Monday, August 29, 2011


Tristan and Jasen headed back to school today. Jasen is excited to be with his friend in Ms. Rodrigues' class, and Tristan seems to be pretty happy to have Mrs. Newby. We went down and met both teachers last week, and they seem very nice and on top of things. It's a little sad knowing that this is Tristan's last year of elementary school, but it's exciting too.

Jasen- 3rd grade

Tristan- 5th grade


Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Last night was another Pack night for our scouts. This month was very special because Tristan received his Arrow of Light, which is the highest award a cub scout can earn. He also earned his Webelo badge, Religious Knot, and a compass emblem. Tristan and the other boys who earned their Arrows of Light were also welcomed into the Boy Scouts, and once they will advance up when they each turn 11. So Tristan now has his Boy Scout neckerchief, slide and book, and he is excited to join the big boys in January.

This month Jasen also earned his Badminton beltloop, and he was pretty happy about that.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Today Cahl celebrated his Dirty 30! I made cards for each kid to fill out, with a picture of each kid with their dad, and they wrote down their favorite things about him. Then I bought a 4 section frame, and we framed the cards and gave it to Cahl. We also got him new pants, and sticking with tradition- new socks. Tristan was also very excited to order Cahl some bbq sauce and rub from Rudy's, their favorite ever bbq place down in Texas. We also took him out to dinner and had a "haircut party" for him and the boys. They all got back-to-school haircuts! I even made him one of my famous coal bucket cakes for his birthday, and I think he was pretty proud! :) Happy Birthday babe! We love you SO MUCH!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Catch Up

Wow, it's been a little while since I posted anything on here. I guess today I will play catch up!

All 3 boys went on a week long trip to Oregon to stay with Cahl's mom earlier this month, from the 7th to the 12th. It was weird having them gone, but I also got a lot done around the house so that was nice. And they really had a great time. I gave each one of them a disposable camera to take along, and when I get them film developed I plan to make each of them a scrapbook of their pictures.

While the boys were gone, Cahl and I went out with Brinley one night. We went to dinner, and then headed down to the Strip. I had gotten us some really cheap tickets to Madam Tussuad's wax museum, so we went and saw that. The one here is much smaller than the one in Hollywood, but it was still a cheesy fun thing to do. Since the museum is right in front of the Venetian, we stood out front for a little while and watched the gondolas go by, listening to the gondoliers singing away. That is another cheesy and fun thing that I would like to do at some point while we live here. Then we walked down to Caesar's and walked through the forum shops, before heading back up to watch the Volcano show at the Mirage. Brinley sat on Cahl's shoulders and LOVED the show! She laughed and clapped so loud ever time it exploded. When that show was over, we walked up to see the pirate ship show in front of Treasure Island, but it got cancelled due to wind gusts. But it was still a fun night out for 3!

Since the boys have been home, we have been busy getting ready for school to start. Tristan, Jasen, Cahl and I all start back up on the same day, so it's been busy getting all of our supplies and books ready and class schedules figured out. This will be Cahl's last semester of school, so that is also really exciting for us.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


We headed up to the cabin for a few days to get out of the heat with Cahl's mom. It was just us, so it was nice and quiet. The boys had a great time riding the 4 wheelers, and Cahl built them a zip line that kept them busy for hours! We also went up to some underground caves. Not my idea of a great time, but the boys love them, and so I went through with them.

Cahl found a "Walking Stick" bug on the way home

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Raingutter Regatta

The boys' Raingutter Regatta for Scouts was held last. Both boys worked hard on their boats, and they each ended up taking 4th place. Jasen also finally received his Wolf book, neckerchief and slide. And Tristan received his Readyman pin.