Monday, August 18, 2014

Like Father, Like Son

So, we have all been pretty impressed by how much Nick looks like Lila. But I just came across this baby picture of Todd. I think the resemblance might be even more uncanny... I wish I had a few pictures that had the same angles and facial expressions. I didn't have a picture that showed the face that I see all day that really does look like that one from 30 years ago.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Big Sister, Big Smile

Could they be siblings?

3 years, 6 months, 23 hours and 38 minutes later...

The moment Todd saw Nick's face he said "he looks just like Lila."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reading Time

I love having my sisters around to play with. And I love it when grandma and grandpa have time to do stuff with the kids. Especially things like reading. Too fun.

I Went to Lagoon

Are you proud of me? At more than 8 months pregnant I made it a whole day at Lagoon with the fam! It was actually a lot of fun. I wish I could have watched all the kids at once so the other adults could all go do fun stuff the whole time, but they knew I couldn't actually handle that. Also, toward the end I wasn't sure if I would live through the day. But I was glad I got to go and enjoy being with people I love and watching all the kiddos having fun. If nothing else it was worth it to see Lila have so much fun the whole day. Another bonus, it wasn't too crowded so most of the rides were no or very little wait. I'm not sure how great it was for all the big kids, but with the little ones it was really nice that the kids could basically pick a ride and climb on. What a great time!

So I had to share with everyone my story about this ride. When I was little I really wanted to ride Puff the Magic Dragon. I also wanted to bring my little folding comb I had gotten from a kids meal (or something like that). My mom told me I would lose it and I couldn't take it on the ride with me. I promised her that I would hold on to it really tight and wouldn't drop it. Well guess what? I lost it. I let it fall right out of my hands while I was having so much fun on the ride. When we got off and I was crying, we looked around for it. My dad saw it on the ground, waited for the coaster to pass by, and leaped over the fence to pick it up for me. After he was back over the fence and my fear that he would die by being hit by the dragon faded, I could appreciate and admire my hero for saving my comb. I even remember clutching the thing in the backseat of our blue Astro van on the way home because it was now an even more prized possession than before.

My dad didn't remember this story, so I wonder if I made it up. He sounded surprised that he would have jumped over the fence. But my memory of it is so clear, it must be true! Okay, back to 2014 and more pictures.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lila Eating an Apple

My Mother's Day Present

For Mother's Day Todd got me tickets to see the Little Mermaid at Tuachan near St. George. We finally took our trip towards the end of June. My mom was nice enough to hold on to Lila for us so we could enjoy the drive and the evening without too many shenanigans. It was a nice time to get away for a bit.

One of the really cool things we did was eat at this great restaurant. We started our meal with a delicious salad and cheese fondue appetizer. Both very good. I just love dipping stuff in cheese. Then we got our meat served to us raw with a hot rock. Yup. They heat up a slab of rock and you cook your own meat in strips on the hot stuff. It turned out sooo good! We both loved it. 

Check out my belly. This was more than a month ago, mind you
Then we went over to see the show. We got there a bit early so we were able to just hang around for a little while. The evening was hotter than I expected, which was unpleasant especially with big belly. Unfortunately it didn't get any cooler as the evening went on. Fortunately, we got such good seats that they came with seat pads and a bottle of water. That was especially sweet.

As you can see, we were very close to the front. Of course we have no pictures of the actual show because that is illegal, but it was amazing. I loved every minute of it. The actors all did a great job, and I have never seen the stage version before but I liked that too. My only complaint is that the storyline makes it way too easy to defeat Ursula. At least in the movie they have to struggle a bit and it seems hopeless for a while before Prince Eric finally spears her with his ship. In this one Ursula didn't even get a chance to show how scary she is before it was all over.

But again, the effects and music and acting and all that stuff was very fun. I am really glad we got to go!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Americas birthday

Today I told Lila that today is the 4th of July, and that it is a holiday because it is Americas birthday! She is still learning what America is, but she does know that Utah is in America, Philadelphia is in America, and that she likes the American flag. She also loved that that she and I both dressed up in red, white and blue. She wore blue sticker earrings since she doesn't have anything blue unless it also has pink or is a pair of jeans. She looked so adorable in her red dress.

Not really any pictures today, but we did have fun swimming with cousins, playing at grandmas, visiting new baby Everly, and eating some burgers as part of our dinner prepared by Shelly and Matt (thanks!) there was also yummy apple pie. 

To top off the night we went to Darren and Danica's to watch some fireworks. I wouldn't have wanted to keep Lila up so late, but when we were driving home last night she was obsessed with getting to watch fireworks and would get super excited any time she saw some out the car window. Unfortunately she wasn't as excited about them tonight when we could see all of Provos fireworks including stadium of fire. Maybe she just doesn't like them as much from so far away. We'll at least I got a picture of her with a sparkler before she burned herself on one and refused to touch anymore of them.

Hope everyone had a good holiday. We are glad we live in America.

Monday, June 30, 2014


For a few days Lila looked so dang cute I had to send pictures to Todd at work. She is pretty much the best. Not sure how she can look so beautiful no matter what she wears.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Temple Trip

A few weeks ago we decided to go for a drive for family night. We ended up driving over to the Provo temple and walking on the grounds. It was nice because there weren't too many people there, since the temple is closed on Monday evenings. Besides visiting the Salt Lake Temple briefly, it is the only time we have done this. I keep thinking I need to take her more often while we are lucky enough to live so close to so many temples, but just haven't made it happen. She had a great time running around the grounds and was so excited to be at the temple that we have so many pictures of in our home. It was fun to talk about the fact that her mommy and daddy got married there. She was again a little angry with us for not letting her be there with us. That is one of the things she has been confused about lately. When we talk about daddy on his mission, she states matter-of-factly that she was home with mommy while daddy was gone. We have tried to explain to her that she was in heaven during a lot of these events, but she still gets mad that we didn't bring her with us. Anyway, it was clear she felt the spirit that was there and was very upset when it was time to go home.