Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wonders of America

Our Nauvoo trip to see Grandma Marilyn and Grandpa Jerry was a full-on success! It was fantabulous!!!! They are doing great in their mission and having a wonderful time!

The St. Louis arch was a cool one. Although we didn't step out, these stuck-in-traffic-so-trying-to-get-best-pic-from-car-window picture wasn't as great as hoped. But oh well. It was still cool.

Talmage's birthplace - a stop in the two-room, condo-sized, too-tiny townhouse from 1998. It's so freaky! It's in a totally ghetto area, and I didn't realize how gangster-invested area it is! It's the 'hood'!

Our three wonders of America were actually pretty faithful. First stop - Nauvoo, Illinois. You can say that thirty-two hours from exotic, woodsy Alpharetta, Georgia (on the Southern coast, bordering the Atlantic)to the harmonic, beautiful landscape of Oceanside Califnornia was the end of it, but no. We stopped to see our old-old house that Ethan and Emma never knew of, only to learn that the people living there have seven kids. WOW. Well, that's our adventure! Til next time!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

More Powell Pix

My New Look!

The before shot - a little of this, a little of that...not a single scissor to my hair since January! It's crazy and awful! So when I got it cut, I thought it was new and ASTONISHING!!! Thanks!

I got a haircut - and though in this pic, you can't see, I got low layers. I love them, courtesy to Lizzy Rigby, a FABULOUS hairdresser who my mom and I's hair when we went over there. It was great to chat with her again and see her before we left AZ. She's a great aunt, and LOVE her family so much - they are so blessed and so wonderful. It's great to see them. Chris taught me how to surf, and London is so great and I love to be with her because she is just so girly and flirty and fun for her age. Lizzy is so unique and her hair styling is so interesting. I just love to talk to her becuase she is so fun. They are blessed to be having a baby boy soon, and we love their family. Thanks for the haircut!!

Summer Styles by A&R

Model proffesors, Reyna and I created A&R (I still haven't passed this on her record...). It's us modeling for suave summer styles, like short shorts and flowy shirts that are reasonable and comfortable. reyna and I are staying together in Kristen's house, which is the PERFECT setting for all of our needs. Here's our cool pics from the photoshoot. Please tell us how they look - good or bad?

Did we mention Emma's a model, too?

Camping Kids (and adults...)

We DID do the camping experience. Family bonding is SO COOL. We had a great Fourth of July weekend with the Mitch-Nicole Lamb fam, Steve-Ali Searle fam, and Scott-Suzanne Rose fam. What a hoot! We had QUITE the gang. We got pictures that you might have seen on Mitch and Nicole's blog, but we did tons!!!

The four-wheeling extravaganza, the Emma and Rachel Phenomenon, the fun firewood hunts with my dad, Rob, the s'mores we roasted, the GREAT peach cobbler, cherry cobbler, fried chicken, potatoes, and monkey bread/donut holes we ate. Everyone made it FABULOUS. Everyone had great fun, and all of Mitch's wonderful jokes at the fireside made the world crack up. We're all wonderful examples to kids.

Anyway, it was really WAY fun and we want to go next year, so INVITE US!! (no force in there...)

Lake Powell Pics

Aw, Lake Powell. Nothing like it. The breeze, the wakeboarding, the beautiful cliffs . . .take me there once and I am an ADDICT. Let's start off with some new accomplishments, shall we?

Talmage learned how to wakeboard. I learned how to go outside the wake ON THE WAKEBOARD (thanks to Aunt Ali and fam, I am already a wakerboarder) and come back in with survival on my first try outside the wake. Brave Tal gave it one try, but he will someday meet my standards.

The two-minute challenge: Reyna and Addison. A tube - a normal tube - placed behind the propeler of a boat, off you go at 120 MPH, and Crazy Drivin' Robert takes you on a spin. The ones who survive longer on the tube wins the "two-minute challenge". However, if you make it to two minutes, you are succesfully crowned legal to brag. Last year, ole' dad took it off at his own personal record of seven seconds - what a hoot! After that, I wanted so eagerly to try the two-minute challenge. I got my chance. Go into 1:38 record distance time, Reyna and I began FLYING. We flipped over and that ended our journey. Who can beat us? NO ONE. That's what we thought...

Jeff and Spencer are a threat. They beat our time by a mear twelve seconds, with 1:50 time. No legal bragging crown, but by their enjoyment, a victory; a success; a smirk here and there, but no body slamming and angry torment.

Our cliff diving experience. . .this is quite the story. It may not LOOK high, but folks, once you get up there, it's killing you. Of course, CERTAIN people decided to take the 40+ feet coute DOWN, which was probably the scareist thing in a persons life. It's like saying, "So, should I die hard, or . . . die hard?" It's a one-answer quiestion. And after those CERTAIN people jumped, we all were begging and pleading to go home. It was literally terrifying. I wont say names, just in case CERTAIN people are reading this blog (you're welcome, guys) but I was killing to go up and jump off. I want to go SO BAD.

The picture with the people in it sleeping on the houseboat floor of the kitchen/living room/dining room is QUITE FUNNY. We were houseboating in a NICE NICE houseboat (hence, Robert and Kristen's luxorious family fun center) on the roof. It was a nice night - lightning striking at a reasonable distance, no thunder heard, when the STRONGEST, tornado-influencing blow of wind woke me up. TERROR. Being in tornadoes, hence when we lived in the South and Midwest, tornadoes were daily. Hate them so bad. I am ALWAYS prepared. So, I quickly shut down THAT idea and picked up my belongings and trucked downstairs, where Kristen and Robert situated me comfortably on the kitchen floor. That's the beginning of our problem. Next came Caroline and Reyna explaing the wind was picking up. Soon, it started rainging. I light rain - about two people came down. Then, we heard strong hittings of rain. The last three up there were Rob, Marty, and Jeff. Save our souls. No, wait, save theirs! We had to practically FORCE them down, where we slept that night. Yep, that's family bonding!

The picture of the four "boat jumpers" are me, Reyna, Ainsley, and Spencer. It was so cool and so fun. That's one of my FAVORITE pictures. We'd go sliding off the back of the houseboat on the slide, and Spencer, my dad, and I think Marty jumped off the side of the houseboat. I was pretty scared.

We relaxed, wakeboarded, made string bracelets, and did other, and it was so fun and SO COOL. We went last year, but this year we went with a whole new group and that was exciting. Talmage caught about 100 frogs up in the canyon, and we jumped over these big black holes about 10 ft. deep and walked back far in the canyon. We swam at least a half-mile through the canyon (so refreshing!), went on ABOVE AND BEYOND CRAZY jet ski rides, had cool dance parties beyond comparison, ECT.

It was great fun! Thanks!

What We're Leaving, and What We're Gaining

Are you insane? Am I insane? Is this the biggest houseboat/water hotel in the world? COOL.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

And We're Back...

With more news of Arizona. Third out of five days -- how exciting. Lately, we've had sleep-overs (Tal and E at Matt and Corey's), me baby-sitting and seeing friends, Mom and Dad meeting up with bros, sisters, in-laws, and Grandma and Grandpa for a dinner night at Aribas, tours of Matt's new building, swimming at 7:45 in the morning, and on my ONE SINGLE LEG, on only one calve: over 25 misquito bites from one night...ONE SINGLE night for two hours at a park with Abbie and Zach, cousins, for Mutual only to come home with over fifty-five bites, half of which are on thirteen inches of my skin. Talk about freaky! I've overused Benedryl and Aspercreme. I can't walk without bending over and totally creating scabs, and it's so gross (my legs-- I am a walking reptile).

Pool: how nice to have one right the backyard of where you're staying. For those know DONT know, we are staying in the house we used to live in when we were AZ people. It's our grandparents house, and YEAH they are back from Brazil (been back for 2+ years now), so we are living with them and we love it. And it's been 112 degrees here, isn't that crazy? I am not apple red yet, and guess what? Neither is my dad!

Anyway, after this comes Lake Powell (hence more pictures :) and we are going to come back to "our state" for school to start in August. Oh, how i love summer!

PS Liz had her baby (Porter Crane Shelley) they had quite some party! ~Check it out~

Monday, July 14, 2008

Another 411

Arizona, here we come! Wednesday, 6 am, here we come! Lake Powell, here we come! Serisouly, have they been saving all this for the end of summer? I thought California was enough, but this is JUST THE BEGINNING!!! If we intrude your Arizona lifestyle, cousins and family members, we apologize. This vaycay is an out-of-the-air thing. But we're just lucky to be taking a hoedown back to Dad's birthplace, and our former living residence. I can't wait to see friends! (and family, don't get me wrong).

Tagged Again?

Okay, Tagged Again. I accept.

Color: GREEN
Homeade Dessert: Rice Krispies and No-Bakes
Favorite Animated Movie/TV Show: UM...don't have one
Favorite Computer Activity: BLOGGING. It's so cool and SO fun!
Onling Chatting Source: Skype
Outdoor Activity: Trampoline and Soccer
Water Activity: Seven Peaks!
Indoor Sport: Futsal and Cheerleading/Gymnastics
Sports Team: NY Yankees

Five things you love about your parents:
1. Supportive
2. Funny
3. Nice
4. Hardworking
5. Sacrificial

Five Foods You Could Live Without:
2. Potatoes
3. Cucumbers
4. Zuccinis
5. Most sugary treats :)

Five Countries You Want to Live In:
1. England
2. France
3. Scotland
4. Russia
5. Finland

Five Favorite Clothing Stores:
1. Hollister
2. Abercrombie
3. American Eagle
4. Aeropostale
5. Forever 21

Five Favorite Superheros:
1. Mom
2. Grandma
3. Dad
4. Grandpa
5. Spiderman 3 was a good movie????

Five People Who Need a Tag:
1. Lizzy
2. Liz Shelley
3. My mom
4. Sarah Babbel
5. Nicole LAMB

Sunday, July 13, 2008

New Name?

Got it. The new name is going to be lambfamilysix.blogspot.com...
we are giving off this post for THREE WEEKS until we finally change it becuase hardly anyone comes to our blog anyway. So please tell everyone you know that either visits or might about this. Yeah, sure, if you're lucky, we'll send an email. It's not going to be private becuase duh that plan went WAY down the drain (sorry guys..). Well, until next time!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Gotta Lotta Girls Camp??

Finally, home from Girls Camp! We went canoeing (more "canoe-tipping"), hiking, playing tricks on each other at night (from TPing tents, to shaving cream in sleeping bags...), eating TONS of nothing but HEALTHY-NESS, and Secret Sister (which wasn't too successful for me). After two days, you want to come home. Especially if it's WAY cold, you've got the WORST case of laryngitis and you get the Camp Frog Award, and you're tented with only Mia Maids and NO Beehives. Yeah, that's camp! But hey they managed to make it fun and worth it. It's right up in Tibble Fork and Mutual Dell which is YEAH fifteen minutes away from my house. No, no homesickness. No paranoia like the dramatic weekend before where YEAH I had a major anxiety attack in a tent. Nope, nothing. So, as far as I'm concerned, camp was easy for the first-years!


Boy, I love photobooth...

Photo 1- Addie and Maddie (twins)
Photo 2- Squarehead and BEAUTIFUL
Photo 3- Whoa, an alien from mars!! :)
Photo 4- Only you can prevent forest fires!
Photo 5- Tal and Addie LOVE photo booth!

If you don't have a Mac, you NEED ONE. That's my word of advice. We've taken over two thousand Photobooth pics. Ouch!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Four Already?

Emma's a wind-up toy, always spinning! But since she's FOUR, you have to admit that's COOL, right? April 3Oth, way too late, but I am so sorry about that, BY THE WAY. But if you post TAL'S birthday, you have to post EMMA'S!!!!
CUTE girl, so SOCIAL, not at all SHY, and constantly have so much good FUN!
The PRINCESSES that are, well, petite.
HAPPY FOURTH, EMMA! (and by that, I mean birthday)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bundle of Lambs 411

As you know, or you should, we're in UT vacationing. It's so cool to see everyone we know and love. It's AH-MAZING.

Here's our 411:

* Residing at Kristen's, planning day-to-day activities with cousins, friends, and neighbors while entertaining oursleves.
* Hearing about our new cousin/neice, Claire Marie Babbel, weighing in at 11 lbs. and 22 in. long
* Enjoying the beaches of Oceanside with the biggest family that ever lived via the Lambs.
* Baby-sitting constantly (no charge)
* We're going to the SLC Airport tonight to pick up our cousins, Jeff and Josie and their family (click here to see their blog).
* we'll be staying at Kristen's with them for the rest of our/their vacation . . .FUN!!!!
* We are moving here this summer in a beastly transition since our house won't freakin' sell!!!!
* We are going to Arizona for like one week I think (maybe longer)
* I am going to Girls Camp at Mutual Dell, only the Young Women, and it's a Beehive, Mia Maids, and Laurels thing. Fun!
* I made the soccer team, so I am doing that next season for Triple AAA ~ SO EXCITED ~
* Trampoline is way too much fun. Sorry I had to post that, but it's my life!!!
* We are NOT going back to Georgia!!!!! YAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (My mom wants to go back, only becuase she wants her stuff back, but I think that's not smart and think if we have to live ghetto, it's okay as long as we're in Utah! But we are moving into a certain house and it's furnished so ghetto is out of question . . .for now)

Hopefully we'll see you guys soon! We love you!

~Bundle of Lambs~