Sunday, July 27, 2008

24th of July Weekend Fun

We had such a fun 24th of July weekend. We spent 3 amazing days at Bear Lake with the extended Morris side of the family - who I absolutley love - where we swam and boated and visited with cousins I hadn't seen in a very long time. Kira and Kate had their first boat and jet ski rides and they LOVED playing in the water. Then we finished the weekend at the Demolition Derby in Heber with the Mecham side of the family - who I absolutley love as well:) - where we played with other cousins and saw one of the best derbies ever with huge hits and fires and even a truck knocking over another truck. It was so fun. Here are some of my favorite pics of Bear Lake.
Looking for sea shells.
I have a thing about feet in the sand and water. I think it looks so cool. Here are Bryce's and then mine.

Aunt Amy, Uncle Ryan and Gpa Guy.
Grandma Jane and Lilly.
Brycie loved the water and the sand.

Amy and Kate.
Cousin Tess was so cute with our kids. Here she is with Kira and Anna on the boat.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


selling a house, buying a house, screaming girls, crying baby, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I need to vent! ;klasjd;lfj[aewo jupoadmf'ladsmg[pjuaen pioh gf'laskjefpou [oig;aewjfg jaerwh;ugh;dklvmas;eifpoijr ;lgvmdk. That felt good:)

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Just an update for all of you who are waiting, and all of you who aren't...Dave got the job in Brigham City!!! Yeah!!!! It's taken 4 months of not-so-patient waiting and we are so excited. My feelings are a little mixed because I am so excited to have a new adventure and a new home, etc. but I am going to miss the friends and neighbors we have in Tooele so much. We've met so many amazing people and it is going to be hard to leave, but in the same breath I'm just so proud of Dave and so excited for our family. So there is our good news and that's what's going on with our family. So now it's Brigham City or bust, but first we have to sell our house in Tooele, so if you know anyone who wants to live here...let us know.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Family Party + Water = FUN!

I love family parties and getting together with everyone, and I don't know what it is, but whenever you add water to the mix it gets even better. Here are some pics of the slip-n-slide at grandma jane's house. (thanks to my cute sister-in-law for the pics since I forgot my camera:)

Kira and Anna
Dave trying out the slip-n-slide
I think this picture is sweet!
Kira and Lilly
Kira FINALLY dared to slip-n-slide after Anna showed her how easy it was:)Kate was brave and did the slip-n-slide holding daddy's hand. Thanks for such a fun party everyone.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy 31st Dave!

I just wanted to wish a happy birthday to our awesome hubby and daddy. What an amazing guy! We love you and are so glad that you're ours!

Here is Kate "helping" me make the cake.
Kira was so excited to eat the cake and see daddy blow out the candles.
I love Dave's face here. It's like "Whoa! That's a lot of candles." He just likes the fire!
Hope it was a good wish and that you have a great 31st year:)

Monday, July 7, 2008

Mercies of Motherhood

I just read this wonderful article out of LDS Living Magazine and I had to share it.

Surviving on the Mercies of Motherhood
by Whitney Permann
People think I’m crazy when I tell them I love childbirth. It’s not that I like pain—I don’t. But there is just something about working really hard to get something really good. My husband and I have the routine down: we do whatever it takes to get through a contraction, then I slump back on the bed, as limp and peaceful as a noodle (as peaceful as a noodle can be) and rest before the next one hits. It’s hard work, but when the baby is finally born, the pain doesn’t matter anymore—and I experience joy beyond description. (Then I swear I’ll never do it again.)
It has recently occurred to me that childbirth can be one huge metaphor for motherhood. We “labor” day in and day out, moment by moment—scrubbing, brushing, wiping, flushing, buckling, holding, washing, folding—it’s a wonder more mothers don’t drop dead from pure exhaustion!
So here’s my theory: Heavenly Father knew how challenging motherhood would be for each of us—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. So He sends us “mother mercies.” You know the moments—the ones that sneak up on you and make you smile or laugh—or teary-eyed. It’s like the time I caught a whiff of my five-year-old and realized he’d put on his daddy’s deodorant that morning. Or when he used to pray nightly, “Please bless that morning will come in five minutes.” It’s the time I found a bar of soap in my bathroom with one (and only one) set of teeth marks in it. Or when my preschooler asked me, “Why did Jesus cover our bones with skin?”
Perhaps these little mercies are like the pauses between our contractions of motherhood—the moments that make us say, “Oh yeah. I really love this mothering stuff.”
Contraction: Baby spits up.
Mother Mercy: Three-year-old cries in alarm, “Mom! She’s spilling!”
Contraction: Five-year-old climbs on counter to find sweets.
Mother Mercy: He explains he was simply finding desert for “Family Home Ming-Ming.”
Contraction: Patting your squishy tummy left over from pregnancy.
Mother Mercy: Patting your baby’s squishy tummy that you got in return.
Contraction: Feeling overwhelmed and grumpy.
Mother Mercy: Oldest child says sweetly, “Mommy, if you say a prayer, Heavenly Father will help you feel better.”
Think about it—what an interesting phenomenon—in our very hardest moments of mothering, Heavenly Father sends us these little flashes of reprieve to help us keep going with a smile. True, we have diapers and back-talking and tantrums and spills, but we also get kisses and first steps and stick-figure drawings and hand-pulled bouquets.
Look for the Mother Mercies in your own life. I promise they will pop up everywhere—when your toddler trips the alarm at the library (like mine did) or when he pours pop down the bowling alley lane (yes, mine) or when you find your envious child stripped down to his nothings at the park, staring longingly through the fence into the city pool (Whose kid is that? Oh, it’s mine). The Mother Mercies are always there. Don’t miss them!
One Sunday while I was juggling my three little ones, an older sister in my ward leaned over and said, “This will all end someday, believe me.” To which I replied, “Oh don’t tell me that! I’m having so much fun.” Who knew that doing something so hard could bring me so much happiness? And just like the finale of childbirth, I’m hopeful that this mothering thing—this exhausting labor of love—will someday bring us joy we could never comprehend was possible.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Fourth of July Fun!

I love the fourth of July! The parades, the BBQ's, the friends, the fireworks, the fun, the red, white and blue. This was Bryce's first 4th and he just liked holding and eating the flag at the parade. We also went to see the movie Kung Foo Panda or "KUNG POO HANDA" as Kate likes to call it. After that we had a yummy BBQ and did fireworks with our friends. What a fun day!

For Kira, decorating the "Christmas tree" was more fun than the fireworks.
Bryce watching his first fireworks. He didn't quite know what to think.
I just thought these last pics looked cool.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

4 month photo shoot of Bryce

simple treasures

I learn so much from my kids. I looked out the window and saw this picutre of simplicity. Kate was sitting in the long grass picking flowers and I loved watching her just sit and enjoy some quiet time to herself. I think we should all take some quiet time - It just rejuvenates your spirit.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tooele Arts Festival

Our family loves the Arts Festival - the music, the dancing, the yummy yummy food, and just hanging out. (Of course I love the shopping too!) Here's a peek at the fun.

I think Bryce wanted some slushy too, but his fist tasted just fine.
Dancing to the music
Rolling down and running back up the hill. So fun!