Mar 31, 2009

We're going to Disneyland!

OK... I am so excited...I just booked our trip to Disneyland! Five months from today...Hooray!!!

We are looking for traveling buddies so if anyone is interested let us know!

Anyone considering a trip this year should seriously check out the promotion going on right now: Get 2 more days and nights free (hotel and park hopper tickets) if you purhcase 3. This is valid at Disneyland Resort Hotels and Good Neighbor Hotels. This saves you 40% and is such a deal! go to - their rates are better than We are staying at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel which makes me even more excited. AND we are going when it is still warm enough to hit the beach! Ooooh I can't wait!

Mar 28, 2009


This will be my feet soon...we are working towards pointe shoes...I am stoked!
Wish me luck (and a high tolerance for pain!)

Mar 26, 2009


I just loaded up on summer clothes for my kids...check it out! Crazy8 is a "child" company of "Gymboree." Their stuff is nice & the prices are good (especially the sale prices). Right now you can get 25% off using the code "C8Friend" or "C8Family" + get free shipping off $75 or more. I am all about shopping online - any time I can avoid dragging 4 kids around a store is a bonus for me!

Mar 24, 2009

Three Years

Today marks three years since my mother lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Three LONG years - I miss her so much. I love this picture...this is right after Holly came home from the hospital and my parents were actually in the MTC at the time...but on her p-day my mom made sure to take some time out of packing and preparing to hold her newest grandchild. She loved her family so much - we were so lucky to have such an amazing Mom/Grandma!!! She must be doing some amazing things across the veil because she sure did amazing things here (and in my humble opinion she wasn't done yet!)
Mareid Black Horton

Mar 23, 2009

More fun for Mark

Friday and Saturday (while Ammon, Holly, and I were all sick incidentally) Mark and the young men headed down to Goblin Valley for a camping, hiking, and biking trip. Sometimes I wonder if I knew what I was saying when I agreed to support Mark in his calling as YM president!!! I'll get back to you on that one in another month. That's how long I figure it will be before I can get out of the house. Each child gets sick and it takes a week to get better...4 kids = 4 weeks. Ugh.

Very Ceremonial

Last weekend we were fortunate to be able to go to SLC to hear our good friend (and distant relative) Jan Bigler perform an Organ Recital. Her playing was very impressive, and what made it even more inspiring was the setting. We were in a Presbyterian chapel surrounded by stained glass windows, a wood-beam ceiling, and a massive organ up front. I admit I was a little nervous when we walked in and we were the only ones with little kids in the audience, but with a little bribery from some swedish fish they behaved themselves and became more cultured at the same time! Thanks for the invite Jan - it was fun to see you and we loved your music!

Mixed Emotions

I tried to trim this clip and only upload the essential part...but I was having issues with Movie Maker. Anyway...It's Official! Mark's parents have received their mission call. Five more months until they leave for the Orient. Right now I have very mixed feelings about this. I know it is right, and I know they will be blessed, and I know it's where they are needed...I just will miss them so much! I am so lucky to have such great in-laws. I'm especially grateful for his Mom who treats me like one of her own when I miss my own mom so much. I guess I'm hoping the blessings will make it to our little family too because we are giving up some great grandparents for 18 months!

Mark said we should save our pennies and visit them over there...Yeah right! I'll be glad just to make it to Disneyland later this year :)

Mar 10, 2009

Cute little guy

So Ammon isn't walking yet (which I am sooo OK with), and you can tell in this little video clip he's perfectly happy to sit down on the job! I love his dancing moves!

Mark's Triathlon

I'm very proud of Mark - he completed the Blue Mountain Triathlon last weekend! We drove down to Monticello (exciting, right?) Friday night, he raced Saturday morning, and we drove back home Saturday afternoon. It was a whirlwind trip (if you can call 9 hours in the car a whirlwind)! I was sad it wasn't nicer weather...I pretty much froze while he was racing. I had to sit in the car because it was too cold and windy to be outside. I did brave it to try and catch a few pics / videos, but other than that I was glad I had my iPod to keep me company. The race was xx skiing, mountain biking (his best & favorite event) and running. Way to go honey! Oh I should at least mention that it was fun to stop in Moab for dinner - we tried Eddie McStiff's and enjoyed it very much. AND I am grateful that we had so much one on one time - that IS rare these days. When he asked me if I would go and support him again, I said "ask me later." I think that's still my answer for now!

The Finish Line: