Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fun and busy weekend

We had a busy, but good weekend.  On Friday night, my sister-in-law and her husband were sealed to their baby boy whom they adopted six months ago.  They were sealed in the Salt Lake City temple and we were able to attend that.  Stephen's sister, Erin watched our three boys while we were in the temple.  Erin had our camera so I didn't get any pictures of Mandy, Jake and their two boys, but Erin took some cute pictures of our boys and took a picture of our family outside of the temple. 
Erin said that the boys insisted that they have their picture taken with Jesus.  I guess that's what you do there, right?

The boys were so not into this picture...

Friday was also Mandy's oldest sons birthday and he had a birthday party on Saturday.  The boys were pumped to attend that.  They had a lot of fun.

Stephen sister, Kimberly painted these, aren't they awesome?!
Sunday we were able to go to the baby blessing for Mandy and Jake's little guy.  He is a sweetie.  It was nice to be able to attend that as well.  He has really pretty blue eyes.  I am happy that we were finally able to meet him.  And now we get to see him everyday because we are living in his basement,  We love their little family and are very happy for them. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Well, we got ourselves moved.  We picked up the moving truck last Friday, got everything packed up and cleaned on Saturday and headed part way to our destination.  We were able to visit my brother Eric and his wife, Tami in their new apartment.  It was great to see them.  Then we continued on our way on Sunday.  Stephen's sister, Mandy, her husband, and her two boys are letting us stay at their place until we get a job and a place to live.  We are so grateful for their willingness to share their home.  We are also grateful they have room for us.  We were able to get our stuff into their garage and basement.  We had some guys from our ward come help us load the truck on Saturday which was a huge help.  Stephen's parents came up to help us out.  His dad drove the moving truck and his mom drove her van full of our stuff.  It was a huge help!  My parents came and helped us clean and watch the boys while we packed up and that was a huge help!  I am always so amazed at people's willingness to help and for people's kindess.  How do you repay people who do huge things for you, like let you live in their  house?  I don't know, but I am so grateful to everyone who has helped us with this move even if your helping has been to pray for us.  THANK YOU! The boys were very excited about our moving truck.  I am so glad they can find adventure in moving.
 Porter starting feeling feverish and sick on Thursday night and today was the first day he started to seem back to normal.  Poor kid.  I've really felt bad for the little guy.  He has been a trooper though.
 Vance was eager to help load the truck and do anything he was able to.
We were able to go to the court hearing for Mandy and Jake's adoption of their son, Jonah on Monday.  That was fun.  We are looking forward to seeing him sealed to them and going to his blessing as well.  I am grateful to be able to participate in some of these big family events. 

I must say, though I was and am very sad to move.  I loved the area we lived in and I loved living close to my parents.  It is going to take some adjusting, but I have faith that we have made the right decision even though it was a hard one to make.  Life is interesting, isn't it?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pool Fun

We pulled out the swimming pools one more time so the boys could have a few more chances of getting wet before the move.  Porter was even brave enough to get wet this time.
Mostly we are busy packing and getting ready to move.  An applicant was approved to rent here so we are off the hook with our contract.  I am very grateful that this worked out quickly.  The boys are getting excited to move.  They are still young enough not to really understand what exactly it is.  It's just a new adventure for them.  I am glad they are not upset about it.  That will make it a little easier for me not worrying about them so much.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July Festivities

We spent our 4th of July at my parents.  That was our last trip up there before we move (sniff, sniff...)  We always have a good time doing the small town festivities. 
First we went to a parade in a neighboring town.

 We enjoyed some s'mores by roasting marshmallows over the bbq grill.  Tanner had the hardest time eating his since he was so sticky and the kid hates to be sticky.
 The kids also enjoyed some popsicles during the day.  Porter loves being a big boy too.
 Stephen and I took Vance and Tanner to see the firework show this year.  It was the first time we've taken them.  My parents stayed home while Porter slept.  It turns out we could have gone in my parents front yard or their backyard and watched all the fireworks we wanted to see, but who knew?  The fireworks the city put on were small, but fun and it took us about 3 minutes to drive home.  Can't complain about that.