Thursday, November 10, 2011


 We spent Fall Break in Arches National Park, near Moab Utah.

The weather was perfect.

The children hiked like champs.

 The baby slept soundly on the mama

 And the grandparents came along

 (How cute are they? Hiking holding hands- Do you love it Tim and Shel?)
 Smiles all around
 With a little silliness

Perfect quick trip!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Carmel Apples

 One of the traditions I'm trying to create for the ladies of the family is a carmel apple afternoon. We made an assembly line of washing, inserting sticks, dipping (first in carmel, then in chocolate- HELLO!), decorating, and bagging. Not only is it a blast to be with my sisters (and when I say sisters, can you all just know that includes my mom and sister-in-law. I won't even tell you who's who in the picture because they are all sisters to me)
It's also so invigorating to create something
(I find that using twigs instead of popsicle sticks makes them much more halloweeny. Keep your eyes open around town and you will find an empty lot with a fallen tree or a neighbor trimming one back and take all the twigs you can get!)
And at the end of the day we have yummy treats for our families and neighbors
(a hole punch and some ribbon transformed my boring paper plate into something much more fun to give. My homemade tag topped it off nicely, right?)

Another tradition I'd like to keep is the glitter pumpkins. Not pictured this year, but it did happen and I learned that glitter still makes me happy.
Oh so happy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Moving Forward, Looking Back:Starting with Halloween

 I'm seriously going to catch up on my blog and become a regular again. So I've decided to start with the most recent and move back.
Happy Halloween!
This year was my very favorite Halloween of all time!
Check out my very own cast of WIZARD OF OZ:
 Adeline as The Wicked Witch of the West (or Elphaba)
 Bailey as Glinda the Good Witch (so popular!)
 Lila as Dorothy
 Complete with ruby slippers
Austin wouldn't play along with our theme, but was so thrilled to be a BYU football player with REAL football pads
 Even the newlyweds got dressed up!