Thursday, September 8, 2011

I know... it's been forever

Well I've been crazy busy and it doesn't seem to be letting up so I will quit waiting until I have time to do a good post and to catch up and just post this picture. We went 4 wheeling with Clint and Emily and their kids last weekend and it was a blast!! They were so nice and let me drive one of their 4 wheelers (even though I didn't really know what I was doing:D) But it was pretty much the most fun I had all summer. And speaking of summer, I can't wait for fall!! (yep, I've already started putting up fall decor, can't help it)
p.s. thanks for the picture Em!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Porch Fun

My friend is having a wedding reception at her cute home so she let me makeover her front porch. I was super nervous to see if she would like what I did and I didn't let her see any of it until I was finished. It felt like Extreme Home Makeover on a much MUCH smaller scale. :) It was a blast, I got to shop and not spend my own money :). Here are some before and afters for fun.

Visit to Saren's House

Lauri and her crew were in town so we spent a lot of time letting the cousins hang out and having plenty of girl talk. :D Saren invited us all down to her adorable home and we went for a walk to feed the ducks. It is so fun to see how big our crew is. The kids had a blast on their grand adventure. We didn't see too many ducks but it didn't matter. Sticks and snakes and snow in July = fun cousin memories. And going back to Saren's house for much needed snow cones and popsicles capped off a great visit. Thanks for having us Saren!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Straight Hair

I know you've all wondered ... ;D

Monday, July 4, 2011

Watching the Stadium of Fire Fireworks 2011

We love going to our favorite spot to watch the fireworks every year. This year was extra fun because we had 3 aunts, 2 cousins and an uncle share it with us. In spite of the heat and glow chalk that didn't glow we still had a good time. Tucker made a tie out of glow sticks and Luka wore a crown. We ate junk food until we were sick and had a good time. The fireworks were beautiful this year- loved the waterfall ones. And of course, my favorite part, the jets flying over.

Freedom Festival Balloons 2011

We love the balloons! Clay loves the American themed balloons, Luka loves anything with pink, and Tuck loved the Darth Vader balloon this year. There were a lot of Star Wars characters mingling in the crowd which was awesome. Getting your picture taken with a storm trooper?...super cool! :D And the highlight of our trip? - when Clay came out of the port-a-potty with a tooth in his hand. How many people lose a tooth in a port-a-potty? Yep.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Land of Liberty

by Author Unknown

I love my country's pine-clad hills,
Her thousand bright and gushing rills,
Her sunshine and her storms;
Her rough and rugged rocks, that rear
Their hoary heads high in the air
In wild, fantastic forms.

I love her rivers, deep and wide,
Those mighty streams that seaward glide
To seek the ocean's breast;
Her smiling fields, her pleasant vales,
Her shady dells, her flow'ry dales,
The haunts of peaceful rest.

I love her forests, dark and lone,
For there the wild bird's merry tone
I hear from morn till night;
And there are lovelier flowers, I ween,
Than e'er in Eastern lands were seen,
In varied colors bright.

Her forests and her valleys fair,
Her flowers that scent the morning air--
All have their charms for me;
But more I love my country's name,
Those words that echo deathless fame,
"The Land of Liberty."
What is Success
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approval of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…
This is to have succeeded.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sister Time

Three sisters over at once! Yeah! And somehow when Saren left she was a redhead too :D.

Daily Adventures

Everyone loves a pool party, even My Little Ponies :).

Strawberry Jam

Is anything more satisfying than eating strawberry jam that you made yourself from berries you grew and picked? Yum!

Monday, June 27, 2011

We Are Moving!! our own slice of heaven.

A couple of weeks ago we drove down to Salem on a whim to look at a house I found online. We immediately loved it. We went with our Realtor the next day to look at it and the rest is history. We took a leap of faith and put an offer on it even though our house hadn't sold yet. On Saturday we went back to look at it again and I only got more excited (which I wouldn't have thought possible:D). It is in beautiful Salem- pond town and city of peace. The house sits on nearly 2 acres and the main home was built in 1914. I am in love. It has water shares, fruit trees, a huge garden, a shop, a playhouse, an in ground trampoline, lots of big trees perfect for climbing and tree houses, a chicken coop, bunny pens, and plenty of room for horses, and just about anything else a couple of people longing for the country could possibly want. Goodbye modern subdivision and hello country living. It really is a dream come true for Brett and I. We feel so blessed and are so excited for our kids to grow up in such a beautiful place. Our own 'Little House.'

Everyone Loves a Parade

Every year we go to the Lehi Round UP Celebration Parade. This year was extra special. Tucker and Clay got to be in the parade with our ward's float. The theme was Memories of Saturday Morning Cartoons and the float was an awesome Mystery Machine. Tucker was Wile E. Coyote and Clay was Bumblebee. It was so fun to sit and watch the parade and get to see them. It was also more fun this year because Bridget, Boston and Tagg came with us. I've never seen anyone more excited for a parade than Boston, "Aunt Brittany, look!" "Mom, look!", "Uncle Brett, look!" He was adorable. Thanks for coming with us guys! Lukie got to have a close encounter with Snow White who she met at Disney Land. Snow White was so sweet she picked Lukie right up and gave her a hug. Luka also loved all of the princesses in the parade and waved like crazy and blew kisses at them. I love watching a parade (when the flags go by I always get a little choked up), but this year was extra special. Hooray for summer!