Sunday, March 29, 2009

GREATEST Neighbors Ever!!!

SOOOOO......Katie and Waki our great neighbors are so good to us.  Katie and I went and ate at Macaroni Grill a while ago and loved the Shrimp Portifino...
                   WELL....................Last night they came over with all this in hand, she had made all of this delightful stuff for us.  We have such a good time with them and the kids just love them.  They are definately our adopted GrandParents.....
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Saturday, March 28, 2009


So the other day Russ and I were trying to find a babysitter to go to the temple, after many cancellations and no answers we decided we better just take turns or we are never going to make it.  I was going first, leaving him home with the kids then Saturday Russ could go.  The kids walked in and saw me in Church Clothes and Russ not, they looked at me and asked, "mom where are you going?"  I said, to the Temple. Then Madi said and dad isn't, No I said he is going to stay with you kids.  Koda looked at me with squinted eyebrows and said, "Your going to the temple to marry someone else?".   Amazing sometimes what these young ones must think.  Glad he actually asked and we were alble to clear it up.  Love you Bubba

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hiking Red Rock

Red Rock is a great place in Vegas to go for a great PICNIC and HIKE.  We went with some good friends Ryan and Becca Nelson. My brother Buck and sister Kari were with us also  We had a great lunch and then let the kids explore.  We didn't over due it this time but hoping to go higher the next.  It's such GREAT WEATHER, we wold be crazy not to be out............

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fun with Friends and Family

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We had a great few days with Kari, Buck and Jake visiting for a few of their spring break days.  We went downtown, hiking to Red Rock (pictures to follow) and played in the backyard.  It is always fun to have them visit.  The kids just love all the attention they get from these big kid adults.  

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tia Turns 2!!!

Happy Birthday My Little Tia, man where do I begin.  Tia is so much fun, she is polite, excited about everything and doesn't miss a beat.  She was so adorable all two days we celebrated, I wish I had a Video Camera on her the whole time. Thanks for all who came to the Festives and all the Fun Gifts.  HOLY COW!!!!!!  
      5 things I am loving about Tia...........She calls Pocket....Pockee and Jacket Jackee....... She wants you to hold her and sit on the couch constantly......... She climbs out of her crib in the night to come and check on mom and dad........She dances like she is riding a horse but only in a circle with one stiff leg.....................She tells us when she is Poopy and brings her diaper to prove it.   Thanks Tia!!!

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See the excitement she had, this was her reaction to almost everything..............

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First Fondent Cake done by MOM DAD MADI AND KODA (literally)

Tia got this Bear from our adopted Grandparents Katie and Waki.  It sings and dances and is the most adorable thing I have ever seen.  The songs just make you happy.  Thanks Guys.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Letter to Parents:

So I am laying in bed last night when Russ told me he wrote his parents last week, this is what he wrote, I cracked up and had to journal this so I would have it forever.  Man I love him, he is a riot.  Thanks Russ.

Hello Mom and Dad,

It is good to hear from you. I am sorry to hear that Dad had a nasty fall, we will stop praying that you will be humble, instead just healthy. The family is doing well. I am working a lot. You would never think working 6 days straight would be hard but it is. We are positive though because most people right now are just glad to have work.

Madison and Dakoda are doing well in school. Dakoda loves his teacher (Mandi) and I do too. Tia is now taking off her own diaper and showing us that it is "Poopy"

Mandi is busy saving us money on groceries, teaching cute kids, learning about photo editing software, updating our blog, planning our vacations and just outright saving the world.

I finished my hunters safety class and I am planning a hunt with Mandi's family and maybe some folks from work.

I put our genealogy on the church website but I accidentally sealed Mandi to her Grandfather. I hope I did not mess the whole thing up.

Mandi and I are trying to get the temple as much as possible so I can work at the veil, the last time we went the sessions were full so we ended up doing sealings.

It is good to hear from you two keep up the great work, we will keep praying for you and for heaven sakes stay in a good athletic position when walking and shaky ground.

Love Russ Mandi Madi Koda and Tia

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sledding @ Mt. Charleston

One thing we have loved about where we live is we are within 20-30 minutes from the mountains of Vegas.  Mount Charleston .There is a ski resort and great places to go 4 wheeling.  It has been a good get away for us.

Playing Catch-Up

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            Snowmobiling with Craig and Julie at Brianhead.  
 What a fun Weekend Get Away.       Recommended to Everyone.

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We met up with our Good Friends from Omaha The Perrows.  Guy, Jen, Chloe, Eli and Dash.  The kids have missed them so much and they all picked up where we left off.  We had a great couple days with them.  What more could a kid as for???????