Friday, November 19, 2010

Wait, You Mean October Is Over Already?

Here is a rundown of our very busy October. This doesn't even include the week we spent in California!

At the beginning of the month the kids' school had Rodeo Day. The Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show came and performed square dancing, did lasso demos, explained how corn is grown, showed a model of a chuck wagon, and the kids were taught how to be rodeo clowns by real rodeo clowns (duh). We have lived in Texas for almost two and a half years, but you would never know it from our wardrobe. Archer's outfit consisted of a plaid shirt (I didn't even have a bandanna) and I think he ended up looking more like a Greaser...

I made Della skirt using the Market Skirt tutorial. It has little cowgirls and horseshoes on it...
Archer had career day at school and he wanted to dress as a "Lego Designer." I asked him what Lego designers wore which I thought was a legitimate question. He looked at me with disdain and said "A white doctor's jacket. Geez Mom." Don't worry, I was back on his awesome list after I made and laminated this badge for him to wear on the white jacket.

We participated in the ward talent show this month. Way back in June when Chad and I were deciding on what to play, we separately chose the same exact song out of our 4,700+ MP3's. Our love-mind connection is mucho strong. We played "Stay Gold" by the Apples In Stereo. This is a picture of me FREAKING out...
Chad was a total pro! OK-he has done this before, but he looked so at ease and had a smile on his face the whole time. I was really nervous and this made my mouth so dry that my upper lip was getting stuck and as you can imagine, this made singing very difficult!
Archer originally was going to play a snare and a ride. But a few days before the show he started to get some stage fright. The night before the show he burst into tears and said "What if I ruin the song? What if everyone laughs at me?" We decided downsize to just the ride. He started out a little nervous as you can see from his dead serious expression...

But he lightened up and he did a fantastic job...
As Chad and I walked off the stage we both said "That was so bad!" The more time that goes on, the worse I feel about it! My friend Marissa offered to show me some video of our performance but I literally could not bring myself to watch! BUT, the important thing here is that I actually got up and did it in spite of my extreme stage fright and I am proud of myself, even if I did play most of the song incorrectly. Then there was Halloween. I have no pictures of Archer because he was running around like a crazy person. This picture is of Della with her bestie Mylah. Della LOVES her. Mylah is so amazing with Della. She doesn't get angry when Della pulls her hair, sticks a finger in her ear, or eats her Skittles lip gloss...

If Mylah is close by, Della has to be touching her...

We had Della use Proloquo2Go on the iPad while Trick-Or-Treating. She did really well. She knew that when we walked up to a house and pushed that button, people gave her candy.


Della says she loves candy...


And that if she puts her head into the pumpkin, she gets a much better view of the goods...



Goin' To The Big D: Disneyland 2010

Our family was able to go to Disneyland while visiting Calfornia and we got in for free because we got connections like that (thank you!). The day started with the Sanchez family and the first thing we did was locate our brick. The Sanchez brick is surrounded by their family's toes (minus Eli) and the Calder brick is surrounded by, well, you'll have to guess...


Monkeys from L-R: Amy Sanchez, Tyler Sanchez, me, Della, and Miss Mia Sanchez...

Archer and Nate...


Archer thought that the carousel was boring. Don't worry, he made his own excitement...


Archer and Tyler, I think I cried a little bit in this moment...


Cousins Nathan and Mia...

The second half of the day was spent with the Millers. They live in Utah and it can be hard to line up schedules to see them, so we were delighted when they were able to join us.

Archer asking me "What's the most boringest word you can think of?" I answered "Boring." He did not think this was an acceptable answer...

Della signing to Uncle Matt that she would like some more Jungle Cruise...



Newlyweds Scott and Jill on Pirates. Oh how I missed that ride's sweet smell of damp asbestos...

On the Haunted Mansion with Heather...

Della rode with Aunt Shelley on the scooter (Archer was soooooo jealous) and two minutes after this picture was taken, Della hit the gas and ran into a guy. He wasn't very happy and poor Aunt Shelley was mortified because it looked like she was the one doing the ramming!

This was the moment that Della's mind was officially blown...


The entire group L-R: Scott and Jill Miller, Chad, Archer, me, Della, Matt and Shelley Miller, and Heather Miller...

By 9PM Della was beyond done and so I took her home. Archer however, stayed on with his (adult) cousins. Somehow they got him to ride "The Tower Of Terror." I have heard of nothing else since then...

Archer is the one with his eyes tightly squeezed shut...

Finally Archer gets his ride on the scooter...



We had a fantastic trip! It was the most exhausting, jam-packed, and busy trip we've had, but it was also the best one yet! Thanks to all who made it so wonderful.

I end with this shot of Della after we finally landed back in Houston. One of her ponytails was on top of her head and the other was over her ear. It was by far the worst rats-nest she's ever had. Actually, I think dreadlock would be a more appropriate word...


Cam and Lauren's Wedding in California

Let's begin with an "Ode De Cameron" since this is about his wedding after all...


The paper cross around his neck says "Jesus loves Cameron." This picture makes me laugh every time I see it...
Cameron Fun Facts:
  • Cameron was the third child born into our family and the second boy. I am 5 years older than he is.
  • During his Christmas Preschool Program, Cameron was singing a song in the front row when he decided to pull the front of his sweater up over his face and head exposing his torso. He then began swinging his arms around hitting the other children until a Priest came and put an end to that.
  • Cameron forgot his shoes on not one, but two family vacations. Can you even board a plane with out shoes on now?
  • Cameron cut the entire front section of his hair off of his bowl cut when he was 3ish. Around the same time he stuck a toy with rotating rubber wheels on his head and it "sucked up" his hair to to the scalp. We could hardly get it out but when we did, Cam was left with a patch of missing hair. Of course we teased him about it until he cried.
  • Cameron is a little (a lot) competetive. Jon (my brother who is 2 years younger than me) and I made a hobby out of daring him to do stuff. One of the best was when he dared Cameron to bite a rock chipping his tooth in the process.
  • He broke his arm one summer and somewhere along the way it got wet and is smelled sooooo bad. Cam was constantly smelling it even though it made him gag.
  • Cameron had a drawer full of letters from girls when he was in Jr. High. Chad and I used to grab a hand full and read them out loud. My favorite ones were from a girl who called herself "Your Angel."
  • Cameron loves fire. Like seriously loves fire.
  • Journal entry from 1991: "My baby brothr Cameron loves to wach the trashman. He drolls a lot and we call him Slimer."
  • Journal entry dated 5/14/1993: "Cameron is such a jerk! I was so mad at him when he ran into the bathroom and locked himself in with BOTH TV controlers. He made me so angry that I said my first curse word EVER! This made me much more mad so I stared kicking the door as hard as I could and then a peice of wood fell out of the bottom and a whole bunch of dust came out. We both got in truobul and then to get back at me he RIPED MY GLOW IN THE DARK ALADIN POSTER ON PURPOSE!!! I punched him in the privates and I GOT IN MORE TROUBU THEN HE DID!!! WHY WAS HE EVEN BORN!!!"
  • Journal entry dated 8/9/1995: "Tomorrow is Cam's birthday. I got him a Batman Forever lunchbox because my favorite song is "Kissed By A Rose" by Seal. Then I filled his thermos with some of my old pogs." I was such a generous sister.
  • Cameron once threw all of my barbies into a storm drain and then took a hammer to my doll house.
  • There are a lot of great things about Cameron, but I won't list them all here because that's kind of boring and no one wants to read that. Suffice it to say that Cameron is one of the funniest people I know, he is a talented musician, an extremely loyal friend, and he is very smart. Lauren, you found yourself a (mostly) wonderful husband!



Please ignore the tumor growing on my face, any extra pounds, and the walrus mustache in the back. I chose this picture for Cam's hair. So awesome...

Cameron served a mission for the LDS church for 2 years in Taiwan. He learned how to speak Madarin Chinese...



Back to the wedding, or at least the rehearsal dinner. My cousin Heather and me...


2 kids+Texas time (2 hours ahead)+ rehearsal dinner=very tired
Della with Uncle Matt...

Chad holding Archer...


Archer was excited to help Cam get ready for the big day...

Cameron and Lauren were married at the Los Angeles Temple. Archer started the day off right with an impromptu modeling session. I am so glad Heather was there to capture every pose...



Cousin Scott provided a lot of entertainment...

I think Della was a little bored but songs from Papa and plenty of Fruit Loops got us through the morning. I have many pictures of random family members (from both the bride and groom's sides) feeding Della Fruit Loops. I can't thank everyone enough for all the willing hands to help with Della. She never would have made it without everyone's help...

Mr. and Mrs. Miller!...

Awww...

We took a family photo in the same spot that Chad and I had stood on our wedding day. Cam and Lauren were married 3 days before our 9th Anniversary...

The reception was in my parent's backyard and it turned out so beautiful...
Isn't my new SIL lovely?...

This picture marks the turning point of the reception for our son. He removed the fabric that was tied to his chair and was wrapping it around his face and body...
He was distracted by Heather's phone for a little while, but after a few minutes he started hysterically sobbing. We asked him what was wrong and he answered "I HATE weddings! I am freezing to death and I am starving to death!" He went to bed after that...
My grandparents...

Cousin Lynley...



Cousin Heather...

Grandparents, Chad/me, and 2 out 3 brothers...

My brother Devin, me, and Cam...(We missed you Jon and Raquel!)

My parents and brothers...

Della starting to get tired...


The kids exhausted the next day...