racers for 10 minutes-lights came up and everything- “ruining the magic” but giving him the “behind the scenes” 411 on it all
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getting waved through to ride it again IMMEDIATELY cause we had been stuck on it.
getting waved through to ride it again IMMEDIATELY cause we had been stuck on it.
nearly being arrested by Chip based on a drawing of an acorn thief with flaming hair
nearly being arrested by Chip based on a drawing of an acorn thief with flaming hair
calling Hook a Codfish
calling Hook a Codfish

 

first time on materhorn
first time on Matterhorn

Highlights for me and Jas

boys old enough to drive their very own cars on Autopia
boys old enough to drive their very own cars on Autopia
our first trip to Disney without getting any type of disability assistance- we made due in long lines by being silly
our first trip to Disney without getting any type of disability assistance- we made due in long lines by being silly
enjoying one of the happiest places on earth together for our 11th time -and getting World of Color interactive ears ;-)
enjoying one of the happiest places on earth together for our 11th time -and getting World of Color interactive ears 😉

 

Halloween FUN!!
Halloween FUN!!
Family
Family

 

and Friends
and Friends

Until we meet again Mickey…

sad leaving faces
sad leaving faces

 

Daddy and Momma have a lot of work to do to get us back on one of your boats again!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground Hogs Day Getaway

Last fall my friend Destiny and I both bought a deal chicken certificate for a 2 night stay at a resort up in Pinetop.  The expiration was coming up so we we put it on the calendar and packed the families up and headed out to hopefully find some snow to play in.

driving through the Superior Tunnel
driving through the Superior Tunnel
there IS white stuff!!
there IS white stuff!!

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Ground Hogs Day!!!
Ground Hogs Day!!! (If Des ever sees this she will shoot me)

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