Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I grew up camping all the time. My mom was amazing and would take the 5 of us all by herself a lot during the summer (while dad was traveling).  I have missed it so much! I've only gone a few times since marrying Ben; with traveling, working, and now having kids we just haven't gone camping as much as we would like. Some of our best friends, the Phipps, invited us to the Uintas to camp with them.  If they can do it with five kids 7 and under... we can do it :) 

 Janelle is one of my greatest examples. She is such an incredible mother. Not only does she have 5 LITTLE ones, she is always doing fun activities with them (see her activity blog here). She and David do full-on Family Home Evenings and are always teaching their kids the gospel.  I love them! 

There was a man-made fort behind our campground -- it was so awesome!! 

 Everything went really well. Only a couple of minor injuries and things we forgot at home.

Little Ed:)

The night went really well. Alex had way too much fun in the tent jumping around and being goofy. He was beyond tired and we had to put him to sleep on a little drive.  Once he was asleep, we adults got to have a little time to talk (until midnight) and then we all hit the sack.  The kids slept the whole night but I didn't sleep a wink:)  I knew it would happen... I was freezing and just worried about Jace. 

 Saturday we packed up and went to play at the lake. David went snorkeling while the rest of us just explored and relaxed.  SO beautiful!!

We definitely want to start camping more! We loved being unplugged and out in nature. So much fun. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pa's 80th

With Jon and Jaclyn in town, we had a surprise 80th birthday for Pa. He had no idea, especially since his birthday isn't until September.  He is in love with the Boston Red Sox, so that was the theme:)

This picture makes all of us teary. I've never known any couple to be so devoted, in love, and better friends & companions than these two. They are our heroes!

Not only is she a natural BEAUTY but she's a natural rider too.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

2 months

Weight: 12 lbs 7 oz (47%)
Length: 23.24 in (53%)
Head: 40.8cm (89%)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


We were so excited to be a part of Jon and Jaclyn blessing their baby Andrew here in Utah. Such a special day! 

 Slippers Nan knit for Andrew (Alex and Jace were also blessed in some gray ones she knit)

Their due dates were only 2 weeks apart, but Andrew was born at 33 weeks so they are 2 months apart. Such cuties!

Nan and Pa's 4 great-grandchildren:

And then the very next day, we blessed Jace. It was another great day filled with love & support from both families!