School Projects!

Emilee and Megan both had school projects due this last week.  Emilee had to do research on something nonfiction so she decided to do it on Water Frogs.  Since we have a water frog she could bring it to class as part of her presentation.  She did such a great job at presenting her project.  She talked all about frogs and their life cycle.  She took our frog out and showed everyone and then called on a couple people to feed it.  She took questions at the end and was able to give the answers.  My favorite part was as the end when she told the class… no matter how many times you kiss a frog, it will not turn into a Prince!  🙂  The class got a big kick out of that.  I was really impressed with her!  Great Job Ems!
Emilee up presenting all about frogs.
She brought pictures of our frog to class to show.
Megan had to think up an invention of a toy.  We did a lot of brainstorming and came up with a game.  Megan loves to play games so this was right down her alley.  She jumped right in and helped create the whole thing.  Matt came up with the game idea/name.  Megan and I ran with it.  The squares represent desks going from the teachers desk to graduation.  Each color represents a different school subject and corresponding cards you draw when you land on the squares.  The white desks are white tickets – good and the black desks are black marks – bad.  The question marks are questions about school the kids have to answer to continue on.  Megan created the game right after the way things are done in her very own classroom.  Megan’s class is the Owl class so we made owl markers as the playing pieces.
Needless to say, it was a BIG hit!
The Game board.  The sides fold in for storage.
Megan created a poster about her game to share how to play.  She is presenting it to me the night before.
Megan up presenting her invention to the class.
Then she called on three students to come up and try it out.
The kids all loved it and the teacher was most impressed.  She told Megan she should sell the game! 🙂  The class couldn’t get enough of it so her teacher said they could take turns playing it throughout the next couple of weeks.  Great Job Megs!

We Are Moving To The Valley of The SUN!!!

We have some really BIG News to Share.  We told our girls on Christmas Day night by letting them know we have ONE more present for them.  We had them go on a Treasure Hunt to find the present and then when they opened it up… This is what happened!

We got lots of different expressions out of them, but the video portion is the best!
We are so Thrilled!  Arizona is like Home to our family.  We are so happy to be back closer to family and friends and we Love the HEAT!  Matt starts work in Scottsdale at the end of the month and when we sell our home here, we will join him.  YAY!!!

New Years Party!

We hosted New Years with a couple close friends and their families.  It was a Fun and Crazy night.  Lots of time to talk, eat, play games, and giggle. 😉  We LOVE having parties.  It was a great time.  Happy New Years!!!
Pics from our night are HERE.



Christmas was a huge Success.  This is the first year ever that we didn’t go anywhere or we didn’t have anyone visiting us.  It was so nice to do Christmas with just our little family.  It was very Relaxing.  I loved every minute of it.
Pics from our Christmas are HERE.


Early Christmas Present

We opened an early Christmas present this year because well, we just couldn’t wait.  The girls knew they were getting these and so it was fun to give them out early.  And I am so glad we did.  They’ve loved them so much and have really been able to enjoy them throughout the month of December.  Brooke and Dani ask to go to bed so they can be with their Dream Lites.  Works for me!  Happy early Christmas!
Megan is in LOVE with dogs.  Emilee has always had a thing for Penguins.  And Brooke is at the stage of fantasy land so it only seemed appropriate to give her the unicorn.
 Dani is our unbelievable Butterfly.  Fits her too!
 All girls with their Dream Lites.
They can’t get enough of this.  When they are laying in bed it shines on the ceiling and changes colors.
 Sleep Tight…  Nighty Night!

Ward Christmas Party

Our Ward Christmas Party was very different this year.  Usually we go to a party where we have dinner and a Christmas program.  This year our ward did a decorating of gingerbread houses and contest, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, and a pie bake-off.  It was very fun and unique.  Oh! and of course Santa was there.  Matt could not join us for he was in Florida at the annual Pet Show that P&G sponsors.  We missed having him there.  Pics from our night are HERE.


Couples Christmas Party

We hosted a Christmas Party with some close friends here in Ohio.  I love this time of year and the more parties and get togethers, The Better!  😉
 I enjoy being with all these ladies so much!

 Summers baby, Maddy
 I got my baby fix tonight 😉

Gift Exchange!
 Carlos and Jena
Kim and Scott
Summer and Ben
Cathy and Nathan


We hosted Thanksgiving dinner again this year.  Peter and Megan joined us.  We were so happy to have them.  It was great being with family.  We love hanging out with them, catching up and playing games.  Our girls love their company as well, but they mostly like their dog, Allie.  We had a great time and we are so glad they made the trip.  You are welcome anytime!
Matt is a pro now at cooking the Turkey.
  Megan and Peter, Matt’s Brother
 Matt and I 
 Girls excited to eat some yummy food.
 Matt and Peter played some tennis after dinner.  We Played at the park next to the tennis courts.
 Emilee loves tennis.
 This park is great and it’s right by our house.  There are lots of things to climb on and that’s what my girls like best.  They are little monkeys.  😉
Brooke and Dani were having a blast.  They were playing so cute and laughing so hard.  I love how Dani follows Brooke and does what she does. 
 Megan and I swinging and talking while the girls play.
 Brooke loves the swings.
Megan and Emilee at the park.
Date Night!

Ten Years and Counting!

Matt and I celebrated our Ten Year Anniversary on Friday.  Yay!  Matt had lots of surprises in store for me.   We went downtown overnight to celebrate this “once in a lifetime” milestone.  We had a fabulous time!  So memorable!  I love spending time with just the two of us.  It’s precious time we don’t get very often.  And Thanks to my really good friend for watching our girls so we could go, Love You Cathy!
On the roof of The Belvedere Club
 View from our Room! 
 When I entered our hotel room for the first time the first thing I saw were all of these roses.  Four Dozen!  Two red and two white.  Red represent LOVE and white represent Eternity.  Red and White roses together symbolize Unity.  I was pleasantly surprised… Matt had gone down earlier in the day to check into our room and put these in there for me.  So Sweet!
Our Hotel we stayed at.
 The door entrance to The Belvedere Club.  A place to mingle and relax with food and drink as well as the entrance to the rooftop.
Matt took me to Seafood for dinner.  My favorite!  It was dark and romantic. 😉  He told the waiter about our special occasion and then said… “Ya, we have to celebrate Big because you only have a couple of these right?”  Ha ha, funny Matt!  🙂
 They gave us our own personalized menu.  That was Cool!
When we got back to the Hotel we came into this.  Another amazing surprise.  Yummy!  
What a Treat!  One thing you should know about me is that I get excited over the little things.  🙂


Halloween is always a success in our house.  My girls absolutely love this Holiday.  We had to change up a couple of the costumes last minute because it got so Cold, in the 40’s.  But now we have two costumes we can use next year.  Nice!  The girls had fun, but it was short and sweet.  Too cold to stay out too long.  Click HERE to see our pics.