Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Charlie is growing up so dang fast! I have an update that I will be posting soon with all the cute things he's been doing lately, but this story needed its very own post. :)

All three of us were playing in the front room and Charlie was showing Landon a ball. Landon said, "woah!" to which Charlie replied, "woah!" It was the cutest thing EVER! And even though Charlie has said "ma ma" and "da da" for a long time now, this felt like an actual word. So, Charlie's official first word is "woah!"

I can't wait to hear what else Charlie wants to say to us. He babbles ALL day long, so I know he's going to have a lot to say once he can figure out how to say it.

We sure love our sweet boy!

P.S. We are cutting that crazy hair on Saturday. Sad day!

P.P.S. Another funny story, Charlie burped last night and then immediately after did a little "growl" like a fake burp. He is really the funniest, silliest little boy!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dad's 70th Birthday Party!

With my sister getting married 2 days after his birthday, my dad was not expecting to get any kind of celebration for his big 7-0. But, we managed to surprise him with a big 70th birthday party!

the big entrance! 
Jeremy and Autumn were the main organizers of the event--assigning food, decorating (including making the most awesome center pieces), and making the program of events.

How cool is that drum set? Autumn made it!!

Everyone brought curry, of course.

All 9 of his kids and my mom gave Dad "toasts" sharing funny memories and why we love him. I also made all of the toasts (including toasts from his sisters and the in-laws) into a book with pictures. It was really special!

The grandkids then sang, "All You Need is Love" and then Dad sang, "In My Life."

All the grandkids minus Audrey and Evie (who were in Spain, where they live).
It was such a happy event, especially getting to be with my whole family (minus Tom, Audrey, and Evie) to celebrate my Dad.

All 9 of us! 

Daddy, you truly are my hero. You have shaped me into the person I am today. I am so grateful for your patience with me, for your example and your testimony, for all that you've taught me about the world, and for your LOVE for me, all of your kids, your grandkids, and especially my Mama.

Happy 70th Birthday Daddy!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Camping at Sand Hollow.

Over the weekend we went on a camping trip with my parents (Nana and Pops). They have a trailer and go camping frequently, so it's really fun to get to tag along! We sure love spending one on one time with them and it was the perfect little mini-vacation.

"Charlie" picked this flower for me. Melt my heart!!!

Leading up to the trip, Charlie had a fever (it spiked up to 103.4 one night!!!!) and a pretty bad cough. I called the doctor twice on Friday and was reassured that if he seemed to be doing better and his fever was lower (it was still 100.5 that morning!!!) that I was fine to go camping, but just to bring him in on Monday if he still had the fever. I seriously went back and forth ALL day on whether or not we should go, but by the afternoon his fever was gone and he hadn't even had any medicine so we decided to go. I'm SO glad, because he really was feeling so much better (other than a lingering cough that just won't go away...)

Poor little sicky!!! 
Best little road-tripper! And finally fever free!!!
We got to the campsite on Friday evening and Charlie immediately wanted to get down in the sand and play. I LOVE seeing my baby acting like a little boy playing with the sand and trying to eat rocks (ahhhh! scared the crap out of me haha).

Apparently he thought his little set up in the trailer was hilarious. He slept surprisingly well!
On Saturday we attempted to have a "beach day" at Sand Hollow, but the wind had other plans. It was blowing a good 15-20 mph and gusts up to 35 mph. And they don't call it "Sand" Hollow for nothing... the sand is sooo fine, more like dust, so it was blowing EVERYWHERE. Not fun! It was blowing in our eyes and stinging our skin. Ouch! Not to mention, our little Corolla got completely stuck in the sand so Landon and my dad had to go to Walmart and buy a tow rope to tow the car out with my dad's truck...

But despite all the sand... we still tried to have fun at the beach. Charlie took a little nap in Nana's chair and just looked SO cute. He also LOOOVED playing with the water and sand and would just giggle as I held his hands and walked through the water. It was adorable.

Landon tried to kiteboard, but the wind was just way too crazy. He got dragged around a bit, which was pretty entertaining to watch. Ha! I wish he could've gotten up, because he's never done it on the water, but oh well!

After our failed beach day, we went to Black Bear Diner with my cousins, Jon and Michelle and their kids. It was so good to see them! Then my parents and Jon and Michelle went to a show at Tuachan so we took Charlie to Thunder Junction.

Again, he would just GIGGLE as he walked around the park because he was having so much fun. He kills me. Then we did the tandem swing and he was in heaven! He loved it!!!  It really is the coolest park ever! I can't wait to take him back when he's a little older.

On Sunday morning it was still windy, so instead of attempting another beach day, we decided to drive into Zion. It's seriously one of my favorite places on this planet and I can never get over how beautiful it is!

After Zion we had dinner with my cousins and had so much fun hanging out with them. We just love them!

It was a quick trip, but so much fun. Of course, trips like this are a lot harder than a one year old, but it is definitely worth the extra effort. Thanks for the invite Mom and Dad!!!!

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