Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mother Bailey

Reilynn and Bailey were upstairs playing this morning, and I yelled up to ask Bailey to help Reilynn pull the soiled sheet off Reilynn's bed and throw it downstairs.  This is what I heard...

"Mom, why do we need to pull off Reilynn's sheet?"
"Because she wet the bed last night."
"Oh, Reilynn why didn't you tell me?  Let's go get it off, I'll show you."

Reilynn goes to Bailey to ask for help before she comes to me...all the time.  I'm not sure if I love it, or if it makes me feel like I am a slacker mom....

I'm just going with it.

The last stop in our Summer Extravaganza!

We stopped in Mesa on our way home to Texas.
 Great Grandma Alice (who Bailey is named after, by the way), was so sweet to come let 5 little wet kids come and terrorize her house for a visit.
 She made a special trip to the grocery store to have cookies and pop there for us.  So sweet. We love you Grandma!!!
 Lucky for us, Greg and Angie were staying at Grant and Judy's house while they were waiting for their house to become available.  It was fun for the kids to play.
 The older kids set up a whole scavenger hunt for the little kids to go on...they had a blast!
Brevan and Conner were so nice to babysit one night while the adults went out for dinner.  I don't think you should move to Arizona, I think you should just come back to Texas!!! 
We had such a fun trip with summer.  We were able to see family and friends, spend about 52 quality bonding hours in the car, and I can't wait to do it all again next year. 
Thanks everyone who fed us, housed us, or drove to come see us.  We love you all, and y'all are invited to our house any time!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cousin Bonding

 There's nothing wrong with a little male competition between cousins...
 I think they both won once, so no harm done.
 We went to this extreme sports place three times.  The kids couldn't get enough.
 Flying off the trapeze and landing in a huge pool of foam.
 Jumping off trampolines into foam.
 Running and flipping as fast as you can down long trampolines.
 Climbing huge rock walls and then falling...
 into large foam pits.
 It is a child's heaven.
 I was so sad that my back was hurt, because I think it could have been an adult heaven too!
 I wanted to try so bad!!  Mark went once, I was sad I wasn't there to witness and take pictures!
It was a fun place for all ages!
 Then Jessie taught the girls some cheers that she was learning on her cheer team...
 "Make that V, dot that I, curve that C-T-O-R-Y..."
 "Shake it to the left, shake it to the right..."
 "Stand up, sit down, fight fight...

Return With Honor

 It was time for one last goodbye to Dakota.  A big dinner, with lots of family and friends.
 Cory, Lori, and Payden were able to come. It was fun to see them one last time before we left.
 Cousins that I haven't seen in years and years were their...
 Karen and Kas having a little bonding time.
 Some final hugs...
 Savannah just couldn't say goodbye.  :)
 After Code was set apart, Rob was his companion for the remainder of the time until he went into the MTC.  They woke up and had companion scripture study, I thought it was pretty cute.
 Speaking of pretty cute...
 My kiddos, sending Elder Dakota off.
Love ya bud!  The people in Mexico are really lucky to have you for the next two years!!!

Old Friends

We didn't get to see everyone we wished we could have, but we saw a few...
 We didn't get to visit for very long, but we saw Shane, Elise, and their cute kiddos for a couple hours.  Mark and Shane were mission companions, college roommates, and Shane was Mark's best man at our wedding.  We love laughing and catching up with them!

 Rachel has 4 boys and then just had her cute little girl.  Mark and Curtis (her husband) went to the same mission, and then we went to Utah State together as couples.  We had our first kids at the same times, and helped each other through the new craziness of being first time parents and first time home owners. I love ya Rach!!
 Emi was my neighbor, babysitter, and adopted daughter for a long time.  Then they abandoned us and moved to Utah. 
 It was so fun to Lelani and Emi for lunch.  We miss you!!  Move back to Texas!!!
 Bailey was being silly, and she was refusing to give Emi a hug...
But Emi conquered in the end.
I am already planning my next trip to Utah to see all that I missed and see everyone else again.  Love you all!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Temple Square

 I love Temple Square in Salt Lake City.  It is one of the most beautiful places!
 I loved showing our kids the conference center, so that next time when we watch General Conference on the computer, they will remember where it is at.
 Bailey loves to request being photographed.  She cracks me up.
 The Murdock clan.
 Parker loves Dylan... 
 Fun cousins... 
 Making wishes...
 My favorite spot, the Christus.
I love walking up the ramp, with the murals of the stars and clouds, and then seeing the huge statue of Christ. 
I love the Spirit that is on Temple Square.  We are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives.  I have the blessings of the Temple, and the knowledge that I get to be with my family forever.  I am so blessed!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Great "Gamma" Taylor

 Reilynn was fascinated with Great Grandma Taylor.
 She would climb up on her lap and give her hugs and inspections...
 "Gamma, what dat dot right dere?"
 "Gamma, here your gasses."
"I luv you Gamma!"