Monday, November 21, 2011

Summer Recap



Residency graduation and a final farewell to UVA.

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A wet hike on a hot day (Moormans River).


And the summer ended with a bang (more precisely, a break):


Gwen’s broken arm is really a post all it’s own, but here is the condensed version. She crashed her bike on our new, crazy steep driveway. Compound fracture (thank goodness Jared was home) middle of the night surgery, 2 pins and bright blue cast. Followed by a green cast, followed by a purple cast, followed by a tie-dye cast and finally a white, half cast. Yep, that would total 14 weeks in a cast! One surgery, one “manipulation” to re-break and straighten it and one super optimistic, can-do attitude. She’s been awesome, still in a splint and still smiling!

Road Trip

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VA to CO to UT to NE to VA. Old school style (notice no electronic devices?!). I like this picture of the kids because it accurately captures their travel personalities. Grace is occupied with her toes for hours on end, Gwen must be eating or drinking at ALL times and of course, Noah is harassing Ryan in the back seat.

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Is there a better way to stretch your legs during a long travel day than 4 wheeler rides with Uncle Alan? It was so fun to pit stop in Rangely, CO to visit Jared’s sister, Alison. I just love the big smile on Alan’s face after scaring Gwen to death during her turn.



Beautiful Colorado! The weather and the mountains were absolutely gorgeous while we were there. Took a great hike with cousins in the mountains and ate lots of cherries (thanks to my awesome sister Cori for the pics of Grace). My kids are incredibly lucky to have great grandparents, not to mention great grandmas who will swim and play in the pool with them! We spent a gorgeous Colorado day with Grandma Dodie at her pool during our stop-over in CO.

And while we spent the bulk of our trip having a great time in Utah – we have one single picture to prove it. Fire me! My only excuse is that we were just having too much fun to stop and pose for pictures. This is Grace and Eliza, Jared’s best friend’s daughter:


I really can’t believe I don’t have pictures of the family reunion – the slide contest at Scera pool (of course we are talking about the grown men), the minute-to-win-it games at FHE, the too-short reunions with old friends, BYU bookstore shopping trip, tubing and wake boarding (attempts) at the lake. Our week in Utah was so fun.

P1020041On our way home, we stopped in Omaha to see our beloved Sister Jenkins who was finishing up her mission at the Trail Center. She gave us the VIP tour.


On the road again with a prank for the sleeping passenger. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

an explanation

After a 4 month break from posting, I really debated shutting down the old blog for good. I don’t take great pictures (I hardly remember to take pictures at all!) and I’m not a witty writer with deep thoughts to share but I have missed documenting our happenings. I love having family members from far and near be able to sneak a peek at our lives but this blog is really just for us. It is my way of celebrating our kids and organizing pictures and doing a little journaling. Sorry for the posts full of old news as I play catch up.