Thursday, April 30, 2009

Utah, Family, Friends and GRADUATION!

Last Wednesday we set off to Utah, the place that used to be home. Jack was a gem on the car drive. We stayed at our dear friend's the Fowers whom we class as family. They were so good to us and we loved every minute with them. Jack especially loved them and their ferret and would frequently ask "Cheryl's house please?"

Thursday was spent Geo chasing and catching up with my Brother's family. Yes, we finally got to see Rachael the newest member of our family and she was perfect. To be honest I felt a little awkward holding her. I guess I have forgotten how to hold newborns but my awkwardness aside it was lovely to bond with her and play with Josh. Jack and Josh played really well this time. I love to watch Jack interact with his cousins. We talk about his cousins all the time and he was so excited to see them.



Friday began with more Geo cashing up Rock Canyon and after climbing up rocks we finally found the little treasure. Then there was a lunch with lots of family at Jason's Deli which was delicious! If you haven't gone there you MUST...

...And then it was time for me to Graduate. It was AWESOME! I was a little nervous that I would feel weird as I still have my independent study class to finish by July but I was wrong. It felt very real and wonderful to be with all my dancing friends and great teachers. I was so thrilled to see people so dear to my heart who have would broadened my view of the world and of myself. I have really loved my BYU experience, I have been blessed beyond measure. Looking back on the last 5 and a half years there have been times (after having Jack) that I wanted to give up but I am so happy that I stuck at it. I have learnt how to use my time efficiently and how to prioritize my life. Through gaining an education I have grown closer to my Heavenly Father and have a greater appreciation for his wisdom and Omnipotent knowledge. Having my mum there was very special, I wish my Dad could have been there but it was not to be. My mum and dad and other special people (you know who you are) have sacrificed much in helping me achieve this goal. I will always be indebted to you and pray that I will continue to feast after knowledge and use it for good. Thank-you to Ben's family for sitting through my graduation, you are all so special to me and have adopted me as one of your own, I am very grateful.

After my graduation we hopped over to Ben's. I am so proud of Ben. He graduated with a Masters in Accountancy and now I will brag; he graduated with distinction and Magna Cum Laude. I am so proud of his accomplishments but most of all I am proud of the person he is. He always has put Jack and I before school. He frequently switched up his schedule to make room for family time. Not only is my hubby a smarty pants but he is an exceptional husband and father. He lives an honorable life and demonstrates Christlike qualities each day. I love you Ben!



What can I say, we are a thumbs up kind of family...



The weather man had predicted rain but he was wrong because we had spectacular weather. It was a very special day for me.



Saturday was a lovely day full of family and friends. Thanks to Jessica and Jason we were able to have a big family breakfast at their home, they are always so generous. Our family is quite large and still growing, it is full of many different personalities. Although we are all so different we are held together by the common love of being a family and being there for one another. It was lovely to see everyone and spend time together.



Saturday afternoon we got to see Carlee's baby; Link. I have missed Carlee being just doors away always willing to help and serve me. Her new little baby is tiny and perfect. Jack was especially excited about seeing Reid (Carlee's 2 year old.) They haven't seen each other in almost five months and yet they were thrilled to be reunited. After a fun little play session they said good bye with a snuggle, it was adorable. On the way home Jack told us that he missed Reid the most.

BBQ at the Fowers was full of spectacular food and great company. We got to be with dear friends who were there for us when we first entered the world of married life and are still great friends. We have so many memories together. I love these people so much.

All in all it was a superb trip, one that will not be forgotten.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fun with my Family

My sister in Law, Kim had a baby last month and of course my parents couldn't stay away long. They flew here, to Denver for a few days then went to Utah to see the new bambeno, baby Rachael and then flew back to Denver to finish off their time with us!

One of my favorite things about my family visiting is the English food they bring with them. To be honest I have over indulged to the extreme and will be temporarily starving myself until I feel normal again but it was worth it:)











First week: yucky weather. The highlights were:
Visiting the temple with my sister and Dad, Going on a chilly walk, playing games, doing our family video, visiting the dinosaur tracks, Red Rocks, the Capitol and Downtown Denver, having a wonderful dinner at Cheesecake factory with Ben and my family and laughing until it hurt.










Because of the previous bad weather I ordered beautiful weather and it was GLORIOUS!
Second Week highlights were:
A wonderful nature walk were my mum got scared by snakes, I have never seen her run so fast, Visiting the ZOO, silly jumping, getting ice cream in my hair, doing a photo shoot with Beth modeling my prom dress, going to the Geology museum in Golden and having a big dinner with Ben's family and my family it ended with singing around the piano. Ahh, delightful!












Being Silly











Beth the stunner!


I like this quote about families:

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Family time is great!

*For more photos of the ZOO animal and Beth check out my photography Blog:
http://jessicacarneyphotography.blogspot.com/
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Do you have 6:44 minutes? I assure you you will not be sorry rather your day will improve and you will feel of God's love for you.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

aint no mountain higher

What can I say, when my family gets together we get a little silly...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ben's Birthday!



Dearly beloved it's Ben's special day! Sad for my sweetheart, he didn't get home until 10:30pm last night and then Jack had a night terror and kept us up till 2am. this morning Jack woke himself up crying and continued crying until about 10am, this made the 40 minutes Ben spent at home before leaving for work painful and stressful. Sorry babe!

I thought in honor of my dearest I would share some of his year book photos with you all. Can you find Ben?





What a senior heart throb...


Some interesting facts about Ben

  • Ever since we moved to Colorado he has had the stinkiest toots on earth
  • He claims that I steal the covers each night but each morning there are more covers on his side- I don't get it
  • He has an awesome BBQ chicken recipe... you should make that sometime babe...
  • His food groups are: candy, jello and red meat
  • He rocks at Wii Rock Band
  • He loves a good steak cooked medium
  • He can sniff a twizzlers poll up his nose and out his mouth. Please don't ever ask him to do it, it's disgusting.
  • He is awesome at snowboarding and once started an avalanche while snowboarding in back country
  • He loves the cheesecake that his mom makes
  • He LOVES dried fruit, and when he eats too much has more stinky gas
  • He is addicted to the outdoors
  • He loves wasting time on google earth and google maps
  • His favorite American idol contestant is "Adam" (mine too)
  • When he finds something stupid funny he laughs in a silly way, I love it
  • He is super ticklish
  • He hates it when I touch his feet, especially when I touch his feet with my feet
  • He does great Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite impressions
  • He really appreciates good lyrics
  • He loves the 80's
  • In his younger years he was a toilet papering artist
  • He is an awesome dad
  • He plays a mean game of Skipbo
  • He is pretty much the most awesome guy ever!
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Memories

In my previous education post my point was that education begins in the home and that I believe the school you attend will not determine you future but rather your family life will. Although I think my scholastic education growing up was poor my childhood and teenage years were far from dreary. I wanted to share some great memories which will give you a glimpse into my childhood.

First there is my big brother Aaron or "AJ" as we called him growing up. We had a love hate relationship. An example our love is he would give me running lessons. He trained me when I was about 9 years old to run in a county race. During the whole race he rode his bike along side me and gave me encouragement. I came 16th out of 50 so not too bad. An example of our hate, OK Aaron and I had a big disagreement over I don't know what. Anyway, he was really mad at me and decided to go into my room to retrieve the stamps he had given me (yes we collected stamps, we were THAT cool) well I wasn't going to stand for that so I slammed the door in his face not realizing that his finger was in the door. And yes, when I opened the door due to all the screaming I saw the top of Aaron's finger dangling. I think I cried more than he did.

...And you have got to dig his glasses, I can't wait till that style makes a come back!



Beth, BBB as we used to call her. Now she answers to "trotter," "betty" or "betty boo." When she was born I so desperately wanted her to sleep in my room. My mum and dad warned me that she will cry a lot but I was persistent to try out all my mothering skills. Well, after a month I had had enough of sharing my room with a baby. Even though I didn't want to share my room with Beth anymore I loved putting her to sleep. I remember night after night stroking her back while singing her to sleep. I love my little sis. To this day I think my sister was the cutes little girl.



I loved Family holiday's. We always laughed a lot, drove each other crazy, got lost while driving, played competitive swimming games for hours, made the silliest family videos and explored. I love my mum and dad!



Portia, was one of first friends. Being next door neighbors from the age of 3 to 14we spent countless hours playing dress up, barbies, leaky 1,2,3, babies, imagining, roller blading, exploring, playing Polo, eating chocolate, pretending to be sophisticated, playing with her pink Lego, spinning around on her front yard, playing bagsie and having BBQ's(her parents always has great BBQ's). Portia was an awesome friend. I remember when we about 10 we were really intrigued by frogs. We decided to make a book about the life of a frog. We spent hours looking at the frog sporn in my pond. We watched it change into tad poles and then frogs. Our drawings were spectacular.

When we were about 14 Portia came with me to help my parents sell health related materials at a conference. I remember we were exploring the hotel we were in and while in the elevator I produced the biggest burp (which I crazy because i don't burp) and we burst into laughter which lasted for about 10 minuets. Good Times.



We had rabbits. Not just a few, more like a hundred, not all at once but over the years I bet the number of rabbits is quite high. Each summer we would have several rabbits have babies. It was my responsibility to look after the rabbits for most of my childhood. Only a handful died under my care and 1 was eaten by our cat. But most of them lived long lives. My dad created amazing rabbit cages with many compartments. It seems like each year he would create a new and better model. My favorite was when we were moving he made one on wheels. Now I am not talking a little 3 foot by 5 foot cadge. NO. more like a 7foot by 7 ft by 7ft cage. He was serious about cadges.



Gillan Entwhistle and I became friends when we were about 8. We would spend our break and lunch times cartwheeling on the grass with other fellow friends. I remember at the age of 9 we loved Dusty Springfield's music and would sing it all the time. We loved to dance and sing together.

I remember the day this photo was taken. We had just made some awesome cookies and had now moved on to the acrobatic session in my living room. Gillian had the neatest writing ever! I wonder if she still does?



This next picture is of Katie Cook, Tara Ash and I. It was taken on the way to the millennium dome. I remember being in cooking class with these two, a lot of laughter. Katie was the best at cooking and I am sure she still is. Our teacher was Sandra, poor lady. We were a terrible class. I remember one time a couple of us hid in cooking cupboards and she couldn't find us. It was SO funny. We were awful to that poor lady.



I was in the musical "The boyfriend." It was a funny play. I wore my first wig and loved it so every show after I had a wig. Katie was a great Friend and still is. She is really great at keeping in touch, I am slowly getting better. Each time I go back to England she makes me feel so important and as if we have never been apart. She a keeper! Love you Katie.



The Wizard of OZ. This was a show we put on at church. It was so much fun. Everyone had a job and there was an amazing sense of love and community. The wizard of Oz was the first show, later we did Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. The money raised went to a local charity and were supported by the community, the mayor came every time. Each of these shows I had opportunities to work with amazing people. Nikita Crump a dear friend comes to mind along with Karen and Leslie and so many others who I grew to love as family.




"Fame" another school musical. I played a pourterican girl. I know what your thinking your British, blond hair and very white. Well I got a wig and lathered fake tan on every night. I looked awesome. I loved this show. We had a fun time putting it together and wonderful memories were created. I will share a funny experience. Me and a friend nipped to the bathroom before the dress rehearsal began. My friend and I were having a personal girlie talk. As I enter the theatre the sound crew are all looking at me red faced and one said "I think your mic is turned on." Yes, they heard everything! Awkward.

Oh, did I mention I got to ride a car at the end of the show? Well,I did! That's me on the car with black hair.



I was a member of "The Loughborough Amateurs" a theatrical group for several years. "Hello Dolly" was my last show I did before coming to America. We had glorious costumes and great wigs (real hair) and the company was great fun. This particular show had an amazing live orchestra that made your heat dance.



And then there is my dancing school. I spent half my after school time dancing with these wonderful girls. We had such fun during our dance classes. We giggled like girls, freaked out before exams and danced beautifully. But I hated the pink tights and still do. Black tights are much better.



Church has always been a huge part of my life. I loved my leaders and the experiences that I gained from their lessons and examples. I attended seminary(a Scripture study class) from the ages 15-18. The first two years I did attended every morning from 6-7am. The second two years I did three early morning and two evening classes. I learnt so much from these classes. My testimony of Jesus Christ grew in abundance during these years. Thanks Jean, Mum and Aaron.



My horse Shrimp was best friend to me. I loved escaping my world and entering the world of day dreaming with my horse. I have so many found memories of being with my horse. I loved her so much. Along with the horse we had cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, goats, a sheep and of course rabbits. For a few years it was my responsibility to milk the goats daily. If you have never milked a goat I don't recommend it. Goats eat anything. ANYTHING! I would put feed out in front of the goat to distract her while I milked her. Goat's also eat very fast. As soon as Mildred, the goat had finished her breakfast she turned her head around and would begin munching on my hair. Yes, it hurt. Also, our goat Rufus drinks his pee, while peeing. Don't ever get a goat!



Well, I had fun taking a trip down memory...must do it more often.
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