Our Blog

November 2017

Cason’s class went on a field trip the day after Halloween and I got to go with him.  It was another bus field trip which aren’t necessarily my favorite but it is good to see how the kids are during it.

We got to go to Natural Bridges beach and to see the butterflys.

IMG 7932
IMG 7937
IMG 7967
IMG 7979
IMG 7985

My sweet little buddy!

IMG 8013

I got a new phone that takes great pictures!  Got one of Connor!

IMG 8014

Corbin got a new book from his book order and he was reading on the walk home from school.

IMG 8026

I got a new phone that takes some awesome pictures so I hope the quality will improve sometimes.

IMG 8035
IMG 8039

Corbin needed new church shoes and they fit me. Crazy!

IMG 8072

Cute soccer players!

IMG 8111

Corbin and has favorite little buddy!

IMG 8134

We were lucky to have a lot of Connor’s family come out for Thanksgiving.  First there was the Sparan race!

IMG 8204
IMG 8207
IMG 3208
IMG 3237
IMG 8221
IMG 8238
IMG 3315
IMG 8246
IMG 8251
IMG 3338
IMG 8272
IMG 8276

Connor carrying Cason to church!

IMG 8277

The next day we went to Academy of Sciences.

IMG 8287
IMG 8304

Kinsley had a Thanksgiving performance!

IMG 8313
IMG 8314
IMG 8316

The next day we went to Alcatraz and hung around Pier 39.

IMG 8323
IMG 8329
IMG 8331
IMG 8333
IMG 8336
IMG 8339
IMG 8340
IMG 8341
IMG 8362
IMG 8364
IMG 8367
IMG 8377
IMG 8389

I didn’t get very many pictures of Thanksgiving day but the weather was beautiful so we got to eat outside and I got to hold a sweet sleeping baby!

IMG 8396
IMG 8397

Our annual decorate the tree for FHE.

IMG 8477
IMG 8484
IMG 8491
IMG 8497
IMG 8501
IMG 8531

A cute picture of Cason!

IMG 8564

Corbin was leading a scout activity carnival booth.

IMG 8570

Cason reading his book at breakfast!

IMG 8574

Corbin opened up his fun size m&m pack and there was only one m&m in it.  

IMG 8577

We had a great November!  Now, on to December!

October 2017

Connor and I got home from Greece on October 1st and we were both so anxious to see our kids and give them big hugs and kisses.

They of course wanted to see what goodies we brought them.

IMG 1557
IMG 5113
IMG 1617
IMG 3927

After presents, we showed all our pictures and while Kinsley was watching all the fun we had, she leans over and says to me, “Mom, did you even miss us when you were in Greece?”  We had been telling them how much we missed them but when she saw all the pcitures she realized we weren’t jsut being sad missing them all day long.  It was swet and cute and sad at the same time.  I told her “Of course we missed you but dad and I did have lots of fun too!”

SInce this weekend was General Conference weekend, everyone else was watching while we were on an airplace.  I loved this list that Nana and Papa made with the kids about what they were learning about during the conference.

IMG 6815

The next day Nana and Papa left (thanks again for staying with the kids!!) but for FHE we decided to have a picnic at the school which was what the kds wanted to do.  

IMG 6823

Oh I missed these kids!

The next day was Kinsley’s first full day of Kindergarten.  I can’t believe I’m actually at this stage to have all my kids in school all day long.  It’s sad!  But these kids melt my heart!

IMG 6828

Connor and I went on our first lunch date since all the kids were in school for lunch and we decied on Greek food since we were already missing it.

IMG 6832

Kinsley practiving to be a big cousin.

IMG 6840

If you read last year’s October blog you may remember we tried to go to our nomal pumpkin patch but it was raining and CLOSED.  Connor had decided that was his last year going with us but I was determined to still go again this year and the kids all wanted to.  Holly went with us!

First stop is always to look at the pony in the parking lot and the other stops towards the entrance.

IMG 6846
IMG 6850
IMG 6851
IMG 6853
IMG 6855
IMG 6856

Oh and some treats of course!  Corbin was the only one wh got pumpkin ice cream.

IMG 6864
IMG 6867

Corbin acting scared!

IMG 6875

Cason acting scared with his grape flavored snow cone.  (He has all the sudden loved anything grape flavored!)

IMG 6879

This made me laugh going through the pictures.  Cason pretending to be dead.

IMG 6882

Kinsley had to pretend too, but she just looks asleep!

IMG 6888

These are some awesome kids!! (I’m not biased at all!!)

IMG 6893

This pumpkin filled well!  Sigh! I have pictures of each of them as a baby sitting inside this well.  It’s crazy how it doesn’t seem that long at all but it was 10 years ago, a whole decade, when I brought my first baby here.

IMG 6920

This is probably the last picture of the kids with their aunt before baby comes!

IMG 6942

Sometimes these kids just CAN’T look at the camera at the same time!

IMG 6947

Cason and Kinsley rode the ponies.  Corbin is now too big to ride them.

IMG 6962
IMG 7015
IMG 7020
IMG 7018
IMG 7035

Just before it cloeed I and bought the pumpkins while Holly took the kids to the Haunted House.  

IMG 7046

I was glad to take the kids for our annula pumpkin patch!!

The next day, Kinsley had a soccer game.  It’s so fun getting to see her loving a new sport!

IMG 7049

Cason happened to pick a backpack for this year that a ton of other kids chose too.  In his class alone there are two other kids with the same one.  I came to pick him up one day and there the 3 of those backpacks were right next to each other.  Pretty cute!

IMG 7139

I knew I loved Greek food before I even went there but being there for 10 days and eating it every day and never even getting sick of it, made me love it even more.  I really wanted to try and make some of the recipes we ate a lot while we were there.  So 2 weeks after we got home, I made chicken soulvlaki, tzatziki, puta, Greek salad, and potatoes.  I impressed myself with how it turned out. 

IMG 7154
IMG 7155

Took the kids to the park on their day off and they were playing a statue game.  I love when they all get along.

IMG 7169

I got back the kids school pictures.  Oh, I love these kiddos!


Some new Halloween pj’s!

IMG 7204

The kids school had thier annual Walkathon and they did great!  This year was a little different because it was cold.  Its usually balzing hot!  It was sort of a nice change but I could not warm up for the whole rest of the night.

IMG 7241
IMG 8154
IMG 8157
IMG 7303
IMG 7233
IMG 7231
IMG 8166
IMG 7257

We took the kids to Great America to check out some Halloween decorations!  (And maybe some Christmas ones too!)

IMG 7286
IMG 7289
IMG 7294

I’ve also been wanting to take the old time pictuers so we did that too.  The boys were sp excoted to hold a real gun.  The guy doing it put a bottle of Jack Daniels on the table in front of us and we asked if we could do something else instead.  So we went with the gambling theme.  I noticed when we got home that there was a liquor bottle behind ius in the pictures anyway.  

IMG 7296
IMG 7300
Print.jpg 2
Print.jpg 4

I got to go to the hospital to spend a little time with Holly while she was getting induced.  No one knew quite how long it would eventually take but the end result was getting to hold my sweet little nephew just an hour after he was born!  Welcome to the world sweet, lttle Nate!

IMG 7327

I got to go on a field trip with Corbin’s class to a California mission.  It ended up being a very hot day but it was still fun!

IMG 7367
IMG 7386
IMG 7394
IMG 7431
IMG 7433
IMG 7447
IMG 7440

The kids finally got to meet Nate!

IMG 7491
IMG 7512
IMG 7521

Picture taking before we had 2 Halloween parties to go to.

IMG 7539
IMG 7559
IMG 7578
IMG E7599

Our annual FHE pumpkin carving activity!

IMG 7729
IMG 7738
IMG 7741
IMG 7779
IMG 7792
IMG 7806
IMG 7809

Halloween Day!  The kids at their school parade.  It was nice that we just had one school this year!

IMG 7818
IMG 7835
IMG 7843
IMG 7891
IMG 7897

Halloween safety talk.

IMG 7902
IMG 7915
IMG 7917

My favorite football people!

IMG 7925

What a great month!


Connor and I were lucky enough to be able to take a trip without the kids to Greece this month.  Connor’s parents came out to watch the kids.  We were going to celebrate our 10 year anniversary which was technically the year before, but better late than never.

At the airport:

IMG 6220

There are no direct flights to Athens from SFO so we stopped over in Paris on the way.  Our layover was 2 hours which I thought would give us plenty of time and also go grab some chocolate croissants that we loved when we were there 5 years ago.  We got off the place and had to go through customs and security which made no sense to me since we weren’t even leaving te airport.  But the customs line was SOOOO long and I knew there was no way we were going to make it through to catch our flight.  (I would have taken a picture but they don’t like that sort of thing and I didn’t want to get arrested. Ha! But no really, I couldn’t be sure that wouldn’t happen.) So I told one of the agents working what was going on and she let us skip half of the non-moving line. However after about 15 minutes of still not moving, I told another agent and she let us through to the European line and we were able to get though with just enough time to grab a croissant and make it to the gate.  

IMG 6222

We would have had more time, but the people at cafe we got the croissant from did not have change and made us wait until they got some from other customers.  I was a bit stressed but glad we made it.

IMG 6223

We landed and I expected there to be another long customs line but no, we walked out of the airport with no checking whatsover.  Very strange.  We took a taxi to our hotel, dropped out stuff off and headed out to walk around the city.  Our hotel was just a few minute walk to the Acropolis so we wanted to check it out and buy our tickets for the next day.

IMG 6224
IMG 6228
IMG 6226
IMG 8126
IMG 8128
IMG 6234

Then we found a cafe to have our first Greek meal.  I already knew that the Greek do not put lettuce or crumbled feta in their Greek salads but a big block of feta.  After eating it that way almost every day, we both think it is the best way!

IMG 6237

We also got gyros but the way we have had them at home has been with lamb, which I love.  We found out that the Greek traditional gyro is not made with lamb but with pork belly.  Neither of us really loved it but at least we can ay we have eaten traditional gyros.

IMG 6239

We then went back to the hotel and decided to try out the hot tub.  It was so cool to overlook the Acropolis.  Even better when it got dark.

IMG 8133

Sincer our bodes were not adjusted to the time really, we got up early that next morning so we could go walk aound the sites.  That ended up being a good thing because we avoided crowds and too much of the heat.

Also, we had bought our tickets for the sites the previous night so we wouldn’t have to wait in any lines the next day and what do we find out?  All the sites we bught tickets for were free for that weekend. Ha!  The guy we were buying them from didn’t even tell us.  Oh well!

IMG 6240
IMG 6254
IMG 6277
IMG 6266
IMG 6269
IMG 6268
IMG 6290
IMG 6308
IMG 6312
IMG 8144

I thought it was awesome and beautiful and just crazy that a lot of these structures have been there for over 6,000 years.  It was also sad to see a lot of the statues had been taken (stolen?) from Athens in the 1800’s and put into the British Museum.  I had download several movies that were about Greece before we left and one was about exactly this and how there were some lawyers trying to sue to get them back. It seems to me that whatever the circumstances were for the British to get them, that anyone involved in art or history would like to see them back to their original place.  But I guess I only know the Greek side to things.

Before our next site we found a yogurt place that we had to try,  Connor got some cherries in his and I went more traditional with honey and nuts.  It was delicious!  Connor and I agreed that the Greek yogurt in Greece is much more mild than it is at home.

IMG 6330
IMG 6331

We then headed over to Zeus’ temple.  

IMG 6336
IMG 6339

We could not get over how hard it must have been to build something like this back then.  Just crazy and so cool!

Our next stop was a place we hadn’t planned but found out it was close enough to walk so we decided to do it.  We went to the coleseum where the first modern day Olypics was held in the 1800’s.  It was pretty cool to see.  The very first marathon also ended there and back then they ran it nude.  Interesting!

We found some Spartan armour.

IMG 6340
IMG 8156
IMG 8158
IMG 6348

We found these statues ummm….interesting! Are they not finished?  We never found out!

IMG 8162

This was the tunnel that we assumed the athletes would come in but now it leads to the Olympic Museum.

IMG 6352
IMG 6360

Connor as a Spartan!

IMG 6364

A cart selling nuts and other snacks!

IMG 8164

Yummy tzitzki!

IMG 6366

After lunch ew went to the Acroplois Museum.

IMG 6379

They don’t let you take that many pictures but we did get to see just how many of the statues (or as they call them marbles) that were missing.  Super sad.

IMG 6370
IMG 6372
IMG 6375

We then went back to the hotel to take a rest before dinner.  

IMG 8165
IMG 8167
IMG 8169
IMG 8176
IMG 8179

The next morning we had a few hours before our flight to Milos so we went hiking up to another ancient site.  It’s not as cool as the Acropolis but it did have a beautfiul view.

IMG 6384
IMG 6386
IMG 6389

While walking around we came across what seemed like a flea market.  

IMG 6393

Then another stop to see some sites.

IMG 6395
IMG 6406
IMG 6405
IMG 6401

We always have to try the new snacks.  Oregeno flavored Ruffles.

IMG 6410

Then we headed to the aiport.  We stopped for lunch at McDonalds.  That has also been a tradition for us when we travel to try the McDonalds and whatever item they have just in the country.  Here was the Greek Mac.  Basically, a burger in a pita.

IMG 6411
IMG 6440

We got to Milos in the tiniest commercial airport I have ever been to.  So we just got off the plane down the stairs and walked to the airport to wait for our bags.  But we walked right by them unloading our bags.  I thought it would be better if we could grab our bags from the cart but no, they wanted to bring them to the baggage carousel.  A very small baggage carousel. 

IMG 8189
IMG 8191

We got to our villa and WOW.  So beautiful!

IMG 6416

We were at the corner of the island so we had a view of the sunrise AND sunset each day!

IMG 6418

The hotel owner brought us these googies to welcome us.

IMG 6420
IMG 6426
IMG 6429

We went and got some food to go so we could watch the sunset from our balcony.

IMG 8197
IMG 8196
IMG 8200

Connor left for a little bit to go pick up an ATV for us to get around the island.  Bur first, breakfast!

IMG 6444

We were going to another part of the island the next day for a boat ride.

IMG 6447
IMG 8202
IMG 8213
IMG 8218

Then we got out to swim.  WOW!  So freezing but we started to get used to it and then it was beautiful and so cool.  And the water was so clear.  It was hard to tell how deep it was because it was so clear.  We were able to swim through caves!

IMG 8224
IMG 8229
IMG 8233

Heading back!

IMG 8248

Ready for dinner!

IMG 6457

Someone took a picture of us watching the sunset and then emailed it to us!

IMG 4852

The dinner we had this night was so incredible!  My most favorite!

IMG 6459

My handsome husband!

IMG 6462

The next day we drove around to some other famous sites.  Papafragas.  More swimming and caves!

IMG 8257
IMG 8267
IMG 8274
IMG 8287
IMG 8291

Then we were off to the next spot, Sarakiniko.

IMG 8292

Sarakiniko was what I would find when I would research Milos.  The cliffs are pure white and amaxingly beautiful.

IMG 8295

We even happened upon a professionl modeling shoot going on.

IMG 8297
IMG 8320
IMG 8329
IMG 8335
IMG 8337

More food!

IMG 8338
IMG 8339
IMG 8341

Another sunset!

IMG 6465
IMG 6472

And of course, more food.  This was also a traditionl Greek food.  It was like a boat shaped calzone.

IMG 6475
IMG 6478

The next day we took a ferry to our next isalnd, Santorini.  We ended up seiting next to a couple from New Jersey and talked with them for the whole 2 hours so I didn’t get any pictures of the ride.  But when we got off I realized our driver was going to be taking us up these switchback roads up the cliff.  It made me a littler nervous since there were a ton of cars and buses and people all trying to make their way up it,  

IMG 6496
IMG 6500
IMG 6497
IMG 6503

Our room.  Sorry it looks like a mirror selfie but I wanted to get what it looked like.  It felt like the Flinstone house.

IMG 6508
IMG 6511
IMG 6514
IMG 6515
IMG 6519

So everyone just kept talking about the sunsets in Santorini and we hadn’t really herad about this and were wondering why.  Connor and I have seen many sunsets over an ocean that are beautiful but everonye was acting like this was a must see.  The sidewalks get FILLED with people.  

IMG 6520
IMG 6522

People even stand on roofs just to see the sunset.  Since this was our first night we hadn’t made rexervations anywhere but luckily we were able to find a place to serve us.  And once some people didn’t show up for their reservation they moved us to a better view!

IMG 6523
IMG 6535
IMG 6537
IMG 6542

Even though we were skeptical at first, the sunset was really beautiful.  We were glad we were able to see it that night becuase the next two nights the weather was not cooperative.

IMG 6545
IMG 6549
IMG 6552

When the sun finally slipped away from view, people clapped.  Ant it just made me feel like people were clapping for Heavenly Father and Jesus who created this beautiful planet and the sunsets.  Also, Greece has a gazillion cats everywhere.  The never look sto skinny or dirty but they just roam around wherever they want.

IMG 6558
IMG 6563
IMG 6567

Breakfast in the morning!

IMG 6571

We rented another ATV and rode to another beach on the island.  It wa beautiful but so hard to walk on since it was a rocky beach.  Even in the water there were these big flat slipper rocks.

IMG 6577
IMG 6589
IMG 6607


IMG 6619

A sign we found!

IMG 6628

Chris and Aisling had told us about this place to get the dead skin off you feet by this little fish, so we decided to try it out!

IMG 6630

It actually did feel good!

IMG 6633
IMG 6637

We got dressed up for a nice dinner!

IMG 6644
IMG 6655 2
IMG 6668 2
IMG 6681 2

Not much of a sunset this night!

IMG 6685 2

It was still a beauitful night.  The nevt morning we got up early so we could do a walk from Fira to Oia.   We took the bus to Fira and walked to Oia which was where were staying.  While we were waiting for the bus we could watch the sunrise

IMG 6692

Because the bus ride was so early, we were taking it with the school kids and si we had to stand the whole time.

So we heard the walk (some parts are actually hiking) takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours but that it was beautiful.  

IMG 6697
IMG 6699
IMG 6702
IMG 6716
IMG 6739
IMG 6730
IMG 6745

We must have been tired after tis because I don’t have any pictures until our boat ride in the evening.  But actually we did have to be ready by 1:30pm so that might have been why.  We got a ride and picked up additional couples along the way to a dock for our susnet crusie.  

IMG 6750
IMG 6751
IMG 6753 2

We were able to do some swimming but it was not a warm day and with the water not being warm then it wasn’t as fun as previous times.  But we got to meet new people which was fun!

IMG 6761
IMG 6766

We also got to swim in a hot springs that was heated by the lava from a volcano.  That was interesting! But no pictures!

So this boar ride was actually pretty scary.  The waves were pretty big and so it was super rocky.  Not only was I worried about getting sick even though I already took the meds but I was worried about falling off. But it turned out ok.  The captain set us up for a view but quickly took us back to land because he realized we woulnd’t be ssing much.  I was grateful for that bcause I was ready to be back on land and with how many boats there were out there, we might have been waiting awhile.

IMG 6777
IMG 6770
IMG 6768

Our group!  We were all Americans except for once couple from London.

IMG 2403

When we got back to our room we hopped into the hot tub to warm up!  SInce it was our last night, they brought us a plate of snack which was just perfect!

IMG 0168

The next morning we went to the airport to fly back to Athens.  A taxi driver took us to our hotel for our last night.  He told us this hotel was really nice that even Lady Gaga stayed there.

They upgraded us to a city view which was actually pretty cool.  We could watch the changing of the guards from our balcony.

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 11.57.53 AM
IMG 6779
IMG 6782

We then walked around Plaka which was the old streets now the shopping area.  

IMG 6785
IMG 6790
IMG 6795

We then went to the hotel and ordered room service and watched some of the morning session of General Conference.

IMG 6810
IMG 6808

Our beautiful view!

IMG 6812

We went to bed early because we had to be at the airport by 6:30am.  I have no more pictures but a couple stories about the rest of the trip home.  

We were checking out and there was a couple ahead of us.  They kept looking familiar but I couln’t place them.  I thought maybe we had seem them somewhere along our trip.  Then when they walked by, I realized it was one of the Duggar boys with his new wife.  They were on their honeymoon.  

We got to the aiport and everything seemed to be going smoothly until we landed in London for our connection.  Our layover was only an hour and I knew from our Paris experience that this was going to be extremely tight.  We tried talking to the flight attendants who said we should talk to the gate agent when we get off.  (We were kind of hoping for a faster way off the plane).  So we are running to find a gate agent.  There are none.  So we run to security and ask if we can go ahead of some people.  But there were a few trying to make the same flight.  I got through security fine but Connor got stopped because we forgot that we had purchased some small bottles of honey and olive oil as souvenirs.  And even though Connor was telling them we were needing to make a connecion they wouldn’t help him.  Connor told me to go get in line for customs and I heard our last call for the flight.  There was an agent there at this point but he was just telling me to hurry and go go get him.  I ran down to security and the secuirty guy was not cring and I was sort of freaking out.  Anyways, after a few tears, Connor said to just get on the plane without him, but finally, we was let through and we were on our way to the gate.  However the plane had already started away from the jet way, so they had to put us on a bus to take us to the plane.  Luckily, there was another couple with us, but WE MADE IT!  That was definitely the closest I have ever come to missing a flight (but not the most stressful).  Even though secuirty was annoying, I have to say the rest of the employees there were pretty nice and helpful to get us on the flight!  Then it was a pretty uneventul 11 hours home.  Although we were both anxious to see the kids.

When we landed in SFO I knew it would take some time to go though customs but this was another mess. (Can you tell I don’t like customs/security very much!!).  We had to wait in line for some touch screens where they take your picture and scan your passport and then get in another line for the customs agents to check all that same stuff.  We were told to get in a line that had no one checking anyone.  So were all just standing there, not moving.  Connor and I decided to go to the other line but then the other one started moving and ours slowed down. Ugh! We finally get to the agent and I got a text from Connor’s dad about picking us up, so I responded and the agent looked at me and said “Umm, can’t you see it says NO CELL PHONES.”  I responded “Oh I thougt it was no cameras.” He then pointed to the smallest little sign posted at a place you may only see if you are leaving his station.  Then there was 2 other lines to get out of the airport.  BUT even with all those things the trip was so worth it and getting to see our cute kids again was so wonderful.  

I will always remember the boys being super excited to jump out of the car to give hugs and KInsley stuck in her seat anxious to come out too!!

We had such a great time and it was nice to reconnect and just foucs on each other for awhile!

IMG 6590

September 2017

The month of September started out so very hot.  We were having an extremee heatwave with temperatures up to 118 degrees.  It was craziness.  We had booked our family pictures with our favorite photographer, Meghan MacAskill and since it was the earliest appointment we kept it.  Here are some of my favorites:

Duke Family Fall Mini 2017-8419
Duke Family Fall Mini 2017-8023
Duke Family Fall Mini 2017-8212
Duke Family Fall Mini 2017-8239
Duke Family Fall Mini 2017-8269

For Labor Day some friends invited us to go boating with them.  I wasn’t great at getting pictures but here’s the best I got.

IMG 5947
IMG 5954

Homework time for all 3 kids:

IMG 5996

Corbin’s stack of library books he got from the library.

IMG 6004

Kinsley’s first soccer game.


Some rain is always needed.

IMG 6037

Kinsley started to learn to scateboard on her own!

This browser cannot play the embedded video file.

Connor went sailing for a work off site!

IMG 8123

We went to watch the sunset.

IMG 6141
IMG 6159
IMG 6148
IMG 6168

Cason and mommy time!

IMG 6181

Kinsley likes to be helpful and set out all the stuff for the boys to brush their teeth!

IMG 6211

We left on our trip and Connor’s parents came to stay with the kids.  They got to do some fun stuff!

IMG 4344
IMG 2879
IMG 6782
IMG 2136
IMG 0008
IMG 0207
IMG 5428
IMG 1270
IMG 4241
IMG 0007 2
IMG 4047
IMG 1604
IMG 0278
IMG 3556
IMG 2509
IMG 6992
IMG 2454
IMG 7404
IMG 0528
IMG 4965
IMG 0761
IMG 5087
IMG 5655
IMG 1498
IMG 8314
IMG 1848
IMG 0188
IMG 6861
IMG 9229
IMG 0191

The kids had a great time with Nana and Papa and barely missed us while we were gone.  It was nice to know they were being so well taken care of and loved.  Thanks again to Nana and Papa for letting us have such a fun trip!

August 2017

Our August started out great since we were relaxing at Lake Powell.  

The day afer we got home we got to visit with my cousin who was in town visiting.  

IMG 3141
IMG 5181

We went on a family hike and it was nice to see the reservoir filled!

IMG 8049
IMG 5205
IMG 5220
IMG 5225 2
IMG 5230
IMG 8781

Then some swimming!

IMG 5256
IMG 5255

The kids were fighting so much so I made them come help me with dinner!  It worked!

IMG 7433
IMG 3743

We went to Monterey to the aquarium!

IMG 5313
IMG 5323
IMG 5342
IMG 5359
IMG 5371

We got a bowling summer pass and so we went quite a bit.  Super fun!

IMG 5376

Great America!

IMG 5422
IMG 5428
IMG 5434
IMG 5447
IMG 5459
IMG 5473
IMG 5575
IMG 5595
IMG 5612

Our Sunday walk to church.

IMG 8066

Our annual last day of summer lunch with dad!

IMG 5652
IMG 5653

And the first day of school.  All my kids are in school!  I can hardly believe it.

IMG 5697
IMG 5722
IMG 5735
IMG 5748
IMG 5783
IMG 5787

For FHE we picked up some cigarette butts at a bus stop down the street from us.

IMG 5875
IMG 5880

Then ice cream!

IMG 5889

We are ready for this school year to start but not ready for it to fly by like it usually does!

Lake Powell

Connor grew up going to Lake Powell and he loved it.  We knew that we wanted to take our kids someday but they were too young.  This summer we were given the opportunity to go with his family and even though there were still some concerns with their age, we decided to try it.  The kids were so excited and after our motorhome trip the summer before, Corbin thought we should call ths the boaterhome!

We drove part way the first night and stayed in a hotel.  Kinsley really wanted to bring her own suitcase.

IMG 8044

Corbin and his reading while walking.  I had gotten them new books and he couln’t put it down.

IMG 4779

Stopping for gas and treats!

IMG 4580
IMG 3703

Since we were going to make it to Lake Powell before Connor’s family, we decided to make a couple pit stops.  One in Bearizona to see Connor’s grandma.

IMG 9816
IMG 2297
IMG 4478
IMG 4614
IMG 0491
IMG 4654
IMG 2281
IMG 4675
IMG 4093
IMG 4737
IMG 4742
IMG 4745
IMG 1878
IMG 4781
IMG 7161
IMG 8217
IMG 4781
IMG 2498
IMG 4536

The next day on our way to Lake Powell we drove to te Grand Canyon.  Connor and I have never been to the south rim and were were just blown away how beautiful it was.  The kids were less impressed but did scare me to death trying to go near the edges.

IMG 1814
IMG 1099
IMG 4797
IMG 8046
IMG 1964
IMG 4816

We then drove to the Glen Canyon Dam.

IMG 7733
IMG 4842

Then we finally got to get on the houseboat.

IMG 4844
IMG 4847
IMG 4427
IMG 4543

We spent the night on the boat still in the slip and headed out to find our spot in the morning.

IMG 4786

With Kinsley still not being the best swimmer and Cason with his seizures, I was super nervous unless they had their life jackets on.  But everything went fine!

IMG 4551
IMG 4881

The kids really wanted to bring this captains hat and soon after this picture it flew off and was lost in the water.

IMG 1537
IMG 4901
IMG 4917
IMG 4929
IMG 4944

This browser cannot play the embedded video file.

I was trying to think of how I can caption all these photos but basically every day on the lake was pretyy much the same.  Playing in the water, eat whatever we want, play, eat, play, eat, play some games, eat and sleep!

IMG 4971
IMG 4560
IMG 4983
IMG 4991
IMG 3756
IMG 4576
IMG 5036
IMG 6659
IMG 5083
IMG 6772
20170801 191702
IMG 5149
IMG 6778
IMG 6780

We had a great time and then we had to make the drive back.  About an hour or so after we left, we got a flat tire, in the 100 degree heat.  Connor changed the tire and then we drove into Kanab to get a new tire.  Luckily some family met up with us for lunch.

IMG 6783

The drive home is always harder.

IMG 0084

We stopped in Las Vegas for some Cafe Rio.  It was 120 degrees outsde.  Crazy!!  The last couple times at Cafe Rio havent been my favorite and I got something different and fell in love with it all over again!  We need one by us!!!

IMG 5160

We had such a great vacation and can’t wait to do it again!

July 2017

Connor and I decided to do a home project and so we took the kids to Home Depot to get supplies.  Corbin was less than thrilled!

IMG 3866

I guess I didn’t get any pictures of the during the project but here is the after.  We painted Kinsley’s room and added crown moulding.

IMG 3876

On July 3rd (the day my dad passed away 5 years ago) Holly and I took the kids to San Francisco and met my brother for lunch.  Then we went and saw a movie.  Not this movie, but the kids wanted to be get a picture with it.

IMG 3882

We went to the local high school on the 4th of July to go running or bike riding and Cason really wanted to run with his dad.  This was my super cute view!

IMG 3887
IMG 3889
IMG 3899

We went to our ward 4th of July bbq and Kinsley was playing catch with her friend Caleb.  It was the cutest thing to see these 5 year old playing catch.

IMG 9995
IMG 7757

We went to my mom’s for food!

IMG 3909
IMG 3915

We tried a new place for fireworks and we had a nice view of the 49ers stadium! Oh and LOTS of candy!

IMG 7803
IMG 3928

Kinsley praying with her dad one morning!

IMG 3934

We were preparing our family room to be redone so we were going through toys!  SO many Legos.

IMG 2648

Another Great America trip!

IMG 3957


IMG 9864

My cute son!

IMG 0829

We got to have a fun American Girl party for Kinsley’s birthday!!  She loved it!

IMG 3994
IMG 5006
IMG 3859
IMG 9905
IMG 4032

Getting the family room even more ready to be redone!

IMG 4815
IMG 9153

Free slurpsees!

IMG 6412


IMG 2326

I played Apples to Apples with the boys and these are the cards they chose for “nasty”.

IMG 8318

We saw Hamilton in San Francisco and it was amazing!

IMG 8840

Kinsley dressing up!

IMG 4235

More work!

IMG 8079

My handsome sweet boys!

IMG 8005
IMG 3045 2

Kinsley always fell asleep in the car after Great America.

IMG 4303

I took the kids to the beach and we had a great time!

IMG 4389
IMG 4414
IMG 4422
IMG 4429
IMG 8062
IMG 4461
IMG 4465
IMG 4473
IMG 0914

THe kids had complained that it had been 2 years since they had been to a Giants game so we had to remedy that!

IMG 1131
IMG 4537
IMG 8026
IMG 1661
IMG 0823

We did some haircutes before our trip!

IMG 8028

Then we were off to Lake Powell!

June 2017

I took Kinsley on a last outing while she is not in school full time yet!

IMG 2623
IMG 2638
IMG 2680
IMG 2696

Connor and I celebrated 11 years at the place we were married.

IMG 7946

This cute baseball player!

IMG 2752

Kinsley’s preschool graduation performance.

IMG 2833
IMG 2878
IMG 2897

Last day of school for my boys!

IMG 3231

They had some great teachers!

IMG 3262
IMG 8965

Start of summer s’mores.

IMG 3184
IMG 7448
IMG 3320

The boys wanted to go to school on their first officail day of summer to play foursquare

IMG 3335

and basketball.

IMG 3350

Then we went and picked up Kinsley from her last day of preschool ever.  I can’t believe after 7 years of taking one of my kids here, that I am done.  So sad!

IMG 3912

Baseball closing ceremonies!

IMG 1310

I was sporting 3 different teams for my 3 kids!

IMG 3403

The kids helping dad with a palyhouse in the backyard!

IMG 0457

We had some birds make a home on our outside heater.  It was cute to see the male on the endge looking like he was protecting the female!

IMG 3414

Some summer reading!

IMG 3421

Dirty faces and fresh picked plums!

IMG 2189

Nana and Papa came to visit for Kinsley’s birthday and I thought this was such a sweet picture!

IMG 3611
IMG 3646

Kinsley  had a dance performance and did so great!

IMG 3688

Book reading at the park!

IMG 5679

Great America!

IMG 3831
IMG 3838

A fun start to summer!

Kinsley’s 5th Birthday!

Kinsley is 5!!!

The thing she wanted the most for her birthday was the American Girl (Target brand) ice cream truck!

IMG 4781
IMG 3484
IMG 3491

During the day, we went to my mom’s and went swimming and had a lunch tea party!

IMG 3507
IMG 3511
IMG 3536

For dinner, Kinsley didn’t want anythig but boxed mac and cheese!  It’s her birthday so she gets too choose!

IMG 3543

Then we went to Golfland as a family!

IMG 3550
IMG 3559

This year she gets her first friend birthday party and she chose it to be at our house with water games!

IMG 3570

I didn’t get many pictures since I was helping with the games.  The downside of a home party!

IMG 4717
IMG 7678

We love this fiery, fierce, sweet and loving 5 year old!

This browser cannot play the embedded video file.

Kinsley’s birthday questions:

1. What is your favorite color? YELLOW
2. What is your favorite toy? BARBIES
3. What is your favorite fruit? CANTALOPE
4. What is your favorite tv show? ELENA
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? CHICKEN NUGGETS
6. What is your favorite outfit? DRESSES AND SKIRTS
7. What is your favorite game? HI-HO-CHERRY-O
8. What is your favorite snack? CRACKERS
9. What is your favorite animal? DOGS
10. What is your favorite song? SONG FROM TROLLS
11. What is your favorite book? PRINCESS
12. Who is your best friend? SOPHIE AND EMMA
13. What is your favorite cereal? CHEX
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? PLAY AT THE PARK
15. What is your favorite drink? ORANGE SODA
16. What is your favorite holiday? CHRISTMAS
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? MY DOGGY
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? CEREAL
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? MACARONI AND CHEESE
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? POLICE OFFICER, CHEF, MOTHER

And the stats from her doctor!


May 2017

Kinsley and I had a backyard picnic on a beautiful spring day!

IMG 1774

We went to see the BYU basbeball team play against Santa Clara.  

IMG 1807
IMG 7754

Connor was watching the Warriors game while we were watching the baseball. 

IMG 1830

Daddy and daugther before church.

IMG 7879

Kinsley performing at the Mother’s Day Tea!

IMG 6503

Playing with Shopkins!

IMG 1991

Cute boy before basbeall practice.

IMG 2017

Kinsley at her baseball game.

IMG 8255

So one Saturday evening, we rode our bikes to dinner as a family.  Our way home, there was a blindpot on a path we were taking and a guy came full speed down the path and hit into Connor.  Here was the aftermath.  His face looks awful but the worst of it was one of his back tooth broke. 

IMG 2086

The next day was Mother’s Day/my birthday.

IMG 7893

My family in Warriors colors for church!

IMG 2098

Corbin did a 40 book challenge at school and he did awesome!

IMG 2112

Kinsley let me do her hair besides just a quick ponytail or braid.

IMG 2185

KInsley and I went to Great America just the two of us!

IMG 2192
IMG 2197
IMG 2238
IMG 2257
IMG 2273

Cason mad efriends with some 4th graders and was always playing four quare with them.

IMG 9303

We were in the thick of baseball season and had multiple games each Saturday.  Connor and I took pictures of how often we changed clothes to support our kids teams.  And then of course, the Warriors game that night.

IMG 2393

I caught Cason reading The Book of Mormon.

IMG 2412

Connor and I went to a Giants game.

IMG 2416

The next day we got to go put flags at the Veterans cemetary with Corbin’s scout troop.

IMG 2439
IMG 6508
IMG 2445
IMG 2447

We made our summer bucket list!

IMG 2455

We took the kids and Corbin’s friend to Great America for Memorial Day!

IMG 7934
IMG 0859

End of season t-ball party!

IMG 2534
IMG 2543

Corbin’s teacm doing the Little League pledge before his game.

IMG 2577

Straight from his game to Cub Scouts for the Raingutter Regata.

IMG 0657

© The Duke Fam 2014