Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mom and Dale Wedding!!

I am so excited and happy for these two! They finally tied the knot after over 40 years, and couldn't be happier! I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of their happiness. After their private ceremony, we had a fun reception with friends and family at the Spaghetti Factory in Seattle. We all ate and chatted, reminisced and cried, had some yummy cake, and laughed hysterically. It was wonderful!!! :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Utah Trip

For the last week of summer, we decided to take the long drive down to Utah to visit some friends and family. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about taking the long drive with all of the kiddos. About 13 hours in the car is a long time for two six year olds and a two year old! :) But I have to say, these adorable kids did amazing!!! We drove through the night on the way down, and the boys did not wake up once. Miss E woke about every two hours, but once I pulled over and held her for a few minutes, she was ok again and went back to sleep. I was extremely thankful. 
Once we made it to Tawna and Stuart's home, the kids automatically went off in their separate directions with their cousins, laughing and jumping around like crazy! They were so excited to see their friends, and I love that they always pick up right where they left off. :)
During the whole week we also played a game, searching for all of the license plates from the 50 states. The boys were so excited the whole week to look at just about any car and truck we passed. And I am happy to announce, our family found 47 out of 50 states!!! All we were missing was Rhode Island, Louisiana, and West Virginia. I can't believe how much fun we had with it also!! I love the little things that bring our family closer!
On our first full day, Tawna showed us around their town which has a beautiful lake in the middle of their community. The kids loved it. We walked around, sat on the dock and put our feet in the water, looked for geocaches, and just loved hanging out with our Auntie! 
 Day two was spent pulling Kiana out of school and playing hookie! We went to this amazing waterpark with her and our family, and had a blast for the entire day!!! The kids absolutely loved this place, they never wanted to leave!!! They also had a huge waterslide that Kiana, Teage, and Dylan kept going down over and over again. What a fun day!!
 Day three was full of fun and laughter with family and friends. We hung out with baby Damon for hours, making him laugh hysterically. My kids adored him, and Emery kept wanting to hold his hand. It was pretty adorable. That night, Teage and I were blessed to be able to go on a date with our buddies that now live in Utah, the Atkinsons and Krista! We had sushi and went to the temple in South Jordan, pretty much the most amazing night ever!

Day four was filled with beautiful temple square. It was a gorgeous sunny day, the kids had fun running around, looking at all of the flowers and the temple, and we ate at the famous Lion House Restaurant. Definitely worth the wait! :)

While we were there, we took some fun pictures of the family, and some of Teage and Tawna. We wish that we lived closer to these guys, we sure miss them!
The other amazing thing that happened was when we went to the statue of Jesus in the visitor's center. At the very top of a windy hallway is a large marble statue of Christ that is absolutely beautiful! I was a little worried that Emery would be a bit scared, since she usually doesn't like statues or anything that she doesn't know and is bigger then her. But the minute she saw Jesus, she went straight up to him and all she wanted to do was touch his foot. She stood there, for almost 15 full minutes, not saying much, just looking up at him and touching him. It was so beautiful to watch, I absolutely loved the moment.

Day five was a day for looking back. We made the drive up to Portage, Utah where my Parkinson side of the family is from. I used to spend a few weeks every summer there with my Dad, aunts and uncles and cousins. It is one of my very favorite places in the world, even though it is out in the middle of nowhere. The kiddos and I visited my Grandparents and found some of the other headstones where my ancestors are buried. It was very special for me to have my family there. Afterwards, we found a hot springs pool and swam the rest of the day before heading back to Salt Lake. 
 Day six was a ton of fun! We hung out with adroable Baby Damon again, and then went out to Park City with our buddy Kenley from college. And it was SO MUCH FUN!! They have this huge luge type slide that is open during the summer, and all of us went down! We travelled up the ski lift, was able to take in the beautiful scenery, and then slid down quickly with the kids on our laps. All of us had a blast! I was worried the kids were going to be scared, but both the boys asked if they could go again the minute they were done! It is definitely going to be something we do again!

 And of course, there was the trampoline!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  Day seven was all about family. We went back up to the lake and Uncle Stuart taught the kiddos how to fish. They loved it!!!! They were so patient and were a bit disappointed when they didn't end up catching anything. :) We had fun though!
That night we were able to hang out with some of the Christensen extended family, my father-in-law's sister, Aunt Bonita, and many of her children. We always love being able to spend time with them! Sweet Aunt Bonita made yummy dessert and we had a big picnic with all of our extended family!! :)
 The day we left, we first went to church with the Christensens and Pippins and had the opportunity to see Baby Damon's blessing. What a special day, and special little boy. Brook did such a wonderful job at the blessing, we were all crying by the end! After the blessing, Brook and Susie had a fun picnic to celebrate. All of us ate a ton, had fun with the cousins, and said our tearful goodbyes before climbing back into our minivan to head home. Unfortunately, the journey home wasn't as much fun as the one there, but still not too terribly awful. I sure love these kiddos, and am so thankful we were all able to all go to Utah together as a family. We relaxed, had so much fun with friends and family, and were able to just take a breath and enjoy each other for a while. And were were blessed and protected on the way there and back...... I couldn't have asked for anything more. 
Thank you Tawna and Stuart, and Brook and Susie!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This Little Miss

I just heard "Nana Nana Boo can't catch me!!!!" come out of this little missy's mouth. Oh boy, what else have the boys taught her!! :)

Monday, September 9, 2013


These two are a little obsessed lately! So Daddy surprised them with a little gift for the new school year. Can you guess what they are??? :)

Summer Fun

This summer went by WAY too fast! At the very beginning of the summer, the boys and I set out some calendars and decided what we really wanted to do this year. They had some amazing ideas! We put together their ideas, mine and Teage's, and some other buddies' and had some great thoughts put to paper for the summer. And I have to say, we truly did most of them! We had way too much fun and made lots and lots of memories. It was really special for me as well, because this was the last summer before the boys went off to full day school. I loved having so much fun with my kiddos!!! Sun, fun, water, friends, trips, and so much more! I love my kids so much!!!

 These three loved to get all of their blankets and pillows, pull them down the stairs, grab some books, and put them all in the middle of the kitchen while I was cooking dinner. I absolutely love how the boys read to Emery, they are so patient and loving towards her.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

On Field Experience

For the boys' birthday this year, Teage and I decided to take them on a pretty amazing on-field experience with the Mariners! We were able to sign them up through the Mariner Kids Club, and on the day before their birthday, we were able to go to the game early and be on the field during Mariner batting practice. It was such an amazing experience!!! I think I may have been even more excited then the boys! :)
All of us had a special Guest pass, and stood right outside of the Mariner batting box for almost a full hour. We saw so many of the Mariners up close, saw them chatting with one another and having fun, hitting home runs, etc. What an amazing day we had. It was truly a surreal experience, and one that I know I will remember for a long long time!!!

D and L Birthday!

These amazing buddies turned 6 at the end of June. It is hard for me to imagine that it was six years ago they were just tiny little babies, waking up every two hours and crying constantly. :) They have grown and learned so much, I have especially seen them expand in their learning in the last few years. They love to read, do math problems, workbooks, etc. They are always playing, asking questions, being curious....I love it!
The boys had a fairly low key day on their actual birthday this year. They decided they wanted breakfast for dinner, so that is exactly what they got! Some pancakes, eggs, bacon, and of course cake for dessert. What could be better, right?? 

 Then for their friends' party, they of course wanted a baseball theme. :) They were able to invite some friends over, have a big baseball game, play some other fun games, eat some cupcakes and hot dogs, and laugh their heads off. One of their favorite parts of the day was rolling down the hill with their buddies and giggling hysterically. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and we loved seeing the kiddos so happy. :)
I tried my hand at a cupcake "cake" in the shape of a glove. It was fun to do, though I am not sure it turned out fabulously! :)

 I am so proud of Dylan and Lucas, and the little men they have become. They are both so kind and generous, so sweet with their sister and friends, and so helpful to me. I am so grateful to be their mother.....I love them so very much!!!

Happy Birthday D and L!!!!!!!!!!