Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Second Trip to New Hampshire

Towards the end of September we received a wonderful gift, a trip to New Hampshire for Ashley's wedding without the kids. My sister and mom came into town to watch the kiddos and we were off on an adults only adventure.

As much as I love my children and missed them we had a wonderful time exploring Vermont and New Hampshire on our own. Aside from the wedding we spent one of our vacation days in New Hampshire at the Franconia Notch State Park Flume. This was an incredible experience. A man-made trail leading up a gorge with a natural river running through it. We hiked all day, a beautiful day, with the fall leaves changing color and nature all around us.

Another day we visited a Shaker Village. I didn't know anything about the Shaker Church before we visited the village but we learned a lot about a small portion of the early colonies history. The Shakers lead a humble life and it was very interesting to walk a day in their shoes.

Finally it was wedding day. Ashley looked like Princess Buttercup on a beautiful day in Boston. The temple ceremony was beautiful. Having all our family, minus the missionaries, together in the temple was perfect, and we welcomed James into our family with open arms. After the ceremony we spent the afternoon reflecting on memories of our lovely Ashley. Her tenacity, passion, and love for her family and the things she believed in. It was perfect and lots of love was shared.

New Hampshire is beautiful in the fall, full of colors and warmth, but I was glad to come home when it was all over.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Life with Crazy Christian

I just wanted to write a quick post about the crazy life of Christian. Now that the kids are in school full time Christian and I spend a lot of time together. We fill most of our time with errands, puzzles, legos, and reading books.

But since we got back from Disneyland he has really been into dressing up and pretend play. He went through a few days when he was really into dressing up in a Spider-man costume with a Hulk hand and a sword. But he also likes dressing up in "party dresses" with Lizzy. I have been trying to sway him towards the more "guy friendly" costumes but he is 2 and having fun so I don't have the heart to stop him.

 On Friday we all dressed up like pirates for national Talk Like a Pirate day and received a free dozen of crispy creme doughnuts. Since then he has been wearing his pirate costume around and singing yo ho yo ho. He is such a fun kid, I love his playful attitude and search for adventure.

Flooding in the desert

While we were off in sunny California a major storm raged through the state of Arizona. Apparently there was major flooding for several days. The city of Mesa received over 4 feet of rain alone.

Luckily there was no damage to our house or yard but when we got back the rain had not stopped and we took the opportunity to enjoy some later summer showers. The kids love it when it rains here because the rain is so warm we never get cold.

Most of the city had flood damage or other issues but we are safe and sound. Thank you for our blessings and the rain to help our grass turn nice and green.