Saturday, September 13, 2008

We Love America!!!


(that is a random picture...but I think it is so funny!)

May I start this entry with a poem:

Oh, beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain
For purple moutain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

*wipes tear from eye*

That's how we feel about America.

So this post is about our trip home. It consisted of many fun and exciting things. Here are a few pictures from them:

First off, we went to the Hollywood Bowl to see Joshua Bell play. It was pretty fabulous, except Joshua Bell only played two pieces in the entire program! It was a little false advertising I think...maybe he just wanted to get out of practicing so much??

Then we went to Disneyland! WOO HOO!!!! This is us waiting in line for our passes. Ella is pretty excited, too! Yes, that is Kathryn in the background looking lovely as always :) hehehe

After buying Ella the CUTEST Minnie Mouse outfit, she got a little tuckered out and fell asleep in the sweet!

We liked the Princess Ears, too, but we didn't get those...just the Minnie Outfit. She was pretty dang good AAAAALLLLL day, too! She liked some of the rides, like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and the Jungle Cruises. She didn't really like Space Mountain, though, or Splash Mountain....

Just kidding ;)

This is her in her entire get-up. This is also her Halloween costume this year, so you guys are getting a sneak peak!! :)

All us lovely ladies in front of Cinderella's Castle! Actually, I guess it would be Ella's castle, since that's Cinderella's real name! haha! :) I really do have a princess for a daughter!

So Happy at Disneyland!

After California, we went to Utah for the rest of our break (which was WAY too short, bytheway). While in Utah we went to a Bees baseball game, which was really fun! I don't recommend taking a crawler (Ella) to a baseball game, was a ginormous pain! Tom's mom ended up being out by the concession stands with her almost the entire game! Some people's children...

Later that week we went to this place called i-Fly! It was SOOOO awesome! It's an indoor skydiving place! It was SOOOO awesome! Did I say it was awesome already?? Well, it was SOOOO awesome!!! I highly recommend it to everyone :)

While we were in Utah, we got to eat at some of our favorite American Restaurants: Arby's, Wendy's, Cheesecake Factory, (I had In n Out in California, too...mmmm....). So yummy. We love America!

Anyway, now we are back on the island and doing really well! We're in the swing of things and things are just great!

This semester (and next) I am the President of the Spouses Organization. It's kind of a big deal ;) There are close to fifty members this semester - I think it might be the biggest group ever! I'm not sure though....but there are A LOT! Last semester there was only about 25-30. So yeah, big group this time. We had our Welcome Breakfast this morning, which went REALLY well, I thought! It was fun to see so many new faces, and see all the familiar ones, too! I hope this semester goes really well, there are lots of fun things planned, so I hope people participate.

Last night was the White Coat Ceremony. It was about a bazillion degrees at Bliss, and the food was just so-so. Also, we didn't end up sitting next to anyone we knew, so we were kind of by ourselves, it was a bajillion degrees outside, and Ella was up WAAAAY past her bedtime....needless to say, we didn't stay for very long. It was fun to get dressed up, though! I even got to put Ella in a beautiful fluffy dress! Yay!!! :)

So yeah...that's about it so far! Ella and I went to a pool party this afternoon, too, and I have really cute pictures/videos of her, but you'll just have to wait till next post. I'm getting tired :)

Hope this update is up-to-date enough for all you avid Ella fans! :) haha!!


amber and cody said...

So I can't believe you were in UT and we didn't get together!!! When were you here missy? And when are you coming back!?!? I'm glad you had so much fun, sounds like an awesome trip! I loooove the pictures of Ella at Disneyland, she really is a princess! She looks like a mini-Laura in that last picture of you guys there :) That's pretty cool that you get to be Madam President, how exciting! That is right up your alley, you'll be great! Keep us updated on how the semester goes, love you guys! :)

K.B. said...

I love all the ones of Ella in her Minnie costume. So cute!

Congrats at being the new President!

We sure had fun with you guys for that short time at dinner!

Love you guys and take care...
I'll fly my american flag out front in honor of you :)

ashconway said...

Ok so Ella has to be the sweetest kid ever...and the Minnie costume--oh my gosh! You're doing a great job as President! Love reading your blog!

Katie said...

Hurrah for the USA! I love America!!
I'm so glad you got some time back in the states, though it probably makes it much harder to go back. Good luck being the prez!