Wednesday, July 9, 2014


   June has been pretty crazy for us. I can’t believe everything that happened during that one month. We got back from our trip to California and only had a few days to finish packing up our house to move out! We had done a lot of decluttering and started the process, but we worked really hard every night to get stuff packed up and organized.

We  had an issue with the U-Haul the night before (they “lost” our reservation and there were no more trucks! WHAT?!), so we had to have someone pick up a truck in West Jordan and drive it up to us on Saturday morning. That set us back a little, but we moved almost everything into the front yard while we waited for the truck to arrive.


It was pretty nuts and overwhelming, but we barely got everything into the moving truck and all the other vehicles and got on the road. I took a few pictures as I walked through my empty house and cried a little bit. It was very sad to leave the home we loved so much and I didn’t know where we would end up yet.


I have so many memories of Owen’s sweet room. It was the terrible purple and green fairy room for a long time, and then we spent so much time painting, and getting his room ready while I was pregnant. And then we brought Owen here and I spent a lot of nights rocking and feeding him in here. Lots of good memories.


We got to my mom’s house and had to fit everything from our 2600 sq foot house into her garage and basement family room. I was shocked that it all fit. It looked like an episode of hoarders, but we got all the big furniture stuff in the garage and boxes in the basement. We were able to have our rooms, bathroom, and couch area free, which was nice.


We spent a month at my mom’s house, and looked for houses almost every day. Owen and I spent some time at the park in her neighborhood, which was fun. He got to know Grandma Phyllis really well (my dad’s mom who lives with my mom as well). He loved “furness” and would always try to get into her room. She loved having him around as well.


We made a few trips to local splash pads, as well as the good old West Jordan pool.



We went to the library with grandma and Owen loved having her read to him. Her school teacher side really came out!


We had finally had enough of Owen’s long hair, and even though I loved his curls, they only looked good if I got his hair wet and used gel. I didn’t do that often, so he just looked like he had a mullet. We took the clippers to his hair and it looked really cute after! My mom and sister weren’t happy.



After looking every day for homes, we found a house in Herriman! It happened pretty quickly and we were able to close and get moved in this week! It is perfect for us and we are so excited. It’s less than 15 minutes to my mom’s house, close to shopping, food, etc, but still really “farmy” feeling. We have pastures behind our house that are full of cows, and the mountain views are awesome. The house is in great shape (except for the yard), but we have a list a mile long of projects we are planning. I can’t wait to get unpacked and settled so we can get started!


This child loves the water and was running through the hose while we watered my mom’s flowers. It was a little chilly but he didn’t mind at all! Just another way he is exactly like his dad.


We were able to go to a fun birthday party for Danny’s grandpa (Papa). He turned 80 and there were tons of people there. People came from out of town and it was a blast. Dan’s Aunt Julie makes awesome cakes and made this one with all of Papa’s favorite foods-“war cake”, pickles, corn on the cob, beans, hot dogs, and dots! It was amazing!


I love this picture of these boys! They all look so much a like and all have the same hairline!

The best part about the party was being 10 minutes away instead of over an hour! It has been awesome to have such short drives to family events!


My aunt and uncle came out from California and we met them at Maddox (as usual) for a yummy dinner. That place is the BEST. My cousin and his family live in Logan so we meet there a lot. Emma is about a year or so older than Owen, but he is about as big as her! They are the cutest!


We started taking Owen to nursery a few weeks early when we went to my mom’s ward. He cried when we would leave so we went back and forth and would stay with him sometimes. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either. The last week we were there, he stayed the whole time and when we came back, he was asleep on the floor! So funny. They said he was fine then fell asleep right before church ended. What a doll.


Dan ran the Wasatch Back Ragnar at the end of June and I opted out this year. I have done it a lot and did it last year, but I just wasn’t interested this year. I have never loved running, but it was fun to run a few races. After seeing the team at the finish line, I did not regret my decision Smile


We got to see Dan finish his last leg and then cross the finish line with the team. It was fun to cheer them on (especially while being well rested and clean!).



We started cleaning the house and slowly moving in last week. Dan and I took the picture below in our new house. The picture above was almost 5 years ago when we found out we got our house in West Point. Funny to see how much we have changed!


June was another great month and a good start to summer. We are so grateful for my amazing mom to let us take over her house and stay there. It was really fun to be around family so much and I loved how much Owen loves my mom! We took advantage of having her and we were able to put Owen to bed and then leave sometimes for errands. It was so nice to have her help and she is the best for putting up with us! Now we are only 15 minutes away!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

California Trip

We were able to drive to California over Memorial Day to see my family. My mom grew up there and so a lot of my family is still out there. We stayed with my aunt and uncle, who are the BEST hosts ever. They have so much yummy food, a nice comfortable house, and they are just lots of fun!


We left on Tuesday afternoon and drove most of the way there. We stayed in Reno, which is only a few hours from my family, but it was nice to break up the trip and have a nice place to stay for the night. I got a picture of the beautiful Utah Tree. My dad always made the biggest deal when we would pass this when we would drive to California. Pretty weird.


We got to Lodi around noon and Owen was stoked to see Indy in the backyard. She is the best dog ever and so patient and nice. Owen just adored her.


We had lunch with my uncle and then headed over to say hi to my grandma. She lives at a nice retirement center right by my uncle. It is one of the least child-friendly places on earth with old people everywhere and breakable things, but we managed to do okay. And Owen cuddled right up to my grandma, it was pretty adorable.


Keith and Karen made some awesome dinners while we were there, including homemade fried chicken. It was seriously amazing and we are going to make it sometime soon!


IMG_3144We had a lot of fun big family dinners and my cousins have a bunch of kids so it was fun for Owen to be around them when he doesn’t see them often. He took a day or two to warm up but he did really well. Luckily he slept great and took two naps a day a few times!


They turned on the sprinklers after dinner one night and Owen just ran right in and loved it. It was hilarious an he didn’t even mind the cold water. He loved it and just kept running around and pushing his bus right in the water.


Those curls are my favorite. Too bad we just cut them all off! Ahhh!


On Friday we decided to drive to Big Trees State Park. We were going to go to the beach, but decided against it because of a lot of likely traffic with the holiday weekend. It just wasn’t worth sitting in the car for 4 hours with Owen. Big Trees was less than 2 hours and no traffic and it was great!


The trees really were big. They were giant sequoia trees and it was so gorgeous!


We did a loop through the forest to see the trees and it was just so nice and quiet and peaceful. It wasn’t busy at all and it was nice and cool with all the shade. Owen loved wandering around and we just took our time.


Owen gives Big Trees a thumbs up.


Owen dozed off in the stroller while we were walking so we sat down on a bench and just relaxed. It was really nice.


On Saturday we went with my cousin and her family to a little zoo and park close by. It wasn’t crowded and it was perfect for little kids. Her boys are 3.5 and 1.5 so Owen had fun with them. The zoo was fun and we went to the petting zoo afterwards.


Owen really liked the animals and they were pretty funny.


After the zoo we went to a little splash pad in the area and played for a little while. Owen loved Danny swinging him over the water.


Below is Owen and Kimball. Kimball is about a month older than Owen.



The kids had fun in the sprinklers again and Owen was standing on the chair just yelling and shouting about something. It was so funny!



We managed to get all the kids lined up on the table for a picture!


I really love this sweet baby.


Owen cuddled right up to Aaron.


This is the morning that we left. Owen looks way ticked, but he just wanted to get down and run around before we got in the car. We had such a fun time seeing everyone and just spending time together. I wish everyone lived closer so we could do this more often!

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