Weekly Recap

Really just two photo-worthy events of the past week, both involving water.  When we went the beach, we were in the midst of a 100+ degree stretch of weather.  I think it lasted about 6 days, but at least our day at the beach was a nice escape!  It has since cooled down nicely and we are enjoying pleasant, sunny days for now!  On Saturday, we had the pleasure of visiting my aunt and uncle in Huntington Beach for the day, which allowed us to celebrate Aunt Jodie’s birthday with her!  It was a fun day and had been awhile since we had seen them!  Here are some photos!

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DSC02054Daddy found an Easy-up off of Craigslist for us and we put it to use at the beach!

 DSC02065Daddy is so much fun in the water!  The kids all took turns riding on his back through the waves!

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 DSC02089To help celebrate Aunt Jodie’s birthday, we made a cake.  I kept it simple to allow the kids to help if they wanted.  Bethany was really the only taker, but she did a great job of working with the tips and making flowers.   DSC02093 She did all the yellow flowers and the green flowers on the 60.

DSC02094Swimming at Uncle Pete and Aunt Jodie’s pool.  It was actually a pleasant, coolish day, but that didn’t deter the kids from the pool!

 DSC02096 DSC02097  DSC02101Aunt Jodie is always such a good sport!  She was talked into playing chicken fight with the kids!

DSC02108And Uncle Pete is always such a good sport about flying airplanes with the kids.  They would NOT stop asking him for this and he patiently allowed the kids to each take a turn.

 DSC02111Time for cake!

 DSC02113 DSC02114 DSC02116 DSC02120 Happy Birthday, Aunt Jodie!!  We had a great time celebrating with you!  Thanks for letting us come visit, and for all YOU did to make it a fun and special day!

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The entire care (minus the driver!) was asleep on the way home.  But check out this sleeping arrangement!!

Sweltering in September!

While we have heard of temperatures getting cooler in some parts of the country, we can’t quite comprehend what that would be like since we seem to be going in the opposite direction.  We have managed to have some fun days trying to stay cool, but also in the midst of the heat!!  We have now started Classical Conversations for the year, so have added that to our school day again.  It is truly one of the highlights of our week so we were eager to get back to it! 

DSC01820 Bethany and Mommy got to have a date together.  We cashed in on free miniature golf coupons we received from our library reading program this summer.

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 DSC01834We had a fun trip to the beach a couple of Saturday’s ago.  The waves were pretty strong, which made for some good boogie boarding! DSC01838 DSC01841 DSC01842 DSC01843 DSC01848 DSC01856Can you tell we all LOVE our time at the beach?! Love all those smiles!

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This past Friday, we took advantage of free homeschool admission to the LA County Fair.  We were sad not to have Daddy with us this year, but since it was the first week of students at the college, he had a full plate as the year got underway.  But we had a great day as you’ll see in the following photos:DSC01911 DSC01914 DSC01918 DSC01920 DSC01922Somebody handed Zachary this cup of food and the goats immediately found him!!

 DSC01925 DSC01926 DSC01929The older kids each wrote 6 book reports in order to earn 6 free rides at the fair.  This is a great deal since each ride would cost over $4 a piece, and we got 18 rides for FREE!!

DSC01933  DSC01945We went to some pig races this year and Brianna was called upon to be the bell ringer for the races!! DSC01950 DSC01960The kids graciously each donated 1 of their tickets to Lauren so she could also ride a few rides.   DSC01965

 DSC01972This was an amazing miniature train set that Zachary was in love with! DSC01974 DSC01976 

DSC01978Our knight in shining armor…protecting 2 princesses!

DSC01981 DSC01983 DSC01984 DSC01986 DSC01989Doesn’t everybody iron in high heels and sparkly dresses?!

The older kids then participated in a “knighthood” training, in these next photos…DSC01990

DSC01992Taking a breather as it was VERY hot while we were at the fair!

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 DSC02012All set for our first day of CC this past Monday!

 DSC02017I looked outside while I was doing school one morning to see this!  LOVE when I see these moments!

 DSC02020Here is a peek at another school morning…some spelling words on the board for Zachary…

 DSC02022 DSC02023 …while Lauren listens to an MP3 player while riding her bike in circles!  It really is pretty cute and one of her favorite activities while we do school.  She loves listening to the Classical Conversations songs from last year and pretty much knows them!  Here is our future Memory Master!!

We are probably heading out for another round of beach action tomorrow as we are in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures over 103 for the next 4 days!!  Not exactly fun unless a beach in involved, so that is what we’ll do! 

Is August Over Yet?!

Though days go fast and much has happened, I’m rather shocked that we are still in August!  It has been an eventful month at our home, but not necessarily in a good way!  This month marked yet another surgery for myself, this time not dental surgery but for the removal of some skin cancer on my nose.  After a biopsy on two places early this summer, they both came back positive for basal cell skin cancer.  It is not life-threatening, but the dermatologist liked it to a cavity that just needs to be taken care of.  Unfortunately for me, the one on my nose was in a difficult spot and required a special procedure to take it out, followed by a graft (from my ear cartilage!!) to repair my nose!  The whole thing was a 2-day ordeal, but honestly better in the end than I thought it would be in terms of the severity of the scar and such.  The ear portion was unexpected and the most painful part of the process, especially because it ended up getting an infection.  In my follow-up appointment, I learned that I need to keep my nose covered for the next month for healing!  While surprising, I’ve gotten used to it and have almost forgotten about it until I notice someone looking at me and wondering what happened.  As if that weren’t enough, I went back to my regular dermatologist for the removal of my second spot, which was on my chest, the week following the first procedure.  This was a much faster, traditional approach and is now just healing.  To top that off (again!), because we hadn’t seen quite enough doctors this month, Zachary decided it was his turn for some stitches when he fell on the cement and split his chin open.  At that point, we really had to laugh—not at the injury but at the amazing amount of medical needs we’ve had this month and really cumulatively this year!  So I don’t really have a lot of “fun” photos from this month, though we do have many memories.  Since our summer came to a rather quick end with the surgery and my need to be out of water and sun for a bit, we started back to school in the midst of it all, which is honestly most of our photos for now! 

DSC01707This was a beautiful rainbow that appeared to go right over our house one evening!  Unfortunately, what looks like a storm actually blew by us.

DSC01719 DSC01725This was a fun swimming day with friends at the beginning of the month.  This family from our church has 6 kids and several of them align nicely with our kids!

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Lauren was just as eager to start school, which to her meant letter flashcards!  We hadn’t even begun our school work for the day yet, but I came downstairs and found Bethany quizzing Lauren on her letters!  May they always remain so eager!

School Pictures:DSC01739Bethany, 2nd grade

DSC01743Zachary, Kindergarten

 DSC01747Lauren, preschool

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 DSC01768Sedy class for 2014-2015! 

 DSC01771This was one of the activities of the day, which was some blob mapping!  They are learning to draw a very rough sketch of the world accurately on the proper lines of latitude and longitude by tracing it.  The goal will eventually be to draw it without the prompts. 

DSC01772 DSC01773I must be honest that I was quite surprised (and impressed) by Lauren’s tracing skill.  I didn’t even have a map ready for her, but she insisted so I made a quick copy and let her give it a try.  

DSC01774All of those earlier photos were on day 1 of school.  This picture happened on day 5 of school!  Poor little guy needed 5 stitches in his chin!  

DSC01781We are the bandaged buddies!  He just wanted to make mommy feel better by needing a bandage too!

 DSC01784 We’ve had 3 sunflowers bloom this month.  The kids have had fun harvesting the seeds!

DSC01790This past Saturday night, we decided we needed a little spontaneous fun so we went to Magic Mountain after an early dinner for a few hours.  It was pretty busy, but because we hadn’t been in awhile, we still had a great time.  DSC01791 DSC01793 DSC01795DSC01803 DSC01807We ended up splitting up since I was limited in the rides I could do with my ear and chest still healing.  So I stuck with Lauren while the older kids went with Daddy, which is why all the photos are mostly of Lauren.DSC01815 DSC01817

Extraordinary Camping!

Paul and Zachary had a fantastic time camping for Zachary’s birthday at the beginning of last week.  Zachary was SO excited to go and was not disappointed.  He didn’t want to come home and has continued to ask about going camping again sometime soon.  They actually stayed at 2 different campsites, with the second one being far superior.  They also enjoyed some times at the beaches nearby, so altogether, it was some of his favorite things to do all wrapped up in one big outing!  I wasn’t there to be able to comment too much on these photos, but I’ll share them so you can see their fun too!  Since they had the camera, I wasn’t able to take photos from our girls time at home.  However, it wasn’t nearly as exciting!  It included a lot of errands, but we did do a craft project together, had a girls movie night and painted toenails. 

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 DSC01535 DSC01543They went kayaking at Morro Bay, and it was a big hit with Zachary!

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This was the campsite the first night.  It was near San Luis Obispo and one of the last spots available.  It was pretty barren, but it did the job!DSC01564DSC01566 DSC01567Zachary was so excited to sleep in the tent!

 DSC01571Heading out to the next destination with a stop for lunch along the way!    DSC01577DSC01579 Check out this picnic spot right on the shore of a beach!

WhatDSC01587What an incredible campground for the second night!  It is in a place called Limekiln in the Big Sur area about 5 hours north of us!  Complete with a stream beside their site!DSC01582  DSC01589This beach is walking distance from their campground! DSC01597 DSC01600Zachary loved both fire…

 DSC01602…and crossing the tree bridge!


DSC01642These are photos from the hiking trails at the campground…stunning! DSC01646

DSC01617 The Redwood trees of Big SurDSC01619 DSC01624 DSC01627 DSC01634 These are the limekilns in the forest!


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DSC01670 DSC01671 DSC01678One last meal as they headed back home!

 DSC01684A beautiful sunset in the background as they make their journey back home.

 DSC01694 This was the girls craft!  I am NOT a crafty person, but have some very crafty girls in our home.  When I saw this idea, I bookmarked it as a fun summer activity, but the fact that we actually DID it is quite remarkable!!  AND, they really didn’t turn out too bad.  We actually have them hanging out our wall already!DSC01698 DSC01700 DSC01701 

This past Saturday, the kids enjoyed making some pencil boxes at the Home Depot craft day too: DSC01703 DSC01705 DSC01706

July Recap

After going through over 1,000 photos from our road trip, I haven’t been motivated to deal with the more recent photos on my camera!  But here we are at the end of July and I need to get caught up finally!  So these photos are from July, with a few more to come as we have a birthday being celebrated with a special daddy/son camping trip

Our fourth of July tradition is to go to the local parade.  They each have their bag for collecting all the candy and goodies that get tossed their way!July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-001 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-004 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-009 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-012 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-033We had fun joining up with the Wilsons and the Robinsons too!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-032 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-040The Wilsons came over for a grilled lunch after the parade…

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-043…and then we left again later to find some fireworks at the mall. 

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-050Secret Agent Lauren reporting for duty!  The kids all participated in our church’s VBS.  The theme was the International Spy Academy and their goal was to search for the One True God.  Lauren got mixed up in the youngest class on the morning of the first day and when I went to take her to the nursery (since I was helping out), the teacher said she was okay if I wanted to leave her.  I decided to give it a try and the report was great so she was part of it the whole week!  She was SO excited to be doing what the big kids were doing and I was thankful that her teacher was so gracious to allow a 3-year-old in with the Kindergarteners!

I helped with games, so those are the only photos I have of VBS…July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-053 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-054 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-056 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-062The week ends with a BBQ for the family, followed by a short program that allows the kids to sing the songs they’ve learned.

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July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-0657/11 meant Free Slurpee Day…a favorite day among this crowd!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-069And to top off free Slurpees, we could dress like cows and get a free Chick-fil-A Meal!  So instead of cooking for dinner, we cut spots for our dinner!  We really had a lot of fun and truth be told, it was worth about $35 as we all at a full meal for free!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-070 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-072 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-073

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-075Just a cute candid!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-076Look who FINALLY lost a front tooth?! 

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-077This was mommy’s cute date as we headed to the mall to get his birthday pictures done! How can this guy be 6 already?!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-078 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-081 Finished off our date with some free birthday ice cream, of course!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-083Just this past week, we had a beach day with the Wilsons.  The mom’s with our combined 6 kids all in our minivan made for a great day!  Our kids had been begging us to take them to the ocean so we not only accomplished that, but we escaped the 106 degree day back home!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-088 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-089 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-090 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-093 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-095I know that’s a lot of Lauren photos, but I just LOVE the pure joy on her face as she runs from the waves!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-098Abby and Bethany are just 2 months apart and great friends!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-099 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-100 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-101 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-104 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-107 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-109 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-113 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-114 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-115 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-120July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-126 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-122 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-123 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-124 These kids played in the waves for most of the 4 hours that we were there.  It was a perfect beach day!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-127 Believe it or not, this cantaloupe is from our garden and was delicious!  What a joy to enjoy the fruits of our labors, especially because the plant doesn’t look all that healthy so we were doubtful that the fruit would actually be any good!

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-128This was the reaction we got from Zachary when we revealed his special birthday plan!  The girls each had a birthday party when they turned 5, which never happened for Zachary.  So in lieu of a party, we decided to go a different route and planned a father/son camping trip.  He is beyond excited to have exclusive time with his daddy and going on an adventure!  We told him on Friday evening so we could make preparations to leave Sunday.

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-131At Zachary’s request, this was his rocket birthday cake.

July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-133 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-134 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-135 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-138We had the Largents over for a birthday dinner on Saturday evening, though I’m sad that I never got a photo with them.  It was a treat to share dinner and the cake with friends!

 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-139 July 26 LRS 3yrs_ZPS 6yrs_BGS 7.5yrs_BRS 9yrs-141 Zachary has been asking for a rocket for a LONG time and was thrilled to open it.  Another fun project he can do with his Daddy! 

This wraps up our July, minus the camping trip.  Hard to believe that we are on the brink of August already! 

Westward Bound!

We left Iowa on Monday after the wedding, but not alone!  It was such a fun treat to leave with my brother Eric and his family!  Carrie’s folks live in Colorado Springs, so they were willing to time a trip out to see them with out westward travels.  Since we all live so far apart, it is rare that we hang out with just one family or only part of our cousins as we usually all gather at the same time so we can all be there, which made this a neat opportunity.  We swapped kids and adults throughout the trip, which really helped make the long drive through Nebraska go fairly quick.  We stopped at a hotel about halfway so the kids could swim and enjoy that time together as well.  We arrived in Colorado Springs on Tuesday afternoon to an amazing thunderstorm!  I’m sure the Anderson’s were very entertained to be in the car with Californians who rarely see rain, much less a huge thunderstorm!  We then spent all of Wednesday together doing some tourist stuff in the Springs before we had to finally part ways.  They stayed there, while we continued our journey.  Here are some photos from those days and beyond.

These photos are from Garden of the God (or as Carrie’s family calls it, God’s Garden!):  DSC00756DSC00754 Kissing Camel rocks

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We all met up with Carrie’s parents at a fun pizza place called Fargo’s.  The kids loved the player piano after lunch!DSC00810 DSC00814

Then it was off to the Focus on the Family headquarters.  They have a pretty big Adventures in Odyssey play area to explore, which is how we spent our time there. DSC00822 DSC00825 DSC00834

Then we made a last minute decision to check out the Olympic Training Center nearby.  We arrived just in time for the last tour of the day, so we joined in!  DSC00836 DSC00840 DSC00843 DSC00844 DSC00846  Cousin bobsled team!

DSC00850 DSC00851 DSC00855 DSC00861 DSC00862 DSC00866 DSC00868And the adult bobsled team!

 DSC00876 DSC00880 DSC00885 DSC00892 DSC00893 DSC00894 DSC00897 These were some last minute hugs and cousin photos before we said our goodbyes.  So many fun memories made with cousins again this summer…makes us miss being close all the more!

DSC00910We drove to Alamosa on Wednesday evening and then Thursday morning headed to the Great Sand Dune National Park.  We had no idea something even existed until we were booking that night’s hotel and we were seeing comments and ads for visiting this.  It really is amazing…an enormous sand dune sandwiched between mountains and a seasonal stream.DSC00911 DSC00913 DSC00914 DSC00915We had to cross this trickling stream to get to the dunes, but it was refreshing.

 DSC00923 DSC00926 DSC00928 DSC00931 DSC00938 DSC00942The sand gets VERY hot in the heat of the day (140 degrees!) so we weren’t able to climb too far in our sandals, plus it was very hard climbing!  We enjoyed our little hike and then the stream felt extra refreshing!


Check out this beautiful scenic overlook along our drive in CO: DSC00949 DSC00953 DSC00955

 DSC00961DSC00964 We also come across patches of snow as we climbed the mountain pass and the kids were begging us to let them touch it.  Well, to touch it meant crossing a pretty big ravine which they quickly discovered to be swampy and muddy!  It turned into a rather HUGE muddy mess…memories, right?!

DSC00965This was one of the nicer hotels/pools that we stayed at on the trip.  Whenever possible, we loved to let the kids burn some of their energy in the pool before bed.

DSC00996 DSC00998 Lauren found the phone, microwave and fridge in each hotel room and that was her entertainment!


These next photos are from Four Corners National Monument.  While it was fun to get the photos of being in 4 states at a time, that was really all there was to it!DSC01004 DSC01027 DSC01030 DSC01032 DSC01034 DSC01037 DSC01038

Then it was off to the Grand Canyon.  We arrived there on Friday afternoon and spent the reminder of the day walking trails and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation!  AMAZING!DSC01044 DSC01048 DSC01050While most everything is about evolution, there was this one gem on a wall!

 DSC01052 DSC01054 DSC01057 DSC01061 DSC01067 DSC01076The girls became Junior Rangers for the Grand Canyon as well, which earns them a little badge/keepsake.

 DSC01077 DSC01110 DSC01114Not a bad view for a picnic dinner!

 DSC01119 DSC01123 DSC01126 DSC01129DSC01138 We took a tram back to the visitors center after our hike and saw this elk near the roadside along the way! 

DSC01140We stayed long enough to catch the sunset, which was beautiful! DSC01142

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We made another last-minute decision/detour to visit an old mining town called Calico.  It was a bit out of our way, but it allowed us to take a portion of the old Route 66.  It was a fun stop, though about 100 degrees!  There were many wild burros wandering the streets and you could buy a bag of feed for $1.  The kids had fun with that.  Then we also were able to see a shootout in the center of the town.  DSC01177 DSC01192 DSC01196 DSC01201 DSC01207

Our final stop was at the Hoover Dam.  It was bout 104 while we were there and being toward the end of the last day of the trip, we were running out of steam.  However, it was a pretty amazing structure and fun to see in person!DSC01215 DSC01217This photo (above) was taken from the bridge pictured below. DSC01227 DSC01232 DSC01237 DSC01242 DSC01248 Couldn’t resist snapping this photo as we re-entered our home state!  We had such a wonderful time on our trip and are so thankful for the opportunity to do all that we did.  However, there really is no place like home after traveling for 2 weeks!! 

Whew…I think I can finally move on to more recent photos. Thanks for sharing in our journey with us through photos!

Wedding Photos…Take 2

As suspected, I have a bunch more photos to post from the wedding, as well as our time in Iowa in general, compliments of my sister’s camera.  It was such a fun and beautiful day!  Here are some more photos:

IMG_3069 IMG_3083 IMG_3087These photos were from the “meet the other side of the family” dinner on our first night in Iowa.  Carrie did a great job hosting and Kendra added adorable decorations!

 IMG_3146 IMG_3163 IMG_3181 IMG_3185These were just some cute pictures from when we walked to a local park. 

 IMG_3195 IMG_3201These are from Alyssum’s western-themed bachelorette party!

  IMG_3367This plant is called Alyssum and was the centerpiece for the rehearsal dinner!  My mom did the plants and Kendra did the artwork…they turned out so good!

 IMG_3383 IMG_3384IMG_3396These were all from the rehearsal dinner.

 IMG_3440 IMG_3484 IMG_3508 IMG_3514 IMG_3599 IMG_3608 IMG_3633 IMG_3670 IMG_3685 IMG_3688 IMG_3690Due to the VERY hot ceremony, Eric had already shed some of the more formal wedding attire…pre-pictures!   Oops!

IMG_3699 IMG_3717This is the extended family that was able to make it to Iowa for the wedding—my mom’s sister Kerry, my dad’s sister Prudy (and Leigh) and brother Phil.  

IMG_3720 IMG_3781 IMG_3837 The newlyweds…Mr. & Mrs. Anderson!


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