October 24, 2015

A Day to Remember

Well, I suck at blogging.  That's the bottom line.  BUT I do have a few excuses up my sleeve, the main one being that I am once again preggo and about to pop.  We are due to welcome another sweet little girl into our family in exactly 24 days (but who's counting?).
 This pregnancy has been my hardest by far.  From extreme morning sickness for over 5 months to a placenta previa scare, let's just say we've been surviving and little else.  I feel like I've said that exact phrase on this blog many a time...anyway, we are getting very excited to meet our little girl.  I am in full-fledged nesting mode (hence the attempt to blog, I guess).  Besides organizing random drawers and cupboards, I am crafting up a storm and am currently working on a carseat cover and quilt for our new addition.  Yesterday some of my sweet friends here in Colorado threw me a little surprise shower which only increased my excitement to finally meet this little thing that has been keeping me up all night, every night.  

On top of my complete lack of energy the past few months, our computer took a tumble and was out of commission for some time.  In addition, most of my pictures from the past 10 months or so are missing.  I believe we will recover them eventually, I just haven't gotten around to doing so.  After looking at some old blog posts the other day, I've been inspired to give it a go once more, especially since our sweet little Tess is growing up so fast and I've hardly mentioned her at all here (instagram is another story). 

Though we've had a number of holidays, birthdays, vacations, etc that I've yet to blog about (most of those pics are missing anyway) I'll start back up with a special day from last June when our big-year-old Coley decided to be baptized... 
Cole had been looking forward to this day for some time, probably since the day Wyatt was baptized.  He was very excited to become a member of the church, to be washed free from sin and to receive the Holy Ghost.  However for some reason, he was especially excited to be able to raise his hand and officially participate in the ward sustainings/vote of thanks.  

We snapped a few pre-baptism pictures of Cole in our front yard looking pretty darn dapper...
He begged me to end the photo-torture with that one short session and I begrudgingly complied.  Looking back I really wish I would have made him let me snap some more, but at least I captured that adorable grin...
We were so grateful to have some of our family members come from so far away to support our special boy on his special day. Of course I totally spaced taking pictures of those who came, but we did have most of them write a sweet message to our Coley...
Grandma Lisa and Grandpa Monte, Aunt Montell and Aunt Caity, and little cousin Mak flew in that morning.  Aunt Lisa with her two girls, Ellie and Scarlett, drove all the way from Kansas City and Grandpa Lynn, Grandma Patty, and Uncle Mikey drove in from Utah.  Cole was thrilled.

His baptism day was such a great day.  Cole was baptized by his Dad, whom everyone decided looked quite a bit like the original John the Baptist.
 Cole adores John to a fault and I could see the love and pride in his sweet little gaze all throughout the day.  I am so grateful to have a husband worthy of all that admiration, whom our children love and respect...
Aunt Lisa gave a wonderful talk on the Holy Ghost and Wyatt spoke on the Baptismal covenants.  Both talks were SO SO wonderful.  After everyone had filed out of the church and only Cole and I remained, he looked up at me and said, "Mom, I feel really really special."  I am so grateful for the love and support of our family, friends, and ward members who helped make his day so memorable.

After snapping a few more family pics (none of which everyone present was actually aware of the camera)...
...we headed home for more pics, a BBQ, presents for Cole, and lots of visiting with family.
Everyone was so impressed with and proud of Cole.  His testimony is simple, yet so very sweet.  He knows he is a child of God and has no doubt that God loves him and answers his prayers.  Whenever anything goes array, he is always quick to kneel and ask for help with perfect faith that his prayer will be answered.  He is a great source of joy to everyone who knows him and I am so very proud to be his mother.  We love you Cole and are so happy you are ours.

June 17, 2015

On Our Way to the Grand Canyon - Part 1

As I've looking through all of the things I need to blog about, I've realized how truly important it is to journal.  That is, if you want to remember anything.  I am absolutely struggling to remember the details of an awesome family vacation we took last Fall to the Grand Canyon.  I've had to ask each of the kids what they remembered and slowly the facts are coming back to me.  Here's to hoping I don't wait over half a year before writing about our next family vacay.

I've always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, so last September we decided to pack our bags, cram our family into the good old SUV and road trip our way there, making lots of stops along the way.
First up?
The Rose Ranch Resort in Marysvale, Utah.
After stretching our legs,,,
We hopped on a couple of ATV's...
...and spent the day exploring the gorgeous Piute Trail...
The weather was fantastic and the wildlife and changing leaves did not disappoint in the least...
Tessa was a total angel the whole day and laughed and laughed her way through the bumpy ride...well as long as Mama held onto her sweet little hand that is.
She even ended up falling asleep as we explored the old mines...
After winding our way up and up and up some more, two things happened when we finally reached the summit.
1. We cheered and shouted, overcome by the majestic view.
2.  We shivered uncontrollably as the temperate abruptly dropped and the wind picked up incredibly.

I can't lie, the extreme weather as we rode near a cliff's edge had me panicking and ready to head down the other side immediately.  We snapped a few pics and were off.
The weather really was frightening.  Sweet Cole just reminded me that he prayed at the top for it to get warmer and his prayers were immediately answered as we descended the mountain...what a sweetie.  I love that he remembers that most from our fun day over nine months ago.

After an exciting day, the kids were content to be on the road again as we trudged on toward our final destination.
A few more hours in the car and we made it to Page, Arizona just before nightfall.  The kids were a bit stir crazy by then and extremely excited to see the beautiful Glen Canyon Dam...
Within minutes we were graced with a beautiful Arizona sunset, the perfect end to a near perfect day...
More road trip adventures to come...

May 26, 2015

Conversations of Late

Wyatt: "I think the grown up version of me is going to look a lot like Albert Einstein."

Mom: "Would you guys rather go to Disneyland or play on the escalators at the mall?"
All: "The Mall!!!"

Mom:  "At your new school, you can be anyone you want to be, it's like a fresh start."
Wyatt:  (As proud as can be without an ounce of self-deprecation) "Mom, I'm still gonna be a nerd."

Wyatt: "I'm pretty sure this balloon has cancer."

Macie: "I think my legs saw a black cat...They definitely have seven year's of bad luck."

Cole: "Can I do your workout video?"
Mom: "Why"
Cole: "Well I can't catch any of the girls at recess, I need to get faster."

Macie: "I don't want to go to primary, my teacher's face is all covered in wrinkles."

Wyatt: "I just popped my first zit and it was amazing!"

Macie: "Today a boy asked me to marry him so I ran away"
Mom: "Good job."
Macie: "I told Kaden if he was mean to me my brother's would beat him up."
Mom: "Why? What was he doing?"
Macie: "Oh nothing, I was just warning him."

Tessa: "Is snowy Mama!"