Monday, November 30, 2009

Turkey trot, 50th anniversary, Thanksgiving

We started off the Holiday with Annual McDonald School Turkey Trot! They have 100 teams. Each team has someone from each grade 1st, 2nd,3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. They line up the grade and let them run a 1/2 mile or so to the finish line. As the kids cross the finish line they get a stick with the place they got 1st all the way to 50th place. At the end when all the grades have raced they add up the score of each team and which ever team has the lowest score each member of the team wins a turkey! This a tradition at Mcdonald Elementary for the last 19 years. All my kids have participated and this year I finally got pictures!
We then left for San Diego to have Thanksgiving with the Penningtons and celebrate Steve's mom and dad's 50th Wedding anniversary! It was so fun! We had a house right on the beach in oceanside! We played on the beach, watched movies, went to movies and ate more food than anyone should! It was great to play with cousins and see Steve and his brothers together! They are so fun! It was great to Honor Steve's Parents! 50 years! That is incredible! They are so good to us and our kids! We love them!Here are all the 3rd graders lined up ready for the race - Grace is in the middle with the brown jacket with blue gap and grey pants
And they are off! Yes they run no matter what the weather! This year was fairly mild - no snow falling!
Here she is coming into the finish line! Her team actually won 2nd - no turkey - but they got to come up in front of the whole school and be acknowledged for being 2nd! She was pretty excited! She got like 28th for the 3rd grade out of 60 or so
We landed in San Diego and went to the SS MIDWAY - It is a navy airplane carrier museum. It was pretty cool
Lauren looking pretty fierce flying the Helicopter
They were pretending they were crashing! HA funny kids
The beach was so great! Lovely Weather!
Grace and her cousin Megan! Lots of seashell finding! I think we even brought home a rock! It was really special!
I even taught Heidi how to make my famous drip castles!
The water was pretty cold but the weather was in the 70's
More playing at the beach! We love the beach
Some of the Cousins hanging out

Monday, November 16, 2009

What Matters Most

I finished my gratitude fireside last night and one of the YW leaders sent me this link! I love it! You will love it too! And I love all of you!!

Silent gratitude is of no use to anyone! So thank you for all you do and all the love you give by leaving me comments! And those of you who don't leave comments Thank you for being interested in how my family is doing!

Monday, November 9, 2009

November the month of GRATITUDE!

I am speaking at a Youth Fireside and in my quest for interesting information I stumbled across this little ditty! LOVE IT!

A little bit of Catch up!

A few pictures to catch us up!Homecoming Parade for the University of Idaho - No one we know on this float but I liked it!
Grace on the PEG float!

Trick or Treating! Grace is a Smurf! It was a crazy night! We had a Uof I Ball game and Stake conference!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

And he Turns 16!!!

While we were gone to the funeral Derek turned 16. Since I was going to be gone and he didn't want to do anything I made up a little surprise for him! I had 30 shirts made with a Happy Birthday Derek Pennington and a picture on them. He was surprised!!! He had no idea! He thought it was so funny! Every class had people wearing the shirts and they would sing Happy Birthday to him! He said it was pretty fun! Thanks to my cute neighbor and his friends for passing them out and wearing them!Here he is opening his Presents early Sunday before we left!

Savannah and her friend modeling the shirts for me! Since I was gone no one got a picture! The funny thing is I have had people ask me if they can get one! They are all gone! HAHAHA