Well I guess it is about time that we post our Spring Break 2009 blog. We had such a great time over spring break. We started out on Thursday leaving home at about 2:30p, we were able to enjoy a great visit with Nicole, Trevor, JJ, and kate. The girls and JJ had to join the neighbor kid and perform their marching band down the street. When we realized what was happening they were clear down the road, luckily they live in a good neighborhood and they were having a lot of fun.
We then went on down to Melissa's grandparents home in Pleasant Grove, we were welcomed with open arms by them and were surprised to see her Uncle Jared and his family. It was fun to visit with them as we don't get to see them very often. We were very thankful for the hospitality that Grandma and Grandpa Johnson always show.
Friday we woke up and were off to Las Vegas! We pulled into the little city at about 2:30pm and I figured why not drive down the Strip, as we got off the exit and began into the Strip we were quickly notified by the gas gauge that we needed gas soon. I thought it would be easy to find a gas station if we just went off one of the side roads. Not the case, quick frankly we were very surprised at what we could find on the back streets. We finally found a gas station and were able to proceed down the strip and get to our hotel.
We spent the evening understanding why they call it Sin City, needless to say we weren't too impressed but did enjoy the fountain show at the Belagio.
Saturday we made our way to San Diego, what a fun trip that was as I have never driven in California and found it quite interesting going 90mph in a 65mph zone just to keep up. We found our hotel in Chula Vista and had an enjoyable afternoon on Emperial Beach which we found on accident but were quite impressed. That evening we had some good ol' mexican food, they know how to do it down there.
Sunday we spent the morning in the rain, we went to the temple to look around, it is an amazing temple. We then took Melissa's parents over to emperial beach and enjoyed it in the rain.
Then it was cruise time!
We had an eventful time trying to get on the boat, with the rain, baggage handling, chaos of all the people, and the checking in. When we got on the boat we were impressed. All the food, fun, and people.
We spent that evening getting to know the ship and enjoyed the entertainment. We were ready to do as the entertainment host said "the best to things you can take from this cruise is sleep depreviation and weight gain" We did that!
We enjoyed Catalina Island as one of the stops. We rented two bikes and rode up to the gardens which was mostly uphill, but the ride down was awesome.
In Ensenada we enjoyed shopping at the markets, I had fun speaking spanish and trying to get the best deals I could. We ended up spending more than we should have but it sure was fun.
The cruise experience was awesome, we are thankful Mike talked us into it!
We got of the boat Thursday Morning at about 9:00am and hit the road straight to Pleasant Grove Utah. That was a long trip but we were glad when me made it. We again enjoyed the favorable hospitality of Melissa's grandparents and took our time in the morning getting up and leaving.
We visited again with Nicole and family and then made our way home.
We had such a great time that we are still making up for sleep deprivation and weight gain.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Andrea, Brooklyn and occasionally Melissa love this spot in our house. It is the best space to warm up and the closest to the door. Brooklyn can't come in without going straight to the vent and yelling "turn on the heater".
Trevor got sick of trying to find an outfit for the girls to wear and finally it sent him over the edge, so he took Brooklyn with him to Wal-Mart and found these Hannah Montana shirts and cute pants. He also bought them each a new dress being that the dress searching is what normally drives him crazy. After growing up mainly around brothers, he finds it difficult to understand why the girls won't just wear what he picks out. (Notice where they are standing?)
Saturday, January 24, 2009
We have had some extreme weather so far this winter. Everything from beautiful snowfall to harsh freezing cold winds that whipped up the snow and created huge drifts. We have stayed in good spirits and have taken every chance we could to enjoy the winter conditions.
On one particular morning Melissa took these pictures. The frost was so heavy on the trees that they appeared to be painted white. It was quite the sight to see.
Andrea and Brooklyn love being outside (when it isn't too cold). We spent a few hours one day and built a huge snow cave in a drift by the barn. They had so much fun watching daddy carve the cave bigger and bigger. We built it to the point that we could probably fit 5-6 adults comfortably. The girls were saddened when the winter conditions got so harsh the next day that it caused the cave to slowly sink until it was gone completly.
Trevor enjoys plowing the driveway with the four wheeler and will be outside plowing with the littlest amounts of snow. In fact right now as the snow has started falling again he will be out there shortly.
Winter time is an enjoyable time of the year as our family enjoys sledding at Grandma and Grandpa Wood's house, plowing the driveway, cross country skiing, snowball fights, or just plain playing in the snow. Sorry we don't have the greatest pictures, but we never think of the camera until after the moment is over. Hopefully this blog will encourage us to take more pictures.