In all honesty we have so much to be grateful for. This year was hard on the family. As I mentioned before, Grandma Gubler just passed away a month. She usually organized everything and put everything together, and knew what was supposed to happen and when, and without her, we all felt like something big was missing. And, it was. Her. We sure did miss her. With that weighing heavy on our hearts we are blessed to know we will see her again, and she is with our Father in Heaven. I know I can speak for Wes and other family members when I say how grateful we are for eternal families and the power of temple sealings which allow families to be together forever. I am grateful to be a "Mormon" and have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my home. I am grateful for not only my extended family but my small and wonderful little family... myself, my husband Wes, and my sweet baby Peyton. I am grateful for our health and our strong capable bodies which allow us to live comfortably and have so much fun! I am grateful for our warm home and soft beds. I am grateful for at least 1 working car. I am grateful that my husband has a job and does his best to provide for us, and most importantly allows and desires me to stay home and raise our child to be a good, smart and wonderful little person. I love my job and am grateful to do it!!! There is so much to be grateful for and I love this time of year when I am extra careful to do so... it is too easy to get lost in the hubbub of life and overlook all the wonderful blessings I have.
Moving on.... Thanksgiving week/weekend! As I said before, we were able to go up to St. George Utah with some of Wes' family for the holiday weekend. And, as always up there we had a grand ole' time. Here is our week in photos. We did a heck of a lot of game playing which I failed to photograph, and even more eating which, obviously, I was too busy partaking of to photograph. But, I think you will get this idea of the amount of fun we had by what you see. And, did I mention how really, REALLY, grateful I am to have kind, good, patient in laws who willingly watch my child so I can go off with the hubby and folks to have adult-like fun? Cause I am really, REALLY grateful. ;) (Thanks Sandie and Fred)!
Thursday/Thanksgiving: Annual Aleman vs. Gubler Pre-Thanksgiving Basketball game (Aleman 2, Gublers 1) My boo even dunked that mug. And boy... he is one sexy bearded beast!!!
Btw: This picture cracks me up... here are all the men warming up and stretching. Then, there is Matt in the background. Love this family!
And, I had to throw this one in because Fred looks like a crazy old man not knowing how to take a photo (Be it known however, he has NOT lost his jump shot). And, Robb busted out Uncle Rico.
Here is the little girl cheering section... poor Tyler and Tug are sadly outnumbered.
Also, you would think with all of these cute, happy, willing helpers my life would have been cake. BUT, Peyton has decided in the last month she will go with no one else or be happy unless Wes or I are holding her. If we aren't around she will pick another soul, but the moment she sees or hears us, it is all over and she cries until we hold her again. Even if I am 2 steps away that is too far for her liking, so I was unable to take advantage of all these sweet girls. Grrrrrrrr.
Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful. We had a smaller group than usual. Too bad, I missed seeing all of Wes' cousins.
Left to right: Top: Ashleigh, Michael, Kristy, Ross, Rhonda, Grandpa Gubler, Sandie, Fred, Lynn, Ron, Peyton, Me, Wes and Kent. Middle: Andy, Jacob, Robb, Patrick, Kati, and Matt. Bottom: Hannah, Kaylah, Kristana, Trent (Tug), Kenna, Carly, Brinley, Jaime, Tyler, Kari, and Kody (Delanie was sleeping inside).
We were also able to go out and have fun taking lots of fall photos.
The "booted" gals:
Lots of "Fall Frolicking":
Wes and the cute cousins, Peyton and Tug
Here is Peyt telling Tug to "come here" with her hands. She loved looking at him and saying over and over, "hi".
One other thing I LOVE about being in St. George is the location and Fred and Sandie's home. They are located about 15 houses away from Grandpa Gubler. The kids (and myself) love the walk back and forth between the homes. Here is a cute thing I found on my way to Grandpa's.
It was faster than her walking and she LOVED it.
Sandie and Fred were kind enough to take Peyton so I could go along with Wes, the boys and Kati for some paint balling. Grammy and Papa took Peyton to a little bounce place nearby and she LOVED it! It's a shame I don't have the videos that Uncle Andy took of her while she laughed and laughed while being bounced. A part of me is sad I missed it, but at the same time I had so much fun it pays off. Oh, and Sandie said she tried laying Peyton down for a nap in her closet (where Peyt slept) and she said she was in there for about 30-45 minutes really quiet. Well, Sandie had to go in a get something and assumed it would be safe, so she said she opened the door very quietly and there was Peyton sitting up playing with her blankets and she looked up at Sandie with the biggest, happiest smile... so needless to say she was taken out and hugged immediately. :)
We also had a BLAST paint balling and still have the bruises to prove it. Matt had a great story about his show down, we laughed about the experts we played against, and Kati and I loved waving to Patrick up in our tower during one of the matches. It was such a fun experiences!
Wes and I relaxed while Peyton napped. She had been sick most of the week and needed a good rest day. Later that evening Wes went with the rest of the family to shoot. I stayed behind because the baby, and am so bummed I did. It was pretty boring being all alone in the house. BUT, the next day (Sunday) we went out again with a smaller group and Fred stayed behind so I could go out and shoot a little.... and this was probably the most fun thing we did. I am so grateful I was able to go.
We had a .9mm Smith and Wesson handgun. Oddly enough this was the hardest weapon for me to shoot. I was so inaccurate and had a hard time controlling the recoil. The little guy had a lot of "umph" to it.
We then moved on to a little .22 rifle. This was so fun and easy to shoot and pretty un-intimidating (that's a word right? If not, it is now.). I think I know what I want for Christmas. :)
Next we busted out the clay pigeons and shot gun. I love doing this and am happy to report I was able to hit a target or 2. Wes is a sharp shooter with this gun and didn't miss a target. He was awesome with this, I say bring it on Zombies. :) The same can't be said for his throwing abilities however. ;)
Now comes the fun stuff. Andy (Ashleigh's hubby) is the reason for the season. He brought all these bad boys up and has a fun little arsenal.
Our next gun was a M-16. Gawesome (great and awesome)! This was probably my favorite gun to shoot. But, just maybe and you will see why next.
Kenna and her massacred target.
If you look around you will see a scattering of targets and clay pigeons on the hillside.
Bonnie and Clyde? Nope, April and Wes!
Sunday Night: We ended our night at Cafe Rio and at the St. George temple to walk around and enjoy the Christmas decorations. It is so beautiful and peaceful there.
We came home Monday, and I must admit sleeping in my bed is most enjoyable. :)