We roller bladed to Bridal Veil Falls:

Brooke did her favorite thing which is gather algae balls:

We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and celebrated Brooke’s birthday:

I’m loving Madison’s camera poses lately:

We invited Brooke’s best friend from Orem to the roller rink to further celebrate her birthday:

Madison was not a fan of the lights-out-sirens-blaring-fog-machine skate time:

Brooke’s Lego watch:

Every day when Madison hears the garage door open she runs to the top of the stairs with open arms to greet Dallas with a big hug:

This is Madison’s fake angry face:

Dallas was asked to go on our stake’s trek to be a videographer/photographer. Let us all give thanks that I was not asked to camp with them.

Madison has been loving Rapunzel lately. Often I will find her gathering weeds from our backyard that she insists I put in her hair to be like Rapunzel:

We went to Seussical: The Musical at the Scera:

Well, what do we have here? Two girls on the last day of school:

Here’s Caroline loving her new cousin, Jonah:

Dallas bought these glasses one year when he was dressing up as George McFly for Halloween. The kids have found the glasses and wear them everywhere now:

Madison: “Why does that baby have a roly poly nose?”

Someone has mastered the art of dressing for the job you want:

I made the cover of People magazine this year for Mother’s Day:

This was inside the magazine. Brooke nailed the vignette look:

We watched Moana a million times and Spencer turned himself into (a thankfully non-tattooed) Maui:

We were lucky(?) enough to be able to watch Brooke’s class pet, a bearded dragon named Mr. Sir:

Mr. Sir got a lot of attention from the kids:

Errr….and from Dallas:

We took Mr. Sir out to the backyard to enjoy the great outdoors. Please appreciate Madison’s attempt to give Dallas bunny ears:

We went to the Clark Planetarium. They have improved it since the last time we went and it was so fun! The kids happily played there for hours:

After the planetarium we hit the outdoor water area:

Then we visited the escalators and the kids were once again happy for hours:

Apparently escalators bring out the weirdness in my kids:

Dallas and I get to go to scout Roundtable every month. In uniform.

This was Spencer’s birthday. I was helping in his class and got to be there when they sang to him:

Brooke’s drawing:

Dallas won a photography award:

Madison is kind of a bully:

While running errands I heard Madison say, “Oh! Look at that lovely plant!” I thought it was cute that she so appreciated this little bit of greenery amidst the office buildings:

A Caroline drawing:

Brooke entered an art contest at school and was one of the grade winners:

Brooke made a “kiwi bird”:

Brooke was in the school play, Peter Pan. She was an Indian Brave and Nana, the dog:

Oma came to see the play with us:

She entertained the kids during intermission showing them all of the fun charms on her bracelet. They were a captive audience!

Me: “Madison, what did you learn about in nursery? Are these kids trying to teach you how to be reverent?”

Madison: “No. They’re trying to get their heads attached to their bodies.”

I have hardly done any real blog posts the past year which is a crying shame. I have some semi-strong intentions to become a regular blogger again starting with a picture dump right here, right now.

Brooke’s planner last year was always a treat to look at:

More Brooke artwork:


Brooke wanted the iPad, so she made cute eyes to persuade me to give it to her:

This was Madison getting scared during a movie:

Baby girl had a serious paci addiction. Much to her dismay, we have since gotten rid of them: Spencer’s artwork: Madison attacking her cousin who is years older than she is:
Madison surveying our cookie ingredients: “We need two sandcastles?”  Brooke’s valentine box: Madison turned three!

We’ll end there for now. Until next time.

Allow me to interrupt my months-long blogging hiatus with a special report – Caroline turned eight! We had such a fun time on her birthday.

We started off with presents. Tradition holds that on your eighth birthday you get scriptures:

A scripture tote,

and a scripture marking pencil (which Caroline was apparently highly skeptical of):

I had planned to give her a Lego set, but unfortunately it wasn’t able to get shipped and arrive on her birthday…or so we thought. We left the house to go to swim lessons and gymnastics and Kangaroo Zoo (a bounce house place) and when we got back we saw that there was a package for Caroline! A birthday miracle!

Caroline wanted the Lego girl Olivia for her cake. Kindly ignore all the brown splotches:

Caroline was excited for her birthday, but she was really excited to be baptized. She has been looking forward to this day for months. When it finally arrived, she was ready!

Dallas baptized and confirmed her. We had a luncheon after with our family. It was a wonderful day.


Dallas was able to take some beautiful pictures of our beautiful daughter. Caroline is such a good, sweet, kind girl. She is a friend to everyone, and we love everything about this special girl.