Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Jared & I got our very first pet at a White Elephant Gift Exchange.  Inside of our gift was a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.  Yes, I said cockroach.  After we found him we asked, "Can we really keep him?"

I don't think that was the response they were going for!!!  

We've named him WALL.E.  

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches make very good pets.  They eat about everything and are harmless to people.  They don't bark and upset the neighbors.  Most people aren't allergic and they are great conversation starters.

"Have you ever seen a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach?"

Jared is trying to find a cute little pet purse, you know like the ones for small dogs.  He wants to take WALL.E with us on "outings".   

One Christmas Gift...

Merry Christmas-- Mom & Dad McBride

This year, all the McBride children chipped in and printed this family photo on canvas for Mom and Dad.  Nathan at Print It, on main Street in St George, did an amazing job printing the image and framing it in this beautiful chunky frame!  

Funny Face Photo took the photo during our family reunion last year!  Isn't it gorgeous??

We want to thank everyone for contributing for the gift.   THANK YOU!!!!

Mom and Dad's reaction was priceless.  They were so surprised and absolutely loved the gift. The framed image was securely placed on the wall... in a place of honor where all can view it... within 5 minutes of receiving it! 

It looks great in the home and I know it will help Mom and Dad remember the great memories of our Family Reunion in 2007!  Thanks everyone! 

We love you- Mom and Dad!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Jared and I, were Shrek and Fiona this year for halloween!  Some people didn't even recognize Jared.  We had so much fun running errands, going to a party, and a Dixie Women's Volleyball game.  We even went and saw a late night movie all dressed up.

Thank You, Vici, for letting us borrow such awesome costumes. When we walked into a College Volleyball game and the whole crowd turned and watched us climb the bleachers.  I thought they were going to have to stop the game on a count to us.

Of course, I loved the attention!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Friday, November 16th, 2008 I woke up thinking about and missing the primary class we taught in Bloomington Hills.  I wondered when I would get to see them again.  But it was a day of  miracles and I got to see all the children that I missed so very much, later that very afternoon!

Miracle # 1 --Friday was a gorgeous day in Southern Utah.  

Miracle # 2 --Jared and I finished cleaning windows early in the afternoon.  

I asked Jared, "Hey, you want to call the kids and see if they can come out and play with us at the park?"  He loved the idea.  He loves playing on the park equipment just as much if not more than the kids!  (Just ask any of his nieces or nephews.)  

Miracle # 3 -- Each and everyone of the children was available to play with us.  (It isn't easy competing with football, soccer and family vacations.)  

Miracle # 4 -- I got to spend the afternoon and evening with some of my favorite people, my husband and the CTR 7 class from Bloomington Hills.  

It was so fun spending time with the children we've grown to love over the past year and a half.  It was one of the highlights of the week!