Thursday, September 15, 2011


I took these with my phone, so they're not very good, but we did have a fun time!  I think Jack thought the diver was fake, because he was pretty startled when she waved at him :)

Let's hear it for the boy!

I am a child of the 80's, and I freely admit that I like 80's music. I can probably sing the lyrics to more 80's songs than anything currently playing on the radio :) So every now and then a song from that generation pops into my head and perfectly captures a moment. Last weekend was such a moment. Some of our friends gave us a bunch of plants from their yard and we were all set for a full day of planting and normal yard work when I decided I was fed up with the huge tree stump that sat right in the middle of our front flowerbed. I've tried planting around it and strategically putting things that might grow over it to hide the fact that there was a stump leaving a huge blank spot in the middle, but I just didn't want to keep doing that. So I decided to take the stump out! Like most projects that I start, I get in over my head and Nate comes to the rescue. He thinks this could be a weakness of mine, but I think we make a great team- I'm great at starting things and he's great at finishing them :) So I roped him into helping me and we took turns off and on for almost 4 hours chopping, digging, pulling, etc. It was a huge stump with BIG roots. Nate took the last round after I felt like I might faint if I chopped anymore in the hot sun, and he got it out!!!! I was so excited, and so grateful to him for doing something so miserable on his Saturday. BUT IT'S GONE and now I have free reign on where I can/want to plant flowers! Here are some pictures of his triumph once the stump was out. If my life were an 80's movie, "let's hear it for the boy!" would have been playing in the background :)

First Day of School

Ethan started preschool this year! He has been so excited all summer and it was a slow count down, but the first day finally arrived and he loved it :) We really like his teacher and are excited to make new friends. His best buddy goes to the same preschool, just a different classroom, so they get to see each other during play time :)

I really love these boys!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Summer Wedding

Summer came and went really quickly this year (I'm not totally giving into the fall season yet because it's still warm and sunny here, but I will admit to picking up a few magazines with cute fall covers that I couldn't resist!). We had a really busy summer with weddings on both sides of the family, but it gave us the opportunity to see some family that we don't get to see very often and we loved that.
Nate's sister, Alicia, married Mike in the Portland Temple a few weeks ago and here are some pictures. Sadly, we didn't get any from the reception, which turned out really pretty. Nate and I were just too busy trying to keep up with our boys to play "photographer" that evening. As you can see from the pics, they kept us pretty busy most of the day :)

This is a great picture of Nate with his Dad and brothers.

A rare moment captured of me where I wasn't chasing one of the boys away from the reflecting pool :)

Nate & his brother-in-law Jeremy

I have to preface these next few pictures...

 We thought the boys looked nice with their matching outfits and I was hoping to catch maybe one good picture of the two of them sitting together. They started out somewhat compliant and it got progressively less compliant :)

Not sure where Ethan got the idea for this pose!

Jack getting a little less happy with having to sit still...

Finally giving up and walking out on the photo shoot altogether!

I let Ethan take some pictures with our camera and this was the pose he thought flattered me the most :)

In case you forgot who this day was supposed to be about, here's a picture of the happy couple! Sadly we had almost no interaction with them during the day, but I guess that's how it goes sometimes when you've got two toddlers in tow :)