Thursday, May 20, 2010


We got our pictures done by a very talented friend of Celeste.  Her name is Lindsey Shaun and she handled the big group very well.  Go to her blog and look at more if you want. Lindsey's Blog

Haws Happenings

My beautiful Shaunie and baby sister.  Kelli is going to Chicago, Illinois Spanish speaking mission.

My sister Celeste blessed her little girl, Halle.  She is a beautiful baby and it was so fun to be there

There is NOTHING better than playing at grandma and grandpa's house.  The tire swing, play ground and motor cycle rides really made it memorable.

We also went to Pirate Island.  It is a great big place like a pirate themed Chuck E. Cheese.

For Family Home Evening we went Bowling.  We took three lanes and played as hard as we could.  I think the kids beat most of the adults.  It was a very entertaining night.

Tea Time!

We went up to Utah this weekend to see my sisters from Maine and Virginia, and to see the rest of my family.  We kicked off the fun with a girls-only tea party put on by my amazing sister Heidi.  It was in her back yard and she made it look perfect.  There were even little fairies hanging from the trees to join in the fun. We all dressed up and munched on cookies, veggies, and cakes.  We loved the tea party and look forward to more in the future.  Thanks Heidi for all your hard work!

Mother's Day

I had a great Mother's Day.  Here are some of the things I got from my amazing children.  Leah made me my own handmade corsage.  I wore it to church on Sunday and got lots of complements.  Shaunie made me a pop-up card with a very sentimental message.  I really loved it.  Sam spent all of the Saturday morning before Mother's Day making this very handy guitar.  He hid it from me until Sunday morning.  He was very proud and I was very grateful for such an awesome gift.  I don't have it pictured here, but Jeremy gave me a new beach cruiser bike.  I am excited to take it for a spin. 

On the week after Mother's Day the school had Mom's and Muffins.  We got our pictures taken.  I show this picture with the hope that you will ignore my quick morning do and tired eyes.  I love my children and enjoy being their mom.  They are the best gift I could receive. 

Class of "o" 10.

Well, after everything, Jeremy finally graduated!  I say, 'after everything' because it seems like this road has just been too long.  I guess it hasn't been too long, but just right.  He got it all done and now we are through with school for a long time.  On May 8th Jeremy graduated with his Masters degree in Health Physics.  It was a long time coming, but having five kids, a full-time job, demanding church callings, and a full-time very ornery wife doesn't help things happen very fast.  He did it.  I am so relieved, happy, proud, amazed and excited.  Here are some pics of the event. 

After he walked, Jeremy slipped out of the graduation before the other lower class-men got their degrees.  We met at our home for a light dinner with family and a few friends.  Thanks to everyone for supporting my husband and family. 

The Love of My Life...

I'm a little hesitant to put too much here.  Not that I don't love my husband or that I am not proud of him, but I am uncomfortable bragging about such things.  I guess I am writing not to brag or bring attention to myself or family, but because it affects my day-to-day life.  On the Sunday when my sister and her husband where here Jeremy was made a High Priest and was set apart as a High Councilman for our Stake.  If you don't know, this is a huge honor in our church.  It is also a sacred responsibility.  I am humbled to know that he is able to serve and carry these responsibilities humbly, honorably, and worthily.  I definitely married up.  He is a wonderful husband and I am grateful for him. 

Ethel M non-factory, Tra der Hoes, and the Rainforest Cafe

My little sister Emily and her husband Ben (also known as Be'Em) came to spend some time with us.  It was so much fun to hang out with them.  They are great with the kids and I just love having my sister around.  Her husband is awesome, too!  We spent a busy day going to the Ethel M chocolate factory, which by the way NEVER has people working.  I've been there at every time of day on every day of the week and it always seems that they either aren't working or they just finished up.  I'm beginning to think they don't really do anything there!   BUT I digress...After the Chocolate Factory that isn't, we went to Trader Joes, or said with Spanish phonetics is Tra der Hoes.  We add the Spanish phonetics because Emily spoke Spanish on her mission and that is when she discovered this wonderful store.  She pranced around the store picking up nostalgic foods and recounting to her loving husband (and sister) all the great little stories and memories that she found at Trader Hoes.  I must say, the foods were delicious and fun. I can't remember the name of it, but one was a little ball of ice cream covered in a thick wrap of rice gelatin...yumm!  We followed Trader Hoes up with an always exciting visit to Mc D's as per Leah's request.   That night we took all the kids and visited Rainforest Cafe in the MGM.  That is where all these pictures were taken.  It was fun, a little too expensive and perfect for ending our adventurous day. Thanks to Be'Em for visiting us.  We love you!

Impromptu BBQ

Getting together with friends is always fun, especially if you don't have to worry about the details.  We had an impromptu BBQ and marshmallow roast with some friends from our ward.  The kids played and the adults talked.  Overall, it was great.  Thanks to our friends who came and were willing to join us.  We should do this more often.

Staying Busy

Troy is helping me out here.  He pulls a chair up to the sink, asks for someone to start the water, grabs the sponge, and starts scrubbing.

Lil' bit o' bed head.

Stealing the camera for some glamor shots is always fun.  Too bad you can't see what she's wearing, (or NOT wearing)!