Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Whaley House & other spooky places... ooooOOOoooo

When we were in San Diego we went to "Old Town" a few times to eat and look around and such. I really loved seeing all of the old buildings and hearing the creepy stories. One place I noticed was the Whaley House. I recognized it from various shows I've seen about America's most haunted houses. IT is rumored to be THE most haunted. Heather and I decided it would be fun and spooky to go on the ghost tour. We got to go to each room and hear of all of the stories and the history. It has a very interesting history, go HERE to read it if you're interested. Heather nor I experienced anything out of the ordinary until we were at the very end of the tour and Heather was snapping pictures. She was taking pictures of a particular desk in the music room ad couldn't get the pictures to focus. She'd shoot anywhere else, even in the same room and the pictures turned out crystal clear, but never when she would take a picture of the desk area. Very weird! She had to have taken at least 10 pictures, even from different angles and all of them were out of focus. I even like to think I caught a little something in a couple of the pictures
I took when I was walking around the outside of the building. I know it's more than likely just light and shadows playing tricks on my eyes but it's still fun! I know that if I ever saw anything in real life I would crap my pants! See what you see in my pictures below, click to zoom in on them.
....also, if you want to you can read Heather's post on it HERE

Heather and I with the Docent who gave the tour

We also got to visit the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island that is also reportedly haunted by the ghost of a young woman named Kate Morgan who stayed there and died there in the late 1800's. It was also the backdrop for the Marylin Monroe movie "Some Like It Hot" which I saw when I was younger and vividly remember this hotel in it. It was cool to play on the beach where Marylin Monroe probably spent some time!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our San Diego Vacation

So I was feeling pretty sad knowing that our little family is going to be spending a lot of time apart for the next year, so I told Cory we should do a spur of the moment trip to California and just spend a weekend on the beach. We haven't taken the time (or money) to go to California yet and we're so close how could we resist. After all, who knows where we'll end up for the next 4 years! I told my friend Heather and they wanted to go too, and then the Jones's ended up joining us too! We left on Friday and came home Monday. We all got a smokin' deal on a hotel thanks to Priceline and were able to have a great, much-needed trip!

I was busy packing while Cory was playing a little Guitar Hero (what a working/Cory playing...:) and I asked him to get the girls dressed and Kristen comes walking over looking kind of strange. Cory thought he was "done" dressing her... I showed him what she looked like and he said "What?!) That's so "in" these days!

Here is a slideshow of all of our pictures from the trip since there are so many! We had a blast!!!

Heather also took some great family pictures of us while we were there that I'll put in a different post. Stay tuned!
We enjoyed San Diego so much we were kind of wishing we could do a Residency there! Here are a ton of pictures of our fun getaway!

Weenie Roast!

A couple of weekends ago a lot of our friends went camping in Sedona, but we weren't able to go and neither were our friends the Phillips. So Liora had a genius idea to have our own little weenie roast in our back yard. It was so much fun, complete with ghost stories by the fire! Best of all we got to sleep in our warm, toasty beds while all of our friends FROZE up north (don't you dare pretend you didn't people!) Thanks for the great times and memories Heber, Liora, and kiddos!

This is the "Dark Area" of the yard. You can't tell because of my flash obviously, but the girls were having the best time stepping in to the shadows and making each other scream. It was great!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A first

Kristen has been wanting to sit on her little potty the last couple of mornings, so I humor her and let her sit till she (or I) get too bored. This morning she sat for about 15 min. then she went PEE! I know this isn't the start of potty training and it's just a fluke, but at least she knows what happens now! It was about this age that Lauren "poo" trained in the potty but didn't get the staying dry part down till she was 2 1/2 so we'll see! I definitely don't want to be potty training while moving 2 times this summer :/ Here she is saying "I di-it!"

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Sunday

We had a lovely Easter this year! We got to go to church to feel the spirit and listen to stories of our savior, we had a relaxing afternoon at home and then we had a yummy dinner at our friend's, the Phillip's house in the evening! It was good times and great food! Thanks guys! Ready for church!

The girls got little puppies from the Easter Bunny. They loved them so much they just HAD to be in the picture :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt: Part 2

Well, today's Easter egg hunt turned out a little differently than planned. We had to have it inside because it rained all night and this morning!!! I would expect that in Idaho, but not here in Arizona! I'm shocked they even had a back-up plan. Someone must have checked the forecast. :) It was fun but VERY crowded. The girls got treats and trinkets, iced some cookies, and Lauren sat on the Easter Bunny's lap. Kristen wouldn't get close to him. She was about 10 feet away crying and screaming at the sight of him!

Easter Egg Hunt: Part 1

Today was our first Easter Egg hunt of the year. My friends Liora and Aubree planned it and had it on the big lawn at the on-campus apartments where we used to live. The girls loved it. Note the chocolate smears on Kristen's face.
Tomorrow we go to the hunt put on by Cory's school. We have other opportunities for more egg hunts but we thought these 2 might be enough! Easter Egg Hunt Part 2 coming tomorrow!

Friday, April 10, 2009

More relatives...

Cory's Uncle Wade and Aunt Susan and a couple of his cousins were in Phoenix for a little vacation from the Seattle area. They stayed at the Arizona Grand Resort. They invited us down for a day of swimming, sunbathing, and catching up. It was great to see them again! Cory especially enjoyed the water slides!