Monday, November 24, 2008

Connor's Homework Assignment

Today Connor brought home his school work and Naquel and I got a real laugh! Connor is still working on his spelling (which adds to the charm of this writing) so here is a little translation.

I'm Thankful
By Connor Ross

I'm thankful for earth
but I have to clean it
I'm thankful for Mom
but she is stressed
I'm thankful for money
but I can't count it
I'm thankful for sister
but I fight with her
I'm thankful for so many things,
except of course bears

We find such joy in the way our kids think and perceive the world around them. Connor is such a hard worker in school and mom and dad are so proud of all of his efforts. Keep it up Mr. Man!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today when I came home from work, I saw Sydney getting ready for her Dance Class. She had her pink outfit on and was heading out the door. I was so impressed by how cute and sweet she has become. It's scary just how fast kids can grow up.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Our Last Boating Day of 2008

One of the cool things about living in Las Vegas is that you can go boating out at Lake Mead 8 months out of the year. We are already into November and we took our boat for the last time this year. The water was cooler than we are used to, but bearable, at least that's what Naquel says! It was a nice 75 degree day, and hardly anyone out on the lake. The water was glass the whole time, the best we have seen it this year so far.

Naquel got a very nice picture of me and the kids.

Connor and Brooklyn anticipating the ride.

Even though the water felt a little chilly, the kids still wanted to take one last ride on the tube.

Connor and Sydney like to sit at the very front of the boat.

Brooklyn testing out the water.

Cruising along enjoying the ride.

Chris threw a piece of bread to a coyote watching us clean the boat. We were surprised at how close the coyote came to us.

So now we have to have the boat winterized and stored for the winter, but we look forward to boating next summer. Hopefully we will make it to Lake Powell next summer!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Trip to Utah

When ever we tell the kids we are going to Utah to see Papa and Grandma, they get so excited. This excitement comes at no surprise to us when we see how much love and attention Roger and Becky and the family give the kids. We really appreciate all they do to make such great memories for the kids. This last trip to Utah was no exception either. As soon as we pulled up into their driveway, BJ came outside and started playing with the kids. While unpacking the car, we could hear the kids running and laughing while playing with BJ. It was such a beautiful day and the leaves had just started changing colors. We decided to take a walk down a trail behind the Binghams house. The kids were having a great time free to run and play... but we had to keep a close eye on Brooklyn who is always trying to run into the most dangerous situation she can get herself into.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chicks on the Run

Every October our ward, Elkhorn Springs 1st, has a 5k run smartly named Chicks on the Run. Naquel likes to compete and, I'm proud to say, is usually one of the first women to finish the race. I am so proud of her, and I love the way she takes this so serious. For the last 2 years she has been going running with some of the ladies in our ward every night to keep in shape, and probably more important- decompress all of the days stress and anxiety from dealing with the kids. She is a great example to our family!