"If you know someone who has lost a child or anybody who's important to them, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died, they didn't forget they died. You're not reminding them. What you're reminding them of is that you remembered that they lived, and that's a great, great gift" - Elizabeth Edwards

"The deep hurt is the mirror image of the deep joy that still awaits you." - Bruce C. Hafen

Archive for August, 2016

The color run!

Eric and I heard about the color run a few months ago and decided to sign up. I had so much fun last year when Melanie and I did the bubble run and I couldn’t wait to try this one out. It was so fun and awesome! I loved seeing the happiness and excitement in all the people around us. We ran the entire time and had a blast. We got so much colored chalk on us, even in our mouths, haha. We kept saying how we should bring the kids next year because we knew they would love it!

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Savannah’s 4th birthday!

This year we celebrated Savannah’s birthday two days early. She had no idea, haha. Since we were going to close on the 24th and her birthday was on the 25th, we decided to celebrate early so that we could pack and clean the day after closing. Savannah had been talking about her birthday every day since Nicci had hers earlier in August. She was so happy to wake up to us singing to her and she loved all her gifts. At night we had family over for cake. She wanted a cake with Belle on it. She loves Beauty and the Beast. She is such a firecracker. She is so funny too. She makes me laugh every day at some of the funny things she does or says, and she can also drive me bonkers with how stubborn she is at times. One word she uses a lot right now is “gorgeous.” “That’s just gorgeous!!” she says excitedly when she sees something she likes.  She loves to get into mischief with Tyler. She still loves to color on the walls, squeeze out tooth paste all over and dump out toys all over the place. She also loves to sneak into Nicci’s room and get into her stuff. She really looks up to her older siblings. She loves to have her toes and finger nails painted, she asks me almost every Sunday to do it. She loves to watch Sofia the first and all the other Disney princess movies and often tells us that she is a princess. Savannah has always been really good at playing and entertaining herself with all her toys. She will often disappear into her room for a long time and I can hear her talk to herself and her dolls as she plays. We love our Savannah Joy!!

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My sister LeAnne is so talented! She painted this for Savannah!

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We are homeowners again!

Today was a very exciting day, one we have anxiously been awaiting for many months now. We closed on our house, got our keys and became home owners again! We are moving in at the end of the week! The building process has been great but also very stressful at times. I’m so glad it is done and that we can relax now! We love our house and new neighborhood!

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First day of school!

The kids were more than ready to start school this year. They have not had a lot of kids close by to play with this summer, so I think they were getting antsy to go to school make new friends. The closer we got to the closing day and moving into our new house I think the kids could sense the stress and probably also felt very nervous so they were fighting a lot, so I was definitely ready for school to start too.  I really like the kids new teachers and I like their new school. I like how small the class sizes are compared to other schools they have attended with much larger classes. Savannah starts preschool on September 7th and she was upset that she has to wait until then. She is so ready too. Yay for a new school year!

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Fun visits!

We had two fun visits last week. First, my sister Isabelle and her family came to visit for a couple of days while they were on their way home to Oregon. It was so awesome to see them again. The kids played and had fun with their cousins. One night we had a girls night at my parents house and the guys had a game night at our house. Time goes by way too fast when you have fun.  Here are some pics.

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The day after my sister and family left, my friend Christine came with three of her four kids! Her husband and youngest were home with colds. Christine contacted me earlier this summer and said that she was going to be in Utah to visit family and I was so happy that she took time out of her I’m sure busy schedule to see us. They went to church with us and we had some time to catch up and hang out before we left. I loved spending time with them. I loved chatting and catching up about life. Christine is a very dear friend. It doesn’t matter how long it has been since we have seen each other, it’s always so easy to connect with her. I love that.

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One night a few weeks ago, Eric surprised me and told me he was going to cook dinner for us. He made five cheese ziti al forno, my favorite pasta dish that I always eat at Olive Garden. It was delicious!!

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One day we walked by Petco and saw that they had an adoption day there. We decided to go in so that the kids could pet some kittens. Nicci was in heaven, haha.

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We went to a fun park in Saratoga Springs.

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We went to IKEA one day. While the 4 older kids played in the play area for over one hour, Tyler and I slowly walked around and looked at everything, bought some yummy waffles and candy!

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We went to hang time one day.

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We went to Bridle veil falls one morning. Jordan climbed all the way up to the water fall. I almost panicked because he could not hear me tell him to please not climb up any higher when he was about half way up. Luckily he came down fine….phew.

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Savannah loves to get into our bed.

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LeAnne and I have had fun coloring in my coloring book I got from my mom for my birthday in May with some gel pens my mother in law gave me.

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Nicci got this cool lamp from Marilyn for her birthday.

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Fun at the park.

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Nicci got a basket for her bike on her birthday.


My mom gave her lots of scrapbooking supplies that she loves to use!


Nicci’s birthday!

Nicci had a nice birthday. She was so happy when she got her mermaid swim tail that she had been wanting for a long time.

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Nicci had requested that we go ice skating and also have dinner at pizza pie cafe.

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Nicci loves peaches.

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After we went to pizza pie cafe we had a party for Nicci at home. She got a lot of nice gifts.

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Beautiful horse painting from LeAnne!

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Eric and Nicci made an ice cream cake together.

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Our 9 year old! We love you Nicci!

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Nicolina is 9!

Happy birthday to Nicci!!

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Fun visit!

My grandpa and my dad came to visit for over two weeks. It was so fun to have them here. We did a lot of fun things together. For the first week when they were here, Spanish Fork had their “Fiesta days.” So we watched a couple of parades and attended some concerts. The kids got a ton of candy at the parades. I went over to my parents house almost every night for a week. It was awesome. I also bought a cute shirt at a vendor during the fair. It was fun to be able to show them our future house and the building progress that is being made. They also came and watched Savannah’s dance recital. We had them over for dinner one night and made five cheese ziti al forno and hung out and had a nice time. I also took them out for lunch one day with Savannah and Tyler. One Sunday afternoon we went to a park and played Kubb too. Fun times!

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The house is almost done on the outside now!! When we went to the house on Sunday we saw that they are going to start to install the kitchen cabinets and stuff this week. So exciting!

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