Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July 2011

We had a great 4th of July this year. Joe's cousin Amanda and her cute little family are in the area this summer for an internship, so we took them over to the Ahren's home for a little bar-bq and swimming. Then we went back to our place for some fireworks.

Summer in Utah!

Well, it wasn't really the whole summer in Utah, just two weeks. But we did enough in those two weeks to fill a whole summer! We spent some quality time with Grandma's, Grandpa's and cousins and just had a whole lot of FUN!

We started our trip at my parents house in Kaysville. My mom took the kids shopping for new summer clothes, we spent a day at Boondocks for some good old "family fun", and we spent a day at Lagoon.

Then we headed down south to my parents cabin in Fairview for the Nattress Family reunion. The kids had so much fun playing with their cousins, riding four-wheelers, swimming, playing tennis, shooting hoops, playing dress-up, and a whole lot in between.

We had Emmy's Birthday party. She's FIVE now! It was extra special for her to have her cousins there to help her celebrate.

After the reunion wrapped up we headed back up to Utah county to have Sunday dinner with Joe's family. I wished we had more time to spend with them but we had lots of fun. Grammy even planned a little surprise birthday party for Emmy, complete with a Rapunzel cake and Doll!

We kicked off week two with a surprise birthday party for my brother-in-law! My cute sister went ALL OUT and planned a Huge LUAU complete with dancers! It was a real party!

The next day we loaded up my parents motor home and drove to Idaho. On the way we stopped to see my sweet Grandmother. She just turned 92! Can you believe it! I haven't seen her in years and she is still just beautiful. We've corresponded in a few letters and cards over the years, but it was so nice to see her and hug her again. She hadn't seen Emmy, Dallin, or Tommy in person yet so we took advantage of a few picture moments.

We spent a couple of days visiting my two brothers in Fruitland. The kids had fun watching 3D movies at uncle Dave's and one day uncle Brett took everyone boating for the day. Sufficeth to say my kids were thoroughly spoiled.

We wrapped up our trip back in Kaysville where uncle Joe put on a little pre-Independence day bar-bq and firework show.

Whew! What a party! Although we had a blast, the kids missed their dad a lot. We are happy to be back home and we are looking forward to the rest of summer!

Tommy Turns One

June was a busy month here at our house. The girls finished school, Tommy turned ONE, and the kids and I went on a two week trip to Utah. Over the next few posts I'm going to have to play catch up so here goes.......

My baby boy turned ONE on June 17th. I can't believe it! This year went by so fast. He is so much fun right now. He's such a social little guy. He loves to talk run and play with his brothers and sisters. According to him he's 1 going on about 6! We laugh about the fact that he doesn't seem to know he's little. He thinks he's as big as everyone else, and boy does he act like it! We love our little T-man. Here are some pics from his party: