Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Fire Inside. (beware it's long, but has some great stories)

When A.F.I came out with their new c.d., we knew they would go on tour and come to S.L.C., so we had to get tickets...

We had a whole plan for the day (only having one car makes it tricky sometimes) And despite our best efforts our plans were falling apart. Leaving us three options. I would have to miss the concert, we would both miss the concert or arrive really late and hope to catch some of it. None of those options sounded fun to me....

I was talking to my friend Lexi about it and she came to our rescue! With out her we would have had to make one of those decisions. So thanks to Lexi we were able to both go on time and see the whole show.

We went with Rich (Lexi's husband), grabbed some food first and headed over. The line was insanely long, but luckily Rich's brother was already in line more than halfway up! Still by the time we got in there was no where to stand. You couldn't even get up to the bar area, it was packed everywhere. We ended up finding a place on top of a stand so we could see above the crowd, only there was a big pillar obstructing our view of half the stage :( I went to the merch booth and got some cute pins for my "Concert purse" and a cute patch and stickers...and then we waited. It was fun to meet Rich's brother and his cute girly friend. I really liked her and it was fun to have another girl there so I wasn't the only one. The opening band was annoying more than anything. Dave thought they were TERRIBLE and Rich liked some of the songs....It was pretty funny to look around at the crowd and then at us. We definitely didn't "belong". It was FULL of people dressed in all black, with mohawks, crazy hair, crazy clothes, and dirty nasty mouths. If I didn't love A.F.I so much I would have left at this point.
After the opening band finished it felt like FOREVER for them to set up and be ready. Dave and Rich tried a couple of time to get up in the crowd towards the front with no success, while his brother, friend, and I saved our places. Finally A.F.I. came on stage. Davey was wearing this weird silver suit and looked all clean cut. We couldn't hear the vocals at all, but the music was good, and we could tell what songs they were, so we were singing along. We still couldn't hear him when he was just talking to the crowd so the crew decided to try and find another spot. I stayed to hold our's in case they didn't luck out.
Dave came back to get me and we pushed our way through and got to a better spot. Yea, we could actually hear Davey singing now. And he is AMAZING. A little dramatic, but amazing. Amanda (I think that is her name) had found a good spot standing on these tall "cages" I went to join her, but these scary looking girls who were already up there gave me the "don't even think about it" stare while shaking their heads "no". I didn't really want to test them, so I went back and stood with Dave. By this point Rich had disappeared to the front of the crowd, hopefully having a good time.
We weren't elevated anymore, but there was a break in the crowd and we had a good shot of the stage. I was a little disappointed by the set list. It was mostly new stuff. Which I still love their new songs. But I only remember them playing 1 old song, and that is not near enough. At least what they played was amazing.
Dave and I were rolling our eyes a couple of times at Davey because he is a drama queen. But it was entertaining. It was pretty funny after a couple of songs he ran off stage and disappeared for a few minuets. Jade had to stall, which he did well, and then Davey came back in different clothes. He said that he had a wardrobe malfunction and that it was cold enough without having that. (meaning he tore his pants? Thats what I took from it) I can see how that would happen though, they go CRAZY on stage. It's very fun to watch. All in all it was a good show, but not my favorite.

My favorite A.F.I. show is still when I went with Nicole (Dave's sister) who was friends with Davey, so I got to meet him before the show. And then during the show he walked on the crowd to the table we were sitting at, stood on the table and sang to us for about half a song. Now that was incredible, and since this was over 8 years ago all their songs were the "old stuff" so I definitely loved that set list.

Anyway. We had a blast and I'm saving the best story for last...when the show ended we couldn't seem to communicate well and lost Rich. We were waiting for him outside when this crazy fight broke out in front of us. A lady was attacking a girl, they we full on fighting. Pulling hair, biting, sliding on the snow and ice and of course hitting. There wasn't any security there so Dave went and broke it up. He was trying to pull the younger girl off the crazy lady, but the crazy lady had her leg firmly in her mouth, biting down. After a few attempts and really foul language Dave had pulled this girl out of crazy lady's clutches. We stayed for a second to make sure she was all right when crazy lady started attacking the other girls friend. Same fight with a different person. It was all so weird. I've never been to a fight this close where I was actually scared of getting involved, for all I knew she was going to attack me next!!!
Well Dave intervened again with the help of this girl's husband. But crazy lady was relentless. It took a little longer to pull them apart and more biting, hitting, and pulling was going on. Dave and the wife got free but the husband was still going at it. I've never seen a man hit a woman. And I'm not sure how I felt about it even though the woman was attacking his wife and obviously crazy. He pulled her by her hair and threw her up against a car screaming to get the *bleep* off his wife. Good protector, but was his force necessary? I'm not sure, but probably. By this point a security guy came over and was pulling the husband off crazy lady and luckily it all died down. Crazy lady and her daughter (by the looks of it) went off in one direction and the rest of us in another.
The girls that were attacked we kind of freaking out, so Dave went to see if they were ok. I think they were kind of in shock. After asking the "wife" if she was ok she said, "No, I'm not okay, she *bleeping* bit me" and continued to pull her pants all the way off and tried to show us her inner thigh. We figured we could leave. After all the fight was done, and she did have her husband. We didn't particularly want to see all that we saw of her, so we left. Crazy. Weird. Night.
We finally got a hold of Rich, met up with him, and left. Sharing stories in the car.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2002 Flashback

For my Christmas present this year, my friend Chelsea treated me to the Dashboard concert. We got home from St. George Thursday night, and the concert was Friday night, so I had all day to try and catch up before the fun. Chels said it was a selfish present because she didn't want to go alone, and I'll take as many selfish gifts as she wants :)

We have a fun history with Dashboard. First of Chelsea and I are childhood friends from California and later college roommates. We got into Dashboard and decided to go to their concert when they came in 2002. We loved them so much we came back to their show the following night with our other two roommates and the next summer also. We stayed late and had to meet them with lots of pictures. Since then it's a fun bond all four of us share. I can't listen to them with out thinking back to that time in my life and remembering the days of roommates, work and school.

It was so fun to have a night off. Usually when I have a girls night I wait until Sophie is asleep catch a late movie and come home. Which I love doing, but this was all night. We left at 5:00 p.m., grabbed some dinner at Chipotle (delicious) and headed over. I haven't been back to this particular venue in a while and it is so different. But the memories still came flooding back. This is us Friday night.

And us in 2002...what do think? Have we aged well? I look like a baby! Weird.
This time we were actually over 21 so we were able to go up to the bar area to have a bird's eye view. You obviously can't get as close but the view and sound are awesome. New Found Glory opened and it was an acoustic set so needless to say they struggled. But they were still fun. They played "Brick" by Ben Folds Five and got more cheers for that song than any of their own. Sad.

This was our view. It looks a lot farther away then actually being there. It was a fun spot because we were right behind the sound guy and we could see the set list, so we knew what was coming up. We used this to our advantage and shouted out the song he was about to sing during a lull in the crowd...he then played a totally different song and after said to the crowd that they were only following the set list loosely. He was on to us...

We were right under a spotlight and during the second or third song (Chels?) Chris looked up right at us and smiled...It was pretty cool. Over all he did amazing. He also did an acoustic set, and the set list was amazing. He played 3-4 songs from the early albums and 2 song from all the rest. It was a good mix, but I love that he played more old school. During one song (that wasn't on his set list) he forgot the words and played around on the guitar and was saying to give him a minuet to find it again. It reminded me of my Dad. If he hasn't practiced a certain song, he forgets too, and I have always though that is funny...

He played "bitter pill" which is one of our all time favorites and he NEVER plays it live. We felt pretty special :) During the whole concert we were trying to get buddy buddy with a security guard and waitress to find an "in" but it didn't happen :( Although we caught a peek at the security guard's phone and he had taken a picture of Chelsea. Weird. Kinda creepy.
This was our view in 2002! We were front and center. I have to say that I do enjoy both places for different reasons, and being up in the bar was perfect for this show.
We didn't stay to try to meet them. We've done enough of that in the past. And it's a little different now being married with kids, I'm not the star stuck fan I once was. Just an admirer of amazing music. So this is from one of the previous shows. They all run together for me.
We were a bit obsessed back then and had to get the number 1 ticket. I mad sure I had the morning off work and got the number 1 ticket for both nights (and the #2, 3, 4, etc I bought a lot for a bunch of friends and roommates.) So Chels and I both ended up with a #1 and #2 ticket. Of course we had to get them signed....
A cool thing that Chelsea does at every show is write down the set list (and version of each song) and then goes home a burns a c.d. so she has a copy of every show she's been too. Luckily I benefit from this also. This was from one of the many shows. My memory is horrible but Chels probably knows.
After the show we went out to Spoon Me. My first experience and it was SO good. I crave it. (But not more than Froyo) I had such a fun time. And loved getting back into that part of my life that gets lost in the day to day stresses. Thanks Chels. Best present ever.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

St. George Getaway

Dave was able to take some time off work and we decided to head south to warmer weather...(unfortunately it was still cold there). We didn't take a lot of pictures, but we had lots and lots of fun. We headed out Friday. Got ready, packed and planned it so we would leave around 2:00, the girls nap time, so they would sleep a lot of time. It would be nice if that worked. Aubree didn't sleep a wink and got so TIRED of being in the car that long. The last hour of the trip was pretty painful for both, but Aubree was excited to go to St. George.

It was pretty funny the day after and still now any time we try to put Soph in her car seat she arches her back and puts up a fight because she absolutely does not want to be in a car that long again. And when she realizes were not going far she is all smiles.

We started unpacking and I realized I hadn't packed any shirts for me! They were all wet from being washed the day before and I forgot to lay them out in the car...luckily there is a washer and dryer at Dave's parents house, so I just wore the same outfit every day!!! And luckily that was the only thing I forgot.

This is the beautiful sunset we saw as we were driving.
We were able to do lots of fun things while we we there. We went out to eat, Christmas shopping, wildlife museum where Aubree got some "squishy" animals, swimming, visited G.g. ma and G.g pa (which Aubree said was her favorite part of trip :) It was fun because every thing was "St. George" for Aubree. St. George house, St. george pool, St. George food...etc

And hit some fun milestones with Soph.

She has been saying words and actually understanding their meaning. I woke her up the other day and she asked me for a "baba" for the first time, it was really cute. And she still asks. She's been saying "Dada" knowing fully well what she's saying. So one day sitting on the couch I was trying to get her to say "Mama". If you remember from previous posts she has said it before as well as "hi" but they were just sounds to her and now that she knows what she's saying it means more to hear it... So Dave and I were trying to get her to call me "Mama" and of course she would only say "Dada". So Dave tried something else. He prompted her to say Aubree, and she did!!! Only it came out "Aubra". We tried to get her to say it again to make sure it wasn't a fluke and she did three more times! So she can say "Aubra" but won't say "Mama". Evil. Another new milestone she's doing that came about in St. George is standing. She obviously has to pull herself up and hold on, but she's doing it. And trying to walk also!

Cute picture I had to put in. At Costco getting Stephen's hot cocoa for Grammi who doesn't have it in Tennessee.
A beautiful creation Aubree made with her new "bubble" worm. And yes that is an In-n-Out cup. Yum.
One of their favorites was going up Snow Canyon and playing at the sand dunes. I was surprised how much Sophie loved it.
And of course Aubree did too.
The last night we were there we went up to Tuacahn canyon. They were having a festival of lights, with train rides, Santa, live nativity, and lots and lots of lights. Aubree was very excited to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, but not too excited to sit on his lap. She did make it to the edge of the chair however. I wonder what he was thinking when Aubree said she wanted "squishy" lizards....

You'll have to view this up close to see just how cute Soph is. She doesn't have any reservations yet so we got a good shot.
The live Nativity was actually a short production. It was a perfect introduction to Christmas for us. Aubree was able to see the story and it was a priceless experience. It had beautiful music, live animals, and Aubree's favorite, the angels. She kept telling me how beautiful they were. The spirit there was amazing and you could tell that the girls felt it too. Aubree loved seeing baby Jesus and wanted to make sure that he wasn't cold. Now as we tell her the story and remind her of the true meaning of Christmas she can think back and remember seeing it. It was the right end to a wonderful trip.

Recent Occurrence

Sometimes when we put Aubree to sleep, we'll hear a lot of bumps upstairs and little feet running. Sometimes we hear nothing. And Sometimes we'll go upstairs to get in bed and we have this cutie waiting for us at the top of the stairs...

It's a recent thing she does. And more than anything I just think she is adorable. It does freak me out because she is a wild sleeper and one wrong move and she would come crashing down the stairs...but so far we've been lucky.

Monday, November 30, 2009

New Moon

So I finally got to see the new movie. You all will think I'm a nerd. I went by myself! And I have to say that I LOVE it! It was so much better than the first and I still really liked Twilight. I think I loved it so much because we finally got to Jacob's side of the story as he tries to swoop in. Although he doesn't win Bella over I've always been "Team Jacob".... I agree with my Aunt Jenni's review. But I do have one complaint to add. Dakota Fanning. I love her as an actress, in fact I think I have seen most her movies and have enjoyed them all. But for some reason I didn't feel "Jane" from her. The only thing I could think of was "Oh there's Dakota Fanning" "Dakota Fanning is being mean" "Dakota Fanning..." not "Jane". I'm not trying to say anything against her, just her as Jane if that makes sense. But I loved how they adapted the story to a movie. I felt like you got the spirit of the story without all the detail you always loose in a movie. It made me excited again to live in a story outside of my own. I do have to say though that I loved Jacob so much more with his long hair. When it's all short his feels less "Jacoby" too me, but still very cute. My friend who didn't like it mentioned she might see it again with me to try to like it better...And I can't wait to go. Thanks to Stephanie Meyer!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Give Thanks

I've always enjoyed having a day set aside each year to focus on my blessings and give thanks for them. I always try to be mindful of my many blessings throughout the year but I love the excuse to really focus and ponder.

First and foremost I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I will never really understand what sacrifices he made for me. I have a deep love and reverence for Him. Encompassing my gratitude for Him is my gratitude for being born in the gospel. I've never been "lost" or had to search for the truth. I had to come to believe on my own and build up my testimony, but the knowledge and vast amounts of recourses were always there.

I am so grateful to be raised by wonderful parents. I have had trying times (like all of us) and I can't think of better people to turn to. My Mom has an amazing spirit and testimony. Her love for the Savior and testimony of the Atonement has been an anchor for me when I didn't have one for myself. My Dad has a sense of goodness that I hope to achieve. His example of keeping the commandments and always choosing the right no matter the inconvenience has inspired me. This is the second (?) year I have been apart from my family for this Holiday. I hate that, but am so grateful to have them in my life.

I love my Family. My Husband Dave and two girls, Aubree and Sophie. It still feels like I am playing "house" sometimes. It's hard to believe that I am "growing up" and have these responsibilities. But I can't imagine living life with out them. They make the days full of meaning and endless possibilities.

I'm thankful for wonderful in-laws. Being forced to live away from my immediate family (since they abandoned me :) makes it easier to deal with, having a family like them. They have always been so loving and supportive to me.

I am also grateful for: All my family extended and immediate, Prayer, This country, All those who fight for our freedoms past and present, MUSIC, My health, Emotions, A home, Food to eat, Clothes, A car, Creativity/crafts, Wonderful neighbors, Movies, Books, Medicine, and much much more. There is so much to be thankful for. No matter how many lists I make each year (trying always to not duplicate) I will never come close to naming all my blessings. But I still love trying.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lion Monster

I have been so busy making crafts for my open house (more on that later) that I have been ignoring everything else. Now that I'm basically done I can come back to the world of blogging and being a good wife and Mom...hopefully. So Halloween:

We had so much fun. Aubree couldn't believe we actually could walk around to other people's houses and fill a bag up with candy. We went around the neighborhood with some friends and both girls had a blast. I cut out early with Soph to get her in and be able to hand out some candy...but Aubree was a trooper.

These were their cute Halloween day outfits. Thanks to their Grammi and Grumps.

And here are their costumes. Fairy princesses. We went simple this year with things we already had. My friend made this tutu for her when she was born and she'll actually wear it now. (thanks Stac) I made her cute shirt which you can't see, tutu headband, and wand. She felt so pretty :)
Soph was the same, in different colors. I made this tutu, clip, and onsie. I should take a picture of the front of their shirts. They are really cute with a sparkly fairy..
Simple and cheap.
When we got home she couldn't decide what to eat first.
After all the excitement died down I started putting away decorations and Aubs found old costumes and played dress up.
This was only a couple of days ago. My friend Emilee had a new baby so we went to see them and Aubs found their older boy's costume and had to try it out. She makes a pretty cute monster...what do you think?

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Aubree woke up with a massive fever today. We have been up since 2 a.m. snuggling and watching Super Why. I love that she is so snuggly when sick, but it's super hard too. Well I've taken this opportunity of sitting all day to work on my photos that have been messed up. And I'm very proud of my self. I have finished Sophie's first year by month. They might not be exactly by day, but I know they are in the right month and about the right time line. I got out my calendar and blog posts and the pictures from phone's and other people's camera's who actually set their date and have been able to piece it all together. It wasn't terrible just tedious. And now I have two and a half years of Aubree to do. 5 times as much as I just finished. Wow. Although I do have to say with all the stress of doing this I am very very grateful that we didn't loose the pictures all together. Yay for a back up hard drive.

And you were right. Sophie was on top and Aubree on bottom. Did my carpet in the new house give it away :) .....

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm a big girl

I usually don't post twice in one day, but this definitely is worth it. Aubree was taking a bath today and I was sitting in Sophie's room reading, since I have a nice view of the bath tub. Dave and I haven't been feeling great lately so I was just relaxing and she was in their for about an hour. She finally got out and came and sat with me on the rocking chair. I was to tired to get her dressed so we just hung out for about half an hour. Then Aubree said "Mommy I need to go pee-pee." So I told her to go sit on her big girl potty and if she went pee-pee she could put a sticker on her chart and get a treat. She sat for a few minuets and came to get me, saying she went. This happens frequently with no result, but to my surprise when I went to check she actually had!! We had to call Dave right away (after sticker and skittles of course..) and both Grandma's. She was so proud of herself and so excited that I was overjoyed. It only happened that once today, but I'll be all over this. Wish me luck.

On a side note, Our stupid computer crashed....luckily we had it all backed up on our hard drive. Our photos were all saved but not in albums. I have spent countless hours putting the girls pictures in order by year, so I had three albums for Aubree and actually 6 for Sophie (I do it by the month the first year and then combine it all later) So the past couple of days I've been working on putting the albums back together. Let me tell you how fun this is....I think I want to die! I had every picture of their lives in order by the day!!! And now I have a jumbled mess. Not to mention our lovely computer saves every image every time there is a change to it whether we save it that way or not. Like if the picture is horizontal and needs to be vertical it is saved at every turn and every enhancement so I have about quadruple the number of pictures to sift through. It gives me a headache just thinking about it. I have all the pictures in the right category now, I just have to put them in order and delete all the million copies. I was telling this story to my friend and her husband asked why I just didn't look at the dates on the picture's info....well I'm stupid so I didn't know you could. I was so excited I came home to keep working on it and to my disappointment it apparently only has the date if you set your camera :) which we never do. So no help there. Anyway just needed to vent a little and as I've been sifting I found this picture of me and Aubree last Halloween when I was about 5 months prego with Soph. So glad I'm not this Halloween. Anyway I'm pretty sure I want to grow my hair out again...What do you guys think? Short or long? Thanks and thanks for letting me vent :)

Guessing Game

As the title says...this is a guessing game. Can you tell who is who? In a couple of days I'll edit this and post the answer....Could they look any more alike?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Halloween Fever!

I love decorating for holidays. I usually go all out (on the inside) for Halloween and Christmas. I got out all my decorations and realized I didn't have enough for our new what do I do? Make some of course. This cute witches' boot I copied from my neighbor...I love how it turned out. I just don't know where it's home will be yet.

My neighbor and I made these on one of our crafty days. She got the idea from a blog (for the ghost and pumpkin) and we expanded it by adding a spider and Frankie!

I love this banner made from burlap. Thank goodness for my cute neighbor Karen. This was another idea I stole from her...We are going to end up with the same decorations...she says she doesn't care :)
After making "boo" I decided I needed an "eek" too.
I've had this for a while now and never really loved it.....

Now I think I love it!! I can't decide if I want to do anything more to it. They're cute but kinda plain. We'll see.

And for the finale...I bought these blocks years ago and they really just aren't cute. I don't know what I was thinking. This year I decided they needed a little tlc. So a few supplies, a few days and little tlc and we get:

I love love how they turned out. And I did each word longer than the first so I can stack them if I want like so, but right now I have them separately in different places in the house. I love having both options.

I'm in the process of making the girls their halloween costumes. Nothing too exciting but I'll wait until Halloween when they wear them to do a post. Until then Happy Haunting.

Monday, September 28, 2009

6 Months ago

6 months ago my beautiful baby was born....has it really been that long? It's amazing to me how fast time goes by. And even more amazing how fast they grow. Sophie is officially mobile now. She started out rolling everywhere, which is pretty fun to watch. About a week-ish ago she started army crawling! I almost had a heart attack. My baby crawling. And just a few days ago she got on her knees. She can't quite do it yet. But she is trying. Again I missed the phase of being able to sit my child down with toys without being able to crawl away. Just like Aubree , Sophie has learned to crawl before she can sit!

This is Aubree at 6 months....
And Spohie. Do you think they look alike? Seriously.

She has said her first word, "hi" which coincidentally was Aubree's also. Although I don't know if it counts if she doesn't know what it means. To her it is just a sound but she can repeat it and says it frequently. She has also said "dada ", "mama", and "baba" (in that order, oddly the same as Aubree...kinda freaky.) But again those are still just sounds she can repeat and she doesn't say those nearly as often. It's so fun watching her grow, and It's hard to start letting go. But having practice has helped.....
Now a little about Aubree....

Her new thing is stripping. She has decided that she doesn't like clothes anymore. And my favorite was when she was stripping for my friend Lexi and said something like "I want to show you my body" (what as it, Lexi?) She is growing smarter by the day. She will pass me up very soon :) The other day Dave told her it was time for bed and she said "but not yet dad, 10 more minuets..." so he said "Do you want 10 more minuets or 11 more minuets?" and she thought for a minuet and said "11 more minuets". How does she even know that? I haven't taught her's amazing what they pick up on when you're not even trying to teach them.
And our favorite...she picked up my scriptures and said "Mommy I'm reading your special scriptures." (me) "what do they say" (Aubree) "that Heavenly Father loves me....I have a special life." Needless to say I smothered her with kisses and told her just how cute she was.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Morning

I was peacefully sleeping this morning when I heard, "Mommy wake up" (pause) "Wake up mommy...Mommy wake up." I didn't really have a choice at this point. When I opened my eyes, this is what was awaiting me.

Could she be any cuter? I don't think so. Apparently I forgot to put the markers away last night and she got up before us and played.....

And this is her watching her new favorite, Monster's Inc.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Just a reminder

Dave brought to my attention that I spelled beginnings wrong on the title of my last post. I'm sure if you look closer there will be many, many more mistakes. I'm just reminding you all that I have terrible english skills, from grammar to spelling to fact I've had to use the spell check 5 times already. So don't judge me too harshly for my poor English. It's sad to speak a language fluently and still have to explain what you're talking about. But that's just me....

Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Beginings

A couple of fun things have happened this week. For family night on Monday we decided to take our friends the Miller's to my Aunt and Uncle's new frozen yogurt shop, Froyo. It's only been open at the new location in American Fork for about two weeks, so it was our first time. My Uncle Corey has designed the whole place, from all the signs and decor to the cute little bookmarks and stamp cards. And let me tell you it is beautiful! I loved going there, it's the cutest frozen yogurt shop I've been to. You might be thinking I have a slightly biased opinion, but honestly I'd have the same opinion if I had no idea who they were :) I can't wait to go again.
I told Dave to take some pictures so I could share how cute and amazing this store is...well this is the only shot he got and it does not do it justice...we'll try next time. Which hopefully will be soon since I always crave it. I'm worried about that when I get pregnant again.....

The other exciting thing is that our temple opened this week! We were able to go to the dedication because my cute friend Natalie watched the kids. It's been amazing to be part of this, watching it be built, attending the open house, signing up to be ushers during the open house (although we never had the chance), and my favorite, watching them replace Moroni after the first one got struck with lightning. Aubree thought it was so fun to see Angel Moroni "taking a nap on the grass" while the crane was lowering the other one....

I've always admired those who do temple work weekly, but have had excuses why I couldn't possibly go that often. They were good excuses with kids, working full time, moving, pregnancies, but I think at any point in our life we can have good excuses not to do things. Now that I have a temple so close, how can I not go that often. On Monday after the dedication Dave and I decided to go, we thought it would be fun to say that we went on the first day it was open. Well Monday wasn't open to the public, just the presidency and invited guests. So we went Tuesday, and we can say that we went on the first day it was open for us! It was amazing. I haven't been in a while with just having a baby and moving twice all with in the past 5 months. And I can't wait to make it a weekly routine. Dave and I already have our times worked out of when we're going except for the times we want to go together, that's harder to arrange with kids, so it probably won't be the same day and time every week like our personal trips...just whenever we can find a sitter or do swaps with our friends here. I feel blessed to have a temple so close and can already feel the difference in my life.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The gardens at Thanksgiving Point

My friend that took us took the farms last week, was able to take us to the gardens this week. We had a blast! Aubree loved the lighthouse.

They all loved looking at the koi and feeding them.

The pond was beautiful. I love lilly pads and had to take a couple pictures....

At the entrance of the gardens, there is this really neat brass Noah's Ark splash pool.
Aubree was very excited to play....

And of course she went for the shoes first!

On a side note, Aubree had fun at home doing her hair and makeup with mom.