Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Golf Cake

My neighbor asked me to make a golf cake for her brother.....here's what I did!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


On a Thursday in October, Nate's mom called to say that the doctor's had only given his grandfather a few more hours to live. I figured we'd end up just flying Nate up to the funeral which was going to be held the following Monday. Around 7:30 that evening, I asked Nate what he was thinking about doing, since he really hadn't mentioned anything. He said he'd looked online, and figured we should all just jump in the car and head up together. I was like "ookayyy"....thinking.....I have to get 4 of us ready to drive 30 hours to Idaho in like 4 hours so we can get a so-so sleep to leave by 6 or 7 am.....oooookayyyy! So we jumped on it. I pulled out the suitcases, started the laundry, and pulling things out of closets. When lainey heard, she was VERY excited! She had all 3 suitcases packed in a matter of 10 minutes (too bad they were full of stuff for her, and nothing essential!). She was excited to see all of her cousins! So we drove the 31 hours to Idaho. On our trip to Idaho, we went....Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas (again), New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho. On our way home, it was about 28 hours of driving....Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas (we hit 12 states in 6 days of driving). You ask, why did you go the 31 hour way if there was a shorter way......Answer....to stay with family in Utah for the evening (to not pay for a hotel), and then as a bonus, my mom was there in Springville visiting my grandma, so we got to see her! A note of apology......to anyone in any of the states mentioned whom we would have LOVED to see, please note that we really didn't have time to stop and see people, and we wish we did. So please do not be mad at us! So we made it to Idaho Sunday evening and then we were able to stay for the week in Idaho. We hadn't been to visit Nate's family since July 2006, so it was nice. On Monday, we were busy with funeral things. Tuesday, we had a picnic with Grandma and Grandpa and went to a cousin's birthday party. On Wednesday, Nate met up with his brother in Boise and they took some of the kids to Cabela's. I got to go SHOPPING with my sister-in-law. We hit the jackpot at Old Navy! On Thursday we went into his sister's in Boise. On Friday we went to another sister's to watch the BSU game (the boys did) while the girls made hair bows. Then there were lots of other things in between! Then early Saturday morning, with 2 sick kids running fevers in tow, we loaded up the car and headed back to Arkansas. Here are some pictures from our trip.....

This is one of the suitcases that Lainey packed for us....

Our first sunset in over 2 years (you can't see the sunset in our part of Arkansas...to many trees), we're somewhere in Texas.

Lainey with my cousin (her second cousin?) in Springville....they are about 6 months apart and were instant friends!

Me, Corbin, Lainey, my Mom and Grandma

Saying goodbye to Grandma in Provo.

Lainey and Corbin with some cousins in Idaho.

Lainey with cousins at Cabela's in Boise.

Lainey with Grandpa Vollmer picking the pumpkins out of the garden.

Lainey, Grandma and Grandpa painting their pumpkins. Lainey was DILIGENTLY working on painting hers with a rainbow.

What masterpieces!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy HaLlOwEeN!!!

We had a lot of fun for Halloween this year. Lainey wanted to be Tinkerbell and I found a cute dinosaur costume for Corbin. As most moms with girly girls know, Tinkerbell the movie came out 3 days before Halloween. Anyways, we rented it Thursday (it is really cute) and Friday when it was time to start getting ready, I asked Lainey how she wanted me to do her hair. She proceeded to show me by trying to put her hair up by herself and saying it had to be up on top of her head "in a big big circle like Tinkerbell's". So she was VERY happy to see her hair when it was done. Now, her costume did come with matching Tinkerbell wings, but at the last minute, she brought me these pink wings she's had for about 2 years and told me she wanted to wear them. Rather than fight the battle (no...I paid for these wings, you're going to wear them), I told her it was up to her and she chose the pink ones. We hit the 'downtown' area and then visited some houses of people in our branch. Then we came home and did our 'neighborhood/cul-de-sac' when it got dark. In years past, Lainey has been very shy when it came to trick or treating. This year, she was running up to the doors on her own (leaving us in the street) and doing it all by herself!