Friday, March 26, 2010

Springtime Fun

I love the spring. I love letting Greg run wild in the backyard and watching his reactions to new things. I love the fresh air (although my allergies have been particularly maddening this year). I love knowing that the days will only get longer and that Noel will be home more often. What a great time of the year!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


On our cruise we picked up a hat and shirt for Greg from the store Piranha Joes. We thought we did so well until we got home and realized that Greg has now developed into a baby giant. Before the shirt grows too small we wanted to post some pictures of his Piranha Joes t-shirt for Grandma Dickens (since she helped us pick it out). Noel particularly likes the shirt because then he can quote the mother elephant from the Disney movie, Tarzan..."There are no piranhas in Africa!"


Monday, March 22, 2010

What's Wrong w/ this Picture

The garbage men pass by our house each Monday morning bright and early (~5am). Yesterday afternoon I caught Amber preparing to take out the last of the week's garbage...But let me ask you all, "What is wrong with this picture?"

Amber is amazing in so many ways, but this image will solidify her in the position as world's greatest. Thanks, Bumber! Greg and I love you (and not only when you take out the garbage:) ).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Break 2010

BYU never had a spring break and Noel's break during his Masters never coincided with my breaks from teaching. Since I am taking a wonderful hiatus from teaching this year, Noel and I decided to take a trip with Noel's parents to the eastern Caribbean. Unfortunately Greg is too young to enjoy a cruise. As such, my mother flew in from Idaho to watch Greg for the week. Greg was super excited to see his grandmother and soon forgot about us...much to my chagrin!

Noel and I really enjoyed the time away from school and the time with his parents, family, and friends. These are some of the pictures Noel took of our trip in chronological order:

Day 1: Leaving Ft. Lauderdale, our cabin (E517), and the amazing ME!

Day 2: Princess Caye island in the bahamas, watermelon carving, great-Grandma Dickens taking in the sun, Grandpa Gordie ready for snorkeling, Grandma Skinnie Lynnie sporting the cool shades, and Kevin and Michelle Sutterfield.

Day 3: Day at sea, formal night, Pat and Diane's 5th wedding anniversary, evening entertainment, line dancing, and lots of ocean winds.

Day 4: St. Maartens, local Cari-crap markets, human Beluga whales at the topless beach (whoops!), and cruise alley.

Day 5: St. Thomas, Trivia night, the Two-Keys long lost Caribbean cousin ("the World Famous Banana Daiquiri"), and crazy tours :)

Day 6 and 7: Grand Turk, swimming with the sting-rays, colder weather, Aunt Gayle and Grandpa Gordie.

The trip was a lot of fun and we are grateful to the Dickens for inviting us along with them. We were particularly touched by the many stories that were shared by Pat Mullaly and Kevin Sutterfield regarding Noel's parent's conversion story. We are extremely grateful for the two year sacrifice of missionaries and the commitment of people who undergo a true change of heart.