Sunday, October 12, 2014

I hope they call me on a mission...

 I love the influence that the full time Elders have on our family.  I've always loved the missionaries...I think that stems from having 7 brothers that served.  I still remember, at the age of 3, watching my brother Dave get on the plane.  It had a great effect on me back then.  I'm grateful for worthy young men who are willing to give up 2 years of their lives to share the gospel.  I feel that missionaries can have just as much influence on member families as they do nonmembers.   Through the years we've stayed in touch with many young men that served in the Heber area.  I of course have my favorites, but then again I have my favorites with everything.  

My favorite just went home on Saturday.  Thank heavens he only lives like 7 hours away so we can see him soon!! Heber was lucky enough to have Elder Johnson serve here twice...at the beginning and end of his mission.  Our Maron has been in love with him since the day we met him.  Thank you Elder Johnson for allowing us to be apart of your life and for your testimony and example!!! 
We love our Elder Johnson!!

 Ask Maron who her boyfriend is..."it's Elder Johnson!'

 Always having a good time
 Deep in thought
 Elder Johnson has always had the ability to make everyone feel special...especially his greeny struggling companions!
 
 Saying goodbye stinks!!


 Miss Maron still has a hard time understanding that he has gone home, and that his home is in Utah!!


It was sad saying goodbye to this funny goofy kid...Elder Byington was one of a kind!!

 We only got to have Elder Baxter here for 2 short weeks.  We instantly connected with him as well.  At first he comes off as being shy...then he opens up and he is completely the opposite.  We were sad to see him leave, but we hope he will get to come back at some point in his mission!



 And then there is Elder Strong...he is currently still serving here and we love him!  He, as well, is so good to our kids.  He's a great young man and sets a great example for others!!!

2 months later...

 I feel as if the past two months have been a whirlwind.  But then again...it always does!!  There has been some super sad moments and super exciting moments.  Four days before hitting the 2 year mark of my Dad's passing Chester Crandell, whom was another father figure in my life, passed away.  The news was shocking.  Then on my Dad's 2 year mark Frank Greer passed away.  Death is not an easy thing to filter through ones heart and mind.  My heart still goes out to these two families!!

 Chester Crandell's funeral

Frank Greer's Funeral


We sure were grateful to get to see some of our favorite people...Jon and Mandi Crandell...we just wish it had been under different circumstances!!

We also got to go to Amanda and Kimi's baby shower.  I have been so excited for these two sisters that were having the first 2 granddaughters for Ron and Melanie!(they just had em this week which I will post pics soon)

 We have got to play in some good rain storms!!  What is better than playing in the rain with some of your best friends??...I'd have to say NOTHING!!
 Taelee, Graci, and Maron(photo bombed by Miles)
 Miles and Rudger
 Paul
Zach(photo bombed by Paul)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First day of school 2014...

 The first day of school is better than Christmas for me...I love getting back to a routine and being on a schedule!!  And to be honest...it's nice for the kids to have a break from each other and from me!  We seem to like each other a LOT more:) I can hardly believe that all but one of our kiddos goes to school.  

 Oldest to  Youngest
 Tristen...Junior
 Eva...Freshman
 My High Schoolers.  Don't let this photo fool you...they seldom get along!!
 Porter...7th Grade
 Michael...7th Grade
 My Junior Highers
 Miles, Caden, Morgon, & Mallori...the Mountain Meadows kids
 Miles...1st Grade
 Caden...3rd Grade
 Morgon...3rd Grade...don't ask!!
 Mallori...Kindergarten
 Paul, Zach, and Amelia...the Capps Kids
 Paul...4th Grade
 Zach...4th Grade
 Amelia...6th Grade
 Maron...Mom School...she of course can't be left out!!
Maron & Amelia...sure love these two beauties!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Family Vacation

 It's been like three years since we took our kids on a family vacation.  We used to go every year but the bigger our family got the harder that became.  The past couple years Brandon and I would just go on a get away...but this year we felt like it was time for family time.  Since we are part of the WorldMark time share we were limited on sites that had availability.  We ended up in Indio, CA which was extremely HOT but a LOT of FUN!!!!!  They had awesome pool areas with kiddie pools and a splash pad, a game room with arcades, a movie theater, and lots of ducks roaming the property which my kids LOVED to feed.

 Maron on the splashpad
Porter, Ashley, Eva, Tristen, Amelia
What a good Daddy hanging out with his little princesses in the kiddie pool!
Miles
Mallori wasn't too sure what she thought about her dad throwing her in the air
This was a re-occurrence on the trip...Michael having to sit out because of behavior:(  
Caden belly flopping...for some reason my kids think that is fun!
Brandon throwing Zach
Morgon in the air
Princess Mallori
Mrogon holding on for dear life
I kinda like this guy...photobomber Tristen
Eva, Maron, and Ashley
I think this photo is hilarious!!...Michael walking off the edge
Then Michael belly flopping
spread out all over...i love that swimming wears them out!
Michael having to sit out at the beach
and again!!!
Porter and Brandon
Maron and Ashley...we were so grateful that Mike and Robyn agreed to let us fly Ashley out to go with us.  She was SO much help!!!! We sure love our Asheley Burns!!
Parker and Miles...the toothless wonders!!...We were excited that the Reidhead Family were able to join us.  It was fun having friends along. 
Amelia and Emmie
Maron and Porter
Miles loved boogie boarding
So did Zach
We can't have a family vacation without some fighting!!...Paul and Zach fighting over the boogie board!
LOVE this beautiful Reidhead Family!!
Miles was about to poop his pants...so I had to take this photo:)
Our crazy family!
Miles and Maron wiped out from all the swimming
What a sexy beast!!!!!