You Learn As You Go

Antelope Island

This was a beautiful little trip. Antelope Island was gorgeous. I can’t believe that we’d never been here before. We hiked, enjoyed cruising the island, and even floated in the Great Salt Lake. It was so cool.

So the floating was really cool. The salt crystals all over your skin and suit when you get out were really neat, but itchy. The showering after. No one prepared us for that. You need the minimum of four quarters to turn the showers in a teeny-tiny room on. I managed to dig four quarters out of the bottom my purse, but that was all I could scrape up. That meant that our whole family had to go into the same shower room and we had a whole five minutes to let everyone shower. We entered. Each kid was strategically placed on opposite walls, facing the wall, and told not to turn around or open their eyes. All four of us got naked and lathered up with body soap all while bumping into each other. Did I mention that the door did not lock? If opened all four of our naked soapy bodies would be on display for all the beach goers. Anyone in hearing distance may have overheard things like “Do not turn around.” “Get naked fast!” “Hurry, we are running out of time!” “Don’t let your privates touch the wall.” “We better not run out of water.” “Did you soap all the stinky things?” “Get all the salt off.” “Hurry, your time is up!” “Slide that way.” “Don’t open your eyes!” “You. In. Fast.” “Now rotate to the right.”

And we were so close that at one point Jared’s stuff was “resting” across Liam’s arm while he was rinsing off. And then we all shared one towel. Because after all this, why the heck not?



Family Pictures

We loved Antelope Island so much that we decided to do big family pictures there a few days later. From the time we were there the first time, sharing a shower and all, to the time we went for pictures, the biting gnats hatched. So if we all look itchy. . . it’s because we were! Poor Lydia’s face and neck were covered with purple welts by the time we left. But I’d say these pictures were, oh, so worth it!


April Fool’s Day

Lydia and I got up early to make the boys an April Fool’s breakfast. We made “eggs and buttered french toast” which was actually peaches and cream and cinnamon cake with a starburst on top. For dessert we made “cake pops” which were actually meatballs covered in mashed potatoes with sprinkles. Liam cried when he bit into the meatball. I guess when expecting cake, that is pretty gross. When asked why he was crying he stammered through tears “I hate mashed potatoes!” He doesn’t. We were cracking up. He didn’t think it was funny. Poor little guy.

Boys Campout

Jared took Liam camping with Brandon and his boys. Liam was in heaven and wanted to “live there”.



Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise

This was one of my favorite family vacations. The shows were outstanding. The food was divine. The weather was perfect. We had so much fun and were so spoiled. Disney definitely does it right! They kids loved the kids room. Liam wanted to go all the time. We let him go to some of the special events like making slime with Stitch and making volcanoes with a mad scientist. Every time we came to pick him up he cried. We loved every minute of the trip.

At Nassau, Bahamas we walked to Junkanoo beach. Jared and I soaked up some sun while the kids swam and played in the sand. We walked through a little bit of the town before heading back to the ship. At Castaway Cay we snorkeled, read, relaxed, ate, and walked the island. It was beautiful! We can’t wait to do it again!




Happy Valentine’s Day!

For Valentine’s day we showered the kids with gifts and fun heart shaped food. Jared and I went zip lining over the weekend to celebrate. It was a blast! We had a great day together.


feeling the Holy Ghost

Lydia came up to me today and I wish I could have recorded our conversation. She never ceases to amaze me.

L- Mom, Dad was teaching me the other day about feeling the Holy Ghost. He said that when we do something kind for someone we can feel the Holy Ghost.

Me- That’s true.

L- Well, today at school I think I felt the Holy Ghost.

Me- Cool. What happened?

L- Well, we were supposed to clean our desks out but mine wasn’t messy because I am so organized (obviously she does not lack self-confidence). But Tyler’s was really messy so I helped him clean his desk. It took a long time and we were still cleaning and organizing his desk when everyone else was playing for recess. But I wanted to help him and I think I felt the Holy Ghost. I really have no idea what that feels like, but I think I felt it.

Me- I’m sure you did. How did you feel?

L- I just felt good and happy.

Me- That’s exactly how it feels. I’m so proud of you for helping your friend and recognizing that you felt the Holy Ghost.

And then I scooped her up in my arms, breathed her in, and held onto her for as long as she’d let me.