Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Time

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. We had a great time here at home with lots of family and food.

I always said that Ollie would be walking by Christmas, and I was right! December 23, 2011 marks the big day that he officially became a walker.

He's been getting better and better everyday. 

Christmas Eve we hung out with mom and Sarah eating our traditional Mexican food and then we went to the temple to see the lights. 

Ollie was so tired.

We opened pajama gifts on Christmas Eve and took pictures by the fireplace (sponsored by Netflix).

Stuffed Puppy from Santa

Pushing Walker from Aunt Sarah

My awesome kid loves beef jerky. I'm so proud. Gigi put homemade jerky in his stocking.
After church, and a nap, we went to visit Brady's parents until bedtime. Ollie seemed to really enjoy his first Christmas and actually still plays with his gifts 3 days later. Big success.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Came Early

I guess I should do a post before Christmas. So, remember this picture?
 Little TV, doing it's job, keeping me sane.

A few weeks ago, we got Big TV back!
52" of Awesome! (We were watching The Matrix.)
(Side note: that is also our, baby keep away from the TV, gate. Best thing we've got for Ollie, ever!)

We were so excited to have the TV back. One of the big reasons is because our big Christmas gift that Brady had the great idea to get was a Blu-Ray player. Yup, we finally stepped into 2009. Before the TV came back we went to FYE and bought a bunch of blu-ray movies. That was challenging since we don't want to buy movies we already own, so most of the movies we got were action movies. The first movie we tried out was Tron. We were blown away by the beautiful picture. I'm officially a fan.

Oliver is doing great. He's very excited for Christmas, or at least he should be, but really he's just wandering around all the time and has no idea it's coming. He's so close to walking, it's ridiculous.

Speaking of Ollie
Hillbilly Baby!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Past Times: Supercross 2009

When was the last time I wrote a Past Times? I'm not going to check, but I was looking through some old pictures and came across tons that I took when Brady and I went on many out of town trips with my in-laws Supercross team for Riley Racing. Since Brady was their video guy, he would go and film stuff for a sponsor video. And because Brady's family is super nice, I got to go too.  There are a lot of pictures so bare with me.

First was Anaheim 1. Supercross seasons always begin in Anaheim, so off we went.

Brady and I packed up and drove there early Saturday morning.
Interesting sign: "Do not put fingers into horses stall"
So if you're not a member of AMA, you can get these "pit passes" that should be able to get you around easier. Not so in Anaheim, I couldn't get into the stadium unless I went all the way around front. That's a long walk. So I didn't get to go anywhere.
Brady showing off the new sweatshirts and beanies that he embroidered himself.

Angel's Stadium from the parking lot.

Next up was in good ol' Phoenix. It's kind of fun when we know where we can get around. Pit Passes work here.

Watching some practices
Brady was the photographer for these events as well.

Next trip was to San Diego. This trip felt long, because we did a lot of sight-seeing on this one. We went on Friday before Supercross and spent Valentine's Day on the town.  We went to the Gaslamp Quarter and walked around. I bought Brady and myself a new hat as a Valentine's gift and we ate at the most delicious mexican restaurant called La Fiesta. We just choose it because it was mexican and had no wait. It was heaven.

Brady's new hat
My new hat
 On Saturday since we didn't have much to do at the Supercross until later, we went sightseeing, a little. We stopped by the temple. We had even brought our bikes from home and went riding around, which isn't easy. San Diego has a lot of hills.

 At Supercross, our group was able to steal/sneak into, a private seating box. It was a perfect seat.

After about a month of no travels for Brady and I, we went to Salt Lake City's Supercross.  This one was probably my favorite. We got to stay with Brady's grandparents and I got to meet a lot of his family for the first time. This trip felt more vacation-like to me.
It snowed!
Blake, Steve, Brady and Grandpa Gillman
Salt Lake's Trax light rail has a stop right next to the stadium, so we hopped on to go to shopping areas since we needed warm gloves and thermals to keep us warm. We were so unprepared for the weather.
Napping in the semi

We sat super high at this one. Luckily it wasn't snowing or raining during the event. But check out those stairs! We climbed them all!
Brady after climbing the stairs for a 2nd time.

Last stop was Las Vegas for the Supercross finals.

We drove there with Brady's mom, Cindy.
We stopped in Kingman to eat at Mr. D'z. YUMMY! A must stop for every Vegas trip. (I want some now *sigh*)
The bridge at Hoover Dam, not yet complete.
After arriving in Vegas we met up with everyone at the hotel and decided to go to the strip for some buffet dinner. We choose Mandalay Bay. The food was pretty good, but the desserts were amazing.

We went walking around for a bit. We parked at the Bellagio and walked around there and Caesar's Palace.

Garden in the Bellagio

Everyone watching/waiting at the Bellagio fountains.

Back to work for Supercross
Since we were there early, Brady got to go with the rest of the mechanics and "walk the track". He said it was pretty cool.

Since we were able to get away, Brady and I went and checked out the Las Vegas Temple. We also got some tasty kabobs at some little hole in wall place.

Watching Supercross
Yay! It's over! Confetti! Check out that crowd!
After everything was packed up, we were back at our hotel around 11:30 or something like that. But we were still in Vegas and our friend, Jeff, was 21 that day, so to the strip we went. I don't remember which casino we went to, but we got some ridiculously expensive corn dogs, and hit the slots. None of us got too into it. We would try our luck with one machine then move on. Brady won about $18 on the penny slots, but the big winner was Jeff with about a $60 win, but he was on quarter slots. We got to the hotel at 3am, way late for me. Home the next day.

It was all a great experience to be able to get out of town and sight-see as a young newlywed couple. Thanks to my awesome in-laws for allowing us to go together and make fun memories.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving and Thanksmas

Two Thanksgivings. Crazy times. On Thanksgiving day we spent the day with my side of the family at my Great Aunt Evelyn's house. We saw a lot of family that we rarely see so it was fun. After too much food, Brady and I left Oliver with his Gigi and Aunt Sarah and went to see The Muppets, which was so very good. Best date night, then back to Sarah's to play a game of Ticket to Ride. Fun game.

The day after, my in-laws decided to do a Thanksgiving dinner and right after, a little Christmas. My sibling in-laws and nephews flew in for it and it was great to spend time with them and for Oliver to meet more of his family. Oliver loved Rafe and Skye. I could tell that he really wanted to get up and run around with them, however he was a little limited. But still had fun.

It's not a cousin picture unless someone is crying.

The Girls: Shannon, Susan, myself

The Boys: Riley, Brady, Michael, and all the facial hair

The Whole fam

On Saturday we went to the park to feed the ducks with my mom and Sarah. I love AZ weather around the holiday's.
Ollie and Gigi

As an added bonus, check out Ollie cracking up as Rafe plays peek a boo with him.