Spring Break 2015: Utah!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

For spring break, I got brave and took all 4 kids to Utah! It was a wonderful trip. I love the empowering feeling of being on an adventure with my kids. I feel like the kids are better behaved and are fulfilled by these adventures, too. 

 Charlie boy taking a snooze buried in his blankie

We took so many versions of this photo, trying to find the right one. We stopped by McDonald's and Jamba Juice for breakfast in Roseville on our way out.  

This is a cherished moment the kids talk about years later. We stopped at the Salt Flats and ran around. It was a unique experience for me because I remember calling out to the kids to come back, but there was literally nothing for the sound to bounce off of, and my voice seemed to get absorbed into the air. It was so very quiet! 

Brady bottled up some of the salt to bring home with him. 

At the Bean Museum with cuz Spencer 

We met Uncle Mike for lunch at the BYU Museum of Art cafe 

Testing out my new selfie stick I bought at the MOA gift shop, my favorite little store! 

We met up with the Haderlies, our friends from Chiropractic school. I adore this picture, look at all of these cuties! 

The new Provo City Center Temple...under construction and almost done! 

Bruges Waffles on Center St 

Playing basketball at the Fox's in the rain 

Swimming at the Provo Rec Center, the kids' favorite 

Just outside of the BYU Bookstore. Charlie was all bundled up and was having a bit of a tantrum! Big brother was a good helper. 

It is our family tradition to take our kids to a session of General Conference when they turn 8. We hoped to get into the Saturday afternoon session, but we didn't luck out with standby tickets. But, we did get to enjoy it sitting on the grass at Temple Square. We stopped by Deseret Book too.

 This was a highlight for us!  Meeting John Bytheway and getting his signature on his new book about getting answers to prayers and developing a testimony. I ended up sharing a lot of what he wrote with our young women. It is excellent!

Waiting in the Tabernacle, hoping to get into the session. 

I spotted the Pothier family whose blog I have read for years. I introduced ourselves and said how much I loved her blog and also told her how we were doing her "Daughters of God" program with our YW. They were so sweet and friendly!

Aunt Sarah took the kiddos on a hike up the Y. All of the kids were so awesome, especially Lucy!

March & April 2015

Monday, November 14, 2016

Partying at Chick-Fil-A and getting some seriously awesome Spiderman face paint!

Lucy's class had an etiquette feast in her class (a Montessori tradition). It was fun to come help!

Talk about lucky kiddos!

Lucy and Sophia

It was arts and crafts time for Brandon as he sketched his master plans for our backyard

Getting gardening tips from Jeff Keay

 We all gathered together for my Grandma's 96th birthday, and we couldn't let an opportunity pass to paint her nails. She ALWAYS had them painted. She told me she used to paint them every 2 days!

I'm not sure who took this picture of Baxter, but seriously, he's a character.

Playing Animal Jam while FaceTiming cousin Ella. These kids are too funny.

My dad's birthday card for Brady boy

For his birthday dinner, Brady chose to go to Red Lobster (of course). It was a MAJOR feast.

Rich took Brady deep sea fishing in Monterey for his birthday. Brady had the best time!

Catching lizards just like her bros

 2/3 kiddos asleep on me

Now we got a full house :)

A temple trip with my young women leaders...I was SO lucky to serve with such incredible women.

Trying on classes at Target and text Jess to see which she liked best.

Charlie + Addison...I have always thought they are like little twinners!

The boys' favorite book "The Book With No Words", especially this page, which Charlie kisses because he loves it so much. 

 Kara received a Crystal Apple Award, an award given to exceptional teachers, voted on by LDS youth.

My Dad's birthday card to Brando. Happy 35th Babe, love those eyes!

Tying flies at his workshop in the garage

 Lucy working hard at our Mormon Helping Hands service project

Peeing in the garage...

We planned an activity at the temple with our young women, love these girls!