Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The night before Devin set a trap to catch a leprechaun and left him green food. He left him a note that said something like, "Want some good food? Come here." Anyways, it was cute. Should have taken a picture.

The leprechaun came and turned over furniture, turned all our pictures upside down, turned the milk green and left a bucket of green goodies. Didn't get a picture of that either. The kids thought it was hilarious and loved their buckets.  



 I made rainbow pancakes for breakfast.
 
I made these treats for them for after school.
  Some years I really get into making holidays super fun. Other years (like this year) I kinda dread it. It has just been so busy and I've been stressed about multiple things. But I force myself to still make these days special because I know they love it. And they are worth it! 



Thursday, March 12, 2015

February

A few other pictures and videos from February 
Devin playing basketball at the park with Jared. He is so excited for his season to start this week.





Doing puzzles



 Baptism photo session with Ashton
Playing in snow on our way home from the funeral...
Adalynn thought it was too cold.
We've been married since 2001. This has been our tool box up until now! Can you say Ghetto!
 And the new tool box...I love it! Everything is organized and has it's place.
 Last month we painted our garage. We wanted a light gray, but it looks white. Jared really wanted a Seahawks door. It took a while getting used to it, but I like it. (Man, against the white walls, the floors seem so gross! And that mat?! Yikes)
  This was what Lyla wanted from the gas station
Took the kids to the SpongeBob movie. Just as I expected, it was dumb.

Green Fun Dip
The kids doing yoga with Jared.
This is Sadie's friend Crosby. I dog sit for Brittney when they are out of town and she has now watched Sadie twice. It is SO nice having a place for the dog to go when we go out of town!

Devin and Landon--  I heard Star Wars music and I looked outside and this is what I saw. These boys crack me up!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Books

The latest books! 
(Two road trips to Utah this month gave me plenty of time to read! So grateful I do not get car sick when I read).

The Rent Collector
I've been hearing people recommend this book for a while. I liked it. I think everyone should read this--it sure puts things into perspective and made me grateful for everything I have. 

The Selection, The Elite, The One 
I'm not sure why I chose these books...I think someone recommended them, but it was basically the bachelor (the TV show) set in a utopian type society. It was so cheesy!  

The All Girl Filling Station Last Reunion
 Cute book. The mom really annoyed me, but all the other characters I enjoyed! 

Where'd you go Bernadette
Super quirky book! I liked it. Not my favorite, but fun to read.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Heard a lot about this one as well. I enjoyed it.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Utah

We got to Provo a few hours early on Friday. Sean and Sam and the kids showed up and we all went to the Provo Temple, the Provo City Center Temple, and the Provo Historic Courthouse. I think this temple has to have one of the prettiest backdrops.






The new temple is still under construction. Can't wait for it to be finished. 
This is the historic courthouse across the street. Such an amazing building...the detail inside blew me away.









Friday, March 6, 2015

Grammy

Last weekend we were in Utah for Jared's grandma's funeral.  Grammy was such a sweet, fun woman. I have many memories of her from when we were first married and living in Provo. We really loved playing games at her house on Sunday and hanging out in her backyard.

After the funeral I started looking through pictures I had from when I made a book about Pam's (Jared's mom) life. Here are a few I wanted to share. 






Grammy, Gramps and all the siblings and their spouses (and kids on the bottom picture)

Grammy lived to 93. I know she must be so very happy to be reunited with Gramps.

This was taken while Grammy and Gramps were in New York serving as Mission President. Grammy served a total of 3 missions.
Fast forward a bit...This was at our wedding in 2001
2006
One of my favorite pictures!
Sending Aaron off to the MTC


I know I have more pictures...I know Lyla met Grammy and we took pictures of all three kids with her but I can't find it!

Back to the weekend...
We arrived in Provo Friday afternoon. We met Sean and Sam and visited both Provo temples. I'm going to do a separate post of those pictures.

Friday night was a dinner and played games. It was so fun seeing some of the cousins. Some people we haven't seen for years. We were also able to meet a few new members of the family.

This was everyone that was able to make it.  Pretty awesome posterity. 27 grandchildren. 52 great grandchildren.
Jared and I have been married almost 14 years and one thing I have always been so grateful for is his family. He has the most amazing family...I know Grammy has a lot to do with all these wonderful people.

All the cousins missing represented with a balloon.

Grammy loved ice cream. Hence, Chad posing by the ice cream machine. (I'm pretty sure my kids did not eat any real food for two days straight).
The next morning was the funeral. It was a beautiful "fun"eral....a celebration of her life. The life story and talks given by each of her children were perfect. Dave read a letter Pam had written to Grammy while on her mission, so in a way, even Pam spoke (her letter was so beautifully written, I'm so glad Dave read it) . The grandchildren sang as well as the great-grandchildren. The spirit was strong.

Even though it was cold at the cemetery I absolutely loved it. It was snowing just a little (which made it reverent and special in a way). Members of the American Legion were there to honor her military service. They folded and presented the family with an American flag, performed a 21 gun salute and played Taps on the bugle. That was something I had not experienced before. It was quite touching and one of my favorite parts of the day. After pictures, we headed back to the church for lunch.





I had to snap a picture of Grammy's marine outfit. This has a special meaning for me. Every year I taught Grammy would come into my class and share her experiences during WWII (that was part of our curriculum). She was always so funny and my students adored her. It's one of my fondest memories of her.
Also...a very cool side note...Grammy was the first woman marine in Utah, Colorado and Nevada.
Isn't it wonderful that families are forever and we will all get to see this amazing woman again!?