Sunday, October 04, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Brittany's Sweet Sixteen

Our oldest child turned sixteen! I can't believe it, she has become an amazing person and it all seems to have happened so quickly! So the was a lot of celebrating to be done!

 On Brittany's actual birthday she and I went to lunch and went shopping at City Creek on Salt Lake.  She discovered she likes lobster bisque at Zupas.

We had the Sorensons up for cake and ice cream on Sunday.

 Brittany had won a ticket to Hale theater so  she and I also went to see The Little Mermaid, it was amazing! Then it was time for the big sweet 16 party.

  We thought about it a lot and decided to do a murder mystery party. We had a great time working on the decorations and they turned out fabulous, if I do say so myself. Brittany made most of them though.

It involved dressing up from one of her favorites periods, the 50's and a roast  beef dinner which she also loves.

 Her friends all dressed up so cute and seemed to have a blast.

 After they were done they broke out the rest of Grandma's dress-ups and kept having fun.  Such great kids! I'm so grateful for Brittany and the amazing person she is.

Bear Lake 2015

Such a fun week at Bear Lake this year!

 The first day always involves getting right in the pool.

 This is Matt being the engine for his cousins and siblings.

 Grandma brought advanced coloring book which were really fun. Then we had a fantastic day at the beach,  lots of time on the jet ski and perfect weather. So I guess I didn't take pictures, I was too busy playing. 

 The second day was a little cloudier so we broke out the kites Grandma got from the dollar store. Who would have thought we could have so much fun with such cheap kites? 

We decided the family that flies kites together stays together!

 Brittany and Abby even took one out in the raft!

There was a cool storm that came up for a little while but it didn't last!
We didn't make as many sand sculptures as we usually do but these are the beauties that Uncle Nate and  Brittany made. 
Goodbye Bear Lake we love you! 
Until next year!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Josh turns 9!

Our baby Josh turned 9 this week! I can't believe it! 

We had a great party with his awesome friends.

They all came for cake and ice cream and then we spent the afternoon at Classic Skating. So much fun!  

Then his actual birthday was on Father's Day so we had a party for him and his dad.

  Brittany and Matt made him a Jurassic World cake, we had seen the new movie earlier in the week.  

It turned out awesome! 

 Brittany made an amazing stuffed guy from Minecraft called a creeper.

Brittany's Amazing Trek

Brittany had an amazing week last week.  She participated in our Stake Pioneer Trek. They were able to go to Martin's Cove, such a beautiful, special place.  She absolutely loved her family and the whole experience.  They had a river crossing,  she is in the green dress. Her trek brother took this amazing picture at night too. I am so grateful she had such a great week!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Spring Break 2015

This week has been a long awaited break! We planned to go to St. George and Zions National Park.  

First we started off with some sports. Matt had his first outdoor soccer game of the season which was fun and there was also some spontaneous basketball.

Monday we set off for St. George. I hate riding in the car that long but we had a lovely condo to stay in once we got there. We stayed at Sand Hollow resort and it was great. 

There are some huge rock formations we checked out after dinner since the kids love to climb. Even if the sign did say not to.  Whoops!

The next day we went to Zions.  Such a  spectacular place!

 Lots of fun hikes with great scenery.  Then came back and did a little swimming and are yummy Smashburger for dinner. 

Wednesday we were lazy.  We saw the movie Home, which was cute, played Legos and went to see my Uncle Dan and Aunt Carrie who live in St. George.

Dan took the boys on a four-wheeler ride and then the ultimate treat for Matt. He took him for a ride on his Harley. Then we stopped for the mandatory treats at Swig.
It was a great break from real life!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Matt and the Spelling Bee

Just like his sister before him, Matt participated in the spelling bee this year. These things stress me out so much! But he practiced hard and did really well! It included 7th and 8th graders and he finished fourth! Very proud of that smart kid!

Valentine's Day 2015

Well its been a few days but I feel like I should post some of the fun that we had here for Valentine's Day. Josh finally got the chance to make a big fancy Valentine's Day box for school. He wanted to make Iron Man. Of course his big sister helped, and we discovered spray paint was a much more fun way to paint such a big thing. It turned out awesome! 

For Valentine's day there were lots of balloons and heart-shaped treats! I think Valentines Day is such a fun day to show everyone how much I love them. And I received a note from Josh, apparently I'm covering all of his important needs!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

Such a fabulous Christmas we have had! This last week with the kids out of school has been great! We snuck a few extra holiday things in. Like walking around the light displays at the Laytin City Park. The kids had complained that we always drive through but never get out and walk around. So this time we did get out, and it was fun! But cold!

Then we had Christmas eve at Grandma's house. The kids we sitting so cosy on the loveseat I had to take their picture. Not that they cooperated. And had scary eyes.  Then we came home to our beautiful neighborhood. Two families prepped luminaries for everyone and it was so pretty!

Christmas morning! So fun! That blur is Matt running for his victory lap in the basement, he was pretty excited about the tablet Santa bright him. His siblings were pretty happy too.

That top left picture is the kids opening a family gift together. Like a Tazmanian devil got it! Brittany always makes a present fort around herself. Then we had a great, lazy day playing video games, putting Legos together and eating.
Such a lovely, beautiful day. It even snowed giving us a white Christmas! I'm so grateful for my fantastic family and my knowledge of my Savior's birth and sacrifice, especially on days like today.