Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Our holiday festivities

CHRISTMAS eve EVE!


On the night before Christmas Eve my family came up to our house. We ate dinner and then drove to Willard to see the lights at "Fantasy at the Bay". We were excited to see that Santa was there, because we hadn't gotten around to taking the boys to see him. Well, after waiting in the cold for a few minutes we went inside the tent to see "ho ho" (as Ethan often calls him). The whole time we were talking to Ethan outside he kept saying that he was going to sit on Santa's lap and that he was excited. We get inside and he immediately goes shy and starts freaking out. He wouldn't sit on his lap or even look at him. So, Logan starts crying and getting upset also. Well, this picture is the best we could do; with Chris and my Dad sitting on his lap. I hope Santa's knees didn't hurt too bad after wards. I hope that next year Ethan will do better. Does everyone else have problems with their kids and Santa?

CHRISTMAS EVE!

On the night before Christmas we had a fun party with Chris' family. We ate Navajo Tacos (my favorite) in candle light (well, we tried, but Logan freaked out when they turned the lights out). We also played the the candy bar game and opened pajamas. I love getting new pajamas!

My boys-- the shirts say it all!

My cute new nephew, Kaiden

CHRISTMAS DAY!

Christmas morning we woke up a little before seven and talked to my brother Dane on the phone for a little over an hour. It was great getting to talk to him. He has an accent, which is funny, and him and his companion sang Silent Night in Spanish. It was awesome. After that we opened up our big present, a Hard drive camcorder, so we could record the boys opening their presents.

I was taking pictures of Logan and he started making faces. This one is so crazy. He is such a ham!

Ethan got a hold of my camera and took at least 50 pictures. About half of them are pretty good for a 2 year old. He took this one of himself.

Chris surprised me with a present; a new TV for our bedroom. It is awesome. Even though it was for me, I bet you can guess who couldn't wait to set it up; which is perfectly fine with me.

After getting ready we headed up to Smithfield to hang out with my family. It was starting to snow, but we made it there before it got too horrible. When we got there we opened more presents (thanks everyone!) and then we played games. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to New Years and having more fun!

The awesome work bench that my Dad made.

Some of my cool sibs!

Chris having fun with his remote control helicopter

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A fun day

Since Chris has been traveling a lot he hasn't really had a chance to get excited for the holidays or go to any parties. He decided that we needed to have a little party on Saturday with his siblings and mom. Almost every year they get together and make a ton of goodies. We decided to have every one over for pizza and then we made chocolate covered pretzels and strawberries. It was fun and turned out great.

Our Big little helper

Chris and Shanna

Tracy and Chris' Mom

Earlier in the day we went over to the hospital to see our new nephew, Kaiden. It is Alison and Nate's first baby and he is so cute. There is now six grandsons and no granddaughters; but luckily Shanna and Bryce will be having a girl in March.

Kaiden Rex Adamson, 9 lbs. 3 oz.!


Chris, Breckston and Logan

The proud parents (Alison will probably kill me for posting this picture)

I just wanted to add in this cute picture of Logan after he ate Cincinnati chili (chili and cheese over spaghetti noodles). How does he get so messy?


We hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Our fun Maryland/DC trip

I decided it was about time that I write a new blog. I have just been lazy. I got back Wednesday from my trip visiting Chris in Maryland and it was so much fun. He had a class for work in California, Maryland; which happens to be right next to Hollywood. No joke. It is a couple hours south of Baltimore. We stayed at a Navy base and it definitely wasn't like the Mariotts we are used to staying at, but I can't complain because it was free!

That Saturday we took a trip into Washington D.C. I loved it and wished we could've had a couple of weeks to spend there. In the few short hours that we were there, we visited the National Archives (where we saw the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta), the Holocaust Museum, the White house, the Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress (where we got library cards). We also saw a bunch of other cool stuff on the way.

Sunday we drove into Baltimore. I had never been there before and it was really pretty. The downtown area is right on the docks of a river. We toured a WWII submarine and a Civil war ship. We also went to the science center.

On Tuesday I had finished all of my homework and so I was able to do some site seeing on my own. First I went to the bottom tip of Maryland where I saw a pretty view of the Cheasepake Bay. I also saw a Civil War Cemetary where thousands of Confederate Soldiers died in a Prisoner of War camp. After that I drove back towards DC where I saw the Lincoln Memorial, walked around Arlington Cemetary, and drove by the Pentagon. That evening we went to a place called Solomon's Island and had fresh shrimp. It was so good!

It was an awesome trip, but I sure didn't see everything I wanted to, so I guess I will have to go back soon! (That's a hint Chris) Tomorrow Chris is going to Columbus, Ohio for 5 days, but I don't get to go this time. It's alright though. I feel pretty blessed to have done all of the traveling that I have this year.

Outside the White house with the Christmas tree and Washington Monument in the background. It was so cold there!

Cool picture of Chris at Union station while it is snowing.

Soldier guarding the Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetary

Awesome, big bridge that goes over the Patuxent river. It wasn't even close to as big as another bridge we went over in Annapolis.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Logan can walk!

I am so excited. Logi started taking a few steps last night. I never thought he would walk. Okay, that is a lie, but I didn't think it would be for a little bit longer. We were at Chris' mom's house and he stood up and started walking towards his cousin Breckston. Then he took about 10 steps toward Chris. We have gotten him to walk quite a bit today, including one time when he took about 15 steps. I am so proud of my little guy. It will be so nice when I don't have to carry him all the time. He is getting so big. I took a video of him taking a few steps toward me. I hope to get a better one, but this will do for now.

video
Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? I hope so. We had an enjoyable time spent with family and have so much to be grateful for. I didn't get too many pictures from it, because I was being lazy, but I know that Chris' mom took quite a few.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

St. Lou-ey

I am once again such a slacker. I have been putting off writing this blog for no good reason. I had the chance to visit Chris while he was in St. Louis, but I have already been home for almost a week. I need to get with it and stop being so lazy. Anyways, we had a fun time. I had never been there before and had a blast sightseeing. Luckily we had GPS on our rental car or we would have gotten way lost!

We visited the Arch Nat'l Monument and after being strip searched (at least that is what it felt like) we rode in a small tram car to the top... 680 feet high! I am sort of afraid of heights and to look out at the city you have to lean out on your stomach. It was a little nerve wracking at first. There was a gorgeous view of the Mississippi river on one side and the city on the other.













Chris and his cool model pose :)---- St. Louis and Busch Stadium











Mississippi River













Cool side view of Arch










View of the Arch from down town

We also went to a St. Louis Blues hockey game. It is the first NHL game that Chris and I have been to, and we both agreed that it was so much cooler (is that a word?) then a minor league game. There were as many people there as at a Jazz game and the fans were going crazy. We definitely got caught up in the hype.

The teams warming up


Us enjoying the game

It seems that this has been our year for traveling. We both love doing it so much and I am excited that we have one more trip before the year is over. We are going to Washington D. C. ! Chris has to go there for a class and I get to go visit him for 5 days. Woo hoo!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Potty training, haircuts, and surprise trips

I am attempting to potty train Ethan while I am up at my mom's house. He hasn't gone in the potty yet, but he is pretty good about sitting on it for awhile reading books. We showed him how to dump it out in the toilet after he goes and so a little bit later I saw him pretend to dump it in the toilet. It was so cute. At least he seems somewhat interested in the whole thing.

Lounging on his potty.

Katie gave Logan his first haircut a few days ago. He has needed one for a few months. She cut the back really good and he looks like a boy now. It is still long in the front, but he wouldn't hold still for that part. I will post a picture of it as soon as I get time to crop me out of the picture (I was still in my pajamas).

Like I said earlier, Chris has been in St. Louis for a couple of weeks. Well, when I was talking to him on Wednesday night we decided that I was going to fly out there for the weekend to see him. We found a really good deal on a flight, so I am leaving early tomorrow morning. We are going to go to an NHL hockey game and see the sites. I love surprise trips like this.

Logan loves to climb in things.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

St. Louis


Well I'm in St. Louis now and have been so for 10 days now. Nanette is probably really happy because I'll be coming home soon (It's actually 9 more days). I'm excited to come back to because I miss her and the boys a lot. It's amazing how dependent I am to my family. Also, I need to point out, that I appreciate the support she has given in allowing me to go on this business trip. She has done a lot of behind-the-scenes work of taking care of the boys, bills, her school work, etc. It's amazing how much she brings to our family.

So enough of the sappy stuff. As mentioned before, I am here on a business trip. Not fun. The trip has been completely work and I don't think I have ever worked as many hours in my life. Nevertheless, as far as my working knowledge of the career path I am choosing, this has been the best experience. I've really had great input as to the missing links of my job function, so basically, when I get back to my own work I will be able to apply myself more appropriately to the tasks at hand, which means significant possibilities for promotions, awards, etc. I do plan on going to a NHL game during the weekend and I'm hoping to at least see the Arch. As mentioned above, I have had long hours and haven't had the chance to see the sites. There is one cool thing about the hotel location and that it is located across the street from the Rams practice field. Haven't seen anyone famous but maybe sometime I will. Another cool thing about St. Louis that differs from Utah and that is gas is currently $1.97 at the gas station across from the hotel.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm a slacker

I haven't posted a blog for a few days. I have been meaning to, but I feel like I don't have any time. Chris is in St. Louis on a business trip for 3 weeks and so I have been spending a lot of time at my parent's house. I think I would go crazy if it was just me and the boys for that long. Thanks to everyone who has been helping me out. Anyways, I will post something better soon.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Howwwl-oweeen!!!

On Halloween we went up to Smithfield and had a fun party with my family. My mom wrote all about what we did, on her blog, and so I won't go into details. We had a lot of fun though. Ethan and Logan were pretty wired from candy until about 11:30 pm and then they crashed. Ethan loved trick-or-treating and it surprised me that he would say thank you to all of the strangers giving him candy. He is usually very shy and won't talk at all.

Here is a picture of our misfit family:

Logan "Baby Smurf Einstein"Gamble, Nanette "Hannah Montana's Evil Sister" Gamble, Chris "Christy the pregnant woman on steroids" Gamble, and Ethan"Barney the blue dinosaur" Gamble

Thanks Naomi and Katie for the awesome dinner and thanks to Mom and Dad for having the party. We better do it again next year.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Little boys spell M-I-S-C-H-I-E-F

Yesterday I finished painting Ethan's shelf for his bedroom. It turned out good, but I made the mistake of leaving the paint brush out on the table. I didn't think there was any paint left in it, but it was a sponge brush and I guess they hold a lot of paint. Anyways, I was doing my hair and Chris was in the bedroom. When I was done I asked Chris where Ethan was and he said he wasn't sure and so he went to find him. Logan's door was shut and so he opened it and said to me, " Uh-oh. Nanette, you're not going to like this!" This is what we found:










This is the glider in Logan's room and Ethan decided to paint it. How wonderful of him. Luckily he mostly just got in on the wood part and I found out later that it will wash off. But...

that's not the worst of it. We were laughing pretty hard about it until we went into the dining room and this is what we found:










He had also painted the table cloth and 2 of my dining room chairs! I don't really care about the tablecloth, but I had just recently recovered my chairs with vinyl. The picture above shows what they look like after I washed as much paint off as I could. I do have extra vinyl and so I might end up recovering them. Little boys sure like to give their parents extra work. I guess I should just be glad that he didn't decide to paint my couch or carpet or something. Oh the joys of having a two year old. I can't wait to see what he does when he is three.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Logan's 1st Birthday

Our little Logi turned one on Sunday. I can't believe that he is already that old. This year has gone fast, but it has been so fun to watch him grow. My mom bought him and Logan cute church clothes, so they looked like studs.

Aren't they adorable? :)

He wasn't too interested in opening his presents, so Ethan pretty much opened them all for him.

His cute "Thomas the train" cake that I obviously didn't make.

The birthday boy. If looks could talk his would say," the things I have to go through for the entertainment of others"... or something like that.

Anyways, it was a fun day and I want to say thanks to all of those who came to his party. We truly feel loved and he is definitely a spoiled little boy. I can't wait for Christmas when they get to open presents again.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Church is awesome!

I am so glad that I was able to go to church today and be reminded of how wonderful it is to have the true gospel in my life. Every week that I go to church it really helps motivate me to do things and be a better person. I have been having some personal struggles lately and keep saying to myself, "Why me?" I was reminded in Relief Society about all of the trials that Joseph Smith and our Savior went through and that I need to stop complaining and start serving. I am going to make this my goal to be better at forgetting myself and serving those I love. I am so grateful for all of the support of family and friends. You guys are awesome and I love you!

I don't add pictures of myself too often, but here's me! :)

I had to add this pic, cuz it is so funny. Logan looks so chubby. Ethan was supposed to be in it too, but he wouldn't cooperate.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

First tooth... finally!!!

So the day came that I never thought would... Logan's first tooth finally broke through yesterday! He has been teething for 6 months with no luck. The poor guy. This tooth has been trying to come through for a month! He was so much happier yesterday. I don't think he was in as much pain. Yay! I didn't get a picture of it yet, because he would barely let me see it, but I will add one as soon as I can.

Here are a couple pictures of the boys being goofy:


Logan already getting into mischief