Wednesday, December 31, 2008

You'll Shoot Yer Eye Out!

As an early Christmas gift, JM and I bought a "combined" gift for the both of us. I felt like little Ralphie from the movie A Christmas Story when he gets his Red Ryder BB Gun...only ten times cooler! We got a new Benelli Nova Pump Action 12 gague shot gun! Whew, is she a beaut!!! We've already taken it out skeet shooting!

Go Naun! Make those skeets beg for mercy!!

JM has perfect aim! He never misses!

We went with our friends Logan and April. Their little Gatlin had his own ear protection, it was so cute!


Thanks for a fun day guys, we love the new addition to our collection! She's beautiful!!

Disneyland!!

We were so lucky to be able to go on a Seals family trip to Disneyland this month!

It was so fun being together and having fun with our aunts, uncles, and cousins! We arrived on Friday before noon and left on Sunday afternoon. Three days at Disneyland! It was the best time ever! It was our first time at Disneyland since California Adventure was built, so it was fun to check that out as well! One fun thing about being at Disneyland during December, was that they transform the whole park for Christmas! There were lights everywhere, Christmas parades, and even some of the rides were transformed...like the Haunted Mansion was all re-decorated as the Nightmare Before Christmas...it was super cool!

Huge Christmas tree with huge ornaments!

JM sure was a trooper, I wanted to see everything!!

My boyfriend, Johnny Depp, as Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride. It is way cooler now that they've re-done it!

The Haunted Mansion, all made over as The Nightmare Before Christmas! I loved it!

JM said I couldn't ride on Soarin over California because he would get too sick...

Then he changed his mind! Thanks honey, it was a fun ride!

My cutie husband! We loved the Talk with Crush (from Finding Nemo) in California Adventure. It was a hoot!

Lilo!

Mickey!

The Incredibles!!

The Hollywood Tower was my favorite ride!

Me and Christopher underground at the Bug's Life Theater!

All of our California family we went out to see!!

The Castle all lit up at night with Christmas lights!!

My honey and me! Boy was it chilly this weekend!!!


Thank you grandpa for making it possible for our whole family to spend a fun time together at Disneyland! We made memories that we will never forget!! Love you!

Thanksgiving was a blast!

Ok, sorry I haven't updated our blog in a while! We've been so swamped!!

Thanks giving was a blast! We were blessed enough to have my whole family over during the holiday week (25 people!). We ate lots of yummy food, played games, told funny stories, and loved being together. The Lord sure loves us all so much, we're so lucky to be such a fun family! Also, we were all there to see little Chanel get blessed! She is so beautiful!

Chef Nauni, I had lots of cooking help! Thanks assistant chefs!!!

Everyone Chowin Down! I was so nervous it would rain, but we managed to stay dry while eating our fabulous feast!

A kid's party in our room! No parents allowed (no parents over 40 anyways!)

Good lookin' siblings!!

The whole Thanksgiving crew! Thanks guys!

Flex boys, flex those muscles!!!

What cute girls!!

The Sun Devils game with Jes, Tony, Jake, Lacey, Joe & date, Jed & date, and Brian & date. We had such a fun night!! Thanks Tony!

Little Chanel got blessed this weekend! She is so beautiful, just like her momma!!


Thank you to all of my family who love me so much and who are patient with me. With such a crazy childhood, it is sometimes hard for me to understand family relationships. The Lord will continue to bless me and grow me and one day I will be more like our Savior. I love our big family and am so blessed to be a part of it! Thank you for coming down for Thanksgiving everyone, it was the best Thanksgiving ever!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Camp-a-holics!!



Yes, we are indeed the camping masters. Our most recent event was with cousins August and Melissa. We camped at one of our regular spots up near Pine past Strawberry, AZ. The weather was awesome! We set up camp late and Meliss and I tried our hand at cobbler in the dutch oven!
Ok, so we're not exactly dutch oven extraordinaires yet, but with practice, we'll be able to make it without burning it! What was salvageable in the middle was tasty. Thanks Mom for the dutch oven, it is beautiful!

The next morning we had my famous camping breakfast: bacon, eggs, and cinnamon bread french toast! Mmmmm! And later on Melissa and I made the best foil dinners! Magnifique!

The boys had a blast beating eachother over and over at Race for the Galaxy:


John Michael Winning

Aug Losing...

Aug Winning!

And....John Michael Losing!

Naun & Meliss

The End!


Thanks guys, it was fun!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

"Fear not, little flock!"


Wow, conference weekend was so amazing! I absolutely love hearing the Lord's servants speak to us...and especially love hearing the Prophet speak. It is so awe-inspiring to know that our generation is just like the generations of old...we have a living prophet on the earth today who knows the challenges of our time and who leads us powerfully under the Lord's direction.

All of the messages touched my heart, but a few spoke to me. Oddly enough, I loved the talk by Elder Quentin L. Cook titled, "Hope ya know, we had a hard time."

I started this blog post by listing all of my favorite talks...but then it seemed like I was listing every single one!

The message that resonates with me from Conference is this: The Lord has given us a reassuring message of hope: “Fear not, little flock.” God will wait with “open arms to receive”those who give away their sins and continue in faith, hope, and charity. -D&C 6:34 and Mormon 6:17.

The Lord loves us and knows each one of us. Each day is a beautiful chance to grow closer to the Lord and to learn the tools we will need to serve others and progress in the eternities. No matter what circumstances befall us, or what challenges come our way, each brings us closer to the Lord and gives us tools to serve others who may from time to time face the same challenges. The Savior spends his whole existence serving Heavenly Father's children, go ye therefore and do likewise my friends!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Welcome Home Faithful Brothers!!!!


Our brothers have returned with honor from their challenging but rewarding missions in Central and South America! Nauni's brother Joe served in the Asuncion, Paraguay Mission and JM's brother Christopher served in the Tegucigalpa, Honduras Mission! It was so special to have them both return within four days of each other! Wow, those Spanish speaking, funny boys sure are a hoot! It has been really fun listening to their stories and fond memories of their humble experiences! When Christopher stepped into his room for the first time in two years, he just laid on the floor and exclaimed how much he loves carpet and how much he missed it! It was really funny. Joe is cute as he tries to remember English. He usually forgets a word or two every couple of sentences. We love to hear him pray in Spanish. We already got to hear Joe speak in his home ward in California the weekend he came home. His talk was one of the most humble and Spirit-driven talks I have ever heard. I am so proud of the man he has become. His testimony really rocks, and it is so special to hear him bear it in Spanish! I don't think he can even do it in English! We love our brothers and are so glad to have them back at home with us!
WE LOVE YOU BOYS!!!!


We got to pick up Christopher at the airport!
Look at how happy Mom is!!

JM was so excited to see his little bro!!

Nauni and Meliss excitedly wait for Chris
at the Airport!!

Silly JM!! I love you honey bee!!

We traveled out to CA to see Joe the day he got home!
We played at the park and went to the beach on Saturday!

Kody is so stinkin' cute, drool and all!!

Joe has sweet futbol skills!!

Jed got a part time job as a clown...ha ha just teasing, he and Chris got their heads shaved, and look very handsome! This was half way thru Jed's hair cut!

Our Good Lookin' Brothers!!!

Nauni with Carly and Makena! I miss you guys!!

Chris and Joe Joe! Thanks for the sweet
Honduran and Paraguayan gifts!
We love them!!!!!

Joe playing beautiful guitar
and singing "I Know that My Redeemer Lives"
...in Guarani!
video

Sunday, August 17, 2008

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN!!

OUR FIRST DATE September 3, 2000

Our 7th Anniversary August 17, 2008

JM and I are celebrating our 7th Anniversary today! We are calling it "Lucky Number Seven" because we are still so in love and can't believe we have been married for seven wonderful years. I will admit that I am a bit of a firecracker, but JM has shown such patience and compassion for me all these years, and I work hard every day to make him the happiest man on earth as a thank you. We are best friends and the perfect match. I know the Lord helped me endure a rough journey and rewarded me with JM at the top of the climb! We are both so grateful to a Loving Heavenly Father who guides us in our path to an Eternal Life together. These seven years have been the happiest years of my life...and HERE'S TO A ZILLION MORE!

Part of our anniversary celebration included a VERY fun weekend up in Pine Top with our cousins and friends! We got to go shooting, played games, watched movies, and enjoyed the beautiful and spontaneous rain! It was a blast!


JM shooting Jon's AK-47

Kara shooting our FS 2000

Cute JM and Jon lookin' all tough!

Nauni and Matty

JM shooting clay pigeons with Jon's Shotgun!
He was such a pro!!
video
Nauni trying out the shotgun! Two shots,
quite enough for my weaksauce shoulder!

JM so cute enjoying his FS2000!

The whole gang!!

The ladies!

Silly Nauni and Meliss

All of us at the end of a sweet trip!!
Thanks guys!!