Monday, April 24, 2017

Easter Sunday and the Many Egg Hunts

We had a wonderful Easter this year! Ben got Friday off, so we used it to go to a nearby park and play. The kids had a great time and it was perfect weather. We brought along some snacks and had a little mini-picnic. Ryan loved the little tunnel.

 Jamie and April like it when they can find a picnic table just their size.

 A roly-poly bug Daddy found! 
 We walked to this little pond nearby and watched the ducks swim around. It was a little bright outside. Hahaha.
 On Saturday our ward Primary threw an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos! Jamie and April had a blast.

 Ryan enjoyed being outside and sitting with me.

 On Easter Sunday the girls got all dolled up in the beautiful dresses Grandma Millie got for them. We had to do a mini-photo session because they just looked too cute.
 I think this one shows the girls' personalities the best. Hahaha.

 We had our home teacher literally take six different photos of our family, and this was the best of the batch. Hahaha. Hard to get everyone looking AND smiling at the same time.
 After church we headed over to my mom and dad's house for another Easter egg hunt!

I felt like this Easter was our best one yet! We had a nice Easter dinner together as a family and spent a lot of time reflecting and thinking about the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for the Gospel and all the wonderful blessings we enjoy!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Adrienne and David Get Hitched

Ben, Ryan, and I got to visit Utah a few weeks ago for my sister Adrienne's wedding! Ryan was perfect in the airport and on the plane. He loved eating Grampi's food before we took off.
The gorgeous bride and handsome groom. Their sealing was so beautiful!
Ben and I finally got a decent pic of the two of us outside the temple.
Mom and Ryan
 Me and my sisters and brother.
 All the bridesmaids/sisters and sisters-in-law.
 I have to say I was grateful that my sister picked such beautiful bridesmaid dresses. There was a wedding right before hers where the girls were wearing pink tutus. I will be forever grateful that Adrienne did not make me wear a pink tutu on her wedding day.
 We're so happy that David has joined our family! The happy couple with my mom and dad.
 Me and the beautiful bride.
 The wedding party.
 They did it!!!
 Everyone who was there for the wedding on both sides.
 It was a cloudy day, but really perfect weather for pictures!
 My brother Grant and his fiancee Hailey. They're set to get married in June.
 Alli and I making model faces.
 Natalie, me, Alli, and my mom.
 Got to hang out with these two cool ladies. Lots of good memories with these two.
 Our family minus the girls. Grandma Cynthia was taking great care of them in Texas.
After the sealing at the Bountiful temple and the luncheon, we headed to the reception center where we chowed down on crepes and cheesecake.
Ryan was enjoying all the attention he was getting from everyone.
It's not very often that he has Mommy and Daddy all to himself!

The day after the wedding we visited with Ben's cousins Chris and Esther. They have four kids, and their baby girl and Ryan are just a few weeks apart.

Me, Ryan, Esther, Cosette, and Elise.
After breakfast Ben went on a hike with Natalie's husband Trevor and Ben's friend Jacob. They hiked the Y in Provo.

Our trip was so fun, and we really enjoyed all the time we got to spend with family and friends. Until next time, Utah!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Alli's Disney Concert, New Pics, and Our Trip to Dallas!

 My sister Alli is in her senior year of high school, and she is amazing. She does pretty much every extracurricular there is, and also has a job at Panda Express, and goes to seminary, and has an incredible voice. Jamie and I went on a Mommy-daughter date to go and hear Alli sing at her Disney choir concert. She was awesome! We loved hearing all of the songs, and Jamie was so excited to watch Alli sing "Almost There" from "Princess and the Frog". We sure love Alli, and we are going to miss her so much when she leaves for college in the fall!
 Jamie and April in their super cute church dresses. As a mom, sometimes you just have to snap a pic before they get all sticky and their hair gets all crazy.
 April really wanted to blow bubbles the other day, so we got out all the bubble wands and had a blast. Jamie resisted at first, but ended up joining in on the fun.
 Love this shot of April mid-bubble.
 Sometimes Jamie and April really do adore each other. 
 Ryan will be 8 months old on Thursday, and he is getting to be a lot more smiley and happy than before. He is such a little cutie.
 We took a road trip to Dallas on President's Day weekend, and it went surprisingly well! The girls watched a movie and then slept, and Ryan slept THE ENTIRE TIME. Ben and I were shocked. It was our first attempt at a road trip longer than an hour with him, and we were so happy he did so well. One of the things the girls love best about going to Dallas is getting to play with all of Ben's dinosaurs that he had when he was a little boy. April was coming up with all kinds of funny names for them. This dino pictured was, "Edid." Lol
 We brought our fun family game, "Big Picture Apples to Apples" that Grami got us for Christmas. The girls want to play it every chance they can get.
 In Dallas we went to lunch at Jason's Deli with Ben's mom. The girls loved the free ice cream cones!
 We also got to spend some time with Ben's Grandma Millie and Grandpa Dean. We enjoyed our visit with them so much. They are so sweet and fun to talk to. The kids loved the grapes and "2 bite cupcakes" Millie and Dean brought for them to snack on.

 There is a really cool duck pond not too far away from where Ben's Mom Cynthia lives, so we went there to attempt to feed the ducks some Cheerios. Apparently they don't like those, because we kept throwing them in the water and not a single duck ate one. Oh well. Guess bread is the grain of choice.
 Finally got a pic of us. I never remember to take any because I'm always the one behind the camera!
 Ryan looking adorable. I love this cheesy smile.
 April with Ben's dad Daniel. We went to the park in his neighborhood and the kids loved it! Anywhere they can go to climb and swing is heaven for them.

 I promise April is not picking her nose in this pic! Lol
 We went on a walk and there were a lot of bridges to cross. No trolls though. Not as far as we could tell . . .

We really enjoyed our visit to Dallas and the kids were perfect on the road trip back! Visiting family is always so fun and everyone had an awesome time.