Sunday, November 15, 2009

Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout!!

My handsome eagle scout is enjoying his new calling as Deacon's Quorum Advisor and Assistant Scout Master. He gets to go with the boys on a campout at least once a month! Lucky!!! I keep telling him he is going to get his fill of camping and won't want to take me anymore...maybe I'll secretly stow away on their next trip!

This weeked he went with the boys on an overnight backpacking trip to the "Coke Ovens" down south by Coolidge somewhere. I thought they were some sort of natural rock formation or something until he brought these pictures home. They are some sort of really cool, man-made stone ovens that the early settlers used to smelt down metal ore during the mining days! Wow, super neat. Maybe JM will take me down there sometime! The ovens were big enough that all the leaders and boys could lay out and sleep inside of one, which was serendipitous considering the freakish, atypical, Arizona rain they got!

Self photo shot!

The Coke Ovens! Wow, so random, but super cool!! Who knew they were out there in the middle of the desert!!

JM with his boys! Aren't they so cute!! They look tired with their heavy packs!!

Playing in the mud!

JM introduced Geo-Caching to all the boys and leaders! It was the boy's first time trying it out, and they LOVED it! They were lucky enough to find all four of the caches they set out to find! What a fun activity! Seriously, it is such a good time! JM enjoyed teaching the boys how!

The beautiful desert after the rain! We are so blessed!!

Honey, I am so proud of your gentle leadership and example to the boys. Way to be an Eagle Scout! I am excited to have you pass on your determination and knowledge on to our future sons (and daughters!). XOXO Love you.

Nieces and Nephews, special blessings

Thank you for your patience with me. I haven't posted in ages.

As I ponder the Lord's plan for me, I can't help but feel blessed by my handsome little nephew Kody and my two beautiful nieces Chanel and Eden! Although I live miles away from all three...through the magic of technology, it has been a joy watching them learn and grow. Jake and Lacey's little Kody is learning new words and is so cute being a big brother to the new little sister he loves. And baby Eden is so beautiful.

Kody doing a hat dance for us!

Tiny little Eden!

Jes and Tony's little Chanel is learning words and has started walking!! Wow, time sure flies. Seems like it was only yesterday that I was holding her tiny newborn self!!

Chanel's new born self.......and......

Here She Is Now!!! What a little cutie!!

I love this one! Jes, she looks so much like you!!

So thank you Jake, Lacey, Jes, and Tony for giving me little neices and nephews to oogle over!! Sure love you guys!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Numero Ocho!!!!

This weekend we celebrated our 8th Anniversary!! We decided to spend a romantic getaway in Sedona to relax and celebrate!! We spent two nights in a really cool bed and breakfast called The Lodge at Sedona. It was nice to have no agenda and to enjoy the cooler weather. It was the first time either of us had visited Sedona, and we loved the beautiful red rocks! The highlight was a 90 minute couples massage we, it was sooooooooo nice!! We watched movies, ate tasty food, window-shopped all the cool cowboy shops, and really enjoyed ourselves! Wish it was our anniversary every weekend!!!!! Thanks honey for a fun weekend, and for 8 beautiful years of blissful marriage! I am the luckiest girl of all time!!!!!

Eating tasty cowboy burgers! Notice the sweet cow decorations!

Special request caramel apple!! White chocolate dipped and milk chocolate drizzled! Mmmmmmmm!!!!!

Awwww, the happy couple!!!

Love you honey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

Sweet Summer!

Well, JM and I have been enjoying this hot Arizona summer so far! I sure apologize for the tardy post...escrow closing on our new house was delayed a couple of times, and getting moved in and settled has taken some time!!

Thank you to everyone who helped us move!!!!! You strong beasts know who you are!! XOXO We'll have a thank-you BBQ soon!!

So here are some pics of the new place, as promised; we just love everything about it and feel so blessed to be here!

Modern-ish looking front. (Notice tall garage, JM is stoked that we can pull our lifted truck into the garage! Sweet!)

View from entry at front door

Water fountain we sort of designed in the front yard. Very Zen of us!!

Our big living room. Plenty of room for friends and movie watchin...hooray guys, now you don't have to sit on the floor!!

My fancy pants kitchen...we were lucky to get all the upgrades already chosen by the builder since we bought the house as a spec. tough decisions, and the luck of the fancy things they chose for us! Do you like my wifey decorating?

We had fun with our landscaping. Since we were moving away from our pool, we wanted to put something in the back yard that would entice us to hang out back we put in a gas fire pit. So...get ready guys...we are going to be bond fire-ing it up!!

So those are some of the highlights of our new digs. We sure love it and are grateful to the Lord for leading us here. Thanks for your patience as I found time to do a new house post!! XOXO

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New House! Woo Hoo!

Hi All,

Yes, I know how annoying it is to keep seeing my same old post day after day!

I promise to update soon! We have been swamped with work and with preparing for our new...........HOUSE!! It is very cool and we can't wait to move. Wait, yes, we can wait to MOVE...packing and moving isn't going to be fun...but we can't wait to be MOVED IN and all settled in our new little nest.

I'll be sure to post some pictures of the new house after we move in next weekend. Our landscaping will be finished two weeks after that...and those pictures will be fun too.

Thanks for your patience! XOXO -Nauni

P.S. Congratulations to Tony, Jes, Jake, Brian and Chrsitina for completing the Camp Pendelton Mud Run last weekend! I heard it was fun but challenging! Way to go! Wish we could have been there! Check out Lacey's blog for some sweet pics: Bredsguardfam . Also, Happy Birthday Little Chanel!! You're the cutest and we miss you! And lastly, can't wait to meet baby Eden! Come out soon! XOXO

Friday, April 24, 2009

Our B.F.F.'s from North Carolina!!!

We had THE BEST staycation ever last week!! Our B.F.F.'s Ben and Julie Burgess and their sweet kids Kate and Josh came for a week-long visit from North Carolina! Woa! Quite the travel!

We packed every day with as much fun as we could! We made a list of all the things we wanted to do while they were here and then we just went out and did them!! Some of the highlights included:

  • Hanging out and laughing up a storm with Katelyn!
  • Making funny faces with Josh!
  • Shopping with Julie!
  • Going to see Monsters Vs. Aliens in 3D!
  • Going to the Phoenix Zoo!
  • The Boys beating Resident Evil 5 on the XBOX 360!
  • Eating at Texas Roadhouse, our favorite!
  • Hot tubbing!
  • Playing board and card games! (JM taught Benny how to play Race for the Galaxy, now Benny's a pro too!)
  • Baking chocolate chip cookies!
  • Eating lots of other tasty food!! Jewels, your shredded pork burritos rocked!!!
  • Going to a fun park called Discovery Island
  • Hanging out with Aug & Meliss
  • Making awesome, new, country curtains for my kitchen with Julie! Thanks Jewels, I love them!!!!!
  • The boys having a guys day out: shooting and NASCAR!!
Here are a bazillion pics we took of this BEST STAYCATION EVER!!

JM and little Katelyn! We love you darlin'!!!

Cutie little Joshua! He's so funny when he does his scrunchy nose face!

JM and Kate feeding the ducks "at" Discovery Island. We never actually made it to the real Discovery Island because Kate was having so much fun feeding ducks and playing on the park toys!

JM teaching Kate how to chase birds, they're cute! Kate was shy around the pigeons at first, but after watching JM chase them, she loved chasing them too!

JM and Kate at the beginning of our Phoenix Zoo trip! Super cute!! They were buddies all week!

Our sweet Zoo picnic! Thanks Jewels, it was super tasty!

JM and Nauni enjoying the Zoo!! This is a cute one!!!

I have a better one of the tiger, but this one is funny because JM kept making this one grunty-screechy noice to get the zoo animals to look at him, and he got the tiger to look right at him!!

Benny photo bombing us!!!

The Burgess family at the Giraffe habitat


Zoo Gang!!

Katelyn as a birdie!

Zoo Review! With a special lesson on the perfect animal call by JM!

JM, Benny and Auggie at NASCAR!

The boys listening to the NASCAR scanner for the race details!!

NASCAR at night! Look at that smile! The boys had such a good time!

Naun and Jewels sewing curtains!!

(I have one more pic of me and Jewels at the end of the week that I want to put up with these...JM needs to take it off the camera!)

Thanks Benny and Jewels for such a fun week!! We had the best time and already miss you! We love you guys! XOXOXOXOX!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Gonna Party Like its Ya Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Nauni and John Michael!!!

We LOVE April! It is such a fun, Springgy, Birthday-ish month! We've got lots of family birthdays in April, and it is so fun celebrating all month long!

Nauni's Birthday was during conference weekend, so we enjoyed watching all the sessions of conference! We LOVE conference! We were so touched and inspired! Mom and Dad Seals made birthday steak dinner and killer chocolate birthday pie (for all of us spring chickens)! Mmmmm!!! I straightened my hair for the special event, just for fun! Jes & Tony sent me a birthday fruit boquet at work (wink, wink) and my family sung me birthday songs all day! JM got me the best Juicy Couture perfume, Viva la Juicy. It is THE BEST!!!!! Thanks Love!!

The Birthday Girl!

JM playing birthday San Juan!


Next it was JM's birthday the following Friday! Happy Birthday Baby! I love you so much!
This year was a little nervewracking for JM. Turning 30 is probably the least favorite thing that has happened to him this year! Honey, you are so super handsome, and I can't wait to celebrate another 30 birthdays with you!!

JM had to work on his birthday! (I guess he doesn't know the rule where you don't have to work on your birthday!) JM's family and I took him out to dinner at T.G.I. Fridays. It was tasty. I gave JM the XBOX 360 game Resident Evil 5 which he has been wanting (so he could play with Benny when he comes to visit)! Later that night I surprised him with the complete series of Halo novels! Boy was he surprised! (Thank goodness, because I always find a way to spill my surprises...I'm so nutty sometimes!!) He loves them! He wants me to read to him before bed (trying to re-capture your youth honey bee? Ha, ha, just teasing!)

Chris and the Birthday Boy at T.G.I. Fridays! Woot Woot!


Thanks everyone for our fun birthday celebrating, birthday money, birthday cards, birthday treats, and birthday singing!!! We loved it!! XOXOX

Mawaige Bwot us Togeva!


Congratulations to our cousin Courney and her brand new hubby Greg on their wedding on March 28th!! We sure love you! Courtney was a very beautiful bride and Greg was a handsome groom! Here are some pics we took at the wedding!

A cutie little flower girl!!

Courtney's handsome brothers Xander and August!

Auggie & Meliss!

Grandma June and John Michael

JM, Nauni, Stef, & Eldon! Good lookin' bunch!

A quick family photo!


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Post updates on their way!!

Hey everyone, I have lots more to post about! I'm out of time tonight, but will update ASAP! XOXO -Naun

We Love You Grandpa Seals!

JM, his brother Christopher, and I got to fly to Stockton a few weeks ago to visit JM's Grandpa Seals. Grandpa Seals' age is starting to affect him and we wanted to spend a weekend with him because we love him so much.

Uncle Greg and Aunt Daylin and were super hospitable and were our consierge, our taxi drivers, our chefs, and our entertainers during the whole weekend! Thanks guys, we loved spending time with you! And thanks for taking us out to eat so much! We were so spoiled!! Allie, it was fun hanging out with you too!! We also got to see Uncle Pat, Aunt Pam, and our other Seals cousins! Guys, you're the best!

All this lost luggage decor at the Sacramento Airport was cool!

The Three Musketeers! We had fun traveling together!

Grandpa Seals at his nursing home. We love you Pops!

JM teaching Uncle Greg how to Geocache! Of course he would!

A drive through China Town! Neat!

We got to visit Grandma Bess. Thinking of her brings tears to my eyes every time. She has blessed our lives so much and has brought such joy to our family. I loved her kind and gentle heart, she was always ready to serve everyone at the drop of a hat! I want to always strive to be like her! Thanks for giving your boys a touch of sensitivity, we are so blessed! We miss you!

This is a neat picture on Grandma Bess' headstone. It's cool how they could do that!

My cutie husband and me at the graveyard. It was so peaceful there, and very beautiful. A bit chilly though!

Ok, bad idea to take a picture of a picture...but I couldn't resist. This is a picture of Grandpa and Grandma Bess all in love when they were super young. It is taken of them on their way up Ophir Canyon where Grandma Bess lived (in Utah). When you look at it closely, you can see their deep love for eachother, like no one else in the world mattered when they were in each other's arms! Wow, now that's true love! Because of grandpa's memory loss, he forgets often that Grandma Bess is gone. When he asks about her, and he's reminded that she's in Heaven, it seems like his heart is broken every time when he realizes that the love of his life is gone. They had such a loving bond. They are such an inspriation to us! And we love them both so much!

Thank you Grandpa for the special, and emotional visit! We love you so very much and know the Lord will send you comfort and peace!