Friday, March 11, 2011

Bonnie Springs Ranch

One of Aaron and mines favorite shows is called Ghost Adventurers. These guys are from Vegas so they investigate a lot of places in Nevada. One of these places was here in town and is called Bonnie Springs Ranch. It's an old western town with a train ride and petting zoo. It actually looked like a lot of fun so we decided to take the kids the following weekend.

When we were pulling up to the town we were greeted by a bunch of wild donkeys. They were really friendly and would come right up to your car. We rolled down our windows and they stuck there heads inside our car. They really liked the goldfish we had. Once inside the town we had a lot of fun and no we didn't see any ghosts!

The best part was the train, we probably rode on it at least 20 times. We walked through the town and watched a few of the reenactments. There was lots of land to walk around and quit a few animals to see too. It was a really fun afternoon and Ashton can't wait to go back. A lot of the buildings were closed for renovations, so we will definitely be back to see the rest of the town. Ashton loved the train so we would go back just to ride the train around for an hour. Who would of thought even after almost 2 years in Vegas we are still finding new and fun things to do as a family.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Marine Corps Ball

This past January, Aaron and I had a wonderful opportunity to attend the Marine Corps Ball with our friends Vinny and Heather. Their ball was held in Vegas so we couldn't pass up the opportunity to go out with our friends. It was a wonderful evening, although I have a whole new appreciation to the women who used to wear ball gowns all the time! We had to do a lot of standing and sitting during the ceremony and with my puffy dress it made it interesting :). I really enjoyed their program because they showed all the uniforms through the years and talked about each war. We were served a pretty good dinner and then it was time for dancing. We had a lot of fun and we have to thank Travis and Jaclyn for babysitting our kids so that we could go. Thank you thank you. It was fun to get dressed up and we loved being able to spend some time with our friends.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Snow in Vegas

This winter, other than being cold and windy, has seemed pretty mild. It was really exciting to wake up one morning and look outside and see snow! I thought there is no way it can stick because it wasn't cold enough, but to my surprise it did. It snowed for about an hour and built up enough that we had white roof tops and white grass. Once the snow stopped it melted within an hour, but we still had snow at our house. Ashton thought it was pretty cool and Kaylynn loves anything that makes her brother happy. It was fun to talk about the snow with Ashton and show him what it was. Here are some pictures I took of our backyard. I wish the snow would have lasted longer, but we are always thankful for the little pleasures in life. I'm sure I would be singing a different tune if I actually lived in the snow, but for now its fun to see.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy New Year

I can not believe how fast this last has gone. 2010 was a year filled with lots of fun, laughter, and wonderful memories. After spending a week in California for Christmas, we decided it was time to get home and prepare for the new year.

Once you have kids, New Year's Eve gets tricky because you never know if you should let them stay up or just put them to bed. Krystle found a fun event for the kids during the day. The local library was having reading time and a countdown to 12 to celebrate New Years Eve. It sounded like fun so we got the kids ready and met at the library. Well we didn't know you had to sign up and it was full so we decided to take the kids to Chucky Cheese to play. The kids had a blast and it was a great way to start the festivities.

For the evening we thought it would be fun to have a little family party at our house. Krystle, Dan, and Luke were our guests of honor. We let the kids play for a little while and then we put them to bed. Then it was time for Game Night. We played clue and life. Surprisingly we barely finished playing life in time for the countdown. We went out our front door and had perfect seats for the fireworks. We could see all the shows and despite the cold it was an awesome sight. There is no better way to bring in the new year than with apple cider and the ones you love. It was a really fun day and a great way to start the new year. Here's to 2011, may it be even better than the last.