Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Morning

Ellie woke up bright and early Christmas morning, even after staying up late! Santa must have decided she was a good girl, because she did pretty well. Our morning started off a little slow she was not to sure of anything. She didn't really want anything to do with the Santa toys, but went after the things in her stocking. Her favorite a toothbrush:) Once we started opening the gifts she got a little more excited. However, once she opened her Leap Frog Magnetic Farm toy, she wanted no more toys, she was HAPPY:) We let her play with her toys while we got ready to go out visiting.Our first stop was Ryker's house where he was still opening presents, so Ellie sat down and started helping and playing:) We also went past my brother's for breakfast, and my sister to check out their gifts. We got back to my Mom's around one and put Ellie down for a nap, were she stayed until 5!! She has never slept that long, but it sure was nice. Then everyone came over for dinner again and more present opening. Overall we had a great Christmas season:)

Twas the Night B4 Xmas

Wednesday afternoon we drove down to my parents house to spend Christmas with my family. We were suppose to make pies when we got there, but my great sister, Natalie, already had them done. So we spent the time snacking and hanging out with the family. Once my brother and sister's family got there we had a delicious dinnner and dessert. Then came the annual family program. The kids all play a song on the piano and this year we also got a drum solo from my nephew. Then someone reads the Christmas story. After the program the little kids get to open up half their gift from my Mom which always includes PJ's. I loved ellie's this year, they were red polka dotted and even though they say Santa's Little Helper, she will wear them for awhile! Ellie wasn't to keen on going to bed and stayed up a little too late.

Early Christmas

This year we decided that instead of taking all our presents with us to Vegas we would open a few before we left. So Tuesday night we opened up our gifts from the Flygares, Ellie wasn't to sure about it but loved the stuffed animals and talking purse she got as gifts. Brady and I were also excited for our gift cards to itunes and Wal-Mart. I am hoping to get a WiiFit with mine:)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Vegas Bowl!

Friday we traveled down to Vegas for the BYU game. We planned to go to the team fireside but since Brady was still on the sick side we weren't sure if we were going to make it, well he felt a little better so we decided to go. Ellie came along and needless to say I sat in my seat maybe 4 minutes the entire time. Ellie wanted to run down the hall, climb the stairs up to the stage, and get drinks! From what I heard in the halls it was great, one upside Ellie got a chance to meet Harvey Unga in the foyer. He was out there before the closing song and so were we, he said hi to her and she gave him a smile and wave, before running back into the chapel:)Saturday night Brady and I headed to the game with his boss and their family. The weather was COLD, but not nearly as bad as I was preparing for! We had great seats on the 10yd line and 5 rows up, right behind the cheerleaders!
However, the highlight of the game was David Hasselhoff, yes The HOFF, singing the national anthem. We also enjoyed some great plays right in front of us! But not enough to win us the ball game. Brady was pretty mad and is looking forward to a better season next year!
Brady thought this picture summed it up

Sickness and Snow

I am a little behind on the posting so here is a quick catch up of what we have been up to. Last weekend Ellie got super sick and stayed that way most of the week. She had a sore throat and a cough that sounded so horrible; so we didnt do much but watch the Sprites, Baby Einstein and Lady and the Tramp (Ellie's new favorite movie). I have to say it was kinda nice since she isnt much of a cuddler unless she is sick. Then Wednesday Brady came home complaining that he was also sick with what Ellie had. Needless to say it hasn't been fun having two sickies!Don't you love that they have the same exact pose!!
Since Ellie was sick we didn't get to enjoy much of the snow except from inside our warm little house. Our yard got about 2 inches and stuck around for quite awhile. It was nice to have a little snow to make it seem like Christmas, but I am glad that it is gone!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Time in DISNEYLAND!!

Brady and I have been wanting to take Ellie to Disneyland for a few months and we finally convinced my family to come along. Saturday morning we set out to sunny California, we made pretty good time and made it there in the early afternoon. After checking into our awesome hotel we drove down to Newport Beach for a seafood dinner and ate at the Crab Cooker. They allow you to send free postcards to anywhere in the world so we sent 2 ... one to our missionary Zach (who transferred Monday so probably won't even get it) and our niece Hailey (who HATES seafood)!! After a walk down the pier we loaded back up and drove to Anaheim. After a little rest we took the shuttle to Downtown Disney and walked around. At the end this little Bolivian band was playing so we let the kids out of their strollers. They started dancing like a couple of junior high kids, swaying to the music, but not looking at each other. After awhile they found their groove and had a great time.Sunday we got up bright and early and took the shuttle back to Disneyland. Ellie was a little shocked and didn't know quite what to think about it. We met Mickey first thing and then headed to the scariest rides, Pirates and the Haunted Mansion. Then we walked around and did some of the little kid things. Ellie loved Small World the best! Then we headed back for lunch and naps at the hotel. That night we went to California Adventure and the new Toy Story Game/ride was awesome, Ellie loved it even though she wouldn't wear the 3D glasses. We also filled up on the fresh tortillas, delicious!! Then we went back to Disneyland, but it was so crowded that we didn't stay long! I don't know why they set up for the fireworks 3 hours before!!!The next day we finished up Disneyland and stayed all day. Ellie took a nap in her stroller while Brady and I enjoyed a lunch at Tequila Joe's in downtown Disney. Then we went back and watched the fireworks and the snow!! Then we headed back to the room for some well deserved sleep! It was an awesome trip and I can't wait for Ellie to go again when she knows a little more about the characters!!
Ellie seemed okay with the characters, but Ryker didn't like them at all. In the pics you can see Minnie playing with his mohawk and then the dirty look he shoots her!! Pretty funny, all he really cared about was his BUZZ!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Our Trip to the NoRTh pOLe!!

Every year Brady's Mom has a big Christmas party with the whole family and this year she decided to take us on THE POLAR EXPRESS. So after lunch and opening a few presents we traveled up to Heber to get on the Heber Creeper! Once on the train we settled in and sang a few Christmas carols, read the Polar Express, had cookies and Hot Chocolate and waited for Santa.
We first had a visit from Mrs. Claus, Ellie loved her and gave her big hugs and kisses. Then we finally reached the North Pole where Santa boarded the train. It was a little sad that there was NO SNOW, maybe next time!By the time Santa got to our car Ellie wanted NOTHING to do with him. She cried and wouldn't even look his direction. Overall, we had tons of fun and can't wait to take Ellie back when she knows a little more about The Polar Express.

Thanksgiving Weekend

Last Wednesday morning we headed up to Orem to celebrate Thanksgiving with Brady's family. On the way Ellie started to get a little restless so we stopped in Fillmore and played a round of 9 holes. We were the only ones on the course I guess no one else likes to golf when it is 40 degrees!! Ellie loved every minute, she carried around extra balls and followed Brady wherever he went. She also loved just running around and screaming. Then she took a nice long nap the rest of the trip YEAH!!!
Thursday we had a lovely Thanksgiving, Ellie took a nap during dinner so we actually got to enjoy the meal. That night Brady's sister and I stopped at the sale at Michaels and I scored 3 new cricut cartridges for the price of ONE!!
Friday morning Brady and I decided we wanted to hit the sales. We had done it before and it payed off so we thought what the heck. We left Ellie asleep with her Aunt Holly and headed to Toys R Us at 4:30 AM. Well that was a HUGE mistake, the line was wrapped around the building and like 5 people across. It was also raining by then so I wasn't getting out of the car. We decided to try Wal-Mart instead. The parking lot was full (but when isn't it) so Brady dropped me off and I headed to the toy section. They had all the doorbusters in the aisle so I was a little worried with all the people. However, once I made it to the toys, completely empty!! I found the few things I needed and met back up with Brady and headed for the checkout, which looked just about normal for Wal-Mart. We bought our items and were in and out in about 35 minutes!!!! We also met Brady's sister at Office Max for a few items and then were back home by about 8:00!! And now our shopping is nearly done, all that is left is stocking stuffers!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Feeding the Ducks

Last Friday I was feeling pretty well so Ellie and I joined the Brinkerhoff's for a day at Tonaquint Park. We started by walking up to the pond to feed the ducks. The ducks were so excited to see they walked right up to us. Ellie loved it and wanted to follow them right back into the water.
Then we walked back down to the park and let the girls play.
Ellie is actually getting pretty good maneuvering the toy set. She can climb up the stairs and make her way over to the slide. However, she hasn't figured out how to turn around and climb back down the stairs. She has no interest at all when I try to show her, she just wants to walk down like everyone else. She loved it and we can't wait to go again. After the park we drove out to Santa Clara for a treat at the best bakery Grandma Toblers.Her is pic of Ellie after church on Sunday. I thought it was to cute not to post!

What We've Been Up To...

I am a little behind on my blogging so this is what we've been doing. A few weekends ago my family came up for shopping and bunko.
Ellie loved the Cricut at Roberts. She didn't want to let him go!! Hopefully she will be this excited about Santa!!

Ryker and Ellie cruisin the mall! (we forgot strollers and had to rent this gigantic one, but they loved it)
Ellie still loves watching Baby Einstein!
She is not a big fan of the swings anymore. Her knuckles were white from hanging on so tight!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

CeLeBRaTing our 100th PosT!

Debuting the end of SPRING!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

ER Visit

Last night I had to go visiting teaching and then to a jewelery party. I left Brady home with Ellie happily playing in the backyard. During VT I had left my phone in the car and when I got back in the car I had 10 missed calls from Brady including a text stating "i think i broke my elbow."
So I hurried home and found Brady in quite a bit of pain and Ellie happily playing with her toys.I guess he had gone out back to play with Ellie and kicked the football over the fence. He climbed up on the wall and a piece of the cinder block gave way and he fell off the cinder brick wall (6ft) onto the rock wall (8ft) and then onto the cement. Apparently Ellie was quite worried and ran right over to see how her Daddy was, but wasn't much help in going to get the phone.
Anyway we spent the next 1.5 hour at the ER. With a few x-rays on his ankle, wrist, and elbow we left with a splinted arm and a possible fracture (x-rays were inconclusive due to swelling). Ellie did really well and so did our brave patient. It should be an exciting next few days at the Flygare house.
Stay tuned our 100th post is next and you won't want to miss it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Staheli Farm

Last weekend Brady's parents and his sister came down for a visit. We had a lot of shopping, eating, and they enjoyed the plays out at Tuacahn. Ellie loved having her grandparents here to read her stories and play with her.
When I was in Vegas a few weeks ago my brother in law brought over some great outdoor toys for the kids that he said he got at garage sells. So I thought maybe we should give it a try and for the past few Saturdays we have gone garage selling and last weekend it finally payed off. Before we have found a bike or two and some other odds and ends, but Saturday we hit the jackpot with a great jungle gym and outdoor house for Ellie. She is not to sure about them yet, but they are growing on her.For family home evening we went out to the farm with our friends the Brinkerhoffs. The kids had so much fun petting the animals and braving the slide. We also took a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch (which lacked a lot of pumpkins) and went through the little corn maze. Ellie loved every minute and thought she was such a big girl playing with Halle and Lauryn. On our way back to the car we stopped to let them ride the swings. We had such a blast and loved hanging out with our friends.
Today our ward had the annual play date Halloween party. Ellie loved wearing her costume and actually kept it on the entire party. She loved dancing to the monster mash during the cake walk and playing with the dozens of balloons. We have had a lot of fun the past few weeks and can't wait for the REAL Halloween to come!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

High School Tag

I got tagged by fellow cowboy Emily:)
1. Did you date someone from your school? Nope. I didn't really date anyone in high school.

2. What kind of car did you drive? When I first turned 16 I drove my Dad's old CJ 7Jeep, then we got nervous I would wreck it so I got a hatchback Mercury Tracer.

3. Did you pass your driver's license test on the first try? No, I speed through a school zone, in my defense, there was a park between the road and the school. The second time my sister-in-law drove me to Pahrump (no appt. needed) and I passed. Imagine parallel parking in a church parking lot cuz thats the only place with sidewalks!!

4. Were you a party animal? not really

5. Were you considered a flirt? I wouldn't think so.

6. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? neither

7. Were you a nerd? Other than good grades and yearbook I wouldn't think so.

8. Were you on any varsity teams? I was more of a supporter

9. Did you get suspended/expelled? YES, a group of us ditched school and decided to go up to Red Rock, well the park ranger pulled us over and sent us back to school, where we were suspended. My mom was on a trip so my Dad had to go to the meeting, where he told them the hard life we lived with early morning seminary and all that so neither Kellie or I got into much trouble! The other bonus we missed a few more days and got to hang out with our friends anyway!

10. Can you still sing the fight song? Our fight song was the theme from Magnificent Seven and yes I can still remember the tune!

11. Who were your favorite teachers? I would have to say Mrs. Lit.

12. Where did you sit during lunch? My first few years we went out to eat, until we got nutrition breaks and then we would hurry to 7-11 or just ditch and go eat!

13. What is your schools full name? Chaparral High School14. School mascot and colors? Cowboys, orange and black (yes, just like Halloween)

15. Did you go to Homecoming and who with? sophmore yr. Jeff Harbach, junior year can't remember, senior year Tyler Wharton

16. If you could go back and do it again, would you? No, I had a great time while it lasted

17. What do you remember most about graduation? We had it and the Thomas and Mack Center and Mike Tyson came in and sat about 25 ft. away (his nephew was in my class)

18. Where did you go senior skip day? I can't remember but when we ditched we usually went to the Mohlers or off-roading.

19. Were you in any clubs? I did class committees and student council and yearbook.

20. Have you gained some weight since then? Oh yes.

21. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? No I didn't attend I had just had Ellie and wasn't looking to hot.

22. Did you have a job while in high school? Yes, Gap, Bigelow Management as a file clerk

I tag anyone who wants to do a fun post....

Monday, October 13, 2008

Broken AC, broken bones, Bunko, and a visit from CALI!

On Conference Sunday we had the back door open most of the day so Ellie could wander around outside while we listened to conference. After the late session I started to pick up the toys and do the dishes and I started to get really hot. I went and checked the temp, but it said 70, but it didn't fell anything close to that. Well, Brady went outside to check and we found ice all over the cables! Luckily, with a little space heater we were able to defrost the lines and it wasn't anything big!! I guess with the door open our AC was working over time and just froze up.On Tuesday I called my parents to see what was going on, well my Dad answered and said he had thrown his back out hunting the weekend before and that my mom was at the hospital with a possible broken wrist. My Mom has bowled every Tuesday morning for as long as a can remember (years) and I guess she slipped on the lanes and fell and ended up with a seriously broken wrist. Today she had surgery to get a plate put in and hopefully she will be back to bowling soon:)

Wednesday our group had bunko down in Moapa, so Ellie and I drove down to play and then headed to Vegas for the rest of the w
eekend. This year we are having themed night so last night we dressed up, it was super fun and I got to try out most of Ellie's costume!
The rest of the weekend we played with cousins, went shopping, enjoyed some great restaurants, and made sugar cookies. My sister Kim flew in from San Fran for a few days and we loved having her. She sure knows how to spoil Ellie and Ryker.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Play Dates!!

Ellie and I went to Vegas this week, while Brady had a conference in SLC. We went down on Sunday and spent most of the week watching and playing with Ryker. These 2 are getting along much better, except for the occasionally love tackle from Ryker. So here is how we spent the week....

Riding bikes in the backyardPlaying in the carTinkling the Ivories
Running away from RykerWatching Moviesand being silly