Sunday, February 18, 2018

Xtreme Xperience

When I asked Michael what he wanted for Christmas, he jokingly said, "A Lamborghini."  So, I got him about four Lamborghini Hot Wheels cars and a gift certificate for Xtreme Xperience, so that he could drive a Lamborghini Huracan around the Bondurant Race Track in Chandler.  He was pretty stunned when he opened it!  We finally got to go yesterday.  

It was so much fun!  The whole family sat in on the class that he had to take beforehand.  I was already having a little anxiety about the whole thing, and the class didn't help, lol!  The kids all got to ride in the lead car around the track four times.  Michael also went in the lead car so that he could get to know the track a little.  They had a blast!  

Waiting for their turn in the lead car.  They thought the head socks made them look like ninjas, lol.

Michael, Emily, and Andrew in the lead car

Nathaniel, Daniel, and Jonathan in the lead car

When Michael got into his car, I had no idea which one it was (there were three Huracans of multiple colors), so I missed getting a picture of him in the car.  I did get some video, though.  There should be a picture that they took and I'll be able to post it later.  There should have been a video taken from the car, but it didn't work.  

This is the car Michael drove

Afterwards, we went to our favorite Chinese buffet and then back home.  It was a great day!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pinewood Derby

Daniel and Jonathan both participated in the Pinewood Derby this year.  Neither of them got a trophy, but they had a great time anyway!

Jonathan won this heat:

Daniel won this heat:

Jonathan and Daniel were in the same heat, and Daniel won:

Great job, boys!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Piano Recital

The kids did a great job at their piano recital!  I was so proud of them for their hard work and practice!

Jonathan playing "Jingle Bells"

Daniel playing "Up on the Housetop"

Andrew playing "Snowflake Rag"

Emily playing "Christmas Medley"

Nathaniel playing "Secrets"

Here they are with their piano teacher

Great job, kids!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Anniversary Getaway

Michael planned our anniversary getaway this year and it was so fun!  We celebrated 22 years on the 27th.  We stayed at the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix.  It was such a nice hotel, and we used our free night from  If you ever go, the fried green tomatoes at the Blue Hound Kitchen in the hotel are amazing!

Dinner at The Arrogant Butcher

Fancy "living room" at the hotel

City Skate--right next door!

Herberger Theater--we saw A Christmas Carol and it was very good!

Me with Jacob Marley

Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!

Christmas 2017

We had a wonderful Christmas!  On Christmas Eve, we did our usual traditions:
Singing Christmas carols while Emily played piano
Read Luke 2 and other scriptures from the Book of Mormon about the birth of Jesus
Opening one gift--pajamas!

Here are the kids in their new pajamas

Ready for morning (thanks for your help with the wrapping, Dad!)

Christmas morning

I was so excited about Michael's gift.  I bought him an Xtreme Experience to drive a Lamborghini Huracan around a racetrack!  It won't happen until February, but he loved it!  He was a little shocked at first, lol!

We had family over for dinner--steak and chicken on the grill!  Michael did a great job grilling and we had a very nice dinner.  We had fun opening presents and spending time together.

Merry Christmas!
Love, The Mays

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Papa's Visit

We had a great visit with Papa!  It was a great Christmas present for me!

On Wednesday we had our ward party.  Andrew and Jonathan both played piano in the talent show.  I was so proud of them!  There was a minute there where Jonathan looked so scared and he said, “Mom, I don’t want to do it anymore.”  I said it was too late to change his mind now because he was next, and he got up and did it.  He played so well, and so did Andrew.  Shortly after they were done, I left to pick up Dad at the airport.

On Thursday, we ran a bunch of errands and went to lunch at Tia Rosa's.     

On Friday we stayed home most of the day and I did chores around the house.  We went to lunch at Panera.  We went to the movie theater to get tickets for the 5pm showing of Star Wars.  We intended to go on Saturday morning, but Dad really wanted to have Nathaniel go to dinner with us so we thought we’d try to make it work to go to the movie on Friday.  It went pretty smoothly!  We got good seats, but Nathaniel and his friend Cole McClure (they had plans to see the movie on Friday anyway since Nathaniel had to work on Saturday) had to sit a few rows ahead of us.  After the movie we went to dinner at Olive Garden.  It was wonderful, but I ate way too much! 

On Saturday, we just hung out in the morning and waited for Emily to get some homework done.  Dad gave the kids a lesson on checking the oil.  

Then Dad, Emily, and I went shopping.  We went to Bed Bath and Beyond, DSW, Panda Express, DownEast, and Walmart.  We went to the Walmart where Nathaniel works.  We were gone for almost four hours!  We ordered Papa Johns for dinner and watched Spiderman Homecoming.

On Sunday, we went to church, came home and took a nap, and baked and decorated Christmas cookies.  Nathaniel left early to go to dinner at his mission prep class.  The kids went to the park with Dad and Michael.  

On Monday, Dad helped me wrap gifts.  We got done what we needed to before the kids got home, thankfully.  It was such a relief to get it done!  That night we watched Home Alone 2.  It was funnier than I remembered.  On Tuesday, Dad was going to go to work with me but Daniel woke up vomiting so we had to change our plans.  I had some returns to do at the mall and I had already ordered the Sweet Tooth Fairy cookies to hand out at  work, so Dad stayed home with Daniel while I did all of that and then I came home.  I stopped at Costa Vida for some tacos on the way home and we just hung out until the boys got home.  Everyone but Daniel had piano lessons, and in the evening Dad, Andrew, Jonathan, and I played Monopoly.  Nathaniel had to work, Emily studied for her history final, and Daniel rested.  Michael snuck off to run errands (aka buy my presents) and came home with groceries from Walmart and Sam’s Club.  

On Wednesday we stayed home and did chores.  I got the chicken noodle soup in the crockpot (Dad cut up the vegetables for me) and did laundry.  Emily and Nathaniel had early release.  Nathaniel had to work, and Dad and I took Emily to Subway for lunch.  She was so relieved to be done with her finals!!  So was Nathaniel!!  That afternoon I had Cub Scouts and Dad came with us.  We had the soup for dinner and Dad made the Hershey gingerbread house with the kids. 

On Thursday, Nathaniel and Emily stayed home because they were done with finals and it was just a makeup day.  I was so proud of my three big kids—they all had straight As!  We went to Jonathan’s Jingle Jog.  He didn’t seem too excited to see us, but he posed for a picture with Papa and then went off with his teacher.  

Then we went to Daniel’s school for the science showcase and saw his project about blood and blood cells. 

After that, we went shopping at Walmart so I could get all of the stuff for Christmas dinner.  We got home and the kids helped put everything away, then they went with Dad to see Jumanji.  Andrew, Daniel, and Jonathan came home and were excited to start Christmas break.  They did their chores quickly so they could go on media.  We left at about 4:15pm for the party at Main Event.  The Tour of Italy dinner was really good, and we all had a great time!  Right after dinner, the kids headed off to laser tag with Papa.  Michael and I bowled and walked around with the kids.  The boys all went on the ropes course.  Jonathan didn't like it and turned back.  I got gelato with Dad.  We bowled again and then we all played laser tag while Dad watched our stuff.  Nathaniel really wanted to play air hockey with me and he beat me easily.  I walked around and tried to get pictures of everyone.  It was a really fun night. 

On Friday, Michael took the day off and some of us slept in. Dad and Nathaniel went to the parts store to get transmission fluid.  When they had checked it on Saturday, Dad realized it was low.  Dad also gave the kids a lesson on changing a tire.  We went to a late lunch at Jogoya.  Nathaniel had to go to work.  We came home to hang out and rest a bit before going to see the lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park.  We were not quite to the 202 when Daniel said he was feeling sick.  So, we changed our plans again and came home and watched Moana and had leftovers for dinner.  It was just as well, because Jonathan was feeling sick, too.  Daniel put himself to bed, before 8pm and Jonathan fell asleep on my lap while watching the movie. 

On Saturday morning, Nathaniel, Emily, Andrew, Daniel, and I all went to breakfast with Dad and then took him to the airport (Nathaniel didn’t come to the airport because he had to go to work).  Jonathan was still sick at home so Michael stayed with him.  It was so hard to say goodbye.  He made it home safely.  

We love you, Papa!!!!!  Thank you for everything!!!!