Mother's Day

May 22, 2017

Last week we had a very nice Mother's Day. We had a delicious family dinner that evening, and Nate made an amazing fruit tart for dessert!!! I am so lucky to have a husband who can/will make special treats for me! As frustrating and discouraging as it often is that we do not have more children, I am very grateful for the opportunity I have to be the mother to the amazing son that we do have. For Mother's Day, he bought me a balloon that says "Mom, your the best."

I am also incredibly grateful for my own mother. I have such a wonderful relationship with her. She has never stopped being a great mom, and Austin thinks she is an amazing grandma too! Really, having dedicated parents who are good examples of what parenthood is all about has been one of the great blessings in my life. I am also grateful for my mother-in-law, who is so easy to get along with and patient.

10 Years!

May 18, 2017

This last weekend we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We went back to the temple we were married in, we went horseback riding, and we browsed galleries in Park City. We also went out to a nice restaurant for dinner and spent a night at a romantically themed bed and breakfast. The next morning we played a game of miniature golf.

We feel incredibly blessed to have a strong marriage. Over the years, our relationship has grown stronger and better as we have celebrated good times and as we have worked through various difficulties and challenges that have been a part of our lives. We are so grateful to be together!

Austin's Birthday

May 03, 2017

We recently were able to celebrate Austin's sixth birthday! This year, in addition to celebrating with the family, we let him have a party with his friends. Luckily, the weather cooperated so we could have it outside. We played a number of games like moving M&Ms with a straw onto plates, trying to shake ping-pong balls out of tissue boxes strapped onto kids backs without using hands, balance the ping-pong ball on a spoon relay race, freeze tag, and a bean bag toss. Below is a video of the kids trying to get the ping-pong balls out of their tissue boxes:

Additionally, we had face painting. At first, none of the kids were interested in having their face painted. However, after finally convincing one person to get painted, most of the other kids followed suit, and some happily went back for more later after everyone else who wanted a turn had one.

Of course, we ended with some cake and ice cream. Cupcakes actually... All the kids seems to enjoy the party, so we are counting it as a success!

Easter

Apr 26, 2017

We had a wonderful Easter this year. Having a holiday to really focus and reflect on the atonement and resurrection is wonderful. We were also happy that we Easter Sunday happened to be such a beautiful spring day this year! Additionally, we enjoyed getting together with family that evening for a nice Easter dinner. Austin enjoyed finding an Easter basket and Easter eggs in our house, including eggs that contained the parts of the Easter story, which we discussed as a family.

Tulip Festival

Apr 20, 2017

We went to the Tulip Festival again this year with Rebecca's parents and brother. We had pretty limited time there, but we enjoyed the time we spent walking around surrounded by the brilliant colors of thousands of blooming flowers.

Easter Egg Hunting with Friends

Apr 10, 2017

Yesterday we were able to get together with some good friends for lunch and an Easter Egg hunt. We originally had also planned to go to a "Baby Animal Festival" at a ranch, but that ended up being closed for the day due to heavy rain. We still had a lot of fun with the Easter Egg hunt though. We feel blessed to have good friends that like to do fun things together with us!

New Chicks

Mar 31, 2017

This last weekend we got some new chicks. This time we got an "Easter Egger," Light Brahma, Black Sex Link, and Black Australorp. Baby chicks are so fluffy and fun! And we expect them to all give us great eggs when they mature.

Embroidery

Mar 20, 2017

Awhile ago, we had a lesson that talked about embroidery. Austin was given an option of embroidering something simple himself, if desired. He decided he wanted to give it a try, so he embroidered his initials. It took him while to finish the project, but he did it! This project turned out to be just as much work for his mom though, since Austin struggled to not tangle up the embroidery floss. There were lots of messy knots to pull apart along the way...

A Wagon Ride, Anyone?

Mar 13, 2017

Austin has always loved all things with wheels. It is therefore not surprising that he loves wagons. For a couple years he used a cheap plastic wagon we had been given until all the wheels fell off. Still, Austin determinedly pulled it around our yard even after all the wheels had come off. He was delighted to get a new wagon for his birthday last year and now frequently pulls it around the yard. Sometimes he fills is with various treasures he picks up, sometimes he pulls our dog Zipper around in it, and sometimes he just wheels it around empty. He loves it when his mom or dad pull him along, especially when they are running! This last weekend while doing another activity with Rebecca's brother and his wife, Austin was excited to pull his cousin around in the back of the wagon for a change. Someday he hopes to have a brother or sister to pull in his wagon too!

A Baptism

Mar 11, 2017

Last weekend our nephew was baptized. In our faith, baptism is an important event in a person's life and in their efforts to follow Christ. It is a covenant (or promise) made between God and a person that can be entered into at age eight or later. We were happy we were able to attend our nephew's baptism and spend time with Nate's other family that was also able to be there.

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