Archive | July, 2007

Our trip

29 Jul


Yep, Lake Mohave and Laughlin. Why? It’s been a tradition for quite some time now. The normal reaction is, “Yuck. How hot was it?” And while it is typically hot, I can honestly say it is a dry heat. No humidity whatsoever. This year was quite different. We’ve been there with the temperatures reaching 117 – 120 easy. This year I think the hottest day was Friday at 105. Most days hovered around 98-100 and every afternoon a storm would blow in. Tuesday the lightening drove us off the lake late in the afternoon, and Wednesday ‘hurricane Mohave’ hit hard. We’ve never experienced anything like it in all my years going there. The wind forced us to end our day early, but what followed made us glad we were closer to our cars than our camp site. As we entered the marina, you could see the line across the lake where the rain was pounding down. It hadn’t made its way to us, but it was on its way, and once it hit, with the wind blowing, I was actually cold. We carefully walked as fast as we could to the cars while hail and stinging rain hit us. Lightening was everywhere, thunder was loud, the wind was dangerous, and the rain soaked us through. What an event! Thursday was our bbq day, where we go out to the lake later in the day so that we can stay until dark. Those are nice days, because the lake gets quiet, and the water is glass. A storm threatened our hamburgers and hot dogs, but stayed out of our area. It was a beautiful ride into the marina with the sun setting. Friday, we always have a full day of fun on the lake, soaking in our last minutes of vacation, packing up, and pulling the boats and toys off the lake. After our long day, we all head to pizza for one last meal together before everyone heads their separate ways. We have families who join us from Northern, and Southern California as well as Texas and Tennessee. I’ll tell you more in a future post about the talented Bancroft family in particular.

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It was truly relaxing, stress-free, and I miss it, but I’m glad to be home regardless of the loads of laundry, lists of groceries, and chores that await me. Because of the extreme amount of pictures I took, you’ll have to click here to see the slideshow of our trip. Enjoy!


29 Jul

I’m back.  Trying to scrounge through my cupboards and fridge to find out what I need to go buy, as well as sort and do laundry and unpacking.  Sooooo, when I get to it, I’ll have photos galore.  Good to be home!

Outah Here!

20 Jul

Brandon and I had a wonderful date night last evening.  We went to dinner at Second City Bistro, caught a movie, and even stopped for some dessert before actually heading home.  It was very nice. (Thanks, Jenny, for loaning the very cute dress!)


Today, the older girls are starring once again in Beauty and the Beast.  They are at the church all day doing a run through, then they’ll be on stage tonight for the last performance.  Sarah and I are packing what we can, as we get ready to leave for vacation tomorrow.  Yippeeee!   I had the girls packed and ready by Tuesday, and I was packed on Wednesday.  Everything is mostly together, it’s just those toiletries that can’t be packed until last minute.  Since I was about nine years old, my family has gone to the lake with a few other families from church.  We still do it with the same families.  It’s awesome!  We have about 40 people, 4 boats, a good handful of sea doos, and 5 awesome days at Lake Mohave.  We don’t camp, though.  We head over to Laughlin and stay in the extremely inexpensive hotels where we can shower, enjoy air conditioning, buffets, and the majority of neccessary ammenities.  🙂  I won’t be on the computer at all, so no blogging for a week.  I know, how will I survive?  Don’t worry, I’ll have TONS of pictures to share, and I’m sure a few “blog worthy” stories as well.  Can’t wait!

When Dreams Come True

19 Jul


This is a song that was written for Brandon and me by my father-in-law. It was performed at our wedding ten years ago today.

When Dreams Come True

I shared a thousand wishes with my whispered words of you

Prayers in the night

Listening to my heart believing you were wishing too

When dreams come true.

When dreams come true the world is a magical place

Where angels sing wonders of God’s love and grace

Fairy tales become real life tales for those with a heart of faith

We share with you our day

When dreams come true.

I love you with a love as no other

A rose bouquet your smile sweetly displays

Holding you is a morning glory story

A rainbow colored sunrise we’ll share each day

My life is filled with so much joy with so much love for you

When dreams come true.

This fairy tale is our real life tale

We share with you, today

Our dreams come true.

What a Wonderful World

19 Jul

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Ten years ago today, I was getting married. I still have to pinch myself sometimes. It truly has been a wonderful world with my husband by my side. For all of you who don’t know the story, here goes…

Almost 30 years ago, my mom had twins, however, the second one was a surprise. They were only expecting one baby, and after my sister was born, I followed 23 minutes later. A friend from church came to the hospital to see the babies, and she happened to have two boys. They jokingly matched up the boys with the girls. Little did they know that almost 20 years later, one of those little jokes would become a reality.

Brandon is 5 years older than me, so we never really hung out together growing up, except for the times when my mom would practice music with his dad, and we’d tag along. He was always the cute one, everyone had eyes on him, and he was the catch at our church. He played his trumpet at church, and was very athletic as well. When I was in eighth grade, I was running for freshman class president, and Brandon was currently his high school’s ASB president. So, it was suggested by my mom that I ask Brandon for help with my speech. I’ll never forget it! I was sitting in the church, and Brandon came and sat down next to me, put his arm around me and got right to talking about making a speech. I don’t think I heard a thing. At that moment I was bitten!

He was off to college, not too far fortunately. He ventured off to Long Beach State on a golf scholarship. I was then in the youth group at church, and we were both in a group of friends that always hung out together. So, we’d always go to movies, hang out on weekends, and every once in awhile, he’d end up with a date or a girlfriend who tagged along. SIGH I never dated during high school for several reasons. 1. Who had the time? I was busy with every thing from choir, to cheerleading, to drama, and ASB. 2. Am I really going to marry someone that I have a fling with in 9th grade? 3. I knew I wanted Brandon, and that was that.

In the spring of my senior year of high school, Brandon asked me to go with him to a hockey game. It was the Mighty Ducks vs. the Detroit Red Wings. He was originally supposed to take a little boy from the church, but he ended up being grounded and was not allowed to go. So, I told him it didn’t count as a first date, because I was second choice. 😉 He called later that week and asked me out to a movie to rectify the whole first date confusion. We saw Circle of Friends, which starred my other boyfriend, Chris O’Donnell. 🙂 Slowly, our relationship developed. The next year he proposed, and after what felt like the longest engagement ever, (10 months), we were married.

I couldn’t be happier. When you truly grow up with the person that you end up marrying, (especially seeing him dating other girls), it’s hard to believe that he actually picked me. And I’m so happy he did! He is an amazing man. He loves me, encourages me, supports me, and appreciates me. Brandon, I love you so much! Thanks for picking me.


Me And You

Ordinary no, really don’t think so
Not a love this true
Common destiny
We were meant to be
Me and you

Like a perfect scene from a movie screen
Where every dream comes true
Suited perfectly for eternity
Me and you

Every day, I need you even more
At the nighttime too
There’s no way
I could ever let you go
Even if I wanted to

Every day I live
I try my best to give
All I have to you
I thank the stars above
That we share this love Me and you

Every day, I need you even more
At the nighttime too
There’s no way
I could ever let you go
Even if I wanted to

Ordinary no, I really don’t think so
Just a precious few
Ever make it last
Get as lucky as
Me and you
Me and you

Our Musical Weekend

16 Jul

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I know…

14 Jul

you’re waiting for pictures from the play. Well, I have done some photo editing (which I’m not very good at), but it’s now 10:30pm, so I’m going to bed. Immediately after the play today, we went straight to Mackenzie’s birthday party – my dear sweet little niece ( I LOVE YOU!) Then, home, baths, bed. Sarah is having a sleep over with DJ and my parents, because Brandon and I will be taking Abigail and Esther to see Wicked tomorrow. Can’t wait to watch their little faces react to every little thing. Especially after just being involved in a stage production, the excitement they’ll have. Soooo, after Wicked and before bedtime Monday (which will give me a good 24 hours) I should have photos from Beauty and the Beast and our trip to Wicked for you all to enjoy. 🙂

Happy Birthday to Papa G and Mackenzie who get to share a wonderful day! WE LOVE YOU!

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Papa G with the same little girl…..


And sweet Mackenzie!