Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Well we are back home in the great state of IOWA. The neighbors & our ward were good to use beyond belief. When I think of Tender Mercies I quickly think of my ward. As we arrived home we had a HUGE swing set in the back yard full of sand with welcome home written in it. One of our good friends makes these swing sets & as you can see does an AMAZING job. I still sit in my back yard & just smile that it is really in my back yard, truly humbling indeed. Some other ward members helped put it together & I am thinking "WHO DOES THIS KIND OF THING?" OUTSTANDING people indeed. I so lucky to be in a ward with so many wonderful people. We were also welcomed with a delicious meal in our freezer, peanut butter bars that were to die for. Dinner was brought in one night & a meal was in our fridge. We were greeted with love & kindness from many . Just the other day my neighbor brought over chips, dip & a free papa murphy's coupon.
I am so in awe at my many many great blessings. I have an outstanding family in Idaho & an outstanding ward family & neighbors here in Iowa it just doesn't get any better than that.
Ashlynn was the first kid to dig into the sand pile & has not left it much since.
In the evenings most of us can usually be found hanging out in the backyard playing on the swing set. The older kids are so great at playing with the younger kids on it. Ashlynn & I had a picnic in it yesterday & she thought that was great fun.
The other day I also found some of the older neighbor kids playing in it also. I thought they were all pretty cute 3 boys keeping Ashlynn entertained. As if the sandbox was not enough.
I was not able to get pictures the first day due to the excitement of everything I FORGOT!!! I did remember the 2nd day that I should do that so here they are. AJ is LOVING school so far.
Riley gets to go to the new school this year & is also LOVING it.
With seminary Aj is up at 5 every day & Ry is up by 6:30. I am so not use to that early has never been my thing. I guess I will become one.
We are so happy about Brit's teacher Daxon had her & we LOVE her. She is one of those teachers who go above & beyond. Brit comes home so happy everyday.
Daxon is also loving school. 4 kids & they are all loving it soooo HAPPY about that.
This is the group that rides to school together. We have such great neighbor kids.

My Dad brought us home & did so much to help us get unpacked & he drove all night to get us home. We have LOVED living with him this last few months & could have never survived without him. He was way to good to us we miss him soo very much. He took the train he did not LOVE it. He has convinced me that will not be my form of traveling to Idaho oh probably ever.
My aunt Louise makes the BEST cream puffs with ice cream & hot fudge. She had all the family over before I left to have some & once again they were delicious. We all had a great time. She is such a fantastic lady.
Riley turned 12 the day we left. Before leaving we all met out in raft river for some fun on the water slides. We all had such a great time & were so happy to see the cousins for awhile before we headed out. I can't believe Riley is growing up so fast. He is such a great kid & makes this family so very happy. He is strong & stands up for things that are good & right. He is tender & always has a way of making you smile. He loves playing with friends & just doing anything that does not involve work:)
Grandpa helped the zoo of kids all get some cake.
What a great looking bunch of kids. We are sure going to miss you all!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


We went camping this last week and it was soooooo much fun. It rained non-stop & my back was killing me so we came home early. This did not make my kids very happy they had 24 hour round the clock fun. I cried most the way home knowing this was my last BIG family get together in a very long time. I have such a great family who are ALWAYS sooo good to me & my kiddos. We are truly blessed by them.
This is right before we left the kids were catching fish & having a great time in the water. Ashlynn loved being in the water & was usually wet by mid-morning daily from walking in shoes, jeans, & all.

Daxon & Houston were pretty happy with these fish they caught by hand

Ashlynn LOVED camping. She also LOVED all the dogs that were around. The girl really needs a dog, to bad her mom is not up for that extra job.

I watched Ash & annalyn go into the camper I went in to see what they were up to & they were having a great time jumping on the bed.

These three were so adorable together. Just hanging out doing crafts, 4-wheeling, or taking pictures of each other.

Mark took the boys to shoot Zacs gun they all thought that was pretty cool.

These 2 little ones are picking up left over pin ya ta candy of the ground YUM YUM:)
Before we left the girls all gathered for a fun picture.
These kids are all trying to get the most candy off the ground. They are all sooo cute.

I LOVE these girls & am going to MISSSSSS them SOOO much .

These boys slept out in this tent. The one night it was pretty late & I went to check on them, they were still going mighty strong. Having a great time being boys.

These boys slept in a different tent & watched fat Albert every night & repeated the lines to it all day.

What a great part of camping. Cooking smores at night around the fire.

Britton was a bit craZY about riding motorbikes, A girl one a boy one it did not matter. He simply wanted to ride one.How lucky he is to have such great uncles who let him..
Daxon & Riley were a bit braver this year & are getting to where they are feeling pretty comfortable. I'm not sure if this is a good or BAD thing.
Wendy took Ash on a walk & helped her discover her LOVE for gathering ROCKS. This kept Ash entertained for hours.It was so ADORABLE.

AJ loved cruising around on the 4- wheeler. I loved it because most the time she would take Ash with her & I would get a break.This is AJ doing her cool dancing moves :)Wendy is just helping with Ash & letting her think she is soo big riding a bike.

I LOVE LOVE this picture. What a blessing it is to have so many cute little cousins.
The BOYS LOVED the fire & whenever it was raining they would get the BIGGEST fire going. It was amazing how well they kept the fire going in the rain. I was impressed.


I am not sure what Jana is telling these boys to do but they sure do look happy.

The kids favorite playing in the water. Ash loved laying over the bridge pretending to fish.Wendy brought all her beads & taught us how to make watches. It was super fun & I can't wait to try & make some more. She sells bracelets & watches & she is so talented at it. They are always so neat looking. We all loved having her help.Eating inside due to rain. Still having a great time!
Motorbiking. What the boys loved to do.Loving Life
Sisters by chance, friends by choice!The 3 musketeersThose darling 3 girls said we really want to take a picture of you guys so we all stand together & 1 clicked the picture while the other sprayed us with silly string. It was a great laugh.
We bought moon sand for the kids BAD IDEA!!!!! NEVER EVER buy that stuff. it is even messy when you are outside camping YUCK!
These 3 cute girls slept in this tent & man did they have JUNK all over in it JUNK food that is.

I bought these GIANT size marshmallows at win co & the kids LOVED them. They could not eat a whole almost because they were way toooo big required a full Hersey bar & 2 full size Graham crackers YUMOOOOOOO
Kids always Love Grandpa.
Cooking & eating are such a perfect part of camping.As is doing crafts.
Kids ALWAYS love making mud pies.Going to catch some fish.This girl lived by the creek. She was so happy to have her freedomEveryone had such a great time & loved being in the outdoors. We are all so blessed to have such amazing family & friends.