Aug 27, 2014

Free Flowers from Bouqs

She was so surprised!
A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the Marketing Director of The Bouqs Company. He had this great deal for me, I could get an amazing bouquet of their gorgeous flowers for free if I would just agree to write a blog post about it.

Now you know me, I LOVE free stuff, besides, I had just the right person in mind who would be so happy to know that her family loves her! Nope, you're wrong. It's not Teach although I'm sure she would have loved the flowers too.

The Drama Queen had just headed back to begin teaching high school for her third year. That put her an hour and a half away from us and I have to confess that I was going through some pretty major withdrawal from her bright and sunny personality. It has been so nice to have her home all summer. She has been so amazingly helpful and sweet with the kids. We all miss her!

So I jumped at the opportunity to send her some flowers. They offered me about a dozen different bouquets to choose from and I timed it just right for her to receive them at the high school on her first full day.

She was so excited to receive a package at the school! I was able to add a little personal note and the flowers arrived in beautiful condition. Since I couldn't see them myself, she snapped me a couple of pics so I could share them with you.

They were so easy to order at https://www.thebouqs.com/en/64-all.

These that I ordered for Drama Queen were called Desperado. She loved them! Next time you are in the mood to send a few flowers, I highly recommend heading on over to the Bouqs website. You won't be disappointed.

**I did not receive monetary compensation for this post, only some beautiful flowers for my amazing daughter, but as always, the opinions are my own.**

 

Aug 26, 2014

Teach's Homecoming and Party

First let me confess right off that everything was so crazy I didn't even think to take pictures until almost everyone was gone. Then the Drama Queen snapped a few for us so I will share those with you in a minute.

Our Sunday morning started really early with Teach's report to the High Council. We had to be at the Stake Center at 7:00 AM, and I had been up late on Saturday trying to make sure everything was done and ready to go. She did an amazing job and then I was asked to speak for a couple of minutes which was pretty stressful.

By 8:30 we were back home and my sweetie started working on the food. I took a short nap and then jumped in to help get everything prepared. We had no idea how many people would be here, and we didn't want to run out of food.

Princess had made hundreds of cookies and now it was time to put together the pork for the party. We left everything at the house and made our way to the church. Thank you so much if you came to support Teach! She did a wonderful job on her talk.

We finally got back home about 2:45. It was wall-to-wall people and they were all hungry and waiting for a prayer on the food.

For the next 3 or 4 hours we were visiting and talking, eating and laughing. It just feels so good to have Teach home!





We went through so much homemade peach salsa!



Aug 25, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I'm sure you have all heard about the Ice Bucket challenge by now! The theory being that you can make a donation or have a bunch of water poured on your head. Well, my awesome little nephew, Mark, decided to nominate me. Since Princess received a totally unrelated nomination, she and I decided to do it together. Then soon a bunch of the kids joined in.

I hope you enjoy our little videos. And if you get a sec, go back and read the Dog Walker's guest blog from yesterday. We have talked before about him impersonating me. I think it's funny that he believes you can't tell because our writing styles are so not similar! :)

It was also Teach's Homecoming speech today, but I will save that part for tomorrow since I'm on a time limit for these challenges.

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Aug 24, 2014

Guest Blog: Fun at the Zoo by Elder Dog Walker


We went to the Hogle Zoo to celebrate my dad's work party. We got tickets to do a lot of the fun things we never usually do at the zoo, like getting ice cream cones, riding a train and carousel, and having a delicious dinner in the private pavilion.


Anyway, when we got to the zoo, it was really crowded, but on the bright side, we got to look at almost all the animals before we headed to the fun activities I told you about. While we were walking to see the animals, we noticed a lot of different things at the zoo, like they re-polished the lion drinking fountain, they added a Savannah exhibit where they put the zebras and lions.


 There was even some rearranging on some animal exhibits, like the giraffe building used to be on the west side, but then they moved it to the east side right by the train station and the private pavilion. They even added a new playground area where the slide was shaped like a lighthouse and they had a splashpad in there where kids could get wet and even pretend to be pirates on the fake pirate ship.


Sport
Baby Doll and Scout
Along with our adventure at the zoo, we were up by the Elephant Encounter and that's when we looked at our bracelet tickets that would let us ride the carousel. We were waiting in a long line, but not very long because there are a lot of animals on the carousel that anybody could sit on. Teach sat on a tiger while mom helped with Baby Doll to ride, especially with her broken arm.


I sat on a peacock pretending to be the King of Sheba (but not literally), since the Peacock was the shape of a seat instead of an animal saddle.  The kids enjoyed  the ride. Right after it, we went in line to get an ice cream cone. We used our ticket coupons to get a cone. Most of us picked flavor burst cones, like I picked blue goo, because I thought it sounded delicious, while the rest of the kids mostly got twists and caramel flavor burst cones.

Then we went on to see the other animals. Dad wanted to see the Polar Bears, but we decided to look at the tigers in the Asian area and probably see what else is there after we passed the tiger den.
Crafty, Princess, and Prima Donna


When we got back down, we headed over to the pavilion to see if the long lines to get some food had cleared up. They had and we got right through. We enjoyed the delicious hot dogs, potato chips, water, and soda (even though we prefer diet instead of regular). Right after dinner, we got in line to ride the train. The train was fun especially when Baby Doll was saying "Hi" to almost every animal we passed, like the zebras, lions, ostriches, giraffes, and buffalo.
Teach

Right when the train ride was over, we still had a few more things to see before the zoo closed at 9:00. Dad still wanted to see the Polar Bears, so we all went there and we explored all the other animals like the rhinos, bald eagles, sea lions, and finally one polar bear. We were a bit disappointed to not see it outside swimming in its pool. But we saw it inside trying to sleep. It was getting close to dark and the air was starting to feel like autumn already. We had a feeling that the zoo was almost ready to close, so then right when we were done with the polar bears and having a little fun on the playground and the turned-off splashpad, we started heading up the hill and to the exit.

We all had lots of fun, especially Teach on the Carousel. I hope you like all the pictures.

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