Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Anniversary- 9!

9 years and counting!  What a blessing it is to be married.  It's about love, about not being alone, or walking alone.  It's about forgiving, and loving, and giving the best of yourself.  It's about raising a family together, teaching children together.  I think family life comes with a lot of trials, difficulties, learning to overcome pain and disappointment relying on the atonement of Jesus Christ.  It's for sure not a walk in the park, but it's worth every sacrifice, pain, love and forgiveness that can be given.  I'm grateful for the last 9 years with Paolo, and look forward to an eternity of them!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Isabel, 3!

 My baby girl turned 3 yesterday!  I can hardly believe it.  I remember when she was born that I had the impression that she would be sweet but tough as nails.  I had no idea what "tough as nails" meant, but I'm starting to learn.  She is one determined girl.  What she sets her mind in not negotiable.  She has to do everything, ALL BY HERSELF or wo to you!  Seriously- doing up her own seat belt, closing her own door, going to the bathroom by herself- in public restrooms (blah!), say the pray first... the list goes on
 She can be soooooo sweet, and her kisses are always welcome.  It makes up for the difficulties of two-year-oldness (now 3-year-oldness).

We made a "princess" castle cake, with ice cream.  It was seriously melting away and we had to sing and eat within 3 seconds of making it!  But she loved it.


We also went to the beach for her birthday.  She discovered rolling down sand dunes.  By how happy she seemed, it was as good as rolling down green, grassy hills.  I'll take the green grassy hill any day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Random pictures


 These two were inseperable!  I'm kicking myself for not getting a picture of Isabel with Milo too!

 Meeting up with the Smith's again!
 Thank you aunt Kathy for the Darth Vader costume.  Despite being 100 plus degrees, Aaron was happy to dress up and go around like that.










Pioneer children sang as they walked...

 Everytime we were in the car and could see the mountains (every day, multiple times a day) my kids would ask when we could go into the mountains?!  We finally did it with my dad.  Hiking in the mountains.  Something I grew up doing, and still have fond memories of.



 For Pioneer Day all of the kids were given handkerchiefs and learned about pioneers and pioneer children.  They played "pioneers" for several days, including eating like them...
 making and carrying their own hand cart...


and walking and walking and walking... around the block.

water fun

 We did lots of splash pads, and water parks!  If you look close you can see Mary carrying Isabel (something she did often). :)



 And in case all of those other places weren't enough for having fun with water, the back of the Barlow's truck was awesome fun too!

Out with the old and in with the new

 I've decided to buy a couple of new things (since I haven't been clothes shopping in more than 10 years! ok, an occasional thing here and there but not much to speak of).  My good friend Karla very deservingly teased me a bit, and celebrated not having to look at this old shirt that has been WELL worn.  So we celebrated by cutting it up!
 I also got a hair cut and bought some make up.  My husband's not going to recognize me when I get home. ;)



Grandma and grandpa Wilson!

 I always worry that I won't be able to see these guys again, even though they're relatively young for "elderly" people, and in pretty good health.  I absolutely loved my time with them.  Most of it was spent going to the temple together!  I'll never ever forget it, and will cherish holding there hands in such a peaceful, wonderful place.