Paul, Kristen. Brayden, Kaiden, Akoy, Kove and Baby Lainie

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Wheels on the bus go round and round

I have been slacking lately... Actually, I spent almost a week on a bus with my mom, grandma and sister. We went from Independence, Missouri to Nauvoo, Carthage, Iowa, Winter Quarters, Nebraska and everywhere in between. We went on this great church tour and it has taken me a little while to get back to "real life." I think all of us had a really neat experience, had lots of funny things happen to us and learned so much more about what the early Saints had to go through. My friends are bugging me to do a post on my trip so here it is.......Really, I am just going to add pics for now then I will do the rest later. I know, I am such a procrastinator but life is a little busy right now.

This is in front of the Nauvoo temple and yes, our heads are cut off. Mandi and I did a session in the temple and when were done we thought we would have time to see the baptismal font before the bus came, so we ran down and saw it. Well, when we got outside to get on the bus, there was no bus. There wasn't anyone else in our group around, except Mandi and I and this older couple. We knew we had been left.... All of us thought that the bus would come back for us so we wandered around and took a few pitures while we were waiting. The older man that was waiting with us took this pic. When he took it he said, "I couldn't see very well, I'm not sure if I got everything. Take a look." I looked at the picture and oops, we had no heads but I said, "Oh it looks great!" I think that I was nervous because time kept going by and our bus had not shown up yet. I just wanted to hurry up and figure out what we needed to do. So we have this great picture without our heads....
AND NO, the bus never came back to get us!!! After 25 minutes all of us decided to start walking. We knew that we were suppose to be eating at the same park that we had eaten lunch but we really had no idea where it was. We headed down hill because we thought that seemed familiar. As we walked in the 104 degree, muggy heat, I kept thinking, they have to come back for us, didn't anyone notice that we were missing? Why hadn't my mom made them go back? They really can't expect us to find our way around in some town none of us had ever been to, can they? Still, no bus came. I tried calling my mom's cell phone about 50 times but she didnt answer. We even tried knocking on someone's door and joked that they probably knew we were LDS and didn't want to let us in. It was at the same time that Mandi was knocking, that my mom called me back. We were so relieved and thought it was pretty funny when we found out that we were just across the street from the park.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Red, White and Blue

This is a picture especially for Sunny. I promised her I would post a pic of Miley.

Wow We look really spent. (I'll blame it on the real windy night we had)

We had a really fun Fourth of July Holiday!! On Thursday night Paul, Brayden, Kaiden and I went to a BBQ/Waterfight in Paul's old neighborhood. I think over a thousand water balloons were filled, gallons of water was thrown from buckets and watercoolers and squirted from hoses and waterguns. There were over fifty drenched kids (and adults) running all over the place. We had a great BBQ with a lot of delicious food and ended the night with their traditional "Cul-de-sac of Fire" with the biggest "legal" foreworks show I had ever seen. All of us had tons of fun!!

Friday we started the morning off with one of Kaiden's most favorite things to do, PULL WEEDS!!! I'm sure it can't just be my son but Kaiden absolutely hates weeding! I have told him a billion times that if he just got in and did it as fast as he could then it would be done before he even had time to complain. He is getting a lot better but we still have to stay on him so he doesn't take ten drink breaks, or check out the neighbors house too many times and to remind him to snap out of his daydreaming. We were only out there for about an hour (even though to Kaiden, it probably seemed like 6 hours) Our front yard looks great now!! Thanks for all your help Paul and Kaiden!!

We weren't planning on going to the Stadium of Fire but I was lucky enough to get tickets from my boss (I LOVE my job!!!) Kaiden, my mom and I have been going for eight years straight and Kaiden was so excited that all of us (including my mom) were going to be able to go again. He and Brayden weren't so excited that Miley Cyrus was there though. The whole night, Paul kept teasing them about having a crush on her and having a hard time controlling their excitement for Miley to come out. Both of them were getting so mad... I was actually really disappointed in her performance. The sound was so awful and you could barely hear what she was singing. The rest of the night was great though, so I won't complain. I am so grateful to be an American, to have all the freedoms that I do and for all of the men and women who are fighting in other countries.

The rest of the weekend we visited with family, relaxed at home and went out to eat a FEW times (Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a hard time spending money on eating out so this was big for us) Last year at this time, Paul and I had been dating about 2 weeks. We already had our Stadium of Fire tickets so we spent the holiday apart. This was a great "first" Fourth of July for us. I can't wait for many more to come.....
I have a lot of great pictures of the holiday but my home computer is DEAD so I will post them soon...


I was tagged by Mindy (Thanks!! I have no idea how this works)
1. What is his name? Paul Wilsons Warner
2. Who eats more? He does, even though he says that I eat almost as much (whatever!!!).
3. Who said I love you first? He did but he was afraid to because we hadn't even been dating 2 weeks and he knew that I freaked out about stuff like that. One night I just said, "It feels like we have known each other forever, things have just fallen into place." At that point he knew that I felt the same way about him.
4. Who is taller? Paul by quite a bit-I love it!!
5. Who is smarter? Both of us are smart in different ways
6. Who is more sensitive? Probably me but sometimes Paul is (don't telll him)
7.Who does the laundry? Me mostly but Paul does it a bunch too. (I love that too)
8. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? I do-I had to get used to not taking up the whole bed :o)
9. Who pays the bills? I do. I am just better about sticking to a budget because I had to for so long.
10. Who cooks more? Hmm, I do most of the time but Paul does a lot too (He is such a good husband)
11. What meals do you cook together? Mostly Sunday dinner but we help each other on all the others too
12. Who is more stubborn? OH ME!! I need to work on this
13. Who is the first to admit they are wrong? Definitely Paul, even when I should admit it
14. Who has more siblings? PAUL!!!! I could never come close to the 14 kids in his family but its a lot of fun!!
15. Who wears the pants in the relationship? I don't think either of us but I think I try to sometimes LOL
16. What do you like to do together? LOTS! We have every other weekend when we have no kids at all (unless Brayden decides he wants to hang out with us) so we have lots of time to do whatever...go camping, snowmobiling (I am just learning to love to do this as much as Paul) go to the movies, out to dinner, just watch dvd's and Paul will even go shopping with me.
17. Who eats more sweets? Its probably a tie but Paul always has to have something sweet after dinner.
18. Guilty pleasures? Too many to list :)
19. How did you meet? I'm going to make something up on this one because I hate admitting the real way. We really did go to highschool together but he was a year younger. I knew of him but he was MR. Popular and I wasn't, so he didnt know me at all. I grew up in his Brother's and sister-in-law's ward but we really met on an lds dating site (I know!! kind of embarassing but it was hard to meet really good LDS guys and I'm SO glad I did it now)
20. Who asked who out first? He FINALLY asked me out on a real date after we had hung out a few times. We were together for over thirteen hours but the time just flew by because we were having so much fun.
21. Who kissed who first? Paul kissed me and it was soooo nice. I even said "Wow, we should have done that hours ago." (cheesy, I know) I was joking but kind of meant it at the same time.
22. Who proposed? Paul. We took all of the boys for a weekend of four-wheeling and he proposed to me up on the mountain, with all the boys watching to see what I would say. It was so cute!!
23. His best feature? Everything! I can't name just one! He has a REALLY nice body :o) but I love his cute smile. I just love all of him!!
24. What is his greatest quality? He has so many! I love that the Gospel and family are very important to him and that he honors his Priesthood-that was really big for me when I met him. He is also very patient. (and he has to be patient with me a lot :o) He is also a great dad to all of our boys. There are just so many things about him.......
I am not sure who I am tagging yet. Sarah when she gets her blog going..

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Summer Fun

Since it is already July, I'll hurry and recap our summer so far..... We started off the first day of summer by going to Lagoon for my company party. It's funny that after all of these year, I still look forward to going. I think it's because this was always a family tradition when I was growing up. It seems like I was able to ride a lot more rides than we got in but it is a little different when you have a bunch of boys. Akoy played Coach Pitch and finished up the second week in June. He is a great hitter and really loved playing. Kaiden played his second year of Little League, his team just ended the city tournament and took third place. Way to go!!! I have always loved watching Kaiden play sports but I especially love baseball, so I hope the boys continue playing. This past weekend we took all of the boys to the Children's Parade in Lehi (except Brayden, he is probably too old to think that the parade is very cool)