Monday, September 29, 2014

Stan's 31

Almost every year, of our married lives--- which has only been seven years, I have thrown a "surprise" birthday party for Stanley. It has always been a surprise, but somehow almost every year Stan figures it out. So this year, I think Stan just really wanted a relaxing birthday with no surprises or even attempts...

We spent the day just around the house. We had a yummy breakfast, bacon and eggs a Stanley fav, and for dinner we had Hawaiian Haystacks. My dishes were adaptations of these, but still very tasty. I didn't really do a proper birthday cake, but I did make a "Brooke approved" carrot cake with almond flour and honey. I thought it was one of my better attempts of making something sweet, but I'm not too sure Stan thought it was nice. For one who does not eat any sugar it was sweet enough, but for the normal consumers of all things sugar it probably tasted like bread. Next time I'll add more honey I guess!

Before coming back to Ireland, I was able to find a great deal on men's clothing at the new outlets in Lehi. I kind of bought Stan a new wardrobe and I was so happy because he LOVED it! He even got rid of some of his old clothes, so that's assurance for me that he truly liked his new stuff, if he's willing to toss out some of his old stuff. The boys each gave Stan a superhero shirt, one was a superman t-shirt and the other had a big lightning bolt on it. I'm not sure which one this was for, Stan just told me that it represents... The Flash. I knew this shirt was cool, because I saw another man wearing it on the frontrunner, he was heading to ComicCon in Salt Lake City. Stan has been wanting to go there too, and I'm sure he'll get there someday.

Anyway, the day was very relaxing and fun. It was nice to be here in Ireland, I was originally going to miss Stan's birthday but thankfully I had recovered well enough to come back early and it all worked out that I was able to switch my flight at no additional cost which made it possible to be here before my GNIB card expired, which ended up being essential if I wanted to come back at all since now in the airline system my place of residence is Ireland. I don't know why but in SLC they asked to see my residency card, and noticed that it was expiring in a few days. They would not have let me on the plane had that card been expired, and it would have been expired had I not come back to Ireland earlier that originally planned. Whew! But more on that later...

Well, Stan, I love you! I am glad we are together in Ireland for your birthday. We have an exciting fall and winter ahead of us, and I am happy that I get to share my adventures, happiness, and even sadness with you! This past year has been a hard one, so good in many ways, but at least we haven't been board!

Happy Birthday Stan! I love you forever!!

Carrot Birthday Cake

Birthday Presents!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Day Out on the Lake

Ogden Temple Open House and Eccles Dinosaur Park and and and...

The Odgen Temple open house was a great experience for us. Gregory told me in the celestial room that he would love to live there, but that he would need lots of servants because the temple is so large. ha ha
 I'm glad that Gregory felt at home, and that he wanted to be there. The temple is a wonderful place to be, and it makes anyone feel at home. The spirit of the Lord is there, and I hope to have that spirit in every home I live in. After walking through this beautiful temple, we went to the Dinosaur Park.

 What's better than a Dinosaur Park for a six year old and three year old boy? They loved it so much, and they both used their imagination and started to believe that dinosaurs are alive and well.

William enjoyed playing in the sand at the Dinosaur Park while his older brothers went up and down the giant tree slide.

This was the coolest slide. It has three different slides inside this giant tree.

Other stuff that has happened recently is that William was circumcised. In Ireland, where he was born, they do not circumcise until they are two years old. That seems odd because at two it would be far more painful, so we had it done during this visit at Primary Children's Hospital. He was completely asleep during the whole process and was given medicine for pain afterwards. Overall, I kept William as comfortable as I could and it went smoothly. I was happy that it all went so well.

Here we are right before William goes into surgery.

 We also did a SLC trip with my Mom and sisters. Here we are up in Salt Lake City eating at Mom's favorite place, The Coffee Shop at Little America Hotel.

Gregory and George went on a camp out with Papa Plothow and their Uncle Ethan. 

 Hanging out at the house. How lucky are we to have spent the summer here with my family in Utah. It has been so wonderful!

This is the best picture. It's been so fun being outside in the beautiful Utah summer weather. We have had so much fun. It's sad that we are leaving, but also excited to go back to Ireland.

Trip to San Diego

My brother and his wife (Sam and Erin) were moving to San Diego to live, and I had the opportunity to drive down with Sam to help them move. We had a really fun time despite the fact that most of the trip was driving. Here we are at the beginning of the trip. How lucky to be able to hangout with my siblings Maggie and Sam. I really enjoyed sitting and talking with them as we drove. My three boys were amazing. They are great travelers.

The first night we stayed at Stan's parent's house in Las Vegas. It was great to have a place to stay, swim and relax. It made the trip great fun.

After a good night sleep, we went to church, then we were on the road again headed to San Diego. When we got there we went to Coronado. Coronado, also known as Coronado island, is an affluent resort city located in San Diego County, California, across San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego.

It was a perfect little island to explore, and crossing the bridge was amazing!

After this we stayed with Erin's family who live near San Diego. It was very kind of them to let us stay over. It felt great to get a hot shower and a good night rest after a long day of driving.

The next day it was time to drop Sam off at his new place and head to the beach!

After the fun day on the beach, we headed home again. Stopping for a day or two in Las Vegas again, then back to Orem, Utah.