Sunday, July 29, 2012
Because William's brother Joseph was in town it was the perfect time for a family reunion. Joe had requested a trip to Bear Lake so we started there. These two are pretty cute in their hats.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
It has been a busy week for us! William's younger brother came to town from Texas and stayed with us for a few days.
They have three adorable kids, all of which we adored playing with. Perry was especially popular. We haven't been around a baby in a really long time.
Little cousins, big monument.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Last weekend my group of friends whom we call The Women's Shelter took our group on the road and ran away from home. We went up to Sarah's beautiful condo in Park City. I'm not sure I have ever stayed in a hotel that makes me feel as spoiled as her condo does. We talked for three days straight. We never turned on a radio or television. We rarely even cracked a book, which for this group is saying something. By Saturday night we were all getting hoarse from talking so much. It was awesome.
One of the few things we stopped for was to go to dinner one night and to go to the Deer Valley Summer Music series in which the Utah Symphony performed at salute to Michael Jackson. As children of the 80's it was perfect. Even if the singer was a bit cheesy. We had a great time. This is most of the group. Christine is behind Circe so you can't see her. I have a picture Jennie texted me of the whole group but I am too dumb to get it off my phone. Oh, and they are not making faces, a couple of them were singing along when I took the picture.
It was a truly great weekend. These women strengthen and bless me in so many ways. We ate, laughed, cried, advised each other, attempted to solve all the world's problems and planned our old age. Circe posted some of our words of wisdom. These are the ones I emailed myself so I wouldn't forget them mixed with the ones that Circe posted on her blog.
You have three seconds to change your thought process-Christine
As fun as it to complain about things there are things that are more fun.Sarah
We teach our children to contribute more than we consume-Can't remember Tiffany?
Remember to ask kids how they know I love them. What is their love language?Jen
We're having Shelter Time Warp -Michelle
There is such a thing as too much ABBA. -Sarah
The atonement can change history. -Tiffany
3 cups flour, half tsp yeast, tsp salt, 1.5 cups water. Let sit overnight. -Tiffany.
Who I am is why your life works. -Jennie
Put some paint on your brush and start! -Tiffany
I can hardly wait for next year!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
William and I just finished up touring the local parade of homes last weekend. As usual there were some fun decorating ideas I don't want to forget so this post is mostly for me. Some of my favorite things were:
The return of wallpaper! Wish my husband would let me do this. He is afraid of the inevitable day when I would change my mind, cause let's face it, I do that. Love this color combo.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I don't think I have mentioned it but at the beginning of the summer the kids and I made a big list of things we thought we could do this summer that would result in this being the most fun summer ever. It is about 60 items long and we are about half way through. And it has been a lot of fun.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Her day started with gooey chocolatey bars for breakfast since we were saving the cake for the day we celebrated with Grandma and Grandpa.
Then finally a few days later it was cake with Grandma and Grandpa!Since she is my kid through and through of course Brittany thinks decorating the cake is as much fun as eating it so the kid decorated her own cake. Isn't it cute? It was a fun birthday celebration. Hopefully Brittany had as much fun as the rest of us. Love you Bug!
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
I love the Fourth of July. For several reasons. It makes me nostalgic. It was the first date William asked me on 23 (seriously? how can this be?) years ago. We saw Dead Poets Society and then went to the same K town fireworks we take our kids to now. I love that it is a holiday that has such consistent traditions that are relatively easy to pull off. All that time I spend getting ready for Christmas? The shopping, crafting, baking, wrapping etc? It really doesn't create a better memory than the one I always hope for on the Fourth. The one were we all end up piled on a blanket together, safe and happy watching fireworks.
So here is one of our traditions. Every year I take four bottles of paint, a paint brush, a water bottle and a paper towel and we paint faces while we wait for the parade. Rules are it has to be those colors and within my abilities. Preferably patriotic. Matthew's flag.
Well, it is after midnight now. The Fourth is officially over for another year. But it really was as Matthew put it, "one of our best ones ever". That is why I had to stay up late and write this down. Because today was practically perfect and let's face it not all days are. Someday I may need to remember this perfect day in detail. Because today I have it all. My family, who are all here and healthy. My home, community and friends. And this beautiful country. Yep, I am truly blessed.
Monday, July 02, 2012
Sunday, July 01, 2012
that post. Josh was too little to get to participate last time. Time is going so, so fast. I hate it. So I guess we will make memories while we can!