Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lesson Learned
So last night Mariyah decided that she wanted to clean the toilet and she used Joshua's electric toothbrush to scrub the toilet. We were in total shock because she's NEVER done that before so we told her that since she did this she needed to buy dad a new toothbrush with her money out of her piggy bank. She was all excited and took the change out($25 in change) and put it in a bag to take to the store. I don't think she realized that her money wasn't going to be buying herself a toy but buying a toothbrush. I think it's a great lesson for her and I don't think she will ever try to scrub the toilet with any one's toothbrush anymore.
*Now what's really interesting about her doing this is that I received an email about how a wife wondered why her husband never got upset when she asked him to clean the toilet and he said because each time I clean the toilet I use your toothbrush. Maybe Mariyah overheard me telling Joshua this story and thought she would try it:)*

Monday, July 21, 2008

Arizona Museum for Youth and kids
The girls and I went to the kids museum with our friends. We had lots of fun and the girls enjoyed playing. They had a play kitchen for kids, slides, puzzles, activities and lots of great exhibits. This has been a great summer for the kids and I am so thankful that their are so many fun places for kids to do indoors and out. I love the picture of Brooklyn and her friends. The 3 girls were all born within a month of eachother and it's lots of fun getting together to play.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tempe Town Lake
The girls and I went to Tempe Town Lake Splash parks with some friends of ours and had so much fun. We started out our morning with swim lessons, then the splash park for 3 hours and then we went swimming. We had a day full of lots of fun in the sun and a fun water day!!:). The slide the girls went on has water running down it and although they had a baby slide for Brooklyn she went up the stairs and went down the big slide. Mariyah loved spraying the water and overall it was a wonderful day!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Amazing Alaska Vacation
We are back from being in Alaska for a week!! We had such an incredible time and Alaska was soooooo beautiful. The weather was amazing and they said we brought the sunshine with us because it had rained the whole month of June and the day we got their it was sunny, but still 50 degrees outside. Instead of writing a whole novel(which I know is easy for me to do since I LOVE talking:) I am going to type the highlights of our vacation and check out our SLIDE SHOW below with lots of amazing pictures

*We went fishing on Joshua's family boat and we caught a 60 inch Halibut Fish and it was over 110lbs. We are going to be in their newspaper since it was the biggest fish caught that week. We got fishing licenses to be able to catch fish and the girls enjoyed holding the bait(smaller fish) on the boat. Amy(me) wouldn't touch the fish! Yuck but everyone else including the girls had fun holding the fish. Once we caught the halibut that took 45 min to get reeled in since the halibut kept on taking the line in the water Mariyah touched the eyeball of the fish once it was in the boat. Once the fish was filayed their was 85 lbs of fish meat and the cost if the fish were to be sold was 1,500. WOW!!! We didn't sell it but packaged it up and left it for his parents to enjoy. Check out the slide show to see more pics of the fish:) The pics are amazing!!!!

*It never got dark at night so the girls enjoyed staying up late and we all stayed up and enjoyed every minute of the gorgeous views and we went fishing late at night too. This is a picture at 9:00 at night

*We went on the 4 wheelers and had a BLAST. The girls LOVED and I mean LOVED the 4 wheelers. Brooklyn usually went with Joshua and Mariyah was with mom. We went on amazing trails and it was so incredible.

*Joshua, Amy and Amanda(Joshua's sister) went Kayaking in the lake and the views of the mountains were amazing and at first I was a bit nervous thinking that my kayak was going to tip over, but it never did. Besides the fact that Joshua and his sister tried to tip me over:0 but I was able to Kayak away from them.

*The Glaciers in Alaska are amazing and I took tons of pictures, but even with the pictures I took of the glaciers they don't even begin to explain and show how awesome they are. When we were at the glaciers a huge piece fell off into the copper river and that was really neat to see. The glaciers are behind us in this family picture.

*On the 4th of July their town had lots of fun games for the kids and Adults like toss the rubber turkey into the hullahoop, cutting wood, making keychains and they cooked tons of fish and had a great meal all free for the whole island of Cordova Alaska. Only 2,500 people live there and you can only get there by a ferry or by taking a flight there. Since fireworks are legal in Alaska Joshua bought a ton of fireworks and we had a fun fireworks show put on by all of us and the girls had their little fireworks too. Since it doesn't get dark at night we did the fireworks in the light (9:00) at night and we also bought fireworks that you could light in the lake and that was so fun too.

*We took the Ferry from Cordova to Whittier and then drove an hour to the airport in Anchorage. It takes ALL day to get home with taking 4 different flights and a ferry. This is a picture of the girls with Grandma on the Ferry. We enjoyed the ferry ride and the views were amazing. Mariyah did have a great time on the ferry, but decided to do a mean face for fun in the picture.

*This is our 4th time going to Alaska but this was the most amazing experience and the girls and us learned so much while we were there. We learned to really love nature and realize all the beauty that has been created for us to enjoy.
Since going to Alaska Brooklyn started saying Boat, Fishy, plane(when we were on the plane she would say running please),why and animal. She amazes us everyday with the words she says. Mariyah and Brooklyn talk and talk all day long...hmmm I wonder where they get that from:).
*The experience of our family going to Alaska was priceless and we want to say THANK YOU so much to Joshua's Mom and Thane for everything they did for us. We stayed at their beautiful home and his mom cooked great home cooked meals and they took us all around so that we could enjoy the beautiful Prince William Sound Island in Cordova Alaska.
Grandma & Aunt Amanda with the girls

Grandpa with the girls on the 4th of July