Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oquirrh Mountain Temple

We got a chance to go to the open house of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple today. As we were preparing to go, I realized that we never really mentioned or posted pictures from the Draper Temple open house.

So, for an update from the Draper Temple. We went on Feb. 13th at night. It was crowded and very busy. That's what you get for a Friday night. We went as we headed up north for a bridal shower and visiting of family. We got back Sat. night and then Sun we ended up having Jacob, so we never really gave the weekend much credit.

A couple of pictures from the Draper Temple open house:

waiting for the bus

bus ride

This time around we decided to try and go at a calm middle of the week kind of time. We did it. We ended up going at 1:50. It was fairly calm and their where other kids in the group as well, so that made it nice.

family outside the temple

Charlie and Ben

I have loved being able to take my kids with me to the Temple and go inside. It's nice to be able to show them a little of what the Temple is and what it means to me. I love knowing that through our marriage our kids are sealed to us for forever. I am so gratefull for that knowledge and the blessings that we enjoy because of that knowledge. I am so lucky to be around at this time when the gospel is blooming at such a rapid rate. I am grateful that my kids have had this chance and I hope they get the opportunity to visit more temples as they grow. Until then, the pictures will have to do.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Baby Oliver is now home with his parents. We are so glad for them. Mike has gotten to see him, but we'll have to figure out how the kids and I can at some point.

Congratulations Nick and Ellen!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Nephew

I just had to write and say that I have a new nephew!! We are so excited for Nick and Ellen. Oliver was born at 3:00 Sat. morning. He was 6 lbs 10 oz and 20 in long. He is 3 weeks early and he's in the NICU. They are hoping he will be able to go home tomorrow (Monday). We are hoping/praying for a quick and speedy recovery for them both.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Needed Updates

Take a look and you can see what we have been up to. We have had a good month+. I haven't been doing so well lately at keeping up here. I will try and do better. Hopefully you can at least enjoy the pictures, so just keep scrolling. :)

Wyoming Vacation

We decided to take a little vacation and visit Mike's brother and his wife in Wyoming over the 4th. We took off Thursday (the 2nd) and our 8-9 hr trip took us more like 10 hrs. The kids wanted to stop a lot. On Friday we took a little drive to Devil's Tower. We were able to get out, and walk around the base of the monument. A little Wyoming Fact... Wyoming was the first state to have both the first National Park (Yellowstone) and National Monument (Devil's Tower). It was a nice little hike around it and the kids did pretty well.

In Sheridan on the 4th they have a car show down main street. We decided to head out and check out the cars and downtown main. A lot of the little stores were closed for the holiday, but it was fun to look around. Later that night Mike and Matt light up some fireworks. It was fun for everyone. Some of them would have been illegal here. :) We also got to see some big fireworks from their porch later, so that was good.

Sunday we went to church and got ready for our trip home on Monday. We then left together on Monday. We weren't in much of a hurry to get home, so we decided to make a couple of stops along the way.

We first stopped at Independence Rock. We took the little walk out there and Ben had started climbing up it by the time I got there with the end of the crew. I got to go climb up with him and Charlie came along as well. I was amazed to see those two little boys climbing up this rock all by themselves. They did great. Once we got to the top we got to look around at some of the names that are still visible. We saw a name dated back in 1904 and few around there. It was hard to read exact names, but it was neat to see them. We then hiked back down to Mike, Jacob and Brigit.

We then stopped at the Devil's Gate turn-off, but there really wasn't too much to see without really getting out and going for a walk, so we decided to just head down to Martin's Cove. We talked to a missionary there and he talked to us about Martin's Cove as well as the family that settled that area about 20 yrs after the Pioneers came through. We walked through the museum there and with tired, hungry kids we decided it was time to get back on the road and get going.

We made it home and the boys talked all night about 'climbing the big rock' earlier in the day. They talk about wanting to do it again. We may just have to do that the next time we go up that way. I took a ton of pictures, so I hope you can enjoy them.

Grain Mill

My mom has a grain mill that she let us borrow so we could grind some wheat for her and ourselves. It was a fun activity for Mike and I. We decided to just grind all the wheat that we have right now. We have about 2 1/2 buckets full of wheat. It's been fun to have whole wheat around. Thanks mom and dad.

Springville Art City Days

It was the beginning of June. The city puts on a lot of different events. We go see the Hot Air Balloons take off and this year they were doing a drawing for rides. Mike's ticket got drawn and he got to go for about 1 1/2 hrs up in a hot air balloon. He had a good time. While he was gone the kids and I watched the other balloons take off and waited for the tethered balloon rides to start. We all got to ride in a tethered balloon and the kids enjoyed it. Ben kept wanting to go higher.

We also attended the Art Museums Children't art festival. They had a lot of different activities for the kids to participate in. They had a good time.

It was fun to spend some time together doing different things. Here are a couple of pics.

Ain't no need to watch where I'm going, just need to know where I've been.