Monday, August 18, 2014

Castle Dell with Pops

I don't know if I've ever introduced you to Myer's grandpa, Jake's dad, but he has worked for the LDS church in their Lighting Design department for 27 years.  He is the guy that sets up all the lights for the pageants in Manti, Nauvoo, Hill Cummorah, and Castle Dale.  (He designed all the lights in the Conference Center and controls them each and every General Conference)  So Jake and Myer took a trip down to the Castle Dale pageant and hung out with the expert himself.  Myer eats all of this stuff up and loved being by Papa's side.  He felt pretty official riding around with Papa on the four wheeler checking on stuff.  He also hung around the pageant site, riding horses, made a prairie diamond, and ate pioneer bread. 

The next day they jeeped Little Grand Canyon.  And the most exciting thing, according to Myer, was finding a dinosaur footprint.  This kid.  Always on adventures and finding cool stuff.  It helps to have cool grandparents.

Friday, August 15, 2014

see you in 2, Elder

First up was Cooper's farewell.
(and a very cooperative Myer)
All of my siblings were there, even Jessie who flew in that morning from California.
It was a special Sunday.
 Set apart as an official Elder.
 Goodbyes at the airport. At 5 AM.
On his way!

I've never cried so much in 3 days.
Be safe Elder.
Let the countdown begin.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

post reunion blues

 Last weekend we had our Annual Thacker Family Reunion (my dad's family) with 60 of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and their kids.  It was a big loud group!  The first day they spent at Seven Peaks and then stayed the weekend in what we called "The Mansion" in Mapelton.  It was huge and had every kind of room imaginable.  But it fit all of us which was quite the endeavor.
 We spent the rest of the weekend playing games, cheering on the talents in the talent show, ate loads of food, swam in the indoor pool, played in the indoor gym, laughed at the lip sync contest, and slept just a little.  I love this huge family of mine because they treated my kids like one of their own.  They held Lennon as often as she would let them, and played with Myer hours upon hours.  Myer felt like one of the immediate cousins.  I mean look at this family!  I love them all!

Monday, August 4, 2014

She turned one! That means Lennon is next....

So we've been there for each other in almost everything like college, boys, marriage, work, but my most favorite thing we've shared is motherhood.  I feel extremely lucky that we have girls the same age (and that they are girls, duh!) and that I have such a friendship with Anna that we can share every step together. We're constantly exchanging tips or questions about diaper rash, solids foods, playtime ideas, footed pajamas, having play dates, or even getting a girls night out.  This amazing mama has been my rock.  And I can't believe it's already been a year.  Happy Birthday sweet Emerson girl.  So happy you're in our life.  And kuddos Anna and Casey, you've raised a beautiful little lady.  And to Anna especially, motherhood looks good on you.  So lucky that we'll keep sharing this road together and that I'll have my sounding board every step of the way.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cowabunga Bay Babay

I have never been to Cowabunga Bay, and after we spent all day there on Saturday, I am a fan!  Such a kid friendly place with tons of shade to sit and chill and hold fair skin babies.  And I was completely surprised how unafraid Myer was and just daring he was to get on every slide.  I could not get that kid out of the water.  And what a blast it was to be with my family.  (Shocker that we're swimming again...) We are a large crowd which made it more of a party, so Saturday was just play play play.  Which made for two really tired kiddos who slept great that night.  So Cowabunga bay every day?

Monday, July 28, 2014

utah and it's pioneer day

We celebrated Utah's birthday with a neighborhood breakfast and a kid parade.  The breakfast was complete with pancakes, eggs, and oj while the neighborhood kid parade with complete with bikes and Myer's insistence on cruising to his own speed.  Which wound him up at the end of the pack but such is Myer.
 Then we celebrated some more at Mimi's and Papa's with fireworks and snaps.  Which every time Myer threw a snap he yelled, "Ohhhh snap!"
Miss Lenni and I watched a few feet away on the blanket with Panda-Manda.  (Look at that concern on her face. Too precious!) So basically everyone got their fill on Pioneer Day.  I love that we get to celebrate twice in one month with family and fireworks.  I love July!

Friday, July 25, 2014

VW car show

Over the weekend we strolled through a VW car show.  We saw old beatles, vans, trucks, rabbits, GTI's, and dune buggy's.  Myer and Jake were in heaven looking at all the engines and wheels.  Lennon and I just liked all the cool colors.  I think the boys could have kept looking at those cars all night if it weren't for our hungry tummies.  (Thank goodness)  But it still made me smile seeing both my boys go gaga over cars together.  I love summer nights as a family.