Tuesday, July 22, 2008


1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

I have loved seeing this on other peoples blog and totally want to play along

Better Late then Never

I have to just say a little something about the 4th of July. We had a really fun day..my parents came up to spend the day with us. We also had a BBQ planned for that afternoon with Dan's family so they just came along with us. The BBQ was really fun and we got to meet some of Kerrie's family.

OH...I don't think I have ever announced on the blog who Kerrie is.... we are so excited to be getting a new member of the Powers family. Jack (Dan's dad) is getting remarried!! They met on ldssingles.com at the end of April...they had so many things in common and new too many of the same people for this to be a coincidence. They both lost their spouses to cancer about 3 years ago and are just so happy to have found each other. And we could not be happier for them. I have never seen Jack so happy ever nor have so much ambition. He's come alive again. They are getting hitched on August 2nd in Cedar City!!!

anyway, back to the 4th. We had a great BBQ..the kids had a great time on Grandpa's four-wheelers, tramp and slides. My sister-in-law took some great pictures which I will post when I get them from her.... After the BBQ we took off with my parents to Park City to try and get some shopping at the outlets in, but by the time we got there they had already closed so we decided to go to a movie. What was I thinking taking a 14 month old to a movie...I ended up walking around a health food grocery store for 2 hours because it was the only thing opened that late. But everyone else enjoyed the show...I have now seen the previews and first 4 minutes of the movie Hancock. Then it was back to Heber just in time for fireworks. Dora loved them and just laid on mine and my moms lap staring with amazement. It was fun to see her little eyes light up and say "WOW" "oohh ahh" GREAT DAY!!

The real point to this post are these pictures...Dora was a cheerleader for the USA. She looked so cute...I can't tell you how many people stopped us and complemented on how cute she looked!! and of course as her mother, I have to agree. (for some reason I can't rotate the pictures, but you get the point)

We are alive...

..I was so relaxed by the vacation that I haven't blogged in weeks. We did make it back from Mexico and had a fabulous time. I think we would've enjoyed a more authentic Mexican experience...we were still too close to the border and was much too touristy for our us. The town we stayed in really catered to the 18-25 year old spring break crowd, if you know what I mean. There was a lot of loud music, drunk kids and crazy driving...which wasn't what we were really looking for with our 1 year old daughter in tow. But we definitely realized how good we have it in the States. I haven't been across the border since I was a little girl and it was amazing to me how immediately things were different. First of all driving was insane...Dan did an amazing job. I would never have wanted to drive there at all. I thought we were going to die so many times, plus our GPS didn't work in Mexico, the roads were closed that we had directions to and we just were amazed by the crazy maneuvers people would pull. We got lost on our way back from the zoo for like an hour driving around in circles just trying not to get killed. We decided after that we would just stay in Mexico for the rest of the trip.

Top Five Highlights of the Trip

5. Dora at the Beach- she couldn't get enough of the water..until she tried to drink it..nasty

4. Riding Horses on the Beach.

..at first she was really scared but then she could see what the guide was riding and then she figured out that's what she was on and she couldn't stop giggling. My arm was sore for like 3 days from holding on to her so tight. Doesn't Dan look good on a horse. By the way, on Day one he fried his legs and had to wear his only pair of pants for the rest of the trip....his legs just stopped peeling like 2 weeks ago

3. Having absolutely nothing to do while Dora took her naps everyday...

We would just watch TV, nap ourselves or I would go pool side and lay out. It was so nice...I don't think we ever left the condo until 1:oo pm. We probably would have done a lot more if we hadn't taken Dora but it was so relaxing we didn't mind. We also learned that we need to get a King size bed...after a week on that thing a queen just won't do.

2. USS Midway:

We had some time to kill before our flight home so we toured the USS Midway which is a huge air craft carrier docked in the harbor. It was a neat tour-we each had a head phone set and listened to personal stories and facts as you walked through. We could have gone to Disneyland for the price of this tour, but we felt it was well worth it and would do it again. In fact, we really want to go back to San Diego on our next trip...there's so much to do there and the weather is perfect

1. San Diego Zoo...

This is an incredible zoo. The animals have awesome enclosures...they have animals that I had never even heard of or seen...like weird crosses between different animals and such. The greatest thing was the double stacked buses...you could essentially see everything sitting down and could get off and on if you wanted to see things up close. They have a really fun kids zoo where you could pet and roam around with goats, horse, etc. It was a really fun day and we got to eat at In and Out burger...which I hate to admit but was my favorite meal of the trip. The food in Mexico wasn't everything I had dreamed about but luckily didn't get any of us sick either.

A big shout out needs to go to my dad for being our taxi driver to and from the airport and to Aaron, Carrie, Nickle, Jack, Lucy and Tank for watching Buddy for the entire week. He was naughty dog too...ran away like 10 times a day and almost had the pound called on him for disturbing the peace...