Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My little boy ain't so little anymore

Max turned three this summer. I can't believe what a little man he is now. Those little baby features are starting to melt away. Three has definitely proven to be far more terrible than two, but thank goodness for opposition in all things. Along with being super stubborn and coming unhinged over the smallest of things, he also has a really sweet side. And oh the laughs we have over the things that come out of his little mouth.

We decided to throw a swim party with all of our little neighborhood buddies.

Entertaining his guests like a good little host :)


The cake...to this day, no matter how many times we correct him, he says, "Remember my frog cake, yeah that was fun."

To go along with the whole water theme, we got him two speckled goldfish. He immediately named them Gerald (which was no surprise since every story of his has a Gerald in it) and Buster. Unfortunately, Buster and Gerald had a very short life, so we now have Buster and Gerald the sequel. Happy to say we did a better job the second time around and they are still with us.

Here are the rest of the three-year pictures we took.
Love you little buddy!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pioneer Day

Beaver, Utah...a place that is very near and dear to my heart. My mom grew up in this small town and we spent a lot of time there when I was a kid. One thing we could always count on was spending the 24th of July in Beaver. Aside from celebrating the pioneers of course, Beaver IS Pioneer day to me. I don't ever remember spending this holiday anywhere else. As we kids got older and moved away from home, it became a little less frequent. But now that we have kids of our own, the tradition is back in full force. Very little has changed as far as what goes down in Beaver on Pioneer day...I absolutely love it. I'm so glad to be able to pass this tradition on to my kids and hope they cherish it as much as I do.

(P.S. I am completely aware that I am still posting stuff from July and it is now October. Yes, I'm a loser)

(P.P.S. I know we always post a billion pictures here at S and E Frazier, but I am a very visual person, so that's just how we roll.)

I love the sense of community that exists in this town and the parade reflects that well.

Max and Cohen get a kick out of each other

My little 2nd cousin Amanda
Amanda and her Uncle Jonny

My cute Aunt Sylvia on her 50th reunion float

Jayne rockin' her silver sandals...she's so festive

My bro Greg with his boy Cohen

This is Jayne's infamous bitter beer face. She spends 3/4 of her day like this

Max gearing up for the foot races

And he's off!

Shane and I participated too. We were in the 20-35 division. We weren't first, but we weren't last either, so job well done. This is Shane and Jonny faking it for me since their race was right after mine and I couldn't get to my camera in time. Upon seeing John Beck there (his grandma lives in Beaver) they were a little nervous to race, but were relieved when he didn't join in the festivities. Jonny actually came in 2nd...not surprising since his legs are as long as I am tall. He won 50 whole cents for his accomplishments...way to go big guy.

The 24th in Beaver wouldn't be complete without a visit to the horse track. If you have never been to a live horse race, GO! It's a blast.
We all waited with bated breath to see if our horse would win

Some, however, did not find it as exciting

As we were waiting to go to dinner, we stopped by this little peacock farm. There were at least 15 of them strutting around and we were lucky that this one decided to put on a real show.

This little rooster was cracking us up. He looked as though someone had put him through a garbage disposal, but he was strutting around behind the peacocks as if he was one of them.

You can't go to Beaver and not visit the Creamery to get some yummy cheese samples and a huge ice cream cone. This was Max's inaugural visit.

And what would the 24th be without lighting off a few fireworks.

My Sister-in-law Amber

I won't go into how grateful I am for the pioneers since I did that a few posts ago, but I love to celebrate them on this day.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

Time for yet another summer catch up post. This time, Las Vegas style. Last year, we went to one of those time share shpills and won a free 3-day trip. We chose San Diego because that is where we spent our honeymoon, so we thought we would celebrate our anniversary there. Come to find out later, there was a huge catch. Our flight would leave Monday at 10:00 p.m. and return at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. That left us with crappy red-eye flights and only one day in San Diego. What a joke! So I called and they let me switch to Las Vegas. We would drive, so that meant our hotel was upgraded and we got a few other perks (which turned out to be jokes too, but I'll spare you the rest). It was a fun time, but it was a short trip because we wanted to go celebrate the 24th of July with family (post to come). We took our purple goo camera and luckily it came through somehow.

The Bellagio fountains and gardens
M&M Factory

Rocky Balboa and Smokin' Joe Frazier (Funny side note: When Shane was a kid, he thought Rocky looked really tough and would do exercises to try to make his eyes droop like his. I think he is channeling that childhood dream a little with that face he is making)

The dreaded Stratosphere...well dreaded by Shane anyway. I told him we had to go on it and he would love it. I had been on it years earlier. I had no idea he was a little scared of heights until we were shot to the top and he turned to me and said, "I'm going to kill you!" It didn't help that it was really windy up there and they actually were contemplating shutting down the ride until it calmed down. When the ride was over, he looked at the next kid in line and said, "I wouldn't sit in this seat...it may be soiled." He says the darndest things. I think he still had fun though.

Freemont Street. If you've never been there, it is a street with a HUGE t.v. screen that covers it. I bet you are probably wondering who that guy is that Shane is cozying up to...yeah, me too :) As I was taking Shane's picture, this guy was trying to get out of our way and Shane just randomly asked him to be in the picture. "He was all decked out, I had to ask him," Shane told me later. He was very nice and flattered that Shane thought he looked so hot.

Back at our hotel and exhausted. Looks like purple goo decided to finally join us as well, so we'll leave it here. Farewell Vegas with your bright lights and gratuitous porn, farewell.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

EWF Photos

Well, since I kind of live behind my camera these days (much to the annoyance of all those around me), I decided to make a little place to put some of the fruits of it. It's nothing fancy nor by any means professional, but just because. Most likely, there will be some repeats from this blog. If you want to check it out, here's the link and there is also a link on my side bar.