The Stapley Family

The Stapley Family

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jackson's Here!

I know I haven't written on my Blog for over a year now. Everyone decided to make their own blog and left us in the dust. Our lives aren't as exciting as theirs with their little families starting out and all involved in so many things. So I thought I should get busy and do a few things of our own, so I will put in the exciting things that happen in our lives. 
To bring you up to date, Cori and Aaron, Sydni, and Ellias are all down in Boise, Idaho. Aaron working long hours at his job and Cori also working in the state Martials office. 
Kelli and  Duffy still living in Bend, Oregon and their children Kendall, Brinley, Cooper, and Hadley, they have a darling blog, connected to mine you can check out.
Luke is still in China, working at a University there teaching English, and also at a Community College. He's been there almost a year and is thinking of staying for another year. He enjoys the Asian culture and is loving his time there. We sure miss him though, we hope it's not forever!  We'd love to go see him!!!
Kyle and Laura bought their new house last year and we still have not been able to get there to see it. We really need to get down to SLC to see it and them. Kyle is working at
 B Y U in the Media Arts Dept. and enjoying it. Laura is working at a hair saloon supplier.
                                   Jackson is only 8 days old here and smiling!
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Kaci and Aaron live here in Everett, YEAH! we have someone in our town.  It's so hard having all the kids scattered. I miss the kids and the grandkids terribly, but know with the economy the way it is, we are just grateful they all have jobs and are doing so well.
         So, our newest news. 


Kaci and Aaron were blessed with our newest grandson, Jackson three weeks ago. He's a doll, weighing in at 9' 10", strawberry red hair,  and 21" long. He is the biggest baby that we've had in our family. He is so cute, and I swear he smiles at us already. We took a video of him at one week and he smiled twice at us on a video while we were talking to him. He looks just like daddy and is so cuddly. So here are the pics of him so far.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dezember Family Blog

Come on over and visit our new Dezember Family Blog. With the new baby arriving any day now, we thought it would be nice to have our own family blog that we can adapt and add our own family posts to. The girls will be posting as well. We plan on frequently updating the new site so check in often! It is a work in progress though so look for changes and improvements in the upcoming months. The Mighty Dezember Family Blog site is:

http://www.mightydezemberfamily.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

OUR WEEKEND IN BOISE

What a great weekend we had with our grandkids and kids. Cori and Aaron decided to take a weekend and go on a little honeymoon trip. They certainly needed to have a little break from the everyday life and just be together. I think though that we had more fun than they did. Kyle and Laura came up to spend the weekend with us and we took the kids to the Zoo, the Park, MK Park (birds and fish), Mall, out to eat, and some fun paddle boats. Although Nana went with Ellias that couldn't touch the paddles so you know who had to paddle the whole time. Poppy went with Syd, which has long legs so he had some help. Laura and Kyle just coasted around enjoying the goslings and ducklings. It was a beautiful weekend with temps up in the 90's.
The Zoo was a lot of fun we enjoyed the warmth and all the fun animals. Of course we stopped in the little shop to get some frogs and a stuffed penquin to remember the trip.
The MK Center was fun too, seing all the fish and birds and wild flowers, it's a nice little walk looking at nature, and the best part is that it is FREE and the kids really enjoyed it. We loved seeing all the fish from the bridge.
One night we had GAME night, which is our FAMILY TRADITION!!! We played Poppy's favortite game with the kids, which is Old maid. When he ends up with the old maid, poppy tears her in half and then the kids are always shocked and then he starts tearing them all up, then it looks fun so they start tearing them up, too. It always gets a big laugh!!!!!!! We played Yahtzee and Poppy and Syd got 4 Yahtzees in one game. Eli and Nana got 2 yahtzees in the same game and Kyle and Laura , well, they never did get one. Sorry guys! I think Poppy and Eli's ended up with a score of 735, the highest ever for either one of them.





Eli and Kyles favorite thing to do all weekend.




At the Mall, we bought designer clothes (HAHA) for Eli and Syd. This beautiful dress was purchased. Eli, of course picked some thing a little more guy oriented, (SPIDERMAN). It was the fasted shopping trip I've ever been on, they picked a few things in about 10 minutes and we were done. WOW!!!!! Cori must SHOP FAST!

At the park we played a ton of games, the kids got pretty good at them. We had a picnic and just enjoyed the day. Nana even squeezed in a haircut that day from our family haircut specialist, Thank you Laura... and Poppy did a home makeover the night before and him and Kyle put in a new toilet for them. YEAH!! the toilet works in their room now!!!


Aaron and Cori came home and mowed the lawn, pulled weeds and then sat down to play some Nintendo Wii. Aaron likes to play with his freshly painted tonails. GROSS!!!! No one will ever play Ninetendo Wii Again.


We had so much fun, Poppy had a nice relaxing time, and what he loves to do. Just being with his Grandkids and enjoying watching them grow is the best thing ever!
We went from 99 degrees to 62 in 1 1/2 hours and it was raining and cold when we got off the plane. Back to the beautiful green NORTHWEST. I MISS THE SUN!!!!!!!!!!! It's been a LONG, LONG, WINTER!!!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Great Wolf Lodge

We recently took a long weekend trip to Centralia, WA and stayed at the wonderful Great Wolf Lodge. This resort was just recently built and was worth the 4 hour drive. When you arrive at the lodge you are greeted by two giant wolves at the entrance.


The entire hotel is very family centered and the staff was very friendly. The main attraction is the giant indoor water park- complete with a wave pool and number of other waterslides and water features for all ages. It worked great for our kids. Duffy took the girls on the big slides and Cooper and I hung out at the toddler area and pools.


Besides the water park the resort had restraunts, buffets, Starbucks, a craft room, an arcade and a really neat fantasy game called "Magiquest". You purchase your wand there and then set off on different quests throughout the hotel. When you waved your wand at different objects they would come alive and talk to you. At the end the final quest is to slay the dragon. We tried twice but never succeeded. Maybe next time!

Here are some fun pictures of us in the hotel and water park. Kaci and Aaron were able to come down for a night and go swimming with the girls. Our hotel room was themed the "Kids Kabin" and the girls had their own bunk beds and TV in a separate room that looked like a tent. It worked out great for our family.


Other than the jet skis in the water park, I think Cooper's favorite part was the Ice Cream Truck in the arcade. He could have ridden that thing all day if we let him!


Thanks Great Wolf Lodge for a great family vacation! We hope to come back again every year!
















And thanks to Kaci and Aaron for
braving traffic to come see us!



Monday, February 2, 2009

Who is this baby?

Alright, alright, the wait is over for those of you wanting to know exactly what we are having (other than a baby) Here is the Ultrasound at 14 and1/2 weeks:
And here is the Wall-E cake for Brinley's baptism that revealed the gender:
The cake reads: Congratulations Brinley on your Birthday, Baptism, and Baby Sister! That's right-Cooper will be a Prince among Princesses as he will be the only boy in our family. We were all very surprised and have been anticipating what our family dynamic will be with one more girl! Good thing I saved all those bins of girl clothes. We are still working on a name, we had one picked for a boy but now we are trying to agree on one for a girl. I think girl names are a lot harder! So how could the ultrasonographer tell it was a girl at only 14 weeks? He was really good and it was pretty obvious. Next week I will have another ultrasound at 20 weeks and it should be even more clear then. Hopefully nothing has sprouted between then and now!
Here are some more pictures of our beautiful snow princess in her white baptism day dress.

We had lots of fun this weekend with all of our family in town for her baptism. On Saturday we went sledding to our new favorite snow park-Winoga, on the way up to Mount Bachelor. It was really icy and everyone went really fast. I sat on the sidelines watching. Brinley was a crazy sledder, I was worried she would break something! Duffy landed hard on his bottom off of a jump. Look at his face in the picture and you can see the pain. Kendall, Kaci and Aaron were real troopers going up that steep hill.






It was a beautiful day on Saturday and everything went so well. We wished everyone could have been there to enjoy the fun with us! We missed you!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Brinley's Baptism Day

This weekend Mom, Dad, Kaci and Aaron, got to enjoy a weekend down in Bend, Oregon for Brinleys Special DAY!!!! Saturday Brinley was Baptized by her father Duffy at there Stake Center. It was a WONDERFUL day, she was so EXCITED!!!! Kelli gave a wonderful talk on the Holy Ghost, the second time, she also gave one for Kendalls baptism. They must think she's an expert on this subject. Brinley looked so cute and we were all so proud of her.


Sunday she was confirmed a member of the church. Dad, Aaron, and her other Grandpa , Tom got to be in the circle with some close friends. Duffy did a wonderful job. We are so proud of him, and what a nice job he did. We could feel the spirit so strong, we are truely blessed. Brinely gave a beautiful testimony, she's getting so good at speaking and we can't believe how old she is already.

After the baptism on Saturday we enjoyed a fiesta of Mexican Food, which Kelli's and Duffy's friends were there with there cute new baby girl and Duffy's brother Ted and his girlfriend Ashley, and both grandparents on both sides. Everything went well and we had a great time.

Way to go Brinley, we are proud of you, thanks for letting us share your big day!!!!


COOPER SMILING FOR THE CAMERA!!

OH, We also got to find out what the sex of the baby is that will be here JUNE 29th


Kelli will be posting the pic and the sex. WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!! Another little Dezember baby!!!
WE LOVE OUR GRANDKIDS, THEY ARE OUR TREASURES OF LIFE!!!


It was a LONG trip for Kaci and Aaron!!
Although they slept half way home!
Dranamine worked great for them.
Don't they look so CUTE asleep together. A little change from two months ago in wedding clothes.
After a long trip we made it home safely and look forward to our next adventure at our childrens homes. WE Love you all and hope to see you soon.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Last of the Year

Well, I thought I would finish the year with some pics of last year and exciting things that happened. Kelli and Kyle have done a great job adding their pics of the wedding and crabbing. That was a lot of fun!!!!



There they are in the middle of the Maze.





After crabbing we took Kyle and Laura up to Canada, which Laura has been wanting to do since she's been coming up to Washington. We went up to Vancouver and hit some of the fancy Shopping places, New York Style. We went to our favorite Gardens that have a maze that you can run through, Kaci and Kyle used to race through them to see who came out first. I think the last time we went there was with Nancy and Brittanie. They loved it! They were acting silly that day and ran all over taking crazy pictures of themselves.










I wish I had pictures of the great adventure we took with Cori and Aaron on the Boise River. Wasn't a good time for a camera though and I'm thankful we didn't take one to ruin. We started off going down the river, all things were great, we had Ellias and Cori and Aaron had Sydni. Aaron told us to follow him, he knew the river well, and knew the right places to go over the rocks and get around trees. Boy, we should've known better than to follow his lead. As we were going down enjoying the nice winding river, Aaron and Cori were going in all directions, running over low rocks, ripping their boat to shreds on the bottom, and as we looked over at them, all we could see was little heads popping out above the raft, as the bottom had deflated. They were sinking, so we pulled over to the side of the river, as Cori tried to pull their raft to the side, needless to say they were still about 15 feet away from the bank, she sprained her ankle, and almost fell in the water, which didn't matter, she was wet already. We decided that it was safer to go with grandma and grandpa so we enlisted Sydni to go with us. So we had both kids and we took off again. Cori, getting a little fed up with Aarons rowing techniques, decided to show him how it was done. As she pulled on the oar, the very first time, it broke and sailed down the river. So then they had to row with one oar. It was hilarious, to watch them struggle down the river, turning around and around, we wondered if they would have anything left to hang on to, as the boat kept deflating, but we couldn't stop laughing. Once we were done and finally out of the water, they were a little, or should I say soaked. They dragged their raft up to the the garbage can and dumped the whole thing and the other oar, in the garbage and we all just laughed. A river trip never to forget. WARNING!!!!! BEWARE OF THE RIVER RAT!! We had the best time ever!!!


Can't wait for another fun river run!

Save our raft for next year!!!!!

The best part is always being with the kids, and GRANDKIDS!!
Christmas was great, A real memorable one in our eyes!!! Dad had gotten an e-mail asking if any one could help an elderly couple with some water issues up at the church property. Dad went up there and helped, the next day he had a feeling he should call them. This was Christmas Eve, so he did, they had many struggles that week, their awning to the 5th wheel had collapsed with the weight of the snow and the electricity was off and still no water. So, dad went again to help and took more people to help with the other problems. When he got there he could see that the poor couple had just had it and were tired and DONE!!!! Dad invited them to come spend Christmas Eve and Christmas with us. Kaci and Aaron spent the night with us too, and when they heard that this couple was coming, they quickly turned into Santa's elves and went to gather some things. WOW! that was awesome. The couple had a wonderful time!!! We really enjoyed sharing our Christmas and making theirs a little brighter. Elder Cook is a Poet and has published a book, so he wrote a poem for us and signed it which made it even more special. It was fun having Kaci and Aaron here for their first Christmas together.






Elder and Sister Cook are from Idaho and this is their 8th Mission for the Church.


Then we got to open our Christmas from the kids, Always a scary thing to do since they have decided they are now giving us Adventures, WHICH I Personally, LOVE THE MOST!!! But is always a little scary wondering what is on their mind. Last year the dog sled was a blast, we loved it. So, here is our gift that they all gave us!!! It's a Garmin GPS with a destination, in coordinants, so we have no idea where it is until we put it in the Garmin, so we will be going this next week to find out where this place is that they are sending us. I'm in love with our GPS.... We call her LIA, for the Liahona.....I think sometimes though she takes us a totally weird way though, but it gets us there. It will be great for those long road trips. Thank you, it's a great present and just what we've wanted....WE LOVE YOU!!! You're the best kids ever!!

******Sorry the video won't load!!! I'll send it to Kyle and see if he can put it in!!********

After that we went to Kelli and Duffy's for New Years!! We played games!!, took the kids to the children's museum, and made yummy food!!! Dad watched the UTES WIN!!! His favorite game, we practically have to hold our hand over our heart when they play. It took some fixing up the antenna but we managed. We had a great New Years with them and it was fun to see the kids.

So that's the rest of the year 2008. Next year we'll have a new Dezember baby, Brinley getting baptized, maybe a new house for Kyle and Laura and who knows, Kaci and Aaron. The Lucoffs new adventures on the river, and hmmm crabbing. Thank goodness Van will be navigating. We are in the planning stages for our big CRAB Trip with our Captain Van on the Oregon Coast, Lets hope the wind keeps down this year and we don't get skunked. I don't think (Kaci's) Aaron will go hunting for any little critters (SNIPE HUNTING)this year.
Cutest little people around!!!