We have returned and settled in from our vacation.  A week in Cancun is just long enough to enjoy being away but after a week away you start to miss your own bed and pillow!  I have uploaded four short video clips from our vacation for your enjoyment!

The first is Annette and Troy enjoying the waves.  The wonderful thing about vacationing with others is that you can spread the Troy-factor around! Annette was usually good to go for some wave time when Troy would ask her.  Thanks so much Annette!

Here Troy is just enjoying the waves.  He finally got to the point where he could “sort-of” body surf!

What would a trip to Cancun be without some sand time?  Here Troy was building a sand castle.  He enlisted my help with the moat so that the waves would wash his castle away.

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I thought this was a good picture of Annette and Jeff.  The picture of David & I turned out really foggy so I won’t post it.

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We went downtown one night and enjoyed dinner at the Margarettaville restaurant.  Outside they had a bouncy house set up and for awhile Troy was the only kid using it.  Here he is talking smack to no one in particular.

Here is a photo of us after we finished out dinner at the restaurant.

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Troy and Jeff were playing around behind this Parrot at Margarettaville.

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Here Troy is chatting with the boat driver that takes us from our resort to the sister resort across the lagoon.  This driver was great with Troy, let him sit with him and chatted.  This driver was the one that took us on a short croc hunt.

Here is the croc.  He’s a bit hard to see since he blends with the branches so well.

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Troy so enjoyed his Uncle Jeff!  Poor Jeff, I’m sure he was tuckered out by the time it was time to return home!  After all, its been quite a few years since he had a young boy running around and wanting all his attention!

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The entertainment for the children was fun.  Troy is always a participater! Here he was taking his turn at the pinata.

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Here he had his face painted up like a tiger.

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Here is Troy with some of the entertainment staff at our resort.  Kara never did find a place in Troy’s heart like Gabby did last year.  We asked about Gabby and was told that she got married and no longer worked there.  (Next time you see Troy stick his tongue out and make finger signs you know where he learned it!)

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We traveled over to the sister resort quite a few times.  One of the first days one of the staff walked up to Troy and started talking to him about being an animal rescuer and that he was the “real” Diego! (He saw his name on Troy’s swim trunks!)

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There you go! I hope you enjoyed seeing our vacation!

It is already past 11pm and after a few late nights I am really ready for bed.   But first, here are a few pictures starting from the activities from the past few day’s activities.

Troy really wanted a gingerbread house.  I convinced him that a rice crispies house would be better.  (He wanted to eat the gingerbread, but forgot that he doesn’t like gingerbread.)  I went to Michael’s only to find that they were out of the rice crispies and only had the gingerbread houses.  Yes, I got the gingerbread house kit.

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Holding my breath, I let him add some “snow”.  I know, I’m such a control freak but I really tried to let him do as much on his own as, well as much as I could. 😀  Basically, I put the house together and frosted and he did all the candy embellishing.

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Here is the finished product.  He was pretty proud of his house.  Now of course he doesn’t even look at it, but that’s okay.  It was an adventure worth taking.

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We attended the annual TRANSCOM Children’s Christmas party again.  Here is this year’s photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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We started monitoring Santa’s progress on NORAD’s website.  I had the website on David’s computer so Troy could periodically check.  He knows how to tool around and watch the videos.

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I had to keep telling Troy that IF he got to open a gift on Christmas Eve it would be after he had his PJ’s on and his teeth brushed.  This is a picture of him at 4pm.  Yes, he had sweet smelling breath!

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I always like to have the before and after.  I didn’t get an after, but it wasn’t too messy since We were able to get Troy to clean up along the way.  This was taken before I went to bed.  We had put out about 75% of the gifts the night before so Troy thought he was getting 10 gifts from us.  He had them counted.  He picked number 10 to open on Christmas Eve.

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Gift #10 was a world map puzzle.  David and Troy enjoyed putting most of it together.  The board is magnetic so the countries stick to the board.  Good thing, there are LOTS of little countries!  Troy did start to get board toward the end, but like a good trooper he got it finished.

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So what gift won out as being the favorite?  This is Teddy.  He “followed” Troy everywhere! Check out the new Batman PJs too!

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He now has everything he needs to play hockey! Trust me I said E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G he needs! He has things I didn’t think little boys needed yet! *huge eyeroll*  The only thing his is missing now is a hockey shirt to wear with that ensemble!

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I loved this picture.  This toy makes plenty of noise and moves forward too! Just like the jet we also got him.  Enough noise to drive David to distraction! (I’ll be hiding in MY cave!)

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As for big gifts, here is the biggest.  Although Troy thinks this is HIS toy, it really was a Daddy gift! I can’t tell you how long David has wanted one of these.  (Notice Teddy helping Troy unveil the gift?)

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Here are the boys playing air hockey.  I think this will be the most popular of the three games (air hockey, pool & ping pong.)

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As you can see here, Troy stands on one of his chairs to play.  I was even allowed to get in on some of the fun!

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Here Troy is enjoying a victory hollar!  Funny thing is that he actually TIED David in ping pong!  Sometimes that is just as good as actually winning. 😀

We are sending out our love and warm wishes to all our family and friends.  Merry Christmas and goodnight.

Well, where has the time flown?  It is Christmas and I didn’t upload my Thanksgiving pics.

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I know this doesn’t look like much, but boy was it several days worth of work! David wanted turkey so I fixed both turkey and ham.  I love cranberry sauce so I had to have some of that.  Mashed potatoes for the “boys” (boy am I missing potatoes!) I also made my first homemade stuffing!  Yummy!

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Here we are about ready to start enjoying!

Just to prove (perhaps only to myself) that this blog is much easier to manage than our old website here is another post.  This one is to show a few pictures that I missed before from our trip to Utah.

Here is proof that Troy CAN sit still, well for a minute perhaps! He’s waiting for the pinata to be broken.

I’m sorry, but I don’t have a clue which one of my cousins this is, but I thought it was the cutest thing that he was so tire that he crawled into this baby carrier and took a nap.

Can you believe that we allowed Troy to play with this popping firecracker-thingy? Just because our parents allowed us to play with firecrackers and we survived doesn’t mean it was a good idea! Ha!  Not to worry, we were hovering pretty close! 😉

Troy was so interested in this 4 wheeler, but wouldn’t get on it so I HAD to show him it was okay.  After he saw Calvin and I go up and down the street a few times he agreed to join us.  He didn’t want too long of a ride though.

I think that does it for our Utah pictures!  I’m sure I’ll have plenty more for our trip to Texas for David’s family reunion.

Now the rest of the vacation! 🙂  We spent Sunday just hanging out with Dad.  Here is Troy and his transformer with Dad, errr Grandpa.

Here Troy and I are being a little silly.  Dad didn’t seem to mind too much! LOL!

Here’s another from our posing session.  Dad didn’t complain once about all the photos.  Thanks Dad!

Here Dad is teaching Troy how to cast.  I can’t tell you how long they spent “fishing”.  Dad patiently untangled several tangles, and even had to just give up and cut one off.  I think we all agreed that fishing was probably not one of Troy’s strong suit yet!  He’s just not a patient boy, but he really enjoyed his fishing with Dad and wanted to go fishing with him right then and there.

Here is Dad spoiling Troy with a fudge-icicle.  Yes, I think it was his first.  Is there any turning back? *eye roll*

Troy also spent a good while with this skateboard.  Yes, he fell a few times but overall did pretty well.  David and I are waiting for him to start begging for a skateboard.

I took Troy to the back yard and showed him one of the trees I used to climb.  Dad took down the few boards we had nailed up that consisted of our “fort”.  I have fond memories of sneaking up there with a bag of salt and some “stolen” rhubarb. Yumm!

Ahhh, Dad’s pride and joy! This picture was actually taken at Grandma’s the day before but it seemed more appropriate to show it here.

Here is a picture of the three of us that Dad took.  It may be a tad blurry, I think Dad was shaking just a bit.  See that Transformer in Troy’s hands?  He didn’t have it far from him the entire trip!  Now it is somewhere in his playroom, but during the trip it was King Toy!

We drove back up to Calvin and Danette’s Sunday evening and flew out on Monday.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a part of our adventure!

We returned from our whirlwind trip to Utah. My family decided to have their Christmas party in July and combine it with a reunion. I kept asking my grandmother when the party was going to be since they normally have their reunion in September (after Troy would be in school) so she told me to ask Uncle Mike. So I did and we made an executive decision to have it this past week-end and everyone else seemed to think it was a good idea. Now on to the pictures!

Thanks to my brother Calvin and his wonderful wife Danette! They graciously opened their home to us both coming and going. And did they have one full house! Look and see who was able to make the gathering!

Yes, my brother Wade was able to make it from South Korea! Okay, he was in the States to attend a conference and was able to swing by Salt Lake City for two days. The other surprise were these people.

Here are Wade’s two eldest boys, Wade Joseph (left) and Curtis (right)! They came down from Colorado Springs. They also brought Curtis’ girlfriend Katrina. (Cute, isn’t she?)

Troy was really looking forward to meeting Great Grandma. Okay, truth be told he was excited to meet his Great Grandma AND his cousins! Well, unfortunately I didn’t seem to get a photo of just Grandma and Troy, but here is a group photo.

Here is another group photo that includes a few more of the clan.

I’ll jump to Santa’s visit. It was so sweet of Santa to come visit us during July! Thanks!! You made Troy’s day with this Transformer!

Here is a thankful Troy.

Here is on photo of Troy with SOME of his cousins. I was chatting with a few and didn’t even ask who their parents were, I just asked who their GRANDPARENTS were! Just to give you an idea, my Grandma has 8 children, (approx.) 25 grandchildren and over 30 great-grandchildren!!!

Here is David opening his gift. It is some umbrella decorations. I’m sure they’ll look great on our umbrella. 🙂

Here is David and I. Why does David have that look on his face? Because I just took the drink out of his hands! That was some drink that Uncle David mixed up!

Here is Uncle Mike and Aunt Chris.

Here is Aunt Valerie and her husband Steve. This is the second time I have met him. I am learning that he an instigator!

Yep! Take a look at what Troy did to earn a dollar from Steve!

That is a water ballon in Troy’s hands! Not to worry, Troy did throw it at David and earned his dollar, but missed!

Here is Aunt Ora and Uncle Joe. Goodness, I don’t think this man has changed a bit!

Here is Aunt Ora and I.

Me and Aunt Ester.

Here is Uncle David and Sylvia.

Uncle Herold and I.

Here is Uncle Mike and Dad. Uncle Mike “made” Dad remove his oxygen tube. He does look much better without it.

It started to storm for about 1.5 hours in the middle of the day. Fortunately, it was after we all ate! We lost power for awhile, which meant that there was no pump for the well. You can see Aunt Chris taking a picture of me as I took a picture of her.

Here is Wade, Grandma and I. You can see that Grandma is wet and my hair is blowing around.

Here are Wade, his boys and Grandma finding shelter from the storm.

Here’s Wade Joseph, Me and Curtis. My have they grown! I remember spending an hour with them as they showed me every one (yes, every ONE) of their Pokemon cards!

Here is Aunt Valerie, John and his baby. She is sooo cute! I was quite proud because I got to hold her for a bit. She doesn’t just go to anyone! *is proud*

The kids were playing out front in the water. Here is a wet Troy with his Grandpa!

Wade and Grandma were talking family history, but I wanted to get a photo with them so I interrupted. I know, bad me! When I tapped Grandma on the shoulder to get her attention to interrupt she looked at me expectantly so I just whispered to her, “I love you!” I think she appreciated it, don’t you?!

One of the activities for the kids was a pinata. Someone even had the foresight to give the kids a paper bag for their treasures!

Here is Aunt Valerie stuffing a little extra into Troy’s bag. Shhhh, don’t tell!

Troy was happy with his portion of treasure from the pinata.

Oh, I couldn’t forget adding this picture of Uncle Mike visiting with Santa!

Here is Uncle Mike showing off his price sticker. Looks like you can get him for only 41 cents! Aunt Chris. . . . are you buying???

I remember the days that it was nearly impossible to get Dad to have his picture taken. It is so easy now days. I guess he either has given up fighting or realizes just how important these pictures are to us. Here is me and my Daddy! I love you Dad!

I will post some pictures we took at Dad’s on Sunday. I think this post is quite long enough! Thanks for sticking it out and reading through it all.