Thursday, February 24, 2011

Polar Express 2010

Just because we can't get quite enough of trains in this family... we had to fit in The Polar Express this year. It was perfect timing right before the baby arrived. Crew was absolutely in heaven. He couldn't take it in fast enough. Good times...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

More Fall Fun

Jeremy had the great idea to take the boys ice blocking one night after the weather cooled down. We have some great videos of it. The boys were really confused about how this was all going to work, but got the hang of it pretty quick.
I found Crew and his friend Steele like this one day... what a life.
Da boys. Nice face Jacks.

And we have to visit the train park every fall break... it's a must with these boys. They won't let me forget it. It was actually still pretty hot that day. Look at those rosy cheeks!


I HATE when Halloween falls on a Sunday. It's one of my favorite days of the year, and it's just really crappy when not everyone is celebrating it or we're only doing some of the normal festivities. We had our ward "Trunk or Treat" and that was pretty much the extent of our Halloween activities. The kids had a great time and our ward is really fun, so I shouldn't complain. I just want it all... is that so wrong? Check out the cowboy pics down below... is it just me or is his face the most kissable thing ever? Probably just me.

I told Riggs and his friend Crew that this shot would definitely be going in their wedding videos.

Rocky Point 2010

Every time we go to Rocky Point, we always wonder why we don't stay longer and why we don't go there more often. We hadn't been in a couple of years since things at the border had gotten crazy, but we just couldn't stay away any longer!
We've been trying to room with Dusty and Sally for years and finally made it work! It was so great. Sally and Devin enjoying a mango poolside. Doesn't get much better than that.
The beach seemed better than ever this year. After our trip to the Canary Islands just a month before, I honestly enjoyed the beach in Rocky Point much better. Maybe it was having my kids there, but the water seemed bluer, the sun was warmer, and there were a lot less nude people.

Crew loved the slide at the pool so we had to keep a life vest on him at all times. After the first day, his nipples were all chaffed, so we put chap stick and band aids on them on day 2. The rest of the trip he kept saying, "What happened my nipples?"

Worn out, sunburnt, happy boys

This is going to get blown up for a wall in our play room. Best cousins. They had all just bargained with the guys selling sunglasses on the beach and were pretty proud of themselves.

They spent hours in this shallow pool playing some seriously rough game. Someone always ended up crying (usually Riggs), but it never kept them from getting right back to it.

And here's the 7 month pregnant beached whale... no, not Jeremy:)

When the tide was out, they loved finding crabs and shells, and we even saw a seagull come right down and pick up a live sting ray.
Oh how we love you, Rocky Point!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Spain Trip 2010

My parents had their 20 year mission reunion in September. Since being mission presidents in the Spain Las Palmas Mission, they've held reunions with their missionaries every fall in Utah. A few of their missionaries decided that for the 20th reunion they should do it in Spain. Jeremy and I were lucky enough to get to tag along. What an amazing trip--once in a lifetime.

My sweet mother-in-law was the only way we could take this trip. She flew down to stay with our kids. They had a great time and I'm so glad they got to spend that week with her.

This is the view from the mission home, the home that I lived in from ages 11-14.

The Parkers are a missionary couple that now live in the mission home. They were so nice to let us stay with them there in the former mission home. It hadn't changed much from my childhood memories. There's no longer a mission president in The Canary Islands. They belong to the Madrid mission now--so sad. There's only a few missionaries on all of the islands now, and there were around 150 when we lived there.

This is the same chapel that we went to when we lived there. This lady holding the baby was my best friend when I lived there. I went and stayed with her family for a week or so in the summer on another island as a little girl and we had the best time.

We went to 2 branches on Sunday and this is the Telde branch. Although there are a lot less people attending church than there were 20 years ago, I was amazed to see how faithful those members are who hold the whole branch together and run everything by themselves. Good people.

This man was a counselor to my dad and an amazing leader in the church. He had gone inactive years ago and my dad was determined to search him out. No one knew anything about him. Not the members or the missionaries. We drove around on our last night there looking for his apartment. My dad remembered where it was... which was a miracle. It was up on this hill with dozens of other buildings and all narrow one way roads. We almost gave up, but we found this family. It was such an incredible thing to see how much it touched them that he took the time to search them out. He had tears in his eyes and immediately recognized my dad. This was the best part of the trip for me.

We also found the first mission home that we lived in for the first year or so of the mission. Lots of memories...

The lady standing in the back is Sister Caceres. She and her husband and kids were the first family we really met when we arrived in Spain 20 years ago. They were so sweet to us and just took care of everything that we needed. We played with their kids and she helped my mom cook for the missionaries. My parents had heard that her husband had been in an accident and was paralyzed and that they had gone inactive over the years. Then they had recently heard that Sister Caceres had passed away. Anyway, we asked lots of people about them and there was a new address for them on the church records, but no one had seen or heard from them in years. One morning we wrote down the address and headed out to look for their family. We had hardly any trouble finding the place, and as we drove up to it there was a lady sitting out on the porch. My dad and I both said that it looked just like Sister Caceres. We were confused because we had all heard that she had passed away. Well.. we were misinformed. It was her. It was so great to see her after all these years.

This sand sculpture, although inappropriate, was so amazing. The detail in it was incredible.
This is "Triana" and it's just a little boardwalk where we used to go get chocolate croissants and walk around. Hadn't changed much.
Christopher Columbus' home on Gran Canaria

more mission home photos

We were driving through this small town and saw all these men and boys racing down a hill on whatever contraption they could come up with. It was really cute to see how the whole town was out watching and so excited about it.

After they did a temple session the missionaries went next door to the MTC where we had a testimony meeting and a reunion.

in front of the Madrid temple

Jeremy and I rented a car in Madrid because we wanted to drive out to Toledo, the first capital of Spain. We hadn't slept in about 24 hours and driving in Madrid is one of the craziest experiences of my life. We'll definitely go with taxis next time.

Toledo was amazing though...I wish we would have had more time there. The cathedral was absolutely enormous.

Such an amazing trip... I'm so glad we were able to make it happen.