Not the best!


I think I should have opted to get a picture with great Grandpa and Grandma sooner, because this was right before we were leaving and the kids weren’t so cooperative! We loved staying with you two, thanks so much!


Pioneer Day!

Being in Idaho on Pioneer Day was fabulous. Quite a parade. We saw Uncle Torrey, Nikki, Hannah, and Courtney in the lead on their Harleys. Then all kinds of floats, such creativity. Of course there was candy thrown. I think Luke got more candy from this parade than he did from last Halloween! Natalie was a little more timid but G&G and great G&G made sure she got plenty too. My favorite the saltwater taffy, I think I ate most of that!

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Then we headed to Torrey’s for an afternoon/evening of fun! Cooking out and visiting and playing till the sun went down and then we had a fire! Quite the boyscout Torrey, almost burned our faces off Smile

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Look at that beautiful grass, made some great volleyball. Everyone was having a good time, Jared was the master griller. A little hide and seek too.

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The bike collection to drool over, the never-been-seen-before but oh-so-talked-about Mike Crump made an appearance and even validated dad’s crazy hunting story of jumping on the deer after shooting both front legs and riding it down the hillside to slit its throat, I just still don’t know! Even Uncle Ed came over to visit, and we got to see his latest creations!

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Luke and Natalie were happily playing with more second cousins all day- Deja was just so friendly and happy to show them around. Look at great G&G with some of the “kids.” Wish I would have taken a picture of that bonfire!


We arrived at G&G Davies pretty late, so we got tucked in and headed to Rexburg in the morning.

UNCLE SCOTT and AUNT CHRISTINA …woohoo! (Natalie still talks about your princess cup she got to drink out of!)

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we got explore BYU-I a bit before heading off to a celebratory dinner (thanks again Dad!)…

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If you think my food looks good (which it was), you should have seen the party platter the graduates gobbled down- impressive!

And then it was time to graduate! Here’s the cheering section…

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and the dynamic duo…


Leave it to my sister the only Psychology major walking in the Graphic & Performing Arts College to put on a show! Smile She strutted across the stage like it was a Miss America pageant, looking just that beautiful. I was laughing too much to take a picture. I think my mom missed hearing Scott’s name because she was so distracted!  Congrats again, we are happy for ya!

Of course after their photo session, the kids got to dress up too…


Whenever Natalie looks at this picture, she fondly remembers with a smile on her face “that’s when Luke and me graduated!”

and the road trip begins…

With the help of Aunt Marissa and lots of movies, the kids and I headed off on the road.

First stop, Kansas City- good day.

Second stop, Denver- rough finish.


Third stop, Springville- lots of whining, oh-so-happy to get out and PLAY!!!

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Then the whirlwind of visiting and fun started. We went to so many different places, that eventually Luke gave up being shy and would just ask, “where’s the playroom?”

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The kids had a blast playing with the McC’s that they didn’t really want to leave.

But we had to say hello to Nikki, and Jen, and meet up with the crazy Kecks.

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Grandma!!               Seeesters!

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Sprinklers + rocks + popsicles + cousins = HEAVEN!!

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Wished we could have stayed in Utah a few extra days, next time I’ll plan better!

and then we were off to Idaho!

so July?

Let’s catch up, especially if I hope to print a scrapbook of the blog this year! Well, back in July we had a fun outing with Karie and the A’s…

look at these cute cows…

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gotta love over $20 of free food and a seperate enclosed playarea, oh chick-fila, we heart you!


and then we hit the road…