9.17.2014

2 Years Old

Two years ago a dream came true and this little pumpkin was placed in our arms by her amazing birth mother. She is such a joy to have in our family and we honestly couldn't imagine our lives without her.


She got a new scooter for her birthday and rides it like a champ.

Here's a little clip of her playing in the yard (one of her favorite things to do).


She upgraded to a big girl bed and is loving her new found freedom.

She LOVES to read and especially loves to have Bryson read her bedtime stories.

Giving goodbey kisses to Mommy Amber at Cole (Lilly's half-brother)'s football game. We love spending time with Amber and her family.
They gave Lilly this cute little kitchen set for her birthday...
...which she completely loves! This is her say "cheese" face.
Two peas in a pod. These two are bosom buddies and were totally meant to be siblings.
She loves getting tickled by daddy.



We love you little miss Lilly! Happy birthday!
Favorite quote this week:
"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."

Life rules.

9.03.2014

Saki

Meet Saki, our darling Japanese exchange student. She spent three weeks with us this Summer and she was such a joy to have in our home!


Bryson and all of the neighborhood kids absolutely adored her and spent every moment they could with her.

She taught me how to make a Japanese noodle soup that was so yummy.

We took her to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert and it was fabulous!

Bryson took her on many wild bike rides.

We took her to my niece Zyan's soccer game.



And of course had to initiate her into the family with a traditional dance party...



We played a plethora of games.

And she spent hours on end playing with Bryson in the play room. He literally loved every second of having her stay with us.
We took her to a Bee's baseball game.


And she got to meet Mr. Bee himself.
Her stay ended with a goodbye party where all of the students dressed in their beautiful kimono's.


Saki was asked to prepare a speech and did such a great job.



I seriously grew to totally love this girl.


A photo of all of the students and their host families.

Saki truly felt like a daughter to us. She was the perfect fit for our family.

When we got home from the party, all of the neighbors were outside waiting so they could say goodbye to Saki one last time before she went home.

This is how most evenings look in our cul-de-sac--with everyone outside enjoying each others company. We seriously have the best neighbors.

 Saki with our neighbor Madi (Bryson is starting to take after his dad when it comes to taking pictures...ha!).

Saki with our next door neighbors Asia and Kieva.

Bryson created this on our front porch with Saki. It says, "Foodtastic - Bryson - Saki."

Saying goodnight to Saki that night was really hard. Nobody wanted to see her go.

This is pretty much how we all felt that night.
Saki and I both shed some tears as we drove to the airport and said goodbye the next morning. She is the most amazing girl and we feel so beyond blessed to have had the chance to get to know her. We miss her like crazy!

When Bryson got home from school the day Saki left, he walked in, went straight to his room and shut the door without saying a word to me. I went in a few minutes later thinking I'd find him working on his homework and instead found him under his covers in his bed crying. Now, if you know Bryson, you know he is not a crier (the only other time I've seen him cry is when my parents dog died). He falls and gets hurt all the time but never sheds a tear--however, when it comes to sad stuff he has such a tender heart. I knew he had really grown fond of Saki, but I didn't realize how much he loved her until I found him in his room crying after she left. It was so cute!

Saki left us the cutest thank you card and also left us her beautiful yellow kimono for us to give to Lilly when she's old enough, which was so sweet of her.

This is our second time hosting a Japanese student (last year we hosted Rina) and both experiences have been amazing. We look forward to hosting students for many years to come.

Favorite quote this week:

"See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see."
-Dr. Wayne Dyer

Life rules.

8.03.2014

July Recap/ Summer Break

July completely flew by! It consisted of Bryson's three week Summer break so we tried to pack in as much fun as we could.

I started the month off at girls camp with these fabulous ladies! The theme was "It's a Jungle Out There!" and we based the camp around "Survivor" with fun challenges. It was a total blast!

Love these girls...
I got home from girls camp just in time to welcome Bryson home from his last day of first grade. What a stud.
We spent the 4th of July at our local town days. Bryson enjoyed the haystack dive and walked away with a huge bag full of candy.
We visited the fair and Bryson especially loved this water bubble activity...



We ended the evening watching the fireworks across the valley from the top of our house. It was so beautiful!

We enjoyed a day up at our friends Ty & Kami's cabin and spent the day fishing, shooting, 4-wheeling, canoeing and relaxing. We love their cabin!

Mike and Bryson have started fishing on a weekly basis together and enjoyed trying to catch fish from their pond.

Bryson and Saki (our Japanese exchange student) spent hours and hours jumping on the trampoline with cousins and friends. Bryson mastered the front flip and is now trying to master the double front flip. He almost has it down!


We spent a day at Lagoon. Bryson thought he died and went to Heaven. He was finally tall enough to go on Colossus and Wicked and loved them.

This is how Lilly looked on every single ride except on the very slow little boats, the very slow little cars, and the very slow train. She almost smiled on those three rides....haha. She was not a fan of Lagoon.
Lilly's cousin Brody loved holding her and pushing her around in her stroller.
Bryson and Lilly took lots of bubble baths.
We went to see Wicked for the first time with Ty & Kami and loved it!
We also enjoyed several outdoor movies that our city puts on after dark.

We visited the zoo. I hardly recognized the place because it's changed so much since we were last there.
Lilly loved walking with the big kids instead of riding in her stroller.
Bryson played on Granny & Grandpa's big blow up water slide and had fun emptying out the water bags afterward. You'll see in the video why he enjoyed it so much...haha.


 Bryson went to his first live musical at the Hale Center Theater.

Bryson played his first season of rugby with this fine looking group of boys (his cousins).
And the month ended with him starting second grade! His Summer break was short and sweet but he's excited to be back at school and loves his new teacher!

Favortie quote this week:
"Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right."
President Ezra Taft Benson 

Life rules.


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