Thursday, August 25, 2011

BYU Freshman Roomate Reunion

These are some of my best friends in the whole world.  We were placed together in the dorms freshman year at BYU and became fast, close friends. 
 Four years ago we met up in NYC for a reunion with just us girls, but this year we decided our families should join us.  We met up in Island Park, Idaho to stay in Megan's in-law's cabin.
Jack, Bear, and Blake ready for church. 

After church on Sunday we drove up to Big Springs.
 The mosquitoes were horrible, so we didn't stay too long.
 But we did walk long enough to see a MOOSE!
We spent most of the time on the lake boating,  

or jet skiing.  The boys were OBSESSED with the jet skis and were constantly begging Daddy to take them for a ride.
The rest of the time we spent in the hot tub, eating, chasing kids around,
and playing games late into the night.
 Definitely one of my favorite vacations.

 Miss you guys already.  Can't wait for Hawaii 2015!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Falling in Love with Idaho

Bond spent May, June, and July studying for and stressing over his Comprehensive Exam which took place at the beginning of August.  It covered all of the information he had learned in his courses over the past two years and his status as a PhD student was contingent on the results.  His anxiety was relieved on Thursday when we found out that he passed, and since then he has felt like a HUGE burden has been lifted. 
The day after he took his test, we packed up a rental car and headed to the Wild West to visit friends and family for 12 days.  While we were there I fell in love with Idaho, something I never thought I would say.
 We spent four days with Bond's grandparents in Rexburg.  The weather was perfect.....such a relief from the hot and HUMID Nebraska August we left behind.
Gandpa was looking after a friend's sheep when we arrived.  The boys thouroughly enjoyed feeding them.  Bug woke up to the sound of sheep baaing the first morning and laughingly said to me with a shake of his head, "Dose Seep" (those sheep). Two of the few words he still does not pronounce correctly, and I love to hear him say.
 I could definitley get used to Gma and Gpa's view every morning.  Take note of the beautiful clear sky and outline of the Teton Mountains in the background.
 Grandpa has a fourwheeler to shovel his snow in the winter.  Here, Daddy and Bug are getting a driving lesson from Uncle Dan. 

 Grandma arranged for us to visit and feed a friend's horse.

 While we were there, we got to see their week old kittens.  They were ADORABLE.....too bad they grow into adults.

 It was so nice to be able to spend time with Grandparents and for the boys to get to know them better. 
 They have an awesome garden, and the boys got to help dig up some fresh Idaho potatoes.

 Which was followed by time in the sprinkler.
 We then dried the boys up, and sat down to enjoy some of Grandma's delicious cooking: homemade chicken noodle soup over mashed don't get any more Idaho than that!
 The night before we bought some raspberries and blueberries at the local famer's market and I had a pie crust making lesson from Grandma.  So yummy.
 I could also get used to the Summer sunsets from their front porch. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

 Our ultrasound results were confirmed today.  We are having a healthy, baby girl.  Here is her profile shot with her face smashed up against the placenta.   And here is my 28 week belly shot.  I can't believe I still have almost 3 months left of growing to do! Yikes.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Nauvoo- Day 3

 On Sunday we toured Carthage Jail, attended my sister's ward for Sacrament Meeting, took pictures at the temple and then headed back to our hotel to play games and get out of the heat.

 This is the toll bridge we had to cross each time we went into Nauvoo from Fort Madison where we stayed.  We barely got across it in time for it to open up to let a barge through.  Pops was driving the car in front of us and thought he was supposed to stop because of a red light on the bridge. The lady in the toll both came running out waving her arms at us to keep going.  Luckily we made it safely to the other side so the boys could watch the barge.