Thursday, January 29, 2009


Is it bad that my boys are down for a nap which is supposed to be my time to do school and I would rather do anything than be teacher right now? Right after I put the boys down I headed to my normal place (the dreaded office) to work and I haven't even come close to logging into either class and the boys have been asleep for at least 45 minutes. I just don't want to do it... so I decided to check my emails, catch up on everyone's blog life and now that I am done with that, I still don't want to work. I wish I could come up with some more excuses to put it off but I have already worked out, my house is already cleaned, the laundry is done and I already know what we are having for dinner. What is a girl to do? I guess I better just give up and log in to my classes to get it over with.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Training, training and more training!

Only 2 more days to go until my 10K run! I know, to some of you it may sound like a small feat but to me, it's a big deal. A year ago I wouldn't have been able to run to the corner of my street without passing out from exhaustion! I have been training for the London's Run (a fundraising event for a little girl named London who died of Luekemia) for the past month or so and it's almost here! Last Saturday, my friend Amanda and I, mapped out a 6.2 mile run and tried it. Surprisingly it went really well (except for a potty break and mud). About a half a mile into it I thought there was no way I was going to be able to do it but then I calmed down, figured out my breathing and I was fine! It was awesome! Believe it or not, I actually caught a small glimpse of the running addiction... but probably not big enough of a glimpse to become one of these crazy marathon runners. Although, never say never, because I said I would never do a tri-athlon and it happened! Anyway, the day before we ran, it had rained so unfortunately we had to deal with mud which slowed us down more than I would have liked, but I am glad we did it. I feel more confident now since I know I will at least be able to complete the run without dying. Hopefully my feet will cooperate with me... I think I have bone spurs in my heels but I am too chicken to go get them checked out. :) Now I just need to figure out something else to train for.... any suggestions? My mom wants me to do the women's tri-athlon in Vegas in May but I am fighting it big time... been there, done that, no thank you! Maybe I will just do the Body for Life training so I can be big and buff now! :)

Monday, January 12, 2009


This weekend Glen Allen and I celebrated 6 years of wedded bliss! For Christmas, my brother-in-law gave us a gift certificate for one of our favorite restaurants in Scottsdale called White Chocolate Grill, a free night at a Scottsdale Marriott and free babysitting. Talk about a GREAT present! So we decided to cash it all in for our anniversary which was Saturday. We left on Friday night and headed over to ritzy town (aka Scottsdale). We enjoyed a delicious dinner and dessert, that was to die for, at White Chocolate Grill and then decided to stroll around Desert Ridge Marketplace to walk off all that food we ate. After a little window shopping, we made it over to our beautiful resort for a night of no kids and pure luxury! Saturday morning we took advantage of sleeping in and lounging around for the morning and then hit up Coco's for breakfast (if you haven't ever tried their Cinnamon Roll French Toast, you are missing out!). After breakfast we headed over to Chase Field for the SuperCross pits. Glen Allen always complains how the SuperCross race in Phoenix is always on the weekend of our anniversary so he never gets to go, so I thought, heck why not? If I got a break from my kids and an overnighter at a hotel, we could do the SuperCross the night of our anniversary. He was in PARADISE! Motorcycles everywhere! The pits were not that exciting because we didn't really get to see anyone. The pits opened at 12:30 and closed around 6:00 which meant the riders were not out signing autographs until about 3 or 3:30. So basically all we saw was big huge fancy trailers, lots of fans and lots of expensive bikes. After the pits, we decided to go see a movie since we had about 3 1/2 hours to kill before the races started. We went to see BedTime Stories with Adam Sandler which was a really good, wholesome movie. I recommend it! After the movie, we flew back over to the SuperCross race. I don't typically get into the races when Glen Allen watches them on TV, but I must admit, I really did have a good time and by the end, I was actually screaming and standing in anticipation as the final lap of the 450's was happening and Bubba Stewart and Chad Reed were neck and neck! The only crappy thing about the race was our seats. Don't get me wrong, we had good seats but we were right above the steps where everyone walks in and out to the concessions and I swear I have never seen so much skin and cleavage in my life! I don't know what is it about SuperCross but it sure brings out the need for some very inappropriate clothing choices. Half the time I couldn't remember if we were really at SuperCross or at a Club with the lack of clothing around us! But enough about that... all in all we had a GREAT TIME and it will definitely be an anniversary to remember! I love you babe! Thanks for a great 6 years!

The beautiful roses that my husband brought home accompanied by some of my favorite CD's to replace the ones stolen a while back.
Outside of Coco's... I know... bad lighting!
The stroll down the train tracks to get to Chase Field.
Glen Allen suiting up for the MotoCross mechanical bike.
Ride baby, RIDE!
The upclose on the Jumbotron of the skinny 30 second SuperCross girls swaying their hips back and forth... lovely! We were honored to see this everytime a race started. :)
....and their off!
Some of the races...
Me and my baby having a great time!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


So Sunday was the first day of Sunbeams for Glen David (I know, he is huge and looks like he is 5 but he missed the cut off by a month so he just started Sunbeams this year). Well, on Saturday they had a "Meet Your Teacher" Primary activity day and Glen was in heaven. He loved it and was so excited for Primary. He couldn't stop talking about how he gets to go with the big kids now (which caused some confusion because he thought he was older and was wondering why we didn't have a birthday party yet). I finally explained to him that it's not his birthday yet but that after Christmas you move up to the next class at church and now he is able to be in with the big kids in sharing time.

Well, everything went well on Sunday (so I thought). On the drive home he was excited to show us what he had made in class. I started asking him questions like, "Did you have fun in Primary today?" his response was "Yeah!" Then I asked, "Do you like your new teacher?" And to my horror his response was, "No, I liked my other teacher better, my new teacher is fat!" My jaw just about dropped to the floor and I looked over at my husband to see if I had heard Glen right. Sure enough... he had said exactly what I thought I heard. After trying to regain my patience, I tried to calmly explain that we don't talk about things like that, we don't call people fat because it makes them sad. I don't know that he really understood, he just knew Glen Allen and I were not happy with his choice of words.

A little while after the shocking comment, we got an invitation to dinner at his new teachers house. They were having several families over for dinner and wanted us to come. So later on that evening, we went over to their house and another lady from the ward (not his teacher) said, "Did you hear what Glen said in class today?" I thought she was going to tell me something cute or funny he said because I didn't even think about the fact that he would have made that comment in the actual class to his teachers face! Well sure enough, this lady continues to tell me how Glen David told his new teacher that he liked his old teacher better because, "you are fat". At that moment I just wanted to curl up in a ball and hide! I was so embarrassed and especially to hear it from some other lady in the ward... which meant my son was the talk of the day!

I immediately took Glen David over to apologize to his teacher. She just chuckled and asked how I had found out about it. I guess she had told her whole family about it (her husband and 5 kids) and threatened them not to say a word to us when we came over for dinner because she didn't want Glen to get in trouble and not want to come back to her class again. I continued to apologize up and down and finally was just at a loss for words. She was nice about it and just laughed and assured me that she has heard worse from her lovely little Sunbeams!

I have always heard of the embarrassing stories of kids saying the darnest things but I hadn't really experienced it yet. I guess Sunday it was my turn! I'm done with that "first", as a mom, and will gladly let someone else experience it now... any takers!?!?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

SAND and more SAND!

Last night we just got back from spending an entire week at the dunes! I never thought I would be able to survive an entire week but I did and I actually had a great time. My husband is now convinced that the dunes is the newest family tradition for New Years! We rolled out on Monday and after a fun, exhausting week, we made it back safely on Friday night. There were several families from the ward who do this every year and they invited us to join them and we are so glad we did. It was nice to get to know them better as well as the ability to make some new friends! We couldn't have asked for a better week!

We camped at Ogilby (which I was hesitant of at first) but it turned out great! The weather was perfect, the company was a blast, the boys did great, there were tons of other kids around for the boys to play with, there were no injuries and no broken toys! All in all, a VERY successful dune trip! Glen David did awesome on his quad! The little boys made a track in the middle of camp and Glen David just rode his little heart out every day. From the minute he woke up in the morning until the sun went down, all he wanted to do was RIDE! He would ride until he ran out of gas, then he couldn't wait for Glen Allen to fill up the quad again so he could jump back on! Jaxon was also loving it! We brought his little quad so he could join in the fun. He wanted to race with all the other big boys but he didn't stand a chance! The boys also loved the rhino... we took several trips as a family in the rhino which was so fun for a change. Usually the boys and I just have to sit around camp but this time we were able to really enjoy the dunes together. We took a trip one day over to Gordon's Well with the whole rest of the group (approximately 16 or so people), made a stop at Duner's Diner for lunch, hit up vendor row to buy our 2009 New Years shirts and then headed back to camp. That same night our little family loaded back up in the rhino to head over the drags where we raced up and down the drags as everyone watched! That was crazy! Then another day, we took a trip with the whole group over to Paton Hill where Glen Allen, Glen David and I hiked all the way to the top and then the boys rolled down the hill! What a work out!!! I definitely burned a lot of calories on that huge hike!

The nights were also a total blast! I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard and stayed up so late! It's amazing the stories that come out around a campfire of adults at 2:00 in the morning! I think there was only one night the entire week that I was in bed before midnight! Although I was flat out exhausted, it was so nice to have some adult time and to get to know some other couples in the ward a little bit better.

On New Years Eve Glen Allen shot off his fair share of fireworks until the Rangers started to head our way... after that we just enjoyed watching all the other camps light off fireworks, Sobe bombs and create huge bonfires out of Christmas trees! What a crazy place!!

My little speed racers!

What a STUD!
Here are all the boys racing the little quads around the circle in the middle of camp... and Jaxon trying to keep up!

HELMET HEAD! Check out the crazy hair!
Daddy and Jaxon relaxing in the trailer.
Mommy and Jaxon riding the quad!
Glen Allen's typical spot on the sand at least once during a dune trip... everyone asks for his help since he is the handy man! Luckily it wasn't any of our toys!
Jaxon enjoying a nice little treat after a long ride in the rhino!
Lunch time!
Cool dudes in the rhino! Check out the goggles that engulf his face! He hates wearing them. Everytime we got on the rhino he said, "no goggles mommy, they owey!"

Fresh Air and Gunshots!

Each year, between Christmas and New Years, the Jones side of the family has a reunion since everyone is usually in town for the holidays. For the first few years of being married, Glen Allen and I couldn't make it to much of the fun because he worked for UPS and his hours were HORRIBLE!! But these past few years we have been able to enjoy the family more! On Saturday, it is tradition to go out and do a bonfire and bring out the guns for a little shooting. The boys had a great time playing around in the dirt, climbing the trees and shooting the guns. Jaxon was very interested in the idea of the guns and watching the big boys shoot but when it came time for him to try it, he was not too happy! Glen David loved it and of course Glen Allen was in heaven!

Gotta love the ear protection!! :)
Don't you think they are a little young to be shooting?!? Yikes!
Watch out... mama's got the gun! Check me out.... I may look tough, but I couldn't hit a single thing!
Playing in the dirt!
My little tree climber... I was suprised at how high he was able to get all on his own! He is ALL boy!
The reunion ended on Sunday evening with a temple light scavenger hunt and then back to Grandma's house for soup and treats! We had a great time and it was nice to see all the Jones cousins!

Christmas at the Jones'

Is it just me or did it feel like the Christmas season was extremely long this year? I swear Costco had out Christmas decorations before Halloween! But then again, it felt like Christmas was just dream and passed by. This year Glen Allen and I decided to tackle Black Friday and believe it or not we were VERY successful! One early morning, 4 hours and two stores and the Christmas shopping was just about done! Along with our Black Friday success came a laptop that both of us needed, which means Christmas came for both of us the day after Thanksgiving. As most of you know, my husband LOVES the thrill of trying to find out what he is getting for Christmas before Christmas day and he usually can't wait for the big day but I think it was a little bit of a let down that we knew and had already been using our Christmas gift for about a month by the time Christmas actually rolled around. Regardless, we still had a great Christmas! The boys were so excited for Santa to come! Glen David has really grasped the idea of Santa and gifts and he asked me at least 2 or 3 times every day for about a month, "When is Santa coming?". He couldn't wait for his Power Ranger costume!

This year we started the festivities on Christmas Eve by spending time with my side of the family. My sister and her family were in town from Texas so we spend a lot of time with them during the week they were here. Then Christmas day was as busy as it is every year. It started bright and early! Glen Allen woke up the boys and we did the Christmas presents from Santa and mom and dad at home and then loaded up and headed to my parents for a while. Then over to my in-laws for presents and Grandpa Allen's traditional Christmas morning breakfast. YUM! Then back to my parents to spend time and play games and then out to Grandma Jones' for the Jones family dinner and presents. We left our house at 8:00 in the morning and didn't get home until 8:00 pm that night. Needless to say, by the end of the day we were exhausted! Although it is sometimes hectic, it's nice to have so much family so close! It allows us to spend time with all sides of the family on Christmas day! Here are a few pictures of the morning...
Glen Allen waking up the boys in their NEW Christmas PJ's!
Jaxon's new scooter! VAROOM!!!
The infamous, much waited for POWER RANGER COSTUME! Da da!!!!
He wore his costume the ENTIRE day!
The train set from Grandma and Grandpa Bean.
Jaxon's race track!