Thursday, August 29, 2013


Two weeks ago, the dance class did Beauty and the Beast. Adalynn has been waiting for a princess and was so excited.

This week the theme was Olivia. I didn't think she was going to like it, but because they brought out the little trampoline, she loved it! She was also excited that Courtney AND Amelia were in her class.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Day of School

Two photos of the kids on the first day of school.
I'll post more later!

Friday, August 23, 2013


Last weekend we went camping with our friends, the Howards. It was the perfect escape from the heat and one last hurrah before school starts. We camped at Duck Creek, about 30 miles East of Cedar City, by Bryce Canyon.
We couldn't leave until later Friday, so Jared and Amy (Yeah, Amy's husband's name is also Jared. The kids call him Crazy Jared) were awesome and had everything set up for us once we arrived.

Adalynn and Courtney had so much fun together!  

Saturday morning we drove around and found a hike. It was short and easy. And the views were amazing.

After hiking we went to Navajo Lake. The kids got in the water for a bit.

After lunch, we took the kids fishing to a different lake.
Lyla was being a beast (sadly, she was pretty rotten all weekend, crying about every little thing), so I walked a ways and sat down here and she just fell asleep in my arms. It was so peaceful and beautiful.
About 10 minutes after Lyla fell asleep it started to rain...A LOT! And hail! We all started running back to the car (which was a bit of a walk) and by the time we got there we were all soaked and so dirty. The girls (Courtney and Addie) were freaking out and crying. And cold. But once we got back to our campsite, into dry clothes with some hot chocolate, everyone was happy again. Adalynn told us, "Today was not good. We got rained on, and we didn't even catch a fish!"

Sunday morning we packed up and decided to drive to Cedar Breaks before heading home.

It was such a fun weekend. We aren't big campers. But the kids and I loved it, I especially loved being in nature and being in 70 degree weather (versus the 108 it has been here this week). Also if you want to go camping, you really ought to go with Crazy Jared. He is our scout master, so he has it all figured out. Plus, he is one of the best cooks! We ate so well--breakfast, lunch, and dinner were like gourmet meals, not what you would expect from camping food. I'm telling you, he made us one of the best steaks I've ever had (with sautéed peppers, onion, and garlic). So we really lucked out going with them. Plus, it was just fun going with friends. I think this will have to be something we do at least once a year.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Three random photos.

At Town Square.
The sad thing is I was right there the whole time doing my hair and didn't even realize that she was doing this with my lotion. 
Who sleeps like this? Looks so uncomfortable.

Monday, August 19, 2013

St George

Jared had another deposition in St George, and this one was really short, so we went again. While he was in the deposition, I tried to find a fun little hike/stream I had heard about, but we never found it, so I took the kids to a park for a few hours then did a little shopping at the outlet mall. Then we picked up Jared. Devin told us he really wanted to go to the temple, so we did that first.

We went back to the rec center to swim and weas there for a few hours. Then we went to Pioneer Park for a bit--it was really hot, so didn't stay as long as last time.

We got a treat at Nielson's (so good!) then headed home. Another really fun day.

The Wedding

As soon as I downloaded all my photos from the wedding, I was kicking myself. I took so few pictures at the temple, I didn't even get one of James and Karrah! I know, right? I think a combination of the heat and being really tired didn't help. Anyways, I am excited to see the pictures the photographer took and hopefully get a few.

It was a really beautiful wedding and I am so happy for James and Karrah!