Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Winter turns to Spring

Well, here we are well into April and I haven't done any better about blogging! 
Our niece/cousin, Jillian got baptized the beginning of February.
In February we also went to the Provo City Center Temple Open House.  We brought my brother, Glen along too.  I feel very fortunate to be living near all these temples as they are built allowing our family to go through and see them each.  They have each been a wonderful experience.

 In March we celebrated Porter's birthday!  I can't believe my baby is 6.  He wanted a Captain America themed birthday.
 Stephen and I took him out for lunch at McDonalds while the older boys were still in school.
 I can handle decorating a cake when you just have to load m&m's on it. 
We celebrated Glen's birthday too!
The boys had fun wearing their St. Patrick's Day shirts that month too.
 Easter was also in March this year.  The boys were excited to get new ties and gifts.  I was asked to sing a solo in Sacrament Meeting on Easter.  Boy, was I nervous.  I haven't sang a solo since high school and was feeling quite rusty.  I practiced hard and prayed a lot that the spirit would be there no matter how I sounded.  I didn't sing it the best I could (I was too nervous).  I did have several people tell me they felt the spirit though, so my prayers were answered.  Hopefully I won't be asked to sing a solo ever again!  Haha. 

Stephen had the Thursday and Friday of Spring Break off so we decided to head to Vernal, Ut and check out the Dinosaur National Monument.  We had a great mini vacation.  The boys loved seeing all the dinosaur stuff and we had a lot of fun even though it was really cold.

That's what we have been up to (in a nutshell) the past couple of months.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It's 2016!

2015 was clearly not my year for blogging.  I don't know what happened.  I guess it is just easy to share things on facebook since I can do it directly from my phone. We'll see if I do a little better this year.

Tanner turned 8 in September and was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in October.  My sister Rosemary took pictures for us. 
 Stephen and Tanner ready to do some baptizing. 
 Tanner and I on his special day.
 The boys before Tanner's baptism.
 Our family on Tanner's baptism day
 In November we celebrated Thanksgiving with Stephen's family (minus Erin).  The day before though, we had a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with just the five of us.
 Thanksgiving day!
 Grandma knows how to keep the kids entertained.
 Feast time
 Turkey craft Aunt Mandy helped the boys do.
 We also finished reading The Book of Mormon as a family in December!
 We saw lights on Temple Square!
 We celebrated Christmas and Vance's birthday with his parents and sister, Kimberly before we headed to Washington.
 We got snow!
 We spent Christmas in Washington with my entire family! 
 Fun activities with Grandma Porter.
 First, though we had to celebrate Vance's 10th birthday!  He wanted an owl theme.
 Caroling.  (not pictured was Holly family)
 Christmas morning
 Excited kiddos.
 Our family on Christmas morning.
 We didn't do anything for New Year's, but take this picture and go to bed.  :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Blog Post, shamefully overdue...

I have been an awful blogger this entire year.  There is too much to post about in detail, but I have some pictures to share to sum up what we've been doing since March.  

 We visited Lego Americana in the mall with the Lego store.  It was real neat.
 The boys on St. Patrick's Day!
 We had a week full of activities when the boys were on Spring Break.  Here they are at one park. 
 Here they are at another park.
We celebrated Easter and had General Conference weekend at the same time.  The boys get a book and new stuffed animal for Easter with a little candy.

We enjoyed a few last trips to the Aquarium before our yearly pass expired.
 We loved the few times that we were in the shark tank alone.
 The boys enjoying the shark tank.
 My side of the family was able to get together for Glen and Rosemary's graduations from BYU-Idaho.
Our family in April 2015.
The boys and the graduates.
 With my siblings.
 Tanner participated in an opera with his class along with the 2nd, and 3rd grade P.A.L. classes.  He was Hansel and Gretel's father.  
 I celebrated my 32nd birthday.  Stephen made me this awesome origami quilt.
 Stephen and I being silly.
 My side of the family got together again for My Mom's college graduation the beginning of May.  Here are my parents with the boys.
 We had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Payson Temple Open House in May as well.

 It is a very beautiful temple!
 The boys and I on Mother's Day.  It was also my first week in my new calling as a Relief Society teacher.
 The boys on the last day of school.
Summer fun has begun.  Movies on Friday, Parables on Tuesday-Thursday.  Monday is kind of a freebie day so far we have walked to the library and played at the park and yesterday we had Stephen's birthday.
We went to Provo to see an Origami Exhibit.  It was a lot of fun.

 The boys at the park.
 Trying out the house built on a rock and sand for themselves.
 Stephen turned 34 yesterday.  The boys worked hard and making little Mario Character drawings for him.  We glued them together and framed it so that he can take it to work.
 He had a Jurassic World cake which worked out since Stephen and I had just seen the movie on Saturday.  We had a lot of fun doing that, despite that I got really sick afterwards.  The boys enjoyed playing with Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Kimmy.

That is a very brief update on what we've been doing the last few months!