Saturday, February 27, 2010

Unusual Snow Day!

It doesn't really snow in Branson. It's a RARE thing. I spent an entire month in Utah and it didn't snow at my parents house ONCE while I was there. So, I was pretty excited to see it snow in Branson. It wasnt a huge storm (in comparison to Utah storms), but it was big for Branson and we had a lot of fun.

Building a Snowman!
Snow Angels!!!

Why do ALL kids do this?? Such a fun part of growing up.


Our weird Snow Man. Cameron is very creative! A punch bowl for a hat, sunglasses, classic carrot nose, a sunglass case for a mouth, a scarf, golf balls for buttons (later, we changed them to lids of sippy cups because they are bright colors), and a crutch for one arm and a fishing pole for the other!!! Our special snowman!! Notice all the snow in our front yard was used to create him.

Mommy, I'm COLD!!!!

A wonderful day followed by hot chocolate and candy canes!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Utah Pics!!!

Just some more random pictures of Utah. We went to a Grizzlies game because my nephew Jamison's choir sang the national anthem at it.
Kashton LOVED his hotdog!!!
He ate the entire thing and danced to all the loud music.
He loved the Hockey game, but he really LOVED the zamboni. We lasted until the third quarter and then he didn't enjoy the game anymore. It was WAY past bed time. :)
One of the BEST things about my trip new, beautiful niece Taygen Lola!

My brother Sean's birthday!!! 42, I think!!!
Oprah has this new challenge. No texting or talking on the phone while driving. But she didn't say ANYTHING about taking pictures while driving. :) I had to photograph my beautiful mountains!!!!

You never know what sort of circumstances we will find ourselves in when we feel inspired to pray!!
Playing with one of his favorite cousins, Aitanna.
I have the BEST family!!! My brother Jess who always makes me laugh and can always put me in the best mood. It makes me instantly happy just to see this picture.
My sweet and humble daddy!!! ( surprise here!!!)
My awesome brother Joe!!! My nemesis growing my best friend!!! eating and ALSO no big surprise here either!
My beautiful sister-in-law Wendy!!! Wish I could hang out with her all the time. She inspires me to be a better person.
Two cousins having a good time together!!!
Cute Gabriel!!!!
Nothing beats hanging out with cousins!!
Jess and Wendy and their family!!
Joe and his family (we missed you Maria and Alex).
Playing basketball!!!!

The flight back to Missouri!!!! What a depressing day!!! But Kashton was SO excited to fly in an airplane. He talked about it for two weeks!!!!
In the airplane with his monkeys. He knew he'd be safe if he had his "friends" with him.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Play Day with Cousins

While I was in Utah, I really wanted to go to Gardner Village and take Kashton to my dad's old bakery. The bakery was always a huge part of my life and even though dad doesn't own it anymore, I still wanted to show it to Kashton. So we had a fun little date with cousins to Gardner Village.

I wanted Kashton to see the water wheel that is a part of his great, great, great grandfather, Archibald Gardner's grist mill.

Cousin Emmie. Kashton had SO much fun getting to know his cousins. He just loved them and continues to talk about them all the time. We took them on a tour to the bakery and he got to see Grandpa's old mixer. He thought that was pretty cool!!!

Inside the big walk-in freezer. BBBRRRRR!!!!
"Mommy, can you see my breath??"

In front of the showcases out front!

A special picture for me. I remember growing up with my face pressed to the showcases all the time too. Yummy treats from my daddy's bakery. Secret confession: I use to sneak those little gingerbread men all the time. :) Hope I don't get in trouble for that comment. :)
They look delicious but sadly, just don't taste as good. They're missing the magical Duane Tuckett touch!!!! Quality over quantity!!
Sweet AJ (Anna)!!! Kashton just loves "A yay"!

Outside Grandpa's old bakery!

The only decent picture I could get of Kashton. It was past his nap time and he was grouchy. But here, he's watching the ducks and was momentarily happy.
What a fun day!!! I wish we could do that once a week!!! Thanks for such a fun day Wendy, Emmie, and AJ. We'll have to do it again next year!!