Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in Murrieta . . .

Christmas jammies!
Mom/Grandma Moore joins us for present opening.
Gifts from Santa.
A laptop for Megan gets a BIG reaction!
Mom scores a major deal on Madison's Fur Real puppy.
Brandon is surprised to find he got a laptop too! (But he gets to share with Mom and Dad.)
Eric LOVES his new drink cups that keeps his drinks EXTRA cold! His favorite gift . . . good job Megan and Donna!
Jason can't believe he got a phone! (It's not new but he doesn't care!)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve With The Connors 2008

Madison & Brandon preparing cookies for Santa and for us!
Courtney & Darby join Brandon for the decorating.
We had a fun silly string war in the culdasac.
Madison & Courtney sprinkle Reindeer Dust on the lawn for Rudolph.
Wow! This guy is an electrician!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Santa Clause

I got Mom's Santa that Grandma Babe painted for her when Mom moved into her apartment. I've been wanting to get it framed but figured it would be expensive. Della suggested covering the old wood with fabric. (She's so cleaver!!) So, I headed to Walmart today to look for possible fabrics keeping in mind the bright limeish green Grandma Babe choose for the background. (I should have taken a better "before" picture!)

I am so excited with how it turned out. It cost me $12 to cover it including the quilt batting.
The corners didn't quite turn out like I wanted so I made some fabric bands for all the corners. Everything is stapled on. (Grandma Babe loved the invention of staple guns!)
Tada! Santa is now over the fireplace just like he was when I was a kid! (I just noticed the date stamp on my picture - 12/11 the date we celebrated Dad's bithday! How fitting I get the bee in my bonnet to do this today in honor of his step mother!) As I was working on this project and tearing off the layers of foil paper and exposed the rough bare wood she used, I couldn't help feel close to her as she made the frame herself!! What an amazing woman!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jason Schauers MVP!!!

Jason earned MVP lineman at his football banquet. We were so excited for him as out of the 26 boys, only 7 got the MVP awards! His friend Tanner received MVP for Defensive Line. The coach had some amazing things to say about Jason. It was a great experience for our family.

Football Cookies For Jason's Banquet

I volunteered (what was I thinking??) to make football cookies for Jason's team banquet. Two days and 6 hours later, they were done! They were a big hit and very yummy!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

"Kevin Gallaugher Is Brilliant!"

Says the commentator of the Toro's National Division II Soccer Final game. We think he's pretty brilliant as well -- especially since he is my nephew! My sister Della, husband Richard, two of their kids Mike and Julie along with his Aunt Mickie got to go to Tampa Florida to cheer on the team this weekend. They won their semi-final game on Friday which made them eligible for the TV aired finals today (Sunday!). We TiVo'd the game and saw as much as we could before our 1pm church and then had Mary Alice, kids & Mom join us after church to recap and see the final 3-0 score! He was named MVP of the final tournament. So cool to be able to see him on TV!! Way to go Kev!!!! For more info and action photos go to:

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Day!

We had 27 here for dinner. We set up three tables in the front room and had a group in the kitchen who was under 16. (Does that sound better than the kid table?)
It all starts with a bird . . . (a very tasty one too!)
The buffet is open. The kids got in line first and took all the carged meat! Good thing there was another roasted breast of turkey in the roaster.

After dinner . . . and where is Della, Mary Alice, Carolyn & Donna?
In the kitchen dealing with the leftovers and dishes!
Meet Isis, Darren's girlfriend. She is darling (and brave for facing a group of 27 Moore's!)
The Gallaugher's (and Isis). Kevin can't shave until the National Soccer Playoff tournament in Florida - it's a tradition.
The Grosdidier's - and Larry's brother Ken and his son Forrest (who is getting out the door with another piece of pie!) Good for him!!!
Mom and her girls.
Us - The Schauers.
(Aunt Elfriede got out the door without a picture. We sure enjoyed her joining us).
The Kellers - Kelsey made it out for dessert and we saved her a plate. There was tons of food!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

College Roommates - A Special Bond

Brenda Torsak, Sharon Kellilliki and I got together this week for a very sad occassion. Brenda's Dad passed away and Sharon came down from Utah for the funeral. The three of us haven't been together since college. Sharon lost her father just two weeks prior so now the three of us continue to live the legacy our extremely wise and insightful fathers have left us with. I know we all think we are our Daddy's little girl even to this day. Our Dads were the kind of Dad who made us all feel that way.

Not the best picture by far of us back at Ricks College (not BYU Idaho). We are out front of our Normandy Apartments (which I beleive are still standing!) Brenda lives in Ramona and we have gone camping together as families. We all try to keep in touch with annual Christmas cards at the very least! As Megan gets ready to leave for college next year, I hope she meets some amazing friends and has great roommates like I did.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Santa Came Early!

We are now the proud owner of this food storage orgnizer! It retails for over $400 and we got it used for $50. (It front loads so you can keep your food in expiration order.) I received an email from a friend in our ward asking if I'd help out a friend by letting people know it was for sale. I told him sure . . . . as soon as I checked it out for myself. It has hardly been used and the people selling it were downsizing into a mobile so no garage space. (I'm sure my friend in our ward had no idea what a deal this was otherwise would have taken advantage himself!!) Eric went with me to check it out, we loaded it up and was sweet to help me figure out how to customize it for our cans. (A very tedious process for sure!!) We then had to make room in the garage. Ideally this would go in a basement but for now this is the best we can do. (Once again, no camera so this picture is taken from the internet). What a deal . . . . what a blessing!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

We're Sign Waving!!! YES on 8!!!!

If you would have told me 20 years ago that we would be defending marraige between a man and a woman I wouldn't have believed you. This whole experience has been UNBELIEVABLE! We have been heavily involved doing our part to protect marriage. I'm NOT a political person and seeing how the oposition has behaved during this campaign only reaffirms how much I dislike politics. But there comes a time when you have to take a stand to protect yourselves from having your rights taken away from you.
Every political commerical the opposition has come out with has been distorted and twisted with disception and lies. (Sound famaliar??) Our signs have been destroyed, graffied, stolen, we have been cursed at, objects thrown at us and we've been called intollerant and bigots. UNBELIEVABLE! Who's not being tolerant here?
Statistics have shown that grass-roots efforts previal! Being involved with our Stake Point Person has shown me every step of the effort. It's been overwhelmingly amazing! I'd love to know how many thousands of hours have been spent on protecting marriage. A battle worth fighting for!! Never before has the scriptures spoken more clearly to us about our times. How blessed we are to have a modern day prophet to lead and direct us. We have done our best to fight this battle and we hope it is a victory. Every vote counts and we need every YES vote out there!

Arrow of Light

Jason earned his Arrow of Light! Our Stake did a special ceremony that includes his crossing the bridge into Boy Scouts. Each family decorates their own plaque and Jason got a ton of compliments on his. So now we are just waiting for "Mom" to graduate from Cub Scouts as Webelo leader!! We're proud of you Jason!!! Next step . . . Eagle! Okay . . . so there's a few more steps in between!

Wicked! - What A Great Family Outing!!

For Jason's birthday, he actually missed football practice and we took the family to see Wicked. It is leaving in January so we'd figure we'd better not wait too much longer. What's crazy is that we left for Hollywood without any tickets! We tried to win the front row lottery (and of course we didn't!) and were hoping on discounted seats in the house. Luckily there were and we got $65 Orchestra seats for $45. We saved about $180 is theater fees, ticketmaster fees and discounts by taking this risk!

EVERYONE in the family enjoyed the play!! "I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER" and this family memory has been quite "POPULAR" that is sure to "DEFY GRAVITY" and will last forever!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Meet Boomer!

The kids have been really missing having a pet since we lost Bandit. Della has been keeping us posted when she has come across a really cool cat. Mom & I went to take Della to lunch for her birthday and we went over to the Animal Hospital to check him out. He's adorable and looks alot like Bandit. It took us 5 days to come up with a name we all agreed upon. Boomer is pretty active, (but then again Bandit was a fat cat and this is a 4 month old kitten), quite skiddish (he's lived most of his life in a cage) and thinks my candle room is one giant cat toy just for him! We all love Boomer!!

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Jason's a Bronco!

Football season is offically here! We're a Charger Family, huge BYU Cougar fans, our high school mascot is Nighthawks, yet Jason is a Bronco with Jr. All American Football (very similiar to Pop Warner).

His colors are blue and gold which are the colors of our High School Rival, Vista. There are about 6 boys on their team who wear their team jerseys to school on Fridays. They get some odd looks as you would expect Nighthawk colors which are Red & Black. Of course these boys say they are switching High Schools.

He is on a team with two of his friends from church, Tanner and Justin and they are having a blast! Jason plays center and defensive tackle. He got the game MVP medal on Saturday which was very exciting! Justin plays 2nd string QB and Receiver and Tanner plays Defensive Tackle. His coach says if these three boys keep playing they will no doubt be playing varsity early on in High School. All three boys show a lot of heart and ability.

Megan took these pictures for a scrapbook assignment she had. I'll get some game photos blogged later on. (My good camera died so I'm using an old one with poor resolution until I can get it replaced).

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Megan's 18th Birthday!

I'm sure she won't forget this birthday! Being on a Saturday she got to take some friends, (Rachel, Rebekah & Katelynn) to see Sugarland at the LA County Fair. (Mom and Dad got to come too!). Brandon decided to start her day off my postering her inside her room. So when she woke up to being 18 she had this wall of poster in her doorway! Megan couldn't beleive he made this himself . . . but he did! What a good brother!! Madison & Jason got in on the act as while we were at the fair, they all three TP'd her room. They even wrote "I 'heart' U" on the wall with TP. Very cute -- just a little annyoing to take down at 1 am -- but then again when isn't cleaning up TP annoying???

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