Lydia’s birthday

Happy eighth birthday, baby girl! Eight. This was a big one for me. The age of accountability. I’m not going to lie; I kinda wanted to wrap you up and let you be little forever. However, time goes on and I’m excited for everyday with you. I’m excited to see who you become. I’m excited to watch you continue to grow and learn. I always say that you are the sweetest girl I know, and I mean that with all my heart. You are beautiful inside and out. I am proud of you and aspire to be more like you every day. Happy eighth. Here’s to a lifetime more! I love you!

Lydia decided to go to Monkey Joe’s for her big day. They bounced their little hearts out.

And Nanny did American Doll again for her birthday. Our favorite! And this year, Liam got to tag along.


We booked a three week trip to Utah for the summer. I was a little nervous because as much as we love to travel and go, go, go; I was a little nervous that three weeks might be too long away from home. But honestly, it was perfect. We stayed most of the time at Grammy and Grandpa’s house. The kids loved playing nonstop with all their cousins. We loved visiting with our grandparents. We threw in a few little weekend trips and before we knew it the whirlwind of the trip was over.




Bear Lake

Our first weekend getaway was to Leslie and Nate’s cabin at Bear Lake. It was absolutely gorgeous and the weather was perfect. We visited Minnetonka Cave, went to the park, swam in the frigid pool, rode ATV’s, relaxed, and some of us even got food poisoning (we think). It turned out to be quite the bonding experience, a bonding experience that I hope we never have to have again.



Glendale Reservoir

The next weekend we journeyed up to Susie and Jeremy’s cabin in Glendale. It is nestled in the middle of green rolling hills at base of vast mountains. The views were gorgeous, the weather was perfect, and the company was better. We had a great time.