Monday, January 31, 2011


Mondays are my - one day a week off- do all of my errands- clean the house- grocery shopping- doctor appointment- get caught up at the store- everything else- whatever I want to do- day. When Ron walked in the house alittle after
5 pm, I was in my pajamas fixing dinner. Yep- I did it, today I didn't go out of the house (except to the shed, in the back yard once :) I can't even remember the last time I had a day where I didn't go anywhere. And I was dressed most of the day. By mid afternoon it was 80 degrees up stairs where I was working- so I put my pajamas back on- coolest clothes I could find. And since it will be freezing tomorrow I wasn't about to turn the air conditioner on. Anyway... after I did a few other things- I cleaned out the closet in our bedroom. Actually, what I did, was took all of my stuff out and now that is Ron's closet. (I hope he reads this tonight- before he is hunting around in there for his clothes in the morning :) I'm sure that I totally messed up "his system". I did find the pair of pants that was missing though.

One of the things that I can't figure out is why they would build a closet like this. It's not unusual- lots of homes have them. The doors open in the center, but on each side of the doors there is 3-4 feet of closet space that is really hard to get to. I guess you have to store stuff there that you don't really want to find. lol   Because once I hang clothes there it's really difficult to see what is there. When we were sharing this closet the clothes were hanging so close together there was no space to slide the hangers any direction. At least with less stuff in there you can slide the hangers a little.

Don't feel too sorry for me giving up half of this closet- it just means that I am using both closets in the two spare bedrooms now. lol
And this closet may look organized- but I'm not going to show you what the two spare bedrooms look like right now. The extra stuff had to go somewhere until I can do something with it. (and one bedroom already had Christmas stuff in it waiting to go to the attic).

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Just For Fun...

Whose Baby is This???

Friday, January 28, 2011

6 Different Directions

I am having a difficult time getting to my last Las Vegas post :), stay tuned for that.  Seems like I am being pulled in 6 different directions. Not only with my Silver Hanger responsibilities, but now also end of the month visits, planning Enrichment meetings, preparing a presentation for next Wednesday in Madisonville, a prom fashion show (also next Wednesday), and a weekend trip to Dallas. I'll admit that I am a multi tasker, but this week has been a bit much. I have a few things that have to get done at the store today- then things for next week will just have to wait until Monday.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I Was Distracted this Week...

by cute Christmas stuff, a pie, and a new baby. Now I can get back to my Las Vegas blogging :)
One advantage for three couples in Las Vegas was the option of free, and abundant baby sitters, to give them some "adult time".

One evening Al and Micah were able to go out on the town for dinner.

One evening Mike, Carrie, Ashley and Daniel went out on the town to a show.

One afternoon Annie and Alex went to the temple.

The rest of us enjoyed "kid time". That will be my next post- stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


number 8 was born today at 3 pm. See pics. on the Thompson Family Adventures blog. Long labor but one of the rare VBAC deliveries. Mom and baby are both doing great. Welcome Ryan Michael :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One of My Favorite Things

 And you thought it was going to be a picture of Ron :)
Maybe next time...this time it's key lime pie. And it's a super
easy recipe.

1   9" graham cracker pie shell. (I used "reduced fat")
1   14oz. sweetened condensed milk ( I used "fat free")
3 eggs yolks (whites not used)
1/2 cup key lime juice (I used Nellie&Joe's Key Lime Juice)
Combine milk, eggs, and lime juice.
Pour into crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Cool 10 minutes, then refrigerate.
When serving, top with cool whip. (I used "fat free")
(and pretty much fat free except for those egg yolks :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Brief Time Out...

from our Las Vegas trip. Then I will be back with a couple more posts from the trip. Here are two cute items from Christmas.

A couple of years ago I was given some cute Christmas ornaments and I bought a few more. They don't show up very well on a large tree, so this year I got a small tree to put them on. (Sorry this picture isn't very good) But it made a cute tree and looks perfect with my wooden snowman, from Karen, standing next to it.

This year Ashley made some cute gifts for each of us. She filled a clear glass ball with sand and seashells. The note inside the box says, "May we always remember what CHRISTmas is all about. Let this be our testimony to you- We love our Savior Jesus Christ with all our hearts. He lives! Though we may be compared in number to the sands of the sea, He knows and loves us each as individuals. We love you. Merry Christmas". The little tag on the ball says,  "Remember, remember, try always to be as the man who walked the shores of Galilee." It looks very cute sitting on my shelf next to my "Happiness" plaque and my willow tree statue.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sharks at Mandalay Bay

One of our activities on Wednesday, Dec. 29th, was to go see the "Shark Reef Aquarium" at the Mandalay Bay hotel. It was a good exhibit for the kids and the adults. Somehow we managed to get there right before the huge line formed- remember we are in Las Vegas just a couple of days before the big New Years party- crowds are beginning to gather. lol

Here are some of the "creatures" that could be seen there.

This Christmas tree was in the hallway leading up to the aquarium.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday Evening, Dec. 28

After we had our daytime outing in the Hoover "dam" traffic and most of us bailed out for other activities- our car (me and the Petes) stopped at a Vons grocery store and bought pizza and toppings. They were the fresh, grocery store pizzas and we added extra toppings to one to make it a "veggie" and we also had a pepperoni and a cheese and a cheese with olives. They were really good pizzas. We also had leftover salad from what Ashley and Annie fixed for Sunday and Monday.  During the week we took turns fixing meals. After dinner we decided to take all of the kids and go on a little adventure to the Las Vegas strip. The Bellagio hotel has an amazing fountain. It is described as "spectacular dancing waters with music". It has music and a show every 15 minutes. Sam took mom and Aud in the car. The rest of us walked. Hailey, Owen, and Nicholas were in strollers, the other boys each had hold of an adult, so that adult would not get lost :) Alison had Dallin in the baby pack. The streets and sidewalks were very crowded with people. It was also pretty chilly, so we all bundled up. We ended up walking through one casino, going across one over-the-street-walkway, and taking a short cut (on the way back) through a shopping mall. It was fun to see the fountains and the other lights and sights of the city.  

Ash must have taken this picture.

Micah, Alison and Dallin

Audrey and Sam
Ashley and Daniel

Jaden, Nathan, and Jared


Hailey and Ashley


Alex, Annie, and Weston


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy Happy Birthday...

"Happy happy birthday, Nathan, dear...
Happy days to you all year!"
Keep an eye out for the UPS truck on Wednesday evening :)

"Happy happy..." Okay so I won't sing to Daniel :)
But, he has a birthday on Monday. (No card or UPS truck for you.)
Yours, was an "I paid" and "Ash picked it up deal".
Hope you have a great day and a great year, to a
great husband and father.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Since I use this blog for my journal, the next few posts will be some details from our week in Las Vegas. The pictures are from the Pete's camera-
thank you very much :)
On Tuesday, some of our group wanted to drive out to Hoover dam. The rest of us decided to go along, just because it seemed to be the family outing for the day. Mike and Carrie were in their car. Sam drove a car which included mom, Ron, and Audrey. Al and Micah drove their car and followed Sam. I was in the car with Ashley and Daniel and we were following the Simms van. We only got a short distance outside of Vegas and realized that there was so much bumper-to-bumper traffic, all going to the dam (remember, this is New Years week in Vegas with tons of people), that a 45 minute drive was going to take at least 2 1/2 hours. Mike and Carrie made it just past Boulder City when they turned back. (They stopped for lunch, did some shopping, and went back to Las Vegas to see the lions at MGM and the flamingos at The Flamingo) Our car and the Simms van made it to a park in Boulder City for lunch and then we turned back. The other two cars made it to the dam, only to find very little parking and a couple of other complications that made their visit brief. (They soon headed back to A&W in Boulder City for mid afternoon lunch :) The Petes, the Simms, and I headed to Red Rock Canyon, which was a much better choice for the children.

I guess these are rabbit ears :)