Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008

Christmas was a very busy time for us, however lots of fun. We had several family christmas party's that we went to and of course christmas at home with our kids. I think my favorite part of christmas is watching my kids open their presents. It is also wonderful to remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. We have been blessed over this last year and for that we are thankful.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dance Recital

Well today was the dance recital for Jordan, Alyssa, & Mikayla. Jordan performed in three numbers and also got to hand out programs at the door. Alyssa & Mikayla each performed in one number. Alyssa and Jordan were also able to perform in the daddy daughter dance with Clint. Alyssa did the part with the younger girls and Jordan did the part with the older girls. Mikayla will have to have a turn next recital. So many girls and only one Clint. Clint does not dance, he hates it and he has two left feet. The girls love doing the daddy daughter dance with him. He is such a good sport and Dad that he practices and does the dance with them. He did a great job. The girls did a great job as well. Mikayla's dress was too cute, all the little girls looked like little princesses. This was Mikayla's first recital and she really enjoyed it and did the cutest job. Alyssa loved her dress, she especially loved the sparkles and the flowing skirt. She was just adorable. Jordan did so good in all three of her numbers. Jordan is so graceful when she dances, She just loves to perform. It is so much fun and so cute watching the girls perform, not to mention how cute they look in their dresses.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blog Catch-Up

Well I have gotten a little behind on my blogging, so I will catch up on this blog.


We received a letter from the school nurse letting us know that Alyssa may need glasses. Apparently when the school did there annual eye testing Alyssa didn't do as well as she should have. I made an appointment with the eye doctor. Alyssa did great during her eye exam, the doctor told me that she has astigmatism in her right eye and is far sided in her left eye. The doctor said that by wearing her glasses her vision may correct itself, that is what we are hoping for. Alyssa picked out her glasses. She saw a pair of purple & pink glasses and that is what she wanted. I think she was even more excited about the purple case with pink and blue stars on it. The doctors office called and let us know that her glasses were in, so we went and picked them up today. She like's her glasses, so we are glad & she looks cute! She doesn't have to wear them all the time, just when she does school work, home work, reads or colors.


Well on Wednesday (11/19/08) I went visiting teaching. I left Mikayla at home with my Aunt Sonia. While I was gone my aunt went to the bathroom and Mikayla was sitting on the couch watching cartoons. When my aunt came out Mikayla was gone. My aunt started calling her name and Mikayla would not answer. My aunt looked upstairs and downstairs, no sign of Mikayla, she went in the back yard and still no sign of Mikayla, she went out to the front yard and still no sign of Mikayla. She came back in the house and was calling her name and still no answer, she decided to go upstairs again, at this point my poor aunt was in tears and was getting ready to call me when Mikayla appeared out of no where. Well it turns out she was told she couldn't have any more candy and so when my aunt went to the bathroom she grabbed some candy out of the pantry and went and hid in her closet to eat it.

Oh and the next morning I was talking to her and I told her that I loved her, she just looked at me and put her hand on her hip and said "Oh yea, prove it"


On Saturday 11/15/08 Clint's step-brother David got married. He was married in the Arizona Temple. What a busy day. We had to be at the temple by 10am, which meant we had to leave our house by 9am, which meant we had to be up by 7am. After the wedding their was pictures of course, Clint's Uncle John was the photographer (he is a really good photographer). After the wedding was the family luncheon, we then went to the hotel where some of Clint's family was staying. Clint and Lason(Clint's Step-brother) took our kids and Lason's kids swimming in the hotel pool and me, Phyllis(Clint's mom) and Joleen(Lason's wife) went to go decorate for the reception. Well then of course we had the reception and then we had an hour drive home. We got home at about 10pm. It was a wonderful sealing, the spirit was wonderful in the sealing room and the reception turned out great. We don't know Diane very well yet, but we look forward to getting to know her. David is just wonderful, I have no doubt that he will be a great husband and father!!

Clint and David

Our family with David & Diane

Family members on Clint's side of the family

Jordan caught the bouquet. This is the 3rd bouquet she has caught, she caught my cousin Tanya's, Clint's cousin Sonia's and Diane's


Time out for women is put on by Deseret Book and they came to Arizona on Saturday 11/8/08. Normally it is just time out for women, but this year they added the girls (ages 12-18). I went with my friend Jennifer Foxx and her daughter Elizabeth. It was absolutely wonderful. What a great spirit that we felt while we were there. Jenny Jordan Frogley, Cherie Call, Abe Mill from Jericho Road and Hilary Weeks performed. They were fabulous, their music is so good. I bought Taylor Cd's from each of these LDS artist and she met them and had them sign her CD cover. John Hilton III and Laurel Christensen were Motivational speakers and they were good as well. It went from 9am-3pm. Well worth the tickets. Taylor really enjoyed it and she loves her new Cd's. It was nice to be able to spend time with Taylor and do something together.

Me and my Taylor

Taylor & Elizabeth

We each received on of these book bags


On Saturday evening (11/8/08) Alyssa lost her first tooth. She was so excited, Clint helped her pull it out and it didn't even hurt. She put her tooth under her pillow and of course the tooth fairy came, That was the most exciting part for her.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Volleyball Season Is Over

Volleyball season at the school has ended for Taylor. This evening the team got together for awards and cake. Taylor and Diana (the other girl that was captain of the team along with Taylor) both received the award for being the anchors of the team. Taylor is sad that the season is now over. I am going to miss going to her games. She did very well and we are proud of her efforts.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Since today was election day, our ward asked for some volunteer's to stand out by the school where everyone in our district goes to vote and hold our yes on prop 102 signs. We stood out there for hours. We were so tired by the end of the day, but we feel so strongly about this issue. All and all the day went pretty good. We had one guy roll down his window and call Clint a homo-hater and another guy mumbled something under his breath as he walked by(we are sure it wasn't anything nice). Other than that we had several people who thanked us for standing out there, we also had lots of people giving us thumbs up and a few people with questions about the prop. We are so glad that prop 102 passed.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Grandma & Grandpa Merrells House

On Saturday we got up and drove to Safford for Clint's cousin Darci's wedding. After the wedding we went to Clint's Grandparents house in Duncan, it's about 40 minutes from Safford. We ate dinner with them and we spent the night, we also spent Sunday with them. Grandma and Grandpa Merrell are absolutely wonderful, they have always been so good to me. I never had the opportunity of growing up with my grandparents, they have always lived in Bolivia. They would come and visit once every 5-8 years or so, so it has been so great having Grandma and Grandpa Merrell in my life for over 14 years now. I am glad that my children have had the opportunity to know their great grandparents. We left Sunday evening around 6pm, they live 4 hours away so we got home around 10pm. It was a nice visit!

The girls had so much fun driving and riding in the back of Grandpa's little tractor. They drove it all over Grandpa's property.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Trunk-R-Treat Party

Well tonight was our wards Halloween Trunk-R-Treat party. They had chillie and corn bread for dinner. All the kids walked around in a cirlce and showed off their costumes, and the best part of all the trunk-r-treat. The kids walked from car to car getting candy. The girls had several pieces of candy eaten by the time we got home.

Alyssa and Mikayla with their bags full of candy

Alyssa and Mikayla with their cousins Josh and Jacob(my brother Oscar's kid's)


Jordan and her friend Rachael.

Taylor and her friends, Afton and Lauren.

My Girls