Saturday, November 30, 2013


We had such a fun Thanksgiven. Seriously so much fun. I had to start the post off with a picture of our decorations. Morgan helped me set things up and she did such a good job sounding out Thanksgiving.

We arrived late Tuesday night and had the best turn down service at our "hotel." My mom is really the best.

When we crawled out of bed I found these 2 playing an intense game of chess.
I introduce my mom to Starbucks. She wasn't as impressed as I am.
We hit up awesome part afterwards where the kids loved to climb the rock wall.

Then we made our way to a very crowded Chick-fil-a.

We had the usual Thanksgiving 5K and some of use got a little goofy at the photo-shoot.

The group of runners.

And the group of supporters.
And we're off.
Us girls brought up the rear. Between not running, injuries, and my sickness we actually did pretty well. Hey, at least we ran the whole time.
There were many a times we just sat around and talked all weekend. One night in particular listening to Trent's old music.

The boys went golfing.

And the girls went shopping.

And the kids went swimming.
 And night swimming.

And the parents watched. I did not get in my swimsuit once for the whole 5 days we were there. That's what being sick does to me. I am not that much fun.

Probably one of the highlights of the trip was playing up Snow Canyon in the sand. Everyone got into it.

The kids loved the freedom.

to bury themselves in the sand.

And the Man Games got more intense.

We had our actual Thanksgiving meal at Chuch a Rama this year. Best thing ever.

It was fabulous not to cook, clean, or worry about a big fancy dinner.
We ran off all the food we ate at the park with a soccer game.

and playground fun.

And this guy was exhausted from all the fun. You know we are on vacation when Trent takes a nap at 9 am.

Then we headed home and since the restaurants and gas stations were SO packed we did the unthinkable and ate in the car on the way home.
And that, my friends, was our Thaksgiven.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nate and Jen

Well, I can't believe it Jenny got married. I mean I can believe that she got married, but I just really can't believe she got married!
You see, she was 6 years old when I started dating Trent. 6! Seems to weird for her to be old and married.
We met up the morning of the wedding for a delicious breakfast of crepes, hot chocolate, and a toast for the soon to be married couple.

Jenny got started on the beautifying.

While some of us watched.

All the girlies so excited for the big day.

 One of my favorite parts of the day.

And I absolutely love this shot of the whole clan. Everyone looks great and it is such a big family.
The best.

And I love all these sister-in-laws of mine.
Also the best.

And who knows? Maybe this is what Nate and Jenny's own family picture will look like in 20 years. :)

And we tried another shot, but it was difficult to fit that many people in a small space.

These girls were all so excited for Jenny and Nate.

and they couldn't get enough of her train either.
and then just like that Jenny wasn't a 6 year old girl anymore.

and just like that she was gone.

And then the party really started. Not really, but we did sit around and talk for a while, which was another one of my favorite things.

Congrats to Nate and Jen! Here is to an eternity of happiness!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween 2013

We had a great Halloween this year.
We started off with pumpkin carving. The kids did a lot of it on their own which was nice.

The masterpieces
Everyone used a pattern except Andrew.

I love using real candles in the pumpkins. I love the look and the smell.

The kids were so excited for Halloween and their costumes. Oakley and Morgan were witches. Paige a vampire. Andrew a scary clown, and Aiden a guy that died in the sewer.

Trent and I were Mr Willy Wonka and a Golden Ticket. I really tried to get the kids to be Oompa Loompas, but it was a no go.

We went Trick or Treating at Grandma Wiggles. Which she got mad at me because "I forgot" to bring her candy to hand out to the kids. :)

Then we went Trunk or Treating with my neighborhood.

And then we met up at our house for food, trick or treating, and visiting. No pics of that.
We had some of the cousins sleep over. Which made for a full house.

The next morning I hit the sales and bought a huge supply of costumes and such.

And I came home to this disaster.

We had a double night sleepover and I think when all was said and done the kids were wiped out.

It was a good Halloween.