Saturday, March 24, 2012

Father/Daughter Dance

Adam & Hannah off to the Father/Daughter. I tried to get a cute close up picture of them but one of them was either looking funny or had their eyes closed. There is going to be a professional photographer at the Dance so hopefully they will get a really good shot...they both looked so cute and Hannah was so excited.

On the flip side Samantha & I are having a "date" night while Hannah & Adam are at the Dance and we are watching "Nemo"...don't know that she is ready for this movie as she is clutching to me and I am typing with one hand. Maybe we should have watched "Cars" instead.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday to Samantha!

And what and exciting one it will be...lunch with with the princesses in Ariel's Grotto at Disneyland. Pictures to come. :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas has come early in the Morrill Household!!

So for years Adam has been dreaming of a Eurovan so we could go on camping adventures with the girls. But we kind of just put that dream aside because they don't make Eurovans in the US anymore and when searching for used ones they either had hundreds of thousands of miles on them or were selling for way too much money. Little did we know that 2 doors down from us a little old lady had one tucked away in her garage in practically mint condition with only 38,000 miles on it!! Our other wonderful neighbor let us know about it and the timing was perfect because she was ready to sell it! We spent a day clearing out our garage so we could make room for it and now it is ours. :) We got a great deal on it and cannot wait to use it. We already have Yosemite reservations in April and plan to go camping along the coast in January after the craziness of the holidays. We cannot wait!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The search is on...

Here is the picture I said I would post once I had it of the baseball players searching for my diamond on the baseball diamond. If you don't know what I am talking about refer to the story below...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Aggies Truly Coming Together

Our department has recently started a program called "Aggies Coming Together" to boost moral in the department. Every so often an event is planned for the staff and coaches so we can get together and have a little fun. Last month we were excuse a few hours early from work so we could go watch and cheer on the women's soccer team as they played in the afternoon. Today we got together at lunch time for some batting practice on our baseball field and to enjoy some pizza.

We have some really good hitters among our staff...of course we are the Athletic Dept but I felt really lame with my hits that only made it as far as second base at the most...but it was still a lot of fun. So after hitting some balls, hanging out in the dugout for a little bit I headed up into the stands to eat some pizza and hang out with some of the other staff. At the end of the hour as we were all packing up I decided to step up on the wall separating the stands from the field so that I could yell down into the dugout and thank our baseball coaches for a fun event. There is also a huge black nylon net separating the field from the stands and I used that as leverage to get up onto the wall. After I said thank you I went to jump down and I felt my engagement ring snag on the net. Instinctively I looked down and my whole diamond and its setting was gone!!!

I started yelling, "My diamond is gone, my diamond is gone!" and the few people still in the stands with me started looking around with me. The people on the field started scouring the area right under the wall where I jumped off. There was some padding on the field side of the wall and gaps where my diamond could have fallen...luckily they were removable so off they came but no diamond. Unfortunately there was also an open drain on the field right below where I was and so the slats came off and people started looking in there too. Another misfortune was that because it is Fall there are a lot of dried leaf piles around and because we are on a baseball field there were a lot of spit out sunflower seeds in the stands. So as I am looking in the stands I am trying not to be too grossed out about these disgusting seeds as I am carefully sifting through the leaves.

I decided to go to the field side of the wall to see if I cannot help look there while others stay in the stands looking for my diamond. We search and we search...we recreate my jump off to try and figure where the diamond could have gone and start thinking that the net could have acted as a sling shot and shot the diamond somewhere which makes our search area even bigger....ugh!!

In the mean time baseball practice is scheduled to start and so more and more student-athletes are arriving but as each of them arrives they each start searching for my nice is that? So in no time I have about 20 to 25 people looking for my diamond but still nothing! By now I am back in the stands looking and it has been about 20 or 25 minutes and I start trying to joke about the situation by saying, "Well at least my diamond is on the baseball diamond" or "Well it has been over 10 years...perhaps I am due for new one.". All the while I am dreading having to tell Adam and so sad that my diamond it just lost because it is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I decide to lift my head up off the ground and what do I see but about 20 student-athlete baseball players lined up on the ground in a perfect line on their hands and knees in the grass and methodically combing through the grass as they move in unison through the grass searching for my diamond. It just warmed my heart so much that I start yelling out thank you to them! The assistant baseball coach takes a picture with his phone (which as soon as I get the picture I will post because it was a great sight to see). Then as they are about to get to the boarder of the grass and dirt one of the student-athletes jumps up and yells "I found it! I found it!" and I couldn't have been more happy or thankful! I thanked everyone over and over again for staying for so long to search and it truly was an example of "Aggies Coming Together".

Just as I was about to leave work I emailed the baseball coaches to thank them for looking so long, for interrupting their baseball practice, and to let them know that I really appreciated the effort their student-athletes put into finding my diamond. Ironically, the student-athlete whose idea it was to get the other players in a line to look on their hands and knees was the one that found my diamond in the fitting.

So now I have take my diamond, which is still in its complete setting to the jeweler and have them put it back together. Adam set the diamond in platinum, which is stronger than gold, when he bought it because he knew I have a knack for getting my rings or jewelery for that matter caught on things. Little did he know that it was possible for me to rip the whole setting out of my ring...but I guess it is a good thing it is still in its setting which made it easier to find.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

First Pumpkin Patch Visit of the Fall Season

Today we used a Groupon Deal and went to Dave's Pumpkin Patch in West Sac with our neighbors across the street. While we had a great time I would not have ever paid the full price to go to this was a stretch at the Groupon price.

Our first stop was to ride the horses. The girls LOVED fact we almost left this for later in our trip b/c the line was taking too long but Samantha freaked out b/c she REALLy wanted to ride the horse.

She was so happy...

Hannah was quite happy too...

After this we went to this cool sand like box but instead of sand it was filled with corn kernals...the kids had a blast pouring kernals on them making "corn angels" and burying themselves in it.

Here is one of my favorite pictures of the day...

Adam enjoyed burying Samantha and I think she did too...

Next we went on a hay ride. All the kids loved this...

And here the girls enjoy picking out pumpkins..


Hannah helping Henry (our neighbor friend) down the jumpy house slide...

After this Samantha and I got lost in the corn maze...not worth talking about as it was quite embarrassing. I figured if I really got in trouble I had my cell phone so I could call for help...ahhh modern technology. :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Passed Out

Clearly Samantha was busy doing something else before passing out.