Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

This was the funnest memorial day weekend I have ever had! We started out on Saturday by taking it easy and the heading up the canyon {in the rain} to see Kenzie and Emrie who are here from Arizona!! We stopped at Brynne & Blake's on the way to say hi since they were outside planting some gorgeous flowers in their front yard. It was also Brynne's birthday and Blake had a lot planned so I wanted to get to say happy birthday in person. Then we headed up the canyon!

I colored with the girls and talked with them about school {Kenzie just finished kindergarten!!} and then we played a spongebob matching game while Jake and Danny {Grandpa} went for a ride in the rhino. It was pretty rainy while we were there but it was so fun to see the girls! After the guys got back we picked dandelions {yellow flowers} for Wendy {Grandma} and then we talked around the fire for a bit before heading home.

Pretending to be asleep
Smiling with my favorite little people
Me & Emrie
Love this little girl!
Making a "scary face"
Kenzie didn't join our picture taking until after Em & I had taken a few :) 
I was having some seriously bad cravings while we were up the canyon with them and ended up eating some chocolate chip cookies and felt SO guilty afterwards that we ended up not staying for dinner so that I could go home and cook me something healthy haha. I can't remember what Jake had, but I had a turkey burger on a whole wheat sandwich thin {just discovered these - they are great!} with asparagus and a salad! SO yummy!!

The next day was Sunday and I got the opportunity to speak in Sacrament Meeting. I am 99.9% sure it is because of turbo, but I wasn't anywhere near as nervous as I thought I would be. I kept thinking the nervousness would kick in but it never did - thank heavens! It ended up being more of a "read" than a talk, but at least I didn't pass out in fear or say anything super wrong or embarrassing. My talk was on Covenants, and I ended up quoting a lot from a talk from Henry B Eyring given in 1996 called "Witnesses for God" . I highly recommend reading it - it was a wonderful talk! I mentioned a story from an email that Clint sent us about one of his first baptisms, and I also found this gem of a quote that I wanted to share from President Howard W Hunter: "I have always been impressed that the Lord deals with us personally, individually. We do many things in groups in the Church, … but … the most important things are done individually. We bless babies one at a time, even if they are twins or triplets. We baptize and confirm children one at a time. We take the sacrament, are ordained to the priesthood, or move through the ordinances of the temple as individuals—as one person developing a [personal] relationship with our Father in Heaven. … Heaven’s emphasis is on each individual, on every single person” {“Eternal Investments,” address to CES religious educators, 10 Feb. 1989, p. 4; emphasis added}. 

After we got home from church, we took it easy until Jeannene, Blake & Brynne came over {Popper was already staying with us but had been at her best friend Sam's house} for dinner! My mom & Rick were in California, so they weren't able to come and it didn't occur to me to invite my dad. I need to work on that! We had crockpot chicken with noodles, veggies and the YUMMIEST grape salad that Brynne brought. Seriously so yummy! Then we watched the Spurs Thunder NBA game - Spurs won :( We talked for a while - until nearly 11 which is SO late for me haha and then we all went to bed so the guys could get up early the next day. 

We woke up at 7:30, made some bagels for the guys and then Jake & Blake left for Miller Motorsports Park thing in Tooele for a motorcycle race that Jake got tickets to from work {thank you US Synthetic!}. They had a lot of fun and were able to get free food, drinks and candy along with a swag bag because Jake found the US Synthetic suite! 

While the guys were gone, us girls did Turbo Fire 55 EZ in the basement. LOVED it. I love doing Turbo with my sisters!! After we finished our 55 minutes of not so EZ cardio, we did 20 minutes of abs. Here is how nasty sweaty I was after we finished: 

SO SICK!! I was SO proud of myself!!
Afterwards, we all took turns showering and making sure there was hot water {which means the showers were way spaced out} and I cleaned up the kitchen and did some laundry while Brynne got some work done for her summer job called SEEL {?} through BYU. She creates curriculum for pre-k and she is a super star at it! Last summer, it was her internship and they loved her so much she was hired to do it again this summer! As soon as Brynne was done working, she, Popper & I went for a walk with Max {that sounds like really bad English but I don't know how to fix it haha} around the neighborhood and to the Chevron and back, so approximately 2 miles. It was a nice day and we got to talk while getting some sunshine. 

We came home and went to the grocery store to get the fixin's for a BBQ - steaks for the boys, turkey burgers for us girls with pasta salad. As soon as we got home, Jeannene set to prepping the salad while Brynne, Popper & I went and mowed and edged the lawn. Took us a bit to figure out how to turn everything on but we did it and the yard looks awesome! I am so proud of us :) We finished just as the boys got home, so Jake got to see me mowing the lawn - WOOT! The guys hurried to fill up the propane tank for the BBQ and then we grilled up our meat and had our dinner while watching the Celtics Heat NBA game - Eastern Conference finals! Jake & I love the Celtics, Blake & Brynne love the Heat so it made it interesting but it was fun! The Heat won {not surprised} and then they headed home so that everyone could get some sleep. 

It was seriously the funnest Memorial Day weekend - so relaxing and nice to spend time with family!

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