Friday, September 12, 2014


We started August by FINALLY going to the temple together! We haven’t been in a long time and we are working on switching with some friends every month so we can go more often! We have never been to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and it was gorgeous. I’m so glad we got to go!


I just really love this picture of my cute boy laying on my bed. Love him.


Owen managed to get the camera turned on while playing with my phone in the car and took a jillion selfies. He loved the shutter/clicker sound and I had to keep a few of the cute pics he took of himself!


We love jumping on the tramp around here and I love that these pictures show our awesome fence that Dan put up! He did it all by himself (with some help from his dad) and it looks great! He worked so hard in the heat and got it up quickly so that we didn’t lose our home insurance (tramp with no fence = no coverage boo!). We love it and it’s so nice to send Owen back there and know that he can’t escape! We have an empty lot next to us so it’s going to be nice when someone builds there as well.


Cute boys at church! Owen has been a bit of a pill in nursery so that has been a struggle. But I know it’s totally normal, so we are working on it!IMG_3914

This kid is OBSESSED with driving anything and everything. He loves to pretend to drive things and will sit in a car or truck for hours driving if we let him. He recently started saying “drivin’ the library”! I love how he has started to pretend! He was in heaven when we went to Home Depot and they had riding mowers out front. Taking him off was another story…IMG_3918

I got to go to the season opener U of U game with Julie and Everett and we had a blast. I almost didn’t go, but I’m so glad that I did! I got a bit teary walking into that stadium and thinking about the hundreds of games we attended while growing up. My dad was a HUGE fan and I couldn’t stop thinking of him the whole night. I even parked on the street he grew up on! He would have loved it and I’m so glad I got to cheer on my Utes!

IMG_3952   On Labor Day weekend, we went to Rockport again with some of Dan’s family. We didn’t camp but spent the afternoon there. Some kids were blowing huge bubbles and it was really fun to watch them.


Owen did WAAAY better than when we were there on the 4th of July. It was nice and hot in the afternoon and he loved playing in the mud and water. He didn’t care to ride the waverunners, but had a blast digging and playing with his cousins.

IMG_3966 These two just chillin after church one day. Owen just adores Danny and follows him everywhere. Dan is such a good dad and plays with Owen as much as possible. They are just the best ever and it’s amazing how two people can be my entire life. I love them and I’m so glad I have them both! What a lucky lady I am!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bear Lake!

We went to Bear Lake at the beginning of August with my family and we had such a good time! We took off on Wednesday around 2 and we headed up. Owen did really well in the car and we made a few short stops (including seeing the animals on the wall at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Logan) before making it to Garden City.


My awesome mom had rented a cabin for all of us and it turned out to be great! It was about 1/4 mile away from the main Marina on the east side of the lake and it was huge. We had plenty of room for everyone and it was great because Owen had his own room. We got settled and I made some dinner while we waited for my mom to arrive. IMG_3757

We checked out the pool and even though it was evening and pretty chilly, Owen was in heaven. He loved swimming with Dan!


Steph and Andrew didn’t make it until Thursday, so we went with my mom down to the water for a bit on Thursday and Owen and Dan threw some rocks. It was a bit cold for him, so we didn’t last too long!


We did a lot of eating (my mom brought enough food for the Army….) and relaxing. There was a big deck on the cabin with a great view of the lake and we spent some time out there. Owen had fun exploring and did really well sleeping, which was a relief.


We checked out a park one day and Owen loved the swings of course! Steph and Andrew did too!


Dan got a pretty bad head cold and wasn’t feeling 100% he sounded terrible and it was kind of a big bummer. But luckily he is tough and didn’t complain much and still had fun with us. He was resting and Owen had to be right there with him. Cutest.


On Friday we got up and headed to the west side of the lake to Nancy’s “cabin” (not really a cabin, just an awesome house!) She is in my mom’s ward and I grew up with her as my young women’s advisor. I just loved her and spent a few times at her house at the lake in high school. She invited us over for the day and we had a BLAST. We were all dying at her awesome property and all the amazing toys they have!


Casey had a big tractor to launch the boats and Owen loved watching it. Of course he wanted to drive the boat and tried to get in the driver’s seat any chance he got!


We did some wakeboarding and luckily I had a wetsuit! It was a little chilly, but warmed up a lot by the afternoon and we didn’t need them.


The boys had some good tube rides and Steph got this great shot of Andrew backflipping off!


Owen and I even had a good ride on the tube! He is such a cutie pie and really loved the ride! He loved the water and kept jumping off the back of the boat. Steph and I were laughing because it was so stinkin cute. He would jump off then sort of panic as I pulled him back to the boat, then immediately jump back in once he was out of the water!


They had so many fun toys to play with and the house was right on the beach so it was perfect! We played with kayak’s, paddleboards, and ate lunch. Owen loved digging in the sand and even rode on my kayak with me.

IMG_3907IMG_3911  IMG_3796IMG_3906                   After Nancy’s, we were all dreaming about having an awesome set up like that some day!


We tried to go to a local rodeo, but it didn’t go super well…it was pretty pricey and then we left after about an hour because a big storm rolled in and it started to pour. We made it out right before the rain, and Owen still had fun watching the animals, but we didn’t get to see much.


We left on Sunday morning. I wish my mom was in this picture but she was taking it! We had so much fun together with the family and I just love these people. We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I’m a bit late in posting this, but July was a month of fun with summer in full swing. We got moved into our new house, which was very annoying and stressful and overwhelming. Moving is the worst. But we are so happy to be in our new place and we just love it! It is amazing to be so close to everyone!

We went to Rockport with a lot of Dan’s family on the 4th for some water fun. Dave has waverunners so we had fun with those after a big breakfast. Some of the family camped, but we opted to drive up and meet everyone after a good night’s sleep!

IMG_3547 Owen wasn’t a huge fan of the water and didn’t play in it much, but he loved driving the waverunners (or at least sitting on them pretending to drive). 

IMG_3544 Papa took him and Ryan on a little spin and Owen was in heaven!


We tried getting him to nap in Debbie and Marty’s RV, but he wasn’t having it. He finally fell asleep on Danny later in the day.

IMG_3554  Mike and Hailey were rocking their patriotic shirts for the 4th. Walmart special.

IMG_3564 IMG_3561 IMG_3560 We had a BBQ for dinner and everyone contributed. Most of the family was there and it was a lot of fun. It was so nice to be about an hour away from all the fun, so we didn’t have to drive too far!

IMG_3558 We had a BBQ at my mom’s house around the 4th (can’t remember exactly when), and we tried some fireworks for Owen’s sake. He didn’t mind them, but he was much more interested in the poppers. He loved throwing them and saying “whoa!!”




Towards the middle of July, we embarked on our annual Yellowstone trip with the Hill family. We loaded up the truck and drove to Shelley, ID to pick up a trailer that we rented. Owen loved my sunglasses and would put them on and say “Dad, dad, dad” so Danny would look at him. He was a trooper on the drive and did awesome.

IMG_3594  Yellowstone was tons of fun, and the family had several trailers, RVs and a tent. Dave has an RV, Debbie and Marty have an RV, Julie and Jon have a trailer and we had a trailer. Mike and Hailey had a tent. Owen loved “Dave’s bus” and “Papa’s bus” and all he wanted to do was drive it.

IMG_3596 We spent some time driving around the park, but also spent a lot of time just chilling and relaxing and enjoying the beauty.


Owen got his own cute little camp chair! It tipped over easily though so we had a lot crashes when he tried to climb into it!

IMG_3606 I love my little Sarah buddy. She has always been my little buddy and I still just adore her. She is the most loving, cuddly thing you will ever know and I love watching her grow up!


Owen had lots of fun with Brioney (she is 5 months older). They just loved each other and he would yell her name over and over. They took turns pushing each other in the strollers.

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IMG_3644 Old Faithful!

IMG_3635 This cute little bear was outside a restaurant and Owen loves bears. He was so happy to be riding it and kept leaning down to give it kisses and hugs. So sweet.

IMG_3658 IMG_3654 Owen wasn’t too happy to be in the cold water with Dan (above), but when it started pouring rain at the Old Faithful Lodge, he was in heaven running around in the rain! He was squealing and jumping and all the people taking cover under the front porch area got a kick out of him. He is the cutest.

IMG_3648 We went to Mt. Washburn again and hiked a bit further than last year. We knew we wouldn’t make it the whole way and Owen didn’t love the backpack, so we took our time and let Owen explore and play and then we were done. Some of the rest of the family went the entire way to the very top!


We got home from Yellowstone to find out fridge had not closed tightly when we left so everything inside was warm and had to be thrown out. I was so ticked and disgusted by how much was wasted as I threw away all our condiments and fridge items. Luckily it was fairly empty since we were gone, but all the staples had to be tossed, then we had to go spend over $100 to restock the basics. We have hated that fridge since we moved in because it’s weirdly too small for the space and doesn’t have a place to get cold water, but now we really hate it! We will hopefully buy a new one soon!

IMG_3699 Danny put a fence in around our yard! His dad came and helped with the leveling and I’m so proud of him! He is such a hard worker and it looks so good! Now we can let Owen roam free in the  backyard without worrying about him taking off!


We had the Waites over for dinner and Reese and Owen hit it off. They are the biggest cuties on earth and I hope they fall in love! So happy we only live 5 minutes away from them now!

IMG_3722 My sister is in charge of event planning at her company and she had a big company party in Provo that she was in charge of. We went even though we’re not employees! It was really fun and there were food trucks, bounce houses, a petting zoo, games, etc. It was really awesome and fun and Owen just loved petting the animals. Strangely he didn’t want to ride the horses even though he rode on one about 2 months ago.


Owen came down with a pretty high fever and we still aren’t sure why, but I think it was teething. He had some molars come in and he was super tired and blazing hot. He just wanted to sleep with Dan or I holding him. Tylenol brought the fever down, but it would wear off and he would be hot again. We geared up for a rough night, but he slept 13 hours and was better the next day! What a relief! He has never been sick in his whole life so we really weren’t sure what to do. Sick babies are the worst.

IMG_3743 Brioney turned 2 and they had a fun water party at their house in West Haven. There were pools and a sprinkler under the tramp. Owen really loved it, especially the tramp!

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We drove by our old house on the way home and it was really weird to see it and the differences. It still felt so familiar and I swear if I walked inside, it would look exactly like it used to before we moved. It’s a very weird feeling to make so many memories and move from a place you love. We love our new house though and are excited to continue to make it our own. It feels very comfortable now and we are happy that we found it!