Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween + Pumpkinville

Alex is ready for Trunk or Treat at church!

Also added some pics from when we went to Pumpkinville, NY.











Monday, September 19, 2011

Buffalo Sabres Hockey Game Sep. 19, 2011







Dixie and I went to a Sabres preseason game tonight. They won 3-1 against Carolina, and we had lots of fun. Although Alex didn't go, he played at home with his own mini-Sabres stick. He says "hockey," "hockey" all the time, playing with his dadda. Here, he's also decked out in his Cars garb!

Our Summer 2011











This summer we had lots of fun: we went to Fantasy Island Amusement Park, where Alex got to ride rides and visit animals; we went to our pool here and swam in the sun; and we celebrated Fourth of July by camping out to watch fireworks.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

like father-like son

The Gra-Nanas

We had a fabulous time with my mom and Cindy a couple of weeks ago. They came up for a weekend and we had so much fun! We went shopping, antiquing, saw Wicked, went to Lake Ontario, went to Niagara Falls and still had time to play games, go to church and relax. I can't believed we packed so much into two days!




Lake Ontario was beautiful but it was very foggy and drizzly the day we went. It created a strange effect that was a little...erie (hah! no pun intended).



Wicked was amazing...the story is wonderful, the music is spectacular and the theater was beautiful. I couldn't capture the grandeur with my little cell phone camera so I stole a picture from google. There are some things that I love about living in a big city.




Florida.

A couple of weeks ago we made a spontaneous little trip to Florida to see Ben's dad. We splashed in the pool (we couldn't keep Alex out!), walked on the beach and little dock, and even visited a little alligator sanctuary where Ben faced his fear and touched an alligator. It was a short trip but we got some much needed sunshine.



Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter

We had a wonderful weekend. We played and ate lots of chocolate and made Alex sit on a creepy bunny's lap.


We also feed the missionaries in our ward every Sunday- including Easter! They are such good sports about my so-so cooking skills. They're really boosting my confidence. I even tried gravy yesterday (albeit it was from a packet. HA!). We all dyed Easter eggs and we sent pictures of the missionaries to their families through my phone.



Alex had a great time eating lots of chocolate and then having a complete meltdown when I took it away. We rarely give him candy and after yesterday's experience, he won't be getting any more any time soon.


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I am grateful for such a special holiday and all of the blessings that atonement of Christ brings into my life. HAPPY EASTER!

ps. I also got called and set apart as the 1st counselor in the Young Women's presidency yesterday! Girls camp round 5 here I come!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hockey Playoffs







We are getting ready to watch the hometown Buffalo Sabres game tonight. - Ben and Alex

Sunday, April 10, 2011

to Rochester we go!

Yesterday we packed up the family and headed to Rochester to a J. Ruben Clark Society fireside. The J. Ruben Clark Society is a society for LDS lawyers and law students. New York has a pretty small chapter but we got to meet some other LDS families in the area that were experiencing a lot of the same things we are. Ben did some networking, I did some chatting with the wives and Alex did some climbing and kamikaze diving off the stage!


We have decided that we both really like the city of Rochester and the smaller communities surrounding it. It reminds us both of Richmond. We parked the car and walked around a little town that has the Erie canal running parallel with the main street. There were neat little stores and restaurants that were in restored granaries and silos.



Every time we head towards Rochester we make sure to stop at our favorite burger place- Five Guys! I am happy to say that Alex loved it as much as we did (he also liked dancing to the oldies they played). My mouth is still watering over my cheeseburger that disappeared way too fast.



Once we got to the church building where the fireside was being held we had a few extra minutes so we drove right across the street to a great playground! We discovered Alex is afraid of walking on grass and hates the swing! As the weather gets warmer and we start spending more time outside I'm hoping this problem will resolve itself.



We liked Rochester so much that it has become a potential job hunting location when the time comes. For now, Ben has accepted a summer internship in a human rights office in Rochester. So he will have a little ways to drive two days a week but it's an exciting step in the right direction!