Tuesday, June 24, 2008

.............strike a pose...............

What do you do with four pretty teenagers and an empty
Fashion Island?

You do a silly photo shoot of course!!

Thank you to my lovely assistant!

I felt like I was in my college photography class again! Did anyone else go to fun places to do photo assignments?

We had a blast going to dinner then walking around - and it really was empty - I guess Monday is the best night to go shopping!

I'm so glad summer is here :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Honk Honk...............

This Birthday just keeps getting better and better.....................

And they thought the ipod and straightener were the big presents!

But who gets to drive it first???
The one who gets there first (alive)

(guess who won)

Thanks for the Taco Salad Fiesta Cathi - YUMMY!

Jeff & his partner's were gracious enough to donate the truck -
THANK YOU Utility Specialist!!
I cannot believe how much we have been blessed.
God has been so faithful in providing for us!
We not only have a God who is soooo giving and good,
but friends who are so giving and so good!
It's unbelievable. It's amazing. It's humbling.
I'm overwhelmed once again..........

Monday, June 16, 2008


How sweet it is to be 17!
Its true - Amber and Ashley are 1 more year closer to being able to vote and buy cigarettes.

Ashley Nicole

Your picture is in the dictionary under "sweetheart". Your loving, giving, heart is so apparent in all you do. Your sensitive and creative. I'm so blessed to have a daughter who cares more about others then herself. It's been so great watching you be involved in the leadership ministries at church! I love you so much and pray that you protect that open heart of yours, but not so much that you don't let other's see how beautiful you are :}

Amber Noel

Your picture is under "dictator" just kidding. You are so strong and independent that sometimes it scares me (probably because I see so much of me in you). You want so much to grow up and take on so much responsibility - but remember the words of our favorite Trace Adkins song "Your gonna miss this". Take your time and enjoy every stage that your in - your right where God wants you! I love you and am so thankful for a fun & wonderful daughter like you!!!

Happy 17th TWINkies!

How sweet it is....................

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I love you Daddy

As I look back on my childhood I see how lucky I was to have a father like you! You are probably the kindest - do anything for anyone - man I know! You have always been there for me with words of wisdom (sometimes A LOT of words) a hug or just a kiss on the forehead. The point is you were always there, always involved - from Indian Princess' (Big Flame and Little Spark), to coaching, to homework, to taxing, to being my personal ATM (we won't tell Mom how much ATMing you did), to just being a loving & fun Dad. Our family has always been your priority! I don't think you ever missed one of our soccer/softball/baseball/volleyball games and/or singing - theatre shows (and with 4 kids doing stuff all at once that is a huge task!) We were blessed with numerous camping trips every year! We got to travel around the whole US in our Motorhome! And all of our Lake Tahoe camping (which happen to be conveniently located down the streets from the casino's) with everything from water rafting to bike rides. We weren't the richest family on the block but we quite possibly were the richest in love & family spirit! Your Godly example had a huge impact on how I raise my kids. I don't think I could have been blessed with a better father - I love you Daddy.

And because you are such an involved, loving Grandfather - my kids are blessed also!

And for putting up with this group - you will surly be rewarded in heaven!!!!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


There's nothing better than a 4th grade play to end the year with!

It was cute and humorous

and I actually learned somethings about California

(better than boring and long)
And just to make you feel like you were actually there...................

I'm so glad they did this and that she had a blast being in it!

(you would have thought she was staring on Broadway - she was so nervous and excited)

I think it's important for the kids to learn about where they live.

Last year they learned all about Orange County (I also learned a lot from this play).

Fun Stuff............

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Happy Bday Graciepoo

Happy 5th Bday my special little niece!

you are a blessing to our family!

and Mandy's little buddy................

we love you sooooo much!!!!


Thursday, June 5, 2008

distant cousins..............

On Tuesday night we went down to San Diego to see my Dad's cousin's son, wife & kids (did you get that?) I first met Lance and Kristen in Montana a couple of years ago at a "Cheney Family Reunion" (one of the best trips we ever took) and just this last year got reconnected with Kristen through the blogging world! Sooo cool - this blogging thing! They are such great people and we had a really fun dinner at Pat and Oscars (yummy bread sticks). They were out here because she ran the big marathon in San Diego - you go girl!

It's a cousin sandwich :)

The Momma's (Me, Courtney, & Kristen)

A whole bunch of Cheney's!

Mandy & Morgan = new buddies

It's a blessing to have family all over the country and to feel so connected with them! It was great to see you guys - I feel an Idaho trip coming on :}