Monday, May 18, 2015

First week in Idaho

Well sheesh, it's great to be in Idaho! We realized that we missed Idaho while still living in Provo, but once we got here, we realized just how MUCH we love it here. We go running and don't have to run past any cars--Ever-- Just horses and cows and farmland! Plus the water can't be beat! It has rained almost every day we have been here, but the kids are so entertained by my moms toys that they haven't noticed we haven't been to a park yet. But believe you me, stori hasn't forgot about them; we here about Porter Park and the carousel several times a day, "after Memorial Day the horsies will be awake for us to ride and Porter park will be just so great won't it mama. Oh I love Porter park!" I agree with her, Porter park is truly amazing and full of the best memories!

The first day we got to Idaho, I went straight to rexburg to watch my cute niece, Grace open her mission call to Guadalajara, Mexico! She goes to the mtc in Mexico on September 30th!! 

The kids are also loving all this time with Granny! They are so excited to see her when she gets home from work and are constantly following her around when she is home!

Dan had his first day of his Externship on May 13th. He was so nervous! Now that he is a week and a half into it, he feels much more confident and is working on a lot of research for cases. He really liked going to a hearing they had, and says the firm is really great about not overworking everyone. The hours are mon-fri 9-5! It's great! I hope he can get a job with this same schedule when he graduates!

My mom and I took Stori to see Cinderella at the movie theater! It was a lot of fun and we all loved the movie and popcorn! :)

We got together with Josh's family while he was in town and hit up the best food ever---Texas roadhouse! The kids had fun with their cousins while we were waiting to be seated! 

On my moms day off last week, we decided to embrace Sylvies curls and curled her hair after bath time! She looked so cute! Wish I knew how to fix curly hair better! 

Somehow I didn't get a single picture of my mom on her bday!!! We left home at about 11am and shopped until about 6. The kids were exhausted, but did pretty great considering. We had cafe rio for lunch, and had dessert at chick-fil-a... Frosted lemonade and a fresh peach shake! Oh gosh I'm already ready to go back for more! When we shopped all we could shop, we went home and had cherry pie and ice cream. A great day with granny faylene as she turned 66! :)
Idaho, you really are a gem and can't wait for those horsies to finally wake up! :)
^^future missionary!
^^pretend sleepers
^^ Maudie and Bear... One of stori's favorite books!
^^first day on the (volunteer) job!
The curls and miss SJ

^^movie theatre!

^^watching the new tinker bell movie after breakfast and before bath time.
^^Stori and daddy completed this puzzle together instead of a bedtime story.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Last weekend in Provo

We had so many visitors once Dan got out of school, and we packed as much as we could into our last weeks in Provo.

Dan's family came and we ventured to: the bean museum, cafe rio, bridal veil falls, sundance, red rock restaurant for prestons graduation, and to fairview Utah to visit cathy's dads headstone. It was her first time going to visit it since he was buried in 1996. We toured the town and found dans great grandpas house. And it was for sale! :) it's in a beautiful small town and it was a fun little adventure!
We also had a yummy breakfast, lunch, and dinner made by SDR for Mother's Day. His family came to church with us and we got to see Stori sing a primary song. (Which was mainly just her chompin on her gum--her new favorite snack). It was a fun week and we loved having Dan play with us all day err day!

While his family went to the graduation, we took our kids to the Hogle Zoo. We got there right as it stopped raining, so there was hardly anyone there! Score!

This lion walked right up to Stori, smashed his face against the glass and then yawned a HUGE yawn. She wasn't scared until she looked right down his throat! 

It was 80+ degrees and we loved it... For the most part! We also had 3 days of rain and also loved that! (Mainly because we had an excuse not to run ha).

^^mothers day 2015. The door picture continues! And another new door to boot! I love being a mom so much, and love being the wife to the amazing SDR, and love being the daughter of the greatest mom out there! I am tremendously blessed! 
Our ward put together these questions that all the primary kids answered! I was lucky that nothing incriminating got in there! ;)
Now we are in Idaho and starting this new adventure for the summer! It's gonna be a good one! 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

More visitors=more fun

We have had a busy/packed week and a half since Dan finished school. Actually, we have only had one day together just us, but we are LOVING all our visitors and friend time. This last weekend Meg and her family came and stayed the night. we packed as much as we could into that time: swimming at the Rec center, pizza, Payson Temple open house, playground cousin time, hiking around tibblefork with a picnic, Joel and Dan's bike ride (rode their bikes 33 miles home around the alpine loop from tibblefork with a 10 mile climb at the beginning---Dan didn't see that coming), 2 hr DI trip, In n Out dinner, and a little shopping after. We loved every minute with them! (Especially Stori! She is such a cousin-aholic)!

^^this picture may look the same as the one below, BUT in this one, Sylvie is eating a SNAIL SHELL!! We didn't realize it until she started spitting out all the little shards right after the picture! Blehhhh!

^^don't mind their glares---we had a blast!

Our next visitors arrive in 2 days (for 4 days), and then off to Idaho! Yay!
^^Sylvie discovering the finer things in life; Strawberry shake from In n Out.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Schools out for summer! (and a NieNie tale)

To say that I'm loving our summer break, would be a gross understatement! It's only been one week, but we have done so many fun things! 
To celebrate the first day being done, Dan and our law school friends decided to have a BBQ and play some vball, and then have a "Back to the Future" marathon....that we started at 10pm! We set up a couple of air mattresses and had popcorn and ice cream to keep us awake.... Amanda and I made it until the start of the 2nd movie, (right before the popcorn dangit)! Ryan and Dan lasted for all 3 movies. Jon and Joss left after the first movie. party poopers! ;)
The next few days we got to hang out with our great friends the Thompsons! They traveled all the way from AZ! Oh how we love the them (and their bravery). It was 2 years to the day, that we had seen them, and it felt like we were never apart! 
We got almost 4 days with them, and in that time we: downed cafe rio salads, watched movies, dyed my hair, toured the law school and the byu bookstore, ate at the Creamery on 9th (bucket list restaurant), ate popcorn and talked like old times, played at the yellow park with a Chik-fil-A picnic, stayed up late laughing (and recreated a photo of shasha, hails, and myself haha), and of course, found nienie's house. Haily was the brave one who went to the front door. Sadly she wasn't there, but when she walked up to her house, nienie's husband and Lottie were outside. She asked if his wife was home and he said she was at a primary practice. So Haily just told him what an impact their story had in her life and that she just wanted to hug her and tell her thanks. He said he appreciated what she said, and asked her name and where she was from and said he would pass on the message. So nice!! 
I didn't go up there because I didn't want her to feel stalked! ��
Especially since I stalked her at target haha... 
Oh the memories we are making haha!
that is  NieNie's house!! 
Later in the week, we spent our mornings running or donating plasma, and then exploring! 
We decided to take a trip through the alpine loop to find the tibblefork reservoir.... HOLY GORGEOUS! We stayed there for about an hour just taking in the beauty of our surroundings and of our sweet kids. They threw rocks in the lake the whole time and cried when it was time to go. We also ventured onto a new random road, and that was the best decision! The road was quite scary, bumpy, and steep; buy worth it. Another gorgeous mountain lake (silver lake). When you get to the top you have a view of a completely different set of mountains that you can't see from anywhere else. We were so shocked! Stori informed me that she helped Heavenly Father create all the beautiful trees so he could put them on the mountains for us to see. Thought that was nice of her ;)
We have had another bonfire out past Spanish fork. We shot some skeet, and I actually hit one this time! We roasted some hot dog and s'mores, and both kids fell asleep on our laps while sitting around the fire. So lovely! 
We definitely feel so blessed to be going to school in Provo and to be able to go on these fun new adventures together! It's a good life.
Headed up to the Law School to document the last day of school. I want to do this all 3 years and see how we have grown and changed.


Had to take this picture of these goofballs on our run the other day. 
snow boots and a sun dress. She knows how these Utah springs are!
at Ryan and Amanda's house before we BBQ'd and vball'd
Back to the Future night. looks cozy
my I look SCARY!!! but this was the only picture we got of all of us at Tibblefork Reservoir.

Just want it to be known that not a single one of these have any filters on them. The water is really that beautiful!