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.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Breakfast at The Grand


This morning was the day for one of our very favorite Christmas traditions, breakfast at The Grand hotel.  It is always so delicious and beautiful. 


We go with the Butler family and it is so fun to be together! 

This year we got to see Mr. and Mrs. Claus, all of the gorgeous windows, and the biggest gingerbread house ever.


 It was a beautiful, wonderful morning and we are so grateful to these two beautiful people for making it happen!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Halloween 2014

Another great Halloween has come and gone. We love Halloween! Not so much the scary or the gory but we are big on imagination and pretending to be someone else.

 
I got to help in Josh's class this year where his two buddies had also draws up as Avengers.
 
The next day, on Halloween,  we had no school! I wish this could be how Halloween worked out every year! Because there was no school some of the neighborhood girls planned a fun party. Again, the Avengers struck together.
 
That afternoon we all got ready for the annual Halloween party at the Dopps' house.

We love this party every year! It is laid back and fun, just like the Dopps! Lots of candy and seeing people we love, plus it is a fun place for us all to go dressed up! This year we again judged and presented the awards Brittany made.
 
This is where we get a shot of the whole family. Brittany was the Winter Solider, Matt was Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy, Josh was Captain America and William and I were the Marvel parents supporting them. This year we again judged and presented the awards Brittany made. It was so hard! Then we went home and Josh trick or treated with the Avengers. Matt went with s friend and Brittany went to a party
I can't believe how big my kids are getting but I an really grateful they still like to hang out with us!
 
I took a few pictures of some of our Halloween decorations before I put them away, just for posterity!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Annual pumpkin carving 2014

 
The Monday before Halloween we always carve pumpkins so that is what we were up to tonight. The kids have developed some great skills!
 
Josh had Dad's help creating a puppy 

 
Matt created a cool Spiderman. Brittany created a new form of Jack-o-lantern that involved wire and paint.  Then she tackled a second pumpkin covered in Mavel comic,it was so cool I wish it had been a fake pumpkin so we could keep it. We are ready for another Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Me at 43

Today I am 43. Wow, can't believe that! Since this blog has really become more of a family record I thought I would record a  bit about were I am in my life at this stage in the game.  My kids are at great ages,  15, 12 and 8. They are great kids! Of course we have our challenges while they are figuring out how to grow up to be great people and their dad and I are trying to figure out how to help. But they are fun, smart, good people who I really enjoy being with.  This is a good place to be at with kids.  William and I have been married for 21 years. Wow again! I can't believe those two nieve kids have made it this far! I wouldn't have believed it back then but I love and enjoy him even more than I did all those years ago.  Basically, I have everything I ever wanted. That is a humbling thing to realize.  The husband, family, home and life I dreamed of as a little girl are all mine.  How am I so fortunate? It is mostly because of the great husband I married.  He has worked so hard to provide and become everything I need. My extended family is close and healthy too. We enjoy each other and support each other. Life is beautiful and the Lord has blessed me in innumerable ways!
 
This weekend I am in Park City,  Utah with dear friends who also bless my life in so many ways. Three of us have birthdays this weekend so we are spending it together, having such a great time! We are leaving soon to go to a painting class, something none of us has ever done before.  Life is still full of great adventures and I am so grateful!