Tuesday, September 27, 2011

family pics

Since the family isn't together very often, my dad always wants to take pictures. He sometimes springs it on us at the last minute when someone hasn't done their hair or something. We had a little more advanced notice this time. We are definitely not the most photogenic people, but I'm pretty happy with the way these turned out.

the fam minus Jeff and Jake
the kids
brothers...so funny. they hated taking a picture of just them and had no idea how to stand
all the girls
chelsea and karlee

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fair Post #2

I can't remember the last time I went to the fair, and I definitely have never been to the fair in Missouri. There were all types of people there which made for a fun time. Karlee rode some rides. We looked at the animals. We ate some fair food...probably a little too much fair food.

grandma, kids, chelsea, me, ashley

we took some pics

fed the animals. karlee was so funny and only wanted to feed the small animals

karlee loved riding rides even though she doesn't look like it.

The fair was pretty fun, but I probably don't need to go to another fair for several more years, and I definitely don't need to eat any fair food anytime soon.

Friday, September 16, 2011

fair from my phone

I'm in Missouri for the week with Chelsea and the kids visiting the fam...more to come. Today we went to the Semo district fair...more to come on that too, but for now here's the fair according to my phone.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering...Can't Forget

the Brooklyn Bridge

September 11 is a date that hopefully no one will forget. I don't even know how to put into words what I feel today. I have been reading Facebook status updates and blog posts and watching TV specials today. I am overcome as I think of that day 10 years ago. My experience definitely is so small in comparison to many others who lived through it/barely survived, but it is still something I never want to forget. I was a senior in college, and I was finishing getting ready in the morning. My friend Elizabeth came over to walk to school, and she heard something on the news but didn't know much. BYU was a very different campus that day. Many classes were cancelled that day. There was a special prayer meeting held in the Marriott Center. Click here to read. Even though there was an obvious mood of fear overtaking the country, I remember the prayer meeting and how meaningful it was for me that day. As I think back to 10 years ago, I not only remember the horror of our country being ripped apart by terrorists, but I remember our country coming together united in this tragedy. President Monson writes in the Washington Post about the opportunity it gave many to spiritually rebuld. As I look at our country 10 years later, the tragedy to me is that we aren't always united. We aren't always spiritually strong. We aren't always looking out for each other. We don't always remember. Today was a good reminder to me to always remember.

Friday, September 9, 2011

yucky air...beautiful skies

Thank you summer inversion for this most beautiful sunset.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bridal Shower on the Boat

Nicole and Matt are getting married next weekend. Since she lives out of town we started talking about her bridal shower the second she got engaged. She picked the date and time (since she had 2 other showers that day), and we started planning. In the midst of the planning, Serena somewhat jokingly suggested boating instead of a traditional shower. I don't think anything could be more appropriate for Nicole. We met at Jaynie's last weekend before hitting the lake. This was by far the best and most fun bridal shower I have ever been to.

the bride

she opened presents (with a little craft talk), we ate (don't tell Jaynie's mom there was food on the boat)

Serena surfed, Jaynie did a few tricks on the water

Nicole started out the wakeboarding, Mary got up on the ski and then did something to her back (thank goodness Nicole is a PT and she felt better by the end of the night)

we took pictures (Courtney, me, Mary, Tonya, Serena, Jaynie, Nicole) and watched the sunset from the boat

It's been a few years since the Turnberry days, but being out on the boat together felt like old times. We laughed our heads off and reminisced about those days. I love those girls so much.

Friday, September 2, 2011

buh-bye old...hello new

I've been saying for a while that I'm getting a new car "soon" whatever that means. I decided to do a little shopping to figure out what I wanted. I have an awesome hookup with Nissan so soon turned into this month to take advantage of some incentives. Well turns out car shopping=new car.
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